Saturday, June 1, 2013
The hospital admitted its first patient early Saturday morning.
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley officially opened at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, ending a long wait for residents since the former Pascack Valley Hospital closed at the same site more than five years ago. The hospital officially received its license from New Jersey Thursday, marking the first time the state has granted a license for a new hospital in almost 30 years. Hospital CEO Chad Melton said he was "very excited" about the opening. "It feels good to finally be a this stage," Melton said. Mary Monteverde, 90, was admitted as the new hospital's first patient. Monteverde said she felt "honored" by the distinction. Monteverde's physician, Dr. George Lin, said he had previously cared for her at the Valley Hospital of Ridgewood, but her family had…
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The governor visited HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, which is set to open June 1.
Gov. Chris Christie visited Westwood Thursday for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley. Christie praised the hospital's officials for their work and State Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd for ultimately approving the hospital last year. HUMC at Pascack Valley was the first hospital to receive a license from New Jersey in almost 30 years. "I'm thrilled that this is happening and we can be part of it together," Christie said. Christie and other officials also credited members of the community for their support in reopening the former Pascack Valley Hospital, which closed in 2007 at the same site. Christie said he gave his support to the new hospital because people in the region needed it. "It's all about the people …
Monday, March 25, 2013
"Modernize Bergen County" is seeking 2,500 signatures to get a voter referendum aimed at repealing blue laws on the ballot in November.
A group of Bergen residents seeking to repeal the county's "blue laws" intend to get 2,500 signatures for a petition by the end of June so they can get their initiative on the ballot in November. The laws prohibit the sale of certain items — clothes, furniture, etc. — on Sundays. Westwood resident Rosemary Shashoua, the founder and chair of "Modernize Bergen County," previously told Patch she believed that permitting seven days of retail business each week would create more jobs and increase local tax revenue to counter economic troubles and ever-increasing property taxes. Members of the group also pointed to the difficulty of enforcing the laws because of online commerce on sites like eBay. The group has now just about completed their …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is scheduled to open next year. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Valley Hospital in Ridgewood had appealed the state's approval of the new Westwood hospital.
The former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood is set to reopen as planned under new management next year after a court ruled in the hospital's favor Tuesday. A three-judge panel decided that they would uphold the approval of Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley in Westwood. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and theValley Hospital in Ridgewood had jointly appealed State Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd's decision to approve the new hospitalat the site of the former Pascack Valley Hospital, which closed in 2007. The decision was "arbitrary and capricious," according to the appeal. The judges cited O'Dowd's expertise and rejected claims from the appealing hospitals that there had been procedural deficiencies and that the…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Boy, 12, said a man offered him money to get in a truck Monday in Bergenfield, according to police.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A 12-year-old boy told authorities a man tried to lure him into pick-up truck in Bergenfield Monday and picked out the man shown in a sketch developed after a reported Westwood luring attempt, police said. The boy said he was walking home from a friend’s house at around 6:15 p.m. on West Broad Street, near Fairview Avenue, when the man pulled up and offered him money to get in the truck, according to a police statement. He refused the offer and ran away. “The juvenile male stated he felt he was followed by the driver in the truck down Fairview Ave and he ran into a backyard. He waited until he saw the truck pass by, which it did, and then watched the truck turn onto S Prospect Ave going northbound,” the statement said. The boy’s aunt …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Latest incident was reported in Westwood as cases being investigated across Bergen County.
Police are searching for a man involved in a "potential luring incident" Thursday morning in Westwood, according to Police Captain Frank Durante. The incident took place on Lafayette Avenue at about 7:10 a.m. when the Westwood Jr./Sr. High School student was walking to school, Durante said. The man allegedly stopped and offered the girl a ride. She declined and reported the incident when she got to school. Police are searching for information about the man. He was described as being middle-aged and balding with a crew cut. He was driving a gray four-door hatchback with a NYPD sticker in the front left windshield. Police released a sketch of the suspect Thursday afternoon. Anyone with information can contact Westwood Police at 201-664-7000…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is filling 40 positions this year and more next year as they prepare to open.
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is planning to hold an employment open house in Westwood on Oct. 10, according to hospital rep Lauren Zaccardi Samman. The hospital is looking to hire 40 people this year for positions in a wide variety of medical, technical and administrative fields. The hospital has plans to employ about 350 people by next spring, when they are scheduled to open. Hospital CEO Chad Melton said they were looking for "the best and brightest" to staff the facility. “We are excited to begin our hiring process and bring jobs back to this community," Melton said in a press release. "Our commitment to providing the highest quality care to the Pascack and Northern Valley communities relies on the individuals and healthcare experts …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Bergen County Freeholders visited Westwood to get opinions on a proposed consolidation of county police agencies, but many residents and police said they needed better information about the plan.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Bergen County residents and police officers said they needed more information about a proposal to dissolve the Bergen County Police Department or merge it with the sheriff's office during a "listening tour" meeting in Westwood Wednesday. The county freeholders introduced an ordinance earlier this month which would transfer the powers if the Bergen County Police to the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. After County Executive Kathleen Donovan filed a lawsuit to block the ordinance and a non-binding referendum, freeholders announced they would hold a six-stop "listening tour" to hear opinions from county residents. Much of the discussion focused on the definition of "dissolve" in the proposed ordinance. Bergen County Police Officers at the …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Nothing heralds summer like street and craft fairs and this weekend there are plenty!
9th Annual Rutherford Multicultural Festival: International food, dances and music from around the world. Face painting, games, crafts and lots of family fun. Lincoln Park (across from borough hall), Rutherford. Saturday, noon-7pm. Westwood Crafts in the Park: This craft fair draws huge crowds to Veteran's Park in Westwood. Always a popular craft show, there are over 100 exhibitors with hand crafted items, art & fine photography. Washington and Third Ave., Westwood. Sunday, 10am-5pm. Fort Lee Arts & Music Festival: There are two stages of free entertainment, a Harley Davidson Motorcycle Juried Show (in Municipal Lot), craft vendors, juried art show judged by Fort Lee Artists Guild open to all, food vendors, free face painting and bounce …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
HUMC at Pascack Valley set to open in 2013, officials say.
Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley began its renovations Wednesday with a ceremonial wall-breaking in the hospital's west wing. The construction is set to enter full swing next month and the hospital is scheduled to open in 2013, according to HUMC CEO and President Robert Garrett. The work was made possible after a three-judge appelate court panel ruled construction could continue while Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood attempt to appeal the hospital's approval. Garrett and other hospital officials thanked residents and local officials for their efforts in working to reopen the former Pascack Valley Hospital. "Without their support and their commitment to this project, it would …