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41 min ago | The Verona-Cedar Grove Times

Bergenfield man, 66, charged with trying to kill his wife

A 66-year-old borough man has been charged with trying to kill his wife with a razor as part of a failed murder-suicide, authorities said Sunday. Police said officers found John Humbert on Saturday morning, disoriented and suffering from partly healed cut wounds in the rear of his apartment on W. Church Street.

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Related Topix: Bergenfield, NJ, Paramus, NJ, Teaneck, NJ

2 hrs ago | NorthJersey.com

Bergen 9/11 memorial service also honors FALN and Lockerbie victims

Nearly 40 years ago, her husband Frank Connor was one of four people who died when a radical Puerto Rican group exploded a bomb at Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan. And 13 years ago on 9/11, Frank's godson perished at the World Trade Center.

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Related Topix: Dumfries and Galloway County, Scotland, United Kingdom, Teaneck, NJ, Leonia, NJ

11 hrs ago | The Item

Lyndhurst resident nearly falls victim to 'virtual kidnapping' scam

A 45-year-old borough resident almost became a victim of the increasingly common "virtual kidnapping" scam that has targeted residents of Bergen County - but a bank teller was able to summon police before the resident could send money to the scammers. According to Lyndhurst police, the borough resident withdrew $1,700 from his bank account on Wednesday afternoon to send to someone who claimed to be holding his daughter hostage after a car accident in Newark because she wasn't able to pay for damages.

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Related Topix: Lyndhurst, NJ, Mahwah, NJ, Wyckoff, NJ

21 hrs ago | NorthJersey.com

Northern Valley Regional High upgrades anti-drug classes

The Northern Valley Regional High School District is rolling out an intensive anti-drug curriculum this school year as the best strategy for steering children away from being victimized by the area's chronic heroin problem. It's doing so in the aftermath of an impassioned debate last school year that drew in the whole school community after officials proposed random drug testing that would have involved any student participating in school activities or using campus parking.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Education Etc., Drug Testing, Family, Teenagers, Kids

21 hrs ago | NorthJersey.com

Ramapoughs' powwow a rich display of tribal traditions

D.J. DeFreese was one of three generations of Ramapoughs seated around a drum Saturday playing an opening song at the tribe's 49th annual powwow. The 4-year-old had a beater, or mallet with which the drum is struck, in one hand and a green-and-red Ring Pop in the other.

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Related Topix: Mahwah, NJ, West Milford, NJ, Ringwood, NJ, US Politics, Brian Higgins, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat

Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Hudson Reporter

Hudson County's changing Jewish landscape Temples merge, move,...

"Unfortunately after 91 years of existence, the membership of Temple Beth El of North Bergen has gotten to a point where we can no longer survive on our own," said Craig Bassett, president of the board at the temple, last week. Beth El, located at 300 75th St., held its final service in May of this year.

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Related Topix: Hudson County, NJ, North Bergen, NJ, Cliffside Park, NJ

New Jersey Herald

Lawmaker looks to help Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterflies have begun their flight south for the winter - to the heart of tropical Mexico. Along the way, hundreds of thousands stop in Cape May, a geographical oasis of sorts.

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Related Topix: Cape May, NJ, Entomology, Science, Passaic County, NJ, Agriculture

The Jersey Journal

The superintendent salary cap is a terrible idea. Repeal it: Editorial

The latest evidence that Gov. Chris Christie's salary cap for school superintendents has backfired: Not only is it chasing away good school leaders , the superintendents who do stay are easily gaming the system. Take Harrison schools chief James Doran: As the Jersey Journal reported, he recently adopted a new title -- the district's "director of personnel" -- to avoid having to take a $84,908 pay cut under the salary cap, which hits superintendents as soon as their contracts expire.

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Related Topix: Chris Christie, US Governors, Education Etc., Harrison, NJ, Opinion

Fri Sep 12, 2014

NorthJersey.com

20 N.J. healthcare centers to share $5.5M in Affordable Care Act grants

Twenty healthcare centers in New Jersey will share $5.5 million in Affordable Care Act grants to hire more staff and treat more than 32,000 new patients, the government announced Friday. The largest grant for $500,728 goes to the North Hudson Community Action Corporation which serves patients at clinics in, among other areas, Garfield, Hackensack University Medical Center and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center as well as two clinics affiliated with St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, said Joan Quigley, president and CEO.

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Related Topix: Passaic, NJ, Hudson County, NJ

The Item

Three Paterson men arrested in two separate North Jersey drug busts

A 46-year-old man - who was on parole after an earlier sexual assault conviction - was among three Paterson residents arrested in two separate North Jersey drug busts, authorities said Friday. Wilfredo Lopez was arrested Friday on a charge of selling drugs heroin from his residence on Main Street in Paterson, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Paterson, NJ, Passaic County, NJ, Paramus, NJ

Patch.com

'Ridgewood Cares About Schools' to Hold Panel Oct. 2

Together with the League of Women Voters, the newly formed group "Ridgewood Cares about Schools," is sponsoring a panel to be held on Oct. 2 at 7pm at the Ridgewood Public Library. Ridgewood Cares about Schools, or RCAS, is a non-political organization comprised of about 60 Ridgewood households who came together this summer to join other districts in New Jersey, including Montclair, who are studying Common Core-driven changes in curriculum and the upcoming PARCC assessments.

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Related Topix: Ridgewood, NJ, Montclair, NJ, Seton Hall University, Freehold, NJ

The Item

Assembly committee weighs proposal to ease shortage of judges

For the first time since Bergen County's top judge threatened to suspend some civil trials and blamed a lack of judges to hear cases, an Assembly committee met to consider a key proposal to ease the high number of vacancies. Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee voiced their support Thursday for calls to raise the mandatory retirement age for state judges to over 70. That age limit was set when the state Constitution was passed in 1947, and since then the mandatory retirement age has stayed the same while the life span of the average American has increased by 15 years from 64 to 79. Lawmakers faced two competing proposals on the agenda but took no action on either.

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Related Topix: Bergenfield, NJ, Pension, Personal Finance

The Paramus Post

Habitat Bergen Embarks On New Initiative To Volunteer Quarterly

Members of the Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County staff have embarked on a new initiative, volunteering on a quarterly basis on its construction sites. The Habitat Bergen staff participated in its first-ever staff build in May and most recently in August.

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Related Topix: Little Ferry, NJ, Oradell, NJ

NorthJersey.com

New task force will seek proposals for Bergen medical center

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan has appointed a seven-member task force to study the future of the county-owned Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus. Elizabeth Randall, a former freeholder and assemblywoman, will chair the panel, which is supposed to develop a request for proposals from health care companies.

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Related Topix: Paramus, NJ, Long Term Care, Health, Freehold, NJ

Thu Sep 11, 2014

NorthJersey.com

NJ approves $64 million tax cuts for Paterson, Northvale companies

New Jersey awarded tax breaks worth more than $64 million Thursday to help two North Jersey manufacturers - from Paterson and Northvale - expand and add jobs in the state, rather than move just north of the Bergen County border into New York State. The Economic Development Authority awarded a break of $40 million to 70-year-old Accurate Box Co., to help expand its 5th Street, Paterson factory.

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Related Topix: Paterson, NJ, Northvale, NJ, New Jersey, Totowa, NJ

The Jersey Journal

Pit bull puppy, starved and left for dead in Paterson, has been adopted

PATERSON - Bunny, a pit bull who was found severely emaciated and left for dead in a Paterson park, has been adopted by a Bergen County family, according to Second Chance Pet Adoption League. The pit bull terrier puppies, six months old, weighed just 14 pounds when a jogger found them abandoned in East Side Park.

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Related Topix: Ramsey, NJ

NJ.com

Politicians, residents pay tribute to Bergen County residents killed on 9/11

HACKENSACK - After the 9/11 attacks, William Maher spent weeks trying to find his cousin in the rubble of the World Trade Center. His cousin, Edward Thomas Keane, had retired from his job as an engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey before 2001 but was working as a consultant for the agency at the time of the attacks.

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Related Topix: Transportation, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Teaneck, NJ, Old Bridge, NJ, Hackensack, NJ

The Verona-Cedar Grove Times

Court: Donovan exceeded authority in firing Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority members

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan did not have the authority to dismiss seven of the nine Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority members after a flare up over their compensation and health care benefits in 2012, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. Problems arose when the commission, which is in charge of a sewage treatment plan in Waldwick, approved a budget that authorized continued health care benefits and a $5,000 annual payment for the commissioners.

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Related Topix: Waldwick, NJ

NorthJersey.com

Bergen County freeholders put plan for access road in Paramus on hold

The Bergen County freeholders shelved on Wednesday a proposal to build a $1.1 million access road to a new County Public Works facility until it can consider safety and traffic concerns raised by Paramus officials. Borough officials want the county to instead route the road through the adjacent 65-acre county-owned Bergen Regional Medical Center to the Public Works facility, which is under construction near Farview Avenue and Pascack Road.

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Related Topix: Paramus, NJ

The Jersey Journal

Nursing homes in Hudson, Bergen counties make 'contingency plans' for strikes

Four nursing homes in Hudson and Bergen counties are preparing for a series of three-day strikes their workers announced earlier this week on the heels of a five-month contract negotiation stalemate. Alaris Health nursing homes in Jersey City, Union City, Guttenberg and Rochelle Park have begun to "implement contingency plans" in response to the work stoppage threats from 1199SEIU, the union that represents some 450 workers and caregivers at the four centers.

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Related Topix: Hudson County, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, Guttenberg, NJ, Rochelle Park, NJ

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