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2 hrs ago |

3 Bergen County freeholders slam Donovan over hospital task force appointments

Three Bergen County Freeholders said Monday that the task force appointed to study the future of Bergen Regional Medical Center is not inclusive enough and has too many of County Executive Kathleen Donovan's political allies. The future of the 1,000-bed county-owned Paramus hospital will be one of the biggest decisions facing county government when the contract with the current hospital operator expires in March 2017.


Related Topix: Freehold, NJ, Paramus, NJ, Hackensack, NJ

4 hrs ago | The Item

Hackensack man turns down plea offer in stabbing case

A Hackensack man facing attempted murder and assault charges in the March 2013 stabbing of his ex-wife's boyfriend has turned down a plea offer and will stand trial this fall. Carlos Victoriano had been offered a 15-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to attempted murder and aggravated assault charges in connection with the stabbing of the victim and his son during an altercation in a local Laundromat, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer said.


Related Topix: Hackensack, NJ

4 hrs ago | The Paramus Post

Gardening with Deer

The Garden Club of Harrington Park is pleased to announce that Professor of Horticulture Mark E. Zukovich will present "Gardening with Deer" at their meeting on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:30 P.M. in the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street. As most Bergen County residents are well aware, deer in the landscape can be a very devastating event for any gardener.


Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home, Harrington Park, NJ, Drew University

6 hrs ago |

Annual Bergen County Senior Citizens Picnic Sept. 16

The annual Bergen County Senior Citizens Picnic will be on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Van Saun County Park in Paramus.


Related Topix: Paramus, NJ

7 hrs ago |

Oradell: Police Blotter, Sept. 15

EDITOR'S NOTE: Town News compiles "Police Blotter" from information provided by area police departments. The information is released to the press at the discretion of the individual departments and may not represent the total scope of police activity.


Related Topix: Oradell, NJ, Westwood, NJ

8 hrs ago | The Paramus Post

Amid Sweeping Changes in Healthcare Delivery Some Things Remain the Same

These days, just about everyone has gotten the message that healthcare delivery is changing. Many people welcome coverage for pre-existing conditions and the closing of the "donut hole" for medications, but worry that the relationship with their primary care physician might weaken.


Related Topix: Dumont, NJ

14 hrs ago | The Jersey Journal

Options for future of Bergen Regional Medical Center include sale, report says

A task force appointed by Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan will help determine the future of Bergen Regional Medical Center. BERGEN COUNTY - Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan expects a newly appointed task force to study options for the future of Bergen Regional Medical Center, including its possible sale, the Record reported .


Related Topix: Paramus, NJ

19 hrs ago |

Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Amanda Delgado got a flu shot two months ago, when she was about four months pregnant, on doctor's advice. Delgado, of Garfield, said she had never given flu shots much thought before but said it is advice she could not dismiss.


Related Topix: Garfield, NJ, Vaccinations, Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Influenza

Sun Sep 14, 2014

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Fri Sep 12, 2014

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.


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.


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

'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.


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.


Related Topix: Bergenfield, NJ, Pension, Personal Finance