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41 min ago | The Verona-Cedar Grove Times
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.
2 hrs ago | NorthJersey.com
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.
11 hrs ago | The Item
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.
21 hrs ago | NorthJersey.com
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 09:20 pm
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