The past month has seen a local business film for a TV show, progress toward the planned Joan D'Alessandro memorial and a grassroots group gain enough signatures to get a referendum on the ballot in November. Below are the most popular stories from Westwood, Hillsdale and Washington Township during August, in reverse order.
Woodcliff Lake officials have sought to withdraw from the districtbecause property owners there and in Montvale typically pay more money for the schools than property owners in Hillsdale and River Vale. A 1975 state law mandates that regional districts determine their tax levy allocation based on property values in each town.
Fifteen men and women across the state are believed to have committed suicide by train this year, according to NJ Transit spokesperson William Smith. As of August 1, a third of those suicides have occurred in Bergen County — the most for any county in the state.
The new version replaces the phrase "molested and murdered," which had raised concern from some officials and residents, with the word "lured" and specifies that Joseph McGowan, Joan's neighbor who molested and murdered her in 1973 while she was delivering Girl Scout cookies, was convicted of murder in the first degree.