Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The commission would work on flooding issues in Rockland and Bergen waterways like the Pascack Brook.
A group of lawmakers from New Jersey and New York met in Pearl River, N.Y. Wednesday to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill to create a bi-state flood commission. The commission would address flooding issues in waterways that flow between Rockland and Bergen Counties, including the Pascack Brook. Gov. Chris Christie signed New Jersey's version of the bill early last year. District 39 Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi joined the other lawmakers to support the creation of the 18-member commission, which would address issues affecting the Hackensack, Ramapo and Mahwah Rivers, as well as their tributaries. “Although separated by the state border, residents in Bergen and Rockland counties share a common problem — widespread and out of control …
The event, which benefits the Westwood Library, is scheduled for June 9.
The fifth annual Taste of Westwood is scheduled for June 9 at the Westwood Library. The event features food and drinks donated by local restaurants and shops, including Banchetto Feast, Bat Barry's, Bibi'z, Broadway Pizza, Sogno, Casa Maselli, Conrad's, P.J. Finnegan's, Flynn's Deli, Grange, Hanami, Harmony Tea Room, It's Greek to Me, Jack's Cafe, Olive Branch & Grape Vine, Pompilio's Pizza, Sarabou Bakery, The Iron Horse, The Melting Pot, Rolling Pin Cafe, Twist, Westwood Prime Meats, Cricket Hill Brewery, Defiant Brewery and Best Cellars. There will also be raffles, with prizes including a BMW motorcycle, iPad and $150 gift certificate to Banchetto Feast. "It's a great time for the town to come together, and I think that's something …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The event will include a baseball tournament and swimming in a heated pool.
Team Kohan's "Play For Parkinson's" baseball and swimming fundraiser will take place this Saturday at the Stonybrook Swim Club in Hillsdale. The event will feature a single-elimination baseball tournament and home run derby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and swimming from 3 to 6 p.m. There will also be raffles, a bounce castle, facepainting, custom airbrushed t-shirts and food. Raffle prizes include gift certificates, t-shirts, Giants and Jets gear, mayor and police chief for a day opportunities and sports equipment, among others. To enter a team in the tournament, email email@example.com. Donations are $10 to play and swim or $20 for adults to swim and get three prize tickets or $10 for children to swim and get one prize ticket. All money raised at…
Monday, May 13, 2013
The street will be closed to eastbound traffic at Van Emburgh Avenue.
A portion of Washington Avenue in Washington Township will be closed while a contractor installs equipment for United Water this week, according to a notice from the township Police Department. The eastbound lane will be closed at Van Emburgh Avenue from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and possibly also Friday, according to the notice. A crew was already working at the site Monday afternoon. Westbound drivers will be able to use the intersection. Drivers will be detoured north toward Hillsdale Avenue or south toward East Glen Avenue during the closure. The westbound lane of Washington Avenue between Pascack Road and Jackson Avenue was also closed for one day last month while it was repaved. Have a question or news tip? Contact …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The work is expected to start May 20 and should take about two weeks.
Tuesday, May 7
NJ Transit is planning work to improve the Westwood Train Station. The station's plaza will be undergoing concrete repairs, according to an advisory posted on NJ Transit's website. The platform will remain open during the work, which is expected to start May 20 and will likely take about two weeks to complete. The borough is also planning work around the railroad which officials hope to start this summer. That project entails adding new signals which will allow drivers to travel along Broadway while trains stop at the station. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Jim Leggate at Jim.Leggate@patch.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Karen Takla Farag was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in December.
A bone marrow donor drive held in Westwood in January didn't find a match for Hillsdale mom Karen Takla Farag, who is battling cancer, but a suitable donor was found for her in Germany. Takla Farag, the mother of a student at Meadowbrook Elementary, was diagnosed last December with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a cancer which affects bone marrow cells, overwhelming healthy blood cells and making them unable to fight infections. A 39-year-old German woman found through the program Be The Match agreed to donate stem cells from her marrow for Takla Farag's treatment for AML. She received the donated cells via an IV March 13 after a courier brought it over from Germany. "I pray that when I recover, she will want to meet me so I can thank …
The event will coincide with an open house at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley.
May 18 is going to be a big day for Westwood. It's the same day that both HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is hosting their open house and the Westwood Chamber of Commerce is planning to hold their second annual "Go West" shopping and dining event. Participating businesses will be listed on a "perks page" available at the event with all of the discounts and freebies they'll be offering, according to MaryAlice Farella of Society Men. "There's everything you could need — or want — right here," Farella said. "Of all the local Bergen County shopping towns, Westwood has the most to offer." Money raised via donations from participating businesses raised thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at last year's event, according…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Westwood is planning to hold events to attract Super Bowl visitors next year.
With downtown Westwood and other Pascack Valley communities just minutes away from Metlife Stadium — in the right traffic conditions — local business owners are hoping the Meadowlands Super Bowl next February could attract many customers to the area. "Westwood has one of the most vibrant business districts in Bergen County," Mayor John Birkner said. "The whole Pascack Valley has a lot to offer." The Super Bowl could draw 250,000 or more people to the region, according to Jim Kirkos of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce. In addition to those coming for the game itself, many corporations hold events and set up temporary offices in the area around the Super Bowl. Hotels in Woodcliff Lake, Montvale and Park Ridge are reportedly …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The former Pascack Valley Hospital closed in 2007.
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is set to open June 1, exactly 54 years after the Pascack Valley Hospital first opened in Westwood on June 1, 1959. While the new hospital will occupy the same space as the former, work has been underway over the past year to renovate the building and update it to improve the experience of patients, according to hospital CEO Chad Melton. More than $147 million has been spent on the renovations and new equipment, hospital officials said. The renovations are now nearly complete. "It was once a great facility and it will be again," Melton said. Hackensack University Medical Center President and CEO Robert Garrett called the opening a "historic event," noting that this is the first license New Jersey has granted…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tell us your favorite seasonal business in the comments.
It's officially been spring for about a month now, and local seasonal businesses are planning to open their doors as the weather seems to have finally caught up with the calendar. Demarest Farms in Hillsdale is set to open for the season April 25. They will be offering a variety of gardening items including mulch, perennials and herbs for the rest of the month and May, according to their list of what's in season. In June, the farm will start offering different berries, tomatoes, squash and other veggies. Conrad's Confectionery in Westwood recently closed down for their annual transition to ice cream parlor, but they'll be reopening May 1. They'll be offering the following flavors this year, according to J.J. Krachtus: vanilla, chocolate…