Monday, June 17, 2013
A Pascack Valley High School grad also won the 5K race June 9.
Hundreds participated in the Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation’s 27th Annual Run for Education June 9. Washington Township resident John Hogan, 47, won the 10K race with an overall time of 38:03.53. The 5K race winner was Stephen Febish, a 2007 Pascack Valley High School graduate who finished in 16:23.73. Westwood resident Tom Hardin had the best combined time for both races with a total of 1:02:34. The event raised money for the Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation, a volunteer, non-profit organization comprised of parents and local community members dedicated to raising funds for the benefit of Woodcliff Lake Public Schools. Editor's note: This info was supplied by Joe Durante on behalf of the Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation.
Schools in Westwood and Washington Township got perfect scores in four of five categories.
A recent review of Westwood Regional Schools found that the district was "high performing." Officials from the Department of Education visited schools in Westwood and Washington Township during May for a Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) review. The district received perfect scores in four categories — fiscal management, governance, operations and personnel — and a 92 percent score in instruction and program. Board of Education member Lee-Ann Schaadt praised the hard work of the district's staff. "This is an outstanding accomplishment for the district," Schaadt said. The QSAC is the Department of Education's tool for reviewing the performance of school districts across the state. Districts must complete self-assessments each …
Here's a look at the week ahead in Westwood, Hillsdale and Washington Township.
The Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale. The Washington Township Zoning Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but the application for a CVS on the corner of Pascack Road and Washington Avenue will be held until their July 31 meeting. Hillsdale will hold a tax lien sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Borough Hall. A list of the properties is available here. Pascack Valley High School's graduation ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Thursday. Friday is the first official day of summer and the last day of school for Hillsdale K-8 students. Saturday, The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township and the Washington Township Library will host a program at the library for child abuse …
Police Departments from around Bergen County participate in the program.
Two local children were named the police chiefs of their respective towns Friday. Stefano Benevento was sworn-in as the chief of the Westwood Police Department and Jackie Baez was sworn-in as the chief of the Washington Township Police Department. The appointments lasted for just one day. Both children were chosen as part of the annual "chief for a day" program organized by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. The program gives kids suffering from health problems a look at the inner workings of law enforcement. Both Stefano and Jackie got their own child-sized chief uniforms and met with police officers in their respective towns. They then traveled to Hackensack to meet with the 26 other chiefs and New York Giant Jim Cordle at the Bergen …
The fourth annual Cardinal Junior Football Camp runs from July 8 to 11.
Registration is now open for the fourth annual Cardinals Junior Football Camp. The camp is hosted by Westwood Regional Coach Vito Campanile at the high school's football field from July 8 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. The camp is open to children in grades one through nine. It costs $170 per child or $320 for families with two children. A registration form is available online here. Campers should bring their signed consent form, a mouthpiece, shorts, socks, cleats, water and lunch. 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.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Here's a look at the past week in Westwood, Hillsdale and Washington Township.
Engineers from GEI Consultants said Tuesday that United Water's upcoming project at the Woodcliff Lake Dam would not worsen flooding downstream along the Pascack Brook, and a change in dam operations to carefully release water from the reservoir before storms could likely mitigate some flooding. The Westwood Regional Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Scott Cascone as the new principal of Westwood Regional High School during their meeting Thursday night. Cascone may already be a familiar face to many in the district. He is approaching his seventh anniversary with the schools, having first served as a K-12 supervisor and then as the director of personnel for the past two years. United Water began releasing water from the …
Friday, June 14, 2013
James M. Sheerin starts July 1.
The Westwood Regional Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint James M. Sheerin as the district's new interim superintendent during their meeting Thursday night. Sheerin served as a superintendent in Livingston and Hackettstown during the '90s after working in other school administrative positions. He then started his own education consulting business and went on to work as an interim superintendent in numerous districts around the state. Westwood Regional will be his first district in Bergen County. Board of Education President Roberta Hanlon said they wanted to get someone with "a fresh set of eyes" in the position. Sheerin starts July 1, the day after current Interim Superintendent Rory McCourt steps down to return to his roles …
The Bergen County YJCC will host two shows by the Kelly Miller Circus June 23.
The circus is coming to Washington Township this month. The Kelly Miller Circus will be performing two shows at the Bergen County YJCC featuring aerialists, acrobats, clowns and exotic animals like elephants and tigers June 23. The two shows start at 2 and 5 p.m. Advance tickets cost $10 for adults or $6 for children aged 2-11. Tickets on the day of the performances cost $15 for adults and $7 for children. Check out the video above for a brief preview of the show. For more information, contact Wendy Fox at (201) 666-6610 ext. 5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Scott Cascone, who is currently serving as the interim principal of Westwood Regional High School, will take the position permanently July 1.
The Westwood Regional Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Scott Cascone as the new principal of Westwood Regional High School during their meeting Thursday night. Cascone may already be a familiar face to many in the district. He is approaching his seventh anniversary with the schools, having first served as a K-12 supervisor and then as the director of personnel for the past two years. He has also been serving as the school's interim principal since April. "I will work tirelessly for this board and the members of this community," Cascone said after being appointed Thursday. Members of the school board and fellow administrators praised Cascone's leadership and work ethic. "I think you're going to be a great asset to the …
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Michael DeSena and Julie Keating have both put their names in for the position.
Two candidates are seeking an unexpired term on the Westwood Regional Board of Education which will be left open when longtime board member Barbara Gregory officially retires at the end of the month. Julie Keating and Michael DeSena, both of Washington Township, have put their names in for the school board seat. DeSena is an engineer and adjuct professor of engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has a son at Westwood Regional Middle School and a newborn due in August. He has volunteered with various community groups, including coaching baseball and basketball, being a member of the Knights of Columbus and working closely with the George School PSO when his wife was the group's president. "I want to make sure our schools are as …