Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program seeks to stop children from starting fires.
Firefighters from the Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program (BCJFPP) were honored during a 25th anniversary celebration at the Hillsdale Fire Department Saturday. The honorees included founding firefighters William Drew, Neal Carroll, William Lynn, Leroy Mullay and George Lucia, charter members William Quinn, Robert Lewissohn and Michele Lynn and Joe Masciandaro, the CEO and president of the Paramus-based CarePlus. The BCJFPP seeks to prevent children and teenagers from starting fires. The program works with the Bergen County Superior Court, probation, police and fire departments, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency and social service agencies in order to keep children with firesetting tendencies out of the juvenile …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Mayor Richard LaBarbiera stands strong in support of the Blue Laws in Bergen County and Paramus and defends the residents who have been criticized for "whining" in defense of their peace and quiet.
Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera is calling Westwood resident Rosemary Shashoua's argument to repeal county Blue Laws "ridiculous." During Tuesday's council meeting, the mayor defended the Blue Laws and the Paramus residents who have been criticized for wanting to keep peace and quiet in this town on Sundays. "Don't worry about Paramus and we won't worry about what you do in your town," said LaBarbiera. "I won't stop whining as some outsiders have challenged us," said the mayor referring to the hefty debates that have been going on in the comment sections of recent articles and on Facebook pages Shashoua's group "Modernize Bergen County" has the goal of repealing Bergen County's blue laws via a voter referendum on the premise that allowing…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera states that although he and borough residents disagree with the ruling the borough will abide it and hopes this will be the final weekend for Blue Law suspension.
A Bergen County Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of suspending Blue Laws —meaning Paramus stores will be open Sunday —despite the mayor's efforts to protect the law, claiming it favors the quality of life of borough residents. Mayor Richard LaBarbiera stated Friday that "although the residents of Paramus and I strongly disagree with this ruling we will of course abide it." "The County Executive says that this will be the last Sunday without the Blue Laws and I intend to hold her to that," said LaBarbiera in a statement. "The Blue Laws are absolutely essential to keeping Paramus livable and I will never stop fighting to make sure they are always here to protect our quality of life. I thank the many Paramus residents who expressed their …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Paramus seeks to enforce Blue Laws after Christie ordered them suspended.
It's been a week since Gov. Chris Christie issued the order to suspend Bergen County's Blue Laws so that residents most impacted by Hurricane Sandy could purchase necessary repair items. And while Paramus has the strictest Blue Laws on the books, County Executive Kathleen Donovan may take the borough to court this week to keep local officials from limiting what stores can be open. Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan had asked the state last Saturday to suspend the county’s Blue Laws as the County struggled with numerous power outages. Christie gave the order on Sunday, Nov. 4 to allow for retail stores to open. The Executive Order is meant to allow the sale of clothing and wearing apparel, building and lumber supply materials, …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Bergen County residents are invited to discuss and share their issues with aides from Gov. Christie's office.
Several times so far this year, residents from across New Jersey have been invited to meet with members of Gov. Chris Christie's staff during "mobile office hours" and on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., the Paramus Municipal Complex will be one of the latest locations. The event is open to all Bergen County residents. The mobile offices were created as an outlet for residents and staffers to meet and discuss issues or concerns, according to Jeanne Dovgala Ashmore, director of the office of constituent relations. "We receive many emails and letters on a variety of issues and this is Gov. Christie's effort at finding a way to bring Trenton to where people live," Ashmore said. Ashmore along with several staffers will be on hand to provide …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Two county officers indicted Monday on official misconduct charges for alleged cover-up following six-town police chase.
Two Bergen County police officers were indicted Monday on charges they worked to hide evidence and lied to investigators following a six-town car chase where one officer allegedly opened fire on a burglary suspect in Bogota. The seven count indictment alleges Bergen County Police Officer Saheed Baksh, 37, removed shell casings from a crime scene after he fired two shots at Francesco Piserchia, who authorities said led officers on a chase from Paramus to West Shore Avenue in Bogota. Although Baksh fired, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said the casings "which were originally observed at the shooting scene on West Shore Avenue" later went missing. Another county officer who responded, 52-year-old Jeffrey Roberts, failed to "…
Friday, June 29, 2012
Aakash Dalal, the former Lodi man allegedly behind the anti-semitic arsons earlier this year, has pleaded not guilty to additional charges that he plotted to murder the assistant prosecutor in the case.
The former Lodi man who allegedly played a guiding role in the firebombings of Jewish synagogues earlier this year has pleaded not guilty to new charges that he conspired to kill the assistant prosecutor handling his case, authorities said Thursday. Aakash Dalal, 20, who had been attending Rutgers University and has a New Brunswick address, plotted to obtain a gun and murder Assistant Prosecutor Martin Delaney after he made bail, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. Dalal, who was scheduled to be released from jail this week after arranging to post $1 million bail, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to possess a weapon for unlawful purposes and terroristic threats. In early May, FBI agents …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A Truck and SUV collided on the corner of Pascack Road and Linwood Avenue East this morning.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Seven people, five of them children, were injured in a collision between a truck and an SUV at the intersection of Pascack Road and Linwood Avenue East on the border of Washington Township and Paramus this morning, according to Paramus Police Capt. Brian Goggin. The truck was driving south on Pascack Road when the SUV made a turn from Linwood Avenue and they collided, Goggin said. Firefighters removed two doors from the SUV to free a person trapped inside. The driver of the truck, a 44-year-old Garfield man was transported to Hackensack UMC with three others. The driver of the SUV, a 69-year-old Closter woman, and two others were transported to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Goggin said he believed there were only "minor injuries." …