Redevelopment 5 Groundbreaking, BOE Debate Top Week’s Local News
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The long-awaited groundbreaking on the long-vacant, 16-acre property just south of the George Washington Bridge known most recently as Redevelopment Area 5 took place Wednesday, as local and county officials joined SJP Residential Properties for an event they hope will mark the beginning of what Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich called a “Renaissance” for the borough.
First-time Fort Lee Board of Education candidate David Sarnoff said at a United Homeowners of Fort Lee-sponsored debate Wednesday evening that incumbent John Bang challenged his petition to run for the school board based on a technicality. Bang, an attorney, said it wasn’t personal.
A group of unhappy parents and others had their concerns about overcrowding in Fort Lee School No. 4’s three Kindergarten classrooms allayed to some extent Monday evening, when school officials said they would be opening up another Kindergarten class at the elementary school as soon as possible.
Port Authority police arrested two men at the George Washington Bridge Monday morning in connection with an alleged attempt to transport untaxed cigarettes to bodegas in Manhattan and the Bronx, officials said.
A Pennsylvania driver was charged Monday in connection with allegedly attempting to evade tolls at the George Washington Bridge; so far this year, Port Authority police have charged 66 people with toll evasion, according to officials.
An audio tape may be pertinent to the case of a Fort Lee woman accused of prostitution at a Morris Plains massage spa.
A Bloomfield man, formerly known as the "Eminem" bank robber, was arrested for allegedly robbing a bank just three weeks after getting out of jail for a spate of bank robberies 10 years ago. The robber reportedly struck in multiple towns including Fort Lee.
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