Friday, May 24, 2013
State, federal officials expected to be on hand to assist local residents and discuss recovery and rebuilding efforts.
State officials are taking their cabinet meeting on the road next week. The Office of Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that it will hold mobile cabinet office hours in Moonachie on Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. Moonachie and Little Ferry were among the Bergen County towns most severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. “Representatives from state and federal agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Constituent Relations, the Department of Banking and Insurance, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Community Affairs, the Business Action Center, FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program, will be on hand to assist residents and discuss ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts,” according to a release from the governor’s …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Pilot program will allow NJ Transit bus riders along three routes to take the NY Waterway ferries and buses during the afternoons/evenings, saving 30 minutes on the way home.
A pilot program between NY Waterway and NJ Transit will allow riders along three New Jersey bus routes to bypass the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Lincoln Tunnel, clearing traffic and easing commuting times. According to the transit agencies, commuters along the NJ Transit 156R, 158 and 159R routes along the Palisade Ave/River Road corridor will see reduced times of 30 minutes in the afternoons and evenings. The service will not be available for morning commutes. The program – open to riders with tickets/passes along those routes – is set to begin on June 3, and allows commuters to return home on the NY Waterway ferries and buses at no extra charge. There's no shot of getting stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel with the ferry. Here's how it …
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy.
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. A full itinerary of the visit was not available. More information can be found here.
The governor visited HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, which is set to open June 1.
Gov. Chris Christie visited Westwood Thursday for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley. Christie praised the hospital's officials for their work and State Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd for ultimately approving the hospital last year. HUMC at Pascack Valley was the first hospital to receive a license from New Jersey in almost 30 years. "I'm thrilled that this is happening and we can be part of it together," Christie said. Christie and other officials also credited members of the community for their support in reopening the former Pascack Valley Hospital, which closed in 2007 at the same site. Christie said he gave his support to the new hospital because people in the region needed it. "It's all about the people …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Young birds expected to take flight within weeks
Four peregrine falcon chicks recently hatched on the George Washington Bridge were tagged with identifying bands Tuesday, according to reports. The birds hatched about three weeks ago six feet below the bridge's lower level, CBS-2 reported. Peregrine falcons nest in high places most like cliffs, including buildings and bridges around New York City. "I come in when they're three months old and put identification tags on the young on both legs. These identification tags will stay on for their lifetime, and it gives us a wealth of biological information," NYC Department of Environmental Protection biologist Chris Nadareski told NY1. Port Authority bridge crews regularly check a special nesting box and assisted DEP experts tag the birds. …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Federal government had the program closed last year after higher-than-anticipated death rates and reports of kidney failure, according to northjersey.com
Monday, May 20
A year after the federal government shut it down, Hackensack University Medical Center has reopened its kidney transplant center. Medicare shut the kidney center down last year after higher-than-anticipated rates of death and kidney failure. According to a report on northjersey.com, the hospital has brought aboard a new head of surgery, additional surgeons, and upgraded its evaluation systems to spot potential problems. Some staff will also have backgrounds in cardiology and endocrinology, the report noted. Per the report, the first-year survival rate for patients who received a transplant between Jan. 1, 2009 and June 30, 2011 was 90.5 percent, under the 96 percent rate expected. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
HUMC-Pascack Valley CEO Chad Melton wants the hospital to increase bed counts within the next few years, according to northjersey.com. Melton said he doesn't think Bergen competitors will "lose volume" as a result.
With Valley Hospital struggling to modernize its own facilities through a controversial expansion project, a major competitor announced it too has visions of expansion – and it's not even open for business yet. According to a Sunday report on northjersey.com, Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley is optimistic its new facility will drum up enough business to quickly expand. Pascack Valley Hospital declared bankrupcy in 2007 and has been dormant since. “If we truly have the volume here and the support we think, within the next three years we’ll be looking to add inpatient rooms,” Chad Melton, chief executive of the 128-bed hospital, told the news website. HUMC-Pascack Valley, scheduled to open June 1, is the first for-…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
New Jersey's only female governor spoke at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration.
Former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman urged attendees at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration Wednesday to vote for minorities, women and Gov. Chris Christie. "We need people with different life experiences, with different ways of thinking, to be at that [decision-making] table," Whitman said during her keynote address at Seasons in Washington Township. Whitman, New Jersey's first and only female governor, said she supported more women and citizens from minority groups running for office and also voiced support for Governor Christie in his run for re-election against Democrat Sen. Barbara Buono. Whitman pointed to Christie’s willingness to work across party lines. "We really can set the pace for the nation…
The state urges customers to consult the database before buying a car
The State Motor Vehicle Commission and Division of Consumer Affairs are urging all customers to consult their database of flood and salvage-titled vehicles before purchasing a car. That database now provides information on 31,000 such vehicles, the State MVC announced on Wednesday. It isn't illegal to sell vehicles with flood or salvaged titles. However, there are specific requirements that ensure potential purchasers are aware of the status of such vehicles, according to the MVC. “Damage sustained by vehicles must be disclosed to prospective buyers,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “We will hold car dealers accountable for violating our Consumer Fraud Act if they fail to make such disclosures.” The database was established in …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Curbs, sidewalks, roadway all scheduled to be replaced in 2013.
Thanks to a state transit grant, Fort Lee's Whiteman Street is scheduled to receive a major renovation. Curbs, sidewalks, handicap ramps and roadway along Whiteman are scheduled to be replaced, according to Borough Administrator Peggy Thomas. The $149,000 grant is funded entirely by the NJ Department Of Transportation. Should the overall costs exceed the grant allocation, the governing body will review the project's status, Thomas said. Whiteman Street is one of more than 40 DOT-sponsored projects expected to get off the ground in Bergen County this year, totalling $6.8 million. “These grants enable municipalities to stretch their resources and advance important roadway projects and other safety and quality-of-life improvements that …