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BOE, Council Candidates, Ironman Top Local News This Week

The Week in Review: a weekly roundup of top local news stories on Fort Lee Patch.

Two Fort Lee BOE Candidates Withdraw, Two to Vie for Open Seat

The Fort Lee Board of Education announced Wednesday that it has only one candidate who will appear on the November ballot to fill the remainder of former board president Arthur Levine’s unexpired term, that two of the six candidates for three three-year terms on the board have withdrawn their names from the November ballot and that one of two people will fill Levine’s seat until the board’s reorganization meeting in January 2013.

Fort Lee GOP Council Candidate Calls on Opponents Not to Use Signs

One of the two Republican candidates for Fort Lee Borough Council announced recently that he would not be putting up any political advertising signs, and he also called upon his Democratic opponents to follow suit.

Fort Lee Mayor, Council Recognize Ironman Volunteers, Athletes

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich issued proclamations to members of the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce, who took a lead role in coordinating hundreds of volunteers, and a local athlete who competed in—and finished—the race on Aug. 11.

But on Friday, race officials announced the Ironman won't be returning to the New York City area next year, saying in a statement, "The combination of the ferries, transition in Palisades Interstate Park and the difficulty for our spectators to watch much of the inaugural race all combined to create an experience that needed substantial improvement."

Fort Lee Man Gets 174 Years for Shooting Wayne Cop

A Fort Lee man who shot a Wayne police officer during a Route 23 gas station robbery in 2010 was sentenced Monday to more than 170 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark Federal Court sentenced Nelson Otero, 48, of Fort Lee, to 174 years. His accomplice, Maxcine Cagan, 48, of Floral Park, NY, was also sentenced Monday to 172 years in prison.

Fort Lee PBA Honors Officers Killed in Line of Duty

The annual memorial service at Fort Lee’s Police Memorial Square is held in remembrance of officers William T. Birch and Kevin Greener and also honors past officers who have died since serving Fort Lee. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8), who's running for Congress in the re-configured 9th Congressional District in November, delivered the keynote speech, promising to find better ways to protect police officers.

Fort Lee Fire Company Dedicates 9/11 Memorial With WTC Steel

On the eve of 9/11, Fort Lee's Fire Company No. 4 held a dedication to unveil a piece of steel from the World Trade Center that they have incorporated into a memorial garden.

Global Research Firm Moving to Teaneck

A global research firm will move its Fort Lee headquarters to a 44,000 square foot space at the Glenpointe Centre in Teaneck, a report on northjersey.com said.

The Week in Review appears every Sunday on Fort Lee Patch.

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