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Borough’s $2M Property Purchase, Tree Lighting Top Local News

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

Fort Lee to Acquire Main Street Property for $2M for Park

The Mayor and Council passed a resolution settling a lawsuit and an ordinance financing the acquisition of land at 183 Main St., the current location of Woori Bank, for a park on the West parcel of Redevelopment Area 5.

The borough’s annual community tree lighting celebration was Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center, and the mayor said Fort Lee outdid itself this year, especially after the devastating storm.

Port Authority police have charged more truck drivers with toll evasion at the George Washington Bridge so far this year than they did all of last year, as the agency continues what officials with the agency have described as a "crackdown," according to authorities. The number of drivers charged reached 104 last Sunday morning, the same day the Port Authority’s latest round of toll hikes went into effect, and climbed yet again Monday, authorities said.

Parents Warned Not to Park at Plaza to Drop Off School Kids

The Fort Lee Public School District recently posted a letter on its website warning parents that they risk being towed if they park at Whiteman Park Plaza when picking up or dropping off their kids at Fort Lee School No. 1.

Fort Lee’s Tea Bar Reopens More Than a Month After Sandy

The café and restaurant on Palisade Avenue had only been open under new ownership for about a month when the storm dramatically altered the owners’ plans for change. The Lee family finally re-opened on Dec. 1.

The culture of Fort Lee High School sports is changing, from the way all the sports teams pull for one another, to the way the cheerleaders, the marching band and the football team have come together to bring spirit back to the school. So says Billy Straub, a 1992 graduate of Fort Lee High School and current head football coach, and student athletes and others seem to agree.

Fort Lee Veterans Commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The national day of remembrance is observed annually on Dec. 7. In Fort Lee, veterans and others gathered at Borough Hall Friday to honor those who died in the attack in 1941.

A blog written by an award-winning journalist from Fort Lee has been named among Circle of Moms' Top 25 Family Blogs by a Mom.

The new Fort Lee Police Department chief and deputy chief will be sworn in on Dec. 20; the reorganization meeting will take place on Jan. 3. The Mayor and Council will also recognize local student filmmakers at the meeting on the 20th.

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

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