Cop Assaulted, Sandy's Aftermath, School Administrators Top Month's News

Fort Lee’s “Top 10,” a rundown of the most-read stories on Fort Lee Patch for the month of November.

Fort Lee Cop Assaulted at Gas Station as Tempers Flare over Long Lines

A New York man allegedly assaulted a Fort Lee police officer at a gas station on Bergen Boulevard early, becoming "enraged" after learning the station might be out of gas by the time he made it to the front of the line.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich met with the president of PSE&G—a meeting he said was arranged by State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37), who will also be present—to give him a list of all the areas in Fort Lee that remain without power.

Fort Lee Superintendent to Take Leave of Absence Until January

The Fort Lee Board of Education approved a nearly two-month leave of absence for Superintendent Steven Engravalle for medical reasons and appointed Sharon Amato Interim Superintendent of Schools during his absence.

The mayor of Fort Lee provided an update for residents on Friday, Nov. 2 on power outages and conditions in town in the aftermath of Sandy, saying the borough was “looking at three to four days” for restoration of power.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich issued a public notice on Nov. 3 and another one on Nov. 4, updating the community on power restoration, road clearance and other issues of concern to residents in the aftermath of Sandy.

Fort Lee Assistant Superintendent Resigns

The Fort Lee Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the resignation effective Nov. 26, 2012, of Keith Lockwood from his positions as Assistant Superintendent, Anti-Bullying Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer.

Fort Lee Voters Elect Four New School Board Members

The Fort Lee Board of Education will look markedly different next year, after voters in Fort Lee overwhelmingly chose the three challengers for three-year terms on the board over the one incumbent running.

Fort Lee In Sandy's Aftermath

In the immediate aftermath of Sandy, Fort Lee found its streets littered with downed trees, wires and telephone poles. From the Junction at the base of Abbot Boulevard north to Coytesville, large large portions of the town were without power. PSE&G's outage map estimated that more than 10,000 households were without power in the borough as of the Tuesday after the "superstorm."

As Fort Lee students and teachers rapidly approached the halfway point of the school year, Lewis F. Cole Middle School remained without a permanent leader. But school officials said that while an advertisement was going out for a principal, they would consider an interim principal until they find the right person for the job.

Although borough officials and the Fort Lee Police Department asked people to stay home, many were out trying to find a place and then waiting in long lines to gas up their cars or fill their gas cans, as extra police patrols attempted to maintain order.


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