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Red Light Camera Debate, FLHS Rankings Drop Top Local News

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

Speaking at the United Republican Club of Fort Lee’s Monthly meeting Tuesday, State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-23) discussed legislation he introduced “to outright ban” red light cameras in New Jersey.

Doherty two days after speaking at the meeting about his legislation to ban red light cameras in New Jersey released a statement blasting Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for comments he made in an article published on NorthJersey.com saying he wants to install red light cameras in the borough “for money reasons.”

With only one hurdle left to clear—a closing, which Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said he expects to happen within the next 10 days—the developer of the eastern half of the long-vacant, roughly 16-acre property now known as Redevelopment Area 5 should be ready to break ground on Oct. 1, borough officials said Thursday. Groundbreaking on the western half may take a little longer, according to Sokolich.

Fort Lee High School once again ranked among the state’s top 100 high schools, according to New Jersey Monthly’s biennial report, but the local school dropped from 72 in 2010 to 97, according to a formula based on state Department of Education (DOE) data for the 2010-2011 school year.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a study ranking towns nationwide when it comes to giving to charitable organizations. Fort Lee ranked above average when compared to county, state and national levels of giving.

Fort Lee is putting the finishing touches on its long-awaited, much-discussed and first-ever dog park, and although the park has been useable for some time now, borough officials have announced a grand opening on Sept. 22.

Family and friends of a 16-year-old Fort Lee youth, who received a much-needed heart transplant in June and is now in the midst of what is likely to be a lengthy recovery, are planning a fundraiser they hope will also help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.

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

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