Friday, May 3, 2013
Local legislators host discussion on public safety, gun violence prevention featuring guest speaker from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Continuing with the ongoing discussion on public safety and gun violence prevention, local state legislators invite the public to attend a special screening of a film based on a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre and a post-film discussion at Bergen Community College on May 7. “Living for 32,” is a portrait of Colin Goddard, his account of the terror he and his classmates endured and his journey in telling his story to America. On that horrific day, April 16, 2007, a gunman entered Norris Hall education building on the campus of Virginia Tech killing 32 and wounding 17 in a mere 11 minutes. “Living for 32 will help to illustrate the harsh reality we face as a result of senseless acts of gun violence taking place all over America,” …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
County executive's former campaign manager offers free public relations help to Bergen Community College.
Sunday, April 7
The decision by Alan Marcus and The Marcus Group to withdraw their $90,000 contract with Bergen Community College was the appropriate course of action given the County Executive’s past practice of weeding out unnecessary and wasteful spending. However the decision by Mr. Marcus to offer “free” consultation services regarding upcoming labor negotiations is equally disturbing. When does a public agency or in this case a county school board take collective bargaining tips from a public relations executive? Doesn’t Bergen Community College have on retainer legal counsel to handle such matters? The withdrawal of this contract does not cause harm to the institution as suggested, but it saves taxpayers $90,000 on something that wasn’t needed or …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Free Job Fair & Career Resource Event offered at Bergen Community College
Whether it is employment your looking for, or career coaching, Bergen County is hosting a Job Fair and Career Resource Event on Thursday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pitkin Education Center at Bergen Community College. According to a release by County Executive Kathleen Donovan, this fair will have a targeted focus on regional manufacturers who are looking for both entry level and skilled, talented employees. Participating employers include: Affinity Health, Cintas Corporation, Holy Name Hospital, Macy's, Stryker, Hertz Corporation, Crestron Electronics, Home Depot, National Manufacturing, Party Rental, Ltd., Triangle Manufacturing, Versa Products Company, Whole Foods Market, Stauff Corporation, New Jersey Transit, Paul Davis …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Bergen County Police Department Bomb Squad deemed the package safe after a two-hour investigation in the campus mailroom. Only part of the campus was evacuated.
A suspicious package, which county police say turned out to be "harmless," caused part of the Bergen Community College Paramus campus to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon. The package was deemed suspicious by mailroom workers as it was an unexpected delivery which had "suspicious handwriting and no sender information" according to Lt. James Mullin of the Bergen County Police Department. Mullin said the entire campus was not evacuated, just the mailroom and surrounding area for a two-hour period as Bomb Squad personnell investigated. The bomb squad later deemed the package "safe" said Mullin. 'Like' Fort Lee Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The League of Women Voters hosted a debate at Bergen Community College featuring the candidates for Bergen County Freeholder on Tuesday afternoon
For all of the differences on party platforms, the four candidates for Bergen County Freeholder: Republican’s Freeholder Robert Hermansen (Mahwah) and former Mayor Margaret Watkins (River Edge) with Democrats Councilman Steven Tanelli (North Arlington) and Tracy Silna Zur (Franklin Lakes), showed they are more alike than many have realized during Tuesday afternoon’s debate at Bergen Community College. From questions on consolidating the Bergen County Police and Sheriff’s Departments to tightening the Pay-to-Play ordinance and making sure to keep Bergen Regional Medical Center, the candidates touted similar ideas on how to best move the County forward for the benefit of taxpayers. Consolidation While the Freeholders voted down an ordinance …
Friday, July 13, 2012
After learning about tapping into resources, critical infrastructure, and lessons learned from recent natural disasters, business owners brushed up on preserving data, business continuity, and having the right insurance before disaster strikes.
A major storm could potentially wipe out businesses that have taken generations to build in a matter of minutes. And while major corporations may have one or more staff members to ensure the continuity of an organization when natural disaster strikes, many small business owners may not have the additional staff or know of available resources. The Disaster Preparedness Conference Tuesday at Bergen Community, an event organized by the Meadowlands Regional Chamber (MRC), the Bergen County Executive Office, and the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, provided local businesses with critical business continuity plans in the event of a major emergency. Jim Kirkos, CEO of the MRC, said when his Lyndhurst home flooded for the first time …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Disaster Preparedness Conference unites government officials, utilities, and leaders of business organizations in Bergen County.
Bergen Community College was the site for Tuesday's Disaster Preparedness Conference organized by Jim Kirkos of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber and the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management (BCOEM). The conference was designed to provide a forum that would offer municipalities and businesses guidance and information on preparing for severe weather events. Although the focus of the conference was on preparedness for future weather emergencies, it was the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and the October snowstorm on municipalities in Bergen County, and the response of the public utility companies, that was on the forefront of the minds of local officials. During a panel discussion, United Water's manager …
Monday, July 9, 2012
A year after the state was impacted by Hurricane Irene and other storms, and thousands of businesses were forced to close, a program is being presented July 10 in Paramus to prepare businesses for the worse.
Although the 2012 hurricane season is not in full swing, county entities are not leaving anything to chance. The Meadowlands Regional Chamber is teaming up with the Bergen County Executive’s Office and the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management to help local businesses develop a business continuity plan in the case of an emergency. “Recent severe weather incidents along with a minor earthquake that rumbled our region show just how vulnerable and unprepared we are,” said Jim Kirkos, CEO of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber. “This conference is a call to action for all small and medium sized businesses who have not thought about how to protect and sustain their companies.” The event will be held Tuesday at Bergen Community College …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Local business leaders, educators, developers, and government officials meet to discuss ways on how to make Bergen County a desirable tourist destination
If Destination Bergen County, a campaign designed to drive tourism to the region, can be nearly as successful as the 1970’s “I Love New York” campaign was for New York City, the think tank behind the effort could exceed expectations. The economic development program presented June 12 by members of the 2012 Bergen LEADS class during a public forum at Bergen Community College (BCC) opened the possibilities by presenting ideas that highlight the best Bergen County has to offer including historical sites, almost 9,000 acres of county parks, and a multitude of dining and shopping choices that make Bergen County a viable tourist destination. Major events coming to Bergen County over the next year or two could also aid in the branding effort to…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Democratic 9th Congressional district crossed swords in a debate at Bergen Community College.
Toward the end of a debate with fellow Congressman and Democrat Steve Rothman, Bill Pascrell was asked to say something nice about his opponent in the race for New Jersey's 9th Congressional District. "I think he has been a loyal Democrat," Pascrell said. "When it suits his purpose." That's about as cordial as things got in a debate Monday at Bergen Community College, in which Rothman doggedly attacked Pascrell's record, while Pascrell continued to criticize Rothman for running against him instead of challenging Scott Garrett in the redrawn 5th District. Rothman came to the debate prepared to burnish his own credentials as a progressive and to tear down Pascrell's on issues like abortion, marriage equality, immigration, taxes and the …