Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Rambo's Hotel, one of Fort Lee's oldest buildings and a landmark of the early film industry, could be turned into a duplex without action from the borough to acquire the property.
Standing in the midst of modern highways and high-rises is “Rambo’s Hotel,” the setting of stagecoach chase scenes and Old Western duels during Fort Lee’s heyday in the early twentieth century film industry, and the building that the borough council and historical society are attempting to save from demolition. After its previous owner passed away, the First Street property was purchased by developer Joseph Romano, who intends to demolish the building to construct a duplex on the site. “This is what happens with a lot of historical houses. The family wants to sell, and that’s their right,” film commission director Tom Meyers said, adding that redevelopments over the years have left few remaining historical buildings in the borough. From …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Fort Lee Film Commission's historic map of Fort Lee's film industry will receive a Bergen County Historic Preservation Award on May 9.
The Fort Lee Film Commission will receive a Bergen County Historic Preservation Award for its Historical Map of Fort Lee, County Executive Kathleen Donovan announced last week. The map of historic Fort Lee film industry locations provides a guide to the film studios, stars’ homes, theaters and silver screen backdrops that made Fort Lee an epicenter of the industry in the early twentieth century. “All of these things help educate people, and help us to tell the story of what happened in Fort Lee,” film commission executive director Tom Meyers said. The film commission will receive one of 14 awards being distributed by the county for restoration projects, documentaries, and books on local history, at an award ceremony to be held at one of …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Two students participated in a Hudson Shakespeare Company staging of Inherit the Wind that netted the high school drama department $550.
Two Fort Lee students shared the stage with Hudson Shakespeare Company actors in a municipal courtroom rendition of Inherit the Wind last weekend that raised $550 for the high school drama department. The two students, Cole Nelson and Samantha Rubin, played roles alongside professional actors in the play based on the Scopes Trial. The Film Commission also ran a screening of the 1960 film based off the play. The Hudson Shakespeare Company first used the borough court last year for another courtroom drama, To Kill a Mockingbird, but this is the first time that student actors have participated. Film commissioner Tom Meyers said that the relationship between the theater company and high school drama department could continue in the company’s …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Take a look at what's going on in Fort Lee this week.
The Fort Lee Board of Education will be meeting Monday in a Private Work Session from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Fort Lee High School Library/Media Center on the second floor. No action will be taken at the Private Work Session. The regular business meeting will begin at 8 pm in the High School Library/Media Center on the second floor. Official Action will be taken. On Wednesday, the Fort Lee Film Commission and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission is presenting a one-night film festival "Gangs in Fort Lee" at the Fort Lee Historic Park. This festival celebrates the origins of the gangster film genre that began in Fort Lee with D.W. Griffiths "Muskateers of Pig Alley." Fort Lee Film Commissioner, Tom Meyers, and Palisades Interstate Park …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Take a look at Fort Lee's top stories for last week.
Mayor and Council unanimously approve 2013 Municipal Budget. In Fort Lee, 188 tax appeals were filed in 2012 and the town is facing $826,649.22 in rebates. As the district emerges from a period of instability, Acting Superintendant Dr. Sharon Amato sits down with Patch to talk about the district's goals. Police are seeking help from the public after Nycal Velasquez, 21, went missing. His abandoned car was found in Fort Lee. Page Aiello, 22, a student at The College of New Jersey, was last seen on Tuesday; her car was found a day later in a New Brunswick parking deck, authorities said. An agreement has been reached by Korean American groups on the language to be inscribed on Fort Lee's Comfort Women Memorial. Newly formed Atlantic City …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Newly formed Atlantic City Mayor's Office for Film and Television is the vehicle that may bring film production back to Fort Lee.
Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, Tom Meyers, along with Chairman Nelson Page, has been appointed to the Atlantic City Mayor's Office for Film and Television by Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford. What brought Meyers and Page to Atlantic City? Disappointed by Governor Chris Christie's suspension of the New Jersey Film and Television Tax incentive program in 2010, Meyers and Page have been lobbying state legislators to reinstate the credit to attract film and television production back to where it all began--New Jersey. Specifically, Fort Lee. Fort Lee felt the full effect of the film credit tax suspension when Law and Order, SVU closed their North Bergen studio and moved production into New York City. SVU had used Fort …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Mark your calendars--there is a lot going on in Fort Lee this week.
The Fort Lee Historical Society is hosting a reading of the new historical novel, Palisades Park by Alan Brennert, Tuesday at the Fort Lee Museum. The reading coincides with the book's release by St. Martin's Press, as well as the museum's Palisades Amusement Park exhibit. The reading is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. The Fort Lee Board of Education is hosting a Special Public Work Session and a Special Private Work Session on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Fort Lee High School's Library/Media Center on the second floor. Purpose of this Special Public Work Session is to adjourn immediately into private session to discuss personnel matters. Official action may be taken at the Special Public Work Session. Purpose of this Special Private …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
See all of Fort Lee's top news stories for last week here.
Fort Lee Board of Education accepts the resignation of Steven Engravalle as Superintendent of the Fort Lee School District. Tentative tax increase due to unforseen expenses brought on by Hurricane Sandy and a 20 percent increase from the BCUA. During emergency situations, such as Superstorm Sandy presented, special needs requires special preparedness. Fort Lee Police charge Bronx man with heroin and gun possession after a motor vehicle stop. Officials report that 7-year-old Ava Sangavaram lay bleeding for hours after mother stabbed her before taking her own life. The average home sold last year in Fort Lee went for $450,886 down 10.1 percent from 2011. Fort Lee on board to dedicate their own Comfort Women Memorial. Officials emphasize the …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Many turn out to support FLHS Drama Department on John Barrymore's 131st birthday.
Depsite the snowbanks, the cold temperature and the on-coming traffic--the Fort Lee Film Commission celebrated John Barrymore's 131st birthday by laying a wreath at Central Road (commemoratively named John Barrymore Way) and Main Street as dusk fell Friday evening. A young Shakespearian actor donned the role of John Barrymore for the evening and captured his spirit magnanimously and magnificiently as he regaled the audience gathered around the bar at In Napoli Restaurant with stories of Fort Lee from the last turn of the century. All money raised at the fundraiser goes to benefit the Drama Department of Fort Lee High School. Follow Fort Lee Patch on Facebook.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mayor and Council recognize the contributions of the Barrymore family to Fort Lee and agree to name new theater and film museum to be built on Redevelopment Area 5 after them.
As part of the developer's agreement for the western parcel of Redevelopment Area 5, the Fort Lee Mayor & Council have secured the construction of a 13,000 square foot movie theatre and a film museum to commemorate the role of Fort Lee as the first American film town. In recognition of their many contributions to the community of Fort Lee, the Mayor and Council agreed to name the theater and museum after the Barrymore family. According to Tom Meyers, Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, the western parcel of Redevelopment Area 5 once housed Buckheister's Hotel, where an 18-year-old John Barrymore made his stage debut in a fundraiser for Fire Company 2. The fundraiser, organized by his father Maurice--a member of Fire …