Monday, February 25, 2013
Fort Lee beats out other teams to win Honorable Mention in the Small Varsity Intermediate Division.
This past weekend the Fort Lee High School Cheerleaders performed at the Reach the Beach National Competition in Ocean City, Maryland with over 250 other teams from around the country. Fort Lee received Honorable Mention in the Small Varsity Intermediate Division beating out other teams. The judges praised Fort Lee Cheerleaders for their dance synchronization and great energy. Coach Jacky Corcoran said this whole experience has been surreal as a first year coach. "All of our hard work paid off and I could not be happier with the result," she said. Coach Nikki Luppino said the girls really came together and performed flawlessly after only a few weeks of practice. "We are so proud of the work that they have put in," she said. According to …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Falling behind early, the 11th seeded Bridgemen could not make up the deficit against St. Joseph Regional in the Bergen County Jamboree
After a four-year hiatus from the Bergen County Jamboree, the 11th seeded Fort Lee Bridgemen opened their tournament run with a 75-62 win over No. 22 Bogota but could not carry that momentum over to the Round of 16. This weekend the Bridgemen fell behind early to sixth seeded St. Joseph Regional and subsequently ousted 66-46. The 12-7 Bridgemen were outmuscled by the 11-8 Green Knights and worn down through four quarters at Tenafly High School. The Knights took an early 17-9 first quarter lead and never relinquished control of the ball. Member's of the 1,000 career point club Josh Fort and Nick Gentile netted 18 and 10 points respectively in the loss. The Bridgemen will host River Dell on Tuesday, 7pm for a regular season game and then …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Alex and Christian Hernandez, 23 and 35, were arrested on multiple drug-related charges.
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Sunday, January 27
Fort Lee Police arrested a pair of brothers Friday after finding three pounds of marijuana inside the basement of their Wilson Avenue home, Capt. Thomas Ottina said. Det. Cory Horton, of the Fort Lee Narcotics Unit, first eyed Alex Hernandez, 23, leaving the suspicious vehicle around 1:30 p.m. on Friday and entering the basement of an apartment on Wilson Avenue; when he returned he was holding two white plastic bags, Ottina said. The vehicle drove off and Fort Lee Police followed, stopping it soon thereafter. Upon searching the vehicle, cops said they discovered two ounces of pot in the bags, and arrested Alex. According to Ottina, narcotics detectives then returned to the basement apartment and discovered three pounds of marijuana, …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A Fort Lee High School Physical Education and Family Life teacher says grants from the foundation have allowed educators to use “RealCare Babies” to teach real life and decision-making skills.
The Physical Education Department at Fort Lee High School recently received a grant from the Fort Lee Education Foundation enabling them to acquire two additional RealCare Babies for seniors in Family Life classes to take home and experience for 24 hours what it is like to care for a real crying baby. Physical Education and Family Life teacher Diego Lombardo said the simulated babies, of which the department now has about 15 thanks to the foundation, are “very close to” the real thing. In a letter to the Fort Lee Education Foundation thanking them for the grant, Lombardo, Alysia “A.J.” Ott, with whom Lombardo co-teaches Family Life, and Kelly Horton, who is now at Lewis F. Cole Middle School but whom Lombardo credited with having applied …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Thanks to close cooperation among FLHS cheerleaders, coaches, the marching band, boosters and the “Fort Lee Fanatics,” as well as a tight-knit senior class, school spirit is increasing, insiders agree.
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. “This place is changing, and you guys may not realize it, but I think the seniors that are here are the reason it’s changing, and it’s changing for the better,” Straub told a group of senior athletes he gathered in a high school classroom after the FLHS Athletic Booster Club recently hosted a “Senior Appreciation Night” for fall athletes. “Maybe our seasons weren’t as …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The annual Fort Lee High School Athletic Booster Club-sponsored “Senior Appreciation Night” for fall athletes took place Wednesday in the high school cafeteria.
Fort Lee High School sports coaches had the opportunity to pay special tribute to their senior athletes before their peers and parents Wednesday, when the FLHS Athletic Booster Club hosted a “Senior Appreciation Night” for fall athletes. The booster club sponsors the event at the end of every sports season, according to club president Sandi Klein. On Wednesday, the coaches took turns calling their senior players to the front of the high school cafeteria, where the event took place, and spoke a little about their teams and the seasons they had before mentioning a few words about each individual senior athlete. Head football coach Billy Straub called his seniors “a special group to me” in spite of a 2-8 season in which the Bridgemen lost …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The annual Thanksgiving Day football game may be a thing of the past, but Fort Lee football lives on in the annual gathering of Bridgemen.
On a clear, crisp Thursday morning in late fall, they came together at the VFW with the same energy they once took the football field with--the hubris of their youthful invincibility still palpable, though scarred by age and experience. For years now, every Thanksgiving morning, Bridgemen travel from near and far to come back home to Fort Lee. They come together not so much to re-live their glory days, but to resuscitate every pass, every play, every laugh. Teammates from the 1940s to the 1990s were represented at the annual reunion of Fort Lee football players held at the VFW on Center Avenue. The gathering together of every team was the brainchild of Joe Viola ('70) and Frank Aiello ('72). Viola, who scored three touchdowns against …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
School officials said the gymnasium has already been slated for an overhaul after a group of high school students brought the issue up at the Fort Lee school board meeting Monday.
A group of Fort Lee High School students addressed the Fort Lee Board of Education Monday, urging school officials to address the rapidly deteriorating conditions in their school’s gymnasium and were assured that the problems are going to be addressed next summer. “Our gym is a big liability,” said high school senior Danielle Elmers, one of the students who spoke at Monday’s BOE meeting. “The bleachers—we don’t have railings; we don’t have steps. Do you know how many people fall?” To illustrate that point, she told school board members that if her grandparents were to come watch her play basketball, “they would struggle to get up the bleachers if they didn’t want to sit in the front row and risk getting hit by a stray basketball.” One Fort…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For the first time ever a film made by Fort Lee High School students won “Best of the Fest” at the Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival. Also for the first time, there was a tie for the honor.
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- Erik Wander
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Fort Lee Film Commission’s 8th annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow (JFOT) Bergen County High School Student Film Festival finals took place Saturday, and for the first time, Fort Lee High School filmmakers took home “Best of the Fest” honors. Also for the first time in the festival’s history there was a tie for “Best of the Fest,” according to executive director Tom Meyers of the Fort Lee Film Commission, which received more than 100 submissions this year. Meyers said five finalists were selected and screened at the festival on Nov. 10 at MediaMix Studio in Allendale. “The Fort Lee film, ‘Who Are We?’ is very interesting,” Meyers said. “It is about a group of Fort Lee High School students who formed their own dance troupe but have …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Fort Lee school officials had to deal with multiple power outages in multiple schools Wednesday but managed to get the kids through a full day--their first in a long time.
Wednesday was supposed to be a “return to normalcy,” as Fort Lee’s Superintendent of Schools called it, for students in the district after seven days away from their classrooms, classmates, lessons and teachers. The devastation and widespread power outages, downed trees and wires in the borough Hurricane Sandy left in its wake had prevented schools from opening all of last week, in addition to this Monday. Then came Tuesday, which was Election Day. But Wednesday didn’t quite work out to be a “normal” school day for Fort Lee students on their first day back. “We did have quite an eventful day with power going in and out in multiple schools all day,” said Superintendent Steven Engravalle. At about 12:45 p.m., Fort Lee School No. 3 went down…