Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission is seeking volunteers for a Saturday cleanup of debris remaining in the park from Hurricane Sandy.
With debris still scattered from Hurricane Sandy along the shore of the Palisades Interstate Park, the park commission is organizing a volunteer cleanup effort to spruce up the coastline. The storm surge from the October, 2012 storm washed up garbage and debris from the river, and the commission is asking for volunteers to hike the trail along the shore and help pile the debris for collection. "If you ever thought about coming to one of our clean-ups, this is the one," said trail crew supervisor Christina Fehre. "The trail crew needs help gathering al the trash and debris that washed up on our beautiful Shore Trail during Hurricane Sandy." The park commission will provide trash bags, gloves and litter sticks, as well as refreshments, to …
Friday, November 30, 2012
From the Archives: A brief history of the Palisades cliffs in Fort Lee.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Tom Meyers
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Palisades cliffs of Fort Lee are referenced in many of these archive pieces. Often I use as a point of reference the fact that we denizens of Fort Lee reside perched atop these very cliffs. These ancient cliffs define us as a borough. Carol Ortlip, a Fort Lee native and a member of the famed Ortlip family of artists of Fort Lee, wrote a book some years ago titled We Became Like A Hand: A Story of Five Sisters. Carol brought a new meaning to growing up on these cliffs, as she wrote about her family life atop the cliffs near Old Palisades Road, the present day site of several high-rises, including The Century. She captured life as a child here in Fort Lee on these very cliffs and though she and her sisters fanned out across America as…
Friday, August 10, 2012
Multiple road closures in Fort Lee Saturday for Ironman Triathalon; Palisades Interstate Parks and roads also closed.
Fort Lee officials have advised that there will be multiple road closures in area of George Washington Bridge Saturday due to Ironman U.S. Championship competition. Road closures will be in effect from 1 am to approximately 11:30 pm Saturday. Hudson Terrace will be closed throughout the enitre borough, from the Edgewater border to Washington Avenue. The southbound lanes of the Palisades Interstate Parkway from Exit 17 (Anthony Wayne Recreation Area) to the George Washington Bridge will be closed from 2 am through 8 pm Saturday. Spectators will be allowed on Hudson Terrace by foot access only at Hudson Terrace along the southbound side of the parkway. Spectators WILL NOT be permitted anywhere else along the length of Parkway or Route 9W in …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Area rescue crews were called to Palisades Interstate Park late Friday night. School officials confirm that the 16-year-old victim was "one of our kids."
A 16-year-old boy from Fort Lee died when he fell off a cliff in Fort Lee’s section of the Palisades Interstate Park, near the George Washington Bridge late Friday, police said. The East Bergen rappel team was called after the teen fell off the cliff around 9:45 p.m. Friday, said Fort Lee Fire Chief Keith Sabatino. Rescuers used a fire department tower ladder truck and helicopter team to reach the victim. Palisades Interstate Parkway Police said emergency crews had difficulty reaching the teen because of the time of night, remote location, and cliff-side hazards. The teen was walking with a 16-year-old girl from Edgewater when the incident occurred, according to PIP police. The girl, who called 911 when the fall took place, told police …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Fort Lee native Paul Mandala has been an avid hiker and long distance cyclist for years, but when a friend signed up for his first Ironman, Mandala could not resist the challenge.
After hiking through the Appalachian Mountains last year from June 7 through Oct. 2, Fort Lee native Paul Mandala decided he was ready to set his sights on a new challenge, the Ironman U.S. Championship on Aug 11. His longtime friend, Fort Lee firefighter Keith Elisberg, informed him of the iconic world class endurance race coming to their hometown. “We did it [Appalachian hike] faster than most people do,” said Mandala, adding that he was prepared mentally to push on for 10 to 14 hours, despite the 45-pound backpacks. “Most people take [the Appalachian Mountains] about six months and we did it in three months, three weeks and three days.” "If you’re not ready, you’ll always hit that bonk point and completely run out of energy,” added the …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The first-ever “Escape to the Palisades” run along Henry Hudson Drive in the Palisades Interstate Park promotes health and environmental stewardship.
The Palisades Parks Conservancy announced its inaugural “Escape to the Palisades” Half Marathon and 5K Family Run, an event beginning at Ross Dock in Fort Lee and showcasing the Palisades, while promoting physical and mental health and stewardship of the environment. Proceeds from the event that takes place in early May go toward the rehabilitation of roads and trails in the New Jersey section of the Palisades Interstate Park. Organizers of the event said they believe the value of recreation and preservation are critical components of a healthy life. “By focusing on goal-setting, health, fitness, and well-being, we want to promote and grow involvement in a competitive sporting activity,” said Carol-Lynn Ward of the Palisades Parks …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Celebrating the Oscar-winning films, "The Artist" and "Undefeated," and the opening of a new exhibit at the Fort Lee Museum.
This past week was a great one for Fort Lee, and surely the ghosts of our film past are dancing in the streets in celebration. For the first time in 83 years, a silent film won the Academy Award for Best Picture – and the Oscar goes to The Artist. This wonderful French film, shot in Hollywood, hopefully will open the door for a new generation to appreciate the silent film classics produced in Fort Lee and Hollywood from the turn of the last century through the late 1920s. And to place the cherry atop the cake we have the Zipper brothers, Glen and Ralph, graduates of Fort Lee High School and the first Fort Lee natives to win an Academy Award. They won the Oscar for their documentary Undefeated. Glen and Ralph have mentioned Fort Lee film…
Monday, August 22, 2011
U.S. Championship will take place in the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan area in August 2012.
The Borough of Fort Lee is in the early stages of planning its involvement in a major Ironman triathlon competition that takes place next summer, and Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich says he’d like to see the borough take on a central role while taking the opportunity to turn it into an event the entire community can enjoy. The World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and New York City Triathlon recently announced that the 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship will—for the first time ever—take place in the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan area on August 11, 2012. Speaking at last week’s regular meeting of the Fort Lee Mayor and Council, Sokolich said that he and several members of the Borough Council have met with representatives from WTC, which owns …
Friday, June 10, 2011
The story of Fort Lee's Bunty Hill, a legendary Hudson River lifeguard
The Borough of Fort Lee does not end at Hudson Terrace to the east though most Fort Lee residents don’t get past that somewhat busy thoroughfare these days. Those of us who have history in this borough and who grew up here in the 60s and 70s are the real last generation of Fort Lee kids who grew up along the Hudson River. We knew Fort Lee for what it was and really still is: a river town, and our river happens to be the mighty Hudson. Songs, books and films abound of the history of the Hudson River. However I am about to share a tale that has, for the most part, been untold for years, and it seems about time to relive this chapter of Fort Lee Hudson River lore. Maybe with the warm summer temperatures and sunny skies this tale seems ripe …
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Fun for the whole family this weekend in Bergen County
Still wondering what to do this weekend? We’ve done the leg work so you don’t have to. There’s a variety of local happenings to keep everyone entertained. Kids’ Spring Has Sprung Hands On Nature Program When/Where: Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; $4 members/$5 non-members; Meadowlands Environmental Center, Two DeKorte Plaza, Lyndhurst. Why Go: A hands-on chance to explore spring's flowers, insects and eggs. Great for the budding naturalist. Palisades Interstate Park Hike for Dogs & Their Owners to "Cape Fly Away" When/Where: Saturday 10 a.m. Meet Guide Christina Fehre at the Kearney House at Alpine Boat Basin & Picnic Area (PIP Exit 2). About 3.5 miles, 2 hrs. Dogs must be leashed. Why Go: A great way for you and your dog to exercise. …