Monday, June 17, 2013
Leonia suspended its entire fire department following an alleged sex assault at the borough firehouse, officials say.
Leonia’s volunteer fire department has been “temporarily suspended” and firefighters from Teaneck and Fort Lee are covering fire calls in the borough after a teenager was accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy at the borough’s fire headquarters, a Leonia official said Monday. The Teaneck Fire Department is handling emergency calls on Leonia’s west side while Fort Lee crews cover the east side, Borough Administrator Jack Terhune said. “Right now it’s temporarily suspended pending action by the mayor and council in a reorganizational effort and I don’t know how long that will take,” Terhune said of the borough’s fire department. “It’s just temporarily been suspended.” The borough council was reviewing the issue and expected to release …
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Teaneck senator says Democrats backing the Republican governor are “surrendering” party values.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has lambasted fellow Democrats for backing Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid. In a statement, the Teaneck senator said officials elected as Democrats owed it to their constituents to support the party ideals. “Democrats who endorse Republican Governor Chris Christie are being less than true to the people they were elected to represent and are, in fact, undermining the trust of their supporters. There is a difference between bi-partisan cooperation on policies and surrendering the basic beliefs and core principles that are so important to Democratic voters and our belief in what government can and should do,” Weinberg said. “Christie’s Republican agenda not only ignores the needs of middle class …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Company will remove 30 nests in the area, report says
PSE&G crews this week will remove 30 monk parakeet nests from utility poles in Fort Lee, Leonia and Edgewater, northjersey.com reported Wednesday. The birds were blamed with causing a power outage in December that impacted 3,400 customers in Leonia, Englewood Cliffs and Teaneck. Utility company officials say the removals are needed to prevent more electrical outages and short outs. Although PSE&G and parakeet supporters have clashed, this year's removal effort brought more collaboration, the report said. The birds are being removed in more mild weather. “This is probably the most ideal week to remove the nests,” Alison Evans-Fragale, of the Edgewater Parrot Society told the newspaper. “It will give the birds enough time to rebuild the …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Proposed gun regulations include new limit on ammunition capacity and mental health checks
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg spoke in Teaneck Sunday to detail her support for a host of proposed gun regulations and faced opposition from gun rights advocates. The Assembly advanced the 22 new gun control measures in February after the deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The state Senate is set to take up the matter in late April. Banning .50 caliber weapons, limiting the ammunition capacity of magazines to 10 bullets from 15, mandatory safety training, and requiring background checks for private gun sales are some of the proposed measures. The package would also prohibit people on federal terror watch lists from buying weapons. Weinberg described the legislation as common sense regulations that would not …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Blue Laws 'handicap' local businesses, writes Teaneck councilman and former mayor
Monday, February 11
The following op-ed was submitted by Elie Y. Katz, a council member and former Teaneck mayor. Ah yes, the Blue Laws. When I was Mayor of Teaneck, at the request of many Teaneck residents, I briefly touched the third rail of this "taboo" subject by looking into a referendum question for Teaneck voters. It was not the harsh phone call from the Paramus Borough Attorney, nor the legal threats from mall operators outside Bergen County nor the concern from many husbands about their wives getting an extra day of shopping that made the Council withdraw the question. Rather, it was the fact that we were not legally permitted to offer a referendum question on a law which the state controls. It seems a little strange that in a country which …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Dozens gathered at a Cedar Lane rally to call for stricter gun laws and an end to violence following elementary school shooting in Connecticut.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Residents rallied Saturday night in Teaneck to call for stricter gun control laws in the wake of a shooting rampage that left 20 children and six adults dead at a Connecticut elementary school. The crowd, organized quickly through the Internet and by the Ethical Culture Society, held candles and carried signs calling for tighter regulation of firearms and an end to gun violence. Teaneck resident Jim Norman said he hoped to continue holding rallies and push elected leaders to act. "We feel it is time to move from mourning to action," he said. "This is the first in this area of what we hope will be non-stop action until America comes to its senses." Norman, a parent who said he was brought to tears by the killings, called for restrictions…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Cedar Lane diner latest well-known local business to shut down
Louie's Charcoal Pit in Teaneck, a diner that served customers on Cedar Lane for decades, closed “indefinitely” Sunday night. “Our sincerest gratitude to all of our patrons who have supported us over the many years. We will miss you and we wish you all of the best in the future,” said a message posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page Sunday afternoon. Louie’s owner Gerry Stamatelatos bought the diner in 1972, and another owner had previously run the well-known restaurant under the same name. In 2008, Louie’s was forced to cut back its 24-hour operation and had been up for sale, Gerry's son Dino Stamatelatos said in a 2010 interview. While the future for the diner's owners remained unclear, Dino Stamatelatos has said he would likely …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Potential movie theater operators have balked at the cost of upgrading Cedar Lane Cinemas to digital format.
The landlord of the recently closed Cedar Lane Cinemas is committed to finding another tenant to run the historic theater, a consultant for the group said Sunday. Still, potential theater operators approached so far have been unwilling to cover the approximately $300,000 to $500,000 cost of upgrading the decades-old cinema’s four screens to a soon-required digital projection system, said Dennis Gralla, a real estate consultant for landlord Cedar Lane Teaneck Corp. “Our goal is really to keep a theater there,” Gralla told Patch. “We think it’s important in Teaneck to have that theater.” The landlord would also be willing to invest in other upgrades at the movie house if a suitable long-term tenant was secured, Gralla said. Other …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
International group set to appear at local schools and host free performance at Teaneck's Puffin Cultural Forum.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
The following was submitted by the Puffin Cultural Forum: Sharon Katz, founder of The Peace Train in South Africa in 1992, mounted a countrywide tour around South Africa by train, shortly after the release of Nelson Mandela from South African prisons, and before his election as President of South Africa in 1994. She tours the world teaching Peace & Reconciliation and the anti-bullying messages contained in this historic and triumphant story. Teaneck’s Puffin Foundation, Ltd. has invited Sharon Katz and her singing partner Wendy Quick, to present workshops on South African music, dance, history and culture at Grieco Elementary School in Englewood NJ, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin Middle Schools in Teaneck NJ on November 29th and…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Republican challenger says he is open to suggestions on increasing retirement age.
Rep. Bill Pascrell touted his record on social security, Medicare and Medicaid at a forum at the Richard Rodda Center in Teaneck Tuesday, NJ.com reported. Pascrell, a Democrat, faces Republican challenger Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for the 9th district congressional seat. The pair sparred in a debate in Passaic on Monday. The congressman also vowed not to privatize social security. Boteach has said he is “open to suggestions” about raising the retirement age and cited the cost of entitlements in the federal budget, the report said. Both candidates have said the nation needs a bipartisan solution to the issues facing social security. Related News: