Friday, April 12, 2013
PRIDE hosts grand opening of its new facility in Paramus, the first in Bergen County.
Paramus has become home to the first PRIDE center in Bergen County, a training facility which helps young people with special needs gain independence and responsibility. Clients and their family members along with a number of local, county and state officials joined the PRIDE team at Thursday's grand opening celebration at the new center on Sette Road. PRIDE, which stands for Promoting Responsibility Independence Decision-Making Employability, was born out of a need for a transitional program to help those with special needs advance from their schooling into the workforce, Dot Libman, director of PRIDE, said. “Parents had said we want a place where our kids could continue to grow and learn,” said Libman, adding that the program was …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera states that although he and borough residents disagree with the ruling the borough will abide it and hopes this will be the final weekend for Blue Law suspension.
A Bergen County Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of suspending Blue Laws —meaning Paramus stores will be open Sunday —despite the mayor's efforts to protect the law, claiming it favors the quality of life of borough residents. Mayor Richard LaBarbiera stated Friday that "although the residents of Paramus and I strongly disagree with this ruling we will of course abide it." "The County Executive says that this will be the last Sunday without the Blue Laws and I intend to hold her to that," said LaBarbiera in a statement. "The Blue Laws are absolutely essential to keeping Paramus livable and I will never stop fighting to make sure they are always here to protect our quality of life. I thank the many Paramus residents who expressed their …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Paramus seeks to enforce Blue Laws after Christie ordered them suspended.
It's been a week since Gov. Chris Christie issued the order to suspend Bergen County's Blue Laws so that residents most impacted by Hurricane Sandy could purchase necessary repair items. And while Paramus has the strictest Blue Laws on the books, County Executive Kathleen Donovan may take the borough to court this week to keep local officials from limiting what stores can be open. Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan had asked the state last Saturday to suspend the county’s Blue Laws as the County struggled with numerous power outages. Christie gave the order on Sunday, Nov. 4 to allow for retail stores to open. The Executive Order is meant to allow the sale of clothing and wearing apparel, building and lumber supply materials, …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Two county officers indicted Monday on official misconduct charges for alleged cover-up following six-town police chase.
Two Bergen County police officers were indicted Monday on charges they worked to hide evidence and lied to investigators following a six-town car chase where one officer allegedly opened fire on a burglary suspect in Bogota. The seven count indictment alleges Bergen County Police Officer Saheed Baksh, 37, removed shell casings from a crime scene after he fired two shots at Francesco Piserchia, who authorities said led officers on a chase from Paramus to West Shore Avenue in Bogota. Although Baksh fired, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said the casings "which were originally observed at the shooting scene on West Shore Avenue" later went missing. Another county officer who responded, 52-year-old Jeffrey Roberts, failed to "…
Monday, July 16, 2012
Despite a developer's wishes, descendants of slave owners and slaves bonded in an attempt to preserve a home tied to the tumultuous history between African-Americans and whites.
A piece of African-American and Bergen County history was turned to rubble after a Paramus developer chose not to preserve the 18th century structure slated to become a museum. The rare Dutch sandstone architecture known as the Zabriskie Tenant House at 273 Dunkerhook Road in Paramus was once home to the prominent Zabriskies; one of Bergen County’s founding families; and the Bennett and the Stewart families, slaves that built the structure in 1790. On Thursday, developer, Quattro 4, LLC, had a backhoe brought onto the property, and by Friday 9am, and without warning, they had most of the classic structure crushed to the ground. Only the staircase that led to the entrance was left standing surrounded by debris. Darryl Harris, grandson …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Bergen County's largest provider of senior care services is looking to expand by adding an additional complex in Paramus specifically designed to facilitate patients with Alzheimer's.
Representatives of CareOne, a provider of post-hospital care, rehabilitation, assisted living and long-term care, presented several variance requests to the Paramus Board of Adjustment recently, for a new facility to be built at 175-189 Paramus Road. CareOne, which is based in Fort Lee, currently operates two locations in Paramus; CareOne at The Cupola, which houses 150 residents at West 100 Ridgewood Avenue since 1999, and CareOne at Ridgewood Avenue. Attorney for the applicant, Donna Erem from Wolff and Samson, PC, a regional law firm based in West Orange, said The Cupola has enjoyed a stellar reputation for the quality of care it provides. "It is constantly full and it has a wait list," said Erem. CareOne has other locations …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Aakash Dalal, the former Lodi man allegedly behind the anti-semitic arsons earlier this year, has pleaded not guilty to additional charges that he plotted to murder the assistant prosecutor in the case.
The former Lodi man who allegedly played a guiding role in the firebombings of Jewish synagogues earlier this year has pleaded not guilty to new charges that he conspired to kill the assistant prosecutor handling his case, authorities said Thursday. Aakash Dalal, 20, who had been attending Rutgers University and has a New Brunswick address, plotted to obtain a gun and murder Assistant Prosecutor Martin Delaney after he made bail, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. Dalal, who was scheduled to be released from jail this week after arranging to post $1 million bail, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to possess a weapon for unlawful purposes and terroristic threats. In early May, FBI agents …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sen. Robert Menendez plans to reintroduce legislation regulating prepaid cards
- Myles Ma
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
PARAMUS -- Consumers should know what fees they face when they buy prepaid cards, Sen. Robert Menendez said at the Garden State Plaza Tuesday. Prepaid cards function like debit cards, but they don't draw on checking accounts. Instead, consumers deposit money in separate accounts linked to the cards. Standing in the crowded corridors of the mall just a few shopping days before Christmas, Menendez lifted a folded piece of paper covered in lines of text. The document listed all the fees consumers face for using prepaid cards, he said. Charges can come upon activation of the card, ATM withdrawals, purchases, bill payments and for calling customer service, Menendez said. But consumers often aren't told up front about the fees. "You don't even …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The man accused of killing New York rapper, Kampane, has yet to find legal representation
The man accused of leaving a bullet-ridden corpse on a quiet street in Paramus made his first appearance in Bergen County Superior Court on Monday in front of Judge Patrick S. Roma. Randy K. Manning, a Brooklyn resident, is accused of murdering Rhian H. Stoute, a New York rapper known by his stage name, Kampane, and burning his body before leaving it in a car parked on Village Circle West in Paramus. In addition to the murder charge, Bergen County First Assistant Prosecutor John L. Higgins read eight other complaints against Manning, including desecration of human remains, second degree burglary, felony murder, tampering with a witness, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, hindering apprehension, tampering with evidence and …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Body found in parked SUV in Paramus early Tuesday morning; case being treated as homicide, prosecutor says.
The man whose body was found burned inside the back of a Sport Utility Vehicle at Village Circle West in Paramus has been identified as 33-year-old Brooklyn resident Rhian H. Stoute, authorities said Tuesday night. Stoute, known as Kampane, was a rapper who toured with Roc-a-Fella in 2000, according to his online bio. The case is being treated as a homicide, Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement released late Tuesday afternoon. An early-model black Chevy Tahoe with New York plates was discovered early Tuesday morning with Stoute's burned body in the rear cargo area, Molinelli said. Molinelli said investigators do not believe the death occurred on the Paramus street where the body was found. "At this time we have no information …