Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Officials plan to meet again this week before Mayor Mark Sokolich calls a town hall meeting on school security. In the meantime, the mayor said the borough is moving forward with a plan to place two full-time SROs in Fort Lee schools.
Fort Lee school officials recently met with borough and police officials and are planning another meeting this week to address school security issues, as parents, school employees and community members continued to express concern Monday. Fort Lee Board of Education member David Sarnoff, who serves on the school board’s security committee, said Monday that school officials raised a number of concerns shared by board members and the public during a roughly two-hour meeting last week. “We talked about immediate action to address security and medium- and long-range plans,” Sarnoff said at Monday’s school board meeting. “Those plans will also be in close consultation with the Fort Lee Police Department, specifically the chief and deputy chief…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Fort Lee mayor says he scheduled a meeting about a week-and-a-half ago for Wednesday to include borough, school and police officials, and that he anticipates hiring two full-time school resource officers.
Fort Lee officials plan to meet with school and police officials Wednesday, and Mayor Mark Sokolich anticipates announcing soon after that two full-time school resource officers will be included in the next round of police hires. Sokolich said he called the meeting about a week-and-a-half ago after consulting with Fort Lee Police Chief Keith Bendul. The mandatory meeting Wednesday afternoon will include Sokolich, Bendul, Deputy Police Chief Timothy Ford, Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle and other school administrators, borough administrator Peggy Thomas and Council liaisons. “The meeting is devoted solely and exclusively to school safety,” Sokolich said, calling the likely plan to hire two additional police officers to work in …
Fort Lee High School graduate, formerly of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and now the president and founder of Safe School Technologies, presents the latest in a series of articles on gun laws.
Tuesday, January 8
Editor's Note: The following article was submitted by Robert V. Tessaro, who recently moved back to Fort Lee after spending five years in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. After a week of silence following the tragic massacre in Newtown, CT, National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre hosted a press conference to outline their solution to gun violence in our schools. Predictably, the NRA blamed the media, the entertainment industry, video game makers, gun-free school zones, mental health providers, hurricanes … just about everything but the lax gun laws in the United States that they have fought to weaken. According to them, there is no need to require background checks on all firearm …
Steven Engravalle said he would reach out to Fort Lee’s police chief to discuss plans for continued school security in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., as parents expressed strong concerns Monday.
Fort Lee’s Superintendent of Schools, attending his first public school board meeting since finishing his two-month leave of absence, said Monday that school security should be a priority, especially in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December, and that if he had it his way, there would be a police officer in every public school building in the Fort Lee district. Superintendent Steven Engravalle also pledged to reach out to the Chief of the Fort Lee Police Department Tuesday. The issue of security was first raised at Monday’s special business meeting by new board member David Sarnoff, who noted that committee assignments were made earlier in the evening, and that he is now on the security committee, along with …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
MLS players will travel to town affected by mass shooting to show support for devastated community.
Members of the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer will travel to Newtown, CT on Monday to raise funds for the families affected by the tragic Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, league officials announced. Soccer players will use the event to help raise attention, support and funding for these families with “Soccer Night in Newtown.” The shooting, which killed 27 people, including 20 children, had an especially strong impact on San Jose Earthquakes’ player Marcus Tracy, who grew up in Newtown and whose mother once taught at the school. Residents and members of the Newtown Youth Soccer Club have been invited to attend and meet professional soccer players including Red Bulls players Kenny Cooper, Ryan Meara and Heath …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Fort Lee’s Interim Superintendent of Schools released a holiday message on the school district’s website, also mentioning her time in the role and calling it “the most rewarding experience” of her career.
Fort Lee’s interim superintendent of schools says students in the school district have been coping with the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. in the days since the deadly shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in part by paying tribute to the victims. In a holiday message to members of the Fort Lee school community posted on the Fort Lee Public School District’s website, Interim Superintendent of Schools Sharon Amato said she has also heard “many excellent suggestions” on how school officials can improve security. She said she would take those suggestions into consideration moving forward. “The tragedy in [Newtown] has shaken us to the core; but it has also helped us come together as a …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The former Director of Law Enforcement Relations for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, who recently moved back to Fort Lee from Washington, speaks out in light of Newtown, Conn. school shooting.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Fort Lee resident Robert V. Tessaro remembers when in 1994 then Vice President Al Gore visited Fort Lee High School. Tessaro, the nephew of former Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Tessaro and the son of former Municipal Court Judge Robert T. Tessaro, was among a group of Fort Lee High School students at the time who started a petition supporting the proposed ban on assault weapons. “I guess it was very unique at the time for schools to be active in this that we actually got a visit from [Gore], who came to Fort Lee, praising the students for getting involved in that,” Tessaro said, adding, “That was really my first major experience learning about gun control laws … and how to get involved in making sure laws were passed on a national level.” …