Couple Dies in Teaneck House Fire, Mahwah Woman Pulls Knife on Police
This week's Bergen news also includes a PSE&G representative speaking at a Ridgewood council meeting about power outages
Welcome to "Around The County," a weekly column that highlights stories throughout Bergen County. This week, two Teaneck residents died in a house fire, a Mahwah woman was arrested and accused of threatening police with a knife, an underground transformer fire broke out in Fort Lee, a Ridgewood DPW employee was hit by a car, a Teaneck supermarket handed out free meals to residents without power, a PSE&G representative attended a Ridgewood council meeting to explain what went wrong and more. Check out our list of some of thetop stories in the county this week:
- An elderly man and his wheelchair-bound wife died in a three-alarm house fire in Teaneck Monday morning, authorities and witnesses said.
- A Mahwah woman was arrested Hallowen night after wielding a knife at police officers during a late-night incident in her condo, Police Chief Jame Batelli said.
- One firefighter and one civilian sustained minor injuries Monday morning when an underground transformer fire broke out in a PSE&G vault at a residential high-rise building on Bridge Plaza North, forcing evacuation of the building, according to the Fort Lee Fire Department.
- A representative from PSE&G appeared at the Ridgewood council meeting Wednesday night to explain what went wrong and why so many residents were without power after snowfall and wind toppled trees and power lines Halloween weekend.
- Teaneck Kosher Supermarket offered free hot food for anyone who lost power in the weekend snowstorm. The store gave out thousands of free dinners.
- A DPW worker clearing debris from Fairmount Road in Ridgewood Friday morning was struck by a vehicle that went through a roadblock, according to police.
- One hundred thirty students who all share the same goal of wanting to make Hasbrouck Heights High School a safe place for everyone, have joined the school's Gay Straight Alliance. The group works to make a difference by changing the culture and climate in the school sending the message that kids should never be afraid to be themselves, know it’s OK to be different and should be able to walk down school hallways and smile.
- A Paramus High School graduate has helped develop a smartphone application that lets employers track their employees' hours and location. Joseph Burger, 26, is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of LaborSync, which launched September inthe iTunes App Store, and in February in the Android Market.
- The Port Authority lit the “necklace lights” on the George Washington Bridge green Wednesday night to mark the kickoff of the100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.
- The cost to clean up after the October snowstorm in Bergen County is greater than $3 million.
- Problems from the October snow sent many to area hospitals, due to injuries from falling branches and then consequences of having no electricity.
- A River Vale teen was in the ICU after being struck by a car in Hillsdale Tuesday night.