Friday, May 24, 2013
State, federal officials expected to be on hand to assist local residents and discuss recovery and rebuilding efforts.
State officials are taking their cabinet meeting on the road next week. The Office of Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that it will hold mobile cabinet office hours in Moonachie on Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. Moonachie and Little Ferry were among the Bergen County towns most severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. “Representatives from state and federal agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Constituent Relations, the Department of Banking and Insurance, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Community Affairs, the Business Action Center, FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program, will be on hand to assist residents and discuss ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts,” according to a release from the governor’s …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy.
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. A full itinerary of the visit was not available. More information can be found here.
DEP officials say the handicap ramp at Graydon Pool in Ridgewood won't be ready for summer.
With work on a handicap ramp at Graydon Pool not expected to begin until at least the fall, Fair Lawn officials have opened up the borough's sandbottom pool this summer to Ridgewood residents with physical challenges. At a public forum on Monday, DEP officials told village officials and residents that they have yet to sign off on a controversial handicap ramp to Graydon. The ramp has been the subject of intense debate for several years. The council voted late last year to allocate $48,000 toward the construction of a 40-foot ramp at the 2.6 acre site. But the DEP process has been frought with delays. Ridgewood residents with physical challenges will still have the option to spend a day at a beach in Bergen County thanks to neighbors in …
Residents say council colleagues "bullied" Riche over phone system installation work his company performed for the village in 2012. The council did not appropriate $8,000 for emergency work at fire headquarters, though it was approved by town officials.
Ridgewood Councilman Tom Riche's company, Extel Communications, received a $24,000 contract in June to upgrade the phone systems at the water department, Village Hall and to perform work at fire department. But he collected $32,000, $8,000 more than the council had authorized. How and why it happened became the subject of debate among the increasingly divided village council on Wednesday night. One way or another, Riche said he's done doing business with the town. The council majority said Riche had a responsibility to tell the council that he took more than what was authorized and further questioned if council members should do business with the town in the first place. Riche said he's donated a tremendous amount of his time and money to …
The governor visited HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, which is set to open June 1.
Gov. Chris Christie visited Westwood Thursday for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley. Christie praised the hospital's officials for their work and State Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd for ultimately approving the hospital last year. HUMC at Pascack Valley was the first hospital to receive a license from New Jersey in almost 30 years. "I'm thrilled that this is happening and we can be part of it together," Christie said. Christie and other officials also credited members of the community for their support in reopening the former Pascack Valley Hospital, which closed in 2007 at the same site. Christie said he gave his support to the new hospital because people in the region needed it. "It's all about the people …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Former Congressman has filed paperwork to run against the Republican incumbent.
It sure seems like former Congressman Andy Maguire is looking to reclaim his old seat. The Democrat from Ridgewood is making the rounds and raising a warchest to take on well-funded, name-brand conservative incumbent, Scott Garrett. While Maguire – who was a congressman from 1974-1980 before Marge Roukema ousted him – claims the campaign is still "exploratory" at this point, his spokesman told northjersey.com that the 5th district seat is "certainly winnable." Maguire, 75, has been at party events in recent months, most recently introducing two Democratic Glen Rock council candidates. Politickernj.com reported he has filed the paperwork to take on Garrett in 2014. While the 5th district still favors Republicans, new voting lines now bring …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Federal government had the program closed last year after higher-than-anticipated death rates and reports of kidney failure, according to northjersey.com
Monday, May 20
A year after the federal government shut it down, Hackensack University Medical Center has reopened its kidney transplant center. Medicare shut the kidney center down last year after higher-than-anticipated rates of death and kidney failure. According to a report on northjersey.com, the hospital has brought aboard a new head of surgery, additional surgeons, and upgraded its evaluation systems to spot potential problems. Some staff will also have backgrounds in cardiology and endocrinology, the report noted. Per the report, the first-year survival rate for patients who received a transplant between Jan. 1, 2009 and June 30, 2011 was 90.5 percent, under the 96 percent rate expected. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
HUMC-Pascack Valley CEO Chad Melton wants the hospital to increase bed counts within the next few years, according to northjersey.com. Melton said he doesn't think Bergen competitors will "lose volume" as a result.
With Valley Hospital struggling to modernize its own facilities through a controversial expansion project, a major competitor announced it too has visions of expansion – and it's not even open for business yet. According to a Sunday report on northjersey.com, Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley is optimistic its new facility will drum up enough business to quickly expand. Pascack Valley Hospital declared bankrupcy in 2007 and has been dormant since. “If we truly have the volume here and the support we think, within the next three years we’ll be looking to add inpatient rooms,” Chad Melton, chief executive of the 128-bed hospital, told the news website. HUMC-Pascack Valley, scheduled to open June 1, is the first for-…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
New Jersey's only female governor spoke at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration.
Former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman urged attendees at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration Wednesday to vote for minorities, women and Gov. Chris Christie. "We need people with different life experiences, with different ways of thinking, to be at that [decision-making] table," Whitman said during her keynote address at Seasons in Washington Township. Whitman, New Jersey's first and only female governor, said she supported more women and citizens from minority groups running for office and also voiced support for Governor Christie in his run for re-election against Democrat Sen. Barbara Buono. Whitman pointed to Christie’s willingness to work across party lines. "We really can set the pace for the nation…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Attorney for property owner FPR Property says they won't be pursuing a large cell tower at the Ridgewood/Ho-Ho-Kus border.
Plans to construct a 125-foot-tall cell tower at the corner of First Street and Barnett Place have officially been cannned, according to the property owner's attorney. T-Mobile in 2011 applied to the zoning board to build a cell tower at the Ho-Ho-Kus border, claiming it was necessary to increase voice and data coverage in its service territory. The application has not moved forward in any meaningful way in two years. The land owner's attorney, Jay Joseph Friedrich, told zoning board secretary Tony Merlino that FPR Property's lease with T-Mobile has expired. Neither FPR nor the zoning board has been able to reach T-Mobile, Friedrich wrote in a letter Monday. "Therefore, this is to advise that the applicant, being FPR Property, shall not …