Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The video depicts two armed shooters breaking into a local school, and aims to teach school officials and emergency workers how to respond, report says
A new 20-minute video that depicts how police agencies, fire departments, emergency responders and school personnel should react to “active shooter” situations in schools is now available to districts across Bergen County, NJ.com reported Tuesday. “Lockdown,” which was produced by the County Prosecutor’s Office and filmed at New Milford High School over a year ago, simulates a two armed attackers breaking into the school with rifles and a homemade bomb, the report says. According to NJ.com, the video shows how two teachers react to the situation differently, and points out which reaction is better, and why. "There have been so many [school shootings], and no two are ever identical," said Bergen County Police Sgt. John LaDuca explained in …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The store's owners blame the poor economy for having to shut down the shop, which has been in Bergen County since 1985.
Irish Eyes Imports, a shop specializing in all things from the Emerald Isle, will be closing their doors after more than 25 years of business in Bergen County. Owner Gene Callaghan said they were forced to close the store because of the poor economy. "We just can't make people spend money they don't have," Callaghan said. The store originally opened in Ridgewood in 1985. Gene and Tara Callaghan bought the store about five years ago and moved it to Westwood in 2010. There is not definite closing date set yet, but it will likely happen sometime in January, Callaghan said. Until then, the shop is holding a large sale with all of their merchandise marked down 30 percent or more. Callaghan said they plan to continue the business online via …
Monday, November 12, 2012
John Simpson and Peter Russo find success with Ridgewood Aquarium Imports by catering to small but enthusiastic group of hobbyists.
If you’re looking for a planted aquarium in Bergen County, your best bet is probably Ridgewood Aquarium Imports. And if you set out from New York City or Philadelphia to buy one, chances are you would still end up at the small store that opened on Broad Street two months ago. That’s because Ridgewood Aquarium Imports, owned by partners John Simpson and Peter Russo, 2006 graduates of Ridgewood High School and Bergen Catholic, respectively, is one of only a handful of businesses in the country that cater to their niche market—and the closest competitor is in Houston. “We get a lot of the hardcore enthusiasts coming to check it out from about a two hour radius,” Russo said, adding that shortly after they opened one customer even made the …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Ten-year-old Lauren Sudol, of Ridgewood, stars in villager Caytha Jentis' soccer satire film "Bad Parents," premiering Wednesday for the Montclair Film Festival.
Talk about catching a big break! One day Ridgewood’s Lauren Sudol, 10, was simply a pint-sized player with a dream, the next she was cast as a major part and has the local girl on the “watch” lists for future stardom. It sounds like the beginning of a Hollywood dream. Lauren originally tried out to be an extra in Newton native Janeane Garofalo’s upcoming comedy, “Bad Parents,” about the drama surrounding a suburban girls’ soccer league which pits parents against a hardboiled coach (played by comedian Christopher Titus). The tiny thespian impressed, and was soon cast alongside Garofalo in a much larger capacity, as Garofalo's daughter. “This is Lauren's first part, and she was kind of ‘discovered’ for it,” said Suzanne Curry, publicist at …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Actors and actresses from around the county have helped make this production magical, says Director Larry Landsman.
It's opening night for the Bergen County Players' production of Meredith Willson's Tony Award winning play "The Music Man." "It's a beautiful production," said Director Larry Landsman, of Wyckoff. "There is no bigger undertaking than bringing "The Music Man," an American classic, to the stage." Saturday night's production is the culmination of four months of hard work, hundreds of hours of technical effort and plenty of dedication, Landsman said. "This is the biggest show we've ever put on our stage, some folks were wondering if we could even do this show," Landsman said. "It's truly been a team effort." The cast includes actors from Oradell, Glen Rock, Westwood, Hillsdale, Fort Lee, New Milford, Wyckoff, Montclair and beyond. Ridgewood's…
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Attorney Joseph Fiorenzo says Ridgewood Water illegally reapportioned water utility monies for village operations.
Negotiations to resolve a $3 million class action lawsuit filed by Wyckoff, Glen Rock and Midland Park alleging Ridgewood Water has bilked ratepayers out of millions, have stalled. Attorney Joseph Fiorenzo claims in the law suit filed in Superior Court in Bergen County that the Village of Ridgewood has "been engaged in sham accounting to artificially inflate the costs of the Water Utility and decrease the expenses of the village." The Hackensack-based attorney is accusing Ridgewood of falsely claiming that a 21 percent rate increase in 2010 and a 5 percent increase in 2011 were justified by an operating loss of more than $1 million in 2009-10. "Evidence revealed... that there was no 'loss' to justify the extraordinary water rate increase…
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Woman was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson Sunday afternoon after she was struck by an SUV on Ackerman and Doremus in Ridgewood.
A woman remains in critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson after she was struck by an SUV Sunday afternoon in Ridgewood. The victim, whose identity has not been released, was walking in the crosswalk at Doremus and Ackerman Avenue Sunday at around 3 p.m. when an SUV apparently made a left-hand turn onto Doremus and struck the victim, said Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward Monday morning. The victim sustained serious head trauma and was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital by medical personnel. The victim, who was conscious when police arrived on scene, was visiting family on Sunday, Ward told Patch. "It's a horrible tragedy," Ward told Patch Monday morning. "We're praying for her and our hearts go out to her family." Sunday's …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Traffic was affected in Midland Park Sunday morning
Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Ridgewood and Fair Lawn fire departments were among a number of local emergency responders participating in a live fire drill in Midland Park Sunday morning. Kuiken Brothers Lumber Yard on Lake Avenue between Goffle Road and Cottage Street billowed in smoke while numerous fire departments stretched hoses and sprayed water from atop a number of sky-high fire apparatuses. A smoke machine in a shed simulated the fire in the lumber yard, said Ridgewood Fire Chief Jim Van Goor said. Midland Park, Oakland, Ho-Ho-Kus and Hawthorne's Fire Departments were also on scene Sunday morning. A big thanks to Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Patch reader Jon Unglert, who was on the scene snapping photos.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Ronald J. O’Malley used official office to help his Ridgewood-based firm.
Former Bergen County Improvement Authority chairman Ronald J. O’Malley was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for a mortgage fraud scheme that falsely claimed mortgage borrowers worked at the county’s public financing agency, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. O’Malley, 48, a principal in Ridgewood-based mortgage brokerage firm Diversified Financial Group, was also hit with a $25,000 fine imposed by U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh. O’Malley and his coconspirators arranged for phony paystubs and W-2 forms to show borrowers worked at the BCIA, federal prosecutors said. O’Malley and others also arranged for agency staff to confirm the bogus information to banks and lenders calling to confirm the information. Former Diversified …
Friday, November 4, 2011
"Spaceman" Ace Frehley lands at Bookends for Nov. 4 signing
[Editor's note: This article was first published Nov. 1] In his new memoir, “No Regrets” (Gallery Books/VH1 Classic), former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley describes his time in one of rock’s biggest bands as a non-stop rollercoaster, both on and off-stage. The book, released on Nov. 1, is a captivating read that details Frehley’s musical success and his dangerous, drug and alcohol-fueled lifestyle that left him lucky to be alive. Frehley, who will sign copies of “No Regrets” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 at Bookends, portrayed the Spaceman character in Kiss, reflecting his love of science fiction and space exploration, and what he said are his telepathic capabilities. As an aspiring teenaged guitarist, the Bronx, New York native said he …