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Rose Out as Chief, Wyckoff Cops Cuff 4, Sandy Stories and More This Week

Here are some of the stories you may have missed this week...

Chief Rose Leaving Wyckoff Fire Dept.

Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Rose will not be returning to the township fire department in 2013 despite his recent re-election to the position, it was revealed in a surprise announcement Tuesday night. 

Rose and his wife bought a house quite some distance from Wyckoff, said Committeeman Rudy Boonstra Tuesday.  

Rose, who had been recently elected for a second 2-year term as chief, would likely be replaced by Assistant Chief Lou Graglia.

Cops Arrest 4 Oakland Men in Connection with 'Bizarre' Tree Vandalism

Four men were arrested and charged Dec. 1 with third degree criminal mischief following an incident last week in which a 25 foot tall, eight-inch diameter tree was cut down and logs were thrown through the window of a car, according to Wyckoff police.  

“Their actions are beyond stupid," said Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox. "They caused a significant amount of damage, they used a chainsaw at 11 o'clock at night, and to think that between these four men, not a single one of them suggested to the others that this might not be a good idea over a disputed $300 bill defies all common sense.”

Wyckoff Emergency Responders: The Unsung Heroes of Hurricane Sandy

For the township's fire, police and ambulance crews, their widely praised performance appears to have been the direct result of actions taken in the days preceding Hurricane Sandy.  

Tree Lover Survived Falling Tree During Hurricane Sandy

Local activist was an inch from serious injury or death during Hurricane Sandy.

Considering a tree nearly killed George Pitts on Oct. 29, it is surprising that he still backs a tree preservation ordinance for Wyckoff.

During Hurricane Sandy, a neighbor’s oak tree fell into the room in which Pitts was resting in his Terrace Heights home.

Local Volunteers Help Hurricane Sandy Victims in Staten Island

"If there is anything that you can do during this holiday season, in the spirit of the holidays, please think about how you can make a difference."

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