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Week in Review: Business Opening, Officer Awarded, Burglaries Continue

Here's what you may have missed last week.

Local business owners and township officials were on hand to help Emilio Vitolo throw a grand opening event at his new Wyckoff butcher shop, Waldwick Prime Meats, on Monday.

The business, which relocated recently from its location in Waldwick, has been in operation for more than 50 years.

Police Sergeant Brian Zivkovich was lauded for the second year in a row for his efforts to curb drunk driving in Wyckoff. 

The New Jersey Chapter of MADD awarded the  for outstanding and distinguished service to the community for saving lives and preventing crashes by arresting impaired drivers, according to a press release.

Eleven people have been charged in connection with an auto theft ring that snatched up luxury cars and trucks from some of the more affluent areas of the state and brough them back to Newark, authorities announced Tuesday. 

In most cases, vehicles were stolen by , said Carolyn Murray, the acting Essex County Prosecutor. It's unclear if any of the vehicles were linked to a in Northwest Bergen County, including .

Despite the crushing pressure of being at one of the country's top schools, Mackenzie Moore makes it a priority to give back. Through a number of local initiatives — Relay for Life, the YMCA's program, or Skills USA — the 15-year-old Wyckoff resident is focused on helping those in need.

Following another break-in at a township home and another high-end vehicle theft, the and Township Committee have arranged a crime prevention forum with residents.

Car thefts on track to increase sixfold from 2011 and personal property crimes were spread out across the township last year, with a slightly higher concentration focused around a few blocks near Godwin and Crescent avenues, according to an independent analysis of crime data.

Wyckoff Patch mapped personal property crimes — burglary, larceny and car theft — reported to the Wyckoff Police Department in 2011.

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