Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Wu-Tang Clan member tweets support for Hackensack attorney
A member of Wu-Tang Clan, a popular New York hip-hop group, has endorsed a Hackensack Democrat vying for the 5th Congressional District. Critically acclaimed Ghostface Killah, lesser known as Dennis Coles, tweeted support for Roy Cho, an attorney looking to challenge Republican Rep. Scott Garrett for the district's congressional seat. “I need yall to check my man @roycho5 website http://www.roycho.com & help get him that CONGRESS SEAT,” tweeted the hip-hop star, noting Cho’s Twitter account. The endorsement stemmed from Cho’s sister, Jennifer, who has worked in the music industry and talked up her brother’s congressional hopes with industry contacts, according to the New Jersey Herald. Cho, 32, is eyeing his first run for public office and…
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Governor to speak ahead of primary election
Gov. Chris Christie will be in Hackensack Monday for a pre-primary rally at the Bergen County Republican Organization's headquarters, an announcement from the party said. "The Governor will discuss his plans to continue moving New Jersey forward and rally support in the final days of the primary election," the announcement said. Monday's rally comes a day before the state primary election. Christie last visited the BCRO in March. Doors open at 5 p.m. with Christie scheduled to speak at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP at this link. The BCRO is located at 339 Main Street in Hackensack.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Federal representatives on hand to help with disaster assistance at new Bergen County center, the county executive announced Thursday.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Officials have opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the county administration building in Hackensack, allowing storm-battered locals to get assistance in applying for Sandy recovery programs. The center will be staffed with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration, according to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan's Office. Information on state and federal programs, disaster assistance and low-interest mitigation loans for private non-profits and businesses will be available. Residents should bring photo identification, insurance information, an itemized list of damages and their FEMA registration number if they have already registered with the agency, Donovan's office said…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Utility seeks approval for $883M investment to increase solar capacity in New Jersey
Thursday, August 2, 2012
By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight Public Service Electric & Gas is hoping to remain a big player in helping New Jersey achieve its ambitious solar energy goals. In a groundbreaking for a new solar farm at a brownfield next to the Hackensack River, the company announced Tuesday it wants to invest $883 million over the next five years to build an additional 233 megawatts of solar capacity in New Jersey. The event in Hackensack meshed well with a top priority of the Christie administration — trying to reclaim abandoned industrial properties and landfills and converting them into facilities producing clean solar power to help meet the state’s electricity needs and creating well-paying jobs in the process. PSE&G, the state’s largest utility and by …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Scorching heat predicted across North Jersey, officials warn.
Four cooling centers have been opened around Bergen County as the heat index is expected to soar, officials said. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Bergen County from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Heat coupled with humidity is expected to make it feel as hot as 104 degrees. Residents who need rides can call Community Transportation at (201) 368-5955. The centers, open through Wednesday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., will operate as needed: County Administration Building One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack 1st Floor (201) 336-7300 Northwest Bergen Multipurpose Senior Activity Center 46-50 Center Street, Midland Park (201) 445-5690 Bergenfield Senior Center 239 Murray Hill Terrace, Bergenfield (201) 387-7212 Southwest Bergen …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Judge and officer injured in falls; courthouse closed for remainder of the day, official says.
HACKENSACK - A 27-year-old New Milford man was arrested Monday after he broke a water pipe at the Bergen County Courthouse, causing significant damage and forcing the building to close for the remainder of the day, the sheriff’s office said. Benjamin Blohm was caught on camera kicking the third floor pipe until it broke, according to Bergen County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Richard Moriarty. Sheriff's officers reviewed security footage and arrested Blohm at the courthouse. Blohm was in the building for a drug court appearance, Moriarty said. A Superior Court judge and a sheriff’s officer slipped on the wet ground and were both treated for injuries, Moriarty said. The judge was taken to an area hospital, but his condition was not …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Aakash Dalal, the former Lodi man allegedly behind the anti-semitic arsons earlier this year, has pleaded not guilty to additional charges that he plotted to murder the assistant prosecutor in the case.
The former Lodi man who allegedly played a guiding role in the firebombings of Jewish synagogues earlier this year has pleaded not guilty to new charges that he conspired to kill the assistant prosecutor handling his case, authorities said Thursday. Aakash Dalal, 20, who had been attending Rutgers University and has a New Brunswick address, plotted to obtain a gun and murder Assistant Prosecutor Martin Delaney after he made bail, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. Dalal, who was scheduled to be released from jail this week after arranging to post $1 million bail, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to possess a weapon for unlawful purposes and terroristic threats. In early May, FBI agents …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Court moved as part of effort to ease overcrowding at county justice complex.
The new location for Bergen County Central Municipal Court will open Tuesday in Hackensack, one step in a major renovation of the county’s justice complex. Officials will open the new location at 71 Hudson Street. The county has been renovating the building since last year. Central Municipal Court is unique to Bergen and generally handles summonses issued by county agencies. The busy court was located in the Bergen County Courthouse on Main Street. Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan has announced plans to rehabilitate the historic courthouse and surrounding justice complex. John L. Molinelli, the county prosecutor, pledged $7 million in forfeiture funds to help fund the project. In addition to courtroom renovations, the county plans …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Former Bergen school administrator says enough is enough with standardized tests.
As hundreds of thousands of New Jersey schoolchildren sit down for state testing over the course of the next month, NJ Spotlight came upon at least three families who are sitting this one out. Particularly notable: They are teachers and administrators themselves, past and present. And each said that's part of the reason they've decided to opt out their kids, having seen how pervasive testing has become in schools where they’ve worked. “Educators have to be first with this,” said Maryann Reilly, a Ringwood mother, education consultant, former school administrator in Newark, Hackensack , and most recently assistant superintendent in Morristown. “If people on the inside aren’t doing this, how can we expect our neighbors to,” she said. In her …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Residents, community leaders call for justice after fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager.
More than 600 people donned hoodie sweatshirts and marched in Englewood Sunday to show solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida. The marchers traveled from Mount Calvary Baptist Church to MacKay Park in near silence to protest the killing. George Zimmerman, 28, told police he acted in self-defense when he gunned down the unarmed 17-year-old on Feb. 26. Zimmerman had called police to report Martin as looking suspicious. The killing and the fact that Zimmerman has not been charged sparked a national outcry, led the Sanford police chief to temporarily step down and prompted federal authorities to launch an investigation. Florida police …