Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Wyckoff committeemen say residents have written to town hall complaining about the suspension of town-wide grass clipping removal.
Wednesday, February 27
The Wyckoff Township Committee is considering giving residents here an option to pay for curbside removal of grass clippings less than a dozen weeks after the governing body elected to excise the costly service that only 15 percent of citizens were using. Committeeman Brian Scanlan initiated a discussion with his fellow committeemen at a public meeting Tuesday night, spurred on by notes from several residents displeased with the committee's decision last year. Scanlan's proposal was to gauge interest in a pay-to-play program in which residents ponied up $150 to cover the cost for the township's existing garbage disposal company to cart away grass clippings and then dispose of them. Township officials estimate that cost will be …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Wyckoff’s three fire companies prepping for rigorous exercise
On March 1, the three fire companies in Wyckoff are set to compete in the Annual Firefighter Inspection Contest. This 54-year tradition is alive and well. “It’s really been an evolution,” said volunteer firefighter and Committeeman Doug Christie. “Before we used to just dust off the equipment; now we run through scenarios. It’s all about firefighting awareness.” The township’s volunteer firefighters spend weeks beforehand dismantling, cleaning and repairing fire pumpers, trucks and equipment. They also hone their firefighting knowledge to prepare for the annual inspection, which includes oral quizzing and scenario run-throughs. A panel of seven independent fire fighting experts will judge them. Wyckoff Town Administrator Bob Shannon, also …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"I love this town... I'm humbled that you have chosen me as your chairman and as such, your mayor for 2013."
Wyckoff welcomed a familiar face to lead its governing body at the township's annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday. The annual New Year's Day event is the public's first face-to-face look at the new make up of the committee, as well as the governing body's opportunity to appoint board members and select a new mayor and deputy mayor. Rudy Boonstra was selected as the township's leader, and Doug Christie was selected as deputy mayor. "It is my distinct honor to have Mr. Boonstra serve as the mayor for 2013," said Committeeman Kevin Rooney, before Boonstra was given unanimous approval by the committee. "I love this town," Boonstra said following his selection. "I'm humbled that you have chosen me as your chairman and as such, your mayor …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
In order to protect local residents, first responders sacrificed their own safety during the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.
More than 130 dead. Damages totaling more than $71 billion. In the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy, the broadly devastating toll wrought on the east coast became clear. Here in Wyckoff, the storm caused persistent inconveniences, such as long-lasting power outages, gas shortages, and road blockages, for residents and presented a unique set of obstacles for emergency responders. As the old adage goes, "proper planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance," and for the township's fire, police and ambulance crews, their widely praised performance may have been the direct result of actions taken in the days preceding Hurricane Sandy. For the Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department preparations began in earnest in the fire house…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Grand opening was held Monday
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 — you guessed it — Waldwick, has been in operation for more than 50 years, Vitolo said, so when he decided to relocate to 384 Main Street in Wyckoff, keeping a familiar name was vital. "It's important, it connects us to the reputation of the store," Vitolo said Monday. The new location has everything Vitolo was looking for, including great exposure and sufficient parking, the owner said Monday. Waldwick Prime Meats opened about four weeks ago, but Vitolo said he wanted to give the business a cushion to between…