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Bergen County Towns Embrace the 9pm Routine

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Allendale NJ, Allendale and many Bergen County Police Departments adapting the 9pm routine rule.

We are excited to join other agencies that have adopted #9pmroutine. The following items might seem simple, or even “routine” to some, but if that was the case the majority of towns in New Jersey and nationwide would not be having vehicles burglarized or even stolen, or houses entered, etc.

Set an alarm on your phone to go off daily at 9 PM and take a quick moment to make sure your key fob is not in your car, use that same fob to make sure your vehicle is locked and continue down the list.

We all lead busy lives, but if you have this alarm to remind you to do all these things, you are saving yourself from the potential to have criminal activity happen to you.

If you have any questions, you can call police headquarters at 201-825-1900 for further information or suggestions.

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Mezzaluna Bistro Fire in Allendale still under Investigation

photo courtesy of NWBMA

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Allendale NJ, on the  morning of December 24th, Allendale Volunteer Fire Department units responded to Mezzaluna Bistro for an activated fire alarm. Upon arrival of Chief 930 and initial units, a smoke condition was found emanating from the front of the building. At that time a second alarm was transmitted and companies stretched in. The fire was located in between the 1st and 2nd floor and required extensive overall after being knocked down. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Ho Ho Kus Fire Department was alerted into the Borough of Allendale for a working fire in a mixed occupancy building on West Allendale Avenue. Truck 741 responded and was put to work on arrival. Members assisted the Allendale Fire Department with fire suppression and extensive overhaul operations. Truck 741 operated on scene for approximately 4 hours. Nice work by the Allendale Volunteer Fire Department and members of the Northwest Bergen Mutual Aid Association.

The Mission of the Northwest Bergen County Mutual Aid Association (NWBMA) is to provide professional, quality and time efficient Fire & Rescue services to all of the citizens of Northwest Bergen County, and other communities who rely upon such services through mutual aid agreements.

The Officers and Firefighters of the Northwest Bergen County Mutual Aid Association (NWBMA) will strive to provide these services through the utilization of highly trained and skilled full-time and volunteer Firefighters.

All Members of the Northwest Bergen County Mutual Aid Association (NWBMA) will be proactive in providing quality training and equipment to our personnel, with the resources available, so as to assure the delivery of competent, caring service. And to always strive to place the safety of our citizens and personnel as our “Number One” priority in protecting our communities from the Loss of Life and Property.

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The Unbridled Heroes Project in Allendale has officially gotten our first Wild Mustang!!

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Allendale NJ, The Unbridled Heroes Project has officially gotten our first Wild Mustang!! We are a non-profit in Allendale, NJ!!! www.unbridledheroes.org

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Upper Saddle River, Allendale, Saddle River and HoHo-Kus Join Forces for National Night Out

July 25,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ho Ho Kus NJ, On Tuesday, August 7th, residents throughout Upper Saddle River, Allendale, Saddle River and HoHo-Kus are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “35th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by USRA Coalition (www.usracoalition.org), will involve over 16,500 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 38.5 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. NNO 2018 corporate sponsors are Diet & Watson, Ring, Associa and Package Guard.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party.”

From 6 to 9 p.m. on August 7th, residents throughout Upper Saddle River, Allendale, Saddle River, and Ho-Ho-Kus are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening with Police Officers from your community at the Red Barn located behind Crestwood Lake in Allendale.

This free fun filled family event will feature a DJ, live music, games, crafts, ice cream, face painting, inflatable obstacle course, basketball and much more! A Variety of food items will be available for purchase from Cars, Mason Jar, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Carmelo’s Brick Oven Pizza and more. Pre-registration requested but not necessary for certain events. E-mail [email protected] with ages of children participating. Space is limited for certain events.

Pre-registration requested but not necessary for certain events. E-mail [email protected] with ages of children participating. Space is limited for certain events.

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Bear Sightings in the Boro of Allendale

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July 7,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Allendale NJ, Allendale Police are continuing to get reports of bear sightings throughout the Boro. If you see a bear, remember to keep your distance and keep children and pets indoors.

It’s that time of year when bear cubs will again be passing through our area. The Allendale Police will again be monitoring the situation and encourage residents to continue reporting any sightings to the police by calling 201-825-1900.

As a general reminder, keep your distance from any wild animals, including but not limited to bears and coyotes. If you see a bear or coyote, bring pets and children inside until the animal leaves the area. Bears are attracted to neighborhoods by garbage odors. Properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance in our community. For more bear safety tips, please visit the NJ DEP Fish and Wildlife website at

http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm or contact the Allendale Police.
Here’s some additional info on bear activity in Allendale:

http://www.celeryfarm.net/2018/03/exclusive-bear-pix.htm

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Allendale Building Sustains Minor Damage after Being Struck by Car

Allendale Building Sustains Minor Damage after Being Struck by Car

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook Page

February 17,2018

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Allendale NJ, Members of the Allendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps evaluated two (2) individuals in connection with a Thursday morning, 02/15, motor vehicle crash into a building at 111 West Allendale Avenue, Allendale. Two (2) adult females, the vehicle’s driver and an employee of the insurance office located in the building, appeared uninjured and both refused transportation to a local hospital for any treatment. The building sustained moderate damage but was rendered safe for occupancy. The SUV involved in the crash was removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck.

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New era for Allendale water system

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New era for Allendale water system
Friday, August 2, 2013
BY  ALLISON PRIES
STAFF WRITER
The Record

ALLENDALE — The months-long process of changing over Allendale’s water system management from public to private concluded Thursday with a contract signing at Borough Hall.

Representatives from United Water and the borough gathered at 10 a.m. to ink the five-year, $590,000-per-year deal that will have the utility company handle day-to-day operations for the borough-owned utility.

Allendale will continue to set water rates, but United Water will handle testing, regulation compliance, billing and most of the maintenance as of Thursday, Mayor Vince Barra said.

“The borough is going to be able to avail itself of one of largest and best-run water companies in the country,” Barra said. “They have a tremendous amount of expertise and resources that we don’t have, having had only three employees [in the water department].”

Keeping the borough current with growing state and federal regulations became too onerous for the small municipality, leading officials to send the management of the system out to bid.

It received three bids: United Water’s $590,000 bid, a Ridgewood Water bid for $970,000 and a bid from Newark Water for $1,018,190.

The United bid will save the borough about $193,000 per year, Barra said, money that can go toward capital improvements and stabilizing water rates.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/218048741_New_era_for_Allendale_water_system.html

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United Water to manage Allendale utility system

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United Water to manage Allendale utility system
Sunday, July 21, 2013
BY  ALLISON PRIES
STAFF WRITER
The Record

ALLENDALE — The borough’s contract for United Water to operate its water system has cleared its final hurdle, Mayor Vince Barra said.

The state Board of Public Utilities has voted unanimously to approve an agreement that will take effect Aug. 1.

United Water will take over billing on Aug. 11, he said, adding that questions about prior bills should still be directed to the borough.

The borough will continue to set water rates during the five-year contract.

“United Water has no input or impact on the rates we charge,” Barra said.

In April, the borough voted to accept a $590,000 bid from United Water to manage its water system for five years. The move is expected to save the borough about $193,000 per year, Barra has said.

Allendale has spent more than a year exploring changes to the management of its water system. It received three bids: United Water’s $590,000 offer, a Ridgewood Water bid for $970,000 and one from Newark Water for $1,018,190.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/216322501_United_Water_to_manage_Allendale_utility_system.html#sthash.eFxgi2iU.dpuf

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Allendale moving on water privatization contract

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Allendale moving on water privatization contract
Monday, March 11, 2013
BY  ALLISON PRIES
STAFF WRITER
The Record

ALLENDALE — The council plans to vote today on a draft contract that would privatize the operation of its water system. The contract, if approved at today’s special meeting, would go before the public at the council’s March 28 meeting.

The contract awards the job of managing the water system to United Water, the low bidder for the job, at a rate of $590,000 per year for five years. The payment to the utility could increase annually based upon the average of two commonly used inflation indices, Mayor Vince Barra said.

The special meeting was called because the draft contract was not ready for the council’s Feb. 28 meeting. A vote is needed in time for the council to issue a public notice 14 days before its March 28 meeting, when the public hearing on the contract would be held, he said.

The privatization is expected to save the borough about $193,000 per year, which will be used to stabilize water rates, Barra said.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/196805431_Allendale_moving_on_water_contract.html

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Allendale is seeking operator for its water system

Allendale is seeking operator for its water system
Thursday, August 30, 2012
BY  JAMES M. O’NEILL
STAFF WRITER
The Record

ALLENDALE — Faced with rising costs to meet state drinking-water standards and upgrade its old pipes, the borough plans to contract out the operation of its municipal water system to a larger company.

The move reflects a growing trend nationally, as cash-strapped local governments look to save money by hiring large water companies that have the economies of scale to run their water systems and bring down costs.

“Regulations are becoming very stringent, and it’s difficult for a small water department like ours to keep up with all the testing and other requirements. It’s getting more and more costly,” Mayor Vince Barra said Wednesday.

After Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974, the initial regulations covered no more than a handful of pages. Today, they cover some 300 — not including the manuals issued to help interpret those rules, said Howard J. Woods Jr., a private water-industry consultant. Technology to identify contaminants in water has leapfrogged since the mid-1970s.

“The business of operating a water system continues to grow more complex,” said Woods. “Small water systems are really going to be challenged to keep up, and that costs a lot of money and requires a lot of expertise.”

http://www.northjersey.com/news/167951635_Town_seeking_operator_for_water_system.html