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Reader says Fair Share Housing has taken hostage a whole state

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“This is beyond ridiculous. FSH has taken hostage a whole state . The market should decide who can buy a house where. Government should not interfere here and neither should a ghost organisation such as FSH. If you can’t afford to live in RW go live in Waldwick or some other area that suits you. I would love to live in Saddle River but can’t afford so I found a place I could afford in RW. This kind of policy is destroying all the nice and beautiful suburbs in NJ. I just can’t get why FSH has so much power and why residents have no say in this but are threatened into submission. The only mayors who are vocal about this craziness are Scotch Plains and Englewood Cliffs. These guys have balls and speak for their constituents.
And yes all the new structures being built across the area are from the same exact set of drawings. They look like correction facilities.”

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“Affordable Housing” Legal Battles Rage On

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River Vale NJ, On May 31st, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi participated in NJ Spotlight’s roundtable on Affordable Housing. The roundtable event addressed the history of the affordable housing issue in New Jersey – from the Mount Laurel decisions to the current court process – and the effect the issue has on municipalities across the State.

The state has been riddled with legal battle over affordable housing. Currently , Ridgewood and Franklin lakes are engage in lawsuits over affordable housing.

Two opposing forces in the statewide debate over affordable housing obligations, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39) and Fair Share Housing Center attorney Kevin Walsh .

They went head to head along with three other panelists in a livestreamed debate May 31 on how best to fulfill affordable housing obligations.

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Build A Homeowner’s Kit for Natural Disasters

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Most of us think of storm preparation as boarding up windows, getting extra milk and bread, and clearing the yard of loose items. As blizzards become more frequent and deadly, preparing for natural disasters will require you to step up your game a bit. For those of us in New Jersey, it’s important to prepare for unprecedented storm damage. Take a cue from first responders to build a next level prep kit for natural disasters.

More than fighting fires 

Although we think of them as firefighters, our state’s elite first responder crews do a lot more than put out fires. The emergency team responds to every public safety need, whether it’s a chemical spill, flood, or downed electrical wire. The team responds to so many different situations, it’s as if someone cloned MacGyver into a crew of elite responders. They carry an assortment of simple tools which can be combined to create a unique solution for any problem.

As you gather materials for your disaster kit, think about simple tools rather than complex solutions. It’s more about having the right tools to build a solution than an expensive tool for each situation. Although a fire truck is outfitted with expensive and complex devices and equipment, the materials used to respond to emergencies are often quite ordinary and readily available.  

Temporary solutions instead of a permanent fix

Liquids and gases only cause problems when there is a leak from an appropriate storage container, like a frozen water heater, burst underground pipe, or flooding. Response team members assemble a variety of equipment and materials that allow them to patch or plug accidental leaks in hundreds of different types of containers.

The tools may be as simple as a tire patch kit spray, washers and nuts, duct tape, spray foam insulation, and wooden plugs. Patching a leak might be as simple as placing a deflated innertube over a storage drum to form a temporary seal. Various sizes of inflatable pipe plugs can quickly stop a leak. When a patch or plug can’t fix the problem, response teams use physical barriers like rubber stoppers, neoprene gaskets, silicone seals, sand or lime to prevent further damage or to isolate a spill. The ability to dissect the math and physics of a problem and respond quickly under pressure with a creative solution is the real trick.

Homeowners can build a similar emergency kit

Assemble an assortment of plugs, gaskets, pressure-sensitive tapes, patches, clamps, sandbags, and household items like innertubes. Organize and label them thoroughly so that even someone unfamiliar with your storage system can find things easily. Remember that your goal is to patch, pump, and isolate the problem long enough for professionals to fix it. You don’t have to create a permanent fix out of pieces, just a temporary solution.

The city might deploy $1,000,000 in equipment to get these creative engineers into position, but surprisingly simple materials can be a lifesaver in an emergency. Model your emergency kit after response personnel who use common, ordinary tools applied with a touch of creativity and ingenuity in emergency situations.

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FIVE ARRESTED IN FAIRVIEW SHOOTING

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Fairview NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of CARLOS BURGOS (DOB 1/27/2000, single, unemployed) of 411 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ, and RAUL TORRES (DOB: 12/25/1999; single; and unemployed) of 1116 7th Street, North Bergen, NJ, on charges of Felony Murder, Murder, Conspiracy To Commit Robbery, Robbery, Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon, and Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose; DAVID MARTINEZ (DOB 6/5/2001, single; and unemployed) of 9022 Fulton Avenue, North Bergen, NJ, and LEXIE BURKE (DOB 1/26/1999, single, and unemployed) of 8615 Durham Avenue, North Bergen, NJ, on charges of Felony Murder, Conspiracy To Commit Robbery, Robbery, Unlawful Possession Of a Weapon, and Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose; and DYLAN RODRIGUEZ (DOB 4/5/2001, single, and unemployed) of 31 74th Street, North Bergen, NJ, on charges of Hindering Apprehension, Possession Of Marijuana With Intent to Distribute, and Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Fairview Police Department under the direction of Chief Martin Kahn.

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July 4th is One of Nation’s Deadliest Holidays for Drunk Driving

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Ridgewood NJ, Long holiday weekends can be dangerous on America’s roads, and July 4th and the days surrounding the national holiday are among the deadliest for drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) urges everyone to celebrate safely by planning ahead and designating a non-drinking driver if plans include alcohol.

More people die in drunk driving crashes in July than any other month, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The July 4 holiday is particularly deadly.

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NEW JERSEY COUPLE CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND THEFT AT CONCESSION STANDS

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Paramus NJ, Prosecutor Mark Musella announced today the arrest of MICHAEL J. KALOUDIS (DOB: 06/10/1988; single; unemployed) of 19 Bedford Avenue, Stanhope, NJ and ANGELA M. LOPEZ (DOB: 04/27/1985; single; unemployed) of 603 Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex, NJ on charges of Burglary and Theft. The arrests are the result of a three-month investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

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SOUTH HACKENSACK MAN CHARGED WITH HIT AND RUN ON ROUTE 46

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South Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of RYAN D. BURNSIDE (DOB: 3/28/1997; single; and unemployed) of 52 Grayson Place, Teaneck, NJ, on charges of Leaving The Scene Of A Motor Vehicle Collision Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury and Endangering The Welfare Of An Injured Victim. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the South Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Chief Joseph Terraccino.

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Cooperation between ICE, local law enforcement makes for safer communities

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Ridgewood NJ, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) relies upon the cooperation of local law enforcement officials to expeditiously remove dangerous criminals from our communities. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations’ (ERO) mission is to identify, arrest and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety.

There is an inherent increase in risk to personnel and bystanders when ICE officers and agents must go out into the community to proactively locate these previously detained criminal aliens. ICE commends our local law enforcement colleagues who work to minimize that risk by cooperating with ICE to apprehend criminal aliens at the time of their release from local custody.

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Senator Kristin Corrado Bill to Boost Investment in NJ’s Innovation Economy Advances

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Ridgewood NJ, Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado that would boost investment in emerging technology start-ups in New Jersey was advanced by the Senate Economic Growth and Senate Budget & Appropriations committees today.

“New Jersey has one of the most highly educated workforces in the nation,” said Corrado (R-40). “What we’re missing is a tax environment that encourages investors to put that talent to work in new tech businesses right here in the Garden State. This legislation helps fix that. I want to thank Assemblyman DePhillips for taking the lead on this important effort.”

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BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF LAUNCHES REGIONAL FUGITIVE TASK FORCE

SIX ARRESTS MADE ON DAY ONE

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Hackensack NJ, Sheriff Anthony Cureton has launched the Bergen County Fugitive Task Force through a partnership with the Bergen County Chiefs Association. The task force is charged with locating and arresting individuals who have outstanding criminal warrants and are fugitives from justice from Bergen County Superior Court.  The following police agencies have participated in new task force to date:

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