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DEA takes Down Armed Cliffside Park Heroin Dealer

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Cliffside Park NJ, A Bergen County, New Jersey, man who was arrested with three kilograms of heroin, a loaded, stolen Glock 22 pistol with a high-capacity magazine, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash in his possession made his initial court appearance today in Newark federal court, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jose Pena, a/k/a “Gucci,” 31, of Cliffside Park, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. He appeared in court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion and was detained.

According to the complaint:

On Dec. 17, 2018, law enforcement observed Pena driving into a public garage near the Botanical Gardens in Bronx, New York, where law enforcement suspected that Pena stored substantial quantities of narcotics in a minivan for distribution.

On Dec. 18, 2018, Pena drove from Cliffside Park to the garage, parked next to the minivan and entered it. When officers approached, they saw a brownish beige powdery substance at various places inside the minivan, including numerous softball-sized bags of suspected heroin. A field test of one of the bags was positive for heroin.

Law enforcement officers found the stolen pistol, loaded with 13 bullets in a large capacity magazine, in a backpack within reach of where Pena had been sitting. They also found tens of thousands of dollars in cash in a secret compartment behind the radio and temperature controls of the minivan.

The heroin distribution conspiracy charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life imprisonment, and a $10 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson in Newark, as well as the DEA New York Strike Force, with the investigation leading to the charge.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING OCTOBER 10, 2018 8:00 P.M.

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20181010 – Village Council Regular Public Meeting
VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING OCTOBER 10, 2018 8:00 P.M.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
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Cliffside Park, Man Charged with Distributing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

July 29,2018

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Cliffside Park NJ,  A Cliffside Park, New Jersey, man was arrested by federal agents today for allegedly distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

George Karkantzelis, 27, was arrested at his home by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). He is charged by complaint with one count of distributing child pornography.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Karkantzelis used peer-to-peer file sharing on his computer to distribute files containing images and videos of child sexual abuse, including images of prepubescent children. He made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Steven C. Mannion and was released into third-party custody.

The charge of distributing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited HSI special agents, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Macurdy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

The charge and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING MAY 9, 2018 8:00 P.M.

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20180509 – Village Council Regular Public Meeting
VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING MAY 9, 2018 8:00 P.M.
1. Call to Order – Mayor

2. Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act
3. Roll Call – Village Clerk
4. Flag Salute and Moment of Silence
5. Acceptance of Financial Reports
6. Approval of Minutes
7. Proclamations
A. National Cancer Survivors Day
B. Emergency Medical Services Week
C. Proclaim May as Mental Health Month
D. Proclaim May as Older Americans Month
E. Proclaim June as Gay Pride Month
F. Proclaim National Gun Violence Awareness Day

8. Police Department Awards and Recognitions

A. CPR Save – Sergeant Michael Lembo, Sergeant Peter Bolten, Police Officer Brandon Donnelly
B. Assisting in Birth of Baby with umbilical cord around its neck: Lifesaving Award – Police Officer Patrick Elwood; Honorable Service Award – Police Officer Douglas Christopher
C. Lifesaving Awards for Choking Victim: Police Officer Joseph DiBenedetto, Police Officer Peter Tuchol, Jr., and Police Officer Rosario Vacarella
D. Grand Cordon Medal – Sergeant John Chuck
E. Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient – Sergeant Michael Lembo
9. Comments from the Public (Not to exceed 3 minutes per person – 40 minutes in total)

10. Adoption of Ordinance 3643 – Establish a CAP Bank

11. 2018 Budget Hearing

a. Overview of 2018 Budget
b. Village Council’s Comments
c. Public Hearing on 2018 Budget

12. 2018 BUDGET RESOLUTIONS

18-145 Amend 2018 Budget
18-146 Adopt 2018 Budget, as Amended
13. Village Manager’s Report

14. Village Council Reports

15. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION – RIDGEWOOD WATER

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16. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING – RIDGEWOOD WATER

3642 – Water Utility Capital Ordinance ($1,317,000)

17. RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 18-147 THROUGH
18-151 ARE TO BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE EACH RESOLUTION TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. EACH RESOLUTION WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

18-147 Title 59 Approval – Landscaping Services – Approves the plans and specifications for Landscaping Services prepared by the Ridgewood Water Department, pursuant to Title 59
18-148 Award Contract – Landscaping Services (NTE $61,000) – Awards the first year of a two- year contract to the lowest responsible bidder, LTI, Inc., 122 Main Road, Montville, NJ
18-149 Award Contract – Roof Repairs at Various Village Water Facilities (NTE $38,000) – Awards a contract to the lowest quote from American Construction Chimney & roofing Specialist, 378 Lawton Avenue, Cliffside Park, NJ
18-150 Authorize Change Order #2 – Water Main Stream Crossings (NTE $32,084.56) – Authorizes a change order to the original contractor, Mott MacDonald, 111 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ. This change order is necessary due to engineering charges resulting from contractor schedule overruns; field changes to match map records; and replacement of an adjacent main to facilitate the tie-in of the crossing
18-151 Authorize Change Order #2 – Installation of Backup Power at Critical Facilities (NTE $66,802) – Authorizes a change order to the original contractor, Arcadis U.S., Inc., 17- 17 Route 208 North, Fair Lawn, NJ. This change order is necessary due to additional permitting efforts for Planning Board approvals in thee municipalities; design changes required by the Planning Boards including bollards around the generators, moving the generator to a different location, and additional fencing and landscaping; and finalizing permitting with NJDEP.

18. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION

3639 – Amend Chapter 212-31 – Skate Park Rules and Regulations – Amends Chapter 212-31 of the Ridgewood Village Code, by removing the sections that require a fee for the badge; to delineate the non-smoking area; and to add scooters as a prohibition in the Skate Park
3646 – Establish Valet Parking Area on North Broad Street – Establishes a valet parking area on North Broad Street from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on all days, for use by an approved Valet Service
3647 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development – Establish Regulations for Blade Signs in Central Business District – Establishes regulations for Blade Signs, perpendicular to the building facades, in the B-1 and B-2 zone districts
3648 – Amend Chapter 172-6 – Nuisances Enumerated – Bands and Music – Amends the Village Code to add “bands and music” to Chapter 172-6(18)

19. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING

3644 – General Capital Ordinance ($4,948,000)
3645 – Increase Fees for Corrections to Vital Records
20. RESOLUTIONS

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 18-152 THROUGH
18-164 ARE TO BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE EACH RESOLUTION TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. EACH RESOLUTION WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

18-152 Award Contract – Disposal of Recyclable Materials – Authorizes a contract for disposal of the Village’s recyclable materials for the second year of a two-year contract to Atlantic Coast Fibers, LLC, 101 Seventh Street, Passaic, NJ
18-153 Title 59 Approval – Crossing Guard Services – Approves the specifications for Furnishing and Delivering of Crossing Guard Services for Village School Posts for the Ridgewood Police Department, June 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019, inclusive, prepared by the Engineering Division, pursuant to Title 59
18-154 Award Contract – Crossing Guard Services (NTE $387,369.45) – Awards a contract to the lowest responsible bidder, All City Management Services Inc., 10440 Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 5, Santa Fe Springs, CA
18-155 Title 59 Approval – Parking Transactions Using Mobile Technology and Other Related Services – Approves the specifications for Parking Transactions Using Mobile Technology and Other Related Services, prepared by the Finance Department, pursuant to Title 59
18-156 Award Contract – Parking Transactions Using Mobile Technology and Other Related Services – Awards a contract to Parkmobile, LLC, 1100 Spring Street NW, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA. The users of this technology will be assessed a $0.40 fee per transaction, in addition to the parking meter charges. The merchant services for processing the transactions will be incurred by Parkmobile. The Village of Ridgewood will pay nothing for this technology. This resolution also allows for authorized users to obtain parking permits electronically at a cost of $1.00 per permit, if the Village decides to implement this service.
18-157 Award Professional Services Contract – Professional Planner – Affordable Housing Planning Consultant – Awards a Professional Services Contract to Elizabeth McManus, of Clarke Caton Hintz, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ
18-158 Award Contract – Eradication of Bicycle Lane Markings – Portion of Westbound Garber Square (NTE $11,503.70) – Awards a contract to Pavement Impressions, Inc., 900 Minesite Road, Allentown, PA, for eradication of a portion of the bicycle lane, westbound Garber Square, with their propriety products
18-159 Award Contract – Animal Control Services and Waterfowl Management (NTE $31,200) – Awards a contract to TYCO Animal Control Services, 1 Stout Lane, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
18-160 Authorize Planning Board to Prepare Redevelopment Plan for Hudson Street Parking Lot (NTE $1,800) – Authorizes the Planning Board to prepare a Redevelopment Plan for the Hudson Street parking lot to be used for a parking garage, by hiring Professional Planner Brigette Bogart of Brigette Bogart Planning and Design Professionals, LLC, 366 Harvey Court, Wyckoff, NJ
18-161 Approve Lease of Pease Building First Floor and Balcony – Approves the lease with the sole bidder, Ridgewood Medical Media, LLC, 30 Garber Square, Suite A, Ridgewood, NJ for the main and balcony levels of the Pease Building for an initial lease of three years, with one three-year renewal. The total annual rent is $111,963.20.
18-162 Endorse Application for Community Development Block Grant – Village of Ridgewood – Tables for Patrick A. Mancuso Senior Center – Approves endorsement of a $7,835 CDB grant. This resolution does not obligate the financial resources of the Village but will expedite the expenditure of Community Development funds.
18-163 Appoint Municipal Recycling Coordinator – Appoints Edward Bethune as the Interim Municipal Recycling Coordinator, effective immediately
18-164 Appoint Member to Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board – Appoints Lizabeth Kloak to a term which expires 12/31/20

21. Comments from the Public (Not to Exceed 5 minutes per person)

22. Adjournment

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“OPERATION HELPING HAND 4”

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March 24,2018

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Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced today the results of “Operation Helping Hand 4” – the fourth phase of an innovative law enforcement and public health initiative targeting the heroin and opioid crisis in Bergen County. The initiative was led by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”), under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Calo and Chief of Detectives Robert Anzilotti, in coordination with Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino. Held from March 12 through 16, 2018, the initiative brought together Bergen County law enforcement from 30 agencies, Recovery Specialists from Children’s Aid and Family Services, clinicians and specialists from the Bergen County Department of Health Services, Division of Addiction Services, and professionals from New Bridge Medical Center to offer help to those suffering from the disease of addiction in Bergen County.

During the initiative, 37 individuals were arrested and brought to the BCPO to be processed. After they were issued summonses, largely for heroin possession, they were offered an opportunity to speak to a Recovery Specialist – a recovering addict, who has been clean and is trained to help them find treatment. This offer of help was in addition to, not in lieu of, criminal charges.

If the individual requested help, a trained clinician from the Bergen County Division of Addiction Services assessed him/her to determine the appropriate level of care and treatment needed. The clinicians, working closely with the Recovery Specialists and representatives from New Bridge Medical Center, then made arrangements for treatment, and law enforcement transported the individual to treatment.

Of the 37 individuals arrested during Operation Helping Hand 4, 19 have so far availed themselves of the treatment option, including 12 who are currently in 5-day detox programs, mostly at New Bridge Medical Center. As those individuals complete detox, longer-term treatment options are being arranged for them and their progress is being tracked by the Recovery Specialists. For those who did not avail themselves of treatment, the Recovery Specialists remain in touch with many of them and are prepared to offer help whenever they are ready to seek it.

A multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of law enforcement officers from the following agencies, under the direction of BCPO Chief Anzilotti, participated in the initiative: Bergen County Sheriff’s Office; Bergenfield Police Department; Cliffside Park Police Department; Clifton Police Department; Dumont Police Department; East Rutherford Police Department; Englewood Police Department; Elmwood Park Police Department; Fair Lawn Police Department; Garfield Police Department; Glen Rock Police Department; Hackensack Police Department; Lyndhurst Police Department; Mahwah Police Department; Morris County Prosecutor’s Office; New Milford Police Department; Norwood Police Department; Paramus Police Department; Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office; Paterson Police Department; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Ridgefield Park Police Department; Saddle River Police Department; Tenafly Police Department; Union County Prosecutor’s Office; Upper Saddle River Police Department and the Westwood Police Department.

Statistics compiled by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office indicate an increase in opioid use and drug overdoses in Bergen County from 2016 to the present. A preliminary analysis of overdose data by the BCPO Intel Unit and Narcotics Task Force revealed the following with respect to 2017:
507 total reported overdoses, 416 of which are currently identified as heroin/opioid-related.
Of the 308 reported overdoses, 131 were fatal overdoses; 111 of those were identified as heroin/opioid-related.
325 deployments of Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, by law enforcement officers, resulting in 245 lives saved. (Note: there were many other deployments – by parents, friends, family members, EMTs and in the ER that are not accounted for in this )

Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo stated that “Operation Helping Hand 4 is part of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Bergen County law enforcement’s continuing effort to combat the opioid epidemic and help those who are affected by it. The Operation demonstrates the close cooperation of law enforcement, County government and Bergen County social service organizations in the fight against this epidemic and the results that are possible through that cooperation. We will continue the fight.”

Acting Prosecutor Calo would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Bergen County Executive, New Bridge Medical Center, Children’s Aid and Family Services, the Bergen County Department of Health Services, Division of Addiction Services, as well as all the participating law enforcement agencies for their assistance with this initiative.

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Stag House in Glen Rock Partners with Bergen County Rescue to Host Town-Wide Pet Adoption February 3, 2018

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January 31,2018

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GLEN ROCK NJ , Stag House, a full-service barbershop and salon headquartered in Glen Rock, NJ, announced they are partnering with the Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation (BC Protect & Rescue), an all-volunteer, non-profit, no-kill shelter, to run a town-wide dog adoption on Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.228 Rock Rd, Glen Rock, NJ.

“BC Protect & Rescue works to save pets from being euthanized or even homeless. A huge part of our mission is giving back to the community. What better way than to help give a pet a “furever” home, especially during a time when shelters are experiencing an influx of dogs from the holidays,” says Stag House co-owner Christine Modica. “We are also very excited to announce several other Glen Rock Businesses who are participating: Merve’s Kitchen and BakeryPainting with a TwistFrancesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, Rock Row Jewelry, Glen Rock Veterinary Hospital, Glen Rock InnProminent Tickets and The Curious Reader.”

Bergen County Protect and Rescue is a No-Kill Animal Welfare Facility located in Cliffside Park. It was founded in 2012 by Bergen County’s very own local Animal Control Agency and concerned citizens. The idea of creating a no-kill facility came to be when animal control officers were forced to take lost and abandoned animals to surrounding veterinarians and animal shelters.

Rachel Israel, Stag House Co-Owner adds, “Several of our stylists and barbers, including myself, have adopted pets in our homes, so this is a really special day for Stag House. In addition to the adoptions, our newest Doe.Tique stylist, Vanessa Hettishiemer, will donate 50 percent of her bookings that day for blowouts.”

Stag House prides itself on supporting the community and using local businesses, products and services to promote each other. For more information visit http://www.njstaghouse.com/ or call (201) 670-0110. To donate to BC Protect & Rescue, visit: http://bcrescues.org/donate.html.

 

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Couple charged with Making Terroristic Threats and False Public Alarm

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June 21,2017
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Cliffside Park NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrests of SHANE TURNER (DOB: 11/21/1983; single; and unemployed) of Cliffside Park, New Jersey and NINA WALSH (DOB: 3/17/1985; single; and employed as a receptionist) of Hawthorne, New Jersey on charges of Terroristic Threats and False Public Alarm. Their arrests are the result of an investigation led by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

On June 22, 2016, a telephone caller using technology to anonymize caller ID information placed a bomb threat phone call to a commercial establishment in Edgewater, New Jersey, triggering a response from the Edgewater Police Department and the Edgewater Fire Department, as well as assets from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. First responders subsequently determined that the bomb threat was a hoax.


Subsequent investigation into the anonymized phone call was led by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and revealed that Shane TURNER and Nina WALSH placed the phone call to cause an evacuation of the affected area. Both TURNER and WALSH surrendered to detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, June 19, 2017.

TURNER and WALSH were each charged with one count of Terroristic Threats, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(a), a third-degree crime, and one count of making a False Public Alarm, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3(a), a third-degree crime. After being processed, both TURNER and WALSH were released pending a first appearance at the Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on Monday, July 5, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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BERGEN BURGLARY TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN ARREST OF BURGLARY DUO

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June 11,2017

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the arrests of TYRONE GOINS (DOB: 02/14/80; single; and unemployed) of 90 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey and his brother, TRAVIS GOINS (DOB: 01/25/85; single; and employed as a driver) of 44 Brookway Avenue, Englewood, New Jersey. The arrests are the culmination of a three-month-long investigation by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, along with a multi-jurisdictional burglary task force comprised of detectives from Fort Lee, Paramus, Cliffside Park, Tenafly, Saddle River, and Teaneck police departments.

In response to a reported increase of residential burglaries in the eastern part of Bergen County, detectives from the affected towns met and shared information about the burglaries. As a result, a task force was formed and a joint investigation began.

On the evening of June 8, 2017, task force detectives were conducting physical surveillance in the Borough of Cliffside Park. TYRONE GOINS and TRAVIS GOINS were observed in a vehicle that circled the same blocks for a period of time. Shortly after the vehicle left the area, detectives confirmed that a burglary had been committed to a residence on Washington Avenue in Cliffside Park. Detectives were able to locate the suspects’ vehicle and conduct a motor vehicle stop.

TYRONE GOINS and TRAVIS GOINS were each charged with one count of Burglary, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C18-2A(1), a crime of the 3rd degree, for the Washington Avenue, Cliffside Park burglary along with an additional count of Burglary, for an April 27th, 2017 residential burglary to a Cliffside Park residence on West End Avenue. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.

Tyrone GOINS and Travis GOINS are currently lodged in the Bergen County Jail, pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Grewal states that the charges against the defendants are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Fort Lee, Paramus, Cliffside Park, Tenafly, Saddle River and Teaneck Police Departments for their assistance with this investigation.

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Ridgewood Football Picks Up a Forfeit Win Against Bergen Tech

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October 15,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, according to a report on NorthJersey.com, Bergen Tech is dealing with too many injuries and was not able to compete in Thursday’s scheduled game against Ridgewood.

Sources say the Knights informed  Ridgewood head coach Chuck Johnson on Tuesday afternoon that injuries against Cliffside Park and a player suspended had left the Knights short-handed to play the undefeated Ridgewood Maroons, ranked No. 2 in latest Bergen Record public rankings.

Bergen Tech is a member of the North Jersey Super Football Conference. The Knights were 0-5 before Thursday’s forfeiture to undefeated Ridgewood, who is also ranked No. 19 in the NJ.com Top 20.