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Bergen County Prosecutor announces investigation of a fatal motor vehicle collision in Fair Lawn

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Fair Lawn NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the ongoing investigation of a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred at approximately 9:08 PM on Sunday, April 14, 2019. The investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Fair Lawn Police Department under the direction of Chief Glen Cauwels.

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Clothing Discovered in Bizarre Incident off Route 208

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Fair lawn NJ, These clothes were found, as is, today.. 25 feet from our garage… and about 500 feet from route 208. Local police were called, the officer who came out said no ID in the clothing … nothing can be done. We feel it’s a bit bizzarre how they were all clumped up… and seemingly … deliberately stashed in the wooded area behind our garage and where our daughter plays with her friends….. many others seem to think it’s the work of paramedics cutting the clothes off a trauma victim etc… which makes sense… I see it… but clumped all together, way off the highway… literally… almost in our backyard… makes no sense…my neighbors are unsettled… my family is unsettled….and…. if anyone recognizes this outfit, and feels as if it’s something more serious than a random paramedic, or crash victim disposing of their clothes …. 500 feet from the shoulder of a major highway, in a patch of woods….here you go… We have lived here a long time .. I have seen many accidents on 208 myself… firsthand, right near here…. we are in this wooded area very often… and this is something very out of the ordinary that seems really questionable. I guess this is my last ditch effort…. but, God forbid it is as sinister as it appears to be….. we would want someone doing the same if it were one of our loved ones, or our daughter who once wore the clothes. Maybe it’s a prank, or high school kids brought it all here from the highway…. but it wasn’t the wind, and it wasn’t animals.. they were all found clumped up together, in the woods… near, a small creek…. a natural gas Pipeline… a major highway and our actual, backyard. That said, as parents…. it’s hard to act like this isn’t creepy. Hopefully there’s a reasonable explanation. But, animals and wind don’t ball it all up like actual dirty laundry.

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Two Victims Rushed to St Joe’s after Hitting a Building in Fair Lawn

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Fair lawn NJ, Two (2) individuals were transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center by separate ambulances following a Thursday afternoon, 01/17, crash on Plaza Road North near Brighton Place in Fair Lawn in which a 4-door passenger sedan left the roadway and crashed into a 2-family home. Damage to the structure was so extensive that a Borough of Fair Lawn building inspector declared it uninhabitable. Fair Lawn Police, Fair Lawn Fire Department, Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue, Fair Lawn EMS, Paterson Fire Department EMS, and a paramedic team from St. Joe’s all responded to the scene. The wrecked sedan was removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck. A representative from PSE&G’s Gas Division also responded to address a major gas leak caused by the crash.

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Reminder Clear the Snow off Your Car

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Fair Lawn Nj, Police Traffic Officers Association of Bergen County reminds you don’t forget to clear the snow off your car or face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.

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Fair Lawn Police officers resuscitated crash victim

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Fair Lawn NJ, Fair Lawn Police officers resuscitated the victim of a crash in which a passenger vehicle jumped a curb and hit the TD Bank branch located at 23-40 Maple Avenue, Fair Lawn on Thursday morning, 01/17. The victim was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center with the assistance of a paramedic team from St. Joe’s. A BLS ambulance from The Valley Hospital provided the transport. The passenger vehicle involved, a bright yellow SUV, was removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck. Damage to the bank appeared to have been limited to accouterments outside of the main structure.

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Rollover Crash following a high speed Chase by Fair Lawn Police

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Glen Rock NJ, A rollover crash following a high speed pursuit by Fair Lawn Police took place on the evening of Tuesday, 01/01 at the intersection of Gibson Place and Godfrey Terrace, Glen Rock. One (1) suspect in the vehicle was taken into custody by Fair Lawn Police and transported by a Glen Rock EMS ambulance to The Valley Hospital. A paramedic team from The Valley Hospital assisted Glen Rock EMTs with patient evaluation. A possibility exists that two (2) suspects from the incident triggering the pursuit may still be at large.

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Valley Hospital Van Dien Campus and Affordable Housing

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Ridgewood NJ, Part of that affordable housing plan involves an alternative approach to The Valley Hospital campus on Van Dien Avenue. Valley is moving its main hospital to a 372-bed facility on Route 17, expected to be completed by 2023. Its Ridgewood campus will then become a medical services hub. 

“It is our intent to maintain a vibrant campus that will include a walk-in care center and a range of outpatient services,” Megan Fraser, vice president of marketing and public relations for The Valley Hospital, said in an email.

I suspect everything that The Valley has at 1200 East Ridgewood Avenue will move to Van Dien after all is said and done.  The property at 1200 East Ridgewood would then go up for sale – High density housing with an affordable housing component is my bet for that location, just like their property on North Maple where the old Ford dealer was.

Also, I question whether the YMCA really needs to be physically located in Ridgewood any longer.  I would not be surprised if their property goes on the chopping block and gets sold to a developer who wants to build high density housing.  Properties within walking distance to the train station are, and will continue to be, in very high demand for luxury apartments, especially when Midtown Direct Service begins on the NJ Transit Bergen & Main Lines. 

I suspect that the YMCA might build a state of the art facility in the industrial section of Glen Rock – Harristown Road or maybe Fair Lawn – Pollitt Drive.

The Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club property will also be in play within the next few years.

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More Threats Made Against Fair Lawn Schools

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Fair Lawn NJ, Unspecified threats resulted in the evacuation of at least two (2) public schools in Fair Lawn on Thursday afternoon, 12/13. Units from Fair Lawn Police, Fair Lawn Fire, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office were all called into service. This is the second threat since December 3rd when police presence was added after a threat was made to Thomas Jefferson Middle School . 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This afternoon, both Radburn and Memorial Middle School received a bomb threat, via spam email. Both schools were evacuated to their evacuation sites. Students will be dismissed from there at their regular dismissal time. Students who receive transportation will be picked up from the evacuation site and transported, as usual. If you pick your son/daughter up, please report to the evacuation site address below:

Memorial:

Fair Lawn Jewish Center 10-10 Norma Ave

Radburn:
Radburn Association Grange Hall 29-20 Fair Lawn Ave

Fair Lawn Police is investigating the situation at both schools. We will update you with more information, as it becomes available.

Aftercare is still available at The Grange at 29-20 Fair Lawn Avenue, but we encourage you to pick up your son or daughter.

Sincerely,

Nicholas J. Norcia

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Two Alarm Fire in Fair Lawn Quickly Extinguished

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Far Lawn NJ, A two (2) alarm residential structure fire in the 900 block of Bellair Avenue, Fair Lawn was quickly extinguished late Friday afternoon, 12/07. All Fair Lawn fire companies responded to the scene as did Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue, Fair Lawn EMS, Fair Lawn Police, and a paramedic team from The Valley Hospital.

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Ridgewood , Hawthorne and Fair Lawn Fire Departments Assist Glen Rock Fire Department for Basement Fire in Glen Rock

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Glen Rock NJ,A Thursday evening, 12/06, basement fire in a single family home located at 562 South Maple Avenue, Glen Rock, injured at least one (1) firefighter and required the services of several neighboring fire departments to extinguish. Glen Rock Fire Department was assisted by personnel from Ridgewood Fire Department  , Fair Lawn Fire Department , and Hawthorne Fire Department at the scene. Glen Rock Police and Glen Rock EMS also responded. The cause and exact origin of the blaze is currently under investigation.