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BREAKING : TOLL BROTHERS APPLE RIDGE SITE HAS REALEASED OVER 24 LBS OF ARSENIC DUST INTO LOCAL WATERWAYS

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Upper saddle River NJ, for month sit been claimed that Toll Brothers has committed an unprecedented environmental disaster at Apple Ridge (The Preserve at USR & Mahwah) impacting the entire Saddle River Valley with irreversible ecological damage

According to a report just issued , “The Toxicological Impact of the Toll Brothers’ Apple Ridge Development to the Saddle River Valley Ecosystem and Its Residents” claims runoff from “the 110-acre site formerly known as the Apple Ridge Country Club. The name Apple Ridge harkens back to the land’s origins at the turn of the 20th century as an apple orchard owned by the Carlough family. The tract of land mostly lies within the borders USR and Mahwah with a smaller portion of land extending into Ramsey. In 2013, this magnificent property was sold by the Carlough family to a developer with the intent of building high-density housing. When the boroughs of USR and Mahwah balked at the idea of allowing high-density housing the property was sold to Toll Brothers for the development of 78 single family homes.”

“The soil on which former apple orchards existed around the country are notorious for containing high levels of arsenic and lead—levels well above the maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for soil set by each state. These toxic by-products are leftover from the days before dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) and before organophosphates, when arsenical pesticides, also known as historically applied pesticides (HAP), in particular lead arsenate (LA), were the preferred treatment in the prevention of insect damage. As former orchard 8 properties are developed for residential use, residual arsenic contamination poses a significant threat to human health”

Recent tests have revealed that over 24 pounds of pure arsenic–a “group A1” carcinogen–have been released as airborne dust and into our pristine waterways.

The report concluded , “this runoff of approximately 14.7 million gallons per month also contains other heavy metals such as lead, dangerous elements such as nitrogen and phosphorous, and chemicals like DDT that haven’t even been tested for. In all, we are witnessing the destruction of an invaluable and irreplaceable ecosystem.”

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Unbridled Heroes Project Founders Honored at Home Town Heroes Awards

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Mahwah NJ,  Friday, December 14, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted his third Hometown Hero Awards, honoring North Jersey residents who have made outstanding contributions to our community. Fifth District Hometown Heroes Awards were presented to community leaders, first responders, veterans, members of the business community, students, and seniors to recognize their dedication to improving the lives of their neighbors, families, and all Jersey residents.

Congressman Gottheimer (NJ-5) said, “Today’s awardees are bound by a shared sense of duty – to their families, their communities, and their country. They are our veterans, our firefighters, our first responders, our educators, and our family – our brothers and sisters and our sons and daughters. None of these people stood up because they sought recognition, they did it because they wanted to do what was right. That’s what Jersey Values are about and that’s what makes me certain that we live in the greatest country in the world. On behalf of the Fifth District, I couldn’t be more proud to honor these Hometown Heroes today.”

Mark and Amy Steppe were honored as 5th Congressional District Hometown Heroes for their military service and their Unbridled Heroes Project. The Steppes founded The Unbridled Heroes Project as a way of helping other veterans. The organization rescues abused mustangs and pair them with veterans in need of healing at their Allendale facility.

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Ridgewood Looking to restore and Preserve Iconic Bus station

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood ‘s Historic Preservation Commission has “identified the Ridgewood bus station building as having historic significance to the village. The bus station designed by architect J. Robert Gilchrist, is of the 1950s mid-century modern school of design .

Gilchrist, who died in 2008, was a prominent Bergen County architect, whose projects include Continental Plaza in Hackensack and International Crossroads in Mahwah.

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Ridgewood High School Ranked Number 7 in the Niche 2019 Best Teachers in Bergen County

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Ridgewood NJ, Niche ranked the best teachers serving in Bergen County . Ranking based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher salaries, teacher absenteeism, teacher tenure, student-teacher ratio, and the Niche Academics Grade for the school.

The 2019 High Schools with the Best Teachers ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and teacher data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Ridgewood High School came in #7 in the county , just ahead of Pascack Hills #8, Glen Rock #9 and Mahwah #10, but behind Bergen County Academies #1, Northern Highlands #2, Bergen County Technical #3 , Fairlawn #4 ,Northern Valley Demarest #5 , and Northern Valley Old Tappan #6 .

https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-teachers-public-high-schools/c/bergen-county-nj/

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Mahwah Mayor First Bergen Official in Over 25 years to be Recalled from Office

William "Bill" Laforet

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Mahwah NJ,  Mayor Bill Laforet was recalled from office on Tuesday night. The defeat for Laforet who twice won reelection was spearheaded by a local group called MahwahStrong.
The Mahwah mayor will become the first public official in Bergen County to be recalled in over 25 years.

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Call of Suspicious Activity Results in Arrests on Cliff Street in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report that patrol units were dispatched to Cliff Street on October 26th for a report of suspicious activity in progress. Patrol units located a person matching the description provided by the caller in the area and upon further investigation a second involved male party was located. As a result of the investigation, a 28 year-old male from Mahwah, N.J. was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension by providing false information, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and drug paraphernalia. The second male, a 28 year-old from Jefferson, N.Y. was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia. Both arrestees were transported to Ridgewood Police headquarters, served with criminal complaints and then transported to the Bergen County Jail.

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Ridgewood Child’s Library Card used to Rack up Over $1000 in Overdue Fines

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Ridgewood NJ, according to North Jersey Media a village child’s library card was fraudulently used to rack up over $1,000 in fines borrowing items from local area libraries.

Sources say ,at least 46 items were fraudulently checked out of two Bergen County libraries using a 12-year-old Ridgewood boy’s library card. The Items were checked out from both Mahwah and Wyckoff libraries and the Ridgewood resident has received an overdue notice of $1,000 fine notice.

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BREAKING : Toll Brothers Has Stopped ALL Pumping Activities into Pleasant Brook in Upper Saddle River

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Upper Saddle River NJ, after 10 months of questionable practice of pumping mud into Pleasant Brook Toll Brothers stopped ALL pumping activities into the brook over the weekend. Houses, pumps and generators used to power these pumps were also removed from 19 Meadowbrook Rd. construction site In Upper Saddle River.

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FBI indicates Interest in potential Clean Water Act Violations and Possible Cover Up at Apple Ridge in Mahwah

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Upper Saddle River NJ, according to Derek Michalski the moderator of the Facebook group  GreenUSR,  “After proposing on this site an Environmental Debate between incumbent Josh Gottheimer and his opponent John McCann reporter from CBS News called and interviewed me for the story. When I announced this on October 13, 2018 I immediately noticed that mud is no longer being pumped into Pleasant Brook/Saddle River. Today I spoke to the same reporter and she confirmed that she has also reached out to NJDEP and NJ Department of Agriculture for comments. Immediately after she spoke to them Roy Otto from Bergen County Soil Conservation Department called me. When I asked him what sparked his sudden interest in our situation after 10 months of NOT RETUTNING ANY CALLS he said “let’s not talk about what caused me to call you””.

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Major Breakthrough in a 10-month Investigation in Toll Brothers Alleged Sludge Pumping into Local Brooks from the Apple Ridge Development in Mahwah

photo by Derek Michalski , Pictured: Chairman of Mahwah Environmental Commission Richard Wolf documenting ongoing pollution at Toll Brothers construction site in Mahwah and Upper Saddle River.

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Major breakthrough in a 10-month community investigation started back in January 2018 by GreenUSR activist and resident of Upper Saddle River Derek Michalski.

Ramsey, Mahwah, Upper and Saddle River. Over the weekend residents from Ramsay, Mahwah and Upper Saddle River met for the second weekend in a row on the property that was featured in April 23, 2018 CBS New York Evening News coverage. We all remember Channel 2 Lisa Rozner’s report from 5 months ago about those infamous hoses pumping mud into Upper Saddle River stream directly from 100 acre site that had arsenic in the past.* Since that day very little has been done to stop the mud pumping that is occurring now 24/7 according to eyewitnesses. Last weekend the site was visited by Richard Wolf, Chairman of Mahwah Environmental Commission. This weekend Councilwoman Janet Ariemma took initiative and also met with residents and visually inspected continuous mud discharge into the Pleasant Brook.

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