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Bergen Parks Department Truck Crashes into Office Building in Ridgewood’s CBD

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

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Ridgewood NJ, A dump truck emblazoned with a seal from the County of Bergen Parks Department crashed into a Ridgewood office building in the Central Business District on Wednesday afternoon, 01/30, damaging at least four (4) vehicles parked there. The driver fled the scene in the damaged truck, but was apprehended shortly thereafter by Ridgewood Police officers. Before being taken into custody for unspecified charges, the driver was evaluated for a minor hand injury by Ridgewood EMTs. Firefighters from Ridgewood Fire Department and officials from the Village of Ridgewood’s Building Department were observed evaluating the structure to determine the extent of damage. The building, located at 257 East Ridgewood Avenue, the former Sealfons department store building houses PNC bank, real estate, and medical offices. Personnel from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s and Bergen County Sheriff’s Offices were assisting Ridgewood Police in processing the scene(s) and interviewing the driver. No injuries were reported by any occupants of the office building, which was evacuated immediately after it was struck.

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December 28,2017

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of KWANELLE PARKER (DOB: 09/11/1991; single; unemployed) of 644 Coster Street, Bronx, New York on Check Fraud, Theft by Deception, and Conspiracy charges. Specifically, PARKER was issued a summons on Thursday, December 21, 2017. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti,
In August 2017, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received a complaint from the County of Bergen’s financial officers regarding the fraudulent production and deposit of checks which were made to appear as if they were issued from a Bergen County payroll account. Along with the checks, it was determined that illicit wire activity had also occurred, which brought the total theft amount to over $50,000.00.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Kwanelle PARKER had worked in concert with Daleska DILLERVA, Anthony PEGUERO, and others to deposit the fraudulent checks into co-conspirators’ accounts and then withdraw the illicit funds before the forgeries and deception were uncovered. The arrest of PARKER is the result of an ongoing investigation during which DILLERVA and PEGUERO had been arrested and charged on September 19, 2017.

Kwanelle PARKER was charged with one count of Issuing or Passing Bad Checks, with a value greater than $1,000 but less than $75,000, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-5, a 3rd degree crime; one count of Theft by Deception, with a benefit greater than $500 but less than $75,000, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4a, a 3rd degree crime, and two counts of Conspiring with Daleska DILLERVA and Anthony PEGUERO to Commit the Issuing or Passing of Bad Checks and Theft by Deception, each a 3rd degree crime. PARKER is scheduled to appear in Central Judicial Processing Court at 9:00 a.m. on January 10, 2018.

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

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Ramsey Office of Emergency Management Advisory for North Central Avenue Paving

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October 15,2017

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Ramsey NJ, from the Ramsey Office of Emergency Management ,the County of Bergen has contacted the Borough of Ramsey that they will be milling and paving a portion of North Central Avenue, from MacArthur Boulevard in Mahwah to High Street in Ramsey, starting on Monday October 16th.  Weather permitting they are anticipating having it completed by Tuesday October 17th (2 day project).  Please expect detours and periodic road closures.

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Bergen Regional Medical Center has a New Name, New Bridge Medical Center

Bergen Regional Medical Center  has a New Name, New Bridge Medical Center

photo courtesy of Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco

October 3,2017

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Paraums NJ, On Monday Bergen County officials unveiled the new name of the former Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus.Bergen Regional Medical Center is now New Bridge Medical Center, a clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Care Plus Bergen, Inc. was welcomed at a ceremony Monday morning . The new non-profit is an alliance between Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Integrity House, and Care Plus NJ Inc., and will manage the day to day operations of the hospital and its core services of behavioral health, addiction treatment, long-term care and acute care.

John Mitchell Former Chairman at Bergen County Freeholder said ,”New Bridge Medical Center is the new name for the former Bergen Regional Medical Center…
…A bridge to a bright new future is underway as the County of Bergen and Care Plus Bergen begin a new partnership at NJ’s largest public hospital…
…I very much look forward to serving on the Care Plus Bergen Board of Trustees and having the goal of connecting compassion with quality care…”

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said ,

Today, the County of Bergen officially began the new and exciting journey for New Jersey’s largest public hospital. Members from the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the new medical center management team of Care Plus Bergen with third party-operators- Care Plus NJ, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Integrity House, and I officially unveiled the name new name of the facility – New Bridge Medical Center – at a ceremony morning.

New Bridge is a name that reflects both Bergen County history and the vision for the future of this medical center.

New Bridge Medical Center will enhance long-term care, acute care and behavioral health services while maintaining the hospital’s core mission of treating people with mental health and substance abuse issues. New Bridge Medical Center will also increase access to much-needed services across 27 medical specialties in order to meet the needs of Bergen County residents and patients.

New Bridge Medical Center will pursue innovative ways to improve health care access for the nearly 40,000 veterans living in Bergen County and northern New Jersey. Furthermore, New Bridge Medical Center, which is recognized as a leading health care provider in substance abuse treatment, will continue to be at the forefront of combatting the opioid epidemic by increasing access to these specific services. The hospital is committed to working with each of its partners to deliver first-rate, compassionate and innovative care to support every patient through their recovery.

This is truly another great day for Bergen County!