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Thursday, November 22, 2018, will mark the Twenty-Fifth anniversary of the line of duty death of a Paramus Police Officer

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Paramus NJ , from the Paramus Police Department , Thursday, November 22, 2018, will mark the Twenty-Fifth anniversary of the line of duty death of Police Officer Vincent M. Brock. Officer Brock was killed in a motor vehicle accident while responding to a false 911 call reporting a shooting at the Garden State Plaza. He left behind his wife Diane and three children Timothy, Gregory and Lindsay.

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NEW EVENT DATE: BIG SANTA IS BACK at Westfield Garden State Plaza

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Paramus NJ, NEW EVENT DATE: BIG SANTA IS BACK at Westfield Garden State Plaza

November 20th ,Tuesday , 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This holiday season, Westfield Garden State Plaza is excited to celebrate the return of its legendary, iconic “Big Santa” display!

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Be a Sponsor for the Racefaster 5K and Half Marathon

Racefaster 5K and Half Marathon

September 2,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Hope you are all enjoying your summer. I wanted to let you know about the Racefaster 5K and Half Marathon coming up on Sunday, September 10. This is going to be a great event — bringing residents from all over Bergen County together. The 5K is a walk or run hosted at Garden State Plaza and the Half Marathon will begin and end at Garden State Plaza but will primarily be hosted in the Saddle River County Park up to the Glen Rock Duck Pond.

Also, we still have opportunity for you to sponsor the event and promote your business! There are many different ways that we can get you in front of all of the participants. Please let me know if you are interested and we can go over the different opportunities available. You can always email me at or call 201-727-3135.

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Amazon hiring thousands more in New Jersey

Amazon Introduces New Tablet At News Conference In New York

By Paul Milo | NJ Advance Media for
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on January 12, 2017 at 5:18 PM, updated January 12, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Online retailing giant Amazon is planning to add 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next year and a half, including 2,500 in New Jersey, the company said in a statement Thursday.

The jobs include entry-level work and skilled positions like engineers and software developers. The full-time positions will also come with benefits.

The company already employs 11,000 people at seven sites in the state. The new hires will work at additional “fulfillment centers,” the company said.

The remainder of the new hires will staff facilities in Washington, Texas, California, Kentucky, Illinois and Florida.

The news comes as Amazon also announced it would be opening a bookstore at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, one of five stores the company plans to open in New York, Massachusetts and Illinois.

In July, the company announced plans to lease a 617,000-square-foot warehouse in Teterboro as part of its plan to grow its footprint in the state. In 2015, the company cut the ribbon on a massive shipping facility in Robbinsville.

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Garden State Plaza Illegally Tows Dozens of Employees Cars

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New Jersey’s Predatory Towing Act makes it against the law to tow off private property unless signs are posted. Westfield had NO signs warning employees they could be towed, and the new signs it put up after 7 On Your Side got involved are too small. 3 feet by 3 feet is the law. These are only 12″ by 18″

Bergen County Consumer Affairs stepped up, after investigators found Westfield Corp. racked up four violations of the Consumer Fraud Act. Just hours later, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco brokered restitution. Westfield will pay back all 48 mall employees who got towed and will install new signs by Christmas that are compliant with New Jersey consumer law.



By Nina Pineda
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 06:04PM

PARAMUS, New Jersey (WABC) –7 On Your Side got an earful from employees who claim they had no idea why they got towed while working their shifts. After hitting roadblocks with mall management we made a big discovery. One that lead to Bergen County Consumer Affairs taking action against the largest mall in New Jersey.

“I thought it was stolen,” said Stefanie Mastbeth, a mall employee said.

That was Mastbeth’s reaction when, after her shift at Michael Kors, her car vanished from the Garden State Plaza parking lot in Paramus.

“I actually have the Onstar app. So we tracked the car and it wasn’t in Garden State Plaza,” Mastbeth said.

She tracked the car to Hackensack and learned it was towed. She had to pay $150 to get it back.

“$150 is nothing to them, but for employees it’s a big deal,” Mastbeth said.

She was one of 48 mall workers targeted and towed by global retail management giant, Westfield Corp., because the lot she says she’s parked in for seven years as a part-time employee is for customers only.

“I didn’t know about it until my car was towed,” Mastbeth said.

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Tis the Season: Teaneck woman charged in pipe attack over parking spot at Garden State Plaza

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DECEMBER 21, 2015, 11:50 AM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015, 12:04 PM

PARAMUS — A 48-year-old Teaneck woman hit a Paterson teenager in the head with a 15-inch metal pipe during a fight over a parking spot at the Garden State Plaza mall over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Kenia E. Nicolas-King was charged with aggravated assault and was released, said Deputy Chief Robert Guidetti of the Paramus police. The victim, an 18-year-old Paterson woman, refused medical attention, Guidetti said.

The Paterson woman, whose name was not released, was waiting for a parking spot in an underground garage beneath the movie theater around 5:30 p.m. Saturday when Nicolas-King cut her off and pulled into the spot, Guidetti said. They began arguing and Nicolas-King allegedly went back to her car and grabbed the pipe and hit the woman in the back of the head.

The younger woman fell to the ground and they began wrestling, the deputy chief said. The woman punched Nicolas-King, who jumped back into her car and fled.

But Nicolas-King couldn’t escape the mall’s traffic and Officer Nicholas Luciano stopped her car, Guidetti said. She told Luciano that she had thrown the pipe out of the window, said Guidetti, who added that it was later found.

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping : Bronx man had 13 pounds of raw heroin in car at Garden State Plaza


DECEMBER 19, 2015, 10:32 AM    LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015, 3:16 PM

Authorities arrested a 33-year-old Bronx man Friday afternoon at the Garden State Plaza who they allege had 13 pounds of raw heroin in his car, according to a media release.

In the release, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said that at about 1:45 p.m. Friday Passaic sheriff’s detectives along with the investigators from the state Attorney General’s Office Gang/Organized Crime Bureau pulled over Daniel A. Cespedes in a white Honda Accord as part of a joint undercover operation at the mall, in Paramus.

“After the stop, detectives observed the driver acting in a suspicious manner,” Berdnik said.

Officers allege that they saw Cespedes trying to hide an orange tool bag behind the front passenger seat. Police then searched the vehicle and found 13 pounds of raw heroin, with a wholesale value of more than $500,000, according to the release.

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Major Crash on Rout 17 South takes out Utility Pole


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Major Crash on Rout 17 South takes out Utility Pole
July 07,2015
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Paramus NJ, The male driver of a 4-door Toyota Corolla was transported by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center’s main campus following a rollover crash on Route 17 southbound near Route 4 at approximately 10:00 AM on this Friday morning,


The crash severed a utility pole, knocking out phone and electric service to a nearby Porcelanosa tile showroom. The right shoulder and two (2) travel lanes of Route 17 southbound were closed due to the incident. The Corolla was removed by a flatbed tow truck. Paramus PD, EMS and FD Companies 2 & 4 responded to the incident. NJDOT crews assisted in blocking traffic lanes. PSE&G crews arrived at approximately 10:45 AM to attend to the utility pole issues.

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Garden State Plaza adding five luxury-brand tenants

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MAY 5, 2015, 9:45 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015, 10:28 PM

Westfield Garden State Plaza confirmed Tuesday that it has signed five new luxury fashion brands as tenants, solidifying the Paramus mall’s profile as a center for high-end fashion.

Versace, Ferragamo, Longchamp, Burberry and Hugo Boss, with their Fifth Avenue pedigrees, will open this fall in a space created by the relocation of Victoria’s Secret and other stores. The deals will give the Plaza the only Versace store in New Jersey, and will help it match offerings at its two rivals for upscale mall shoppers — The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack and The Mall at Short Hills. Riverside has Hugo Boss, Burberry and Ferragamo shops, and Short Hills has Burberry and Longchamp stores.

The announcement by the Plaza comes as two of North Jersey’s other major malls deal with concerns about empty space and weigh decisions that could determine their long-term survival. The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack has more than 100,000 square feet of space that was vacated by Saks Fifth Avenue. Paramus Park has been talking for years about a movie theater wing, though work has yet to begin.

In addition to online retailing, which threatens the mall industry nationwide, North Jersey malls face the future opening of the American Dream shopping and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands.

The Plaza has been on a campaign to attract more upscale retailers ever since its leasing coups in the 1990s, when it landed North Jersey’s first Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus stores. In recent years, the mall has added Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. The new tenants will be located near those high-end neighbors, on the lower level.

North Jersey is fertile territory for affluent shoppers. The median household income in Bergen County is $83,974, ranking it 42nd among the nation’s 3,143 counties, according to the latest data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Last year the Plaza opened a fashion wing that included stores by designers Tory Burch and Vince Camuto, as well as a Microsoft store. Pirch, a high-end appliance show­room, opened in a corner of that wing in March.

The mall has added more than 40 retailers over the past year.

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Police say popping tires may have been mistaken for gunshots, spurring panic at Garden State Plaza in Paramus


Police say popping tires may have been mistaken for gunshots, spurring panic at Garden State Plaza in Paramus

MAY 10, 2014, 9:37 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014, 12:25 AM

PARAMUS — Panicked shoppers ran screaming from the Westfield Garden State Plaza on Saturday night believing they heard gunshots, which law enforcement officials later said was actually “falling metal stanchions.” The stanchions were knocked down as people ran because of a car fire in the parking lot that caused the car’s tires to pop.

“No shots” were fired, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said in an email at 11:55 p.m.

A large police presence had remained at the mall late into the night, many of them around the main entrance to Macy’s department store, as a Bergen County SWAT team and borough police searched inside stores to make sure that there hadn’t been a shooting.

Law-enforcement officials quickly determined that they didn’t need the same kind of police presence that they called on Nov. 4 when a man fired shots inside the mall before killing himself.

“It doesn’t appear to be a shooting,” Brian Higgins, chief of the Bergen County Police Department, said late Saturday, but he quickly added that authorities are taking every precaution to make sure that is the case. Instead, he said, the sounds of tires popping from the car fire, which occurred at about the same time as people called 911 about shots being fired, is “the best anyone can assume” about the cause of the panic.

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