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UPDATE: WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING THE SCENE OF A FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION IN GLEN ROCK

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Glen Rock NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of MARINA M. LEE (DOB: 6/18/1953; widowed; and employed as an office manager) of 100 Rock Road, #107, Hawthorne, New Jersey, on charges of Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision, Endangering An Injured Victim, and Hindering Apprehension. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Glen Rock Police Department under the direction of Chief Dean Ackermann.

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Glen Rock Approves $14.7 Bond Referendum

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock referendum narrowly passes according to the unofficial results posted on the Glen Rock Schools Facebook page. The
$14.7 million bond referendum question  had 937 yes votes and 879 no votes.

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No Threat Made Against Glen Rock Public Schools

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock Public Schools has issued the following statement on their Facebook page :

To all Parents and Community Residents,
I have been apprised of a rumor circulating in town about a threat to our High School. I want to dispel this rumor. There has been no threat made.
Bruce Watson, Superintendent

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Stolen Vehicle Found Crashed in Glen Rock

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Glen Rock NJ, A vehicle allegedly stolen overnight in Paterson was found by Glen Rock PD crashed into a snow bank and abandoned on Waldron Avenue, Glen Rock at dawn on Wednesday, 03/06. Both front air bags had deployed on the wrecked 4-door Honda Accord, which had no keys inside when it was discovered. Glen Rock Police also found numerous cell phones within. A tow truck removed the vehicle from the crash scene and transported it to Glen Rock PD headquarters where it will be processed for evidence.

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Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer Says He Will Not Seek Reelection

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Glen Rock NJ, we know from time to time we gave Mr.Packer a hard time ,but we do wish him the best of luck .

Mayor Packer’s complete statement:

“About four years ago, I got a phone call from the now departed Mark McCullough asking me if I would consider running for mayor. This was not something that I had ever seriously considered but yet I did not respond in the negative. As a regular at council meetings, I did feel that I had something different to offer and after much discussion with family and friends, I decided to give it a shot.

I was humbled and excited by the immense amount of support that I received as I shared my thoughts and vision for the town. My desire to serve grew with the clear message that I consistently received from residents was that it was time for a change in Glen Rock.

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High Winds Take Down Tree at Glen Rock Train Station

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Glen Rock NJ, Several vehicles were damaged on Monday morning, 02/25, when a large tree limb fell into a parking lot of the Main Line Train Station on Rock Road in Glen Rock, Glen Rock Police responded to identify the impacted vehicle owners and to process a property damage report. Glen Rock DPW workers were summoned to remove the fallen limb. No injuries were reported.

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GLEN ROCK DISBARRED ATTORNEY CHARGED WITH ART FORGERY AND THEFT

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Glen Rock NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of WILLIAM T. MCCUE (DOB: 02/12/1947; single; and self-employed as an art dealer) of 60 Grandview Avenue, Glen Rock, New Jersey on charges of Theft By Deception, Unauthorized Practice Of Law, and Forgery. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Glen Rock Police Department under the direction of Chief Dean Ackermann.

In December 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint from a victim who hired William McCUE to represent him in an estate settlement. The victim claimed that he paid McCUE $15,500.00 in legal and professional fees for the estate work, but later learned that McCUE had been disbarred from practicing law.

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How Diversion Burglaries Work

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock police discuss how diversion burglaries work and whats residents should watch out for.

Last year the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warning to residents following a rise in diversion burglaries.

The prosecutor’s office said residents should be careful who they allow on their property, with thieves more frequently posing as utility workers. Officials said more than a dozen diversion burglaries have been reported in the county in the past few weeks.

In most of the scenarios, a thief impersonating a utility worker distracts the homeowners while an accomplice enters the home to take what he can.

This WMBC-TV news video spells out the details .

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Free Seminar: Dogs 101: Puppies to Adult Training and Health

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Glen Rock NJ, A FREE seminar sponsored by the Glen Rock Dog Park and open to all. Registration required. Link below.

DOGS 101: From Puppy to Adult Training and Health

There’s nothing better than a well trained family dog. Dorice Stancher, MBA, CPDTKA Master Trainer and three time AKC Nationals finalist (Canines Can Do, LLC) and health expert Dr. Dennis Sepulveda (Veterinary Wellness Center) will present information and answer questions on training, preventing problem behaviors, health and more! They will also discuss training dogs to be good canine citizens.

Tomorrow at 1 PM – 2 PM at the Glen Rock Library

Go to events at the Glen Rock Dog Park Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/glenrocknjdogpark/

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Ridgewood Water Litigation ;the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Ridgewood NJ, Mayor Hache fills us in on all the details and where we stand . Since 2010, the governing bodies of the three communities outside of Ridgewood served by Ridgewood Water (Gen Rock, Midland Park and Wyckoff) have been engaged in a law suit, which challenged the allocation of expenses by the Village for the water company’s budget. The 3 towns felt that a 21 percent increase in rates in 2010 was excessive. The actual rate per 1,000 gallons is not excessive and, in fact, is in the lower middle of rates offered by other neighboring water utilities and still much cheaper than Suez. The challenge was started by the governing body of Wyckoff, whose auditor is a member of the former auditing firm of the Village when similar allocation methods procedures were used by the Village for the Water Utility budget. The claim argued that the methodology used by the Village in allocating percentages of Village expenses to the Water Utility was unfair (since it was not actual expenses) to the 3 towns and it caused the rates for water usage to be unreasonably excessive to the rate payers of the 3 towns and those rate payers were subsidizing the property taxes of Village residents.


The methodology used by the Village had been accepted by the Local Finance Board of the State in 2004, and the Village continued using that method throughout the years. This litigation which was started in 2010 (and amended in each of 2011 & 2012), finally reached trial in 2017. The trial court decided that the ordinances which approved rate increases in 2010, 2011 and 2012, did not have an adequate factual basis in the record that would warrant the rate increases that were adopted by the Village. As a result, the Court required the Village to hire an expert to calculate what the appropriate rate increases for the years in question should have been.
The Village (while still disagreeing with the Court’s decision that the record lacked an adequate factual basis), complied with the preparation of the rate study by hiring the most qualified expert in the field of water rate studies, Howard Woods. Mr. Woods completed his rate study and has recognized that the Village did not adopt excessive rates during those years challenged by the 3 towns.

The three communities decided to appeal the Court’s decision, and that appeal is pending; the Village cross-appealed on those issues raised by Plaintiffs. Their requests to stay the rate study pending the outcome of the appeal has been denied (at least for now) by the trial Judge. The rate study was presented to the Village Council in early 2018. The Village Council adopted an ordinance to adopt rates established by the Woods study, with the purpose of establishing rates for the years of 2010 through 2017.