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5 Mahwah Fire Companies Respond to an Early Morning House Fire

13 Mutual Aid Companies also respond

Photo Credit: Waldwick, NJ Volunteer Fire Department

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Mahwah NJ, This morning around 4am Mahwah Fire, Police, and EMS were dispatched to a home who’s residents awoke to smoke in the house. First arriving units confirmed thick black smoke coming from the home. Thankfully all residents were able to exit the home on their own with the assistance of Mahwah Police and fire units quickly began locating and extinguishing the blaze. Unfortunately the deep seated fire in the basement ravaged the home and made its way throughout almost every room and into the attic. All 5 Mahwah fire companies worked together to extinguish bulk of the fire, subsequent hot spots and the fire was placed under control around 7am.

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Upper Saddle River officials and Toll Brothers’ arrive at a Corrective Action Plan and Schedule to Lift Stop Work Order

MINUTES OF THE MEETING WITH TOLL BROTHERS BOROUGH OF UPPER SADDLE RIVER JULY 24, 2019 1:00 p.m.

ATTENDEES:

USR Mayor Joanne Minichetti Craig Cherry, Toll Brothers Div. President Ramsey Mayor John Roth John Peck, Toll Brothers, Div. Sr. VP James Dougherty, USR Building Official Rick Hoff, Toll Brothers, Attorney Robert Regan, USR Borough Attorney David Fultz, Toll Brothers Joy Convertini, USR Deputy Municipal Clerk Carmine Merlucci, Toll Brothers Bobby Fleshman, USR Public Works John Lehane, Toll Brothers Kevin Boswell, Borough Engineer Quentin Weist, Ramsey BA Frank Rossi, Boswell Engineering Jay Kruse, ESE Consultants Mark Mayhew, SVP, ESE Consultants

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Congressional Candidate Frank Pollotta Spells Out the Environmental Impact of the Apple Ridge Site

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Mahwah NJ, congressional candidate Frank Pollotta was interviewed by CBS New York this afternoon in a follow-up to a story about elevated levels of arsenic at the former Apple Ridge Golf and Country Club in Mahwah.

Pollotta stated ,”As many of you know, my own testing revealed elevated arsenic levels in the soil late last year—a key ingredient in the pesticides used on the property decades ago.

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Reader says , “Our water supply should be guarded and not compromised by profit seeking developers”

“In Upper Saddle River residents rely on well water for drinking, cooking and showering and bathing. When the water is contaminated it renders the homes uninhabitable. It is unconscionable that the water supply has been compromised. Our water supply should be guarded and not compromised by profit seeking developers. This should have been and should continue to be the top priority for our elected officials.”

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Reader Comments on Toll Brothers Construction Saga at Apple Ridge

“Apparently this situation is nothing new as far as this builder is concerned. Just read the following links and watch the interview with Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel who has been documenting Toll Brothers’ storm water runoff violations for over 20 years now.”Basically, they appeared to be out of control,” said Bob Murphy, agent for the Canton Conservation Commission. ”Everything that could go wrong went wrong, and they didn’t seem to care.”

Here is the link: http://graphics.boston.com/globe/spotlight/toll_brothers/stories/day2_bar2.htm

”Basically, they appeared to be out of control,” said Bob Murphy, agent for the Canton Conservation Commission. ”Everything that could go wrong went wrong, and they didn’t seem to care.”

“In several communities, Toll Brothers has ignored or paid little attention to the environment and local environmental regulations in its rush to build new homes and maximize profits, according to local officials and court documents. In a lawsuit filed by Schuylkill Township, Pa., the town said Toll flouted environmental rules ”all for the purpose of enhancing their profits.”

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North Jersey Media Says Pollution Issue at Apple Ridge Nothing But Straw in a Storm Drain

photos by Derek Michalski

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Upper Saddle Resident Derek Michalski, accused Toll Brothers, a land developer, of polluting his well water and the stream running behind his home in Upper Saddle River on Friday February 8, 2019. 

Toll Brothers is developing the former Apple Ridge Country Club and Apple Orchard in Mahwah.

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Stop Work Orders Issued on Former Apple Ridge and One Lake Street

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Stop Work Orders Issued on Former Apple Ridge and One Lake Street:  On Thursday, July 11, 2019, we had a significant rain event with flash flood warnings in effect.  Our Construction Official and Borough Administrator were on site at the former Apple Ridge site and witnessed runoff onto Carlough Road.  Hay that was in use to restrict runoff, had been swept off the property by the force of the rain and clogged the storm drains.  DPW was called in as well.  The hay was removed to clear the drains and sand bags placed. A portion of the silt fence had fallen down.  This project is under the jurisdiction of the NJ DEP (who has stated they consider the site fully remediated and the matter closed) and the Bergen County Soil Conservation District.

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The Storm Water Runoff Continues to Damage Local Eco System

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UPPER SADDLE RIVER NJ , on June 13, 2019 another storm water runoff pollution violation observed in the corridor of Pleasant Brook in USR. NJDEP newest report# 19-06-13-0858-36 taken by operator 91. Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, Councilwoman Janet Ariemma and US Congressional candidate Frank Palotta and current mayor of Mahwah John Roth were ALL apprised about this latest development. 

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Community Meals Dine Out Fundraiser- June 6th And June 12th

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Ridgewood NJ, Community Meals, Inc., is a non-profit “meals on wheels” service that serves those individuals who are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves due to age or disability in Allendale, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, MidlandPark, Ridgewood, Waldwick and part of Saddle River.

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NJDEP Delays Expanded C1 Stream Protections

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Upper Saddle River NJ, The DEP continues to delay adoption of new rules upgrading 749 miles of waterways to Category One streams. They have extended the public comment period another month to June 3, providing more time for opponents to organize their fight against the proposal. The C1 designation offers the highest level of protection for water quality.

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