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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office conducts spot check for skimmer devices at ATM machines in Bergen County

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Westwood NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a spot check for skimmer devices  at ATM machines , and the good news, no skimmer devices found during this random spot check.
Do you know what a skimmer is? Do you check before you swipe your card? Did you know skimming devices planted by criminals on ATM’s and other card payment readers racked up roughly $3.9 billion in losses during 2017 (according to one study by a credit card company)? #Skimming your debit or credit card number, and stealing your pin number, is a real risk.

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TROY C. JONES OF WESTWOOD, NJ CHARGED TROY C. JONES OF WESTWOOD, CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

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June 7,2018

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Westwood NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of TROY C. JONES (DOB: 09/23/1945; married; and employed as a bookkeeper) of 84 Westwood Boulevard, Westwood, NJ on charges of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino, and the Westwood Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Pontillo.
On June 5, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information from the Westwood Police Department that two female victims were attacked inside the residence of 84 Westwood Boulevard in Westwood.
An investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Westwood Police Department revealed that Troy C. JONES had physically assaulted one female victim and inflicted multiple stab wounds to another. Both victims were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with serious injuries.
Troy C. JONES was charged with two counts each of Attempted Murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1A(1), a crime of the 1st degree; Aggravated Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B(1), a crime of the 2nd degree; Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B(2), a crime of the 3rd degree; and Possession Of A Weapon For Unlawful Purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4D, a crime of the 3rd degree. JONES is in the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ. 2
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Westwood Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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Three Family Members Hospitalized In Westwood Stabbing

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June 6,2018

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Westwood NJ, Members of the Westwood Police Department and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Identification at the scene of a reported Tuesday evening, 06/05 stabbing in a single family home located on Westwood Boulevard, Westwood. A next door neighbor of the incident location reported seeing three (3) individuals being taken from the scene by ambulances. Two (2) of the individuals were said to have been on stretchers; the third reportedly walked into a waiting ambulance. All of the victims are reported to be members of the same family.

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Westwood Swears in New Jersey’s Youngest Council Member

May 16,2018

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Westwood NJ,  Westwood’s newest council member Alyssa Kaye Dawson, at 24 is New Jersey’s youngest councilwoman . Alyssa Dawson, a former staffer to LG Kim Guadagno was sworn-in tonight to a council seat in Westwood to succeed retiring Councilman Peter Grefrath a 23 year veteran to the Borough of Westwood . Dawson had announced her candidacy to run for Council in November alongside incumbent Ray Arroyo last month.

Former Westwood council members, Ingrid Quinn, Cindy Waneck, Jay Sciara and Bill Phayre came to the meeting to say thank you along with former LG Kim Guadagno and assemblywomen Holly Schepisi.

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79-year-old woman was struck and injured crossing Kinderkamack Road and Irvington Street Wednesday afternoon in Westwood

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February 24,2018

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Westwood NJ, according to the Westwood Police a 79-year-old woman was struck and injured crossing Kinderkamack Road and Irvington Street Wednesday afternoon.

Westwood Police were summed to the scene at 12:08 p.m. The victim began crossing Kinderkamack Road when Patricia Shaw, 76, of Midland Park turned left from Irvington Street onto Kinderkamack Road. Westwood Police were assisted by Hillsdale Police , Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Micron Advanced Life Support .

According to police the victim was walking in southbound lane when the driver failed to yield and hit her with the front driver’s-side part of the vehicle.

The woman was knocked to the ground and injured on the lower part of her body. She was stabilized at the scene and rushed to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. The extent of her injuries is unknown.

The 76 year old driver failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian and was charged with failure to stop/yield at an intersection, making an improper turn, failure to maintain a lane and failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Westwood Police will also submit a re-evaluation to the state Division of Motor Vehicles regarding Shaw to determine if she is fit to operate a motor vehicle.

The Westwood Police Department is asking for the public’s cooperation in reducing the number of accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles in the borough.

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Pedestrian Struck by a Motor Vehicle at the Intersection of Broadway and Irvington Street, in Westwood

Pedestrian Struck by a Motor Vehicle at the Intersection of Broadway and Irvington Street, in Westwood

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February 7,2018

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Westwood NJ, A pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle at the intersection of Broadway and Irvington Street, Westwood on Tuesday morning, 02/06. The victim was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Westwood Police responded along with a BLS ambulance from Hackensack University Medical Center North and an ALS unit from The Valley Hospital.

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Gas Line Rupture Leads to Residential Evacuation in Westwood 

Gas Line Rupture Leads to Residential Evacuation in Westwood 

 

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October 28,2017
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Westwood NJ, A PSE&G Electric Division crew struck a natural gas line while setting a utility pole on Lafayette Avenue in Westwood on Friday afternoon, 10/27. An unknown number of residential structures within close proximity to the struck line were evacuated until repairs were made. Fire department personnel from Westwood and Washington Township were placed on stand by at the scene. No incident related injuries were reported.

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Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi calls for legislative fix to Supreme Court rules on affordable housing

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi

January 21,2017

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Westwood NJ,  Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi released the following statement on the state Supreme Court decision requiring municipalities to provide affordable housing for the “gap period:”

“I am deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to enforce a gap-period. This ruling will devastate all 23 municipalities I represent and suburban municipalities throughout the state. The failure of the legislature to address the social engineering of the court should not result in changing communities forever.”

“I implore our Senate President and Assembly Speaker to do everything in their power to move forward with bi-partisan legislation addressing this issue. The court rules on what is constitutional, not aggressively ruling what it thinks is best for the state. We cannot let the court legislate what is best for individual communities.”

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi goes on, “While ideologically I think our communities want to welcome all regardless of income levels the mandates of COAH have implications far beyond that. Many of our communities with populations under 10,000 people are facing the threat of population increases of 10 percent or more without the infrastructure, schools or services to support massive population increases. We currently receive virtually no money from the state to support our schools, our Municipalities, our infrastructure. Mandating massive building in our communities (many of which are done with PILOT agreements) without any financial help to do so will cause a significant financial burden on all. As an example the new 150 unit apartment complex with commercial components will be paying less than $1,750 per average unit per year (in property taxes and payments in lieu of taxes combined) for 30 years with slight increases based upon rental incomes received by the developers. Meanwhile every other home in the Borough is paying an average of about $12,000 per year in property taxes . That $12,000 figure is guaranteed to rise in order to make up for the shortfalls. Further, people have chosen to live in the suburbs for a reason. Prior to moving back to Bergen County I lived many years in cities including Washington, New York and London. I choose where we live today because of the open space, the small class sizes, the fact that there weren’t five or six story buildings around me. Why should the Courts be able to change the entire character of the community I live in?”

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Congressman Scott Garrett helps deliver meals in Westwood

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BY BRETT CARROLL
STAFF WRITER |
PASCACK VALLEY COMMUNITY LIFE

Elderly residents around Pascack Valley can eat well thanks to the efforts of their local “Meals on Wheels” program, a service that delivers food to their doorsteps.

Meals on Wheels is a national organization that delivers food to elderly citizens who cannot drive to get food on their own. It is one of the oldest national food programs and there are chapters across every state.

The Westwood House, the senior living facility in the borough, is the Meals on Wheels chapter for Pascack Valley, and Jeanne Martin is the woman who runs and operates the program.

“I’ve been doing this for 11 years now,” Martin said during a delivery run the morning of Tuesday, March 8. “I was at Pascack Valley Hospital doing [Meals for Wheels] until it closed. I’ve been here for 8 years now.”

Most of the program is paid for through private grants and subsidies from the government, she said.

New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett accompanied her that day for his biannual checkup on programs in New Jersey.

He was pleased to see the dedication and enthusiasm of Martin, and applauded the benefits of the program.

“This is a program that is helping a lot of people,” the Garrett said “There are so many people in this area that need this. I’m glad we have people like Jeanne who want to help and serve.”

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/clubs-and-service-organizations/lawmaker-delivers-meals-1.1529155

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No Valentine ? Bibi’z Restaurant and Lounge in Westwood hosts singles for a night

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SINGLES’ SOIREE
Wed, February 17, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: Bibi’z Restaurant and Lounge, 284 Center Ave. Westwood, NJ 07675

Event Description

Meet dynamic singles for a night of stimulating conversation at
Bibi’z Restaurant and Lounge
284 Center Ave. Westwood, NJ 07675
Wed. – Feb. 17, 2016 7:00 pm
Appetizers, drinks, and the rest
is up to you!

Pre-registration required by
Feb. 13th

Call 201-612-6700
$50 Admission fee includes food,
one drink, and a
20 min. life coaching session to
be scheduled at a later date.
You don’t want to miss this one!
Hosted by: Robin Gardner, CPC
Phoenix Life Coaching
Specializing in personal development
and getting results.
Creating happy and meaningful
lives for people.