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County Executive Calls For NJ Transit to Take Over Routes Abandon by Coach USA

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Paramus NJ, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco calls for NJ Transit to step up and fill the shoes of Coach USA routes being terminated by  the company.

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Walgreens Plans Major Overhaul with Potential Store Closures

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Wyckoff NJ, Walgreens is finalizing a comprehensive plan to revamp its U.S. operations, which may include the closure of hundreds of additional stores over the next three years. CEO Tim Wentworth announced to analysts on Thursday that “changes are imminent” for approximately 25% of the company’s stores, identifying them as underperforming. Currently, Walgreens operates over 8,600 stores across the United States, 254 locations in New Jersey and at least a dozen locations in Bergen County including, Wyckoff, Ramsey, Waldwick, Teaneck and Englewood .

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Former Bergen County Court Officer Charged with Misappropriation of Settlement Funds

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of 69-year-old BRUCE PIEKARSKY of Davie, FL on charges of theft, misapplication of entrusted property, and tampering with public records. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Matthew Finck.

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Heat Advisory in Effect in Bergen County : Stay Cool and Safe

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Ridgewood NJ, as temperatures soar, a Heat Advisory is now in effect from noon today until 8 PM EDT Thursday. The heat index values are expected to range between 95-100 degrees during the afternoon and early evening each day. This advisory covers Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union Counties.

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Expanding Broadband Access in Bergen County: A Digital Future

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Hackensack NJ, in his State of the County Address earlier this year, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco unveiled a groundbreaking initiative that has been in the works for two years: bringing broadband internet to the doorstep of every borough hall and municipal library across Bergen County. This ambitious plan aims to ensure equitable access to the Internet for all residents, bridging the digital divide and fostering a more connected community.

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Bergen County’s Newest Recruits: Puppies on Patrol for a Greener Community

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County residents might soon spot a charming group of puppies patrolling their neighborhoods. While these friendly animals will gladly accept affection and encouragement from the public, they are also hard at work performing a crucial environmental task: keeping local lands clear of geese.

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Local Ladies of British Heritage host Donation Drive for Homeless Women

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New Milford NJ, The Bergen County-based Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire in the U.S. recently held a donation drive to benefit a local chapter of the national non-profit “I Support the Girls.”  Chapter members led a drive for undergarments, socks and feminine products that ultimately benefitted the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Items were distributed at their Mother’s Day event.
Over 5000 feminine products and over 400 undergarments were collected in this first time effort by the ladies. Chapter members pictured left to right are Secretary Margaret Frontera of New Milford, NJ and Project Lead Janice Carter, RN, of Lodi.

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Bergen County Holds Annual Ceremony Recognizing Israeli Independence Day

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Hackensack NJ, yesterday the County of Bergen raised the Israeli Flag at One Bergen County Plaza and held its annual ceremony to recognize Yom Ha’zikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaot (Israeli Independence Day). As is common in Jewish tradition, these days of mourning and celebration are observed closely together and for the past eight years, the County has recognized both at this annual event to remember those lost in the struggle for independence and to recognize the friendship between our two nations.

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The Bergen County Republican Organization : When The Lies Become Their Legacy

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by Frank T. Pallotta

Hackensack NJ, in the political annals of New Jersey politics, the Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) has become the embodiment of nearly two decades of failure. It’s clear that the mission of this once great organization, has now regressed to stand for something entirely different: retribution, retaliation and a predictable measure of vindictiveness more reflective of a scene out of “Mean Girls” than an organization charged with overseeing the largest county in New Jersey.

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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force Takes Down Armed Paterson Drug Dealer

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Garfield NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of 30-year-old TRISTAN COLQUHOUN of Paterson, NJ on charges of drug distribution, weapons related offenses, and receiving stolen property. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Matthew Finck and the Suffern (NY) Police Department under the direction of Police Chief Andrew Loughlin.

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Embracing Citizenship: The Heartbeat of a Thriving Society

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Hackensack NJ, in the tapestry of human existence, citizenship emerges as a defining thread, weaving together the aspirations, responsibilities, and collective identity of a community. Beyond a mere legal status, citizenship embodies a profound sense of belonging and allegiance to a shared homeland, fostering unity, democracy, and progress. As we navigate the complexities of our modern world, it is paramount to recognize and celebrate the intrinsic value of citizenship, for it serves as the cornerstone of a vibrant and inclusive society.

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County of Bergen Celebrates Law Day by Administering the Oath of Citizenship to 30 New American citizens

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Hackensack NJ, yesterday, the County of Bergen celebrated Law Day on the steps of the Bergen County Justice Center. Law Day is a celebration of the foundations of American democracy: justice, liberty, and equality under the law. The theme of this year’s Law Day is: “Voices of Democracy”.

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Unraveling the Enigma: Is Jack Zisa a Pawn of Political Incompetence or a Bad Actor?

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The story unfolding in Bergen County, New Jersey, presents a complex set of flawed characters, specifically, Chairman Jack Zisa. With more than a decade of hopeless campaigns, embarrassing county losses and most recently, being found guilty of Election Law violations, the question arises: Is Zisa masterminding a structured demise of the GOP in Bergen, for his own personal gain, or is he a clueless participant in a larger scheme orchestrated by the Democrat party in Bergen?

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Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco Fires Back MTA Chair Lieber on Congestion Pricing

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco responded to remarks made MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber appeared on “Newsline with Brigitte Quinn” on WCBS 880 Friday to officially announce the start date and discuss next steps.

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Bergen County Board of Elections is Looking for Poll Workers

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Paramus NJ, the Bergen County Board of Elections conducted a special poll working training class to train over 30 Bergen County Academies students on how to be poll workers for the upcoming Presidential Primary and General Elections.

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