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School Bus Company Suppling Divers to Many North Jersey Districts Accused of Employing Drivers with Criminal Pasts, Suspended Licenses

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Franklin Lakes NJ,  Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced that two brothers who operate a school bus company in Paterson were arrested Tuesday, Dec. 20, after they allegedly employed unqualified drivers — including some with suspended licenses, arrest records and criminal convictions — all while misleading public school districts about who was transporting their students to school.

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2020 Year-end Letter from the Ridgewood blog

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Ridgewood NJ, while 2020 was a very difficult year the Ridgewood blog had a record year in revenues and in readership. 

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Essex County Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery Spree Spanning Multiple Counties In Northern And Central New Jersey

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Mahwah NJ, Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, N.J., admitted today to participating in a string of convenience store robberies that took place across New Jersey in November and December 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

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Orange And Rockland Outages in Bergen and Passaic Counties : 90% of customers will be restored by Tuesday August 11th

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According to Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi yesterday’s , on phone update with Orange & Rockland regarding outages in Bergen and Passaic Counties. Although the response rate is less than optimal for anyone still without power, we have been told that 90% of customers will be restored by Tuesday August 11th. If you have live wires, your street is blocked, or you have a medical emergency necessitating restoration of power please reach out aswschepisi@njleg.org.

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The Ridgewood Blog Endorse Frank Pallotta for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District

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Mahwah NJ, Mahwah Resident Frank Pallotta Certified as Congressional District 5 Winner in GOP Primary . Bergen County has finally certified the county votes from the Primary Election held on July 7th. Combining Bergen with Sussex and Warren counties Frank Pallotta beat out 3 other candidates in his first run for public office.
The Ridgewood blog would like to congratulate Frank Pallotta, a 31 year Mahwah resident, on his victory in the Primary election to represent Congressional District 5 which includes Ridgewood and we  take the  moment of his victory  to endorse Frank Pallotta for Congress in New Jersey’s CD5.

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ARATI KREIBICH STATEMENT ON OFFICIAL DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

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Glen Rock NJ, The final totals from the July 7th NJ-5 primary are in, with key highlights including:

Arati earned 26,432 votes (33.52%) after narrowing the margin significantly by averaging 45% of the vote in late vote-by-mail ballots and on Election Day. Arati earned the most votes of any Democratic primary challenger to an incumbent representative in at least the last decade in New Jersey.

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BERGEN COUNTY MOBILE COVID19 PROGRAM, OVER 11,000 RESIDENTS TESTED AND COUNTING

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Hackensack NJ,  Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announces that 11,336 tests have been administered in the first five weeks of community mobile testing across Bergen County. According to results processed by Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, of the 8,147 COVID-19 saliva diagnostic tests and 3,189 COVID-19 antibody tests taken at mobile testing locations, only 2% of the saliva tests and 18% of antibody tests yielded positive results.

Next week, the community mobile testing program, which is available to all county residents thanks to a partnership between the County of Bergen and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, will deploy to Alpine, Cresskill, Hasbrouck Heights, Mahwah, Palisades Park, Ridgefield, Tenafly, & Wood-Ridge.

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Special Properties Recognizes Top Producing Agents for 2018

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Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, recently recognized the company’s Top Producers for 2018. This recognition was part of the brokerage’s first corporate meeting in 2019, and recognized those agents who displayed the highest levels of production and quality customer service for clients.

Honored by Special Properties were (Bottom Row, L-R) Katarina Kourgelis, Patricia Lomupo, Vivienne Muldoon, Alena Ciccarelli, Max Stokes, Corinna Dooley, Sharon Georgevich, Francesco Mazzaferro, Amy Bourque, Judith Paris, Gohar Grigoryan, and Marisa Traverso. (Middle Row, L-R) Grace Ziarko, Diana Malkhasian, Margaret Gregorek, Claudia Inoa, Megan Fox, Helen Martino, Darlene Bandazian (Vice President of Regional Business Development), Ilija Pavlovic (President & CEO), Barbara Duff, Adrena Aiazian, Lauren O’Rourke, and Deborah Rawlins. (Back Row, L-R) Heather Clark, Claudia Sanchez, Maryanne Elsaesser, Christina Gibbons, Christina LaBarbiera, Trip Patterson, Priscilla Reynolds, Maureen Kuntz, Samantha Palazzolo-Perini, and Cristina Sippel.

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Major Breakthrough in a 10-month Investigation in Toll Brothers Alleged Sludge Pumping into Local Brooks from the Apple Ridge Development in Mahwah

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photo by Derek Michalski , Pictured: Chairman of Mahwah Environmental Commission Richard Wolf documenting ongoing pollution at Toll Brothers construction site in Mahwah and Upper Saddle River.

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Major breakthrough in a 10-month community investigation started back in January 2018 by GreenUSR activist and resident of Upper Saddle River Derek Michalski.

Ramsey, Mahwah, Upper and Saddle River. Over the weekend residents from Ramsay, Mahwah and Upper Saddle River met for the second weekend in a row on the property that was featured in April 23, 2018 CBS New York Evening News coverage. We all remember Channel 2 Lisa Rozner’s report from 5 months ago about those infamous hoses pumping mud into Upper Saddle River stream directly from 100 acre site that had arsenic in the past.* Since that day very little has been done to stop the mud pumping that is occurring now 24/7 according to eyewitnesses. Last weekend the site was visited by Richard Wolf, Chairman of Mahwah Environmental Commission. This weekend Councilwoman Janet Ariemma took initiative and also met with residents and visually inspected continuous mud discharge into the Pleasant Brook.

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Protesters Converge on Toll Brothers’ Open House in Mahwah at Apple Ridge construction site

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June 25,2018

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Mahwah NJ, Heavy police presence during Toll Brothers’ Open House in Mahwah at Apple Ridge construction site over the weekend.

Probably never in the history of these three Bergen County towns Mahwah, Ramsey and Upper Saddle River residents who live along East Crescent Road heard so many drivers honking their horns. On June 24, 2018 Saturday afternoon over the course of four hours hundreds of drivers drove by and honked their horns sometimes 3, 4 and even 5 and more times in solidarity with the protesters who were all lined up along the road on East Crescent Avenue in Mahwah. The protest was aimed at Toll Brothers accused by some residents of Ramsey, Mahwah and Upper Saddle River of massive pollution of Pleasant Brook over the course of the past six months. The subject of this pollution was extensively covered by local and regional media. First CBS did a story which aired on April 23, 2018 on CBS NY News, than FIOS NJ one run all day reports from the site on. Also owned by USA Today media concern NJ Bergen Record wrote extensively in an article titled “Residents want backyard stream tested for arsenic, lead because of construction runoff”.

Link to CBS story:
https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/04/23/bergen-county-brown-streams/

Link to FIOS NJ One coverage:

Link “The Record” story:
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2018/04/28/residents-want-backyard-stream-tested-arsenic-lead-because-construction-runoff/549503002/

Apparently this matter is not going away anytime soon said Derek Michalski, one of the community organizers of the protest. We are still waiting for our Mayor and Council to show us the results of the water tests and for the assurance that appropriate Superfund is being set up to provide for the cleanup of potential contamination of Pleasant Brook as well as drinking water wells in the corridor of Pleasant Brook. Many residents of bucolic once Upper Saddle River still rely of private wells as a source of their drinking water. Many USR residents scared of potential toxic and carcinogenic contaminants being arsenic and lead allegedly intentionally released into our streams and aquifer by Toll Brothers over the course of the past six months are switching from private wells into the city water but the issue is not should they switch or not.

The issue in my opinion is the following- why environmental disaster caused by cutting corners by one of the largest developer in the country makes our residents’ life more difficult and more expensive as a consequence – said Derek Michalski.

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Mahwah PD cars parked in the “Arsenic Field” at the Toll Brothers construction site – a name coined by GreenUS.org volunteers after CBS run a news story on April 23, 2018.

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Real Estate Agents in Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood among Top Performers

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April 5,2018

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ  Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, recently recognized a number of its agents in the Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood offices for their overall sales performance in 2017 and for their recent rankings with New Jersey Multiple Listing Service (NJMLS).

“Whether the listing or selling agent, the success of our agents is testament to their hard work, Special Properties’ client-centric approach to customer service, and the power that Christie’s International Real Estate brings to the northern New Jersey real estate marketplace,” said Ilija Pavlovic, President and CEO of Special Properties Real Estate Services LLC.

Special Properties recently recognized the following agents for outstanding performance in overall sales in 2017:

  • Grazyna “Grace” Ziarko, Franklin Lakes
  • The Dator Team (Linda Dator, William “Bill” Dator, Lauren O’Rourke), Mahwah
  • Margaret Gregorek, Mahwah
  • Patricia Lomupo, Mahwah
  • Sharon Georgevich and William Savas, Mahwah
  • James “Jim” McElroy, Mahwah
  • Maureen Kuntz, Mahwah
  • Christina Gibbons, Ridgewood
  • Marisa Traverso, Ridgewood

NJMLS, a cooperative information network of real estate offices across Bergen, Essex, Passaic, and Hudson Counties, ranks its member realtors by total dollar values of real estate transactions in three categories: total production, listing agent and buyer’s agent. In Mahwah, Margaret Gregorek and Linda Dator were recently ranked second and third, respectively, for both total production and listed properties. For Ridgewood, Christina Gibbons was ranked fourth in the role of buyer’s agent.

“We congratulate the outstanding performance of our agents in a very competitive marketplace,” concluded Pavlovic.

About Special Properties Real Estate Services
Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC embraces the history and traditions of its flagship brokerage location in Saddle River, NJ, into an expanded, modern presence in Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood, NJ. With a staff of accomplished real estate brokers, its clients across northern New Jersey and southern New York are provided with customized, personalized services, backed by the luxury real estate brand of Christie’s International Real Estate. Special Properties provides local expertise with global connections. For more information, call 201-934-0607 or visit www.specialpropertiesres.com.

Top performing agents for Special Properties Real Estate Services recently gathered at the brokerage’s Mahwah location. Pictured (L-R) is James McElroy, Patricia Lomupo, Graznya “Grace” Ziarko, Sharon Georgevich, Marisa Traverso, Lauren O’Rourke, Margaret Gregorek, Maureen Kuntz, Christina Gibbons, and William Savas.

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America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani helping out on the New Jersey Campaign Trail

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November 5,2017

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Glen Rock NJ, the campaign seemed to finally heat up this weekend with America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani  endorsing the GOP  District 39 ticket, Senator Cardinale, Assemblyman Auth and Holly Schepisi and helping us raise additional money last night.

District 39 – (Bergen and Passaic)  Bloomingdale, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Mahwah, Montvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ringwood, River Vale, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Wanaque, Washington (Bergen), Westwood, Woodcliff Lake.

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Giuliani  also endorsed and campaigned with Kelly Greco Langschultz for NJ Senate. Kelly Landschultz of New Milford is the Republican candidate for Senate, with William Leonard of Glen Rock and Christopher B. Wolf of Saddle Brook the GOP Assembly candidates

District 38 – (Bergen and Passaic)  Bergenfield, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hasbrouck Heights, Hawthorne, Lodi, Maywood, New Milford, Oradell, Paramus, River Edge, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook .

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District 39 Campaign Heats Up As Assemblywomen Schepisi’s Attorney Sends Democrats a Cease and Desist Letter

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November 2,2017
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River Vale, NJ , Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi  has had enough ,on Facebook she says , “Sometimes you have to fight back. When you have no platform, positions or plans, you lie about pretty much everything. This isn’t “politics” as usual. It’s intentionally and maliciously defaming someone in an effort to destroy a person’s reputation.”

Schepisi Attorney Gibbons PC Director Thomas J. Cafferty fired off a letter on behalf of the incumbent Republican Assemblywoman to the Committee to Elect Linda Schwager, Jannie Chung and Annie Hausmann.

Cafferty stated in the letter that  the Democrats have published, or have caused to be published, various political advertisements containing false and defamatory statements about Schepisi, including: (1) an advertisement dated October 13, 2017, which contains fictitious quotes regarding the Sandy Hook shooting that are falsely attributed to his client; and (2) an advertisement dated October 27, 2017, which depicts images of men with machine guns and includes the statement “Auth and Schepisi have headlined events hosted by the head of a domestic terrorist militia.”

“On behalf of Ms. Schepisi, I hereby demand that you and any and all of your employees, representatives and/or agents, immediately cease and desist the publication of the above-referenced advertisements and any and all other false and defamatory statements about Ms. Schepisi,” Cafferty wrote. “I also insist that you retract the above-referenced advertisements and any and all other false and defamatory statements that you have published about Ms. Schepisi in at least as prominent a location and in the same manner as the original advertisements were published, with a copy to me.”

The attorney also warned about the sanctioning of an unprivileged, false and a defamatory statement concerning his plaintiff, communicated to a third party with the requisite level of fault and which causes damage.  See Govito v. W. Jersey Health System, Inc., 332 N.J. Super. 293, 305-06 (App. Div. 2000).

“he level of fault when the statement concerns a public official or public figure, like Ms. Schepisi, is actual malice, which is the knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard for the truth,” Cafferty said. “Durando v. Nutley Sun, 209 N.J. 235, 249 (2012).  In other words, the actual malice standard is satisfied when the publisher of the statement entertained serious doubts as to the truth of that statement.  St. Amant v. Thompson, 390 U.S. 727, 731 (1968).”

The attorney noted that Schepisi advised the Democrats on multiple occasions that the statements contained in their advertisements are false.

“You have, however, ignored Ms. Schepisi.  Consequently, you have published these advertisements with reckless disregard for the truth of the statements contained therein and with the requisite knowledge of falsity,” Cafferty wrote. “If you do not cease publication of any and all false and defamatory statements about Ms. Schepisi, I will have no choice but to advise my client of all legal remedies available to her including, without limitation, instituting a lawsuit against you.”

District 39 is Bergen and Passaic counties;   Bloomingdale, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Mahwah, Montvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ringwood, River Vale, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Wanaque, Washington (Bergen), Westwood, Woodcliff Lake  .

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Assemblywomen Offers Straight talk on Tax Reform

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October 22,2017

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River Vale NJ, assemblywomen Holly Schepisi  reiterates our thoughts on tax reform and the poor position New Jersey is in being one of the highest taxed states in the nation. ”  Thinking about property taxes, New Jersey and the federal property tax deduction. New Jersey residents pretty much get hosed in every way possible when it comes to taxes. Residents in the communities I represent and the other residents of Bergen County currently pay about 30 percent of the entire NJ State Budget and receive back less than 3 percent of that money. At the federal level New Jersey only gets back 74 cents for each $1 it sends to Washington, making it the lowes…t reimbursement in the country.”

“As a result of ridiculously unfair school funding formulas, our residents pay the highest property taxes in the nation. The ONLY tax relief our residents have had is the ability to deduct our property taxes from our federal tax returns. Now the US Senate has voted to eliminate this deduction. I wholeheartedly disagree with the Senate Republicans on this issue. However I also put blame at the feet of the NJ Democrats who have controlled the New Jersey legislature for 16 years and our US Senators who have been controlled by the Democrats since 1982 (other than a short several month stint by Jeff Chiesa). How and why do we have the highest property taxes in the nation? Why do we receive the least amount of funding back from the federal government? Why won’t my Bergen County colleagues on the other side of the aisle fight alongside me for fairer funding of OUR residents? We cannot continue doing things the same way in this State. It is reaching a breaking point for our working middle class and our seniors. I hear campaign slogans about suburbs having to “pay their fair share.” We pay well beyond our “fair share” and we all must stand up together and fight back while we still can.”

District 39 – (Bergen and Passaic)  Bloomingdale, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Mahwah, Montvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ringwood, River Vale, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Wanaque, Washington (Bergen), Westwood, Woodcliff Lake  .

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Assemblywomen Schepisi Sets the Record Straight

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October 14,2017

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Rivervale NJ, Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi  moves to set the record straight . “As a result of having no platform or positions of their own, the women running against us rely solely on running a negative campaign against me. Over the next several weeks I will set the record straight on every negative and false claim made by them against me.”

FACT VS FICTION

Today’s attack – Claiming that I wouldn’t vote on legislation to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill persons, my opponents state “You deserve a representative that shows up to work, makes tough decisions, and keeps you safe.”

My response – Despite New Jersey having some of the strictest gun safety policies in the nation, more than 49 additional bills have been brought to the legislature for a vote during my five years in the Assembly. Several bills have been proposed regarding mental health. I do not know which particular bill my opponents are attacking me on but in 2015 I had to miss several session days during my recovery from brain surgery to repair a brain aneurysm. Two years later, in 2017, I missed a session to attend my five year old son’s kindergarten graduation. I would certainly hope that the women running against me are not saying I should be penalized as a result of being very ill or for being a mom.

I have long been a proponent of sensible gun safety measures to get weapons out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the mentally ill. Yet, as a victim of two violent crimes in my early twenties I understand the importance of second amendment rights in order to protect oneself.

With respect to my votes over the past five years on gun safety, I believe in sensible gun legislation. I voted in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of carjackers, gang members, and racketeers among other dangerous people. I voted in favor of stronger background checks and increasing penalties for unlawful possession, improper use, and removing a gun’s identification marks. I am the prime sponsor of a bill to ban bump stocks, as I personally believe their only purpose is to circumvent a 30 year old bipartisan ban on automatic weapons.

Almost all of bills I didn’t support don’t do anything to protect anyone because the laws proposed already exist in New Jersey or cannot be enforced due to lack of technology, such as a bill to require not-yet-invented “smart guns.” There is one recent bill pertaining to mental health and guns on which I abstained because mental health professionals, including the Mental Health Association of NJ, the NJ Association of Social Workers and the NJ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association asked for substantive changes to the bill in order to protect patient confidentiality and to address HIPPA concerns, but they were ignored.

I am more than willing to listen to any thoughts on how to prevent evil acts like what happened in Las Vegas in the future. Both sides of the aisle feel strongly about protecting our families, our neighbors and our constituents. There isn’t disagreement on providing safety, it’s how best to provide it. We must address better mental health initiatives, common sense legislation for gun safety and we need to come together and have an honest dialogue about a critically important issue, not promote fear and slander for political gain.