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Teaneck Man Becomes the Billionth New York City Subway Rider

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Teaneck NJ, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the MTA hit the milestone, thanks to Brian Jones from Teaneck, New Jersey. Brian Jones from Teaneck became the billionth New York City subway rider in 2023, tapping into the 175 Street station at 10:54 a.m. on Tuesday, as announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul. This achievement was reached six weeks ahead of the previous year, which saw the subway system reaching a billion riders on December 27. Throughout 2023, subway ridership has consistently increased. In recognition of this milestone, Jones was awarded a $100 OMNY value card, an OMNY T-shirt, an OMNY button, and a city subway map glasses cleaner during his noteworthy journey.

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One Firefighter was Injured in Hackensack Condo Fire

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Hackensack NJ, according to Hackensack Fire Department, on Sunday, March 20th @1932 hours members of the second platoon were dispatched to 105 State Street for a report of smoke in a second floor apartment. First arriving companies were met with smoke on the second and third floor with fire showing in the rear of the building and also for the roof area.

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2 Alarm Fire on Franklin Street in Hackensack Under Investigation 

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Hackensack NJ, On Tuesday, January 18th at 1928 hours Hackensack Fire Department headquarters received multiple calls reporting a structure fire at 27 Franklin Street.  Upon arrival Deputy 1 had heavy fire in  two wood frame dwellings and transmitted a 2nd alarm.  Upon arrival, companies put multiple hand lines into service knocking down fire in both 1st and 2nd floors of both dwellings. Fire extended into the attic of both dwellings.  Ladder companies from Hackensack and Englewood ventilated the roof of both dwellings , assisted with searches  and opening up in both dwellings.

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Billy Prempeh Republican Candidate For The NJ 9th Congressional District Hero’s for Heroes Day

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Hasbrouck Hts NJ, Billy Prempeh Republican Candidate For The NJ 9th Congressional District is running Hero’s for Heroes day .

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Mobile COVID-19 Testing To End in Bergen County

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Hackensack NJ,  Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announces that the final two locations for the Community Mobile Testing Program, which has hosted 39 locations over the last ten weeks, will take place next week with sites in Teaneck and Waldwick. The program has administered over 30,000 tests for COVID-19 and COVID-19 antibodies to county residents free of charge thanks to a partnership between the County of Bergen and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.

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July 19,2018

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Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrests of AASIM BOONE (DOB: 11/02/82; single; and unemployed) of 198 Waldo Place, Englewood, NJ, JOSLIN HARRINGTON (DOB: 11/13/85; single; and employed as a cafeteria worker) of 724 18th Avenue, Apt. 1, Irvington, NJ, JUSTIN DAHZY (DOB: 02/20/1999; single; and unemployed) of 44 Preston Street, Bogota, NJ, and VALERIE JOYNER (DOB: 07/08/1991; single; and employed as an aide at a residential care facility) of 19 Schirra Drive, Wanaque, NJ. The arrests are the result of a month-long investigation by a special task force comprised of members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Hackensack, Teaneck, Tenafly, Oradell, Paramus, and Rochelle Park Police Departments.

As a result of the investigation, Aasim BOONE, Joslin HARRINGTON, Justin DAHZY, and Valerie JOYNER were arrested on Monday, July 16, 2018 and charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft.

In June 2018, the Hackensack Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad and provided information that led detectives to a rental vehicle being used by BOONE and others to commit numerous residential burglaries throughout Bergen County and to the formation of the task force. After tracking the vehicle in question and using multiple law enforcement databases, a historic timeline was produced in connection with the multiple burglaries that occurred.Through witness interviews, surveillance, video and other law enforcement investigative techniques, search warrants and arrest warrants were issued.

As a result of information obtained during this investigation, several arrest and search warrants were executed for the individuals and locations involved in this coordinated criminal enterprise. On July 16, 2018, members of the task force arrested BOONE, HARRINGTON, DAHZY, and JOYNER at various locations in Bergen County and Essex County. They were charged with residential burglaries in Bergen County , in the towns of Paramus , Hackensack ,Teaneck , Tenafly, Oradell and Englewood .

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Now Englewood Steps Up with Teaneck to challenge their local hospitals’ exemption from property taxes



Both Teaneck and Englewood are challenging the tax-exempt status of their local hospitals, joining a growing list of municipalities who want non-profit hospitals to pay property taxes.

The councils of the two municipalities voted to file tax appeals against Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. Of 62 non-profit hospitals in the state, 17 others now face similar lawsuits.

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Threats made against at least 9 school districts in North Jersey


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on January 19, 2016 at 10:10 AM, updated January 19, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Multiple Bergen and Passaic county schools received bomb threats, Jan. 19, 2016. (File Photo)

High schools in at least nine school districts in Bergen County and Passaic County received threats Tuesday morning.

Schools in Leonia, Tenafly, Teaneck, Garfield, Fair Lawn, Hackensack, Englewood  and Bergenfield received threats, Anthony Cureton, a spokesman for Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, said.

Police are investigating whether the threats are related, Cureton said. It’s also possible all the calls were automated, he said.

Fair Lawn Police Sgt. Brian Metzler said Fair Lawn High School received a threat over the phone at about 9 a.m. All the students have been moved to Memorial Middle School.

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Flag Day Celebrated June 14  

On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” 

There have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag so far; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state. Celebrate Flag Day on June 14.

Our generous friends at the American Legion, Teaneck Post have invited NJ Tea Party Coalition Members to celebrate Flag Day with our veterans on Saturday, June 14th.

The festivities will feature appearances from our cherished veterans and more.

If you have a damaged flag you need to dispose, the veterans are burning flags in the parking lot, according to military tradition.

The bar will be open and the event is a wonderful way for us to repay all of the American Legion’s generosity to us and the community.

Bring a friend and celebrate this patriotic holiday with our American heroes.

It’s a good idea to park across the street in the Stop and Shop – near the back of the lot.