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Upper Saddle River Joins Growing List of Schools Hiring Armed Security

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Upper Saddle River NJ,  the Upper Saddle River grade school district, part of the Northern Highlands Regional School District, is prioritizing school security by introducing an armed guard.

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Upper Saddle River Police Department are currently investigating two (2) home burglaries

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Upper Saddle River NJ, the Upper Saddle River Police Department are currently investigating two (2) home burglaries that occurred on 12/26 and 12/30. The burglaries were committed between the late afternoon and early evening hours. Both homes were entered by force and unoccupied during the crimes. Residents are reminded to IMMEDIATELY report any and all suspicious activity. Call the Upper Saddle River Police  at 201-327-2700.

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Orange and Rockland Utilities Warns on Scammers

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R) urges its customers to learn the signs that a crook is trying to rip them off by posing as a company employee and demanding money.
Scammers are inventive, resourceful and persistent. They contact customers by email, text, phone and by showing up at homes and businesses. The best defense for customers is to be aware of the methods scammers use.

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Park Ridge and Upper Saddle River Father and Son Indicted in Alleged ‘Fix-and-Flip’ Investment Scam Involving Shore Properties, Defrauding Investors and Lenders

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Park Ridge NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced today that a state grand jury indicted a father and son from Bergen County for allegedly defrauding investors and mortgage lenders of more than $2.5 million through an investment scam involving Jersey Shore real estate.

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We Have All Seen Them: Social Media Scam Uses Lost Animals and People to Target Users

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Upper Saddle River NJ, it is common to see social media posts claiming someone’s lost pet or family member was found, with the intent to reunite them with their family. Users frequently share these posts in hopes of assisting others. Scammers are using these same lures to circulate what starts as an innocuous post. Once the post is shared with a sizable audience, the scammer changes the original link to direct users to a malicious or fraudulent website. In at least one case, the malicious URL led users to a fraudulent advertisement for a rental property. These schemes are referred to as “bait and switch” posts and are often successful as they tug on the heartstrings of social media users with good intentions of supporting efforts to reunite loved ones. Users who share these posts are often unaware that they have been subsequently altered and are unknowingly putting their friends and family at risk of visiting a fraudulent or malicious website and divulging sensitive information.

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Former Mayor of Upper Saddle River Francis J. Grout Passes Away at 92

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Francis J. Grout, 92, on September 18, 2023 of Upper Saddle River, NJ. Beloved husband of the late Philomena. Loving father of Jason and the late Michael. Francis was a member of the Upper Saddle River Fire Department and achieved Chief status. He was mayor of Upper Saddle River from 1990 – 1999. Francis was a Korean War Veteran. He was a great handyman and loved to build things around the house. He also had an excellent sense of humor and was a great storyteller. Visitation was held on Friday, September 22, 2023 from 9 AM – 11 AM at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey. A funeral mass was celebrated following visitation at 11:30 AM at Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River. Interment will follow at Saddle River Reformed Church Cemetery in Upper Saddle River.

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NJ State Police Divers Recover Upper Saddle River Man’s Body from Lake Hopatcong

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Upper Saddle River NJ, for the second time in a week a body of a man was discovered in Lake Hopatcong.  Police confirm the body of another man was recovered there Tuesday following an overnight search.

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14 Year Old Driver and Parakeet Lead Paramus Police on Wild Chase Resulting in Arrest in Hackensack

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Paramus NJ, two Essex County teens out for a joyride in a stolen car with a pet parakeet led Paramus police on a chase down Route 17 to Hackensack early Thursday morning.

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Upper Saddle River Police Roll Out the Blue Envelope Program For Drivers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Upper Saddle River NJ, in April, Upper Saddle River resident Joe Abbatiello, contacted us regarding the Blue Envelope Program. Mr. Abbatiello learned about this program from the Dumont Police Department. The Blue Envelope Program helps facilitate a traffic stop interaction between drivers with Autism Spectrum Disorder and police officers. Mr. Abbatiello’s suggestion resulted in Mayor Arman Fardanesh and Chief Patrick Rotella adopting this outstanding program.

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Upper Saddle River Man Charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Porn

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of FRANK CIRINO (DOB: 11/03/1953; divorced; unemployed) of Upper Saddle River, NJ on charges of distribution and possession of child sexual abuse material, and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

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Glen Rock and Upper Saddle River Police Chiefs Honored With the Chief’s Achievement Award by the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock Police Chief Dean Ackermann was presented with the Chief’s Achievement Award by the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association at the Bergen County Police Academy Graduation Ceremony held at Felician University – Lodi Campus.

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Lake Street will be closed to westbound traffic between East Saddle River Road and W Saddle River Road in Upper Saddle River

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Upper Saddle River  NJ, Upper Saddle River Police Alert: On May 22 , 23 and 24  Lake Street will be closed to westbound traffic between East Saddle River Road and W Saddle River Road from 0830 – 330. Please follow detours.

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New York Man Arrested For Stealing Then Fencing 214 Canon Digital Cameras from Upper Saddle River Business

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of CHARLES DILKES (DOB: 04/16/1966; single; corporate executive) of 95 Meadow Lane, Nanuet, NY, and EDWIN DEVIA (DOB: 12/03/1986; single; small business owner) of 926 Thompson Avenue, Roselle, NJ on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, fencing, and computer theft.  The arrests are the result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Upper Saddle River Police Department under the direction of Chief Patrick Rotella.

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Late February Upper Saddle River Police Report Mail Theft in the area of Deerfield Lane

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Upper Saddle River NJ, on Friday afternoon (2/24), the Upper Saddle River Police Department received the report of an act of possible mail theft. The theft was confirmed and occurred in the area of Deerfield Lane between the hours of 10:30 AM and 01:00 PM. It is believed other thefts from mailboxes in the area may have occurred. Please check the status of any outgoing checks placed in mailboxes on Friday 2/24/23. The suspect vehicle is a silver/gray sedan, possibly a BMW, with dark tinted windows. If you have any questions or information please contact the Upper Saddle River Police Department.

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Academy of the Holy Angels Junior Elise Tao to Attend 16th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy

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Demarest NJ, Elise Tao of Upper Saddle River is one of four New Jersey teens chosen to attend the 16th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy. She and 99 of her peers from across the country will attend this event (March 23-26) at Walt Disney World in Florida. Participants, who range in age from 13 through 19, will attend career workshops, interact with mentors, and learn how their dreams can ultimately change their lives. 

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