Sunday, June 16, 2013
Electronics giant says "intervenors broke the spirit" of mediation talks over a controversial plan to construct a 143-foot office building in Englewood Cliffs.
Mediation between LG and a group of conservationists has failed to reach an agreement, setting in motion a court battle over the proposed construction of an eight-story office tower on the Palisades. In a statement released Friday, the electronics giant said the months-long mediation with conservationists over its proposed 143-foot North American headquarters couldn't yield an agreement. State Superior Court Judge Alexander H. Carver III ordered both sides in the suit into mediation in February. Two Englewood Cliffs residents filed suit claiming the borough's Board of Adjustment gave LG an improper variance and accused the borough of "spot zoning." That suit was merged with litigation brought by conservationists who claimed the LG …
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Former Louie’s waiter celebrates opening of new eatery
Local and state elected officials recently gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Al’s Charcoal Pit, the new diner launched on Cedar Lane by an ex-Louie’s Charcoal Pit waiter. Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin were on hand to cut the ribbon with ex-Louie's staffer K. M. S. Alom. A crowd of Al's fans from around the area also gathered at the new eatery. The diner-style restaurant promises to offer a menu similar to longtime Teaneck staple Louie’s Charcoal Pit, which closed late last year. Follow New Milford Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to sign-up for our daily newsletter and get breaking news like this delivered to your in-box.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The members of Modernize Bergen County need 2,500 signatures by the end of September in order to get their initiative in front of voters.
A group seeking to repeal Bergen County's Blue Laws has collected about 1,200 signatures of the needed 2,500 to get a referendum on the ballot in November. Westwood resident Rosemary Shashoua, who founded the group, said their petition was aided by a particularly strong response at Teaneck's Memorial Day festival, where they collected about 400 signatures. "It was fishing in a stocked pond," Shashoua said. The group, called Modernize Bergen County, is setting their sights next on Fair Lawn's upcoming street fair and craft show. The event takes place on Fair Lawn Avenue and Plaza Road from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. "I'm hoping we'll do as well as we did in Teaneck," Shashoua said. The group's efforts have sparked debate around the county. …
Saturday, June 1, 2013
The hospital admitted its first patient early Saturday morning.
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley officially opened at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, ending a long wait for residents since the former Pascack Valley Hospital closed at the same site more than five years ago. The hospital officially received its license from New Jersey Thursday, marking the first time the state has granted a license for a new hospital in almost 30 years. Hospital CEO Chad Melton said he was "very excited" about the opening. "It feels good to finally be a this stage," Melton said. Mary Monteverde, 90, was admitted as the new hospital's first patient. Monteverde said she felt "honored" by the distinction. Monteverde's physician, Dr. George Lin, said he had previously cared for her at the Valley Hospital of Ridgewood, but her family had…
Friday, May 31, 2013
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
New workshop will help new and established restaurant owners succeed in an industry where 60 percent fail in the first year.
Bergen County’s small business mentorship program is offering a program aimed at helping restaurateurs develop plans for success in the highly competitive food industry. SCOREBergen’s “How to Operate a Restaurant and Overcome the High Failure Rate” will feature restaurateur and consultant Robert Gatollari and a panel of experts in financial management, using social media to market your restaurant and other best marketing practices will explain how avoid pitfalls and attain longevity in the industry, according to a press release. SCORE estimates that sixty percent of food industry businesses fail within the first year of operation. The Bergen County chapter of the national non-profit is hosting the event at the Maywood Public Library on …
Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Washington Township-based bank had filed seven lawsuits against Assemblyman Robert Schroeder over unpaid loans.
The Washington Township-based Oritani Bank has sold the debt owed to it by Assemblyman Robert Schroeder to a private equity fund. The bank filed seven lawsuits against Schroeder last year for unpaid mortgages on several propeties, with the alleged debt totaling more than $3.5 million. Procida Funding, of Englewood Cliffs, purchased the debt for it's "100 Mile Fund," CEO William Procida confirmed. Neither Procida nor his attorney in the case, Gary Redish, would confirm the amount paid for the debt. Redish, who had previously represented Oritani in the seven lawsuits, said they had already received judgments on three of the foreclosures. Procida said that Schroeder's other legal and financial troubles were not an influence on the decision …
Friday, May 24, 2013
This first round of approval was just step one as the mall will now have to return to the Zoning Board for major site plan approval.
The addition of a movie theater is now in Paramus Park Mall's future. The mall got unanimous approval Thursday night from the Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment to use 88,000 square feet of previously approved expansion space for a movie theater and a restaurant. Three hours of testimony Thursday included discussion surrounding the requested height variance - 60 feet with an additional 5 feet of screening - over the required 36 feet as well as a variance for the 4,445 parking spaces proposed as opposed to the 5,039 required. The mall also sought relief from a previous condition that only 50 percent of the expansion space be used for non-retail. By approving the use, the percentage of the mall's non-retail use increases from 10 percent to …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Batteries Plus Bulbs offers more than 30,000 kinds of batteries and more than 10,000 kind of lightbulbs.
As federal regulations phase out incandescent lightbulbs over the next few years and new energy-efficient technologies to replace them continue to be developed, the market for lightbulbs can be confusing for consumers. Tom Davis and Batteries Plus Bulbs, located on Route 17 south in Paramus, aim to shed a light on the changing options and help people find what's best for them. "What we try to do is simplify it for the consumer," Davis said. Davis opened Batteries Plus in Paramus a year ago this month. Since then, they have helped local residents through power outages from Hurricane Sandy and won the company's award for best new store in 2012. Now the store is adding "bulbs" to their name to emphasize their selection of more than 10,000 …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Last week, Patch shared AOL Autos list of cars 6-10 for the best May bargains. Today, we provide listings 1-5.
Last week, we listed cars 6 through 10 in AOL Autos May top car bargains. There were loads of variety and lots of savings out there. Today, we close out the list so you have time to get to your local dealer and save yourself some serious money. 5). Ford F-150 - New - AOL Auto Best Deal: $19,326-24,890 Rugged and versatile, the F-150 is great for life on the farm or in suburbia. The latest information shows the car selling at 13% below its sticker price. Safety features include four-wheel ABS disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, front and side airbags and the Safety Canopy side curtain airbags. The F-150 offers a 4x2 or a 4x4 drive system, three cab styles, three pickup box lengths and several useful individual options …