Tuesday, May 14, 2013
After a four year delay, the former Huffman Koos lot will have its groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.
After four years of waiting, the former Huffman Koos development project, approved in 2008, is finally going to begin Wednesday at noon with a groundbreaking ceremony. Route 4-Main Street LLC which is owned by Peter and Paul Ciancia was granted site plan approval by the Planning Board in the fall of 2007 to construct a trio of retail buildings on Main Street with Total Wine moving closer towards Rt. 4 into a new 30,000-square-foot building on the property. The former Huffman Koos building, located at Main Street and Kinderkamack Road, was demolished in 2008, but the project stalled as the economy weakened and the owners were required to spend $3 million in remediation efforts to remove trichloroethlyne per the state Department of …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Mayor and Council opted to forego a public hearing on the proposed ordinance, effectively killing it in the process
Park Avenue residents in River Edge are breathing easier now that the borough governing body has once again abandoned a proposed duplex ordinance. The Mayor and Council had scheduled a public hearing on the conditional use zoning change for Monday night, but opted to forego the public hearing and kill the ordinance in the process. A public hearing was required prior to a vote and by not holding the hearing, the borough was effectively voting against moving forward. "I want to thank the governing body for finally listening to us," Park Avenue resident Jim Miller said. "I just hope this ordinance does not get reintroduced as it seems we have to come out every two years to fight this battle. I'm tired of that, please leave us alone." The …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The borough Planning Board decided 7-2 to support an ordinance to allow duplexes on Park Avenue which is a short walk away from the New Milford border
The River Edge Mayor and Council will soon have to muster a super majority vote to advance a controversial conditional zoning ordinance to allow duplexes on Park Avenue. Late last week, the borough's Planning Board, by a 7-2 vote, agreed that the proposed ordinance is consistent with the Master Plan. The ordinance would allow a developer to utilize a 22-lot span along the eastern side of Park Avenue to construct the duplexes. Park Avenue is located near the River Edge train station and a few blocks away from the New Milford border. "There has been a petition made to the council that a super majority vote take place to approve the ordinance when it returns to the governing body," Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo said. The three-way split on the …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
BBQ specialist Dave "Fink" Finkelstein and New Milford's Robert Gant recently opened shop in Dumont after an eight-year hiatus in Bergen County
After an eight-year hiatus in Bergen County, BBQ bandits David "Fink" Finkelstein of River Edge and New Milford's Robert Gant have resurrected their culinary talents by opening Fink's BBQ Smokehouse in Dumont. The Regional School District alumni joined forces in 2011 at Johnny's Smokehouse in Pearl River and opened their Madison Avenue restaurant late in 2012. Finkelstein previously owned Fink's Funky Chicken and Ribs in River Edge but closed shop in 2005. With everything made in-house (except for the fries), diners who hunger for a Cajun and Creole flavor explosion will have much to choose from. Appetizers range from a smokey garlic shiner shrimp to a New Jersey lollipop (bacon wrapped potato stuffed with Taylor Ham). Smoked jumbo wings …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Mayor and Council lukewarm in pursuing shared property maintenance manager with River Edge.
At Monday's Mayor and Council meeting, more questions than answers were raised regarding the merits of sharing a property maintenance manager with River Edge. The first major concern is that both boroughs have differing ordinances that the property maintenance manager would be responsible for working under. Another concern is the cost. According to officials, River Edge has a probationary wage of just over $15 per hour that increases to just over $22 per hour after six-months -- a cost that exceeds the rate New Milford would pay. Also, whereas New Milford would require the services of a property maintenance manager for limited hours durning the winter months and up to 20 hours during the warmer months, River Edge would only require two …
Friday, January 25, 2013
In a shared services agreement with New Milford, River Edge to pay for the repair and replacements of their borough's sidewalk slabs that were uprooted during Hurricane Sandy by borough-owned shade trees.
In a one-time only move, River Edge will foot the approximately $7,000 bill to reset 38 sidewalk slabs and replace 26 that were damaged by borough shade trees that came down during Hurricane Sandy. The borough will take advantage of a reduced contractor's fee by entering into a shared service agreement with New Milford. According to River Edge Borough Administrator, by working together with New Milford, the borough will be charged $85 per reset slab and $142.50 for each new slab. "I've been in favor all along of the town making these repairs," Councilman Alphonse Bartelloni said. Following Hurricane Irene and prior storms, homeowners have been required to adhere to an ordinance that places the burden on homeowners to pay for the …
Monday, January 21, 2013
The St. Joseph Knights of Columbus held its annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday
The Knights of Columbus Council #3814 St. Joseph of New Milford/Oradell hosted their annual Council Youth Free Throw Contest on Saturday Jan. 9 in the St. Joseph School Lower Gym. The event was open to all boys and girls in the community, ages 10 to 14 of age. Each contestant received 15 free throws and the best score from each age category and gender will represent the community at the next stage of the contest at the District #14 Championship. The Free Throw Contest was made possible by volunteers from the Oradell/New Milford communities and Knights of Columbus council members
Friday, November 2, 2012
Connecticut State Police took Monica Mogg into custody Wednesday afternoon for her alleged role in a double homicide in River Edge
A 49-year-old Newburgh, NY resident has been arrested in Connecticut in connection to a double homicide_in River Edge. Monica Mogg, is the former girlfriend of one of the victims, Arthur Noeldechan, 52, of Washingtonville, NY. She was charged with two counts of first degree murder and arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Thursday. "On Wednesday Oct. 31 at approximately 2:21 p.m., the River Edge Police Department was requested to conduct a welfare check on the residence of 784 Millbrook Road," Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli stated in a press release. During the welfare check, officers located Noeldechan and Lillian Kim, 42, of River Edge, in the Millbrook Road home bedroom. The investigation determined that Noeldechan and Kim …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Duffie, Grant and Ashley send letter to Freeholders urging them to extend boundaries of county-owned Water Works property to include the United Water property and preserve entire area as open space.
New Milford's Democrats are urging the Bergen County Freeholders to consider extending the boundaries of the county-owned Water Works property to include United Water's 13-acre parcel, currently under contract for private sale with Hekemian, located directly across the street and add it to the county's inventory of open space. In a letter dated Thursday, September 20, Councilwomen Randi Duffie and Hedy Grant, along with Councilman Austin Ashley, ask the Freeholders to preserve the historic nature of that area arguing that the development of this property would increase flooding; cause noise; air and light pollution; increase traffic beyond what New Milford's roads can support; increase calls for service to the police, fire department and …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
SOD appears before River Edge Mayor and Council seeking support against Hekemian Project.
Residents in New Milford and Oradell have banded together against a proposed development along the Madison Avenue, Main Street, River Road and John D. Cecchino Drive intersections and are now seeking support from their neighbors to the north in River Edge as well. At the same time, the New Milford Council is still considering to rezone the property. Stop Over Development (SOD) members John Desantis and John Rutledge recently discussed how the Hekemian/United Water project would affect the people of River Edge. "The effects of this project will be felt in River Edge from Kinderkamack Road to River Road as it is the only north and south access to the development," Desantis said. " The proposed development calls for a 70,500 sq. ft. Shoprite …