Friday, May 10, 2013
Crew attacked teenager who tried to sell stolen cell phones, police say.
Teaneck police arrested six people Wednesday after they kidnapped and robbed a township teenager who tried to sell a cell phone stolen from one of the attackers over the weekend, Police Chief Robert Wilson said. Four attendees at a basketball tournament in Parsippany last weekend reported their phones were taken, according to police. Days later, one of the teen victims noticed the phones were up for sale on Craigslist. “The juvenile notified others to the advertisement and arrangements were made with five adults to meet with the seller of the phones in the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel in Teaneck,” police said in a statement. Posing as an interested buyer, one of the assailants, 19-year-old Mohamed Aly of Jersey City, pulled up to the …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Company will remove 30 nests in the area, report says
PSE&G crews this week will remove 30 monk parakeet nests from utility poles in Fort Lee, Leonia and Edgewater, northjersey.com reported Wednesday. The birds were blamed with causing a power outage in December that impacted 3,400 customers in Leonia, Englewood Cliffs and Teaneck. Utility company officials say the removals are needed to prevent more electrical outages and short outs. Although PSE&G and parakeet supporters have clashed, this year's removal effort brought more collaboration, the report said. The birds are being removed in more mild weather. “This is probably the most ideal week to remove the nests,” Alison Evans-Fragale, of the Edgewater Parrot Society told the newspaper. “It will give the birds enough time to rebuild the …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Proposed gun regulations include new limit on ammunition capacity and mental health checks
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg spoke in Teaneck Sunday to detail her support for a host of proposed gun regulations and faced opposition from gun rights advocates. The Assembly advanced the 22 new gun control measures in February after the deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The state Senate is set to take up the matter in late April. Banning .50 caliber weapons, limiting the ammunition capacity of magazines to 10 bullets from 15, mandatory safety training, and requiring background checks for private gun sales are some of the proposed measures. The package would also prohibit people on federal terror watch lists from buying weapons. Weinberg described the legislation as common sense regulations that would not …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Blue Laws 'handicap' local businesses, writes Teaneck councilman and former mayor
Monday, February 11
The following op-ed was submitted by Elie Y. Katz, a council member and former Teaneck mayor. Ah yes, the Blue Laws. When I was Mayor of Teaneck, at the request of many Teaneck residents, I briefly touched the third rail of this "taboo" subject by looking into a referendum question for Teaneck voters. It was not the harsh phone call from the Paramus Borough Attorney, nor the legal threats from mall operators outside Bergen County nor the concern from many husbands about their wives getting an extra day of shopping that made the Council withdraw the question. Rather, it was the fact that we were not legally permitted to offer a referendum question on a law which the state controls. It seems a little strange that in a country which …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Dozens gathered at a Cedar Lane rally to call for stricter gun laws and an end to violence following elementary school shooting in Connecticut.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Residents rallied Saturday night in Teaneck to call for stricter gun control laws in the wake of a shooting rampage that left 20 children and six adults dead at a Connecticut elementary school. The crowd, organized quickly through the Internet and by the Ethical Culture Society, held candles and carried signs calling for tighter regulation of firearms and an end to gun violence. Teaneck resident Jim Norman said he hoped to continue holding rallies and push elected leaders to act. "We feel it is time to move from mourning to action," he said. "This is the first in this area of what we hope will be non-stop action until America comes to its senses." Norman, a parent who said he was brought to tears by the killings, called for restrictions…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Application filed for three Cedar Lane properties
A major drug store chain could open at the recently closed Louie’s Charcoal Pit on Cedar Lane and two other adjoining properties, according to town officials. Councilman Yitz Stern told Patch an unnamed pharmacy chain had filed an application with the town’s zoning board to build a store at the Louie’s site, an adjacent storefront and the nextdoor gas station at Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue. A zoning board hearing on the matter would likely not be scheduled until March or February, Stern said. "It's unfortunate that Louie’s left," he said. "These are challenging times on Cedar Lane." Two officials confirmed a Walgreens was proposed at the Cedar Lane property, but the zoning application was not yet completed. A Walgreens spokesman said the…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Cedar Lane diner latest well-known local business to shut down
Louie's Charcoal Pit in Teaneck, a diner that served customers on Cedar Lane for decades, closed “indefinitely” Sunday night. “Our sincerest gratitude to all of our patrons who have supported us over the many years. We will miss you and we wish you all of the best in the future,” said a message posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page Sunday afternoon. Louie’s owner Gerry Stamatelatos bought the diner in 1972, and another owner had previously run the well-known restaurant under the same name. In 2008, Louie’s was forced to cut back its 24-hour operation and had been up for sale, Gerry's son Dino Stamatelatos said in a 2010 interview. While the future for the diner's owners remained unclear, Dino Stamatelatos has said he would likely launch…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Busy crossing between Teaneck and Hackensack needs extensive repairs, officials say. County reviewing state report on bridge's condition.
One lane in each direction on the Anderson Street Bridge was closed Tuesday after a state consultant's inspection found the busy link between Teaneck and Hackensack would need extensive repairs, officials said. The lane closures will remain in place indefinitely, along with a 15-ton weight restriction forcing eleven bus routes to be detoured to Route 4. Concrete barriers were installed to keep traffic away from weakened areas of the four lane bridge, according to Bergen County Public Works Director Joe Crifasi. The bridge's condition does not pose a safety risk, but the inspection found the structure was in need of "immediate attention," Crifasi told Patch. There were no plans for additional closures or detours, Crifasi said. Bergen …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Weight limit imposed on Anderson Street Bridge after review finds major repairs needed, officials say.
Eleven bus routes serving about 2,000 riders have been detoured indefinitely off the Anderson Street Bridge between Teaneck and Hackensack after officials ordered a 15-ton weight restriction on the busy crossing, NJ Transit said Monday. A state review found the 41-year-old bridge required significant repairs, prompting Bergen County officials to lower the allowed weight limit, according to Jeanne Baratta, chief of staff at the county executive's office. The county alerted NJ Transit of the weight limit Monday afternoon, a transit agency spokeswoman said. County officials opted not to close the bridge entirely because it serves upwards of 30,000 vehicles a day, Baratta said. The county is doing design work to determine how the bridge can …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Project to be finished in September.
A bridge installed Wednesday will give motorists and pedestrians direct access to the northern end of Overpeck County Park for the first time since the park opened in 2010, the county executive’s office said. The bridge will link the park’s internal roadways and connect with another bridge that was installed about one month ago. The county said the opening is scheduled to be completed on Sept. 15 and is two weeks ahead of schedule. A large crane was used to haul the 170,000 pound bridge to its home off Fort Lee Road in Leonia, not far from the Teaneck border. The project will cost the county about $8 million and is under budget, northjersey.com reported. Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our free daily newsletter.