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Bergen Police Departments Host 2014 Annual PBA Toy Drive

Bergen Police Departments Host 2014 Annual PBA Toy DriveThe Bergen County Sheriff’s Department along with local Bergen County Police Departments and local businesses have teamed up for the annual PBA Toy Drive. All toys collected will go toward the Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, Shelter our Sisters, Tomorrow’s Children, and several Military families.

President Obama Visits New Jersey Joint Military Base [Video]

President Obama Visits New Jersey Joint Military Base [Video]On Monday, President Obama addressed about 3,000 service members and civilians at U.S. military members and civilian personnel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst houses more than 38,000 people, including active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel; their families; and a civilian workforce.

Bergen NAACP Joins March Against Police Violence In Washington DC [Photos]

Bergen NAACP Joins March Against Police Violence In Washington DC [Photos]Anthony Cureton, president of the Bergen County chapter of the NAACP and a group of about two dozen local members joined the thousands in Washington, D.C. at the National March against Police Violence on December 13, 2014. Protesters chanting "I can't breathe!" -- "Hands up, don't shoot!" and waving signs reading "Black lives matter!" marched across the U.S. on Saturday. Organizers said that as many as 25,000 had shown up at the march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.

Forum Connects Bergen Commuters With Decision Makers At Port Authority And NJ Transit

Forum Connects Bergen Commuters With Decision Makers At Port Authority And NJ TransitAbout 30 Bergen County commuters attended a second forum held by State Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson in Teaneck on Thursday night. Bus and rail riders came face to face with officials of both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New Jersey Transit.  An earlier forum was held in June and audience members offered high praise for changes that were put in place, almost immediately, after that meeting and have reduced long lines and commute times, for some.

PIX11 Probe Prompts Prosecutor To Provide Memorabilia Paybacks

PIX11 Probe Prompts Prosecutor To Provide Memorabilia PaybacksA six-month PIX11 investigation may get auction bidders refunds from the Bergen County Prosecutor. Last month PIX11 broke the story that Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli’s office made false statements in official documents in order to auction off bogus memorabilia.

Vacancy On Bergen Freeholder Board Puts Racial Diversity In The Spotlight

Vacancy On Bergen Freeholder Board Puts Racial Diversity In The SpotlightSources confirm that Roy Cho has taken himself out of the running to fill the seat on the Bergen County Freeholder Board that will become vacant when Jim Tedesco is sworn in as County Executive in January.  After Tedesco takes the oath of office as Bergen County Executive the Democratic Party’s County Committee members will meet to pick a replacement for Tedesco.

New Jersey Gets Good Marks On Child Homelessness But Much Room For Improvement

New Jersey Gets Good Marks On Child Homelessness But Much Room For ImprovementChances are you won’t see one of the nation’s fastest growing homeless populations camped out on a park bench or queuing up at a local shelter. One in 30 of American children is homeless—an all-time high of 2.5 million. These kids are often invisible, crashing with their families on friends’ couches, sleeping in all-night diners or hopping from motel to motel from week to week.

Computer Glitch Has NJ Social Services Scrambling To Recover Cash Payments

Computer Glitch Has NJ Social Services Scrambling To Recover Cash PaymentsA computer foul-up has New Jersey’s  Social Services scrambling to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in overpayments made to people on welfare's general assistance on Monday. At midnight cash balances on Family First cards were twice what most were expecting.

In Hackensack, Bergen County’s Oldest Church Getting By On A Prayer

In Hackensack, Bergen County’s Oldest Church Getting By On A PrayerIn the shadow of the construction of the $147 million Bergen County Justice Center stands an all but forgotten monument that has served its City, County and Country for over 325 years. Today, Hackensack’s First Dutch Reformed Church, also known as the Church on the Green, continues to serve the community as it has done since its founding in 1686. The church is the oldest church in Bergen County.

Clifton High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Misconduct

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Marc-Andrew-Marucci, a teacher at Clifton High School, was charged on December 17, 2014 with one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child; one count of second degree Official Misconduct and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual contact for engaging in an act of sexual contact and for making sexually suggestive comments to a 17 year old student at Clifton High School.

Pascrell Statement on U.S. – Cuba Relationship After Release Of American Held As Spy

“Today’s news is certainly momentous, especially for those of us who lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis and witnessed the decades of oppression the Cuban people faced at the hands of the Castro regime."

Mahwah Police Detective Dragged During Diner Motor Vehicle Stop

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Kenneth Tortora, 45, of Old Tappan was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding, hindering and criminal mischief. Police say that on Tuesday night Tortora dragged a Mahwah police detective 60 feet with his car before speeding off. The officer approached Tortora’s Jeep Wrangler in the parking lot of the State Line Diner.

Report: New Jersey Has Modest Public Pension Benefits

While one of the central tenets of repeated calls for major changes to New Jersey’s public pension system is the claim that public employee pensions are overly generous, New Jersey ranks 95th in pension generosity among the country’s 100 largest plans according to a report.

Appellate Court Overturns Conviction Of Teaneck Man Denied Right To Represent Himself At Trial

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“Under the circumstances presented, we are compelled to conclude that the record does not support the denial of defendant's request to represent himself at trial. The denial of defendant's constitutional right to represent himself cannot be considered harmless. We therefore reverse defendant's conviction and remand the matter for further proceedings,” wrote the court.

Eustace Bill Aimed at Fostering Design of Energy Efficient Buildings Passes Assembly

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The bill would require the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to periodically study the availability and efficiency of blue and green roofs as storm water management tools, and make, as necessary and appropriate, recommendations to the Governor that will help foster and maintain efficient and effective storm water management in the State.

Search Warrant Yeilds Arrest Of Bergenfeild Man For Child Porn

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The Bergen County Prosecutor announced the arrest of Christopher M. Davis, 28, of Bergenfield, New Jersey, on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor (specifically, by Possessing and Transmitting images of Child Pornography).  Davis was arrested on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, without incident, after a court authorized search warrant was executed at his residence in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

Police Two Paterson men caught in stolen car, third wanted in shoplifting

Borough police on Tuesday caught two Paterson men in a stolen car outside a Route 17 store and were seeking a third member of the group who was inside shoplifting, authorities said.

Lyndhurst Establishes "Access for All" Advisory Committee

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During a Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners at Lyndhurst’s Town Hall, a resolution to establish an “Access for All” Advisory Committee was passed unanimously before a standing room assembly in the Caucus Room. “Access for All” committees meet monthly to identify and address barriers within each town’s borders for residents with disabilities. Currently, sixteen towns in Bergen County have established committees or are in the establishing process.

German automaker could bolt N.J. for the south, report says

Mercedes-Benz, which has been headquarters in N.J. since 1972, may move to Atlanta or locations in North Carolina, according to reports

Resolution Condems Global Acts of Anti-Semitism

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Assemblymen Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace unveiled a resolution (ACR-211) on Wednesday condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for the expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice.

Hackensack Students Receive Donation Of Books from Jaguar Land Rover and First Book

On Wednesday, students at Hackensack’s Jackson Avenue School received a donation of new books. The donation was made possible by Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Sons in partnership with nonprofit social enterprise, First Book. Employees from Jaguar Land Rover’s Mahwah office volunteered to participate in a two-hour group reading event with the Jackson Avenue School’s 3rd and 4th grade students.
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