School Rankings Investigation and Remembering 9/11 Were This Week's Top Stories
A look back at what news hit River Edge and Oradell
For several weeks, residents have been outspoken about the disturbing news that River Dell fell 77 spots in NJ Monthly's biennial report on the top 100 schools in the state. Since word got out that the Regional district went from being ranked 27th to 104th, Superintendent Patrick Fletcher has attempted to replicate the magazine's results. Unable to do so, he has not reached out to NJ Monthly several times for answers, but instead has gotten silence in return.
Eleven years have passed since the World Trade Center towers came down and River Edge lost five residents. It's been 11 months since a steel I-beam from one of the towers was brought to the borough for a First Responder's Memorial outside of borough hall - the Memorial was dedicated Tuesday afternoon as residents, friends, family and volunteers crowded together in memory.
A handful of Oradell residents paid their respects in front of Borough Hall on Tuesday, marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and the commercial jetliner that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
Since July 2011, River Dell Board Adminstrator Thomas Bonfiglio has been wearing a second hat of Assistant Superintendent of Business and for the next year, his title will change slightly. During Monday evening's Regional Board of Education, he was appointed as the district's Assistant Superintendent/Board Secretary for the 2012-13 year and after which point he would revert back to a Business Administrator's position only.
The better part of the mayor and council meeting Tuesday was spent discussing a potential development in New Milford by S. Hekemian Group under New Milford Redevelopment Associates LLC, which could potentially have adverse affects on Oradell residents.
Mayor Ann Subrizi informed the council during Monday evening's work session that a phone call placed to Peter Hekemian revealed that if the council rezones the United Water property, the original offer he made to the town in April of 2011 is still on the table. The original offer that Hekemian made to the Mayor and Council and presented to the residents of New Milford in April 2011 included a 145-space parking lot for use by the borough and school district, and a graded field that could be developed into a soccer field, as well as a new Shoprite, a family restaurant, bank and 10,000 square feet of commercial space for local merchants.
While towns like Maywood, Dumont and Montvale have all successfully merged their Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustments, Oradell continues to debate the merits of following in their footsteps. During a public hearing on the matter Wednesday night, members from both boards who spoke before the governing body were overwhelmingly against the idea.
For three days, the River Edge Cultural Center opened its doors to rising artists in its latest exhibit "A New Generation of Artists", highlighting local artists that produce work in varies mediums. Work included film, photography, poetry, paintings, skateboards and homemade guitars.
With the help of artist Marion Grebow, the River Edge Public Library has begun seeking sponsors for its historical tile mural showcasing the story of River Edge has it began from early settlers arriving along the Hackensack River to the battle at New Bridge, from when several New York Yankees called the borough home and up to present day.
(201) Family has enlisted the help of Andy Escala, River Edge resident and the Tenafly High School hockey coach, to guide parents through your first (or latest) round in the world of organized youth sports.
After reviewing the pros and cons of entering into a shared service agreement with Oradell to dispose of leaves and compost, River Edge officials opted against it, explaining that the proposal does not make financial sense for the borough. Under the proposed agreement, River Edge would have taken about 8,000 cubic yards of leaves from the neighboring borough and processed the compost using a tub grinder. Oradell would have provided an equipment operator and a loader to put the leaves into the grinder with a supervisor present. It also would have been responsible for providing hammers, nuts and bolts, and fuel during the use of the grinder, as well as the oil changes and fuel filter changes necessary as a result of the extra volume of leaves.