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Banner Ads, Science Labs and Improvement District Top This Week's News

Changes to the proposed First Responders Memorial and Target Gift Cards round out the weekly recap

Last month, Oradell Recreation Director Gina Reynolds and Recreation Committee Chairman Tom Neville first proposed selling banner ads along the fences at the Doug Parcells Athletic Complex to help bring in additional revenue. On Tuesday night, the duo returned to the Mayor and Council will additional information for their plan.

The new school year is just around the corner for students at the  and each grade level will be greeted by a variety of new upgrades and changes. The high school has made changes to the order of science classes offered while the middle school's science labs have been renovated. Both schools are also welcoming new staff members.

With a struggling economy, tight budgets, and empty storefronts along the Kinderkamack Road corridor in River Edge, the governing body may seek input from local businesses regarding the creation of a Special Improvement District (SID). The SID is a model for managing the municipalities commercial corridor by providing business and property owners the ability to organize as a single entity, raise funds for activities that enhance or expand upon municipal services, and through a District Management Corporation, to manage themselves to become a more effective destination for commerce.

While audience members and the New Milford Zoning Board heard from traffic engineer Elizabeth "Betsy" Dolan Tuesday night on the possible traffic impact and trip generation by the development of the United Water property, the Oradell governing body listened to its own residents concerns and considered what steps could be made on their part.

As less dollars trickled in than expected following the  for the  outside of , the design around the has been scaled back. Now the footprint will be reduced to allow for less invasive changes to borough hall along with removing a pine tree in the center to make way for the steel I-beam.

Back to school is just around the corner. In River Dell, classes start September 5. But, before students return to the classroom, you can help their schools earn valuable Target gift cards. From now to September 8, locals can help their schools earn money by visiting the Give With Target website and voting for which local school they want to receive the gift cards. For every 25 votes, Target will send the school a $25 gift card.

After putting arch rival Don Bosco on the ropes during their  and then a disappointing route by the Ironmen in the , the 2012 Bergen Catholic Crusaders have set their sights on winning a title they last brought home to Oradell in 2004. This year's squad will once again be led by quarterback John Germano from the shotgun position.

College baseball players catch fire to capture crown

Several local baseball players, including Bergen Catholic alum and River Edge native Ray McCourt, celebrated a championship with their summer team, the North Jersey Eagles, which competes in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL).

After regaining voice, River Edge resident gives back

In November 2003, just one month after her 40th birthday, Eunice Bustillo suffered a stroke, losing her ability to speak, read or write, and causing vision problems and some of the ability to use her right side. Shortly after the stroke, the River Edge resident was diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder that often occurs from a stroke or brain injury that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing.

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