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Leases Signed at Huffman Koos, Virtual Tour of American Legion Top Weekly News

Here are the top stories from RiverDell Patch this week

Construction may still be months away for the former Huffman Koos site as the owners continue to await news from the state Economic Development Authority regarding financial support. In the meantime though, Route 4 - Main Street LLC has begun inking leases with  and . Total Wine is expected to move further south towards the Rt. 4 entry ramp while CVS will slide into Total Wine.

For years the Sgt. Walter Scott Brown American Legion has stood tall and proud on Continental Avenue - but over the past few years the building has changed from what it once was to bordering on something completely different in town. Of the three floors inside, the basement has been hit the hardest having been ravaged by flooding when the sump pumps stopped working and plagued by . The flooring by the basement entrance has peeled up and water stains at least one foot high.

This week, Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) honored World War II veteran and River Edge resident Anthony Garofalo as he was presented the following medals: World War II Victory MedalAmerican Campaign Medal and African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal along with the Honorable Service Lapel Button and US Navy Honorable Discharge Lapel Button for his service as a sailor in the U.S. Navy.

Several River Dell area schools all earned gift cards from Target's back to school promotion. The  earned $100; Cherry Hill Elementary School earned $40; while Roosevelt Elementary School and  each earned $25.

Across the state, teacher's pay offers a patchwork of possibilities, but tax caps and a sluggish economy are keeping raises tight. Faculty members at Oradell Public School earn between the average of $58,113 to the highest payscale of $94,325. River Edge schools salaries vary between $64,277 and $106,238; while River Dell Regional staffs range from $79,567 to $123,357.

 announced this week the addition of two new teams to its Athletics Program, as the Crusader Ski and Crew teams will debut this coming school year on the varsity level. The Ski team will compete in the 2012-2013 winter season, while the Crew team will compete in the spring of 2013.

United Water hosted their second annual "Run the Reservoir " Half Marathon this weekend and effectively shutting down parts of Kinderkamack and Oradell Roads for a few hours. The half-marathon offeried runners the opportunity to tackle a 13.1 mile race that took them from the United Water Reservoir in Westwood thru the streets of Oradell and back again.

A Helping Hand: Oradell's Julia Orlando and her community involvement

Julia Orlando, the director of Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services in Hackensack, has a passion for serving her community. She has held that position for three years, ever since the center opened its doors in October 2009.

Oradell approves $2.1 million lease for cell tower site

The Oradell Borough Council approved a resolution last week to award the sale of a perpetual lease for the cell tower located at the Department of Public Works site near the Hackensack River. The purchase of the cellular communications ground lease was awarded to the highest bidder, Crown Castle Towers 09, LLC, for $2.1 million.

Oradell crossing guard posts to remain for school year

In anticipation of the start of the school year this week, Oradell's public safety committee recommended retaining the 12 existing crossing guard posts. Last year at this time, the borough eliminated four posts from the existing 16 before the start of the 2011/12 school year.

Minivan drives into store window in River Edge

A minivan drove into the window of a store in a Kinderkamack Road strip mall Thursday morning, police said. The crash occurred about 11 a.m. at Fine Cards and Gifts, at 651 Kinderkamack Road.

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