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Resident Dies After Being Struck by Train, Subway Application Sent to New Board Top This Week's News

Gyuchang Sim was appointed to the Board of Education and local heroes were honored

A 54-year-old River Edge resident Pastora Reyes who was  on the Pascack Valley line at New Bridge Landing station Tuesday died. Reyes was struck on the west side of the train tracks by a Hoboken-bound train. According to police and witnesses she was not walking at a grade crossing. Following the accident, Reyes was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with severe head injuries but succumbed to her injuries overnight.

While a handful of food establishments in Oradell do not utilize wait staff to service customers in spite of language in the borough's ordinance requiring waiters for any restaurant business, Sanjeet Patel's proposed Subwayfranchise will now need to seek a use variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Patel had brought his application to the Planning Board on Tuesday to then be told he did not conform with the definition of a restaurant.

Running as an uncontested candidate in the November Board of Education election, longtime candidate Gyuchang Sim was guaranteed a seat on the River Edge Board of Education. But after the  earlier this summer, the coveted position was available earlier than anticipated and after much deliberation by board members, Sim was appointed to the Board earlier this week.

Before a packed crowd of friends, family and colleagues, River Edge resident Jay Orsino along with  Sgt. Curt Wilhelm and Officers Michael McGinty, Michael Varrecchia and Dennis Griffith were all honored for their dedication and heroic efforts on behalf of Bergen County by Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo and County Executive Kathleen Donovan on Monday evening. Additionally, the  welcomed the promotion of Officer Gary Faustini to the rank of sergeant. 

With a 329-page document by Brinkerhoof Environmental Services providing an inconclusive report for the  the governing body decided to move forward with seeking demolition estimates this week. The  was initially intended to determine if there is an underground oil tank on site along with any use of lead paint or asbestos inside the building. Brinkerhoof's research and their $2400 report resulted in finding no historical data to prove the existence of the three environmental concerns. 

As the sport of lacrosse continues to gain popularity in Bergen County, several former athletes and coaches banded together eight years ago to create the only high school boy's summer lacrosse league in the county. Since then, Black Diamond Lacrosse  has continued to expand with this season featuring over 120 athletes from 13 high schools competing in a six-team league in Oradell.

Pannell, Salizzoni Share Medal Honors at County Ameateur Championship

Daniel Pannell of Mahwah and a alum hadn’t tried to qualify for the Bergen County Amateur Championship in six years having spent the previous five years as a U.S. Marine.  alum Eric Salizzoni of Oradell hadn’t tried to qualify in five years as he was studying at James Madison and recently graduated in May. Pannell’s and Salizzoni’s returns were on target, as they shared medalist honors at Thursday’s Bergen Amateur qualifier, both shooting 1-over-par 71 at unusually hard-and-fast Valley Brook Golf Course.

Former River Dell star is named new coach at St. Mary High School

Former standout landed his first head coaching job on the mat, taking the reins at St. Mary High School (Rutherford) as its new wrestling coach. He at Edinburgh and Rutgers, recently completing his degree in communications with the Scarlet Knights.

The Oradell-Emerson Rotary Club held their first ever summer food drive on Saturday afternoon outside of the  on Kinderkamack Road. All of the collected items were donated to the Englewood-based Center for Food Action, which in turn will be distributed to local Bergen County residents in need. 

Over the weekend, Oradell and River Edge residents who stayed local found refuge from the heat in the cool waters of the . 

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