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River Edge Pays for Sidewalks, Extensive Open Space Requests and More Top Weekly News

Here are some of the top stories from River Dell this week

River Edge Foots $7K Bill for Residents Sidewalk Repairs

Homeowners' wallets will be getting some relief from extensive Hurricane Sandy costs as River Edge joined with New Milford in a shared agreement to cover all sidewalk slab reset and replacement costs for one-time only.

Recreation Commission Requests Exceed Potential Open Space Funding

With the restoration of the River Edge Open Space Trust Fund for the next five years, the borough will now need to trim over $465,500 in funding requests for 2013. The majority of funding requests, totalling $410,468 were on behalf of the Recreation Commission. The borough is estimated to have approximately $143,756 available funding come Feb. 10.

Grant Funding for Pocket Park Held-Up by Paperwork

Initially purchased in 2008 with the help of a Bergen County Open Space grant, work on the less than an acre Cherry Blossom Park has stalled as River Edge works to file the remaining Green Acres grant funding paperwork to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The outstanding paperwork includes an Action Mediation Program to remove any soil that contains chlordane as well as proof that the former underground fuel storage tank did not leak during its 2011 removal.

Traffic Impact Reduced With Less Units at Hekemian Project

A revised Traffic Impact Analysis submitted to the New Milford Zoning Board reflecting Hekemian's revised plans reducing the residential component of the United Water property proposed mixed-use development showed an overall reduction of 115 trips in total trip generation projections during peak hours for the supermarket, bank and residential portions of the development. In November, Hekemian submitted a revised site plan substantially reducing the scope of the residential portion from 221 units (40 set aside to satisfy New Milford's COAH low income housing obligation) to 24 fair market, low income housing units. 

Shade Tree Ordinance Omissions to be Restored

After a five year process to finally approve aShade Tree Ordinance this past December, the River Edge Mayor and Council will now move forward with amending the legislation to restore an accidentally omitted section.

During numerous re-writes, sections that called for developer escrow deposits to be placed in a Shade Tree Trust Fund were left out of the finalized version.

Westwood Hospital Renovations 90 Percent Complete

Officials at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valleyexpect to take their first patient June 1, according to CEO Chad Melton.

Melton told Patch Tuesday that renovations to the former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood are about 90 percent complete and they hope to have a certificate of occupancy for the whole building within the next month and have a license by April.

Jobs Seekers Network Celebrates 2 Years of Helping Hundreds Succeed

It's been two years since the job seekers group Neighbors helping Neighbors first launched and now there are hundreds who have success stories to share.

The job seekers network, which was founded by River Edge resident John R. Fugazzie and now has a presence in towns all over North Jersey, marked its two-year anniversary Friday. Jan. 25 with a special anniversary event at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton.

Local Youth Give it a Shot at Free Throw Contest

The Oradell Knights of Columbus hosted their Annual Free Throw Competition Saturday at St. Joseph School. Students from Oradell, River Edge and New Milford ranging in age from 10-12 competed for the opportunity to move onto the State Free Throw Championships.

River Dell Physicians On 'Top Docs' List

A trio of River Dell area doctors were included on New Jersey Monthly's 2012 list of "New Jersey's Top Doctors," appearing in this week's issue.  

With just three games remaining in the regular season, the River Dell Golden Hawks (8-9-1) skated away with a 3-2 victory over Monsignor Donovan (8-6-1) on Sunday to position themselves for a better seed in the state tournament.

Feldstein Discusses Jewish Spirituality in Children at Teaneck Lecture

Rabbi Paula Feldstein, education director atTemple Avodat Shalom, River Edge, will explore that very question as one of 20 speakers during Sweet Tastes of Torah's Community Night of Learning on Feb. 2 at Teaneck's Temple Emeth from 6:15-10:30pm.

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