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Santa Response Team, HS Threat, and Duplexes Top Weekly News

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

State Report Reveals Minor Changes in RiverDell Crimes Statistics

Over the past three years, crime statistics in the River Dell area have continued to drop off in Oradell, but this year River Edge saw a slight uptick in its reported incidents. The New Jersey State Police released its 2011 Uniform Crime Report on Friday with statewide criminal reportsrising 3-percent from 2010 to 2011.

According to the report, Oradell had 50 reported incidents in 2011, down from the prior year's 82 reports while River Edge had two additional incidents this past year for a total 110 reports. 

All this week, students and faculty members along with parents saw an increased police presence at the Regional High School as law enforcement investigates a potential threat that was discovered in a school restroom, one day before the . 

The alleged threat, indicated that a student would come to class on Friday, Dec. 21 with the intention of violence. Several parents contacted Patch stating that the alleged threat included the use of a firearm.

Throughout autumn, members of the River Edge Council and Planning Board debated the benefits of allowing a zoning change ordinanceto proceed which would allow duplexes on Park Avenue. On Monday night, as the proposed change was to be voted on, residents from the little side street gave impassioned pleas for postponement. By unanimous approval, they got their wish as the governing body abandoned the proposal but with a warning that it would be resurrected in 2013.

"Different World" Could Cost River Edge Transit Village Project

For years the redevelopment of the southern portion of River Edge has hinged on two projects - Huffman Koos and a Transit Village. And while progress is slowly moving forward with the proposed trio of retail buildings by Total Wine, the Village has suffered yet another setback following a lack of responses that meet NJ Transit's strict criteria.

Local Woman Is On The Right Track

Whether it’s at the Eco Galleria Gift Shop at the Oradell train station or on the career fast track, many journeys include a stop meeting Kathryn Longo.

Kathryn’s own journey has taken her on a dual track for many years. She has had a successful career in management, and most recently offers services to companies that are committed to advancing women through her venture called Leading Women NJ, LLC.

2013 Could Bring Decision on Sandy Sidewalk Repairs Funding

With a new Democratic majority in New Milford and a three-three split in River Edge come January 1, both boroughs will continue to explore a potential shared service in 2013 for sidewalk replacements. The two municipalities are considering their options how how to best fund the replacement slabs that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

This week, River Edge opted to wait until after the New Year to allow for more information to be gathered. New Milford tabled any further discussion so that the new Democratic majority can make a decision new year.

Habitat Bergen Receives Mobile Response Unit to Help Sandy Victims

Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County is one of nearly a dozen Habitat affiliates that received a mobil response unit this week. The unit, which will be used to assist communities in the county as the organization works to restore and rebuild homes in the hardest hit area following Superstorm Sandy.

The C-20 Panel Van, donated by Chevrolet, is specially outfitted with tools and equipment donated by Lowe’s and the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.

Toy Story 24--Local PBA's Deliver Christmas

Now in its 24th year, the Santa Response Team, organized by Closter police sergeant Don Nicoletti and consisting of PBA members from all over North Jersey, has brought Santa to Hackensack University Medical Center's Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital and Tomorrows Children to deliver Christmas to the children and families who occupy every pediatric floor--from oncology to recovery.

Seven Crusaders Appear on All-Metro Lists

This year's 2012 campaign may not have ended how the Bergen Catholic Crusaders invisioned with a Non Public Group 4 trophyarch rival Don Bosco Prep in the state semifinals. But for seven members of the squad, they received one final accolade to their name as they were listed to MSG Varsity's All-Metro Teams.

With all winter athletics in full swing, the River Dell and Bergen Catholic matmen brought home several titles following their opening tournaments, hockey is struggling and basketball will face uphill battles.

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