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Weekly Review: Teaching Positions Included in School Budgets

A look back at what took place this past week in River Dell

All three school districts introduced their 2012-13 budgets this week and with the , all are looking to do new things in the coming year. will be able to retain formerly on the cutting block as well as set funding aside for future roof repairs. is planning on new technology upgrades and repairing a rear retaining wall. will be hiring eight new teaching staff for the first time in several years.

State Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd approved Hackensack University Medical Center's plan to reopen the  praised the state and local officials who pushed for the hospital to reopen along with O'Dowd's decision.

Oradell swore in this week: Kyle Costa of Montclair and Brennan Page of Oradell.  called the newest officers "exceptional men".

Borough Attorney Saverio Cereste's on charging the public library utilities as illegal has saved the Neighbors Helping Neighbors job seeking group from having to find a new meeting location.

The three basketball squads all earned first round wins in the state tournament. The Crusaders were able to knock out an through determination over Delbarton for a Friday night game at Seton Hall. The overcame a halftime deficit to win over Kinnelon but unfortunately fell in following round to Mountain Lakes. The Lady Hawks were focused this week for a crash-course match-up with Glen Rock on Saturday in the semifinals after outstanding efforts by Kayla McGovern and Kate Brock in the first round over Pascack Hills and then again over Lenape Valley.

With only a little over $22,000 remaining in the , six groups will receive the last of the available tax money towards the maintenance of the borough's parks. The funds will be diverted to , the , Beautification Committee, the Shade Tree Commission, 9/11 Memorial and Environmental Committee.

Shortly after the end of the 2011 Hurricane season,  Superintendent John Lynch proposed  for his office during emergencies at the former DPW yard at the end of . On Monday night, he reversed direction, stating that his concerns of vandalism and the upset residents outweighed any benefit.

Just before students and faculty took off for winter break,  held a to raise funds in memory of Philip Begonja, an 18-year-old Oradell resident and alumni of  and  that died on Christmas. While donations still continue to come in, the district has already collected over $2,000.

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