By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – A proposal by NJ Transit to build a backup power system in South Kearny to run its trains in cases of emergencies like another Superstorm Sandy threatens to derail a redevelopment plan […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent HARRISON – James Fife, who taught history to a lot of Harrison High School students over the years, is now in the official Harrison history books. Fife, who will mark his 73rd birthday on […]
By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY– A man who was severely burned in a Feb. 12 house fire at 131 Schuyler Ave. succumbed to his injuries last week at St. Barnabas Medical Center, authorities reported. The victim, Manuel Lampon, 66, […]
By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Seven persons were displaced last week when a three-alarm fire left their Dukes St. home uninhabitable, authorities reported. As of press time, the exact cause of the blaze was still under investigation. […]
A10-month multi-agency investigation culminated Thursday in the arrests of 23 New Jersey men in connection with an international carjacking ring, one of whose alleged leaders is a Belleville resident, authorities reported. At a press conference, state Acting Attorney General […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Three more firefighters will be added to the rolls of the Kearny Fire Department later this year – assuming they make it through their training. But it still won’t be enough to make […]
By Ron Leir
EAST NEWARK –
East Newark school officials, who’ve been doing a lot of talking about a permanent “recess” for borough students who attend Harrison High, have taken a big step to try to make that happen.
On Monday night, the borough Board of Education voted 7-0 to put their money where their mouth is by hiring a law firm to carry out the separation plan.
The board appointed Porzio, Bromberg & Newman of Morristown as special counsel for an amount not to exceed $44,000 “for the purpose of facilitating a feasibility study regarding its sending-receiving relationship with the Harrison Board of Education” for “all appropriate action” in connection with that goal.
That action could mean that after completing eighth grade at East Newark Public School, borough kids would go to Kearny High School, instead of Harrison High, where they’ve gone, essentially, since the neighboring communities have existed.
But, of late, the East Newark school district, backed by the municipal government, has balked at paying what they consider to be a high tuition rate charged by the Harrison school district – a rate it claims will cause hardship for local taxpayers.
East Newark has already partly broken with the Harrison district by setting up its own pre-school program – currently, for 18 children – instead of sending those children to Harrison which, in turn, farmed out the kids to a private child care center.
Borough school records show that the district paid Harrison tuition fees of $14,764 per child to send students to Harrison High during the 2012-2013 school year but is being charged more than $16,000 per child for this school year. Last school year, East Newark’s enrollment at Harrison High averaged 98; so far, this year, it’s averaging 124.
Kearny’s school district is reportedly receptive to the idea of accommodating East Newark students at its high school, which is currently being renovated while Kearny students continue with classes.
East Newark School Superintendent/ Principal William Shlala said the issue at hand “comes down to cost effectiveness,” noting that currently, Kearny’s tuition rate stands at about $12,000 per student.
Shlala said: “Forty percent percent of our budget is tuition we pay to Harrison,” which, according to Borough School Business Administrator Tim Havlusch, totaled $1.48 million for 2012-2013.
During the summer, the Harrison school board sued to prevent East Newark from pulling out of the pre-school arrangement but, after it was demonstrated that the arrangement was based solely on a one-year contract between the districts, Harrison dropped its complaint.
And, in a separate legal action on Harrison’s objection to East Newark’s efforts to extricate itself from the Harrison High arrangement, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Leslie Celentano concluded that was a matter for the state Department of Education to rule on.
So, to that end, the East Newark school is engaging the Morristown law firm to follow the statutory process prescribed for breaking with Harrison. The law firm, in turn, will be relying on several experts – Statistical Forecasting LLC, a Secaucusbased educational consulting firm specializing in demographics and enrollment projections; N.J. retired educational administrator Peter E. Carter; and Berkeley Heights accountant James L. Kirtland to make its case.
They must prove – to the satisfaction of the state Commissioner of Education – that the termination of a “sending”/ “receiving” district relationship between East Newark and Harrison will have no adverse impact on racial diversity of the student population, quality of education or finances.
A big reason East Newark’s school board opted for the Porzio law firm is that one of the firm’s principals, Vito Gagliardi Jr., has had prior success handling similar cases in the state. As noted in his resume, posted on the firm’s website, Gagliardi “pioneered a dual sending-receiving agreement between two small school districts in order to keep them both cost-effective and viable” and also “oversaw the only three regional school district dissolutions in New Jersey state history ….”
Unfortunately, the process won’t happen overnight. By Shlala’s estimate, it could take as long as a year and a half before a decision is reached by the state – unless both sides can agree to some type of compromise settlement along the way.
In the meantime, Shlala said that the district will have to proceed on the assumption that it is going to have to pay the Harrison tuition rate, at least for the current school year, and, likely, for the following year, which means it will be faced with some tough budget decisions on possible cuts to services and programs in lieu of raising school taxes.
By Ron Leir
A firm known to locals has been picked to build on the vacant Roche pharmaceuticals property in Belleville but, beyond that, little is known on what the future holds for the site.
On Dec. 10, Mayor Raymond Kimble and the Belleville Township Council voted unanimously to designate David A. Mack Properties LLC of Southport, Conn., as redeveloper of the 18-acre Roche Diagnostic tract, fronting on Franklin Ave. and just north of Clara Maass Medical Center.
Kimble said the Mack real estate company – which previously built the strip mall in the township’s Silver Lake area, at Franklin St. and Bloomfield Ave. – has developed retail, commercial and residential properties.
Joe Burdette, a Florida attorney who has represented Mack in connection with Sunshine State projects, said that his former client has partnered with other companies in developing the 250-room Sandpearl Resort & Spa and 202-unit Belle Harbor condominiums, both in Clearwater.
“Dave’s a fine human being,” said Burdette, “which, in the kind of business he’s in, is hard to find. He’s as good as it gets.”
About a year ago, the Belleville Planning Board recommended that the township designate the property as an area in need of redevelopment and in July 2013 the governing body adopted a redevelopment plan for the site which set out conceptual uses such as medical offices, medical research, related health uses and housing – but excluding hospitals and ambulatory care centers at the request of neighboring Clara Maass.
In selecting the Mack firm, the township resolution noted, “the Governing Body of the Township of Belleville has elected to serve as the Redevelopment Entity responsible for the implementation of the Redevelopment Plan and carrying out the Redevelopment Project contemplated therein,” rather than soliciting proposals from prospective developers.
Although the property remains in Roche’s hands, the resolution says that the township “has engaged with the owner in negotiations relating to the possible transfer of title … to the township and the resolution of property tax issues and environmental remediation issues.”
Because the property was previously occupied by a copper mill and, later, a soap factory, before Roche took possession, the site will require an environmental cleanup “and [Roche] and David A. Mack Properties LLC have engaged in preliminary discussions [on that matter] …,” the resolution says.
And, as a result of those discussions, the resolution says that Roche “believes that [Mack] would be an acceptable redeveloper of the property, capable of adhering to the Redevelopment Plan and providing acceptable assurances to both Roche and the Township that both current necessary remediation and downstream environmental liability would be appropriately addressed by [Mack] including … an NJDEP approved transfer and assumption of environmental liability agreement ….”
Now, the resolution says, Belleville and Mack have 90 days to negotiate a redeveloper agreement.
Belleville officials have offered no clues what the developer has in mind for the property although one council member said that it’s unlikely the land would be used for residential purposes.
Asked when he expected the property to be conveyed to the township, Kimble said: “We’re still in the waiting process with Roche. We know they’re comfortable with the developer we’ve named.”
Roche Diagnostic spokesman Bob Purcell would offer no further details on what will be happening with the property.
Meanwhile, in other infrastructure news, the governing body last Tuesday voted to introduce a bond ordinance that would, among other things, appropriate $643,000 to replace 90 street lights on Washington Ave., the township’s main shopping district, between Greylock Parkway and Mill St., as part of the long-planned streetscape improvement.
The new lantern-style lights will be designed to be fitted with an “arm” that will illuminate sidewalks and will put out three times the light now being provided by the existing street lights, according to Councilman Michael Nicosia.
The bond money will also pay for engineer costs associated with the project and for what Nicosia described as a “3D” computer mapping of the area, showing the layers of street, curbs, buildings, etc., so that if and when plans for future development are filed, it will be easier to ensure compliance with mandated design criteria.
Nicosia said the street light upgrade was among a series of recommendations contained in a state Dept. of Transportation safety audit of Washington Ave., which is part of the State Highway Rt. 7 network which the state plans to repave. The multi-year, multi-million dollar paving project will run from Belleville, through Kearny, into Jersey City, he said.
“The state’s responsibility is curb-to-curb,” Nicosia said, “so they’ll be taking care of upgrading synchronized traffic lights, sidewalk corner handicapped ramps – things like that.” He said the township has applied for a $5 million grant to redo sidewalks and curbs in certain areas.
The bond ordinance, which will come up for a public hearing next month, will also provide $143,000 to complete the new Friendly House recreation facility by installing a parking lot and acquiring limited recreational equipment and $225,000 for the rehabilitation of the currently vacated Silver Lake firehouse “to get it habitable,” Nicosia said. The Franklin St. structure has been compromised by a leaky roof and environmental issues.
By Ron Leir
EAST NEWARK –
With curbside parking at a premium in the tiny borough, which ranks next to last among New Jersey’s 566 municipalities in total area, East Newark is looking to better control the use of available spots.
To that end, the mayor and Borough Council voted Nov. 13 to introduce an ordinance requiring a “non-resident owner/lessee of a [passenger] vehicle” to pay an annual $50 fee for a parking permit.
Mayor Joseph Smith said the plan is a logical outcome of how desperate the parking situation has become in East Newark and in its bordering town, Harrison.
Some years back, Smith said, Harrison started a two-hour weekday parking limitation for out-of-town motorists near the PATH station, then expanded that restriction to half the town, then to the entire town, and, as a result, Smith said, there was a parking spillover into East Newark.
Even some Kearny residents, at times, encroach into the borough, parking on John St. near the railroad tracks, for example, Smith said.
East Newark adopted its own two-hour parking limit for non-residents “but we started getting a lot of people who were moving here and leasing cars plus kids originally from here going to college out of state driving back here with a car registered somewhere else,” Smith said.
It got to the point, said Police Chief Anthony Monteiro, “we had people driving leased cars coming into the borough who’d come into headquarters every two weeks to ask for a courtesy parking sticker.”
Currently, the chief said, there are seven people logged on the Police Department’s “courtesy’’ parking list. On each shift, he said, officers will make a list of those vehicles’ plate numbers so when they’re out on patrol, they can check those cars without resident parking stickers against that list, although he said, there could well be more the department hasn’t yet caught up with.
Starting early next year, however, after the ordinance takes effect, these folks can apply for a “non-resident” parking decal to place in their vehicles for easy checking by police.
Municipal employees and employees of East Newark’s public school who commute to the borough from out of town will be exempt from paying the yearly parking fee, according to Smith.
Drivers who live in the borough, meanwhile, can continue to apply for or renew existing parking stickers and apply for visitor parking permits which are valid “for a period not longer than two weeks, holidays and weekends included.” There is no fee for a resident or visitor permit.
The borough will begin supplying the new “non-resident parking permit” to owners or lessees of non-commercial vehicles to applicants who can provide the following:
• A valid driver’s license for the vehicle.
• A valid motor vehicle registration for the vehicle.
• A valid motor vehicle insurance card for the vehicle.
• A current utility bill and lease exhibiting the applicant’s name and temporary East Newark address or in the case of a month-to-month renter, a landlord’s affidavit attesting to the residency of the applicant in lieu of a lease.
• For someone employed by a business in the borough, a valid employment ID and/ or pay stub, along with the appropriate vehicle documentation.
A parking permit, once granted, must be displayed on the vehicle’s rear view mirror facing the front windshield, driver’s side or as so directed by the Police Department.
The borough will revoke a parking sticker if a vehicle no longer qualifies per the ordinance or if transferred to a car other than the one so designated per the sticker application or if the registration number differs from the number on the application.
Any vehicle parked in violation of the ordinance – which can include a revoked or expired sticker – will be subject to a municipal court fine of $35.
By Karen Zautyk
NORTH ARLINGTON -
An early morning fire, apparently ignited by candles, left two apartments in Riverview Gardens complex “uninhabitable” last Wednesday, authorities reported. North Arlington Assistant Fire Chief Mark Cunningham said the blaze broke out about 7 a.m. in a ground-floor unit on Garden Terrace just off the Belleville Pike. It is believed to have started in the dining room, where religious candles had been burning on a table. The tenants — a husband, wife and young child — were safely evacuated, as was a family of four in the second-floor apartment of the two-story wood-and-brick structure. No injuries were reported, but both families have been displaced, authorities said. “We evacuated other apartments in the area” as a precaution, Cunningham noted.
The North Arlington Fire Department was assisted at the scene by firefighters from Kearny and Lyndhurst. The Rutherford and East Rutherford FDs provided stand-by coverage to the borough. The fire was declared under control within 45 minutes, but firefighters remained at the complex until 9:45 a.m.The blaze forced closure of the Belleville Pike from Ridge Road several blocks eastward, causing extensive traffic delays.
The ground-floor apartment reportedly sustained “substantial” fire damage, and there was heavy smoke damage to the second floor. Cunningham described both units as uninhabitable.
By Ron Leir
NORTH ARLINGTON –
Democrat Peter Norcia may have lost his bid to reclaim his seat on the Borough Council in last month’s election but the Dems majority made it up to him by voting Dec. 12 to appoint him as the borough’s public works superintendent.
The tally went along party lines: Democrats Al Granell, Mark Yampaglia and Tom Zammatore voted for the measure, Republicans Rich Hughes, Joe Bianchi and newly-elected Dan Pronti (who took Norcia’s seat) voted against it, and Mayor Peter Massa, a Democrat, voted “yes” to break the tie.
As councilman, Norcia drew a yearly salary of about $7,300 but in his new job, he’ll earn 10 times as much at $79,000.
The Democrats noted that the DPW pay scale is actually about $24,000 less than what Norcia’s predecessor, Jim McCabe, was making. Plus, they said, Norcia won’t be taking any medical benefits, which means the borough will be “saving another $20,000 for taxpayers.”
McCabe is retiring from the DPW job Dec. 31 and Norcia will start work on New Year’s Day.
Mayor Peter Massa defended the hiring, pointing to Norcia’s prior experience managing 300 employees and building operations at AT&T Worldwide’s 2.7 million square feet Basking Ridge headquarters, plus more than a decade with ISS Worldwide Corp. as a facility manager.
“I think the borough is fortunate to have a person of Mr. Norcia’s background and skill level to run the day to day operations of our public works department,” Massa said. “I’m sure he’s up to the task and I expect to see good results from the department under his supervision.”
But Hughes told The Observer that Norcia’s work experience, however impressive it may sound, “is not the same as public works.” (As DPW boss, Norcia will supervise a department with nine employees responsible for maintenance of streets, shade trees, public buildings, parks and playgrounds, and storm and sanitary sewer lines.)
Moreover, Hughes said, Republicans opposed Norcia’s hiring because “we did not feel it was an open process. There were 19 who applied, including four from the current DPW, all qualified. How many were interviewed? We felt it was a political award.”
Although the state Civil Service Commission lists the job title, superintendent of public works, as an “unclassified” position – meaning that no competitive exam is required – Hughes said his understanding is that under Civil Service rules, “there are several classes you have to take to continue in that position” that would lead to securing certification as a Certified Public Works Manager.
As for the savings that the Democrats said would be realized from Norcia’s lower rate of pay (McCabe is currently earning about $100,000 after 35 years with the borough), Hughes shrugged that off, saying that Norcia’s salary “is what Jim McCabe was making after 25 years [with the borough].”
Another issue that rankled Hughes was a provision in Norcia’s three-year contract that accords the new superintendent the right to take a 180-day paid severance if things don’t work out in the new job. “Most administrators don’t get a deal like that,” he griped.
Hughes asked for, and got, a vote to amend the provision to a 90-day severance but, again, it was defeated by a 4-3 margin on a partisan basis. Hughes said there may be other perks in the contract but he said he hasn’t yet seen a copy. “I’m still waiting to get it from the borough attorney,” he said.
Norcia was appointed to the Borough Council in early 2013 to replace Steve Tanelli, who was elected to the Bergen County Board of Freeholders in November 2012.
Now that the holiday shopping season is in full ferocity, we have been learning about all those “must-have” things we never knew we needed.
They begin appearing in commercials and on store shelves in November and then magically disappear in January, sometimes never to be seen or heard of again.
Occasionally, one has a longer shelf life. Such as the Snuggie, the blanket with sleeves, which has been around for a few years now, though I have yet to see a single ad for it this year. Maybe I’ve just been lucky.
I admit it. I often fall victim to the hype. Last year, I bought a pair of microwavable slippers.
This year, I have already invested in Cat’s Meow. (“Peeka- boo wand mimics a scurrying mouse.” “Hours of fun!”)
It will be under the tree for the felines, but somehow I think it will keep me more entertained than it will them.
There are certain things I will never buy. Such as the Essential Doomsday Survival Kit. This includes – among many, many other things — a portable stove, an emergency food supply (enough for one person for two weeks or two people for one week, and then I guess you have to start shooting squirrels), sleeping bag, flashlight, bandages, a deck of cards. (If you’re the last person left alive, there’s always Solitaire.) This is only a partial list.
The kit, originally priced at $1,199.99, has been marked down to $199.99. Which leaves me wondering if these kits are not left over from December 2012, when the Mayan Doomsday failed to materialize.
I will also not invest money in the Touch-Free Soap Dispenser. The need for which I cannot comprehend. Supposedly, it keeps your hands from getting all germy. But, think about it. After you touch a normal soap dispenser, you WASH your hands, right? You do not then reach over and touch the dispenser again, right? So what’s point? Unless you suffer from OCD.
(The touch-free soap dispenser reminds me of the washing-machine cleanser some detergent company has been touting. A WASHING machine gets WASHED every time you use it. Why would it need to be washed again separately?)
Also new on the shelves this year is Perfect Polly.
“Lifelike Bird Gives the Joy of a Pet Without the Work!”
This is a bargain at $10. Motion-activated it “comes to life whenever you walk in the room!” Its head turns, its feathers fluff, and it chirps. “And unlike real birds, you can turn Perfect Polly off with just the touch of a button.”
(Thanks for clarifying the lack of buttons on real birds.)
Also: “This life-sized bird features details so realistic, only you will know it’s not real!” Really? I am tempted to get one just because it is cute, but I fear it could be hazardous to my live pets. If I brought a Perfect Polly into my home, the cats would die laughing.
And Santa as already been notified that if a Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush is in my holiday stocking, there will be no more milk and cookies. Ever.
However, this year also has brought a product without which I cannot do. I have already requested this from more than one person, because I would like a menagerie. I am talking about the Stuffie.
This is a large, plush animal designed for children, but it is more than a toy. It has numerous secret pockets designed to hold kiddies’ treasures. In my case, the Stuffie will hold clutter.
Visitors are coming and you have no time to clean up?
Just grab a Stuffie and pack it with debris. Most of my clutter is paper, so Stuffies are perfect. One for newspaper clippings, one for half-used notebooks, one for scraps of paper with phone numbers and other important info.
(Flashback to “All the President’s Men”: Bernstein, just back from an interview, is emptying his pockets of paper napkins, old receipts, other scraps. Woodward: “Where are your notes?” Bernstein: “These ARE my notes!”)
I am hoping one of the Stuffies I get will be a bird. That one will be for bills.
KUDOS TO ALL THE PIE MAKERS!
To the editor:
The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following pizzerias for their participation in our recent pizza tasting contest fundraiser.
The event took place on Monday, Dec. 9. One-hundred- fifty people attended our pizza tasting contest. Four pizzerias donated 10 pies each. Everyone received a ballot and a slice of pie from each pizzeria. No one knew who made what pie. The pies were numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. The participating pizzerias were Francesca’s, 119 Valleybrook Ave.; Lyndhurst Pizzeria, 29 Ridge Rd.; Pizza Lino, 139 Ridge Rd. and Turano’s Pizzeria, 609 Stuyvesant Ave.
The results are in and the winner of the best tasting pizza in Lyndhurst for 2014 is Lyndhurst Pizzeria.
They will be presented with a banner claiming their victory for 2014, which will be displayed in their storefront window.
We sincerely want to thank all the stores that donated and urge townspeople to patronize these generous establishments to show gratitude for taking part in a community organization to raise funds for our charitable organizations.
Thank you also to everyone who purchased a ticket to attend.
The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst
EAST NEWARK –
In the wake of a recent street robbery in the borough, and with more people on the street for holiday visits and shopping, East Newark Police Chief Anthony Monteiro cautioned residents to stay alert to avoid possible threats.
Last Thursday night, Monteiro said that three Newark women drove into the parking lot of the Pic- Nic Restaurant on Grant Ave., at about 8:30 p.m., and as they got out, they were approached by two men – both wearing hoodies – who, police say, had followed them into the lot in their vehicle.
Monteiro said one of the pair displayed a silver object and the other, a black object. Both objects were believed to be weapons, he said.
The men grabbed the women’s purses, returned to their car and sped away south on Grant Ave. in what was described to police as a black colored vehicle, Monteiro said.
The victims then ran inside the restaurant to tell the manager what had just happened and police were then called to the scene, Monteiro said.
Police are reviewing video collected from borough street cameras in hopes of getting more clues to help track the robbers, the chief said.
“At this time, the investigation is pending and my department is working very diligently to find justice for the victims and prevent a similar occurrence from happening in our community,” Monteiro said. “Fortunately, no one was injured; however, it does bring to our attention the importance of sharing with you what occurred and how you can keep yourself from becoming a victim.”
Monteiro offered these safety tips:
1.Be alert to your surroundings, especially when walking outdoors during the evening.
2.When possible, walk with a group of friends. Should you ever feel that your safety is at risk, call for an officer’s assistance.
3.When driving, should you notice a vehicle following you for a long period of time, call 9-1-1 or drive to the nearest police station.
4.If walking at nighttime, stay off your cell phone but keep it at hand in case you need to dial 9-1-1.
5.If possible, avoid carrying money or valuables with you.
6.Check your alleyways and always lock the doors to your home behind you.
7.Don’t leave your vehicle running and unattended.
8.Change your walking routine regularly and take well-lit areas when possible.
9.Never approach a vehicle whose occupants you don’t know.
10.Always maintain your distance from strangers asking you questions.
– Ron Leir
The Kearny Municipal Utilities Authority has been awarded a $3,040,821 federal grant to help repair equipment damaged by Superstorm Sandy, it was announced Dec. 12 by the office of Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-9th District).
The money, allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as provided under Section 406 of the Stafford Act, will go for the repair of the KMUA’s Kearny Point pump station in South Kearny and will require a local 10% match of $378,691 to provide the full amount needed to facilitate the fix, according to Pascrell press aide Tom Pietrykoski.
Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos said he’s confident that the KMUA has sufficient funds in its reserves to cover the local share required for the Kearny Point pump project.
In the wake of Sandy, flooding damaged the area now known as Kearny Point, including the Hudson County Jail, along with other county buildings along S. Hackensack Ave., and warehouses owned and operated by industries in the low-lying area.A press release from Pascrell’s office said the repair work “includes but is not limited to” repairs to a grit removal chamber, replacement of various damaged components of two pump channels, replacement of four pumps and replacement of a damaged concrete masonry unit wall between stairways of the pump station structure with reinforced concrete.Additionally, the release said, the funds will pay for temporary bypass pumping to allow for completion of repairs and for upgrades of a gas detection system and ventilation system that allows for at least 12 air changes per hour.
Meanwhile, Santos said that the town is still waiting to hear from FEMA whether its application for additional funding for other repairs to damaged pumps and infrastructure also wrecked by Sandy.
“Even more than a year after Sandy made landfall, there is still evidence of this historic storm’s devastation,” said Pascrell. “Recovering from this type of destruction requires the full cooperation of local, state and federal resources. Utilities like the KMUA provide a critical service in protecting our environment and the public’s health, so their recovery must remain a priority. I will continue to fight to ensure our utilities have the resources they need to rebuild and be better prepared for future disasters.”
— Ron Leir
I borough police officer is recovering from injuries sustained after a single car crash on Schuyler Ave. on the evening of Nov. 26, officials said.
According to several sources, the incident involved Officer Dave Balanta, who was a campus police officer at Kean University, Union, before being appointed to the North Arlington P.D. less than a year ago.
Police Chief Louis Ghione said that the officer is currently in a rehabilitation center in Teaneck for treatment of his injuries. “He’s expected to be out [of work] for an extended period of time,” the chief said. Ghione said the cause of the accident is being investigated by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Accident Investigation Unit.
Preliminary investigation has found “no mechanical flaws” in the patrol car driven by the officer, he said.“The car [a Ford Crown Victoria] was totaled,” the chief said.
A press release issued by the North Arlington P.D. said the 32-year-old officer was responding to an emergency medical call at 9:40 p.m. when he “lost control of his vehicle after hitting either a puddle or an oil patch in the roadway while heading southbound on Schuyler Ave.”At that point, the release said, “the officer’s vehicle slide side ways, striking a utility police by the driver’s side door. t”Subsequently, the release said, “the officer had to be extricated from the vehicle by the North Arlington [Volunteer] Fire Dept. and was stabilized at the scene by the North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad.”The officer was transported to University Hospital in Newark “with multiple serious injuries,” the release said.
– Ron Leir