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PASCACK VALLEY’S HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER

VOLUME 13 ISSUE 47

WHO TIED THE KNOT?

FEBRUARY 15, 2010

MONTVALE

Little girl, big heart Six-year-old sells baked goods to help Haiti

Emerson native Andrew Feingold has married Lenacinth Simpson, formerly of Jamaica. See page 32

PASCACK VALLEY

Joint court would be first in Bergen

BY THOMAS CLANCEY OF PASCACK PRESS

Montvaleʼs governing body unanimously gave its support on Feb. 9 for a plan that would create the first joint municipal court in Bergen County. If the governing bodies of Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake follow suit, the shared service initiative could be six months from reality, said Montvale Court Administrator Catherine Cullen. The joint court would merge the three boroughsʼ courts, combining positions and using, for example, one judge or one prosecutor. Montvale would serve as the lead agency as that townʼs municipal complex would host the court. Pending the three townsʼ support, the next step would be to get approval from Bergen County Assignment Judge Peter Doyne.

See SHARED page 10

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PHOTO COURTESY ELISE SAMANI

Shared services

ing to the Haiti relief effort, further proving that anyone, no matter the age, can make a difference. Sanaz Samani, a first-grade student at Memorial School in Montvale, has been sell-

ing baked goods including homemade cranberry orange cake and brownies to neighbors, school officials and local businesses in Montvale, Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake since

Sanaz Samani shows off some tasty confections, brownies and cranberry orange cake, created from scratch. BY JESSICA HUMPHREY OF PASCACK PRESS

A 6-year-old girl with a big heart is joining the masses across the nation by contribut-

EMERSON

See SWEET GESTURE page 8

Renewed call to bolster revenue BY THOMAS CLANCEY OF PASCACK PRESS

Emersonʼs budget woes will demand innovation to curb perpetually rising costs, said officials on Feb. 2 when a budget discussion turned into a public brainstorming session. Several rising costs are affecting the boroughʼs finances

this year, said Borough Administrator Joseph Scarpa and Chief Financial Officer Cathy Henderson in speaking to the mayor and council. Among those costs are a $400,000 spike in pension fees; a $50,000 increase in fees from the Bergen County Utilities Authority; a $50,000 increase to health insurance costs; and a $160,000 increase in

police salaries subsequent to a new contract. All numbers discussed were preliminary, as the budgetary process is ongoing. The borough is also anticipating a reduction in state aid. Scarpa said surplus would most likely be down, although he couldnʼt say with certainty to what extent. “It will be less

than last yearʼs, and it was $700,000 last year,” said Scarpa. The governing body will be forced to manage the boroughʼs finances while giving preference to certain spending priorities. For example, the Emerson Libraryʼs board of trustees had asked for financial support for renovations last year and the

See REVENUE page 12

GIVING BACK

B ck in time...

Six-year-old cancer survivor Caroline Sakovits helps bring an artistic outlet to kids still battling the disease.

These Emerson couples tied the knot as much as 94 years ago.

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