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Emerson • Hillsdale • Montvale • Park Ridge • River Vale • Township of Washington • Westwood • Woodcliff Lake VOLUME 24 ISSUE 19

PA S C AC K VA L L E Y ’ S BEST H O M E TO W N N E W S PA P E R

JULY 27, 2020

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STREET CLOSED TO ALLOW FOR OUTSIDE DINING BY MICHAEL OLOHAN OF PASCACK PRESS

Looking to show support for struggling local eateries, the Hillsdale Borough Council July 14 unanimously approved a resolution to close a portion of Washington Avenue near Broadway that will create a 2,100-square-foot outdoor dining area for a popular Hillsdale restaurant. The new expanded space for al fresco dining—to be topped by a

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Park Ridge teen goes the distance for food pantry

Back in June Pascack Press first reported on Park Ridge High School student Richie Weissenborn and the effort he was calling “Miles for Meals,” a fund-raiser for the TriBoro Food Pantry. Richie, a member of the high schoolʼs cross country and track and field teams, intended to put his training to good use by challenging himself to run 100 miles in a month. Along the way, he would collect donations from sponsors. Weissenborn went the distance—and then some. In fact, the 17-year-old ended up running a little over 103 miles and realizing over $5,000 to benefit the local food pantry. He presented the funds to pantry director Janelle Larghi, along with Marc Stutzel, treasurer of the food pantry and pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake. “It all started with a conversation in the pool about the long lines at the Tri-Boro Food Pantry,” Richieʼs mother, Theresa Weissenborn, wrote to Pascack Press. “Then came the town newsletter from our mayor. The food pantry was experiencing triple the demand for services. So many people in our own community needed our help.” A surge in unemployment and food insecurity has meant that the pantry, located behind the Pascack Reformed Church at 65 Pascack Road in Park Ridge, has had more clients than ever. During the pandemic the number of people utilizing the food pantry to fulfill their basic necessities increased threefold, resulting in an urgent need for food and monetary donations. The teen set a goal to run 100 miles in 30 days during a campaign lasting from June into July. The community, impressed by his ambition, stepped up with donations. Family, friends, teachers, coaches, neighbors—even total strangers—came forward to contribute. “I never could have imagined how much support both the town and the community had

Richie Weissenborn, 17, ran over 100 miles in 30 days and collected donations from sponsors to benefit the Tri-Boro Food Pantry. Here he shows his grand total: $5,100. He is joined by Pastor Marc Stutzel, food pantry treasurer, and Janelle Larghi, food pantry director.

in store for me. As a result of all [the] encouragement, it made running each mile that much more meaningful,” Richie said. “I was totally shocked when I saw how people were so willing to give and didnʼt think twice about it. If

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the cause itself wasnʼt motivating enough to begin with, the support from friends, teachers, neighbors, family members and a number of generous local residents made me feel even more inspired to help those in need.”

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To the editor: As the mayor of Hillsdale, I serve as the head of the municipal government and its chief executive officer. Legislative power resides with the Borough Council. I preside over Council meetings, but vote only infrequently, when the Council members are deadlocked. I am, however, free to comment upon and even criticize its actions. Understandably, this annoys some of them. The voters expect us to focus on local matters, on running the Borough and delivering services effectively and efficiently. Unfortunately, I have seen how the desire

for a position in the County government or in the Judiciary drives individuals to seek a position on Council as a convenient stepping stone, encouraging inappropriate patronage and pandering to special interests. I have also learned how difficult it is for Council members of either party to do what is right for the residents when they are deeply involved on a personal basis with Borough employees and special interest groups. It is challenging to put aside these relationships when a decision must be made that negatively affects people that you frequently associate with. But that is a quality, in addition to honesty and independence, that is essential to being a good elected official. Now in my third year as mayor, I have seen decisions made that fall short of this expectation. Sometimes it involves the spending of large amounts of money, sometimes not. But in all cases, it signifies a misalignment of values that inevitably misappropriates taxpayer funds. This is the Achilles heel, the silent affliction of local government, and it exists in every town to some degree. Hillsdale residents that have been paying attention to Council activities know the good things that have been done in the past few years: improving public works services, minimizing tax increases, maintaining community safety standards, settling our affordable hous-

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ABOVE: Westwood’s Great Eastern grocery store at the corner of Westwood and Fairview avenues opened in 1927, the same year this photo was taken. The clerk and a young helper are standing in the doorway. AT LEFT: A summer-themed advertisement from July 1929.

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Founded in Paterson in 1910, the Great Eastern grocery chain had spread all over northern New Jersey by the late 1920s. It came to Westwood, in a corner storefront at Westwood and Fairview avenues, in 1927. The photograph above was taken shortly after. This was an era before the self-service supermarkets that we know today. Back then, the lady of the house would come in with her list, and a clerk would gather the customerʼs items from the shelves.

Great Eastern kept warehouses in Paterson from which they made truck deliveries to their local stores—more than two dozen of which were in Bergen County. In addition to carrying national brands, the company had its own house brand called “Gilt Edge.” “Since the Great Eastern Store of today is usually but a few steps from the purchaserʼs home,” reads a 1928 article from the Paterson Morning Call, “the expensive luxury of the old-time delivery wagon has been abolished. In its place stands the powerful fast motor truck, which instead of going from house to house, serves the consumer by

making daily trips from warehouse to store, carrying the dayʼs requirement of fresh goods.” The company extolled the benefits of its modern “cash and carry” grocery model, where, instead of buying dry goods in bulk as previous generations had done, the housewife could now make regular grocery trips for smaller quantities of fresh ingredients in a greater variety. A 1928 advertisement that appeared locally told shoppers, “Trading at any of the Great Eastern Stores is a dignified and worthy way of helping your husband get ahead financially.” Perhaps the photo above was snapped in order to show off the

new store location. It dates to 1927, the same year the building was constructed and Great Eastern moved in. We know this because of a movie poster thatʼs just barely visible on the left edge of the picture. It advertises Lon Cheney in “Mr. Wu” at the Westwood Theatre, along with “Subway Sadie” and “Rin Tin Tin.” Those films were the lineup 93 years ago this week, during the first week of August, 1927. The leftmost storefront, beyond the two cars, was local newspaper The Westwood News. On the right side of the picture, beneath a sign with a light background, is Gertrude Wormsʼ dress and hat shop.

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A last-minute upgrade to replace a malfunctioning sprinkler system at the LaTrenta recreation complex will boost field improvement project costs nearly 20 percent, said the borough engineer. Borough Council members approved a $70,000 change order July 14 for a new sprinkler system to be installed at the LaTrenta-Chestnut Ridge recreation complex, in addition to two new synthetic turf infields and drainage improvements recently installed there. The last-minute change order

represents a 19.9 percent increase and boosts the projectʼs total cost to $421,289.00 The field is undergoing longneeded improvements, expected to be completed by September, although it was unclear whether the new sprinkler system would delay the opening of fields. The complex, at 18 Heather Ridge Lane, includes two ballfields and two tennis courts. The initial project bid from Dakota Excavating, Hackensack, totalled $351,289.00, and included replacing two infields with synthetic turf and installation of underground drainage in grass areas surrounding the infields. Their contract also included any repairs to the existing sprinkler

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EMERSON 20 Palisade Ave. (201) 261-5604 emersonlibrary.org • Magical Melodies meets Monday, July 27, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Facebook Live. Featuring high-energy songs, dance, and instruments, followed by a trombone parade with Mr. Chris! Children ages 2–4. • Visit the Emerson Memory Garden for a StoryWalk, an innovative and delightful way for children—and adults!—to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. The Emerson Memory Garden is next to the library. After visiting, parents/guardians may collect

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newly proposed cleanup costs, the borough has spent $355,600 to clear, grade and remediate the former garden center and gas station site. Jacobs said several test wells were drilled around where the buildings were located to sample for contaminants. He estimated once the additional soil removal work gets underway, the final contaminant remediation should occur in 3-4 weeks. Borough Administrator Tom Padilla said that either a change order would have to be approved or the extra remediation work might need to be rebid to comply with state municipal finance law. Moreover, the borough applied for an additional county grant that may help with “Phase II” of the ongoing Galaxy Gardens passive park development plan. Working with Neglia Engineering and its grant consultant, the borough applied for a $341,100 Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund matching grant “for the next phase of Galaxy Gardens” that includes installation of sidewalks, a

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PARK RIDGE 51 Park Ave. (201) 391-5151 parkridge.bccls.org • Join Miss Eileen every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for Facebook Live/Zoomʼs Book It Club! Each week there is a different themed session with books, activities and crafts to do at home. For grades K-3. Find the group on Facebook at Park Ridge Public Library-NJ. • Lunchtime Crafts with Miss Renee takes place every Tuesday at

12:30 on the libraryʼs Facebook page. You must call the library the Monday before the craft to reserve your craft kit and it must be picked up that day. All ages are invited to participate as Miss Renee walks you through making a fun craft at home! • Science Explorers with Miss Eileen meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live/Zoom all summer long. Kids will explore and learn more about our amazing world. Books, fun-filled activities and experiments on a variety of top-

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ics will be enjoyed. • Miss Sherri presents Storytime on Facebook Live/Zoom every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs and craft designed for toddlers through kindergartners.

RIVER VALE 412 Rivervale Road (201) 391-2323 rivervalelibrary.org • Summer Book Club (grades 4-5) will meet Monday, July 27 from 4–4:40 p.m. via Zoom. The group will be discussing the beloved classic “Harry Potter and the Sorcererʼs Stone” by J.K. Rowling, available on Hoopla and Libby. Whether youʼre reading it for the first time or rereading it for the 10th time, come talk about Harry Potter! Registration is required. Zoom meeting ID number will be sent three hours before the event start time via your event reminder email. • River Vale children age 4 and up are invited to a virtual Magic Show with Steve the Magic Conductor and the Imagination Express! This program will be held through Zoom on Wednesday, July 29 from 3–4 p.m. Registration is required. Zoom meeting ID number will be sent three hours before the event start time via your event reminder email. • An Art Aquarium Class for River Vale kids ages 7 and up is set for Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 2–3:15 p.m. on Zoom. Learn how to draw fish, seaweed and rocks to create your own art aquarium with art teacher Barbara Freiberg. Visit the libraryʼs website for supply list and to register. Zoom meeting ID number will be sent three hours before the event start time via your event reminder email.

TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON 144 Woodfield Road (201) 664-4586 twpofwashingtonpl.org • On Mondays at 2 p.m., join librarian Allyssa Battaglia for Movie Chat on Facebook Live. She will be chatting about movies that are available for you to borrow on Hoopla or Kanopy. • Latte with a Librarian, for

grownups on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., features librarian Allyssa as she talks about some of her favorite titles and new releases. You may even learn how to make an interesting latte some weeks. Takes place on Facebook Live. • Yoga with Miss Danielle, for ages 2-5 with a caregiver, meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live. Each weekʼs class is posted for several days. You do not need a Facebook account to access it. Kids will bring stories to life with interactive yoga poses. • Book Cooks meets Wednesdays at noon on Facebook Live. Adults are invited to join Allyssa every week as she brings you into her kitchen to cook up a new dish or two. The recipes are from cookbooks that are available through digital sources Libby and Hoopla. • Weekly Mario Kart Tournaments are every Wednesday at 2 p.m. on the Nintendo Switch! You must register on the libraryʼs website to receive the tournament code. Weekly through Aug. 15. • The Virtual Sewing Class for tweens and teens, grade 3 and up, is held via Zoom at 4 p.m. on select Wednesdays. On July 29, the project is a bandana beach bag. Visit the libraryʼs website to register and find a materials list. • Weekly Adult and Teen Crafts are posted Thursdays at noon. Every week, Allyssa posts new videos of crafts to do with supplies from around the house. Videos will be on Facebook as well as YouTube. July 30 is the Wizard Week Special! • Storytimes on Facebook Live combine music, reading, puppets and flannel board stories around a theme designed to educate and entertain. Infants/toddlers, Fridays at 10 a.m.; 2-year-olds, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; pre-schoolers, Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. • First Chapter Friday (grade 3 and up): Each Friday Miss Marie will choose a new book and read the first chapter. For now they will all be available on Hoopla or Libby. Bring whatever book you are reading to play a fun game. Fridays at noon on the libraryʼs Facebook.

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WESTWOOD 49 Park Ave. (201) 664-0583 westwoodpubliclibrary.org • Little Labs (grades K–3) is every Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. on Instagram Live. Kids can watch simple science experiments that will get them thinking, guessing and observing! No pre-registration; just sign into Instagram Live. • Art of Drawing with Abrakadoodle (grades K–3) meets Wednesday, July 29 from 1–1:45 p.m. on Zoom. In this weekly class, kids learn about different drawing techniques. Meets each Wednesday afternoon during July. You will need basic art supplies. • Music & More: Down Under and Beyond takes the audience on a musical journey to Australia with an assortment of didgeridoos and percussion instruments. The performers play a modern style, mixing fast-paced rhythms with relaxing soundscapes and organic sound effects. This program is for adults, but OK for kids with parental accompaniment. Via Zoom on Wednesday, July 29 from 7–8 p.m. • Yoga for Everyone, a free weekly class, meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Next date July 29. Register online. • Music and Movement: Sing & Sign meets Thursday, July 30 from 10:30–11 a.m. on Facebook Live. Babies and toddlers will be moving and singing with Miss Fran and her guitar. • Historical Fiction Graphic Novels Book Club (grades 4–5) will get together on Google Meet Thursday, July 30 at 2 p.m. The group reads from Nathan Haleʼs “Hazardous Tales” series each week and discusses the historical event and how it was captured in graphic novel format. You can access titles online from Hoopla and you must have a Gmail account to join the book club session. Register online. • The Teen Virtual Escape Room meets Thursday, July 30 from 7–8 p.m. on Zoom. This weekʼs theme is “Hogwartʼs Challenge.” Join in a fun Harry Potter themed escape room! Open to teens in grades 6–12. Registration is required for access.


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mid-March shutdowns to reopen with outdoor dining only. Previously, only takeout or delivery was allowed. The Cornerstone, at 84 Broadway on the corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway, requested

wrote Chiodi in a July 7 letter. The plans Chiodi submitted called for a 30-foot wide by 70-foot long tent that can hold up to 98 guests, all following social distance guidelines. Reached July 16, Chiodi said he

A small portion of Washington Avenue at Broadway in Hillsdale is closed to allow The Cornerstone to host outdoor dining.

although council members said others would be considered on a caseby-case basis. A separate resolution to extend outdoor dining hours also passed unanimously, allowing service Sunday to Wednesday until 11 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday until midnight. It was unsure how long it would take to receive Bergen County approval to close a small part of Washington Avenue, which is a county road, but Mayor John Ruocco confirmed July 16 that county permission had been received by Police Chief Robert Francaviglia. The street closure to expand the outdoor dining area marks the first such approval in Hillsdale. About a month ago, Gov. Phil Murphy permitted restaurants struggling since

permission to close a portion of Washington Avenue in response to restrictions still imposed on indoor dining. The eatery previously had outdoor dining under umbrellatopped tables and a small canopyenclosed dining area. Chiodi said the street closure requested had support of neighbors and was in response to Gov. Murphyʼs decision to continue to restrict indoor dining due to Covid-19 pandemic concerns. “We are requesting permission to close the corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway so we can erect a tent and operate an outdoor dining area. We request this additional seating area in direct response to Governor Murphy reversing his position regarding indoor dining,”

hoped to have the tent in place by the next day to begin expanded outdoor dining. He said he was “humbled” by the support of residents who purchased take-out specials during the pandemic-caused shutdowns. He also thanked council members, the mayor and police chief for their help and support. “They went above and beyond to help us,” he said of local officials. According to his plan, Chiodi said the restaurant would place three concrete barriers to block traffic, two facing Broadway and one on Washington. “Per our plan, we will provide semi-permanent barriers at the corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway as well as across Washington Avenue starting where our building ends and

continues straight across to the opposite curb. We will not encroach on parking lots, nor pedestrian walkways,” said Chiodi. Borough Attorney Mark Madaio said the official resolutions would include language allowing the police chief to revoke the approval immediately should public safety issues arise. Most local shops and businesses, including restaurants and bars, have suffered drastic revenue drops due to shutdowns imposed by Gov. Murphy to try to halt the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic statewide. Reached before the Cornerstone approval, Mayor Ruocco urged residents to take responsibility for protecting themselves as the economy reopens. “I have been consistent these past months in expressing concern over the economic impact that the stateʼs decisions have had on our local businesses and the livelihood

of thousands of restaurant and business owners in the Pascack Valley. Many of the people most affected by the shutdowns have been our low-income wage earners and people of color. Without embracing the ʻtaking onʼ of unreasonable health risks, the State and the nation should be more actively looking for ways to avoid shutting down our economy despite the greater incidence of Covid-19 in other states,” Ruocco told Pascack Press. “All citizens will need to take personal responsibility for taking proper precautions to protect themselves and the most vulnerable in our society. But shutting down the economy again, as we did this spring, should be avoided if at all possible. That is why the reopening of our local businesses as quickly as we can should be a priority,” he added. Photo by Michael Olohan

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In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Conradʼs Confectionery announced it will honor some of its Westwood Avenue neighbors with a sweet surprise each Saturday from now through Nov. 28. The initiative, One Westwood, is intended to encourage people to shop small and to bring their business to downtown Westwood. The third-generation owner of Conradʼs is putting his money where his mouth is with this effort. Every Saturday through Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28), Conradʼs will be donating a $50 Conradʼs Gift Card to another small business in town, and homemade candy to go along with the gesture. This includes ice cream shop competitors. “Every November, Small Business Saturday brings an element of excitement to all of us on Westwood Avenue,” J.J. Krachtus, owner of Conradʼs, shared. “Taking a moment to pause and recognize the challenges so many of our neighbors have faced through-

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while shopping or longer while enjoying a meal outside. Hereʼs what is on the schedule for this week: • Thursday, July 30—From 5–6 p.m., Garret Wishnick (painter/ sculptor) on Fairview at Westwood Avenue. From 5:30–6:30 p.m., Street Corner Singers (musical trio)

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Park Ridge Recreation and Cultural Committee presents the second drive-in movie featuring “Ferris Buellerʼs Day Off” on Monday, July 27 (rain date July 28) at the Park Ridge Pool Lot, located on 123 Colony Ave. Tickets are $25 per car and are very limited due to social distancing rules. First come, first served. Movie starts at 8:45 p.m. Arrive no earlier that 7:30 p.m. Flyer and form are available on www.parkridgeboro.com. For reservations, and to register your car, email recreation@parkridgeboro.com and drop off payment in the amount of $25 (cash or

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DR. KAPLAN: Chemicals cause brain inflammation

Chemicals are everywhere we go and are in almost every product we use. But did you know that chemical exposure is a cause DR. ERIC KAPLAN, of brain dysKAPLAN BRAIN & function that BODY can eventually lead to trouble with focus, anxiety, and memory problems? We live in a world of long ingredient lists, highly engineered products, and deceptive marketing. Many years ago, fruits and vegetables could be trusted. Harsh pesticides had not yet been developed and plants had not been scientifically genetically modified. Now, even simple foods like eggs bear the effects of being produced by chickens that are fed antibiotics and inappropriate diets, as well as ones being raised in harsh conditions. The gluten, corn, and soy are sprayed with the toxic carcinogen Round-Up (glyphosate), in addition to being crossbred and genetically modified, which results in a multitude of conditions such as autoimmune disease and leaky gut. Companies that make the products people typically use do not have our health in mind, so we need to do our own research to make sure that the products weʼre using on our bodies and in our homes are not sabotaging our efforts for better health. Right now, because of coronavirus, people are using cleaning materials and antibacterial products more than ever before. In my opinion, it is much better to use regular soap and water to clean your hands rather than using antibacterial soap. Many soaps are extremely toxic so find something simple to use like a 100% olive oil

soap. The fewer ingredients the better. The antibacterial lotions and soaps will kill off bad bacteria, but will also kill off good bacteria that your body needs to thrive. This may affect your gut flora, your digestion and your immune system in a negative way, in addition to creating superbugs that are resistant to these products. Remember that cleaning your hands and not touching your face is probably the most important thing you can do to prevent contracting Covid-19, so make sure you wash your hands with soap and water frequently. In addition to washing your hands frequently, wash your house frequently. Most conventional house cleaning products are filled with dangerous ingredients that can be replaced with equally efficient and cost-effective alternatives made from harmless household products like vinegar, baking soda, water, lemon, and essential oils. A quick search on the internet yields hundreds of recipes for homemade cleaners for laundry, kitchen surfaces, and bathrooms. You can personalize your cleaning supplies with essential oils you enjoy, like tea tree oil or lavender. If you like using air fresheners or candles at home, try essential oil diffusers instead—they are a great alternative to chemicalloaded air freshener sprays. At home, make sure youʼre cooking your organic produce on coating-free cookware. Cast iron and stainless steel are much safer than non-stick pots and pans and work just as well. Chemicals are also found in many kinds of foodstorage containers. In plastic containers, even if the product says BPA-free, there are still other chemicals that can be absorbed into your food. I recommend storing all your food in glass containers or stainless steel containers.

We must also be aware of the body, it is worthwhile to do some chemicals in our drinking water. research to find out if it contains Tap water can contain chlorine, ingredients that could harm you. fluoride or lead that can be harm- Many products that have been ful to your health, and plastic developed more recently in histowater bottles leak these chemicals ry are full of chemically engiinto the water you drink. If possi- neered ingredients. There is no ble, you should invest in a high- perfect way of knowing if these quality water filter, since most products are safe for long-term popular water filters have limita- use. tions on what chemicals they are The best way to start is to able to filter. This will save the take a step back and think about environment, save your health, the products you use. How many and save you money. cosmetics do I have? How many Antiperspirant is another cleaning supplies do I have? How common way people expose many ingredients on this bottle themselves to chemicals every have I never heard of? Do I really day. The danger of antiperspirant need to put this product on my is primarily aluminum, which body, inside my home, or in my attacks your nervous system and breathing air? If so, are there any has been tied to degenerative brain good alternatives that are safer or disease. Aluminum is one of the cleaner? If you ask yourself these leading causes of Alzheimerʼs dis- questions and start avoiding harsh ease and can even lead to breast chemicals, your brain will start cancer, as well. To protect your functioning better, and youʼll start memory as you age, it is absolute- feeling and living better. Rememly necessary that you cut alu- ber that most of these chemicals minum-containing products out of can be replaced with cheaper and your life, including aluminum foil safer products like baking soda, and aluminum cans. lemon, essential oils, and vinegar. Cosmetics are another major It seems as if school will be culprit of repeated chemical expo- back in September, so we have to sure. Lotion, body wash, sham- consider the chemical exposure poo, and makeup can all be harm- the children will face in the fall. ful to your health. Some beauty The good news is that in the entire products contain formaldehyde, state of New Jersey only one child which has been shown to have under 18 years of age has died negative effects on the nervous from Covid-19. Therefore, there is system, lungs, nose, and throat, not a big risk to let the children and may potentially also cause cancer. Ironically, sunscreen is one of the most toxic cosmetic RIVER VALE products available, but that does not mean you should stop using sunscreen! Zinc oxide and coconut oil are better options than suntan lotion or sunscreen from Coppertone. Email us at The River Vale Farmerʼs Marinfo@kaplanbrainandbody.com for recommendations on healthy ket is open every Thursday now sunscreen and beauty-supply through October. Come and enjoy beautiful days shopping in the options. If you use a product on your open air from 2-6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall parking lot (behind the tennis courts), 406 Rivervale Road. Meet the fabulous farmer, Greg from Hope Cress Farms, and from time to time special artisan vendors. This yearʼs selection includes Clydeʼs Homemade Ital-

back to school. For the staff and teachers, they should be able to keep social distances from others and wear a mask to protect themselves. Even though researchers have found that children rarely spread this novel coronavirus, maybe they can add an extra barrier made of plexiglass to help the teachers feel safe. If we are worried about the children being carriers and spreading it to the susceptible community such as the elderly, the immunocompromised, and people with diabetes, obesity or heart disease, I think protecting that group by having them not accept untested visitors at home for that first month of school to ensure we limit their risk of exposure as much as possible, is a good solution. Not only is it important to limit virus exposure to the elderly, we also have to limit the childrenʼs exposure of the harsh disinfectant chemicals that the students will be inhaling and touching once they start school. If you would like to discuss your childrenʼs health, your chemical exposure, or your brain function, we will be offering FREE in-person or virtual consults to the first seven people that mention this article. Please call 201-261-2150 to begin your path to better health.

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A 21-year-old local coffee shop employee faces charges for spitting into an officerʼs coffee at the Starbucks in Ridgemont Shopping Center on Kinderkamack Road. The employee, Kevin Trejo, 21, of Westwood, was arrested Monday, July 20, and charged with drink tampering. These included two counts of thirddegree crime and a petty disorderly persons offense. Trejo was also fired from his job by Starbucksʼ management. “Police received information that an employee of a local coffee

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Should faults of youth follow us forever?

To the editor: I read the story about Northern Valley Regional High School trustee, Dan Eller, who was pressured to resign after an anonymous student sent out an e-mail with a picture depicting Mr. Eller wearing blackface. It would be one thing if this picture was taken a year or two ago, but this picture was from TWELVE years ago. To put that in context, Dan Eller is 30 years old, meaning that he was a teenager at the time (possibly even a minor). Yes, wearing blackface is offensive. Itʼs

shop was spitting in the drinks of law enforcement that patronized the establishment. A subsequent investigation confirmed this,” said a statement from Park Ridge Police. He was charged with third degree offenses of “knowingly” tampering with an officerʼs coffee and subjecting an officer to contact with bodily fluid. He was also charged with “creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition.” “Under the current COVID threat, it is extremely disturbing to think that someone would inten-

wrong now and it was wrong then. Still, should everyone be held accountable for the dumb or offensive things they did as a teenager, no matter how much time has been allowed to pass? Up until a few years ago, kids who didnʼt even consider themselves as homophobic, would still use homophobic slurs. Since then, attitudes towards the LGBT community have shifted dramatically. Should these people, all of whom are now adults, be fired from their jobs because of words they used or attitudes that they USED TO hold when they were kids? Dan Eller is a grown man. If this was something that he did maybe a year or two ago, then yeah, I would say that his resignation is pretty justifiable, but he was a teenager. Maybe 17 or 18 at most. People change. This is not about accountability. This is about people who seem to enjoy the rush they get in knowing that they have some power over someone elseʼs fate. The person who sent out the e-mail even said that they didnʼt think he was a racist. If thatʼs so, what was the point behind all of this other than to collect a scalp? What does anyone gain by punishing someone who is NOT a racist, for something racist that they did over a decade ago when they were still in high school? This manʼs name and reputation will be hurt for a long time because of this. “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Why stop with Dan Eller? Why not require all adults to atone for the dumb, offensive and inappropriate behaviors that they engaged in as teenagers forever? I hope that whoever this

tionally spit in your drink,” said Police Capt. Joseph Rampolla in a statement. Police Chief Joseph Madden thanked the Starbucks management for their cooperation. “It appears to be an isolated incident with this sole individual,” said Rampolla. Previously, this Starbucks location has hosted local “Coffee with a Cop” events in cooperation with the police department, said

Kevin Trejo anonymous student is, when he or she is older, that if someone else searches the internet and finds something obnoxious or offensive (possibly even bigoted) that they engaged in as a youth, that that person leaves it alone, with the understanding that these were things that he or she did in their youth and that they donʼt necessarily represent how they feel now and that they shouldnʼt be pushed to resign from their jobs as adults in their 30s because of a stupid thing they did as a teen. Rory Ryan Westwood

Amid Covid, there is no right answer

To the editor: As President Truman famously observed (and displayed on his desk): “The buck stops here”! The president of the United States will be scapegoated (rightly or wrongly) for the unresolved (and worsening) COVID-19 disaster. He and we are caught between a “rock and a hard place”—either open up the country and have more infections and death, or continue the lockdown and bring the death of our country as a whole (with much crime, lawless chaotic violence, depressive suicide, homicide, etc.) in consequence. I worry for my family. I fear for our beloved country. I certainly would not wish to be in his “hot seat”! I pray for our merciful compassionate G-D to help us! Jerrold Terdiman Woodcliff Lake

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tributions. This yearʼs awardees are: Theresa Abou-Daoud (William Paterson University), Luke Fiorino (Manhattan College-NYC campus), Timothy Gallagher (University of Scranton), Megan

Madden. Madden said the charges are allegations and that defendants are presumed innocent “until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” A court date of Aug. 3 was set for Superior Court, Hackensack, although the case could be remanded to Pascack Joint Municipal Court. —Michael Olohan

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(Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Unlike some retirement plans, there are specific criteria a business must meet to participate in a SIMPLE IRA plan. Here are the answers to commonly asked questions about this type of retirement plan: Can any business establish a SIMPLE IRA plan? Self-employed individuals and employers with fewer than 100 employees may adopt a SIMPLE plan. However, the business must not maintain any other employer-

sponsored retirement plan where contributions are made or accrued during the calendar year in which the SIMPLE plan is effective. (This does not apply to plans that cover only union employees who are excluded from the SIMPLE plan.) What is the deadline for establishing such a plan in order for it to qualify for the 2019 tax year? The IRS deadline for establishing SIMPLE IRA plans for the current year is Oct. 1. Afterward, plans can only be established for the next tax year. An exception to Oct. 1 exists if the business is a newly

established company and has never sponsored a SIMPLE IRA plan. Which employees are eligible to participate in this type of plan? An eligible employee is one who has received at least $5,000 in compensation from the employer during any two prior calendar years (does not need to be consecutive years) and who is reasonably expected to receive at least $5,000 compensation during the current year. In the planʼs initial agreement, the employer is able to reduce the amount of compensation and the number of years required. However, there is no required participation for this plan – eligible employees can choose whether or not they want to participate and contribute. How much can employees contribute to the plan through salary deferral? The maximum salary deferral limit to a SIMPLE IRA plan for 2019 cannot exceed $13,000. If an employee is age 50 or older before Dec. 31, then an additional catch-up contribution of $3,000 is permitted. What are the maximum employer contribution limits for a SIMPLE IRA? Each year the employer must decide to do either a matching contribution (the lesser of the employeeʼs salary deferral or 3% of the employeeʼs compensation) or nonmatching contribution of 2% of an employeeʼs compensation (limited to $280,000 for 2019). All participants in the plan must be notified of the employerʼs decision. When must contributions be deposited? Employee deferrals should be deposited as soon as administratively feasible, but no later than 30 days following the last day of the month in which the amounts would otherwise have been payable to the employee. These rules also apply to self-employed individuals. The employer contributions deadline is the due date of the employerʼs tax return, including extensions. th ary 25 vers ls ni ecia n A Sp

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Homeowners invest large sums into improving their homes to make them more comfortable living spaces or to increase their odds of selling quickly. The Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University predicted U.S. spending on home renovations and repairs to peak at $327 billion in 2017. Whether one is doing a large renovation or a small remodel, life may be turned upside down during the project. Furniture may be moved out of the room, walls may be demolished, water or electricity may be turned off, and appliances may be missing or not hooked up. Home improvements often drum up dust and disarray. Such projects can try the patience of any homeowner, and things may get worse before they get better. Even though remodeling can be taxing, the end result is often worth it. Hereʼs how to look forward to the silver lining and come out unscathed.


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Siding professionals note that the technology used to create vinyl siding has changed considerably in recent years, making this option more diverse than traditional vinyl siding. So homeowners turned off by the potentially plastic look of vinyl siding might be surprised at how different modern vinyl siding looks compared to the vinyl siding of yesteryear. Fiber-cement siding The home improvement television network HGTV notes that fiber-cement siding has grown in popularity among homeowners in recent years. This material does not require much maintenance and itʼs non-flammable and resistant to termites. HomeAdvisor notes that fiber-cement siding can create the

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After a nearly two-hour closed session meeting July 21, Park Ridgeʼs Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a “partial settlement agreement” with a developer to “create a realistic opportunity” for 50 affordable units at a local site—a key component of their embattled affordable housing settlement plan. Moreover, officials said a trial date of Monday, July 27 was scheduled before Superior Court Judge Gregg Padovano in the boroughʼs ongoing affordable housing litigation. The settlement agreement with Bearʼs Nest Developers LLC notes the agreement “is to create a realistic opportunity for the development of 50 affordable rental units prior to December 31, 2024.” The 100 percent affordable development is a key part of the boroughʼs 2018 settlement plan, contested by Fair Share Housing Center and Hornrock Properties for not fulfilling the boroughʼs “unmet need” for affordable housing. “As of this moment, weʼre prepared and planning to go to court Monday,” said Mayor Keith Misciagna, who has consistently opposed what he calls “high-density development” to fulfill court mandates for affordable housing. The borough previously filed three motions to disqualify the special master, Frank Banisch, and throw out his report after he recommended the borough provide up to 823 total units on its 30-acre Sony property, including 165 affordable units. The borough has proposed satisfying its affordable obligations with mostly a 51-unit, 100 percent affordable complex, 24 affordable units in a downtown 240-unit rental apartment complex and zoning overlays that require future affordable housing set-

asides. Misciagna said the judge only ruled against the boroughʼs motion to remove the special master. Borough officials maintain the special master previously voiced support for a much-lower housing density at the Sony site during five years of negotiations with Hornrock Properties LLC, the site owner and intervenor in its affordable housing settlement. Superior Court Judge Gregg Padovano ruled from the bench July 16 against Park Ridgeʼs legal motions to remove the special master, strike his report that recommended 35 dwelling units per acre on the former Sony site, and depose the special master about his recommendations. Over its nearly five-year-long negotiation with Fair Share Housing Center and Hornrock Properties LLC, the borough has contended it wants to provide affordable housing, but only in its downtown and near public transit and shopping. However, affordable housing advocates have long eyed the 30acre former Sony office park for multifamily development while local officials said environmental constraints make the site not viable for multifamily development and affordable housing. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions on court operations, the anticipated affordable housing trial was on hold for nearly four months. It was not clear if the trial date for Monday, July 27, was still on despite calls to the judgeʼs chambers. According to Anthony Campisi, Fair Share Housing Center spokesman, the courtʼs July 16 rulings found that Park Ridgeʼs legal motions to disqualify the special master and strike his report were “without merit.” At the hearing, Campisi said Padovano directed special master Banisch to develop an affordable housing plan for Park Ridge that the judge will then review later this year and possibly rule on by yearʼs end. “The judge rejected the

townʼs attempt to replace the special master, saying that itʼs without merit,” said Campisi. “The [boroughʼs] arguments, in the end, donʼt hold up. An analysis of land in Park Ridge shows that thereʼs no real way for them to meet their obligation without utilizing the Sony site. And thereʼs no such thing as ʻaspirationalʼ need,” noted Campisi, referring to what borough special counsel and local officials call the “unmet need” obligation. “Park Ridge wants an excuse to be treated differently than any other town in New Jersey, and the judge is properly holding them accountable for their efforts to violate the state Constitution,” added Campisi. The latest legal wrestling began when special master Frank Banisch filed a report recommending housing density on the 30-acre Sony site be increased to 35 dwelling units per acre, an increase from 12-15 units per acre which Park Ridge alleges he previously recommended for multifamily housing in meetings over nearly five years of negotiations while serving as the boroughʼs court-appointed special master. The Banisch report was issued two weeks before a scheduled affordable housing trial set to begin in March. In it, Banisch calls for the borough to fulfill a third-round (1999-2025) affordable obligation of 225 units as opposed to the 81-unit “realistic development potential,” or RDP, that Park Ridge proposed in its 2018 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan. That plan had been criticized, analyzed and argued about by Fair Share Housing Center, a statewide advocate for low-income housing, and Hornrock Properties, LLC, a Park Ridge developer that previously proposed up to 972 multifamily housing units on the former 30-acre Sony site. The Banisch report calls for 823 total units on the Sony site with a 20 percent set-aside of 165 affordable units.

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Almost all surrounding towns in northeast Bergen County have settled affordable housing obligations, including Montvale and Woodcliff Lake. Both towns settled in late 2017. As part of its settlement Montvale approved a 185-unit multifamily high-density development, with affordable housing on a 7-acre site adjoining the former Sony Park Ridge property. In Bergen County, only Englewood Cliffs and Park Ridge have engaged in long-term legal battles over affordable housing. Others settled early citing high legal costs, expensive court trials, and 1985ʼs state Fair Housing Act that legally requires towns to zone for and create the opportunity for affordable housing statewide.

In a legal “memorandum of law” opposing motions to disqualify him, Bansich noted he relied on facts and data to support his opinions. These included an analysis of developable land, development allowed on the Montvale portion of Hornrockʼs Sony property, and a “recalculation” of land eligible for the boroughʼs realistic development potential. Banisch recalculated RDP to include 23.5 acres of the 30-acre former Sony site, which at 35 dwelling units per acre and a 20 percent affordable set-aside, equals 165 affordable units and 823 total housing units. According to his legal certification, Banisch has served as a court-appointed special master in over 50 affordable housing cases over the last 15 years.

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Legion Auxiliary sponsored five for virtual Girls State

Girls State participants are pictured here, clockwise from top left: Caitlyn Parkes, Maeve Rossig, Chloe Djedji, Eva Kistler, and Katie Seifer. stitution and the laws of the State of two parties—Federals or and discuss issues they choose. of New Jersey. The counties Nationals—so they may see how All of the elections are carried political parties function. They out according to the existing laws together become the state. Each girl is assigned to one develop their own party platforms of New Jersey.

Following the State Primary Election is the General Election, when the citizens elect the Girls State Governor. From the Assembly and Senatorial Districts they elect the members of the Girls State Assembly and Senate. An inaugural ceremony is held and the Girls State Governor-elect and other state officials are given their oaths of office. The two branches of the legislature organize, author, and pass bills. The Governor decides whether to sign the bills into law or veto them. Maureen Demes and Tammy Levinson are the ALA Unit #153 Girls State co-chairs. Program co-directors are Debbie Noble and Laurel Matthews. Assistant directors are Sarah Remi and Sandra Wittner. For more information about American Legion Post #153, visit them on Facebook: CPL. Jedh C. Barker American Legion Auxiliary Unit 153, Park Ridge, NJ.

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Park Ridge American Legion Auxiliary Unit #153 proudly sponsored five girls to attend the 2020 Jersey Girls State Program. Jersey Girls State is usually held at Georgian Court College for a full week in June; however, this year the program was modified slightly and was held virtually. Among the students participating were Chloe Djedji (Pascack Hills High School), Eva Kistler (Park Ridge High School), Caitlyn Parkes (Pascack Hills High School), Maeve Rossig (Pascack Hills High School), and Katie Seifer (Millburn High School and Auxiliary member). At Girls State, each girl, as she registers, becomes a citizen of an assigned city. The citizens set up city governments and elect city officials who govern and enact ordinances. Two cities constitute a county. The county governments are organized by the election of a board of freeholders, a sheriff, etc. The elected officers then proceed to function in all county matters, as provided by the Con-

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Township of Washington resident Grace Skuches was tiny but mighty. At 6 months old, Grace was diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT), an aggressive, difficult to treat, pediatric brain cancer. Grace went through five harsh rounds of chemotherapy, stem cell induction, three stem cell transplants, seven weeks of proton radiation, 18 months of low dose chemotherapy, a subdural hematoma, shunt revisions, numerous infections and a PICC line reinsertion surgery—all in about 2 years and 2 months.

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The Skuches family has established a non-profit 501(c)3 called Graceʼs Gold Ribbon Gang. You can visit their website at ForTheLoveOfGrace.org to learn about Grace and all the projects done in her memory. A tax-deductible donation can be made directly through their website and you can contact the family directly with any questions.


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Unique ways to save money on the day you buy a car

Short of buying a home, many consumers will never spend more money than they do when purchasing a new vehicle. According to the automotive resource Kelley Blue Book, newvehicle prices increased by 2 percent between April 2018 and April 2019, rising to slightly less than $37,000 in that period. With so much money at stake, car buyersʼ decisions in regard to which car to buy and how to finance the purchase are significant. Some financial variables, including sales tax, may be set in stone. However, buyers can make the process of buying new cars more affordable.

1. Pay the taxes upfront. When buying a new car, buyers will receive a rundown of all of the costs from the dealership thatʼs selling them the vehicle. Sales taxes will be included in that rundown. Buyers who are financing their vehicles can save money over the long haul by including the sales taxes in their initial down payment. Doing so means buyers will only pay interest on the vehicle and not the vehicle as well as the taxes going forward. 2. Use a cash back credit card when making your down payment and paying taxes on the vehicle. Some lenders may

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Ninth Annual Car Show rescheduled for Sept. 12

The 125th Anniversary of Park Ridge 9th Annual Recreation Car Show has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 12 at the town pool parking lot, 115 Colony Ave. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and the event runs until 3 p.m., with trophies presented at 2:30. The rain date is Sept. 19. On the day of the show, exhibitor registration costs $20. Spectators are welcome for free.

Recreation Director Liz Falkenstern extends special thanks to generous sponsor KRICO South American Steakhouse, 772 9th Ave., New York, New York. Vendors are welcome, with spaces from $20. For registration forms, visit parkridgeboro.com/recreation. For more information, write parkridge.carshow@gmail.com or call Recreation Director Liz Falkenstern at (201) 573-1800, ext. 521.

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Nothing can delay road trips more suddenly than flat tires. Unfortunately, because tires are the only part of the vehicle constantly in contact with the road, wear and tear is to be expected. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that flat tires and blowouts are a leading cause of highway traffic accidents. Even though flats cannot be prevented, there are ways to make tires less vulnerable and make vehicles safer along the way.

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Nora Muller, a longtime resident of Park Ridge, passed away on July 18, 2020 peacefully at Sunrise Assisted Living in Woodcliff Lake. Loving wife of 60 years to William Muller Jr., who was at her bedside when she passed. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nora and Arnold Schildknecht of River Vale. Interment, George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.In lieu of flowers, her family requests contributions be made in her memory to Saint Matthewʼs Evangelical Lutheran Church, 225 Center St., New Milford, NJ, 07646.

Marjorie SCOTT

Marjorie Scott, a domestic worker and longtime resident of Westwood, gained her heavenly wings on July 17, 2020. She was 88 years young. Marjorie accepted Christ at a young age. She was a devoted member of New St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, in Westwood, where she was the treasurer, a member of the usher board, and a choir member. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting. She leaves to cherish her memory her children: Douglas, Dennis (wife Bessie), Juanita, Maryanna Brown, Karsten Jr., Charles, William, and Raymond; grandchildren LaTanya, Gwendolyn, James, Dennis Jr., LaToya, William Jr., and Matthew; greatgrandchildren JahʼNia Scott, Jelani Carter Jr., Aishani Anthony, and Jean-Pierre Anthony; and a host of other relatives.

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Frederick M. Guidotti, 66, of Westwood, passed away July 20, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Rita. Survived by his sister Joanne Crowley, niece Susan (Michael), nephews Brian (Rachel), Kevin (Christine) and Gerry (Ashley). Loving great-uncle to nine grandnieces and grandnephews.

Eileen CUMMINS

Eileen Cummins, age 75, of Woodcliff Lake, and formerly of Pearl River, N.Y., passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., as the fifth child of Thomas and Mary Conniff. She is predeceased by her siblings Henry/Brother Jude, Francis, and Eleanor and is survived by her brother Thomas and his wife Margaret. A devout Catholic her entire life, Eileen attended St. Anselm school in Bay Ridge and St. Brendanʼs High School in Brooklyn. She then worked as a secretary for several years, including at Muldoon and Horgan until the birth of her first child, Glenn. In the early 1980s she resumed her career at St. Patrickʼs Elementary School and P.S. 185 and also graduated from Kingsboro Community College during this time. After her retirement, she moved to Tarrytown and then Pearl River, N.Y. She is survived by her children Glenn Cummins, and his wife Sheila, and Molly Nagy and her husband Mike, as well as her seven grandchildren (Glenn, Christopher, Michael, Nicole, Molly, Kaitlyn and Julia). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers (maryknollsociety.org).

Lucille STEINER

Lucille Globus Steiner, 97, of Montvale, passed away on July 20, 2020. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her children, after having won a courageous battle with COVID-19, but having been challenged by a difficult recovery. Lucille grew up in Bensonhurst; her father, Aaron Globus, escaped a Lithuanian pogrom, made it to this country by himself as a non-English-speaking 16-year-old, and became a dentist. Her Lower-East-Side-born mother, Rose Bernstein Globus, was a pianist who performed at Carnegie Hall. Lucille graduated from Brooklyn College, as did her two beloved sisters, Gloria and Mitzi, and then received her MBA at NYU in 1946, as the only woman in her graduating class. She was an accountant and finance executive, and met her husband, Al Steiner, a WWII decorated veteran, in 1949, by purchasing a car wash subscription. As the owner of the car wash that rainy summer, Al requested a date, instead giving Lucille a rebate. A loving, committed 46-year marriage followed. Lucille and Al moved to Teaneck in the 1950s; their children Susan and Michael grew up there. Ms. Steiner had too much public-facing energy not to put it to use. She was president of Hadassah, ORT and the League of Women Voters and very active at the Teaneck Jewish Center. She was president of three different PTAs and of the Teaneck school and planning boards; Lucille was elected to the Teaneck council for three terms. During one of those terms, she also served as Teaneckʼs deputy mayor. She retired as a happy 25-year resident of Rainberry Bay in Del-

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ray Beach, Florida, where she met her “chapter two” life partner, Retired Colonel Stanley Schwartz, after her husband passed. Lucille and Stanley traveled the world, and she enjoyed her friends, swimming and the warm Florida lifestyle. Lucille was in all ways a remarkable woman, ahead of the times, and left a legacy of love, generosity, volunteerism and resilience. She is survived by her children Robin and Michael Steiner and Susan and Moshe Castiel, and her five grandchildren, Jake, Casey, Julia, Alexandra and Simon.

friends. Linda loved to sew, crochet, cook and collect recipes to make into her own recipe book. Linda was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in Teaneck. Linda was a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy and attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial school, and later Bergen Community College. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Lindaʼs memory to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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John P. SLOTA

John Peter Slota, 91, of Hillsdale, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Julia M. Casey for 49 years. John was a devoted father of Kathleen Agostino, deceased; Noreen Blenis and her husband James; Denis Slota and his wife Barbara; and Sheila Lourenco. Dear brother of Kasmira, Martin, Anthony, Henry, Anne, Joseph, Angelina and Stanley; cherished grandfather of Rocco, Jessica, Rachel, Joseph, Samantha, Justin, Kelly, Jenna and great-grandfather of Declan and Ava. John enjoyed the simple life: being with family, a walk in the woods, birdwatching, playing rummy with his family, collecting stamps and coins. Before retiring John had worked for NY Telephone Company and AT&T for over 30 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps which he served from 1948 to 1952. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of John Slota may be made to the Cure Alzheimerʼs Fund or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonʼs Research.

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Linda A. Cavaliere (nee Gage), of Park Ridge, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the age of 61 after an ongoing battle with breast cancer. Beloved wife for 40 years of Ronald H. Cavaliere. Devoted mother of Gina (John) Jurjevic, Timothy (Fabienne) Cavaliere and Allison Cavaliere (Brian DeGuzman). Cherished grandmother of Grace and Jack Jurjevic. Also survived by many loving relatives and

Stanley Sabin, age 87, died on July 20 after living his final years at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. A lifelong resident of River Vale, Stanley was born in Hackensack Hospital in 1932, and graduated from Westwood High School in 1951 and from Rutgers University in 1955. After service in the military, he ran Pascack Dairy until the mid-1970s making home delivery of milk to families in the area. From 1979 to 1999 he and his wife owned and operated Book World, a book and card store in West Caldwell, NJ. Stanley was active in community affairs. He volunteered with the River Vale Ambulance Corps and the Bergen County Kosher Meals on Wheels program, held various leadership roles with the River Vale Lions Club, and served as President of the Pascack Valley chapter of Bʼnai Bʼrith and of Temple Emanuel of Pascack Valley from 1979-1980. He was instrumental in the synagogue moving from its original location in Westwood to its current building in Woodcliff Lake. He is survived by his wife, Leta, his two children, Jay and Melissa, his daughter-in-law, Wendy, and two grandchildren, Benjamin and Aliza. Donations in his honor may be made to Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley (tepv.org) or to Rutgers Hillel (rutgershillel.org/donate).

Thomas J. CARTER

Thomas James Carter, of Park Ridge, passed away on July 15, 2020. He was 82. Beloved husband of Gloria. Loving father of Donna, Thomas, Douglas, Laura and Linda. Cherished grandfather of 11. Thomas retired after an exemplary career with Lucent Technologies. He was a remarkable man who will be remembered for his integrity and devotion to family. Donations may be made in memory of Thomas to Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject.org.

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River Vale Police are looking to hire New Jersey Police Academy; OR certified as a NJ Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II (SLEO II) AND meet the requirements set forth by the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC) to be eligible for a waiver to Basic Course for Police Officers (BCPO). This process is not waiver eligible for Class I Special Law Enforcement Officers. The initial competitive hiring process will consist of application, resume sub-

mission, and oral interview board. Applications opened on July 15, 2020 and close on August 15, 2020. Information regarding the position is as follows: full-time, law enforcement position with excellent salary and benefits. Requirements include U.S. citizenship, 60 college credits or honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces with two years of service, New Jersey residency, and valid New Jersey Driv-

erʼs License. Applicants must not be less than 21 years of age. Candidates should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to read, write, and speak the English language. Applicants should be of good moral character, sound body and good health, and not convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or unfit to perform the duties of the office. Further information and appli-

cations are available via www.PoliceApp.com/RiverVale NJ. Applicants should refrain from contacting the Police Department or sending any documentation to headquarters as all related information is available online via PoliceApp. The Township of River Vale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The River Vale Police Department contact is Lieutenant John DeVoe, who may be reached at (201) 664-2346, ext. 1152.

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The River Vale Police Department is currently seeking candidates for the position of police officer. An application process is being conducted for candidates who, at the time of their application, are: certified in Basic Course for Police Officers (BCPO) by the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC) with less than five years of full-time police experience; OR currently enrolled in a Police Training Commission (PTC) certified

St. John’s virtual fundraiser benefits disabled veterans Although pandemic safety guidelines meant canceling the schoolʼs annual walkathon, students of St. Johnʼs Academy (SJA) in Hillsdale held a virtual fun walk/run in June. Students in grades pre-K through eight walked their neighborhoods—and in some cases,

their yards—to raise funds for a cause close to the school communityʼs heart. Half of the proceeds raised will be donated by SJA to Homes for Veterans, a nonprofit organization founded by Doug DiPaola, who passed away in April from COVID-19. DiPaolaʼs wife, Joanne DiPaola, teaches

fifth grade at SJA. Over $10,000 was raised by the 98 students who participated. Homes For Veterans helps disabled vets enjoy barrier-free living by modifying their homes at no cost to the veteran. Doug DiPaola founded Homes For Veterans in 2012, applying his background in construction management to provide home improvement services that enable recipients to live more comfort-

Christian (first grade) and Chloe DeSimone (fifth grade) ran in their yard.

Annabel and Amelia Barra, in fifth and second grades, respectively, after their neighborhood run.

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Chabad hosting ‘Daughter of Hamas’ at live Zoom event

Eternal Flame and Valley Chabad Academy of Jewish Studies will be hosting a live Zoom event on Monday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. The unique event will feature Maya, a daughter of a Jewish mother and a Hamas Sheikh father, who was married at just 15. She endured unspeakable horrors at the hands of her husband. She was able to escape

to save her life. She will share her remarkable life story. Today, Maya works with Yad LʼAchim, an organization focused on helping rescue thousands of young Jewish women— like herself—trapped in Arab villages across Israel. There is no charge for the Zoom event and all are welcome. Register at valleychabad.org.

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ably. An advocate of community outreach and service, DiPaola also reached out personally and developed relationships with the people he helped. In recent years he donated his time, talent and treasure to an American Legion post to build a gazebo and to the Paramus Veterans Home, where he replaced a gazebo roof and walkway, and built a wheelchair ramp at no charge. “Our students are the next

generation of leaders and advocates for those in need, sharing the values they live every day at St. Johnʼs Academy,” said school principal Suzanne Socha. “We are proud of their ability to adapt to what could have been a barrier to participating in an important fundraiser; instead, they embraced technology and change to help make a difference for our school community, in Mr. DiPaolaʼs loving memory.” Photos courtesy St. Johnʼs Academy

CHANGES TO WEEKLY FOOD PANTRY AT PARKSIDE CHURCH

Effective August 1, the food distribution events currently held each Friday afternoon will be suspended until September. According to the food pantryʼs coordinator, Lisa Bontemps, “We have been very happy to be able to form this popup pantry during the COVID crisis on a weekly basis to provide much-needed food for an average of 150 people each week. But as we rely on volunteers in the community who in some cases are going back to work or school in the fall, and as we see decreasing numbers showing up or food each

week, the decision was made that holding these events on a monthly basis would be more sustainable for the long-term.” The final food pantry date for this summer is Friday, July 31 from 4:30–6 p.m. There are no dates during August. The food pantry will resume in September with a new schedule: the fourth Tuesday each month from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Dates are Sept. 22, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24. Anyone in need of food may come and receive an assortment of pantry staples as well as fresh

vegetables, dairy, bakery items, and bread. These food distribution events have been made possible by an ongoing partnership with Connex4NPO a NJ Nonprofit Corporation that rescues food from a variety of retail and wholesale food sources. Donations of non-perishable items are needed on a regular basis and may be dropped off in the donation box in front of the church located at 545 Fourth Ave. in Westwood. For information or to volunteer, contact Lisa Bontemps at lisab.ww4allages@gmail.com


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GUTTER CLEANING • ROOF REPAIRS DRYER VENT CLEANING • SIDING REPAIRS NEW ROOF INSTALLATION GUTTER COVERS • ROOF MILDEW REMOVAL

ANY ROOF REPAIR $350 OR MORE

FULLY INSURED Westwood, NJ Lic.# 13VH03740700

NEW ROOF INSTALLATION

Full Service & Installations

• Impeccable floor refinishing with particular attention to preparation with your need for specific color and type of finishes to maximize wear.

ARDWOOD

Maintenance & Repair

LOORING

• Precision Installations and Repairs • Clean, Neat, Meticulous Workmanship “Wood Flooring Is My Only Business” SINCE 1965 WESTWOOD

NJ Certified Irrigation Contractor #17072

PO BOX 84 Harrington Park N.J. 07640-0084

201-666-3354

Power Power Washing Washing && Gutter Gutter Cleaning Cleaning ANY JOB JOB 10% 10% OFF OFF ANY

• Gutter Installation & Repairs • Soft Washing • Roof Installation & Repairs

Buff & Coat - 50¢ Per Foot

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50 OFF $ 300 OFF $

RIVERVALE, NJ

Sanding • Refinishing • Installations

201-983-8975

(201)664-0055 Service 7 Days

www.pascackpress.com

Hardwood Flooring LICENSED & INSURED

GUTTER CLEANING • ROOF REPAIRS

PROFESSIONALS Lic# 13VH090443900

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“WE SHOW UP!” 1. Keeps Appointments 2. Returns Your Calls 3. Provides Impeccable, Affordable Service

A Landscape Service That Actually: Interior/Exterior Painting Serving Bergen County for 20 years. FULLY INSURED • FREE ESTIMATES

A RATED AT ANGIES’S LIST LIC#13VH08846400

CALL 201-264-2103

• Spring/Fall Cleanups • Weekly Mowing • Patios • Walkways • Walls • Driveways • Plantings • Snow Plowing • Year Round Service • Lighting FREE Estimates • Fully Insured Over 20yrs. Experience Serving Bergen County’s Finest Homes

All American Home Services 201-505-1346

HIC#13VH02471900

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KARL’S PAINTING

250

SPRING SPECIAL $ 12’x12’ Room Plus Paint

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INTERIOR EXTERIOR • POWERWASHING DECK REPAIR, CLEANING & REFINISHING WALLPAPER - HOME REPAIRS JIM MITCHELL • 201 768-0901

LANDSCAPE DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION, INC.

COMPLETE LAWN MAINTENANCE

• • • •

Full Lawn Maintenance Lawn & Shrub Health Care Landscape Renovation Patios/Walkways

CHEMICAL PROGRAMS • SPRING & FALL CLEAN-UPS

HARDSCAPES • DECORATIVE FIRE PITS • PATIOS BLUE STONE PATIOS • SEATING WALLS • PAVER DRIVEWAYS WALKWAYS • RETAINING WALLS COMPLETE DESIGN & PLANTINGS FRENCH DRAINAGE SYSTEMS DRY WELLS • RE-GRADING OF PROPERTY • TOP SOIL PRUNING • FUNGUS & WEED CONTROL • SOD • MULCH ALL PHASES OF LANDSCAPE EMERSON & LODI • 201-261-8284 www.dinardilandscape.com

Full Service Landscape Company Mahwah, New Jersey (201) 444-1672

• Mosquito & Deer Repellent • Asphalt Driveways • Belgium Block & Concrete Curbing • Concrete Sidewalks


Reach over 57,000 homes weekly!

ADDITIONS BATHROOMS BASEMENTS DECKS ROBERT S. KEARNS LIC. # 13VH01530800

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50 YEARS

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YEARS YEARS EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE

201- 573-0793

AI ROOFING & SIDING &

LLC.

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IRISH HOME

201.481.1582 airoofingandguttersnj.com

REMODELING

• Repairs • Tear Offs • New and Flat Roofs GAF Certified Installer

BRIAN L. DEER & SON

GDC CONTRACTING INC. ROOFING • SIDING Financing Available!

WINDOWS

Bathrooms • Renovations • Decks

201-225-1957 Emerson, NJ Gene Durocher, President

HOME IMPROVEMENT

GAFMC CERT.#AU03736

Repairs & Handyman Services

Additions • Doors • Windows • Siding Roofing • Decks • Floors • Porches Ceilings • Painting • Spackling • Gutters Kitchens • Deck Refinishing • Grab Bars Power Washing • Sheet Rock • Basements

Lic.#13VH01317100

TEPLITZ Since 1902

RECEIVING ALL TYPES OF METALS

Cars, Trucks, Trailers, Appliances, etc. 108 West Nyack Rd. Nanuet, NY Junk Yard at

1-800-732-4724

MASONRY Sal J. Cangialosi & Sons, Inc. ALL TYPES OF MASONRY

SUNWAY HOME IMPROVEMENTS “We Shine Serving You Better”

201-358-4045 EST. 1977 • Lic.#13VH027463000

Est. 1935 Steps • Walks • Concrete Bricks • Stone • Pavers • Patios Fireplace • Sump Pumps

Additions • Renovations • Windows • Doors • Decks • Painting Kitchen, Bathroom & Basement Remodeling All Your Home Improvement Needs • All work performed by owner 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE • LICENSED & INSURED • FREE ESTIMATES

SPINELLA ELECTRIC INC. Specializing in Residential & Commercial

Hillsdale, NJ • 201- 497-0833 • www.irishhomeremodeling.com MASONRY PROBLEMS? Specializing in all Types of Masonry Repairs Fully “NO JOB TOO SMALL” Free Insured

201-741-4418

Estimates

No Contractor Fees = Savings + Senior Discounts The Dr. says... Don’t replace. Repair with savings!

R. Bruno Jr., LCC Kitchens • Bathrooms • Decks • Painting Finished Basements • Suspended Ceilings Carpentry • Masonry Repair Replacement Windows • Sheet Rock

Specializing in Residential & Commercial

Repair • Troubleshooting Service Upgrades • Best Prices

201-667- 4870

FREE Estimates • 24 Hour Emergency Service Senior Discounts

LIC# 16428

201-945-2466 • 201-803-9655 NJ HIC# 13VH006409500

Vetterlein Contractors

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GOT PROJECTS? Stone & Masonry Craftsmanship You’ve probably seen us in your neighborhood. Can we be of service? Steps - New & Repaired Walkways • Patios • Paver Driveways Walls • Curbs • Foundation Repair Cement • Paver Work • Bluestone Natural Stone • Block Work • Tile Work

FREE Estimates We’d welcome the opportunity to work together on any project.

ALL AMERICAN HOME SERVICES

Lic # 13VH01391400

201-505-1346

201-573-8293 • 201-664-9477

Park Ridge, NJ HIC#13VH02471900

No Job Too Small

Windows • Doors • Siding • PVC Trim • Decks Roof Repairs • Basements Finished • Painting Kitchens • Additions • General Repairs

Finest Sheetrock, Crown Molding and Trimwork

201-248-6574

Since 1983

Lic.# 13VH01508100

Serving Bergen County Over 40yrs. State Licensed & Insured

CONSTRUCTION

“Craftsmanship Always Reflects Excellence” • Baths • Alterations • Storm Doors

• Gutters • Kitchens • Garage Doors

• Decks • Siding • Roofing • Leaders • Debris Removal

• Specializing in windows and doors

SMALL REPAIRS

(201)666-5846

SMALL REPAIRS

www.tenhoeveconstruction.com

Lic.#13VH00618000

BATHROOM REMODELING

Com me rcia l

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ROOFING & SIDING

51 YEARS

Senior Discount

NJ LIC. # VH04645800

NJ Lic# 13VH04381000 13VH04381000 NJ Lic#

201-391-3504 54 Yrs. in Business • Fully Insured

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HOME REPAIRS

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GUTTERS


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