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Hometown Heroes: Two Senior Parole Officers Rescue Woman Trapped in Flipped Over SUV in Paramus

May 29, 2020

PARAMUS, N.J. — It was an ordinary Friday afternoon for two senior parole officers while cruising down Route 4 eastbound — until they took sight of a horrific scene.

While traveling on Spring Valley Road in Paramus this afternoon, officers Jalen Harper and Steven Purciello of the New Jersey State Parole Board noticed a Volkswagen SUV flipped over on its side in the street ...

Hackensack Man, 56, In Critical Condition After Being Struck by Jeep in Hackensack 

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 56-year-old Hackensack man is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after suffering head trauma when he was struck by a motorist in the city last night.

According to a press release from the Hackensack Police Department, Michael Columbo was on foot after 8:30 p.m. Thursday attempting to cross the four-lane roadway in the vicinity of South River Street ...

Passaic Man Stabs Paramus Man In Drunken Midnight Lawn Fight in Paramus 

PARAMUS, N.J. — A booze-fueled altercation on the front lawn of a Paramus home between two men turned deadly this morning when one of the men pulled a knife out on the other and stabbed him.

Shortly after midnight today, three Paramus police officers rushed to an East Ridgewood Avenue home upon receipt of a 911 call to find 35-year-old Luis Cruz lying on the front lawn of his ...

Hackensack Commercial Building a ‘Total Loss’ Following Destructive, Four-Alarm Blaze 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A commercial building in the city’s business district was ravaged in a fire that occurred early Saturday night.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on May 16, the fire alarm from 227 Main Street, NJ Modern Kitchen and Bath, resounded as firefighters and mutual aid rushed to extinguish a four-alarm blaze that caused thick clouds of gray smoke that billowed from the ...

Paterson Man Who Was Under the Influence Faces Charges of Vehicular Homicide After Fatal Hit-And-Run in Hackensack  

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 47-year-old laborer from Paterson is facing charges for vehicular homicide after he allegedly struck and killed a Hackensack man last night near the Bergen County Justice Center before driving off.

After 8 p.m. Friday, the Hackensack Police Department received word of a pedestrian who had been struck in front of 60 Court Street, an office building that neighbors the ...

Red-Light Runner Overturns Vehicle, Knocks Downs Traffic Light on Summit, Central Avenues in Hackensack  

HACKENSACK, N.J. — City motorists are being asked to avoid the intersection at Central and Summit Avenues until mid-afternoon today after a red-light runner knocked over a traffic light causing it to malfunction.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a 50-year-old man who was operating a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, was traveling south on Central Avenue and ran a red light, hitting both a vehicle ...

Bergen County Sheriff: Phone Scams On the Rise

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Bergen County residents: Beware of phone scams. 

If you receive a phone call from someone purporting to be a member of the Bergen County Sheriff's Office asking for money, a wire transfer, or prepaid gift cards, or threatens you with arrest for failing to appear for an outstanding summons or jury duty, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton ...

Hackensack Man Faces Charges After He Engaged In Sexually Explicit Conversations With 16-year-old 

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A city man is facing charges for endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact after an investigation found he had been engaging in lascivious conversations with a juvenile.

Juan Arnoldo Tomas Juarez, a 28-year-old warehouse worker from Hackensack, was arrested Friday, April 24, a day after the Englewood Police Department was tipped off that he had been ...

Bergen County Sheriff's Office to Sanitize Personal Cars of Healthcare Workers

HACKENSACK N.J. – Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton announced that healthcare workers at Hackensack Meridian Hospital can get their personal vehicles sanitized complements of the Bergen County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday, April 25, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Alfred N. Sanzari Building Parking Lot at 360 Essex Street in Hackensack.

The Bergen County Sheriff's Office ...

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Employers can grant paid leave for COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID-19 or to care for their family members. This relief helps ensure employees are not forced to choose between being paid or staying home to care for themselves, a child or other family member.

In addition to the relief for employees, businesses can ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...

I Bought the Pool

Memorial Day weekend, for many, signifies the unofficial start to summer. Last weekend as I was sitting in my backyard looking at my swimming pool, I began to think about how I felt two years ago when I was able to make a dream a reality.

Two years ago, friends and family had to listen to me ramble on about the pool I just added to my backyard. Hearing me, one would have thought that I had the ...

Tips to Help You Gain a New Perspective on Adversity

Do you ever feel like there is no end to the problems that you face? Do your challenges seem too great to overcome? Do you ever ask yourself, “What’s the point?” Do you allow your circumstances to govern your life to the point of making you sad, lonely, and depressed?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, welcome to the majority! Most people, at one ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...