Thursday, May 16, 2013
Educational seminars on composting will be held at a special event this weekend.
Bloomingdale residents can purchase compost bins at a discount this weekend thanks to a special program sponsored by Passaic County. Residents can purchase recycling bins, kitchen scrap buckets, aerators, rodent screens, and more at a special sale on Saturday. Nina Seiden, the county’s solid waste and recycling programs coordinator, said that, “composting is nature’s way of recycling.” Residents can purchase compost bins for $55; the bins sell at retail for $100. Rain barrels, which allow people to capture rain water, can be purchased for $75. Seminars on how to properly create compost and use a rain barrel will be held at the event. The sale will be held at the Louis Bay II Public Library in Hawthorne, 345 Lafayette Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Public can vote for favorite CNN iReport nominee daily until Monday, May 6.
A Little Falls couple have been nominated for a CNN iReport award for their work photographing the devastation superstorm Sandy caused at the Jersey Shore. Clifford and Susan Rumpf, who began venturing to the Shore two weeks following Sandy's landfall, have been nominated in the category of Compelling Imagery after documenting the damage from Union Beach to Atlantic City. “We thought it would be important to document what was going on,” Susan Rumpf said. “We had no idea the competition existed.” A CNN panel selected 36 citizen journalists out of almost 11,000 iReports published in 2012. There are six categories including breaking news, original reporting, compelling imagery, commentary, personal story and in-depth storytelling. The couple …
Monday, April 29, 2013
More than 700 participated in annual March of Dimes fundraiser Sunday.
More than 700 people walked to help premature babies at the March of Dimes' annual March for Babies on Sunday at Wayne Hills High School. Caden's Crew, a team from Wayne, walked in support of Caden Agrati, the 1-month-old son of Matthew and Bethany Agrati. They both teach in Wayne. Caden was born in March, six weeks prematurely. "He's doing great," Bethany Agrati said. "The doctor says he's healthy." The team raised more than $6,700.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Free service offered by the county. Acceptable items include household cleaners, pool chemicals, and fire extinguishers.
Residents can dispose of hazardous household materials for free at the Passaic County Para-Transit Facility on Route 23 North, behind Ski Barn, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Residents may bring the following materials: Materials must be brought in original containers and be clearly marked. Any oil, antifreeze, or oil and gas mixtures should be brought in disposable containers. The following materials will not be accepted: Businesses may participate for a fee but must call ahead of time to pre-register and to obtain a price quote. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, or to pre-register, call the county office of solid waste and recycling programs at 973-305-5738. — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Aid also remains flat for all 16 Passaic County municipalities year over year.
Tuesday, March 5
Bloomingdale will receive $552,149 in state aid for fiscal year 2014 according to figures released by the state Department of Community Affairs Monday. Aid in the borough, and all other Passaic County municipalities, will remain flat year over year. Three Passaic County towns will receive more aid than nearby Wayne, which will receive more than $4.3 million: Clifton will receive $10 million, Passaic about $12.5 million and Paterson will receive $32 million. Property taxes may only increase 2 percent year over year due to legislation Governor Christie approved in 2010. It is unknown what effect, if any, aid will have on this year's municipal taxes. New Jersey homeowners’ taxes increased an average of 2.4 percent in 2011 and 1.4 percent in …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The nearly $412 million budget includes a $310 million tax levy.
Passaic County freeholders introduced a $411.8 million budget Tuesday that raises taxes by less than 2 percent. The introduced tax levy is $310.8 million, a 1.9 percent jump from last year. The increase is $2.8 million less than what is allowed by the state budget cap. “This budget represents another step in the right direction,” said Freeholder John Bartlett, a Wayne resident. “We are bringing the increase under the 2 percent cap and still providing a lot of programs and services to Wayne residents.” Bartlett referenced the county’s Meals on Wheels program and the nearly 29 miles of roadways that were either repaved or repaired since 2008. The county has reduced its full-time employees to 1,854 from 2,392 in 2006, nearly a 23 percent …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Dozens of locals met with state officials to discuss ongoing plans to find a permanent remedy to flooding in the Passaic River Basin.
Constructing levees and floodwalls, elevating buildings, and finally building a $2.8 billion water diversion tunnel. Officials discussed these and other possible long-term solutions to flooding in the Passaic River Basin at a public meeting with residents at the Passaic County Public Safety Academy Thursday night. The ideas are part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers re-evaluation of a study designed to determine what the possible solutions there are to alleviating flooding in the 1,000-square mile Basin. The last study was conducted in 1987. The six possible solutions the ACE is examining are: These solutions would cost between $840 and $960 million and offer between 10 and 100 years of protection, according to the ACE. Eugene Brickman, …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Bloomingdale resident who works in Parsippany accused of sending emails containing pornographic images.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012
A Bloomingdale man was charged Wednesday with possession and distribution of child pornography. Joseph Giordano, 52, was arrested by the Passaic County Sheriff's Department at his Bloomingdale home, according to Sheriff Richard Berdnik. He was transported to the Passaic County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail with no 10 percent option. Berdnik said Giordano is a customer service representative for Parsippany-based Magellan Health Services. According to Berdnik, the Passaic County Sheriff's Department Internet Crimes Task Force has been investigating the allegations against Giordano since February, when Berdnik said Giordano sent emails that contained photographs of adult men engaged in sexual acts with boys that appeared to be under the age of…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Residents should prevent pools of water from being formed on their properties.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
There are several steps residents can take to help control the mosquito population in Passaic County. Passaic County Mosquito Control has offered several tips for residents to help control the mosquito population. The county has sprayed for adult mosquitos in town several times this summer. For updated information contact county mosquito control or visit pcdh.org.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Morris Canal Greenway heritage areas to be highlighted.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Passaic County announced a summer and fall hike series that will bring hikers of varying experience levels on a journey through the Morris Canal Greenway. The first hike, in Wayne, will be held on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon beginning at Riverside Park, at the intersection of Farmingdale Road and Deerfield Road, and ending at the Pompton Aquatic Park on Maple Lane. During the easy hike, a guide will talk about the history of the Morris Canal and speak about the future of the Greenway while hikers walk the route of the former Pompton Feeder. The only lock in Passaic County is also located on the route. On the second hike, in Paterson, on Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon, hikers will explore the Lambert Castle and the Great Falls National …