Here We Go Again: School Early Dismissals and Closures

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 7:56pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

You know the routine. A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 pm on Wednesday. According to AccuWeather, we’re expected to get “6 TO 9 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION…AND UP TO A HALF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION BY LATE WEDNESDAY.”

Little Falls Public Schools have already called an early dismissal for tomorrow. Check back often to learn if other schools will close early as well:

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on I-80

Monday, Jan 31, 2011 4:26pm

A small plane made an emergency landing on I-80 near Hackensack today, The Record reports.

The plane was carrying a pilot and a passenger, but no injuries were reported. NBC 4 is reporting that the passenger was a Bergen County detective. The plane landed on the eastbound express lane around 2:30 this afternoon.

Special Needs Cat Needs a Special Home

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 3:12pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

A reader writes:

Ralphie was brought to PAWS in 2008 by a person who found him being hit by some mean people. As a result of his injuries, Ralphie has some special needs. He sometimes bumps into things or runs into doors. Ralphie is very sweet and friendly, but can sometimes have a “cat-a-tude,” so he would prefer a home with no small children but older children may be OK. He will win you over with his good looks and charm.

If you can foster or offer Ralphie a home, please give Kristina a call at 201-965-9586 or e-mail her at [email protected]

Baristaville Deer Get a Stay of Execution

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 3:01pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

In what may be seen as an act of God, Baristaville deer destined to be “managed” Tuesday in the ongoing Essex County hunt at Eagle Rock and Hilltop Reservations, will get a stay of execution due to yet another winter storm in the forecast. According to County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. this missed hunting date will not be made up, and the deer management program will resume on Thursday, February 3, as scheduled. Continue Reading

Counterfeit Bills at Trader Joe’s and Nearly $3,000 in Stolen Fragrances at Short Hills Mall

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 3:00pm

This just in from Capt. James Miller at the Millburn Police:

On 1/29/2011 at approximately 9:28 AM the manager of Trader Joe’s, located at 187 Millburn Avenue reported that the store was in possession of two counterfeit ten dollar bills that someone passed on 1/28/2011. The bills were turned over to officers for further investigation.

On 1/27/2011 at approximately 5:51 PM the assistant manager of Hollister, located in The Mall at Short Hills reported that sometime between mid-afternoon and the time of the report unknown person(s) removed 15 bottles of SoCal fragrances with a combined value of $1,320.00. Continue Reading

Maplewood Township 2.0

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 1:31pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Late in the day on Friday, Maplewood Township launched a big upgrade to its official website at (moving from the more difficult to remember url, www.

In addition to a thoroughly revamped design, the site is now hooked up to social networks through Facebook and Twitter, and allows Maplewoodians to subscribe to news updates via an RSS feed and the e-mail/SMS Notify Me system.
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February Break Vacation Camps & Activities

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 1:15pm

All of Baristaville’s schools are closed on Monday, February 21 for Presidents Day, but some schools are closed two days and some lucky kids get the entire week off.

If you have to work, there are great childcare options available. If you happen to be home too, there are also some fun, family workshops and events to enjoy:

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$20K to Haiti, With Love from Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 12:10pm

Montclair was sizzling with sound on Saturday night, January 29, as dozens of musicians of all age, genre and style gathered to perform a benefit concert for Edeyo, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children in disaster-stricken Haiti through education.

By the time the final note was played — around 4 hours after the sold-out concert started at 7:30 p.m. — and the last of Alma Schneider’s cupcakes were purchased from the “snack bar” — the event raised around $20,000 ($900 in baked goods alone!). All proceeds go directly to the construction of a school in the impoverished Bell Air section of Port Au Prince. Fundraising efforts included sponsorship by Whole Foods, which also ran a register campaign at their Montclair store. Notably, $1,600 of the total was raised by Glenfield Middle School’s House Scribner and House Miller, through their “Change is Positive” campaign. Continue Reading

Bloomfield BoE Announces New Superintendent

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 11:00am

The Bloomfield Board of Education announced the selection of Mr. Jason Bing-Schetelick as the new Superintendent of schools. His five-year, $167,500 contract begins April 21 and expires June 30, 2016. Mr. Bing-Schetelick will replace Interim Superintendent of Schools Ms. Catherine Mozak.

Mr. Bing-Schetelick, age 41, was Superintendent at Great Meadows Regional School District in Warren County before being hired as Superintendent of schools in Barnegat Township. According to, he was unanimously approved by the board, but that “the board was met by about 60 angry residents, claiming they were left in the dark by the hiring process and not afforded a chance to meet the top two superintendent candidates in a public setting.”

Sharp Words About Wall Street and Washington

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 10:34am  |  COMMENTS (25)

Tom Borgers, a Glen Ridge financial fraud investigator, has been spending 100-hour weeks in Washington since November 2009, where he’s been a senior investigator for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Last week, the FCIC’s 662-page report landed on the President’s desk … and ours (at least in PDF form).

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