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Code Blue is mandetory in NJ for all counties....

Dangerously cold weather is expected for NJ this season; #CodeBlue info..

About #CodeBlue; For Chapter 68 reference and law Click here...

Chapter 68 mandates OEM's by county to call or Declare Code Blue during cold weather events..

On May 11, 2017, the Assembly approved legislation (A-815) mandating mandating all 21 counties in New Jersey establish a Code Blue Alert Program. In complying with this new statewide initiative, the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management has developed a comprehensive Code Blue Alert Program throughout the county’s 70 municipalities. Bill A815 Says that the public must be notified during #CodeBlue events..

This program allows for the sheltering of homeless individuals when the temperature is predicted by the National Weather Service to be 32 degrees or lower with precipitation, or to be 25 degrees or lower without precipitation, or to have a wind-chill of less than 0 degrees or less for two hours or more.

According to the Assembly measure, this is required for any municipality having a documented homeless population of more than 10 people.

The Bergen County Office of Emergency Management has collaborated with numerous county and municipal agencies to make this program a viable option to keep at risk individuals out of harsh environments. To obtain more information or to help a homeless individual, please call 201-753-7762. Bergen County Homeless hotline is 1-888-3-BERGEN.

H.U.D. Charges Paramus, New Jersey Property owner with housing discrimination..

After allegations of a racially charged text sent from the property owner to the perspective tenant. The owner used racial slurs in a text message he sent to the woman informing her that she did not get the apartment. Housing and Urban Development said in their press release. H.U.D. also said “50 years after our nation passed a law prohibiting discrimination in housing, some individuals are still being denied a place to live because of the color of their skin,” said Anna María Farías, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Today’s action reflects HUD’s commitment to protecting the rights of home seekers, no matter their race, and taking action against housing providers that break the law.” IF YOU need to report housing discrimination CLICK HERE! If you are in Bergen County committing housing fraud you can also report by clicking HERE!

“No one looking for housing should be rejected because of race, much less be subjected to the indignity of racial slurs,”-J. Paul Compton, HUD’s General Counsel. “This charge sends a clear message that HUD will protect the housing rights of all persons to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Local Non profit "Making It Home" has made a home for so many since it started;

The video says it all...

"The innovative program Making-It-Home brings gently-used furniture to formerly homeless veterans, victims of domestic violence, and other low-income people in need."-stacmed If you are in need of their resources CLICK HERE

Also if you are in need of other resources click here

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Exciting news; the Second annual Bergen County free Care Fair

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 12-4 PM FREE ADMISSION FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY ROTHMAN CENTER 100 UNIVERSITY PLAZA DRIVE HACKENSACK, NJ

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Amazing & important resources at the Second annual Bergen County Care Fair...

This large-scale, annual Fair that has providers of health care, wellness,and other services. Hosted by nonprofit and for profit health care and support service providers make it easier for Bergen Resident to navigate the health and support system. the first care fair had thousands of residents and this one should expect more threw out the day as it is back by popular demand! For more information and to keep up to date check in with our Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/HRG.Resources.News/

Be sure to check out the County care fair web site for all kinds of resources click here!

Take a tour of the first annual Bergen County Care Fair below...

Elderly in Bergen County targeted with Burglars using Diversion tactics

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Burglaries Target The Elderly in Bergen....

Residents are advised to be aware of strangers posing as: Utility Workers, Municipal Inspectors. Handyman & Law Enforcement! To reduce your risk of becoming a victim, residents should use caution when they are approached by someone requesting access to their home. Ask for proper identification, Look for vehicles with proper logos , Tell the worker that you are going to contact the respective company and the police department for verification, and have them wait outside. (If they leave the area, Call the Police, as they will likely target another home) any suspicions about a person’s identity Dial 911.

Hurricane Harvey in Texas has outpouring of support but needs much much more..

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Hurricane Harvey is still damaging county after county in Texas & Louisiana..

Many Organizations have been helping with much needed supplies and need so much more. Here are some reputable Organizations to donate to as well as supplies that are needed..

As well as water, diapers, clothing, toiletries, medical supplies, monetary donations can be made:

click here for Harvey Disaster relief Red Cross

click here for United way Texas

click here for SPCA of Texas

click here for United way of Houston

Bergen County Prosecutor's office & local law enforcement are out protecting..

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to promote "See something, Say something";protecting Bergen..

Bergen County prosecutor's office in an effort to keep Bergen County residents safe has deployed RDT teams around the county! if you see something say something

Monarch Housing releases data from the NJ Homeless point in time Count

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While a small decrease in numbers counted; the homeless Bergen Has are more vulnerable than ever

Monarch Housing releases point in time homeless count for NJ-for most it's not a choice; While homelessness decreased in Bergen County, The state has forgotten the vulnerable; lack of affordable housing, group homes, transitional housing & supportive housing. Many of the homeless suffer from mental illnesses which are left without nowhere to go. Many did not want to be counted for one reason or another. Most have given up on the system. Many just want a place to live and a good paying job. more details on the numbers soon.

This years top prize winner of the Russel Berrie award is.....

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"Unsung NJ Heroes for the 21st Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award.....

many nominees and winners of the Russel Berrie award. This year it is Bonnie O'Brien founder of Transition Professionals.

The many prizes 5,000 up to one $50,000.00 winner! This years top winner founded the re-entree program helping people come out of Jail & prison she get helps them get back on track. From $50,000, $35,000 and $25,000, and up to eight runners-up receive $5,000 each they all are making a difference. “There is no greater importance in life than knowing you’ve helped a fellow human being.” --Russ Berrie 1933-2002

Congratulations BonnieThe 2017 winner of the Russel Berrie award...

BVMI Medical clinic new location; 75 Essex Street, Suite 100 Hackensack

medical and mental health free clinic ..

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BVMI free medical clinic & mental health clinic

New location in Hackensack, at 75 Essex Street, Suite 100. Just a few blocks from the old offices…on the southwest corner of Essex Street and State Street. same # (201) 342-2478 CLICK HERE for their website Free care for and Bergen County Resident who earns up to 36,000.00 & families up to 72,000.00. be sure to check out our resources as well!

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The New HRG Community Resource guide's 2016 person of the year is...

Michael Augustowicz who we tragically lost this year; an advocate for BRMC, H.I.P. & the people of Bergen!

The new resource guide has so many new free resources for the Bergen County community and beyond! take one for you r a friend print out the pdf or word version for your self; online version has links to over 7,000 resources for Bergen threw our resources web site/ news site and /Blog .....

Click HERE for the new resource guide <<*** New Pantries New Guide

as always here is our interactive Facebook pg click here

Bergen County & North NJ free resources:

CLICK HERE FOR OUR RESOURCES SITE

Also the new oboma phones: Click HERE!

Here are some of our other Bergen County resources..

If you or you know someone who needs to use the local food pantry we have some ideas on what, where, when and some great ideas on how to prepare and plan; “Meals On A Budget” listed below are some idea’s then a link to excellent recipes that you can even make safely in a room where a stove is not available!

Holy trinity- 34 Maple 2’nd and 4’th sat 9:30 am Hack. (behind church-hill house )

The River mission- Second Reformed church Wed. and Sunday 6 pm Hackensack corner of Union and Anderson st.

CFA-Center food action chk your loc-Center for Food Action of NJ :: Site Locations

Shiloh AME -129 William St, Englewood, NJ third thrs of each month

Mt. Olive-260 Central Ave, Hackensack (201) 489-6888 4 ‘th thrs. 9:30 am

Our links; these are just some, you can click the town you live in and get the info on your local food pantries. and here is “Meals on a budget

you can also click here to find your town’s pantries!

(check out all the resources below as well)

CLICK FOR THE RESOURCE YOU NEED:

Board of Social services forms BCBSS

STIGMA FREE / MENTAL HEALTH/STIGMA FREE NEWS

click for addiction services FOOD PANTRIES IN BERGEN

The Bergen County “Center “ (Shelter & services) Rooming house list BC

Need help with Id’s? Full site map to resources

Homeless shelters in North NJ Bergen Eviction prevention

What is #StigmaFree & mental health Veteran Services

Eviction prevention Weekend at a glance

X-offender information and free services click here

NOTE: THE RIVER MISSION HAS MOVED TO SECOND REFORMED CHURCH HACKENSACK::

The River Mission click here

and a s always the resource sites:

please check out our web sites these are the counties we are working on right now one county at a time hoping to get the free resources out to all thoughts in need!

HRG Bergen:

http://homelessresourceguidenewsorg.zohosites.com/

HRG Passaic:

http://hrgresourceguideofpassaiccounty.zohosites.com/home.html

HRG Hudson:

http://hrgresourceguideofhudsoncounty.zohosites.com

HRG Union County:

http://hrghomelesresourcesunioncounty.zohosites.com

check out all our news at: http://www.hrgcommunitynews.com/

ALSO by popular demand, i want to thank all of you for your support and asking me about a donation button and we have it on our donation site- http://hrgcommunityresources.webs.com/

for specific resources click on the one you want below:

2016 FULL HRG COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE

ALL STIGMA FREE INFORMATION & RESOURCES

ALL NEW News section-“your Local library has more to offer”

FREE CANCER TESTING -HOMELESS-LOW INCOME-UNINSURED

addiction services and 12 step meetings Rooming houses & ratings LIST OF ALL OUR COUNTY’S RESOURCE SITES

HOMELESS PREVENTION

medical-mental helth / addiction information

HOMELESS SHELTERS & HALFWAY HOUSES

Addiction services APARTMENTS THAT ACCEPT SECTION 8 Contact us Children services ENERGY ASSISTANCE

the full HRG Guide Find your towns pantries

Bergen County shelter & services What is happening Mental health/handicapped needs Senior Services Center One stop Organizations Veteran services Doc’s you need to get id Ex-felon information News/interviews

More on BC Housing/human services

Organizations to donate to What is happening NOW Interviews and events LOOK FOR PANTRIES IN YOUR AREA

Check us out on Face book https://www.facebook.com/hrg.homeless.nj

Homeless prevention The full Hackensack Guide Legal Services Jobs/training Utility assistance Child support info & Help HOMELESS SHELTERS & HALFWAY HOUSES CHECK OUT NEW HRG PASSAIC COUNTY General useful phone numbers BC shelter appeals process Center For Food Action Site

Click here if you are having problems with identification

Contact us Veteran services ORG’S TO DONATE Food Pantries in passaic countycheck out our blog

Homeless shelters in passaic county low income utility assistance

contact us from our face book page THE Guide in Spanish our social media pageIN THE NEWS RIGHT NOW LOCATIONS THAT HAVE THE PRINTED GUIDE Homeless resources in our HRG Hudson County site

***NEW** click here for weekend at a glance

#IfItsFreeIts4MeThisWeek-Weekend@AGlance

***NEW** click here for weekend at a glance

click here for-NJT Disabled/Senior reduced fair card for transit

Rochelle Park Social Services information & 1’st mo. Rent & Security

WHERE TO GET THE PRINTED HRG GUIDE

Center for food action local information

IF YOU ARE FROM OTHER COUNTIES AND YOU NEED HELP WITH FREE RESOURCES FOR OTHER COUNTIES PLEAS CHECK OUT OR SITES OF THESE COUNTIES:

please check out our web sites these are the counties we are working on right now one county at a time hoping to get the free resources out to all thoughts in need!

HRG Bergen:

http://homelessresourceguidenewsorg.zohosites.com/

HRG Passaic:

http://hrgresourceguideofpassaiccounty.zohosites.com/home.html

HRG Hudson:

http://hrgresourceguideofhudsoncounty.zohosites.com

HRG Union County:

http://hrghomelesresourcesunioncounty.zohosites.com

Bergen County & North NJ resources:

CLICK HERE FOR OUR RESOURCES SITE

CLICK FOR THE RESOURCE YOU NEED:

click for addiction services FOOD PANTRIES IN BERGEN

The Bergen County “Center “ (Shelter & services)

Need help with Id’s? Full site map to resources

Homeless shelters in North NJ Bergen Eviction prevention

What is #StigmaFree & mental health Veteran Services

Eviction prevention Weekend at a glance

X-offender information and free services click here

NOTE: THE RIVER MISSION HAS MOVED TO SECOND REFORMED CHURCH HACKENSACK::

The River Mission click here

and a s always the resource sites:

besides

please check out our web sites these are the counties we are working on right now one county at a time hoping to get the free resources out to all thoughts in need!

HRG Bergen:

http://homelessresourceguidenewsorg.zohosites.com/

HRG Passaic:

http://hrgresourceguideofpassaiccounty.zohosites.com/home.html

HRG Hudson:

http://hrgresourceguideofhudsoncounty.zohosites.com

HRG Union County:

http://hrghomelesresourcesunioncounty.zohosites.com

check out all our news at: http://www.hrgcommunitynews.com/

ALSO by popular demand, i want to thank all of you for your support and asking me about a donation button and we have it on our donation site- http://hrgcommunityresources.webs.com/

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Former firefighter turned Advocate; Bill Brennan, of Wayne NJ...

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Bill Brennan, of Wayne, Is officially running for Governor of NJ.

Bill Brennan who was a fireman and is an advocate described by NJTV as a government watchdog of political corruption, who filed a citizen's complaint accusing Chris Christie in the Bridge Gate scandal . Brennan is running as the the Democratic party nomination for governor in 2017. He was recently interviewed by Fios1 can be watched in the link below.

http://www.fios1news.com/newjersey/bill-brennan-plans-run-for-gov#.WEdh5dLQfMw

Click here for Brennan2017 web site

Police confirmed one victim shot at Will Rogers World Airport...

Police Tuesday confirmed that one person was shot and the airport remained closed..

"We have closed Rogers Airport at this time. If you are inside of the airport, shelter in place until advised otherwise" according to Ok. City police Twitter feed... more details as they are avalible..

Back to school in this bad economy does not mean students have to worry where the next meal is coming from...

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While the economy is bad students and familys of Bergen Community College..

Bergen Community College students and families wont have to worry about food this year because in Paramus they can utilize their food pantry which they have been doing successfully for some time now. Pantry phone: (201) 447-7191. CLICK ON on link to get to our resource site for all CFA pantries as well as Bergen Community College. people can also donate to this location if they want.>

http://homelessresourceguidenewsorg.zohosites.com/center-for-food-action-location-information.html

Grand Jury will not indict Hackensack Officers who shot Diaz

A family looses a son, Police shaken, community .....

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ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR GREWAL; County Grand Jury voted..

Bergen County Grand Jury voted not to file criminal charges against two Hackensack Police Department (“HPD”) officers who shot and killed Diaz who was known to have schizoaffective disorder . Probation officers of Diaz who are considered the "Mental Heath " officers and had called a welfare check on Diaz when he did not show up for some of his appointments. The Grand Jury’s decision was handed up to the Court and made public earlier August 2016.

With the investigation; The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”), Major Crimes Unit investigated the shooting death of Mr. Diaz. The investigation included, among other things: 16 witness interviews; a review, measurement, and three-dimensional rendering of the scene; the collection and review of forensic evidence collected at the scene; review of ballistics reports; the collection and review of all available audio and video recordings; active consultation with the Bergen County Medical Examiner (“BCME”) and critical review of the BCME’s report on Mr. Diaz’s death; review of all HPD reports related to the May 21, 2015 incident; and a review of training records related to the two HPD officers – Officer 1 and Officer 2 – involved in the shooting.

Evidence in the case:

On May 21, 2015, a Bergen County Probation Officer contacted the HPD and requested that they conduct a welfare check on Elvin Diaz, a probationer under his/her supervision who had missed several appointments. During this phone call, the probation officer alerted the HPD that Mr. Diaz suffered from schizoaffective disorder. Shortly thereafter, Officer 2 was dispatched to Mr. Diaz’s residence at 10 Temple Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey to perform the welfare check. Officer 1, the post supervisor, and Officer 3 were also dispatched to respond to the location. Officers 1, 2, and 3 were all in uniform.

Before; when the scene was plackarded off probation came on scene. the community was in shock and a vigil was held soon after . Diaz had "schizoaffective disorder". people with mental illness like Diaz would be failed by the system as well as everyone involved and some history of Elvin Diaz...

http://www.hrgcommunitynews.com/With-2017-mental-health-services-cut-backs

In addition, Officer 1 knew Mr. Diaz prior to May 21, 2015 cause Officer 1 had previously stated Mr. Diaz’s mother. In fact, Officer 1 had exchanged text messages with her earlier that morning. Those text messages did not concern Mr. Diaz. officer 2 also knew Mr. Diaz prior to May 21, 2015 as they were distant relatives. Upon arriving at 10 Temple Avenue at approximately 1:30 p.m., Officers 1 and 2 proceeded to the second-floor apartment where they were met by a family ember of Mr. Diaz. Officer 3 entered the residence shortly thereafter. Following a brief discussion between Officers 1 and 2 and the family member, Mr. Diaz came to the hall area and the two uniformed officers advised him that they had been asked to check on his welfare on behalf of the Probation Department. Upon seeing the two uniformed officers, Mr. Diaz backed up into a small kitchen area, which was approximately 6 feet 6 inches wide and 12 feet 7 inches long. Mr. Diaz then grabbed a meat cleaver, which he held over his head. Thereafter, Officers 1 and 2 drew their service weapons and gave a series of verbal commands for Mr. Diaz to put down the weapon and to remain calm. Shortly after the arrival of Officers 1, 2, and 3, another family member of Mr. Diaz eneturned to the residence at 10 Temple Avenue. Officer 3 remained in the hallway of the residence and kept Mr. Diaz’s two family members in a separate bedroom, preventing them from entering the kitchen area. In response to verbal commands from the police officers, Mr. Diaz stated: “What the ____ you talking about? Who the fuck is looking for me? I ain’t going nowhere. You better _______ kill

me before I _______ kill you.” The officers again commanded Mr. Diaz to drop the meat cleaver, and Mr. Diaz responded, “I know how this works. Bullet to the head. Bullet to the head. Come on. _______ kill me boy, before I _______ kill you.” Mr. Diaz remained in the kitchen, rocking back and forth, while holding the meat cleaver over his head. During this standoff, Officer 2 called to Officer , who was positioned outside the kitchen in the hallway, and asked Officer 3 to call the S.W.A.T.

team for assistance. Immediately thereafter, Mr. Diaz, who was within approximately ten feet from the officers in the kitchen, lunged forward at them with the meat cleaver. in response, both officers fired their weapons. Officer 1 fired nine rounds and Officer 2 fired one round. Three rounds hit Mr. Diaz in the arm and shoulder area, where he was holding the meat cleaver up over his head. Both officers stopped firing their weapons after they saw Mr. Diaz fall to he ground. . Diaz landed face down with the meat cleaver tucked under his chest area. As he was on the ground, the officers continued to command him to release the meat cleaver from his hand. Mr. Diaz was and cuffed and the meat cleaver was located after his body was turned to the side. officers requested an ambulance and members of the Hackensack Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and began to render First Aid. Within minutes, Mr. Diaz was removed from the residence by ambulance and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 2:48 p.m. Although neither of the family members who were present in the residence witnessed the shooting, one family member explicitly corroborated hearing the police officers repeatedly commanding Mr. Diaz to drop the weapon. A portion of these commands were also recorded when offficer 3 called headquarters for additional assistance. When interviewed by BCPO detectives shortly after the incident, the other family member present at the residence also stated that the police officers instructed Mr. Diaz to calm down and to “drop it.”

The autopsy performed on Mr. Diaz established that he sustained nine bullet wounds: (1) a gunshot to the right side of the chest; (2) a second gunshot wound to the right side of the chest; (3) a gunshot wound to the left shoulder, which subsequent ballistics testing revealed was fired from Officer 1’s duty weapon; (4) a gunshot wound of the left arm, which subsequent ballistics testing revealed was fired from Officer 1’s duty weapon; (5) a gunshot wound to the left forearm; (6) a gunshot wound to the left thigh; (7) a second gunshot wound to the left thigh; (8) a gunshot wound to left leg; and (9) a gunshot wound to the right thigh. Five of the ten bullets fired by the officers were recovered from Mr. Diaz’s body at autopsy; three of those five projectiles were deemed unsuitable for comparison purposes due to damage sustained on impact. Three discharged projectiles were recovered in the kitchen area including two that passed through the refrigerator door and lodged in a wall behind it; they too were deemed unsuitable for comparison purposes due to damage sustained on impact. Two projectiles were not recovered.

The Grand Jury’s Findings; he information gathered during the course of the investigation, which is outlined above, is pesented to a Bergen County Grand Jury pursuant to the terms of the Supplemental Law Enforcement Directive issued by the Office of the Attorney General on July 28, 2015 Regarding uniform Statewide Procedures and Best Practices for Conducting Police Use of Force Investigations (“Attorney General’s Directive”). The Grand Jury was instructed on potential criminal charges against the two officers, as well as on the law of justification – the use of force in protection of self and others. After hearing evidence and being instructed on the law, the Grand Jury did not return criminal charges against either officer. More information on Elvin and mental health cubacks....

http://www.hrgcommunitynews.com/With-2017-mental-health-services-cut-backs

According to Monarch housing HUD Released the homeless count of 11.....

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while waiting for an official statement from Bergen County..

HUD has released the numbers of the homeless point in time count of Monarch housing here is there breakdown. Bergen County will release an official statement in the near future :

Figure 1 shows that, in 2016, 148 homeless persons stayed in emergency shelters, 137

stayed in transitional housing, and **11 were living un-sheltered on the night of the count.

There were 2 (1.5%) more persons in transitional housing in 2016, however, the number of

those counted in emergency shelters saw a decrease of 24 persons (14%), and the number

living un-sheltered showed a decrease of 22 persons (66.7%) from 2015 to 2016.

**Yes that's right t he count was 11 homeless, we know there are many more than that not counted says some Bergen County residents but the correct answer is 11 were counted the others that we know of were not counted.

Many homeless say "Why counted me if we can't get helped" said a young man who we will call Mr. M. right now sadly we know of 3-5 families with children on the streets and a number of families living under Bergen County bridges and at least uncounted that have mental 5-10 illnesses

Gambling in North NJ is back on the table after almost a half....

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After almost a half Century, In November-Gambling is back on the table for north NJ. State’s Residents will have a say about expanding casino gambling in New Jersey. On the general election ballot voters will be asked whether to amend the state constitution to repeal a provision that limits casinos only to Atlantic City. Although you will not be allowed to decide where they will go It would authorize two new casinos in separate counties ; Bergen And Hudson were the most talked about. Some of the profits would have to go to the Failing Atlantic city where most of the Casinos are gone Many say it will bring jobs to north Jersey while others say it will bring corruption, sex crimes, drug dealing and terrorism. According to A Vegas local they believe it might work as well as Atlantic city. Every Voter has a choice to make this November.

After almost a half Century, In November-Gambling is back on the table for north NJ. State’s Residents will have a say about expanding casino gambling in New Jersey. On the general election ballot voters will be asked whether to amend the state constitution to repeal a provision that limits casinos only to Atlantic City. Although you will not be allowed to decide where they will go It would authorize two new casinos in separate counties ; Bergen And Hudson were the most talked about. Some of the profits would have to go to the Failing Atlantic city where most of the Casinos are gone Many say it will bring jobs to north Jersey while others say it will bring corruption, sex crimes, drug dealing and terrorism. According to A Vegas local they believe it might work as well as Atlantic city. Every Voter has a choice to make this November.

over 10,100 NJ Housing Choice Vouchers will be available according to NJDCA

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According to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs...

The Statewide Waiting List Open Enrollment Site for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program will be accepting pre-applications for all 21 countys according to monarch housing. the guidelines can be found on Monarchs page http://us13.campaign-archive2.com/?u=71c3b29ac8b19ba527f136c69&id=f30cc96e9f

and all qualifying applicants even thoughts who already have shelter care plus vouchers according to some housing experts.

All must apply- pre-applications submitted online from June 13, 2016 at 9:00am to June 17, 2016 at 5:00pm will be entered into a database and a lottery system will be used to select pre-applications.Go to NJDCA application web site:

https://www.waitlistcheck.com/application/form.php?ID=NJ559

for basic information on these programs: http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/hc_vouchers.html

The FBI is coming to NJ 's schools armed with.....

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The FBI is traveling to NJ's high schools to bring awareness about;

the Heroin epidemic and they are armed with this documentary on opioid addiction . The FBI says their are more deaths due to heroin than any other cause. They claim jail might be the addict's safest place, being out of control on the dangerous drug. Resources are avalible but treatment is at a shortage.

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Ralph Rivera Jr, Bergen County Public safety Director; was cleared on Monday of breaking the law when he showed up at the traffic.stop of a suspected drunk driver in Hackensack Back in March, Acting county Prosecutor Gurbir announced Monday that The BCPO’s Confidential Investigations Unit subsequently conducted a thorough investigation of the matter and there was nothing more with the BCPO office and since it's not a criminal mater anymore it will be in the county executives hands of further investigation.

Breaking News Kiryas Joel in NY was Raided this am by FBI and other law enforcemment..

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A child porn allegedly showed up on the web and Orang

A FBI spokesman confirms agents are conducting an "operation."

Orange County Undersheriff Ken Jones said Thursday deputies are assisting with a number of search warrants in Kiryas Joel.

Neither would confirm what the investigation is about.

News 12 also saw FBI agents at the Kiryas Joel Public Safety building on Forest Road.

Mugger in Bergenfield; Police need your help..

Elderly Woman was mugged on monday 26, 2016

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Monday Afternoon a man described as; black or Hispanic, possibly in his early 20's, about 5-foot-5 and thin. Police are asking for your help. call Bergenfield police: (201) 387-4000

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According to the FRA and DOT Railroad accidents are up; Saturday AM, Hasbrouck Heights.....

A freight train has derailed in Jersey city as well ....

Four cars were involved, in the area of the Newark Avenue Rail Crossing. The derailment happened at 10:35 a.m. According to The Railroad there were no hazards materials on board!

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Earlier this Saturday AM in Hasbrouck Heights

A Passenger train struck a vehicle, No one was injured on the train, the partys from the vehicle were taken to Hackensack Trauma Center.

The FRA and DOT reported to us that Rail accidents are up this year and almost near where they were in 2015. In 2015 by this time the DOT reported 190 train accidents. The Federal Rail Road Administration records all accidents and the Department of Transportation's reports Vehicle accidents; in 2014 the FRA reported including non Vehicle / derailments at almost 2,000.

UPDATE: An old Scam has come back; Consumer Fraud alert-FTC Warns....

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Update More residents are being scammed and the FBI......

tells HRG that the best people should do is two things. One; be educated and know how to identify the scam. And two; file a complaint with the FBI's Cyber Crimes division on their web site along with filing with the other federal agencies like the FTC.

The Cyber crimes web site is:

http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Note about these e-mails is to not respond to them. Most legitimate "Secret Shoppers" Companies are listed with the Better Business bureau.And their regular emails would not be from a personal email account or to be returned to a personal email account. As always ; if it seems to goo d to be true it probably is.

do your research on the companies you want to work for.

The federal government also has a website with some good tips on identifying a scam/ fraudulent checks as well.

https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds

Some Bergen County Residents have become Victims of ....

Emails have been received by many Bergen County residents about becoming "Secret Shoppers". When responding to the correspondence, the person receives a letter in the mail containing a counterfeit check. The person is then asked in a detailed letter to deposit the check into their bank account, cash the check and Western Union or Money gram the cash to more than one recipients.

According to experts, a "Secret Shopper" or "Mystery Shopper" is a person employed by a manufacturer or retailer to pose as a shopper in order to evaluate the quality of customer service.

What these criminals are doing with technology today and social media is that they will send you a text or even use a local return address on the package with the check in it. Not only that but to reassure consumers they will also use others' names of people on social media sites like face book.

Western Union told us that in many cases where ever the person receiving the money; all they need is a state ID and that can be made up, a fake as well. After the person deposits the check and withdraws the cash (which the bank does not catch right away) will be directed to western union a couple people the money and then they are to keep a large portion of the cash for helping "Investigating" money wiring companies.

One Fraud expert says it's a very seemingly real job opportunity but when they are asked to wire money they should call the institution that the "Cashiers Check" is drawn on and give them the Check number to verify the check is real. They say that the criminals send some of these from out of state and Canada . It is very hard to catch these people because of the fact that One; tracking a priority USPS package wont show you the person sending it. Two; that the persons receiving the money can't be tracked because the identification could be fake as well. People that have a "Returned " Check from the bank are responsible for the money owed and most Police Departments should investigate these crimes even though it is hard to trace these criminals but it is not impossible says the FTC.

When you receive one of these fake checks, you should contact your local police as well as the postal Inspector. Protect your self by calling the bank and verifying the status of the check. Report it to the FTC.

The FTC in an exclusive interview told HRG Community News that the Legitimate Companies use online promotions mainly. Federal Trade Commission Urges people to report these types of scams to them by calling their fraud line or on the internet- Call: 1-877-FTC-HELP File a complaint online-https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#&panel1-1 ,

february 16, 2016 Many accidents; Athorities urge drivers...

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Authorities are Urging drivers to be extremely careful today as there are many accidents this am. Earlier in the day there was a jackknife truck on I 78 in NJ, an accident near the NY boarder and an active accident investigation in Fort Lee. While the temperatures are supposed to rise to about 50 today, At 7 am it's 42 degrees but roads are icy and the commute is hazzardus according to NJ D.O.T.

58th annual Grammy Awards, the winers are.......

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While Mark Ronson wins Record of the Year for "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga stole the show with her Tribute Medley to David Bowie who died on January 10, 2016 from cancer according to media . Beyonce's Superbowl performance was not forgotten as many protesters had a boycott of the Grammys. post Superbowl; Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized the singer when he appeared Monday on Fox News, calling her performance "outrageous." according to CNN.

Other winners of the Grammy's were;Song Of The Year-Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriter. Best New Artist-Meghan Trainor,

Best Rock Performance-Don't Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes

Others won but according to CBS; Beyonce was on everyone's mind with her anti police/Black Panther Superbowl performance.

Social Media posts have lead police in apprehension of.....

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2 teen residents of the Paterson area have been charged in connection with with assaulting an elderly man to what is known as "The Knockout Game" and endangering an injured victim as he attempted to cross the intersection at Rosa Parks Boulevard and Van Housten Street, Social media helped in the capture and the Teens are innocent until proven guilty.

The point in time homeless count which happens every year .....

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**Will Be updated periodicaly..

Every year on January 27, every county does the (PIT) Point in time count and Bergen County includes the (PHC) Project homeless connect.

At 6:30 am the street teams meet at the County's administration building. While several teams are out counting the homeless, Sadly a few homeless are still out there but authorities hope to go out and check on their welfare and get them help ! many agency's are at "The Center"-Housing, health and human service building getting ready for the long lines of people waiting this year to go in and get a hot meal provided by Family Promise of Bergen county. Then maybe get a manicure, pedicure and a haircut by the students of Paul michell school. Then they could check out other information like Bergen County's Board of social Service.

The survey, the count; was successful according to one member of the street team as they explained to a reporter that (H.I.M.I.S.) -Homeless Management Information System, which is what many agency's use to report their homeless clients.

According to sources; "This year Social media play a major role in spreading the word around the county" Although the street team did not find many, sources say most had been aware of what was going on at least a month prior to the date-January 27, 2016, there were a lot of people who utilized the services at The Center-Director Julia Orlando mentioned as she was walking around making sure everything was running smoothly s well as Mary Sunden of CCCDC who attended to her staff and the needs of the guests.

Agency's such as; legal aid, Mental health law project, CBH Care's P.A.T.H. Program, Bergen County Veteran services-along with North Hudson, solider on and VA. And more. From NJ Buddies and even the Horizon dental van was on site! I'n the main shelter area Su Nottingham organized the "Personal shopper assistant" area as she does every year. John Collins; Freeholder Maura DeNicola's aid was one of the many other Volunteers like Advanced housing, students- who helped anyone in need of; clothing, hygiene products, clothing and gift cards. Rocco Mazza Filled Former street team coordinator Jerry Drummond's shoes very well with contacting all of the county's police and other agency's to find basic areas where homeless hang out to get them help.

The final Count will take a few months, it needs to go to

Monarch Housing then to Housing and Urban Development. We will have an update as soon as we hear from housing and Monarch.

Authorities are seeking the Public's help-Fatal accident Saturday night .........

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January 16, 2016 at approximately 3:12 AM on route 4 west in Englewood, NJ.

A vehicle operated by a 21 year old male driver from Teaneck, NJ, along with his passenger,

Traveling west, his vehicle struck the center divider just west of Grand Avenue. The operator was ejected from his red Acura Integra and subsequently struck by a vehicle, also traveling west on Rout 4 , who may or may not have known they struck the victim. The 21 year old driver was pronounced dead on scene and the passenger was transported to Hackensack University and Medical Center with minor injuries.

If anyone may have witnessed and/or have information concerning this investigation, please contact

Det. Weston of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Police Services at (201)336-7893

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With cold weather HERE, 211.org has provided a list of warming centers and NJ OEM explains "Code Blue"

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First of all what is "Code Blue":

"When temperatures drop below freezing, and conditions pose a threat to individuals who are homeless or medically fragile, a network of agencies throughout New Jersey helps people obtain shelter, food and clothing. During times such as these, county or municipal government will often initiate a Code Blue Alert which enables authorities to take homeless adults to shelter programs that have agreed to make additional beds available. Warming Centers are also opened during stated hours to provide residents with a place that they can go to warm up" Code Blue" Information NJ & It Should Be state wide according to Monarch housing!: http://monarchhousing.org/2016/01/08/code-blue-should-be-statewide-in-nj/

Warming Centers in Bergen County (Official and unofficial)-

Housing , Health and human services- 120 south river st Hackensack NJ call for times.:201-336-6475

"Sit up shelter " is now open Dec. 15- March 15 2016

One Bergen Plaza hudson st. Hackensack

For homeleess mentally ill and or addicted call Path at CBH Care Hackensack-201-646-0333

they are telling people to call their counties homeless hot

llne 1-888-3-bergen

for other area's go to 211's "Warming Center's" site- http://nj211.org/nj-warming-centers

NEW

**Tuesday- (Also check River Mission's Other day's openings)

“The River Mission & Community Help Center”

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Church on the Green 42 Court Street Hackensack NJ 07601

Day Program

Every Tuesday 11 am-2pm tours of the 17’Th Century Church

In the Main building-snacks and beverages, group discussions, resource center, faxing, copies, basic form filing-snap, usf/leheap etc., Shelter referrals, Spiritual guidance if you want OR just sit back and relax in good company!

Wednesday- “Bibles & Bagels” 6PM Bible study with snacks & beverages.

Sunday 6PM – Worship service, Free Community dinner & free clothing –“ANYONE in need”! Contact them directly: (201) 342-7050. (Food & clothing pantry)

“The River Homeless Mission and Community Center. Inviting in and reaching out to all, especially the homeless, hurting, and marginalized, and a center of help, hope, and healing through providing physical, mental, and spiritual needs and helping build our community though information, communication, uniting, providing life essentials, and organizing”.-Pastor Don McCracken

My Pictorial-year in review-2015.. Thanks John for the Great picture. Happy New Years Everyone!

(Photo Courtesy-John Enssln/ BergenMatters)&(HRG News)

This year has been....

This year has been a roller coaster of a ride. Many events have made an impact on our lives; good and bad. Some we want to forget. Some we learned from and made steps forward.

The beginning of the year James Tedesco III took oath and with in weeks started taking action on his campaign promises!

We had started the year off good, with our new Bergen County Executive then had to jump into action along

with all of our Bergen County and neighbors on Feb. 10, 2015 the Community of Edge Water to help with the victims. Housing health& human services, Red Cross, The River Mission at Church on the Green, NYC harbor patrol and many others came together to help.

Later on in the year Bergen County stood in solidarity with The Slaying of Congregants Of a Church down south. The Bergen Chapter of the NAACP and county officials Held a vigil at the court house.

courtesy-www.HrgCommunityNews.com

During 2015 I had become homeless again and went to the Shelter, even being in the shelter I continued to try to get the word out about the growing homeless population.

In Hackensack NJ the redevelopment of our city This image i had captured before the demolition of the structure on Kansas and Hudson St.

I had taken another trip to My home town in Mahwah

to meet with The Indians and MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization) on Stag Hill. I had met with people I had grown up with and others I had just met. We spoke about Indian Resources. I had also later on I had gone out with Tamara Laine of Fox/My9 to bring food and warn homeless in the Hackensack area about the up coming storm with a stop at Emanuel Christian Fellowship.

In the summer of 2015 Mr. Diaz was met by many members of the community including Members of Mount Olive Church.

Mr. Diaz had lost his son when Melvin allegedly lunged towards police and was shot during a welfare check. No one will ever know what happened But many witnesses had different versions of the event as it unfolded. Both police and The Diaz family are left with emotional scars. The whole community came together to support everyone in the events that unfolded.

Bergen County’s “Stigma Free” Initiative had spread crossed the County declaring May as “Mental Health awareness Month” At the time While Justin was found (an autistic young man from Lyndhurst) “Meg” is still missing.

A Beirut memorial service was also held at the court house this fall!

The County, Veterans services and Hackensack Fire department coordinated the event. The day had come to a close………….

At the end of the day I captured this picture of the Bergen County Court house.

As the holidays began; from the Teaneck NCJW Panel-“AFFLUENCE AND POVERTY: A TALE OF TWO BERGEN COUNTIES”-http://www.ncjwbcs.org/affluence-and-poverty-a-tale-of-two-bergen-counties/ to “The River Mission” Thanksgiving free community dinner at Church on the Green with Pastor Don, Judy and On Our Own Wellness Center the season Changed and then Christmas at Housing, Health and human services sponsored by Family promise. was really good followed by “The River Mission”-https://www.facebook.com/The-River-148089006227 Sunday nights Worship service then community Dinner and to-go meals; donated unused trays of dinners by Family Promise! Gifts and clothing donated by many River Mission Partners were given out to anyone in need.

NCJW

(The Best for last by the way)

(Thanksgiving 2015; Pastor Don of “The River Mission” Welcoming everyone before the community dinner had begun)

Happy New Year!

Paul Nickels (Founder-HRG Community Resource Guide)

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Last Thanksgiving, Starting off the Holiday season We reported over....

3,500 meals served in North NJ. November 26,2015 The Homeless and thoughts in need- More Organizations are involved and will be spending their time volunteering...

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Last year; from Harley's , Emanuel Christian Fellowship, Eva's to Christ Church And "The Center"-"Housing Health & Human Services building in Hackensack-serving over 3,500 plus meals. More Churches and Organizations Like Church on the Green's River Mission and Phil and His Wife of NJ Food and clothing Rescue Including Veteran's Services and HRG Guide and On our own Wellness Center Participating in getting the word out to all of the community are expecting to serve well over 5,000 community Thanksgiving dinners including The Salvation army at the Second Reformed church! please check out the listing-for any Thanksgiving community dinners in our area:

http://www.hrgcommunitynews.com/free-thanksgiving-community-dinners-around-our-area

by Paul Nickels

WHAT seems to be a peaceful place to live, the residents of Jasontown II...

inside are ceilings falling down, walls cracking and one of many tenants almost in tears when they received a letter of a rent increase.....

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NEW UPDATES on Wallington in Crisis! Below; a tenants rights group stated that residence mut act fast and unite

We obtained a "Legal Notice" sent to all residence with the 98.43 % rent hike and a housing/ tenants rights group says it's more realistic that NJ housing will approve a 15-25 % hike which could cause many to be relocated at the towns / states expense!.. the question would be ..where?

BREAKING NEWS- Wallington, New Jersey​; CAN Wallington HELP PREVENTING MASS HOMELESSNESS? "Crisis in Wallington"

inside are ceilings falling down, walls cracking and one of many tenants almost in tears when they received a letter of a rent increase.....

Renters at Jasontown II apartments possibly could face eviction or homelessness if the 98.43% rent hike is approved!" In 30 days from the letter that each tenant received on September 30, 2015 from Mr.Diggs of the Jasontown II apartments; over 40 residence of the 352 multi-family low to moderate dwellings showed up at the council's work session Monday night! In accordance with the NJHMFA NJ law 5:80-9.1 management company wants the increase for improvements. One resident stated "Last year they asked for a roughly 17% raise and got hit with a 2% increase". Improvements one said? The dilapidated complex with bugs, cracked walls and other problems asked "Why are they trying for a rent hike for repairs when they did not do any the last time?" Another said : (and agreed by all that she was speaking for most) "If this amount is approved or even if it only goes up 20-30% we will have nowhere to go and become HOMELESS!" Off camera/outside before the meeting, one person said that there are many disabled people that live here and will be forced out! While people were speaking about how the complex is falling apart they do not deserve a rent increase, Mayor Walter Wargacki asked to bring the topic back and focus on what we can do about the increase. Many stated that the whole purpose of not allowing them to have an increase is all because of; 1. they can not afford it and 2. they did not fix the problems-One told me out side.... The Mayor told the people that they would try to have the people in Trenton to come to Wallington because most would not be able to go to plead their case!

After the meeting i spoke with a NJ housing specialist about the situation and how over a period of time there would be about 4-600 homeless there. We also reached out to the development corp and are awaiting their callback. Speaking with an NJ housing specialist -IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND CASE LAW regarding this terrible situation-

With the NJHMFA mortgage that is not paid off by the property owners , under the multi family program and lending act of new jersey.a housing specialist tells HRG news.that tenants have the right to be relocated by the Property managing company and if they do not comply it is within= tenants right s to sign complaint with the Consumer affairs the the attorney general-

depending on the property management 's njhmfa' type of improvement funding source relocation assistance by NJ njhmfa varies ! these improvement funding sources fortunately include various relocation assistance for tenants requires the property mgt company. in accordance with NJ's for profit and non profit improvement funding programs.

SOME HOPE FOR TENANTS-

"Home > Divisions > Codes & Standards > Bureaus, Offices & Programs > Office of the Director > Relocation Assistance

Relocation Assistance

The Relocation Assistance Law of 1967 (N.J.S.A. 52:31B-1 et seq.) and the Relocation Assistance Act / 1971 (N.J.S.A. 20:4-1 et seq.) were enacted by the New Jersey State Legislature to ensure the equitable treatment of individuals, families, businesses (including non-profit organizations), and farm operations displaced by government action. Under the rules for relocation assistance, “government action” is defined as programs of building, housing, or health code enforcement, voluntary programs of rehabilitation, or the acquisition of land for a public use. The amended Eviction Law (N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1 et seq.) also requires relocation assistance pursuant to its “g” provisions.

The Relocation Assistance Program works as a partnership between the municipality and the State. There are times when a municipality causes a tenant, resident, business owner, or farm operation to leave their dwelling or place of business. This can be because the dwelling is unsafe or because the municipality is undertaking a development or redevelopment project.

When a municipality decides that a tenant, resident, business owner, or farm operation must leave their dwelling or place of business, the municipality must send a plan, called a Workable Relocation Assistance Plan (WRAP), to the Department of Community Affairs for review. The WRAP must show that the municipality knows the number of people, businesses, or farm operations impacted by the relocation plan and then must demonstrate that there are enough comparable replacement housing units or business sites in the area for the people to find new homes, apartments, or business locations. Each municipality must designate the individual who will carry out the obligation established by law. Departmental approval of WRAPs is required before relocation activities may commence.

Once the WRAP has been approved, the municipality informs the tenants, residents, business owners, or farms that they are being moved; the municipality must also tell the tenants, residents, business owners, or farms that the municipality will help them find another place to live or conduct business and that they have the right to appeal the municipality's actions. If a municipality has a grant agreement with the State for the approved WRAP, the municipality applies to the State for reimbursement of a portion of the relocation costs unless the municipality has made prior arrangements with a developer to assume the costs. The State works with the municipality as a reimbursement program and does not become involved in the identification of replacement housing or business sites. The program is not set up to help individuals who decide that they would like to move.

If you require further information about the Relocation Assistance Program, contact the Division of Codes and Standards by telephone at (609) 984-7609, by facsimile at (609) 984-7717, or by mail at Relocation Assistance Program, Post Office Box 802, Trenton, New Jersey 08625."-nj dept of consumer affairs

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case law : DOCKET NO. A-5565-05T35565-05T3

OVERLOOK TERRACE, H.M.F.A. #20,

Appellant,

v.

NEW JERSEY HOUSING AND MORTGAGE FINANCE AGENCY,

"debt service payments adequate to protect the financial interest of the [HMFA] and its bondholders," provide "reserves for repair and replacement," and "ensure adequate, safe and sanitary housing for the low and moderate income families that the [HMFA] was created to serve." N.J.A.C. 5:80-9.1

UPDATE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM REGARDING RELOCATION-

BREAKING NEWS- Wallington, New Jersey; CAN Wallington HELP PREVENTING MASS HOMELESSNESS? "Crisis in Wallington"-Renters at Jasontown II apartments possibly could face eviction or homelessness if the 98.43% rent hike is approved!" In 30 days from the letter that each tenant received on September 30, 2015 from Mr.Diggs of the Jasontown II apartments; over 40 residence of the 352 multi-family low to moderate dwellings showed up at the council's work session Monday night! In accordance with the NJHMFA NJ law 5:80-9.1 management company wants the increase for improvements. One resident stated "Last year they asked for a roughly 17% raise and got hit with a 2% increase". Improvements one said? The dilapidated complex with bugs, cracked walls and other problems asked "Why are they trying for a rent hike for repairs when they did not do any the last time?" Another said : (and agreed by all that she was speaking for most) "If this amount is approved or even if it only goes up 20-30% we will have nowhere to go and become HOMELESS!" Off camera/outside before the meeting, one person said that there are many disabled people that live here and will be forced out! While people were speaking about how the complex is falling apart they do not deserve a rent increase, Mayor Walter Wargacki asked to bring the topic back and focus on what we can do about the increase. Many stated that the whole purpose of not allowing them to have an increase is all because of; 1. they can not afford it and 2. they did not fix the problems-One told me out side.... The Mayor told the people that they would try to have the people in Trenton to come to Wallington because most would not be able to go to plead their case!

After the meeting i spoke with a NJ housing specialist about the situation and how over a period of time there would be about 4-600 homeless there. We also reached out to the development corp and are awaiting their callback. Speaking with an NJ housing specialist -IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND CASE LAW regarding this terrible situation-

With the NJHMFA mortgage that is not paid off by the property owners , under the multi family program and lending act of new jersey.a housing specialist tells HRG news.that tenants have the right to be relocated by the Property managing company and if they do not comply it is within= tenants right s to sign complaint with the Consumer affairs the the attorney general-

depending on the property management 's njhmfa' type of improvement funding source relocation assistance by NJ njhmfa varies ! these improvement funding sources fortunately include various relocation assistance for tenants requires the property mgt company. in accordance with NJ's for profit and non profit improvement funding programs.

SOME HOPE FOR TENANTS-

"Home > Divisions > Codes & Standards > Bureaus, Offices & Programs > Office of the Director > Relocation Assistance

Relocation Assistance

The Relocation Assistance Law of 1967 (N.J.S.A. 52:31B-1 et seq.) and the Relocation Assistance Act / 1971 (N.J.S.A. 20:4-1 et seq.) were enacted by the New Jersey State Legislature to ensure the equitable treatment of individuals, families, businesses (including non-profit organizations), and farm operations displaced by government action. Under the rules for relocation assistance, “government action” is defined as programs of building, housing, or health code enforcement, voluntary programs of rehabilitation, or the acquisition of land for a public use. The amended Eviction Law (N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1 et seq.) also requires relocation assistance pursuant to its “g” provisions.

The Relocation Assistance Program works as a partnership between the municipality and the State. There are times when a municipality causes a tenant, resident, business owner, or farm operation to leave their dwelling or place of business. This can be because the dwelling is unsafe or because the municipality is undertaking a development or redevelopment project.

When a municipality decides that a tenant, resident, business owner, or farm operation must leave their dwelling or place of business, the municipality must send a plan, called a Workable Relocation Assistance Plan (WRAP), to the Department of Community Affairs for review. The WRAP must show that the municipality knows the number of people, businesses, or farm operations impacted by the relocation plan and then must demonstrate that there are enough comparable replacement housing units or business sites in the area for the people to find new homes, apartments, or business locations. Each municipality must designate the individual who will carry out the obligation established by law. Departmental approval of WRAPs is required before relocation activities may commence.

Once the WRAP has been approved, the municipality informs the tenants, residents, business owners, or farms that they are being moved; the municipality must also tell the tenants, residents, business owners, or farms that the municipality will help them find another place to live or conduct business and that they have the right to appeal the municipality's actions. If a municipality has a grant agreement with the State for the approved WRAP, the municipality applies to the State for reimbursement of a portion of the relocation costs unless the municipality has made prior arrangements with a developer to assume the costs. The State works with the municipality as a reimbursement program and does not become involved in the identification of replacement housing or business sites. The program is not set up to help individuals who decide that they would like to move.

If you require further information about the Relocation Assistance Program, contact the Division of Codes and Standards by telephone at (609) 984-7609, by facsimile at (609) 984-7717, or by mail at Relocation Assistance Program, Post Office Box 802, Trenton, New Jersey 08625."-nj dept of consumer affairs

*****

case law : DOCKET NO. A-5565-05T35565-05T3

OVERLOOK TERRACE, H.M.F.A. #20,

Appellant,

v.

NEW JERSEY HOUSING AND MORTGAGE FINANCE AGENCY,

"debt service payments adequate to protect the financial interest of the [HMFA] and its bondholders," provide "reserves for repair and replacement," and "ensure adequate, safe and sanitary housing for the low and moderate income families that the [HMFA] was created to serve." N.J.A.C. 5:80-9.1

Once the WRAP has been approved, the municipality informs the tenants, residents, business owners, or farms that they are being moved; the municipality must also tell the tenants, residents, business owners, or farms that the municipality will help them find another place to live or conduct business and that they have the right to appeal the municipality's actions. If a municipality has a grant agreement with the State for the approved WRAP, the municipality applies to the State for reimbursement of a portion of the relocation costs unless the municipality has made prior arrangements with a developer to assume the costs. The State works with the municipality as a reimbursement program and does not become involved in the identification of replacement housing or business sites. The program is not set up to help individuals who decide that they would like to move.

If you require further information about the Relocation Assistance Program, contact the Division of Codes and Standards by telephone at (609) 984-7609, by facsimile at (609) 984-7717, or by mail at Relocation Assistance Program, Post Office Box 802, Trenton, New Jersey 08625."-nj dept of consumer affairs

more information will be coming in as it develops..

Story By Paul Nickels

Photo-HRG Media Group

We have obtained a legal notice that was handed to all the ......

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We have obtained a legal notice that was handed to all the ......

Tenants at Jasontown II have received the notice of their rent increase of 98.43%. we spoke to a tenants right advocacy group and explained.... Yes it is possible that it might be a 20+ % increase which could be really bad for the tenants in the "Moderate Income" complex. They also explained that there is not much time and residence should call their congressman! We are still waiting for a responce from housing NJ and HUD

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Bergen County Veteran Services Has their "Stakeholders" meeting ...

While many Organizations have many Great Resources, they don't really spread the word/share their resources. "AJ" Has put together these meetings of local and State Organizations to share and exchange their resources to help Veterans in need. Visit Bergen County's Face Book Page for information.- https://www.facebook.com/bergencountyveteranservices

Organizations that share the resources to help others is great!

Our HRG community Resource guide has many of the Organizations that help Veterans and Anyone in need! Veterans Services and The "River Mission have helped pass the free resources to thoughs in need! Thanks to Veterans Services and some other great Organizations!

Our Community's resource guide can be found :

https://hrgmediaorg.wordpress.com/the-pdf-version-of-hrg-resource-guide-fall-2015-preliminary-guide/

Thank our Veterans services!

Breaking News..I-reporter sends us Video of working house fire in Oakland

At approximately 7 pm August 26, 2015 a structure fire on Crystal lake 179 Lake Shore.. I-Reporter sends us a clip of the structure fire. At this time we are waiting for a press release on the details and injuries are unknown at this time!

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CAPTURED..One of Bergen County's most wanted since 2006..

CAPTURED.. Bergen County took INDRIT SHEHI in to custody from the the United States Marshal’s Service who turned over. INDRIT SHEHI from Albania . The Marshal’s Service extradited him and he is being held at the Jail for charges he allegedly committed in Lodi, NJ; Armed Robbery (1st Degree), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon(2nd Degree).

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In the last 3 months the New Jersey State police have issued alerts for over 7 missing children....

The latest incident was a louring attempt in Lodi. Luckily this did not end up as an abduction!.....While riding a bike a man pulled up to the person and tried to get him into the car But the child had not Entered the vehicle. .Anyone with information was asked to call Lodi police at 973-473-7600

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Fireworks and parades around the county....

I Reporter sends in Pics from South Carolina.....

Take down that flag....

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Take down that flag....

In South Carolina and I Reporter sends in picture of the controversial confederate flag still flying high at a war memorial.

While most people around the country are standing in unity supporting the Bible belt's people of their tragic loss in wake of the shooting,-An off camera interview with the State police; they said that the law makers are "In debate" about weather or not they would take down the flag. When we tried to contact someone at the state level no one would comment! Many people said "It should be in a museum". In other states; Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky have taken down the confederate flag according to ABC News.

All around social media, all kinds of opinions are trending. "What's next? take down all memorials around the south about the Civil war?" "Should we get rid of history?" "We should just take thoughts flags down and put them in museums" "It is a part of our history says one person in our area and it should be placed where people should see it" Another person from the South said "It should be taken down out of respect!" While all kinds of hate messages as well as respectful messages; in a recent poll majority of law makers think the flags should be taken down!

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MEADOWLANDS State Fair is on Now until July 5'th 2015

MEADOWLANDS State Fair is on Now until July 5'th 2015

MEADOWLANDS State Fair is on Now until July 5'th 2015. The State Fair had many attractions; their Representative tells us that there are also many free things to do. you can visit their website for full information on all the fun things going on including-NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, Commerford’s Educational Petting Zoo & Live Animal Rides and Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs

Photo courtesy State Fair

MEADOWLANDS State Fair is on Now until July 5'th 2015

MEADOWLANDS State Fair is on Now until July 5'th 2015. The State Fair had many attractions; their Representative tells us that there are also many free things to do. you can visit their website for full information on all the fun things going on including-NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, Commerford’s Educational Petting Zoo & Live Animal Rides and Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs visit their page @

http://njfair.com/free-live-shows/

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Firefighters from 4 towns were battling a three-alarm blaze at a building on Main Street, at Bergen Street in Choripan restaurant Saturday afternoon.

The apartments on the upper floors above and the building next door were damaged. Only minor injuries have been reported including one firefighter with minor injuries.

The Red cross arrived and assisted in helping many families that are now homeless. We spoke to one of the residence who of many whom lost pets. We lost everything as well. A couple of Churches were there to let the families in both apartments know that they could get food and clothing if needed!

Fire on April 26 2015 rips threw buildings in Hackensack NJ Three alarm fire...

Fire on April 26 2015 rips threw buildings in Hackensack NJ. Three alarm fire The apartments on the upper floors above and the building next door were damaged. Only minor injuries have been reported including one firefighter with minor injuries.

Firefighters from 4 towns were battling a three-alarm blaze at a building on Main Street, at Bergen Street in Choripan restaurant Saturday afternoon.

The Red cross arrived and assisted in helping many families that are now homeless. We spoke to one of the residence who of many whom lost pets. We lost everything as well. A couple of Churches were there to let the families in both apartments know that they could get food and clothing if needed!

By Paul Nickels

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TOP 5 PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS TO WATCH FOR IN 2015!!

(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT-Pastor Don of the “River Mission” at Church on the Green, Tina King- “Children 4 Change”, Timamu Wilson- “TEACH 4 LIFE CAREERS”, Theresa F. Johnston-“NAAG- Never Alone Again” & Bergen County Housing Health & Human Services

In 2014 these people and organizations have made an impact in our community and in 2015 bigger and better things will be happening! Pastor Don of the “River Mission” has helped homeless for many years & will be starting new programs and expanding community relations with more clothing, food and other free things for homeless and low income community!- http://www.facebook.com/DonMcCracken

Tina King- “Children 4 Change” last year and before had been feeding and helping homeless in her Hackensack neighborhood from her house and then started serving hot meals at Carver Park for the community. This year she will be expanding her mission with other ventures and getting back to helping the community in similar ways!

Timamu Wilson- “TEACH 4 LIFE CAREERS” has made/empowered homeless at the Bergen County Homeless shelter with training and in her course many of the students have gotten careers and meaningful employment. This year she plans to do her 6 week course again around February. - https://www.facebook.com/T4LCareersCenter transforming lives!

Theresa F. Johnston-“NAAG-Never Alone Again” Theresa has a domestic violence victim organization that helped many overcome their problems with their past and this year she will be helping more with building self-esteem, counseling and whatever the client needs to get back to a healthy life style!- https://www.causes.com/causes/386362-never-alone-again-organization-for-victims-of-domestic-violence-abuse?ref=br_rs

Housing Health & Human Services 120 South River Street Hackensack NJ this year once again will be joining forces with many agencies in what they call “Project Homeless Connect” on FEB. 4'th Wed.(rescheduled due to the storm) where any homeless or low income can come in and check out all kinds of services from Social Security to Housing Programs. Many attended last year and they even give out free haircuts, gift bags and gift cards! This year they might even do “Slam Dunk The Junk” in which the guests and staff go around and clean up the community! They have done this in the past.- http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/index.aspx?NID=525

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS YOU CAN CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY ON THEIR WEBSITES OR YOU CAN EMAIL US @ hrg_mediagroup@yahoo.com

Story by Paul Nickels

Edited by Dee O’Brien

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Driver Whom attempted To Run Down Fair Lawn Police Officer IS ARRESTED......

Fair Lawn resident, Adam Vivat, 20 of was arrested on Jan. 10 and charged with with aggravated assault on a police officer, weapon possession, reckless driving, disregarding a police officer’s orders to stop. Elmwood Park police found the car & Fair Lawn police impounded the car.

Vivat-held in the Bergen County jail, bail-$50,000

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Kathleen Donovan Will Receive BCRWC Republicans award...

Former Bergen County Executive-Kathleen Donovan will receive the Lucy Gorant Outstanding Republican Woman Award. The Bergen County Women’s Republican Club, The award will be presented at the annual meeting and lunch on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the renowned Seasons in Washington Township. She won the award for her outstanding service and volenteer work in the Republican party.

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Attempted Murder Suspect, Andre Edwards, Captured!

On Monday December 1st, 2014 at approximately 2:15am, a shooting incident took place at the intersection of Prospect & Ellison Streets that resulted in a city resident being struck in his right hip and buttocks. An investigation conducted by Ceasefire Detectives Aramis Alba & Francisco Brito identified the person pictured in the attached photo as the suspected shooter in this incident. Complaints were then signed against this person, Andre Edwards, for Attempted Murder & Weapons Possession charges. On Thursday evening January 8th, 2015, East Rutherford Police Officer William Hopkins conducted a motor vehicle stop of a driver in his town. Once the vehicle was stopped, and after an investigation, the officer was able to determine that the driver was Andre Edwards. Mr.Edwards was then placed under arrest by Officer Hopkins without incident.

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Hosted at Bergen Community College in Paramus-James Tedesco III Takes Oath As New Bergen County Executive!

At Bergen Community College in Paramus- James Tedesco III Takes Oath As New Bergen County Executive. With his Family at his side and a standing room only in the "Ciccone Theater" Mr. Tedesco vowed to keep his promises he made before election. Over 400 people filled the college. The Master of Ceremony was Judge Dressler. Supporting our new executive was United States senators: Robert Menendez, Cory Booker. Congressmen- William Pascrell Jr., Scott Garret. The Election Certification was by Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan. It was a poignant ending with the "Bergen County Academies Chorus" singing- "God Bless America"!

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Recent up rise of shootings in Teaneck NJ area

After a recent Shooting in Teaneck NJ in mid Dec. More gun shots could be heard on new years in close vicinity. Many Residents heard the gun shots and police have no comment at this time about the second shooting!

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After a recent Shooting

From NJ to Las Vegas in the Holiday spirit; Homeless enjoy Christmas Cheer

From South Jersey the 99th Regional Support Command (RSC) at Fort Dix delivering food to needy families-to Mississippi Where Homeless are served up a nice hot meal and in Las Vegas where homeless are served in many places most food provided by the Casinos. All around the Country Volunteers spend their time helping others. A Hard Rock Casino Spokesman tells us that this is a great time for the casino industry to give back to the community.

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HOME BURGLARY SPIKE IN GLENROCK AND RIDGEWOOD AREA!

HOME BURGLARY Update:GR & RW have experienced increase of forced entry to homes. Time frame 10A-3P. No suspects.

The West side of Glen Rock & West side of Ridgewood have been experiencing an increase in residential burglaries. These break-ins are occurring during the daytime, generally between 10 AM and 3 PM and have been into homes where no one is present, It is possible that the actors are ringing the doorbell and watching the homes prior to entry.

At this time there are no suspects or suspect vehicle information.

Please do everything possible to make your home look occupied when you are out. Keep the radio or TV on, a car in the driveway and lights on timers, as it gets dark early. Consider an alarm and if you have one, make sure it is armed before you go out.

Suspects don't want to confront anyone. They just want to get in & out quickly.

With the holidays upon us, there is generally more to steal in a home, so try to keep expensive items secured or well hidden. The bedroom is the first place a burglar will look.

We need your help! If you see anything suspicious, out of the ordinary or unusual, call the police immediately. Don't hesitate or wait. We would rather check out something that turns out to be nothing, then investigate another home that was burglarized.

Thank you for your help and have a healthy and safe holiday season.

Address/Location

Glen Rock Police Department

1 Harding Plaza

Glen Rock, NJ 07452

Contact

Emergency: 9-1-1

Non-emergencies: 201-652-3800

The Salvation Army Hackensack Corps, temporarily located in Teaneck; Lookingfor new location

For Years the Salvation Army was located in two locations in Hakcensack, now located in teaneck they are looking to move back to Nackensack again! At their Second location they say that the structure was not what they wanted: they stated that the ceiling had deficiency's! Now in teaneck they want to move back to Hakcensack. A large Organization-one that helps many has an ongoing problem in staying in one location!

Not too long ago when they were on Union Street (Corner of Anderson Street) Hackensack. about 1-2 years ago they used to have a Sunday morning Breakfast for the homeless and thoughts in need in out community. That came to an end! One of the Volunteers told us that many things in Hackensack's Salvation army has changed! many of the communities relations like the food pantry had a hard time keeping up.

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$13.5 Million in Homeless Assistance for Veterans

On December 8, 2014, the Obama administration and two federal announced $13.5 million in funding for housing assistance aimed at helping 1,984 homeless veterans.

Unfortunately, New Jersey will not receive any of these new vouchers.

The assistance will come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers coupled with Department of Veterans Affairs case management under the Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program.

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NAACP HOLDS PEACEFUL PRAYER VIGIL IN HACKENSACK

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Bergen County Sherrif promoted some of the officers on December 1'st 2014

On Monday December 1, 2014 Sheriff Saudino announced the names of some Bergen County Sheriff’s Officers who got promotions during a ceremony at the Bergen County Justice Center. It's always nice to see hard working officers getting a higher rank and probably a nice Christmas present for them and their team. they work hard and they were honored at the event.

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Possibly the Greatest ending in Freeholder history

My Country tis of thee By Pastor Don of Church On The Green

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OPENING SONG AT THE FREEHOLDRS MEETING

EPIC PERFORMANCE AFTER THE OPENING PRAYER Pastor Don opens up the meeting with a song requested by chairman Mr Ganz

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PROBABLY THE MOST UPBEAT FREEHOLDERS MEETING....

Pastor Don Of Church on the Green was asked to open the freeholders meeting with a prayer and to bring his guitar. He opened with "Lean on me" and at the end of the meeting they demanded an encore they loved it so much Pastor Don ended with our country's national prayer in song-"My country tis-of-thee". We went to the Freeholders meeting to see if the county was aware of the Church on the Green was in financial trouble and we also brought up many points about the Churches history in the community and how General George Washington used the site to gather his troops to win the Revolutionary war! Also We mentioned that we got a great call today from NJ's historical society and the Church on the Green is in the National Historic Registry! just a note; our capitol City at the time "new Barbados" had then changed it's name to Hackensack and after 1686 when the church was originally built in an octagon fashion, they then Built what we see today! The history, the patriotism and the struggle General George Washington had in 1776 won the war and gave us freedom and the Church looks like it will be here to serve another 300 years!-with the help of the freeholders and our great country. At the end of the meeting they understood the Problems and financial burdens of up keeping the National landmark and will be sitting down with the Elders of the Church and work something out! It was a great night!

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PROBABLY THE MOST UPBEAT FREEHOLDERS MEETING....

Pastor Don Of Church on the Green was asked to open the freeholders meeting with a prayer and to bring his guitar. He opened with "Lean on me" and at the end of the meeting they demanded an encore they loved it so much Pastor Don ended with our country's national prayer in song-"My country tis-of-thee". We went to the Freeholders meeting to see if the county was aware of the Church on the Green was in financial trouble and we also brought up many points about the Churches history in the community and how General George Washington used the site to gather his troops to win the Revolutionary war! Also We mentioned that we got a great call today from NJ's historical society and the Church on the Green is in the National Historic Registry! just a note; our capitol City at the time "new Barbados" had then changed it's name to Hackensack and after 1686 when the church was originally built in an octagon fashion, they then Built what we see today! The history, the patriotism and the struggle General George Washington had in 1776 won the war and gave us freedom and the Church looks like it will be here to serve another 300 years!-with the help of the freeholders and our great country. At the end of the meeting they understood the Problems and financial burdens of up keeping the National landmark and will be sitting down with the Elders of the Church and work something out! It was a great night!

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Motor vehicle accidents On Passaic st Maywood Police office injured!

Motor vehicle accidents On Passaic st Maywood. Police car swerves to avoid dangerous car and struck phone pole- Maywood cop injured after crash during evasive action. The officer avoided hitting the car but went off the road and struck a telephone pole.

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CAR OVER TURNES AND TRAPPED IN CAR ON RT 17

Engine 2 rescue 1 dc1 with Als and bls working a over turned auto with a entrapment on RT 17 North near Rt 80

BREAING NEWS

MAJOR Heroin arests in Closter

The Bergen County Prosecutor announced the arrest of Hackensack, Haledon, residents on charges of Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility, Money Laundering, and Trafficking in Fraudulent Documents.

The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force, the Closter Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office BCI Unit, the Hackensack Police Department, the Haledon Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force initiated an investigation into the illegal activities The investigation led Detectives to Closter, New Jersey, a modest ranch home in a secluded section of Bergen County!

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Truck accident causes major delay route 80 in Hackensack

Truck accident causes major delay- route 80 in Hackensack

the truck caught fire and tied up traffic on rout 80 in Hackensack

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Costco confirms it is closing Hackensack store next year

Costco has confirmed it plans to leave Hackensack store next year, once a new Teterboro location three miles away is ready. The move will make another Vacant lot in Hackensack

BREAING NEWS

Bergen County Sheriff- Nets Heroin Arrest In Lodi

On Wednesday October 8, 2014, Lodi Police & Bergen County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lodi man, NJ for possession of Heroin, according to Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino.

The detectives observed the man and a female acquaintance walking on Massy Street in Lodi. As the detectives watched the pair, noticed the officers looking towards them. they placed his hands in his front pockets and appeared to remove unknown objects from his pants pocket and throw the objects over a nearby fence.

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- City of Hackensack Fire Department, Backed up by Teaneck Fire Department in a mutual aid call responded to a structure fire on main street near the record store, Spokesman tells us that no one was injured, but most of main street and surrounding blocks were closed down due to the incident! Hackensack’s bravest and finest responded quickly! The came in about 1 am (Photos courtesy of HRG)

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I REPORTER -Homeless person sturck by 17 year old driver Tuesday night

It is sad person states; our hearts and prayers go out to the family's of the victim and the driver. the person was obviously distressed -struck By car in Hackensack Tues eve. If you or anyone needs to talk, please call the national hotline call 1-800-273-8255 or peer to peer in NJ-1-877-760-4987 or in Bergen County call 201-262-HELP!

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BREAKING NEWS-Hackensack Fire Dept Responds to Main Street..

- City of Hackensack Fire Department, Backed up by Teaneck Fire Department in a mutual aid call responded to a structure fire on main street near the record store, Spokesman tells us that no one was injured, but most of main street and surrounding blocks were closed down due to the incident! Hackensack’s bravest and finest responded quickly! The came in about 1 am (Photos courtesy of HRG)

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SPECIAL EVENT AT NEW TEEN CHALLENGE LOCATION IN LEBANON NJ

Teen Challenge New location in Lebanon almost completed with the help of many Volunteers!

The new donated 80 acre property now owned by “Teen Challenge of NJ”

This beautiful 80 acres of land was recently donated to Teen Challenge, a non 12 step Christian inpatient rehabilitation center which was based in probably the worst section of Newark. It is now located at the base of some of the most beautiful parts of the Appalachian Mountains in Lebanon NJ. I was recently invited by the Teen Challenge staff to help with many volunteers; everyone from plumbers to carpenters to mechanics and electricians all donating their time to help get the bungalows and the main building and the chapel ready for their soft opening around January!

I went over there with Pastor Ralph who is a plumber and he brought his crew and two trucks to install water heaters in some of the buildings and got all the work done in less than a full day! It was a nice cool crisp day and I got to see the volunteers, including clients of the program, in action helping out as well! A picture tells 1000 words, well I’ll let the pics tell the rest!

After we worked all morning, they treated us tosome great grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. It was a nice day and I got to take the 2 mile nature walk around the property. It definitely was a change from the atmosphere of their Newark location and they were truly blessed by the donation. “They still need a lot of help” the Pastor said. All the cabins and the main chapel had to be worked on. Of course they will need some more donations and you can donate to their great charity by going to their website : www.tcnewark.org/ or visit their current location-49 Brookdale Ave, Newark, NJ 07106 (973) 374-2206

I got to spend some time with some of the clients/volunteers of the program at the new site. I was very intrigued about how the program, this Christian Based non 12 step program, worked for some of them, especially since AA ,NA and the medical field say their really is no cure for addiction. In no way am I degrading or demoting the 12 steps since they work for millions of people around the world for so many years.

I met with Nick. He is a 23 year old alcoholic who has been in the program at teen challenge for 3 months and told me that he was court ordered to go or basically go to prison.

(Nick is on the left side of the photo helping out with some carpentry). I asked him about his struggles and his comparison to other programs he was in. in his words; “ I am glad I was court ordered here, I went to other programs including 12 step programs and just could not get a hold of my addiction and then I came here and found Jesus.” Now he says he does not have urges and believes that his higher power Jesus is saving him and he likes the new him even though he has only been in there for 3 months. I asked him if he could have made it with just a standard type rehab and going to AA meetings; he replied “No!” He stated that he likes the fact that here they don’t focus mainly on the addiction but on Christianity and how prayer and the Bible is the cure for him. I was amazed when I spoke with him.Talking to him actually made me question my faith in this area! We both said “GOD IS GOOD”! I told him about my AA upbringing and we chatted for a while and he seemed happy and full of energy; not like some people that I would normally come across at a rehab or 12 step meeting with 3 months sober who would probably be foggy and not really happy. He seemed genuine and had this glow about him!

I had spoken to some others that were there and they were all excited to be volunteering for this great cause. Some of the ones I met were-Joe the Painter, Mike the grounds keeper, Chris the carpenter and of course the leader in charge, Pastor Todd Sheehan. They were all working hard especially our Hackensack’s own Pastor Ralph the plumber.

All in all it was a beautiful day in the Appalachians. I got some great pictures of the area and the 2 mile trail was great exercise and was a very spiritual event. If anyone wants to volunteer or donate you can contact Teen challenge NJ www.tcnewark.org/ or visit their current location-49 Brookdale Ave, Newark, NJ 07106 (973) 374-2206 Pastor Todd was very excited and stated that they should be fully operational in early spring even though some of the clients that are also volunteering are staying there during the renovations! The clients/volunteers that I spoke to were very grateful to the program and Pastor Todd and find it very therapeutic staying there and giving back to Teen Challenge!

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NAACP HOLDS PEACEFUL PRAYER VIGIL IN HACKENSACK

Bergen County's NAACP president Anthony Cureton spoke at the Church on the Green because of the bad weather which was perfect, Pastor Don opened the doors to the community and elected officials to hear the NAACP's president speak about relations between police and the community in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths.

County Executive, Kathleen Donovan, Bergen County Freeholder Maura DeNicola were amongst the guests. there was song and a prayer by pastor Don. Mr. Cureton spoke about about the importance of community-police relations. for more information: http://www.bergennaacp.com/

Hosted at Bergen Community College in Paramus-James Tedesco III Takes Oath As New Bergen County Executive

At Bergen Community College in Paramus- James Tedesco III Takes Oath As New Bergen County Executive. With his Family at his side and a standing room only in the "Ciccone Theater" Mr. Tedesco vowed to keep his promises he made before election. Over 400 people filled the college. The Master of Ceremony was Judge Dressler. Supporting our new executive was United States senators: Robert Menendez, Cory Booker. Congressmen- William Pascrell Jr., Scott Garret. The Election Certification was by Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan. It was a poignant ending with the "Bergen County Academies Chorus" singing- "God Bless America"

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OVERNIGHT ACCIDENT; AFTERMATH LEAVES DESTRUCTION IN HACKENSACK

Overnight accident left some damage on Hudson street. this is the start of the holiday season-Hackensack police say they are in high gear watching out for dwi's and distracted drivers. This is the time when people are not careful on the roads. Drivers are thinking of shopping and other things instead of watching the roads, please DRIVE CAREFULLY!

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Law enforcement use social media to track and capture Criminals!

Like years ago on "To catch a predator", Now Law enforcement are using Software and following social media sites to catch many offenders. Many agency's have had Cyber Crimes Divisions, most now use these sites to catch the Criminals who post all kinds of disturbing illegal activities! As recently shown on CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/30/tech/social-media/fighting-crime-social-media/

On the other side, to quote CNN- "Some police violate Facebook policy by creating fake profiles"