Hackensack New Jersey; [VIDEO]- Blaze rips through Main Street business

Fire guts "Buy & Save" furnature store and two other stores

Buy & Save Furniture store located at 153 Main Street, Hackensack was gutted by a fast moving fire October 24, 2018. The "Kids Rule" & "the battleground" store's roof had collapsed said the building owner Eric Anderson. The next day sources said the new structure where Woolworths was, said to continue building the structure even after sources said there were obvious structural damage. OSHA did not yet respond to media requests as to why the new building is being worked on as the next door remains were still smoldering and why there were no modifications to the next door structures. plumes of smoke was seen for miles and near by buildings, employees of Bergen County could smell the smoke in their offices at One Bergen & II Bergen. The new structure that was damaged is one of the types of buildings the County Executive James Tedesco is trying to stop from using the cheap press board, threw legislation. He had also stopped to assess the damage. There was reported one injury but the extent is still unknown. Main Street had not yet re-opened.

Community Mourns after Paramus school bus crash

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Bergen County & state sends grief councelors to shcool Friday &

Teacher Jennifer Williamson and one student was killed in the crash yesterday May 17 'th in Mount Olive NJ and many others in area hospitals. Grief counselors will be at East Brook Middle School for students and staff.

Bergen county Division of MH has put out some information, an external link for crisis intervention> CLICK HERE

HRG Community News kicks off Spring / Summer "Meals On A Budget Series"

"Utilizing your local food pantry"

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"Utilizing your local food pantry" can help make your EBT & WIC last a bit longer

There are many food pantries in Bergen County & we have the listings but also have recipes that may also help stretch your food budget as well as safety tips. Here is the link for Meals on a budget> CLICK HERE

Check out all the food resources CLICK HERE

Be sure to check out all the news and resources on Face Book; for food CLICK> #MealsOnABudget

The Recipe below is: Baked Italian style zucchini: slice the zucchini, add thyme, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice if you want. mix, then bake for about 20 min. 350 degrees. take out, mix again add diced tomatoes, then mix. Keep in the baking dish, add more cheese of your choice top with some tomato sauce then more cheese and bake again for about 20 minutes. Eat cold or hot.

Video: "Meals On A Budget Series" Baked Italian style zucchini:

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Moonachie Police Department, BCPO still seeking public's assistance..

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Family pleeds for the public to call the tip line with information

Moonachie, New Jersey- Moonachie Police Department, BCPO still seeking public's assistance in the fatal hit & run of a Teaneck, New Jersey man & family pleads for the public to call Law enforcement with tips. 28 year old Brian Rossi was fatally struck on Jan. 5, 2018. ANYONE w/ info. call Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit at 201-226-5698 or the Moonachie Police Department at 201-641-9100

Bergen County-Single Mom Graduates NYU to pursue career in Social work; Goal-end Stigma of mental illness

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Tammy-Irwin-Smith Of Bergen County overcomes obstacles & tackles..

Tammy-Irwin-Smith Of Bergen County overcomes obstacles & tackles Mental health issues of her own. The single mom who's earlier years of hospitalizations for mental health issues has graduated NYU with a masters in social work. She has been juggling work, internship, and now taking care of her young son while perusing her social work degree and leading Fairlawn's "Stigma Free initiative" Promoting the awareness of education and ending the stigma of mental illness! "What makes her stand out is her passion and courage to pursue and challenge school, work, parenting. She is a real inspiration" says Judy Bains of Collaborative support programs of NJ. Smith continues her journey; parenting, educating and inspiring people with and without mental illness that a life of community service will change the landscape of how people perceive mental health. Resources for you or anyone you know with mental health challenges can find out more by clicking HERE

For the Fairlawn Stigma Free Face Book page CLICK HERE

Hit and run Paramus; DWP employee struck & police are searching for the Vehicle

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Tammy-Irwin-Smith Of Bergen County overcomes obstacles & tackles..

Tammy-Irwin-Smith Of Bergen County overcomes obstacles & tackles Mental health issues of her own. The single mom who's earlier years of hospitalizations for mental health issues has graduated NYU with a masters in social work. She has been juggling work, internship, and now taking care of her young son while perusing her social work degree and leading Fairlawn's "Stigma Free initiative" Promoting the awareness of education and ending the stigma of mental illness! "What makes her stand out is her passion and courage to pursue and challenge school, work, parenting. She is a real inspiration" says Judy Bains of Collaborative support programs of NJ. Smith continues her journey; parenting, educating and inspiring people with and without mental illness that a life of community service will change the landscape of how people perceive mental health. Resources for you or anyone you know with mental health challenges can find out more by clicking HERE

For the Fairlawn Stigma Free Face Book page CLICK HERE

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A car fled the scene in the early morning hit and run of Paramus DPW employee

Approximately 6:50 AM. police responded to a DWP worker who was struck by a motorist on Forrest Ave. and The worker was transported to Hackensack Medical Center. He was doing garbage collection when a car believed to be early 2000 silver Handa. The 30 year old victim is being treated for a broken ankle and foot. any information please contact the Paramus police Dept. at (201)262-3400 ext. 1110; If you want to get the Paramus Police "Tips" app. CLICK HERE.

New Englewood Food Pantry Shiloh A.M.E Zion Church Assisting....

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how you can sign up for the food pantry...

Many Blessed families in the community and to many of our clients at Never Alone Again Domestic Violence has helped. The congregation and committee making it possible as well as Organization,Theresa Johnston, CEO. ; Ms. E. Adams, Ms. Janie Wright, Mr. Frederick L. Johnson Rev. Givens, Mr. Carter Jackson and Mr. DeQuincy Elmore's and All the Committee members at Shiloh and congregation..... Anyone who is a Bergen County resident can; The Shiloh Food Pantry has Blessed many of our families today with a Turkey and trimmings for thanksgiving dinner. We will continue to get the word out! To be a Blessing to many. Register every 3rd Thursday of each month at 201-289-1718. Shiloh AME Zion Church Englewood 129 William St. Englewood, NJ 07631 ...

to support these organizations click here for AME

Click here t Support NAAG DV Org.

Halloween in Bergen County is full of old and new...

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As your walking in Mahwah down rout 202 on General George Washington's historic...

You hear the leaves crackling under your feet as your walking. You get lost and run into the old Nike base hidden in the woods in Mahwah. When you least realize it your deep in the woods at an old monastery where ghosts are known to hang out and scare the tourists.

there are so many haunted locations in Bergen County ; even right in hackensack. Church on the green was built right over the old cemetery with old bones popping up in the dungeon. To continue the haunted journey and check out some resources click below>

https://hrgmediaorg.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/halloween-is-almost-here-warning-some-of-these-haunted-bergen-locations/

Fairview police Officers & Police Chief save Emotionally disturbed man

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Training and more training, police save Fairview man's life.

Fairview police officers and Chief Martin Kahn had arrived to a residence in their town after a relative of a man believed to be depressed and bi-polar, and had a gun. After locating the person threw reverse 911 when he was not in the lot that he was supposed to be,

When they found the man, they spoke to him and told him not to worry right now about anything other than getting him help right then. Chief Khan said the Call was perfect and that his officers used patience and the training and that it could have ended much worse. Chief Khan told us "We are constantly training" for situations like this. We are glad this man will get the help he needs and understands that medication needs to be adjusted and changed occasionally. Chief Khan also mentioned the man suffered from anxiety and they are aware of mental health issues and Chief Khan has been on the force in town for decades.

Bergenfield NJ Major arrest of Weapons and ...

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on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, According to Acting Prosecutor...

KEITH A. KNAACK and LAURA V. RUDDIMAN both of Bergenfield were arrested on weapons charges and results of an investigation by conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor=s Office, Dumont, Bergenfield police departments and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Michael SAUDINO.

On Tuesday the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team executed a court authorized Search Warrant at suspects home in bergenfield . and recovered the following items; two AR15 assault rifles each with sliding stocks; one Ruger Mini 30 Assault Rifle with a folding stock; one Ruger Mini 14 Assault Rifle; one Ruger .22 Cal Rifle; one Walther PPK .380 cal handgun; -one Ruger revolver; one antique rifle w/ bayonet; -three high capacity ammunition magazines; -a large quantity of ammunition; and -approximately forty-five grams of Marijuana.

Many Weapons charges including; N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7B(1) – ONE COUNT OF HAVING BEEN CONVICTED IN THIS STATE FOR VIOLATING 2C:35-5A(1) (DISTRIBUTION OR POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE) DID KNOWINGLY OR PURPOSELY POSSESS FIREARMS, A CRIME OF THE SECOND DEGREE.

A statement By Bergen County Prosecutors office:

"Acting Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt" "Acting Prosecutor Grewal would also like to thank the Dumont Police Department, the Bergenfield Police Department, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit for their assistance in this nvestigation. "

After an eight month investigation , charges of- Racketeering and Thirtyone burglaries..

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North Jersey Residents can feel much safer after this 8 month investigation of.

the arrest of KYLE JACKSON Passaic, New Jersey-principal in a racketeering enterprise that was responsible for committing thirty-one residential burglaries in the three month period between November 2015 and January 2016, which occurred in Bergen, Passaic and Union counties. JACKSON is the third suspect arrested in connection to these burglaries and is one of four suspects that are the subject of an indictment unsealed on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, which relates to the overall criminal enterprise.JACKSON’s arrest is the result of an eight-month investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad under the direction of Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Deputy Chief Robert S. Anzilotti. In November of 2015, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad began investigating a series of residential burglaries reported in Bergen and Passaic counties that had similar characteristics. Property stolen from the residences included cash, jewelry, laptops and televisions. In most cases, the pillowcases from the homes were taken and used to carry the stolen proceeds.

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Acting Prosecutor Grewal would also like to thank the following law enforcement agencies that assisted in the apprehension of JACKSON, specifically the Hasbrouck eights Police Department and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.

Sexual assault arrest in Palisades Park ...

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According to Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal; On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the Palisade Park Police Department received a report that a sexual assault of a child occurred at a residence in Palisades Park on Sunday, June 19, 2016. The Palisades Park Police notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit and a joint investigation commenced. RAMON J. CONTRERAS of Palisades Park .

As a result of interviews and the investigation, Ramon J. CONTRERAS was arrested and charged with one (1) count of Sexual Assault (2C:14-2b), a 2nd degree crime and one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2C:24-4a), a 3rd degree crime. The Honorable Mark T. Janeczko, J.S.C. of Bergen County set bail at $100,000 with no ten percent option. As conditions of bail, Ramon J. Contreras is to have no contact with the victim and must surrender his passport. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail. He appeared in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for his first appearance on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.; bail was continued.

"Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Palisades Park Police Department for their assistance in this investigation"

Route 80 near Lodi A roll over Tractor Trailer during rush hour..

On June 12 at the beginning of the rush hour a truck carrying Flower rolled over near the route 17 enterance and the Hackensack FD was on the scene cleaning up the fuel spill. one person was taken to HUMC.

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Glen Rock Woman commits suicide Off Building in Hackensack

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A Glen Rock woman jumped off the roof of one of the Continental Plaza towers in Hackensack Friday afternoon, witnesses said. According to witnesses, She had been at a Dr.'s apointment others say she was at the SSA office.

Bergen County's Administration Building was evacuated......

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Thursday afternoon One Bergen was evacuated ....

According to authorities, A fire alarm was accidentally pulled on the fourth floor of the building and the building was evacuated as protocol. The building was checked and deemed safe to go back in according to Safety Director mickey Bradley.

Since Ford and others have dumped Chemicals in Ringwood...

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A Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting with the United States Environmental Protection Agency is planned for March. In Ringwood, "The 500-acre Ringwood Mines/Landfill site is located in a historic iron mining district in the borough of Ringwood in Passaic County, New Jersey. Site features include abandoned mine shafts and pits, inactive landfills and open waste dumps. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the 500-acre area was used for the disposal of paint sludge and other wastes generated at the Ford Motor Company's Mahwah facility." according to The Ramapough Conservancy and other groups will be there as the USEPA announced it has ordered more test wells to be dug near the Ringwood Superfund site this month.

For more information you can call The Ramapough Conservancy at

http://www.ramapoughconservancy.org/contact-us.html

The Storm will have one good outcome with.....

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Job opportunities widely available during and after the storm are widely available and here are some of the listings of companies and agency's that will hire jobs by the day, temp work and also x-offender friendly companies. Anyone can also be an entrepreneur but make sure that when you are doing it your self ; some towns might enforce their permit requirements. Here is the list:

Labor Ready Lodi Nj

http://www.laborready.com/jobs/detail/labor-ready/lodi/snow-removal-worker-lodi-1459

If you are an x-offender trying to get back on your feet in the Hackensack area contact Transition Professionals; they can help you with a resume, look for work & other help.-http://www.transitionprofessionals.org/ If you want to support this Organization check them out- http://www.transitionprofessionals.org/get-involved.html

Veterans-

This Company is looking for up to possibly 3 people for the storm- Victor M. Landscaping 90 Dewitt Pl, Hackensack, -Phone:(201) 270-6581

SNOW Removal for Paterson and Fair lawn area:

Call Martin-(201) 282-090

Danmar Construction & Landscape Website- Paramus -Phone:(201) 389-3617

A good resource for Bergen County, not only for the storm but all openings with Municipalities;

http://www.worklooker.com/nj-bergen-county-jobs.ph

Must have transportation-Terracare Landscaping 90 Ramapo Valley Rd, Oakland (201) 552-4461

The Thanksgiving holiday started off with The River Mission &....

The Thanksgiving holiday started off with The River Mission & continues threw out the week..

Starting at The River Homeless mission with On our own Wellness center having over 500 guests from Saturday November 21' st -22' Nd including take out meals. The Holiday season is on it's way! With NJ Food & Clothing rescue delivering about 1000 hot dinners a crossed north NJ and Salvation army's Thanksgiving breakfast serving over 325 the spirit of giving continues.

Eva's in Paterson had over 400 guests for their dinner and at "The Center" Many Volunteered including Bergen County's Executive Jim Tedesco and others. over 400 meals were served there.

Still going on-Mount Olive will be serving Community lunch-Saturday-11/28/2015. Around north NJ everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving.

Steve and Kon At the Center told me they look forward around the holidays to be able to come over to The Center- "Housing health & human services building" for the Food and the welcoming of Family Promises volunteers who also run Christ church's Thanksgiving feast. Over 6500-7000 meals were served in North NJ this holiday week. With many other churches and Organizations!

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Cancer affects all of us in one way or another and one man's quest to fight for Research...

David Potter at Morgan Jr. Arena in Wallington NJ has raised money for AACR..

With the help of Mike Morgan of Morgan Jr. Arena,(http://aceprowrestling.com/) David Potter has spent his time recently Wrestling for a cause. To raise money for the American Association for Cancer Research. (http://www.aacr.org/Pages/Home.aspx )

Mike and Dave have a personal interest Dealing with Cancer; David who is 28 years old now told us that recently his grandmother had passed away because of cancer and then after finding out about his step father having cancer he had passed away. David said "This one is for my Stepfather" As he was getting ready to enter the ring.

Mike Morgan has helped many charities at his Wallington location but this one was especially personal. A good crowd showed up and everyone was excited! Mike had told us that in his time there in Wallington he had helped many local kids take the fights off the streets and put them in the ring for a fun and positive experience. In the end, money was raised for Cancer research and you can click on the links and check out the information!

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Two Great Organizations Team up to grow a community garden to help feed thoughts in need..

Cancer affects all of us in one way or another and one man's quest to fight for Research

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Keep checking in, As this awesome project continues we will have more information

MEVO teams up with Chance Youth Development Organization to grow a community Vegetable garden in Hackensack NJ. They tell us that the produce should be ready for harvest in early fall! They wanted to feed thoughts in need with fresh produce; local Organizations and churches will be able to give as soon as they can.

Chance Youth Development Organization was started by a 15 year old girl; Dejah Gaiter, a 15 year old Teaneck Resident. "CYD" is a mentoring initiative that focuses on building esteem, empowerment, and overall wellness in young ladies. We promote higher education and career development by providing the knowledge, leadership skills and resources needed to effectively guide young ladies in their strides towards success"

Teamed up with MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization) Has many projects in the works. They are an environmental Organization our of Mahwah that does not only clean ups but have a Bee farm, Farming with education at Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah NJ. According to "The Record" -Fuchs-Stengel, of Mahwah, won a $5,000 runner-up for the "Berrie Awards"-and has been growing this garden for about a week now ...

Both Organizations are always looking for volunteers and you can contact them on their web sites:

https://www.chanceyouthdevelopment.org/

http://mevoearth.org/

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MEVO teams up with Chance Youth Development Organization !!

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Lisa (Sharon) Yancigay's Memorial Service Was held Tuesday July 21..

After Pastor Ralph of Emanuel Christian Fellowship in Hackensack spoke, The Director of "Bethany Christian services" A faith based adoption agency spoke about how She had met Sharon Yancigay about 16 years ago.She was called to Valley hospital after Lisa had a Baby girl and she wanted Sahara Melissa to be with a happy, safe Christian family. Many had tried to help her, spiritually guide her and encourage her to stop drinking said Pastor Ray.

Mary E. Sunden Was brief and said a prayer simply ending with "Farewell My Sister"!

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Keep checking in, As this awesome project continues we will have more information

MEVO teams up with Chance Youth Development Organization to grow a community Vegetable garden in Hackensack NJ. They tell us that the produce should be ready for harvest in early fall! They wanted to feed thoughts in need with fresh produce and local Organizations and churches will be able to give as soon as they can.

Chance Youth Development Organization was started by a 15 year old girl; Dejah Gaiter, a 15 year old Teaneck Resident. "CYD" is a mentoring initiative that focuses on building esteem, empowerment, and overall wellness in young ladies. We promote higher education and career development by providing the knowledge, leadership skills and resources needed to effectively guide young ladies in their strides towards success"

Teamed up with MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization) Has many projects in the works and has been growing this garden for about a week now ...

Both Organizations are always looking for volunteers and you can contact them on their web sites:

https://www.chanceyouthdevelopment.org/

http://mevoearth.org/

staff writer

Photos HRG News

POLICE SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP LODI 7 ELEVEN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

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Lyndhurst Library is back open after police incident.....

After the investigation at the Library; when a 36 year old man died the library has now reopened. This is the first incident in a long time library personnel states! It's reopening has not stopped people from coming in for their services. You can visit their website- www.bccls.org/lyndhurst

police say man took $800 at gunpoint from a Lodi 7-Eleven in an early morning robbery. if you have any information please contact Lodi police- Detective Nsonji Jones at (973) 473-7600 ext. 8129.

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CONTRARY to popular belief Hackensack Animal Shelter is now a NO-KILL shelter

All animal lovers will be happy to know that the Bergen County animal shelter is now a no kill shelter and has been for some time according to Shelter Director Deb Yankow. Resolution #239-15 Signed by the Bergen County Freeholders recently will certainly make all animal lovers happy. to adopt a pet you can go to the shelter at 100 United Ln, Teterboro

(201) 229-4600 Visit their Website at:

http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/index.aspx?NID=1002

story by Paul Nickels

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EVICTIONS ON THE RISE & FOR Bergen County According to 211.org....

According to 211.org there are only 3 Major agency's with "Homeless Prevention Programs" and The "Compassion fund" using 211 threw United Way. The 3 agency's require eviction notices and a 211 representative even admits that when someone gets that notice it's probable too late!

Bergen County is now aware that these organizations are usually out of funds and other situations other than loss of jobs or land lord tenant disputes, several people who wish to remain anonymous, say they have came really close to loosing their place because no one would get back to them when they called for help.

Bergen County is really working on this problem and instituting new measures to help thoughts that might be at risk of being evicted. More details coming soon!

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"PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT" WAS A GREAT SUCCESS THIS YEAR AND...

This years "Project Homeless Connect" was full of services, gift bags, Housing agency's, gift cards and even thought the snow changed the date to February 4'th their was a great turnout! The volunteers from Parisian Beauty Academy gave about 70 free hair cuts to the homeless that took advantage of this great event! The new County Executive James Tedesco Had a smile from ear to ear as he was given a tour of all the agencies, volunteers and all the hot meals that were being served!

story by Paul Nickels

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ALMOST TIME FOR THE HOMELESS POINT IN TIME COUNT IN OUR COUNTY AND.......

Katelyn from Monarch Housing Associates, Inc. and the WONDERFUL Sue Nottingham of Bergen County's Human Services at the P.I.T. (point in time) training

session at one Bergen Plaza Hackensack...there is just a bit more time to Volunteer to count the homeless this year for more information you can Call directly 201-336-7461 and on Feb. 4'th- send all homeless that you know to the Bergen County Homeless Shelter!! it was really nice meeting Monarch Housing people! in the pic volunteers like my self were taking notes on the HUD guidelines to get a count this year. BTW this is done Nationally every year on Jan. 28th.-(rescheduled in Bergen County due to THE STORM) for Monarch Housing in Cranford NJ gives us last years documents on the 2014 count for Bergen County and NJ. Katelyn Cunningham showed us thee #'s- Bergen County: 369 total persons homeless (271 households) - included in this number were 33 persons who were unsheltered. So there were 369 counted in Bergen County. Please call the County to volunteer for the count or call the County if you know where the homeless are in your Bergen County town. "Remember the count is to help, not to give away the location of the homeless person it is to get an accurate count". States a Bergen County employee

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Hackensack Medical Center discharges woman-Unethical & inhumane?

Approximately 8:10 Sunday morning a female in her late 40's was discharged from Hackensack medical Center without shoes. Walking on the rain soaked pavement, all she had was a light coat and socks which were drenched. She had told us she was just discharged from the Center and was not given anything to put on her feet other than the hospital socks and was let out on to the streets. She did not want to say anymore than that. I had called the hospital and asked if it was their policy to let discharged patience out with out proper attire? and if they regularly let patience out with no place to go; they declined to comment! This is not the first time that they have done this. Rarely do they ever come to the Bergen County Mental Health Board meetings. hopefully this will be brought to their attention that this is not acceptable!

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Joan Voss is ready to lead Freeholders of Bergen County

On Monday Joan Voss will be the Chairwoman of the Bergen County Freeholders. She is a Fort Lee Democrat and a former fort lee teacher. She is a great choice, the other freeholders told us. While David Ganz will still be a Freeholder on the Board. Voss was also a Ft. Lee Councilwoman.

(Joan Voss is standing behind the signing of the Bergen County PD/BC sheriff and Jim Tedesco signing the preliminary merger orders)

Story by Paul Nickels

Photo by Paul Nickels

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Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. Finds New location in South Hackensack

CBH Care of Hackensack located at 395 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601 201-646-0333 will be moving to a new location right near the South Hackensack Police Dept. Their lease is up and a representative of the Organization said that Hackensack; where they have been for many years that the town has not really liked them there. On the lines of the "Stigma free" movement happening all around the county doesn't seem to be catching on in the town. CBH Care has been helping people with Mental illness; and their PATH Program and homeless outreach which is housed there will be moving when the new location is ready. the landlord has accommodated the agency with a month to month lease for now. Sources tell us that it will be a hard sell to make Hackensack a part of the movement. and talks will continue after the holidays! CBH is a vital part of our community and needs to stay close to our County Seat!

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CHURCH ON THE GREEN Holiday Special Celebration

THIS Coming Tuesday; one week from today Church on the Green :

Cordially invites you to our

Christmas Concert &

Open House

Come anytime for coffee and doughnuts

Concerts at 3:30 – 4:30 and 5:00 – 6:00

Tuesday December 23, 2014

3:00 P.M. TO 6:30 P.M.

Historic Church on the Green (Founded 1686)

(Across from the Bergen County Court House)

42 Court St., Hackensack, NJ 07601 • 201-342-7050

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Redevelopment Update: 210 & 214 Main Street-Hckenack NJ

Mayor John Lacrosse calls for Adaptive Reuse of the former Bank of America Building gets Approved for Commercial & Residential! The City of Hackensack is taking another step forward in its ongoing efforts to revitalize and redevelop the downtown. On December 10th, the Hackensack Planning Board approved the adaptive reuse of 210 and 214 Main Street with approximately 132 residential units. The project includes a full interior renovation of both buildings that will convert the approximately 100,000 sf former Bank of America building into 95 apartment units and the four story 40,000 sf building into 37 apartment units. The buildings will feature three retail spaces that will front Main Street, including the renovation of the existing +35' interior lobby. In addition, the buildings will include large interior ceilings, a second level connection over the existing alley, a gymnasium, multifunctional community space and a rooftop garden over a new automated parking facility. Pictures /blue prints and the rendition of the new Revitalized Hackensack looks nice and will be starting soon! People in the Community give the towns new look Mixed reviews! Some say; as long as the historical section of the City stays in Historic Fashion it could be a Great new era of the City! Heritage Capital is looking to start demolition in the first quarter of 2015.

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ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS ROADS/INTERSECTIONS IN HACKENSACK....

We all know the dangers of river road, especially in the E. Broadway area and about 1/4 mile north where in 4 years there were over 5 major accidents at court street. We noticed that when the traffic signal was green for people to drive, the pedestrian signal stayed bright orange. We had notified the police to pass the word to the traffic division to fix this problem and the nice officer at the desk said they would pass it on to the traffic dept. On day 6 we called again to let them know the problem still exsisted. 7 days later this problem still exists we will keep trying to see if they will fix this problem, hopefully they will soon. The traffic division declined to comment! Notice the green traffic light and the orange pedestrian signal!

story by Paul Nickels

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Hackensack’s upper main street alliance sponsored the Capitol’s City Christmas tree lighting

Hackensack’s upper main street alliance sponsored the Capitol’s City Christmas tree lighting. The Hackensack High School's Choir Sung along with the Carolers and the Countdown started By Mayor John P. Labrosse to ring in the holiday season with the tree lighting! Then Santa stopped for a visit, along with Sponge bob and others to see the kids! It was a festive night even with the cold damp weather! The upper main street Alliance always puts on a great show. The kids loved it, although Santa was arriving late say’s the Mc at the event; “due to bad weather, he would be running late, the kids had a great time with free hot chocolate, popcorn, and NY style pretzels. Thanks to Al Dibs-the Chairman of the upper main street alliance and Member of the Hackensack Historical Society the show went on with the bad weather approaching!

writer-Paul Nickels

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In Hackensack; "It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas" ......

In Hackensack; "It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas" as Hackensack Road Dept. and DPW puts up holiday Decorations..finishing up on Hudson Street the road crew sprucing up the City. All hands on deck said a Road dept. worker as they were finishing up, the old town square looks really nice a passer by stated!

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH Hackensack’s Police director Michael Mordaga

I was recently given a chance to catch up with the busy Hackensack Police Director Mike Mordaga in an informal chat about many things. One of his achievements was that he was in charge of the prosecutor’s office back in the late 80’s. He had big responsibilities back then overseeing divisions such as NTF, Homicide, Sex crimes & many others.

Now he heads one of the busiest police forces in the county. We spoke about how he and his team are busy and always working on the “quality of life” here in our county’s seat Hackensack. Our discussion lead in the direction of the homeless and the Bergen County Housing, Health & Human services department lead by Julia Orlando, Mary Sunden and Jodi Goffredo. Mike made it a point that as time goes on, even though situations evolve and there are always obstacles, the great folks at the homeless shelter do an excellent job and are working well together with the Police Department and other agencies to make the town and the county a better place. I asked Mr. Mordaga”What have you been doing about the growing number of homeless and the new challenges, problems and situations that arise with the homeless.” He replied “I am constantly working with the shelter and the great staff at the Housing Health and Human Services Department.” At the end of the interview he made a point for me to mention. He wants everyone to know: “ I want to thank all the staff at the shelter especially Julia Orlando, Mary Sunden & Jodi Goffredo for their GREAT work and team work, and all the staff for their tireless team work with the Hackensack Police Dept. and other agencies in helping the homeless.”

Mr. Mordaga made it a point on the record to thank them and the great relationship that has evolved with him and his team, the community and their dedication in helping homeless, the community and everyone in need! Over all he is very grateful to be a part of the team work in making our community better, safer and wish them the best!

Editor-Dee O'Brien

Staff Writer-Paul Nickels

(Photo Courtesy HRG)

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Pastor Ralph of Church Emanuel of Hackensack NJ would like-all to pray.....

Pastor Ralph of Church Emanuel of Hackensack NJ 34 Van Wettering Place is an intake site for an organization Called teen challenge. they help anyone with addiction and is inpatient program Christian based and just got a new parcel of land donated to them in Lebanon, NJ.

Basically today Pastor Ralph will be going to the court house to ask the the Judge that this young adult would be released to Teen Challenge to get the recovery he needs. limited details right now but He is asking all to pray that the judge has a heart and let this young man go to the program and start the recovery process! So please pray for the parties involved as per Pastor Ralph's request !! if you need information on Teen Challenge teen and adult programs you can go directly to their web site -

http://tcnewengland.org/locations/new-jersey-mens-campus/

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Veterans Day was Bitter sweet ; An emotional occasion at the "Green" in Hackensack

The Mayor of Hackensack gave an emotional and patriotic speech at "The Green" Yesterday many attended and there was the Hackensack Police director, councilmen and Clergy it was a good day for the Remembrance of our Vet's and our active members of the Military! A poignant moment a member of the Hackensack Marching band played Taps at the end of the service!

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(Photos courtesy-Paul Nickels)

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St Joes of Bogota Getting a helping hand stocking their food pantry

shop rite and met one of the churches that are listed in my guide of food pantries; St Joes of Bogota was there collecting food for the pantry as shoppers walked out it's A GREAT CAUSE the woman doing it told me that they are probably going to do it once a month at the Hackensack Shop rite! they are listed in our resources guide under Bogota food pantry site>

http://homelessresourceguidenewsorg.zohosites.com/bogota.html

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It's getting cold out and homeless are having a hard time finding shelter

Local shelters around the northern NJ area are getting filled up due to the climate change. A spokesperson from Monarch Housing in states that some people may have to go to out of the county to find shelter! Bergen County Health and Human Services is trying to get people housing and many that are not county residents are sent to Paterson shelters. Hudson County shelters like the ones in North Bergen area won't take out of county residents. Here is a listing of Passaic County shelters that will take Bergen County residents.

story-Paul Nickels

Editor- Dee O'brien

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HACKENSACK CITY FIRE DEPT. CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

was a great day for the City of Hackensack Fire Department!!!! Their 100 year anniversary. Everyone was there and they even had an old fire truck! All supported them and came out for the food and beverages. it was really a grand occasion! i liked it it was almost like a fire Dept "Wet down" (simple terms that means when a FD gets a new truck they have a celebration!) that it was. we commend them for 100 years of saving lives!

story by-Paul Nickels

Photo Courtesy -HRG

Editor-Dee O'Brien

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LOCAL NEWS-Center for Food action Looking for help for this thanksgiving time

support is needed now so that MANY families will be able to have a nice Thanksgiving. in New Jersey (CFA) has as its mission, “preventing hunger and homelessness and improving the lives of individuals and families living in poverty.” To this end, CFA provides emergency food packages, rental and utility assistance, counseling, advocacy and other essential services to those in need living in northern New Jersey.

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A. SANZARI ENTERPRISES DONATES ITEMS TO CHURCH ON THE GREEN

It was a Gracious occasion at the A. Sanzari Enterprise Building in Hackensack NJ 07601 Where the Family, friends and tenants presented Their efforts in a building wide food drive for thoughts in need to the Church on the Green, Pastor Don McCracken had also Received prior; many blankets for the Homeless by Mr.A. Sanzari himself and His executive assistant! They are a great Giving family and we are for ever thankful For the Sanzari Family!

Hackensack Clean Up

Today was the Clean up in Hackensack. Many joined the efforts to clean up our community. groups such as the Elks, KSAP- Kid's Safety Awareness Program- www.KSAPTeam.org, St. Antony's, fairleigh dickinson university, and S.O.A.R. Was there again! The whole Group was organized By Charlotte of Hackensack.org. The weather great and many of the parks and streets were cleaned up!

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Clean up Day in Hackensack also had the town's help with use of the Arts Building

for the grand finale. Pizza was served to all the kids that helped out! And of course a thanks to Charlotte for getting the whole day organized!

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editor-Denise O'Brien

Staff Writer Paul Nickels

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Bergen Counties’ 5’th anniversary HRG congratulation all of the team members that help to make it all possible! all kinda of resources

It was a grand occasion, Julia Orlando who has been in charge of the shelter since it opened announced many great things about her team and what the shelter has done in 5 years!

Many spoke at the occasion including guests (Former) whom have received housing!

Mary Sunden thanked all her team for working together!

one of the main key points that Julia Orlando mentioned was that in next step over 39,000 people from the community were helped with various Services!

Family Promises has served over 300,00 meals at the Center! Julia received many awards that day! Jodi has been helping many find housing!

One of the former residents “Guests” mentioned that without the shelter this county, and the nation would have major problems !!!

Stay tuned for more updates and the full article as usual look below for al the resources you need ! CONGRATULATIONS JULIA AND HER TEAM

Mary Sunden had been introduced up to the podium and humbly stated that she could not have done it with out her great team and that Christ Church CDC has worked well with her for many years! Julia Orlando stated that Basically with out her She would have a harder time at the shelter, managing it and had been friends for many years and that Mary’s professionalism and compassion for homeless was out standing!

After many others spoke especially Eddie, a former homeless person that got housed by the shelter whom he stated that Mary was stern but guided him and many others in the right direction and basically stated that with out Mary and the shelter, the county would be in disarray !!!

among the guests; Chief Higgins – BC PD, Police director HPD Mordaga, Bruce Walenczyk- chairman of the housing authority, Freeholder James Tedesco the 3’rd and the one that Julia stated was and is the greatest supporter and always had her back; County executive- Kathleen Donovan.

Over all it was a very happy day for Bergen county and so many that Julia had gathered as her support; she was so grateful and almost got teary eyed, knowing she had so much support and is always evolving with the way we all do and she keeps up with the new demands and always is on top of things and says she today even is learning ways to better the community, the shelter and our county & state as well a being on the governors council against homelessness!

Congratulations, Bergen county housing , health and human services building for 5 dedicated years of serving our community and our state!

(staff writer-HRG- (https://www.facebook.com/hrg.homeless.nj )

Editor-Dee O'brien

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Bergen County Farmers market open every Wednesday! Garden State's BEST

Bergen County Farmers market now open every Wed. 11-2 Thanks to BC Executive Kathleen Donovan Fresh fruit and Vegetables, can be bought and the products are Jersey grown, that's the best part!

writer- HRG

Editor-Dee O'Brien

(photo Courtesy-Paul Nickels)

Bergen County Farmers market now open every Wed. 11-2

Bergen County Farmers market now open every Wed. 11-2 Thanks to BC Executive Kathleen Donovan Fresh fruit and Vegetables, can be bought and the products are Jersey grown, that's the best part!

writer- HRG

Editor-Dee O'Brien

Varack Church 150 years; 1'st NJ's African American Church

The parade was a great honor for the first African American church 150 Years of service! Some of the guests included Police director Mordaga , Councilman Dave Sims, and The Comets Hackensack Marching band. Pictures coming soon!

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CAP'S NEW WEATHERIZATION BUILDING ON STATE STREET

CAP'S NEW WEATHERIZATION BUILDING ON STATE STREET is all ready, but you can still get the weatherization forms from main street cap.

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The 150 Aniversary Parade of Varick Church on Atlantic St. Hackensack

Great Parade On Atlantic street for the first African American Church in the state. They do Help the community and Feed anyone in need alternating with New hope church on1'st st Hackensack! The Parade had The hackensack Comets, marching band, Police Director Mordaga,Councilman Dave Sims and others! It turned out to be a great day

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Hackensack’s upper main street alliance sponsored the County Capitol’s City Christmas tree lighting

Hackensack’s upper main street alliance sponsored the County Capitol’s City Christmas tree lighting. The Hackensack High School's Choir Sung along with the Carolers and the Countdown started By Mayor John P. Labrosse to ring in the holiday season with the tree lighting! Then Santa stopped for a visit, along with Sponge bob and others to see the kids! It was a festive night even with the cold damp weather! The upper main street Alliance always puts on a great show. The kids loved it, although Santa was arriving late say’s the Mc at the event; “due to bad weather, he would be running late, the kids had a great time with free hot chocolate, popcorn, and NY style pretzels. Thanks to Al Dibs-the Chairman of the upper main street alliance and Member of the Hackensack Historical Society the show went on with the bad weather approaching!

writer-Paul Nickels

Photos courtesy-Paul Nickels

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Veterans Day Memorial at the USS Ling in Hackensack NJ

Many Veterans, on this tragic day in history came to the USS Ling especially Veterans of the WWII Submarine units showed up for the ceremony. One of the Veterans Joe Mongelli was their and he told me he was on the USS Lapon #260 one of the other guests included Bergen County Freeholder Maura DeNicola who's son is now deployed! Many came to show their support including Rutherford's American Legion Post 109.