In the past 12 months, Fair Lawn has endured historic natural disasters, faced a slew of lawsuits from police officers and elected a Republican council for the first time in over a decade.
The year ahead should usher in a wave of significant changes to the borough, but let's look now at the year that was 2011.
The new year started with a number of appointments, including a a and .
Deputy Mayor Joe Tedeschi began the new year by . Policemen's Benevolent Association President .
On the schools side of things, the announced that it would .
for "family reasons," following a 3-7 season.
February got off to a frightening start when . After the incident, , which . About a week after the attack, the snake and two other snakes owned by the man, were .
Newly released . Since 2000, Fair Lawn's African-American and Asian populations have more than doubled, while its Hispanic population has grown by 89 percent.
The slates for the November election started taking shape, as the . and .
The , while the from the year before.
, replacing Stan Myles.
A that also damaged two neighboring houses. and its to the home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. .
Fair Lawn High School's Girls Basketball team went on a surprising state playoff run as the 16th seed, . and before .
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that included a $73,158,200 tax levy—an increase of 1.75 percent from 2010—and cuts in custodial staff.
The with $45,586,520.11 in total general appropriations and a zero-percent increase for Fair Lawn taxpayers.
back in March, was .
Fair Lawn police were busy on the night of June 5/morning of June 6, dealing first with a and then with a .
that resulted in the team earning a .
At the end of June, Patch editor Jacob Kamaras, who launched the site in September 2010, bid . He's now the editor-in-chief of the JointMedia News Service.
In early July, . .
The following an outcry from residents living nearby.
In mid-August, .
Not long after Koeske took over, an and
One natural disaster was soon followed by another, as . Patch provided up-to-the-minute coverage of the hurricane and subsequent historic flooding for four days (, , , ). In all, the .
The extensive flooding caused by the hurricane forced while repairs could be made to the school's boiler room. During the school's forced closure, . In all, , which Superintendent Bruce Watson said would be reimbursed in full.
A controversy at the high school began brewing in early September when , presumably as a job action to speed up contract negotiations. By the end of the month, however, after a harsh public backlash, .
On Sept. 13, .
In late September, .
October opened with , this time at the .
At a council meeting in mid-October, related to severe flooding brought on by the hurricane. The next day, he backtracked, saying . A week later, at the request of Mayor Lisa Swain, .
The borough finalized its .
. Police said he was not considered a danger to the children, but instead was looking for items to steal. A few days later, to the man's trespassing charge.
After absorbing a month of stinging criticisms from parents and the Board of Education for their decision not to write college recommendation letters, . At the meeting, union president Gene Kuffel called out the BOE for delaying contract negotiations.
. As a result, . .
The borough received test results that confirmed the .
Fair Lawn took to the polls on November 8 for election day, with the choice of
, but in the end, . With Cosgrove's win, the Republicans took control of Fair Lawn borough council for the first time in more than a decade.
After the election, because of what he considered a conflict of interest that stemmed from their having county jobs. .
Stuart Pace, who ran as an independent, , but .
A Patch analysis found that . about the findings.
Some 5,000 Fair Lawn residents lost power on November 29, due to a supply line failure at a substation in Wayne, according to PSE&G. Residents went without power most of the afternoon and into the evening, until .
Sam Leigh broke the story that .
. This time, it was 31-year veteran Hiram Taylor.
After 18-plus months of working under an expired contract, . , but should be moving forward to finalize the tentative agreement in January.
The borough council decided it was in its best interest to . .
. She will replace current Mayor Lisa Swain after council re-organizes on Jan. 3.