Weekly County Wrap: Four-Alarm Fire, Fatal Car Crash, Protesters

Each week Patch highlights some of the top headlines from around Bergen County.

Four-Alarm Fire Rips Through Townhouse

No residents or firefighters were injured when a four-alarm fire tore into a six-unit townhouse complex in Fort Lee on Thursday. 

Police say a 22-year-old Hasbrouck Heights man was charged with vehicular homicide Thursday after his passenger died in an early morning drunk driving crash on Route 208 in Fair Lawn.

More than 600 people donned hoodie sweatshirts and marched in Englewood Sunday to show solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida.

Freeholders Ask State to Keep Murderer Behind Bars

The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders joined ranks with New Milford's mayor and council in passing a resolution asking that the New Jersey State Parole Board deny parole for convicted killer Christopher Righetti.

ACLU Targets Wyckoff Political Sign Ordinance

The American Civil Liberties Union has flexed its legal muscle in Wyckoff claiming  that the township's ordinance restricting durational limits on political signs is unconstitutional.

Ridgewood resident Jen Marchetti's award-winning education product is in the running to win an American Idol-styled contest to make the shelves of the world's largest retailer, and she needs your vote.

Landscaper Admits Avoiding Taxes with ‘Off the Books’ Payments

The owner of a Teaneck landscaping business pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to failing to pay and withhold payroll taxes through off the books payments to his employees, the Internal Revenue Service said.

Members Fight For Ambulance Corps' Undecided Future

The exact future of Mahwah’s ambulance system is undecided, but it will include volunteer squads, according to a statement made by township administration Thursday. The announcement was in response to members of the volunteer ambulance corps who asked the government to leave the current emergency response system in tact.

Outlet Fire Breaks Out at Charlie Brown's

With an hour to go until Charlie Brown's Steakhouse in Oradell was expected to open its doors for the lunch crowd Monday, members of the Oradell Fire Department responded to an outlet fire that expanded into the walls.

Twp. Emergency Officials Speak Against Shared Dispatch with County

Washington Township police, fire fighters and EMTs told the mayor and council Monday that entering an emergency dispatching shared service agreement with Bergen County will increase response time, potentially endangering the safety of township residents.


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