Monday, December 17, 2012
Santa and his elves will surprise a Fair Lawn family in need again this year.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
When Liz Twiggs learned last year that one her Fair Lawn Food Pantry clients couldn't afford a Christmas tree, she sprung into action and -- with the help of Fair Lawn police detective and Van Riper Ellis Broadway Baptist Church pastor David Boone -- launched, "Operation Santa Boone." Twiggs, Boone and a couple kindly elves delivered a pre-lit tree, a wreath, two shopping cartloads of food, some small gifts and an additional top secret Christmas gift for her client and client's family during a surprise night time run that was aided by members of the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad. Patch has uncovered a top secret, heavily redacted memo that indicates Santa and his Elves are planning an "Operation Santa Boone" sequel. The whos, wheres and whens of …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Fair Lawn police detective David Boone was installed Sunday as the new senior pastor at Van Riper Ellis Broadway Baptist Church.
David Boone returned to his boyhood church in a new capacity on Sunday. At a church ceremony attended by friends, family, co-workers and local political dignitaries, the Fair Lawn police detective and local Policemen’s Benevolent Association president was installed as senior pastor at Van Riper Ellis Broadway Baptist Church, where he’s been preaching since November. As a teenager, Boone assisted with the youth program and even preached his first sermon at the Broadway Baptist Church in Paterson before it merged with Van Riper Ellis Memorial Church to become what is now Van Riper Ellis Broadway Baptist Church (VREBBC) on River Road. The church had been without a senior pastor for over two years before welcoming Boone, who had most recently …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Police Chief Erik Rose and Captain Joseph Cook face multiple lawsuits filed by borough police officers who seek punitive damages for an array of complaints
Fair Lawn council is expected to vote Tuesday in favor of shielding Police Chief Erik Rose and Capt. Joseph Cook from liability in three lawsuits filed against them by two borough police officers. In addition to being sued in their capacity as borough employees, both Rose and Cook also face personal suits from Sgt. Michael Messina and Lt. Robert Kneer that seek punitive damages for harassment and retaliatory tactics, among other things. A fourth lawsuit, filed by 31-year Fair Lawn police veteran Hiram Taylor on Nov. 18, also names Rose and Cook as defendants, but is not included on Tuesday’s agenda. Mayor Lisa Swain said that’s because borough manager Timothy Stafford only learned of the additional lawsuit Monday when it was reported in …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Fair Lawn Policemen's Benevolent Association President David Boone responds to reader's inquiries about police layoffs and furlough days last year.
Due to questions I've received from readers regarding the police layoffs last year, I asked PBA president David Boone to respond and present the police department's perspective on the matter. Here's what he had to say: It's easy to say that we should just take furlough days and the matter is over, but the answer is a little more complicated because you are dealing with public safety and the safety of officers. I will try to address it though in these points: 1. We were already down quite a few officers and if officers did agree to take furlough days it would have caused overtime and that in turn would have been more expensive to the borough than the savings. It doesn't make sense to do this option. 2. With officers on furlough days it…
Monday, October 17, 2011
Fair Lawn Police Detective and PBA president David Boone comments on remarks made by council candidate Cristina Cutrone at Sunday's forum
Monday, October 17, 2011
I had the opportunity to attend the October 16th Fair Lawn Candidates Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and I must say that it was an eye opener. I had some hope when the question was asked about communication with the police department. All candidates seemed to understand that open lines of communication with all employees are vitally important. But then candidate Cristina Cutrone began to elaborate on her ideas of communication. She spoke about “disgruntled” employees filing law suits. She immediately showed her complete inability to understand the bigger picture of what is really going on in the police department. She has already taken “sides” and she is going to stick with it, no matter what the facts show. She …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The borough will hold a Sept. 11 Remembrance Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Fair Lawn will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. outside the Municipal Building at the Memorial Wall. The ceremony will honor the three Fair Lawn residents who lost their lives on 9/11 --Susan Huie, Richard Rosenthal and Jennifer Kane -- as well as Frank Connor, a Fair Lawn man who died in a terrorist bombing at Fraunces Tavern in New York City in 1975. The borough will unveil a 3-foot-tall by 1-foot-wide piece of World Trade Center steel at Tuesday’s ceremony. The steel was acquired earlier this year from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Assistant borough manager Jim Van Kruiningen said that, unlike the steel received by the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad, this piece was a straight beam…