Saturday, March 16, 2013
Revenues gleaned from the borough's implementation of third-party ambulance billing last March have met expectations.
Fair Lawn's controversial decision to begin billing patients' insurance companies for ambulance transport last year has shaped up to be the cash cow council had hoped. The borough, which implemented third-party ambulance billing last March 1, brought in about $280,000 in billing revenue last year and anticipates closer to twice that amount — about $600,000 — this year, borough manager Tom Metzler said. When council began considering ambulance billing in 2011, then-Deputy Mayor Joe Tedeschi said communities similar in size to Fair Lawn that utilized the practice had brought in between $500,000 and $600,000 per year, so Fair Lawn is spot on with the revenue it's generating. Under the borough's ambulance billing arrangement, third-party …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A man driving a green SUV struck an elderly woman walking down Fair Lawn Avenue Thursday morning and then sped off westbound, police said.
An elderly Fair Lawn woman was struck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday while walking down Fair Lawn Avenue near the intersection of Chandler Drive, police said. The driver, described by witnesses as a middle-aged white male, allegedly struck the woman with the left side of his green 2001 Toyota wagon while attempting to exit the strip mall located at the corner of Fair Lawn and Chandler, then sped off westbound down Fair Lawn Avenue. A witness at the scene told police that after hitting the woman the driver stopped, looked back and appeared to observe the victim on the ground waving her arm, and then proceeded to drive away. Police and Ambulance Corps members tended to the woman on the sidewalk in front of the strip mall for about 20 …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Fair Lawn has sent crews to offer assistance in Toms River, Moonachie and Little Ferry since Monday's Superstorm.
Fair Lawn's emergency service volunteers, many living without power and heat at their own homes, have worked around the clock since Sandy swept through the area Monday. In addition to the well over 100 calls that Fair Lawn's fire department, rescue squad and ambulance corps have answered in town this week, some members have also deployed to towns that suffered far greater devastation than Fair Lawn. This week, the fire department has sent engines to fight structure fires in the neighboring communities of Saddle Brook and Paterson, watched over Glen Rock while its volunteers attended the funeral of a long-time member and sent task forces to Ocean County and Route 46 in Teterboro for fire calls and evacuations in Toms River, Little Ferry, …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A Hillside Terrace resident suffered serious head injuries when a large tree fell on her house, Lt. Derek Bastinck said.
NORTH JERSEY -- An elderly woman who suffered serious injuries Monday evening when a giant oak tree fell crashing into her house and right on top of her, pinning her underneath, is expected to survive, police said. Lt. Derek Bastinck said the son of the Hillside Terrace woman stopped by the department Tuesday to tell them his mother had stabilized. The woman suffered serious head lacerations and head trauma in the accident, and was trapped underneath the tree until a neighbor pulled her out, police said She was conscious and alert when transported to Hackensack University Medical Center Monday night, police said. The Fair Lawn Rescue Squad, ambulance corps and police all assisted at the scene. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Authorities have yet to determine the cause of a fire that started Friday morning in the basement of a Boyd Street home.
A small fire caused minor damage to the basement of a Boyd Avenue home Friday morning. Authorities have yet to determine what sparked the blaze, but fire marshal Jay Bender said it is not suspicious. Two individuals -- a man and his girlfriend -- were in the house when the fire started. The man, who wished to be identified only as Rey, said after he spotted smoke and a small flame in the basement, he immediately evacuated the house and called the fire department. All four fire companies rushed to the scene just after 9 a.m. and had the fire under control within 15 minutes, Chief Eric Reamy said. The ambulance corps and rescue squad also responded. Reamy said the fire was confined to one room that contained mostly storage materials. "One …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Four cars were involved in a chain reaction collision during rush hour Friday on Plaza Road and Berdan Avenue, adjacent to the Route 208 ramp and Ambulance Corps building.
A four-car accident at the intersection of Plaza Road and Berdan Avenue just after 5 p.m. Friday snarled traffic and briefly closed the Route 208 on-ramp, but resulted in no serious injuries, police said. Fair Lawn resident Freeman Miller said he was heading home from work driving south on Plaza Road when an Acura coming the opposite direction on Plaza tried to make a quick left turn in front of him at the Berdan Avenue intersection. Miller didn't see the car and plowed into it. "One guy made a left turn and the guy that I hit tried to sneak in behind him to make the left turn before I got into the intersection, but he couldn't make it," Miller, 73, said. "Before I knew it, I was on top of him...He was hidden behind the first car." The …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The borough website now contains a Frequently Asked Questions page about third-party ambulance billing
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Third-party ambulance billing, which went into effect March 1, is expected to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for the borough -- although the first financial report won't be available until at least June 1. While most things will remain the same for residents, questions about the practice continue to persist, so council instructed the manager to post on the borough website a list of answers to the questions they hear most often. "Around town as I speak to people there’s still a lot of uncertainty in regard to the third-party billing for the ambulance corps," Deputy Mayor John Cosgrove said at a recent council work session. "I think we need to continue to educate residents." A couple of the key differences residents might notice …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The 1st Day 5K is a race held annually on Jan. 1 and sponsored by the Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Club
The Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Club will once again kick off the new year by holding its 10th Annual 1st Day 5K Run and 3K Family Walk. The run/walk, which covers a mix of slight inclines through the streets of Fair Lawn, begins at 11 a.m. at Memorial Middle School on Jan. 1. The first 300 participants receive goodie bags and t-shirts, and prizes are awarded for both male and female participants by age category. (Click here to see pictures of some of last year's winners) Participants who pre-register by Dec. 21 receive a discounted rate. All proceeds go to support Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary charities, like Register here or fill out this entrance form and mail it with entrance check to: Honey Morgenstern C/O Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary PO Box …