Saturday, May 11, 2013
A juvenile was taken to the hospital with a head injury late Friday night after being assaulted at Berdan Grove, Fair Lawn police said.
Based on information provided by law enforcement, an earlier version of this story stated that a rock was used in the attack. Police have since determined that no rock was involved, only a fist, according to a detective who was working the case. One Fair Lawn teen was in police custody and another was in the hospital Friday night following an after hours fight at a local park, police said. A personal argument that had been brewing for a few weeks escalated into violence by the handball courts at Berdan Grove around 11 p.m. when a 15-year-old resident tackled a 14-year-old resident to the ground and punched him in the head, Sgt. Brian Metzler said. A group of about 10 teenagers witnessed the attack, which involved only the two teens, both …
Friday, February 8, 2013
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Friday, February 8
Upon learning it had the county's blessing Tuesday, borough council agreed to take $80,000 in county grants initially intended for the creation of a skate park at Walsh Pool and transfer those promised funds to the construction of a barrier-free playground at Berdan Grove. The skate park, while not abandoned entirely, is firmly on hold until Fair Lawn All-Sports returns to the council with its plans for expanding the organization's footprint at the former Walsh Pool site. All-Sports' preliminary plans, which have not yet received council support, call for building a baseball and soccer field around the skate park. While several council members said they intend to honor their earlier commitment to relocate the skate park, some residents …
Council has elected to reallocate $80,000 in county grants originally intended for the construction of a skate park at the former Walsh Pool to a barrier-free playground at Berdan Grove.
Residents eagerly awaiting the return of Fair Lawn's modular skatepark will have to wait a while longer. After backing a multi-phase plan to expedite the transformation of Walsh Pool into a skate park for much of the past year, council abruptly changed course Tuesday and reallocated -- with the county's permission -- all of its skate park grant funding to the construction of a barrier-free playground at Berdan Grove. "Berdan has been established as the perfect place [for the ADA playground]," said councilwoman Lisa Swain, who supported the $80,000 fund transfer. "That playground is overdue for a total makeover and we need to think about our residents with special needs, they need a place to go." The reprioritization of funds comes less …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The borough has tried to curb the problem through various means, but has been largely unsuccessful at deterring violators.
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- Zak Koeske
Thursday, September 20, 2012
It's not unusual on summer mornings to find empty bottles, cigarette butts and used condoms littering the grounds at any number of the Fair Lawn parks that serve as late night hangouts for area teens. Disgusted residents have brought the issue to the borough's attention on multiple occasions, borough manager Tom Metzler said. While each complaint is taken seriously and addressed, finding a permanent solution to the problem has proven elusive. The borough has tried discouraging kids from hanging at parks after hours by turning off field lights and emphasizing police and auxiliary police checks, but there isn't a whole lot that can be done to curb the problem short of having a police officer sit at the park all night long, Metzler said. …