Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irene's touch down in Bergen County.
On this day one year ago, Hurricane Irene (actually Tropical Storm Irene, to be totally accurate) hit Bergen County. The torrential rainfall overwhelmed both the Saddle and Passaic rivers, causing flashfloods, while near-hurricane level gusts of wind knocked down power lines and scores of colossal trees that blocked streets and crushed homes. Patch was there through it all, providing live updates in the days leading up to the storm, continuing through the worst of the flooding -- the Passaic River crested at a century-high 14.19 feet -- and the water's gradual recession. The above galleries, which include a mix of professional and user-submitted photos and videos from Hurricane Irene in the neighboring communities of Fair Lawn and Saddle …
Monday, June 25, 2012
A series of interviews with residents and the pool's director on what to expect at Memorial Pool this summer.
If you're still on the fence about purchasing a Memorial Pool membership this year, here's a look from residents and the pool director at how things have shaped up since last year's devastating storm. -- Follow Fair Lawn Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Friday, June 1, 2012
The trailers were destroyed in Hurricane Irene.
In a recent development that borough manager Tom Metzler called a “major accomplishment,” Fair Lawn’s insurance carrier will reimburse the borough for the loss of the Memorial Pool trailers destroyed in Hurricane Irene. Metzler said the borough’s insurance would pay the full replacement value on the uninsured trailers -- initially chalked up as an unfortunate non-reimbursable loss – as well as the cost to demolish those damaged trailers and rent temporary replacement trailers, for a total reimbursement of $326,664. Although originally portable, the trailers became functionally immobile after bathrooms and gas lines were installed underneath them. With the borough unable to relocate them for that reason, the trailers became a casualty of …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that renovates homes, was on site in Fair Lawn Saturday helping resident Stacey Scott rebuild after Hurricane Irene.
Suffering mold and water damage from the effects of Hurricane Irene, but unable to afford repairs, Fair Lawn resident Stacey Scott turned to an organization called Rebuilding Together for help. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit whose mission is to bring volunteers, communities and local businesses together to improve the homes and lives of low-income individuals. The organization designated April as National Rebuilding Month, which concluded on the last Saturday of April with National Rebuilding Day. On National Rebuilding Day, the local Bergen County affiliate of Rebuilding Together undertook 10 projects, including fixing up Stacey Scott's Oak Street residence. Scott, who had been living with four-foot high growths of mold in …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Missed any of this week's news? It's all right here.
Monday, April 23 Borough Pushing to Expedite Rebuild of Brookdale Park Playground There is still no timeframe for the reconstruction of the Brookdale Park playground, which was devastated in an accidental fire two weeks ago, but the borough is making it a priority to rebuild. Borough Seeks Traffic Camera at Treacherous Intersection The borough will apply for a spot in the state's Red Light Running Automated Enforcement Program with the hope of having a traffic safety camera installed at the intersection of Fair Lawn Avenue and Saddle River Road. Fair Lawn Files for $845K in Hurricane Irene-related Losses A project specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has calculated Fair Lawn's total losses from Hurricane Irene at just …
Monday, March 26, 2012
The library's lower roof, not its upper roof, has a more serious leak and will be replaced first.
Further investigation has determined that it is actually the library's lower roof, not its upper roof, that is in most dire need of replacement, library director Tim Murphy revealed at last week's budget meeting. “After talking to both [borough engineer] Kenny (Garrison) and to [Department of Public Works director] Ron Conte, we’ve shifted and we’re going to replace the lower roof," Murphy said, while presenting the library's capital budget to council Tuesday. "Other than during Irene, the problems are on the east side of the building on Level D, so it seems prudent to do the lower roof first." The borough had already bonded $100,000 for the upper roof's replacement and will now go out for bid on the lower roof, which Murphy said is both …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Tests were conducted on the pool's sand last fall and came back negative for any contamination.
Ed. Note: Memorial Pool environmental test results are available in the attached PDF. The tests were conducted on Oct. 20, 2011 by Aqua Pro-Tech Labs. The cost for all initial testing -- which includes the ball fields and the playground -- was $6,965. The sand at Memorial Pool, which was submerged by flood waters from the Passaic River in the days following Hurricane Irene, is not contaminated and will not be replaced, borough manager Tom Metzler confirmed Friday. Some residents expressed concern that the pool's sand had been contaminated by sewage and would need to be replaced, but Metzler said that is not the case. Tests performed on the sand last fall came back clean so the borough has no intention of replacing the existing sand. …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
All but three Memorial Park trailers that suffered flood damage following Hurricane Irene are being demolished and removed from the site this week.
Memorial Park trailers that suffered severe flood damage after Hurricane Irene are being demolished and hauled off the site this week. Once the removal is complete, only the three trailers that housed the men's and women's bathrooms will remain. "If you were pulling into Memorial Park from Avenue of the Heroes, the first two trailers that you see on the left side at the higher elevation in the park – they’re staying," borough manager Tom Metzler said. "On the other side of the park where there’s the playground, there’s a single trailer up there that’s bathrooms as well. That’s staying also." The borough installed the portable trailers at the site just over a decade ago following Tropical Storm Floyd, with the intention of pulling them out …
Monday, January 30, 2012
In October, the borough applied for $4.2 million in Blue Acres funding to assist with the purchase of 38 flood-prone properties.
Following August's historic flood, the borough sought millions in funding for the acquisition of flood-prone properties from three sources -- New Jersey Blue Acres, New Jersey Green Acres and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As of last week, however, relief appears unlikely for the vast majority of residents who had hoped the borough might purchase their flood-ravaged homes. Fair Lawn learned last Monday that it had been denied Blue Acres funding and expects to hear more bad news from the federal government regarding its request for Federal Emergency Management Agency money. "We have not officially heard from FEMA on the funding, but candidly we are not optimistic that we are going to be receiving funding from FEMA," borough …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
A breakdown of the year's news by month
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Saturday, December 31, 2011
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. January The new year started with a number of appointments, including a new mayor, a new fire chief and Fair Lawn's first-ever town crier. Deputy Mayor Joe Tedeschi began the new year by touting the $1.3 million in savings the borough had accrued since it switched from private insurance to self-insurance. Policemen's Benevolent Association President David Boone questioned the merit of the switch to self-insurance and Tedeschi's …