Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Three local teenagers found the body of a resident lying face up in the woods behind the Memorial Middle School soccer field last Tuesday, police said.
Three teenagers discovered the body of a man lying face up in the woods behind the Memorial Middle School soccer field last Tuesday while walking along the path that overlooks the field after school, police said. The teens called out to the man from the path, which wraps around the soccer field and behind a half-dozen homes on 2nd Street, but received no response and subsequently notified police, Sgt. Brian Metzler said. Police responded to the scene and identified the man as a 25-year-old Fair Lawn resident. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bergen County medical examiner. The man's name is being withheld at the request of his family. The cause of death is still pending investigation, but it is not considered suspicious, Metzler …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
A team of Memorial School students and Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission employees worked in concert Thursday to revitalize the school's river walk.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Zak Koeske
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Seventh and eighth grade Memorial School students and members of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission teamed up late Thursday morning to revitalize the river walk and eco-village located on the middle school's property along the Passaic River. PVSC River Restoration Program members used heavy machinery to haul and spread wood chips and remove site debris, while Memorial students gathered trash from the river's banks and collected dry leaves for the eco-village compost pile. Since partnering to construct the river walk nine years ago, the school and the commission have worked hand-in-hand to maintain the area by holding bi-annual cleanup days. Memorial science teacher Craig Cohen, who also heads the school's environmental club, said …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Janean, 30 is in her seventh year teaching health and physical education at Fair Lawn.
Friday, September 14, 2012
With school just getting underway, Patch will be introducing readers to some of Fair Lawn School District's reigning "Teachers of the Year," as well as district educators who are moving into new roles in the district or who are simply new to the district. Each has been kind enough to answer a few questions we've posed to them about their teaching philosophy and what has informed their approach over the years. Janean Marxen, 30, is a health and physical education teacher at Memorial Middle School and its 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. She grew up in West Milford and now lives in Ogdensburg with her husband, Jesse, and their dog, Rocky. Janean graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Paterson University in 2006, with a bachelor's in Physical …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Natalie Lacatena will replace interim assistant superintendent Judith Moran on July 1.
It’s not often that Memorial Middle School principal Natalie Lacatena turns down an opportunity to try something new. “There’s not very many things that I’m going to say ‘no’ to,” said Lacatena, who on a whim after 9/11 agreed to dress as a clown in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and has kept up the gig for the past 11 years. “Why not try things? What’s the worst that could happen?” Knowing Lacatena, it’s not surprising then that when she was approached about replacing Judith Moran to become the district’s next assistant superintendent she jumped at the offer. A former special education teacher, Lacatena has worked as a district principal since 2003 -- first at Radburn Elementary and then for the past two years at Memorial. She’ll …
Monday, January 2, 2012
Over 400 runners came out Sunday morning to complete the Fair Lawn 5K Run / 3K Family Walk. An additional hundred-or-so family members, friends and support personnel stood by at the finish line.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Sam Leigh
Monday, January 2, 2012
The weather Sunday morning--50 degrees and clear skies--could not have been better for the over 400 runners and walkers that came out for the annual 1st Day 5K. Participants gathered at Memorial Middle School near the hockey rink and waited for the pace car to sound its siren. "The weather is perfect," said a stretching Dave Gendell, of Wayne. "I went out dancing last night but wouldn't have missed the first great run of 2012 for anything." Gendell joined the rest of the group just before the siren sounded, starting the race. A little over 16 minutes later the front runners sprinted out the last remaining steps to the front of Memorial Middle School. Bill, of BestRace.com, provided logistical support and tallied results as runners crossed …
Monday, December 5, 2011
The school's boiler room took extensive flood damage after Hurricane Irene
The renovation and restoration work required at Memorial Middle School following Hurricane Irene cost just about $1.2 million, Superintendent Bruce Watson said Friday. To date, Watson said the district had been reimbursed about $400,000 for the damages, but that it expects to eventually be completely reimbursed. "We’re very confident we’re going to get it," Watson said. "We have the acknowledgement that that’s coming. It’s just a matter of when." Watson said he wasn't sure when all of the insurance and FEMA money would come in, but said that until it does, existing funds will have to be shuffled between accounts wherever they're needed. "It’s all now accounting management," he said. "What money do we have? Let’s put it over here, declare …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Uncertain about the viability of a career in public education, Peter Goldberg resigned as a Memorial School math teacher shortly after being awarded the school's "Teacher of the Year"
Peter Goldberg was not among the more than 100 Fair Lawn Education Association members who packed the Edison School gymnasium Thursday night to admonish the Board of Education about the teachers’ still-unresolved contract situation. The reigning Fair Lawn Teacher of the Year still supports FLEA’s cause, but he is no longer part of it. Goldberg, 32, resigned from his position teaching mathematics at Memorial Middle School at the end of the last school year. His job’s future prospects had become too precarious, he said. “It was a hard decision because Fair Lawn has always been good to me,” said Goldberg, who spent five years teaching in the district. “But it’s just getting harder and harder to be a teacher, especially in this climate. So …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Superintendent Bruce Watson said he expects students to be back at Memorial within three weeks
At Wednesday’s Board of Ed meeting, Fair Lawn Superintendent Bruce Watson presented, and had approved, his thorough plan for Memorial School students while their building undergoes repairs. Parents and board members both applauded the precision and depth of focus of Watson’s plan, which covers transporting, feeding and educating the kids -- providing them with what he described as “95 percent” of what they would get at Memorial. “I really want to give Mr. Watson credit because he thought of everything that was needed,” board president Michael Rosenberg said. “This is as sound a plan as I think is possible in this situation, and you made a bad situation a whole lot better.” Starting Friday, Memorial sixth graders will begin classes on the …
Today's top Fair Lawn events and tips
"Five Things" is a daily Patch feature where we give you Fair Lawn's top five tips and events for each day of the week. Have a suggestion for a "Five Things" item? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org 1) Fair Lawn High School will hold a Back to School Night Thursday at 7 p.m. 2) The borough will host an informational meeting about FEMA Disaster Assistance Programs Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Borough Hall Court Room. 3) Broadway Improvement Corporation meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. 4) The Fair Lawn League of Women Voters meet tonight to discuss the federal government's role in public education at the Van Riper Ellis Education Building at 7:30 p.m. Entrance is on River Road and Bellair Avenue 5) Public Works employees will …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Students displaced from Memorial School due to flooding received council's approval Tuesday to relocate to the Fair Lawn Community Center
Fair Lawn council Tuesday approved use of the Community Center for housing displaced Memorial School students until their school building is ready. Flood waters inundated Memorial School last week, causing serious damage to its boiler room and the equipment stored there. Superintendent Bruce Watson originally estimated students would be able to resume classes at the school on Monday, Sept. 12, but revised those estimates after contractors provided increased damage assessments. Now the school is aiming to be ready by the end of September. Effective Friday, Sept. 9 through Sept. 30, the Community Center will exclusively house approximately 150 sixth grade students from Memorial Middle School during the hours of 6:30 a.m to 4 p.m., Monday …