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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:25pm
A woman in her pajamas confronted a man who was trying to steal her family's car from the driveway Tuesday morning and apparently scared away the man and his getaway driver.   She went outside, yelled at them and they fled, said Mike Hislop, a neighbor who was roused by the commotion.   "I heard screaming at 2:10 a.m. and shot out of bed," Hislop said. "As soon as I looked outside I just saw a guy jump into a truck and just tear off."   The attempted car break-in marked the beginning of a high-speed chase in which one of the suspects was shot to death by police and the other was taken into custody, authorities said.   The suspects pulled up to the Newell Place residence around 2 a.m. and tried to steal a white Nissan Altima that was parked in the driveway, said the borough police chief, Louis Ghione. Read More    
Joe Bianchi, Dan Pronti
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 6:17pm
Granell, Yampaglia vote “no” and stand tall with weary homeowners! NORTH ARLINGTON – Republican mayoral candidate and North Arlington Councilman Joe Bianchi (R) voted once again last evening to raise property taxes on homeowners for the fourth time in seven years (click here – see attached resolution)! Being promoted by the Republican Party as “Pal Joey,” Bianchi has once again “flipped-flopped” on taxes after claiming to be against this budget just a few weeks ago! Bianchi was joined by his running-mate and freshman Councilman Dan Pronti who was narrowly elected last November on the heels of the Chris Christie landslide against Barbara Buono for governor. Pronti, who was profiled in an article posted at GardenStateJournal.com as a tax cutter and budget expert has failed to reveal this so called plan to his colleagues or apparently anyone else. The conservative web site said Pronti had a plan to fix what was described as North Arlington’s “tax conundrum.” This web address as well as...
Dan Pronti, Daniel Pronti, North Arlington
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 3:46pm
Freshman Republican Councilman Dan Pronti seems to have a problem with lot's of people these days in what is a recurring theme in his desperate attempt for reelection. Narrowly elected last year on the heals of a Chris Christie landslide, the retired Montclair cop hasn't stopped campaigning and doesn't seem to have any interest in governing! Constantly fighting with Mayor Pete Massa and now Freeholder Steve Tanelli, bipartisan compromise or cooperation with members of the other party doesn't seem to be something he cares about. His friends at the conservative web site GardenStateJournal.com told us that Pronti was an "expert" in municipal budgeting and that he had a solution to solve North Arlington's "tax conundrum." When he was confronted about his expertise and solution to these problems, Pronti distanced himself from the article and claimed he had nothing to do with it! If Mr. Pronti didn't have anything to do with it, who did? When NA Democrats aggressively sought a debate...
Steve Tanelli, Meadowlands
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 8:36pm
Bergen County Freeholder Steve Tanelli joined the MIT CAU + ZUS + Urbanisten design team and Hackensack Riverkeeper, Captain Bill Sheehan, for a “New Meadowlands” Eco-Cruise to celebrate with community members, businesses, and Meadowlands leaders who contributed their ideas to the Rebuild by Design process that lead to the "New Meadowlands" proposal's selection as a winner. The group viewed how this project has integrated a vision for protecting, connecting, and growing this area responsibly. This project will transform the Meadowlands basin to address a wide spectrum of risks from flooding or overdevelopment.  “These are the types of projects and out of the box thinking that is going to be needed in finding solutions to flooding not only in the towns that border the Hackensack River but towns that  border the Passaic River as well as troubled areas in northern Bergen County.” said Tanelli. “If these methods work than they can be implemented in the most low lying flood-prone areas....
Mark Yampaglia, North Arlington
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 8:27pm
Dear Editor:   In an effort to bring local government to the doorstep of homeowners and tenants alike, I have begun an intensive listening tour of residents here in North Arlington.   I enjoy greeting our citizens in this door-to-door effort because I get a clear idea as to what’s on the minds of the people of North Arlington.   Having already walked about a third of the community, it’s apparent property taxes remains No. 1 on the minds of voters. They want to make sure tax dollars are properly invested, and they demand a dollar’s worth of service for every tax dollar spent.   As a fiscal conservative, I agree with this overall assessment by the community at-large. We need to be responsible, frugal and accountable for the way we spend the people’s money.   Beyond the financial challenges of North Arlington, infrastructure concerns also weigh heavily on the minds of taxpayers.   Issues such as open space, tree trimming and the repairing of sidewalks, curbs and the pavement of streets...
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NAHS DROPS IN HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS

08/30/2014 - 6:00pm

Several high schools in South Bergen took significant drops in the bi-annual New Jersey Monthly survey of the state’s Top Public High Schools, but editor Ken Schlager cautions against reading the ranking alone, as there are still strong numbers to be found within the survey for...

Massa Has Concerns New Facility Will Withstand Future Storms

08/30/2014 - 5:52pm

"I still have concerns. I would have liked to see the money go towards education, and in light of the county spending money on the county park down the road, but I wish the board of education good luck with the project," Massa said.   Work is nearly complete on the $3.3 million...


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Do you support Republicans Joe Bianchi & Dan Pronti voting yes to raise property taxes after saying they opposed a tax hike?

The North Arlington school district is failing and they really don’t seem to care! Insulated from political accountability and scrutiny with contests buried at the bottom of the general election ballot, it is almost impossible to run and win a seat on this floundering five-member body. Refusing to comment on the fact that just 68% of all NAHS seniors even bother to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) according to the South Bergenite, what happens to the remaining 32% of seniors who don’t even consider college as a life option? Even more pathetic is the fact that just twenty percent of those who take the test score 1,550 or more, the recognized benchmark of those students who will in all probability will graduate from a four-year college or university! Is it now safe to say that just twenty percent of North Arlington seniors will graduate from college in four years? Isn’t it time for some real answers from the North Arlington Board of Education? Maybe instead of spending millions on the renovation of football field in a flood plain, that those dollars go to SAT preparation and increasing the chances of North Arlington seniors having a speck of a chance in the most competitive of job markets in the history of the workplace? In a global economy students may not go to college, but they must be prepared. That means real skills to compete, earn a living and become part of the middle class. Just what is this school district doing other than concentrating on artificial turf on the banks of the Passaic River? And just what is the status of this project nobody seems to know, especially the voters and taxpayers flipping the proverbial bill? North Arlington currently has the lowest participation of high school seniors taking the SAT’s in all of South Bergen! We’re not comparing North Arlington to Ridgewood or Mahwah, but to Wallington, Lyndhurst and Rutherford and NA still lags behind! This is a school district led by a board president seemingly obsessed with becoming...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:25pm
A woman in her pajamas confronted a man who was trying to steal her family's car from the driveway Tuesday morning and apparently scared away the man and his getaway driver.   She went outside, yelled at them and they fled, said Mike Hislop, a...
Joe Bianchi, Dan Pronti
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 6:17pm
Granell, Yampaglia vote “no” and stand tall with weary homeowners! NORTH ARLINGTON – Republican mayoral candidate and North Arlington Councilman Joe Bianchi (R) voted once again last evening to raise property taxes on homeowners for the fourth time...