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Saturday, August 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 several schools.   Students go back to school next week to area high schools which have dropped in rankings according to a survey released last week.   Rutherford High School dropped from No. 71 in 2012 to 124 this year, though it had strong numbers in SAT scores.   "Just because a school may have had a precipitous drop does not necessarily indicate that it’s serving its students any less," Schlager said. "It may mean the other schools jumped more dramatically in their rankings."   While Rutherford scored 124 in the overall rankings, the school scored 82 in the SAT ranking in the state out of the 339 high schools surveyed. Read More    
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Saturday, August 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 overhaul of Rip Collins Field in North Arlington, with Rochelle Contractors set to lay down the track surrounding the field sometime next week, and the field set to open by Sept. 26, North Arlington borough officials said.   Last year, taxpayers approved a referendum to transform the aging athletic field, which is in a flood zone area of River Road at Hendel Avenue. Rochelle Contractors got the contract following the referendum. Pennoni Associates got a $30,000 engineering contract for the artificial turf, which would have to share space with approximately 500 feet of grass due to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency regulations regarding riparian rights along the river. State and...
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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 5:45pm
Road Program funding totaling $452,773 approved   The North Arlington mayor and council passed a resolution on Aug. 14 awarding a bid to DM Fernandes Contracts LLC for the 2013 Road Program Phase I. The contractor was the lowest bidder, and the $452,773 contract was awarded upon recommendation of the borough engineer Thomas Lemanowicz. The 2014 Road Improvement Program cost is partially offset by a $79,200 federal Community Development Block grant issued in 2013. The streets to be repaved are: Stover Avenue from River Road to High Street; Bogle Avenue from River Street to 9th Avenue; Noel Drive from the point of 38 Noel Dr. to Second Street; and Belmount Street from Prospect Avenue to York Road. The borough received a 2014 CBDG road improvement grant of $100,000 which will be used to repave Halsey Street and Moore Place. Additionally the borough received a $149,000 2014 road improvement grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to help finance the repaving of Eagle...
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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 5:28pm
50TH Anniversary of the 1964 Democratic Convention convened in AtlanticCity, New Jersey   Attorney General Robert F Kennedy is wildly received by the delegatesassembled to a 22-minute standing ovation.   Former New Jersey Governor Hughes is seen at the podium in this memorabledisplay of love and loyalty to the slain president's brother.       Democrats nominated Vice-President Lyndon Johnson for president and Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota for vice-president. The ticket of LBJ and HHH easily defeated Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater and New York Congressman Robert Miller in the largest landslide in presidential politics.   There was talk at the convention that former US Congressman CorneliusGallagher (D-13) of Bayonne would be chosen to fill the slot ofvice-president, but never materialized.   Gallagher, a close confidante of the Kennedy's was a favorite of formerHudson County Democratic Chairman John V Kenny, the former mayor of JerseyCity.         Here is a photo of retired...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 3:37pm
A North Arlington girls' softball game coached by Councilman Dan Pronti that briefly spilled beyond the foul lines and in which the police were called in has now landed in the hands of the mayor and council.   In a letter to Mayor Peter Massa, Saddle Brook Director of Public Safety Louis V. D'Arminio asked that Massa's office be made aware of a dispute between coaches and parents at a July 13 softball game between North Arlington and Saddle Brook of the independent Bergen County Girls Softball League.   "This behavior caused several residents from Saddle Brook to call the police and report that the North Arlington third base coach was elevating a situation that may cause a physical confrontation," D'Arminio said in the letter. "This coach did threaten to take and meet the Saddle Brook coach in the parking lot and settle the dispute."   While not named specifically in the letter, the North Arlington third base coach is Councilman Dan Pronti. Pronti does not dispute he was that coach....
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North Arlington mayor's race: in Bergen's southernmost borough, redevelopment key issue

08/10/2014 - 4:41pm

In some ways, the Bergen County borough of North Arlington is better known for its dead than its living - about 15,000 people live in Bergen's southernmost town, while more than 250,000 people permanently reside in Holy Cross Cemetery.    But in this year's North Arlington...

North Arlington sewer inspections find the unexpected

08/10/2014 - 4:30pm

Calling the situation "unacceptable," Mayor Peter Massa said a committee of neighbors has now been appointed and will begin going door-to-door asking residents if they have any illegal connections to the sewer system. They didn't find any alligators, but a recently completed...


Weekly Poll

If the election for mayor were today, do you support Peter Massa the Democratic incumbent or Joseph Bianchi the GOP challenger?

Massa
66% (43 votes)
Bianchi
18% (12 votes)
Undecided
8% (5 votes)
Someone Else
8% (5 votes)
Total votes: 65
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...
Saturday, August 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...
Saturday, August 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...