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Dan Pronti, Daniel Pronti, North Arlington
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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:32pm
"No matter what happens at any game if the police are called that tells us that something serious took place," the report continued."   Questioning the thoroughness of its investigation, the North Arlington Borough Council is expected to ask the recreation commission to revisit concerns regarding Councilman Dan Pronti's conduct as a coach on the field during a July softball game in Saddle Brook. Although the recreation commission determined no misconduct was found on the part of Pronti, he was still issued a formal warning.   In August, the South Bergenite received a copy of a letter from Saddle Brook Public Safety Director to Mayor Peter Massa asking that Massa be made aware of a dispute between coaches and parents at a softball game between North Arlington and Saddle Brook of the independent Bergen County Girls Softball League.   The incident began toward the end of the game when a North Arlington batter attempted to stretch a hit into extra bases, despite her team being ahead by at...
Meadowlands Gambling, North Arlinton
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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:11pm
With Atlantic City at the brink of economic disaster in lieu of the closing of several of the struggling casinos of that seaside community, is gambling really the sole economic solution for New Jersey? Atlantic City had an exclusive monopoly for gamblers on the east coast for decades and still was unable to transform this municipality into the “Las Vegas of the East.” Instead, Atlantic City became too financially independent on this industry for commerce while other states saw the opportunity to have their residents stay home and offer them the same gambling experience minus the travel. The days of buses filled with seniors and rolls of quarters are now long gone. Now legislators want to expand gambling here in New Jersey at racetracks, another industry on the ropes as horse racing is another revenue source dying on the vine. With all the competition now spread out across the northern seaboard, casino gambling no longer offers the financial windfall of the late seventies and early...
North Arlington
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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:40pm
Since going online in March 2013, the Borough's new website has seen traffic more than quadruple. Also, scheduled upgrades to NorthArlington.org include apps for both Android and Apple phones! The following appeared in the September 18th, 2014 edition of the South Bergenite:   The award for the most detailed meeting minutes has to go to North Arlington at NorthArlington.org.   Minutes for borough meetings read like a Hollywood script with actual word-for-word transcripts including indexes by individual words. As one might imagine, a lot of different words can be spoken at a lively council meeting, and they all can be found here.   Borough Clerk Katie Moore said the minutes for the meetings, that currently run up through the past spring will be up to date as the council has approved minutes from the most recent meetings.   Agendas for future meetings are frequently not available on the site, however, and like most towns, agendas are often updated right up to the start of the meeting,...
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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    
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...
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Freeholder Steve Tanelli Tours Hackensack River To View “New Meadowlands” Sites and Proposals

09/05/2014 - 8:36pm
Steve Tanelli, Meadowlands

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...

Yampaglia Discussing and Addressing Issues on Door-to-Door Borough Tour

09/05/2014 - 8:27pm
Mark Yampaglia, North Arlington

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...


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Was the Recreation Commission correct to warn GOP Councilman Dan Pronti regarding his actions at a Saddle Brook softball game?

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...
Dan Pronti, Daniel Pronti, North Arlington
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:32pm
"No matter what happens at any game if the police are called that tells us that something serious took place," the report continued."   Questioning the thoroughness of its investigation, the North Arlington Borough Council is expected to ask the...
Meadowlands Gambling, North Arlinton
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:11pm
With Atlantic City at the brink of economic disaster in lieu of the closing of several of the struggling casinos of that seaside community, is gambling really the sole economic solution for New Jersey? Atlantic City had an exclusive monopoly for...