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Old Tappan, NJ

Chemical Extinguisher Helps At Northvale Machine Shop Fire Chemical Extinguisher Helps At Northvale Machine Shop Fire
Chemical Extinguisher Helps At Northvale Machine Shop Fire Firefighters used a high-volume dry chemical extinguisher to help with a machine shop blaze in Northvale. The Livingston Street fire ignited shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16. The Paramus Fire Department’s Foam Unit provided a significant assist extinguishing flames on aluminum shavings that were placed in metal barrels and brought outside. Crews remained at the scene until about 7:30 p.m. Firefighters who went into the building were sent to a decon station due to burning metals and materials. Other mutual aid companies at the scene and in coverage included firefighters from Closter…
Best Public High Schools In Bergen County Revealed In New Rankings Best Public High Schools In Bergen County Revealed In New Rankings
Best Public High Schools In Bergen County Revealed In New Rankings Bergen County is rife with top-rated schools. US News & World Report released its list of best high schools in the nation this week — and many of them are in Bergen County. ALSO SEE: Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings The rankings were determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Bergen County Academies in Hackensack came in at No. 62 nationally and No. 4 in all of New Jersey. According to US News & World Report, here are the top-rated schools in the county: No. 15: Pasca…
Bergen Grade Schoolers Accused Of Sodomizing Boy With Sex Toy Bergen Grade Schoolers Accused Of Sodomizing Boy With Sex Toy
Sodomy Old Tappan Boys Dildo Sex Toy A group of young boys from Old Tappan are accused of sodomizing another with a sex toy. According to multiple parents, the 8th graders pooled their money to buy the penis-shaped sex aid from a popular gift company. One apparently turned it on another at a local residence while at least two others helped with the horrific assault, they said. Video of the penetration and what the parents said was an equally disgusting subsequent act was apparently recorded and shared. It wasn't immediately clear what physical injuries the victim may have suffered or what medical treatment was needed.  …
Intruders Force Evacuation Of Northern Valley High School Intruders Force Evacuation Of Northern Valley High School
Intruders Force Evacuation Of Northern Valley High School Two 19-year-old French foreign exchange students forced the evacuation of Northern Valley High School at Old Tappan on Monday, authorities said. Both men were detained by a school security officer after they were found walking the hallways while school was in session the afternoon of March 25, Old Tappan Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. Students they knew had let the pair into the building through a side door, the chief said. The school went into a shelter-in-place as a precaution, with students and staff brought to the football field while Bergen County Sheriff's K-9 Units scoured the buil…
Dad, Daughters 7, 10, Hit By Car Walking To School In Old Tappan Dad, Daughters 7, 10, Hit By Car Walking To School In Old Tappan
Dad, Daughters 7, 10, Hit By Car Walking To School In Old Tappan UPDATE: A dad and his two young daughters were struck by a car in Old Tappan while walking to school, authorities said. Officer Nicholas Antonucci, who was in the area, responded to the call at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. The officer found the 44-year-old father and his two girls -- ages 7 and 10 -- injured, the chief said. They apparently had been on Charles Street crossing Kay Street in the crosswalk on their way to the T. Baldwin Demarest School when a driver making a left in his 2016 Hyundai hit them, he said. Old Tappan ambulances brought them to area…
Old Tappan Crash Downs Wires, Triggers Airbags, Doesn't Keep Driver From Hotel Job In Rockland Old Tappan Crash Downs Wires, Triggers Airbags, Doesn't Keep Driver From Hotel Job In Rockland
Old Tappan Crash Downs Wires, Triggers Airbags, Doesn't Keep Driver From Hotel Job In Rockland A driver who slammed his SUV into a utility pole in Old Tappan kept going -- with all of his airbags deployed -- all the way to his job at a hotel in Rockland County, authorities said. Juan Gonzalez, 48, of Hawthorne, drove off after his 2004 Acura MDX hit the pole on Old Tappan Road, downing utility wires, outside an Exxon station near DeWolf Road shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26. An alert was immediately broadcast, Old Tappan Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. Orangetown police found the heavily damaged SUV a short time later at the Residence Inn by Marriott just off the Palisades Inte…
GOTCHA! Police From Neighboring Towns, Sheriff's K9 Help Hillsdale PD Nab Career Criminal GOTCHA! Police From Neighboring Towns, Sheriff's K9 Help Hillsdale PD Nab Career Criminal
Gotcha! Police From Neighboring Towns, Sheriff's K9 Help Hillsdale PD Nab Career Criminal Teamwork with their colleagues in neighboring Pascack Valley towns helped Hillsdale police capture a drug-addicted repeat offender as he fled yet another crime, authorities said. Ex-con Daniel Margulies, 32, of Teaneck bolted from the Walgreens at the Plaza at Hillsdale with several items late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, Officer Jordan Bruce reported. He made it to the train station when Bruce and Officer Sean Marro him moments later.The officers chased him down Broadway before Margulies began ducking through backyards, he said. To call Margulies “known to police” overstates the obviou…
Old Tappan Man Jailed For Domestic Assault Released By Judge Old Tappan Man Jailed For Domestic Assault Released By Judge
Old Tappan Man Jailed For Domestic Assault Released By Judge A 32-year-old Old Tappan resident was charged with a domestic assault, authorities reported. Patrick Santos, 32, was arrested around midnight Feb. 12 after Sgt. Katie Weaver and Officer Andrew Kim "responded to a medical assistance call and learned the victim had been injured due to an earlier domestic-related incident," Old Tappan Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. River Vale police assisted in arresting Santos, who was charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and unlawful weapons possession, the chief said. Santos was booked into the Bergen County Jail on Tuesday, then r…
Uncontrollable Old Tappan Visitor From Yonkers Caught With Stolen Firearm, Ghost Gun, More: PD Uncontrollable Old Tappan Visitor From Yonkers Caught With Stolen Firearm, Ghost Gun, More: PD
Uncontrollable Old Tappan Visitor From Yonkers Caught With Stolen Firearm, Ghost Gun, More: PD An uncontrollable Yonkers man causing a disturbance at an Old Tappan residence was carrying a stolen firearm, a ghost gun and more, authorities said following his arrest. Miguel DelRosario, 27, was taken into custody by Sgt. Eugene Wilkins and Officer Andrew Kim on Monday evening, Dec. 4, Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. They’d responded to a call of an unwanted person acting erratically – including banging a stick and a chain against objects in a bedroom -- and refusing to leave, the chief said on Wednesday. Wilkins and Kim were joined by Detective Sgt. Charles DiMaria and River Vale polic…
Unofficial Results Of Bergen County Mayoral Elections (DEVELOPING) Unofficial Results Of Bergen County Mayoral Elections (DEVELOPING)
Unofficial Results Of Bergen County Mayoral Elections (Developing) The results of Bergen County's 38 mayoral races are rolling in. Votes were being counted in real time on the Bergen County elections website.  Here is the vote count for the mayoral races as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, according to the county's election result website. ** NOTE: This is a developing story. Totals are not final ** Bergenfield:  Arvin Amatorio (D)* — 100% of votes Bogota (replacing Claudia Lopez): Mary Ellen Murphy (D) — 54% Daniele Fede (R) — 46% Carlstadt: Lorraine Joewono (D) — 22% Robert J. Zimmerman (R)* — 77% Cliffside Park: Thomas Calabrese (D)* —…
Teterboro Airport Noise Persists: Newly-Formed Group Pushes FAA For Alternate Flight Path Teterboro Airport Noise Persists: Newly-Formed Group Pushes FAA For Alternate Flight Path
Teterboro Airport Noise Persists: Newly-Formed Group Pushes FAA For Alternate Flight Path Residents who live near Teterboro Airport have had enough with the noise. More than 840 people in the Pascack Valley region, who have formed the group Taxpayers for Airport Noise Solutions, have signed a petition requesting the FAA to change the flight plans for flights into Teterboro Airport Runway 19, by having them fly over Route 17. Signers include the mayors of Emerson, Hillsdale, Montvale, Old Tappan, Oradell, Park Ridge, River Vale, Washington Township, Westwood, and Woodcliff Lake. Residents say this route avoids Hackensack University Medical Center and the Pascack Valley regio…
Labor Day Weekend Blaze Doused In Norwood Labor Day Weekend Blaze Doused In Norwood
Labor Day Weekend Blaze Doused In Norwood Firefighters made quick work of a Labor Day weekend blaze that spread to a Norwood resident's garage. The borough's bravest responded to the call at 5 Meadow Court at 2:24 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, after the contents of a trash can apparently caught fire. They were assisted by their colleagues from Closter, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Old Tappan, Orangeburg and Tappan. Firefighters had the two-alarm blaze knocked down and under control in under a half hour, keeping it from spreading from the garage into the house. Colleagues from surrounding towns provided substantial mutual ai…
Fugitive Former Paramus Basketballer Turned Bail Reform Poster Boy Captured In Rockland Fugitive Former Paramus Basketballer Turned Bail Reform Poster Boy Captured In Rockland
Fugitive Former Paramus Basketballer Turned Bail Reform Poster Boy Captured In Rockland The increasingly violent criminal career of a former Paramus Catholic High School basketball player continued when he tried to carjack a woman in Park Ridge, then led police on a pursuit, authorities said. Police in the Rockland County town of Stony Point later captured Jordan Dufont, 23, after a foot chase, Park Ridge Police Chief Joseph Madden said on Thursday, Aug. 17. Dufont had only just been released on Aug. 3 after spending five weeks in the Bergen County Jail following another pursuit and a combative arrest off Route 17 in Paramus. Police in Park Ridge got a call this time shortly…
Firefighters Quickly Douse Blaze In Hillsdale Home Under Renovation Firefighters Quickly Douse Blaze In Hillsdale Home Under Renovation
Firefighters Quickly Douse Blaze In Hillsdale Home Under Renovation Authorities are probing the cause of a pre-dawn fire Monday in a house undergoing renovations in Hillsdale. The call to the split-level residence on Kinderkamack Road at Lawrence Street came in at 5:11 a.m. Aug. 14, Hillsdale Fire Chief Dan Schuster said. It "burned through" to the second floor, the chief said in a release. "The fire was knocked down in less than 15 minutes and placed under control at 5:41 a.m.," Schuster said. No injuries were reported. ****** NOTE: A previous version of this story contained two errors, one about where the fire originated and the other about which dep…
'Dripping In Hermes Wallpaper': Old Tappan Home Of Luxe Bag Collector Listed At $5.475M 'Dripping In Hermes Wallpaper': Old Tappan Home Of Luxe Bag Collector Listed At $5.475M
'Dripping In Hermes Wallpaper': Old Tappan Home Of Luxe Bag Collector Listed At $5.475M The house is drippin' in Hermes, it don't make no sense! A Bergen County home covered in Hermes wallpaper is going for nearly $5.5 million. The Old Tappan home owned by Jane Angert, the founder of JaneFinds, the world's leading collector of Birkin and Hermes bags, is on the market. Listing agent Attilio Adamo says the 10,000-square-foot French Colonial house at 7 Stokes Farm Road, which sits on Lake Tappan, is a testament to Angert's brand and business. "It's a very unique home," says Adamo, of The Adamo Group at Coldwell Banker Realty. "The owner spent time with three…
Band Of Brazen Burglars Who Blew Through Bergen, Elsewhere Charged in Crime Spree: Prosecutor Band Of Brazen Burglars Who Blew Through Bergen, Elsewhere Charged in Crime Spree: Prosecutor
Band Of Brazen Burglars Who Blew Through Bergen, Elsewhere Charged in Crime Spree: Prosecutor A band of brazen burglars who broke into homes and stole vehicles in Bergen County and elsewhere in the state – sometimes while the owners were home – was derailed by a group of crime fighters from various jurisdictions. The theft of a BMW SUV from an Alpine home last Christmas brought the crew to the attention of detectives in the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The vehicle was used in other burglaries and attempts in Cresskill, Montville, and Rumson, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Thursday, Aug.. 3. Three of them returned to Alpine on Dec. 27 and had broken into a home, th…
NJ Broker Loses Registration, Fined $150G For Going Rogue With Hudson Valley Tequila Startup NJ Broker Loses Registration, Fined $150G For Going Rogue With Hudson Valley Tequila Startup
NJ Broker Loses Registration, Fined $150G For Going Rogue With Hudson Valley Tequila Startup A former New Jersey broker-dealer agent from Rockland County had his registration revoked and was fined $150,000 for steering clients to a Hudson Valley tequila startup whose founder went to federal prison. Michael W. Mandel of Suffern sold the securities in the form of ownership interests in "6 Degree Tequila" via unauthorized private transactions, state Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said.  Records show Mandel was working at the time as an agent and investment adviser representative for two New Jersey broker-dealers -- Royal Alliance Associates in Old Tappan and, later, LPL Fina…
Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Harrington Park Home Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Harrington Park Home
Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Harrington Park Home A fast-moving pre-dawn fire destroyed a Harrington Park home. A couple who bought the Maryann Lane home just last month wasn't there when the blaze broke out at around 5 a.m., less than an hour before sunrise.  It went two alarms on arrival as flames engulfed the two-story, wood-frame house. Burning electrical wires only made matters worse. Burning electrical wires made matters worse in the early-morning fire on MaryAnn Lane in Harrington Park.Harrington Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps Borough police and fire from Norwood, Northvale, River Vale, Closter, Old Tappan, Demarest, Alpine an…
Paramus Police Nab Former HS Basketball Star-Turned-Repeat Offender Wanted In Multiple Towns Paramus Police Nab Former HS Basketball Star-Turned-Repeat Offender Wanted In Multiple Towns
Paramus Police Nab Former HS Basketball Star-Turned-Repeat Offender Wanted In Multiple Towns The criminal career of a former Paramus high school basketball star continued a violent trend when he fought with borough police who seized him on an out-of-town warrant, authorities said. Repeat offender Jordan David Dufont, 23, was wanted in Westwood on charges of harassment and witness tampering when officers from the borough and Emerson tried to stop his car around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, they said. He sped off, however. An alert was issued for the 2016 Audi that the former Paramus Catholic High School shooting guard was driving, Paramus Police Chief Robert M. Guidetti said, bu…
Old Tappan Boy Struck By Car Sees Overwhelming Community Support Old Tappan Boy Struck By Car Sees Overwhelming Community Support
Old Tappan Boy Struck By Car Sees Overwhelming Community Support As Stefan Wiklinski remains on the mend after being struck by a car in Old Tappan while riding his bike, residents of the borough are showing they have his back. A fundraiser has been created to support Wiklinski's family with medical expenses following the Sunday, June 11 incident. As of Tuesday, June 20, more than $60,000 has been raised. Wiklinski, an eighth grader who was set to graduate from Charles DeWolf Middle School, suffered a brain injury and remains under sedation. Wiklinski, called "Stefan Spectacular" by his dad, Stephen, was inducted into the National Honor Society and played…
Bicyclist, 14, Airlifted After Crash Wasn't Wearing Helmet: Old Tappan Police Bicyclist, 14, Airlifted After Crash Wasn't Wearing Helmet: Old Tappan Police
Bicyclist, 14, Airlifted After Crash Wasn't Wearing Helmet: Old Tappan Police UPDATE: A teenage bicyclist from Old Tappan who collided with a vehicle driven by a New York motorist over the weekend, critically injuring himself, wasn't wearing a helmet, authorities said. A witness told responding officers that the 14-year-old had turned right without stopping onto Ogle Road at the T intersection from Mavus Road -- near Tappan Lake and the Rockland County border -- when he slammed into the passenger side of the vehicle around 10:30 a.m. June 11, Old Tappan Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. The Chester, NY driver "attempted to veer out of the way but was unable to," the ch…
Young Bicyclist Struck, Critically Injured In Old Tappan Young Bicyclist Struck, Critically Injured In Old Tappan
Young Bicyclist Struck, Critically Injured In Old Tappan UPDATE: A teenage bicyclist from Old Tappan who collided with a vehicle driven by a New York motorist over the weekend, critically injuring himself, wasn't wearing a helmet, authorities said. A witness told responding officers that the 14-year-old had turned right without stopping onto Ogle Road at the T intersection from Mavus Road -- near Tappan Lake and the Rockland County border -- when he slammed into the passenger side of the vehicle around 10:30 a.m. June 11, Old Tappan Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. The Chester, NY driver "attempted to veer out of the way but was unable to," t…
Legendary Bergen County Baseball Coach Ralph Cobb Dies, 92 Legendary Bergen County Baseball Coach Ralph Cobb Dies, 92
Legendary Bergen County Baseball Coach Ralph Cobb Dies, 92 Legendary Bergen County high school baseball coach Ralph Cobb died on Wednesday, April 5. He was 92 years old. Cobb was born and raised in North Arlington and graduated from Rutgers University. A standout baseball player, he earned a tryout with the then-New York Giants and later served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955, his obituary states. Cobb spent 40 years as a high school history teacher and varsity baseball coach. He started at Rutherford High School before heading to Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. Cobb was at Northern Valley from 1962 until his retirement in 19…
Stalker From Fort Lee Threatens Officer, Family In Old Tappan: Police Stalker From Fort Lee Threatens Officer, Family In Old Tappan: Police
Stalker From Fort Lee Threatens Officer, Family In Old Tappan: Police A law enforcement officer in Old Tappan and his family were threatened by an online stalker from Fort Lee, authorities said following her arrest. Sammie E. Kim, 46, directed threats and harassment at the officer and family from various anonymous social media accounts over the course of several months, Old Tappan Police Chief Joseph Tracy said on Thursday, April 13. An arrest warrant was approved by a local judge after Old Tappan Police Detective Sgt. Charles DiMaria identified Kim as the source, the chief said. Fort Lee police took Kim into custody and turned her over to their Old Tappan c…
Kitchen Candle Fire Blows Through Roof Of Old Tappan Home Kitchen Candle Fire Blows Through Roof Of Old Tappan Home
Kitchen Candle Fire Blows Through Roof Of Old Tappan Home UPDATE: A candle ignited a blaze that ravaged an Old Tappan home near the Rockland County border on Friday, bringing firefighters from both sides of the state line, authorities said. The three-alarm blaze broke out in the kitchen of the 2½-story wood-frame home on Cheryll Lane near Old Tappan Road -- a little under a half-mile from Tappan, NY -- and quickly blew through the roof around 1:30 p.m. April 7, responders told Daily Voice. Firefighters had it knocked down in under an hour. Overhaul was completed by 3 p.m. Flames quickly spread, then blew through the roof of the home on Cheryl…
Tree Trimmer From Norwood Airlifted After Falling Nearly 15 Feet In Old Tappan Tree Trimmer From Norwood Airlifted After Falling Nearly 15 Feet In Old Tappan
Tree Trimmer From Norwood Airlifted After Falling Nearly 15 Feet In Old Tappan A 61-year-old Norwood man fell nearly 15 feet from a ladder while helping an Old Tappan homeowner remove a tree, authorities said. Authorities were trying to determine whether he and another man had permission to be on the property before the mishap on Dewolf Road around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26. The victim fell 12 to 15 feet while trying to cut off a portion of the tree, Old Tappan Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. Norwood EMS and paramedics from Hackensack University Medical Center tended to him before Atlantic Health Care One flew him to HUMC. His condition couldn't immediately be dete…
Old Tappan Police: How Are We Doing? Old Tappan Police: How Are We Doing?
Old Tappan Police: How Are We Doing? Old Tappan residents and merchants are invited to assess the borough's police department as part of a process known as accreditation. Members of the department and borough employees also are encouraged to call during the scheduled phone-in period from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30. THE NUMBER: (201) 664-1223 Telephone comments will be fielded by an assessment team from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, whose members will examine “all aspects of the Old Tappan Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services,” Chief Joseph J. Tracy s…
Bergen Motorist Severely Injured In Rear-End Crash Receives $760,000 Settlement Bergen Motorist Severely Injured In Rear-End Crash Receives $760,000 Settlement
Bergen Motorist Severely Injured In Rear-End Crash Receives $760,000 Settlement UPDATE: A Bergen County woman received a $760,000 settlement after she was seriously injured when her car was rammed from behind on a busy Oradell street, according to a published report. Mary Kathlynne "Kat" Flanders, 47, was stopped in traffic on Kinderkamack Road on April 29, 2017 when another vehicle rear-ended hers, the New Jersey Law Journal reported. The impact knocked her vehicle into the one in front of her, the report says. Flanders suffered four herniated discs and nerve damage, among other serious injuries, according to the Law Journal. Spinal injections didn't work, forcing h…
Four Suffer Smoke Inhalation In Overnight Old Tappan House Fire Four Suffer Smoke Inhalation In Overnight Old Tappan House Fire
Four Suffer Smoke Inhalation In Overnight Old Tappan House Fire Four people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation from an overnight house fire in Old Tappan, responders said. The blaze in the $1 million home at the end of a cul-de-sac on Parker Place broke out in the kitchen around 2:45 a.m. It immediately went to a second alarm on arrival, with a third alarm called roughly 20 minutes later. Old Tappan firefighters were met with heavy smoke at the Parker Place fire.OLD TAPPAN FD The Parker Place house fire in Old Tappan before dawn Saturday, Nov. 19 quickly went to three alarms.WOODCLIFF LAKE FD Firefighters had the blaze knocked down and under…
VIDEO: Driver, 22, Escapes Burning Jeep In Old Tappan Moments Before It Bursts Into Flames VIDEO: Driver, 22, Escapes Burning Jeep In Old Tappan Moments Before It Bursts Into Flames
Video: Driver, 22, Escapes Burning Jeep In Old Tappan Moments Before It Bursts Into Flames WATCH: A 22-year-old driver avoided a frightful fate after a crash in Old Tappan ignited a ferocious fire that quickly engulfed her Jeep. The Rockland County motorist didn't have much time after her Patriot slammed into a utility pole on Westwood Avenue between Stone Point Park and Washington Avenue South. "Wires fell to the ground, igniting a leaf pile," Police Chief Joseph J. Tracy said. "The fire worked its way to leaves underneath the vehicle -- which ignited the vehicle itself." Christian Michael provided the videos and photo for this story: Jerry DeMarco Old Tappan firefighters …
Compulsive Bergen Cyber-Stalker Freed After 3½ Years Terrorizes Same Victim Again: Prosecutor Compulsive Bergen Cyber-Stalker Freed After 3½ Years Terrorizes Same Victim Again: Prosecutor
Compulsive Bergen Cyber-Stalker Freed After 3½ Years Terrorizes Same Victim Again: Prosecutor Nearly 3½ years behind bars made little difference to a compulsive cyber-stalker from Bergen County who went right back after his victim just months after being released, authorities charged. Daniel Pfeiffer, 33, of Old Tappan was originally convicted several years ago of posting fake nude photos and bogus social medial accounts of a woman he’d dated more than a decade ago. He ended up serving 364 days in the Bergen County Jail after taking a plea deal. No sooner was he released than he was back at it, victimizing the same woman in October 2019, authorities charged. Pfeiffer took another …