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Yet Another Renowned NJ Catering Venue Passes: The Woodcliff Lake Hilton Closes Yet Another Renowned NJ Catering Venue Passes: The Woodcliff Lake Hilton Closes
Yet Another Renowned NJ Catering Venue Passes: The Woodcliff Lake Hilton Closes Yet another North Jersey hotel that rings with decades worth of fond memories is biting the dust -- and raising the anxiety levels for customers forced to find another venue for their weddings, proms, bar mitzvahs and other special events. The Hilton Woodcliff Lake is closing within the next two weeks, having been sold at auction to a company headed by a New Jersey-bred billionaire developer. "I personally have been going to events there since I was a teenager. My own Sweet 16, proms, fundraisers were all held there," New Jersey State Sen. Holly Schepisi said. “I’m sorry to see such a long-…
Hoboken Bartender Dies Suddenly On 'Dream Trip' To Chile Hoboken Bartender Dies Suddenly On 'Dream Trip' To Chile
Hoboken Bartender Dies Suddenly On 'Dream Trip' To Chile A Hoboken restaurant is mourning the loss of one of its former bartenders who died on what loved ones say was a "dream trip" in Chile. Brian Kilduff, 27, of West Haverstraw, NY, died on Friday, Dec. 29, after becoming ill while in Chile, according to his obituary on the TJ McGowan Sons Funeral Home website. Brian enjoyed bartending in Hoboken, his obituary reads, and his former employer, Onieals Restaurant, penned a tribute to him on Facebook. "Brian was a kind, hardworking young man, who had a unique talent for making people feel at ease and was a genuine friend to all he met," the restau…
Man Struck, Killed By Commuter Train In Ramsey Man Struck, Killed By Commuter Train In Ramsey
Man Struck, Killed By Commuter Train In Ramsey Authorities confirmed a Wednesday morning commuter train fatality in Ramsey. The man was struck and killed by a Rockland County-bound NJ TRANSIT Main Line Train #1109 about 300 yards south of the Main Street crossing and the Ramsey train station around 9:40 a.m. Nov. 15. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. "There were no injuries reported to the approximately 20 customers or crew on board," NJ Transit Senior Public Information Officer Kyalo Mulumba said. The train left Hoboken at 8:35 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Suffern at 9:49 a.m., Mulumba said.  Service…
BRAVO! Fifth-Generation Police Officer From Mahwah Revives Stricken Opera Veteran BRAVO! Fifth-Generation Police Officer From Mahwah Revives Stricken Opera Veteran
Bravo! Fifth-Generation Police Officer From Mahwah Revives Stricken Opera Veteran LOCAL HERO: Veteran Metropolitan Opera singer Richard Bernstein was having chest pains when a fifth-generation police officer who’d only just hit the street in Mahwah responded to a call at his home. Then Bernstein stopped breathing. Turns out Officer Joseph Powderley got there just in time. The tenor of the situation became grave as the Grammy-winning father of three went into cardiac arrest, his face turning blue, in his master bedroom. Powderley placed Bernstein on the floor and began chest compressions, Mahwah Police Capt. Guido Bussinelli said. The officer then shocked him with a de…
UPDATE: 'Running' Man, 66, Struck, Killed By Train In Fair Lawn UPDATE: 'Running' Man, 66, Struck, Killed By Train In Fair Lawn
Update: 'Running' Man, 66, Struck, Killed By Train In Fair Lawn A 66-year-old man was struck and killed by a commuter train Thursday night in Fair Lawn. The man was struck by an NJ Transit train just off Fair Lawn Avenue across from the Radburn station platform shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Witnesses said it appeared he ran in front of the express train, which didn't have a stop there. It wasn't immediately clear whether he was trying to get to the other side or not, they said. Fair Lawn Avenue remained closed temporarily as NJ Transit police began their investigation. The man was struck by an NJ Transit train just off Fair Lawn Avenue …
Civilian Struck, Killed By Commuter Train In Fair Lawn Civilian Struck, Killed By Commuter Train In Fair Lawn
Civilian Struck, Killed By Commuter Train In Fair Lawn A 66-year-old man was struck and killed by a commuter train Thursday night in Fair Lawn. The man was struck by an NJ Transit train just off Fair Lawn Avenue across from the Radburn station platform shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Witnesses said it appeared he ran in front of the express train, which didn't have a stop there. It wasn't immediately clear whether he was trying to get to the other side or not, they said. NJ Transit police were investigating.Boyd A. Loving for DAILY VOICE Fair Lawn Avenue remained closed temporarily as NJ Transit police began their investigation. …
Passenger Seriously Injured, Motorcyclist Jailed After DWI Crash At Bergen Park: Prosecutor Passenger Seriously Injured, Motorcyclist Jailed After DWI Crash At Bergen Park: Prosecutor
Passenger Seriously Injured, Motorcyclist Jailed After DWI Crash At Bergen Park: Prosecutor A salesman at a Rockland County auto dealership was jailed after authorities said he crashed his motorcycle at a Bergen County Park – seriously injuring his female passenger – while under the influence of alcohol. Alex Cruz, 33, of Suffern, NY, lost control of the motorcycle at the Forest Avenue entrance to Van Saun Park in Paramus shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Both he and his female passenger were ejected, the prosecutor said. She was taken to Hackensack University Hospital with serious bodily injuries, Musella said. Cruz was arrested …
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…
Fleeing Driver Nabbed After Crashing Off Route 17: Saddle River PD Fleeing Driver Nabbed After Crashing Off Route 17: Saddle River PD
Fleeing Driver Nabbed After Crashing Off Route 17: Saddle River PD A driver from Rockland County who sped off from a Route 17 stop and crashed moments later was captured on foot miles away, Saddle River police said. John N. Papain, 37, of Suffern, was pulled over on the northbound highway shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, Saddle River Police Chief Jason Cosgriff said. Papain was speaking with the officers on the side of the road when he suddenly hit the gas of his 2009 Ford Escape and sped off, the chief said. Rather than pursue him, the officers watched as Papain turned onto Plesant Avenue, then followed him, Cosgriff said. Moments later they fou…
Neighbors Help Hydrate Firefighters Dousing Garage Blaze In Mahwah Neighbors Help Hydrate Firefighters Dousing Garage Blaze In Mahwah
Neighbors Help Hydrate Firefighters Dousing Garage Blaze In Mahwah Neighbors brought water bottles and firefighters from Rockland joined their colleagues on the New Jersey side of the border in dousing a garage blaze in Mahwah. The fire broke out on Sherwood Avenue, a mile from the state line, shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. Working swiftly in the 90-degree heat, crews needed less than 10 minutes to keep the blaze from doing serious damage to the home just 10 feet away. Mahwah Rescue and the township's other fire companies all responded.  Mutual aid responders either at the scene or in coverage included firefighters from Allendale, Franklin Lak…
UPDATE: Gruesome Injuries Suffered By Suffern Pedestrian Knocked Over Route 17 Median In Ramsey UPDATE: Gruesome Injuries Suffered By Suffern Pedestrian Knocked Over Route 17 Median In Ramsey
Update: Gruesome Injuries Suffered By Suffern Pedestrian Knocked Over Route 17 Median In Ramsey UPDATE: Yet another pedestrian who was struck trying to cross a deadly stretch of Route 17 in Ramsey suffered a gruesome fate, responders revealed. Both his lower left leg and part of his right foot were amputated after he was knocked over the highway divider, they said. The 66-year-old Suffern resident was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center after the tragic mishap shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, Ramsey Police Chief Brian M. Lyman said. "The initial investigation reveals the pedestrian was attempting to cross the highway and was on, or near, the center divider when he…
Teen Trio From Rockland All Caught Packin' Pistols On Paterson Streetcorner: Police Teen Trio From Rockland All Caught Packin' Pistols On Paterson Streetcorner: Police
Teen Trio From Rockland All Caught Packin' Pistols On Paterson Streetcorner: Police Three Rockland County teens mingling on a Paterson street corner were all carrying guns when city detectives rolled up on them, authorities said. Detectives Jonathan Traynor and Kenneth Kerwin approached the trio at the corner 5th Avenue and East 12th Street shortly before 12:30 a.m. last Sunday, Nov. 27, city Police Director Jerry Speziale said. Joined by Detectives Suquan Gary and Joseph Aboyoun, the investigators found all three packing, he said. Sent to the Passaic County Jail on weapons charges were Christain Martinez, 18, of Suffern, who Speziale said was caught with a .22-caliber He…
UPDATE: Fire Ravages Home At NJ/NY Border UPDATE: Fire Ravages Home At NJ/NY Border
Update: Fire Ravages Home At NJ/NY Border An early morning fire severely damaged an Upper Saddle River home near the New York State border on Friday. The fire broke out in the garage of the home on Rambling Brook Road in the northwest section of town -- barely 300 yards from the Rockland County line -- shortly before 6:30 a.m. Nov. 18, Police Detective Capt. Edward Kane said. It spread quickly, engulfing the rear of the home, responders said. All of the residents got out OK and no injuries were reported, Kane said. The three-alarm blaze, which went to four for coverage, was doused within 90 minutes, the captain said. Mutual aid…
Out-Of-Control SUV Crosses Palisades Parkway Median, Slams Head-On Into Uber Carrying Diabetic Out-Of-Control SUV Crosses Palisades Parkway Median, Slams Head-On Into Uber Carrying Diabetic
Out-Of-Control SUV Crosses Palisades Parkway Median, Slams Head-On Into Uber Carrying Diabetic Responders feared the worst after an out-of-control SUV crossed the grass median of the Palisades Interstate Parkway and slammed head-on into an Uber headed in the opposite direction. What's more, the Uber passenger was suffering a medical episode and was going in and out of consciousness when officers arrived an instant later, PIP police said. A 37-year-old Suffern man who was driving the 2021 Honda Passport told police he was headed south in Englewood Cliffs when he tried to avoid hitting another vehicle and lost control of the SUV, Lt. Raymond Walter said. The Passport barreled across t…
Woman Struck, Instantly Killed By Train In Garfield Woman Struck, Instantly Killed By Train In Garfield
Woman Struck, Instantly Killed By Train In Garfield A woman was struck and instantly killed by a train in Garfield, authorities confirmed. NJ TRANSIT police were trying to identify the woman, who was hit by a train that wasn't in passenger service just west of Somerset Street near the Garfield station at 10:25 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. The Bergen County Line train was headed from Suffern to Hoboken, the agency's public information office reported. No injuries were reported to the crew on board. ****** The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to t…
Fire Ravages Mahwah Home Fire Ravages Mahwah Home
Fire Ravages Mahwah Home A raging fire ravaged a Mahwah home. The fire ignited in the attached three-car garage and raced through the nearly $1.5 million home set back off a long driveway near Young World Day School on Wyckoff Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. The owner quickly got out and watched in anguish as firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze. They went to an exterior operation, heavily dousing the flames with a trio of aerials in front and back before moving inside of the 4,200-square-foot home after the second-floor ceiling collapsed.  The fire was declared under control shortly aft…
'Person' Struck, Killed By Train In Passaic 'Person' Struck, Killed By Train In Passaic
'Person' Struck, Killed By Train In Passaic Authorities on Tuesday were trying to identify a person struck and killed overnight by a commuter train in Passaic. The No. 1101 Main Line train left Hoboken -- bound for Suffern, NY -- shortly after 1:30 a.m. The pedestrian was struck at the Passaic station around 2 a.m. There were no injuries to the six customers or crew on board. NJ TRANSIT police were investigating. They not only hadn't identified the victim as of mid-morning on Tuesday. They didn't have a gender or approximate age. "It's still under investigation," said Emma Wright, NJT's senior public information officer.
Man Struck, Killed By Train In Paterson Man Struck, Killed By Train In Paterson
Man Struck, Killed By Train In Paterson A man was struck and killed by a commuter train in Paterson, authorities confirmed. The Suffern-bound train had left Hoboken shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday and struck him about an hour later west of the Paterson station, NJ TRANSIT said. The body had to be retrieved from an elevated portion of the tracks, responders said. None of the roughly 60 passengers and crew members aboard the No. 65 Main Bergen Line train were reported injured. NJ TRANSIT police hadn't yet officially determined the circumstances and were investigating.
Firefighters Douse Mahwah Basement Blaze Near Rockland Border Firefighters Douse Mahwah Basement Blaze Near Rockland Border
Firefighters Douse Mahwah Basement Blaze Near Rockland Border Firefighters battled heat exhaustion along with a basement blaze Wednesday night in Mahwah. No serious injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out shortly before 8 p.m. in the two-story home on dead-ended Storrs Court off East Crescent Road near the Rockland County border. Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within a half-hour. The cause wasn't immediately determined. Mutual aid at the scene or in coverage included firefighters from Ramsey, Wyckoff, Hillburn, Sloatsburg, Suffern and Tallman, as well as Mahwah police and EMS.
Gym Fire Doused Off Route 17 Gym Fire Doused Off Route 17
Gym Fire Doused Off Route 17 Firefighters doused an early-morning commercial blaze off Route 17. The two-alarm fire broke out in a building that houses Powerhouse Gym on McKee Drive in Mahwah around 7 a.m. Firefighters had it knocked down in under a half-hour. Island Road was temporarily closed. No injuries were reported. Mahwah firefighters brought their fan boat to ventilate the building. Mutual aid responders requested either at the scene or in coverage included firefighters from Ramsey, Montvale, Ridgewood and Ho-Ho-Kus, as well as Hilburn, Hillcrest, Sloatsburg, Suffern and Tallman.
Tragic Death Of Bergen County Student-Athlete Staggers Community And Beyond Tragic Death Of Bergen County Student-Athlete Staggers Community And Beyond
Tragic Death Of Bergen County Student-Athlete Staggers Community And Beyond The death of a Bergen County teenager in a house fire has staggered many in the community where she was raised, as well as others from area towns and beyond. Riley Boyle, 17, of Allendale was a stellar student-athlete who maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average, as many who spoke of her pointed out. She was, as one put it, "an incredible role model for her peers." ****** Riley's family released a statement through attorney Ronald Dario:  "Our hearts are broken as we struggle to make sense of this terrible tragedy. Our only solace is in the outpouring of love from the community that shows u…
LOCAL TRAGEDY: Teenage Girl, Pets Killed In Allendale House Fire LOCAL TRAGEDY: Teenage Girl, Pets Killed In Allendale House Fire
Local Tragedy: Teenage Girl, Pets Killed In Allendale House Fire An apparently accidental weekend fire that claimed the life of a Bergen County teenager has staggered many in the community where she was raised, as well as others from area towns and beyond. Riley Boyle, 17, was in the shower when the fire broke out close to the rear entrance of the 2½-story Bonnie Way home around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, responders said. The flames quickly spread to a rear hot tub room and a pergola-covered porch, trapping the victim in a bathroom just above the blaze, they said. The fire began in the rear of the Allendale home.Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE The Northern Hi…
Mulch Fire Doused Outside Mahwah Housing Development Mulch Fire Doused Outside Mahwah Housing Development
Mulch Fire Doused Outside Mahwah Housing Development Firefighters doused a mulch blaze that spread to a Mahwah affordable housing development before it could do severe damage. The two-alarm fire broke out at the Ramapo Brae development off Stag Hill Road near Route 287 and the Ramapo RIver around 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. Township firefighters doused the Brae Lane blaze after it extended to one of the buildings. The main body was knocked down shortly after 9 p.m. and the fire was declared under control under an hour later.  No injuries were reported. The official cause wasn't immediately determined. Mutual aid responders either at t…
Big Brush Fire At Bergen-Rockland Border Threatens Home Big Brush Fire At Bergen-Rockland Border Threatens Home
Big Brush Fire At Bergen-Rockland Border Threatens Home A brush fire along the Bergen/Rockland border temporarily closed the Ramapo Reservation after sending a column of smoke skyward that could be seen in Westchester. A live wire smoldering on a tree apparently ignited the blaze on Brandt Road in the Ramapo Mountains in Hillburn, bringing firefighters from both counties, shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15. Of immediate concern was the non-profit Tevaland animal sanctuary on the New York side, as well as a home on Split Rock Road in Mahwah with propane tanks. Neither was damaged, responders said. "We are grateful to all the firefighters…
Assailant Stabs Woman In Ramsey, Turns Knife On Himself, Drives To Rockland Hospital: Police Assailant Stabs Woman In Ramsey, Turns Knife On Himself, Drives To Rockland Hospital: Police
Assailant Stabs Woman In Ramsey, Turns Knife On Himself, Drives To Rockland Hospital: Police A manhunt ended when a man who'd stabbed a woman at a home in Ramsey turned the knife on himself before driving to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern for treatment, authorities said. The victim was taken to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood before being transferred to the trauma unit at Hackensack University Medical Center following the assault on Swan Street, just off southbound Route 17, around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Ramsey Police Chief Brian Lyman said. The suspect, Jason Hinton 27, of Liberty Street in Little Ferry, was later located at Good Sam, where he'd sought medical attention f…
Former Rockland Owner Of Failed Nursing Homes In NJ, 11 Other States Charged In $39M Tax Dodge Former Rockland Owner Of Failed Nursing Homes In NJ, 11 Other States Charged In $39M Tax Dodge
Former Rockland Owner Of Failed Nursing Homes In NJ, 11 Other States Charged In $39M Tax Dodge An insurance broker from Rockland County who ran a failed nationwide network of nearly 100 nursing homes from an office over a Bergen County pizzeria ducked nearly $39 million in payroll taxes, a federal indictment unsealed on Monday alleges. Joseph Schwartz, 62, was arrested at his Suffern home last Thursday. A federal judge in Newark released him to home confinement hours later, with conditions, pending trial. Then came the unsealing announcement on Monday, also out of Newark. Schwartz’s Skyline Healthcare LLC amassed 95 nursing homes in 11 states nationwide in less than two years – incl…
UPDATE: Arrest Made In Hit-Run Crash That Injured Couple After Rockland Holiday Parade UPDATE: Arrest Made In Hit-Run Crash That Injured Couple After Rockland Holiday Parade
Update: Arrest Made In Hit-Run Crash That Injured Couple After Rockland Holiday Parade Authorities have charged a driver with the hit-and-run crash that injured a couple as they left Suffern's annual holiday parade earlier this month. Police in Bergen, Passaic and Rockland counties initially participated in a search that eventually led to the arrest, announced Tuesday, of Seth Snyder, 57, of Airmont. Suffern police said he was driving a Kia SUV that struck Donna Raimondi and her husband, Billy Danzi, as they carried dinner to their car on Orange Avenue (Route 202) just south of Route 59 on Dec. 4. Raimondi, 55, suffered serious injuries, including broken ribs and various ot…
SEE ANYTHING? North Jersey Police Seek Hit-Run Driver Who Injured Couple After Rockland Parade SEE ANYTHING? North Jersey Police Seek Hit-Run Driver Who Injured Couple After Rockland Parade
SEE Anything? North Jersey Police Seek Hit-Run Driver Who Injured Couple After Rockland Parade Police in Bergen, Passaic and Rockland counties were looking for a driver who took off after hitting a couple following Suffern's annual holiday parade. The wife was seriously injured when the couple was struck on Orange Avenue (Route 202) just south of Route 59 as they carried dinner to their car early Saturday evening, responders said. The driver kept going south toward Mahwah, they said. Police retrieved a side-view mirror, among other evidence (see video below).  Husband and wife struck by a car after picking up dinner. Rt. 202 (Orange Avenue) just south of Rt. 59 (Lafayette Aven…
Destructive Rockland Shopping Center Fire Continues Burning For Hours, Bergen Companies Assist Destructive Rockland Shopping Center Fire Continues Burning For Hours, Bergen Companies Assist
Destructive Rockland Shopping Center Fire Continues Burning For Hours, Bergen Companies Assist UPDATE: Six firefighters were hospitalized with minor injuries Sunday in a stubborn hours-long blaze that broke out in a basement gun range, spread through a Rockland County shopping center and continued burning late into the night, authorities said. Firefighters from Mahwah, Montvale, Oradell and River Vale were among more than 100 from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties either at the Pearl River scene or in coverage through the afternoon and into the evening. The sneaky blaze began shortly before noon in the long-gun range at the Rockland Indoor Shooting Education Center -- common…
Elusive Hours-Long Fire Severely Damages Rockland Shopping Center, Bergen Companies Assist Elusive Hours-Long Fire Severely Damages Rockland Shopping Center, Bergen Companies Assist
Elusive Hours-Long Fire Severely Damages Rockland Shopping Center, Bergen Companies Assist UPDATE: Six firefighters were hospitalized with minor injuries Sunday in a stubborn hours-long blaze that broke out in a basement gun range, spread through a Rockland County shopping center and continued burning late into the night, authorities said. Firefighters from Mahwah, Montvale, Oradell and River Vale were among more than 100 from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties either at the Pearl River scene or in coverage through the afternoon and into the evening. The sneaky blaze began shortly before noon in the long-gun range at the Rockland Indoor Shooting Education Center -- common…
Feds Charge Somerset County Data Analyst With Trafficking Child Porn Feds Charge Somerset County Data Analyst With Trafficking Child Porn
Feds Charge Somerset County Data Analyst With Trafficking Child Porn A data analyst from Somerset County was charged with trafficking child porn following an undercover investigation, federal authorities said. Marc-Evan Manasse, 27, Somerville “distributed material containing images and video files of child sexual abuse” on a file-sharing network, Acting U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Rachael A. Honig said. Detectives went undercover to access five video files and 11 images containing child sexual abuse from an IP address at Manasse’s home, Honig said. The files included “multiple visual depictions of pre-pubescent children being sexually abused by adults,” s…