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Shuttered Westwood Cafe Returns — This Time In River Vale Shuttered Westwood Cafe Returns — This Time In River Vale
Shuttered Westwood Cafe Returns — This Time In River Vale Jack's is coming back. Jack’s Cafe and Market, which won acclaim in its 16 years in Westwood before closing last year, announced on Instagram it will be opening in River Vale this summer on Westwood Avenue. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jack's Cafe (@jacks_cafe_) Known for its fresh, never frozen breakfast, lunch, and dinner specialties and its BYOB policy, Jack’s Cafe had long been considered a staple in the heart of Westwood. Customers expressed their excitement at the news. "Can’t wait to see you and get some awesome food …
John Zisa, Legendary North Jersey Football Coach, Dies At 61 John Zisa, Legendary North Jersey Football Coach, Dies At 61
John Zisa, Legendary North Jersey Football Coach, Dies At 61 John Zisa, a football coach throughout North Jersey, died on Sunday May 19, at the age of 61, according to his obituary. Zisa was born and raised in Paterson and moved to Fair Lawn in 1974, his obituary reads. He coached for more than 26 years at Paterson Catholic, Paramus Catholic, Rutherford and Westwood, according to his coaching biography. R.I.P. John Zisa words can’t express how much you will be missed. No single person has had a more profound impact on my... Posted by Nick Campanile on Monday, May 20, 2024 In 1980, before his senior year of high school, Zisa dove into a pool,…
New Ice Cream Spot Coming To Westwood New Ice Cream Spot Coming To Westwood
Bruster's Real Ice Cream Opening In Westwood Just in time for summer, Bergen County is getting another ice cream spot. Bruster's Real Ice Cream will be opening in Westwood early this summer, a spokesperson for the company confirmed. This will be New Jersey's second Bruster's store, the other in Washington Township (Gloucester County). The company was founded in 1989 by Bruce Reed (who puts the "Bruce" in Buster's). His passion was offering homemade ice cream to the community. Bruster's offers a rotating selection of 24 small-batch flavors and more than 150 handcrafted recipes. There are nearly 200 independently owned locations in 22…
Melting Pot Of Westwood Closes After 21 Years Melting Pot Of Westwood Closes After 21 Years
Melting Pot Of Westwood Closes After 21 Years A popular fondue restaurant is leaving Bergen County. Melting Pot of Westwood announced it will be closing on Sunday, June 2. No reason was given for the closure. "We would like to thank our many loyal guests; it has been a pleasure serving you all these years and we are grateful for your business," the restaurant wrote on its website.  "Often, family celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or other happy occasions, I hope we played our part. Not to forget the many engagements in our Lovers’ Lane section." The restaurant said gift cards can be redeemed at other loca…
AGAIN? Another Alarm Malfunction Brings Massive Law Enforcement Response To Westwood HS AGAIN? Another Alarm Malfunction Brings Massive Law Enforcement Response To Westwood HS
Again? Another Alarm Malfunction Brings Massive Law Enforcement Response To Westwood HS The second alarm system malfunction at Westwood Regional High School in a little over two weeks created a confusing scene as parents and guardians were dropping off their children on Thursday. The system triggered a 7:43 a.m. May 2 lockdown, similar to what occurred on April 16, when the system malfunctioned twice, Westwood Regional Schools Supt. Jill Mortimer said. As before, a legion of tactical and other law enforcement officers converged on Washington Township -- among them, a Bergen County Regional SWAT team and police from the township, Westwood, Emerson, River Val…
Alarm Malfunction Triggers Lockdown, Massive Law Enforcement Response At Westwood HS Alarm Malfunction Triggers Lockdown, Massive Law Enforcement Response At Westwood HS
Alarm Malfunction Triggers Lockdown, Massive Law Enforcement Response At Westwood HS An alarm system malfunction forced the lockdown Tuesday of Westwood Regional High School and brought a legion of law enforcement and tactical officers to Washington Township. The entire building was searched following the 11:07 a.m. lockdown, Washington Township Police Chief John Calamari said. The search confirmed there wasn't a threat of any kind and the lockdown was stepped down to a shelter in place. The system malfunctioned a second time after being reset, the chief said. An early 12:50 p.m. dismissal allowed technicians to investigate the cause, Schools Supt. Jill Mortimer said…
Ex-Con Charged By FBI With Igniting Explosive Outside Passaic County ATM Ex-Con Charged By FBI With Igniting Explosive Outside Passaic County ATM
Ex-Con Charged By FBI With Igniting Explosive Outside Passaic County ATM A career criminal from Passaic County who's been busted dozens of times in North Jersey in just the past few years used an explosive device to damage an ATM, federal authorities charged. Nicolas Torres, 41, of Passaic, has amassed a lengthy rap sheet over much of his adult life, mostly involving business break-ins that local police and county prosecutors have dealt with. This time, though, the FBI's got him. Torres was captured on surveillance video igniting the device in front of the Chase Bank ATM on North 6th Street in Prospect Park in the early morning hours of July 5, 2022, U.S. Attor…
Another Child, Another Sex Allegation Against Tri-County Educator From North Jersey Another Child, Another Sex Allegation Against Tri-County Educator From North Jersey
Another Child, Another Sex Allegation Against Tri-County Educator From North Jersey 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A veteran school administrator who was accused of having sexual contact with an underage student in Bergen County when he was a middle school band director there is now facing charges involving another underage teen in another county. Kurt Zimmerman, a 55-year-old married father of two, was working in the Morris Hills Regional District in Rockaway when he “engaged in sexual conduct with a juvenile student who was at least 16 years of age but under the age of 18,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said on Thursday, March 14. Zimmerman, currently of Rockaway, had worked in the di…
Hudson County Favorite Son Bobby Cannavale Praised In Garden State-Centric Dramedy 'Ezra' Hudson County Favorite Son Bobby Cannavale Praised In Garden State-Centric Dramedy 'Ezra'
Hudson County Favorite Son Bobby Cannavale Praised In Garden State-Centric Dramedy 'Ezra' Actor Bobby Cannavale has a heartwarming New Jersey-based film premiering this spring that those who've seen it predict could be one of his best. In "Ezra," the pride of Hudson County plays Max, a stand-up comedian from the Garden State who lives with his father, portrayed by Robert De Niro. Max pursues his career while trying to co-parent his 11-year-old son with ex-wife (and Cannavale's real-life partner) Rose Byrne. Max lands a gig on Jimmy Kimmel's show in Hollywood, but the plane fare isn't comped. So he and young Ezra -- who has autism -- embark on a life-changing cross-country trip …
Westwood Man Charged With Killing High Schooler From Park Ridge With Fentanyl-Laced Pill Westwood Man Charged With Killing High Schooler From Park Ridge With Fentanyl-Laced Pill
Westwood Man Charged With Killing High Schooler From Park Ridge With Fentanyl-Laced Pill 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A 17-year-old Park Ridge boy was killed by a single imitation painkiller laced with fentanyl that was given to him by a Westwood man who's been charged with causing his death. The boy thought he was taking an Oxycontin pill before he overdosed last Sept. 14, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Officers who responded to the emergency call administered Narcan, among other life-saving measures, the prosecutor said. The high school senior was pronounced dead a short time later. Detectives from the prosecutor’s Narcotic Task Force determined during a six-month investigatio…
Westwood Mechanic, 31, Charged With 2007 Child Sex Assaults Westwood Mechanic, 31, Charged With 2007 Child Sex Assaults
Westwood Mechanic, 31, Charged With 2007 Child Sex Assaults A 31-year-old mechanic from Westwood was in his early teens when he sexually assaulted a much younger child, authorities charged. Nicholas Cavaniola is accused of sexually assaulting a pre-teen at least four years younger than him in Westwood twice in April 2007, according to Bergen County Jail records. There's no statute of limitations for criminal sexual assault cases in New Jersey. Prosecutors can bring a one at any point in time. Cavaniola was arrested in Hillsdale on Feb. 28 following an investigation begun by Westwood police and continued by members of Bergen County Prosecutor Mark M…
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…
WILD CHASE: Career Offender, 62, In Multi-Town Police Pursuit Caught After Blowing Two Tires WILD CHASE: Career Offender, 62, In Multi-Town Police Pursuit Caught After Blowing Two Tires
Wild Chase: Career Offender, 62, In Multi-Town Police Pursuit Caught After Blowing Two Tires A wild police pursuit through several Bergen County towns ended with the arrest of a 62-year-old former repeat offender from Fair Lawn who authorities said stole the car from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Daniel McKay at one point tried fleeing on two flat tires before the stolen sedan broke down and he was arrested on Franklin Turnpike in Allendale, witnesses said. Upper Saddle River Detective Capt. Edward Kane said the Valentine's Day pursuit began after McKay pulled over on Lake Street and asked officers out on another call for directions shortly before noon. One of the officer…
'Dear Delusional': Westwood Man, 69, Harassed Local Citizens With Anonymous Letters, Police Say 'Dear Delusional': Westwood Man, 69, Harassed Local Citizens With Anonymous Letters, Police Say
'Dear Delusional': Westwood Man, 69, Harassed Local Citizens With Anonymous Letters, Police Say A 69-year-old Westwood man waged a harassment campaign against citizens who expressed their opinions about various causes in local newspapers, sending anonymous letters to their homes, authorities charged. Bruce Manning sent the "Dear Delusional" letters to citizens in town and in neighboring Washington Township, Westwood Police Chief Michael Pontillo said. "These unsolicited anonymous letters were delivered directly to the recipient victims' homes, which was of great concern to [them]," the chief said. Manning was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 25, and charged with harassment. He was then rel…
Hospital ERs in Bergen, Montclair Closed By Nationwide Ransomware Attack Hospital ERs in Bergen, Montclair Closed By Nationwide Ransomware Attack
Hospital ERs in Bergen, Montclair Closed By Nationwide Ransomware Attack The latest in a continuing series of nationwide ransomware attacks closed two hospital emergency rooms in New Jersey. Authorities haven't disclosed what's been demanded by the cybercriminals who forced ambulances to divert to other hospitals from Pascack Valey Medical Center in Westwood and Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair beginning on Thanksgiving evening. Lab work, radiology, scheduling, billing -- basically anything involving computer software -- apparently were affected. "No one can use the computers in the buildings," a source said. "The hospitals are doing everything by paper…
Westwood Latin Cafe Paying Homage To Chef's Late Parents Reopens Year After Fire Westwood Latin Cafe Paying Homage To Chef's Late Parents Reopens Year After Fire
Westwood Latin Cafe Paying Homage To Chef's Late Parents Reopens Year After Fire A Bergen County Latin restaurant is getting ready to reopen more than a year after an electrical fire devastated the kitchen. Mi Flor Latin Cafe in Westwood has been closed since the fire in October 2022. The eatery announced it would be reopening on Friday, Nov. 17. Mi Flor opened in 2021 and is run by chef Eliu Salguero, who was born and raised in Guatemala in a family of 16 children, and Dean Evans, who retired from UPS after 25 years of working in IT. "After recovering from COVID in March of 2020, and meeting up wit Eliu, I decided I need to keep busy," Evans said before opening …
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)* —…
Loaded Gun Lost In Target, Ex-Con Owner Jailed: Closter PD Loaded Gun Lost In Target, Ex-Con Owner Jailed: Closter PD
Loaded Gun Lost In Target, Ex-Con Owner Jailed: Closter PD It’s not every day that a loaded gun turns up in the lost and found at Target. Surveillance video helped point Closter police to Tyshawn Culver, a 31-year-old convicted burglar from Westwood, soon after the gun was found on Tuesday, Oct. 24, Capt. Vincent Aiello said. Culver was arrested later that day in Englewood, the captain said. He was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possessing a handgun as a convicted felon and possession of both a large-capacity ammo magazine and hollow-nose bullets, Aiello said. Culver remained held Wednesday in the Bergen County Jail pending a firs…
Jack's Cafe, Replaced By Popular Hot Dog Spot In Westwood, Returns As Pop-Up Jack's Cafe, Replaced By Popular Hot Dog Spot In Westwood, Returns As Pop-Up
Jack's Cafe, Replaced By Popular Hot Dog Spot In Westwood, Returns As Pop-Up Jack's is making a comeback. Jack's Cafe, the Westwood staple that closed after 16 years, is returning as a pop-up restaurant at B & M Meat Market at 146 Kinderkamack Road in Park Ridge on Saturday, Nov. 4.  The restaurant will be takeout only and open Saturday through Tuesday. The cafe, which closed in 2022, was replaced by 1950 Originals, a hot dog eatery owned by the grandson of Callahan's.  Jack's had planned a popup event at Luna's Outdoor Bar and Grille in Vineland last month but was forced to cancel. 
Grandson Of Original Callahan's Owner Sets Opening Date On New Westwood Hot Dog Shop Grandson Of Original Callahan's Owner Sets Opening Date On New Westwood Hot Dog Shop
Grandson Of Original Callahan's Owner Sets Opening Date On New Westwood Hot Dog Shop Hot dog fans have waited long enough. 1950 Originals, which is owned by Dan DeMiglio, the grandson of the original owner of Callahan's announced it is hosting its grand opening in Westwood on Sunday, Oct. 15 beginning at 11 a.m. “I’m so excited to start fresh with a brand new business — it’s like having a blank canvas," DeMiglio said in a statement when he announced 1950s Originals. "This is my chance to start over and dream bigger. "But to me, it’s not always about the brand name. It’s about the people on your team, and our team is truly incredible." DeMiglio revived Callahan's in Norwoo…
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…
Former Callahan's Owner Reveals New Westwood Eatery: 'My Chance To Start Over' Former Callahan's Owner Reveals New Westwood Eatery: 'My Chance To Start Over'
Former Callahan's Owner Reveals New Westwood Eatery: 'My Chance To Start Over' For hot dog fans in North Jersey, it's been a cruel summer. But after months of teasing, former Callahan's owner Dan DeMiglio has finally announced what his fans have been waiting for: 1950 Originals.  DeMiglio's brand-new business is replacing Jack's Café in Westwood.  “I’m so excited to start fresh with a brand new business — it’s like having a blank canvas," DeMiglio said in a statement. "This is my chance to start over and dream bigger. "But to me, it’s not always about the brand name. It’s about the people on your team, and our team is truly incredible." DeMiglio, who…
These Are The Top-Ranked Private High Schools In Bergen County, Website Says These Are The Top-Ranked Private High Schools In Bergen County, Website Says
These Are The Top-Ranked Private High Schools In Bergen County, Website Says We've seen the list of Bergen County's best public high schools, but what about the private ones?  Niche has a report for that, too. The community and school ranking site has released its 2023 report of "Best Private High Schools in Bergen County." These five private schools, which all earned an A+, were ranked among the best in the county by Niche: No. 1: Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood No. 2: Primoris Academy, Westwood No. 3: Saddle River Day School, Saddle River No. 4: Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell No. 5: Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest Going to…
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…
Daughter Of Late Combat Veteran Jailed For Death Threats To Public Officials: NJ State Police Daughter Of Late Combat Veteran Jailed For Death Threats To Public Officials: NJ State Police
Daughter Of Late Combat Veteran Jailed For Death Threats To Public Officials: NJ State Police A grieving naval officer’s daughter from Bergen County who’s been involved in a court battle with the local veterans home made what New Jersey State Police allege were credible threats against two public officials following her father’s death. Amy Johnson, 54, of Westwood, had initially “voiced her dissatisfaction with the court’s decision" over a power-of-attorney request, says a State Police complaint filed in Superior Court in Hackensack. She initially left email and voice messages that the NJSP said mentioned two public officials by name and were “concerning, harassing and threatening i…
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…
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…
New Oradell Biz Administrator With Regretful Past 'Deserves This Chance,' Board Prez Says New Oradell Biz Administrator With Regretful Past 'Deserves This Chance,' Board Prez Says
New Oradell Biz Administrator With Regretful Past 'Deserves This Chance,' Board Prez Says The president of the Oradell Board of Education said Monday that district officials are confident their new business administrator will succeed despite a regretful past. Peter Iapelli, who was appointed to the post earlier this month, "deserves this chance," Oradell School Board President Dorothy Watson-Nichols said, adding that the panel "conducted its due diligence" in hiring him. Iapelli made headlines when he was accused of cursing out and putting his hands on a 16-year-old coach in front of 75 or so people at a peewee flag football game in Westwood in September 2017. Iapelli, who’d b…
Driver, 18, Plows Tesla Through Fence On Westwood Curve Driver, 18, Plows Tesla Through Fence On Westwood Curve
Driver, 18, Plows Tesla Through Fence On Westwood Curve An 18-year-old driver and her two young passengers got out OK after she crashed a Tesla sedan through a chain-link fence on a notorious Westwood curve. Two Emerson Towing employees had to remove a section of fence before they could tow the vehicle out and onto a flatbed following the crash where Mill Street makes a hard left into First Avenue around 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. The vehicle lost its front passenger tire in the mishap above Bogert Pond. The driver, 18, and her two young passengers got out OK after the Tesla sedan crashed through a chain-link fence in Westwood.Boyd A. Loving W…
Driver Hospitalized After SUVs Collide In Westwood Driver Hospitalized After SUVs Collide In Westwood
Driver Hospitalized After SUVs Collide In Westwood Westwood firefighters freed a driver after his SUV got T-boned by another. The extricated driver walked to an ambulance under his own steam while bleeding from the head and was taken to a hospital following the crash at the corner of Kinderkamack Road and Westwood Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7, responders said. The other SUV's driver was shaken but otherwise OK, a witness said. At the scene of the crash at Kinderkamack Road and Westwood Avenue mid-morning Sunday, May 7.Nancy Triggiani-Musco Police are investigating the cause. Nancy Triggiani-Musco took the photos. The BMW…
Renowned Tattoo Artist Inks Up Bergen County With New Shop Renowned Tattoo Artist Inks Up Bergen County With New Shop
Renowned Tattoo Artist Inks Up Bergen County With New Shop Ray Mandal is bringing fresh ink to Bergen County with his new tattoo parlor. A lifelong artist who has tattooed surgeons, elected officials and police officers is celebrating the grand opening of Lighthouse Tattoo Parlor to Tenafly on Sunday, April 30. After working in graphic design for six years, he realized he wanted to find a new field and a friend recommend he become a tattoo artist. Though Mandal admits at first he was apprehensive. "I didn't want to mess up anybody," Mandal said. "It's quite a permanent thing." Mandal began an apprenticeship and was soon honing his craft. Today,…