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The Record, Bergen County, NJ, August 14, 2011

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Dean's List

We accept only names submitted by colleges and universities or those submitted by parents and students with proper documentation from the school attached. Names and local towns may be submitted via e-mail to deanslist@northjersey.com. BERGEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Peace Plaza in Spotlight Again

TENAFLY -- Officials are recalling events surrounding 9/11 as the borough prepares to hold its 10th anniversary program at the Peace Plaza in memory of the terrorist attack and its victims. Tenafly dedicated its Peace Plaza outside of borough hall as a monument to peace just two days before Sept. 11, 2001, said former Mayor Ann Moscovitz, chairwoman of the 9/11 committee.

Teen Musicians Getting Shot at Glory in Bergen Bandfest

RIDGEFIELD PARK -- Teenage musicians from across Bergen County will take the stage at the Overpeck Park Amphitheater on Thursday as part of the Best of Bergen Bandfest. Most of the bands that will perform are composed of musicians ages 14 to 18. Two of these bands, Doomsday Diaries and Jamface, were featured in the popular Bamboozle Music Festival at the Meadowlands Sports Complex earlier this year. Joining them at Overpeck will be Retro Spectro, Starless and Poetic Propaganda.

Local Issue: Municipal Master Plan Revisions

Local officials in North Jersey and planning experts are lauding as sensible a new law relaxing the requirement that towns undertake master plan reexaminations every six years. The law, signed by Governor Christie in May, extends the master plan review schedule to 10 years because frequently these exhaustive plans "often are never followed through on and in many cases, turn out to be wasteful spending," said Gerard Gruenfelder, a spokesman for the New Jersey Taxpayers Association.

Open-Space Tax to Appear On Oradell Ballot

ORADELL -- The borough will ask residents whether they want to pay an additional annual tax for its parks and open space. The question will appear on the November ballot, asking permission from voters to collect up to one cent for every $100 of assessed value to establish an Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust.

You'd Be Surprised at What You See On Road

As a Yankee sage once advised, "You can observe a lot by watching." That's always a good idea for road warriors, especially when negotiating Bergen County's first red-light camera, which was recently activated in Palisades Park. "I never got a ticket in my life!" railed Fairview's Bob Fraser, who was nailed at the difficult intersection of Route 46 and Broad and East Columbia avenues.

Leases Going Up for Pipelines

The state plans to charge a natural gas pipeline company as much as $7.8 million over 25 years to lease environmentally sensitive parkland in Passaic and Sussex counties, breaking with its tradition of charging nominal fees to utilities for use of state lands. The move comes a year after the state signed a similar lease with the pipeline company for $180,000 over 24 years. That lease for other land -- originally proposed at $45,000 -- had drawn the ire of environmentalists and some state legi...

Gop Challengers Stick to School Aid Issue in 37th

In the most liberal legislative district in New Jersey, the Republican Assembly long shots have hitched their wagon to the Legislature's most conservative Republican lawmaker -- at least when it comes to the issue of school funding. John Aslanian of Englewood Cliffs and Keith Jensen of Fort Lee are running as disciples of state Sen. Michael Doherty, a conservative firebrand from Warren County, who is expected to run for the U.S. Senate next year.

Cresskill Hikes Fees On Licenses for Cats, Dogs

CRESSKILL -- The Borough Council has increased license fees for dogs and cats. "Fees had not been raised in a while, and this is also to raise revenues," said Maureen Santhagens, the borough's deputy registrar.

Fans Back Home Cheer Paramus

Behind every great Little League team is a hometown pizza shop rooting for them. For the unstoppable Paramus Little League team, their unofficial fan headquarters has become King Pizza, a neighborhood pie joint in a small strip mall on East Ridgewood Avenue amid bustling shopping- center traffic.

Building Confidence

A dozen kids entered the woods in Ringwood on Saturday with a mission. They wanted to learn how to make shelters from things in nature -- just in case. They gathered at Weis Ecology Center, where naturalist Phaedra Demers provided their training.

Fatal Accident Shuts Part of Turnpike

A fatal car accident closed the New Jersey Turnpike's approach lanes to Route 80 around 4:15 p.m. Saturday, according to state police. "There's at least one person, one male, confirmed deceased," New Jersey State Trooper Sgt. Brian Polite said. "They're diverting traffic onto I-95."

Cops Say 2 Tried to Flee, Then Crashed Into Home

TEANECK -- A routine motor vehicle stop Saturday ended with a car crashing through a town house and the arrest of two men, police said. Police Sgt. William Croonquist said that two officers stopped a car with Maryland license plates on the south side of town, but the car sped off after being pulled over.

2 Women Are Injured by Gunfire

PATERSON -- Two women were injured early Saturday when shots were fired into a crowd at 12th Avenue and 22nd Street. City police arrived at the intersection at 1:35 a.m. and found a 22-year-old woman shot in the abdomen, Sgt. Patrick Murray said. A few minutes later, a second woman, 24, arrived at St. Joseph's Medical Center in a private car with a gunshot wound to her lower back. Both women live on Presidential Boulevard.

Ibew Union Warns Members to Support Strike Against Verizon

The president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers told the union's members Saturday not to break ranks in its strike against Verizon Communication Inc. in response to reports of locals doing contract work for the communications company. The union has been on strike against Verizon since Aug. 7.

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