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Montvale- Public Notice: 04/01/2014 Planning Board Meeting on Mercedes Benz application

BOROUGH OF MONTVALE PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Borough of Montvale Planning Board ("Board") will hold a hearing in the Council Chambers at Borough Hall, located at 12 Mercedes Drive, Montvale, New Jersey 07645, on the application of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC ("Applicant") for site plan and bulk variance approvals (collectively, the "Approvals") for property loc read more

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Mar 21, 2014

Pascack Valley Towns: Traffic Alerts due to upcoming projects: even if you don't live in Woodcliff Lake, Hillsdale or River Vale, detours could affect travel plans

River Vale will be closing down Rivervale Rd in both directions., between Old Tappan Rd. and Poplar Rd., beginning March 10th so United Water can replace a water main.  For more details, go to:  Church Rd., which runs through Woodcliff Lake and Hillsdale, will also be closed beginning April 1sr when United Water begins work on the Woodcliff Lake reservoir.  Work is expected to continue through 2015.  The truck route, which includes Pascack Rd., w read more

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Mar 6, 2014

Washington Twp.- Timing is Everything: Soblowicz Administration Disbands Zoning Board

Why did the Sobkowicz administration wait until 01/27/2014, the eve of the 01/28/2014 Zoning Board meeting, to reveal it had vacated sitting members from the Zoning Board?  Had there been a meeting on 01/28/2014, the Board, which has been hearing the CVS application filed by James Kourgelis of Seasons for over two years, could have heard the motion from his attorney to withdraw the application without prejudice and counter arguments from Northgate’s attorney and the public. read more

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Feb 22, 2014

Hillsdale- Letter of Protest to Planning Board Regarding Magnolia St. Sober Living Project

Editor's Note:  Attached is a letter from Kevin O'Brien to the Hillsdale Planning Board protesting the treatment of residents when they sought to address the sober living residential plan proposed for a property on Magnolia St.  While residents within 200' of the proposed project are given notice as required by the Municipal Land Use Law, all residents and concerned members of the public are within their rights to address the Board with questions regarding testimony and comments abo read more

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Feb 19, 2014

Washington Twp.- Failure of municipality to protect the C-1 waterway at the CVS site

If anyone is wondering how the C-1 waterway was overlooked prior to 2011, the onerous falls on the municipality and Paul Azzolina, the Township Engineer, who was replaced by Christopher Statile on the CVS application.  A resident went to the Mayor in 2010 and raised the conflict of interest Azzolina had with the Kourgelis application.  His engineering firm provided professional services for the Venetian, a Kourgelis establishment in Garfield.  Azzolina was not removed from  read more

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Jan 28, 2014

Washington Twp.- 09/17/2013 Zoning Board Meeting on CVS Application: James Kourgelis of 660 Pascack Realty & Seasons Gives Testimony; Transcript Attached

At the 09/17/2013 Zoning Board meeting, the Board heard testimony from James Kourgelis, owner of 660 Pascack Realty and Seasons.  Richard Preiss, the applicant's planner, was unable to appear and complete his testimony due to his commitment as Borough Planner for Montvale.  Carmine Alampi, the applicant's attorney, introduced into evidence a compilation of documents related to the properties at Block 2110, Lots 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.  The documents consisted of building permits, vio read more

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Nov 11, 2013

Washington Twp.- 660 Pascack Realty Fined $12,000.: NJDEP Issued Administrative Order & Notice of Civil Administrative Penalty Assessment for violations at CVS site

On 10/08/2013, the NJDEP issued to 660 Pascack Realty an Administrative Order and Notice of Civil Administrative Penalty Assessment (AONOCAPA) regarding its noncompliance with the Notice of Violations (NOV) dated 02/04/2013.  Attached is the AONOCAPA issued by the NJDEP Bureau of Coastal and Land Use Compliance and Enforcement (CLUE).  Based on the point system used by the NJDEP, 660 Pascack Realty faces a penalty of $12,000.  Also attached is the letter from Neil Yoskin, attorney read more

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Oct 25, 2013

Washington Twp.- Notes on 05/21/2013 Zoning Board Meeting: CVS Planner Sticks Foot in His Mouth

Washington Twp.-  Notes on 05/21/2013 Zoning Board Meeting:  CVS Planner Sticks Foot in His Mouth
The 05/21/2013 Zoning Board meeting opened with ongoing testimony on CVS signs from the applicant's expert witness for the umpteenth time in recent months.  However tedious, the expert witness on signage proved himself to be the penultimate sales professional as he represented CVS without being offensive.  At long last, the testimony on signage concluded and the Board could begin hearing testimony from Richard Preiss, professional Planner, expert witness for CVS.  In April, Preis read more

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Jun 30, 2013

Washington Township- 01/15/2013 Zoning Board Meeting on CVS Application: Revisions To The Site Plan On the Horizon

At the 01/15/2013 Zoning Board meeting, the Traffic Expert for CVS returned for further questioning on his testimony.  However, a letter from the Township Acting Engineer to the Board, dated 01/15/2013, cast a new wrinkle in this matter.  The Township Engineer was not present, but his colleague appeared in his place.  The letter reviewed a meeting the Township Engineer had with the Bergen Co. Engineer and a County Planning Board representative "to discuss traffic circulation  read more

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Jan 18, 2013

Washington Township- 12/18/2012 Zoning Board Meeting: Continuation of CVS/First Hartford Realty/660 Pascack Realty Application

Without a green light from the NJ DEP on the feasibility of building a CVS development within a riparian buffer of 50 feet from a C-1 waterway, CVS/First Hartford Realty/660 Pascack Realty is just spinning its wheels, going nowhere fast.  Nonetheless, the meter on the CVS application is still running as the Board met on 12/18/2012 to hear ongoing testimony from the applicant's high priced team of experts. So long as CVS/First Hartford Realty/660 Pascack Realty is paying the fare, the appli read more

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Dec 26, 2012

Washington Township- Our Own Pottersville: Ordinance Violations at 5 Star Gas Station and proposed CVS Site Owned by Seaaons

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Dec 17, 2012

Washington Township- Uncle Sam Gives Thumbs Down to Bob Schroeder: US Procurement Fraud Branch Seeks To Debar Schroeder From Future Contracts

Washington Township's native son Bob Schroeder made headlines again in today's paper.  The Record reported the US Army Procurement Fraud Branch is seeking to debar Schroeder from future contracts based on allegations that he failed to deliver an aircraft maintenance shelter to Afghanistan after receiving payment of $617K from the federal government and failed to pay an Afghan subcontractor, who is owed $155K.  Although Schroeder is appealing the debarment, he is effectively suspended read more

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Dec 4, 2012

Montvale- Public Notice From Planning Board Granting Variance and Environmental Impact Statement Waiver

BOROUGH OF MONTVALE PLANNING BOARD NOTICE Please take notice, at a duly convened meeting held at the Municipal Complex, 12 Mercedes Drive, Montvale, NJ on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 the Planning Board approved the following resolutions: RESOLUTION GRANTING AMENDED SITE PLAN APPROVAL, VARIANCE RELIEF, AND A WAIVER FROM THE REQUIREMENT OF SUBMITTING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT TO KPMG LLP FOR PREMISES DESIGNATED AS BLOCK 3102, LOT 1.01 ALSO KNOWN AS 3 AND 51 CHESTNUT RIDGE RD MONTVALE, NJ,  read more

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Nov 30, 2012

Washington Twp.- 11/20/2012 Zoning Board Meeting Cancelled: CVS Cancellation A Break For Public & Board Members

The 11/20/2012 Zoning Board Meeting on the continuation of the CVS application has been cancelled.  It would be in everyone's best interests, including the applicant, to put the application on hold until the applicant resolves its appeal before the DEP regarding the C-1 waterway on the site.  Hearing this application, as the Board has done diligently through 2012, reduces these meetings to a costly charade for all parties concerned.  Amongst the many things members of the public  read more

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Nov 18, 2012

Washington Township- 10/16/2012 Zoning Board Meeting: Continuation of CVS Application

@font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } At the WT Zoning Board meeting on 10/16/2012, the Traffic Expert for CVS/First Hartford Realty testified. His testimony before the Board was  a sales pitch for a CVS with a drive-thru pharmacy in a residential zone  read more

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Oct 22, 2012

Hillsdale- Case Law on OPMA & OPRA: Letter to Council From Hillsdale Resident

Editor's Note:  The following letter to the Hillsdale Council from Hillsdale resident Kevin O'Brien is reprinted with permission from Mr. O'Brien.  The public may find the case law on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) educational.  The purpose of OPMA & OPRA is to ensure the public's right to know and deter obfuscation by officials in government.  Hillsdale Council members,   The following is provided to inf read more

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Oct 3, 2012

Hillsdale- Borough Not Complying with the Law: Op-Ed by Kevin O'Brien

Mayor Arnowitz was critical of my request for Open Government and access to government records. Arnowitz threatened to call the police over my questions at the last council meeting and stated my actions were political. My politics wears a blindfold. The law mandates Open Government in support of an informed citizenry and to eliminate the evils of a secluded process.   Arnowitz and the Council have gone into Closed Session 8 times during the past year. The law man read more

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Sep 26, 2012

Washington Township- 09/18/2012 Zoning Board Meeting: Continuance of CVS/First Hartford Realty Application

At the July 2012 Zoning Board meeting, the attorneys representing CVS/First Hartford and Northgate, an objector party, were instructed by the Chairman to submit briefs regarding the questions as to whether or not the Board had the authority to stay the application while waiting the outcome of the applicant's appeal to the DEP.  This resulted from the C-1 determination by the DEP in April 2012, confirming the Acting Engineer's position regarding the unnamed tributary on the CVS  s read more

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Sep 19, 2012

Hillsdale- Pizzela & MacEwen for Council: Op-Ed from Kevin O'brien

Almost 4 years ago I met Frank Pizzela while sitting at Starbucks in Hillsdale. Frank was new to Hillsdale and taking his children for a ride to the local stores in their little red wagon. Since then I have come to know Frank as a caring family man, a wonderful dad, an outstanding attorney, someone who cares for the seniors and a community minded individual who adores the charm of Hillsdale. Pizzella can be regularly seen at community efforts including outdoor activities with his two read more

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Sep 7, 2012

Hillsdale- Planning Board Voted Against Approval of 100 Park Ave. Application for 36-unit Residential Project

n 09/05/2012, the Planning Board voted on the 100 Park Ave. Associates application for a 36-unit residential development on Orchard Street.  The Board voted unanimously against approval of the use variance application for a residential development in the commercial zone.  The reasons given by Board members are well grounded in facts.  The local press provided excellent coverage of this meeting on an application which could have changed the face of downtown Hillsdale. The Attorn read more

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Sep 7, 2012
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