Month: March 2019

Hasbrouck Heights: Check Out 5 Local Homes For Sale

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ — Looking for a new house nearby, but getting tired of seeing the same old listings every time you search online? Not to fear! To save you some time, we here at Patch have compiled an up-to-date batch of five new listings nearby.

Below, you’ll find the five most recent homes to hit the housing market in the Hasbrouck Heights area — including one with 2 beds and 1 bath for $299,000, and another with 4 beds and 3 baths for $679,000.

Like what you see? Just click on any address in the list to get additional pics and details. Enjoy!

1. 194 Oldfield Ave, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604

Price: $619,000
Size: 3 beds, and 3 baths

2. 261 Jefferson Ave, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604

Price: $429,000
Size: 4 beds, and 2 baths

3. 200 Field Ave, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604

Price: $299,000
Size: 2 beds, and 1 bath

4. 10 Terrace Ave Unit 14, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604

Price: $409,900
Size: 2 beds, and 3 baths

5. 238 Williams Ave, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604

Price: $679,000
Size: 4 beds, and 3 baths

That’s not all! Keep scrolling for more listings. And there are even more homes for you to check out in our real-estate section for the Hasbrouck Heights area.

For Sale: $619,000
3 bd/3 full ba

<div>194 Oldfield Ave</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $429,000
4 bd/1 full ba

<div>261 Jefferson Ave</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $299,000
2 bd/1 full ba

<div>200 Field Ave</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $409,900
2 bd/2 full ba

<div>10 Terrace Ave Unit 14</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $679,000
4 bd/3 full ba

<div>238 Williams Ave</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $299,000
3 bd/1 full ba

<div>128 Division Ave</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $429,000
3 bd/2 full ba

<div>50 Woodside Ave</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $629,900
4 bd/2 full ba

<div>536 Collins Ave</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $439,000
4 bd/2 full ba

<div>595 Longview Pl</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

For Sale: $399,000
3 bd/1 full ba

<div>54 Hasbrouck Ave</div><div>Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604</div>

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The Wrong Car: Shocking Details Of Samantha Josephson’s Death

Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina student from New Jersey, did what any responsible 21-year-old would do on Friday morning, just after a night out with friends. She called for an Uber ride.

The Robbinsville native seemed to follow the usual protocol: She waited at 715 Harden St., in the Five Points section of downtown Columbia, SC, until a black car, a Chevrolet Impala pulled up.

She got in, police said. The driver then locked the car.

Then, just as Samantha did so many things right, so much went wrong.

Her body was found around 4 p.m. on Friday, nearly 16 hours after she disappeared, by two men who were turkey hunting, police said.

Step-by-step, police provided the horrifying details that Patch has listed below, an account that has left two communities in shock, friends and family in mourning and a father who took to Facebook to tell his daughter one last time: “I love her with all my heart.”

Funeral information is also listed below.

These details came following the arrest of Nathaniel David Rowland, 25, around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning in downtown Columbia. Rowland was charged with murder and kidnapping, police said (story continues below the image).

He was arrested merely blocks away from where the alleged kidnapping took place, police said. Read more: Arrest Made:Samantha Josephson Of NJ, Missing USC Student, Dies

Police and friends of Samantha have since mourned their loss, as well as Samantha’s father who said: “I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life.” A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for the family, and more than $30,000 was raised.

And police and others also lamented how everything could have been different, and how the tragedy brought attention to ride-share-service safety.

Indeed, Uber, which has declined to comment, has a list of safety tips that advises people: “Get in the right car. Before you get in the car, check that license plate, driver photo, and driver name all match what’s listed in the app.”

Here is how that tragedy started, and what followed, according to police:

  • Friends had been out with Sanantha on Friday night, but got separated during the evening.
  • Samantha called for an Uber ride sometime around 1:30 a.m. Within a half an hour, she mistakenly got into Rowland’s vehicle. Police later circulated a photo of Samantha waiting for the ride.
  • For hours, Samantha didn’t show up at her downtown residence and didn’t answer repeated phone calls from her friends.
  • Samantha’s roommates and friends grew worried and, around 1 p.m. on Friday, contacted Columbia police.
  • A description of the vehicle – a black Chevrolet Impala – was provided, and police circulated a photo of the car on Twitter.
  • Police began to do interviews and gather information that was pushed out to the public.
  • Samantha was found dead in Clarendon County – about 65 miles southeast of Columbia – about 16 hours after she disappeared. The body was found around 4 p.m., nearly 16 hours after she disappeared, by two men who were turkey hunting.
  • The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Department was called and quickly determined that the body was Samantha’s because of the matching clothing and description.
  • Samantha was found 40 feet off a dirt road, police said, in a wooded area that Rowland was familiar with because he had been a Clarendon County resident.
  • Just before 8 p.m., police posted information on Samantha’s disappearance on Twitter, and provided details.
  • About four hours later, at 2 a.m. on Saturday, police saw a black Chevrolet Impala matching the description of the car in the Five Points area, near where Samantha’s disappeared.
  • Police stopped the vehicle and asked the driver to step outside. The suspect then fled on foot, but was soon caught after a chase. A woman who is cooperating with police was in the car with Rowland, police told The State.
  • Police found blood in the car, particularly on the trunk and in the passenger compartment, that was later tested and determined to be Samantha’s. Bleach, window cleaner and germocidal wipes, as well as Samantha’s cell phone, were also found.

“Our hearts are broken,” said Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook. “There is nothing tougher than to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered. It was gut-wrenching. This is personal to us.”

Harris Pastides, the USC president, released a statement, saying: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning.”

“Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death,” he said. “Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort. However, I take solace that the Carolina Family is here to embrace those who are hurting.”

Josephson was a senior political science major who was supposed to graduate in May, according to The State. She was preparing to go to Drexel University law school in Philadelphia.

Pastides told students that, as they make plans for the weekend, “remember the tenets of Stand Up Carolina: look out for one another, be active bystanders. Travel in groups and stay together. If you have not already done so, download the RAVE Guardian safety app, set up your profile and learn how to use it.”

“It has been a difficult week for our extended Carolina family,” he said. “The loss of a student is never easy but this has been a particularly painful few days as we have experienced loss on several of our campuses. As a family, let’s continue to pray for all the families experiencing heartache and grief this week.”

David Friedrich, principal of Hopewell Elementary School who works with Samantha’s mom, announced on Twitter that he was “heartbroken to share that the body of Samantha Josephson has been found. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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Stew Leonard’s Aiming For Fall Opening In Paramus

PARAMUS, NJ — Stew Leonard’s, the”Disneyland of Dairy Stores,” is aiming for a fall opening date.

Ground was broken this week on the 80,000-square-foot store at the Paramus Park Mall near Route 17. The store will support 350 jobs when it opens. (See related: Stew Leonard’s Store, 350 Jobs Coming To Paramus Park Mall)

The store’s infamous one aisle will take customers through its bakery, butcher shop, and fresh seafood department.

Dairy and produce products will be locally sourced from New Jersey.

Stew Leonard’s has six stores in Connecticut and New York. Stew Leonard’s has been dubbed the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” by The New York Times, with its interactive animatronic characters, petting zoos, and entertainment.


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Drone Video Shows Progress At American Dream Meadowlands

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Progress continues to be made at the massive American Dream Meadowlands mega-mall in East Rutherford.

Drone footage released recently by shows the exterior of the $5 billion facility in East Rutherford.

American Dream Meadowlands is slated to open “late summer,” a post on the facility’s Instagram’s page states. (See related: It Appears American Dream’s Opening Has Been Pushed Back (Again))

The opening date is later than the March opening date developer Triple Five was shooting for. Gov. Phil Murphy recently said that the opening date had been pushed back to “closer to June.” (See related: American Dream Meadowlands Opening Date Pushed Back, Gov. Says)

American Dream was originally slated to open in 2017. Developer Triple Five pushed back the completion date because it had difficulty securing the $1.1 billion in financing. It worked with Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan to secure $1.6 billion in construction financing. Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan also sold $1.1 billion in tax-exempt bonds for the project.

The 93-acre campus is expected to generate $1.2 billion in income and 16,000 jobs in its first year of operation. (See related: American Dream Meadowlands To Generate $1.2B In Income, 16K Jobs)

American Dream will have North America’s largest indoor water park, the biggest indoor ski park in the western hemisphere, and the first Sea Life Aquarium in New Jersey, among other attractions. (See related: Take A Virtual Tour Of American Dream’s Water Park [Videos])


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Former Newark Mayor Gibson remembered as ‘beloved, unflappable, trailblazer hero’

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka often talks about only place he’s ever lived.

For him, Newark isn’t the place he finds his constituents, but the community he calls home.

And, as someone who has seen the city in some of its best and some of its toughest times, he always has made a point to salute and give credit to those who came before him.

Former Mayor Ken Gibson came up often in his comments.

Baraka remembered him Friday, upon the news of Gibson’s passing at age 86.

“Today, the city stands still as we mourn the passing of one of our trailblazers,” Baraka said.

Gibson was elected mayor in 1970 — just three years after Newark was torn apart by rioting that impacted a number of cities across the country.

He held the office for 16 years. And, while he did not match the charisma of those who followed him — Sharpe James, Cory Booker and Baraka — Baraka said his impact was just as great, just as important.

“Mayor Kenneth Allen Gibson, first black mayor of a major city along the Eastern seaboard,” he said. “1970 was a year of transition and difficult times.

“Mayor Gibson, as we all are, was measured by his ability to remove a foot that has been on our neck for centuries. His paved the way for every major African-American elected official in this state and many places around the country. He said, wherever the country goes, Newark will get there first.

“He understood our place in history. And, still, decades later, as many of us still try to figure out the origin of our problems and wallow in self-hatred, blaming each other, Ken started believing in us years ago.

“His sacrifice was great. He made himself a target so that we have the right to see this city in our own image.”

Gibson was lauded by other elected officials.

James: “Mayor Ken Gibson was our beloved, unflappable, trailblazer hero who never sacrificed principles for political expediency. With that warm and friendly, cheeky smile, Ken was a man’s man.

“He wore Newark, honesty, integrity and courage on his sleeves. As my friend, confidant and mentor, Mary and I will miss him dearly.”

Booker: “Mayor Ken Gibson was an incredible man. Newark wouldn’t be where it is today without his steady stewardship. As the first African-American mayor of a major city here in the Northeast, he was a big inspiration for me and countless others.”

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo: “Ken Gibson is part of Newark’s history. He led the city during a difficult time, worked hard to find common ground among the city’s diverse population and his contributions laid the foundation for Newark’s recovery.

“Ken was a true Newarker who influenced me as a public servant and, most importantly, he was a friend.”

Gov. Phil Murphy: “In the aftermath of the Newark Uprising, Mayor Gibson restored stability, promise and pride to a city that needed all three. He was not only the first African-American mayor in Newark’s history, but the first to lead any major Northeastern city and the first to serve as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“An engineer by training, Mayor Gibson focused on issues of economic equality, fair housing and public health, and it was in his administration that a young woman named Sheila Oliver started her career in public service, as director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects. The striving Newark of today first began to take shape under Mayor Gibson, and the city’s future successes will, in no small part, find their foundations in his work. Our prayers go out to his wife, Camille, and the entire Gibson family.”

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Constituents Tell Gottheimer They Want Green New Deal

GLEN ROCK, NJ —Constituents held a rally and met with staff at Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s office expressing their support of the Green New Deal and Medicare For All.

The 19 people attended the demonstration in response to a recent comment he made alleging that his constituents do not ask him about the programs.

“None of those things are going anywhere,” Gottheimer, a Democrat representing New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, told “I’m into ideas that can actually get signed into law.”

Rallying outside of Gottheimer’s office, members of the crowd held up signs and shouted, “Can you hear us now?”

“We have all called Representative Gottheimer, and we have written to Representative Gottheimer in support of both of these initiatives,” said Becca Coll, a member of the grassroots group Glen Rock After The March. “Many of us did so multiple times before the press reported that Mr. Gottheimer never hears from us about these issues, so if he said nobody asks him about these issues, that is just not accurate,” she added.

Glen Rock Council member Arati Kreibich said she wants Gottheimer, a second-term representative, to make climate change a priority in Congress.

Sarah Hutchins, a 17-year-old Glen Rock student said, Gottheimer has a chance to “change the fate of the earth.”

“Students are the new wave of voters,” said Hutchins. “By supporting this Green New Deal, Mr. Gottheimer, you would be telling students like me that our future matters.”

Gottheimer did not appear at the rally. His staff invited the crowd inside to meet with them. Gottheimer has said during his campaign and since being elected to office that he represents “Jersey values.”

“Addressing the health care crisis and climate change are critically important to voters in this district,” Kreibich said. “Representative Gottheimer cares about Jersey values — we are here to say that providing affordable access to health care and addressing climate change are Jersey values.”


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Federal judge’s insurance ruling is big win for N.J., which joined other states in fight

A ruling by a federal judge to shut down association health plans — which allowed companies located in a contiguous area to set up self-funded plans — will have little impact on New Jersey’s insurance market, because the state has only two AHPs.

But, state officials said Friday, it is a big win for the state.

New Jersey was one of the 11 states that sued the federal government to halt the sale of AHPs last June.

New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance Marlene Caride said in a statement to ROI-NJ that the ruling is helping maintain the Affordable Care Act.

“The Trump administration’s Association Health Plan rule was part of its ongoing effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act,” Caride said. “The court appropriately called the rule an ‘end-run around the ACA.’ New Jersey joined with its partner states in standing against this attack through the unlawful expansion of association health plans that fail to provide important protections that residents deserve.”

New Jersey’s laws have often been called as stringent, if not more, as the Affordable Care Act, which was cited by the judge as the reason AHPs were being pushed by President Donald Trump’s administration.

U.S. District Judge John Bates said as much in his 43-page ruling.

“The (AHP rule) is clearly an end-run around the ACA,” he wrote. “Indeed, as the president directed, and the secretary of labor confirmed, the (AHP rule) was designed to expand access to AHPs in order to avoid the most stringent requirements of the ACA.”

Caride said any insurer operating in the state must abide by state laws.

“Association health plans are subject to state regulation in New Jersey and must comply with strict standards. Notably, if they are covering small employers, their plans must provide benefits equal to plans sold in the small employer market,” she said.

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Amazon’s ‘The Hunt’ With Al Pacino Is Filming In Paterson

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ — Al Pacino is filming his first regular television role in Paterson.

Amazon’s new internet series “The Hunt,” starring Academy Award-winner Al Pacino, is filming in Paterson. Parts of Paterson will be transformed into the Warsaw Ghetto, reported.

“Al Pacino is coming to Paterson this week,” said Mayor Andre Sayegh in a video message on Facebook.”Because of the film production there are going to be several street closures.”

Sayegh said more media productions are looking at Paterson as a place to film television shows and movies.

“We’re drawing a significant amount of interest,” Sayegh said. “We are attracting the film industry to Paterson. They want to be here: HBO, Warner Bros., Amazon. There are other pending projects.”

Paterson has long been used as a setting for movies and television shows.

Martin Scorsese filmed scenes from “The Irishman,” which also stars Pacino, and “The Sopranos” filmed scenes in Paterson during its run on HBO.

“The Hunt,” executive-produced by “Get Out’s” Jordan Peele, centers around a group of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. They discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the United States, reported. Pacino’s characer is named Meyer Offerman.


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Technology will change every job, tech exec says at Women Designing the Future event — and soon

No matter what, technology will change the job everyone is currently in, Jane Oates said.

Oates, who is currently CEO of Los Angeles-based nonprofit WorkingNation and has served as both executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education under former Gov. John Corzine and as assistant secretary of the Employment and Training Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor under President Barack Obama, was speaking at the fifth annual Women Designing the Future Conference on Friday at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

“Let’s be clear,” she said to the room of around 200, filled with students, faculty and technology professionals. “Whatever job you are in now or whatever job you are aspiring to is going to be changed by technology.”

And Oates said there is no exception. You can be a custodian or working in a restaurant, she said, because everyone’s job is being turned on its head by technology.

“Thirty-six million jobs, 25 percent of all U.S. jobs, will face high exposure of automation in the next three years,” she said. “That means that up to 75 percent of the tasks and competencies involved in that job will be eliminated.”

The jobs at high risk of total elimination, according to Oates, are not necessarily the entry- or low-level jobs that most would think, but the highly-routinized jobs where the worker does the same thing repeatedly.

One of these professions, Oates said, involves adding columns of numbers — an accountant. She said marketing is another at-risk sector.

“It is estimated that, today, a marketing department of 10 will become a marketing department of two by 2025, and I would say 2025 is a conservative estimate,” she said.

Oates used past societal shifts in the country’s workforce to further emphasize the rate at which technology is taking industry sectors by storm.

“Our country has been through transformation before in the world of work,” she said. “We went from an agricultural society to a manufacturing society, and we did that over 140 years. But this technological change that’s coming is happening by the minute. You go home on Friday for the weekend to come back Monday needing to learn a new software package.”

That is the norm right now, she said.

From June 2016 to June 2018, the number of jobs on the career search site Indeed that included the words “AI” or “Machine Learning” increased 100 percent, Oates said.

The amount of data that has accumulated since the beginning of the technological transformation that Oates refers to is unprecedented. Oates said it speaks to the rate of growth in the technology sector.

“This statistic is real, and I’ve tested it. In 2018, 87 percent of all the data that exists was created in the last two years,” she said. “And we’ve been collecting data for decades, since before I was born. There’s been data for over 60 years.”

But this reality doesn’t have to have a negative connotation. Oates said technology has made certain sectors safer, particularly manufacturing, where the operation of heavy machinery has become much less dangerous, with fewer accidents in the workplace, because of it.

Oates also made a point to emphasize the lack of gender diversity and female representation in STEM-related fields.

She said that, while women occupy 20 percent of the total tech workforce, they represent 5 percent of all tech startup owners, 5 percent of tech leadership, 12 percent of computer network architects, 13 percent of computer hardware engineers and only 19 percent of all computer research scientists.

The fifth annual Women Designing the Future conference, titled “Game Changers! Technological Innovations That Will Transform Our Lives,” attempted to explore how game-changing technological innovations will both disrupt and improve our lives over the next 10 years while focusing on the role of leading women.

Oates was speaking on the Robotics, E-Commerce and The Future of Work panel. Also on the panel were Rochelle Hendricks, former secretary of higher education under Gov. Chris Christie; Sally Nadley, assistant dean and director of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in STEM; and Aisha Glover, CEO and president of the Newark Alliance.

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Ex-AG Porrino says incentive task force still has long road ahead

While many were stunned by the shocking allegations from a whistleblower that a large corporation intentially failed to comply with state tax incentive rules, former New Jersey Attorney General Chris Porrino warns it is too early to draw any conclusions about how the ongoing Tax Incentive Task Force hearings will go.

His advice, put simply, is for businesses to check all their documentation and own up to any noncompliance with any of the tax incentive programs overseen by the Economic Development Authority.

“No good ever comes from the government finding it out for you,” Porrino, now chair of the Litigation Department at Lowenstein Sandler, said.

“Our clients have heeded it, and I hope other businesses do, too. I don’t think we can draw any definitive conclusions from the testimony of one person. I think the message the task force is sending is this is the kind of thing they are looking for.”

And how the task force is able to handle any findings, as well as who gets the blame, remains to be seen.

While Porrino couldn’t discuss what he saw during his time as AG, he did say that, previously, as a defense attorney, whistleblower cases like the one against tax preparation service Jackson Hewitt would come up from time to time.

“As a defense lawyer, I would see, occasionally, inquiries from the AG’s office of potential clawbacks and things like that, so I think that’s an undertaking that they had pursued from time to time, so I don’t think the concept is new,” he said. “Obviously, much more attention is being paid now.”

Porrino added that, while 20 lobbying firms have been identified by the task force, it is unclear what their level of exposure in the alleged fraud is.

One thing is for certain: The hearings are going to have the attention of the entire business community as they proceed.

“I can tell you from having been on both sides of an investigation, the one thing investigations are not is brief — they’re long and expensive,” Porrino said.

He estimates the results of the investigation by the task force may not be known for more than a year.

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