Month: June 2019

Navy Veteran Dies, Bergen Teacher Loses License: Top News

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — We know you’re busy. Between work, kids, and other obligations — sometimes you don’t have time to keep up with the news. Patch has got you covered: here are some stories you might have missed this week:

Bergen Woman Loses Teaching Licenses After Student Abuse Charges

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — A special education teacher has agreed to forfeit her New Jersey teaching licenses following allegations she abused special education students, officials said.Ashley… Read more

Bergen Navy Veteran Who Died In Afghanistan Loved His Country

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Kevin Yali made it his life’s work to serve others. He took care of his parents from a young age. He encouraged his friends and relatives when they were downtrodden. And he served… Read more

Bergen County Police Dismantle Drug Delivery Service

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Police dismantled a service that delivered illegal drugs throughout Bergen County, authorities said.Joseph G. Williams and Adebola O. Bamisile delivered heroin and crack… Read more

‘Dangerous’ Man Wanted In Fort Lee Surrenders After Search: Cops

FORT LEE, NJ — A man police said was “armed and dangerous” and wanted in the stabbing of his borough roommate turned himself into authorities Thursday night while a multi-state search for him was… Read more

‘RHONJ’ Jacqueline Laurita Leaves Franklin Lakes Amid Foreclosure

FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ — It appears Jacqueline Laurtia’s time on”The Real Housewives of New Jersey” has come to an end. Laurita posted on Instagram Sunday about her move west in the wake… Read more

WowMoms World Bringing Fun For Moms And Kids To Paramus

PARAMUS, NJ — Katie Lennon was looking for a comfortable place to breastfeed and spend quality time with her infant away from home. She couldn’t find one near her New Milford home, so she… Read more

This Bergen County American Legion Post Is In Danger Of Closing

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — There used be life at the Ridgefield American Legion Post 221. Veterans of World War II and the Korean War were members. The post used to award scholarships and sponsor… Read more

Coca-Cola Branded Dining Hall Opening At American Dream

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — A Coca-Cola-branded food hall is coming to American Dream Meadowlands. The space will be called Coca-Cola Eats, will seat 800 people, and have about 10 vendors, each serving… Read more

Hasbrouck Hts. Doc Charged With Sex Assault Has License Suspended

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ — A borough doctor charged with sexual assault has had his medical license temporarily suspended by the State Board of Medical Examiners.Carl Renner, 67, who practiced… Read more

Saddle Brook Home Burglarized In Broad Daylight Wednesday: Police

SADDLE BROOK, NJ — Two suspects are wanted in connection with a home burglary in Saddle Brook Wednesday, police said. The homeowner alerted police that two men entered the home after he remotely… Read more


2 Dead In Bergen County Car Crash: Prosecutor

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Two people were killed in a motor vehicle crash in Lodi Saturday morning, authorities said.

Lodi police officers responded to the Harrison Street crash just before 7 a.m. and found a 2015 Dodge Charger against the front steps of a home, said Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.

Police found a 2005 Toyota Corolla on its side on Harrison Street in front of the home, Musella said.

The Toyota’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and the front passenger was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center, the prosecutor said.

The Dodge’s driver was taken to HUMC and was in stable condition Saturday morning, Musella said.

Investigators from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Lodi Police Department are trying to determine what caused the crash.

Musella did not release any further information.


‘Dangerous’ Man Wanted In Fort Lee Surrenders After Search: Cops

FORT LEE, NJ — A man police said was “armed and dangerous” and wanted in the stabbing of his borough roommate turned himself into authorities Thursday night while a multi-state search for him was conducted, police announced.

Police had identified Asim B. Ouhuru, 33, as a suspect and entered into the National Crime Information Center as a fugitive. He fled on foot and the nearby Lightbridge Academy Day Care was locked down as a precaution, Zusi said.

Ouhuru was charged with attempted murder, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, said Capt. Daniel Zusi.

Ouhuru turned himself in to law enforcement at the Bergen County Jail at about 10 p.m. Thursday after authorities searched for him in New Jersey and New York, Zusi said.

Several law enforcement agencies pooled their resources and spent about 14 hours trying to find Ouhuru after they found his roommate stabbed multiple times, the captain said.

Police responded to a 911 call at an Executive Drive home just before 7 a.m. Thursday where they found a man stabbed several times in the neck and shoulder, Zusi said.

Ouhuru was originally wanted on aggravated assault and weapons charges.

“The investigation of this violent crime is an example of the professionalism and dedication of law enforcement officers working tirelessly to ensure that fugitives are brought to justice on behalf of an innocent victim,” Zusi said.

Related: Man On Run After Fort Lee Stabbing; Daycare Locked Down: Cops


Bringing health care home: St. Joseph’s CEO says tech will help move treatment

Kevin Slavin knows the world of health care is changing, which is why his small hospital system is looking for partners.

Between a change in the way hospitals are being paid, the increasing demand for in-home care and increasingly tech-savvy patients, hospitals have needed to adjust and scale faster than ever before.

Kevin Slavin

“Where home care is going, with technology and diagnostics and the explosion of innovation, there will be more care in the home,” Slavin, CEO of St. Joseph’s Regional Healthcare System, told ROI-NJ in a recent interview.

It’s something he candidly tells his staff: There will be more people providing care in the home than there will be at hospitals.

“Everybody will want to be treated at home if they can, and more and more things are moving in that direction,” Slavin said.

St. Joseph’s Regional Healthcare system already has an affiliation with Trinitas Regional Medical Center for behavioral health, and with Hackensack Meridian Health for home care.

But the partnerships and affiliations need to grow to help the system maintain its independent identity, Slavin said.

One of the key things he and his team have determined, in the requirements of a partnership, is that the system would remain Catholic and retain the governance structure currently in place through the Sisters of Charity.

“That is non-negotiable,” Slavin said. “We’ve made it clear to all the organizations. So, if they can’t live with that, then don’t submit a proposal.”

There is also an emphasis on access to capital, ability to develop new services and focusing on population health — especially because St. Joseph’s serves a vulnerable population in Paterson.

But Slavin isn’t coming to the table empty-handed — despite the fact that the revenues for the hospital relies heavily on Medicaid, charity care and self-pay.

“That’s obviously the big challenge we have,” Slavin said. “We’ve really continued to strengthen ourselves financially — we’re stronger than we’ve ever been before — we’ve focused a lot in the last three or four years on our balance sheet.”

He detailed how.

“We were one of the last to have a defined contribution pension plan …. so, we de-risked the balance sheet,” he said. “We’ve refinanced the debt, saved money on the bond interest rates and reorganized all of our investments. So, our balance sheet is stronger. We can certainly remain independent for the foreseeable future.”

One of the biggest things St. Joseph’s has been able to do to make a name for itself in the recent past is develop the Alternatives to Opioids, or ALTO, program. 

As the name suggests, it’s simply avoiding prescribing opioids and searching for alternatives.

And hospitals around the country have been calling St. Joseph’s for the last two years to learn how to implement it.

That has caused some problems with insurers, who are less willing to approve more costly drugs and topical pain relievers — but the model was passed by Congress and is now a federal law, with federal money to boot, and has been adopted broadly by the state Department of Health and the New Jersey Hospital Association.

St. Joseph’s is getting attention for its ALTO opioids program.

Here are some of the other topics Slavin discussed with ROI-NJ.

ROI-NJ: Aside from finances, what are you bringing to the table for the other organizations who might be interested in partnering with you?

Kevin Slavin: One of the things that makes us attractive is our expertise with the poor, vulnerable populations — whether it be Medicaid or uninsured. We have 150 years of understanding how to work with those groups and have them access the care; it’s not just the recent health coalition, but the Sisters have been doing this for years.

We have a center for what we call ambulatory physician care for Medicaid and uninsured — we don’t like to use the word clinic. They get the same care as anyone will get in a private office.

ROI: How did that center come about?

KS: It used to be five different centers all throughout Paterson. That included pediatric, internal medicine, family medicine, HIV and specialty. We consolidated a couple of years ago into one efficient, more accessible location.

ROI: I hear a lot of focus on social determinants of care — so, things in the home or home environment — and transportation being a barrier to care. With this consolidated location, what is being done about transportation?

KS: That’s a big one. We think we should be more into the transportation business. We know what we are good at as a health system, so that might be another avenue for us to look for a partner that really knows medical transportation.

A good example of one of the things we are doing is we run the WIC program for not just Passaic County, but a couple of counties, for many years. That is in a location in Paterson that is not on the bus route. So, we are moving it. It’s going to cost us more money to move it, but we are going to move it at a renovated place down the street — and that’s going to be on the bus route in June. It’s about a half-a-million-dollar renovation into an existing building where we had our IT department before. 

ROI: St. Joseph’s also helped start the Health Coalition of Passaic to focus on social determinants, emulating the type of collaboration that began with the Camden Coalition. How is that going and what is the next step?

KS: We’ve been looking at this whole high-utilizer topic that Dr. (Jeffrey) Brenner started in Camden. Learning from it, Nicholson Foundation (which partnered to launch the Coalition) is big on learning small and then growing. So, we recently launched this past year after we built up the staff. We have a program where we are case-managing 86 of the highest emergency room utilizers in certain ZIP codes and finding all kinds of things. For example, the biggest challenge for that population is housing. Not necessarily being homeless, but substandard housing. We’re hopeful to be designated as one of the pilots for the supporting housing project that NJHA and the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency are working on.

ROI: What else is on the horizon?

KS: We are hopeful to get a grant to launch an innovation center here. (The grantor) felt it was important that a safety-net organization be able to do innovation just like the more affluent systems that can take $5 million and put it in a fund and say, ‘Here, go create things.’ We are putting some of our own resources in it, but it’s a different approach than others have taken.

This is to learn the discipline of innovation and learn how to do innovation. Things like human-centered design, prototyping, very specific skills that successful companies have instilled. A lot of it comes out of Kaiser Permanente. They drive this through their culture through innovation. Do projects along the way, but also learn from a leadership team perspective and then drive it to the rest of the organization. So, it’s not a program, it just becomes the way you do things.

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Bergen County Police Dismantle Drug Delivery Service

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Police dismantled a service that delivered illegal drugs throughout Bergen County, authorities said.

Joseph G. Williams and Adebola O. Bamisile delivered heroin and crack cocaine to a “vast clientele base,” in the Bergen County area, Hackensack police Capt. Peter Busciglio said in a news release.

Williams and Bamisile were arrested Tuesday after a three-week investigation by the Hackensack and Garfield police departments and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force.

Police executed two search warrants as a result of their investigation. Heroin, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, jewelry, an “undetermined amount” of cash, and a BMW 750i were seized, Busciglio said. Police did not say exactly where the search warrants were executed at.

Williams was arrested on several drug possession and distribution charges, including distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, Busciglio said.

Barnisile was charged with possession of crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine, and distribution of drug paraphernalia, the captain said.

Busciglio could not be reached for additional comment.


Rand Logistics names new CEO

Rand Logistics Inc., a Jersey City-based provider of bulk freight shipping and ship repair services, announced Thursday it has appointed Peter Coxon its new CEO.

Coxon, Rand said, will also join the board of the directors.

“We are thrilled to partner with Peter to lead Rand into its next stage of growth,” Jason Perri, a Rand board member and partner at American Industrial Partners, Rand’s owner, said. “Peter has an excellent track record of success in growing and transforming similar businesses. After a thorough search the Board concluded that Peter was the right leader to help us, the existing management team and all of our employees and stakeholders achieve Rand’s full potential.”

Coxon, who has more than 30 years of maritime industry experience, previously held a senior leadership roles at a number of organizations including SEACOR Holdings Inc., the Atlantic Richfield Co. and Par Petroleum. Prior to his private sector career, he served for 13 years as a commissioned office in the United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.

“Rand is an outstanding company with dedicated employees, a superior market position, and a top tier capital partner – all of which are key ingredients for success.” Coxon said. “This is a great opportunity to work with a talented team to continue to build this business and deliver on our vision to be the premier provider of logistics services and solutions in the Great Lakes region and beyond.”

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Kislak sells 192-unit multifamily portfolio in N.Y. for $19M

Woodbridge-based The Kislak Co. Inc. announced Friday it has recently sold a 192-unit multifamily portfolio in Orange County, New York, for $19 million.

The sale was comprised of the Southgate Village Apartments located at 2300 Vails Gate Heights Drive in New Windsor, the commercial real estate brokerage said.

Kislak said it exclusively marketed the property with Janet Bortz, senior vice president, handling the assignment on behalf of the seller, New Windsor Properties LLC. Bortz also procured the buyer, South Gate Village LLC, an affiliate of JP Management.

“This is a true value-add opportunity with strong rent growth potential in an expanding market,” Bortz said. “The sellers were longtime owners of the property, which is consistently fully-occupied with tenants paying below market rents. The purchaser is embarking on a renovation and capital improvement plan to significantly improve the property.”

The property includes 10 three-story buildings located on 10 acres. The units are a mix of 32 studios, 56 one-bedrooms and 104 two-bedrooms with 180,000 total rentable square footage.

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This Bergen County American Legion Post Is In Danger Of Closing

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — There used be life at the Ridgefield American Legion Post 221.

Veterans of World War II and the Korean War were members. The post used to award scholarships and sponsor Boy Scout troops and local baseball teams.

But as veterans of those conflicts have grown old and died, so has the post. Now, there are just two active members: Commander Frank Ganci and Vice Commander Caonabo Reyes.

“It used to be very active, but the veterans who are still alive are in their 90s and have stopped coming,” said Reyes, a Marine veteran of Operation Desert Storm who retired from the military in 1999. “Now there’s hardly anybody left.”

The post received its temporary charter in 1919 and its permanent charter on June 24, 1921. It is one of 41 in Bergen County.

The building is in desperate need of repair. The plumbing needs to be replaced, a new roof needs to be installed, and there is no air conditioning.

Bergen County American Legion Commander Francis Carrasco is asking all eligible veteran and active duty service members to help save the post. Veterans do not have to live in Ridgefield to join. Annual dues are $35.

“American Legion Post 221 has been a pillar of the community of Ridgefield, and surrounding towns, for decades,” Carrasco said in a statement. “Without members, the American Legion cannot continue its mission of helping veterans and being their voice on important issues including such as health care, education, transition to civilian life and benefits.”

Anyone wishing to join the post or make a donation is asked to call Reyes at 201-835-2640.

Related: Bergen Navy Veteran Who Died In Afghanistan Loved His Country


NAI Hanson negotiates lease to bring clothing wholesaler to Moonachie

NAI James E. Hanson announced recently it has negotiated a 25,526-square-foot lease for Cactus Clothing Co., a clothing wholesaler, in Moonachie.

The one-story industrial/flex building is located on a 1-acre lot at 175 Anderson Ave., NAI Hanson said. It boasts 18-foot ceilings and five loading docks. The new landlord, NAI Hanson said, intents to make several improvements to it, including renovating 2,500 square feet of office space and installing new warehouse high bay LED lights.

Jeff DeMagistris and Tom Vetter of NAI Hanson represented the landlord, 175 Anderson LLC, in the deal.

Relocating from Carlstadt, Cactus Clothing said it plans to utilize the property for the warehousing and distribution of garments.

“With proximity to the Port remaining a top priority for companies looking for easy access to national and international distribution channels, well-located industrial assets such as 175 Anderson Avenue continue to be hot commodities in the industrial market,” Vetter said. “Leveraging our expertise with industrial assets and local market knowledge, we were able to help secure a quality tenant on behalf of the landlord.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Lee & Associates N.J. brokers sale of industrial warehouse in Avenel

Lee & Associates New Jersey, a commercial real estate firm based in Elmwood Park, announced recently it has brokered the sale of an industrial warehouse in Avenel.

The 81,000-square-foot property, located on 4.28 acres at 80 Essex Ave. East, is situated within the Exit 12 submarket off the New Jersey Turnpike, Lee & Associates said.

Lee & Associates said it was retained by TA Realty to market and lease the property for a late summer or early fall delivery.

Crista Governara, Drew Maffey and Rick Marchisio of Lee & Associates represented both the buyer, TA Realty, and the undisclosed seller in the deal.

The property boasts 7,557 square feet of office space, 26-foot ceilings, 11 loading dock doors expandable to 19, ample car and truck parking, a new roof, new HVAC, and more. Additional upgrades are planned as well, including new paving and a truck court, Maffey said.

“This first class industrial facility is well-suited for the operations of an e-commerce/last mile delivery company like Amazon or a national transport company like Fed-Ex or DHL” Governara, vice president and partner, said. “80 Essex Avenue East has proximity to local ports and airports, and access to more than a third of the US population within a day’s drive.”

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