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WATCH: Police Help Rescue Man From Fiery Glen Rock DWI Crash

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Police officers helped resuce a man from a fiery DWI car crash early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Police responded to Lincoln Avenue and Rock Road shortly after 4 a.m. on a report of a head-on motor vehicle crash, said Chief Dean Ackermann.

Officers found one of the vehicles engulfed in flames. The driver of that vehicle got out, but the driver of the second vehicle was trapped and seriously injured and could not get out, Ackermann said.

Local paramedics could not help the trapped driver because the flames were so severe, Ackermann said.

Sgt. Greg Carter and officers Nick Onove and John Tarantino, along with officers from Ridgewood and Hawthorne, shot fire extinguishers at the flames while using equipment in their vehicles and their bare hands to pull the 6-foot, 7-inch, 250-pound Jason A. Bednar from the vehicle, the chief said. The man was not wearing a seat belt and was “entwined” in the wreckage of the vehicle, he said.

Bednar was turned over to Valley Hospital paramedics and Glen Rock Ambulance Corps EMTs. They took him to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, Ackermann said. The other driver, a 23-year-old Passaic man, and also taken to the hospital with “moderate” injuries, the chief said.

Glen Rock firefighters got the fire under control and put it out.

Bednar, 41, of Hawthorne, was charged with assault by auto, driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving. His first court appearance in the case has yet to be scheduled.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Team and Bergen County Sheriff’s officers helped Glen Rock officers investigate the crash.

Lincoln avenue between Kenmore and Isabella Place was closed until about 9 a.m., police said.


Email: daniel.hubbard@patch.com

Train Fatally Strikes Man Near Glen Rock: Officials

A man was struck and killed by a train in Glen Rock on Saturday, authorities said.

Train 1720, which departed Glen Rock at 3:33 p.m., was cancelled soon after the incident, NJ Transit said.

About 80 customers were switched to NJ Transit train 1822, which left Glen Rock at 4:43 p.m., the agency said.

This is a developing story. Patch will have more information as it comes in.

Newark Airport Plane Evacuated / Gooden Busted In NJ / ICE In NJ?

Check out the top news that made headlines this week across the Patch network in New Jersey:

Newark Airport Plane Evacuated After Suspicious Item Found

UPDATE: A plane at Newark Liberty International Airport was evacuated on Saturday.>>>Read more here.

Ex-Mets Ace Dwight Gooden Busted Again For Cocaine – In NJ

The former New York Mets ace is in trouble yet again for drugs – in New Jersey.

ICE Raids Potentially Coming To NJ This Weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy Says

Here’s what the governor plans to do about the Trump administration’s possible ICE raids.

Yes, A Tornado With 90-MPH Winds Did Hit New Jersey

The tornado with 90-mph winds touched down in New Jersey during the rough storms. And it did some damage.

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Just Froze $235M For 64 Things You May Need

The budget battle isn’t over: NJ Gov. Phil Murphy just froze $235 million for a bunch of towns and schools that you will likely need.

Watch Dog Fight Off Bear In West Milford Backyard

A black bear took down a bird feeder in Mark Stinziano’s yard and then his neighbor’s dog came in and attacked it, scaring it away.

NJ Child Wakes Up After Family Lost In Triple Fatal Crash

Jonathan woke up to discover that three of his family members were gone.

Victims ID’d, Driver Intoxicated In Old Bridge Double Fatal: MCPO

The mother of one victim has asked for help, and a NJ man who was driving while intoxicated was arrested this weekend, prosecutors say.

Ex-Giants QB Phil Simms Drops Price Of Franklin Lakes Mansion

The house is listed for $5.3 million, about $3 million less than for what he originally listed it for 2 years ago.

Video Shows Shark Sighting In Ocean City; Beachgoers Clear Water

The shark appeared in its natural habitat at 7th Street beach, according to Fox 29.

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Bergen Man Gets 5 Years For Sharing Child Sex Abuse Pictures

A Bergen County man was sentenced to five years in federal prison for distribution images of child sexual abuse, authorities announced.

Barry Goldstein, 46, of Bergenfield previously pleaded guilty to distribution of images of child sexual abuse before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Goldstein communicated with an undercover law enforcement officer on an instant messaging app from May to August 2018. In May and June, Goldstein had explicit conversations with the officer about the sexual abuse of kids and shared multiple files showing such abuse, Carpenito announced.

Authorities search Goldstein’s home, interviewed him, and arrested him, Carpenito said.

Goldstein was also sentenced to 15 years of supervised release.


Email: daniel.hubbard@patch.com

Multiple N.J. banks honored for community service efforts

Fourteen New Jersey banks were honored recently by the New Jersey Bankers Association for their community service and outreach efforts in the communities they serve in the state.

Banks were judged on their ability to help and serve in a number of areas, addressing a variety of needs in both traditional and imaginative ways. And while support for traditional, well-known philanthropic causes such as Habitat for Humanity, local food banks and first responders remained high, there was also significant support for a wide range of causes.

Employee volunteers from each bank were a major part of community support and outreach. Also evident was a commitment by bank managers and directors to community service through personal engagement in activities and events as well as membership on a wide spectrum of boards of not-for-profit organizations.

Winners were selected in seven size areas.

  • National banks: TD Bank, Bank of America;
  • Deposits over $5B: Provident Bank, Investors
  • Deposits between $2B- $5B: Peapack-Gladstone, Kearny
  • Deposits between $1B-$2B: Boiling Springs, Manasquan
  • Deposits between $500M-$999M: 1st Constitution, Two River Community
  • Deposits between $300M-$500M: Roselle Savings, Crest Savings
  • Deposits below $300M: Metuchen Savings, Lusitania Savings

Here’s a look at some of reasons for the selections:

Largest national banks

  1. TD Bank: A large bank with significant support for communities throughout New Jersey and across a wide range of needs.
  2. Bank of America: A large national bank with solid support for the people and communities of New Jersey.

Banks with deposits over $5B

  1. Provident Bank: Continued strong commitment to a wide range of causes in many communities reflecting a bank firmly rooted in New Jersey.
  2. Investors Bank: Demonstrates strong support for a wide variety of organizations, public services and community strengthening organizations.

Banks with deposits between $2B and $5B

  1. Peapack-Gladstone Bank: Continually has a clear message of what it supports, particularly with respect to food and shelter insecurity, and support for veterans in need.
  2. Kearny Bank: Significant support for a wide variety of causes and community service organizations by employees, primarily through volunteerism.

Banks with deposits between $1B and $2B

  1. Boiling Springs Savings Bank: Community outreach with Coffee with a Cop, and support for food pantries, various community centers and support for bankers in North and South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence.
  2. Manasquan Bank: significant recognition for community support as evidenced by receiving a 2018 Humanitarian of the Year and Financial Capability Innovation Award.

Banks with deposits between $500M and $999M

  1. 1st Constitution Bank: Strong community presence and support-from board members through branch employees.
  2. Two River Community Bank: Supports a variety of not-for-profit groups and initiatives to improve the quality of life and environment in its service area.

Banks with deposits between $300M and $500M

  1. Roselle Savings Bank: Strong tradition of employees at all levels actively participating in educational and other community organizations including the exceptionally diverse activities and causes supported by members of the board.
  2. Crest Savings Bank: Bank employees and management reflect commitment to their communities through volunteer work, board memberships, support for youth and the arts, and an awareness of challenges and opportunities present in the smaller communities in which they operate.

Banks with deposits below $300M

  1. Metuchen Savings Bank: Outreach and funding is focused on support for youth, health-related causes and enrichment of their community.
  2. Lusitania Savings Bank: Employees demonstrate strong support for focused health needs within their service area.

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Bergen Police Rescue Pit Bull Swept Away In Saddle River

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Police rescued a pit bull from the Saddle River after he jumped in and was swept away by the current.

Jose Sareta was walking the dog, named Rocky Balboa, near the river bank at River Drive and Marsellus Place. The dog broke free to chase some geese and jumped into the river, said Lt. Richard Uram.

The current took the year-and-a-half-old dog downstream and Sareta lost sight of him.

Wallington and Garfield police officers and Garfield firefighters responded and checked river banks. A rescue boat was launched and the dog was found along the river bank a few hundred yards away from the Midland Avenue bridge, Uram said.

Rocky Balboa was in excellent health and reunited with Sareta, Uram said.


Email: daniel.hubbard@patch.com

Craft brewers: Developing right infrastructure to grow

Nearly a decade since craft beer first hit mainstream popularity, the industry continues to grow at steady rates. The national craft beer market now tops $26 billion and key players continue to seek new ways to scale their business to meet this increasing consumer demand.

Craft beer popularity has grown in part due to its availability in a wide range of venues — from pop-up beer gardens to fine dining restaurants. Locally, New Jersey is home to over 100 breweries, and according to a study by the research company C + R, New Jersey has seen a 43% growth in the craft beer industry since 2015.

Many breweries across the state are expanding to meet the demand. In 2012, the state allowed breweries to starting selling beer on-site, but some restaurant and bars claimed it hurt their businesses. Recently, New Jersey’s Division of Alcohol Beverage Control announced new regulations for breweries with a craft brewery license; no breweries can sell food, they are required to give guests a tour, and breweries can only host 52 private events per year and 25 public advertised events.

For local brewers seeking to improve production and distribution, and use the new legislation to their advantage, here are some best practices on expanding your craft beer network.

Local, regional and national brewers

Craft beer companies typically fit into three categories based on size: the small, local brewpub; the regional brewer; and the national production brewery. Each has unique needs when it comes to production and distribution.

The local brewpub typically sells most of its beer on premise or at the brewer’s restaurant. This reduces the need for distribution and allows the brewpub to recognize profits quickly. A regional brewer, on the other hand, typically requires more equipment, such as tanks, as well as a larger amount of real estate to produce and store inventory. A regional brewer, on the other hand, might be selling out of a tasting room from one or multiple breweries, but most of their revenue and growth comes through selling its brews into other retail accounts, both on- and off-premise. Between 2016 and 2017, regional craft breweries grew by 5%, to reach 70.6% of overall craft beer industry production volume. At a much larger scale, a national production brewery may have several operations and requires a more sophisticated and robust distribution system.

To grow or not to grow

In today’s market, expansion is a matter of choice rather than survival. Each category of brewery has its advantages and drawbacks, and each has the ability to be profitable. It’s important for investors and owners of breweries to align on objectives when it comes to growth targets and appetite for expansion. Once brewers and investors agree on business objectives, they can set priorities for investment and determine the amount of capital they’ll need to build their infrastructure. If a brewer aims to slowly expand a brewpub, for example, he may not need to purchase a new warehouse to store beer right away; instead, he can gradually scale up distribution. As part of this evaluation process, brewers will also want to consider operational needs to maintain equipment, including maintenance and upgrades.

Assessing where (and how) to expand

Brewers also need to evaluate where to expand. Craft-centric regions, including Philadelphia, San Diego, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the newer craft hubs of Austin, Texas, Atlanta, Chicago and Asheville, North Carolina, have turned into highly sought-after destinations for craft beer tourism. This equates to a high demand for craft beer in these areas, but it doesn’t come without fierce competition from brewers seeking to reach the same customer base.

A key partnership for craft brewers are beer wholesalers, who support, sell and distribute their product. As the craft beer industry has continued to grow over the last decade, wholesalers have adjusted their business models from supporting a few key suppliers (such as Anheuser-Busch InBev or MillerCoors) to now having more than 30 breweries to support, sell and distribute. Wholesalers have also increased the training and size of staff, often deploying craft-only sales teams. Today, brewers have the opportunity to work with large distributors as well as craft-only distributors. Craft beer’s continued growth will be in part due to the commitment and support of these innovative beer wholesalers.

What works best for your craft beer?

Ultimately, the value for a particular brewer is case dependent. Key factors to consider include quantitative elements (growth rate and profitability), intangible factors (brand awareness), competition (assessing if similar products are in the market) and, finally, succession planning based on the end goal (for example, an initial public offering or selling to a larger brewer).

Brewers must assess if the distribution strategies implemented would support their growth and closely align their financial strategies with their long-term goals. The craft beer industry has already climbed to nearly one-quarter of the U.S. beer market, and continues to become more competitive for the next generation of entrepreneurial brewers. Though craft brewers face fierce competition and a unique set of industry challenges, their ability to secure capital and the future of the craft brewing industry has never been better.

Cathleen Callahan is a senior vice president and market executive for Bank of America.

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Life Time Bridgewater ready for grand opening (SLIDESHOW)

Life Time is opening its new Bridgewater health and wellness club Monday, it announced this week, capping a $50 million-plus project that has created 400 jobs in Somerset County.

The property, the company’s sixth athletic resort in New Jersey, had a ribbon-cutting Thursday and is opening to “founding members” over the weekend before its official opening slated for Monday.

General Manager Ashley Sikora speaks at the ribbon-cutting event.

The 130,000-square-foot property features a 40,000-square-foot outdoor pool area, plus dedicated fitness studios, more than 400 pieces of exercise equipment, space for athletic performance and recovery, two full-size basketball courts, an aquatic center, “Kids Academy,” café, spa and more.

“We are excited to provide Somerset County with our first Life Time location and showcase this unique health and wellness resort experience to our new members and the Bridgewater area,” General Manager Ashley Sikora said in a prepared statement. “Life Time is passionate about inspiring others to live well-rounded, happy, health lives, and with our diverse offerings for our littlest members to most seasoned adults, we can’t wait to see the impact we’ll have on creating a healthier community.”

The facility has more than 400 full-time, part-time and season employees, the most of any club at opening, the company said.

Life Time’s other New Jersey facilities are in Bergen County, Berkeley Heights, Florham Park, Mount Laurel and Princeton.

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Red Bulls, Horizon team up to grow healthy eating effort

No, farro is not a one-on-one soccer move the New York Red Bulls players are testing out. It’s a grain that’s the focus of a new salad being offered at Red Bull Arena, as part of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s “Horizon Health Goal Food Stand” effort.

Horizon, a partner with the Harrison-based soccer club, is expanding its healthy food offerings at the stadium, starting with this weekend’s game against rival New York City FC.

The new items will include a turkey avocado wrap and the aforementioned farro salad, the club told ROI-NJ. For the NYCFC game, the stand will also feature a blender bike, where fans can make a banana berry smoothie.

“Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is a valued partner who, like our club, believes in health and wellness for people of all ages,” said Marc de Grandpre, general manager of the Red Bulls. “The new, delicious culinary additions to their Healthy Goal stand in Red Bull Arena will be a big hit with our fans.”

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Princeton-based CMA acquires Weblications, an internet marketing firm

CMA, a communications, marketing and association management firm based in Princeton, announced Tuesday it has acquired Princeton-based Weblications LLC, an internet marketing firm.

Under terms of the deal, Weblications will operate as a standalone subsidiary of CMA.

The acquisition will help enhance each company’s client offerings and expand their business footprints, CMA said.

“The Weblications acquisition is a strategic fit for CMA, as it continues to build on the commitment to providing a full spectrum of cutting-edge marketing and communications solutions to its clients through in-house resources,” Jeffrey Barnhart, CEO and founder of CMA, said. “Bob and I have known each other and worked on various projects together for more than 20 years. We saw it as an opportunity to join forces, to increase our client bases.”

Bob Weber, former owner of Weblications, will remain on as president and lead the group. He will report to Christian Amato, president of CMA.

“We’re excited to be partnering with CMA under one roof,” Weber said. “The acquisition enables the Weblications team to focus on business expansion and web design, while removing the operational component. The long-term vision is to grow Weblications through the use of combined sales forces, as well as provide the complete range of marketing services to Weblications’ clients through CMA.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Bob and his group bring extensive knowledge and experience in digital marketing, which will be major assets to CMA and its clients as it continues to grow,” Amato said. “This catapults CMA further into the digital marketing arena, by offering clients an expanded breath of robust solutions. CMA has a long-standing relationship with Bob and Weblications. I’m pleased to be working with him in this capacity.”

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