Category Archives: Pascack Valley

WHERE IS WESTWOOD’S ZONING OFFICER?

by Guggenheim.

The attraction of living in a community such as Westwood is a comprehensive zoning plan that allocates various uses to specific sections of town. For example, certain parts of town are allocated for industrial use, other parts for retail use, other parts for office use, other parts for medium density residential use, and other parts for single family residential use. The allocation of uses to the various sections of town enhances Westwood’s charm and stabilizes its real estate values.

Westwood's zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood’s zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood permits home based businesses in its single family residential zones, but such businesses are restricted to virtual office use. Observable business activity in a single family residential zone is unlawful under Westwood’s zoning plan.

A bizarre zoning violation has prevailed unchecked of late at 30 Roosevelt Avenue. Roosevelt Avenue is zoned for single family residential use. The avenue is nicely appointed with concrete curbs and sidewalks. Yet the owners of 30 Roosevelt have allowed a landscape company to use their property, and the street in front of their house, as a maintenance and storage facility.

Westwood's zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood’s zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Residents report that the landscapers frequently jack up large lawn mowers in the street in front of 30 Roosevelt, where they perform oil changes, lube jobs, tire inflations, fueling, and blade removals.

The removed blades are taken to the rear of 30 Roosevelt, where they are sharpened and balanced, and then returned to the street in front of 30 Roosevelt and re-installed on the lawn mowers.

Westwood's zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood’s zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

The landscapers also wash their lawn mowers on the front lawn of 30 Roosevelt or in the driveway.

The floor jack used to jack up the lawn mowers, the oil drain pan used to capture the used oil from the lawn mowers, the air compressor used to inflate the tires, and the bench grinder used to sharpen the blades, are all stored at 30 Roosevelt. The landscapers have also stored some of their landscaping equipment at 30 Roosevelt, and visit the property periodically to pick up and drop off equipment.

Property records identify the owners of 30 Roosevelt Avenue as Matthew Ell and Carolina Beita-Ell. The lettering on the landscape company truck reads: “Marvani Landscaping.”

Westwood's zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood’s zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

The landscapers do not reside at 30 Roosevelt. It is unknown where they park their truck and trailer overnight, and why they are not conducting their maintenance and storage at the same location that they park their truck and trailer.

“Trans” is Not a Gender, It’s a Mental Illness.

June has become known as (Gay) Pride Month.  Let your freak flag fly!

But let’s get one thing straight (pun intended): Trans is not a gender, it is a mental illness.

It may be the only mental illness in which the treatment is to convince the patients that their delusions are true and that their physical and biological realities are false.

Recently, there has even been a push to pass legislation to force the sane people of this country to acknowledge the warped reality of the trans- mentally ill.  Such madness must stop.

Westwood DPW Superintendent Rick Woods attaches the LGBT Pride flag to the front of Westwood borough hall to begin Pride month on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Westwood DPW Superintendent Rick Woods attaches the LGBT Pride flag to the front of Westwood borough hall to begin Pride month on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com)

An overwhelming majority of humans (ignoring rare defects) are born either male or female.  This is a biological fact established at the cellular level in one’s chromosomes.  This fact can never change, no matter how mentally ill one is.

Beyond the cellular level, more overt indicators of human gender exist, the genitalia being most significant.  Mutilating one’s genitalia will never convert one to a new gender, no matter how mentally ill one is.

A trans-woman will never mother a child as a woman can, and a trans-man will never father a child as a man can.  The misuse of science and technology to create these trans-creatures is just offensive science fiction.

While these trans-people may very well be gay, the “T” in LGBT needs its own separate honorary month: a mental illness month.  Get these people the help that they need, but don’t lump them in with perfectly sane gay folks and don’t try to change the sane world around the trans- to reinforce their delusions.

Trans Explanation.

Bergen Brookside Flatbed Wrecker Unsafe Driver Runs a Stop Sign and Almost Takes Out a Car.

On 5/31/2017 at about 4:25 pm on Fourth Ave. headed northeast @ the intersection with Ackerman Ave. in Westwood/Emerson, NJ, a Bergen Brookside flatbed wrecker (plate no. XDZ A80) runs a stop sign and almost takes out a car. If you need a tow truck/wrecker in the Pascack Valley, PLEASE DO NOT CALL Bergen Brookside. We don’t need their dangerous drivers in our community.

Notice that in attempting to run the stop sign, the unsafe driver was also cutting off two cars coming in the opposite direction.

 

ALERT: Westwood Ave. Closed Due to MVA. 

As of about 9pm, a motor vehicle accident in the westbound lane of Westwood Ave. has caused the avenue to be closed to traffic.

It may take a couple of hours to clear the road.

Motor vehicle accident, Westwood Ave.

Motor vehicle accident, Westwood Ave.

ALERT: Kinderkamack Road Closed South of Old Hook.

There is an ongoing motor vehicle accident investigation between Lester Ave. and the cemetery, just north of the Emerson border (as of about 9:30 am).  It appears that a pedestrian was hit by a car.The investigation may take several hours.  Avoid the area, the road is closed at this location. Check back for updates.

  • 10:08 am: Prosecutor’s investigative team arrives’
  • 12:10 pm: Vehicle removed and road opened to northbound traffic only;
  • 12:15 pm: road opened to traffic in both directions.
Pedestrian hit 4/29/17.

Pedestrian hit 4/29/17.

Pascack Valley Thunder and Lightning Storm.

Pretty crazy thunder and lightning storm moved through the Pascack Valley overnight Saturday just after midnight.  Never saw so much horizontal lightning!  Here’s a couple of photos of the action.

Horizontal lightning storm over the Pascack Valley, 4/2/2016.

Horizontal lightning storm over the Pascack Valley, 4/2/2016.

Horizontal lightning storm over the Pascack Valley, 4/2/2016.

Horizontal lightning storm over the Pascack Valley, 4/2/2016.

BEWARE of PSE&G Telephone Scammers.

There are reports this week of Pascack Valley residents receiving telephone calls from individuals purporting to offer PSE&G customers a reduced rate on energy costs through PSE&G.

The scammers ask you to get a copy of your bill and a pen and paper so that the scammer can verify your account information.

The scammers are likely using a device to hide their true phone number/location from caller ID.  One scammer phone number is reportedly “201-351-7851” out of “Hackensack, NJ.”  However, this number, when called, results in immediate disconnection.  The calls may originate out of Union City, NJ, or some other location.  Note: a reverse lookup on whitepages.com indicates  that this number is a Peerless Network landline from Boundbrook, NJ with a spam score of 4 out of 10.  Others across the internet are reporting this number as spam.

Reports indicate that all scammer telephone agents speak with a heavy (Asian) Indian accent.

It is unlikely that Pascack Valley residents/PSE&G customers will benefit from giving any account information to these scammers.  Proceed at your own risk.

Update 8/8/13: to avoid these calls, you may want to add the following numbers to your blocked callers list:

  • 201-351-7851
  • 862-307-7217 (a Newark, NJ #) 
  • 973-841-4145 (update 8/22/13)
  • 856-396-9202 from “Intelligent Energy” (update 8/23/13)

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath in Westwood, NJ.

A year after our last hurricane, Sandy beat us up, ruined our Halloween, knocked out power, and caused gasoline rationing.

Of course PSE&G implemented nothing of any consequence after last year’s storm, and so power went out almost immediately for hundreds of thousands of those in NJ.

The storm was almost a week ago, and things are not even close to normal.

We were all there, but here are a few pictures of the aftermath around Westwood.