Category Archives: Pascack Valley

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.

 

Road Rage Leads to Alleged Assault and Harassment in Westwood.

Alleged assailant.

Alleged assailant.

The man pictured here is alleged to have assaulted and harassed a motorist at the K-Mart Shopping Center on Broadway in Westwood late this morning. 

The victim alleges that the man was operating a Pensky rental truck in an unsafe manner in the K-Mart parking lot, and almost caused an accident with the victim’s car. 

The victim further alleges that the man exited the truck, approached his vehicle making threats, and ultimately slapped the victim in the face through the driver’s side window. 

The man then jumped into the Penske truck and fled the scene.  The victim followed the truck and alerted the police via cell phone.  The man led police

Alleged assailant leaving the scene.
Alleged assailant leaving the scene.

 on a chase south on Broadway, through the center of Westwood, and ultimately appeared to get lost after turning off of 1st Avenue onto Prospect.  The chase ended on Godwin Terrace in Westwood.

No fewer than four police vehicles arrived on the scene.  However, the victim states that the local police didn’t appear to do anything except speak to the alleged assailant for a moment or so. 

Alleged assailant speaks to Westwood Police.

Alleged assailant speaks to Westwood Police.

The victim feels that the local police should have done more.  “Clearly the truck has an obstructed license plate, which is easily cause for a violation.  But the police did nothing to this man who fled the scene.”   

On information and belief, another truck, pictured here, and unknown person(s) ran interference to prevent the victim from following the alleged assailant.  The license plate is Florida AZC-T05.

A call to Pensky confirmed that the alleged assailant’s truck was rented in the North Bergen area.  The license plate is New Jersey XN-183T.

Alleged conspiritor's vehicle.

Alleged conspiritor's vehicle.

The victim states that he may pursue criminal charges against the man driving the Pensky truck, but concedes that the criminal justice system is flawed.  “The kind of people you meet in the New Jersey courts–especially the judges and prosecutors–they are all corrupt.”

WARNING: Suspicious Man Impersonates PSE&G Technician.

Just this evening we received a report of an unidentified man impersonating a PSE&G technician in Westwood.

Said individual was seen a couple of weeks ago in a Westwood neighborhood soliciting to enter a resident’s home.

He claimed that PSE&G was going to pave the street and wanted to replace pipes at the same time. The man insisted that he needed to inspect the meters inside the residence.

The resident said that the man wore an orange shirt, drove a white van, and had a clipboard, but no identification.

A call to PSE&G confirmed the resident’s suspicion about the man. PSE&G advised that no such individual was sent door-to-door in that neighborhood.

Area residents should be cautious about letting strangers into their homes.

Winter Arrives in Westwood.

The first snowfall of winter is currently falling on the Pascack Valley, and boy is it a doozie.

Firs snowfall in Westwood (10/29/11).Break out the puffy coats and boots because huge flakes of snow are hitting the ground–and it’s sticking. 

Oh, and you might want to get the generators ready.  As of 1:40 pm today, reports of power outages across Westwood have been received.  As we all know, PSE&G sucks, and this weekend you are literally likely to be left out in the cold!!!

Residents who are still reeling from hurricane Irene are fed up with the nonsense, and traffic nightmares abound as major intersections are without power to run traffic lights.  Stay off the roads!

Snow in Westwood (10/29/11).

Snow in Westwood (10/29/11).

Snow in Westwood (10/29/11).

Snow in Westwood (10/29/11).

PSE&G Sucks.

Luckily, the regional headquarters of mrwestwood.com has been replete with electricity for the duration, and aftermath, of hurricane Irene.  However, as early as 8am this morning, numerous neighborhoods throughout Westwood, and throughout the Pascack Valley, have experienced extended electricity outages.

This sent many people in low-lying areas scrambling for generators to power the sump pumps to keep their homes from flooding.  Eleven hours later, electricity still has not been restored.

There were no significant reports of high winds in the region overnight, yet PSE&G couldn’t do the most important thing it is charged with doing–keep the electricity flowing.

Do you live in a neighborhood which lost power today?  Does your neighborhood have those useless solar panels flying high on the poles?  We had a sunny afternoon in Westwood.  Why wasn’t the solar panel sending power to your home?  Because PSE&G’s solar panels do nothing.

For all of you who fell prey to PSE&G’s public disservice today, we will use a bit of our own electricity to send out a message on your behalf:

PSE&G SUCKS!

Cell Phone Motorists Make Westwood, NJ Roads More Dangerous.

The scourge of cell phone motorists has reached epidemic proportions in Westwood, NJ, and across the state.  There is no doubt that a distracted driver is a dangerous driver.

In New Jersey, it is unlawful to use a handheld cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.  This is a primary enforcement law in NJ, which means that an officer may cite a driver for using a handheld cell phone without any other traffic offense taking place.  Text messaging while driving is also unlawful in NJ, and is also a primary enforcement law.

Additionally, novice drivers are prohibited from all cell phone use, whether handheld or hands-free, while driving.

It seems that the unlawful nature of this conduct is no deterrent.  Watch the traffic on any street in Westwood and you will readily observe adults with children in their cars, persons driving large commercial vehicles, and even borough employees (cops, for example) driving borough-owned vehicles, all while holding cell phones up to their ears in violation of the law.

Here is an example of a cell phone motorist driving in Westwood on 6/11/11 in a green Cherokee Sport.  This young woman drove without a care in the world and was observed changing lanes and making a turn without a directional, and driving erratically, all while gabbing away on her cell phone.

Cell Phone Motorist in Westwood, NJ on 6/11/11.

Cell Phone Motorist in Westwood, NJ on 6/11/11.

Cell Phone Motorist in Westwood, NJ on 6/11/11.

Cell Phone Motorist in Westwood, NJ on 6/11/11.

This epidemic of stupidity and criminality on Westwood, NJ roads must stop.

If only Westwood had a department of persons on staff to enforce the laws. 

Dare to dream …