Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Prosecutor's Office is offering free assessments of safety equipment and procedures
The county Prosecutor’s Office is offering schools a free safety assessment, and according to Mahwah’s Director of Curriculum Christine Zimmermann, the township’s school district is planning to take advantage of that. According to Zimmermann, the schools requested the review of its safety procedures in January, and has yet to hear back with any results. “We decided to participate in the county program because we felt that additional feedback would be a benefit for the district,” she told Patch. The district already works with the Mahwah Police Department on a regular basis to review and update its safety plans, observe school security drills in action, conduct security walkthroughs with building principals, and more, she said. She called …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
New Jersey School Board Association forum offered the opportunity for parents to hear from local law enforcement and school officials on what is being done to make schools safe.
When it comes down to being ready for an emergency situation in schools, the key element is preparedness. For a little more than two hours Wednesday night local law enforcement and school officials tackled the pressing issue of school safety in front of an audience of 200 made up mostly of parents by a show of hands. The New Jersey School Board Association hosted this forum at Paramus High School to give parents an opportunity to hear from local officials about what measures local districts are taking on this issue which has come to the forefront since the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. Among the panelists were Paramus' Acting Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg and Superintendent Ken Rota who were joined by Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli, …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The video depicts two armed shooters breaking into a local school, and aims to teach school officials and emergency workers how to respond, report says
A new 20-minute video that depicts how police agencies, fire departments, emergency responders and school personnel should react to “active shooter” situations in schools is now available to districts across Bergen County, NJ.com reported Tuesday. “Lockdown,” which was produced by the County Prosecutor’s Office and filmed at David E. Owens Middle School over a year ago, simulates a two armed attackers breaking into the school with rifles and a homemade bomb, the report says. According to NJ.com, the video shows how two teachers react to the situation differently, and points out which reaction is better, and why. "There have been so many [school shootings], and no two are ever identical," said Bergen County Police Sgt. John LaDuca explained…
Friday, January 18, 2013
The crux of the ongoing investigation is to find out why the boy exhibited the behavior that 'alarmed many' in the township, police said
Mahwah Police are still investigating what prompted a 13-year-old Mahwah student dressed up in a camouflage Ghillie suit and carried a fake rifle while walking in the woods near some of the township’s public schools last month, Chief Jim Batelli told Patch this week. Though they have not yet done so, police may still file juvenile charges against the boy, he said. “In this case, possession was not a crime,” Batelli said. “But, there [is more of a basis for a possible] disorderly conduct charge, for creating alarm and concern. It’s why you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater, or go into a bank with a Halloween mask on.” According to police, the boy’s outfit was alarming to many people in the area, including the nearby Seiko Corporation, …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
MLS players will travel to town affected by mass shooting to show support for devastated community.
Members of the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer will travel to Newtown, CT on Monday to raise funds for the families affected by the tragic Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, league officials announced. Soccer players will use the event to help raise attention, support and funding for these families with “Soccer Night in Newtown.” The shooting, which killed 27 people, including 20 children, had an especially strong impact on San Jose Earthquakes’ player Marcus Tracy, who grew up in Newtown and whose mother once taught at the school. Residents and members of the Newtown Youth Soccer Club have been invited to attend and meet professional soccer players including Red Bulls players Kenny Cooper, Ryan Meara and Heath …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Resident decorated Winter's Pond in memory of victims of a school shooting earlier this month
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
As families throughout Mahwah celebrated Christmas Eve Monday, one resident took the opportunity to create a public display in memory of the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., earlier this month. The somber reminder of the tragedy was made up of 26 luminaries around Mahwah's Winter's Pond, one for each victim of the shooting. Resident Tom Dewan, who has been working on the restoration of the pond, said he set up the display as a holiday reminder to residents of those lost in the shooting.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Police say they have notified the school district of the situation involving a 13-year-old Mahwah boy
One week after sensitivity to gun violence was heightened across the country because of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, police picked up a 13-year-old Mahwah boy wearing a camouflage outfit and carrying a fake rifle. According to police, the boy was walking through a wooded area Friday afternoon at the corner of Macarthur Blvd. and Ridge Road, which houses four of the township’s six schools. According to Police Chief Jim Batelli, a Ridge Road resident called police after seeing a boy walking in the area wearing the bottom piece of a camouflage suit and carting a large satchel. When police found the boy in a wooded area near a business complex on Ridge Road, he was wearing the bottom half of a Ghillie suit, a “…