Sifting for valuables and memories in a fire’s ruins


By Douglas E. Hall It’s been more than two months since the devastating fire at the Avalon apartments turned the lives of 1,000 residents upside down. Many lost everything except the clothes on their backs. The people and businesses of Edgewater and the surrounding area opened their hearts and pocketbooks donating cash, credit cards and [...]

Smokey Fire on Undercliff forces Two Families out of Duplex Homes


By Douglas E. Hall A teen was taken to Englewood for treatment of smoke inhalation and minor burns after a fire broke out in his home at 446-448 Undercliff Avenue in the afternoon of Thursday, March 26. Two families had to vacate their homes as smoke billowed out of the roof and upstairs windows in [...]

Early look at what’s Planned at Hess site


By Douglas E. Hall There have been no announcements and no formal applications, but there have been informal discussions in recent weeks with borough officials regarding the huge site that sprawls across both sides of River Road. Here are some of what has been discussed: A lot of open space with a “beautiful” park. Several [...]

Waiting for the Easter Bunny at Outback


Some of the children who went to Outback for the first Easter Egg Hunt ever at the eatery in Edgewater Commons on Saturday, April 4, lined up early to hunt for eggs and see the Easter Bunny. As soon as the doors opened more than 30 children with parents scrambled around the dining room looking [...]

Night of Recognition for Brave Protectors in Avalon Fire


By Douglas E. Hall “A Night of Recognition” for those who fought the Avalon fire and served the residents of Avalon at Edgewater will be honored on Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Edgewater Community Center, 1167 River Road. The event will not only honor firefighters and first responders, but volunteers and the [...]

United States Air Force Heritage of America Band FREE “Salute to Veterans” Concert

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United States Air Force Heritage of America Band FREE “Salute to Veterans” Concert Edgewater Community Center Saturday, May 2, 7:00-9:00 PM The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band will play a free “Salute to Veterans” concert in Edgewater on Saturday, May 2. The event, co-sponsored by the Borough of Edgewater and the Edgewater [...]

Mayor McPartland Makes Avalon Promise: Low Rise Wooden Rebuilding Ruled Out


By Douglas E. Hall “We’ll make sure nothing like this is built here again,” declared Mayor Michael McPartland as firemen extinguished the last smoldering embers of ruins of what had been the homes to some 1,000 residents (approximately a seventh of Edgewater’s total population) at the Avalon apartments along Undercliff Avenue running south from Russell [...]

Dolores Lawlor Joins Council


By Douglas E. Hall The vacancy on the Borough Council created by the resignation of Kevin P. Doran on Jan. 3 was filled by the appointment of Dolores Lawlor on Jan. 5, She was sworn into office by County Executive James Tedesco. Ms, Lawlor has served the borough as a member of the Board of [...]

Edgewater’s New Mayor

U.S. Rep. William J. Pascrell Jr. administers the oath of office to Edgewater Mayor Michael J. McPartland as his daughters Paige, 15, and Jamisen, 11, hold the Bible upon which he is swearing.

By Douglas E. Hall Michael J. McPartland, 51, who has never held elective office, but has been active in public affairs for much of his adult life here, was sworn into office on Friday, Jan. 2, as the borough reorganized for the New Year making several other changes including appointments of a new borough attorney [...]

Councilmen Henwood, Vidal Sworn to Office


Councilmen Michael Henwood and  Luis Vidal, who were re-elected in the November General Election took their oaths of office for new terms during the reorganization of the Borough Council on Friday, Jan. 2.  Councilman Henwood’s mother is holding the Bible for her son and Councilman Vidal’s two sons are holding the Bible for their father. [...]