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O&R CLOSING IN ON RESTORING MAJORITY OF CUSTOMERS

PEARL RIVER, NY August 9, 2020, 10 pm – O&R is closing in on restoring customers who lost service due to the devastation of Storm Isaias.

Approximately 220,000 O&R customers’ power was knocked out by the storm’s high winds and heavy rains. Just over 2,000 customers remain without power.

Individual service restoration times are now posted on O&R’s outage map. That more granular information will allow affected customers to better plan their daily lives as they await service restoration. O&R expects the vast majority of its customers now without electricity to be restored to power by Tuesday at 11 p.m.

O&R follows a strategic service restoration plan that prioritizes essential services (police, and fire departments, for example) and road openings. Repairs are then ranked by prioritizing repairs that return the largest number of customers in the shortest amount of time. Single customer repairs then follow.

Recognizing that COVID-19 heightens the hardship of being without power, O&R announced yesterday that it will reimburse customers for food and prescription medicine spoilage if they lost power for 48 consecutive hours or longer during the storm.

O&R has expanded its spoilage claims policy so that customers without power for 48 hours can fill out a form to request reimbursement for the cost of spoiled food, medication, or perishable commercial merchandise. The claim form is on O&R’s website at www.oru.com/en/services-and-outages/claim-form.

Here are the latest outage numbers, with most affected communities listed below, as of 10 p.m.:
For the most up-to-date outage information, please go to O&R’s Outage Map:

NEW YORK
Rockland: 802
Orangetown - 133
Clarkstown - 131
Ramapo - 118
Haverstraw - 111

Orange: 786
Town of Warwick - 168
Tuxedo Park – 137
Woodbury – 133
Monroe – 63

Sullivan: 28
Mamakating – 27

NEW JERSEY
Bergen: 335
Upper Saddle River – 60
Mahwah – 56
Oakland 35
Closter – 27

Passaic: 149
West Milford - 50
Ringwood - 23

How to report an outage
If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it. You can report it and check to see when your lights will be back on through:

• At www.oru.com/outage from any computer or web-based mobile device.
• O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device --- download via Apple Store or Google Play.
• Text messaging by texting “OUT” to 69678 (myORU) or
• Call 1-877-434-4100.

The following video describes the typical storm repair and power restoration process: youtu.be/JeGU8ID4_m0

Be Safe
As its storm recovery work continues, O&R reminds its customers about the safety risks associated with using generators to provide emergency power to homes. Portable generators pose a serious hazard if used improperly. They should be used and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A wrong connection could feed electricity back through the lines and endanger repair crews.

Never plug a generator into a wall unit, use it indoors or set it up outdoors near open home windows or air-handling vents.

O&R also renews its warning about staying clear of downed electric wires. Don’t go near any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free at 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.

Important Safety Tips
• Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash or otherwise secure.

• If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.

• Pole-top transformers – those small grey-colored metal drums attached to the wires at the tops of most utility poles – also should be avoided when they have been knocked to the ground.

• Have emergency equipment within reach – portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Keep O&R’s toll-free number 1-877-434-4100 near the phone to report power outages.

• Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.

As an added safety precaution, O&R personnel have been instructed to practice social distancing with each other and members of the public when responding to emergency calls to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus. O&R asks members of the public to maintain appropriate social distancing when they encounter O&R employees working in the field, to provide for mutual safety.
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Sparrowbush Road, Union Ave, Cottage Lane, W Saddle River Rd are now all open. ... See MoreSee Less

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DPW workers are doing a great job out there chipping up debris! Thank you for the updates!

Thank you!!!!!

Thank you!

Thank you!

Lake St between W Saddle River Rd and E Saddle River Rd is closed. Lions park is accessible.

Alternate routes that are open are Old Stone Church Rd & Upper Cross Road.
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The men and women of the Upper Saddle River DPW did an incredible job clearing roadways yesterday. Without their efforts, we cannot get to where we are going!!! They will be outside all day again today. Give them a honk and a wave. Hard hats and chainsaws!!! Great job guys!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

The men and women of the Upper Saddle River DPW did an incredible job clearing roadways yesterday. Without their efforts, we cannot get to where we are going!!!  They will be outside all day again today.  Give them a honk and a wave.  Hard hats and chainsaws!!! Great job guys!!!!Image attachment

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Thank you all for the outstanding work you do for USR!!

Thank u

And don't forget the USR PD Dispatchers - outstanding job coordinating a never ending stream of calls for downed trees. Respect!

Always thankful for the great job the DPW does—and for our fabulous Police.Department 👍😍

Way to go DPW. Nice to see them get recognition for all the long hours and hard work 😊

Thank you to the DPW and all they do for USR!

A big thank you to our wonderful police department and DPW!! Never regretted moving into USR 36 years ago !!!

Thank you all so much. Shout out to PD & FD too who were answering calls all night. You guys all rock.

Thank you 😊 you are wonderful and appreciated ❤️

Thank you for yesterday and always!!!! Great job

Many thanks to our amazing officers, firemen, the DPW and all others who continue to work endless hours to keep our town safe!

Thank you USRDPW, USRPD, USRFD & USREMT for your 24 hour constant vigilance!

Thank you for you do!! It’s very appreciated.

Thank you DPW !!!!

The best!

Thank you!!!

Thank you so very much for all you do!

Thank you!!!!

Thank you USR DWP!!

Thank you👏🏻

Thank you!!

Thank you!

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This is an important weather advisory from the Upper Saddle River Police Department regarding Hurricane Isaias, which is expected to affect our area throughout today and into the overnight hours.

The Upper Saddle River Police Department, the Office of the Mayor, the Upper Saddle River Emergency Management Coordinator, and the Upper Saddle River Department of Public Works have been monitoring the approaching storm and preparing personnel and resources for any issues that may arise.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the area. Rain will begin in the morning with the heaviest occurring in the early afternoon on Tuesday, (8/04/20). Rainfall totals in Bergen County are estimated to be in the 3-4 inch range. The heaviest rain is expected between 2pm-7pm. Wind gusts may reach up to 60mph.

Due to the anticipated heavy rainfall, possible flooding may occur along certain roadways in the Borough. Roadways prone to flooding include Lake Street, near Lions Park, East Saddle River Road, near Hidden Glen, Brook Road, West Saddle River Road, near Upper Cross Road and Hillside Avenue.

Anyone who may come upon a flooded roadway or location, which has been closed due to flooding, should not attempt to drive through the area. Flooded roads should be reported immediately to the Police Department.

Please make all attempts to stay home tomorrow. If you must drive here are some important points to remember:

• Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.

• A foot of water will float many vehicles.

• Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.

• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.

• Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.

• Be especially cautious driving at night, when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Power outages have been known to occur during events such as this. Rockland Electric Officials, in the past, have provided the following recommendations if confronted with downed power lines:

1. For safety’s sake, do not touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Contact the Police Department immediately to report any downed power lines.

2. Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with, including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity, and keep pets on a leash.

3. If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.

4. If you experience a power outage, do not assume that Orange and Rockland automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. To be sure the outage is reported, please call Orange and Rockland’s toll-free number at 1(877) 434-4100 or visit their website: www.oru.com.

As a reminder, the Police Department is unable to answer any calls regarding how long power may be out. Any questions regarding when power may be restored should be referred directly to Rockland Electric. Residents can also utilize the outage map located on Orange and Rocklands website.

To follow the track of the storm, residents can visit the NOAA website, www.noaa.gov/ (Active Weather Alerts section).

Additional information on ways to prepare and protect yourself during inclement weather events also can be found on the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website: www.state.nj.us/njoem/.

Please remember that if you should need to call the Police Department during the storm, our 9-1-1 System is for Emergencies Only.

Non-Emergency callers should use our main phone number, (201) 327-2700.
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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 171. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, and July 2. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.

“New Jersey has made a lot of progress in the fight against COVID-19, but we cannot declare victory yet,” said Governor Murphy. “As we continue to work to save lives and stop a resurgence of this virus, we need access to all resources available to do so.”

Executive Order No. 171 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Do you recognize me? I was found in the area of Hess Court. If you know me or my owner please contact the police department at 201-327-2700. ... See MoreSee Less

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I’ll take him!!!

Beautiful 😍

So cute! I hope someone took this cutie in!

***Update*** The dog has been reunited with the owner***
Loose dog found in the area of Anona Dr. Currently at our Headquarters. Anyone with information please contact the Police desk at 201-327-2700
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***Update*** The dog has been reunited with the owner***
Loose dog found in the area of Anona Dr. Currently at our Headquarters. Anyone with information please contact the Police desk at 201-327-2700Image attachment

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Is the dog with the owners now?

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*** Traffic Alert 07/31/2020 ***
East Saddle River Rd. is now open in both directions.
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*** Traffic Alert 07/30/2020 ***
All be advised the south bound lane of travel on E Saddle River Rd and Locust Lane in the Borough of Saddle River will be closed momentarily due to a motor vehicle accident. Please plan accordingly.
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*** Traffic Alert 07/30/2020 ***
All be advised the south bound lane of travel on E Saddle River Rd and Locust Lane in the Borough of Saddle River will be closed momentarily due to a motor vehicle accident. Please plan accordingly.

*******Update! Dogs were reunited with the owner******
Do you recognize us? We were found in the area of Dogwood Hill. If you know me or my owner please contact the police department at 201-327-2700.
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*******Update! Dogs were reunited with the owner******
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HEAT WAVE 2.0

O&R: Electric System’s Prepared; Crews Ready to Respond as Needed


PEARL RIVER, NY July 27, 2020 1 p.m. --- O&R’s electric system is prepared to meet the high demand for electricity created by this week’s brutal heat and humidity and O&R crews are ready to respond to any outages resulting from that severe weather.

If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it. You can report it and check to see when your lights will be back on through:
• At www.oru.com/outage from any computer or web-based mobile device.

• O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device --- download via Apple Store or Google Play.
• Text messaging by texting “OUT” to 69678 (myORU) or
• Call 1-877-434-4100.
O&R crews follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and practice social distancing with each other and members of the public when responding to emergency calls. That’s an attempt to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. O&R also asks that members of the public remain a safe social distance from O&R crews, work sites and trucks. If you must speak to the crews, please maintain a social distance of at least six feet so that everyone’s health is protected.

O&R offers these Cool Tips to help its neighbors cope with the challenging weather.

• Setting your air conditioner to the highest temperature your comfort and health allow will help you save cooling money.
• Closing all outside doors and windows in your home while the air conditioning is running can make things cooler at a lower price.
• Turning down or turning off air conditioning in your home while you are away or at work helps lower your energy bill.

• Cooking, baking or other household activities that produce heat and humidity are best left for the cooler times of the day and night.
• Pulling your curtains and shades closed can help block out the sun and the heat of the day.
For more Cool Tips, check out this video: bcove.video/3fRO27b

And, if you have already received a new smart meter, you can take advantage of viewing your energy usage and customized energy savings tips located in your online account at www.oru.com.

Difficulty Paying Your Bill?

Customers can manage their accounts via www.oru.com/myaccount.

O&R is offering continued support for customers during the COVID-19 emergency through a variety of programs designed to help you pay your bill and balance your energy costs. If you’re having difficulty paying your bill, please see our payment assistance options.

For energy efficiency tips, incentives and rebates, please visit www.oru.com/save.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies. O&R is a regulated utility that provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company), and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.
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Earlier today, some generous residents organized a drive-by parade past our police headquarters to show their appreciation for us. We can't thank our residents enough for their continued support of the Upper Saddle River Police Department. We are honored and proud to serve you! ... See MoreSee Less

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🇺🇸❤️👮‍♀️ God bless and protect you ! Thank you to all our wonderful police officers !

Thank you for all you do. We really appreciate your dedication and service. Stay safe!

God Bless each and every one of you!!! Be safe! Thank you for your service.❤

Well deserved recognition for our phenomenal police department. 💙

Proud of our men in blue!

how awesome

I was proud to have taken part in it (I was in the blue Mini Cooper) to show our *support* for USR police and police across the country during these troubling times. Defunding the police is *not* an option. Thank you USR PD!

I am proud of the Upper Saddle River police dept where my son was dispatcher for over 20 yrs before passing on Oct 20 he loved his job and was so proud to b a part of it GOD BLESS U ALL

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The Lake Road culvert replacement project will begin on Tuesday, 7/21/2020. The area around the project will be barricaded and that portion of Lake Road will remain closed for the duration of the project. Please follow detour signs and use caution in the area. ... See MoreSee Less

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*** Traffic Alert ***

Pleasant Ave will be closed today between Union Ave & Knollwood Rd. Please follow all posted detours and directions of all traffic control personnel.
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*** Traffic Alert ***

Pleasant Ave will be closed today between Union Ave & Knollwood Rd. Please follow all posted detours and directions of all traffic control personnel.

The Upper Saddle River Police is in possession of a car key on a (undisclosed) University lanyard which was located near the intersection of Union Ave and Iron Latch West. If you are owner please contact the USRPD at (201) 327-2700 with a description of the missing key. ... See MoreSee Less

The USRPD wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. A sincere thank you to all those serving our country both abroad and domestically...especially the front-line workers who continue to battle COVID-19.

God Bless America
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The USRPD wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July.  A sincere thank you to all those serving our country both abroad and domestically...especially the front-line workers who continue to battle COVID-19.

God Bless America

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 162. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6, and June 4. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.
“As the restart and recovery process goes on, ensuring access to critical resources is very important,” said Governor Murphy. “Extending the Public Health Emergency means that we will still be able to utilize needed resources during COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to responsibly reopen more sectors of our economy.”
Executive Order No. 162 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Governor Murphy Announces Increased Outdoor Gathering Capacity Limit
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today announced an increased outdoor gathering capacity limit as COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continue to decline. Effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 3rd, outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 persons, and outdoor religious services and political activities will continue to have no numerical limits. All indoor gatherings continue to be limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons.
“Increasing the outdoor capacity limit has been made possible by continued progress against COVID-19,” said Governor Murphy. “The hard work of the residents of our state is allowing us to make this move, and will make it much easier to hold important events like graduation ceremonies in the coming months.”
Before today’s Order, outdoor gatherings were limited to 250 persons, with the exception of outdoor religious services and political activities.
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**** Dog reunited with owner *****

Do you recognize me? I was found in the area of Ridge Rd. I am now at the Upper Saddle River Police Department. If you know me or my owner please contact the police department at 201-327-2700
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Do you recognize me? I was found in the area of Ridge Rd. I am now at the Upper Saddle River Police Department. If you know me or my owner please contact the police department at 201-327-2700

The Upper Saddle River PBA is pleased to announce that we have awarded Livia Fontana a $2,000 college scholarship. We wish her the best of luck in her future. ... See MoreSee Less

The Upper Saddle River PBA is pleased to announce that we have awarded Livia Fontana a $2,000 college scholarship. We wish her the best of luck in her future.

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Meus parabéns Lívia, que Deus abençoe seu estudo.

Congratulations to Livia .

Congratulations Livia!

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The Upper Saddle River PBA is also pleased to announce that we have awarded both Courtney and Heather Grossman a $2,000 college scholarship. We wish them the best of luck in their future. ... See MoreSee Less

The Upper Saddle River PBA is also pleased to announce that we have awarded both Courtney and Heather Grossman a $2,000 college scholarship. We wish them the best of luck in their future.

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Pleasant Ave will be closed between Union Ave and Charles Ct. Please follow all detours and directions of traffic control personnel.
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*** Traffic Alert ***
Pleasant Ave will be closed between Union Ave and Charles Ct. Please follow all detours and directions of traffic control personnel.

The Upper Saddle Police is requesting assistance in identifying a package theft suspect. On Saturday, 6/20/20, at approximately 5:00 PM, an unknown male removed a package from the front door of a home in the area of Cider Hill. Please view the attached videos and call the Upper Saddle River Police if you can provide any further information. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Upper Saddle Police is requesting assistance in identifying a package theft suspect. On Saturday, 6/20/20, at approximately 5:00 PM, an unknown male removed a package from the front door of a home in the area of Cider Hill. Please view the attached videos and call the Upper Saddle River Police if you can provide any further information.

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Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Announce Indoor Portions of Retail Shopping Malls May Reopen on June 29
TRENTON -- Governor Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an Administrative Order which permits indoor portions of retail shopping malls to reopen to members of the public, effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29.
“Malls are an undeniable part of New Jersey culture, and we want these businesses to get back up and running in a safe, responsible manner,” said Governor Murphy. “To keep our restart moving in the right direction, we ask New Jerseyans who wish to head out to the mall or any public setting to do so safely.”
Retail businesses located in the interior of shopping malls are permitted to reopen to the public, as long as they comply with the requirements contained in Executive Order No. 122. Restaurants within the interior of a retail shopping mall are restricted to offering takeout and delivery services, except that they may also provide in-person service at outdoor areas outside the shopping mall pursuant to Executive Order No. 150.
Retail kiosks located within malls may operate subject to the applicable requirements contained in Executive Order No. 122, and must ensure that customers remain six feet apart at all times.
All areas with communal seating shall be removed or cordoned off. Isolated seats or benches available for individual use may be accessible, in order to provide customers with a place to rest.
Indoor shopping mall operators should evaluate floor plans and establish policies to minimize congestion points and maintain social distancing, such as a customer flow plan with floor markings or separate entrance and exit points.
With respect to the mall's own employees, mall operators must require infection control practices, provide employees break time for handwashing, and provide sanitization materials, among other requirements. The order also states that employees and customers must wear face coverings while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age. If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the mall at the point of entry, then the mall must decline entry to the individual.
The following services or areas shall be closed at all indoor shopping malls:
• Valet parking;
• Vending machines;
• Stroller rentals; and
• Any type of communal play area.
Businesses located within the indoor portions of retail shopping malls that remain closed to the public by any Executive Order, such as entertainment and recreational businesses including gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, amusement parks, water parks, and arcades, shall remain closed.
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This is an important Community Crime Alert from the Upper Saddle River Police Department:

Over the past two weeks, the Police Department has received calls from residents reporting that their vehicles either had been stolen, (3 total), or burglarized, (2 total), during the overnight hours. The reported thefts occurred on the eastside of the Borough, on residential streets along East Saddle River Road. It should be noted that the stolen vehicles had key fobs left inside of them, and the cars that were burglarized were left unlocked. Residents are urged to make sure they remove key fobs, all valuable/personal items, and ensure their vehicles are locked when left parked outside their homes.

Unfortunately, even after the arrests of numerous individuals involved in this type of crime, vehicles continue to get stolen and burglarized because owners leave them unlocked or leave key fobs inside.

To assist residents, the Police Department would like to offer the following tips to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime:

1. Many of the local car thefts have occurred during the late evening/early morning hours.

2. If you have a garage, use it. If your vehicle has to be parked outside, make sure all doors are locked, windows are closed, and valuables removed. Locking your car doors is probably the easiest step in preventing a car theft/burglary. Please note that criminals also have used garage door openers found inside open vehicles to access garage areas and steal/burglarize vehicles.

3. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.

4. Keys of any type should never be left inside your vehicle. If criminals have access to your keys, they can, potentially, access your home.

Remember that thieves are opportunistic. If your vehicle is unlocked with the keys inside, it will likely be stolen or, at the very least, burglarized. Stolen vehicles have been involved in police pursuits, which place officers in danger. These vehicles also have been used in the commission of serious crimes, which places every citizen in danger.

What To Do If You See A Car Break-in In Progress:

Immediately call 9-1-1 or the Upper Saddle River Police Department directly, at (201) 327-2700, to report the incident.

When talking to the Dispatcher, try to give as much information as possible, specifically:

1. LOCATION OF THE INCIDENT
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT
3. DIRECTION OF TRAVEL

Over the years, observant residents have helped the Police Department solve many different types of crimes. This coordinated effort between the police department and community, undoubtedly, has helped to make our Community safer.

Chief Rotella
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Don’t forget about bail reform. Even if they get caught they will get released very fast by the judge because it’s a non violent crime and then they will keep coming back. Lock it or lose it!!

The members of the Upper Saddle River Police Department would like to thank Girl Scout Troop #5895 for thinking of us and sending in breakfast this morning. We greatly appreciate your kind gesture. ... See MoreSee Less

The members of the Upper Saddle River Police Department would like to thank Girl Scout Troop #5895 for thinking of us and sending in breakfast this morning. We greatly appreciate your kind gesture.

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Lake St in the area of Mountainview Road will be closed until further notice due to a vehicle fire. Please find an alternate route.
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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Personal Care Service Facilities to Open Effective June 22
Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 154, allowing personal care service facilities to reopen to the public on Monday, June 22 at 6:00 a.m., provided the facilities comply with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and Department of Health.
“We’re able to confidently announce this important step in our restart and recovery because the health metrics tell us we can,” said Governor Murphy. “With the proper health and safety protocols in place, personal care business owners who are anxious get back to serving their customers and communities will have the opportunity to do so.”
Under the Governor’s Executive Order, personal care service facilities include:
1. Cosmetology shops;
2. Barber shops;
3. Beauty salons;
4. Hair braiding shops;
5. Nail salons;
6. Electrology facilities;
7. Spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedures are performed;
8. Massage parlors;
9. Tanning salons; and
10. Tattoo parlors.
The Division of Consumer Affairs today issued an Administrative Order that includes comprehensive health and safety standards that personal care services who are licensees of the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling and the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy must abide by. Safeguards include:
1. Limiting services to appointment-only;
2. Performing health screening, including temperature checks, on clients and staff prior to entry to the facility;
3. Requiring use of personal protective equipment, and requiring clients to wear face coverings at all times, regardless of the service they are receiving, unless face down on a massage table or where doing so would inhibit an individual's health;
4. Ensuring that all staff-client pairs maintain at least six feet distance between other staff-client pairs, unless separated by physical barriers;
5. Adopting enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices; and
6. Staying informed about new developments and guidance related to COVID-19.
The Order further directs the Commissioner of the DOH to issue health and safety standards for use by tattoo parlors, tanning salons and other locations in which personal care services are offered by individuals who are not acting within the scope of a license issued by a professional board within the Division of Consumer Affairs.
Nothing in the Order shall prevent the provision of services to a person that is confined to their home and unable to travel due to a disability, if these services 1) are permitted under existing statutes and regulations and 2) are provided in a manner that substantially complies with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and DOH. DOH issued an Executive Directive today that includes comprehensive health and safety standards for these locations.
Cosmetology schools or other places that provide instruction and training for personal care services shall remain closed at this time.
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Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Announce Curbside Pickup at Libraries and Clarifications Regarding Certain Business Activities
Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an Administrative Order which permits libraries to allow curbside pickup, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15. The order also clarifies rules affecting a number of different businesses.
“Libraries are an important resource in normal times, but are even more critical now as many New Jerseyans utilize the numerous and often free resources that they have to offer,” said Governor Murphy. “Reopening our libraries for curbside pickup will ensure that families in our state can continue to have access to literature, arts, and so much more that these institutions provide.”
Under the order:
• Libraries are permitted to offer curbside pickup and can reopen their outdoor spaces to the public, but patrons shall not be permitted to enter the brick-and-mortar premises;
• Restaurants and indoor recreational and entertainment businesses are permitted to allow individuals to tour their facilities for event-planning purposes, but such individuals must wear face coverings at all times and the facility may not provide food or drink tastings or samplings;
• Students, who may be accompanied by parents or guardians, may enter school premises to retrieve personal belongings from lockers, classrooms, or other areas;
• Open houses to view real estate are permitted, provided they comply with the restrictions on indoor gatherings, including the requirement that attendees wear face coverings;
• Bicycle shops, boat dealerships, car and used car dealerships, farming equipment stores, federal firearms licensees, livestock feed stores, mobile phone retail and repair shops, motorcycle dealerships, and nurseries and garden centers can operate according to the requirements placed on essential retail businesses;
• All car washes can operate according to the requirements placed on essential retail businesses;
• Yard and garage sales are permitted subject to the requirements on indoor gatherings, but municipalities shall have the discretion to impose additional restrictions on these sales;
• Special events, including fireworks displays, at public and private beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores are permitted, subject to the restrictions on outdoor gatherings; and
• Shared space tutoring service facilities remain closed to students and clients.
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