Community News

March 19, 2011 (Harrison, NJ) The Red Bulls and the Major League Soccer opener is scheduled for today at 7:30 p.m.

In preparation for the Red Bulls Opener, the Town of Harrison erected decorative pedestrian barriers that are designed to direct pedestrians to official corner crossings. Last year, some fans were jaywalking across Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. in route to the stadium which given the width of the street and the heavy traffic could lead to a pedestrian being hit by a car. The Town also re-stripped traffic lanes and crosswalks to improve the flow of traffic in and out of the stadium area. Fans are also advised to take the Path train to the game to avoid traffic on local streets and Route 280.

The Town of Harrison will be enforcing its "no-parking on game day for non-residents" ordinance and handing out illegal parking tickets. Fans were taking up all the available parking on Town streets on game days which was literally preventing residents from leaving their homes on game days for fear of losing their street parking places.

The Red Bulls will be facing the Seattle Sounders. According to a Red Bulls Press Release, in 2010, New York completed the best single season turnaround in Major League Soccer history, finishing with 51 points and atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-9-6. At home, the Red Bulls posted a 10-3-2 record and surrendered just nine goals. The 2011 season will be the first full year for New York Designated Players Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez, who joined the club midseason last year.

February 6, 2011 (Harrison, NJ) The Wall Street Journal carried a feature article on Harrison's Redevelopment efforts. The article entitled, Harrison Tries To Score With Development, centered around Harrison's Redevelopment plan including the Red Bulls Stadium who the writer called the centerpiece of the redevelopment plan.

Map graphic courtesy of the Wall Street Journal (c)2011 Wall Street Journal

Several local businesses were mentioned in the article including La Pizza's manager Rick Lady; Spanish Pavilion's co-owner Jerry Fernandez, and Exit Realty's Broker Al Silva.

The article also covered all of the development projects: The completed Hampton Inn on Passaic Avenue at the far end of the redevelopment zone.

January 12, 2011. (Harrison, NJ) The Harrison Quick Chek was robbed early this morning by two individuals who fired a shot into the air just before yelling "Money, Money, Money". The Harrison Police are looking for two men in their 20's who fled in a silver colored Mercury Grand Marquis with a license plate containing the letters RKZ. Anyone with information can contact the Harrison Police Department at (973) 483-4100.

Security video cameras captured pictures of the robbers and their car parked outside the Quick Chek. The robber occurred at 5:46 a.m. this morning in the midst of a snow storm. The robbers fled onto Route 280 Westbound which is approximately one city block from the Quick Chek.

The robbers wore ski masks. The Harrison Police Department has released a still from the surveillance video which shows one of the robbers with the semi-automatic gun in his right hand.

Click on Read More (to the right) to see the still picture of the two robbers.

January 16, 2010 (Harrison, NJ) In November, Chef Gordon Ramsay visited Harrison's Spanish Pavillion Restaurant to tape an episode of his Kitchen Nightmares television show which airs on the Fox network. Spanish Pavillion owners, Jerry and Michael Fernandez, invited Ramsay to assist them in revamping the restaurant's interior and menu and to give them the benefit of his professional chef and restauranteurs experience.

Chef Gordon Ramsay with a blow up copy of a Harrison area map.

The episode is scheduled to air for the first time this Friday, January 21, 2011 at 8 p.m. on Fox Broadcasting Stations. Chef Ramsay may not have realized it but its not the first time that the Spanish Pavillion has hosted television celebrities. The Spanish Pavillion is located down the block from the Cleveland Auto Body, the location of several episodes of the Sopranos. Cast members and crew found their way to the Spanish Pavillion for a bite to eat. Chef Ramsay's visit to the Spanish Pavillion, a Town of Harrison institution, will definitely increase awareness of the town's ideal location and some local businesses.

Here are a couple of shots from the episode courtesy of the Fox Broadcasting Company:

Michael Fernandez and Chef Gordon Ramsay.

January 1, 2011. (Kearny, NJ) A Snow Storm which was forecasted to leave between 10-14 inches of snow in the West Hudson Area, managed to dump an additional 10-11 inches of snow for a total of 24 inches of snow.

The Harrison Weather Station and other weather authorities had predicted the gusty winds which would lead to Blizzard like conditions but the additional snow was not anticipated.

How the West Hudson towns dealt with the snow is the subject our our new poll, "Which Town Cleaned Up Best After the Snow Storm". You can cast your vote on the right margin of our Home page.