Caution On Rt 21 Several Accident’s

12 02 2008

Due to the snow there has been several accident’s on RT 21. Please use extreme caution while driving. The road’s are extremely hazardous.


Panic turns blaze into inferno

5 02 2008

PASSAIC — A candle started a house fire on Howe Avenue over the weekend, but it was the panicky actions of the home’s owner that turned the bedroom blaze into a raging three-alarm inferno, fire officials said Monday.

No one was severely injured in the Saturday night fire that broke out at 182 Howe Ave., but the fire left 20 people homeless and the entire 2 1/2-story house gutted and beyond repair, Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost said.

“It was a total loss,” he said. But no one was severely injured in the fire, officials said.

Fire inspectors also were examining the possibility that the house contained illegal apartments in the basement and attic, Trentacost said, although the fire did not start in those areas. Instead, it is believed that the fire ignited in a first-floor bedroom, Trentacost said.

A woman who lived in the room later told fire inspectors that she left a candle burning that somehow ignited a bedspread. The owner of the house, whose name was not immediately available Monday, but who is related to the woman, tried to extinguish the flames by pulling off the bedspread. In trying to put out the flames, he burned his hand and then fled, leaving doors open along the way. That was the crucial mistake, Trentacost said: “He created a natural chimney for the fire to extend to the second floor.”

Firefighters arrived about 11:20 p.m. to find flames shooting from the front and side windows of the house. Five minutes later, a second alarm was called, followed by a third. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control just after midnight, Trentacost said.

Passaic New Jersey is on the top 12 of the list for over priced homes

5 02 2008

While many of the nation’s homeowners are worried about falling home prices, others would argue they’re not falling fast enough.

You might find them in Santa Monica, Calif. There, it takes just over 17 years of total earned salary for the median-income household to afford the median-priced home. In Berkeley, Calif., it takes almost 15 years and for Passaic, N.J. households, it’s a more reasonable 13 years.

To find the rest of the spots on our list, we used data from Demographia, a St. Louis-based demographic research firm that draws on U.S. Census data for areas considered suburbs in the nation’s 50 largest metros. Based on these numbers, we calculated how many years of total salary it would take the median household to afford the median house to find the country’s most overpriced areas. Forbes

Hackensack University And 2 other hospitals earn top ratings in nationwide health study

1 02 2008

Three North Jersey hospitals rank among the top 5 percent of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide for patient outcomes, a leading health-care rating service said Thursday.

Hackensack University Medical Center, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck received the 2008 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades Inc.

Patients admitted to these hospitals are, on average, 27 percent less likely to face mortality, and 5 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication, according to an independent study released by HealthGrades.

Hackensack, Valley and Holy Name were among 269 of 4,971 non-federal hospitals to receive the top award. Hospitals in the study were graded on 27 procedures and diagnoses, based on millions of hospitalization records from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In addition to overall quality, Hackensack received 2008 specialty excellence awards from HealthGrades for bariatric, cardiac and general surgery; and for care of cardiac, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, pulmonary, stroke and women’s health patients.

Holy Name was cited for excellence in 2008 for gastrointestinal, pulmonary and stroke care; and Valley for joint replacement and maternity care.

Hackensack has won the Distinguished Hospital Award for the past six years, and Holy Name for the past four years.

St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Mountainside Hospital in Montclair and Clara Maas Medical Center in Belleville also were among the top 5 percent of facilities to win overall excellence awards.