Officer Ronald E. Freeman, III In Loving Memory

30 05 2012


Ronald E. Freeman, III, 36, of Clifton, entered into rest on May 28, 2012. Born in Westwood, he lived most of his life in Clifton.

Ronald was a Police Officer with the Passaic Police Department for the past 16 years and was a member of PBA Local #14. A parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle RC Church, Clifton, Ronald was a member of the Clifton Moose Lodge # 657.

Devoted father of Ryan. Loving son of Ronald E., Jr. and Connie (Bonfiglio) Freeman of Clifton. Dear brother of Christopher and his wife Charise of Lanoka Harbor. Cherished grandson of Ron and Virginia Freeman, Pal and the late Fred Bonfiglio. Loving uncle of Kaitlyn and Brianna. Cherished love of Valerie Sanchez.

Funeral Friday 10 AM at the Shook Funeral Home, 639 Van Houten Ave., Clifton. Interment, Ascension Cemetery, Airmont, NY. Visiting Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to Christopher Freeman to be held in trust for Ryan Freeman’s Education Fund, would be greatly appreciated.


Thursday May 31, 2012, 2-4 PM – 7-9 PM at Shook Funeral Home
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Friday June 1, 2012, 10 AM at Shook Funeral Home
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Blizzard is dumping more then 2 feet of snow

27 12 2010

Passaic N.J- While crews have been fighting this blizzard all night. At times even getting stuck themselves or swiping other vehicles, much still needs to be done. The storm is expected to tapper off at about noon today. More then 2 feet of snow will have been dumped on Passaic County with estimates as high as 30 inches. The State Of Emergency stays in effect through out the morning rush hour. If you don’t need to go outside in this blizzard please stay off the roads.

Bus driver robbed at gun point

20 12 2010

Passaic police have reported that two Hispanic males have robbed a bus at gun point. This all happened at 11:10 at the corner of Main Avenue and Gregory Avenue, with several passengers on the bus. No injuries were reported at this time.

O’Brien and Newark Mayor Cory Booker Make PeaceJ

19 10 2009

booker and obrianNEWARK — Conan O’Brien and Newark Mayor Cory Booker turned their frivolous feud about the gritty city into comedy on NBC’s “Tonight Show” that ended in a plug for Booker and a $100,000 donation to his Newark Now charity from O’Brien and NBC. 

The chatty 40-somethings worked off one another like a comic duo on Friday’s show. But the jokes eventually gave way to a plug for Booker’s efforts to fashion a national blueprint for urban transformation in Newark, long an icon for urban decay, and the donation. 
Booker’s appearance on O’Brien’s show culminated a facetious feud that began Sept. 23 with O’Brien joking that Booker’s new health care program consisted of a bus ticket out of Newark, which is just west of New York City and is often scarred by violence. The mayor responded with a humorous video on YouTube in which he banned O’Brien from Newark Liberty International Airport.

“Many jokes are made about Newark by comedians,” O’Brien said on Friday’s show. “You honed in on me like a cruise missile. Why me, Mayor Booker?”
“When there’s a herd going after you, you have to sort of look at the weakest gazelle,” Booker joked.

The 15-minute segment, taped in California, confirmed Booker’s newfound status as a national figure in U.S. politics, said Robert Thompson, a Syracuse University professor of television and popular culture.
“They were like Abbott and Costello,” Thompson said. “Those two could go on the road.”
The symbiotic relationship comes at an ideal time for O’Brien, who took over as “Tonight” host in June, after Jay Leno’s 17 years on the job. The show averages about 2.6 million viewers a night with O’Brien, compared with more than 4.5 million for Leno, and has been trying to attract younger viewers.

Booker already is a darling of that demographic thanks to a new media pedigree that includes 839,000 followers on the Twitter online social network. His first response to O’Brien on the YouTube video file sharing site has been viewed more than 183,000 times.
Those numbers combined dwarf Newark’s 281,000 residents.

The 40-year-old Booker is one of the youngest elected leaders ever invited onto the iconic show, whose usual political fare consists of senators and former presidents. U.S. Sen. John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in the November presidential election, was the last political guest in the studio.

Booker has become an entertainment media darling the past year with appearances on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” and “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. He’s also featured prominently in the Sundance Channel’s “Brick City” documentary series.
He’s the first Newark mayor to appear on the “Tonight Show” and the first to garner positive national attention for the city, said Steve Adubato, a local political power broker who allied himself with Booker this year after a lengthy rivalry.

(News Source: AP)

Passaic Fire Department Marks Centennial

9 10 2009

passaic firePASSAIC — For 98 years James J. Delaney was denied membership in an exclusive club he founded — a club nobody wants to join.

Delaney, killed on the way to a fire in 1911, was the city’s first fireman to die in the line of duty. But for decades his story had been omitted from the Passaic Fire Department’s renowned past.

The oversight was discovered this year by professional firefighters and amateur historians within the department, who finally honored Delaney by recognizing his place in history.

“We carry the history with us like you carry your family history,” said Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost. “You don’t want to slight anybody, especially when they died in the line of duty.”

That history continues this weekend as the city commemorates the department’s centennial anniversary.

The party starts Sunday with a parade in the grand tradition of the fire department celebration — bagpipers, battalions on the march and a fleet of modern emergency trucks that evolved from the turn-of-the-century horse-drawn hand pumps of a predecessor volunteer department.

Trentacost has pushed to revive the department’s past. The chief, who joined the force in 1986, can rattle off past disasters, highlighting dark days when not everyone came back. Those accounts are passed on to recruits who need only look to the department’s 96-year-old fire director, Robert Hare, for an instant connection to the past.

Hare joined the department in 1942 and still talks about pushing reluctant “lead-foot” firemen to “eat the smoke” and “face the beast.”

In an interview, he spoke about the pioneers who helped convert the horse carriages into the country’s first fully mechanized paid department.

“They were just as progressive, but they had to work with what they had to work with,” Hare said. “They had horses, so they worked with horses, but I’m sure there were always guys who knew it would become motorized or mechanical. I think they felt same way that things were going to progress and that the fire department was going to be a part of it.”

At the stroke of noon on Nov. 22, 1909, church bells and street box 25 on Prospect Street rang in the city’s first class of 26 professional firefighters, who were paid $150 a month, said Firefighter Ernesto Rodrigues III, department historian. That class took over operations from an active volunteer corps of factory workers and businessmen to chase barn and tenement fires across the growing village of Acquackanonk, as Passaic was then known.

Within a year, the department would be completely motorized, and chiefs from across the nation would visit the city’s firehouses to take note.

“We were state-of-the-art, No. 1, period,” said Mark Auerbach, city historian.

Delaney, a figure Rodrigues wants to learn more about, was a member of that original 1909 class and reached the rank of lieutenant. On April 15, 1911, he was riding with Company 1 when the hose truck overturned after hitting a rut, injuring two other firefighters.

Delaney later died at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the truck would be dubbed the “death car.” Firefighters refused to ride in it, according to a 1914 article in The New York Times.

In the next 98 years, the department saw six more on-duty deaths, but it was not until after 2001 that the department started honoring them in a ceremony every May. That year, firefighters mourned the death of Alberto Tirado, who died while trying to rescue a mother and children he believed were trapped.

Deputy Chief Kenneth Martinez, a close friend of Tirado, believes history is alive in departments across the country because of the responsibility placed on their members.

“No other job, except for a police officer or the military service, requires, by virtue of an oath you take, an individual employee to deliberately and intentionally risk his life,” he said.

Between the Delaney and Tirado bookends, one of the darkest chapters in the Passaic Fire Department was on March 12, 1970, when a Third Street building collapsed in a blaze and killed Battalion Chief Joseph Griffin and Firefighter Samuel Latona.

Hare was deputy chief and on the scene that day, coordinating the attack. Last week he recalled the loss.

“It’s very quiet, you don’t hear much,” Hare said. “Everybody is beside themselves, but still they have work to do.”

Passaic’s professional firefighters who died in the line of duty over nearly 100 years:

Lieutenant James J. Delaney
April 15, 1911
Killed when the three-ton hose and chemical truck he was riding overturned on Passaic Street en route to a tenement fire. He died at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Deputy Chief John Doremus and firefighter Edmund Hutchinson
Dec. 20, 1955
Killed when the chief’s car they rode in collided with Truck Company 1 at Passaic and Main avenues. The accident prompted the department to upgrade its radio system and sirens.

Firefighter William Jackson
Feb. 17, 1960
Killed while fighting a blaze inside a building when a wall collapsed, pinning him against a fire truck.

Battalion Chief Joseph Griffin and firefighter Samuel Latona
March 12, 1970
Killed when a wall collapsed at 181 Third St. during one of the city’s most intense blazes. Several injured firefighters were pulled from the rubble.

Firefighter Alberto Tirado
May 9, 2001
Killed trying to rescue children he believed were trapped in an apartment building. He died of smoke inhalation.

Microsoft Issues Emergency Security Patch For Internet Explorer

16 12 2008

Microsoft Issues Emergency Security Patch For IE

Microsoft is issuing an emergency patch for a critical Internet Explorer flaw.

JR Raphael, PC World Wednesday, December 17, 2008; 12:19 AM

Microsoft will issue an emergency security patch Wednesday for all versions of Internet Explorer. The patch is considered a critical fix for the security flaw currently plaguing the IE browser. So far, more than 2 million computers are believed to have been infected.

An advance notification of the patch published Tuesday describes it as protection for a “remote code execution” vulnerability. The move follows Microsoft’s security advisory posted last Wednesday and updated Monday explaining the vulnerability and suggesting temporary “workarounds” for protection.

The flaw can be used to let attackers steal personal data such as passwords if a user visits a compromised Web site, of which at least 10,000 are thought to already exist. Thus far, the vulnerability has been used primarily for grabbing gaming passwords for black market sales. The hole could, however, potentially also be used to steal more sensitive information such as banking passwords and other private information.

Some security analysts had gone as far as to suggest all IE users switch to a competing browser until Microsoft found a suitable fix.

Microsoft’s emergency security patch will become available Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST at the Microsoft Update site as well as at the Microsoft Download Center. All users of IE5, 6, and 7 are advised to install it. A separate patch is expected to be made available for users of IE8 Beta 2. Expect to see far more detail by midday Wednesday when Microsoft officially issues its security bulletin.

U.S. scientist in anthrax case reportedly kills himself

1 08 2008


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. government scientist who helped investigate a series of deadly anthrax attacks in 2001 has died from an apparent suicide, just as the Justice Department was about to charge him with carrying out the attacks, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. The newspaper identified the man as Bruce Ivins, 62, and said he had worked for the last 18 years at government biodefence research laboratories in Maryland. It quoted people familiar with Ivins, his suspicious death and the FBI investigation.

 It said Ivins had been informed of his impending prosecution shortly before his death on Tuesday after swallowing a massive dose of pain killers.

The anthrax was sent through the mail to media organizations and politicians shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The attacks killed five people, crippled national mail service, shut down a Senate office building and spread fear of further terrorism.Viewed as a skilled microbiologist, Ivins helped the FBI analyze materials recovered from one of the anthrax-tainted envelopes sent to a U.S. senator’s office in Washington, the newspaper said.