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Breaking NewsThe Leader Online Issue: Nov. 11, 2010

(Nov. 11, 2010) — Due to an issue with the printer, The Leader was unable to deliver its Nov. 11, 2010, edition to your doorstep. Printing will resume shortly. In the meantime, please read your favorite weekly newspaper online. All of the ads, stories, press releases, letters and announcements that you're expecting are here.

Please click here for the online edition.

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Breaking NewsDonovan vs. McNerney — tonight at the Williams Center!

RUTHERFORD (Oct. 7, 2010) — The day has come. The questions are ready. The lights are set. The candidates are preparing.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney and Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan will square off in a candidates debate at the historic Williams Center in downtown Rutherford. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Arrive early to ensure the best seats. The first 100 people to attend will receive two free passes to the 7th-Annual New York Metro Travel & Adventure Show in Secaucus on Oct. 16-17.

Several distinguished guests and public officials will be sitting with the public. Seating, except for a few reserved rows, will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Campaign literature and signs will not be allowed inside the center, but the plaza right outside will be available to both campaigns and their supporters.

See you tonight at 7 p.m.

Click the READ MORE link below to see a sneak peek of the forum's official program.

Posted by john on Thursday, October 07 @ 13:18:27 UTC (989 reads)
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Breaking NewsFirst 100 people to show up at debate get free giveaway!

RUTHERFORD (Oct. 4, 2010) — The local area is gearing up for the candidates debate between Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney and Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan this Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Williams Center in Rutherford. What questions will be asked? What controversial issues will be discussed?

The Leader has a free giveaway for the first 100 people who show up at the door (no purchase necessary).

Click the READ MORE link below for more details.

Posted by john on Monday, October 04 @ 16:25:41 UTC (945 reads)
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Breaking NewsNEW POLL: What topics should be debated at Oct. 7 forum?

RUTHERFORD (Sept. 29, 2010) — The Leader will host a candidates debate between Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney and Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan at the Williams Center in Rutherford on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Before attending the debate, let us know the topics you would like to see discussed. This is your chance to become engaged in county politics.

Vote in the new poll from The Leader: What topics should be debated at the county executive forum?

If you don't see your topic on the poll, e-mail your question in to

Then, head down to the Williams Center on Oct. 7. All tickets are free. It should be an engaging night where all the hot-button issues are discussed. No questions will be released before the forum.

Posted by john on Wednesday, September 29 @ 21:11:32 UTC (930 reads)
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Breaking NewsBIG NEWS: The Leader to host county executive debate

The Leader / Staff Report

RUTHERFORD (Sept. 17, 2010) — The Leader Newspaper will host a candidates forum featuring Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney (D) and Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan (R) on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Williams Center in Rutherford. The closely watched race between the two public officials will end on Election Day with either McNerney winning reelection or Donovan becoming the new executive of the county.

Click the READ MORE link below for the complete story.

Posted by john on Friday, September 17 @ 17:46:40 UTC (1355 reads)
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Breaking NewsExciting news from your favorite weekly newspaper!

RUTHERFORD (Aug. 25, 2010, 3:20 p.m.) — The storied history of The Leader Newspaper, South Bergen’s premier weekly publication, has seen a full suite of improvements and enhancements throughout its more than 100 years of publishing. For several years, it has lived up to its motto of being “The Pulse of the Meadowlands” for the local area.

Now, the newspaper, which serves eight communities in southern Bergen County, is ready to take a bold step into the 21st century media marketplace — and it has a few new friends to help it along the way.

Click the READ MORE link below for the complete story.

Posted by john on Wednesday, August 25 @ 19:16:38 UTC (2715 reads)
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Breaking NewsThe Leader Forum close to selling out! 75 percent filled!

RUTHERFORD (Feb. 12, 2010, 2:05 p.m.) — Since the announcement of The Leader Forum, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Rutherford, many people have been calling The Leader to RSVP. We now recommend that you do the same! Don't let the event sell out without grabbing reserved seats. There may be few, if any, seats available on the night of the event.

Out of 214 available seats, there is only room for 50 more people.

You can call 201-438-8700 ext. 214 to reserve seats, or e-mail John Soltes at

Leave your name, phone number and how many seats you request. You will receive a confirmation.

Posted by john on Friday, February 12 @ 19:18:31 UTC (92361 reads)
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Breaking NewsBIG NEWS: Follow The Leader on Facebook and Twitter!

(Jan. 12, 2010, 3:35 p.m.) — The Leader Newspapers is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and on your cell phone. Follow the news that affects you at The Leader's new Facebook page and Twitter page.

Search Leader Newspapers on and become our friend. Also search TheLeaderScoop on for news alerts. And don't forget to suggest The Leader as a friend to your other Facebook friends!

We love news tips! Feel free to contact us through email, call us at 201-438-8700, post something on our Facebook wall or stop in at our convenient location at 9 Lincoln Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070.

Don't be the last to know what is going on in Southern Bergen County, follow The Leader online and now on Facebook and Twitter!

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Breaking NewsLIVE BLOG: The GOP defeats Dems on local, county, state level

11:30 p.m. (ALEXIS) — The GOP claimed victories in state and local races. Thanks for following us online and check out the full stories on the elections in our print edition. Good night all!

10:10 p.m. (LEADER STAFF) — News reports are indicating that Chris Christie has defeated Democratic incumbent Jon S. Corzine.

9:50 p.m. (LEADER STAFF) — Carlstadt, East Rutherford, North Arlington and Rutherford Republicans are all claiming victory (all results are currently unofficial). Democrats have won in Wood-Ridge and at the state Assembly level, officials with the winning candidates say. The governor's race is too close to call, and numbers have not been released for the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Posted by john on Tuesday, November 03 @ 14:02:52 UTC (33407 reads)
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Breaking NewsSports Cup voting ends, only a few hours left for Haunted House entries

(Oct. 9, 2009, 12:05 p.m.) — Voting for the Meadowlands Sports Cup has ended. Results have been tallied and winners will be notified shortly. Any more voting on the polls will not be counted in the final results.

Entries are still being accepted for this contest: Submit your house in The Leader's Haunted House Contest. Send your name, address and phone number to by 5 p.m. today, Oct. 9. Top three winners will have their house professional photographed. Photos will be displayed in the Oct. 22 issue.

Good luck to all.

Posted by john on Friday, October 09 @ 16:08:11 UTC (29342 reads)
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Breaking NewsVivian Harris event inches closer to selling out

(March 6, 2009, 3:05 p.m.) — The response so far for The Leader Forum featuring Vivian "Vicious" Harris has been overwhelmingly positive. The entire event is almost at capacity. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP right away so you can guarantee a seat. The Leader is expecting this event to fill up, so don't be stuck without a reservation. RSVP by calling 201-438-8700 x214 (leave your name, phone number and how many seats you require).

The FREE event, which will feature a Q&A, autograph session and some special surprises, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the Rutherford Public Library. It'll be a great event for the young and the young at heart. Mr. Harris has an inspiring story to tell of how he ended up in Carlstadt and how he fought his way to being a world champion boxer.

RSVP right away!

Posted by john on Friday, March 06 @ 15:51:30 UTC (16667 reads)
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Breaking NewsLIVE BLOG: Obama to be next president, unofficial winners declared

(Nov. 4, 2008) — Welcome to The Leader's Election Night Live Blog!

The Leader will be on the scene, reporting the results, the speeches, the frowns, the smiles and all the bubbly champagne.

Click READ MORE for the blog entry and all the election results.

Posted by john on Tuesday, November 04 @ 13:54:14 UTC (41398 reads)
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BlogsYou will get money back

Lots of people spend January trying to figure out how to pay all those Christmas bills. Filing and winning a tax appeal may be an out of the ordinary solution to this common problem. How? If you win, you get money back!


Posted by susan on Friday, January 05 @ 12:58:51 UTC (29599 reads)
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BlogsThe Count Down

The count is on! There are exactly 90 days from New Year's Day until April 1 when tax appeals have to be filed at the County. In our case, we will have to pay a $100 filing fee, so if I save $1.11 every day between now and then, I'll accumulate the $100 painlessly.

Posted by susan on Monday, January 01 @ 11:32:47 UTC (31345 reads)
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BlogsLet's get started

It's not too soon to start gathering comparable real estate sale numbers for your tax appeal. The County's official forms won't be available until February, but if you are planning to do the whole thing yourself, this is one part you can start on now.

Posted by susan on Friday, December 15 @ 13:02:56 UTC (18916 reads)
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BlogsHelp for troubled condo owners?

I found this information on the Stark and Stark NJ Law Blog and thought it might be helpful for condo owners who are considering a tax appeal.

Posted by susan on Monday, December 11 @ 18:35:29 UTC (28876 reads)
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BlogsFiscal Confusion

If tax bills weren’t confusing enough, here is an insight that will really get you.


Posted by duanne on Sunday, December 10 @ 19:54:25 UTC (19437 reads)
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BlogsAppealed and won? Let us know.

If you've appealed your taxes and won, we consider you an expert. We'd like to hear from you.Post a comment, leave a tip, share the love.


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BlogsThe Letter
I knew it was coming. I prepared myself for its arrival. Yet when it came it was a bit of a shock. I remember reading the letter, “Since new appraisals have been made to reflect current market values, the tax rate required to raise the necessary revenue to support next year's county, school and municipal budgets will be SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED. Therefore, an increase in your assessment DOES NOT necessarily mean an increase in your tax bill.” I actually took some comfort in the expectation that the tax rate would be adjusted. As promised, our assessment went up, and the tax rate went down. But it didn't go down enough. I guess I forgot about the inability of government to exercise fiscal restraint.

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BlogsRevals: They put a crack in our nest egg
Property revaluation. I heard about it first when the town of Rutherford began to discuss it. My reaction: I’m glad I don’t live in Rutherford. But then, the “mandatory” revaluation came to Lyndhurst as well. And it hit our budget hard. How hard? Let's just say the retirement nest egg now has a big crack in it!

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Entertaiment News
·   Pee-wee is back and better than ever!

·   Denzel Washington in familiar role as hero who saves the day

·   New Jersey cartoonist releases new book, gets set for local signing

·   Grim surrealism at center of serendipitous psychic drama

·   Bohemians infiltrate the Met

·   Downey, Galifianakis co-star in raunchy road comedy

·   Kam Williams reviews Soledad O'Brien's new book

·   'Driving Miss Daisy' revs up again

·   Brilliant debut deconstructs a failed romance

·   Original inspiration for 'Buena Vista Social Club' coming to NYC

Other News
·   Locals win State Fair contests

·   Boiling Springs finds success

·   Forte Express Plumbing leads the way with oil to gas conversions

·   Congratulations to Alicia and Anthony!

·   Welcome Matthew James Henderson!

·   PSE&G customers could win car

·   Doggy Q & A — 11/11/10

·   Boiling Springs holds event for nonprofits

·   Adopt Cuddles

·   Adopt Nickole

Sports Headlines
·   Wallington beats Ridgefield Memorial 42-12, Oct. 29

·   Becton Regional beats Newark Central 40-8, Nov. 12

·   Panthers beat Midland Park, win championship

·   Wood-Ridge volley-girls win league championship

·   Local football teams advance

·   Jets win big game in Cleveland

·   A ‘Giant’ flu shot in Carlstadt

·   Lyndhurst is first school to earn two Meadowlands League championships

·   North Arlington football scores a victory

·   St. Mary's football team takes on Becton Regional

Things to do
·   Santa Claus is coming to Rutherford for the holidays

·   THE WEEK AHEAD: 11/18/10 issue

·   Stop by Sadowski Shell in Lyndhurst to help the local pantry

·   THE WEEK AHEAD: 10/28/10 issue

·   Eric Alt to host benefit

·   THE WEEK AHEAD: 10/21/10 issue

·   Life Line coming to North Arlington

·   Charity walk set for Oct. 24

·   North Arlington to offer Zumba class

·   Rutherford Chamber of Commerce unveils 'Super Saver Bag'

·   EDITORIAL CARTOON (11/18/10) — Thanksgiving during a recession

·   EDITORIAL: Let's hope for the best

·   THE VIEW FROM HERE: After elections — now what?

·   EDITORIAL CARTOON (10/28/10) — On Cloud 9

·   EDITORIAL: The value of voting

·   THE LEADERS OF THE WEEK: Haunted house winners

·   THE VIEW FROM HERE: Prioritizing life’s to-do list

·   EDITORIAL CARTOON (10/21/10) — Yawn signs

·   GUEST COLUMN: A look behind the accusations

·   EDITORIAL CARTOON (10/14/10) — Donovan vs. McNerney

Real Estate
·   Coccia Realty holds top rank

·   Davis shines for her outstanding performance

·   Four more reasons to use RE/MAX

·   Century 21 Gold Advantage raises support for Easter Seals of NJ

·   ERA Justin Realty offers Realtor opportunities

·   Century 21 Gold Advantage names its top agents

·   How to remove all those moving headaches

·   In current market, sellers reset their expectations

·   Higgins, a real estate leader

·   Vanessa Liggeri joins Prudential

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