Saturday, February 16, 2013
Wayne lost more than $27 million in tax assessments due to people filing appeals with the Passaic County Board of Taxation.
The township lost millions of dollars in property assessments last year due to taxpayers filing appeals with the Passaic County Board of Taxation. The township lost $27.6 million in assessed value last year. Residents and business owners appealed the amount their properties were assessed for. The town council reviews tax appeals on a regular basis. The total assessed value of the township is nearly $5.2 billion. More than 1,100 tax appeals were filed in 2012. Dorothy Kreitz, the township’s chief tax assessor, said that only 39 appeals were filed a few years ago. Owners of properties that are assessed at less than $750,000 file an appeal with the Board of Taxation. Those assessed at more than $750,000 file an appeal with the state. The …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
31-year-old man arrested outside mall for attempting to meet a minor for sex, authorities say.
A 31-year-old man was recently arrested at the Willowbrook Mall for attempting to meet a minor for sex following an online email exchange, the FBI said Thursday. Eric Fantau was arrested Jan. 15 in the Willowbrook Mall parking lot for allegedly attempting to meet a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexually explicit conduct, a press release issued by the FBI Thursday said. Fantau's town of residence was not provided by the FBI. According to a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Fantau posted more than 100 listings on Craigslist containing requests for sex with females, the FBI said. Fantau engaged in email communications with individuals who said they were female minors, authorities said. Fantau allegedly requested these minors …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
More than 1,100 appeals on property assessments were filed in 2012.
Officials settled a tax appeal between the township and the owner of a multi-story office building next to the Willowbrook Mall. Willowbrook Center LLC will receive a $600,000 refund for taxes it paid between 2009 and 2012. The land the building is on is assessed at nearly $3.3 million. The building is assessed at more than $4.9 million. Willowbrook Center LLC paid nearly $528,000 in taxes in 2012. Dorothy Kreitz, the township’s chief tax assessor, said that the number of appeals filed against the township has skyrocketed in recent years. “Just a few years ago 39 appeals were filed,” Kreitz said. “More than 1,100 were filed in 2012.” The council approves tax appeals at meetings constantly. Tax appeals are filed with the Passaic County …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Clothing store will open at midnight Friday and the toy store's doors will swing open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday shopping season.
A few stores will open early on Black Friday so residents can get a jump on their holiday shopping. Kohl’s on Route 23 North will open at midnight on Friday, Nov. 23. The store will offer several specials and sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. Toys “R” Us near the Wayne Hills Mall will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. A few dozen people lined up in front of the store last year to purchase toys and get in on sales as early as possible. The Willowbrook Mall will also open early, midnight on Friday, to give shoppers an opportunity to start their holiday shopping as early as possible. — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard at Daniel.Hubbard@patch.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Here is a sample of what you may find this on Wayne Patch this week.
Here is a sample of some of the stories we’re working on at Wayne Patch this week: — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard at Daniel.Hubbard@patch.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Shopping center will offer hourly deals for the first six hours of the holiday shopping season.
The Wilowbrook Mall will open at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 23. Various stores in the mall will offer specials and sales every hour between midnight and 6 a.m. To view the mall’s holiday schedule, which includes several days of extended operating hours, click here. The mall will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. beginning Monday, Dec. 17.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Group brings musical talents to shopping center for the second consecutive year.
The Wayne Hills High School Chamber Choir performed Christmas carols at Willowbrook Mall Tuesday. The 18-member group sang a variety of Christmas carols, including "Deck the Halls," "The First Noel," and "Jingle Bells." The following students are members of the choir: Bianca Karmaker, Isabelle Nemeh, Erica Applebaum, Kimberly Oppenheimer, Anna Lauren Bock, Gena Aiello, Amanda Stadler, Sheila Solomon, Kelsey Bunker, Elena Conklin, Mackenzie Donnelly, Elizabeth Yorey, Julia Harnecki, Sarah Auerbach, Jenna Catouoli, Catherine Bombard, Sheeba Kacmaker, and Brianna Ransaw. Cara Palomba is the choir's director. It is the second consecutive year the group performed carols at the mall. — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard …
NJ Transit implements changes for commuters this holiday season.
All buses to and from New York City will only operate from the Willowbrook Mall Park and Ride stop during the holiday season. The Park and Ride bus stop is located across from Bloomingdale’s. There will be fewer parking spaces for commuters to utilize. Approximately 40 Park and Ride spaces located along Willowbrook Boulevard and closest to the Park and Ride bus shelter will be temporarily closed. This area will be used as a temporary bus stop for buses when the Shopper’s Stop is closed to bus traffic. Customers who park in this area on weekdays should remove their cars from this area by no later than 2 p.m. Between Dec. 15 and Dec. 21, Park and Ride customers are encouraged to use the Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center and the Mothers Park and …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Family Halloween party scheduled for Tuesday at PAL will be rescheduled.
All activities at the Police Athletic League, including the family Halloween party scheduled for Tuesday, have been cancelled. The PAL will advise residents when it will be rescheduled. Public schools are also closed Monday. No decision has been made on Tuesday. District officials said they would immediately inform residents when a decision is made. The Willowbrook Mall will be closed Monday due to the severe weather threatening North Jersey. Willowbrook lost millions in revenue when it closed for more than a week last year due to Tropical Storm Irene. Doorways were tightly covered with black tarp and sandbags were tightly packed together to prevent water from seeping into the mall last year. Christopher Dudley, marketing manager for …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Lawyer requests application for 49-acre site be withdrawn from Planning Board.
The Wayne Town Center will remain vacant for a little while longer. Wayne Town Center Associates (WTCA) has requested the Planning Board allow its redevelopment application to be withdrawn “without prejudice” as it evaluates “alternative opportunities” for the 49-acre site. Jerome Vogel, the lawyer representing WTCA, sent a letter to the board earlier this month requesting the application be withdrawn. Vogel states in the letter than an alternative site plan “will be presented in the reasonably near future.” Vogel did not return messages left for him at his office Monday afternoon. The application called for 750,000 square feet of building space to the once-thriving property next to the Willowbrook Mall. It was originally supposed to be …