Local Towns Gain Sustainability Certification

Three Northwest Bergen communities (Glen Rock, Mahwah and Oakland) achieved certification by Sustainable Jersey for their demonstrated leadership in areas such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, sustaining local economies and protecting natural resources. Glen Rock earned its silver award, Mahwah and Oakland the bronze. Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit organization, provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. The certification was given to 64 municipalities statewide.

“Collectively, the Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey,” says its Executive Director, Randy Solomon. SustainableJersey.com

Pazza Opens in Franklin Lakes

Franklin Lakes’ foodies recently welcomed Pazza, owned by Anthony and Sonny Esposito with chef Arturo Barrales (former chef Café Amici, Café Panache) at the helm. The restaurant’s “Italian comfort food” includes Neapolitan-style pizza made in an 850-degree wood-burning brick oven and appetizers such as wood-fired octopus and Hotsy Totsy Shrimp. Try the traditional pasta entrees as well as the untraditional Not Your Mama’s Lasagna. Family-friendly, with waiter service as well as an extensive take-out menu, Pazza’s uses locally grown and organic products whenever possible. PazzaNJ.com

Valley Named One of Nation’s 250 Best Hospitals

Healthgrades has named Valley Hospital as one of the 250 best hospitals in the nation in 2019, putting it in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed for superior clinical performance. Valley was one of only four hospitals given the distinction in New Jersey and the only one in Bergen, Passaic, Essex or Hudson counties named. Healthgrades is an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals and recognizes hospitals for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. ValleyHealth.com

Wyckoff YMCA Holds Its Annual Meeting

The Wyckoff Family YMCA held its Annual Meeting earlier this year, which celebrated the contributions its community partnerships have made in the past year impacting the area. Speakers included Doug Struyk, president and CEO of Christian Health Center; Jennifer Brady, executive director of Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children; and Bob Shannon, Wyckoff Township Administrator who spoke on strengthening community ties. WyckoffYMCA.org