Community Events Coverage

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of the Fort Lee Main Street Municipal Garage - May 10, 2019

Mayor Mark Sokolich, Council Members Ila Kasofsky, Peter Suh, Mike Sargenti, Harvey Sohmer and Paul Yoon, and members of the Fort Lee Parking Authority, including Chairman Neil Grant and Executive Director Gloria Gallo, were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new garage which opened May 6. The garage is located where the Guntzer Street municipal lot used to be and is open 24 hours a day. Of the 625 parking spaces at the lot, 357 are inside for monthly use, which require a permit to use. The remaining 268 are outdoor, short-term spaces. Only 200 are available now; 68 will open with the lot is completed. The garage has an electric car charging station with two ports, with five more to come; motion-activated lights; emergency call buttons on every floor; more than 60 cameras; and audio intercoms at every entry and exit gate. 

Fort Lee Police - Swearing In of the New Chiefs at the Mayor & Council Meeting - May 9, 2019

Mayor Mark Sokolich swears in Captain Matthew J. Hintze as the town’s eleventh Police Chief and Captain Stephen Gallagher to Deputy Chief. Chief Keith Bendul retires after almost seven years in the role and a 30-year career in the department. 

2019 Bergen County Historic Preservation Awards - May 9, 2019

The Memorial Municipal Building is awarded Adaptive Use for the Successful Rehabilitation of a Building on its Original Site for Changed Use while maintaining its Original Architectural Integrity as a Result of the Restoration of the Building, and Cultural and Heritage Affairs Director and Barrymore Film Center Executive Director Tom Meyers is awarded the Claire Tholl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation.


Mayor Mark Sokolich & Town Council, the Fort Lee Film Commission and the Friends of the BFC hosted guests at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Barrymore Film Center, a 260-seat cinema and film museum that will showcase classic American and foreign films, the works of emerging filmmakers, film festivals and film education programs for students - all in the town where the American film industry was born. Guests included NJ Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Assembly Person Valerie Vaineri Huttle, Director of Photography Craig DiBona, “CBS Sunday Morning Contributor” Nancy Giles, MMI Executive Director Carl Goodman, Milestone Films Amy Heller, actor Garry Pastore, actress Ilene Kristen, Emmy-winning director and FLFC member Gary Donatelli, NJ Motion Picture and Television Commission Executive Director Steve Gorelick, as well as repS from the French Embassy of NYC, the DGA, SAG, American Cinema Editors, WGA, AFTRA and Barrymore Brands. Music courtesy of NYC jazz band, Gotham Easy. The Film Center is due to open in early 2020.