Community Events Coverage
Comfort Women Memorial Annual Commemoration - June 6, 2019
Dedicated to the thousands of enslaved Asian women during WWII, this Memorial at Consitution Park was unveiled last May with a beautiful statue designed by the Youth Council of Fort Lee. We will annually rememb these women and their plight in history. As Mayor Mark Sokolich wisely stated, "It is respect of history so we never, ever forget what happened in the past, so we don’t ever repeat it in the future."
An Evening in the Stacks - Fort Lee Public Library's 100th Anniversary Gala - June 1, 2019
Mayor Mark Sokolich, Town Council Members and the Library's Board of Directors all attended a fun-filled, festive evening of small bites, drinks and dancing brought the community together in one of its favorite venues to celebrate this important milestone and to generate excitement for the upcoming fundraising campaign for our Library’s growth. While celebrating the past, the Library is also planning for the future. In order to provide the growing community with exceptional services now and in the future, the Library has been working with the architectural firm Arcari and Iovino on plans to enlarge the Children’s Room as well as renovate and refresh the rest of the building to include small meeting rooms, a café and a technology lab. Renderings for this exciting project were unveiled at the event.
Ceremonial girder Signing of the barrymore film center - May 28, 2019
The rain didn't keep anyone away from the ceremonial signing of the girders at the construction site of the Barrymore Film Center. Those in attendance included Mayor Mark Sokolich, Council Members Harvey Sohmer, Michael Sargenti, Ila Kasofsky and Paul K. Yoon, Borough Adminstrator Alfred Restaino, and former Councilman Armand Pohan, who joined Fort Lee FIlm Commission/BFC Executive Director Tom Meyers, BFC President Nelson Page, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, Fort Lee Historical Society President Donna Brennan, TV Host Michele Sorvino and many others who happily signed their names and well wishes to the superstructure of this building, which next year will house a cinema, film museum, and archive dedicated to the borough’s significant history as the birthplace of American film.
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.
CEREMONIAL GROUNDBREAKING OF BARRYMORE FILM CENTER - October 3, 2018
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.