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Young Mom Murdered, Halloween Hauntings and School Regionalization Debates Make The Top October Stories

10/31/2013 08:26PM ● By Rebecca K. Abma

A former Midland Park resident plead not guilty in the murder of his ex-girlfriend Mary Greff. (Cliffview Pilot)

October was Midland Park Press's busiest month yet! Here's a look at the most read stories for the month:

10. An update on Northern Highlands was the hot topic of the Oct. 1 Board of Education meeting.

Thumb_p1110504 Editor's Notebook: Oct. 1 BOE Meeting
Hot topics: An update on Northern Highlands, a review of the next meetings agenda and questions about a news article regarding football Read more


9. A bizarre tale of animal cruelty has a happy ending as two cows escape from a trailer and find a new home at Abma's Farm.

Thumb_p1130724 Cows Escape Slaughter, Find Home at Abma's
Meet Half-and-Half and Cappuccino, the newest residents of Abma's Farm's Petting Zoo. Read more


8. Lifelong MPK-er, former Fire Chief and owner of Hen's Roost passed away in October.

Thumb_screen-shot-2013-10-22-at-34615-pm Obituary: Henry Amos
Hen's Roost Owner, former MPK Fire Chief passed away on Saturday. Read more


7. A letter to the editor from a former mayor suggests the school should appoint an advisory committee to guide the future of the district.

Thumb_p1110528 Letter: Midland Park is at a Crossroads
Board of Education should seek public input through an appointed advisory committee. Read more



6. The Rec Dept. sponsored a Halloween House decorating contest. And the winners are...

Thumb_p1130916 Halloween House Winners Announced!
Plenty of ghosts, ghouls, gore and glitter on hand for the Rec Department's first of what hopes to become an annual event. Read more


5. Who doesn't love a spooky ghost story? In honor of Halloween, MPK Press reported on the alleged haunted residents in town.

Thumb_p1130780 Ghost Stories of Midland Park
Rumor has it, the undead roam in certain properties around town. Read more


4. After Councilman Mike Junta stepped down from the borough council, the Republican County Committee named three candidates to fill the seat. The council has until Nov. 14 to name his successor.

Thumb_p1110528 Three Named to Fill Junta's Council Seat
Council has until until Nov. 14 to make finalize a selection. Read more


3. A sad series of stories take the number three spot, when a young mother was found murdered in Waldwick and her ex-boyfriend, a former Midland Park resident, was charged and plead not guilty. (The articles come to MPK Press through a content sharing partnership with Cliffview Pilot.)

Thumb_screen-shot-2013-10-23-at-105819-pm Homicide in Waldwick: Mom Found Strangled in Bed
Report from the Cliffview Pilot: A 23-year-old woman found dead in her bed today was strangled, Bergen County Prosecutor’s John L. Molinelli said tonight. Read more



Thumb_screen-shot-2013-10-24-at-124512-pm Ex-Boyfriend Charged in Waldwick Mom's Death
Bergen County Prosecutor Office charges Mark J. Spatucci, 22, with multiple charges including murder and burglary. Read more



Thumb_screen-shot-2013-10-25-at-54614-pm Update: Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Waldwick Murder
Mark Spatucci, 22, is being held on $2 million bail at the Bergen County Jail. Read more



2. Using our new polling technology, MPK Press asked readers to weigh-in on a much debated topic on whether to join NHRHS. 

Thumb_screen-shot-2013-10-14-at-13839-pm Poll: Do You Favor Joining Northern Highlands Regional High School?
The poll is now closed. Read more



And the number 1 story for all of October:

Thumb_p1130711 Midland-Park-O-Lantern Contest Is On!
Carve your pumpkin and post a photo to be crowned the greatest gourd gouger in town. Read more


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