Thursday, August 4, 2016

News Headline of the Week

From the home page of a regional newspaper yesterday:

Man Driving Naked with Open Beer Crashes into Five Cars

As the saying goes, you can’t make this stuff up.

Not surprisingly, the driver failed a field sobriety test.  He was then charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and operating a vehicle with an open container of alcohol.  Either there was no statute readily-applicable to his sartorial choice, or the officers on the scene chose the more expeditious route: A cover-up.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

But I’m Only Going One Way

The office window overlooks a section of a busy New Jersey state highway, which is two lanes in one direction at this point.  The two lanes going in the opposite direction are a block away.

It is a beautiful sunny afternoon, and we just glanced up in time to see a motorist headed the wrong way, dutifully minding the speed limit but blissfully ignorant of the One Way signs at every intersection.

From our vantage point this appears to happen about once a month.  Obviously it happens more often, because we can see just two blocks of the road and the one-way portion of this highway is several miles long.

We cringe every time we see one.  Will a driver moving in the correct direction fail to notice?  Will a pedestrian step off the curb, not expecting a car from that side?  Will a driver at a cross street also not look that way?

Somewhat predictably, shortly after the car disappeared from our view we heard the blare of a car horn, as another driver attempted to alert the wayward traveler.  No sounds of a crash, no screech of tires, so with luck it is likely that the problem resolved itself that quickly.

Anyone can make a mistake, but it is hard to be sympathetic to a driver who fails to notice not only the One Way signs but also the Wrong Way signs, the angle parking that serves only the other direction of travel, and the two lanes of oncoming traffic!   However, we have also seen drivers who have made a conscious choice to drive in the wrong direction on this road, deciding, apparently, that it is perfectly okay to do so.... if you use reverse gear.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Digs

In the barrier island community of Lavallette, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy irreparably damaged the borough hall and the police headquarters, such that they had to be demolished following the storm of October, 2012.

Since that time both the police department and the borough offices have been operating out of construction trailers in a municipal parking lot.  It has been challenging, to say the least.

Which is why Lavallette Chief Colin M. Grant was beaming earlier this week as he greeted residents touring the new police headquarters, nearing completion as part of a newly-constructed borough hall.  The new structure, dedicated on Monday while the finishing touches were still being applied, will house not only the police department, but the court and all of the municipal offices.

Also incorporated into the new building is the post office, which prior to the storm was in a separate building that was also rendered unusable.

It is not often that a police chief gets to supervise the design and construction of his headquarters, but Chief Grant was justifiably pleased with the layout, features, and size of the new facility.  Early in the project he toured other police buildings in the state and cribbed some of their best features, and he gave credit to the HQ in Westwood, in the northeastern part of the state, for having provided the greatest design inspiration.

Chief Grant is a relatively young man but is a Lavallette Police “lifer,” having begun his law enforcement career in the town as part of the seasonal force.   The Lavallette PD nearly doubles in size each summer, and Chief Grant rose from being a seasonal officer to a year-round officer to chief.

Final installation and testing of communications equipment is yet to take place, so it is expected that in January the Lavallette police will move from the temporary trailers that have been their home for more than three years.

The original Lavallette Boro Hall as construction was being completed 86 years ago.

The original Lavallette Boro Hall as it appeared in 2010.

The new Lavallette Boro Hsll, clearly inspired by the original but significantly larger.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Very Definition of Dumb

A New Jersey man on probation for impersonating a police officer was arrested last week on new charges of impersonating a police officer, according to news reports.

This genius was driving a Chevrolet SUV modified to look like a police vehicle with tinted windows, police-type strobe lights both front and rear, police markings and decals, and a siren.  A search of the vehicle turned up handcuffs, placards from the county prosecutor's office, police apparel and an empty firearm holster.

Apparently, being on probation for impersonating a police officer was an insufficient deterrent to police impersonation for this guy.

This time he was charged with illegal possession of handcuffs, receiving stolen property and impersonating a police officer, his vehicle was impounded and he was taken to the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.  Think it will sink in this time?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Summer of Change

It has been a busy and exciting summer at the Badge Company of New Jersey.  First, we moved!  Over the July 4 holiday weekend we relocated our offices from Annandale, NJ, to North Haledon, NJ.  We are in a beautiful tree-shaded office just off the major highways for easy access to customers and vendors alike.

The move made it necessary to change both our mailing address and our telephone numbers.  Please note that our main phone number is now 973-238-9172.  Our mailing address is now PO Box 629, Hawthorne, NJ 07507.  Our email address remains  If you were using an old Comcast email address for us, that address was finally retired and will no longer work.

Then, longtime General Manager Bob Marlow stepped away from day-to-day operations and moved closer to his young grandchildren.  Tony Maffei has assumed the role of General Manager, and when you contact us today, you will likely be speaking to Tony or to Carol.

What hasn’t changed?  Our commitment to being the badge specialists, providing high-quality products, personal service, and badges with a lifetime warranty.  For statewide agencies or the smallest local police department, and for individual officers, active duty or retired, “We’ve Got Your Badge.”

The Badge Company of New Jersey was begun in Orange, NJ, in 1974, later moving to Parsippany and then to Annandale.  This latest move to North Haledon assures that the Badge Company of New Jersey will be here to serve you well into the future.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Down the Shore -- for business!

For the 29th consecutive year, The Badge Company of New Jersey is headed to Atlantic City for the Police Security Expo, at which we have been an exhibitor since the show began all those years ago.

This year’s show takes place June 23 and 24 in the Atlantic City Convention Center.  Stop by Booth #1522 and say hello to Bob, Sue, and the newest member of our team, Tony.

We’ll have our products on display, our new brochures available, and we will be happy to discuss your needs for custom badges, leather products that fit, uniform insignia, lapel pins, embroidered emblems, and more.

Friday, April 24, 2015

If at First You Don’t Succeed...

In the news today is a report of a man who tried to rob an Atlantic City bank in 2010, was arrested, and convicted.

We do not know what his sentence was for that crime, but we know that it was less than five years of jail time.  We know this because today he was back in Atlantic City to give it another go.

He tried to rob the same bank, with (so far) the same result:  He was arrested after a brief foot chase.