Fair Lawn’s River Road Improvement Corporation Adds Two New Members to Board of Trustees

Chris Bernardo
By Chris Bernardo May 16, 2012 18:58

The River Road Improvement Corporation (RRIC) in Fair Lawn has announced that two new members have been added to its Board of Trustees. John Melissas, owner of the Empress Diner and Richard Noorigian, operating partner of Noorigian Properties, bring the total number of trustees to 15; both have long ties to the Fair Lawn community.

“We are pleased to welcome John and Rich to the board,” said Robert Landzettel, RRIC President. “We look forward to their contributions as we continue to improve the River Road District and encourage Fair Lawn residents and consumers from surrounding communities to shop and dine locally.”


The Melissas family has owned and operated the Empress Diner at the corner of River Road and Fair Lawn Avenue for 46 years, providing a family friendly restaurant renowned for great food and welcoming service. John Melissas and his father, Nick, are continuing the tradition started by John’s grandfather, who opened the Empress Diner in 1965.

Noorigian’s family has had a longtime presence on River Road. He grew up in Fair Lawn and graduated from Fair Lawn High School in 1968. A founding member of the RRIC in 1995, Noorigian served as a board member until 1999. His father opened State Tire and Supply Company on River Road in 1957 and he became vice president in 1972, a position he held until 1999.  Noorigian also served as President of the Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce from 1995-1997. He managed a luxury car franchise from 2000-2011, and is currently the Operating Partner of Noorigian Properties on River Road and Broadway in Fair Lawn.

“It is exciting to be reunited with my old friends and meeting new faces from the River Road community,” Noorigian noted. “I look forward to continuing the fine work done by this group to make River Road and Fair Lawn a better place to live, shop and do business.”

The River Road Improvement Corporation was organized to foster a private/public partnership to organize, plan and implement the economic and physical improvement of River Road and the community of Fair Lawn.  The non-profit business organization works on behalf of all those who live, work or invest in River Road to foster the district’s economic development, encourage the district’s revitalization and strengthen the districts economic and commercial contributions to the residents and property owners of the Borough of Fair Lawn. For more information about the programs and services provided by the RRIC, visit FairLawnRiverRoad.com.

Chris Bernardo
By Chris Bernardo May 16, 2012 18:58

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