PARAMUS — The flag pole at Paramus VFW Post 6699 was cut down at the base and left on the ground with its two flags still attached in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The post reported the vandalism on its Facebook page with a picture of the clean cut at the base. Members were reviewing security footage and working with police.

Rich Lambert, a post member, told News 12 New Jersey that outside flower pots have been stolen and the walls have been tagged with graffiti. A commenter on the Paramus police Facebook page said two park benches had also been stolen.

VFW members Sonny Schuler and Skip Cherven secured the flags that were on the flag pole.

Paramus police Chief Kenny Ehrenberg told New Jersey 101.5 detectives are trying to determine a connection between all the incidents. The chief asked anyone with information about the vandalism to call the department at 201-262-3400.

Paramus VFW post members take care of the U.S. flag that fell to the ground
Paramus VFW post members take care of the U.S. flag that fell to the ground (Paramus police)
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Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: