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Rayna Laiosa Thanks Ward 2 Voters, "I Will Not Let You Down"

November 16, 2019

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who voted for me for Ward 2 Council election on November 5, 2019.  I appreciate your confidence in my knowledge and experience to do what’s in the best interest of Hawthorne, and for recognizing my leadership with the local and county governments to resolve issues that will move Hawthorne forward. 

I especially want to ...

Cayetano For Council Thanks Volunteers, Voters and Hawthorne For Their Support!

I want to thank all of our volunteers, Ward 3 voters, local businesses and the people of Hawthorne for their support of our campaign! As an Independent Green Party candidate, I knew we would face challenges and have to work to overcome objections. We ran a clean-transparent campaign, open to communication on every platform: Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram; conveyed a positive message; made a ...

The Governor and Senate President: Perfect Together??

The 1947 New Jersey Constitution gave our governor enormous power to nominate and appoint people to many state positions: From the Attorney General to all county prosecutors to Superior Court judges to the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Board of Public Utilities to members of Pine Barrens Commission, amongst many many others.  The New Jersey Governor has lots of nominatin' to ...

Property Taxes in New Jersey: Still an Ongoing Issue

Over half of Garden State property tax bills go toward educating the state's nearly 1.4 million public school students.

The average New Jersey tax bill is $8,767. About 52.6% of that, or $4,610, is the taxes the local school district levies on homeowners and property owners, according to data from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

But the average taxpayers in some ...

Man Stealing 3 Filet Mignons Flees NJ Shoprite, Carjacks a Car and Causes Mayhem

November 20, 2019

PARSIPPANY, NJ - On what sounds like a scripted police tv show, a scene of mayhem and alleged criminal behavior all started with a man stealing three beef tenderloin roasts from Shop-Rite.  The full account released from the Parsippany police is listed below:

On 11/12/19 at approximately 12:30 PM, Shoprite Loss Prevention personnel observed a male, later identified as Alcides Moreira, ...

Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary to Host 'Sports Parenting & Recruiting Issues'

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary is sponsoring an informational meeting to discuss current sports parenting issues on December 4.

Jack Smithlin, Fair Lawn Hall of Fame Coach and current Montclair State University softball coach, is speaking on issues that affect parents with athletes.

Topics covered include what's the right age to specialize in sports, to playing on ...

Two Minus One Equals Zero?

This past August marked the seventh anniversary of my divorce. Growing up, just like most people, when I envisioned marriage, I saw the “they lived happily ever after” ending. Divorce was not in my frame of reference. My parents were married 56 years at the time of my father’s passing, and my grandparents made it to 72 years. They were my role models of what was to be – ...

Three Steps to Building Self Confidence

How we feel about ourselves dictates the way we live life. It impacts the way we approach just about every thing we do. Yet, sadly, many people struggle to believe in their worth and abilities.

Throughout my life, my levels of self-confidence have ebbed and flowed. Growing up I was an overweight adolescent, which had a significant affect on how I viewed myself. When you’re young, ...

Restoration of Historic Lambert Castle Gets Boost with $2.25 Million Grant

October 5, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Restoration of the historic Lambert Castle and Carriage Barn got a major boost with the announcement of $2.25 million grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust last month.

The grant, according to a statement, will be  awarded in three $750,000 increments over three years, and represents one of only five large scale multi-phase awards issued across the state. Funding wil be ...

Thanks for the Memories

I want to Marie Kondo my head.

I want to remove all the junk in there that is no longer giving me joy.

Actually, I don’t really know much about Marie Kondo, other than a vague understanding that she is the guru of decluttering. Once while surfing Netflix, I clicked on her show, Tidying Up. I thought it might be some sort of grisly crime scene drama.

It turns out it was a reality TV ...

Automation Inflation

I hate robots.

They talk funny and have no personality.

If that makes me a human racist, then so be it.

I talked to a robot on the phone the other day. it was sitting virtually within the deep, dark recesses of a computer connected to the working end of an 800 number. It tried to convince me that it was human. It asked me flat questions in an artificially chipper voice and then pretended ...

Shared Spaces Help a Small New Jersey Baking Business Rise

November 20, 2019

Two years ago, Erica Leahy left her job as a pastry chef and started baking for friends and family.  After getting her company going in a shared commercial kitchen, or kitchen “incubator,” today she owns Three Daughters Baking Company, and will soon run a café inside an innovative new store in Maplewood.

As one of the entrepreneurs at General Store Cooperative ...

NJ Senate President Sweeney Discusses Statewide Vaping Ban & Marijuana Legalization on State of Affairs

November 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Steve Adubato sat down with New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney on State of Affairs to discuss the path forward to marijuana legalization and a new push to ban vaping across the state. 

“It’s an epidemic right now,” Sweeney said, about the vaping crisis. “People are getting sick. It’s worse than cigarettes because cigarettes have a ...

Fort Lee Mayor Moderates Media Panel at NJ League of Municipalities Conference

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, Mark Sokolich, Mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, moderated the panel, “Media Strategies: Tips & Tools for the 21st Century.” Presenters at the panel were Michael Shapiro, the CEO & Publisher of TAPinto.net; Robin Dente, Assistant Business Administrator & Community Affairs Coordinator of ...