How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Dr. Kidd Explains How Your Sleep Cycle is Messing with Your Weight Loss Goals

Co-Written with input from Dr. John Kidd

August 28, 2021

It is no secret that the rates of obesity have been rising steadily over the past several decades.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the obesity rate has tripled since 1975. In 2016, 39% of adults globally were overweight, and 13% were diagnosed as obese.   Three hundred forty million children between the ...

Wednesday's COVID-19 Numbers for New Jersey per Gov. Murphy

September 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state during his Wednesday afternoon press conference.

There were 1815 new PCR cases reported and 582 antigen tests, with 21 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 977,517 positive PCR cases, 145,847 positive antigen cases, and 24,356 deaths, ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Numbers for Monday; Hackensack's Vaccine Update

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state during his Monday afternoon press conference.

There were 1498 new PCR cases reported and 311 antigen tests, with 6 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 974,083 positive PCR cases, 144,968 positive antigen cases, and 24,313 deaths, ...

Wednesday's COVID-19 Numbers for New Jersey from Gov. Murphy

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state during his Wednesday afternoon press conference.

There were 1841 new PCR cases reported and 585 antigen tests, with 20 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 953,616 positive PCR cases, 140,633 positive antigen cases, and 24,171 deaths, ...

Gottheimer Remembers 9/11 & North Jersey Lives and First Responders Lost

September 12, 2021

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - Saturday, on the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) took part in remembrance ceremonies across Bergen County — to honor the members of the North Jersey community and first responders who lost their lives in the attacks, to commemorate the first responders lost since, and to recommit to protecting America ...

Hackensack Residents and Businesses Can Register for Financial Assistance from Ida

NORTH JERSEY — Bergen County was included in FEMA’s Major Disaster Declaration. The declaration will allow individuals in the approved counties to register at www.disasterassistance.gov for direct federal assistance for Ida-related recovery, which may include home repairs, temporary housing, low-cost loans, and other programs to help recover from the effects of the ...

County Executive Tedesco Issues a State of Emergency for Bergen County

HACKENSACK, NJ – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco issued a local state of emergency last night in response to heavy rain, wind, and flooding caused by Storm Ida.

County Office of Emergency Management officials encourage residents, especially those living in close proximity to the Hackensack and Saddle Rivers, to stay home as many roadways are still flooded and closed.

If you must ...

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Hackensack Through Thursday Morning

September 8, 2021

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — A flash flood watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The flash flood watch is in effect for portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York, including the following areas, in northeast New Jersey: Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Western Bergen, ...

YMCA Offers Fall Membership Savings and Chance to Win $5K

September 15, 2021

HACKENSACK, NJ – The Greater Bergen County YMCA welcomes new members this fall with special opportunities to save on membership and be eligible to win $5,000.

“As new school-year routines start, the fall is a perfect time to join or rejoin the Y, where you’ll find enrichment and wellness opportunities for all ages, and a community of support for you and your family’s ...

President Biden Approves NJ's Emergency Declaration, Will Tour Areas Hit Hard by Tropical Storm Ida on Tuesday

September 5, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- President Biden has approved New Jersey's Emergency Declaration and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the conditions resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. 
 
According to a White House press release, this action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, to coordinate all ...

Turtle Back Zoo and Local Officials Confirm Rumor of Escaped Animals is a Hoax

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In response to many Essex County residents who expressed concern about a viral announcement claiming that exotic animals including lions, penguins, reptiles and more escaped from the Turtle Back Zoo amidst Wednesday night’s storm and were roaming the streets, officials from the zoo as well as the township and the county have confirmed that the rumor was a ...

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It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

September 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

A Guide to Foods You’ll Find at NJ’s Italian Festivals

NEW JERSEY — Italian festivals are a long-held tradition in the Garden State. The celebrations, often fundraisers for the local church or other organizations, usually include rides, games of skill, entertainment and tons of freshly made food.

MORE: Where Did Our Favorite Foods From New Jersey’s Italian Festivals Come From?

While well-known Italian-American foods like ...

New Jersey Date Night: Only in the Garden State

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

New Jersey is known for so many things, ranging from beautiful countryside to Bon Jovi. Our state’s reputation includes crowning beauty queens, cultivating the best tomatoes and gorgeous, intelligent women not afraid of animal print.

New Jersey is also the perfect place to find love and watch it grow ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

The Art of (Interrupting) Conversation

A person with bad manners is one who tries to interrupt when you’re talking or talk when you are interrupting.
- Cartoon in Esquire Magazine

I recently received a random text message from an acquaintance of mine. I was in the middle of an important conversation with my wife when my phone started buzzing in my pocket, disrupting my train of thought which, if I could remember any of it, ...

Conversations with Joan: The Light in 911--Shocked by Kindness, Healed by Love

September 11 marks the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Lisa Luckett, a woman who lost her husband, Ted, on that day leaving her a single mother of three. Ted’s company, Cantor Fitzgerald, occupied offices in the North Tower on the 104th and 105th floors of the 107-story building. 

In her book, The Light in 911: Shocked ...

Take Responsibility for Your Life

A few weeks ago, a friend’s father passed away. When I learned about his death, I immediately reached out to a few people who knew the family as I thought they would want to know what happened. At that time, I didn’t have information about the funeral arrangements. In the days that followed, I got busy with work and didn’t follow up with any of those people. The services were ...

The Series of The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2016)

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2017)

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2018)

Anne of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2019)

Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2020)

Katherine Parr: the Sixth ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Fall Flavors: Cooking With the Season’s Bounty

With spring and summer on their way out, it’s time to start looking ahead to fall, and one of the best parts of this time of year is cooking with all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in these cooler months.

If you’re unsure what’s in season in September or don’t know what to do with the piles of produce-lining grocery store shelves, look no further.

Get Creative and Enjoy The Outdoors With These Summer Crafts

Doing outdoor crafts is a fun way for older adults to be active and stretch their imagination. After spending a long winter indoors, stepping outside to soak up the summer sun and complete some new projects helps you get natural vitamin D and feel a sense of accomplishment. It can also boost your spirits and engage your mind. If you need some ideas, here’s a list of easy outdoor ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...

5 Tasty, Healthy Food and Wine Pairings

Light salad or grilled salmon make for delicious dishes perfect for the warm evenings of summer. Plus, those long summer days leave even more time for designing the ideal dinner. The hardest part may not be collecting the recipes or the cooking—and definitely not the eating—but rather finding the perfect wine to drink along with it!

If you’re looking to wow a partner, family, ...

Feeling Stuck? Here Are 5 Ways To Find Motivation

Are you having trouble finding motivation in your life? There may be a change in your daily routine, or you could be going through a stressful time. There are many reasons you may be in a rut and unable to complete even the simplest tasks.

Don’t get down on yourself! Here are a few tips on how to find that inner motivation and complete your to-do lists.

Time Management

The first ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...

Patchy, Brown Grass? What To Do About Dead Spots In the Yard

Everyone wants a lush green lawn for summer barbecues and romping by children and four-legged friends. So what do you do when your yard starts looking brown or patchy?

Start by identifying the underlying issue behind the dead spots in your grass, and then the repair is pretty straightforward! These lawn care tips will help you recover dead spots and leave your yard looking fresh and ...