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Calabrese, Chiaravalloti & Tully Bill Encouraging Reporting of School Bus Driver Misconduct Becomes Law

March 20, 2019

TRENTON – Looking to improve safety for all of New Jersey’s student bus riders, Assemblymen Clinton Calabrese, Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Chris Tully sponsored legislation requiring school buses to have a display of identifying information in order for the public to easily report potential bus driver misconduct. The legislation was recently signed into law.

“School bus safety ...

Hawthorne Police Blotter - February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Case: 19-4667
Date: 2-18-2019 at 12:41pm
Incident Title: MV stop – Possession of Marijuana
Suspect information: Geremy Pulinario 18 y/o male from Passaic NJ
Vehicle information: 2001 Chev Malibu (silver)
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Take Hints from Joan: Don't Make Assumptions When Meeting People

Having expectations about meeting someone is probably quite common. I see it as a chance to really blow someone out of the water, but when it comes to me meeting someone else…well, that could be a different story.

I have a diverse family, so long ago, my husband and I decided that it would be best if I kept my maiden name. I know that sounds very politically incorrect, but it has worked ...

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

This week is an ‘oucher’ for me. Making a promise and then not fulfilling it is a matter of personal responsibility. And what Joan says here is important: those of us guilty of such things often do it with the best intentions. But I learned that’s just not good enough after you've let someone down.

I think the major thing here is as much as you want to be helpful, if you ...

Is Light Rail Coming to Paterson?

February 19, 2019

PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey Transit officials hosted a public meeting at Eastside High School Wednesday to provide insight and obtain community feedback on efforts underway to explore the restoration of passenger service between Hawthorne and Hackensack, ultimately connecting with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.   

While any such project is many years away from seeing shovels hit ground, ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

From a Backyard in Elizabeth, Chatham Man Shoots for the Stars

Luis Da Silva, Jr., says he got his start in a “two by four” backyard in Elizabeth, where he would spend hours with just a basketball. 

“It was a rough neighborhood and my mother didn’t want me down at the basketball courts,” Da Silva said.

In those lonely hours of dribbling and inventing basketball tricks, Da Silva learned to command the giant orange orb ...

NJSpotlight and NJTV: Perfect Together

NJ Spotlight, an online news site dedicated to covering state government and doing in-depth analysis of public policy and its aftershocks, has been acquired by WNET, the Public Broadcasting Service operator of NJTV.

Together, NJ Spotlight and NJTV, will form a multi-platform news service covering the serious business of New Jersey, which has always been a television outlier for New York and ...

Jeff Bezos Could Single-Handedly Help Shape the Future of Newark

You’ve got to love Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s latest move in the continuing marathon to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to his city.

The mayor wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, the newspaper owned by Amazon gazillionare Jeff Bezos. In it, he makes yet another pitch for Newark, and thereby giving his emerging city a national stage.

Maybe now, people in his own state ...

Sandmann and Tramaglini: Raw Meat for the Media

So, the kid who went viral in that Lincoln Memorial confrontation is suing the Washington Post.

Good.

That might sound strange coming from a journalist. But what is happening to people like Nicholas Sandmann, the kid with the smirk on his face and the MAGA hat on his head, isn’t journalism.

It’s a pack of wolves tearing at raw meat. It’s playing with someone’s ...

Local News: Real Stories About Us

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

Yes I'm Not

Recently I discovered, somewhat unexpectedly, that I am a robot.

Ironically, I came to this discovery after contemplating the purchase of a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. The motorized Roomba disk roams by itself around the house methodically cleaning the floor. The Roomba also seems like it could make a good pet.

But owning a robot is not for the faint of heart or the weak of silicon.

Empty Warnings

A while ago I received an urgent roadside call from my son. It was a cold and rainy night, and somewhat late. He was on his way home with my car and calling from somewhere along the side of a busy highway. I could hear cars and large trucks shuddering by him, occasionally drowning out his voice.

He wanted to know if I could bring him some gas. The car had ran out. While he was on the ...

In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, March 26, 7:00 PM

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Paramus Service Center, Paramus

Summer Camp Information Night

Other

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Wed, March 27, 3:00 PM

Van Dyk at Park Place, Hawthorne

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group

Health & Wellness

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Fri, March 29, 7:00 PM

Mary Help of Christians Academy , North Haledon

The Little Mermaid

Arts & Entertainment

Read Across America with Little City Books, Host of Literary Happenings in Hoboken

March 2, 2019

HOBOKEN, NJ -- Donna Garban and Kate Jacobs, Co-Owners of Little City Books, an independent bookstore on Bloomfield Street in Hoboken, spoke with TAPintoTV about their support of Read Across America and upcoming events, such as the inaugural Hoboken Literary Weekend in April.

Read Across America, an annual celebration of reading for children created by the National Education Association, ...