NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - John Van Vliet and Pete Oneglia have franchised TAPinto Hawthorne, covering original local news for the residents of Hawthorne, NJ, 24-7.
John has lived in Hawthorne for over 20 years and was educated at St. Anthony's in Hawthorne, Hawthorne High School, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he studied political science. He ran for council in 2011. He is a published author, historical lecturer at schools, museums and other organizations. He serves as Editor of TAPinto Hawthorne.
Pete has lived in Hawthorne for over 25 years. He was educated at St. Anthony's, St. Peters Prep, and Catholic University, where he studied political science. He ran for Council in 2010, and has worked in the State Assembly and the State Senate including for Hawthorne's former hometown Senator Girgenti. He sits on the Board of Trustees for Act Now Foundation. Pete is the co-founder and General Manager of Insider NJ.
"As TAPinto Hawthorne' s editor, I'm excited about launching this online news outlet, which will be beneficial to all our residents and businesses. Hawthorne is a unique and proud town, and I look forward to serving our community's news-based needs - from critical news and events to highlighting the best that Hawthorne has to offer. I encourage everyone to reach out and be a part of this with us!" said Van Vliet.
Oneglia added, "I'm excited to launch TAPinto Hawthorne with John. I've long been an admirer of TAPinto' s model of hyper-local news. As traditional newspapers dwindle and are consumed by larger media corporations in a rocky era for media, TAPinto has not only survived, it has thrived. It's the future of journalism, with an excellent model of delivering timely and relevant local news. I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
"Communication is key to building stronger communities and better-informed residents. We look forward to building and growing TAPinto Hawthorne over the coming weeks and months and the year ahead. This will be a resource for all Hawthorne residents, with the guiding principle that knowledge and news should be free, objective, and accessible anytime," said Oneglia and Van Vliet.