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Update: Fair Lawn $113.5M BOE Budget To Raise Taxes $16 Monthly

March 20, 2019

Update: We misreported the amount of the BOE annual and monthly tax increase in our original article. Please see new numbers in bold. We apologize for any confusion.

FAIR LAWN, NJ – The Board of Education introduced a $113,497,204 spending plan for the 2019-2020 school year in a 7-2 vote at their March 14 meeting. The public hearing and possible adoption is scheduled for April ...

Public Hearing for $113M Fair Lawn BOE Budget Scheduled for April 25

FAIR LAWN, NJ – The Board of Education introduced a $113,497,204 spending plan for the 2019-2020 school year in a 7-2 vote at their March 14 meeting. The public hearing and possible adoption is scheduled for April 25.

Trustees Mark Spindel and Emily Cohen were opposed.

An anticipated $93.4 million will be raised in taxes representing a 1.94 percent increase over the previous ...

Updated: Glen Rock Voters Approve $14.7M School Upgrade Referendum

Update: A quote from Board President Sharon Scarpelli was included for the second posting.

GLEN ROCK, NJ – Voters on Tuesday approved a $14.7 million referendum question that will fund four projects throughout Glen Rock’s six-school district.

The referendum passed, according to results reported on the district's website, with the following vote totals including ...

Glen Rock Councilwoman Kristine Morieko Announces Run for Mayor

March 11, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Councilwoman Kristine Morieko has announced she is running for mayor of Glen Rock.

The Glen Rock Democratic County Committee endorsed Morieko the same day Mayor Bruce Packer announced he was not seeking reelection, Feb. 27. Morieko announced her run for the four-year term as mayor on Facebook March 6.

“It is my honor and privilege to serve my community as a ...

One Fall Can Change Everything: Elder Care Seminar March 11

March 10, 2019

FAIR LAWN, NJ – Anyone with a beloved senior in their family has probably worried about an emergency that can occur at any time, whether you’re the caregiver in the next room or the next state.

Getting educated before an emergency can not only make all the difference at the time of an incident, but it can provide peace of mind immediately and every day after.

Enter Stella Nsong, ...

Mayor Kurt Peluso Declares March 20 Lauryn LaPietra Day

March 20, 2019

FAIR LAWN, NJ - After performing her duties as Junior Mayor last night, nine-year-old Lauryn LaPietra is enjoying March 20 as "Lauryn LaPietra Day", proclaimed by Mayor Kurt Peluso.

Celebrating her ninth birthday as Junior Mayor, Lauryn can be seen next to the mayor at last night's Fair Lawn Council Meeting.

Glen Rock Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Tabled, More Discussion Promised

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Borough Council tabled the single use plastic bag ban ordinance after council members questioned several items within the fledgling idea while professing support for it.

The ordinance has not yet been introduced. If introduced at the next meeting, March 27, the second reading and public hearing could be as early as April 10.

On March 13, Councilwoman Arati Kreibich said ...

Glen Rock WICS BUNCO Nite Raises Funds for Town Events

March 19, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ - More than 50 people participated in this year's BUNCO Glen Rock Women In Community Service fundraiser, which garnered support from residents and local businesses through goods and services raffled at the event.

"We want to thank everyone that participated to make our 2019 Bunco Nite a tremendous success," WICS BUNCO Nite Co-Chairs Eileen Hillock and Laura ...

Retired Officer Honored as He Continues to Give Back to Glen Rock

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Retired Sergeant George Erlich, who is "much more than someone who crosses" Glen Rock kids, according to borough officials, received the borough honor as a "Volunteer Behind the Scenes".

"His role is a little different," Michael Shetler, Glen Rock's Volunteer Coordinator said on March 13 during an award ceremony at the council meeting. "He ...

Commemorating Women’s History Month, Gottheimer Stops By Merve's Kitchen

March 20, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ - U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited Merve’s Kitchen and Bakery in Glen Rock to talk about women in business and grab a cup of coffee yesterday.

“Merve does a great job creating an inviting atmosphere in Glen Rock and bakes some of the best cakes around," Gottheimer said on March 29. "Small businesses like hers drive our economy, and I ...

Planning Board to Hear More Testimony from Radburn Eyesore Owners

FAIR LAWN, NJ – Is the crusty Radburn Dollar Tree property an official area “in need of redevelopment”? The Planning Board will consider this question once again on April 15.

Owners of the “dilapidated” Dollar Tree property got another stay on March 11 after they pleaded a continuance of their case on why the property should not be designated “in ...

Glen Rock Green Team Educates 5 Eateries to Change to Paper Straws

March 18, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Late last month, the Glen Rock Green Team Interns secured another restaurant to switch from plastic to paper straws. This makes five eateries in Glen Rock to make the switch, including three of the biggest restaurants in town.

Stone and Rail, the Glen Rock Inn, Marc’s Cheesecake, the Glen Rock Athletic Club, and Jalapeños all committed to purchasing paper straws ...

Jetty documentary The Oyster Farmers Enjoys Official Release via Virgil Films

March 20, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND - The Oyster Farmers, a feature length documentary centering on coastal life in New Jersey, was officially released today, March 19 via Virgil Films.

Jetty decided to fund the film via its Jetty Rock Foundation, the 501(C)3 nonprofit arm of the brand, in 2016, but the ethos of the film truly begins with Superstorm Sandy.

Director Corinne Ruff was emotionally torn in 2013.

Glen Rock Police Administer Narcan® to Save 23-Year-Old Local

March 20, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Police saved a 23-year-old Glen Rock woman's life by administering Narcan® after suspecting she had overdosed.

On March 16 at approximately 5 p.m., Glen Rock Police and EMS found an unconscious and unresponsive woman who had two empty heroin "folds" near her, according to the police report.

First responders "began lifesaving ...

25-Year-Old Fair Lawn Man's Cause of Death Not Released Pending AG Investigation

TRENTON, NJ – The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Task Force is conducting an investigation of the death of Steven A. Sherlock, 25, of Fair Lawn who died early Sunday morning, March 17 after he was involved in a fight at a bar and was transported to a hospital by Paterson police officers for evaluation, according to a press release from the state attorney ...

Lodi Named First Purple Heart Community in Bergen County

March 20, 2019

LODI, NJ -- The Borough of Lodi was officially named a Purple Heart Community with the proclamation "to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal" at its Borough Council meeting on Tuesday night. The borough is the first in Bergen County to receive this designation.

The council chamber was packed with members of the Military Order of ...

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Glen Rock Police Blotter - March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

During the period between March 11 and March 17, 2019, members of the GRPD handled 316 calls for service, the highlights of which included:

March 11 - 9:53 AM – A Glen Rock man reported receiving a statement concerning a $283.79 charge from Paypal. The complainant reported that he has no such account and has never used Paypal. A company representative requested that the man file a ...

Glen Rock's First Light Home Care Honors Caregiver of the Year 2018

March 20, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ - First Light Home Care of Glen Rock announced Rhoda Ford, a Certified Home Health Aid, as the "Caregiver of the Year 2018" at a recent ceremony.

"First Light Home Care truly believes that our caregivers are the heart and soul of our company," Daria Boyd, a spokesperson for First Light, said.

Caregiver of the Year nominees were evaluated based on service ...

Bergen County Caregiver Conference Planned for April 6

HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Board of Chosen Freeholders will present the Bergen County Department of Human Services-Division of Senior Service/ADRC’s Annual Spring Caregivers Conference 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at One Bergen County Plaza in the Freeholders’ Public Meeting Room in Hackensack. 

“Everyone is a Caregiver, ...

Fair Lawn Changes Notification Service

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Borough is no longer using Nixle for text communications and notification services. The Borough has replaced Nixle and contracted with Code Red. Code Red is secure and reliable and allows the Borough and the Police Department to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology. Code Red allows us to ...

International Chess Academy Attracts Top Players to Glen Rock

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Operating in both Glen Rock and Teaneck is the International Chess Academy (ICA), a Chess school founded in 1996 and created with the aim of providing professional chess instruction at all levels (beginners, advanced, master levels, and GM or Grandmaster level) to a variety of students.

The academy was founded by two women, Irina Levitina and Diana Tulman. Irina, a Woman ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Little Irish Luck

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

Everyone has a St. Patrick’s Day story. Maybe yours involves being stuck in parade traffic with your date and just one bottle of water, or maybe it was being stuck in a pub with just your sixth glass of green beer. If St. Patrick’s Day can leave behind so many great stories, then it only ...

9-Year-Old Livingston Boy to Compete on FOX’s ‘MasterChef Junior’

This story first appeared in TAPinto Livingston.

Matthew Smith, a 9-year-old Livingston, NJ, boy with talent enough in the kitchen to stand opposite Gordon Ramsay, will appear on Season 7 of “MasterChef Junior” on FOX when it premieres on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m.

Smith said his interest in the culinary arts began quite early in life. His aunt gifted him a ...

New Jersey’s Anthony Bourdain Food Trail in the Works

Fans of Anthony Bourdain eagerly wait to learn how some of his favorite New Jersey restaurants will honor the late star.

The New Jersey Assembly approved a resolution in January designating 10 Garden State restaurants to be on the “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail,” so chosen because they were featured in an episode of “Parts Unknown” four years ago, ...

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Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

March 20, 2019

STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND - Although the inshore striped bass season opened on March 1, I have heard very little regarding any true action in our area. Things are always slow early in the year, but usually there are some smaller ones being caught. I see a couple of reasons for this One is the low water temperatures we are experiencing that do little to stimulate the stripers’ ...

Rutgers Faculty Authorize Union to Strike

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University officials say they are "making progress" with the labor union representing faculty, but still the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers - representing 4,800 full-time faculty and graduate employees - is considering a first-ever strike.

University officials say they have met 33 times with the ...