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Memorial Middle School Welcomed Back Students for First Day of In-Person Learning

October 19, 2020

FAIR LAWN, NJ - Superintendent Nick Norcia, Principal Nancy Schwindt and Vice Principal Dominick Tarquinio were on site to greet students at the new front entrance to Memorial Middle School, which is the first time students entered the building since mid-March when the COVID-19 lockdown began.

“Despite the current environment we are all facing, it was great to see our students ...

Fair Lawn Forging Ahead With In-Person Learning on Oct. 19; Memorial School Teacher Tests Positive for COVID-19

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The school district is preparing to open next week with in-person learning while news of an isolated COVID-19 positive test for a staff member at Memorial Middle School.

On October 19, district students will return to a partial in-person learning schedule, described to parents in a virtual meeting on Oct. 5 and approved by the Board of Education on Oct. 7. The plans for ...

Glen Rock High School Announces 10 Commended Students in National Merit Scholarship Program

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Connor J. Cunningham, Mira Fish, Alexander B. Howe, Arshnoor Kaur, Ty-Louis D. Scherer, Bryce J. Siggers, Mallika Sinha, Isabella J. Smith, Yejin A. Suh and Mark R. Tuttle have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to Glen Rock High School Principal Michael Parent.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit ...

Bars, Restaurants Given Expansion on Liquor Permits as COVID Climb Continues

October 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits - initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors. 

“For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been meaningful. In ...

Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Utility Shutoff Moratorium Through March 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his COVID press briefing on Thursday that he has signed Executive Order No. 190, extending a moratorium that prevents New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected through March 15, 2021.

The moratorium applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private. The EO also requires that all ...

Get a Free Pumpkin & Get In on Glen Rock Great Pumpkin Contest

October 20, 2020

GLEN ROCK, NJ - A timeless tradition, carving a pumpkin at Halloween. Memories of newspaper on the table, a 12-inch pumpkin, a large carving knife that only mom got to use, and lots of pumpkin guts to pull out.

It's more fun now than ever! Especially with Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce Great Pumpkin Contest in which competitor's will have their pumpkins line Rock Road outside ...

Glen Rock Releases Trick-or-Treat Guidelines

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Tongue in cheek here, but we now need guidelines on how to Trick-or-Treat. COVID-19 is to blame. Here are some guidelines for this year's costume and mask holiday. (Once again, a Halloween mask does not substitute for a mask that blocks the virus.)

How to Trick or Treat in Glen Rock

1.  If you are comfortable having trick or treaters come to your house, please ...

Weekly Challenge: Your Life Movie

October 17, 2020

When I was a young girl, my parents took me to family circle meetings in Brooklyn, New York. The family meetings would take place in the basement of a cousin's house and the purpose was to reunite the family who had immigrated from Eastern Europe.  The adults would gather around in groups and share stories of their time in the new world, both good and bad. They would share ...

Naming of Senior Living Complex Fitting for "Fair Lawn's Favorite Son, Bob Gordon"

FAIR LAWN, NJ - Replete with his usual good-natured humor, "Fair Lawn's favorite son," Bob Gordon joined other politicians and local officials who lightly roasted the former mayor and senator at the unveiling of the large sign that bears his name at the new River Road senior living complex.

"Senator Bob Gordon Senior Living Complex" became official yesterday, Oct.

NJ Tax Collections Lag Amid Hints of an Improving Economy

October 16, 2020

September numbers are down from last year as state recoils from COVID-19 shutdown.

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New Jersey tax collections continue to trail last year’s despite some continued signs of an ...

Small Parties, Family Gatherings Driving Up COVID-19 Case Count

October 20, 2020

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Gov. Phil Murphy and state public health officials are concerned about a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases in New Jersey — where daily diagnoses are now at levels not seen since ...

Glen Rock High School Closes for Few Days After 2 Students at PSAT Test Positive

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The High School will "operate virtually until Thursday," according to a Sunday coronavirus message from the mayor in which she said there were six positive tests over the weekend.

"As of Friday, we had 138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8 deaths in our Community," Mayor Kristine Morieko said. "It has come to our attention that we have at least 6 ...

Models Predict New COVID-19 Surge Could Bring 25% More Deaths

Statistical tools that closely mapped earlier cases, death tolls now show more hospitalizations, fatalities looming.

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect ...

‘A Complete Shift’: Not Just Ventilators, Doctors Now Use a Range of COVID-19 Treatments

Dramatic drop in patients on ventilation shows impact of new methods.

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When the first wave of coronavirus patients flooded New Jersey hospitals earlier this year, clinicians were ...

NJ Food Banks Build Stockpiles, Bracing for a COVID-19 Winter

October 16, 2020

One executive fears a ‘perfect storm’ with higher demand amid possibility of more business closures, job losses.

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New Jersey’s biggest food bank is doubling its ...

Indoor Sports Can Resume Practice, Games With Covid Capacities 

October 13, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Practice that involves contact and indoor sports scrimmages will once again be possible despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday as he signed a new executive order.

No. 187 allows for sports to resume activities inside defined as “medium risk” and “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s ...

Parent Not Cheering Decision to Leave Cheerleaders Home

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Cheerleaders are not allowed to cheer at away games, an NJIC protocol that has provoked the ire of at least one parent.

A local parent has complained to the New Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) about its 2020 Fall Sport Protocols, which limits both the band and cheerleaders to "home attendance only."

According to Frank Violante, Glen Rock's ...

In NJ, Lakewood Tops State for Rate of COVID-19 Infections

October 19, 2020

Cases are on the rise statewide, but in Lakewood the number is growing faster

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Since September, daily coronavirus infection rates in the state have been on the rise, confirming officials ...

New Jersey Updates Travel Advisory to Include 38 'Hotspot' States, Territories

NEW JERSEY — Residents are advised to quarantine if they're returning to New Jersey from 38 states or territories - a new high for that total since the state began issuing the list back in June.

Regardless of the mode of transportation - bus, airplane, train, car, etc. - travelers from the "hotspot" areas are recommended to get tested and observe a ...

In NJ, Lakewood Tops State for Rate of COVID-19 Infections

October 19, 2020

Cases are on the rise statewide, but in Lakewood the number is growing faster

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Since September, daily coronavirus infection rates in the state have been on the rise, confirming officials ...

New Jersey Updates Travel Advisory to Include 38 'Hotspot' States, Territories

NEW JERSEY — Residents are advised to quarantine if they're returning to New Jersey from 38 states or territories - a new high for that total since the state began issuing the list back in June.

Regardless of the mode of transportation - bus, airplane, train, car, etc. - travelers from the "hotspot" areas are recommended to get tested and observe a ...

Bulk of $100M Economic Relief Committed to NJ Businesses Reeling from Pandemic

NEW JERSEY — Standing before a wall of kegs Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy spoke of a new $100 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds that will go toward New Jersey businesses and residents hit the hardest by the global health crisis. 

“We're ready to help businesses like Flounder Brewing not just get through this unprecedented time but ...

Glen Rock Council Virtual Candidates' Night, Sponsored by LWV: Oct. 13

October 11, 2020

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The League of Women Voters of Glen Rock will sponsor a virtual Candidate’s Night for Borough Council on Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. 

The forum will be available to the public on Glen Rock TV: Cablevision, channel 77 or Fios, channel 32; and YouTube under “Virtual Candidate’s Night Glen Rock.”

Questions for the candidates may be ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

October 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...

Current Foliage Conditions Across the Garden State for Oct. 16 from the NJ DEP

October 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful.

Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak color. The southern portion of Sussex County is near peak. 

Northern NJ along ...

Current Foliage Conditions Across the Garden State from the NJ DEP

TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful.

We'll share the updated maps as they become available so you can head out into our favorite state and enjoy the great outdoors. (Be sure to take plenty of photos!)

Founded on the first Earth Day in 1970, the New ...

Saddle Brook Police Officer Charged with Eluding Arrest

October 15, 2020

SADDLE BROOK, NJ - A local police officer was charged with eluding arrest tonight, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's office.

Andres Morales, 29, a Saddle Brook Police Officer, was charged with eluding, police said. 

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Confidential Investigations Unit, initiated an investigation which revealed that on October 3, at ...

"Anti-Transgender Graffiti" in Glen Rock Was Not Targeted: Police

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Graffiti sprayed onto the outside walls and sidewalk near a Rock Road business was considered to contain an "anti-transgender message," according to police, but they do not believe it targeted any certain business or person.

Councilwoman Caroline Unzaga denounced the graffiti on Facebook and during last night's virtual appearance at the League of Women Voters ...

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Glen Rock Police Blotter - Oct. 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

During the period between October 12 to October 18, 2020 members of the GRPD handled 339 calls for service, the highlights of which included:
10-12-2020 - 2:26 PM – A Hillview Terrace resident reported that sometime during the previous night, his unlocked vehicle had been rummaged through by an unknown actor and an unknown amount of loose change and a pair of sunglasses had been ...

What happens after a disaster that leads to taxpayer relief

October 21, 2020

No matter how devastating a disaster is, before the IRS can authorize any tax relief, FEMA must issue a major disaster declaration and identify areas qualifying for their Individual Assistance program.

Here's a list of tax-related things that usually happen after a major disaster strikes that needs to be considered:

The IRS gives taxpayers more time to file and pay.
Taxpayers whose ...

IRS: Check tax withholdings now as the last quarter of 2020 begins

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that now is the perfect time to review their tax withholding and payments to avoid a surprise when filing next year.

An adjustment or two made now may boost take home pay or allow taxpayers to pay more in the last quarter of 2020 to avoid a surprise tax bill.

Some things to consider that will affect taxes owed in 2020 ...

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Celebrate Women of Achievement Gala with Virtual Event

RIVERDALE, September 16, 2020 — Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Annual Women of Achievement gala virtually on Wednesday, September 16, to raise dollars to expand the reach and impact of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in northern New Jersey.

The professionally produced fundraiser honored inspirational women who are making a difference in ...

Holland Christian Home Completes Nursing Wing Renovations

After 33 months, three phases of construction, two renovated units, and one expansive addition, the Holland Christian Home is proud to announce that Mountain View skilled nursing is fully complete and open for residents.

Nearly three years ago, the Home broke ground on the Spirit of Progress building project. The project had been in development for years: a new addition and series of ...

Healing from Trauma

This article was first posted on October 25, 2019. 

We all experience trauma in one form or another. It may be at the hands of an abuser, a relationship breakup, a health diagnosis, or the death of a loved one. No one is immune.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. James Gordon, author of the book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. Dr.

Voice-Over Artist and Event Announcer George Alan Ruth Describes His Career Behind The Microphone

October 20, 2020

George Alan Ruth, who is the voice behind the TAPintoTV promos, recently joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios for a conversation on his long-spanning career as an announcer and voice-over artist. 

Ruth, who grew up in New Jersey, was the inaugural announcer for the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium beginning in 1998. For Ruth, that ...

Housing and Community Development Network of NJ Enlisted to Provide Help As Housing Crisis Deepens

Staci Berger, CEO of the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey, joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios, to discuss the state's current housing situation and in particular, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Berger, New Jersey has had a "very strong" housing crisis even prior to the pandemic.

Trump, Pro-Police Rally Set for Nov. 1 in Fair Lawn as Council Grapples with "Public Assemblies" Ordinance

October 20, 2020

FAIR LAWN, NJ - A Trump/Pro-Police Rally is planned for Sunday, Nov. 1, according to the organizer.

"I'm committed to bringing peace and unity to all," the organizer, "Robbie," said.

The Rally is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. along Fair Lawn Avenue in front of the Library and adjacent to Borough Hall, 8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue.

A First Responder Rally on ...

Secaucus School District Closed, All Sports Cancelled to October 22

October 13, 2020

SECAUCUS, NJ - The Secaucus School District announced it is closing and all sports events will be canceled from Tuesday, October 13 through Thursday, October 22.

New Jersey Interscholastic Conference Executive Director Stan Fryczynski sent out an email to the media with details after lunch today, Oct. 13.

More details to come.

Newark to Replace Columbus Statue With Harriet Tubman, Rename Washington Park in Her Honor

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka revealed Wednesday that Newark will commission a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman to replace one of Christopher Columbus it removed over the summer in Washington Park, which will be renamed Tubman Square. 

Just in time for Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 12, the announcement comes several months following the overnight removal of the Columbus statue ...

Airbnb Gives Paterson's Great Falls National Park Top Billing for Day Trips Worth Taking

PATERSON, NJ – In the era of COVID-19, more and more people are looking for a place to safely and easily escape to. With quarantining requirements in place between many states, staying close to home has become the norm and road trips have become the preferred way to briefly get away.

To help folks find semi-local destinations, Airbnb, the popular vacation rental website, compiled a list ...

Cinnamon Apple Chips Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk

October 8, 2020

Seneca Snack Company has announced that they have voluntarily recalled Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips and Clancy's Cinnamon Apple Chips due to possible Salmonella contamination. 

The company was notified by an ingredient supplier that one lot of ingredients containing cinnamon that has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. According to the FDA, Salmonella is an ...

130 Rescue Dogs and Cats Safely Arrive at Morristown Airport; Escape Earthquakes and Tropical Storms in Puerto Rico

October 17, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Approximately 130 dogs and cats arrived at the Morristown Airport after being rescued from Puerto Rico. 

The Sato Project, Wings of Rescue and Greater Good Charities made it possible for these animals to touch down on October 10. All dogs and cats evacuated were either rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico or pulled from overburdened shelters impacted by recent ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, October 21, 7:30 PM

Check website for Zoom link, Glen Rock

Glen Rock Environmental Commission Meeting

Green

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Thu, October 22, 12:00 PM

Meeting virtually due to COVID-19, Fair Lawn

Rotary Club of Fair Lawn - Weekly Virtual Meetings

Giving Back

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Sun, October 25, 3:00 PM

Glen Rock NJ Dog Park, Glen Rock

Bark-N-Brew Puptoberfest

Arts & Entertainment

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Mon, October 26, 7:30 PM

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Glen Rock Community Affairs Committee Meeting

Government