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Hackensack Man Is One of Four Arrested in Connection With Heroin Distribution Operation 

February 15, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 48-year-old Hackensack man was one of four area culprits arrested and charged with narcotics-related offenses following a two-month-long investigation into a heroin distribution operation conducted by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics, Gangs and Violent Crimes Task Force.

This past December, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office were tipped off ...

Hackensack Police Urge Pedestrians, Motorists To ‘Pay Attention’ After Two People Are Struck By A Car In The City Within One Week 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — City police are urging pedestrians to “pay attention” and “put the cell phone down” while crossing busy streets. And drivers, to learn the law and look out for pedestrians crossing. 

The admonishment comes after two pedestrians were struck by motorists while trying to cross city streets. Both accidents occurred within the last five ...

House Fire Under Investigation In Hackensack 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Fire officials are investigating a working house fire that tore through a vacant city home's two floors this afternoon. 

When members of the Hackensack Fire Department’s second platoon arrived at the residence at 39 Clinton Place with assistance from the Teaneck and Englewood Fire Departments after 1 p.m., clouds of smoke billowed against blue ...

Fort Lee 10th Grade Students Begin Mental Health First Aid Trainings Pilot Program For Bergen County High Schools

February 11, 2020

FORT LEE, N.J. — All of last week, tenth-grade students at Fort Lee High School were excused from their class studies to learn about the culturally omnipresent issue of mental health.

In groups classes learned critically important Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) training, which teaches attendants to recognize mental health crises in themselves or peers/family, and connect to services that ...

Hackensack Meridian Health Appoints M. Todd Way As Regional President of Central Market

Edison, NJ — Hackensack Meridian Health announces the addition of M. Todd Way as regional president of the Central Market.

Todd will lead five hospitals in the Central Market – JFK Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge, Bayshore Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center.

“I’m excited to welcome a truly dynamic ...

Bergen County Clerk John Hogan Presents Hillsdale's Julia Scozzafava With 4th Quarter Five Star Student Award

February 11, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan presented the 4th quarter recipient of his Five Star Student Award to Julia Scozzafava, of Hillsdale.

The junior at Pascack Valley High School is a High Honor Roll student. She was acknowledged for her goals set towards earning her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for Girl Scouts (currently serving her 12th year) ...

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Regina Carter to Perform Ella Fitzgerald Tribute at Kean Stage

February 7, 2020

                                     Honoring her musical inspiration through the voice of her violin.

HILLSIDE, NJ- Violinist Regina Carter will perform Simply Ella, a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, ...

'Lost in Yonkers' Confronts Generational Angst

CHATHAM, NJ - The setting is a two-bedroom apartment in Yonkers, NY. The time is 1942. We learn that two young boys, Jay and Artie, are about to move in with their cold,domineering grandmother.

There’s a lot going on in this taut, smartly written play by Neil Simon. Braden Mellina as Jay, the older brother, and Arty (Logan Guvenel) are doing their best to accept this fearful fate. Janet ...

The Adults in the Room

My house was recently designated as being “teen free”.

This is because my youngest two children just turned 20. They are twins. They are both in college, away from home. I only physically see them when they come home on breaks.

Turning 20 means they have run out of youthful brand names. After spending a lifetime transitioning from infants to toddlers to kids to tweens to teens ...

The Heart of a Friendship

To have a friend and be a friend is what makes life worthwhile. ~Unknown

February is the month of the heart, the time when we celebrate love. We buy chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and greeting cards to profess our undying love to that special someone. But, in all the hoopla of the season, perhaps we forget to honor the affection provided by the people that sustain us and enable us to thrive ...

Spend Valentine’s Day with the Love of Your Life...You!


I was watching television recently when it happened … I saw the first commercial for the Valentine’s Day diamond collection – you know, the gift that every woman will treasure. As I listened to the music and watched as the camera panned the romantic setting, waves of emotion overcame me like a tsunami. At that moment, in my mind, everyone in the world was in a loving, ...

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

Chaos: Charles Manson the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. John 

O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring  (New York: Little Brown, 2019).

It took me three weeks to read Chaos:Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. Although fascinating, with its detailed analysis of the true motives for the Manson crimes in Los Angeles, 1969, the prose was dense and a ...

Retro Review: Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

Retro Review:

Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk (Doubleday, 1955)

A coming of age story, set in 1933, Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk is a novel that still speaks to us. Written in 1955, Wouk’s strengths are in his character development, themes, and elegant prose. What is especially unusual about Marjorie Morningstar is that the author portrays the fanciful young protagonist, ...

NJ Chefs to Take the Challenge at Girl Scout Cookie Cook-Off

February 14, 2020

Can’t get enough Girl Scout Cookies? Then head to the third annual Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Great Cookie Cook-off next month in Scotch Plains, where New Jersey chefs will compete to see who can best incorporate the perennial treats into dishes both sweet and savory.

The fundraiser will be held at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains on Thursday, March 12. Jackie ...

Can New Jersey Really Call Itself the Pizza Capital of the World?

New Jersey’s official state Twitter account, @NJGov, set off a “pizza war” a few days ago when — just in time for National Pizza Day — it proclaimed the Garden State the “official pizza capital of the world.”

But is it, though? Is it really?

As everyone knows, pizza got its start in Italy. In Naples, to be exact, according to food historian Ken ...

Food Network TV Show Features Media-Savvy NJ Girl Scout

This story first ran on TAPinto Hillsborough.

Tune in to the Food Network Monday night, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. to catch Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies.

You'll see her working with the contestants, offering advice on how to create a dessert ...