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Hackensack City Council Releases Statement on Death of George Floyd, Officials Plan to Join Protest March on Saturday

June 3, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Hackensack City Council is releasing the following joint statement on the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis and the unrest that this tragedy has caused throughout the country. Mayor John Labrosse, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, Deputy Mayor David Sims, Councilman Leo Battaglia and Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg said ...

Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

TRENTON, N.J. -- Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their ...

Hackensack Man Robbed a Victim, Burglarized a Vehicle, Hid From Police, and Then Coughed At Arresting Officers Saying He Had Coronavirus 

June 1, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A Hackensack man who had marijuana on him is facing a string of charges after he robbed a victim, burglarized a vehicle, attempted to hide from police in a parking lot and then coughed at multiple officers saying he had coronavirus to resist arrest.

On Sunday outside Joseph Pizzeria, two blocks from the Bergen County Jail, Hackensack residents Timothy Carriel, 20, and ...

Hometown Heroes: Two Senior Parole Officers Rescue Woman Trapped in Flipped Over SUV in Paramus

PARAMUS, N.J. — It was an ordinary Friday afternoon for two senior parole officers while cruising down Route 4 eastbound — until they took sight of a horrific scene.

While traveling on Spring Valley Road in Paramus this afternoon, officers Jalen Harper and Steven Purciello of the New Jersey State Parole Board noticed a Volkswagen SUV flipped over on its side in the street ...

Hackensack Man, 56, In Critical Condition After Being Struck by Jeep in Hackensack 

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 56-year-old Hackensack man is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after suffering head trauma when he was struck by a motorist in the city last night.

According to a press release from the Hackensack Police Department, Michael Columbo was on foot after 8:30 p.m. Thursday attempting to cross the four-lane roadway in the vicinity of South River Street ...

Bergen Community College Student Earns ‘Student of the Year’ Award from the Northeast Regional Honors Council 

June 2, 2020

PARAMUS, N.J. — Bergen Community College honors graduate Amirah Elayan, a member of the Class of 2020, has earned the Northeast Regional Honors Council “Student of the Year Award” for her scholastic excellence and impact on Bergen’s Judith K. Winn School of Honors program.

The Northeast Regional Honors Council recognizes a student from a four-year and a two-year ...

Three BCC Students Named To 2020 New Jersey All-State Academic Team

TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) has named three Bergen Community College students to the 2020 New Jersey All-State Academic Team, awarding one with a top scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

“While we were unable to host a celebration in-person this year due to the current pandemic, the state’s community colleges are committed ...

Virtual Services, Events Announced for June at Hackensack’s Johnson Public Library

June 1, 2020

SPECIAL SERVICES

Book Fix

Looking for your next great reading fix? Get personalized recommendations from a JPL Librarian - for all ages!  Fill out a form at http://johnsonlib.org/bookfix and you’ll receive a list of suggestions in 2-3 business days.  Happy reading!

Resume Remedy

The Resume Remedy is a handy and easy to fill out form you can use to send all ...

Jersey City Family’s Canned Doritos Unearthed From Estate Sale Featured On The History Channel’s ‘Eating History’ 

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — They say one man’s trash is another’s treasure. 

For vintage food expert Old Smokey and collector Josh Macuga, cohosts of the History Channel’s “Eating History” — a reality show where the men are on a quest to unearth (and eat!) the oldest foods to have stood the test of time — that treasure is one Jersey City ...

Three-Night Virtual Dance Party Raises Funds For YWCA 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — In the midst of a devastating pandemic, there’s only one way the YWCA of Northern New Jersey thought could help the saddened world out of a funk while raising much-needed funds towards its mission: dancing!

To sustain their much-needed programming during these difficult times, the Hackensack-based nonprofit which works to empower women, eliminate racism, and ...

Mary Blanusa Named Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's New Executive Director

June 1, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Mary Blanusa has been named The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s new executive director.

The Hasbrouck Heights resident has 20 years of experience in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, offering leadership in the areas of education, community organizing and development and advocacy.

"Ms. Blanusa brings to the Northern New Jersey ...

Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

June 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Super Bowl Champion, Former New York Giant Leonard Marshall Named CarePlus Foundation's Honorary Trustee

PARAMUS, N.J. — Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Allen Marshall, Jr. has been tapped an honorary member of the CarePlus Foundation Board of Trustees. 

For the past 22 years, The CarePlus Foundation has worked to support programs and services that help provide care to individuals with mental illness, in addition to education and outreach to ...

Hand Sanitizer and Sun: Vacationing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hurrying off to The Hamptons or Hilton Head? Carpooling to Cape Cod or Cape May?

With Memorial Day behind us and summer just down the road, a Rutgers expert recommends that you pack your hand sanitizer, mask and common sense along with your sunscreen and sandals when you go on vacation.

Whether you're headed to the Grand Canyon or the Grand Tetons this summer, ...

Gov. Murphy References COVID-19 Toll on Veterans at Memorial Day Service; NJ Death Toll Continues to Drop

TRENTON, NJ -- On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter that New Jersey had 965 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, pushing the state total to 155,092. Among those cases, 2,755 are in hospitals, 719 are in critical or intensive care, and 540 are on ventilators. He also reported 16 new deaths.

"Sadly, we’ve lost 16 more New Jerseyans," Murphy ...

Hungry For Change, Hundreds Take To The Hackensack Court House For Peaceful Protest Following George Floyd’s Death  

June 5, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. — As tens of thousands of demonstrators continued to flood major cities around the country to protest in the name of justice for George Floyd Thursday evening, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Court House in Hackensack for a peaceful rally to make their voices — and the ones of deceased victims of police brutality — heard.

"I think it's ...

Bergen County Prosecutor Issues Statement on Death of George Floyd

BERGEN COUNTY -- Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella issues the following statement to all Bergen County residents: 

"Last week, I joined with the 20 other New Jersey County Prosecutors to issue a statement about the tragic and deeply disturbing death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis, Minnesota police officers. In expressing our sympathy for Mr. Floyd’s family and ...

In the Wake of George Floyd’s Death, Protests Planned In Hackensack This Week 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — In the week following the death of George Floyd, the City of Hackensack will take it to the streets this week to rally against police brutality and demand justice. 

On Memorial Day, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who lived in a neighborhood outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, died of asphyxiation after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, crushed his neck with ...

‘We Hope and Pray for Good.’ Protesters Mobilize Peacefully in Hackensack Following Death of George Floyd 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — It seemed every bit the quiet Saturday afternoon in Hackensack, with the sun shining down from blue skies — until a dozen people holding up signs marching single-file heading toward the Court Plaza made their presence known.

“I — CAN’T — BREATHE!” shouted a protester.

When he followed it up with, “Who matters?” His ...

Super Bowl Champion, Former New York Giant Leonard Marshall Named CarePlus Foundation's Honorary Trustee

May 29, 2020

PARAMUS, N.J. — Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Allen Marshall, Jr. has been tapped an honorary member of the CarePlus Foundation Board of Trustees. 

For the past 22 years, The CarePlus Foundation has worked to support programs and services that help provide care to individuals with mental illness, in addition to education and outreach to ...

Food, Mask Distribution Drive-Up Event in Hackensack Gives Away 282 Boxes of Food, 150 Masks To Needy Families 

June 2, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Between the devastating Covid-19 pandemic and the earth-shattering news of George Floyd’s grisly death, some good came from #BlackoutTuesday today in Hackensack.

During a free food and mask distribution event hosted by the Greater Bergen Community Action (GBCA) in partnership with Table to Table, 282 boxes of food and 150 masks were given to needy families. The ...

Free Food, Mask Distribution Drive-Up Event Is Tomorrow In Hackensack 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A free food and mask distribution event will be held tomorrow, June 2, for all Hackensack residents.

Hosted by the Greater Bergen Community Action in partnership with Table to Table, the “Drive Up and Go Produce Bag Pick Up” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the GBCA Head Start and Child Development Center of Hackensack, located at 291 2nd Street in ...

Super Bowl Champion, Former New York Giant Leonard Marshall Named CarePlus Foundation's Honorary Trustee

PARAMUS, N.J. — Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Allen Marshall, Jr. has been tapped an honorary member of the CarePlus Foundation Board of Trustees. 

For the past 22 years, The CarePlus Foundation has worked to support programs and services that help provide care to individuals with mental illness, in addition to education and outreach to ...

Community Foundation Awards Nearly A Quarter Million Dollars In Grants To Needy Nonprofits

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a Hackensack-based nonprofit that champions civic engagement, education, public health, the arts and the environment, awarded 54 grants totaling almost $240,000 from its Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund to more than four dozen nonprofits in Bergen County ranging from the arts to housing to health and safety.

These ...

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844-ReachNJ Available 24 hours a Day to Help New Jersey Residents with Substance Use Disorders

June 4, 2020

Trained Counselors Connect Callers to Treatment 

June 4, 2020

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson reminded residents struggling with substance use that they can call 1-844-ReachNJ to speak with live trained counselors ready to offer assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We want to remind people struggling with ...

Rules of Engagement

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work?

Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer.

There seems to be so ...

Like A Fine Wine, We Get Better with Age! Five Tips to Stay Young at Heart

This week I turn 57 years old. 57 YEARS OLD! Like most other 50-something-year-old individuals, I’m not sure how this happened – it feels like a blink of an eye. One day I’m a college girl, the next a young mother, and now more than one half a century old. How can I be over 50? Most days I feel, think and act like a 25-year-old, so I know it’s only a number. But when that ...

I Bought the Pool

Memorial Day weekend, for many, signifies the unofficial start to summer. Last weekend as I was sitting in my backyard looking at my swimming pool, I began to think about how I felt two years ago when I was able to make a dream a reality.

Two years ago, friends and family had to listen to me ramble on about the pool I just added to my backyard. Hearing me, one would have thought that I had the ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...