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Bergen County Introduces Smoking Cessation Resources

January 18, 2019

Roughly 14 percent of New Jersey adults smoke cigarettes.  Although this number has decreased since 2010, multiple organizations are working to give those who live or work in Bergen County the tools and resources to make the commitment to quit.  Quitting isn’t easy, however an estimated seven out of 10 current smokers wish to quit.  Counseling and medication are both ...

Hackensack School Parent and Council Member Opposes Tuesday's Referendum

HACKENSACK, NJ -- As a parent of two and soon to be three public school children and a former educator, Hackensack Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg is taking a stand against a $170 million school construction referendum taking place this Tuesday.

“We all recognize that our schools desperately need major repairs and upgrades, but this plan creates adverse educational issues and is ...

Residents and Council Members Oppose $170M School Referendum

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A large group of residents voiced their opposition to a school bond referendum scheduled for a public vote on January 22 at the Hackensack City Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

Mayor John Labrosse and several city council members also spoke out against the plan, which involves renovating every existing school and constructing a new Middle School next to the current high ...

Federal Officials Present as Bergen County Freeholder Board Appoints All-Female Leadership; First Latina Chairperson

HACKENSACK- Bergen County officials swore in incumbents Tracy Silna Zur (D-Franklin Lakes) and Steven A. Tanelli (D-North Arlington) for their third terms at the Freeholder reorganization meeting in Hackensack Monday night. The two won approximately 60% of the votes in a historically purple county during the 2018 midterm elections.

As their first meeting of 2019, known as a reorganization ...

Hackensack School Parent and Council Member Opposes Tuesday's Referendum

January 18, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ -- As a parent of two and soon to be three public school children and a former educator, Hackensack Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg is taking a stand against a $170 million school construction referendum taking place this Tuesday.

“We all recognize that our schools desperately need major repairs and upgrades, but this plan creates adverse educational issues and is ...

Local Builder Opposes $170 Million Hackensack School Construction Plan

Dear Editor,

My name is Frank Belgiovine. I own 140 Overlook Avenue and 140 Comet Way. For over 40-years I have built public and educational facilities and I know about construction costs and cost overruns. I had no knowledge of this nor received any notice that such a mammoth project was being planned until Ms. Spathe phoned me to ask if I was attending a meeting being held with the BOE ...

Group Will Host Community Service Event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

PARAMUS, N.J. -- A Bergen County-based organization will host a Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for middle school aged students.

We The People, which was organized in 2016 by Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur, is hoping 400 children in grades five through eight will be in attendance at this year’s event.

Activities will include making blankets for seniors and young ...

Breaking News: Long-tenured Hackensack High School Principal Harold Bloom Dies at Age 89

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Former Hackensack High School Principal Harold Bloom has passed away at the age of 89. He was an HHS alumnus, and long time Social Studies teacher and Principal of the school.

Bloom began his teaching career in Hackensack after receiving his Master of Arts from New York University. He was appointed Chairman of the Social Studies Department in 1963, Assistant Principal in ...

Musical Review at HACPAC this Weekend

January 18, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ -- In celebration of Bergen Catholic High School reinstating its theater program, they will will be kicking things off with a musical review at Hackensack Performing Arts Center called “Bergen Catholic is Back to Broadway”, based on shows that the school may do in the future.

The school formerly hosted a program entitled “Bergen Catholic on ...

Art Exhibit Opening at HACPAC this Thursday 

HACKENSACK, NJ -- The Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) will host an exhibition of paintings entitled “Seven Artists” beginning this Thursday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery will remain open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

The paintings are created by artists EC DeMarco, Pamela Fenwick, Tina Grammar, Nanda Van Ginkel, Jill Hellman, ...

Purdue Chicken Nuggets Recalled

January 20, 2019

NJ – Stop & Shop has announced a recall by Perdue Foods, LLC of approximately 68,244 pounds of ready to eat chicken nugget products.  The action comes after three people filed complaints of finding wood in the food according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The nuggets were produced on October 25, 2018: 22 oz plastic bag packages of frozen “PERDUE ...

Help is On the Way: Hackensack Meridian Health Steps Up for Furloughed Federal Employees and their Families

Hackensack Meridian Health Waives Co-Pays and Deductibles for Emergency Care for Furloughed Federal Employees and Families

EDISON, NJ ― In a meaningful stance to ease financial worry for thousands of area residents, Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest health network, announced today that it will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency visits at all network hospitals and ...

Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice in Hackensack

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

AAA analyzed bad weather and crashes over a five-year period. The study found that the ...

Bergen County Introduces Smoking Cessation Resources

Roughly 14 percent of New Jersey adults smoke cigarettes.  Although this number has decreased since 2010, multiple organizations are working to give those who live or work in Bergen County the tools and resources to make the commitment to quit.  Quitting isn’t easy, however an estimated seven out of 10 current smokers wish to quit.  Counseling and medication are both ...

Hackensack Police Lieutenant Accused of Stalking Wife Suspended without Pay, facing Judicial Hearing, and later, Administrative Hearing

January 14, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A Hackensack Police Lieutenant accused of stalking his wife has been suspended without pay, according to an HPD spokesperson.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information on December 30 that Hackensack Police Lt. Richard Levis, a Butler resident, may have placed a GPS tracking device in his estranged wife’s vehicle without her permission.

An ...

Hackensack Police Lieutenant Accused of Stalking Wife with GPS Tracker

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A Hackensack Police Lieutenant has been arrested on accusations he used a GPS tracker to stalk his estranged wife, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced.

Lt. Richard Levis, a resident of Butler, is charged with one count of burglary, a third degree crime, and one count of stalking, a fourth degree crime, authorities said.

The Bergen County ...

Hackensack Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Contact, Endangering Welfare of a Child

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A collaborative investigation between the Edgewater Police Department the Bergen County Prosector's Officer has led to the arrest of 32-year-old Hackensack man Andrew Lavrik for allegedly inappropriately touching a minor.

The alleged incident occurred in Edgewater on December 10, and the suspect was arrested in Paramus on January 3. He has been charged with ...

Local Builder Opposes $170 Million Hackensack School Construction Plan

January 17, 2019

Dear Editor,

My name is Frank Belgiovine. I own 140 Overlook Avenue and 140 Comet Way. For over 40-years I have built public and educational facilities and I know about construction costs and cost overruns. I had no knowledge of this nor received any notice that such a mammoth project was being planned until Ms. Spathe phoned me to ask if I was attending a meeting being held with the BOE ...

Hackensack Public Schools To Host Information Sessions about the School Bond Referendum Tonight, Tomorrow

HACKENSACK, NJ – In its continued effort to help residents understand the January 22 bond referendum, leaders from Hackensack Public Schools will continue to share information with the public during a Referendum Fair Tuesday, January 15 at Hackensack High School and at its seventh Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, January 16, at Jackson Avenue School. These sessions are part of an ongoing ...

Hackensack Woman Accepts $3,000 PSEG Award for the Junior League of Bergen County

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A Hackensack woman is being recognized by PSEG for her volunteer efforts and received a $3,000 award for the Junior League of Bergen County.

Alyse Mihalik, an active member with the JLBC for the past three years, accepted the PSEG Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism award for the JLBC to continue its commitment to developing the potential of women and improve the ...

Hackensack School Parent and Council Member Opposes Tuesday's Referendum

January 18, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ -- As a parent of two and soon to be three public school children and a former educator, Hackensack Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg is taking a stand against a $170 million school construction referendum taking place this Tuesday.

“We all recognize that our schools desperately need major repairs and upgrades, but this plan creates adverse educational issues and is ...

Local Builder Opposes $170 Million Hackensack School Construction Plan

Dear Editor,

My name is Frank Belgiovine. I own 140 Overlook Avenue and 140 Comet Way. For over 40-years I have built public and educational facilities and I know about construction costs and cost overruns. I had no knowledge of this nor received any notice that such a mammoth project was being planned until Ms. Spathe phoned me to ask if I was attending a meeting being held with the BOE ...

Hackensack Public Schools To Host Information Sessions about the School Bond Referendum Tonight, Tomorrow

HACKENSACK, NJ – In its continued effort to help residents understand the January 22 bond referendum, leaders from Hackensack Public Schools will continue to share information with the public during a Referendum Fair Tuesday, January 15 at Hackensack High School and at its seventh Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, January 16, at Jackson Avenue School. These sessions are part of an ongoing ...

Lawsuit Charges $170 Million School Referendum Misleads Voters with False Information

A Hackensack citizens group today filed a lawsuit demanding that the Board of
Education correct language on voting machines that the group claims, “grossly
misstates the true cost of a $170 Million referendum.”

Hackensack Smart Schools Inc. says this is the second time that the citizens group has
objected to school district materials that falsely minimize the impact of the ...

Tell Us Your MLK Day of Service Stories

January 21, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Monday, January 21 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It has also become known as a Day of Service in the United States.

TAPinto Hackensack wants to hear about your efforts on this year's Day of Service. Is your company, organization, youth group, department, family, church, or friends participating in a service project for the day? Send a photo (or two) and tell us ...

Help is On the Way: Hackensack Meridian Health Steps Up for Furloughed Federal Employees and their Families

Hackensack Meridian Health Waives Co-Pays and Deductibles for Emergency Care for Furloughed Federal Employees and Families

EDISON, NJ ― In a meaningful stance to ease financial worry for thousands of area residents, Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest health network, announced today that it will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency visits at all network hospitals and ...

Bergen County Introduces Smoking Cessation Resources

Roughly 14 percent of New Jersey adults smoke cigarettes.  Although this number has decreased since 2010, multiple organizations are working to give those who live or work in Bergen County the tools and resources to make the commitment to quit.  Quitting isn’t easy, however an estimated seven out of 10 current smokers wish to quit.  Counseling and medication are both ...

Group Will Host Community Service Event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

PARAMUS, N.J. -- A Bergen County-based organization will host a Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for middle school aged students.

We The People, which was organized in 2016 by Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur, is hoping 400 children in grades five through eight will be in attendance at this year’s event.

Activities will include making blankets for seniors and young ...

Lawsuit Charges $170 Million School Referendum Misleads Voters with False Information

January 14, 2019

A Hackensack citizens group today filed a lawsuit demanding that the Board of
Education correct language on voting machines that the group claims, “grossly
misstates the true cost of a $170 Million referendum.”

Hackensack Smart Schools Inc. says this is the second time that the citizens group has
objected to school district materials that falsely minimize the impact of the ...

Hackensack Police Lieutenant Accused of Stalking Wife Suspended without Pay, facing Judicial Hearing, and later, Administrative Hearing

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A Hackensack Police Lieutenant accused of stalking his wife has been suspended without pay, according to an HPD spokesperson.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information on December 30 that Hackensack Police Lt. Richard Levis, a Butler resident, may have placed a GPS tracking device in his estranged wife’s vehicle without her permission.

An ...

Hackensack Police Lieutenant Accused of Stalking Wife with GPS Tracker

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A Hackensack Police Lieutenant has been arrested on accusations he used a GPS tracker to stalk his estranged wife, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced.

Lt. Richard Levis, a resident of Butler, is charged with one count of burglary, a third degree crime, and one count of stalking, a fourth degree crime, authorities said.

The Bergen County ...

Hackensack Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Contact, Endangering Welfare of a Child

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A collaborative investigation between the Edgewater Police Department the Bergen County Prosector's Officer has led to the arrest of 32-year-old Hackensack man Andrew Lavrik for allegedly inappropriately touching a minor.

The alleged incident occurred in Edgewater on December 10, and the suspect was arrested in Paramus on January 3. He has been charged with ...

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Solved by Girls STEM Conference Opens Registration

January 20, 2019

Registration is now open for the 3d annual Solved by Girls STEM conference for girls which will be on April 11, 2019 at Primoris Academy in Westwood, NJ. Featuring a team-based olympiad of STEM challenges and a special guest speaker, the conference is open to all girls in grades 3-8 at any school in the greater New York metropolitan area. (Title l schools are entitled to a 50% registration ...