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3 Juveniles, Two of Whom Attempted to Run From Police, Taken Into Custody After Burglarizing Hackensack Convenience Store 

February 18, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Three juveniles who broke into and burglarized a First Street convenience store -- two of whom tried to run from police -- have been taken into custody.

Early Monday morning, the juveniles -- a 12-year-old Hackensack resident, a 15-year-old from Wallington, and a 17-year-old from Elmwood Park -- smashed the glass window of Miss T’s Two and robbed $200 in ...

Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Invites Public Comment for Upcoming Accreditation Assessment

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday, February 24 to examine all aspects of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
 
“Receiving verification that the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office meets the ...

A Third Pedestrian Is Hit By a Car In Hackensack Within Three Weeks

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Despite a recent admonishment from city police advising drivers and pedestrians to pay attention while driving or crossing the street following a string of pedestrian-related motor vehicle accidents, a third pedestrian has been struck by a car in the city in the last three weeks.

Last night after 8 p.m., a 30-year-old Hackensack woman was struck in the crosswalk at the ...

Fires Ravage Apartment Complex, Warehouse In Hackensack Within A Week 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Two fires that occurred within nine days and three miles of each other caused extensive damage to a warehouse and an apartment complex in the city, and required assistance from multiple area fire companies to extinguish.

On Sunday, Feb. 16 at around 9 p.m., a two-alarm fire engulfed several apartment units at 970 Main Street and displaced “multiple” ...

Northern NJ Community Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications For Placemaking Summit In Philly

February 19, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a leader in creative placemaking in the region, is offering scholarships to attend The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking's Northeast Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit from March 26 to 27 in Philadelphia.

Residents of Bergen County who are artists, nonprofit, municipal, arts, or community leaders, ...

Hackensack Honors Black History Month with Slate of Programs at HACPAC

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Hackensack is honoring Black History Month with a series of exciting community events celebrating the history and culture of African Americans. Festivities began on Saturday with an event in the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) titled “Celebrating Our Stories,” featuring storytelling, music, spoken word, historians’ remarks, and artistic and musical ...

See Boyz II Men at bergenPAC On May 9

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Tickets to see Boyz II Men perform live at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. will go on sale this Friday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. 

Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across generations.

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 ...

Task Force Detectives Make Arrest After Renewing A 1985 Investigation Into Slain NYC Drug Dealer 

February 21, 2020

NORTH JERSEY — Thirty-five years after a New York City man’s body was discovered on the side of the road less than two miles from the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, police have made an arrest in his murder.

On Wednesday, the NYPD arrested 66-year-old David Garrido at the Midtown North Precinct in New York City and charged him with murder following a renewed investigation by ...

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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The Greater Bergen County YMCA Presents STEAM & Literacy Festival on February 29

February 19, 2020

[HACKENSACK, February 10]— The Greater Bergen County YMCA is pleased to invite local families to the first annual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) and Literacy Festival.  This event is open to all local families with children curious and interested in exploring the world around us through science and reading.  The event is open to elementary school-aged ...

'Unmasked' Takes High Energy Look at Andrew Lloyd Webber

No doubt Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most prolific composers in recent years. We’ve all heard the music of “Cats” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita” and a host of others. Paper Mill Playhouse honors him in this moving tribute

The show is  quite a pistache of well known, and not so well known, creations. It’s fascinating to see clips of ...

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 ...

Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Every sappy romantic can recall that moment in the movie, Love Story, when, after an argument, Oliver told Jenny he was sorry and through her tears she quivered and replied, “Don’t … love means never having to say you’re sorry”.

Anyone who has ever been in a loving relationship understands the point of that statement – unconditional love doesn’t ...

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 ...

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 ...

NJ Pastry Chef to Compete in Food Network’s ‘Chopped Sweets!’

February 22, 2020

This story first appeared in TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood.

Scotch Plains resident Joe Murphy, a corporate pastry chef for the legendary restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, founder of the Jean-Georges Restaurant Group, will compete on the Food Network program “Chopped Sweets!” on Monday, Feb. 24. The show, hosted by “Chopped!” judge and “Best Bakers in ...

8 Great Places to Celebrate National Margarita Day in New Jersey

Saturday, Feb. 22, is National Margarita Day. In honor of the holiday, we compiled a list of great places in New Jersey to imbibe one of the tasty tequila cocktails, whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen.

Salud!

Jose Tejas, Woodbridge and Fairfield. It doesn’t matter if you’re ordering fajitas or crawfish etouffee —  nothing goes better with a ...

New Stuffed Burger Restaurant in Springfield Promises ‘Super’ Experience

This article first appeared in TAPinto Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — On Presidents Day, Feb. 17, Super Stuffed Burgers celebrates its grand opening in Springfield. We got a sneak peak Friday afternoon when co-owners Rob Grunauer and Rey Perez spoke about their new venture.

“I am a comic book enthusiast/collector,” Grunauer said. “So the love of comics, ...