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

May 26, 2020

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 ...

‘The Memory of This Day Will Go Down in History Of How We Came Together’: 10,000-Plus Well-Wishers Watched Livestream of Bergen Community College’s 50th Commencement Ceremony

PARAMUS, N.J. — Bergen Community College held its 50th Commencement Ceremony virtually on Monday night.

More than 10,000 people watched the proceedings on YouTube, which included a graduating class of more than 2,000 students and their families, friends, and interested onlookers from around the world.

While BCC’s graduation ceremony has been traditionally staged at MetLife ...

Hackensack’s Luis Cedeno Vera Will Obtain $40K Per Year From the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Towards Higher Education 

PARAMUS, N.J. — Bergen Community College student Luis Cedeno Vera, of Hackensack, will receive up to $40,000 per year from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship to earn his bachelor's degree. 

Vera has become the twelfth student at the college since 2008 to earn the distinction. In a pool of about 1,500 applicants hailing from 331 community colleges around the country, ...

NJ State Police, DOE To School Boards: HS Graduation Ceremonies, Parades Violate 'Stay-at-Home' Orders

NEW JERSEY -- While school districts across the state have been planning alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies, any plans that school districts had in the works appear to violate Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No.107, which directs New Jersey residents to stay at home and prohibits public gatherings.

In a letter to school administrators, NJ State Police Colonel ...

Voting Now Open Via Mail-In Ballots For 2020 School Board Election, Labrosse Team Announces Endorsement of ‘Hackensack Smart Schools’ 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — As the lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic continues, the voting process for this year’s school board election, which state officials announced last month would be delayed and conducted entirely via mail-in ballots, has now begun. 

Vote by mail ballots began arriving in the mail yesterday; completed ballots must be postmarked by election day, Tuesday, ...

Situational Poetry: Hackensack’s Toney Jackson Schools Children on the Power of Poetry During the Coronavirus Pandemic on NJTV’s Learning Live  

HACKENSACK, N.J. —  As the coronavirus pandemic reaches a health crisis of epic proportions forcing millions of Americans to stay indoors for our safety, there’s one important lesson such setbacks teach us about life: the power of self-reflection. And with that comes self-expression. 

Many children (and adults alike) are all too often consumed with the uncertainty tied to ...


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Employers can grant paid leave for COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID-19 or to care for their family members. This relief helps ensure employees are not forced to choose between being paid or staying home to care for themselves, a child or other family member.

In addition to the relief for employees, businesses can ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...

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 ...

Tips to Help You Gain a New Perspective on Adversity

Do you ever feel like there is no end to the problems that you face? Do your challenges seem too great to overcome? Do you ever ask yourself, “What’s the point?” Do you allow your circumstances to govern your life to the point of making you sad, lonely, and depressed?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, welcome to the majority! Most people, at one ...

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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

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, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...