What's On TAP This Week: Football Scrimmages, Council Meeting and More

August 13, 2018

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - While pre-season camps for high school football opened last week, and recreation football on August 1, evidence that high school football is really back will be here this week.

Wood-Ridge kicks off it first scrimmage Tuesday, traveling to Englewood to scrimmage Dwight Morrow.  Wednesday, Hasbrouck Heights is scheduled to travel down Route 17 to Rutherford ...

NWS: Saturday Storms Bring Over 2 Inches of Rainfall to Wood-Ridge, Teterboro

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ -- Saturday afternoon's storms brought over two inches of rainfall to Wood-Ridge and Teterboro, according to the National Weather Service.

In the county, the highest measurement came from Cresskill with over three inches. Measurements from the top Bergen County towns are below:

Town/Storm total inches/Time

   Cresskill        ...

Flash Flooding Wallops Passaic Valley Area

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Heavy rain on top of already saturated grounds resulted in severe flash flooding throughout the Passaic Valley area on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11.

The Peckman River, which runs through Little Falls and Woodland Park, overflowed its banks causing flash flooding throughout both towns. 

Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark said that the situation ...

Port Authority Bus Terminal To Test New Security System Next Week

NEW YORK, NY - Commuters into the Port Authority Bus terminal on Monday will be part of a pilot to test a new security system, one that will try an identify suicide vests and other improvised explosive devices, according to a release from the agency.

The Port Authority will launch the pilot test next week on the new security system designed to help law enforcement professionals .

The ...

Wood-Ridge Announces Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil Remembering 9/11

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ  -- The Borough of Wood-Ridge will hold a 17-year anniversary Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil to honor the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001.  The service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park, located on Valley Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus Saint Anthony’s Council 11585 ...

Autopsy Results Released of Hasbrouck Heights Resident Shot Near Dorney Park

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, PA -  The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office announced the autopsy results of a Hasbrouck Heights resident who was killed Saturday night outside Dorney Park in Pennsylvania.

According to the report, Joseph Santos, 44, died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Coroner’s office. He was pronounced dead on Saturday, July 28 at 6:08 p.m. at Lehigh ...

Hasbrouck Heights Announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018

August 13, 2018

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was announced Monday, per Athletic Director Michael Scuilla. The class includes 11 athletes, one contributor, and two teams. They will be inducted at the celebratory dinner on October 18, at the Graycliff in Moonachie.

The inductees:

Jack Palma - former Principal of Hasbrouck ...

Mets’ Todd Frazier Talks New Jersey Roots, Benefits of Playing Close to Home

FLUSHING, NY — Throughout the past decade, the state of New Jersey has produced copious baseball talent at the major league level. There are currently 19 New Jersey natives in the league, a number that is higher than it’s ever been. 

"We got a lot of good guys and we represent where we’re from,” said the New York Mets’ Todd Frazier, one of those ...

Wood-Ridge's Catanzaro Transitions from Track to Baseball

REHOBOTH BEACH, DE -  Talk about the fast track for a baseball player.

Wood-Ridge’s Sal Catanzaro spent the spring and early summer on the track, qualifying in 11-12 age bracket for the National Championships in North Carolina last weekend in the 80 Meter Hurdles.  But he skipped the meet, because he wanted to play in a baseball tournament.

Catanzaro, and the U12 ...

Hasbrouck Heights' Hernandez Takes Third, DeBaun Fourth, at Bergen Swim Championship Meet

HILLSDALE, NJ -  Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club’s Abigail Hernandez captured third place in the 13-14 Girls 100 Freestyle Saturday morning in the Bergen County Pool Managers’ Association Championships at the Stonybrook Swim Club in Hillsdale.

Reagan DeBaun captured fourth in the 5-6 Girls 25 Meter Freestyle, and Hernandez took fourth in the 50 Meter Butterfly.


Event ...

Hasbrouck Heights Food Pantry: School Supplies and Other Items Needed

August 14, 2018

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  The Hasbrouck Heights Food Pantry is in need of donations, especially during the back to school season. 

According to Rob Brady, the food pantry coordinator, they have a need for back to school supplies. He said they assist families with 15 children in the borough. Back to school supply needs include day-to-day classroom items like spiral notebooks, ...

Hasbrouck Heights' Earle Connelly Named Knight of the Year by Secaucus Knights of Columbus

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Hasbrouck Heights resident Earle Connelly was named “Knight of the Year” by the Secaucus Council 12769 of the Knights of Columbus in a ceremony in June.  Connelly was recognized for his efforts throughout 2017-18, including bringing in five new members to the Knights of Columbus during the year.

The five, who average 35 years of age, have been ...

Hasbrouck Heights Junior Police Academy Graduates 19th Recruit Class

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  The Hasbrouck Heights Junior Police Academy welcomed its 19th recruit class in June. The 22 eighth grade recruits spent one week under the direction of Sergeant Alan Baker of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department and, Hasbrouck Heights Middle School Social Studies teacher/district coordinator Michael Stillman. along with the assistance of ...

Doggone Fun at the Hasbrouck Heights Library in August

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights Library has gone to the dogs. At least on Wednesdays in August as the Read to a Dog program returns for a limited run during the month.

Now in its sixth year, Nugget the therapy dog will visit the Children's Room and listen to children read to him. On Wednesday, nine children read a book of their choice as Nugget quietly listened.

Johnny Capozzi Earns Eagle Scout Award for Hasbrouck Heights' VFW Flag Retirement Area

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- When he was just a seven-year-old Cub Scout,  Johnny Capozzi decided he wanted to earn an Eagle Scout Award.

"It was the highest rank, and I wanted to see my name on the plaque at the Municipal Building," he said. 

He'll see his name on that plaque soon, as he was awarded his Eagle Scout on Sunday at the Hasbrouck Heights VFW Post #4591. He ...

Photos: 12th Annual Hasbrouck Heights Library's Summer Bash

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Children and parents rocked the night away at the 12th annual Hasbrouck Heights Library’s Summer Bash on Friday night. The overarching summer theme of “Libraries Rock” was highlighted at the library’s premiere summer event which featured music, crafts, makeup and a movie celebrating rock and roll.

According to Mimi Hui, Library Director, ...

Help a Teacher: Andrea Sanzari, Catherine E. Doyle Elementary School, Wood-Ridge

August 14, 2018

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ --  While parents and children are in the final weeks of summer break, school teachers are preparing lesson plans and classrooms for the upcoming school year.

TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro is publishing a mini-series spotlighting area teachers who need a little extra help in making their classroom the best learning experience for their students. We will ...

Meet the New Hasbrouck Heights High School Secretary: Maureen Klenk

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- When students return to class on September 5, they'll be greeted by a new face in the Hasbrouck Heights High School main office, as Maureen Klenk is the new secretary. She takes over for Diane Braitsch, who retired at the end of June.

If the Klenk name sounds familiar, it should. Her son James, quarterbacked the Aviators to the NJSIAA North ...

Five Candidates Vie For Three Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education Seats

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Two newcomers will challenge the three incumbents for the three seats up for election on the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education in November.   

Newcomers Lauren Terranova and Chris DeLorenzo will attempt to unseat Cara Capasso-Murray, Alan Baker and Constance Doheny in the November 6 election.  

In addition to the candidates for the Board of ...

Three Vie for Two Seats on Wood-Ridge Board of Education

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Richard N. Fallon will challenge incumbents Thomas Schmidt and Albert Nieves as Wood-Ridge residents vote for two members of the Board of Education on November 6.  

In the race of the Wood-Ridge Borough Council, incumbent Democrats Ezio Altamura and Edward Marino will be challenged by Republicans Forest Elliott Jr. and Thomas A. Carney.


TAPinto Hasbrouck ...

Wood-Ridge Library Brings Sleeping Beauty Life with the Tanglewood Marionettes

August 11, 2018

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- The children's fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" came to life through the magic of  the Tanglewood Marionettes, presented by the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library at Wood-Ridge Intermediate School on Friday night. The program was the summer finale of the Library's Friday Family Fun Night series. It was the first time the marionette troupe has presented a ...

Summer Fun Heats Up at the Hasbrouck Heights Library in August

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Summer fun continues at the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library.  Check out the variety of activities planned for the whole family. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register, call (201) 288-0488 or visit us online at

For Children

Summer Reading Club – “Libraries Rock” – There is still ...

Beat the Heat at Wood-Ridge Library in August

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ  - There are plenty of cool things to do at the Wood-Ridge Library in August.  So beat the heat and enjoy the last full month of summer with the following activities.

Yoga Storytime with Miss Danielle

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will host free Yoga Storytime classes for toddlers on Wednesday, August 1, at 10:00am and 11:00am.  Join Miss Danielle for ...

Cedar Grove Family Gives Back, Plans Fundraising Walk to Raise Money for HUMC NICU

August 10, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Giselle Mongiello and her husband Joe were terrified when Mongiello went into labor with their twin girls 12 weeks early in July 2015. After a scary and nerve-wracking 78 days in the Hackensack University Medical Center NICU, twin girls Mia and Mikayla, now 3, survived and are thriving today. Now, the Mongiello family is giving back and helping other families going ...

TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro to Host Workshop for Community Groups

August 13, 2018

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro will host a Content Workshop on Wednesday, August 15 at the Hasbrouck Heights Library at 7 p.m. 

The workshop is open to members of community groups, sports associations, and individuals to learn how to submit news, information, and calendar listings into the TAPinto system. Individuals should bring their ...

Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce Makes Donation to Library's Summer Bash

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce made a donation to the Friends of the Hasbrouck Heights Library in support of its annual Summer Bash at its August meeting.

Mimi Hui, Library Director, accepted the check on the group's behalf. Themed Music School of Rock under the summer theme of "Library's Rock" the summer bash was held on ...

Nutley Board of Commissioners Approve On3 Phase 2A Redevelopment Plan for former Roche Campus

NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners approved Prism Capital Partners' Phase 2A On3 redevelopment plan for the former Roche campus. The plan subdivides a part of the property into separate parcels for existing buildings on the Nutley side of the project. The Redevelopment Plan establishes the Land Use, Bulk Standards, Design Criteria, and Building Requirements on 11.88 ...

Top 10 Stories for TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ  - So what were you reading over the past year on TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights?  Friday's, fireworks, and fox were some of the top stories. Check out the Top 10 list below and see for yourself.

Some other numbers to consider:

In our first year, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro had:

275,335 pageviews

714 Facebook ...

Local Students Named to the Dean's List at Seton Hall University

August 7, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Seton Hall University announced the following students who qualified for Spring 2018 Dean's list.

Alexandra Altamura of Wood Ridge

Tara Brebric of Wood Ridge, NJ

Angela Dang of Wood Ridge, NJ

Josephine Des Rosiers of Wood Ridge, NJ 

Adis Hoti of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

Lisa Kashuba of Hasbrouck Hts, NJ 

Jack Laforge of Hasbrouck Heights, ...

Hasbrouck Heights Schools Ranked 100th Best School District in New Jersey

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights School District was ranked #100 Best School District in New Jersey by in its annual rankings. The rankings are based on " rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, ...

Some Students in NJ Could Go To County College For Free in 2019

TRENTON, NJ— Some county college students around the state could attend classes in 2019 for free thanks to a pilot program launched by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration yesterday.

The program, the Community College Innovation Challenge, is the first phase of the governor’s initiative to provide two years of community college free for students across the state. It was ...

Bloomfield Restaurant Week, Seven Years Strong, Returns This Saturday through August 12

August 4, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The 7th Annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week (BRW) kicks off this Saturday, August 4th with a “who’s who” of Bloomfield’s long-time favorites and new entries to the growing restaurant scene in town. More than 25 restaurants are lined up to be included in the event has been a summer highlight over the years. This year, lunch offerings start as low as ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Honors Undefeated Girls Softball Champs

August 14, 2018

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council presented Certificates of Accomplishment to the Hasbrouck Heights Recreation Third/Fourth Grade Girls Softball team Tuesday evening. The team was honored for capturing the South Bergen Softball League Champions, finishing with an undefeated record.

“This group of girls did something special this year," stated ...

EARTH Center Open House Offers Fun for the Whole Family

August 13, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Would you like to learn how spruce up your garden, spend a day at the park, or enjoy the fun of a fair? You can do it all at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County’s Open House and Folk Fest.  The event will be held Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park ...

Back-to-School Conference Offers Strategies to Prevent Suicide

August 12, 2018

BELLE MEAD, NJ – The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies Inc. and Attitudes In Reverse will hold their sixth annual National Suicide Prevention Day Conference entitled “Back to School: Building Youths’ Resiliency” on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Carrier Clinic, 252 County Road 601.

The event is co-sponsored by Carrier ...

Wood-Ridge Health Department to Hold Annual Blood Screening Program

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Board of Health is offering their Annual Blood Screening Program on Wednesday, September 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 am at the Senior Center located at 495 Highland Avenue.  This program is open to all adults 18 years of age and older.  This is an opportunity to check your body's internal wellness.

The test will consist of CBC, Chem 23 and ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through Tuesday Aug 7

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Northern New Jersey through Tuesday August 7.

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health ...

Hasbrouck Heights to Host Blood Drive on August 13

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Health will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, August 13 at Borough Hall at 320 Boulevard. It is scheduled from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

According to Community Blood Services, every 2.5 second someone needs blood. Less than 5% of the population donates blood, yet 80% of the population needs blood. The need is more critical in the summer ...

Manage Water Where It Falls for a Healthier Landscape and Environment

August 7, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Too much, not enough, and never when you need it. This is a common complaint of gardeners. Keeping and using water where it falls is the first step in managing this precious resource.

Planting and maintaining a healthy landscape is a good place to start. Trees, shrubs, groundcovers and other plantings improve water quality and reduce storm water runoff.  The plants ...

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Belmar to Grow Beachscape with ‘Butterfly-Friendly’ Dune Planting at Third Avenue Beach

August 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As a fledgling dune planting flourishes near Belmar’s 12th Avenue beach playground, another patch of greenery is planned for the Third Avenue beach.

In addition to the dune grass, native plants and other suitable foliage that will fill this new 1,500-square-foot area, “pollinators” will be part of the mix, according to Belmar Councilman Thomas Brennan, ...

Belmar Historical Society Salutes Music-Makers Past and Present in New Exhibit

BELMAR, NJ — Bruce Springsteen may have put Belmar’s E Street on the rock ’n’ roll roadmap, but the borough is long known for its deep-rooted musical history that spans a multitude of genres.

In its current exhibit at the municipal building, the Belmar Historical Society (BHS) pays tribute to those musical artists — past and present — who call Belmar home or ...

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County to Host Stand Up Paddle Board Family Event on August 14

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP - Family Promise is holding a Stand Up Paddle Board Family Event on Tuesday, Aug 14, at 6 p.m. in Bayview Park, Long Beach Township.

The organization is planning on providing entertainment which includes music and face painting.

The Best of the Eagles band is performing and the face painting will be provided by Sprinkles the Clown.

Paddle Boards should be ...

Things to Do In and Around Franklin and Somerset County This Weekend 

August 10, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have plans this weekend?

If you don’t, check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township.

Click on the headlines below for more details:

Friday, Aug. 10

4-H Fair Returning to North Branch Park in Early August

The Somerset County 4-H Fair returns to North Branch Park, in Bridgewater, Aug. 8 through Aug.

"Alert" Glen Rock Resident Helps Foil Cell Phone Theft Scam

August 13, 2018

GLEN ROCK, NJ –  An "alert" Harding Road resident helped foil a cell phone thief who police apprehended with eight stolen cell phones in his possession, according to police.

On Aug. 7, the Harding Road resident received a FedEx package delivered to his home with someone else’s name on it just before 6 p.m.  The complainant, who had read in last week’s Glen ...

Sneak Peek: Hounds Town USA to Open First Bergen County Site in Lodi

LODI, NJ -- Dog lovers will have a new place to take their furry friends beginning next week as Hounds Town USA will open its first Bergen County location in Lodi, NJ. It will be only the second one in the state. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Outwater Lane, the 8,000 square foot facility is a refurbished pet store and, before that, a bowling alley.

It ...

A Thank You to the Readers

August 1, 2018

Thank you.

On August 1, 2017, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro debuted.   Since then TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro has gained a readership base on Facebook, through our morning news e-mail blasts, visitors to the website and on the smartphone app.

The editors would like to say “thank you”  to everyone who ...

Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get Free Mediation Counseling Against Lenders

August 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A new state program will offer mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure, giving them at least a fighting chance when going up against lenders during the legal process.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is using $1 million to fund the program to help up to 2,000 homeowners facing foreclosure. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver announced the new ...

State of Emergency Declared in Little Falls, Woodland Park As Flood Clean-up Begins

LITTLE FALLS/WOODLAND PARK, NJ -  As flood waters receded on Sunday, Aug. 12, residents and officials in the area began to clean up following the flash flooding that occurred.

Both Little Falls and Woodland Park mayors have declared a State of Emergency.

Department of Public Works crews were out in both towns cleaning the affected areas. Officials noted that clean up will take time and ...

Despite Newark's Sanctuary City Status, Undocumented City Resident Turned Over to ICE

NEWARK, NJ - Daniel Castro put his head on the water bottle he clutched between his shackled hands as he sat on an airplane bound for detention centers, first in Nebraska then Louisiana. He resigned himself to the sobering fact he was being deported back to Nicaragua.

What worried him more than his return to the place he fled as a young teenager to escape poverty and political fighting, was ...

SRF Working To Save 38 Standardbreds From Being Sent To Slaughter

CREAM RIDGE, N.J. — The Standardbred Retirement Foundation working to save more than three dozen Standardbreds due to ship to the slaughterhouse.

 As of Aug. 8, 13 had been diverted but 25 were still at risk. Some were tagged for the trip on Aug. 8, a few have until Friday, Aug. 10.

Those saved include Bullville Kriss, Nu Example and Icey Rose who were taken back by breeders and ...

Common HVAC Home Inspection Problems

The heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in a home, which is why the home inspection may include a detailed exam of this equipment. Here are common problems homeowners encounter:

Filters:If filters aren’t changed regularly, air flow can become blocked, causing problems with heating and cooling functions.
Leaks:Any leak can be a precursor to a larger ...