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Hasbrouck Heights Schools Temporarily Revert to Remote Learning

November 23, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Hasbrouck Heights School District has temporarily reverted to remote learning, according to an email to parents.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant emailed district parents late Monday morning. Remote learning begins Tuesday, November 24.  He cited the increasing COVID cases and positivity rate. The decision was made in coordination with ...

Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent Addresses Abrupt Euclid Closing; HS/MS May Go Remote

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent of Schools addressed the abrupt change to remote learning for one of the district's elementary schools and the possibility of temporarily returning to remote learning for the upper schools during Thursday night's Board of Education meeting held virtually.

"This morning we had a situation at Euclid School that required us to ...

Wood-Ridge HS Temporarily Returns to Remote Learning Due to Positive COVID Test

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge School District announced that the junior/senior high school would temporarily return to remote learning after an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

The announcement from Superintendent of School Nicholas Cipriano came Monday. Students and teachers would return to remote learning from Tuesday, November 17 through November 25. In-person classes ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

November 24, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Wood-Ridge Council Passes Resolution on Post-Pandemic Outdoor Dining

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Council passed on first reading a resolution that would allow outdoor dining after the pandemic passes at Wednesday evening’s meeting. Councilman Ezio Altamura also recognized youth athletes for their achievements in two different sports to start the meeting.

Mayor Paul Sarlo noted that the Council normally liked to due to ceremonial presentations in ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Passes DPW Contract, County Hazard Mitigation Plan Resolution Plans

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights approved two resolutions at Tuesday evening’s meeting held at Borough Hall.

The first resolution authorized entry into an employment contract with Local 108, RWDSU, USCW-CIO, CLC, on behalf of employees of the Department of Public Works for the years 2020 through 2023.  

Councilman Ron Kistner commented ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Approves Purchase of Two DPW Vehicles

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Two resolutions authorizing purchases for the Department of Public Work were among the business conducted at the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting Tuesday evening at Borough Hall.

The resolutions, passed as part of the consent agenda, authorized the purchase of a 2021 Chevy Tahoe for the DPW at a cost of $52,319.04 from Gentilini Chevrolet in Woodbine, ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About Four in 10 New Jerseyans Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

November 19, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80% cite a concern about side effects, and 82% cite the need for more ...

Hasbrouck Heights Men's Association Prepares for Annual Christmas Tree Sale

November 22, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Men's Association started preparing for their annual Christmas tree sale on Saturday at the corner of Terrace and Franklin Avenues. The sale continues a 30+ year tradition and is one of the group's largest fundraisers that goes toward high school scholarships.

Volunteers started Saturday morning preparing for the ...

Wood-Ridge Reports Anti-Bullying Self-Assessment at November BOE Meeting

November 24, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- The release of the HIB Self-Assessment Report was the first presentation at November's Wood-Ridge Board of Education meeting on Monday night, both in person and online.

The meeting opened with the HIB (Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying) report presented by Keith Lisa, the district’s Anti-bullying Coordinator. The self-assessment was submitted to the New Jersey ...

Hasbrouck Heights Students Participate in International Robotics Competition

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights students are have begun participating in the international CoderZ League Virtual Robotics Competition.

Hasbrouck Heights has participated in the United States Regional Competition for the past three school years.  For the very first time, Hasbrouck Heights is competing in the International CoderZ League with teams from across five ...

Hasbrouck Heights High School to Remain Remote for an Additional Week

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Shortly after Hasbrouck Heights High School announced its fall sports was shutting own for two weeks on Thursday afternoon, the administration announced that the school was extending its remote learning for another week.

Parents received an email Thursday afternoon indicated that "at least 1 high school student(s) have tested positive for Covid-19.

Update: Hasbrouck Heights Elementary School Extends Remote Learning to Two Weeks

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Students at one Hasbrouck Heights elementary school will now return to remote classes for two weeks, according to school officials.

Monday afternoon parents at Lincoln Elementary School in the borough received an email extending the return to remote learning through Friday, November 13, a decision made in conjunction with local health officials. Parents were ...

Hasbrouck Heights' Lincoln Elementary School to Go Remote for One Week

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Two days after announcing Hasbrouck Heights High and Middle School will go virtual for a week, one of the district's elementary schools will also shift to remote learning for one week.

Hasbrouck Heights parents at Lincoln Elementary School were notified Sunday afternoon that classes will go virtual for one week starting Monday, November 2, after a staff ...

Hasbrouck Heights Schools Moves for More Classroom Time for Students

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent of School Dr.Matthew Helfant announced that the district will be modifying its in-class time for students in the coming weeks.

During his monthly report during the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education meeting Thursday night. Helfant said that starting the week of November 9 Wednesdays will no longer be remote for high school ...

Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scouts Bring in Record Haul for Food Drive

November 16, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scout Troop 17 collected a record haul of food donations during its winter Scouting for Food outreach this past Saturday.

According to Mario Fanego, Scoutmaster, Troop 17 collected over 448 bags of nonperishable goods for the Hasbrouck Heights Food Pantry accumulating a total of 75 volunteer hours for the Troop.  This is a record ...

HS Tennis: Hasbrouck Heights' Sonzogni, Todd and Trexler Named First Team All Division

November 23, 2020

SECAUCUS, NJ - The best of Hasbrouck Heights girls tennis was recognized on by the NJIC on their inclusion on the All Division Tennis Team released this weekend by the conference.

Hasbrouck Heights' Devon Sonzogni (First Singles) was joined by Victoria Todd and Julia Trexler (First Doubles) on the NJIC Division 1 Girl All-Division First team.  Trexler, a senior, and Sonzogni, a ...

HS Football: Hasbrouck Heights Rallies Past Saddle Brook 42-14

SADDLE BROOK, NJ - Rallying from a 14-0 halftime deficit, Hasbrouck Heights defeated Saddle Brook by a 42-14 score Saturday afternoon at Saddle Brook High School

Maybe it was the three-week, COVID-related gap between games; maybe it was the fact that Hasbrouck Heights never seems to play well on grass fields, or on Saturday afternoons.  The fact remained that Saddle Brook, coming into the ...

Hasbrouck Heights' Blake Freschi Up for USMC "Fighting Spirit" Award

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  It is time to vote once again.

Hasbrouck Heights’ Blake Freschi has been nominated for the "Fighting Spirit" Award sponsored by the United States Marine Corps.  The contest recognizes student-athletes who have overcome adversity or shown exceptional leadership skill and character.  Freschi is a finalist for the ...

Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge and Area Coaches and Administrators React to Winter Sports Changes

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  With the NJSIAA pushing back the start of the winter sports season, except for hockey, back into January for some sports, February for others, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro reached out to local administrators and coaches for their views on the announcement.  Below are some of the responses;

Hasbrouck Heights Athletic Director Mike ...

Rec Football: Wood-Ridge Pee Wees Fall in Super Bowl to Lyndhurst

November 23, 2020

SADDLE BROOK, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Pee Wee football fell to Lyndhurst in the 2020 Meadowlands Football League Super Bowl Saturday afternoon at Veteran's Field in Saddle Brook.

Both teams were undefeated, going 5-0 in the regular season, which was shortened due to the ongoing pandemic.

Lyndhurst got on the scoreboard first on its first possession. At 4:40, Avery Cano took the ...

Rec Football: Hasbrouck Heights Drops Junior/Senior Games in MFL Super Bowl

SADDLE BROOK, NJ - It was a rough night in Saddle for the Hasbrouck Heights as Rutherford captured both the Meadowlands Football League Junior and Senior Division Super Bowls on Saturday evening.

Seniors: Rutherford’s defense was able to shut down the Hasbrouck Heights offense en route to a 24-0 victory over the Aviators, capturing the MFL Senior Division Super Bowl in the ...

Rec Football: Wood-Ridge Pee-Wees Advance to the Super Bowl

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Pee-Wees football team advanced to the Meadowlands Football League Super Bowl with a 14-0 win over Manchester in the Northern Division Championship, played Saturday evening at Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights.

The win gives the Blue Devils the Northern Division regular season and post-season championships, as Wood-Ridge goes to 7-0 on the season.  ...

Rec Football: Hasbrouck Heights Seniors Head Back to the Super Bowl

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Nick Grasso scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to lead Hasbrouck Heights Senior Aviators to a 30-0 victory over Manchester in the Meadowlands Football League Northern Division title game Saturday evening at Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights. 

Grasso scored on an 11-yard run through the left side of the line to cap a six-play drive following the opening ...

Four Wood-Ridge Youth Athletes Bring Home State Soccer Challenge Titles

EWING, NJ - Four Wood-Ridge youth athletes brought home championship titles in the second annual Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge State Championships held in Ewing, New Jersey. 

Bryce Baykal, Thomas Byrne, Kiara Campo and Salvatore Catanzaro won their age groups brought home championship trophies. Each had qualified for the finals by working their way through the ...

Mondelez Move Out Not a Done Deal, According to Company Official

November 18, 2020

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The news is out, the Mondelez bakery factory on Route 208 is considering a move out of town, or are they?

"This is the beginning of the process," said Laurie Guzzinati, Senior Director, Corporate & Government Affairs North America Mondelēz Global LLC out of East Hanover. "Right now, it's business as usual."

Mondelez, an American multinational ...

Hasbrouck Heights FD Battles Three-Alarm House Fire

November 18, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department battled a three-alarm house fire Monday night in the borough, where a member of the fire department fell through the second floor.

It was a little after 7 p.m. when a neighbor made the initial call to 9-1-1 to after seeing fire through the second floor window of a house on the 300 block of Henry Street. Hasbrouck Heights ...

Hasbrouck Heights FD Fuels Up Before Annual Fundraising Appeal

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department hosted a breakfast ahead of the Annual Appeal Letter Campaign in late September. 

The breakfast is a department tradition before all the members ‘walk the town’ dropping off the Annual Appeal Letter, the department’s biggest fundraiser, to residents of Hasbrouck Heights. Members covered the entire borough ...

Hasbrouck Heights BOE to Hold Regular November Meeting Online

November 14, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education will hold its November meeting remotely, it was announced by Dina Messery, School Business Administrator.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. Residents may login through the link which will be posted on the district's website.


WHEREAS, Compliance is required with ...

Bergen County Certifies Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge 2020 Election Results

November 24, 2020

HACKENSACK, NJ - The Bergen County Clerk’s Office has certified the November election results for Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge and Bergen County.   The figures below include mail-in votes, provisional ballots, and those that were allowed to be done on voting machines on election day due to special status.  

Hasbrouck Heights Democratic incumbent Councilman Chris Hillmann ...

Move Over Martha, Raiders' Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce Is Thanksgiving's Best Bet from Nutley NJ

November 23, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ - The "media" may have many around the country believing that Nutley's greatest gift to Thanksgiving is Martha Stewart, but locals know its "Nutley Raiders Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce." First created by students in the culinary program at Nutley High School in 2017, this dish has become a local favorite, given the reach of TAPinto, its popularity may soon ...

Help the Hasbrouck Heights Green Team with the Second Chance Toy Drive

November 21, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Green Team is again collecting toys for the Second Chance Toy Drive.

It is the second year that the Hasbrouck Heights group will be collecting toys in conjunction with the non-profit Second Chance Toys. According to its website, the organization's mission is "to rescue and recycle plastic toys for children in need by donating them to ...

Fall Garden Tasks to Protect Your Landscape from Winter Wildlife Damage

November 13, 2020

As the seasons change, we adjust our gardening tasks and plantings to match. Animals also make changes this time of year, often changing their eating habits and dining locations. These adjustments can impact your gardens. Reduce the risk of damage by starting in fall to protect your landscape from hungry animals this winter.

Take a walk around your landscape to evaluate plants and ...

Hasbrouck Heights Man Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Sell 'Ghost Guns' into Paterson

November 20, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – A joint investigation by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and the Paterson Police Department has led to the arrest of Michael Maresca, 32, a Hasbrouck Heights resident, accused of illegally trafficking firearms in Paterson, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Friday.

“In the midst of a pandemic, our detectives are doing all they can to address ...

Hasbrouck Heights Resident Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

HACKENSACK, NN - Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Damien N. Malvota, age 40, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, on charges of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare Of A Child on Tuesday afternoon.

The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted y the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the ...

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Monday's COVID-19 Numbers from New Jersey, per Governor Murphy

November 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the New Jersey during his Monday afternoon press conference where he discussed the resources for residents feeling overwhelmed during the ongoing health crisis, and again urged people caution over the holiday weekend.

There were 3,592 new cases reported, with 11 new ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Sunday's COVID-19 Numbers from New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy released the latest COVID-19 figures from around the New Jersey on Sunday afternoon.

There were 3,998 new cases reported, with 15 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 306,007 positive cases and 14,949 deaths, and 1,812 probable COVID-19 fatalities.  

According to Murphy, Essex County has ...

Bergen County to Begin Waste Water Testing to Pinpoint COVID Hotspots

November 21, 2020

FAIR LAWN, NJ - Bergen County is going to begin testing wastewater to track COVID-19 flareups, which can pinpoint outbreaks up to two weeks in advance.

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announced the move Friday afternoon as he touted the response of the county to the virus over the past eight months.

"Bergen County was the epicenter of the virus," ...

Lodi MVC Center Closed Due to Employee Testing Positive for COVID

LODI, NJ - The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Licensing Center in Lodi, NJ, is closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19, the agency announced Thursday evening on its Twitter feed.

The center is scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, December 2.  The Wallington Vehicle Center is closed and will reopen on Wednesday, November 25 due to an employee testing ...

NJEDA Launches Phase 2 of PPE Access Program

November 12, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced the launch of Phase 2 of the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. All New Jersey business can get 10 percent off these products and those small businesses and nonprofit organizations with 100 or fewer employees are now able to apply to receive 25 percent discounts on purchases of personal protective ...

2020 Totowa/West Paterson Fire Dept. Holiday Lights Parade Canceled Due to COVID-19

November 22, 2020

TOTOWA, NJ - Due to the sharp increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Totowa and West Paterson Fire Departments made the decision to cancel the 2020 Holiday Lights Parade for the safety of the community and the first responders who organize and participate in the event. 

Organizers of the parade considered multiple options as a substitute for the parade, but could not find a ...

What's Open And Closed On Veterans Day?

NEW JERSEY - Veterans Day is a federal holiday honoring all those currently serving and who have served in the military. It became a federal holiday in 1938 and is one of 10 observed throughout the calendar year.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday and all post offices and most banks are closed on Wednesday, November 11 as well as state and local government offices and courts.

Schools in the ...

There is Much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us and may look very different for most families this year. Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a very challenging year. Even so, there is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

With all we have to worry about during this pandemic, stress is added as many families are torn between normalcy and caution. COVID-19 continues to affect our everyday lives. Although ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

Barnegat Amends Settlement with Developer: Funds Earmarked for Future Water Improvements

November 11, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ – Township leaders agreed last week to amend a settlement between Barnegat and Walters Development Company that moves $778,500 from escrow into municipal funds.

Barnegat sued the developer in 2016 over storm management fees and initially came to a settlement agreement in late 2017.

“Part of the settlement agreement required the developer to install pressure reducing ...