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Green Street Ramp to Route 46 West to be Closed Monday in Teterboro

July 30, 2022

TRENTON/TETERBORO – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the Green Street ramp to Route 46 westbound will be closed Monday for utility work in Teterboro, NJ.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, August 1, until 3 p.m., NJDOT’s contractor, Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc., is scheduled to close and detour the Green Street ramp to Route 46 westbound.

Hasbrouck Heights Council Offers Remembrances for Former Fire Chief, Councilman

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – Following the opening of Tuesday evening’s Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting, Councilman Ron Kistner asked for the floor to ask for a moment of silence for the passing of former Hasbrouck Heights Council member Chris Semenecz.

Kistner noted that Semenecz was an active member of the Hasbrouck Heights Volunteer Fire Department for 37 years, retiring in ...

Hasbrouck Heights Approves Resolutions, Accepts HHFD Resignation and Appointment

August 17, 2022

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – The Hasbrouck Heights Council approved four ordinances on public hearing at Tuesday evening’s meeting in the Council Chambers at Borough Hall.  The four ordinances passed were:

Ordinance 2511, which amended the Borough Code by adding a section to include the positions Network Administrator I and Network Administrator II.

Ordinance 2512 fixed the ...

Wood-Ridge Council Cancels August Council Meeting

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The August 17th meeting of the August Wood-Ridge Mayor and Council has been canceled, due to a lack of an agenda, according to a message from the Borough Clerk.

The next meeting of the Wood-Ridge Mayor and Council is scheduled for September 21, 2022, at 7 pm in the Council Chambers.

Wood-Ridge to Hold 9/11 Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil

August 10, 2022

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Borough of Wood-Ridge will hold a 21-year anniversary Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil to honor the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001. The service will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, located on Valley Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Sunday, September 11th at 7:00 pm.

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

Photos: The 2022 Hasbrouck Heights Library's Summer Bash

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The return of the Summer Bash did not disappoint the hundreds of people who attended the annual summer event at the Free Public Library in Hasbrouck Heights on Friday night

Parents and children dove in to "Explore the Seven Seas" Friday night at the 14th annual Summer Bash. Registration was over 400 people at the start of the event, and swelled to ...

Sneak Peek: Get a Glimpse of the 2022 Hasbrouck Heights Summer Bash

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Library will transform itself into an underwater ocean kingdom, complete with mermaids and pirate's booty, ocean scientists and touch tanks, and sea-worthy events and activities for children at the Summer Bash Friday night.

The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights in partnership with the Hasbrouck Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce is ...

Update! Wood-Ridge Elementary Teacher's Classroom Tech Request is Fully Funded

August 14, 2022

* UPDATE: The article about Ms. Rodriguez's classroom request was published on Sunday morning. By lunchtime, it was fully funded.

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. And one Wood-Ridge teacher is looking for help with the technology in her ...

Hasbrouck Heights BOE Approved New Hirings and New Communications Position

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education announced new hirings, grant-funded teachers, and a newly-approved position during the July BOE meeting.

The BOE approved the following new employees, pending recipient of all paperwork.

E. Melanie Brooks-Lee: High School Spanish

J. Camporeale: High School Math

C. Mizenko: Euclid School

R. Carletto: Supervisor of ...

Hasbrouck Heights Board of Ed Selects Pre-School Students

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – The July 28th meeting of the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education had a unique meeting opening as Hasbrouck Heights Public Library Directory Mimi Hui pulled the names of the students who would be in the 2022-23 Integrated Pre-School program.

Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent Dr. Matthew Helfant asked Hui, as an independent party, to pull the names out of ...

Hasbrouck Heights 5th, Wood-Ridge 11th in North 1, Group 1 Pre-Season Football Rankings

August 16, 2022

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – It is the middle of August, so it is time for a way-too-early look at the NJSIAA football rankings.

Park Ridge is ranked number one overall, and is one of four New Jersey Interscholastic Conference teams ranked in the top five in the rankings. They are joined by Hawthorne (third), Waldwick (fourth) and Hasbrouck Heights (fifth.) Wood-Ridge, at 11th, is ...

NJIC Realignment Keeps Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge in Meadowlands

SECAUCUS, NJ – There will be a new look to the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference in 2022-23, as the conference has undergone a major re-structuring of its divisions.  All sports were impacted, although some sports were less impacted than others.  The impact on the various sports teams from Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge will also vary from sport to sport.

As noted in an ...

Wood-Ridge HS Alum Peck Named First Men's Track Coach at Felician University

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University will add men's indoor track & field and men's outdoor track & field as varsity intercollegiate sports during the 2023-24 academic year, Felician Interim Director of Athletics Andrew Toriello announced. Wood-Ridge native Marc Peck, currently of Haskell, has been named the head coach of both programs.

He is currently the throw ...

Hasbrouck Heights Swimmer to be Part of Felician's Inaugural Women's Swim Team

RUTHERORD, NJ - Two Bergen County swimmers, one from Hasbrouck Heights, will be part of Felician University's inaugural swim team starting with the 2022-23 season.

Cleo Kepka of Hasbrouck Heights, and Laeyah Montalvo of Bogota, NJ, will be joined by swimmers from West New York, NJ, Bahamas, Serbia, Sweden, Germany, and Spain.

Kepka swam for the Hasbrouck Heights/Garfield High ...

New Monkeypox Vaccine Sites Announced in New Jersey

August 13, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has announced five new monkeypox vaccination sites in Hudson, Middlesex, Morris and Passaic counties. The locations are for residents without a confirmed exposure who think they may have been exposed or are at a high risk for having been exposed to the virus.

There are 293 confirmed or probable monkeypox cases in New Jersey, as of August ...

NJ Dept. of Health Reports 243 Monkeypox Cases, 25 in Bergen County

TRENTON, NJ - The NJ Dept. of Health (NJDOH) reports 243 Monkeypox cases in the Garden State. The report, published Aug. 8, 2022, shows an increase of 29 cases since the last report on Friday, August 5. In Bergen County, there were 25 cases as of Monday morning. 

County by county, there are 73 cases in Hudson County, 50 cases in Essex County, 25 cases in Bergen ...

Heat Advisory Issued for Bergen County Area Through 8 p.m. Tues., August 9

August 8, 2022

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a heat advisory for Bergen County through 8 pm. Tuesday. August 9.

The hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat-related illness to occur, especially to vulnerable populations and the elderly. On Monday and Tuesday, expect daytime temperatures to reach the mid-90s. 

 A Heat Advisory is issued when the ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Hasbrouck Heights Area for Thursday, Friday

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Heat Advisory for the area from 11 a.m. Thursday Aug. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 5.

The NWS reports a chance of rain, and possible thunderstorms Thursday night. Showers and thunderstorms are also likely on Friday, with some storms producing significant rainfall. For the weekend, there currently is potential for more rain on ...

Wood-Ridge FD Douses Early Morning Garbage Truck Fire

August 11, 2022

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Fire Department responded to call for a garbage truck fire early Wednesday morning.

The Wood-Ridge Fire Department responded to a call at approximately 5:15 a.m. for a garbage truck fire on Moonachie Ave near Columbia Street, according to WRFD Chief Kenneth Schulz.

Assistant Chief Justin Berta initiated command directing suppression of the ...

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation Golf Outing Popular as Ever

August 17, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ - Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation hosted 250 golfers and 300 dinner guests at its annual golf outing which directly contributes to expanding the services, programs, support, and care the foundation provides to the region's underserved communities.

On August 8, participants gathered at Hackensack Golf Club, one of New Jersey’s most beautiful ...

Hasbrouck Heights Honors More Alumni at Pre-Game Coin Toss

November 8, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - During games this year, the Hasbrouck Heights football team has been honoring alumni by having former football players join the team as honorary captains for the pre-game coin toss.  Friday night, the Aviators were joined at midfield for the pre-game toss by the following former players:

Corey Lange, Bryan Ille, Mike Cappello - Class of 1994 - state sectional ...

Hasbrouck Heights Honors 5 Grads from 1985 Back-to-Back Football Sectional Finalists

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights football program continued honoring past teams and players, inviting several former members of the football team as part of the pre-game coin toss against North Arlington on Friday evening.

Joining the Hasbrouck Heights captains for the pre-game toss were Scott Roche, Rich Baker, Tom Krommenhoek, Mike Krommenhoek, Rocky Minichiello, and ...

Hasbrouck Heights Honors Three Football Alumni at Pre-Game Coin Toss

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Hasbrouck Heights once again honored members of its football past at the pre-game coin toss before Friday Night’s 49-0 demolition of Secaucus.  

Joining the Hasbrouck Heights captains were class of 1955 alumni, and in school for four straight state championships,  Gerry Dinallo and Tony Bonillo, and class of 1961 alum Dennis Dinallo. Gerry ...

Barry Manilow Presents $20K Gift to East Side High Music Program in Newark

August 10, 2022

NEW ARK, NJ —Legendary performer Barry Manilow took the time before singing in front of a packed crowd at the Prudential Center to help students from Newark's East Side High School reach for the stars.

Manilow handed over a $20,000 check to East Side High School music teacher Thaddeus Exposé before his Friday night concert. The donation is part of the Manilow Music ...

Sales Tax Holiday for School Supplies Will Help Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Parents Save Money

August 14, 2022

NUTLEY, NJ – Most kids probably aren’t ready to think about school supplies yet, but many local retailers already have shelves full of back-to-school necessities. This year, families will get to save some money as the State has announced a tax holiday for school supplies purchased from August 27 to September 5. The tax holiday applies to many school necessities bought ...

Wood-Ridge U12 Softball Team Wins Championship Edging Out Hawthorne

August 15, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ – The Wood-Ridge U12 girls softball team scored in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead and then relied on the pitching of Gabby Perez to shut down top-ranked Hawthorne in the bottom of the seventh as they defeated Hawthorne, 8-7, in the Championship game of the Bergen County Girls Softball Tournament U12 B National Division on July 28.

It looked ...

Hasbrouck Heights Junior Football to Hold August General Meeting this Week

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  The Hasbrouck Heights Junior Football League will hold its general meeting ahead of the 2022 season this week.  

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 10, at the 8:30 p.m. in the Pavilion area at Depken Field.

Parents are invited to attend and get involved with the organization.

Information on HHJFL can be found on the ...

Capri Sun Juice Drinks Recalled After Cleaning Solution Found in Factory Production Line

August 16, 2022

Approximately 5,760 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drinks have been recalled due to diluted cleaning solution that was inadvertently introduced to the product line, announced Kraft Heinz.

The issue was discovered after the company received several consumer complaints about the taste of the affected product. The Company is actively working with retail partners and ...

Updated: Fuel Up with Food Trucks at the Hasbrouck Heights Summer Bash

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Ready for the return of Friday's annual Summer Bash at the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library? Fuel up at the food truck fest before events begin. 

Food trucks are a new addition to the annual Summer Bash, the cornerstone summer event at the library. The trucks and food vendors will be staged in the Central Avenue parking lot, opening at 4:30 pm. Food trucks are ...

Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Residents Urged to Report and Destroy the Spotted Lanternfly

August 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ - The spotted lanternfly has returned to New Jersey - an exotic invasive insect that feeds on 70 different types of plants and trees - and local health officials are encouraging people who see it to report it and destroy it.

Sightings have increased in Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge neighborhoods, per social media posts. Native to China and South Korea, ...

Phlox Adds Color and Pollinator Appeal to the Garden All Season Long

Fill your gardens with color from spring through summer and even into fall with a variety of pollinator-friendly phlox. The beauty, diversity, and usefulness in the garden of this group of plants had the National Garden Bureau declare 2022 Year of the Phlox.

Start out the growing season with creeping phlox (Phlox subulata). This low growing phlox is perfect for rock gardens, as a ...

Hasbrouck Heights Land Use Board Application for Kathy Dunn Site Makes Case for Site Variances

August 6, 2022

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Hasbrouck Heights Land Use Board listened to testimony for nearly two hours as the applicant for the property at 163-167 Kipp Avenue, the former Kathy Dunn Pre-School site, asked for multiple variances for a new proposal for the site.  

The applicant, who has razed the old structure, has made multiple applications for the property, returned with ...

Kipp Avenue Application Held Over to September's Hasbrouck Heights Land Use Board Meeting

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Hasbrouck Heights Land Use Board approved the resolution for a driveway expansion and heard testimony from the applicant for 163-167 Kipp Avenue/the former Kathy Dunn site on Wednesday night in the Council Chambers at the Hasbrouck Heights Municipal Building.

The Kipp Avenue application was held over to the September 7 meeting, as the Land Use Board ...

COVID-19 Test Mandate Ends for Unvaccinated Teachers, Child Care Workers & State Workers in New Jersey

August 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday lifting requirements that school employees, child care workers and state employees who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo regular testing.

Executive Order 302 applies to school districts and child care settings immediately and to state contractors as of September 1, 2022.

The decision follows updates ...

Christine Todd Whitman:  A Former Governor in the Present Tense, Staying Relevant 

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Former Governors of New Jersey have a tendency to mimic what General Douglas MacArthur said in his farewell address, that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

The New Jersey State Constitution doesn’t allow Governors to be elected forever, limiting them to two terms. So, past Governors generally go into a world of big ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

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Three's Company? Or One Too Many?

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Third party political candidates have always been strange bedfellows in New Jersey politics.

Princess Diana’s quote that “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded” might be how Democrats and Republicans feel about third parties intruding upon their political affairs.

The notion of a state and national ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

Spencer Savings Bank Is Hosting A Pet Supply Drive and Pet Adoption Day!

August 12, 2022

Calling all animal lovers! Spencer Savings Bank is hosting a Pet Supply Drive. From now until August 31st, the team is collecting a variety of cat and dog supplies to support the following nonprofits: Eleventh Hour Rescue, Friends for Life Animal Rescue, King’s Pack Rescue, and Helping Felines in Need. The bank will also be hosting a “Pet Adoption Day” on Sunday, ...

Legislators Announce Plan to Incentivize NY Companies to Open Jersey Satellite Offices

August 11, 2022

FAIR LAWN, NJ - Legislators proposed a state bill, "Stay in Jersey", to incentivize businesses in New York to open new offices in the Garden State for their Jersey-based employees.

Gottheimer was visibly upset and dismayed by the proposed congestion tax on New Jersey and working families, including those who commute to New York City for work or to visit family members on a ...

Paramus Police Pursue Stolen Mercedes, Apprehend 3 Men in Multicar Crash on Rt. 17

PARAMUS, NJ - Three men were apprehended in connection with a late Monday afternoon multi-vehicle crash on Route 17 southbound near East Passaic Street, Rochelle Park.

Paramus Police pursued an alleged stolen white Mercedes SUV into Rochelle Park. The Mercedes had allegedly been stolen recently from Manalapan, NJ.  

At least two tow trucks were observed removing ...

Milestones

Marist College Names Hasbrouck Heights Resident to Dean’s List

July 31, 2022

Olivia Myers, graduate of Hasbrouck Heights High School and a freshman at Marist College majoring in fine arts, was named to the Dean's List for the spring  semester

New Jersey Jackals to Leave Yogi Berra Stadium

August 17, 2022

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - In a surprise announcement Wednesday morning, the New Jersey Jackals professional baseball team announced that they will no longer call Yogi Berra Stadium home. 

The team will continue the 2022 season at the stadium until the last game on August 25. 

The Frontier League team will remain under their current ownership and will continue their relationship with ...

State Urges Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water as New Jersey Enters Drought Watch

TRENTON, NJ — Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...

New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Until November 2024

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

"There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic," Murphy said. "We want to see ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...

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Sun, August 28, 10:00 AM

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Tue, September 13, 10:00 AM

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Hermitage Outdoor Craft Show in HoHoKus

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Sun, September 18, 11:00 AM

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Ridgewood Fall Craft Street Fair