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Hasbrouck Heights Honors Borough Admin Kronyak at His Final Council Meeting

September 24, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - “I would advise people not to give up on their local governments,” said retiring Hasbrouck Heights Borough Administrator Michael Kronyak Tuesday night during a ceremony honoring him at his last Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting before his retirement.  “These people are here because they want to be here, and they want to serve the ...

Hasbrouck Heights Route 17 North Left Lane Closure Begins Tuesday for Bridge Repairs

TRENTON/HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced Monday that the left lane on Route 17 northbound near the Route 46 overpass in Hasbrouck Heights will be closed for approximately two months as a priority bridge repair project begins.

Beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, a NJDOT contractor is scheduled to close the left ...

Hasbrouck Heights Continues to "Never Forget" 9/11 at Annual Memorial Service

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Residents and dignitaries of Hasbrouck Heights gathered Friday night at the Firemen’s and 9/11 Memorial on the Boulevard to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001, during the annual 9/11 Memorial Program.

About 40 members of the community turned out for the annual service. The program included speeches from Mayor John “Jack” ...

Wood-Ridge's Holds Day of Remembrance Memorial Service for 9/11

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- It was a sunny fall day as Wood-Ridge held a memorial service in remembrance of 9/11 on Friday night at Veterans Park on Valley Boulevard.

Wood-Ridge Borough Councilman Ezio Altamura welcomed the residents, and called for the Wood-Ridge Fire Department to present the colors to over 100 residents gathered in the park. Mayor Paul Sarlo had a family ...

Legislature Passes $32.7B Budget. Murphy Expected to Sign it Next Week

September 27, 2020

GOP lawmaker slams ‘shameful’ add-ons. Democrats brush off criticism

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A $32.7 billion budget sustained by increased taxes and new borrowing is headed to Gov. Phil ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Updates on the Census, Ballots, and the Borough Library

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The following items were noted at the Hasbrouck Heights Council Meeting on Tuesday evening.

Hasbrouck Heights is at approximately 80% in responding to the 2020 Census according to Mayor Jack DeLorenzo.  DeLorenzo stressed the importance of the Census, and asked all residents to complete the forms if they have not already done so,
The Drop-Box for mail-in ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Passes Consent Agenda

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  In addition to the ceremony and congratulatory messages for message for retiring Hasbrouck Heights Borough Administrator Michael Kronyak, business was completed at Tuesday’s Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting.

The Council accepted the resignation of Hasbrouck Heights volunteer firefighter William Raimondo, and the election of Cristian Fernandez as ...

Taxes, Consent Agenda Discussed at Wood-Ridge Council Meeting

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - An update on tax bills was among the business spoken about at Wednesday’s meeting of the Wood-Ridge Mayor and Council.  After the addressing concerns from citizens about the boys soccer program and field scheduling, the Council finished it regular business.

After authorizing the Consent Agenda below, Councilman Edward Marino asked Borough Administrator ...

Garfield to Host Bergen County's Mobile COVID Testing and Flu Shots This Week

September 27, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Bergen County will resume its mobile COVID-19 testing program this week, as well as offer flu shots to in three different towns, it was announced by Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco.

Bergen County will again partner with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, will resume testing in Demarest, Ramsey, and Garfield. The program will offer flu ...

Gov. Murphy to Host Virtual Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday that he will be holding a live virtual conversation with one of the nation's leading experts on COVID-19 (coronavirus) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. 

There have been more than 200,000 cases of coronavirus reported in New Jersey. More than 14,000 New Jerseyans ...

Wood-Ridge Board of Health Holds First Public Meeting Since Pandemic

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Board of Health held its first meeting of the year on Wednesday night, as the Coronavirus pandemic had prevented the group from meeting in person.

Board of Health Registrar Gina Affuso said that there had not been any cases confirmed in Wood-Ridge in a few months, and that Wood-Ridge residents were responding to the safety warnings and regulations well.  ...

Hasbrouck Heights Board of Health Provides Summer Update

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - According to a report from Mid-Bergen Regional Health Commission Health Officer, 16 Hasbrouck Heights residents had passed away from COVID-19 as August 31, 2020.  The report was read as part of the September meeting of the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Health last Wednesday in Council Chambers at Borough Hall.

According to Sam Yanovich, the MBRHC Health ...

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library Announces October's Special Activities

September 26, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library remains open to the public with modified opening hours and at 25% capacity. Browsing time is limited to one hour and computer time is limited to twenty minutes. The Book Drop is open for items returns and all materials will be quarantined for three days before being checked in. Porch pick-up is available upon request. 

Here's ...

Hasbrouck Heights Library Late Fee Amnesty Period Ends October 1

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Board of Trustees for the Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights unanimously voted to end amnesty for late fines for children and teens on Thursday, October 1 at its September meeting, which was held virtually.

According to Mimi Hui, Library Director, many of the books and materials were left in the desks and lockers of children during the school ...

Wood-Ridge BOE Reviews Graduation Data for the Class of 2020

September 25, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ  -- The Wood-Ridge Board of Education reviewed the graduation data for the Wood-Ridge High School Class of 2020 at its Monday meeting, held both online and in-person. Approximately 80 people attended online while about one dozen attended in-person, along with the Board members in the high school's auditorium.

Superintendent of School Nicholas Cipriano gave the ...

Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent Outlines District's Phase 2 Re-opening

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant outlined Phase 2 and 3 of the district's re-opening plan during a special remote Board of Education meeting held Thursday night. Over 240 people were in attendance online.

Phase 2 for Euclid and Lincoln Elementary Schools begins Monday, September 28, and runs until Friday, October 13, for parents ...

Meet the New Teachers and Staff at Hasbrouck Heights High School

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – There are some new faces hiding behind the masks at Hasbrouck Heights High School for the 2020-21 school year as Hasbrouck Heights in welcoming eight new teachers to its ranks.

The new teachers answered some questions so the students and community could get to the know them a little better. 

Anthony Dinallo, Computer Science

Hometown: Hasbrouck ...

Hasbrouck Heights' "Pilot's Log" Garners Top 10 Award for Coronavirus Design

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Two Hasbrouck Heights High School students have been recognized for their design in the school newspaper's special Coronavirus coverage this past spring.

The "Pilot's Log" ranked seventh place nationally for Design Visuals Recognition for Outstanding Coronavirus Coverage. The National Scholastic Press Association, the Society of ...

Wood-Ridge Schools Are Still "on Schedule" to Open September 8

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge School District is still "on schedule" to open for the upcoming school year, according to a statement made by the superintendent during Monday night's Board of Education meeting.

Nicholas Cipriano made the announcement as part of his Superintendent's Report during the online meeting, where upwards of 250 people were in attendance.

"To ...

Hasbrouck Heights Schools Will be 100% Virtual Until October 5

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights School District will be open 100 percent virtually it was announced at Thursday night Board of Education meeting that was held virtually. 

Below it the resolution that was passed by the Board of Education:  

WHEREAS, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the District actively and diligently following the guidance from the ...

Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund Awards $20,000 in Scholarships 

September 16, 2020

TETERBORO, NJ - The Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund is pleased to announce their 2020 scholarship award recipients. The scholarships are normally awarded at a luncheon, but that event was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

This year’s ten recipients are: 

Krish Patel – Henry P. Becton Regional High School 
Brian Madura – ...

HS Football: Attendance Rules For Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights High School Games

September 27, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - While fans of high school football are anxiously awaiting the upcoming season, they maybe disappointed to find out that admission to high school games in Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge is going to be limited.

Both Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge will be following guidelines of the NJSIAA and New Jersey Interscholastic Conference regarding attendance at football ...

HS Football: Hasbrouck Heights Blanks Garfield in Scrimmage, 19-0

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - It was a very different football scrimmage in Garfield on Thursday night, as Hasbrouck Heights played its lone pre-season scrimmage against the Boilermakers.   

With fans banned from attending, and only media allowed inside the field at Garfield High School, the stands were empty except for coaches.  While Garfield wore its home uniforms, ...

HS Girls Tennis Preview: Hasbrouck Heights Looks To Rebuild

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights High School girls tennis coach Suzanne Caines is enthusiastic about getting back on the tennis court, even if it is a month late. This is not the first time that unusual circumstances have interfered with the Lady Aviators tennis season.  A year ago, a bus accident disrupted the lineup.  

“Despite this strange time and our ...

10 Wood-Ridge Soccer Youth Players Advance in Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge

September 22, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Over 30 Wood-Ridge youth soccer players tested their skills Friday night at the second annual Soccer Challenge hosted by the Knights of Columbus Saint Anthony Council 11585 of Wood-Ridge. 

The challenge is open to all kids from nine to 14 years old, and consists of shooting penalty shots from either the 10-yard line for 9-to-11-year-olds or the 12-yard line ...

Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association to Hold September General Meeting Online

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association will hold its September general meeting online.

The HHSA September general meeting will be held on Monday, September 21 at 8:30 PM, via zoom.  After logging in, all participants will be put on mute.  The group will run through the agenda and then open everything up to ...

Up to 40,000 NJ unemployment claims still backlogged

September 18, 2020

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Rockaway resident Alfred Cararo waited weeks for New Jersey’s Department of Labor to pay his unemployment claim.

“Just to not hear anything, just to not get any relief, ...

Musicians: Step up and Join the the New Hasbrouck Heights Pep Band

September 18, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ  - The Aviators are getting the band back together....sorta of.

The Hasbrouck Heights High School/Middle School Music Department is assembling a Pep Band for the upcoming football season.  The band is open to students in grade 7 through 12 who play the traditional band instruments, woodwinds, horns, brass and percussion. 

The band will perform "The ...

Hasbrouck Heights Police Make Drug Arrests Over the Weekend

September 16, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department made drug arrests over the weekend, one stemming from an auto accident, and the other from a fraud complaint.

An on-duty Hasbrouck Heights Police officer witnessed a motor vehicle accident on Route 17 South at Henry Street on Saturday, September 12 at 6:19 p.m., according to Detective Sergeant John Behr.  A black ...

Driver Flees Single Car Accident in Hasbrouck Heights

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Police responded to a single car accident where the driver fled the scene on the evening of September 9. .

Officers responded to the area of Franklin and the Boulevard on a report of a single car motor vehicle accident on Wednesday, September 9, at approximately 10:41 p.m., according to Detective Sergeant John Behr of the Hasbrouck Heights ...

Chilling Video Shows Four Gunmen Unleashing Hail of Bullets in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

Hasbrouck Heights Senior Named Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program

September 26, 2020

EVANSTON, IL/HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Hasbrouck Heights High School principal Linda Simmons announced that Mehtaab Singh has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented ...

Hasbrouck Heights BOE to Hold Regular September Meeting Online

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled September meeting online on Thursday, September 24, according to an office announcement from the district.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of the Hasbrouck Heights School District will hold a regular action meeting on Thursday, September 24, ...

Wood-Ridge BOE to Hold September Meeting In-Person and Online

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled September meeting both online and in-person on Monday, September 21.

According to School Business Administrator or Board Secretary Jenine Murray, the link to access the online meeting will be posted on the district's website by Monday afternoon. 

The public session is scheduled for ...

CJ's Pizza and Good Eats Holds Lodi Grand Opening

September 21, 2020

LODI, NJ - CJ's Pizza and Good Eats celebrated with its grand opening and ribbon cutting along with members of the Lodi Borough Council, Chamber of Commerce, owners, friends, family, and employees on a sunny Thursday afternoon.

Those in attendance included members of the Lodi Borough Council, Mayor Scott Luna and Deputy Mayor Vinny Martin , who were joined by ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

NJ Dept of Agriculture Partners with Food Banks to Help Prevent Food Waste

TRENTON, NJ - September is Hunger Action Month, which includes New Jersey Food Waste Prevention Day on September 17 and the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction on September 29.

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher announced the Department is partnering with statewide food banks and service agencies to help prevent food waste. The campaign was ...

Plastic and Paper Bag Ban May Be Heading To A Store Near You

September 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ-  This past week, New Jersey legislators passed a bill that would put in effect one of the strictest plastic bag and containers law in the country. This would apply to food and convenience stores, restaurants, food trucks, as well as other businesses that are 2500 square feet or larger. The bill S864 would limit the use of single-use polystyrene food ...

Hasbrouck Heights to Hold a Shredding Event on Saturday

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Borough of Hasbrouck Heights will host an shredding event for borough residents on Saturday, September 26, from 9am to 1pm at the Central Ave parking lot (enter from Burton Avenue.)

All personal documents with or without paper clips, staples and paperboard binder covers will be shredded on site.  Hardcover books, magazines, newspapers, ...

Fall Lawn Care Tips

September 22, 2020

As summer transitions into fall, it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress. Let the weather and the condition of your lawn help you develop a plan suited to your landscape.

Continue mowing actively growing lawns. Mow high, leaving cool season grasses like bluegrass and fescues at least 2 ½ preferably 3 ½ inches tall after cutting. Warm season grasses like ...

Notorious RBG Got Her Start in Newark

September 19, 2020

Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 to 1972, a period when it was at the forefront of the social justice movement.

Ginsberg had ...

Residents Fear Redevelopment Means Overdevelopment in Waretown

September 20, 2020

WARETOWN, NJ – Redevelopment projects represent different things to different people. Some see it as a means of economic revitalization of an area. Others fear it is the start to overdevelopment in quaint communities like Ocean Township.

Property owners Herman and Marsha Zell are scheduled to appear before the Township’s Redevelopment Committee on September 21, 2020, at 7 pm. The ...

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Sunday's COVID-19 Numbers from New Jersey

September 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy released the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state on Saturday afternoon.  

In New Jersey, there were 712 new cases reported, with three new deaths. Statewide, there are 203,548 positive cases and 14,315 deaths, and 1,791 probable COVID-19 fatalities.

According to Murphy, Bergen County has ...

Saturday's COVID-19 Numbers from Around New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy released the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state on Saturday afternoon.  

In New Jersey, there were 760 new cases reported, with six new deaths. Statewide, there are 202,850 positive cases and 14,312 deaths, and 1,791 probable COVID-19 fatalities.

According to Murphy, Bergen County has ...

Friday's COVID-19 Figures from Bergen County and the State

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the New Jersey during his Friday afternoon, where he again extended the state's public health emergency an additional 30 days, and continued to urge residents to cooperate with the growing team of contact tracers in New Jersey.

In New Jersey, there were 612 new cases reported, with ...

Five Area Pharmacies to Offer Narcan Under State Program

September 24, 2020

NEW JERSEY – Five area pharmacies will dispense Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, for free from September 24 to 26.

Under the state-sponsored program, residents will be able to anonymously obtain the drug with no prescription and no appointment, according to an announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson.

Statewide, ...

New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

Are Wood-Ridge Students Okay?

September 24, 2020

Are Our Students Okay?

At the Wood-Ridge Board of Education meeting this past Monday night (September 21st, 2020), I asked a handful of questions having to do with how we are monitoring the mental and emotional health of our community’s students. I proposed a simple one question addition to the physical health survey parents are already filling out, a question to track the trend of our ...

Meet Wood-Ridge Board of Education Candidate Dylan O'Byrne

Hey readers!

I’m Dylan O’Byrne, and I’m running for a position on the Wood-Ridge Board of Education. I attended all Wood-Ridge public schools, and since graduating in 2013, I haven’t seen much change, and that’s why I’m running. If you haven’t had the chance to visit my campaign site, I’d love it if you would, but for now, know that if I’m ...

September 22 Travel Update from Governor Murphy: 1 New State Added, 4 States Re-Added

September 23, 2020

NEW JERSEY - Governor Phil Murphy has updated the travel advisory.. As of Tuesday, September 22, the Governor has added Wyoming and re-added Rhode Island, Nevada, Minnesota, and Arizona.

Visitors coming from the following states and jurisdictions must quarantine for 14 days:

Alabama (added 6/24/20)
Alaska (re-added 9/1/20)
Arizona (re-added ...

Belmar Beach Revenues Roll In at $4.9 Million, Surpassing 400,000 Badges Sold During Summer of COVID-19

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar raked in more than $4.9 million in beach access revenues this season — selling nearly 105,000 more beach badges over the previous year.

While revenues reflected a nearly 39 percent increase over 2019 total sales of nearly $3.56 million, there was a 35 percent increase in the total number of badges sold — 405,104 seasonal, daily and senior/disability tags, ...

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