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Update: Hasbrouck Heights Middle/High School Evacuated Due to Smoke and Fire on Roof

February 25, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department responded to a smoke and fire incident at the high school and middle school Tuesday morning.

According to Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Pat Hayes, the department responded to a call at 9:51am. An HVAC motor burned out in causing a fire in the unit on the roof above the New Gym. Smoke went into the ...

Hasbrouck Heights Middle School High School Evacuated Due to Faulty Sensor

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Middle and High School were briefly evacuated Tuesday morning, according to an official notice from the school district.

"There was an unscheduled fire drill today at the hs/ms (sic) school due to a malfunctioning sensor. All were evacuated There was never any danger."

Teachers, administrators and students left the building just before ...

Hasbrouck Heights Resident's Death Confirmed by Bergen County Prosecutor

HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the ongoing investigation of the fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in Hasbrouck Heights on February 17, 2020. The investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department under the direction of Chief ...

Hasbrouck Heights Motorcycle/Truck Accident Slows Route 17 South

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - A serious multi-vehicle accident at Franklin Ave and Route 17 South has closed the Franklin Avenue at Field Ave and slowed afternoon rush hour traffic on Route 17 South.  

The crash occurred at 315pm and Hasbrouck Heights Police, Fire, and EMS responded to the scene. At least one person was taken to the hospital, according to local authorities.

The ...

HS Track: Hasbrouck Heights Places Eight on NJIC All League Team

February 26, 2020

SECAUCUS, NJ - Eight different Hasbrouck Heights athletes (four boys and four girls) were named to the NJIC All Division Indoor track team, which was announced on Tuesday.  The Aviators were also recognized as the Championship team in both the boys and girls divisions, with head coach Rob Brady taking Coach of the Year for both divisions.

Vincent Sedlmeir was named First Team in the Boys ...

HS Girls Basketball: Pompton Lakes Beats Hasbrouck Heights, 39-27

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - A 8-0 run to start the game was too much for Hasbrouck Heights to overcome as Pompton Lakes defeated the Lady Aviators, 39-27, in a NJIC girls crossover game on Tuesday afternoon in Hasbrouck Heights.  

The Cardinals led at end of the first quarter, 13-3, behind six points from Emily Ramirez and four points from Emma Diamond. Devon Sonzogni’s three ...

HS Boys Basketball: Hasbrouck Heights Falls to Hawthorne, 54-46

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights outscored Hawthorne 18-15 in the final quarter, but it was not enough to overcome an 11-point deficit as the Aviators fell to the Bears, 54-46, in an NJIC boys basketball crossover game.  

Hawthorne led 25-18 at the half, and had a 39-28 lead going into the final quarter.

Kunga Tsering had 17 for the Aviators, while Steven Faussette had ...

HS Girls Basketball: Manchester Regional Rolls over Wood-Ridge

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Manchester Regional jumped out to a 15-8 first quarter lead and never looked back, as the Falcons defeated Wood-Ridge, 57-33 in an NJIC girls crossover game Tuesday afternoon in Wood-Ridge.  Manchester improved their record to 21-4 on the season, while Wood-Ridge fell to 18-6. 

Manchester's Jasmine McDuffie had 21 points to lead all scorers.  Amanda DiMase ...

Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scouts Do-Si-Do at the Annual Square Dance

February 22, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Plaid shirts bandanas, blue jeans, boots, and cowboy hats were in fashion at the fourth annual Hasbrouck Heights Square Dance Friday night at the Homewood Suites in East Rutherford.

90 couples attended the event, eclipsing last year’s headcount. The girls ranged from Daisies to Seniors (high school freshman/sophomores) Girl Scouts. Town-wide, there ...

Wood-Ridge Cub Scouts Host Annual Blue and Gold Banquet

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Wood-Ridge Pack 183 celebrated the 90th year of Cub Scouting at their annual Blue and Gold Banquet at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge, on Sunday, February 9.

The event started with an opening ceremony which consisted of the Arrow of Light and WEBELO Scouts. A story of how Scouting made it to the shores of the United States was told by the boys.

This was followed by the ...

Hasbrouck Heights American Legion Announces its Annual Poster Contest

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The American Legion Post 106 of Hasbrouck Heights is now accepting entries for its annual Poster Contest. It will announce the three winners at the May 4 meeting of the Post at 3 p.m. in the Hasbrouck Heights Senior Center.

The contest is open to any Hasbrouck Heights high school students in public, private, parochial or home school. A total of $500.00 in ...

Wood-Ridge's Madylin Marino Honored at NJSIAA Sports Luncheon

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Wood-Ridge student/athlete Madylin Marino was honored at the luncheon for the National Girls and Women in Sports held at Seton Hall University on Sunday. 

Marino attended the event with her parents, Andrea and Ed Marino, along with over 900 other female athletes throughout the state.

"Being nominated for this award has been one of the most rewarding and ...

History of Hasbrouck Heights Football: Disappointment at Giants Stadium

February 25, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - A disappointing start.  A bad finish. Nothing but great football in-between in 2005. 

Highly rated coming into the season, the Aviators stubbed their toe right off the bat, dropping the season opener, 26-25 to Ridgefield at Depken Field, in a game that included a 30-minute delay as officials reviewed the rule book on a play that eventually overruled ...

History of Hasbrouck Heights Football: 2004 A Giant Step Forward

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Were the Aviators a program mired in mediocrity, trending downward after two .500 seasons? Were they a team on the rise, based off their strong 4-1 finish to the 2003 season? The 2003 would answer the question.

New Milford would be the Aviators'  first test, and the Knights found out quickly that Hasbrouck Heights was on the way back to the top.  ...

History of Hasbrouck Heights Football: Two Seasons of Struggles

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - With the current success of the program, it is hard to remember a time when Hasbrouck Heights was not a power in football.  But during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, hard times hit the Aviators.

In 2002, while the official record reads 6-4, the scoreboard results had the Aviators record at 5-5.  (A win was granted to the Aviators after it was discoverED that North ...

Record Number of Hasbrouck Heights Rec Wrestlers Medal, Move on to Regional Tournament

February 25, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS,  NJ - A record number of Hasbrouck Heights Rec wrestlers qualified for the upcoming Regional Tournament this past Sunday when Hasbrouck Heights hosted the District Tournament.

According to head coach Andrew Nass, this year Hasbrouck Heights entered 50 wrestlers into the District tournament (three less than last year) and set a new team record for Regional ...

Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association Announces Key Dates for 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association has announced its calendar of key dates for 2020, spanning events in the spring, summer, and throughout the fall.

Note that Early Bird Registration for the Fall 2020 Recreation program begins on March 1.


Feb 25th         - General Meeting @ 8:30PM in Community Room in Boro Hall (change in ...

Hasbrouck Heights Little League Announces Key Dates for the 2020 Season

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Little League announced some of the key dates for the upcoming 2020 season.

February (mid) 2020:  HHLL Draft Begins
February 24th - 28th: Travel Tryouts if needed
March 1st 2020:  Late Registration Fee Begins
March 3rd 2020: CPR Training - 1st Session
March (first week) 2020:  Practices Begin
March 11th 2020: CPR Training - 2nd ...

Wood-Ridge BOE Honors Students and Retiring Teacher at February Meeting

February 25, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Board of Education honored three students and a retiring teacher at the February meeting on Monday night in the auditorium.

Wood-Ridge Intermediate School principal Keith Lisa introduced Francesca Fabi as the WRIS Student of the Month. He explained the fifth grader "demonstrates a positive attitude, is an all-around great student..hard worker...and is ...

Hasbrouck Heights High School Announces Honor Roll for Second Marking Period


HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Hasbrouck Heights High School announced the Honor Roll students for the second marking period of the 2019-2020 school year. There are three levels of Honors in high school.

First Honors 2019-20 Marking Period 2


Balcer Mackenzie

Byrne Emily

Campen Julia

De Guzman Angelina Marie

Facchini Natalia

Gasparino ...

Hasbrouck Heights Middle School Announces Honor Roll for Second Marking Period

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Hasbrouck Heights Middle School announced the Honor Roll students for the second marking period of the 2019-2020 school year. There are two levels of Honors in middle school with the following criteria:

High Honor Roll: A+, A, or A- in every subject;

Honor Roll: at least 3 A+’s, A’s, or A-’s and all grades B- or above.


High Honor Roll ...

Wood-Ridge Senior High School Announces Honor Roll for Second Marking Period

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Wood-Ridge Senior High School announced the Honor Rolls for the final marking period of the 2019-20 school year.

According to the district website, there are three Honor Rolls with the following criteria:

Highest Honor Roll Requirement: A student must have a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.20 or higher.

High Honor Roll Requirement: A student must have a ...

Wood-Ridge Junior High School Announces Honor Roll for Second Marking Period

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ  -- Wood-Ridge Junior High School announced the Honor Roll students for the second marking period of the 2019 - 20 school year.

According to the District’s website, the criteria for Junior High School, seventh and eighth grades, High Honors and Honors is as follows:

High Honor Roll Requirement:  No less than an A- in any subject.

Honor Roll ...

Parents Express Concerns About Staffer, Scheduling, Italian Class at Hasbrouck Heights BOE Meeting

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Several parents expressed their concerns about a staff member, scheduling conflicts and the Italian class at January's Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education meeting.

Parent Pete Baron spoke to the Board about encounters with a janitor at Lincoln School. He claimed the initial incident happened when walking his dog at Burton and Paterson, at the school. Baron ...

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library Announces its Events for March 2020

February 25, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Wood-Ridge Memorial Library announced its schedule of activities and events for March 2020. Pre-registration is necessary for most events.

Music with Miss Nita
The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will host free music-and-movement classes with Miss Nita on Wednesdays, March 4 and 18 at 9:15am and 10:00am. Come share the joys of making music! Children ages 5 and under and their ...

No Hard Knock Life at Hasbrouck Heights' Musical "Annie"

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Hasbrouck Heights High School Drama Club will be presenting an American classic musical, "Annie," at Kiefer Auditorium. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. A special complementary show for senior citizens will be performed on Wednesday, March 25 at 12 noon.

Set in 1933 in New York City, the show ...

Hasbrouck Heights Residents Take the Plunge for Special Olympics

February 24, 2020

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - Area residents joined thousands of others for a brief but brisk dip in the Atlantic Ocean as part of the annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

Air temperature hit the upper 40's but the water temperature remained 44 degrees. Over 8,000 plungers raised more than $2 million dollars for Special Olympics NJ.

It was ...

Online Fundraiser Launched to Help Former Hasbrouck Heights Family Struck by Tragedy

TOMS RIVER, NJ - An online fundraiser has started to help a family formerly from Hasbrouck Heights whose father recently passed away after an accident in the home.

Juan Pablo Granados was working under his truck when it fell off the ramps and on him in late January, according to news reports. He was found by his wife, Sophia. His son, Pablo, jacked the truck off his father and ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Approves Fire Department Appointments, Depken Field Bond

February 26, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Five new members of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department and Ambulance Squad had their appointments approved by the Hasbrouck Heights Council Tuesday evening at Borough Hall.

The newest members of HHFD and Ambulance Squad are

James M. Carlin Jr. to Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department
Alex Gomez to Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department
Andrea James ...

Wood-Ridge Council Approves Bond Ordinance, Consent Agenda

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Council approved a bond ordinance to authorize the acquisition of new additional or replacement equipment, machinery and new automotive vehicles for the amount of $500,000 at the Borough Council meeting on Wednesday evening.  With Mayor Paul Sarlo excused, Council President Phil Romero presided over the meeting.

According to Borough Administrator Chris ...

Hasbrouck Heights Approves Lights Ordinance

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council, on public hearing passed Ordinance 2455 to Supplement Subsection E of Section 275-21 of the Borough Code amending the rules pertaining to lights and illuminated devices in the B1 (Boulevard Business District) section of Hasbrouck Heights.

The Ordinance would allow lights and strings of illuminated devices and graphics to be used ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Honors Championship Youth Soccer Teams

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - It really was standing room only in Council Chambers as the Hasbrouck Heights Mayor and Council honored four Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association teams for their successful season in the fall.

Each player and coach received a certificate from Councilman Justin DiPisa, and was congratulated by Mayor Jack DeLorenzo and Councilman Ron Kistner.

Up first were the D5 Boys ...

Hasbrouck Heights BOE Announces Changes to February Meeting

February 26, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education announced some changes to its regularly scheduled meetings on Thursday, February 27.

The Work Session is changed from 6:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The location for the Regular Session has changed from the High School Auditorium to the Media Center. The meeting time remains at 7:30 p.m.



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Wood-Ridge Public Education Foundation to Host Leap Day Tasting Fundraiser

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Public Education Foundation is celebrating Leap Day with a 366 Tasting of craft beers and wines on Saturday, February 29 from 6 to 9pm at Assumption Church's Father Morris Hall. All proceeds will go toward the WRPEF for children and teachers in the district.

Seven local breweries will feature craft beers including Alementary, Bolero Snort, Brix City, ...

Local High School Gradates Named to Colleges' Dean's Lists

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Graduates from Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights have been named to their respective college or university's Dean's List for the Fall 2019 semester.

The following students at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, located in Madison, NJ have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2019 semester. Kayla Baltazar, Lauren ...

Three Arrested for Wood-Ridge Mailbox Fishing and Bank Fraud

February 15, 2020

NEW YORK, NY/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Three individuals have been arrested for the theft of checks from mailboxes in Wood-Ridge and bank fraud, according to Wood-Ridge Chief John Korin. 

Three individuals were arrested for the theft of approximately $50,000 in checks from the mailboxes in Wood-Ridge.  George A. Lyons, 53, of Bronx, NY, Glen J. Myers, 30, of Harlem, NY and Brandon Blake, 21, ...

Hasbrouck Heights Middle Schoolers Show Their Hearts Love During Hoops for Heart

February 20, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Middle School students again participated in the annual “Hoops For Heart” event on Friday, February 14.  This fundraising event, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is fully organized and implemented by the school's Physical Education staff.  The goal is to help spread awareness about heart disease and heart ...

Keep Your Valentine Flowers Looking Their Best

February 17, 2020

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers.  Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment by selecting the freshest flowers and providing the best possible care.

Take some time to evaluate the quality of the cut flowers you plan to purchase. Select fresh flowers with upright and perky flowers and lots of firm buds that are just starting to ...

Learn About Amazing Mushrooms at the Hasbrouck Heights Garden Club Meeting

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Hasbrouck Heights Garden Club will be meeting Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 320 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ on the second floor in the HH Library Meeting Room. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting.

By popular demand of the membership, the speaker for February's meeting is Marc Gussen, Director of the ...

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Beware of Caveat Emptor! Especially When Buying a Home

The subtitle is somewhat redundant.  Caveat Emptor is a Latin phrase.  A caveat is a warning.  The English translation of “caveat” is beware.  The phrase “caveat emptor” means “let the buyer beware”.  A principle of contract law that puts the onus on the buyer to perform his or her own due diligence.  Due diligence meaning that a ...

January 22nd Life and Death

On January 22, 1963, Ralph Hudson was the last person in the State of New Jersey to be put to death by the State.  Hudson was granted a “mercy” release by an Atlantic County Judge on Christmas Eve, 1960. He had finished two-thirds of a six month sentence for beating his estranged wife, Myrtle.  Three days later Hudson would stalk and then stab his wife to death as Myrtle was ...

New Jersey Date Night: 4 Fun Cooking Schools

February 25, 2020

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

Sometimes even the most adventurous Garden State couple just wants to keep it super laid back, cozy and at home. The choice for date night simplicity can lead to a most fear-instilling question … What’s for dinner?

Not all of us are good in the kitchen. Learning a few cooking skills and ...

Belmar Gets First Look at Major Redevelopment Plan for Downtown Seaport District

February 24, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Plans for a sprawling mixed-use development that stretches for nearly three blocks from Main Street to the Shark River were unveiled in early February to the Belmar Council.

The seaport redevelopment project presented by Dobco Group calls for a hotel and conference center, three buildings consisting of residential and retail/commercial space — with one ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, February 27, 7:00 PM

Hosted by Bible Baptist Church, Hasbrouck Heights

Mothers of Preschoolers {MOPS} Event



Wed, March 4, 7:00 PM

Hasbrouck Height High School Kiefer Auditorium , Hasbrouck Heights

Hasbrouck Heights Jr.-Sr. High School Pops Concert

Arts & Entertainment Education

Fri, March 6, 11:00 AM

The Phoenix Center, Nutley

Transition and Recreation Services Fair


Girl Scouts is Important to Girls Development

We will soon be singing “Happy Birthday” to Girl Scouts as we celebrate 108 years since our founding. Juliette Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia in 1912 and reached across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure that all girls had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.

Girl Scouts started in northern New Jersey shortly after ...

Found: Maywood PD Issues Missing Person Alert for Resident with Alzheimer's

February 19, 2020

UPDATED:  The Maywood Police Department announced that Lois Erzinger has been found.  


MAYWOOD, NJ - The Maywood Police Department has issued a Missing Persons Alert for a resident.

Lois Erzinger, 5' 3" 160 lbs, last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and white pants. Individual suffers from Alzheimer's, according to an announcement from the MPD.

If you ...

For Valentine's Day, Married Couples of 50-plus Years Say ‘I Do’ Again at Vow Renewal Ceremony in Paramus  

PARAMUS, N.J. — As the men donned red rose boutonnieres and their wives held a miniature bouquet of white roses, four dozen senior citizen couples who were gathered outside Stew Leonard’s inside the Paramus Park Mall in a modest wedding ceremony Thursday afternoon faced each other from their seats while holding hands as they gazed lovingly into each other’s eyes to renew the ...

Illegal Puppy Mill in Scotch Plains Dismantled; More Than 130 Animals Rescued and Available for Adoption    

February 20, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Investigators earlier this week dismantled a Scotch Plains puppy mill being illegally run out of a private residence, resulting in more than 130 animals being rescued and transferred to more than a dozen local shelters, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley jointly announced Wednesday.

Ten fourth-degree criminal ...

Are You Taking the Polar Bear Plunge this Year? Share Your Story

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/SEASIDE, NJ -- For the past 26 years, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside has been a marquee fundraising event hosted for Special Olympics New Jersey. Since its inception, the Polar Bear Plunge has raised over $21 million and has had over 80,000 Plungers jump into the Atlantic Ocean. In 2018 alone, the Seaside event raised a ...

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Announces Award Honorees Robert C. Garrett, Amparo Aguirre and LAX for the Cure

February 24, 2020

Susan G. Komen® North Jersey today announced its Pink Tie Party honorees to be recognized during the March 21st event being held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Jersey City. For over twenty years, Susan G. Komen North Jersey has helped those who can’t pay for treatments, worked to ensure that all people get the care they need, fought for the rights of patients with policy ...

Concerns About Ordinance 2455 Regarding Lights and Illuminated Devices

February 20, 2020

Dear Mr. DeLorenzo:

I am writing in response to the Hasbrouck Heights Town Council’s 3-2 vote, held on February 11, 2020, in support of Ordinance 2455 to Supplement Subsection E of Section 275-21 of the Borough Code amending the rules pertaining to lights and illuminated devices in the B1 (Boulevard Business District) section of Hasbrouck Heights. The Ordinance allows for ...