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Wood-Ridge Schools to Have Early Dismissal Due to Governor's State of Emergency for Wed. Feb. 20

February 19, 2019

TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. ahead of the anticipated winter storm. The storm is expected to start tomorrow and continue throughout the day. Executive Order No. 57 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed ...

Terrace Avenue Closed Due to Traffic Accident

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Terrace Avenue on the Wood-Ridge border remains closed in both directions following an auto accident involving a car hitting a utility pole around 4 am this morning. PSEG is on the scene and working to replace the pole and transformer which was on the pole.

Hasbrouck Heights Police Sgt Alan Baker stated it would be several more hours before the cleanup ...

SNOW DAY! Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge Schools, Library Closed Tuesday Due to Impending Storm

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - NJ Governor Phil Murphy has declared a State of Emergency, effective 12 am Tuesday, February 12 for the entire state of New Jersey.

“As we prepare for a winter storm in New Jersey, we are urging New Jersey residents to stay off the roads to avoid dangerous driving conditions,” said Governor Murphy. “We will continue to actively monitor the ...

HS Wrestling: Wood-Ridge's Mika Advances to Semi's, HH's Rinke Drops Decision, Returns Saturday

February 23, 2019

WEST ORANGE/FLANDERS, NJ -- Wood-Ridge’s Bradley Mika pinned West Orange’s in 38 seconds to advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals at the 170 pound weight class in the Region 3 NJSIAA Wrestling tournament at West Orange High School on Friday evening.   

Hasbrouck Heights’s Ian Rinke (160)  dropped a 5-0 decision to Evan Vazquez of Roxbury Friday evening ...

HS Boys Basketball: Palmer's 33 Leads Hasbrouck Heights Past Secaucus

SECAUCUS, NJ -  It was an offensive explosion in the fourth quarter that saw Hasbrouck Heights score 31 points in the fourth quarter as the Aviators defeated Secaucus, 75-62 in an NJIC crossover game in Secaucus Thursday afternoon.  

Anthony Palmer was 16-of-18 from the line to lead the Aviators with 33 points.  The senior made his final 16 foul shots of the game, all in ...

NJSIAA Region 2 Wrestling: Hasbrouck Heights Travels to Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - The opening round of the NJSIAA Region 2 wrestling tournament began Thursday evening with a pair of losses for the Aviators.   

In the 126 pound weight class, Hasbrouck Heights' sophomore Drew Scuilla was pinned by Calden Brouwer at 5:22 of his match. Scuilla qualifed by finishing third in the District 7 qualifying matches over the ...

HS Girls Basketball: Wood-Ridge Falls to Lyndhurst in Physical Game

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ --  Despite leading leading 27-24 at halftime, Wood-Ridge girls basketball team dropped their final game of the regular season to Lyndhurst, 60-40, at home Thursday night in a game that was marked by physical play.

The game was uptempo from the opening tap as Lyndhurst came out in a full court press from the start. The Lady Bears were up 15-6 at the midway point of the ...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Bradley Mika, Wood-Ridge High School, Wrestling

February 19, 2019

WOOD-RIDGE,  NJ - For the second straight year, Wood-Ridge High School’s Bradley Mika has advanced in the NJSIAA wrestling tournament to the Regionals, this time capturing the gold in the 170 pound weight class held on Saturday in Morristown.  For his accomplishment, he is the TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro Athlete of the Week.

Mika went 4-0 in capturing the ...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Anthony Palmer, Hasbrouck Heights High School, Boys Basketball

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, Nj - In recognition of breaking the 1000 point mark, Hasbrouck Heights Boys Basketball player Anthony Palmer has been named Athlete of the Week.   

Palmer scored on a three pointer halfway through the third quarter of the Aviators 53-44 win over, giving him 1,002 points at the time. He would go on to score seven more in the game.

Palmer becomes the 11th ...

Friends of the Hasbrouck Heights Library Looks Ahead to 2019 at Re-organization Meeting

February 22, 2019

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Friends of the Hasbrouck Heights Library is in the midst of its annual Membership Drive for 2019.  Renewals have been mailed out to the entire friends group, and forms for adults and juniors are can be picked up at the Habsrouck Heights Library front desk. 

Officers for 2019 are President, Micky Maschio; Vice President, Tony ...

Over Two Dozen Junior Aviator Wrestlers Advance to Regional Tournament

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  The Twin County Junior Wrestling League held its District 5 Tournament at Hasbrouck Heights High School on Sunday.  Hasbrouck Heights Rec Wrestling will send 27 wrestlers, 15 Gold Medalists, 12 Silver Medalists, on to the Regional Tournament tournament this Sunday at Hackensack High School. 

According to Head Coach Andrew Nass, this year ...

Deadline Approaching to Register for Hasbrouck Heights Little League Softball and Baseball

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  The deadline is fast approaching to register children for the Hasbrouck Heights Little League 2019 season. The deadline to register for both softball and baseball is Friday, February 22. The league has moved to an online registration process through the website, www.hhlittleleague.com. 

Drafts will be held the final week of February. Practices for ...

Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scouts Swing Their Partners at the Annual Square Dance

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Bow to your corner. Bow to your partner. Now everybody promenade!

The room was filled with plaid shirts and blue jeans, boots and bandanas at the third annual Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scout Square Dance Friday night at the Homewood Suites in East Rutherford.

Over 90 ‘couples’ attended the event, eclipsing last year’s headcount. The girls ranged ...

Hasbrouck Heights Rec Wrestling "Gained Valuable Experience" at League Championships

CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ -- After finishing a successful regular season with a 6-2 record in the Twin County Junior Wrestling Dual League, the Hasbrouck Heights Rec Wrestling Dual Team earned a trip to the League Championship on Saturday at Cliffside Park High School.  The team wrestled at the Championship but lost a close round to a tough Fair Lawn squad. 

Other teams participating in the ...

Hasbrouck Heights Middle Schoolers Learn Lessons About Heart Health in Hoops for Heart

February 18, 2019

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Students at Hasbrouck Heights Middle School learned lessons about heart health and basketball as part of the annual Hoops for Heart event on Friday.

Hoops for Heart is a school-wide event coordinated physical education teacher Jackie Ferranti, with the assistance of Principal Joseph Mastropietro and Vice Principal Frank D’Amico, and ...

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 second marking period of the 2018 - 19 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 ...

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 2018 -19 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 ...

Wood-Ridge School District to Hold Kindergarten Registration

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Wood-Ridge School Distrist will hold registration for the 2019/2020 kindergarten classes at the Catherine E. Doyle School on Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, by appointment only.  Children must accompany parents for registration. Children are eligible if they turn five [5] years old on or before October 1, 2019.

The State Commissioner ...

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library Announces the Calendar of Events for March

February 23, 2019

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library announced its calendar of event and activities for March. Some events require registration, which is noted.

Yoga Storytime with Miss Danielle

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will host free Yoga Storytime classes for toddlers on Wednesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00am and 11:00am.  Join Miss Danielle for stories, ...

New Network Television Drama Shoots in Hasbrouck Heights

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- A street and church in Hasbrouck Heights were the location shoot of an upcoming espionage thriller making its debut on network televison next week.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Chuch was the site for a scene from "The Enemy Within" debuting on NBC next week. The street was closed off to traffic by Hasbrouck Heights Police Department for the day.

According to ...

Are You Freezing For a Reason at the Polar Bear Plunge? Tell TAPinto About It

February 21, 2019

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/SEASIDE, NJ -- For the past 25 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 record  ...

Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scouts' Silver Project Accentuates #BodyPositivity

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Members of Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scout troop 94750 held a Body Positivity workshop as part of their Silver Award project. The event was attended by over 35 girls from second to fifth grade. 

The two-hour workshop included an introduction of the host troop's girls and what they liked about themselves. They broke into small groups featuring activities and ...

Donations Needed for Soldiers and Area Veterans

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Several donation drives are underway for both active military soliders and veterans. Rose Pagan, coordinator of A Hero's Welcome North NJ Chapter is overseeing the events, and partnering with other organizations. Below is a listing of drives and needs.

Adopt a Platoon:

Working with Adopt a Platoon based in Fair Lawn, this colletion drive is looking for ...

Be Present Boutique Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

February 10, 2019

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS , NJ -- Be Present Boutique's owners were joined by members of the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council and Chamber of Commerce to officially celebrate its grand opening Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Boulevard location. 

The boutique gift shop is owned by Sam and Carla Silva-Papasavas. Members of the ...

Local Graduates Named to Colleges' Dean's Lists

February 21, 2019

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. –  Graduates of Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights have been named to their respective college or university's Dean's List for the Fall 2018 semester.

Blake Everett of Hasbrouck Heights was named to the Dean's List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2018 Fall Semester. Everett is in the psychology program. Degree-seeking undergraduate ...

Rutgers Autism Service Program Getting $9.8M Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A landmark program at Rutgers University serving adults with autism will get a new center under a proposal that gained approval Wednesday from the university board of governors.

Board members approved plans for the construction of a $9.8 million center on the Douglas campus that will serve as the permanent location of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services.

Rutgers ...

Hasbrouck Heights Alumni Named to Deans' Lists

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Several alumni from Hasbrouck Heights have been named to the Dean's List for their respective colleges and universities for the Fall 2018 semester.

Dalia Jawabrah excelled during the Fall 2018 semester, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean's List at Hofstra University.  

Shalom S. Dukhande, a Freshman ...

Wood-Ridge Council Passes Two Resolutions at February Meeting

February 21, 2019

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Despite the snow and the “State of Emergency”, the Borough of Wood-Ridge held its regularly scheduled Council meeting Wednesday evening.  There were no presentations scheduled due to the anticipated inclement weather. Any previously anticipated presentations were rescheduled to the March 6th meeting.

Two ordinances were presented and passed upon first reading.

Hasbrouck Heights Council Approves Appointments

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The following appointments were approved by the Council at the February 12 Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting.

Lisa Mason was named the Mayor's Liason to the Mayor's Committee on Community Celebrations.  The following were named to the Mayor's Committee on Community Celebrations.

Esterina Anderson
Laura Baker
Julie Canavatchel
Cynthia ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Introduces Five New Ordinances

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Tuesday’s snow storm did not keep the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Mayor and Council from having their scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening at Borough Hall.  

It was a busy agenda as five ordinances were introduced to the council.

No. 2423 - An ordinance to fix the salary and compensation of members of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department for the ...

Lawmakers Look for $1 Billion More in Funding for Autism Support Services

New Jersey leads the nation with the highest percentage of children with autism spectrum disorders.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Ensuring that individuals with autism are supported throughout their lives is a major goal of bipartisan legislation introduced this week by U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-4th District) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.).

The Autism Cares Act of 2019 would authorize over $1 ...

Hasbrouck Heights Health Department Offers Smart Driver Program

February 21, 2019

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Hasbrouck Heights Health Department will sponsor the AARP Smart Driver Program on Monday, March 18. It will be held in the Community Room of Borough Hall and run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The course will cover:

Defensive driving techniques;
Safety strategies;
New traffic laws and rules of the road.

Upon completion of ...

Bergen County Partners with New Jersey Hearing Aid Project

HACKENSACK, NJ  -- The County of Bergen announced that it is partnering with the New Jersey Department of Human Services to help provide free refurbished hearing aids to qualified low-income seniors.

The New Jersey Hearing Aid Project provides free refurbished hearing aids for eligible older New Jersey resident with low incomes. The project is a collaboration between the Department of ...

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Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Baby Seal Comes Ashore on Belmar Beach, Another Dies at Marine Mammal Stranding Center

February 18, 2019

Baby seals are not as cute and friendly as they look, and they can bite. That’s why it’s important to stay at least 50 yards from a resting pup. Plus, it’s against federal regulations to touch them.

BELMAR, NJ — A baby harp seal came ashore on the Belmar beach today, and since it appears healthy, should return to the ocean waters by itself, according to the Marine ...

Icebirds Spotted on the Navesink – Watch the Videos

RED BANK, NJ – Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.  Iceboating.  Get it while you can.

You remember the “Polar Vortex” that brought sub-freezing weather to our local area last week?

Most people complained. 

Iceboaters aren’t most people.

A couple of the boys from the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club took a walk on the ice early this ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, February 23, 8:00 AM

Applebee's , Garfield

Wood-Ridge HS Baseball Applebee's Pancake ...

Giving Back Sports

Thu, February 28, 7:00 PM

Hosted by Bible Baptist Church, Hasbrouck Heights

Mothers of Preschoolers {MOPS} Event

Education

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Sat, March 2, 6:30 PM

Lodi Little League Hall, Lodi

Lodi Little League Beefsteak Comedy Show

Giving Back

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Wed, March 6, 7:00 PM

HHHS Kiefer Auditorium, Hasbrouck Heights

Hasbrouck Heights Junior-Senior High School Pops ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, March 26, 7:00 PM

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Paramus Service Center, Paramus

Summer Camp Information Night

Other

Bergen County Seeks Volunteers for Regional Team to Respond to Domestic Violence at Police Departments

February 19, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Bergen County Department of Human Services, Division of Alternatives to Domestic Violence (BCDHS/ADV) is currently recruiting volunteers for a regional team that will respond to victims of domestic violence at police departments located in Bergen County municipalities.  Volunteers from the community are trained to offer necessary information and referrals to victims at a ...

Long-time Executive at Leading Behavioral Health Provider Retires, with Scholarship in his Name Raising $42K

HACKENSACK, NJ -- The long time leader of one of the area's most vital providers of mental and behavioral health services received quite a send off last week, as Comprehrensive Behavioral Healthcare's Executive Director Peter Scerbo called it a career after nearly 50 years. Scerbo was joined by hundreds of colleagues, friends and local officials for a retirement party. There he received ...

Lenny Dykstra, Associates Defrauded Clark-based Nonprofit, Lawsuit Says

February 23, 2019

CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall into housing has been tied to embattled former professional baseball player Lenny Dykstra, court records show.

Barbara Schwartz, an attorney for Garry Ruane, owner of the Gran Centurions Banquet Hall, said her client has been ensnared in the scheme in which Linden-based real estate broker Thomas ...

Toys R Us is Reinventing Itself at a New Headquarters in Parsippany

PARSIPPANY, NJ - 5 Woodhollow Road in Parsippany has a new tenant - Tru Kids Inc., the revamped and re-emerged, Toys R Us.

One year after liquidating its U.S. stores, former Toys R Us executives announced Monday that the iconic retailer has emerged as a company called Tru Kids Inc., and will be doing business as Tru Kids Brands.

Tru Kids will be run by President and Chief Executive ...

Scholarships Available to Students with Disabilities

February 9, 2019

Financial Support for Graduating North Jersey Seniors

MONTVILLE, NJ – Scholarship applications are now being accepted for students with disabilities who are graduating this year. The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of Northern New Jersey, a group of more than 40 state-approved specialized schools serving students with a wide range of disabilities in northern and ...