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Farmer's Market Falls Through, Not Coming to Hasbrouck Heights in 2021

May 29, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - One month ago, it appeared that the Farmer’s Market would be returning to Hasbrouck Heights for the Summer of 2021.  Now, it appears quite unlikely that will happen.

At the April 27 meeting, the Hasbrouck Heights Council approved entering a tentative contract with New Memory Management of Rutherford to run the Farmer’s Market, as long as ...

FAA Begins Air Traffic Controller Training for New Teterboro Airport Flight Pattern

TETERBORO, NJ - Earlier last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed local officials they have begun training air traffic controllers on the long-anticipated alternate flight pattern to Teterboro airport. The new flight pattern will direct Teterboro Airport flight traffic over Route 17 rather than over Prospect Avenue and other residential areas in Hackensack, ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Meeting Moved to Monday, June 21

June 21, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, will be held Monday, June 21 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers at the Hasbrouck Heights municipal building.

Meetings have returned to an in-person format, and those wishing to participate in the meeting must be physically in attendance.  For those who wish to view the meeting, but ...

Teterboro Introduces Ordinance to Prohibit Cannabis Businesses

TETERBORO, NJ - The Mayor and Council of Teterboro introduced an ordinance at its June meeting to ban cannabis businesses from operating in the borough.

The introduction first reading of Ordinance #622 amends Chapter 185, Article IV, Section 8 (J) "to prohibit the operation of any class of cannabis businesses within its geographical boundaries of the Borough of ...

Wood-Ridge Council Approves Police Regulations, Cannabis License Code at June Meeting

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Council held its advertised public meeting on the 2021 Municipal Budget on Wednesday evening at the Wood-Ridge Municipal Building. With Council President Edward Marino presided over the meeting, with Mayor Paul Sarlo excused.  

Wood-Ridge Borough Administrator Chris Eilert gave a brief recap of the budget to the limited audience.  There is no ...

MVC Facilities, Except Inspection Stations, Will Be Closed Friday, June 18, in Observance of the Juneteenth Holiday

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) facilities will be closed Friday, June 18. This is in observance of the state’s inaugural Juneteenth holiday, which is designated the third Friday in June.

In Bergen County, there are two Inspection stations: Lodi and Paramus. There are three Licensing/Vehicle centers: Lodi, Oakland, and Wallington.

Closed Friday, June ...

Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights Students Again Run with Officers in Annual Torch Run for Special Olympics

June 18, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ --   The Torch returned to Bergen County last Friday morning as students from Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge joined local law enforcement officers in the 38th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey.

While the 2020 Torch Run was held, the event was run in October without children due to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Wood-Ridge Class of 2021 Overcomes Challenges to Graduate on Friday

June 20, 2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - A warm late spring night greeted the Wood-Ridge High School Class of 2021 as they graduated on Donna Ricker Field on Friday evening.

Students gathered at the gym and walked down Windsor Street, behind the school's administrators and teachers. They entered Ricker Field through a blue and white balloon arch while "Pomp and Circumstance" played ...

Hasbrouck Heights Names Top Three Students for the Class of 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights High School announced the students who have received the highest honors for the graduating Class of 2021.

The Valedictorian is Ahmad Khawam, and Salutatorian is Olivia Trexler, according to Linda Simmons, Hasbrouck Heights High School principal. Third Honors was awarded to Nicole Dallara.


Ahmad Khawam will be attending Rutgers ...

Hasbrouck Heights High School Releases Honor Roll for Third Quarter of 2020-2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Hasbrouck Heights High School announced the Honor Roll students for the third marking period of the 2020-21 school year. There are three levels of Honors in high school with the following criteria:

First Honors: All A's (either A+, A, or A- );

Second Honors: At least three A’s (either A+, A, or A-) and no grade below a B (83 or ...

Hasbrouck Heights Middle School Announces Honor Roll for Third Marking Period of 2020-2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Hasbrouck Heights Middle School announced the Honor Roll students for the third marking period of the 2020-21 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 ...

Wood-Ridge Senior High School Announces Honor Roll for the Third Marking Period of 2020-2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Wood-Ridge Senior High School announced the Honor Rolls for the third marking period of the 2020 - 2021 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 ...

Wood-Ridge Junior High School Announces Honor Roll for Third Marking Period of 2020-2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ  -- Wood-Ridge Junior High School announced the Honor Roll students for the third marking period of the 2020 - 21 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 ...

New Jersey Reaches Its 50% Vaccination Goal Two Weeks Ahead of Schedule

June 20, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Just 185 days after the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in New Jersey, the state has reached its ambitious goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. 

“Before the arrival of vaccines in mid-December, our Administration set one of the most aggressive vaccination goals in the ...

Most New Jerseyans Support Fully Reopening Public Schools in Fall: Rutgers Poll

Most New Jerseyans Support Requiring Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers; About Six in Ten Support Vaccine Passports and Employer- and College-Required Vaccinations

NEW BRUSWICK, NJ — As vaccination rates increase and prospects of normal life return more than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, New Jerseyans differ on various aspects of this “new normal” and how ...

Hasbrouck Heights Honors Four Student-Athletes Signing Collegiate Letters

June 21, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights High School held a signing ceremony for four seniors who will continue their athletic and academics in college in the fall. 

Families and student-athletes, teachers and administrators, teammates and coaches gathered in an alcove outside the school's media center to witness five seniors sign their letter of intent to continue ...

HS Track: Hasbrouck Heights Boys Pick First Team All Meadowlands Honors

SECAUCUS, NJ  - The distance duo of Jake Porco and Evan Morrow led the Hasbrouck Heights boys track team honorees on the NJIC All Meadowlands team named last week. The Aviators convincingly won the league title in 2021, recording a perfect record in league meets.

Morrow was named to the All League First Team in the 800 meters and 1600 meters, with Porco being named First Team in the 3200 ...

Hasbrouck Heights Approves Kurt Freund as New Head Wrestling Coach, Replaces Longtime Coach Messery

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approved Kurt Freund as the new head wrestling coach during its Thursday night meeting. He replaces longtime coach Craig Messery.

Messery was the Aviators head coach for 14 years, and produced the school's third state champion, Mickey O'Malley, who captured the 170 title in 2018.  Three former ...

HS Track: Hasbrouck Heights Girls Dominate All Meadowlands Track Team

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - When you win your 26th straight league title undefeated in dual meets, win the league meet with a score that is higher than all of the rest of your competitors combined, and capture the North 1, Section 1 Title, chances are you are going to have a lot of All League performances.  

That was certainly the case for Hasbrouck Heights girls track team, who captured ...

National Weather Service Issues Air Quality Alert Until 10 p.m. Sunday June 6

June 5, 2021

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY - The National Weather Service declared Sunday, June 6 an "Ozone Action Day." This air quality alert is for northern New Jersey including Eastern Passaic County, Bergen County, Hudson County, Essex County and Union County.

Ozone levels are forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups. According to the Weather Service, the very young, the elderly, ...

Corpus Christi Church Celebrates the Holy Eucharist, or Body of Christ

June 17, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Sunday, June 6, was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi Parish marked the occasion with a forty-hour period of Eucharistic Adoration, a special 12 noon Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Saporito, a Eucharistic procession through the streets, and a fellowship with desserts on the church lawn.

The Catholic ...

Hasbrouck Heights Church Honors the Fallen with Memorial Flag Garden

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Last Saturday the First Reformed Church of Hasbrouck Heights remembered those who served and have passed into the presence of God with a Memorial Flag Garden. The ceremony included an invocation by Pastor Debbie Rundecker, a reflection by Patrick McCarthy, Commander of the American Legion Post 106 and "Taps" played by Alfonsus Agapinan, Hasbrouck ...

Moonachie Man Arrested in Connection with Rt. 3 Hit-and-Run near Clifton Commons

June 19, 2021

TOTOWA, NJ - A 26-year-old Moonachie man was arrested in connection with the June 13 early morning fatal hit-and-run on Rt. 3 East near Clifton Commons in Clifton NJ. 

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi, the investigation of the incident led to the arrest of Bryan Meza-Roca. The arrest was made on Friday, June 18, ...

Wood-Ridge Brothers Named 2021 Chief for a Day

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Borough siblings served as the 2021 Wood-Ridge Police Chief For Day on Friday, June 11, in the annual program, run by the Bergen County Sheriff's Department. 

Brody and Jake Bergner were selected to be Police Chief for a Day by WRPD Chief John Korin. Brody received the title of Chief, while his brother fulfilled the role of Deputy ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Names "Officer In Charge" After Chief Colaneri's Retirement

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Council voted on Tuesday night to name Captain Joseph Rinke as the “Officer-in-Charge” of the Hasbrouck Heights police department upon the retirement of Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael Colaneri Sr. on June 30.

Mayor Jack DeLorenzo explained that the police department would need an ‘officer in charge” once ...

Students with Disabilities Able to Receive an Extra Year of Special Education, Says Gov. Murphy

June 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Murphy signed legislation (S3434/A5366) which offers an additional year of public education and related services to students with disabilities.

According to the Governor's office, this bill will provide a temporary one-year extension of special education and related services to students with disabilities who exceed, or will exceed, the current age of eligibility for ...

2021 Hasbrouck Heights Primary Election Results

June 9, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Democratic incumbent Steven Reyngoudt will be joined by Adam Mucci in running against Republicans Robert Bing and Thomas Meli for two spots on the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council in November's general election.

The winners all ran unopposed on their respective party's ballots.

All results are unofficial until certified by the ...

2021 Wood-Ridge Primary Election Results

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Democratic incumbents Ezio Altamura and Edward Marino will be challenged in November by Republicans Bruce E. Ferda and Thomas A. Carney for two spots on the Wood-Ridge Borough Council voters decided in Tuesday’s primaries.  

The winners all ran unopposed on their respective party's ballots.

All results are unofficial until ...

Final Call to Get Tickets for Coach Nick Delcalzo's Retirement Party

June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON TWP, NJ - Organizers are sending out the final reminder to purchase tickets for the retirement party for Hasbrouck Heights Coach Nick Delcalzo, scheduled for Thursday, September 23. It will still be held at Seasons in Washington Township, Bergen County. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  

All registration forms and checks must be in no later than ...

Recall Alert: Beech-Nut Recalls Single Grain Rice Cereal

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal, announced the company. The recall resulted from a routine sampling program from the production lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal which tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.

The product being recalled was distributed nationally, ...

Wood-Ridge Sees Record Turnout for Annual Keep Wood-Ridge Beautiful Day

June 7, 2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- After a year off because of COVID-19, there was a record turnout for the annual Keep Wood-Ridge Beautiful Day on Sunday. Volunteers cleaned and planted at various locations throughout the borough.

Due to social distancing guidelines, the organizers created two shifts: one group went out and cleaned from 1130am to 130pm and th second group went out to plant from 1230pm to ...

Bergen County Sheriff's Office Arrests 14 ICE Protesters at Bergen County Jail

June 10, 2021

HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County Sheriff’s Officers arrested 14 individuals on numerous charges Tuesday, relating to criminal trespassing on to the property of the Bergen County Jail, obstructing government vehicles from entering and exiting the sally port for individuals being booked into the jail, and refusing a lawful order to disperse.

The protesters attempted to ...

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Monday's New Jersey COVID-19 Numbers; Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Vaccine Figures

June 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state on during his Monday afternoon press conference, where he also noted that he was ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021, but would extend a grace period will run through December 31.

There were 138 new PCR cases reported and 122 antigen tests, ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1st; Grace Period Will Run Through Dec. 31

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said during his Monday press conference.

"This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re ...

Sunday's COVID19 Numbers from New Jersey

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

There were 180 new PCR cases reported and 43 antigen tests, with 6 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 888,927 positive PCR cases, 128,977 positive antigen cases, and 23,601 deaths, and ...

Bergen County to Open Historic Gethsemane Cemetery for Juneteenth Tours

June 17, 2021

HACKENSACK/LITTLE FERRY, NJ - In commemoration of Juneteenth, Bergen County will open historic Gethsemane Cemetery in Little Ferry to the public for self-guided tours on Saturday, June 19 from 1 to 4pm. The public viewing, which is being arranged by the County’s Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs (DCHA) will feature Bergen County historian Dr. Arnold Brown who will be on site ...

Bergen County Operated Senior Activity Centers Re-Open to the Public Today

HACKENSACK, NJ — Bergen County Senior Activity Centers have re-opened to the public as of Monday, June 7.

Seniors must be pre-registered to attend activities at the 10 Bergen County Senior Activity Centers.  Activities include, but are not limited to; low impact exercise classes, yoga, bingo, art classes, guest speakers, etc.  Moreover, any seniors interested in lunch ...

Take Our 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

June 21, 2021

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...

Ol' Blue Eyes In Bronze: Hoboken To Install Sinatra Statue On The Waterfront

June 21, 2021

HOBOKEN, NJ - "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It..."

Here in Hoboken, Sinatra's legacy will loom even larger—as officials announce plans to install a Sinatra Statue, in the amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive, along the city's scenic waterfront.

Frank often spoke of growing up in Hoboken, standing on the Hudson River's western ...

Randolph BOE Votes To Remove Names of All Holidays on School Calendar; Everything to be Called “Day Off”

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

NJ Man Arrested on Back-to-Back Days for Back-to-Back Crimes

WAYNE, NJ — Wayne police arrested the same man on consecutive days this weekend. After committing his first crime and being released, the suspect went right back at it the next day, and was picked up and charged again. The following account is from a statement released by the Wayne PD.

The First Crime

Late on Saturday afternoon a man left his wallet at the Burger King on Route 46 in ...

National Weather Service Issues Air Quality Alert Until 10 p.m. Sunday June 6

June 5, 2021

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY - The National Weather Service declared Sunday, June 6 an "Ozone Action Day." This air quality alert is for northern New Jersey including Eastern Passaic County, Bergen County, Hudson County, Essex County and Union County.

Ozone levels are forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups. According to the Weather Service, the very young, the elderly, ...

New Jersey Date Night: Enjoy the Fireworks

June 21, 2021

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

There's nothing better than sharing a blanket with your love as you gaze at the New Jersey sky. With Independence Day upon us, this year we get the value added bonus of taking in the fireworks. Celebrating our country’s birthday combined with a little romance leads us to a fireworks display ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...