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Teterboro Airport Awarded a $1.1 Million Grant as Part of the CARES Act

July 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Teterboro Airport was awarded a $1,111,111 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for last year’s construction of the 700-foot taxiway, according to an announcement by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09.) The taxiway will help increase safety and reduce delays at Teterboro by limiting the likelihood of runway incursions. Funding for ...

Wood-Ridge Council Hears Complaints Over Speeding and Noise at Wesmont NJ Transit Parking Lot

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Complaints concerning kids gathering at the Wesmont Train Station parking lot after dark and drivers speeding through town were raised by a concerned citizen at the Wood-Ridge Borough Council meeting on Wednesday.

The resident complained of cars speeding through side streets, going through stop signs and expressed heightened concern about the safety of children, especially as ...

Teterboro Planning Board Approves Amazon's Zoning Application for North Street Site

TETERBORO, NJ - After six hours spread over two meetings, the Teterboro Planning Board approved Amazon's zoning application for a new site in the borough during Tuesday night's meeting. It was a continuation of the application which was introduced during the May meeting.

The site, 125 North Street, Block 306, Lot 3, is located on the corner of North Street and Huyler ...

Hasbrouck Heights' Black Lives Matter March Draws Hundreds

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Overcast skies and light rain didn't stop Friday's Black Lives Matter down the Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights on Friday afternoon.

People started showing up at Hasbrouck Heights High School at 2 p.m., well in advance of the 2:30 p.m. start time for the Black Lives Matter march in the borough. There were high school students and alumni, as well as residents from ...

Murphy Orders American Flags Return to Fly at Full Staff

July 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be returned to full staff on Friday, July 3, having been at half-staff since Friday, April 3, in recognition and mourning of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by COVID-19. The flags will return to full staff as a symbol of New Jersey’s recovery and continued ...

After Passing a Stopgap Budget, Gov. Phil Murphy and Lawmakers Must Find Billions by October

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After signing a stopgap budget into law Tuesday to keep the state open for another three months, Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers must now find funding for several big-ticket items they ...

NJ State Budget 2020: Key Points to Watch in $7.7 Billion Bill

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A nearly $8 billion “mini budget” that covers state operations for another three months is slated for final approval in both houses of the ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Update About Boulevard Outdoor Dining on July 2

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - During Wednesday’s Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting, a discussion concerning the July 2nd Outdoor Dining and Boulevard Stroll turned into a brief debate over the Borough outdoor dining guidelines.  

The event, which will see a stretch of the Boulevard closed for outdoor dining from 4:30 to 9:30 pm, was a collaborative effort between the ...

Will Summer Crowds at the Jersey Shore Unleash a New Wave of COVID-19?

July 4, 2020

Beachgoers seek normalcy after long lockdown, but not without misgivings about pandemic

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On a warm afternoon at Seaside Heights, Nick Amoresano allowed himself a trip to the beach for the ...

FDA Warns Against Certain Hand-Sanitizer Products from Mexico

WAYNE, NJ – The FDA has published an advisory to the public not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA deCV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol. “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects,” read the advisory.

An increased awareness for hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Recall Alert: Children's Robitussin® Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM and Children's Dimetapp® Cold and Cough Due to Inaccurate Dosing Cups

In a company announcement, GSK Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling two lots of Children's Robitussin® Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM and one lot of Children's Dimetapp® Cold and Cough, due to the inclusion of incorrect dosing cups.

The recall is limited to three lots, which were distributed nationwide between February 5, 2020 and June 3, 2020. The ...

Hasbrouck Heights Hosted Bergen County Mobile Community Testing Outreach

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Teams of medical professionals arrived at the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club parking lot at 8 a.m. on Friday to set up for the week's final day of mobile community testing.

Upwards of 50 people from Bergen County, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, Bergen County Office of Emergency Management and Hasbrouck Heights set ...

Hasbrouck Heights Playgrounds Are Set to Re-Open on Thursday

June 30, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights is scheduled to re-open the borough's playgrounds on Thursday, July 2.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the re-opening of amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds on June 23. The re-opening plan was coordinated by Borough Administrator Mike Kronyak and DPW Director William Spindler. 

Playground ...

First Jump and Flag Raising Mark a Return for the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Everyone into the pool!

The midday sun was bright and temperatures were in the mid-80's when Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club held its annual Flag Raising Ceremony and First Jump on Sunday afternoon.

"I want to congratulate you all for the work to open this pool to bring back some kind of normalcy," said Mayor Jack DeLorenzo, who was in ...

Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club Officially Opens for the 2020 Season

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Gates were scheduled to open at 10 a.m. on Monday, but members lined up ahead of time at the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club.  A new era for the club opened in the age of coronavirus which will have new safety protocols for members and employees.

Before entering, members had their photos taken, so they can check in electronically, without the need for ...

Hasbrouck Heights Middle School Announces Honor Roll for Last Marking Period of the 2019-20 Year

July 4, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Hasbrouck Heights Middle School announced the Honor Roll students for the fourth marking period of the 2019-20 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 ...

Hasbrouck Heights Elks Hold Yearbook Signing Breakfast for the Class of 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Better late than never.

After an abbreviated school year with senior year events canceled due to the ongoing health crisis, Hasbrouck Heights High School seniors were able to attend their yearbook signing breakfast hosted by the Hasbrouck Heights Elks Lodge #1962 on Tuesday morning.

Members of the Class of 2020 were treated to bagels, juice, and coffee.

Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent Defends Possible Shared Services Agreement with South Hackensack

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant found himself on the defensive during Thursday night Board of Education meeting, explaining the proposed shared services agreement where he would be Superintendent of South Hackensack Schools, and fielding questions from those in attendance. The meeting was held online via Periscope in keeping with ...

Wood-Ridge BOE Addresses In-Person High School Graduation and Summer Work

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Before Monday's Hearing of Citizens, Wood-Ridge Board of Education president Albie Nieves reviewed the preliminary plans for holding an in-person graduation for Wood-Ridge High School seniors at Monday night's meeting.

Nieves noted the plans were subject to change "as new orders or guidelines are issued by the Governor or federal officials." He ...

Wood-Ridge Board of Education Honors Retiring Staffer

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Board of Education honored a retiring administrator at the beginning of its June meeting, Monday night online.

Bianca Bechelli has worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Board Administrator Jenine Murray for ten years. Her final day is August 31.

"She's not just Jenine's right-hand person," said Board president Albie Nieves.

Meet the Top Three Students in the Hasbrouck Heights HS Class of 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights High School announced the students who have received the highest honors for the graduating Class of 2020.

The Valedictorian is Anurag Pratap, and Salutatorian is Angelina De Guzman. Third Honors was awarded to Joseph Kim.

TAPinto caught up with the three seniors to get their insights about remote learning, graduation, and their future ...

Wood-Ridge Education Association Supports Frontline Healthcare Workers

June 27, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - When they were not adapting lesson plans and working with students in the new "remote learning" environment this spring, members of the Wood-Ridge Education Association were supporting healthcare workers on the frontline by providing meals at two area hospitals.

According to Lisa Ames, math teacher at Wood-Ridge Junior Senior High School, the teachers ...

Through Front Porch Project St. Joseph's Nurse Finds Giving Back A Snap

PATERSON, NJ – Finding a way to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic for a nurse at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center was a snap – literally.

During the outbreak’s peak in early April, Kristie Spindler, who has worked in the labor and delivery department for the past six years, said there were times she felt “a little scared” and “definitely ...

Five Hasbrouck Heights Grads Named to NJAC All Academic Team

July 3, 2020

PITTMAN, NJ - Five Hasbrouck Heights athletes were named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for 2019-2020.  A record 1,109 students were named.

To be eligible for the squad, a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior, or senior who has competed in a conference-sponsored sport while achieving a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20. First and second-team ...

Hasbrouck Heights Baseball Continues to Ready for the Last Dance Tournament

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  It's two weeks until the Hasbrouck Heights baseball team returns to the field in the Last Dance Tournament on July 14.  The Aviators, the third seed in the Becton side of the Becton-Wood-Ridge regional, will face the second seeded Lyndhurst Bears at Riggin Field in East Rutherford.

The players are practicing on their own, as the NJSIAA regulations have ...

Wood-Ridge Baseball Getting Ready for Shot in the "Last Dance Tournament"

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  Wood-Ridge head baseball coach Mike Carcich is comfortable that his players are in good hands getting ready for the Last Dance Tournament, scheduled to start on July 14.  

“First and foremost, I can't say enough about the town of Wood-Ridge in regards to being supportive to baseball at all levels, but especially the high school,” Carcich ...

Governor Murphy Signs Sarlo-Ruiz "Bridge Year" Bill, Extending Athletic Eligibility for High School Athletes

UPDATE:  Prior to releasing his "The Road Back" plan detailing New Jersey's plan on how to open school's in September, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that would grant the classes of 2021 and 2022 a "bridge year" after their senior years.  

TRENTON, NJ - A bill that would give current high school sophomores and juniors an ...

Hasbrouck Heights Little League to Play Sandlot Ball this Summer

June 26, 2020


After the regular Little League season was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis, the youth organization is offering players a Summer Sandlot program to develop skills and intereact with other players.

Hasbrouck Heights Little League (HHLL) is planning to have enough players for two groups. The 6 to 8 years olds will be coach-pitch ...

Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association to Mandate a Waiver for Players

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association discussed the new developments in light of the ongoing COVID health crisis for the upcoming season at its June meeting held online.

All children who are registered with the HHSA, will be required to have a waiver signed by parent and/or guardian regarding Covid-19 going into the season. The league will also provide ...

TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights Sets New Record for Pageviews in June

July 3, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - June 2020 was a record-setting month for TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro, going over the 100,000 mark in page views for the first time in the site’s three years publishing.

The site has seen a surge in readership since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as readers come to the site to get the news not only Governor Murphy’s daily press ...

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Limiting Excessive Third-Party Delivery Fees During a State of Emergency

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2437) Friday which limits service fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery applications and websites during state of emergencies declared by the Governor in response to COVID-19, according to an announcement from his office. The legislation provides relief to restaurants across New Jersey that have faced ...

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library is Set to Re-Open on Monday

July 2, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Wood-Ridge Memorial Library is scheduled to re-open to the public on Monday, July 6, with limited capacity and with accordance of state mandated guidelines.

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library closed in mid-March.  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the re-opening of libraries on June 24, and confirmed on July 1. The re-opening plan was coordinated ...

Hasbrouck Heights Elks Award Scholarship to Chiara Colletti

July 1, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights High School senior Chiara Colletti received the Noomburg Annuzzi  Scholarship from the Hasbrouck Heights Elks Lodge #1962.

The scholarship is normally awarded at the annual Hasbrouck Heights awards night in early June. With schools still closed, the event was canceled. Joyce Powell of the Elks invited Colletti and her family to the ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

Rutgers To Announce in Mid-July If Students Will Return to Campus for In-Person Classes

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers University, which has been utilizing remote learning to instruct its 36,000 or so undergraduate students since March, will decide in July how to proceed during the fall semester.

The announcement was made by Rutgers President Robert Barchi during Tuesday’s Board of Governor’s meeting – his last before his eight-year run ends and ...

How Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights Residents Can Vote in Next Week's Primary

June 30, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), New Jersey's June 2 Primary was postponed to July 7, per Governor Phil Murphy's executive order in early April, and was declared vote-by-mail in mid-May.  This is how voters can cast their votes next week.

All active registered Republican and Democratic voters automatically received a ...

Mangia! Hasbrouck Heights Hosts First Outdoor Dining and Boulevard Stroll Event

July 3, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - A warm summer night greeted the first outdoor dining and Boulevard Stroll on Thursday night.

Streets were blocked off as restaurants moved their dining rooms outside, taking tables, chairs, place settings and menus onto the Boulevard to welcome people to a unique al fresco dining experience. Some sat under canopies, some were under oversized ...

Hasbrouck Heights to Host Outdoor Dining and Boulevard Stroll

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Get ready for a little al fresco dining on the Boulevard, even if it's for one night.

The Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, a cooperative effort between the Mayor and Council, Hasbrouck Heights Police and Fire Departments, and Regional Chamber of Commerce, will offer one night of outdoor dining on Thursday, July 2. Restaurants will set up tables and chairs on the ...

The Jersey Shore’s Latest Reopening Hurdle? Overflowing Trash

June 25, 2020

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Since Memorial Day, the Jersey Shore has been grinding back to life. But after Gov. Phil Murphy lifted his stay-at-home order on June 9, the influx of visitors ...

Invasive Plants At the Root of Growing Problem, Says Rutgers Expert

June 28, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –Japanese knotweed and Chinese silver grass may look lovely as accents to your well-coifed yard, but these invasive plants are at the root of a growing problem.

These and other types of foreign plants spread from your garden and end up anywhere and seemingly everywhere - along the Raritan River, for instance – where they disrupt natural communities and wreak havoc ...

Lawsuit Claims Bullying, Sex Assaults Led to NJ Student’s Suicide

June 26, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parents of a Westfield High School sophomore who died in 2018 have filed a lawsuit claiming the school district allowed their son to be subjected to repeated bullying, including sexual assaults and racially explicit slurs, that eventually led to his suicide.

The parents of Carthoris “Carter” Uziel filed the suit in Superior Court in Elizabeth last week.

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

July 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Even though he did not hold a press conference, Governor Phil Murphy released the newest number of positive cases of COVID-19 and deaths from around the state on Friday.

There are 386 new cases with 58 new deaths. Statewide, there are 172,742 positive cases and 13,308 deaths, and 1856 probable COVID deaths.

Bergen County Executive James Tedesco announced ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Thursday's COVID-19 Numbers Around the State

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy released the newest number of positive cases of COVID-19 and deaths from around the state during his Thursday afternoon press conference in Trenton.

There are 539 new cases with 27 new deaths. Statewide, there are 172,356 positive cases and 13,251 deaths, and 1854 probably COVID deaths.

According to Murphy, Bergen County ...

Bergen County Mobile Testing Continues in Rochelle Park and Three Other Towns

June 28, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The County of Bergen/Bergen New Bridge Medical Center community mobile testing program will offer week eight of additional testing locations to reach more residents across Bergen County, announced Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco in a press release. So far over 16,000 residents have been tested at community mobile testing sites for ...

Hasbrouck Heights Resident Named Executive Director of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

HACKENSACK, NJ -  Hasbrouck Heights resident Mary Blanusa has been appointed Executive Director of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Hackensack, New Jersey.  Blanusa has 20 years' experience in nonprofit and philanthropic leadership focused on education, community development, community organizing and ...

Hasbrouck Heights 2020 Preserving our Planet Poster Planet Contest

June 24, 2020

The Hasbrouck Heights Environmental Commission is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Preserving our Planet poster contest.

3rd grade winners:

Chanana Puvvada
Olivia Marchese
Hali’a Polanco

4th grade winners:

Valentina Potts
Alana Brisch
Evalisse Serrano

5th grade winners:

Morgan Murray
Jenna Korteling
Jessica Calbi

The 2020 ...

The Willowbrook Mall Reopens

July 1, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – For Three months, the doors of the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne have been closed and the grand halls, housing hundreds of stores, were dark and quiet. On Monday, with little fanfare, but great relief to many, the mall doors opened and the quiet halls filled with happy shoppers and even happier workers relieved to have their jobs back.

On a hot and humid day, the air-conditioned ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Stalls Reopening of Agencies for Another Week

TRENTON, NJ — N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission has delayed its June 29 reopening of agencies for in-person transactions for another week. However, road testing will resume at licensing centers, and inspections stations will be fully operational this upcoming Monday.

MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton blamed the delay until July 7 on the need to perform final testing of its new text ...

Celebrate Our Freedoms this Fourth of July

July 4 represents a significant date in American history. After years of tension with Great Britain, the American Revolutionary War began in April 1775. Initially, most American colonists did not want freedom from Britain. Most colonists simply wanted relief from what they believed to be British oppression. Thomas Paine later wrote the pamphlet “Common Sense” that argued why the ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

Mike Sickels for Height's Council

June 24, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

It is an honor and privilege to be on the ballot for the 2020 Primary and General Election where I hope to win your support and represent you as a member of the Hasbrouck Heights Town Council.  I write to you today to share a little about the person I am and the person you can count on as a council member.  

I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary ...

Beach Haven's Latest Executive Order Institutes Juvenile Curfew and More

July 3, 2020

BEACH HAVEN — Beach Haven Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis and Emergency Coordinator William Tromm signed an emergency Executive Order 2020-10 on Wednesday, July 1 with the following highlights:

Youths under age 18 now have a 10 p.m. curfew. The youth have not been keeping social distancing in Beach Haven and the Chief of Police recommended this change. Beach Haven draws many ...

LBI Ferry Service Starts 2020 Schedule July 4 With Social Distancing In Mind

TUCKERTON, NJ — Enjoy the summer out on the water and take a ferry ride from Tuckerton Seaport to Beach Haven Taylor Ave Municipal Dock each weekend throughout the summer with special COVID-19 measures aboard.

The popular Water Ferry Service is back to bring riders across the bay to enjoy the Long Beach Island Region.

The Tuckerton Seaport/Beach Haven water ferry welcomes riders ...

Sunday Beach Concerts in Long Beach Township Begin Sunday

June 27, 2020

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP — Long Beach Township had to curtail their normally expansive summer concert options this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, they are offering an opportunity to enjoy live music on the expansive 68th Street Beach this summer on Sunday afternoons. The concerts are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Here is the schedule:

June 28th   Jimmy & ...

No Mayor, we will not sign your letter

June 26, 2020

At last night’s Council meeting our Mayor read a letter he wanted all Councilmembers to sign related to COVID-19, re-opening businesses, and high school graduations. Unfortunately, all our Republican colleagues immediately joined in to support this political stunt.

Currently, many, if not all, Hasbrouck Heights businesses are back open and operating. Yes, there is limited capacity or ...