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Wood-Ridge Council Approves Two Separate Ordinances on Police and Pot

August 1, 2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Council passed two ordinances, one on police and one on pot, on final reading at Tuesday evening’s Council meeting.

The first ordinance, 2021-10, was an ordinance passed to update the rules and regulations of the Wood-Ridge Police Department. The update, which added a section on the use of police officers body cams, and the regulations regarding that ...

Hasbrouck Heights Residents Address Council About Local Flooding and Drainage Issue

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Residents of Hasbrouck Avenue addressed the Hasbrouck Heights Council with complaints about flooding in their neighborhood caused by the heavy rains due to a local retention pond not being properly maintained.  

“Part of the issue is not just the flooding but that it is contaminated - you can smell the diesel - you can see the oil as it is ...

Hasbrouck Heights, PBA Local 102 Agree to a Six-Year Deal

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Borough of Hasbrouck Heights and the Hasbrouck Heights police officers union have come to a “memorandum of understanding” on a new six-year police contract.  The agreement, which is back-dated to January 1, 2020, does not cover the superior officers, was approved, after a lengthy Executive Session, near the end of Tuesday’s meeting of the Mayor ...

Wood-Ridge Council Approves Supplemental Bond Ordinances for Playgrounds and Athletic Complex

July 31, 2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Borough Council approved two bond ordinances at the July meeting held Tuesday evening in the Wood-Ridge Council Chambers.  The meeting, held on Tuesday, had been rescheduled from the original July 21 date.

The first bond ordinance, 2021-12 provided for a supplemental appropriation of $1,250,000 for various park improvements in furtherance of the 2019 ...

Wood-Ridge Council Passes Consent Agenda, Approves Bond Consolidation Resolution

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  The Wood-Ridge Council approved the following items as part of its consent agenda at its July meeting held Tuesday evening at Borough Hall.  The agenda passed with by a 5-0 vote.

Included in the resolutions was two resolutions that approved the combining of several old bond issuances and combining them into one new issuance, at a lower tax rate.  Borough ...

Wood-Ridge Council Passes Budget With No Tax Increase for 2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Council approved the 2021 fiscal year budget at Tuesday evening’s meeting at Borough Hall, with no change in the tax levy for the upcoming year. 

The following three resolutions, introduced under New Business, was approved by a 5-0 vote.  Councilman Phil Romero was not present at the meeting, having previously been excused.

105-2021 ...

Hasbrouck Heights Council Passes Resolutions, Borough Engineer's Report

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - In addition to the ordinance dedicated “Delcalzo Way,” the Hasbrouck Heights Council passed three ordinances on Tuesday evening.

Ordinance 2487 amended two bond ordinances previously passed by the Council - No 2462 on September 8, 2020, and No 2467 on October 13, 2020.  The ordinance corrected wording in the two previously passed ...

Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program Continues through August at the Hasbrouck Heights Library

July 29, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights continues to be open for in-person browsing and computer use.   No appointments are required. Any minor 13 years old and under, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be responsible for their supervision.

Effective immediately, based upon the newly published CDC guidelines, all staff and the ...

Children's Summer Programs Continue at the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library in August

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library continues to be open to the public at 100% capacity. Computer time is limited to sixty minutes, no advance reservation is required. The Book Drop is open for item returns. Porch pick-up is available upon request. Please see our website for updated information.

Music with Miss Nita

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will host free ...

Wood-Ridge Girl Scouts Petition Council for Handicap-Accessible Playgrounds

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  Wood-Ridge Girl Scout Troop 97130 made a presentation to the Wood-Ridge Council Wednesday evening in a special session. The session was originally scheduled as a regular council meeting, but when circumstances caused the meeting to be delayed, the evening’s meeting then switched to presentations.

The Girl Scout troop, working on their Bronze Award, ...

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

July 7, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Hasbrouck Heights High School announced the Honor Roll students for the fourth 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 Final Quarter of 2020-2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Hasbrouck Heights Middle School announced the Honor Roll students for the fourth 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 Final Marking Period of 2020-2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Wood-Ridge Senior High School announced the Honor Rolls for the fourth 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 Fourth Marking Period of 2020-2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ  -- Wood-Ridge Junior High School announced the Honor Roll students for the fourth 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 ...

Hasbrouck Heights High School Class of 2021 Grads Receive the Keys to Success

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The stands at Depken Field were full with friends and family when the Hasbrouck Heights High School Class of 2021 graduated on Wednesday night.

High school principal Linda Simmons noted in her opening remarks that the class spent their entire senior year in a pandemic. With the help of vice principal Vincenzo Barchini, they presented a plaque dedicated to the ...

Hasbrouck Heights Honors the Top 10% Students from the Class of 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights High School announced the students who ranked in the top 10 percent of the Class of 2021, it was announced by Linda Simmons, principal.

13 graduating seniors were in the top 10 percent of the graduating class. Below are the students (listed alphabetically), college and major for the fall:

Ryan Calvache, Case Western Reserve University, Chemical ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

July 31, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and Diabetes Foundation Partner on New Initiative

HACKENSACK, NJ - The Diabetes Foundation (DF) announced a new program, the Bergen County Diabetes Initiative, in partnership with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (CPB), to support people in New Jersey living with diabetes, to have better health outcomes. Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, a clinical affiliate of Rutgers, is located in Paramus.

The Diabetes Foundation and Bergen New Bridge ...

Hasbrouck Heights Touchdown Club to Host the Inaugural Nick Delcalzo Aviator Golf Classic

July 22, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Touchdown Club will host the inaugural “The Nick Delcalzo Aviator Golf Classic” on Thursday, August 19th, at The Meadows in Lincoln Park, NJ. All participants should arrive between 8:00am to 8:30am.

This event will raise money to support Hasbrouck Heights Football on all levels. It is open to alumni, ...

HS Football: Ramsey Captures Hasbrouck Heights 7-on-7 Tournament

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Ramsey captured the rain-delayed Hasbrouck Heights 7-on-7 tournament title on Monday evening, knocking off Rutherford 20-12 in the final.  The Rams, coached by former Hasbrouck Heights assistant coach Adam Baeira, knocked off the Aviators in the opener, 13-7 to advance to the final.

Rutherford edged Wood-Ridge in their opener, 13-12, to advance to the final.  ...

Storms Postpone Hasbrouck Heights 7-on-7 Playoffs Until Monday

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Thunderstorms postponed the playoffs and championship game of the Heights Classic 7-on-7 Saturday afternoon at Depken Field. 

Games will be moved to Monday evening at 6 p.m. at Depken Field between the Division winners and Wild Card. Division winners were Ramsey, Rutherford, and Wood-Ridge. Hasbrouck Heights is the wild card team.

The playoff match-ups ...

Air Quality Alert for Hasbrouck Heights Area Through 11 p.m. Friday July 16

July 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) issued an Air Quality Alert for the region through Friday, July 16 at 11 p.m. The alert is issued for Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex, and Union counties. 

The alert means that ground level ozone within the area may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

This alert comes on top of the heat ...

Severe Thunderstorms Flood Streets in Hasbrouck Heights

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - Severe thunderstorms moved through Bergen County on Thursday afternoon, causing flooding on main and local streets.

The National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Flash Flood Warning for the area. Storms began at 2 p.m., with thunder, lighting and driving rains.

Parts of the Boulevard looked like a river, as waters swept down the street and ...

Heat Advisory Extended to Wednesday Night, Per National Weather Service

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — The combination of high temperatures and high humidity across Northern NJ will continue through Wednesday evening according to the National Weather Service (NWS). In response, a heat advisory has been issued through 8 p.m. Wednesday.  

"A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 ...

Hasbrouck Heights' Newest Business Brings a Touch of the Sweet Life to Town

July 25, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Saturday morning saw borough officials, new owners, and employees gathered for the official grand opening and ribbon cutting for the sweetest business to call Hasbrouck Heights home.

The owners of The Sweet Life were joined by members of Hasbrouck Heights Council, Hasbrouck Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce, and friends and family for its official ...

Wood-Ridge Honors Fire and Police Officers as Shield Winners for Acts of Heroism

July 23, 2021

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Council turned it chambers over to the Knights of Columbus as Saint Anthony Council #11585 of Wood-Ridge honored seven Wood-Ridge first responders for acts of heroism. 

Each year, the 342 Knights of Columbus Council nominate candidates in one of three public service categories, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, and Police for their actions that ...

Teterboro High Schooler Recognized by State for Artistic Excellence

July 24, 2021

RIDGEWOOD/TETERBORO, NJ - Suan Jeong, a Ridgewood resident and high school student from Bergen County Technical School in Teterboro was recognized for her artistic talent this week by New Jersey Human Services. 

Every year, the state’s human services department sponsors a contest that fosters creativity with a family-centered theme, according to Assistant Commissioner Natasha ...

Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Candidates Declare for Board of Ed Slots

July 28, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - A mix of incumbents and newcomers are on the ballots for the Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights Boards of Education on Tuesday, November 2.  

Monday, July 26 was the deadline for candidates to file an application to run for their local Board of Education. The information is published by the Bergen County Clerk's Office. The list is ...

Deadline Approaches to Run for Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Board of Ed

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ The deadline is quickly approaching for residents to file to run for the upcoming election for the Boards of Education for Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge.

Nominating petitions can be found on the Hasbrouck Heights School District website. Wood-Ridge residents can contact the district's Board of Education Office for additional information.

The ...

Hasbrouck Heights Swim Team Places Second in League Championships

July 31, 2021

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The sounds of "Swimmers, take your mark... get set...Go!" filled the air Wednesday evening when the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club hosted the 2021 Super Six League Championships, with Hasbrouck Heights placing second overall. It is Hasbrouck Heights first year in the new league.

Paramus took first place with 190 points, with Hasbrouck Heights in ...

Hasbrouck Heights Dive Team Takes Second Place in League Championships

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - After a year without dive meets because of the pandemic, the Hasbrouck Heights Dive Team took second place in the Super Six League Championships on Tuesday at the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club.

Saddle River Valley took first place with 23 points, with Hasbrouck Heights following closely behind in second with 20 points. Crestwood Lake was third with 12 points.

Hasbrouck Heights Dive and Swim Teams to Host Leagues this Week

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club's Dive and Swim Teams will host the 2021 League Championships this week.

This year both the swim and dive teams competed in the Super Six Conference. Other teams included Stony Brook, Paramus, Saddle River Valley, and Woodcrest Lakes.

The League Dive Championship will be Tuesday, July 27. The dive team is undefeated at 4-0 going ...

McCormick Italian Seasoning and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

July 30, 2021

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning have been recalled due to possible contamination with Salmonella, announced McCormick & Company, Inc. The company was alerted by the FDA after routing testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The four products ...

State Environmental Officials Take First Steps to Clean Up 23-mile Stretch of Water Leading to Newark Bay

July 25, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – Years of industrial processing which has contaminated miles of water along the Lower Hackensack River stretching from Oradell Dam to the mouth of Newark Bay is now planned to get cleaned up with some help from federal officials. 

State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced on Friday that cleanup for the target area will ...

How to Build a Rain Garden in Your Yard

August 1, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Letting rainwater leave your property can interfere with groundwater recharge and possibly cause flooding, ice slicks in the winter, and pollution of downstream lakes and streams.  Rain gardens are one possible solution available to homeowners. Commercial properties can use them too.

Step 1: Decide on rain garden placement

Find out where water is coming from (like ...

Still Time to Plant Vegetables in Your Garden

Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden.

Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick maturing vegetables like lettuce, spinach, radishes, and beets that have already been harvested. Expand ...

New Lead Poisoning Prevention Laws to Require Inspections in Rental Properties, Replacement of Service Lines

July 25, 2021

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of laws on Thursday to address the state's lead exposure and its harmful effects on public health and child development by signing a package of bills aimed protecting New Jersey’s families from lead poisoning. The legislation, which will require regular inspections for, and the remediation of, lead-based ...

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Bergen County Health Care Center to Close By End of 2021

July 19, 2021

HACKENSACK, NJ — The Bergen County Health Care Center (BCHCC) in Rockleigh will permanently close by the end of 2021, according to Bergen County officials.

"With diminishing census but fixed overhead, operation of the facility has become less cost-effective, and continued operation of the facility is no longer in the best interests of the long-term care community or County ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

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

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy released the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state during this Monday afternoon press conference.

There were 594 new PCR cases reported and 162 antigen tests, with 2 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 902,870 positive PCR cases, 131,363 positive antigen cases, and 23,860 deaths, ...

Monday's New Jersey COVID19 Figures; Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge's Vaccine Numbers

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy released the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state during this Monday afternoon press conference.

There were 324 new PCR cases reported and 110 antigen tests, with 4 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 898,254 positive PCR cases, 130,989 positive antigen cases, and 23,827 deaths, and ...

Tornado Confirmed in Verona Thursday Evening

July 30, 2021

VERONA, NJ — Thursday evening's thunderstorms touched off a tornado that was confirmed on the ground in Verona.

According to the National Weather Service, the twister was an EF-0 with maximum winds of 65 mph. EF stands for Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is used to rank a tornado’s wind speed and damage on a scale of zero to five.

The twister was on the ground for less than a ...

New Jersey Firefighters Help in Recovery Effort at 'Horrific' High Rise Collapse in Miami

SURFSIDE, FL — As the world continued waiting for news from the devastating condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, four elite first responders from Hamilton Township made the trip south to search for victims and recover anything for the residents and their families. 

Hamilton Township Fire Department Captains Jason Ryan and Joe Flynn and Firefighters Jeff Barlow and ...

Air Quality Alert for Hasbrouck Heights Area Through 11 p.m. Friday July 16

July 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) issued an Air Quality Alert for the region through Friday, July 16 at 11 p.m. The alert is issued for Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex, and Union counties. 

The alert means that ground level ozone within the area may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

This alert comes on top of the heat ...

Severe Thunderstorms Flood Streets in Hasbrouck Heights

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - Severe thunderstorms moved through Bergen County on Thursday afternoon, causing flooding on main and local streets.

The National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Flash Flood Warning for the area. Storms began at 2 p.m., with thunder, lighting and driving rains.

Parts of the Boulevard looked like a river, as waters swept down the street and ...

Heat Advisory Extended to Wednesday Night, Per National Weather Service

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — The combination of high temperatures and high humidity across Northern NJ will continue through Wednesday evening according to the National Weather Service (NWS). In response, a heat advisory has been issued through 8 p.m. Wednesday.  

"A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 ...

Pet-Friendly NJ Restaurants Offer Menus for Your Dog

August 1, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Looking for a dog-friendly place to eat? You’re not alone.

Catering to the pet-loving crowd, some New Jersey restaurants are taking dog-friendly dining a step further by offering a special menu just for your pooch.

At Sheelen’s Crossing Bistro & Pub in Fanwood, the “woof” menu includes items such as beef, chicken, fish, rice, vegetables ...

Beach Haven's New Jersey Maritime Museum to Commemorate 65th Anniversary of Andrea Doria Sinking

July 23, 2021

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — Survivors, divers, and historians will gather at the New Jersey Maritime Museum on Sunday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m. to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the S.S. Andrea Doria’s tragic sinking.

As part of the program, the Museum will unveil and blow the Andrea Doria’s foghorn, which was recently salvaged by the crew of New ...

Hot Air Balloon Festival and Warren County Fair Begin Saturday

July 31, 2021

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – The Warren County Farmers’ Fair kicks of its 83rd year on July 31 through August 7. After last year’s fair was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Warren County Farmer’s Fair Association is once again proud to sponsor the 83rd anniversary of a tradition dating back to 1859. The fair has been a constant throughout the years since 1937, except for ...

Mercer County 4-H Fair to Open for 102nd Year, Welcomes Exhibitors

HOPEWELL, NJ -- The 102nd annual Mercer County 4-H Fair will be open between 10:00a.m. and 8:00p.m. on Saturday, July 31, and between 10:00a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1 at the Mercer County Park Commission's Howell Living History Farm. The Farm is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, seven miles north of Washington Crossing -- the GPS address is 70 ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Summer Ad Trends That Help Your Business Beat The Heat And The Competition

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summer is back and so are customers! With the worst of COVID-19 hopefully behind us, people are more excited than ever to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. For your business, this could be a huge opportunity to draw in new customers and gain additional revenue you may have lost during last year’s lockdown. 

With consumers looking to shop locally now more ...

Shapiro: The Foxes are Winning: Partisan Local News Sites are Getting the Upperhand

Back in October, I wrote about the launch of partisan local news sites and how they were filling the void in local news in towns across the country. Since then, the amount of such sites has grown from a few hundred to more than 1,000. While some high-quality objective local news sites have launched since then, they are being dwarfed in size and scale by the partisan sites.

One ...

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