2017 - A TAPinto Year in Review

Airman J.T. Rinke, with his mother Colleen, as he's welcomed home by the town on his first leave since boot camp. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Wood-Ridge senior Michael Giancaspro, a first team All Bergen County defensive back also played quarterback for the Blue Devils. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Expansion of Teterboro Airport continues to be a major concern of the Hasbrouck Heights Council. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Marines taught proper form for push ups when they visited the Wood-Ridge High School football practice. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights native Lia Kunnapas receives the Craig Beardsley Award from Lauren Syre, NJPMA Swim Championship Committee Chairperson. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Lia Kunnapas
Wood-Ridge Town Council approved the issuance of bonds for new Department of Public Works garages. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Wood-Ridge High School's student section, Charlie's Chamber, all decked out in pink at the Emerson game. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Colangelo turns in for the night while camping on the front lawn of Lincoln School. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights Senior Aviators and Cheerleaders celebrate with the 2017 Super Bowl trophy. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights players and coaches pose after the state win with the championship trophy. Zai'heer Jenkins holds the jersey of linebacker Travis Culkin (58), who was injured in the first quarter. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - 2017 was an eventful year in Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge, and especially for TAPinto, as TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro launched on August 1.  (Actually some residents saw our opening stories on late on July 31, as we soft-launched a day early.)  

The editors of TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro thank you for making our initial five months a relative success.  According to Google Analytics of the site, TAPinto had 102,039 page views in our five months (plus 6 hours.)  

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One of the most read stories as TAPinto started was the welcome home to Hasbrouck Heights’ J.T. Rinke, returning home for a visit from where he is stationed in the Philippines.  In December, for Christmas, Elwin Miranda’s return home was also was covered on our pages.

Not all the best stories were heartwarming, as the Cinelli Iron Works scandal, which played out over several weeks, received the most page views.  

Election news in November, which reported on Hasbrouck Heights electing a new councilman and members of the Board of Education, and Wood-Ridge’s incumbent’s retaining their seats was popular.  An explanation of the ballot questions was very popular, actually the 8th most read story on the site for the year.  

The resignation of Hasbrouck Heights councilman Peter Traina and local politics received plenty of coverage, as we covered both Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights council meetings.   Hot issues, like the Teterboro Airport expansion project , tax appraisals and the resignation of the Superintendent of the South Bergen Jointure Commission also were well-read.

The schools,  whether it be Board of Education meetings or Lincoln School Principal Joe Colangelo camping out overnight to fulfill a bet made with students, also were a large part of our coverage in 2017, and will continue to grow in 2018.

Sports, and the stories around them, also received plenty of coverage.  Wood-Ridge High School football’s visit from the Marines and decision to raise money for disaster relief were as notable as their pre-season previews and game results.  The team’s successes on the field were also notable, as they made the NJSIAA Playoffs for the first time in 11 years, Michael Giancaspro was the first Wood-Ridge High School Football player in 40 years to make first team All-County, as selected by the Bergen County Coaches Association, and several players were named to the NJIC All-Patriot Division Football Team.

The Junior Blue Devils Football program sent it Jr. Division (grades 5-6) to the Meadowlands Football League Super Bowl, where they dropped a heartbreaker to Rutherford.  

Hasbrouck Heights football also dominated the pages, as the Aviators won their second straight NJSIAA Group 1, North 1 title.  From pre-season previews, through the overtime loss to Rutherford for the NJIC Title, the frigid overtime win in Cedar Grove, the controversy in New Milford, and the two week long buildup to the championship game at Kean, TAPinto provided in-depth coverage.  Post-season honors followed the team throughout.

In Junior Football Action, the Senior Aviators won their two second straight title, and for the eighth grade class, celebrated fifth title in six years.

But football was not the only sport covered, as high school cross-country track, soccer, basketball, wrestling, and swimming all have gotten coverage.  Little league baseball, recreation soccer and basketball, recreation swimming, recreation track and field, have all received coverage.  Plus, there was periodic looks towards college athletes from Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights to see how they fare as they continue their athletic endeavors.

The TAPinto Athlete of the Week has honored teams and athletes who excelled, and they came from all sports.  In fact, the Athlete of the Week is its own section, so readers can go back and see who we have named throughout the year.  

2018 should be another newsworthy year. 

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