Top Stories


The 2020 AP Test Part 2: Different Exams, Different Experiences

May 30, 2020

(Editors Note:  Part 1 of this story dealt with the issue students and teachers faced with the recently administered AP Tests.) 

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Certain exams worked a little differently. 

Art classes are required to submit portfolios of their work to the College Board. Being at home may have affected students’ availability to materials, but ...

The 2020 AP Test Part 1: Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights Students Sound Off on Technical Difficulties

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - High school students in Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights participated with millions of students across the country in taking the College Board’s 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Program exams during a two-week span in mid-May. But many students were unable to successfully complete the test due to technical issues.

These courses, which traditionally had ...

Fine Print: NJ School Boards’ Report Starts Conversation on Reopening

Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

Title: “Searching for a ‘New Normal’ in New Jersey’s Public Schools”

Author: The New Jersey School Boards ...

Hasbrouck Heights Senior Spearheads Petition for "Live Graduations"

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has begun slowly re-opening the state as part of his six-point plan to restart the state's economy. Recently the governor allowed for the opening of car dealers, bicycle shops, beaches and lakes, some outdoor recreational outlets, some non-essential businesses and elective surgeries, with appropriate CDC guidelines and social ...

Hasbrouck Heights BOE to Address Superintendent's Contract at June Meeting

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education announced it will be addressing the employment contract for the Superintendent of Schools at its June meeting. Below is the official announcement issued by the BOE. 


Please take notice that, at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 18, 2020, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education (hereinafter ...

Murphy Offers Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

Hasbrouck Heights BOE to Hold May Meeting Online

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education will be holding the May monthly meeting on a streaming platform due to the requirement of social distancing and the coronavirus.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. All scheduled meetings are open to the public.  Instructions for members of the public to participate in the meeting will be ...

NJ State Police, Dept. of Education Advise School Boards That HS Graduation Ceremonies, Parades Violate 'Stay at Home' Orders

NEW JERSEY -- While school districts across the state have been planning alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies, any plans that school districts had in the works appear to violate Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No.107, which directs New Jersey residents to stay at home and prohibits public gatherings.

In a letter to school administrators, NJ State Police Colonel ...

Moonachie Superintendent Ponds Hired as New Super for the Montclair School District

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new superintendent has been appointed to take the helm of the Montclair School District, officials announced Wednesday. He will officially begin on July 1 and has been awarded a 5-year contract.

By a unanimous decision of the full Montclair Board of Education members, Dr. Jonathan C. Ponds was appointed Superintendent of Schools at its regularly scheduled May 6, 2020, ...

Hasbrouck Heights BOE to Hold Special Meeting About Depken Field

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education will hold a special online meeting on Wednesday, May 6, in compliance with Governor Phil Murphy's stay at home executive order and CDC social distancing guidelines.

The Board of Education of the Hasbrouck Heights School District will hold a special work session meeting on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at 5:00 pm and ...


Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 21, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...


TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Murphy: "Use Common Sense for the Common Good" as Numbers Trend Downward

June 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  Governor Phil Murphy released the newest number of presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus and deaths at his Monday press conference, where he also announced the re-opening of outdoor dining, in-person retail shopping and some personal care businesses in the coming weeks.

There are 509 new cases with 27 new deaths. Statewide, there are ...

Sunday's COVID Figures from Bergen County and the State

TRENTON, NJ - Even though there was no Sunday afternoon press conference, Governor Phil Murphy released the newest number of presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus and deaths. 

There are 868 new cases with 66 new deaths. Statewide, there are 160,445 positive cases and 11,698 deaths. 

Bergen County Executive James Tedesco announced that there are ...

How Will Day Care, Camp and Pool Re-openings Look in Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights

TRENTON, NJ – Day care centers for the children of essential workers have been opened throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As Governor Phil Murphy announced Friday, they reopen to other parents on June 15.  Within the next few weeks, non-contact sports activities and youth day camps also may open up. What does all this mean? What about pools?

Commissioner of the Department of Children ...

Bergen County Mobile Testing Continues at Four New Locations This Week

June 1, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The County of Bergen/Bergen New Bridge Medical Center community mobile testing program will offer additional testing locations to reach more residents across Bergen County, announced Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco in a press release. So far over 6,500 residents have been tested at community mobile testing sites for the COVID-19 virus and ...

Lodi American Legion Leaders Place Flag at Civil War Grave

LODI, NJ - Post 136 and County Commander Francis Carrasco and Post 136 Senior Vice Commander Joseph Botta paid tribute to Kryn Vander Mast by placing a flag on his grave at the Old Lodi Burial Ground/Church Street Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Vander Mast honorably served in the Union Army in the Civil War, attached to Company E of the 22nd NJ Volunteer Infantry. The regiment left New Jersey ...

SafeTemp Kiosk: Back Into Workplace Transition Made Easier

May 23, 2020

New Jersey - People are going back to work and SafeTemp can make that transition back into the workplace safer.

While it's a novel idea, getting your temperature at the door when you walk into work could be just what the doctor ordered for both the workforce and the public. Such safety measures send a message to your workforce and, to your customers.

SafeTemp Kiosk, by Media Services ...

Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

May 21, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency has suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

MVC Further Extends Expiration Dates on Driving, Car Documents

TRENTON, NJ -  With Motor Vehicle facilities remaining closed, expiration dates on critical driving and vehicle documents will be once again extended. Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton announced on Monday additional extensions to driver license, registration, and inspection expiration dates in continuing ...

Adaptability, Attitude are Keys to Good Future Success

As the CEO of a non-profit organization, I am often asked what skills young people will need as they head off to college or into the workforce. If this pandemic and quarantine have taught me anything, it is that the best skill anyone can develop is being adaptable.

When I was a student, teachers, administrators and parents spent a lot of time trying to help guide the soon to be graduates to ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

Adam Mucci for Council

May 22, 2020

To my fellow Hasbrouck Heights Residents, As some of you may already know, I am running for Council on the Democratic ticket with Chris Hillman as a part of Team Heights.

I have watched Chris over his first term and have seen how he has been present through this pandemic.  He has provided to the residents of Hasbrouck Heights the important information that they have needed and I feel he ...

Hand Sanitizer and Sun: Vacationing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 30, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hurrying off to The Hamptons or Hilton Head? Carpooling to Cape Cod or Cape May?

With Memorial Day behind us and summer just down the road, a Rutgers expert recommends that you pack your hand sanitizer, mask and common sense along with your sunscreen and sandals when you go on vacation.

Whether you're headed to the Grand Canyon or the Grand Tetons this summer, ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...