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Mayor Goldberg - Cases Rise, No New COVID Deaths Thanks to Vaccine; Will Not Require Borough Employees to Get Shot Just Yet

September 27, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg's weekly letter to the borough is found below.

Dear Resident,

The numbers as of this morning are 2,850 total cases since March 2020, 47 fatalities and 35 active cases.

Last week I indicated that I would not ask or cajole you about getting vaccinated. I then saw our numbers increase and realized as your Mayor it is my duty to ask you to get the ...

Mobile Motor Vehicle Commission Unit Coming to Prospect Park

PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Thousands of New Jerseyans have been frustrated trying to get motor vehicle services from the state since the beginning of the pandemic.  To help local residents, Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah announced that the borough and council have made a partnership with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to bring their mobile unit to Prospect Park.  To use the services, ...

Mayor Goldberg on Upcoming Notice: "Water Remains the Same; It's the Standards That Have Changed"

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg's weekly letter to the borough was released Monday and reads below.

Dear Resident,

Our numbers as of this morning are 2,813 total cases since March 2020, 47 fatalities and 23 active cases.  

I had the opportunity last Friday to visit the Paterson Board of Health. They contractually provide health services to the Borough including the COVID-19 ...

Police Announce Another Arrest in Fair Lawn Man's Death in May on Route 17

September 25, 2021

Bergen County Prosecutor Musella stated any charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

FAIR LAWN, NJ — A Fort Lee man was charged with homicide in the death of a Fair Lawn man who was struck by a car after he was beaten by five men and left incapacitated on Route 17 in May ...

Teaneck Man Arrested, Loaded Pistols Recovered in Haledon Pursuit

HALEDON, NJ - The Haledon Police Department said on Monday, September 20, at 8:27 p.m., Police Officer Jeffrey Welsh attempted to stop a silver Honda Odyssey minivan on Cliff Street for allegedly speeding and failing to use a turn signal.  With lights flashing and sirens sounding, the police said the vehicle did not pull over and that it was determined the minivan had been stolen from ...

We're Hiring! Hawthorne Police Department Looking for Dispatcher

HAWTHORNE, NJ - "When someone calls for help, our dispatchers are the first voice they hear," the Hawthorne Police Department said.  "Dispatchers are responsible for getting Hawthorne residents the help that they need, be it police, fire, EMS, public works, animal control, or social services among many others.  In addition, dispatchers are our lifeline, getting police ...

EHD Virus Killing Deer in Hawthorne But Poses No Human Risk, DEP Says

September 23, 2021

Editor's Note: This article was updated Friday with more information.

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Residents in Hawthorne and North Haledon have reported a number of dead deer along the roads and on their properties.  The cause of this has been confirmed by the Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife as Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD for short.

The DEP said ...

Hawthorne Flash Flood Watch Today through Friday Morning...Again

HAWTHORNE, NJ - More foul weather is forecasted for this afternoon into tomorrow morning, September 24.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for portions of Passaic and Bergen Counties, a warning area locals have come to respect after remnants of Tropical Storm Ida raged through the area earlier this month.

A period of heavy rainfall is likely with the passage of ...

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Wednesday Afternoon into the Evening

HAWTHORNE, NJ — A flash flood watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The flash flood watch is in effect for portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York, including the following areas, in northeast New Jersey: Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Western Bergen, ...

Here’s Where You Can Watch Phil Murphy, Jack Ciattarelli In NJ Governor's Debate at NJPAC

September 27, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – The first of two debates in the New Jersey Governor’s race kicks off at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark tomorrow, pitting incumbent Phil Murphy, a Democrat, against Republican challenger, Jack Ciattarelli. 

“NJPAC is honored to host what promises to be an engaging and important night for all of New Jersey’s citizens,” said the ...

Team Lane Hosts Dinner Honoring Outgoing Mayor Goldberg

HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Tuesday evening, Bottagra on Wagaraw Road was the venue for Team Lane's dinner honoring outgoing Mayor Richard Goldberg.  Goldberg, a Republican and the second-longest-serving mayor in Hawthorne's history after Mayor Louis Bay, was given an award from the councilmembers and thanked for his many years of public service, both as a councilman and as the ...

Hawthorne Asks the Candidates: Hawthorne Republicans

TAPinto Hawthorne has reached out to the campaigns running in this year's general election for mayor and council.  We have fielded some questions from residents in the community so that our readers can get some of their questions addressed by those seeking their votes in November. 

TAPinto Hawthorne does not endorse any candidates for any elections and the responses below are ...

Rent Moratorium is Over. What Does it All Mean?

September 1, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ — The year-and-a-half-long rent moratorium is ending. The moratorium existed due to the economic challenges COVID-19 caused. These protections kept most renters in their homes, even if they were unable to pay rent. Now, as of September 1, the moratorium will lift for many. 

New Jersey households who are considered middle-income, as of September 1, 2021, can be evicted.

William Paterson University SBDC Offers Free Classes to Help Your Business Thrive

PATERSON, NJ - The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at William Paterson University is offering free online classes this fall thanks to funding from the CARES Act. Students and business owners will have access to three new classes: The Financial Management Clinic For Your Business (Sept. 14), Supply Chain Management (Sept. 15), and International Sales (Oct. 15).

The courses are designed ...

Ida Flooding Closes Hawthorne Schools, Recycling Center

September 2, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ - What was supposed to be a happy day with the start of school was upended by the tempestuous remains of Tropical Storm Ida which dumped historic levels of rain onto the NJ/NY area.

"As you are aware, we had hoped to begin our school year today and welcome all of our students back to school this morning," Superintendent of Schools Richard Spirito said in a letter, ...

Louis Bay 2nd Library Announces 2-Day Dollar per Bag Children's Book Sale

HAWTHORNE, NJ - A bag of children's books for just a dollar?  That's what the Louis Bay 2nd Library is offering Monday, August 30, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm and again on Tuesday, August 31, from 10 am to noon.

Parents and teachers who may want to take advantage should note that the library's pre-school and children's dollar-a-bag book sale pricing applies to just those ...

New Anti-Hazing Law Requires Schools to Toughen Policies, Increases Penalties to Protect Students

TRENTON, NJ  – Governor Phil Murphy signed into law "Tim J. Piazza's Law" that puts in place stringent guidelines requiring public and non-public middle schools and high schools, as well as higher education institutions, to adopt anti-hazing policies and penalties for violations of the policies. 

The law honors the life of Tim Piazza, a 19-year-old ...

Sharon Abbood's Jams and Jellies Earn Multiple Awards at the State Fair

September 2, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ - What started off as making some jam for her family has grown into an award-winning enterprise for Sharon Abbood.  After being involved with the New Jersey State Fair three years ago, she decided to enter some of her favorite jams.  She put forward three and came away with three ribbons.  This year, she entered eight, coming away with seven first place ribbons, two ...

NJ Restaurants Debating Proof of COVID Vaccinations to Dine Indoors

HAWTHORNE, NJ — Should diners have to be vaccinated to eat in a restaurant? That's the question that some restaurant owners are considering.

Requiring proof of vaccination is not unheard of. As of Aug. 16, patrons will have to show proof of vaccination to enter any indoor venue in the entire city of New York. Theater-goers already have to show evidence of inoculation if ...

Recall Alert: More than 59K Pounds of Breaded Chicken with Possible Salmonella Contamination

WASHINGTON — An Indiana company is recalling over 59,000 pounds of stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, and mistakenly appear to be ready-to-eat, but need to be fully cooked, according to the USDA.

Read the full press release:

Serenade Foods, a Milford, IN establishment, is recalling approximately 59,251 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned ...

With the Start of Soccer Season, Hawthorne Soccer Association Gives Back to the Community

September 22, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Soccer Association held a celebration to "kick off" the new season at Veterans Field in Hawthorne on Friday, September 10.  Hawthorne Soccer Association President Frank Buttacavoli described the occasion as "a great success" and the event was well attended.

The HSA asked those who came to the celebration--which featured food, drills, and ...

Hawthorne PBA Donates Backpacks and Supplies as New School Year Begins

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Students are back to school and the Hawthorne Police Benevolent Association has continued its tradition of donating backpacks to kids who need them, the PBA announced.

Over twenty backpacks were collected and filled up with school supplies, then donated to the schools so that they can distribute them as needed.

"We understand that as the calendar turns to September, the ...

Vet Fest is Coming to Wayne this Sunday - A Music & Food Festival to Help Homeless Vets

WAYNE, NJ — One of the largest music and food truck festival to benefit homeless veterans is coming to Dave Waks Memorial Park on Barbour Pond Road this Sunday, September 12. The festival is happening from Noon to 7:00 p.m. and includes six “top bands” and a dozen gourmet food trucks, as well as fun for the kids.

The event is to raise money for Community Hope for Veterans, a ...

'Day of Jubilation' as World Class Athlete Leaves St. Joseph's Just Weeks After Being Struck While Cycling

September 25, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - While the setting and circumstances may have been much different from previous times he received the cheers of a champion, Arland Macasieb left St. Joseph’s University Medical Center under a hail of applause from well-wishers including his family, doctors, nurses, and others that tended to his care since he arrived in the Emergency Room there after a horrific bicycle accident ...

Spirito: Hawthorne School District Taking Steps to Ensure Water Safety

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Richard Spirito sent a letter Sunday morning following the Water Department's announcement of a boil water advisory.

"Regarding the schools, our water fountains remain closed due to COVID protocols, and our bottle filler stations will be closed starting tomorrow," Spirito said in his letter.  "They will remain closed until the ...

Steps Hawthorne Residents Can Take During the Boil Water Advisory

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Saturday night, the Hawthorne Water Department put out an advisory that residents should boil their water before using due to the presence of E. Coli in test samples.  The samples, which were taken on Thursday, September 9, showed three well pumps detected E. Coli.  "These bacteria can make you sick and are especially a concern for people with weakened immune ...

Scenes from Hawthorne Day 2021 (Lots of Pictures!)

September 25, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne Day returned this year and came back stronger and bigger than ever.  Rows upon rows of tents with booths, rides, entertainers, a petting zoo, food, and numerous entities and organizations showed up to celebrate Hawthorne's own holiday.  Attendance was higher than many remembered it being in years past, and with the previous year's Hawthorne Day ...

Annual Hawthorne Fishing Derby Resumes at Arnold's Pond

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The annual Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby returned this year.  Once again, youths and their families brought their fishing poles and tackle to Arnold's Pond to try their hand at catching the longest, heaviest, and largest number of fish.  The derby was free of charge. 

"It's an event for the kids, they are happy to be there, and it puts ...

Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby Set for Saturday in Goffle Brook Park

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The annual Fishing Derby sponsored by the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce is set to take place on Saturday, September 18, the Chamber told TAPinto Hawthorne.

From 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., rain or shine, children up to the age of 16 can come to Arnold's Pond by the intersection of Goffle Road and Goffle Hill Road.  Participants will need to sign in at the registration table ...

Fall Landscape Care for Your Hawthorne Garden to Keep Plants and Pollinators Healthy

September 26, 2021

As the weather and gardens transition from summer to fall, it is time to adjust your maintenance practices ensuring the health, longevity, and beauty of your landscape.  Proper fall care will increase winter survival, support pollinators, and reduce your future workload.

Continue watering as needed. This is especially important for new plantings and moisture-loving plants. Don’t ...

Water Main Flushing May Cause Discoloration or Low Pressure

CLIFTON, NJ – Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) has begun flushing water mains in Clifton, Passaic, Paterson, Prospect Park and Woodland Park. The flushing is needed because, earlier this month, remnants of Hurricane Ida caused torrential rainfall to overflow the banks and contaminate the New Street Reservoir.

The 52-million-gallon reservoir has been inoperable ...

Boil Water Advisory Lifted, Borough of Hawthorne Says

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The borough of Hawthorne announced Tuesday evening that the boil water alert, which went into effect Saturday evening, has been lifted with the approval of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

"All customers of the utility may resume normal water use," the borough said.  "There is no longer a need to boil water before drinking."

The ...

Inmate at Passaic County Jailed Charged in February Shooting Death of Hawthorne Woman

September 5, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - A Paterson man already being detained in Passaic County Jail for unrelated charges was rearrested Tuesday and charged in connection with the February 10 shooting that left a Hawthorne woman dead.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Rashawn Pelham, 23, has been charged with Murder, Possession of a Handgun ...

"Great Improvement" by Hawthorne Blue Rebels

September 22, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Blue Rebels (Division 5) showed great improvement and a fighting spirit in their 6-1 loss to Montvale played in Hawthorne on Saturday. 

William showed his strong offensive moves and Tristan broke the team's scoreless streak with an impressive goal. 

On the other side of the field, Antonio turned in a very strong performance in goal and Hudson ...

Hawthorne Blues Beat Ridgewood

HAWTHORNE, NJ - On September 19 in Hawthorne, the Division 2 (Coed) Hawthorne Blues beat Ridgewood 6-3.

Daniela Sancho, Luca LaMonaca and Kyle Koch had amazing saves in goal. Zoe Alvarez, Hailey Martin, Casey Noonan, AJ Hahn, Alex Castillo, Skylar Alvarez and Victor Rodriguez played a great offensive game. 

Tiffany Vargas, Madison Medek, Sebastian Ibarra, Cristian Foschini, John ...

Hawthorne Strykers Fall Short to Park Ridge

On Saturday, September 18, the Hawthorne Strykers (Division 3 Girls) fell short to Park Ridge, losing their first game of the season 3-2.

The offense was provided by both Tatiana Bowden and Ashley Anton; each scoring on breakaways. While at times there was good ball movement, the team just couldn’t string more together to add any more balls to the back of the net.

Goalkeeper, Ava ...

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Paging at the NJDAR Autum Meeting in Princeton

September 27, 2021

On September 24, 2021, Roosevelt Elementary School Fourth Grader, Zoe Mogen, attended the NJ Daughters of the American Revolution Autumn State meeting in Princeton, NJ.  She served as a page for the proceedings and gave flags to 15 of our country's newest citizens at their naturalization ceremony.  Zoe is a member of the Washington Elm Society of the Children of ...

Thank You to Everyone Who Came Out to Honor Mayor Goldberg


Council Decides not to Engage in Hybrid Access Trial

September 25, 2021

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - During Wednesday night’s meeting, the Village Council elected not to go through even a trial period of hybrid access for council meetings.

Residents have been requesting both virtual and in-person access since the return of Village Hall meetings in June. Council members said they are working on a solution and other possibilities, but also produced a multitude of reasons ...

Ridgewood Council to Discuss Remote Access After Repeated Resident Request

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - The Village Council is set to address remote access to Village Council meetings tomorrow, after repeated requests from the public. 

The issue of technology and budgeting have been the Council’s defense, but in meetings past they did assure residents it was something they were working on. 

The Board of Education allows for hybrid access to meetings, something ...

Healing the Body Naturally

Each one of us has the power to become our own best healer. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Emanuela Visione, author of the book, Healing Through Nature's Medicine: A Story of Hope. Emanuela teaches how to reverse many chronic conditions naturally by using a unique whole food approach. 

Emanuela shares her story and tips for natural healing:

On her transition from ...

The Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship

As a business owner, does it often feel like you’re riding a roller coaster? Do you find yourself confronted by the demons of fear, inconsistency, and doubt?

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Suzanne Moore, a business and marketing coach. In her new book, Hang on Tight: Learn to Love the Roller Coaster of Entrepreneurship, Suzanne dissects the ups and downs of ...

Notice of Prospect Park Land Use Board Meeting Cancellation

September 24, 2021


106 Brown Ave Prospect Park NJ 07508



Please be advised that the schedule Borough of Prospect Park Land Used Board meeting for, September 30, 2021 @ 6:30pm has been cancelled.

Copies of this notice was emailed to The Herald News and TAPinto Hawthorne and posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building.  ...

Pending Prospect Park Bond Ordinance Notice








The bond ordinance, the summary terms of which are included herein, was introduced and passed upon first reading at a meeting of the governing body of the Borough of Prospect Park, in the County of Passaic, State of New Jersey, on September 20, 2021.  ...

I Am What I Am

I like to think I am comfortable to be around. But not too long ago my daughter asked me to take a personality test.

She clarified that she was interested to know my type. Apparently “well-adjusted” is not a clinically accepted category.

I am not a big fan of personality tests. These are the tests that categorize who you are through a series of statements about yourself to which ...

The Art of (Interrupting) Conversation

A person with bad manners is one who tries to interrupt when you’re talking or talk when you are interrupting.
- Cartoon in Esquire Magazine

I recently received a random text message from an acquaintance of mine. I was in the middle of an important conversation with my wife when my phone started buzzing in my pocket, disrupting my train of thought which, if I could remember any of it, ...

Easy Fall Cocktails to Celebrate the Start of the Season

September 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The air is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Now’s the time to get into the autumn spirit with these easy cool-weather cocktails you can make at home.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian: Over ice, combine 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur, 1 oz. coffee liqueur and 1 oz. cream.

Maple Old Fashioned: In a ...

NJ Stand-Up Comedian Discusses Vaccine Mandate and COVID-19 Safety

September 24, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with comedian John Poveromo about vaccinations and their role in stand-up comedy venues. Vaccine mandates have been making headlines recently in the stand-up comedy world, with Saturday Night Live alumni Jim Breuer making a statement against vaccine mandates at performance spaces. But Poveromo takes the opposite ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...