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Hawthorne Police Arrest Woman on Goffle Road Who Admitted to Oxy and Cocaine Use Prior to Driving

August 19, 2019

HAWTHORNE, NJ - According to the Hawthorne Police Department, a 30 year old woman from Woodcliff Lake, Allison Sorbo, driving a 2015 Hyundai Elantra, was pulled over on Wednesday, August 7, at 4:01 p.m. for motor vehicle violations while driving near 970 Goffle Road.  After the police officer requested to see her driving documents, he noticed she had a straw held in her hand in inquired ...

Lyft Driver Assaulted in Hawthorne After Telling Passengers Engaged in Sexual Act to Leave Car, Police Say

HAWTHORNE, NJ - A Lyft driver reported an assault at 4:15 a.m. August 10, after he told a couple engaged in sexual activity in his car to leave, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.

After picking up Phillip Jackson, 33, of Prospect Park, and Ashley Williams, 20, of Elmwood Park, the driver said that he had heard a noise coming from the rear and found Williams performing a sexual act ...

Woodland Park Woman, 70, Arrested For Attempted Murder

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - A Borough senior citizen was arrested and charged with attempted murder, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes. 

Judith Wysocki, 70, of Woodland Park, was arrested on Aug. 14, in relation to an investigation between the Prosecutor's Office and Woodland Park Police Department, into a stabbing that took place ...

Warming Waters Could Cause One Whale of a Problem for New Jersey, Says Rutgers Researcher

August 13, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The number of humpback whale sightings in New York City and northern New Jersey has increased dramatically in recent years, by more than 500%, as a result of warmer and cleaner waters, raising the risk of dangerous interactions between the huge marine mammals and humans, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick researcher.

The increase in sightings near one of the ...

Stunning Scenes of Hawthorne Wildlife Shared by Green Team Member Holly Cowen

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Green Team member Holly Cowen shared some extraordinary photos of local wildlife seen in Hawthorne.  Among them, "Hollywood"--a hawk the Green Team says is a local resident and far from camera shy--cardinals, barn swallow, "Foxy" the terrestrial mammal of the group, red bellied woodpecker, northern flicker, barnswallow, and catbird.

Cowen said that the ...

Heat Wave to Make Hawthorne Sizzle

HAWTHORNE, NJ - After enduring a warm and humid mid-week, Hawthorne seems poised for a sidewalk-sizzling heat wave over the weekend. With the jet stream holding back cooler air north of the Saint Lawrence Valley, a high pressure system over the eastern continental United States will drive a stiflingly hot and humid air mass over the New York City metro area. Heat indices in places like Newark and ...

Lazon Paints Is Back in Fair Lawn on River Road After 13 Years

August 16, 2019

FAIR LAWN, NJ - It's true, the rumor is true! Lazon Paints is back!

In a recent letter to friends and neighbors, Donald Landzettel announced Lazon Paints is back in business after a 13-year hiatus.

"WE’RE BACK… Lazon Paints is returning to the marketplace to serve painting contractors, commercial accounts and local folks with our family line of quality paints," ...

Creative Den Celebrates its First Anniversary with What Else? Artisans

GLEN ROCK, NJ – Creative Den celebrated its first birthday in style, doing what they do best, bringing specialized artisans together to display their crafts.

From Hungarian chimney cakes to interior design, specialty crafters gathered at Creative Den, 216 Rock Road, to show their wares and fill the room with smiles.

Interior designer, Lisa Laliberte-Alle, said she works large ...

Job Fair To Be Hosted At William Paterson University

PATERSON, NJ - Passaic County residents seeking employment or who wish to change jobs are advised to polish their resumes and dress to impress in preparation for a job fair to be held on August 22.

The event, co-hosted by The School of Continuing and Professional Education at William Paterson University and the Passaic County One Stop Career Center will take place at William Paterson ...

Meet Kendra Johnson, Montclair's First African-American Superintendent

August 17, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Kendra V. Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., has been selected as Montclair’s permanent Superintendent of schools after an extensive search, the Montclair Board of Education announced at a special meeting on April 11. She is the district’s first permanent superintendent in three years, and the first African-American superintendent in its 144-year ...

Governor Signs Pilot Program to Assess Value of Later Start Times in NJ High Schools

HAWTHORNE, NJ – Now is your chance, students and parents, to lobby your high school administrators to be part of a pilot program to open school at a later start time of 8:30 a.m.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law late last week that supports assessing how pushing back high school start times could be beneficial to student health.

The law establishes a four-year ...

New Jersey Schools Ranked No. 2 in Country: New Study by WalletHub

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey schools ranked second in the country behind only Massachusetts in personal-finance website WalletHub's new report on the States with the Best & Worst School Systems for 2019. To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared the 50 states and Washington, DC, across 29 measures of quality and safety. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio to ...

Thomas Bushnauskas Receives UFCW Local 152 Endorsement

August 16, 2019

HAWTHORNE, NJ - According to a statement, Thomas Bushnauskas, Democratic candidate running for councilman in Hawthorne's Second Ward, received a letter of endorsement from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152. 

The letter read, in part, "Your dedication and actions to support good Union jobs that provide a living wage, healthcare, and benefits will provide economic ...

Candidate Craig Cayetano Signs Pledge, Says "No Fossil Fuels Money" for Campaign

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Craig Cayetano has put down in writing that he and his campaign will refuse to accept any money from sources "whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution of sale of oil, gas and coal" according to a statement released Monday.  Cayetano is running as the Green Party candidate and is seeking to serve as Ward 3 Councilman in Hawthorne, running ...

Dole Recalls Baby Spinach Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

August 11, 2019

A limited number of cases of baby spinach have been recalled due to a possible health risk from Salmonella, announced Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.  

The recall was issued after a sample of Baby Spinach yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Michigan, said officials. 

The products being recalled ...

RAGU Pasta Sauce Recalled Due to Potential Plastic Contamination

Five RAGU pasta sauces have been recalled due to fragments of plastic in the sauce, announced Mizkan America INC. in a press release.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide and include: RAGU Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, RAGU Old World Style Traditional and RAGU Old World Style Meat.  There have been no injuries or complaints, said the company in the release. Only ...

Officials Join Forces With Alementary Brewing Co. To Support Bill Allowing Dogs In Breweries

HACKENSACK, NJ - Local and state officials have partnered with The Alementary Brewing Co. to support a bill that would allow patrons in breweries across the state to enjoy a cold beer alongside their furry friends.

Though the state Senate passed a bill in December to make it legal for pooches to join their owners at breweries, the Assembly has yet to vote on it.

This week, Assemblywoman ...

Montclair Ice Cream Shop Owner Buys Employee a Car

July 9, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Aaron Brunert arrived at his job at a local ice cream shop on Friday, thinking it was a regular day. It was, that is, until the owner of Gelotti of Montclair, called him to the front counter and gave him the keys to a car.

Gelotti of Montclair, which is being rebranded as Gelati by Mike, opened in Montclair and Caldwell in 2014. Brunert joined the company in 2017 and has ...

Protesters Gather Outside Gottheimer's Glen Rock Office to Call for Presidential Impeachment Inquiry

August 17, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ – On Friday morning, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., a group of protesters gathered in the parking lot outside the building where Congressman Josh Gottheimer's Glen Rock office is located.  A group of Democrat and progressive-wing protesters from the area came, led by Susan Steinberg, many of them members of organizations such as Indivisible NJ5, the Democratic Club ...

Prospect Park Mayor Says CBP Questioned Him at JFK After Traveling, Took His Phones

PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Mayor Mohamed Khairullah took to social media on Friday, describing his experience with Customs and Border Patrol authorities after returning home from traveling abroad. 

"Exactly one week ago at this time I was being held at the Customs and Border Patrol Office at JFK Airport after coming back from vacation with my family," Khairullah wrote.  ...

Thursday & Friday Garbage Collection Will Take Place Earlier Due to Heat, Borough Says

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne residents who are not especially early birds may wish to put their garbage out on the curb the night before collection morning this week.  Owing to the anticipated heatwave to strike the area, the borough of Hawthorne announced that the garbage collection scheduled for Thursday and Friday morning will take place earlier, beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m. both ...

Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Lactation Rooms in Public Buildings

August 18, 2019

Legislation requiring public facilities and offices to provide on-site lactation rooms was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy Thursday.

The legislation requires the New Jersey Department of Health to provide information about lactation room availability and the New Jersey Department of Education to provide information on lactation policies in schools.

Primary sponsors of the legislation ...

Alisha Cornett of Hawthorne Competes for Ms. Health & Fitness, Asks for Votes

HAWTHORNE, NJ – Alisha Cornett wants your vote for Ms. Health & Fitness 2019 as she competes, now in the semi-final round, for a chance to take the top prize.

Cornett believes in sharing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  “I’ve been involved in sports in Hawthorne for my whole life,” she told TAPinto.  She has entered competitions to further healthy ...

Alzheimer’s Association: Public Support and Participation Leads to Change

LOS ANGELES, CA — Nearly 6,000 of the brightest minds in dementia research, including representatives from the Greater New Jersey Chapter of Alzheimer's Association (AAGNJ), recently convened in Los Angeles, recently convened in Los Angeles for the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), the world’s largest gathering of researchers from around the ...

Chemical-free Options for Managing Mosquitoes in Your Landscape

July 27, 2019

It’s time to get outside and enjoy summer BBQs, gardening, hikes and much more. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you inside; Instead enlist these chemical-free strategies to manage these pests in your landscape.

Start by eliminating the mosquitoes’ breeding grounds.  Drain the water out of buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water needed for ...

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hofstra Park Concession Stand in Prospect Park Scheduled

August 18, 2019

PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Hofstra Park was due to have a concession stand groundbreaking ceremony held on August 13, but the date was rescheduled due to expected inclement weather.  The Borough of Prospect Park, however, announced that a new time and date has been selected to conduct the occasion.

Thursday, August 22, at 3:30 p.m., Mayor Mohamed Khairullah, members of the council, Passaic ...

Passaic County Plans Four Fun Filled Days at Annual Fair

The Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. in partnership with the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host the fair from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, and parking is $5 per car.

Highlights include fireworks show on Friday and Saturday night at 9 p.m., amusement rides, a petting zoo and pony ...

Scenes from National Night Out

HAWTHORNE AND PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Towns across the nation celebrated "National Night Out" Tuesday evening, a community event to build connections between law enforcement and residents. 

National Night Out is "an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to ...

Warm Weather Means Hot Fishing: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

August 19, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - It is hard to believe, but summer is quickly coming to an end. I checked the weather report for the upcoming week, and it looks like it will be a hot one. That should keep the water temperatures high and our fishing action also hot.

This warm water will provide us with the appearance of those fish from the south that are often not found in our area waters. I am ...

Rutgers Planning Re-enactment of First Collegiate Football Game

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The first collegiate football game was played in New Brunswick and Rutgers is planning to celebrate the 150th anniversary of that historic game.

The Scarlet Knights' 6-4 victory on Nov. 6, 1869, will be re-enacted on Friday, Aug. 30 at 6:15 p.m.

Fans who arrive early for the Rutgers football team's season-opening kick off against the University of Massachusetts ...

Fluke and Kingfish in the Surf: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

LONG BEACH ISLAND - The summer flounder are in the midst of their annual migration from the bay waters on out to the ocean. Right now, most of the fish continue to be throwbacks with many fish just missing the 18-inch mark. Anglers are hoping that some of these fish grow just enough to be legal by the end of the season.

Gina on the “Carolyn Ann III reports that they are catching some ...

Walk Across The Iconic Brooklyn Bridge This Summer

August 12, 2019

BROOKLYN, NY - Of course, New Jersey has a whole host of fun and exciting day trips ideal for the summer, but sometimes the Garden State's close proximity to the Big Apple beckons for an adventure. A stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge is on many a bucket list and is well worth the trip up the New Jersey Turnpike and across the river.

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York's many iconic ...

Plan A Visit To One Of New Jersey's Four National Parks This Summer

NEW JERSEY - There are 58 national parks in the United States that are maintained by the National Parks Service, which is a division of the Department of the Interior. Of course, national parks like Yellowstone in Wyoming and Yosemite in California are prime tourist destinations, but did you know that the Garden State is home to four national parks?

Morristown National Historic Park, the Sandy ...

Fluke and Kingfish in the Surf: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

LONG BEACH ISLAND - The summer flounder are in the midst of their annual migration from the bay waters on out to the ocean. Right now, most of the fish continue to be throwbacks with many fish just missing the 18-inch mark. Anglers are hoping that some of these fish grow just enough to be legal by the end of the season.

Gina on the “Carolyn Ann III reports that they are catching some ...

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IRS reminder: Tax Scams Continue Year-Round

August 16, 2019

Although the April filing deadline has passed, scam artists remain hard at work, and the IRS today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a spring surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams.

The IRS is seeing signs of two new variations of tax-related scams. One involves Social Security numbers related to tax issues and another threatens people with a tax bill from a fictional ...

Conaway, Tully & Swain Measure Requiring Long-term Care Facilities to Submit Outbreak Response Plan to DOH Now Law

Legislation Prompted by Deadly Outbreak at Wanaque Facility

(TRENTON) – Taking action in response to the adenovirus 7 outbreak that led to 11 deaths and 36 infections at The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation last fall, a bill that would require long-term care facilities to have outbreak control plans in place was signed into law Thursday.

The new law (formerly bill ...

Hawthorne Police Blotter - June 25, 2019

June 25, 2019

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Case: 19-15748

Date: 6/19/19 at 4:14pm

Incident Title: MV stop – possession of marijuana 

Suspect information: Eric Hernandez 31 y/o male from Garfield, NJ

Vehicle information: 1998 Nissan Sentra 4 door, ...

Volunteers Helping To Make Glen Rock More Dog Friendly

August 17, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ – Thanks to a great idea by a local resident and the combined efforts of local volunteers, Glen Rock is becoming more welcoming to the 1,000+ dogs--and their humans--who call Glen Rock home.  

In addition to the eagerly awaited Glen Rock dog park, a multi-year effort founded and led by Michelle Hillock and her non-profit group and dedicated to the ...

New Jersey Native Found Slain, Dismembered in Washington State, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — The daughter of a Westfield native who was reported missing from her home in Olympia, Washington, last month has been charged in her mother’s death, police said.

Susan Lundy, 58, had been reported missing to Olympia City Police on July 6, and on Monday, officers arrested her daughter, Amara Lundy, 23, in connection with the homicide, Lt. Paul Lower, ...

Follow Your Intuition…It Knows the Way

Intuition can be a tricky thing, mostly because we sometimes push it aside. Afterall, it warns us…and maybe we don’t want to hear that warning. Joan had an experience many of us have had: pushing past her intuition only to learn her gut was right all along.

Joan: Throughout the last decade, my professional life has taken many twists and turns. There are times that I operate ...

Don't Let Anyone Ruin Your Day

Joan: Do you have one person in your life that really irks you? No matter what you say or do, this person has the ability to totally ruin your day, or in some cases, your month, year, and even life! I know I do.

Q. Wow, someone got to you. Sorry to hear that Joan. But you’re not alone. I think this is common. What happened with you?

Joan: Recently, a trusted friend informed me that a ...

Where Do We Start the Larger Conversation About Guns?

Let's talk about our rights and our freedoms.

How many were free to shop at a Wal-Mart last two Sundays ago without fear that El Paso copycat would announce himself with the staccato fire of an AR-15?

You saw the stampede in the theater district in New York City when a motorcycle backfired. And the evacuation of a Wal-Mart in Union because of a false report.

We may have freedoms, but ...

In Praise of Fútbol, the Game We Call Soccer

What I’ve learned in my travels to Europe and South America in the last couple of years is how refreshing it is to get away from English.

Not being able to understand the banter of language around you is a chance to luxuriate in your own thoughts. You are in a crowd, but not part of it, free of the irritating banality of most conversations.

In a strange land I can sit and be oblivious ...

A Portrait of the Artist as a Not So Young Man

I am an artist. It says so on my T-shirt.

My colorful shirt, which significantly inflates my position in life, confers great status. For one, it announces that I am a musical performer at the Montclair Jazz Festival. This distinguishes me from the thousands of other festival goers who only get to enjoy a great day of music, not make it.

More importantly, wearing my artist T-shirt ...

No Laughing Matter

Did you hear about the three holes in the ground?

Well, well, well.

I was harshly accused by my kids of telling a dad joke. I don’t remember what the quip was, but I am sure it was stupid. Still, this accusation really stung because my kids are well past the age of feeling embarrassed by my innocuous responses to sincere questions.

They have lived with me long enough to expect ...

Volunteers Helping To Make Glen Rock More Dog Friendly

August 17, 2019

GLEN ROCK, NJ – Thanks to a great idea by a local resident and the combined efforts of local volunteers, Glen Rock is becoming more welcoming to the 1,000+ dogs--and their humans--who call Glen Rock home.  

In addition to the eagerly awaited Glen Rock dog park, a multi-year effort founded and led by Michelle Hillock and her non-profit group and dedicated to the ...

Sprinkle this on Your Watermelon: Chile Lime Salt

August 18, 2019

Give the sweet summer watermelon a whole new flavor profile with chile lime salt.

Marty Silverman, manager of Savory Spice Shop in Westfield, said the shop’s Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning is a big seller.

The lime adds brightness and the chile gives the fruit it a savory kick. But don't underestimate the importance of salt in the combo.

“Growing up, my dad, brother and I ...

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Auditorium @ Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Paramus

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center: Is Bariatric ...

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Thu, August 22, 3:30 PM

Hofstra Park, Prospect Park

Concession Stand Groundbreaking Ceremony

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Popular Asbury Park Donut Shop Gains Both Neighborhood and National Success

August 16, 2019

ASBURY PARK, NJ – In our newest episode, HomeGrown visits Purple Glaze Donuts, an award-winning bakery on Summerfield Avenue. Open for four years in Asbury Park, the donuts are made by a mother and son team, and have already become a celebrated part of the community.

The shop opened in 2015 and began having success shortly thereafter. “We’ve slowly gotten the word out,” ...

Mustard Seed DR Holding Diaper & Supply Drive in Paterson to Benefit Orphaned & Disabled Children

NEW JERSEY -- Mustard Seed Children is holding a Diaper & Supply Drive event on Saturday, August 17 from 10am to 8pm at East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey. East Side High School is located at 150 Park Avenue in Paterson. 

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations throughout the developing ...