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Mayor Lane and Committee Thank Sponsors for Hawthorne Day Success

October 4, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Following the successes of Hawthorne Day, Mayor John V. Lane and the Hawthorne Day Committee expressed their thanks to the sponsors whose generosity made the occasion a reality.

The Borough cited these businesses for their contributions to Hawthorne's own holiday and celebration.

Diamond Level -

Columbia Bank for t-shirts
Hawthorne Chevrolet for music
Boswell ...

Ground Broken in Prospect Park for Lead Pipe Replacement Program with PVWC

PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Ground was broken with golden shovels Tuesday at noon at 277 North 8th Street.  With hardhats on, Mayor Mohamed Khairullah, Council President Anand Shah, and Passaic Valley Water Commission Executive Director Jim Mueller joined for the ceremonial start of a lead pipe replacement project in the borough.

"PVWC will be inspecting about 75 properties with unknown ...

21 Years On, Prospect Park Hosts 9/11 Memorial and Candlelight Walk

PROSPECT PARK, NJ - On Sunday, the Borough of Prospect Park recognized the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in two stages.  The annual remembrance program, which featured elected officials and clergy, was held inside the Borough Hall on Brown Avenue.  

A wreath of red, white, and blue flowers emblazoned with a ribbon reading "We Will Never Forget" was laid in ...

Hawthorne Resident Bonnie Siebert Fatally Struck by Car While Walking Dog

October 6, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Bonnie Siebert, 67, of Hawthorne was walking her dog at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday, September 23, along Metro Vista Drive, but what should have been an ordinary stroll ended in tragedy, the Hawthorne Police Department and Passaic County Prosecutor's Office reported.

A 76-year-old Hawthorne woman was driving a 2018 BMW south along Metro Vista when the car "left the ...

Wayne’s Bravest Battles Early Morning House Fire

WAYNE, NJ – It was a rude awakening for the volunteers of the Wayne Fire Department. At 2:36 a.m. early Friday morning, the call came in for a working house fire on Urban Club Road in Wayne, which is just off of the Valley Road Extension. Companies #3 and #4 were called in.

Wayne PD were first to arrive and immediately confirmed a working fire. An orange glow from flames that had ...

Suspects Arrested for Used Cooking Oil Theft in Wayne

WAYNE, NJ – Of all the things to steal, who would’ve thought that a restaurant’s used cooking oil would be the target of enterprising thieves? Thefts like these are on the rise, and two people were arrested recently, charged with just such a theft, here in Wayne.

Ian Honauer, one of the owners of the Taphouse in Wayne, told TAPinto that used cooking oil has a monetary ...

Bustle of Activity at Green Fair and Chamber Farmers Market Sunday

September 21, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Farmers Market, held in the parking lot of the Louis Bay 2nd Library, was host to the annual Green Fair Sunday since rain had caused the Green Fair to be rescheduled.

The grounds of the library were alive with the bustle of crafters, vendors, artisans, and resource booths from the Chamber of Commerce, Hawthorne Environmental Commission, Green Team, and other ...

Hawthorne Polystyrene Collection Announced for October 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The polystyrene, or white packing foam, drive is set to return to Hawthorne on Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the municipal pool complex by Wagaraw Road and May Street.  If the container is filled up before noon, however, the event will end earlier, the Hawthorne Green Team and Borough said.

"What do you do with all white rigid packing foam material ...

NJ Raptor Trust Reports Glue Traps Set for Spotted Lanternfly Danger to Birds

NEW JERSEY — The go-to for bird rescues in this area is warning the public that the feathered friends they protect are getting hurt and killed by glue traps people have set to catch spotted lanternfly nymphs.

The Raptor Trust Bird Rehabilitation and Education Center has cared for 39 birds that were stuck in glue traps so far this year — several of them in recent days and ...

Ignoring Signs of Roofing Damage Could Cost Homeowners Even More

September 20, 2022

If you see and ignore one of the eight tell-tale signs of roofing damage, GenSun Roofing has a caution for you: it can only get worse.

“The biggest result is more damage to the underlying decking of the roof. Procrastination costs homeowners thousands every year,” said Jim Contreni, the company’s CEO. “The bottom line, the longer a homeowner waits, the more the roof ...

Garden State Plaza Mall to Transition to Mixed Use Property: 550 Luxury Apartments Planned

PARAMUS, NJ - The Garden State Plaza is going to be transformed from its current state as a retail shopping outlet to a mixed use complex, including 550 luxury apartments via a one-acre ‘town green’ for residents, visitors, and shoppers, as well as a ‘main street’ outdoor district featuring restaurants and everyday conveniences and services, according to the ...

Old Nabisco Plant Designated as "Area in Need of Redevelopment"; Developer Named

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Borough Council has approved a resolution designating the former Nabisco plant as "an area in need of redevelopment" and approved the redeveloper as CLPF Greek Fair Lawn LLC.

On August 9, the Council passed two resolutions dealing with the matter, noting the property, 22-11 Route 208, is specifically a "non-condemnation redevelopment area."

Such ...

Hawthorne Board of Education Invites Community Input for Upcoming Strategic Planning Initiative

September 27, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Board of Education will be hosting a Strategic Planning Initiative open to the public in Room 123 of Hawthorne High School found at 160 Parmelee Avenue on Tuesday, October 4, at 7:00 p.m.  The purpose, the district said, is "to create a shared vision for the future of the Hawthorne Public Schools District" by engaging with the community, school ...

St. Anthony Students Back for the New School Year

HAWTHORNE, NJ - School is back in session for Hawthorne's students.  Saint Anthony School families dropped their kids off for the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, coming out of two years of pandemic-restrictions which have challenged students, families, teachers, and staff across the country and across all institutions.

Sister Mary Jackson is the principal, overseeing the ...

Manchester Regional Education Association in Labor Dispute with Board of Education

HALEDON, NJ - A statement released by the Manchester Regional Education Association co-presidents James Hornby, Alexander Chinskey, and Cynthia Miller, announced that the MREA is in a "labor dispute" with the Manchester Regional Board of Education.

"The members, employees of the Board of Education, have been working under an expired contract since July 2022. The MREA, in ...

Scotch Reserve Scottish Salmon Recalled Because of Possible Health Risk

September 10, 2022

Approximately 93 cases of St. James Smokehouse brand, Scotch Reserve Scottish Smoked Salmon, 4oz Packages (Product of Scotland) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

 According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with ...

Recall Alert: Market Pantry White Fudge Animal Cookies Sold at Target Recalled Due to Pieces of Metal Found in Product

Market Pantry White Fudge Animal Cookies sold at Target stores have been recalled because they may contain metal, announced D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. The recall was initiated when metal (wire) was found inside a portion of the cookies.

Foodborne foreign objects that are hard, sharp, and large are more likely to cause serious injury or dental injury, said the FDA. Foodborne foreign objects ...

Recalled: Diluted Cleaning Solution Inadvertently Introduced to Capri Sun Wild Cherry Juice

Approximately 5,760 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drinks have been recalled due to diluted cleaning solution that was inadvertently introduced to the product line, announced Kraft Heinz.

The issue was discovered after the company received several consumer complaints about the taste of the affected product. The Company is actively working with retail partners and ...

Sax LLP Annual 4 MILER Raises $97K for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

October 3, 2022

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Almost 200 runners and walkers were registered for the Sax LLP Annual 4 MILER to benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday.

Despite the rain and unseasonably cold weather, there was an amazing turn-out and a check presentation of $97,000 to St. Joseph’s Health, to help fund programs to support pediatric patients. 

Accepting the check ...

Nutley Resident At-Risk of Losing Home of 60 Years, Family Pleads for Community Assistance

NUTLEY, NJ - A 90-year-old Nutley resident is at risk of losing her home of 60 years. Her family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help keep the family home secure. 

Due to life events, Doris fell behind on tax payments. Not wanting to burden those close to her with the issue, Doris has kept this quiet. 

Those close to her only found out about her situation due to a tax-lien being ...

Mark Sasso Annual Softball Game Rained Out but Fundraising Continues

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The 13th annual Mark A. Sasso Memorial Fund softball game lasted less than one inning before it was rained out, but the organizers are hoping the fundraising can continue throughout the year.

Each year, ESPN 98.7’s Don La Greca, co-host of The Michael Kay Show, and the ESPN 98.7 All-Stars, play the winner of the annual softball tournament to raise funds for the Mark A.

St. Joseph's Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Host Ribbon Cutting at New Infusion Center, Highlighting Oncology Partnership

September 28, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health celebrated the recent opening of a new Infusion Center on the campus of St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center on Tuesday. This is the first step of a more extensive oncology partnership that brings the expertise of Hackensack Meridian Health’s John Theurer Cancer Center to residents of ...

Stroller Recall Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard; One Injury to Child Reported

A recall has been issued for approximately 14,400 UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Strollers because the  rear disc brakes have openings that may “cause amputation or laceration if a non-occupant child’s fingertip gets caught in the openings while the stroller is in use,” according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall involves all UPPAbaby ...

Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team Candlelight Vigil Will Remember Victims, Survivors

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Each year, the Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team holds a candlelight vigil at the Municipal Building on Lafayette Avenue to mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.  It has been scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28.  According to the DVRT, the purpose of the vigil is to "remember all those victims who have ...

Huge Photo Gallery - Scenes from the 2022 Hawthorne Day Celebration

September 28, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Thousands of residents came out Saturday, September 24, to the new Hawthorne Memorial Pool and Recreation Complex to celebrate the annual Hawthorne Day.

“There must have been several thousands of people here today, and that just made my day,” said Hawthorne Mayor John V. Lane. “This is good because we have people from Hawthorne meeting other people from ...

Scenes from the 2022 Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby

HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Saturday, September 17, the annual Fishing Derby hosted by the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, was held at Arnold's Pond.  Like last year, there were three categories for registered anglers: ages 6 and under, 7 to 11, and 12 to 16. 

Prizes were awarded within each of those groups for the longest fish, the heaviest fish, and for the most fish that were ...

Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce to Host Street Fair on Sept. 18

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Street Fair on Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce Street Fair is a great event that brings people to the town that were not aware how great the area is to visit," said Jim Morgan, co-owner of The Curious Reader. "Our shop does good business during the Fair and meets many ...

Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team Hosts Candlelight Vigil

September 29, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The front of Borough Hall was host to the Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team's (DVRT) annual candlelight vigil to mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month Wednesday evening.

Wearing purple shirts, the DVRT, led by Director Sue Paletta, welcomed the audience. She introduced the Reverend Erik Soldwedel of St. Clement's Episcopal Church, who delivered a ...

Reflecting on Blessing of the Animals, Rev. Soldwedel Warns Mainline Religions "At a Tipping Point"

October 3, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Saturday, St. Clement's Episcopal Church held a Blessing of the Animals in the lot near the flagpole.  The deacon-in-residence, the Reverend Erik Soldwedel, said that parishioners brought eleven dogs and four cats.  A block away, St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church is expected to hold a blessing of the animals on Tuesday, October 4, the official Feast of St.

Reflections: Bishop Sweeney's Journey in Faith

CLIFTON, NJ – Bishop Kevin Sweeney is a native of Queens, New York and grew up in St. Luke’s Parish in Whitestone, NY. From 1984 to 1988 he attended Cathedral Prep and played baseball for the high school seminary team as an infielder, outfielder and pitcher. 

After high school, and much debate over whether ministry was the path he truly was meant to go down, he entered ...

Hawthorne Blue Rebels Get Taste of Defeat from Waldwick Team

October 7, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Blue Rebels suffered their first loss against Waldwick's Blue Demons on Sunday, October 2.  Even though they came up short, the offense played well as a group. 

Drew, Gavin, Danny and Ayoub had multiple shots on goal.  Jenson scored a second half goal to put the Blue Rebels on the board.  Antonio had another strong showing in goal, making ...

Hawthorne United Victory Over Montvale a "Picture-Perfect Example of Teamwork"

HAWTHORNE, NJ - On October 2, Hawthorne United (Division 4 Boys) obliterated Montvale Kane with a score of 6-2.  This was the picture-perfect example of teamwork with every player contributing to a strong win. 

Christiano Mussa scored 2 goals and had numerous shots on goal and dominated the offense.  Vincent Ahne scored 1 goal and had 1 assist, maneuvering with ...

Blue Devils Score 4th Win in a Row Sunday

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne's Blue Devils (Division 5 Boys) won their fourth straight game with a 4-1 win against a very competitive Waldwick Hurricanes on Sunday, October 2.  The Blue Devils put together an impressive offensive effort that included 3 goals by Skye Ihim and 1 goal by Paul Pandel. 

The quick-thinking offensive line up including Luke Minetti, Parker Bavosi, Marshall ...

Ringwood Manor Timeline Event Showcases 500 Years of History

August 19, 2022

RINGWOOD, NJ – The lawn in front of Ringwood Manor was transformed this weekend into a historical reenactment timeline covering some 500 years.  Interpreters in period clothes and period equipment came mostly from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, although some came from as far as Richmond, Virginia, to be a part of the two-day history extravaganza hosted by Ringwood State Park ...

New Jersey Resident Brings Mental Health Care to the Masses Through Innovative App

October 7, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic caused workers, businesses and consumers to change many of their everyday activities. Many companies added or increased door-to-door deliveries, customers were able to pick up their items curbside and employees kept connected with the office and other colleagues through video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet.

A new app is ...

Back to School Triggers Mental Health Challenges for Some Students

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before.

"Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'"

Sikoutris Di Iorio is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and ...

How Parents Can Support Their Child's Mental Health

SUMMIT, NJ — In her 30-plus year professional career, Dr. Alison Johnson has never seen anything like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of kids.

"It felt like a tsunami," Johnson told TAPinto. "It was so traumatic and the impact on people was seriously traumatic."

At times, Johnson said, there was no end in sight.

"This was trauma ...

Junk in the Trunk: William Fredkin’s The French Connection Over Fifty Years Later

On June 1, 1969, Robin Moore published a true crime novel that detailed the shocking exploits of two narcotics agents, Sonny Grosso, and Edger Egan, in their attempt to bust an international drug smuggling operation that spread across the world. Before going on to pin The Exorcist, film director William Friedkin decided to adapt this premise for his next movie and so began the legend of The ...

Service, Respect, Compassion, Peace, Hope, Joy, Integrity, Vision

The eight principals of Service, Respect, Compassion, Peace, Hope, Joy, Integrity and Vision are intrinsic to the Franciscan worldview.  They emphasize the dignity of the human person, the goodness of all creation, the responsibility to care for all creatures as sisters and brothers, and the importance of gratitude for all creation as gift from a generous creator. 

Next week, ...

Will New Jersey's Federally-vaccinated Economy Have a Relapse?

NEW JERSEY — There’s no doubt that the federal COVID-19 and Biden Administration infrastructure aid fortified New Jersey’s economy along with that of most other states.

When the Legislature passed New Jersey’s record $50 billion state budget last June, it was as if the state had just simply rolled up its sleeve to get multiple COVID-19- like budget ...

New Jersey's Reintroduction to Regional Rail

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton.

The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA).

Over the decades, I had taken the regionals ...

St. Joseph’s Health Appoints Eric T. Choi, MD, FACS Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery Division of Vascular Surgery

PATERSON, NJ - St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric T. Choi, MD, FACS, as the new Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and as a member of the Division of Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Choi comes to St. Joseph’s from Temple University Hospital, where he served as Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Co-Surgical Director of the Temple ...

Thank You, Mr. Agnes, Creator of Leadership Camp

August 22, 2022

Dear Editor,

As covered by your publication, Lincoln Middle School's Leadership Camp took place this past week. The program is a week-long program for incoming 6th graders. The program happens to be one of the favorite activities I get to come out to as a school board trustee. Not only because it adds value to the student in helping them with their transition from grammar school to middle ...

Letter in Support of Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes

August 22, 2022

Recently, the Passaic County PBA Conference, an organization comprised of a union delegate from each local union within its jurisdiction, announced a Vote of No Confidence in the Honorable Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes. Specifically, in a public open letter, the Passaic County Conference cited, “Our County Conference have overwhelmingly voted to issue a ...

Choose New Jersey Opens Office in Ireland

September 30, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Choose New Jersey, an organization that stimulates job creation and attracts business to the state, has opened an office in Ireland, making New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to have an economic development office in that nation.

“New Jersey’s longstanding connection to Ireland, which was fortified during our recent economic mission, will be further ...

For the First Time, Wayne Township Flies Italian Flag at Town Hall for Italian-American Heritage Month

WAYNE, NJ – October is Italian-American Heritage Month and to recognize the contributions of residents of Italian descent, the Township, for the first time, raised the Italian flag where it will fly above the municipal complex through October.

The push to get the Italian flag raised in Wayne came from the Wayne chapter of UNICO, which, according to their website, is “the largest ...

Prospect Park Notice of Ordinance 2022-17

September 26, 2022

Borough of Prospect Park
Passaic County, New Jersey

Notice is hereby given that the following ordinance was passed on second and final reading and adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Prospect Park, County of Passaic, State of New Jersey at a meeting of said Mayor and Council held at the Municipal Building, 106 Brown Avenue, Prospect Park, New Jersey on Monday, ...

Rea Ave Ext Closed Uphill Until Further Notice

Rea Avenue Extension is closed going uphill until further notice for PSEG tree trimming.

Most Likely To

They call it adolescephobia. Fear of high school reunions.

Unless you never attended high school, I don’t think I need to explain this. Because no matter how long you have been out of your teenage years, there is always some residual anxiety reuniting with a room full of past teenage selves who are also experiencing residual anxiety.

I am going to one next week. A high school reunion.

The Felidaen Era

As the UK continues to mourn the loss of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, I wonder what more could possibly be said about the Queen that hasn’t already been stated ad nauseum.

That’s why I have decided to write about my cat.

OK, the cat really is more my wife’s cat than my cat. My wife affords him a lot more attention than I do. And I refer to him more as a royal him, because as ...

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Sun, October 9, 8:00 AM

Riverside County Park, Lyndhurst

Head of the Passaic Regatta


Sun, October 9, 10:00 AM

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Nyack Famous Street Fair