Planning Board - Regular Meeting

Tue, October 20
7:00 pm — 11:45 pm
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Register Now for PCCC’s 7-Week Express Semester

There’s still time to go forward this Fall at Passaic County Community College. Registration is going on now for the 7-Week Express semester that starts October 27. This convenient semester offers a great opportunity to get started, get ahead, or catch up on college. Choose from classes in culinary arts, academic English, economics, art appreciation, and more.

PCCC offers one of the most ...

New Programs Offer Savings on Laptops, Books, and Tuition Making PCCC Even More Affordable

This Fall, Passaic County Community College offers new ways for students to save on the cost of a college education. With most classes going to online and remote formats this year, a well-equipped computer is essential for college learning. PCCC has created a new program enabling students to purchase a laptop computer at a discounted price.

PCCC also instituted a tuition freeze for the ...

Moving Beyond the Partisan Bubble

There is so much to say and yet so many times a day I find myself dumbfounded to speechlessness.  My children ask logical questions for which I can find no polite or productive answer. There is no good answer for why hate seems to have seeped into so much of our dialogue every day.

There is no good reason that suspicion has replaced curiosity. That accusations have replaced queries. It is ...

To School or Not To School

To school or not to school

I started and stopped this column so many times over the last month. It changed as the information and options changed. And then like so many parents out there I was so overwhelmed that I just had to take a break. A break from thinking about it (ok I tried to but that didn’t really work), a break from teaching my children and working from home, a break from ...

In Support of Mike Sciarra

October 13, 2020

Dear Editor,

We would like to encourage all our friends and neighbors in Ward 3 to cast their ballots for Mike Sciarra and reelect him as their borough councilman so that he can continue the fine work he’s been doing on their behalf.

When our friend and colleague, Garry Sinning, passed away unexpectedly last November just weeks after being reelected, Mike was one of several qualified ...

NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police: Think Twice Before Voting for Legalized Pot

Later this year, NJ voters will be asked to cast their vote on a constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana in our state for people 21 and older. This is a significant issue that most assuredly will impact public safety and quality of life issues for the residents of our New Jersey communities, as well as for the millions of visitors that we welcome to our state each ...

In NJ, Lakewood Tops State for Rate of COVID-19 Infections

October 20, 2020

Cases are on the rise statewide, but in Lakewood the number is growing faster

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

Since September, daily coronavirus infection rates in the state have been on the rise, confirming officials ...

Little Falls Mayor Damiano Talks Tough Following Latest COVID-19 Data for Township

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Township mayor James Bedford Damiano didn't hold back with this reaction to the latest COVID-19 coronavirus data on Friday: "Get it together people! It’s not about you!."

The latest data from the Health Department shows 17 new cases in the past week bringing the total number of cases in the township to 191. Damiano characterized this past week as ...

Healing from Trauma

This article was first posted on October 25, 2019. 

We all experience trauma in one form or another. It may be at the hands of an abuser, a relationship breakup, a health diagnosis, or the death of a loved one. No one is immune.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. James Gordon, author of the book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. Dr.

Do Something Different

Last week I was on a call with a colleague who continually complained about so many aspects of her life. After listening to her ramble on relentlessly, I finally asked, “What are you willing to change?”

She stopped talking and with an indignant tone, said, “What do you mean … what am I willing to change?”

I explained to her that I am a firm believer that until ...

Prospect Park Work Session Meeting Cancelled for October 5, 2020

October 2, 2020

Mayor Khairullah
Council President Matari
Councilman Artis
Councilwoman Ortiz
Councilwoman Perez
Councilman Shah
Councilman Zakaria
Denis Murphy, Borough Attorney
Intashan Chowdhury, Borough Administrator
Department Heads

Please be advised that the scheduled Work Session meeting of the Borough of Prospect Park for Monday, October 5, 2020 has been cancelled. Copies of ...

Special Notice Regarding Format of 9/21/20 Meeting of the Mayor and Council of Prospect Park


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that due to the public health emergency in the State of New Jersey, as declared in Executive Order 103, the Borough will be altering its normal meeting procedures for its regularly scheduled Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. and will conduct its public meeting by and through the means of electronic communications ...

A Woman of Numbers

I missed Ada Lovelace Day, or ALD as it is respectfully referred to by technology geeks who speak in three letter acronyms.

Ironically, I was on my computer on October 13th and it passed me by. It didn’t pop up on my Facebook events page and shamefully was not pre-coded into Google Calendar. And since it has nothing to do with Covid or Donald Trump, it did not make the nightly ...

Note for Note

“EedleeedleBeeedleedleedleeDleldelbeeldeldleBedleeedlEelddlebedeleeedle . . .”
- Eddie Van Halen guitar intro to Eruption

I once tried to transcribe the Van Halen guitar solo from Michael Jackson’s hit Beat It on my Stratocaster electric guitar. After many hours of diligent repetition that made my ears bleed and my blisters ring, I can proudly say I was able to duplicate the ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

October 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...

Voice-Over Artist and Event Announcer George Alan Ruth Describes His Career Behind The Microphone

October 20, 2020

George Alan Ruth, who is the voice behind the TAPintoTV promos, recently joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios for a conversation on his long-spanning career as an announcer and voice-over artist. 

Ruth, who grew up in New Jersey, was the inaugural announcer for the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium beginning in 1998. For Ruth, that ...

Housing and Community Development Network of NJ Enlisted to Provide Help As Housing Crisis Deepens

Staci Berger, CEO of the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey, joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios, to discuss the state's current housing situation and in particular, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Berger, New Jersey has had a "very strong" housing crisis even prior to the pandemic.