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A Labor of Love: Hawthorne Master Doll Maker Diana Van Wyngaarden's Legacy

July 3, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Readers who have visited the Louis Bay 2nd Library recently may have noticed some extraordinary dolls features in the library's display case.  What they may not know is that each of the dolls--a handful out of a dozen extant such dolls--were the painstaking labors of love of a Hawthorne resident, the late Diana Mae Van Wyngaarden, who passed away last September at the age ...

Kids May Sit as Jurors and Learn About the Legal System Through "The Fairy Tale Trials" Held at Hawthorne Municipal Court Friday

HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Friday, July 1, at 3 p.m., students aged 9 - 12 will have the opportunity to seek justice for "Little Red" in a re-imagining of "Little Red Riding Hood," according to Julie Miller Romeo.

Little Red finds herself on trial for allegedly drinking and driving with a teenaged wolf.  It is up to the participating kids to determine what happens next.  ...

The Towncast Announces Free Screening of Classic Film "Jaws" in Hawthorne

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Few can forget the classic line "We're gonna need a bigger boat" from the 1975 Steven Spielberg movie "Jaws" which terrified summer beach-goers for generations.  In an effort to help promote local business and get residents out and about in the community, Flavio Romeo, the host of "The Towncast," announced that there will be a free showing of ...

St. George Summer Festival Returns to Little Falls This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The annual St. George Summer Festival takes place this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Little Falls.

St. George Orthodox Church Little Falls, NJ is located at 237 Long Hill Rd. in Little Falls. 

The fun, friends, and festivities run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thurs. June 16, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fri. June 17, and 3 p.m to 11 p.m. Sat. June 18.

Word on the street ...

Scenes from 40th Anniversary Saint Anthony's Feast in Hawthorne

HAWTHORNE, NJ - St. Anthony's Roman Catholic parish celebrated its fortieth year hosting the annual feast in the school parking lot.  A variety of exciting rides, food--including the beloved feast-favorite zeppoli, and games entertained thronging crowds who came out to enjoy the summer fun.

Hawthorne's Volunteer Ambulance and Police were on hand to ensure the safety of the ...

Alec John Such, Former Bon Jovi Bassist and Founding Member Dies

Above: Bon Jovi comments on social media Sunday, after announcing Alec John Such's passing at age 70. 

The Jersey born, and world-wide famous Rock and Roll band; 'Bon Jovi' officially announced Sunday, that the Yonkers, New York, born, Alec John Such, former founding member of Bon Jovi, had passed at age 70. A cause of death at reporting time here is not confirmed. Such ...

HPA Announces Two Upcoming Arts & Crafts Activities for Pride Month

HAWTHORNE, NJ – The Hawthorne Pride Alliance has announced two upcoming activities for the community, both of which are being held at St. Clement’s Church at 271 Lafayette Avenue.

The first is “The Rainbow of Hope,” where locals are invited to help decorate an 8-foot rainbow arch structure. Supplies will be provided and panels are available to decorate at $1 each.  ...

Hawthorne Memorial Day Parade Line-Up Announced

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The line-up for the Memorial Day Parade in Hawthorne has been announced.  On Monday, May 30, the Borough of Hawthorne will host its annual Memorial Day service at the borough hall at noon.  Afterwards, the parade is set to follow, stepping off at 1:30.

There are nine divisions making up the Memorial Day Parade this year, listed below.

On Rea Avenue ...


Hawthorne Pride Alliance Hosts “Painting Party” for Pride Month

June 24, 2022

The Hawthorne Pride Alliance hosted a “Pride Painting Party” on June 11 at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church as one of their Pride Month activities. 

Nine participants registered and participated in the painting class led by art instructor Dorothy Mae Morton. An established artist, teacher, and business owner, Morton led the Pride Painting Party by providing easels with ...


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Why Juneteenth Should be Celebrated by All Americans

June 17, 2022

UPDATE: Since this article was originally published one year ago, Juneteenth Independence Day was signed into law by President Biden as a federal holiday in 2021. Juneteenth Day has been celebrated on the third Friday of June as a state holiday in New Jersey since 2020.


Juneteenth – it is a term heard more and more in the last ...

Are you sick of flying bugs, too?

Hi, everyone, I just wanted to share a surprisingly easy way to get rid of a lot of bugs in the yard in case you hate them like I do.

1. Get some yellow containers or some random colored containers and some yellow duct tape.

2. Put a couple little food scraps inside that will rot and smell delicious to bugs. Think small. A piece of chicken and a slice of apple or something like that. If ...

George Washington Escaped Being Captured in New Jersey, Thanks to Alexander Hamilton

July 4, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – George Washington was 'this close' to being captured by British forces and presumably hanged as a traitor from a tree in New Brunswick.

So as you scarf down those barbecue wings, knock back a few cold ones and celebrate Independence Day, consider that the ragtag colonies’ struggle to break free from King George III’s sway could have ended 246 years ...

NJ Woman Sues Township and Neighbors for Constructing Swimming Pool Too Close to her Property

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Kendall Park woman is suing the township, the zoning board, and her neighbors for constructing an in-ground pool that violates certain property ordinances. The woman claims that the new construction was too close to her property and failed to meet the standards set by the municipality, despite getting approval from the zoning board earlier this year.

Last November, a ...

Prospect Park Special Meeting of Mayor and Council June 30, 2022

June 28, 2022


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Prospect Park will conduct a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in order to consider and take action on the following matters:


Prospect Park Adoption of Ordinance 2022-14

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 virtually and at the Municipal Building, 106 Brown Avenue, Prospect Park, New ...

All in the Family

On a stifling hot moonlit night in the summer of 1871, the infamous outlaw and gun slinger, John Wesley Hardin, shot a man for snoring.

Legend has it that Hardin, traveling with his cousin Gip Clements, fell back in his room at the American House Hotel in Abilene, Kansas after a raucous night drinking. The next door down, rancher Charles Cougar was sleeping peacefully, if noisily, in his room.

Don't Worry, Be Happy

As a sentient human being, I need to stop thinking.

Happy the elephant is not a person, New York court rules.

I was confused by this headline because in the clipped style common to breaking news reports, I understood it to mean that New York’s court system is joyful that an elephant is not a person.

That made me happy too. Although not in the same way as the elephant, who’s ...

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