Citizen Spotlight

July 15, 2021

FAIR LAWN, NJ — The facilitator of Fair Lawn for All Ages, Lisa MacClements, received Josh Gottheimer's Hometown Hero Award. Along with more than 60 other recipients in Gottheimer's U.S. fifth federal district, MacClements received the award in Hackensack on Friday, July 9.   “We are lucky to ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ – Emmy Award-winning NBC television meteorologist Raphael Miranda was the special guest of the Hawthorne Pride Alliance’s “Pride Ball” held at Ossy’s Café on Lincoln Avenue Friday evening.  The Pride Ball, the culmination of the HPA’s June “Pride Month” activities, brought together ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne celebrated its 10th anniversary of street dedications by honoring Private Joseph Gatto, USMC, who was killed in action on September 17, 1944. Private Gatto’s name will be remembered on the corner of Columbus and Lincoln Avenues as Pvt. Joseph Gatto, USMC Way. “This is ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - On June 14, 1966, Lance Corporal William "Billy" Dutches, USMC, was killed in Quang Nam, Vietnam.  Only 21 years old, he had been a graduate at St. Anthony School and Hawthorne High School, joining the Marine Corps in 1964.  He first saw combat in the Dominican Republic in 1965.  ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne Superintendent of Schools Richard Spirito was recognized Friday morning as the Passaic County Superintendent of the Year for 2020-2021 by the Passaic County Association of School Administrators. Spirito received a handsome award in recognition of his stellar service to ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - A crowd of approximately 75 people gathered under the blazing sun on the verdant grounds of the Ambulance Corps Building in Hawthorne to celebrate the first official Pride Day in town, the product of a partnership between the mayor, council, administration, and the Hawthorne Pride ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The borough of Hawthorne announced its Memorial Day plans which will be altered from previous years due to the continuing pandemic.  In 2020, the town's beloved parade was canceled.  There will be no parade this year, either, but there will be a special Memorial Day Service held in ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Saturday, the Rea Avenue ramp to Route 208 from Lincoln Avenue was temporarily closed off as the borough dedicated the street corner to the memory of Richard J. Roughgarden, right across from the home he once lived in. Roughgarden was honored with a sign declaring the area ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - As birthday celebrations in the traditional sense are still not possible due to the continuing pandemic, Kelly and Stephen Daidone, along with the Obsessions Car Club, arranged for a drive-by birthday parade for their daughter, Sophia, on Saturday. Sophia's birthday was marked ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - While it is true that COVID-19 vaccine appointments are beginning to be less scarce, the process of securing one has been, at times, nearly impossible for many New Jerseyans, especially those who work or are elderly. The initial group who were permitted to be vaccinated consisted ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced he will nominate Rockaway Township native Rachel Wainer Apter to serve as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Wainer Apter, 40, previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Murphy spoke of ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Mayor Mohammed Khairullah has ordered that the borough's flags be flown at half-staff following the death of the Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Kurtyka.  Monsignor Kurtyka, known affectionately as Father Ed, served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson in Prospect Park at St.

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - February is Black History Month and the borough of Prospect Park announced that it will hold its 6th Annual Black History Month Celebration.  A statement from Mayor Mohamed Khairullah, the Borough Council, and the Department of Recreation said that this year the celebration ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Intashan Chowdhury, the Borough Administrator of Prospect Park and, at 24, is believed to be the youngest BA in the state, has been selected to receive the New Professional to Local Government Award for 2020.  The award is presented by the New Jersey Municipal Managers' ...

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NEW JERSEY - All flags will be flown at half-staff through Sunday, December 6, as per Executive Order 206 in honor of State Police Recruit Lucas C. Homeijer, who passed away following injuries sustained during a training exercise at the State Police Academy. “State Police Recruit Homeijer was ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 12-year-old Faith Noah offered to play "Taps" for a funeral at her church, she wanted to provide a kind gesture to a grieving family. Little did she know that it would begin a lifelong mission playing "Taps" at official ceremonies in Hawthorne and around the state. Faith is ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The borough of Hawthorne recognized and honored one of its fallen on Veterans Day this year with a street dedication not far from where he lived on Third Avenue.  Theodore Noonan was born on August 18, 1915, in Rhode Island, according to Hawthorne resident and Marine Paul ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - While the weather looked ominous, the rain held off for the annual Veterans Day service held at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Municipal Building.  The timing was deliberate--it was at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 that the First World War ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Cars gathered in droves Monday evening at the Value Village parking lot before taking to the streets for a "support parade." When organizer Arielle Rutzler heard that the popular "Zombie House" on Lafayette Avenue had removed their Halloween decorations because of complaints from ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Just days away from Halloween, and the aptly named "zombie house" is now void of any zombies at all. Homeowner and Halloween enthusiast Antonio Rodrigues was pressured to remove the decorations after receiving numerous complaints from Hawthorne residents about drivers impeding ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Trump supporters marched up Lafayette Avenue Saturday showing support for police, military and the president, while there were some dissenters who made their feelings known along the route. With a heavy police presence at intersections and along the route, approximately 100 ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Prospect Park commemorated the victims of the September 11 attacks and honored their first responders in a candlelight ceremony Friday evening.  The borough council and Mayor Mohamed Khairullah were joined by Prospect Park residents, police, fire, and emergency services, along ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Each year the borough of Hawthorne has held its annual 9/11 Memorial Service and while the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, it did not diminish the community spirit or deter turn-out.  All those who attended wore face masks and seats on the grassy field in front of the town's ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - The borough Prospect Park and Mayor Mohamed Khairullah will be hosting a candlelight vigil and freedom walk, starting at the Municipal Building at 6:00 p.m., according to borough officials.  The ceremony, open to all residents, will last approximately one hour and serve as a ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - As the pandemic continues to march along, and as people are urged to remain masked and socially distant, a Hawthorne family was not about to let their three-year old's birthday go without a little celebration. "Happy Birthday" was played from the porch of the girl's home while ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Local author Bruce Reicher released his new book on August 11, 2020, entitled Scripted, along with his co-authors, Paula Neidlinger and Randall Tomes. Twitter connected Reicher with his these two Indiana-based educators to create a truly unique book which filled a gap in today's ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The borough of Hawthorne announced that its annual September 11 service will go ahead as scheduled. The candle-lighting service will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, at the town's 9/11 Memorial near the Ambulance Building on Goffle Road, near the intersection with ...

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NEW JERSEY – Each year, the Garden State Journalists Association (GSJA) honors the best in print, online and broadcast journalism and, for 2020, TAPinto was recognized for excellence in reporting with six Memorial Journalism Awards. For 2020, Victoria Caruso of TAPinto South Plainfield earned ...

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