Citizen Spotlight

April 7, 2020

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Messages of thanks, notes of hope and even Easter greetings appeared in town, photographed by TAPinto Hawthorne contributor Judy Kopitar.  Colorful sidewalk art has become a regular fixture, even encouraged by Mayor Goldberg in a recent letter to the borough, keeping spirits ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Jefferson Elementary School teacher Jennifer King was Teacher of the Month for February of 2020, according to the Jefferson Elementary School and Michael Squeo, assistant store director of the Midland Park Acme. King is a Hawthorne resident and a kindergarten teacher at Jefferson ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The winners of the Passaic County Clerk's poster contest were revealed at the Borough Council meeting Wednesday evening.  The contest was centered on two themes.  "One was on 'women's suffrage' and the other was on 'my county'," Mayor Goldberg said.  He then announced each of the ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The family of the late Councilman Garry Sinning was honored at the Wednesday night council meeting by Mayor Goldberg.  "Tonight is a special evening as we remember our friend, Councilman Sinning," Goldberg said.  He asked the council and administration to come down from their seats ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ – Basil Vorolieff, 83, is a retired marketer and advertiser living in Hawthorne who was given a second chance thanks to a life-saving liver transplant ten years ago.  His perspective on life changed, and he has dedicated much of his time since then to helping others who have had ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - The borough of Prospect Park announced that Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah will be a speaker at the “Immigrant Integration Day”, an event hosted at City Hall in Passaic, NJ, hosted by Immigration and American Citizenship Organization and the City of Passaic, on Saturday, October ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Local author Veronica Ditko will be appearing at some Hawthorne events, showcasing her children's book, "A Rock Solid History of Hawthorne."  Ditko said her book "explores the history of Hawthorne, NJ through rocks and inspires school-aged youngsters to look at their surroundings, ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - When Mayor Richard Goldberg envisioned a way to publicly recognize and celebrate the heroes of the borough of Hawthorne, he took on John DiLonardo, Hawthorne High School's Media Arts Educator, to help transform that concept into a reality.  DiLonardo, with the assistance of Harry ...

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MIDLAND PARK, NJ - Kevin Yali, a 27 year old resident of Midland Park and US Navy veteran, was reported to have been killed on  Wednesday, June 19, in Afghanistan while serving as a security contractor. "Kevin served his country honorably in the United States Navy and proudly served our ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - The flags in the borough have been ordered to fly at half-mast by Mayor Mohamed Khairullah due to the passing of Albert M. Demarest.  "Al" Demarest served the borough and community for over three decades on both the Manchester Regional High School Board of Education as well as ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - A Prospect Park teacher, the late Judith Collins, was honored by the Prospect Park Teachers Association and the Borough of Prospect Park with a dogwood tree planted in her honor in Hofstra Park. "Prospect Park came together as one community to remember Judith Collins, a ...

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LAKEWOOD, NJ - Surrounded by his family, Hawthorne's former mayor, Anthony "Tony" Ross, 89, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Mayor Ross was born on February 28, 1930, and lived in Hawthorne before resettling in Lakewood, NJ, twenty years ago.  He ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne resident Andrea Roy, a student graduating from Passaic County Technical Institute, was named as the recipient of the 2019 John Purroy Mitchel Memorial Scholarship by Municipal Credit Union, according to a statement from MCU.  Roy intends to put her scholarship money ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Daniel J. Ciarletta, a resident of Hawthorne and frequent TAPinto Hawthorne guest writer, graduated on Tuesday at the Montclair State University commencement ceremony held at NJPAC.  He officially concluded his long journey through scientific academia as a Doctor of Philosophy in ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hats off to Jaime!  The Empire City Casino in Yonkers held a Kentucky Derby Hat Contest over the weekend.  The Derby, famous for its flashy headwear, had three winners announced, one of whom was from Hawthorne, identified as "Jaime B." From 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., casino guests ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Last week, the family of a United States serviceman who hailed from Hawthorne gathered with borough representatives for a special ceremony.  At 1:00 p.m. on May 1, Navy Fireman First Class Joseph T. Duffy, who died on January 10, 1945, in the Brooklyn Naval Hospital, was honored ...

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