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Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their families, ...

Lincoln Middle School Graduates Recognized with Signs

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Thursday evening, banners were going up around Lincoln Middle School honoring the 8th grade graduates in the same style as the Hawthorne High School seniors.  Hawthorne Superintendent of Schools Richard Spirito was among those attaching the signs to the chain link fence enclosing the school lot.

Spirito said that the signs had come from the Parent Teacher ...

Hawthorne High School Seniors Recognized with Signs and Banners

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne High School seniors were denied a "normal" last half of their school year, thanks to coronavirus, with classes rapidly moved onto online platforms and traditional activities and ceremonies that would have been conducted in person put into virtual formats.  However, special public tributes have appeared around Hawthorne to recognize and celebrate the ...

Murphy Offers Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

NJ State Police, Dept. of Education Advise School Boards That HS Graduation Ceremonies, Parades Violate 'State at Home' Orders

NEW JERSEY -- While school districts across the state have been planning alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies, any plans that school districts had in the works appear to violate Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No.107, which directs New Jersey residents to stay at home and prohibits public gatherings.

In a letter to school administrators, NJ State Police Colonel ...

Hawthorne High School Track to Reopen With Certain Conditions

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Following the Tuesday, May 5, meeting, the Hawthorne Board of Education announced that it would re-open the Hawthorne High School track, according to a letter from Superintendent Richard Spirito.

"The track will reopen on Friday, May 8, 2020, at 7:00 a.m.," the letter read.  The track is open to Hawthorne residents.

However, the letter listed a few ...

$104k in Scholarships Awarded to Hawthorne High School Seniors in Livestream Ceremony

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne High School Class of 2020 Scholarship Awards Ceremony was held via livestream Wednesday night.

Christine Zakk, counselor and program coordinator, began the ceremony.  “This is such an exciting event to celebrate the accomplishments of some exceptional students in the 2020 graduating class.  Thank you to all the generous contributors that continue ...

Hawthorne High School Class of 2020 Invited to Share Post Graduation Plans with Instagram

HAWTHORNE, NJ -The Hawthorne High School Class of 2020 has been invited by their Instagram page to submit their college or post-high school plans in photo form.  The deadline set is May 15.  This follows National Decision Day, which was held on May 1.

 

"DM a picture of you, the school you’re attending, and major!" the account read.  "Let’s all ...

Governor Murphy Says Schools to Remain Closed

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced today that all New Jersey schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year in an ongoing effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"We have a single goal in mind: the safety and well-being of our children, and of our educators, administrators and staff," said Murphy. 

The governor's ...

Hawthorne Board of Ed Will Meet to Discuss Reopening High School Track to Residents

HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Saturday, Hawthorne Superintendent Richard Spirito released a statement regarding the high school track, following the reopening of New Jersey parks, including Goffle Brook Park which is owned and maintained by Passaic County.

"Beginning on Saturday, all NJ parks will reopen with the expectation that those in the park will continue to social distance," Spirito ...

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Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

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PVWC Repairing Clifton Water Leak

Clifton- Passaic Valley Water Commission is on site on Grove Street near Route 3 entrance repairing a water leak. Customers in the area may experience discolored water, poor water pressure, or possibly no water during repairs.

For more information about Passaic Valley Water Commission and Covid-19, please visit www.PVWC.com. For information about lead in water, please visit ...

Facts you need to know about Coronavirus and your PVWC drinking water

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not transmitted by water. You won’t get Coronavirus from your drinking water. Still, PVWC is taking steps to protect our ability to maintain operations.

How we’re protecting our employees and our operations.

PVWC has always been concerned about the health and safety of our customers and our employees. With the spread of the Coronavirus, we are taking ...

Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world

 

Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...

Mothering in the Age of Corona

Here’s a snapshot of my own mothering in the age of corona:

Today I’ve got a webinar pulled up on my laptop,  my phone is dinging as answers to my questions about property tax grace periods roll in, there’s at least one call of “I’m hungry” from the next room and I’m cutting up construction paper so my kids can make  yoda project when this ...

The Silver Lining of the Coronavirus Deficits: America Is Willing and Able to Spend

May 7, 2020

You already know that the Coronavirus is causing a deep recession and record budget deficits. 

How bad is it? 

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. is likely to have a deficit of $3.7 trillion in 2020. At the start of this year the deficit was expected to be $1.0 trillion, but because of COVID-19 the U.S. will spend an extra $2.5 trillion, according to JP Morgan ...

Our Kids Need Jobs: Do We Have the Courage to Share?

I started an internship program in Hawthorne in 2017. The program matches local students with local businesses and you can find the details here.

The program is free and the budget is $0. 

I volunteer my time and the Louis Bay 2nd Library provides the space. I collaborate with the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce and the Hawthorne High School, and the program has helped dozens of high ...

A Resilient Mother: 102-Year-Old Former Wayne Resident Survives Two Global Pandemics

May 10, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – On Mother’s Day, the six sons and daughters of Fay Rothwell will be celebrating their mother for the second time in a week.  Rothwell, a former Wayne resident who now lives in an assisted living facility in Boonton, celebrated her 102 birthday on May 5 and has now officially survived two global pandemics in her lifetime.

This resilient woman was born in Buffalo, ...

PVWC Repairing Passaic Water Leak

Passaic Valley Water Commission crew is repairing a possible water main break at the corner of Spring Street and Elliot Street in Passaic.

Customers in the area may experience discolored water, poor pressure, or possibly no water while repairs are made.

Traffic detours are expected. 

 

Tips to Help You Gain a New Perspective on Adversity

Do you ever feel like there is no end to the problems that you face? Do your challenges seem too great to overcome? Do you ever ask yourself, “What’s the point?” Do you allow your circumstances to govern your life to the point of making you sad, lonely, and depressed?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, welcome to the majority! Most people, at one ...

She’s A Demanding Bitch!?

A few months ago I was having dinner with a group of women when one of the ladies remarked, “My ex-husband’s new girlfriend is a demanding bitch and he’s jumping through hoops for her.”

I joined in with the group’s resounding “halleluja … amen sister!,” but when the evening ended and after I returned home, I began to ruminate about what my ...

Prospect Park Notice on Ordinance No. 2020-04

May 21, 2020

BOROUGH OF PROSPECT PARK

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 Jersey on Monday, May 18, 2020.

ORDINANCE NO.

Prospect Park Hearing on Budget and Tax Resolution Rescheduled

BOROUGH OF PROSPECT PARK, PASSAIC COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

 PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the hearing on the Budget and Tax Resolution for the Borough of Prospect Park scheduled for May 18th, 2020 at 6:30PM has been rescheduled for June 15th, 2020 at 6:30PM at which time objections to the Budget and Tax Resolution for the year 2020 may be presented by taxpayers or other ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Business Leader Discusses the Importance of Community and Client Engagement During the Pandemic

May 26, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of working during the pandemic.  

Currently, Gencarelli is the Vice President and Manager of ...

The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...