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Passaic County Parks Department Cleaning Up Post-Storm Tree Wreckage in Goffle Brook Park

August 6, 2020

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias is still very much evident as one ventures around Hawthorne, a town that was named Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2018. While there are endless benefits to having the picturesque Goffle Brook Park in town, Tuesday's storm reminded us all of the dangers that could accompany the park's older, taller trees.

The effects ...

Tree Damage and Power Failures Accompany Arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Following the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias, strong winds and rain battered Hawthorne.  The winds ravaged the borough so proud of its trees, with branches and in some cases whole trees collapsing during the storm.  Large segments of Hawthorne were without power and, as of the time of this writing, electricity has not yet been fully restored to all homes and ...

Trees and Branches Down Around Hawthorne as Tropical Storm Isaias Approaches

HAWTHORNE, NJ - As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches from the south, a number of branches and trees were damaged by strong winds overnight.  Rains are expected to accumulate as the quick-moving storm draws closer and Governor Phil Murphy called a state of emergency for New Jersey, effective 5:00 a.m. this morning.

As leaves and sticks clog up storm water catch basins, streets may become ...

Isaias Sets Sights on New Jersey

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hurricane Isaias, dogged by dry air, wind shear, and land interactions, has struggled to remain an organized storm. However, over the last 24 hours, the structure of the system has improved and intensified on approach to North Carolina. Weather models now show the hurricane merging with an approaching front on its path to New Jersey, a process that will enable the storm to ...

Community Shred Day Announced for Hawthorne Residents

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The borough of Hawthorne will be holding another Community Shred Day on Saturday, August 8, according to borough officials.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Municipal Building between 9:00 a.m. and noon, and residents can bring up to four banker boxes or four grocery bags full of shreddable paper materials.  The shredding event is open only to residents and ...

"Gateway to the Passaic River" Grand Opening Announced by Environmental Commission

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Environmental Commission Chairwoman Rayna Laiosa announced that the Commission and Green Team will be hosting the grand opening of the "Gateway to the Passaic River" - a project which has taken the time and effort of dedicated volunteers and the support of the borough.

Since 2018, the borough, Commission, and Green Team have been working on the Gateway project, ...

Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung around the sun back in early July, and it is now making a swift exit towards the outer solar system, ...

Chair Dria Lobosco Discusses the Shade Tree Commission and Its Role in Town

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Many residents in Hawthorne are doubtless familiar with the Shade Tree Commission but may not be entirely sure what the commission is all about.  TAPinto Hawthorne spoke with Dria Lobosco, Chair of the Shade Tree Commission, to discuss some of the ins-and-outs of this particular "branch" of local government.

Can you tell our readers a little about what the Shade ...

Scenes of Goffle Brook After Tropical Storm Fay

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The arrival of Tropical Storm Fay brought strong rains and winds to Hawthorne, churning up Arnold's Pond and Goffle Brook in the park which bears its name.

"When the rain slowed down I went to Arnold's Pond as I figured the falls would be roaring," TAPinto Hawthorne contributor Judy Kopitar said.  "They were.  When I was a block away I was able ...

Tropical System Approaches Hawthorne, Heat to Follow

HAWTHORNE, NJ - An unusual tropical disturbance is currently threatening to develop into a tropical depression or storm off the coast of North Carolina today. While uncertainty remains in the projected track, most weather models agree that the storm will accelerate northward tomorrow and strike the Mid-Atlantic or New England coast somewhere between Delaware Bay and Cape Cod. In the wake of the ...


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Clifton Notch Road Area Water Service Interruption

Passaic Valley Water Commission shut down water service in Clifton on Notch Road between Grove Street and Donnalin Place after NJDOT contractor hit service while digging.

Customers on Notch Rd. between Grove St. and Donnalin Pl will have no water.

Connect with us at, follow PVWC on Twitter (@PVWC), Instagram (@passaic_valley_water) and connect with us on Facebook ...

Words to Live By: Be a Pirate

There has been a lot of talk about all the things we’ve missed during this quarantine and there are things that I am sad we have missed, things my daughters cry about but I’ll be honest I am having a hard time focusing on what we’ve lost because there is so much opportunity for hope and for community everywhere we go.

That may sound crazy but I’m going to tell a story ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...

Councilman Sciarra Encourages Residents to Make Use of Louis Bay 2nd Library

August 13, 2020

Hi, I’m Councilman Mike Sciarra. 

Reading a good book is a great way to escape and is excellent for your mental health.  Our library offers many programs for children and adults.  Daily and bedtime stories as well as take home craft project for the kids.  

Many online programs and curbside book pick up for adults.  Free books and movies are always out ...

Borough of Hawthorne's Food Pantry is Completely Confidential

Hi, I’m Hawthorne Councilman Mike Sciarra. 

The decision to contact a food pantry is often a difficult choice, with stigmas and misconceptions, many people will never seek their assistance.

Hawthorne’s Food Pantry is completely confidential and uses discretion to assure anonymity. 

I encourage residents that can, please donate your non-perishable foods and remember ...

Following Trump Move to Cut Response Time Paterson, Passaic County Officials Continue Push for Complete Count

August 9, 2020

PATERSON, NJ – After the U.S. Census Bureau announced plans to end its count a month earlier than expected, local and county officials are making a push to ensure the area’s hard-to-reach groups are represented.

The count will now end on Sept. 30 and the bureau will end all surveying efforts, including door-knocking and collecting responses over the phone, online and by mail, ...

House of Horrors: Over 60 Small Dogs Rescued from "Nightmare Conditions" in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - It was a described as a nightmare in the Belford section of Middletown last week as over 60 small dogs were rescued from absolutely horrific conditions. The rescue occurred after a call was received on the Monmouth County SPCA cruelty hotline, according to a representative: "The call came in from a person who turned out to be a family member of the owner ...

What Makes You Happy? Four Ways to Raise Your Happiness Set Point

Just about everyone wants to be happy. Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” If happiness is something we strive so hard to attain, and if it is truly the end all and be all of life, then why does it elude so many?

There is a pervasive myth that we can be happy when we achieve (fill in the blank).

When Your Ex Gets Remarried

I recently learned that my ex husband got engaged. After living for more than three decades with this man in my life, I must admit, hearing this news was a punch in the gut. I spent the next few weeks with a horrible feeling surrounding me, you know that uneasiness you get in your stomach after someone close passes away? My body was on edge, I shook inside, and could not shed the anxiousness of ...

Special Notice Regarding the Format of the August 17 2020 Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of Prospect Park

August 13, 2020



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 ...

Prospect Park Boro Ordinance Statements and Summaries




The bond ordinance, the summary terms of which are included herein, has been finally adopted by the Borough of Prospect Park, in the County of Passaic, State of New Jersey on July 20, 2020 and the 20 day period of limitation within which a suit, action or ...

The Beat Goes On

"In matters of the heart it is always better to want something you don't have than to have something you don't want."
~ Patti LaBelle

Something Old

Breaking up is hard to do. Especially wearing a mask. Especially from six feet away.

My daughter, after weathering separation from her first real love while away at school, discovered that their virtual relationship apart ...

Open for Business

When everything “opened up” this summer I didn’t think it would include my mouth.

But I probably should have perceived that at some point during this pandemic I would have to visit the dentist.

Over the past six months I have gotten used to moving previously outsourced services in-house. For instance, while everyone was letting their Covid freak flag fly, I mastered the ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make it a Breakfast Date, Al Fresco

August 11, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your date! A little flirtation over a short stack and a little wink with a ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

August 13, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...

To Mask or Not to Mask: NJ Psychologist on Why People Choose Sides During Stressful Times

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical Psychologist Dr. Meryl Dorf joined TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss why some people are not wearing masks, despite evidence showing that it is in the public good. 

Dr. Dorf joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ facility in Little Falls, NJ, after being featured several times on TAPintoTV via Zoom. East Main’s ...