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Little Falls Public Library Closed Monday for Presidents Day

February 16, 2019

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Little Falls Public Library will be closed on Monday Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents Day.

The library will open for regular houses on Tuesday, Feb. 19 

Legislation Outlawing Armed Drones Advances in New Jersey State House

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Assemblyman Jay Webber, has sponsored legislation that would criminalize weaponized drones. The bill unanimously passed the Assembly Homeland Securities Comittee on Thursday February 14.

This is a situation where the law should keep pace with the technology,” said Webber (R-Morris). “While recreational drones have many harmless and fun uses, a weaponized ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

New Jersey Man Bike Rides Across Country for Cancer Research

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and cofounder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market Mitch Morrison is about to embark on a cross country trip on his bicycle.  Morrison is riding solo from Portland, Oregon to Sparta beginning on April 10 arriving in late May.

“As part of my adventure, I am raising money for cancer research for Cycle for Survival,” Morrison ...

Tristan Nieves and Patrick Damiano of Little Falls on Rochester Institute of Technology Dean's List

February 15, 2019

ROCHESTER, NY -- Little Falls residents are among thosewho made the Dean's List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2018 Fall Semester:

Patrick Damiano is in the photographic sciences program.

Tristan Nieves is in the management information systems program.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to ...

Michael Maietta of Totowa named to SUNY Oswego Deans' List

OSWEGO, NY - Michael A. Maietta of Totowa, a freshman majoring in computer science, was named to the Deans' List at SUNY Oswego for the fall 2018 semester.

Maietta was among SUNY Oswego students who received a grade point average of 3.3 to 3.79. Oswego students receiving a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0 earn President's List recognition.

A 158-year-old comprehensive college in the State ...

Rutgers Autism Service Program Getting $9.8M Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A landmark program at Rutgers University serving adults with autism will get a new center under a proposal that gained approval Wednesday from the university board of governors.

Board members approved plans for the construction of a $9.8 million center on the Douglas campus that will serve as the permanent location of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services.

Rutgers ...

Legislation Outlawing Armed Drones Advances in New Jersey State House

February 16, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Assemblyman Jay Webber, has sponsored legislation that would criminalize weaponized drones. The bill unanimously passed the Assembly Homeland Securities Comittee on Thursday February 14.

This is a situation where the law should keep pace with the technology,” said Webber (R-Morris). “While recreational drones have many harmless and fun uses, a weaponized ...

Passaic County Freeholders Introduce 2019 Budget with No Increase to Tax Levy

PATERSON, NJ – While continuing to invest in improving the Passaic County Park System, funding vital programs protecting seniors, veterans, and Passaic County’s most vulnerable citizens; and investing in key infrastructure assets vital to economic development,the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced the county's 2019 budget with no increase to the ...

Governor Murphy Lifts State of Emergency Effective at 8:00 a.m.

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the state of emergency that took effect on midnight of February 12, 2019, for all 21 counties in New Jersey will be lifted as of 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Woodland Park Police Deparment Promotes Erik Luker To Lieutenant

February 15, 2019

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Borough Council promoted Woodland Park Police Department Sergeant Erik Luker to Lieutenant before a packed house in Council Chambers on Feb. 6.

"Erik is the type of guy who, when he puts his mind to something, he gets it done," Kazmark said. "Not only has he done that with the Department as a training officer, he has done so at the ...

Woodland Park Fire Company Working to Raising Funds For New Firehouse

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - West Paterson Fire Department Company #3, serving the Borough of Woodland Park, is working to raise funds to construct a new firehouse. Treasurer Jim Frain said that the goal is to demolish the current building at 357 Rifle Camp Rd. and replace it with a four-bay firehouse. The building has been pieced together over the last century.

The original firehouse on the site ...

Efforts to End Drug Trade in Paterson Lead to More than 60 Arrests in January

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson police officials made over 60 arrests and confiscated more than $45,000 in alleged proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics in January, according to city officials.

These efforts, which began with four arrests on January 2 and ended with six arrests on January 31, also netted nearly 11,000 glassines of heroin, as well as nine bags and 11 bricks of the drug. Arrests ...

PVSports Report 02-01-19

February 7, 2019

Andrea and Juliana bring you the weekly scores and preview from PVHS.

If it is on the court, mat or field, PVSports Report will be there.

HS Wrestling: Passaic Valley Pins Hasbrouck Heights, 67-7

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Passaic Valley defeated Hasbrouck Heights 67-7, in a dual meet held Wednesday evening at Passaic Valley High School.   

Ian Rinke scored a major decision in the 160 pound weight match, by a score of 12-3.  Drew Scuilla picked up the other decision at the 126 pound weight class.

RESULTS 

106  PV Novian Grovain pinned HH) Mike Calabrese ...

Game Day in Little Falls: Parties? Puppy Bowl? Big Game?

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Much of the talk yesterday at various events around town was of the Super Bowl, the logistics of getting there, and the controversial ads. But not surprising given Little Fall's love of animals, it was also of the Puppy Bowl. Puppy Bowl 2019, also known as Puppy Bowl XV, will spotlight several dogs from New Jersey shelters and rescues.  Maisy, a Labrador ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update

February 15, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND - Frigid temperatures, strong winds, snow, and freezing rain have put a damper on fishing activities in Southern Ocean County. With symptoms of “cabin fever” gripping area anglers, some are finding cures in various ways.

First, there are some local fishing flea markets along with fishing and boating shows that are only a short drive away. These ...

Driving Tips for the Afternoon Commute from AAA Northeast

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Today's State of Emergency may have gotten off to a slow start, but at the lunch hour, Northern NJ was already experiencing snow, sleet, freezing rain, or a combination of all three. Roads, as predicted, are slick.

AAA Northeast offers driving tips for those who find themselves out and about today, and face the evening communte later.  

Take the time ...

Mayor Damiano Shares Update on Little Falls Road Conditions in Anticipation of Tues. Feb 12 Winter Weather

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Mayor James Belford Damiano updated the community this morning about road preparations in Little Falls.

Winter weather is expected to develop this morning. The Township of Little Falls began its preparation for the storm yesterday and brined the roads in anticipation of the weather.

"If you are not required to be on the roads today, please do what you can to minimize ...

When the Glass Breaks.... Movie Review: Glass

February 8, 2019

When the Glass Breaks…

Ambition is admirable, and effort should always be acknowledged, even when execution shatters to pieces.

Glass is the sequel to Unbreakable, the movie that arguably started the mainstream appreciation of comic books and launched the current era of comic films. M. Night Shyamalan has been trying to explore the art behind the graphic medium, showcasing the works ...

It's Groundhog Day, So Here Is the Story of Punxsutawney Phil

With Groundhog Day upon us, thousands will watch in person and even more will tune in from home to see Punxsutawney Phil make his yearly prediction.

As legend has it, if Phil sees his shadow at dawn on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter are on its way. If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, and early spring can be expected.

Phil may very well be the world’s second most famous rodent ...

Chris Christie At Rutgers for Tell-All Discussion on His Book, Q & A

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Former Gov. Chris Christie will appear at Douglas College Student Center on Feb. 5 to discuss his new book, "Let Me Finish," in what being called a public discussion about his career with his former campaign strategist Michael DuHaime.

The Eagleton Institute of Politics and Barnes and Noble are jointly hosting the event that begins at 7 p.m. at Trayes Hall ...

New Jersey Man Bike Rides Across Country for Cancer Research

February 16, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and cofounder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market Mitch Morrison is about to embark on a cross country trip on his bicycle.  Morrison is riding solo from Portland, Oregon to Sparta beginning on April 10 arriving in late May.

“As part of my adventure, I am raising money for cancer research for Cycle for Survival,” Morrison ...

Woodland Park Community Continues to Rally For Teen Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Holy Cross Church in Woodland Park is helping to raise funds for a borough family in need. 

A dinner dance is being planned on Friday, Feb. 15 called “Valentine for Josephine,” to raise funds for Josephine Palman, a 13-year-old in eighth grade at Memorial Middle School, who was diagnosed last February with DIPG, a rare and lethal childhood brain ...

Food For Fines Month Continues at the Little Falls Public Library

LITTLE FALLS/NJ - February is “Food For Fines” month at the Little Falls Public. The library will be accepting food donations in lieu of fines during the month of February.

Help local families in need by bringing in non-perishable items and your outstanding late fees will be cleared. While one item will cover a fine of any amount, additional items are gladly accepted. All food ...

Baraka Says Newark 'Well Poised' For Amazon After HQ2 Leaves New York

February 14, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka today said that Newark is “well poised” to have Amazon’s second headquarters following the retail giant’s announcement to pull out of New York.

Amazon in November selected Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Va. over Newark for its second headquarters, with a promise to create thousands of high paying jobs. But the company faced ...

Toys R Us is Reinventing Itself at a New Headquarters in Parsippany

PARSIPPANY, NJ - 5 Woodhollow Road in Parsippany has a new tenant - Tru Kids Inc., the revamped and re-emerged, Toys R Us! 

One year after liquidating its U.S. stores, former Toys R Us executives announced Monday that the iconic retailer has emerged as a company called Tru Kids Inc., and will be doing business as Tru Kids Brands.

Tru Kids will be run by President and Chief ...

Amazon Reportedly Reconsidering New York Location for HQ2

NEWARK, NJ - The retail giant Amazon picked other locations over Newark for its second headquarters, but now the Washington Post is reporting the company may be reconsidering its New York City decision.

Newark and 19 other locations were finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters, which prompted officials in each location to offer sweet tax incentive packages to lure the company.

Murph's in Totowa is Ready for North Jersey's Largest St. Patrick's Day Party

February 7, 2019

TOTOWA, NJ - Famous for its Jameson's Irish Coffee, Murph's in Totowa is currently getting ready for North Jersey's biggest St. Patrick's Day party, but don't wait, enjoy some of that famous Irish-American hospitality now. 

Owner Brendan Murphy said, “We’re a local place in town where everyone knows everyone” and since being built in 1965, ...

Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips Recalled Due to Undeclared Ingredients

Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips have been voluntarily recalled by Frito-Lay because they may contain undeclared milk ingredients, announced the company. According to the company, 228 bags of the product were inadvertently filled with another flavor of pita chips, potentially exposing consumers to undeclared milk.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a ...

Throwback Tuesday: Rutgers biologist developing revolutionary method to combat global Nutella shortage

Today is 'World Nutella Day' and we're looking back at what one Rutgers Biologist is doing to keep this indulgence in our kitchens.  

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For most of us, Nutella is one finer points in life, and the fact that there’s a growing shortage of the global Nutella supply might came as disturbing news to some.

The growing popularity of the creamy hazelnut ...

Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice in Little Falls

February 12, 2019

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

AAA analyzed bad weather and crashes over a five-year period. The study found that the ...

Federal Lawmakers Look for $1 Billion More in Funding for Autism Support Services

New Jersey leads the nation with the highest percentage of children with autism spectrum disorders.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Ensuring that individuals with autism are supported throughout their lives is a major goal of bipartisan legislation introduced this week by U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-4th District) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.).

The Autism Cares Act of 2019 would authorize over $1 ...

Woodland Park Community Continues to Rally For Teen Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Holy Cross Church in Woodland Park is helping to raise funds for a borough family in need. 

A dinner dance is being planned on Friday, Feb. 15 called “Valentine for Josephine,” to raise funds for Josephine Palman, a 13-year-old in eighth grade at Memorial Middle School, who was diagnosed last February with DIPG, a rare and lethal childhood brain ...

Pet-Friendly Indoor Gardening

February 13, 2019

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home’s décor and improve the indoor air quality.  Those with pets however may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and the pets safe from indoor greenery.

The good news is you can grow an indoor garden even when you own pets.  Yes, some do love to dig in the soil or even eat our favorite houseplants, but with ...

Hottest Pepper Varieties to Try this Year

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Turn up the heat and add a bit of spice to your meals with hot peppers.  Add them to your garden, flower borders and containers for added beauty and easy picking.

Your biggest challenge will be narrowing down your choices. Let All-America Selections (AAS), all-americaselections.org, winners help. This nonprofit organization tests new edible and ornamental varieties ...

Start an Indoor Garden with Kitchen Scraps

The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.  

Kids and adults love to watch kitchen discards grow into new plants. According to KidsGardening.org, a national nonprofit, ...

Game Day in Little Falls: Parties? Puppy Bowl? Big Game?

February 3, 2019

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Much of the talk yesterday at various events around town was of the Super Bowl, the logistics of getting there, and the controversial ads. But not surprising given Little Fall's love of animals, it was also of the Puppy Bowl. Puppy Bowl 2019, also known as Puppy Bowl XV, will spotlight several dogs from New Jersey shelters and rescues.  Maisy, a Labrador ...

Woodland Park School's Animal Club Delivers Donations of Food, Cat Shelters to St. Hubert's

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Memorial Middle School's Animal Club recently presented St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison with a supply of cat food collected by the members.

Lynne Donato, Memorial math and science teacher and advisor of the Animal Club, also presented individual winterized cat shelters to St. Hubert's, which house feral cats in inclement winter. Shelters were made ...

Reminder to Totowa Pet Owners - NJ State Law Says Pets Must Have Proper Shelter in Freezing Temperatures

TOTOWA NJ - Weather forecasters are calling for freezing temperatures to overnight tonight and into Thursday. Freezing temperatures can be very dangerous to pets.

NJ State Law says dogs cannot be outside if temperatures are below 34 degrees without proper shelter (insulated, elevated, heated). Keep your pets safe and avoid getting a fine by bringing your pets indoors any ...

Poll: Would You Cast a Vote For Booker as President in 2020?

February 5, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his bid for president Friday morning, entering a crowded field of Democrats looking to get the party's nomination.

With the 2020 election 637 days away, the junior U.S. senator is wasting no time. The 49-year-old made his announcement on Twitter with a video touting his past in Newark.

"I am the only senator who goes home to a ...

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Little Falls Public Library Closed Monday for Presidents Day

February 16, 2019

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Little Falls Public Library will be closed on Monday Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents Day.

The library will open for regular houses on Tuesday, Feb. 19 

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency

TRENTON, NJ -  Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning tonight at midnight ahead of the winter storm, which is expected to start tonight and continue throughout the day tomorrow. Executive Order No. 55 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the ...

Is Light Rail Coming to Paterson?

February 15, 2019

PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey Transit officials hosted a public meeting at Eastside High School Wednesday to provide insight and obtain community feedback on efforts underway to explore the restoration of passenger service between Hawthorne and Hackensack, ultimately connecting with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.   

While any such project is many years away from seeing shovels hit ground, ...

Passaic County Freeholders Introduce 2019 Budget with No Increase to Tax Levy

PATERSON, NJ – While continuing to invest in improving the Passaic County Park System, funding vital programs protecting seniors, veterans, and Passaic County’s most vulnerable citizens; and investing in key infrastructure assets vital to economic development,the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced the county's 2019 budget with no increase to the ...

West Orange Among Girls on the Run Chapters in Need of Coaches

February 10, 2019

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Girls on the Run (GOTR) of New Jersey East is currently seeking volunteers to empower girls through running for the spring 2019 season at various chapters, including Livingston, West Orange, the Caldwells, Roseland, Fairfield and other locations throughout the area.

GOTR is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program ...

SUV Goes Through Deli Window in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights Police and Fire Department responded Friday at 2 p.m. to a motor vehicle going through the front window of the newly opened Cousin's Deli [formerly 7-Eleven] located at 417 Springfield Avenue. There were no reports of injuries.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights will update when information becomes available.

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher. (Hanover Square Press, 2018)

 

The point of view from which a novel is told influences the reader’s perception of events, until we decide whether or not to trust the narrator. I wouldn’t classify Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to ...

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. (Harper, 2018)

 

Twelve million civilians died in the death camps in Europe during World War II. Six million victims were of the Jewish faith; the other six millions were comprised of political prisoners, gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics, and the mentally and physically handicapped. For each of those 12 million people, extraordinary stories ...

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. (Atria, 2014).

Jennifer Weiner has captured the angst and humiliation of a young mother who is trapped in a situation that many professionals in their 30s, 40s and 50s face. While balancing a demanding career with raising children and caring for aging parents, people develop a variety of coping mechanisms to help them deal with daily stress. The wiser and ...

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Sun, February 17, 2:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Maurice Chestnut: Black History Month at the ...

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Why H.R. 8 is Useless!

February 7, 2019

Why H.R. 8 is useless!

As a New Jersey small business owner I’m painfully familiar with government red tape. As a New Jersey gun owner I’m painfully familiar with the government’s distrust and overregulation of a constitutionally protected right. Now the 119th Congress is aspiring to pour more salt in that wound in the name of H.R. 8, The Bipartisan Background Checks Act ...

It's Time for New Jersey to Allow Beer & Wine Sales at Supermarkets

For far too long, we’ve groused about the antiquated laws that stymie business growth in New Jersey.

With a new governor sworn in more than a year ago, following an administration that controlled Trenton for eight years, there’s been high hopes that state lawmakers would finally clean up the anti-business laws that have sat on dusty books for decades.

Because of these onerous ...

Assembly Democratic Resolution Package Dedicated to Increase Recycling, Clean Up Plastic Pollution Clears Assembly Panel

February 16, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – Looking to protect New Jersey’s critically important environmental health, Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Carol Murphy and Jim Kennedy sponsored two resolutions aimed at combatting the negative impact plastics have on our environment. The resolutions cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Thursday, of which ...

Scholarship Targets Students with Disabilities

Scholarship Targets Students with Disabilities

Financial Support for Graduating North Jersey Seniors

MONTVILLE, NJ – Scholarship applications are now being accepted for students with disabilities who are graduating this year. The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of Northern New Jersey, a group of more than 40 state-approved specialized schools serving students ...