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  1. Hasbrouck Heights Teen Makes Wearable Street Art

    Hasbrouck Heights Teen Makes Wearable Street Art

    HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — In a sea of black hats and robes, Hasbrouck Heights' Christian Alexander stood out in baby blue.The then-18-year-old had painted a starry design on his sneakers and graduation cap with an obvious implication: the sky is the limit.Since his 2015 high school graduation, Alexander has been recruited by professional athletes and rappers to paint their own custom ...

  2. Bogota Boutique Attracts Bergen Bargain Hunters

    Bogota Boutique Attracts Bergen Bargain Hunters

    BOGOTA, N.J. — It's difficult for women to merely browse when they visit Browse Consignment in Bogota.They pick through the secondhand jewelry and designer pocketbooks. They try on a few pairs of sunglasses. In the back, they go through the sundresses and jackets.To the delight of owner Joanne Dubay, they usually end up finding something they love."My customers are crazy about ...

  3. Injured Hackensack High School Student Gets Hospital Graduation Surprise

    Injured Hackensack High School Student Gets Hospital Graduation Surprise

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — While his Hackensack High School classmates were graduating, 18-year-old Jose Guallpa-Peralta was laid up in a hospital bed recovering from surgery on a leg he broke playing soccer in gym class.Friday morning, a knock came at his Hackensack University Medical Center door.In walked Principal James Montesano, Assistant Principals Anibal Galiana and Celso King and School ...

  4. East Rutherford's Montessori School Celebrates 30 Years

    East Rutherford's Montessori School Celebrates 30 Years

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Montessori School of East Rutherford celebrated 30 years of providing education and care to local children during its recent graduation ceremony.East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella and Councilman Joel Brizzi were guests of honor for the event, which was held in the Becton High School auditorium on Wednesday, June 22."It’s nice to see a school build its ...

  5. Child Actor Finds Calling As Westwood Trainer

    Child Actor Finds Calling As Westwood Trainer

    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — In the coming-of-age 1990s baseball film "The Sandlot," a then 12-year-old Englewood native named Wil Horneff played a bully.But Horneff, now 37, said the experience of being a child actor got him bullied."Since I was always working I was kind of like the outsider at school and didn't have a core group of friends," the Waldwick trainer told Daily ...

  6. East Rutherford Moves To Ban Sale Of Puppy Mill Dogs

    East Rutherford Moves To Ban Sale Of Puppy Mill Dogs

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Following Emerson's lead, East Rutherford officials are considering banning the sale of puppy mill dogs and cats in the borough.“It's important that we are out in front on this issue," said Councilman Joel Brizzi, who introduced the ordinance at Tuesday night's council meeting. "As a dog owner and dog lover, I believe it should be criminal to have the ...

  7. PHOTOS: Hasboruck Heights Little League Year-End Picnic

    PHOTOS: Hasboruck Heights Little League Year-End Picnic

    HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — A home run derby and skills competition highlighted the Hasbrouck Heights Little League year-end picnic.All players from the major division who had hit a home run were invited to participate in the derby. Tommy Capozzi won the competition with nine homers.The Skills Competition invited all 12-year-olds to test their running, throwing and pitching abilities.The ...

  8. Need A Lift? Why Drivers Take Strangers Across The GWB

    Need A Lift? Why Drivers Take Strangers Across The GWB

    FORT LEE, N.J — Jesus Prieto stood by the bus station on the Fort Lee side of the George Washington Bridge one spring morning, waiting for the shuttle to take him into Manhattan.Suddenly, a sedan pulled up in front of him and the driver inside asked him if he would like a free ride."I was a little freaked out about getting into someone's car who I didn't know," said Prieto, ...

  9. New East Rutherford Police Officer Graduates From Academy

    New East Rutherford Police Officer Graduates From Academy

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New East Rutherford Police Officer William Zito was graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy on Thursday.The borough native, who was sworn in on Jan. 20, becomes the 37th member of the department."I am so proud to see Billy graduate," Police Commissioner told Daily Voice. "It was a privilege to hire him. I look forward to seeing him on the ...

  10. Little Ferry Student Wins Magazine Cover Contest

    Little Ferry Student Wins Magazine Cover Contest

    LITTLE FERRY, N.J. — Little Ferry seventh grader Lila Patel won K-8 Magazine's "design a cover" contest and will have her illustration (pictured above) featured on the cover of the May/June issue of the music teacher trade publication.The contest, which was open to students between kindergarten and first grade, asked participants to blend their knowledge of music signs, ...

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