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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. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Hawthorne Native Turns Skaters Into Mentors

    Hawthorne Native Turns Skaters Into Mentors

    MIDLAND PARK, N.J. — Hawthorne native Steven Wolfe lays out his three core beliefs to every skateboarder who comes to his Midland Park skatepark:1. Kids need more places to skate;2. Skateboarders are influential;3. Faith is part of life.These beliefs form the heart of "Solid Foundation," a non-profit organization serving young people who don't participate in traditional sports ...

  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. 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 ...

  8. Paterson's Dr. Pickle 'Dills' Returns To Rutherford's Farmers' Market

    Paterson's Dr. Pickle 'Dills' Returns To Rutherford's Farmers' Market

    PATERSON, N.J. — There's a secret to good pickles, a third-generation expert from Paterson told customers Wednesday during the opening day at the Rutherford Farmers' Market.Dr. Pickle, who uses his great-grandfather's recipes, was one of a dozen vendors who welcomed the annual market back to the Williams Center Plaza for summer.They sell at farmer's markets and events throughout the ...

  9. VIDEO: John Karagiorgis Of Clifton's Rutt's Hut Dies At 45

    VIDEO: John Karagiorgis Of Clifton's Rutt's Hut Dies At 45

    CLIFTON, N.J. — John Karagiorgis, a fixture at the popular Clifton hot dog joint Rutt's Hut, died of a massive heart attack Saturday night at the age of 45, NJ.com reports.The Paramus resident was the son Nicholas Karagiorgis, who took over the 90-year-old restaurant in 1975, according to NJ.comRutt's Hut was recently selected by Daily Voice readers as the DVLicious winner for best ...

  10. Passaic County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit Seeks Pet Oxygen Masks

    Passaic County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit Seeks Pet Oxygen Masks

    HILLSDALE, N.J. — The Passaic County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit is in need of pet oxygen masks for 13 of its dogs.Each mask costs $100. Anyone interested in donating should call Barbara Messina at Companion Animal Advocates at 201-706-7666.CLICK HERE for more.

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