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Matt Speiser

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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. 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 ...

  6. Englewood Makeup Specialist Makes Living Art For Big Screen

    Englewood Makeup Specialist Makes Living Art For Big Screen

    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — You may not know Mike Marino of Englewood, but you are probably familiar with his work.The Emmy-winning makeup artist has worked on hit films "The Wolf Of Wall Street," "Black Swan," "I Am Legend," "Birdman," and "Men In Black 3," to name some. He relishes in breathing life into the unreal."A sculptor can make a ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. PHOTOS: Closter Fundraiser Supports Anti-Drug Film

    PHOTOS: Closter Fundraiser Supports Anti-Drug Film

    CLOSTER, N.J. — Local officials and others from across Bergen County gathered at The Barn in Closter Monday evening to help raise money for an anti-drug film about heroin usage in Bergen County.County Executive Jim Tedesco, state Assemblyman Joe Lagana and Closter Mayor John Glidden were among those who listened to the story of 23-year-old Closter native Brad Rosenberg, who lost several ...

  10. 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 ...

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