Passaic County News

June 21, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - Less than 24 hours after the City of Paterson recognized Juneteenth as an official holiday for the first time, both through a flag raising at City Hall and by hosting Governor Phil Murphy for the signing of legislation blocking landlords from discriminating against potential tenants ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A proposal to provide “proven, on-demand treatment to those struggling with opioid addiction,” has the City of Paterson in the running for one of 15 one million dollar prizes as well as “robust multi-year technical assistance to implement and scale their ideas.” The announcement ...

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WAYNE, NJ — The results of the Wayne Valley Mascot ThoughtExchange survey showed more support for keeping the Indians mascot then it did for changing it, according to Tamika Reese, a diversity consultant hired by the school district. The results of this survey seemed to be the deciding factor in ...

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CLIFTON, NJ - Law enforcement officials are seeking information in a hit-and-run crash that occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday near 395 Route 3 East, in Clifton. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi, Clifton police ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne Superintendent of Schools Richard Spirito was recognized Friday morning as the Passaic County Superintendent of the Year for 2020-2021 by the Passaic County Association of School Administrators. Spirito received a handsome award in recognition of his stellar service to ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The 29-year-old Clifton man who pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats against Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora will spend the next three years on probation, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced. The sentence against Stefan Keco who was initially ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - A crowd of approximately 75 people gathered under the blazing sun on the verdant grounds of the Ambulance Corps Building in Hawthorne to celebrate the first official Pride Day in town, the product of a partnership between the mayor, council, administration, and the Hawthorne Pride ...

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CLIFTON, NJ - A dark, violent message this past Tuesday morning seemingly came out of the blue. A somewhat routine day at Clifton’s Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) was immediately transformed into a horrific experience of nightmare proportions.   At approximately 11:50 a.m., PACC ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano, during this week’s Wayne Town Council meeting, explained his change of appearance. He told the councilmembers and the public listening in that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 2019. When the meeting began, the Mayor was given the floor to ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is hosting a virtual public information center on the Rt. 3/46/Valley Rd./Notch Rd. Contract B project June 4 at https://www.rt3rt46contractb.com. Residents are encouraged to actively participate by providing comments by mail, email ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Police Department seized a high-powered weapon from a 15-year-old near School 6 on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Andre Sayegh reported on Facebook. "Our officers deserve tremendous credit for their work in making sure no one was hurt especially the children who ...

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As part of our ongoing efforts to improve service to our customers, Passaic Valley Water Commission will flush in the section of Paterson bounded by Crooks Ave at the Clifton border to the south, Lakeview Ave to the east, 20th Ave to the north, and E Railway Ave / Madison Ave to the ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Last summer, after George Floyd was murdered in Minnesota, the Black Lives Matter movement picked up steam and became a fixture in American culture. In Wayne, the movement’s biggest changes happened in the school system. Current and former public high school students urged the district ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a Wayne couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.” The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information. Over the course of four years ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday. As previously reported, Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate ...

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PATERSON, NJ – The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (PCPO) has assumed responsibility for the internal affairs functions of the Paterson Police Department (PPD), Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced Tuesday. The action means that the PCPO ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Two Paterson Police Officers are facing civil rights and obstruction of justice charges for allegedly assaulting a victim in Paterson and then lying about it, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Tuesday. Paterson Police Officers Kevin Patino, 29, and Kendry ...

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PATERSON, NJ - An all-star lineup of government officials and athletes took the field at Hinchliffe Stadium last week to announce that the long awaited renovation of the historic space will be underway in the coming weeks. Leading off for the home team was former Paterson Business Administrator ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The recent reinvestment into Rescue operations, including the purchase of all new rescue rope and hardware, was put to good use early Sunday as members of the Paterson Fire Department saved a man in distress on a rocky island in the base of the Great Falls.  "Our Technical Rescue ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Multi-franchise owner Adenah Bayoh cut the ribbon in front of her second IHOP location in Newark on Wednesday, commencing the launch of her new business with help from the city and local investors.  Along with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and representatives from Invest Newark and New ...

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(Clifton, N.J. – March 29, 2021) – After more than 3 decades, Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) Executive Director Joe Bella has announced his retirement. He leaves PVWC on March 31, ending a career that began in 1984. He took over as Executive Director in 1994 and his legacy will live on as ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ – When Prospect Park Police Chief Charlie Atie retired in July last year, Captain Ammen Matari was designated the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) to oversee the department. Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah has announced that Matari will be officially established as the Chief of the Prospect ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Police Department’s Narcotics Detectives responded to numerous complaints from concerned citizens who reside in the area of Hamilton Ave between Summer Street and Lake St regarding the rampant narcotics distribution occurring within the area Friday by making ...

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PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ - Three fourth grade students from the Passaic Valley area have been recognized in 25th Annual 2021 My County Poster Calendar Contest, Passaic County Clerk Danielle Ireland-Imhof announced.  Woodland Park's Beatrice Gilmore School fourth grader Victoria Califano took second ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The service of African Americans from Paterson and Passaic County, was held at Veterans Park at Hayden Heights on Thursday. Regardless of where or in what capacity those soldiers served, it was said, all risked, and many gave, life and limbs to protect our nation’s freedom, life, and ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Efforts to revitalize the historic Hinchliffe Stadium got a major boost Wednesday with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)’s approval of an Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program tax credit. Vacant for decades, the redevelopment will include a museum ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh was joined by members of his administration and the United Way of Passaic County at a press conference Thursday to announce the forthcoming Financial Empowerment Center (FEC), aimed at serving Paterson residents who need guidance navigating the complexities of the ...

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PATERSON, NJ - While a long line of area residents waited for the daily food distribution at Paterson’s Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community (CUMAC) on Monday morning, the non-profit organization’s warehouse was abuzz with activity as a forklift hoisted pallets of non-perishable food ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County Central Labor Council, the body that represents affiliated labor unions and their members across Passaic County, swore in a new slate of leaders for 2021 at their December 16 meeting. Sworn in were: Tom Kelly, President, IBEW, Local 827 Calvin ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Councilman-at Large, Joe Schweighardt voted a hard ‘no’ on renewing licenses for any of Wayne’s seven hotels during the last Wayne Town Council meeting.  His was a symbolic vote as the motion to renew the licenses passed eight-to-one, but Schweighardt’s was not the only voice in ...

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