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Officials Tout Receipt $100,000 Grant to Plan 'Ecosystems of Innovation'

September 20, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Efforts to build “ecosytems of innovation” in Passaic County took a step forward on Wednesday with the announcement of $100,000 in planning funds from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA).

Joined by leaders from the government, academic, and business sectors on the steps of Paterson City Hall, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced that the funds will be used to ...

Transition Team Presents Mayor Sayegh 'Aggressive Roadmap' for Paterson's Future

PATERSON, NJ- Nearly three dozen members of his Transition Team delivered the culmination of their hundreds of hours of research and work to Mayor Andre Sayegh on Thursday.

Presented in the form of an 87-page report, the completed work, according to Vaughn McKoy who led the effort as the Transition Team Chair before accepting the role of Business Administrator, provides a “roadmap to ...

Judge Rules Ballot Designed by Passaic County Clerk Illegal

PATERSON, NJ- The Passaic County Clerk’s office Was orders to draft new ballots ahead of Election Day after an appellate court ruled that its decision to include blank columns on the ballots of 15 of the county’s 16 towns was unlawful. Opponents alleged that the blanks were an effort to confuse voters by distancing candidates from their party lines.

A special election in New ...

Mayor Sayegh to Release Transition Team Report at Afternoon Press Conference

PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh is set to release the findings of his Transition Team at a city hall press conference on Thursday. The report reflects the work of more than 100 volunteers that were appointed to the committee following Sayegh's victory on May 8, and included hundreds of hours of in-depth discussions and research, as well as three public forums.

The nearly 90-page report, ...

Transition Team Presents Mayor Sayegh 'Aggressive Roadmap' for Paterson's Future

September 20, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Nearly three dozen members of his Transition Team delivered the culmination of their hundreds of hours of research and work to Mayor Andre Sayegh on Thursday.

Presented in the form of an 87-page report, the completed work, according to Vaughn McKoy who led the effort as the Transition Team Chair before accepting the role of Business Administrator, provides a “roadmap to ...

Mayor Sayegh to Release Transition Team Report at Afternoon Press Conference

PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh is set to release the findings of his Transition Team at a city hall press conference on Thursday. The report reflects the work of more than 100 volunteers that were appointed to the committee following Sayegh's victory on May 8, and included hundreds of hours of in-depth discussions and research, as well as three public forums.

The nearly 90-page report, ...

Judge Rules Ballot Designed by Passaic County Clerk Illegal

September 20, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The Passaic County Clerk’s office Was orders to draft new ballots ahead of Election Day after an appellate court ruled that its decision to include blank columns on the ballots of 15 of the county’s 16 towns was unlawful. Opponents alleged that the blanks were an effort to confuse voters by distancing candidates from their party lines.

A special election in New ...

Democrats Plan March to Victory at Paterson HQ Opening

PATERSON, NJ - In a sweltering storefront on Ellison Street Paterson’s Bill Pascrell gave his marching orders to a band of loyal Democratic Party activists with visions of changing the nation’s course in November’s election.

“If we don’t vote they’ll have free reign,” he said referring to the already Republican controlled White House, Senate, and House ...

Senator Pou Speaks Out Against President Trump's 'Lack of Empathy' and his Administration's 'Inept Response to the Hurricane Maria Tragedy'

PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey State Senator Nellie Pou released the following statement in response to comments by President Donald Trump disputing the results of a study conducted by George Washington University which found 3,000 individuals lost their lives in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria:

"As Puerto Ricans continue to try to rebuild their homes without the help of the ...

Books and Breakfast, and Kids, Fill Barbour Park

September 16, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- “The message is clear,” city activist Victoria Oquendo told TAPinto Paterson on Saturday. When it comes to enjoying Barbour Park everyone is welcome she said, “you’re deviant behavior is not.”

As children poured over books, ran across the grass, and climbed on and off recently installed playground equipment, the transformation of the park, once a ...

Football Legend Visits Tyrone Collins Park, Says Paterson ‘A City with a lot of Potential’

PATERSON, NJ - Amani Toomer donned his pads and helmet and suited up in the deep blue, red, and white 190 times over the course of a successful thirteen year career, setting team records in receiving yards, receptions, and touchdowns.

And on Saturday, the Super Bowl winner, who looks as though he could still outrun some defenders into the end zone, was back in Paterson taking part in a book ...

Paterson Entrepreneurs Set to Host Second Business Expo Saturday

September 19, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Launched just over a year ago, the Alliance for Sustainable Communities (ASC) has kept a laserlike focus on supporting small business owners throughout Paterson and giving local entrepreneurs opportunities to engage with the community.

Set to host their 2nd annual vendor expo on Saturday, the non-profit organization hopes take their efforts to an even higher level while by giving ...

Paterson Business' Permanent Memorial to Victims of 9-11

PATERSON, NJ- With last week’s 17th commemoration of the September 11 terrorist attacks quickly becoming a memory, one Paterson business continues to maintain a reminder of the day when nearly 3,000 Americans went to work in the Twin Towers and never returned home.

For Mario Tommolillo, long time owner of Classic Auto Body, the desire to memorialize the lives lost on that tragic day was ...

TAPinto Paterson Video: Sayegh Cuts Ribbon on Mexico Bar & Grill

PATERSON, NJ- On the same day that Paterson hosted its first ever ceremonial raising of the Mexican flag, city officials led by Mayor Andre Sayegh, officially cut the ribbon on Mexico Bar & Grill located at 246 McBride Avenue.

Already developing a reputation for its authentic Mexican cooking, as well as margaritas, festive decor, and friendly staff,  the restaurant and bar is open ...

Paterson Couple Hosts Nationally Recognized Poets

September 19, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson’s place in the poetry community was on full display Sunday as local residents Elizabeth Valverde and Damen Van Ginneken opened their home to nearly 50 guests in homage to the late Dr. William Carlos Williams whose own work, including the aptly titled “Paterson,” has been a source of inspiration for generations of writers.

Calling it "an ...

New Jersey Festival Orchestra to Celebrate The American Experience This Season

WESTFIELD, NJ — “This season is about people who came here and were changed by all that embodies the American experience,” David Wroe, music director and conductor of fhe New Jersey Festival Orchestra said.

“Lazarus' poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty cries ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe ...

Pre-K Students to be Relocated After Black Mold Found in School Trailers

September 12, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- 48 Pre-K students at Public School Number 1 will be relocated following the discovery of black mold in three of the four trailers that house their classrooms.

According to a statement released by Paterson Public Schools, workers found the mold on Wednesday as they were working on one of the trailer’s climate control system. A subsequent inspection of the three ...

With New School Year Started Parents at Young Men's Leadership Academy Urged to 'Stay Involved'

PATERSON, NJ- Well before the bell rang for their first day of school on Thursday 4th graders Mohamad and Ali were outside the Young Men's Leadership Academy and ready for classes to begin. With a mix of nervousness and excitement both said they felt “good” about the new school year. Besides making new friends Mohamad looked forward to his favorite subject, language arts, ...

Susan G. Komen North Jersey to Present Free Women’s Wellness Expo in Wayne, NJ

September 18, 2018

 

The mission of October’s perennial National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has traditionally been focused on a singular core message: awareness. The impetus of the month-long campaign has been that women (and men) need to be aware of what’s normal for them, know their family histories, and pay heed to the importance of getting screened regularly for breast cancer. But ...

Women's Wellness Expo to Kickoff National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, September 29

WAYNE, NJ –  The local North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is launching a new “Women’s Wellness Expo” as an unofficial kickoff  to the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. 

The free expo will feature free health screenings, informative speakers and local resources so women can “be aware of what’s normal for ...

Social Media Post that Led to Postponement of Game Contained Racist Language, Superintendent Eileen Shafer Demands Investigation

September 17, 2018

PATERSON, NJ – Social media posts that contained “inappropriate and taunting language” and, as announced on Monday, also included racial slurs directed at JFK High School players, has drawn a demand for an investigation by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) from Superintendent Eileen Shafer.

The post, which led to the postponement of the ...

Sportsmanship Prevails in Battle Between JFK Knights and Clifton Mustangs

CLIFTON, NJ- In an emotionally charged game postponed by a day due to inappropriate exchanges on social media between members of both teams, Paterson’s John F. Kennedy and Clifton High School battled in a nail biting, down to the wire contest on Saturday in Clifton.  

The epic confrontation was marked by a display of true sportsmanship by both squads.   Adding to the ...

JFK Knights Football Game Postponed After Social Media Posts Depict 'Inappropriate and Taunting Language'

PATERSON, NJ – A high school football game scheduled for Friday between the JFK Knights and the Clifton Mustangs has been postponed after players on both teams engaged in unbecoming social media conduct.

According to a statement by Paterson State District Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer on Friday a video showing JFK players and a written post by a Mustangs player included inappropriate ...

Man Found Guilty in 2017 Shooting Death of One to Spend 74 Years in Prison

September 16, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Tamaj Lemmon, 21, will spend 74 years in New Jersey State Prison for first degree Murder and related weapons offenses in the 2017 death of Vishon Randolph, 18, of Paterson, and the shooting of Zimere Kellam, 21, and Tyshon Daniels, 19, all of Paterson.

During the trial the jury heard evidence relating to the April 22, 2017 incident in which Lemmon, fired a handgun in the ...

Paterson Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin Laced Pills

NEWARK, N.J. – A Paterson man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on Wednesday to charges related to his distribution of “thousands” of pills containing heroin.

According to a statement by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, Juan Vidal, 33, manufactured pills containing heroin that were made to resemble Percocet pills. He used a press to make the ...

Mayor Andre Sayegh Joins Paterson Police on Patrol to Witness Enhanced Crime Prevention Plan Firsthand

PATERSON, NJ- In immediate response to a seeing a holiday weekend which included the successful Falls Festival, a community flag raising, and a parade commemorating Paterson’s role in the growth of the labor movement marred by violence Mayor Andre Sayegh, refusing to let the incidents "define" the city, called on Police Director Jerry Speziale and Police Chief Troy Oswald ...

Father Mychal Judge, First Recorded Victim of 9-11 Who Prayed as Towers Collapsed, Remembered in Graveside Service

September 11, 2018

Totowa, NJ- Just miles from where Paterson remembered one of its own sons lost in the terrorist attacks of 9-11, dozens of city firefighters and police officers joined together to honor the memory of the first of what would ultimately be nearly 3,000 recorded deaths in the collapse of the Twin Towers.

Father Mychal Judge, who at the time of his death served as the chaplain of the FDNY, was ...

Early Morning Shooting Leaves Two Injured Saturday

September 16, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- A second shooting in the early hours of Saturday sent two Paterson men to the hospital with non-fatal gunshot wounds.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to the area of East 23rd Street and 12th Avenue on a report of shots fired at approximately 5:56 ...

Overnight Shooting Leaves One Injured

PATERSON, NJ- A 44-year-old Paterson man received treatment at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for a non-fatal gunshot wound he received in an overnight shooting.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to the area of North Straight Street on a ...

Public Asked for Assistance in Locating Gunman in June Shooting

PATERSON, NJ- Law enforcement officials have requested the public’s help in locating Qualil Moore, aka Kupz, who has been identified and charged in relation to a June 22 shooting in Paterson.

During the incident, which took place in the area of Park Avenue and East 22nd, the victim was shot while seated in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle.

According to a statement by ...

Plant Easy Care Daffodils Now for Added Spring Beauty

September 15, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau declared 2017 the Year of the Daffodil, and with the fall planting season right around the corner, now is the ...

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Fixing Up a House Vs. Buying a New House

What to consider when deciding whether to renovate your house—or buy one that’s new to you

In 2017, 11 percent of the U.S. population moved—with 62 percent staying in the same county. That same year, American homeowners spent $316 billion on home remodeling.

Whether you need extra space for a growing family or you want more home amenities, making the choice to ...

School Board Candidate Vows to Fight for Full Funding

September 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

I wish to give a brief recapitulation of the history of the school funding reform act as I understand it. 

In 2008, the New Jersey Legislature enacted a statewide school funding formula, the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA). The SFRA is a "weighted student formula." 

The formula delivers state and local funding driven by a “base cost,” or the ...

Rice, Sumter, Jackson Led Discussion on Racial Disparities in Pre-Natal Services and Infant Mortality in New Jersey

September 20, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – The Legislative Black Caucus recently convened a hearing to discuss the high rate of mortality of African American mothers and infants in New Jersey.

Led by Senator Ron Rice, chair of the caucus, and Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter and Verlina Reynolds Jackson, the roundtable discussion was held in the statehouse in Trenton. Among the invited guests were Mrs. Tammy ...

Passaic County to Host Third Annual ‘Paws in the Park’

PATERSON, NJ – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in conjunction with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the third annual “Paws in the Park” on Saturday, October 6th from 10am-4pm at Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne, with a rain date of Sunday, October 7th.

The “Paws in the Park” event will focus on local pet ...

Paterson Celebrates Nicaraguan Community with Flag Raising

September 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- What Paterson’s Nicaraguan community may lack in size and organization it more than made up for in pride and enthusiasm as they raised their homeland’s flag in front of City Hall on Wednesday.

Declared Nicaraguan week by Mayor Andre Sayegh, the blue and white striped flag of the nation, representing peace, justice and loyalty, will fly until September 19.

Four of ...

Kenneth Lira, Paterson Resident Lost on 9-11, Remembered in Moving Ceremony

PATERSON, NJ - Nearly 3000 lives were lost when the iconic Twin Towers came crashing to the ground as a result of the terrorist attack the gripped our nation on September 11, 2001. One of those victims, Kenneth Patrick Lira, was extra special, according to Mayor Andre Sayegh because “he was one of us.”

Kenneth, who had boarded a passenger train from the Paterson train station to ...

Paterson Train Station to be Dedicated to City Resident Killed in 9-11 Terrorist Attack

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson resident Kenneth Patrick Lira reported to his job on the 107th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011 like he had so many times before. Hours later he would be one of nearly 3,000 lives lost following the terrorist attack which brought both structures crashing down.

On Tuesday, local and New Jersey Transit officials will gather at ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

September 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

Protests and Press Conferences Held in Camden Over Holtec CEO's Remarks

CAMDEN, NJ— A group of about 50 people stood on the corner of Broadway and Morgan Boulevard chanting, “People! Power!” Signs that read:  “I am a product of working parents” and “The war on the poor is immoral” were held high by students from Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, and Pan African flags blew in the wind.

Behind them was the ...