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For Dr. Lilisa Mimms Running for City Council is About Making ‘A Better Paterson’

November 18, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- While her time on the Paterson Board of Education might be coming to an end, Dr. Lilisa Mimms has made it clear that she has no intention of backing away from her commitment to public service.

In front of an overflow crowd at the Brownstone on Friday Mimms touched on a number of issues she believes will make the city she has called home all her life “a better Paterson, ...

Councilman Bill McKoy Kicks Off Campaign for Mayor of Paterson

PATERSON, NJ- Just days after Paterson voters went to the polls and helped propel Democratic candidate Phil Murphy to the Governor’s office, a Saturday night event at the Masonic Temple turned attention right back to the quickly evolving race for Mayor of Paterson.

In what Tiffany McKoy called “an official campaign kick-off,” more than 200 guests packed the Masonic Temple and ...

Paterson Schools Offer 'Parent University'

November 23, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- The Paterson Public Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement kicked off their “Parent University” program on Wednesday.

“Parent University” is a district-wide parent educational program that is designed to teach and expose parents & stakeholders to the tools needed to support their children through their educational journey.

Paterson Arts and Science Charter School Celebrates Thanksgiving

PATERSON, NJ- Students, staff, families and supporters of ILearn Schools, the charter management organization (CMO) that operates the Paterson Arts and Science Charter School, got in the Thanksgiving spirit by collecting over $10000 and thousands of non-perishable food items to help families in need celebrate the holiday.

Through this effort over 500 turkeys and care packages were bought and ...

Demolition Begins to Make Way for New School, ‘Our Children Deserve It’ Says Shafer

PATERSON, NJ- Demolition began on the former site of Don Bosco Tech on Tuesday, kicking off Phase One of a plan to build a brand new middle school on the Union Ave site. 

The building most recently housed the Paterson Arts and Science Charter School which relocated to Grand Street earlier this year. 

At a ceremony celebrating the progress towards the new school, many came out to ...

League of Municipalities Conference Offers Paterson Officials 'Educational Opportunities'

November 20, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ- More than 16,000 elected officials, public employees, service providers and others involved in municipal government descended on Atlantic City for the annual League of Municipalities Conference last week. 

The conference, now in its 102nd year, was held under the banner of “Realizing Tomorrow’s Potential!” and included over 100 educational seminars and ...

Former Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres Sentenced

TRENTON, NJ – Former Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres was sentenced to five years in state prison on Tuesday.The sentence comes after Torres’ guilty pleas to charges related to directing city employees to perform work at a private warehouse leased by his daughter and nephew. The employees were being paid by the city at the time they performed the work.

Also sentenced ...

Passaic County's 'Large Growing Tax Base' and 'Conservative Budgeting' Earns Credit Upgrade

PATERSON, NJ- Saying that there was evidence of a “large growing tax base” and that “conservative budgeting” has been practiced, Moody’s Investor Services upgraded the County of Passaic’s general obligation bond rating from Aa2 to Aa3.

The upgrade, according to a statement released by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, shows that an independent third party and ...

Paterson Firefighters Raise Funds to Fight Breast Cancer

November 22, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- Throughout October, members of the Paterson Fire Department wore commemorative T-shirts to mark it as Breast Cancer Awareness month. However, it wasn’t just a new look they were going for. The uniform change, for the fifth consecutive year, was part of their effort to raise funds for residents fighting the disease.

“In addition to being firefighters we are also sons ...

Paterson Gets 25 New Firefighters

PATERSON, NJ- Mayor Jane Williams-Warren swore in 25 new members of the Paterson Fire Department at a ceremony held at Fire Headquarters on Monday. The recruits have just graduated from the Passaic County Fire Academy and begin their jobs in firehouses across the city immediately.

“We are proud to welcome these new recruits to our family,” stated Jerry Behnke, President, Paterson ...

Arrest Made in Apparent Drug Transaction Overnight

PATERSON, NJ- Members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest in what appeared to be a narcotics transaction in the area of Market and Rose Streets overnight.

According to a report released by Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, officers observed Michael Haylett, a passenger in a white Lincoln, attempting to conceal a large clear plastic sandwich bag containing a white powdery ...

NFL Great Ray Lewis Makes Pitch for Community Investment Through Renewable Energy

November 10, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- With local young fans hanging on his every word, former Baltimore Raven, and likely Hall of Famer, Ray Lewis used his time in front of the Paterson City Council to give an impassioned plea that sounded much like a late-game pep talk.

His presentation, given at a special meeting of the Council on Wednesday, came in the form of a pitch for a renewable energy deal with a focus on ...

Price Rite Marketplace Cuts Ribbon at Center City Mall, Creates 88 New Jobs

November 24, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- Downtown businesses got a new neighbor on Saturday with the opening of Price Rite Marketplace in the Center City Mall.

The store, which will be run by family-owned Inserra Price Rites, caters to its customers by offering “everyday low prices” and a “shopper friendly format.” Within its 33,000 square feet space the supermarket features “a wide ...

Brooklyn Company Moving to Paterson, Creating 50 Jobs

TRENTON, NJ- The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has approved a 10-year, $3,869,000 grant that will allow the Yoland Corporation, a Brooklyn-based manufacturer, to move its headquarters to Paterson.

Yoland, which has a contract with the US Defense Department to manufacture illumination parachutes and other textiles for the military, will receive the award thanks to the Grow New ...

AAA's November 13 Survey shows New Jersey gas prices up five cents

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - In it's weekly survey of gasoline prices, AAA reports that the average price of a gallon of gasoline in New Jersey is up five cents over last week. 

Today's average is $2.59. It is 11 cents higher than a month ago ($2.48) and 33 cents higher than this same time last year ($2.26).

Gas prices are on the rise throughout the region as well. The average price ...

TAPinto Editors offer last minute tips for making packaged Thanksgiving stuffing your own

November 23, 2017

NUTLEY, NJ - We've all been there, we go to bed on Wednesday night thinking this is going to be the smoothest Thanksgiving ever, only to wake on Thursday morning with the "we don't have enough food" panic. A bunch of TAPinto editors go together and figured out an easy solution: an extra side dish.

In an unscientific twitter survey, "stuffing" got more votes as a ...

Paterson Firefighters Raise Funds to Fight Breast Cancer

November 22, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- Throughout October, members of the Paterson Fire Department wore commemorative T-shirts to mark it as Breast Cancer Awareness month. However, it wasn’t just a new look they were going for. The uniform change, for the fifth consecutive year, was part of their effort to raise funds for residents fighting the disease.

“In addition to being firefighters we are also sons ...

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly Leads Effort to Distribute Turkeys

PATERSON, NJ- Boxes of frozen turkeys lined the walls of the Grandparents Resource Center on Friday, but not for long as volunteers with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity stood on the ready to quickly distribute them to thankful recipients from throughout Paterson. In total 420 turkey were to be given out to individuals and organizations that would in turn distribute them to their own ...

Rotary Club of Paterson Serving Local Community and Beyond

PATERSON, NJ- With eyes towards making an impact both locally and globally, the Rotary Club of Paterson is currently collecting new jackets, hats and mittens, as well as gently worn, used or new shoes.

According to Roberta Farber, the winter wear will be donated to children at Paterson’s Frank R. Lautenberg School. “If not for this effort many of these children would find ...

Paterson Doctor Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme

November 15, 2017

NEWARK, NJ- A Paterson-based cardiologist and his wife have both pleaded guilty to their participation in a massive bribery scheme orchestrated by a testing laboratory in Parsippany, according to a report from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey.

Aiman Hamdan, 50, and Kristina Hamdan, 39, residents of Wayne, admitted to their roles in a scheme that has already ...

Four Paterson Men Charged Arrested In Connection With Heroin Distribution Operation

PATERSON, NJ- Five men, including four Paterson residents, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a heroin distribution ring that extended throughout Passaic County and into the Bronx, NY.

The arrests come after a six month investigation conducted by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Task Force, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Paterson Owed $137,928 in Funds to Support Crime Fighting Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Saying that “communities across our state remain more at risk every day,” Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-9) was the lead signatory in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the Department of Justice to disburse Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funds for Fiscal Year 2017 without further delay.

All nine Democratic members of ...

Volunteers Help Build Homes for Paterson Families

November 21, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- The Paterson Museum was transformed into a workshop on a Saturday earlier this month as volunteers from across the region joined together for Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s annual “Hammering for Humanity” event. 

Several teams, including those from Abundant Life Reformed Church in Wyckoff, Caldwell United Methodist Church and the Paterson Homeowner’s ...

Over 1 Million New Jerseyans Expected to Drive on Thanksgiving Weekend

November 22, 2017

FLORHAM Park, NJ -- AAA estimates that more than 1 million New Jerseyans will journey 50 miles or more from home during Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.1 percent increase in travelers from 2013.

The majority of New Jersey travelers (nearly 89 %) will celebrate the holiday with a road trip, and this year it will cost them less money than in previous ...

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Passaic County's 'Large Growing Tax Base' and 'Conservative Budgeting' Earns Credit Upgrade

November 14, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- Saying that there was evidence of a “large growing tax base” and that “conservative budgeting” has been practiced, Moody’s Investor Services upgraded the County of Passaic’s general obligation bond rating from Aa2 to Aa3.

The upgrade, according to a statement released by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, shows that an independent third party and ...

Sweet Gesture Honors Troops

November 12, 2017

MIDLAND PARK – Still munching on Halloween candy? Midland Park students decided to give up theirs for the troops.

Highland and Godwin Schools, led by the Highland School student council, participated in a charity that not only helps the troops fighting over seas, but also relieves parents and families of the aftermath of Halloween: what do we do with all that extra ...