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Pascrell Bill Recognizing Paterson's Larry Doby As Congressional Gold Medal of Honor Recipient Signed Into Law

December 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – .Under legislation spearheaded by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., and signed Monday by President Donald Trump, Paterson baseball legend Larry Doby, a player who helped break the Major League Baseball color barrier, will be honored posthumously with a Congressional Gold Medial of Honor.

“Today is a joyous day for sports and for this country,” said Pascrell.

Medical Marijuana Industry Set to Bring Green to Paterson

PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey’s growing medical marijuana industry is set to plant roots in Paterson in the new year.

According to a statement released by the New Jersey Department of Health, Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, has been selected as one of only six businesses selected to apply for permits to open new medical marijuana ...

Downtown Paterson Special Improvement District Hails New Leadership

PATERSON, NJ- With the dual appointment of a new District Manager to oversee its overall administration, financial management, and day-to-day activities, and Commercial District Services LLC (CDS) to focus on maintenance and beautification, the Downtown Paterson Special Improvement District (SID) is set for growth and progress in the new year.

According to a statement released by the ...

Paterson Rotary Puts ‘Service Above Elves’

PATERSON, NJ-  Student’s at Paterson’s Edward W. Kilpatrick School will be warmer this winter thanks to a special delivery from Santa Claus. The man in red, along with several elves, who double as members of the Paterson Rotary Club, the city’s oldest service organization, delivered 380 new winter jackets, and plenty of good cheer, to the excited children on ...

Paterson Rotary Puts ‘Service Above Elves’

December 17, 2018

PATERSON, NJ-  Student’s at Paterson’s Edward W. Kilpatrick School will be warmer this winter thanks to a special delivery from Santa Claus. The man in red, along with several elves, who double as members of the Paterson Rotary Club, the city’s oldest service organization, delivered 380 new winter jackets, and plenty of good cheer, to the excited children on ...

Foundation Founded by Paterson Teen Hosts Makes Christmas Brighter for Local Children

PATERSON, NJ- While stories abound of holiday generosity throughout Paterson one took on special meaning Saturday, not just because of the children it celebrated, but also because of the driving force behind the annual event.

Now in its eighth year, the Holiday Family Event hosted by The Jahmier Foundation Kids of Incarcerated Parents (KOIP) was the brainchild of Jahmier Wilson. The ...

More Than Childcare: 4CS of Passaic County Opens Doors for Holiday Celebration

PATERSON, NJ- For Jashina Green Jackson, a mother or two, the help of 4CS means that her son and daughter can participate in a summer program as well as financial support for her own continued training as a certified teaching assistant.

On Saturday, the Paterson based nonprofit child-care resource and referral organization was also a conduit to a merrier Christmas season for she and her ...

Councilman Shahin Khalique Hosts Bangladeshi Victory Day Commemoration

December 16, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The dark and gloomy weather outside was no match for the vibrancy of the Bangladeshi community that filled into Paterson’s City Council Chambers on Sunday in commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the nation’s Victory Day.

Hosted by 2nd Ward Councilman Shahin Khalique, the event featured music, dance, food, and a flag raising, as well as several speakers, including ...

Sayegh Names Miguel Diaz Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement

PATERSON, NJ-more than a dozen family members, friends, and community leaders gathered in Mayor Sayegh’s office on Friday as Miguel Diaz, a well recognized figure throughout Paterson, was sworn to serve as a Deputy Mayor. 

Diaz was named as Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement and is the seventh appointee to be named to the unpaid position in Sayegh’s ...

Measure Predicted to Save City Over $100,000 in Electric Costs Passed by City Council

PATERSON, NJ- Despite opposition from Paterson City Council President Maritza Davila and Vice President Michael Jackson, a proposal to allow a third party to provide electricity to the city’s public buildings passed 5-3 on Tuesday.

By joining the Passaic County Energy Cooperative the city has agreed to buy electricity from Voorhees based Concord Engineering, a move that Vicki Molloy, a ...

Students at Young Men's Leadership Academy Recognized at Awards Ceremony

December 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- When TAPinto Paterson met 4th grade student Ali Beydoun in September he, along with his brother Mohamad, was both “nervous and excited” for his first day of school at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Less than halfway through the academic year, the young man was among dozens of students recognized for their efforts in the classroom and beyond on ...

School Officials Renew Vow to Further Reducing Missed Speech Therapy Hours

PATERSON, NJ – Efforts to reduce the backlog of speech therapy services for local public school students remains a top priority, according to Paterson Public Schools officials.  

In a statement following Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting Superintendent Eileen Shafer said that while over 28,000 hours are still owed from the past two academic years recent efforts, ...

Medical Marijuana Industry Set to Bring Green to Paterson

December 17, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey’s growing medical marijuana industry is set to plant roots in Paterson in the new year.

According to a statement released by the New Jersey Department of Health, Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, has been selected as one of only six businesses selected to apply for permits to open new medical marijuana ...

New Program Aims at Improving Health of Mothers and Babies

December 7, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- City officials and health advocates gathered on the steps of Paterson’s Department of Health on Thursday to announce aggressive new and innovative strategies to reduce the infant mortality rate, specifically among African Americans, in the city.

According to officials from the Partnership of Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, the non-profit planning agency ...

Downtown Paterson Special Improvement District Hails New Leadership

December 17, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- With the dual appointment of a new District Manager to oversee its overall administration, financial management, and day-to-day activities, and Commercial District Services LLC (CDS) to focus on maintenance and beautification, the Downtown Paterson Special Improvement District (SID) is set for growth and progress in the new year.

According to a statement released by the ...

Mayor Andre Sayegh Announces Free Parking Through Holiday Season

PATERSON, NJ- In an effort to encourage residents to shop local and eat local this holiday season Mayor Andre Sayegh announced that parking in all metered spots across the city will be free from Friday until Wednesday, January 2.

"We take our local economy very seriously," Sayegh said in a video posted to his Facebook account adding that while the original plan was to start the ...

El Mercadito Fruit and Meat Market Opens in Sixth Ward

PATERSON, NJ - Augusto Gil believes that Paterson has a bright future, and he wants to be part of it. On Saturday, flanked by store empoloyees and several city officials, including Mayor Andre Sayegh and Counciwoman Martiza Davila, the entrepreneur celebrated the official opening of his store, El Mercadito Fruit and Meat Market at 594 21st Avenue.

Watch the video of the ...

Pascrell Bill Recognizing Paterson's Larry Doby As Congressional Gold Medal of Honor Recipient Signed Into Law

December 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – .Under legislation spearheaded by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., and signed Monday by President Donald Trump, Paterson baseball legend Larry Doby, a player who helped break the Major League Baseball color barrier, will be honored posthumously with a Congressional Gold Medial of Honor.

“Today is a joyous day for sports and for this country,” said Pascrell.

Paterson's Jaylen Colon Continues to Shine on the Court

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Former John F Kennedy basketball player Jaylen Colon has been selected as the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CAAC) Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 9. Colon, a freshman at Felician University in Rutherford graduated from JFK in 2018.

According to Felician athletic officials, Colon, a ...

UPDATE: Paterson's Ezekiel Suarez Continues Winning Ways in USA Boxing Tournament

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson's Ezekiel Suarez has done it again, winning his Thursday semi-final bout in three rounds by unanimous decision over Kamauri Rainey from Cincinnati, Ohio. This comes after his victory in the quarterfinals of the USA Boxing intermediate division national tournament in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

He will now move on to the Championships of the ...

Legendary Newark Artist Jerry Gant Laid to Rest

November 25, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Jerry Gant, a Newark native whose art indelibly colored the landscape of his hometown, was celebrated for a life well lived, both as an artist and as a human being. 

"Jerry Gant had swag-matism. Swag-matism is the ability to be so distinct, so bold, so present, that people are drawn to you," said the Rev. Kevin E. Taylor, pastor at Unity Fellowship Church, as he ...

Former Teacher Sentence to Three Years for Attempting to Exchange Cash for Sex with Students

December 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- A former teacher at John F. Kennedy High School has been sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison and lifetime parole supervision for his efforts to coerce students to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the sentence against Thomas Weir, 56, was handed down by the Hon. Marilyn C. Clark, ...

16 Years in Prison for Paterson Man Found with 2,600 Videos and Images of Child Pornography

PATERSON, NJ- A 30-year old Paterson man found guilty of the possession and distribution of child pornography in September has been sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the sentence was handed down against Omar Saloukha by Honorable Justine Niccollai, J.S.C., on December 6.

The investigation conducted by the ...

Investigation Leads to Arrest, Large Illegal Drugs Haul

PATERSON, NJ - An early morning raid of an residence on Camden Street led to the arrest of a Paterson man and the confiscation of a large amount of illegal narcotics.

According to Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale the arrest of Nicco Lago, 28, at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thursday stemmed from an investigation launched in October following numerous citizen complaints into alleged drug ...

Paterson Train Station Dedicated to Paterson Man Killed in Twin Towers Attack

December 10, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- On what would have been his 46th birthday friends and family of Paterson native Kenny Lira gathered with city officials on Sunday to officially dedicate the Paterson Train Station in his honor. Lira, 27 at the time, lost his life when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center's Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

The temporary plaque which will be replaced with a ...

Blaze Rips Through Abandoned Home on Godwin Avenue

December 15, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson firefighters responded to a pre-dawn fire on Saturday at a home neighbors have said is known to be abandoned but often frequented by vagrants. 

“I can’t tell you how many calls I personally made about this abandoned house,” Attiyya Barrett said in a Facebook post after the blaze at 183 Godwin Avenue was extinguished.

Confirming that she ...

Paterson Police Welcome 12 New Officers

PATERSON, NJ- The first class of 12 new police officers brought on by Mayor Andre Sayegh began a new stage in their journey to make Paterson safer. The diverse group, brining the ranks up to 421 members, entered the Police Academy in July and told they were expected to serve with "hard work, consistency, and integrity."

“There is honor in the uniform, but what ...

Arrest Made in Stabbing Death of Paterson Woman

PATERSON, NJ - A Passaic man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a former girlfriend early Wednesday in Paterson.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, the investigation into the incident that occurred at 79 Mercer Street has led to the murder charges against Eddie Smith, 37.

The report continued that ...

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How to Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams

The extended weekend that ushers in the holiday shopping season—the days between Black Friday and Cyber Monday—can put you at great risk. Shopping scams abound. A phishing scheme or a bogus bargain can quickly turn your mood from merry to Grinch.

While you try to snag the best after-Thanksgiving deals, be aware of these online selling scams that can end up costing you a lot of ...

Reader Wishes TAPinto Paterson Audience Happy Holidays

December 13, 2018

Dear Readers: 

I want to take this time to wish you all a very blessed holiday season. Whether it’s  Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or just a small family traditional gathering, I hope it is filled with warmth, love and peace. I think it’s safe to say that we all have had quite a tumultuous year.

We have lost loved ones, friends along the way but we mustn’t ...

Latino Legislators Call For End of Jones Act, Cannabis Decriminalization, Gun Safety in Landmark Resolutions

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC / SAN DIEGO, CA – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) took bold stances on issues that affect the Latino community, and for the first time waded into the gun safety issue, calling for universal background checks and other important gun reform measures in one of a series of resolutions approved by the group at its 16th Annual Summit, which was held in San ...

Wimberly Re-Elected Assembly Co-Chair of Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity in NJ

TRENTON, NJ – Seeking ways to develop legislative actions and find solutions that address unemployment in New Jersey, Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) was re-elected Tuesday as co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity, a legislative panel formed in 2014 to study equality in relation to New Jersey’s economy and ...

Longtime Paterson Resident, Labor Leader, Community Servant Turns 100

December 14, 2018

POMPANO BEACH, FL - Mr. Leroy S. Fischer, a longtime resident of Paterson turned 100 on Friday.

Born in North Hollow, North Carolina, the retired Passaic County Deputy Sheriff grew up between Wilson, NC and Downington, PA, before moving to New Jersey where he attended United School of Technology in Newark to train Certified Radio and Television Repairman.

Fischer would go on to service in ...

Bill Protecting Internet Users from Identity Theft Advances

December 10, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -  Data breaches are becoming more frequent and more expensive. Recently, Marriott announced that more than a half million customer accounts had been exposed to hackers. Under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26) companies are closer to being required to notify users of online security breaches

The bill expands a list of breaches requiring notification ...

‘Newark Must Not Become Another Brooklyn,’ Baraka Says After Announcing Commission on Gentrification

NEWARK, NJ - Newark Mayor Ras Baraka stood at a lectern today that was adorned with a sign that had one, simple message: “NO GENTRIFICATION.”

In the hopes of meeting that end, the city has created a new Equitable Growth Advisory Commission. It will draw up to 15 members from the community, academia, businesses and nonprofits to make recommendations to the city on topics about land ...