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Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays

November 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts, and setting change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, ...

Governor Phil Murphy Attacked in Profanity Laced Tirade

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Paterson Public Schools to Feed Students Seven Days a Week, Superintendent Eileen Shafer Announces

PATERSON, NJ  – An effort that has already seen the distribution of 1.7 million to Paterson students since classrooms closed in March is again expanding, Superintendent Eileen Shafer announced Monday.

Starting on Monday, November 23, Paterson Public Schools will be providing meals to the city's public school population of nearly 30,000 students seven days a week. The pickup ...

Are Oreos Leaving New Jersey?

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The news is out, the Mondelez bakery factory in Bergen County is considering a move out of town, or are they?

"This is the beginning of the process," said Laurie Guzzinati, Senior Director, Corporate & Government Affairs North America Mondelēz Global LLC out of East Hanover. "Right now, it's business as usual."

Mondelez, an American ...

City of Paterson, St. Joseph's Health Reach $6 Million 'Community Contribution Agreement'

November 19, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - Healthcare giant St. Joseph’s Health will pay the City of Paterson more than $6 million over five years under a settlement negotiated by the Administration of Mayor Andre Sayegh and approved by the City Council earlier this week.

Sayegh took to Facebook to tout the legislative body’s approval of the agreement which settles litigation that has been in the works since ...

Mayor Andre Sayegh to Work from Home After Being Exposed to COVID-19

PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh has announced that “out of an abundance of caution” he will be working from home through the weekend after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement Sayegh said that he is asymptomatic and that a rapid test he took on Thursday was negative. 

Sayegh tested positive for coronavirus in April and ran the city ...

Voters Supported 'Vet is a Vet' Tax Deduction for All who Served

November 12, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- During last week's General Election, New Jersey voters approved the ballot question to extend the existing $250 property tax deduction to all honorably discharged veterans, rather than just those with active wartime service or involvement in certain peacekeeping operations.

Previously, only New Jersey veterans who served in one of 14 ...

National Park Service Grants Lifetime Passes to Veterans and Military Families

WASHINGTON, DC - Beginning today, Veterans Day, and going forward, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will receive lifetime passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, the National Parks Service said.

"The free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star families for their ...

Grants Available to Great Falls Neighborhood Businesses

November 18, 2020

PATERSON, NJ -  Eligible businesses in the Great Falls Neighborhood of Paterson have until December 2 to apply for grants of up to $5,000 as part of funding awarded to the New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) to promote the continued recovery and revitalization of neighborhoods in the wake of COVID-19.

The Great Falls Promise Neighborhood consists of a 95-block radius ...

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Recruiting Veterans: Nov. 12

PARAMUS, NJ - Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is hosting a Veteran Recruitment Hiring Fair on Thursday, November 12.

Operation Bergen New Bridge Serve Again is underway at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, 230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Building 6 - Auditorium, Paramus, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The fair is open to veterans, spouses and reservists for diverse employment opportunities, including ...

Basket Giveaway Makes Sure JFK High School Families Won't Go Hungry This Thanksgiving

November 23, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - 100 JFK High School families will enjoy an even more special Thanksgiving this year following a special food distribution last week that included a free turkey and a bag of non-perishable food items.

The effort, Michael Hill, Principal of Operations at JFK said, is part of a continuous effort to make food available to families is in need, an initiative in partnership with the ...

Hawthorne Pride Alliance Clothing Collection Highlights Lack of LGBT-Safe Shelters in Passaic County

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Pride Alliance concluded a successful clothing drive Saturday, acquiring dozens of donated packages destined for the Essex county-based Reaching Adolescents in Need Foundation (RAIN) which provides a shelter for displaced and homeless LGBT youth, many of whom have been rejected by their own families with nowhere else to go. 

The Pride Alliance noted that ...

Paterson Public Schools to Feed Students Seven Days a Week, Superintendent Eileen Shafer Announces

November 23, 2020

PATERSON, NJ  – An effort that has already seen the distribution of 1.7 million to Paterson students since classrooms closed in March is again expanding, Superintendent Eileen Shafer announced Monday.

Starting on Monday, November 23, Paterson Public Schools will be providing meals to the city's public school population of nearly 30,000 students seven days a week. The pickup ...

Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (PCSST) Army JROTC Earns Honor Unit with Distinction

PATERSON, NJ  - The Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (PCSST) JROTC Lion Battalion announced that it has once again earned the highest unit qualification possible for SY 2020-2021, first awarded during the last school year. The most sought-after unit award is the Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD – Gold Star) rating.  

"Our Lion Battalion Cadets work ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays

November 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts, and setting change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, ...

Sayegh Urges Thanksgiving Sacrifices as Paterson Battles Virus

PATERSON, NJ -  As Paterson continues to endure a spike in COVID-19 cases, residents in New Jersey’s third largest city are being urged to rethink their Thanksgiving Day plans.

Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh reiterated guidance handed down by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy: Avoid traveling and celebrate at home with members of ...

Murphy Signals Support for Paterson Projects with Additional $20 Million

November 16, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - An additional $20 million in tax credits is set to be made available to projects being built with the support of the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant (ERGG) program. In June 2019, the City of Paterson received $130 million in tax credit funding through the state Economic Development Authority.

The move came Monday in the form of Governor Phil Murphy’s conditional ...

New Fence Coming to ATP Site, First Phase of Significant Rehabilitation Effort to Reclaim Historic Land for Public Use

PATERSON, NJ - Long a thorn in the side of area residents due to how easily it has been accessible to vandals and others participating in unneighborly activity, the Allied Textile Printers (ATP) site will soon be fenced in, according to a statement issued by Mayor Andre Sayegh.

“We are grateful to the EPA for funding the work that will allow us to further ensure the safety of ...

4th Weekend Shooting Rocks Paterson Early Sunday

November 22, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - Weekend violence continued early Sunday with the shooting of a 26-year-old Paterson man in the area of Pearl Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, the shooting took place at approximately 6:04 a.m. The victim arrived at Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center seeking treatment ...

Assault with a Paintball Gun at the Willowbrook Mall – Police Seeks Help

WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police Detective Captain Dan Daly is asking for the public’s help in solving an aggravated assault case that happened just outside the Willowbrook Mall on Sunday, November 8.

According to Daly, “four juvenile males were walking on the sidewalk in the area of the Willowbrook Mall food court when a passenger in a passing silver, or grey sedan fired multiple, ...

Hasbrouck Heights Man Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Sell 'Ghost Guns' Into Paterson

November 20, 2020

TRENTON, NJ –A joint investigation by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and the Paterson Police Department has led to the arrest of Michael Maresca, 32, a Hasbrouck Heights resident accused of illegally trafficking firearms in Paterson, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Friday.

“In the midst of a pandemic, our detectives are doing all they can to address the ...

Paterson Man Charged in North Bergen Drunk Driving Crash

JERSEY CITY, NJ - 31-year-old Paterson resident Nathaniel Dickerson turned himself in to detectives with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit Monday and was officially charged with assault by auto for his involvement in a September crash that caused serious injury to his passenger.

On the night of the incident that took place in the area of 910 Tonnelle Avenue in North ...

2020 Totowa / West Paterson Fire Dept. Holiday Lights Parade Canceled

November 22, 2020

TOTOWA, NJ - Due to the sharp increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Totowa and West Paterson Fire Departments have canceled the 2020 Holiday Lights Parade for the safety of the community and the first responders who organize and participate in the event. 

Organizers of the parade considered multiple options as a substitute for the parade, but could not find a solution that ...

Paterson NAACP Encourages Local Teens to Go for the Gold

PATERSON, NJ – As a difficult year draws to a close, the Paterson NAACP wants local teens to feel inspired, uplifted and motivated during these challenging times.

The local chapter plans to resume hosting the Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), a national contest that encourages African American high school students to aspire to excellence in more ...

Randolph Boys Soccer Knocks Off JFK Knights to Claim State Sectional Title

November 22, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ- An early goal by senior captain Joe Reed helped spark the Randolph boys’ soccer team to a 3-0 victory over the JFK Knights in the NJSIAA State Sectional Championship on Saturday at DaSilva Field in Randolph.  

“Getting the first goal of the game so early reassured us that we could win this game,” said Reed. “Obviously we couldn’t ...

JFK Soccer Knights Defeat State Champs in Double Overtime, Penalty Shot Thriller

CLIFTON, NJ - In over 100 minutes of nail-biting competition, the John F. Kennedy High School varsity boys soccer squad defeated Clifton after scoreless regulation play, two overtime periods, and penalty kick drama, as the final shootout was captured 3-1 by the Knights.  

What made the gratifying victory even more monumental was that Clifton came into the contest as the defending New ...

NJ Author Releases Two New Books That Are Literally For The Birds

November 23, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield resident Rick Wright has recently written two books that, literally, are for the birds. 

While that connotation is usually negative, in this instance it's a perfect description of the local author's latest work. Wright's Custom Bird Guides series introduces birdwatchers to the best local birding sites and a wide selection of the most common, ...

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Passaic County Community College Holds Virtual Open House November 19

Passaic County Community College (PCCC) invites all future, returning, and visiting students to the PCCC
Snapshot: A Virtual Open House on Thursday November 19 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Zoom. Come and enjoy an overview of all that PCCC can offer: Academic excellence, affordable tuition, over 70 degree and certificate programs, and convenient online and in-person classes.

Attendees can ...

Pros and Cons of a Zero-Down Mortgage

Buying a home with no down payment: Too good to be true?

If you’ve ever looked into buying a home, it’s possible that one of the things preventing you from making the leap is the down payment. Which means you might be wondering: Is there a way to get a zero-down mortgage?

The short answer is, “Maybe.” The longer answer is, “It’s complicated.” And ...

It's Fun to Stay at the Y-M-C-A

Find everyone's favorite party song and play it loud.... Always a great way to get our children moving!

Join the NJ Liquor License Reform Alliance to Boost Our Economy

November 14, 2020

Dear Editor:

It’s no secret that New Jersey has some of the most archaic liquor license laws in the nation. Our liquor license laws (over 60 years old) are holding back our state economy and efforts to revitalize downtowns across our state. Utah is the only other state that has liquor license laws like New Jersey.  

The current liquor license formula caps liquor licenses based on ...

Governor Phil Murphy Attacked in Profanity Laced Tirade

November 23, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Are Oreos Leaving New Jersey?

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The news is out, the Mondelez bakery factory in Bergen County is considering a move out of town, or are they?

"This is the beginning of the process," said Laurie Guzzinati, Senior Director, Corporate & Government Affairs North America Mondelēz Global LLC out of East Hanover. "Right now, it's business as usual."

Mondelez, an American ...

Passaic County Secures $8.56 Million for Lakeview Ave Improvements

November 15, 2020

PATERSON, NJ – An extensive project years in the making to bring safety and aesthetic improvements along Lakeview Avenue in the City of Paterson, including converting a traffic circle into a safer modern roundabout and installing turn lanes and bicycle lanes is closer to reality thanks to an $8.56 million federal grant approved by the NJTPA Board of Trustees last week.

The project will ...

Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair

November 15, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - The 22nd Annual Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair will be held virtually this year from November 14-18, 2020.  

It features 50 HBCUs, scholarships, instant admissions, and application fee waivers plus a Scholarship and Financial aid Forum.

The Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair is a non-profit, volunteer organization ...

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, NJ Reentry Corporation Launch 'New Bridge to Health' for Those Leaving State Prisons

PARAMUS, NJ - On Monday, November 16, 2020, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and the NJ Reentry Corporation will implement an innovative program co-created called ‘A New Bridge to Health’. This new program links individuals being released from prison under the new COVID-19 early release bill with a prominent New Jersey health care provider that can ...