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Longtime City Resident Tapped to Head Office of Constituent Services

July 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Long time community activist Javier Fernandez, who most recently helped organize the recent World Cup watch party which officials say drew close to 2000 fans to a community celebration for the Colombia versus England match, has been appointed at the city’s head of the Office of Constituent Services by Mayor Andre Sayegh.

In this role Fernandez will serve as the main ...

Youth Serving Organizations Welcome Superintendent Eileen Shafer

July 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Calling her an “ardent voice and champion of Paterson’s children,” the Girls Scouts of Northern New Jersey (GSNNJ), the Paterson Alliance, and the United Way of Passaic County held a “welcome reception” in honor of Paterson Superintendent Eileen Shafer last month.

Betty Garger, CEO, GSNNJ, said that they were “honored” to recognize Shafer ...

Local Music Executive Donates Air Conditioners to School 18

PATERSON, NJ- Students at Paterson School 18 will be cooler when they return to classes in September, thank to the donation of 10 window air conditioners by a local music professional.

The units, delivered on Monday, come as a gift from Frank Robinson, better known as Nitt Da Gritt, with the contribution being arranged for by 5th Ward Councilman Luis Velez through his Luis Velez Civic ...

Wimberly Recognizes Local Business Owner for Efforts to Raise Awareness of Vitiligo

PATERSON, NJ- “Having Vitiligo is my special gift from God!  I love my spots. Be brave & love yourself.” This is the simple message found on the Facebook page of the Princess Khori Vitiligo Foundation.

The namesake of Paterson nine year old Khori Muckle, the foundation seeks to raise awareness of Vitiligo, a non-contagious condition which causes skin to lose its ...

New Trolley System to Connect Downtown with Great Falls

July 10, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Standing beside two diesel powered trolleys on the site that the Paterson Art Factory calls home on Tuesday, Mayor Andre Sayegh showed that he is wasting no time in moving ahead on efforts to make the Great Falls, and the area around it, the centerpiece of the city’s much anticipated resurgence.

Calling the Art Factory a “partner”, Sayegh offered his ...

Paterson Housing Authority Exececutive Director on Riverside Terrace: We're Moving Forward

PATERSON, NJ- The anticipated transformation of Riverside Terrace in the city’s 3rd Ward took another step forward on Tuesday with the announcement that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has officially approved the plan to demolish the current units.

Recalling making the refurbishment of the Riverside Terrace basketball courts his first initiative when he was ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17

July 16, 2018

NEW YORK, NY, - The National Weather Service issued a 'Heat Advisory' this morning for Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. The heat advisory will remain in effect from noon Monday July 16 until 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during ...

TAPinto Paterson Editor: We Want to Hear From You

PATERSON, NJ - When it comes to reporting, TAPinto Paterson prides itself on delivering a different type of news. Whether they are government related or stories of residents making a difference, promoting a community event or showing off the true beauty of the city, celebrating local students or highlighting the efforts of our brave first responders, we place great emphasis on what our ...

Community Invited to Watch World Cup Match

PATERSON, NJ- World Cup Fever is gripping Paterson!

On Tuesday the entire Paterson community is invited to an outdoor watch party as Colombia takes on England in a knockout game to determine which team will advance to the tournaments quarterfinals.

Hosted by Mayor Andre Sayegh, Board of Education Commissioner Manny Martinez, and community activists Al Abdelaziz and Javier Fernandez, the ...

New Paterson Police Officers Plan to Serve with ‘Hard Work, Integrity, and Consistency’

July 16, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- It’s not every day that the songs of Bob Dylan and Billy Ocean are invoked within the Paterson City Council Chambers, but that’s exactly what happened on Monday as city leaders, and the recruit’s families, welcomed 12 new officers to the Paterson Police Department.

Referring to a renewed focus on public safety in order to move Paterson forward, Police ...

Two Arrested Following Drugs Related Investigation

PATERSON, NJ - Two Paterson men face drugs-related charges after, acting on an anonymous tip from a “concerned citizen”, Paterson Police Detectives conducted an investigation into illegal activity in the area of Park Avenue and 18th Street.

According to a statement by Police Director Jerry Speziale, the area is well known for prior drug investigations and arrests, and on ...

Bill by Pascrell and Menendez to Monitor Cancer in Firefighters Signed into Law

PATERSON, NJ – A law requiring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a national cancer registry for firefighters to monitor and study the relationship between career-long exposure to dangerous fumes and toxins and the incidence of cancer in firefighters so to develop better protective gear and prevention techniques has been signed into law by President Donald ...

Silk City Sharks: Not Just Football

July 15, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Telling TAPinto Paterson that the Silk City Sharks are “not just football,” Mike Harris, vice president of the semi-professional team set to kick off their second season on Saturday, said that real goal of the club is to be “part of the renaissance” that so many believe has been spurred forward with the recent inauguration of Mayor Andre Sayegh.

In ...

‘Transformative Power’ of Art Brings Facelift to Fourth Ward Basketball Courts

PATERSON, NJ- For too long the basketball courts on 12th Avenue have suffered from neglect, finding their spot among the all to common list of places within the city’s neighborhoods that have become havens for drug use and other activities.

Thanks to the creativity, hard work, and most importantly, desire to do “something fantastic” by local artist and teacher Chris ...

Silk City Sharks Set to Kick Off New Season

PATERSON, NJ- There were plenty of things that were not at a recent preseason practice of Paterson’s semi-professional football team, the Silk City Sharks.  In stifling heat at Baurle Field there were no touchdowns, there were no field goals, there were no extra points.  Nor were there any celebratory salsa dances or post scoring, end zone antics. Marching bands, ...

‘Transformative Power’ of Art Brings Facelift to Fourth Ward Basketball Courts

July 15, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- For too long the basketball courts on 12th Avenue have suffered from neglect, finding their spot among the all to common list of places within the city’s neighborhoods that have become havens for drug use and other activities.

Thanks to the creativity, hard work, and most importantly, desire to do “something fantastic” by local artist and teacher Chris ...

Que Viva Colombia! Paterson Raises Colombian Flag

PATERSON, NJ- Despite the blistering heat more than 100 people filled the courtyard in front of Paterson City Hall on Saturday to celebrate the raising of the yellow, blue, and red flag of Colombia.

The annual event, which has taken place every year since 1989, marks the nation’s obtainment of independence from Spain in 1810. 
 

Hosted by Asociacion Hijos Y Amigos De ...

Words of ‘Paterson Poet’ Reflect City’s Storied History, Inspire Hope in Brighter Future

PATERSON, NJ- At the recent Creative Paterson Call to Collaboration Elizabeth Valverde led a discussion on the need for Paterson to “think big,” a part of that, she and her fellow attendees agreed, includes creating opportunities for residents to more fully understand the city’s vast history. That history prominent within the lines of her ...

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July 12, 2018

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Fast Food Joints Should Give Workers Freedom to Move Ahead, says State

TRENTON, NJ - Fast food restaurant owners across New Jersey are being asked by the state to provide information about their use of employee non-compete or “no poach” agreements, documents that "can restrict the ability of workers to obtain a better-paying job with another franchise," according to the state Attorney General's Office.

In a statement, the office ...

Mosleh Uddin Seeking Seat on Board of Education

July 5, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Lifelong Paterson resident Mosleh Uddin has announced his intention to seek a seat on the Paterson Board of Education. 

Telling TAPinto Paterson that he has “always wanted to be involved in the community,” Uddin, a graduate of both JFK High School and William Paterson University, shared that his parents instilled in him the importance of obtaining an ...

Wimberly Recognizes Local Business Owner for Efforts to Raise Awareness of Vitiligo

July 7, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- “Having Vitiligo is my special gift from God!  I love my spots. Be brave & love yourself.” This is the simple message found on the Facebook page of the Princess Khori Vitiligo Foundation.

The namesake of Paterson nine year old Khori Muckle, the foundation seeks to raise awareness of Vitiligo, a non-contagious condition which causes skin to lose its ...

Passaic County Health Department Issues Tick Alert

PATERSON, NJ- The Passaic County Health Department notes that this year reports of ticks have been higher than usual.

Lyme disease is spread by the deer tick. Ticks feed on the blood of animals and infected ticks transmit the disease as they feed. Ticks will feed not only on wild animals but dogs, cats and humans. When people or pets visit or live near or visit wooded areas, they run a risk of ...

Paterson Man to Spend 30 Years Behind Bars

July 7, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- A 21-year-old Paterson will spend at least 30 years in jail following being found guilty of murder on Friday.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, a jury also convicted Tamaj Lemmon of several other counts related to the incident on April 22, 2017, in which Vishon Randolph was shot in the face and killed. Lemmon shot at three individuals, striking another in ...

Application Deadline Looming for Home Repairs Through Realtors Care Day

July 6, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Seeking to build a positive relationship with the community they serve, and renew pride of home ownership among local families, the Passaic County Board of Realtors (PCBOR) is once again taking part in the statewide Realtors Care Day on September 26.

According to Anika Nahar, Communications Director for the PCBOR, the volunteer effort in past years has been “a great way for ...

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Readers Says Let Developer Bring Paterson Back

July 13, 2018

Dear Editor: 

It is no secret that Paterson is in dire need of revitalizing, restructuring, rebuilding, and, quite frankly, rebranding. As a city, we have struggled to pay our municipal debt, to reduce crime substantially, to create sustainable employment opportunities for our youth and to provide assistance for our city’s most vulnerable residents. 

Today, we face an uphill ...

Pascrell, Renacci, Senators Celebrate House Approval of Congressional Gold Medal to Baseball Pioneer Larry Doby

July 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) hailed the passage in the House of Representatives of H.R. 1861, the Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act. The legislation awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the late baseball star, Larry Doby, who broke the American League’s color barrier in 1947.

“A proud ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Big Plans for Small Park in Newark’s North Ward

NEWARK, NJ- An under-utilized pocket park on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark’s North Ward has become a symbol of what can be accomplished in neighborhoods throughout the city through effective public-private partnerships. 

The park’s supporters have big plans for the public space, located directly across the street from the busy North Ward Center, located in an historic ...

I'm Sorry Mr. Jackson... I Am For Real

July 8, 2018

Hello again, Paterson. 

So much has changed since the last time I’ve written… as I’d hoped, Andre Sayegh is our new mayor and it seems an exciting new dawn is upon us. I think when any change comes, especially one as major as this, there is an opportunity for reflection as well as for hope. This election taught me quite a bit, seeing some of the best and worst sides of ...