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Murphy Gives 'Shout Out' to Paterson Public Schools

May 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy used part of his daily press briefing Friday to “give a huge shout out” to administrators, educators, staff, and volunteers for the Paterson Public Schools for their efforts to “help provide for the greater needs of their students and families,” since the COVID-19 pandemic began March. 

In addition to conducting classes ...

Paterson Education Association Announces Scholarship Winners

PATERSON, NJ - The union that represents the more than 3,000 education professionals within Paterson’s public schools has announced the awarding of scholarships to two students through the The Paterson Education Association (P.E.A.) Philanthropic Fund.

Given annually to students that exhibit academic excellence, and have a desire to the field of education, the scholarships are funded by ...

Redmon, Akhtaruzzaman Call for Recounts in First and Second Ward Elections

May 28, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - Citing the vast number of uncounted ballots, “a considerable number of additional irregularities” that are reported to have occurred during the election, and the belief that federal and state authorities are already conducting their own investigations into the Paterson municipal elections, Nakima Redmon and Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman have both filed for recounts in their ...

McKoy Calls for Recount in Paterson Third Ward Contest

PATERSON, NJ - Councilman William McKoy, the longest serving member of the Paterson’s legislative body, is seeking a recount after vote totals showed Alex Mendez, a former councilman and mayoral candidate, beating him out by 245 votes in the 3rd Ward contest.

Filed in Passaic County Superior Court on Friday, McKoy’s petition requests the Passaic County Clerk and Passaic County ...

A Sign That We Appreciate Our Local Heroes

May 26, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - A campaign is underway to let Paterson first responders and other essential workers know that their efforts to defend the community against COVID-19 are appreciated.

On Tuesday, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced that lawn signs designed to express gratitude to the men and women, including members of the Paterson Fire Department and Paterson Police Department, are available and will ...

Weather Closes Paterson Testing Sites

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson’s four COVID-19 testing sites are closed Saturday due to the expected inclement weather, Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott told TAPinto Paterson.

The sites, which opened earlier this month and have already tested more than 1,700 residents, and are located at Eastside High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Public School 18, and Public School 28, are ...

Remembering Those That Gave All

May 25, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - While many communities have been forced to scale back or forego entirely their annul Memorial Day celebrations, one local veteran, as though reacting to reveille, was up early Monday to make
sure that Paterson’s military heroes still received the honor they deserve.

Tony Vancheri, Paterson’s Deputy Mayor for Veterans Affairs, has ably led the city’s annual ...

Passaic County Pandemic Partnership Set to Provide Meals and Essential Services to Nearly 210,000 County Residents

PATERSON, NJ - Signalling an expanded effort to share resources, coordinate strategy and planning, and establish a mutual aid network to provide homebound and at-risk populations with food and other essential needs, six Passaic County-based non-profits have joined together under the umbrella banner of the “Passaic County Pandemic Partnership” (PCPP).

According to a statement by the ...

Health Organizations Launch COVID-19 Testing Sites For Paterson Community

May 29, 2020

PATERSON, NJ – Community testing for COVID-19 will be expanded in Paterson and Passaic County in the coming weeks under a partnership with St. Joseph’s Health and multiple other organizations and agencies, hospital officials announced Friday.

“Access to testing remains critical to continue battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO of St.

With New Cases Plummeting, Sayegh Shares Hope for Knocking Out Coronavirus

PATERSON, NJ - While declaring that when it comes to defeating COVID-19 “we are only in the middle rounds,” Mayor Andre Sayegh is pointing to the six new cases of coronavirus, the lowest daily total since March 6, confirmed on Saturday, as evidence that “the rigorous restrictions we’ve put in place are working.”

In total more than 6,000 residents, including Sayegh ...

New Jerseyans Well Informed About COVID-19, Majority Taking Appropriate Actions: Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- New Jerseyans are well-informed about COVID-19, including how it is transmitted, its major symptoms, what to do if infected, which populations are most at risk, and how to take preventative action, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.


Most New Jerseyans are well aware of how the virus is transmitted: 97% correctly answer that being in close ...

NJCDC Launches Effort to Develop 10-Year Plan for Great Falls Neighborhood

May 24, 2020

PATERSON, NJ-  As elected officials, healthcare professionals, and community leaders continue to consider an immediate post-coronavirus future, Paterson’s New Jersey Development Corporation (NJCDC), through a new steering committee, is looking even further ahead through a new steering committee.

According to NJCDC leadership the “robust group” of neighborhood ...

One-Stop Career Center Continues Serving Jobless Across Passaic County

PATERSON, NJ – Locals who find themselves struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis can turn to the Passaic County One-Stop Career Center, which has been working throughout the outbreak to help those in need.

With New Jersey’s unemployment numbers continuing on the rise, the Center’s services, which seek to help people find work or the training they’ll need to land a job, ...

'Ratcheted Up' Efforts Remove Five Guns From Paterson Streets Since Thursday

May 31, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson Police Department’s COVID Compliance Units have “ratcheted up their efforts and have made a major arrest,” Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Sunday. “Their vigilance prevented another shooting from taking place last night and I commend them for their swift action.”

According to a statement issued by Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry ...

Paterson Teen Arrested with Loaded Weapon

PATERSON, NJ - A Paterson teen congregating as part of a large group in violation of coronavirus order was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. The Glock .40 semi-automatic weapon was reported stolen out of North Carolina.

According to Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the incident took place at approximately 10:00 p.m. in the area of Harrison and ...

COVID Compliance Unit Arrests 4, Removes Gun from Streets

PATERSON, NJ - Four males were apprehended by members of the Paterson Police Department’s COVID-19 Enforcement Unit after they were allegedly observed transacting illegal narcotics.

One of the suspects, a juvenile, was armed at the time of the arrest. 

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Detective Macolino and Detective Duffy, responded to the area of ...

Super Bowl Champ Victor Cruz Makes Giant Donation to Paterson Students

May 27, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - On the field Paterson sports legend helped lead his team to a Super Bowl victory. Off the field, Cruz has continued to show that teamwork pays off and, on Tuesday, announced that along with Altice USA and Acer donated 100 Chromebooks to the Paterson Public Schools District.

The donation comes as District officials continue their efforts which kicked off publically on April 24th ...

Manage Mosquitoes for a Safer and More Enjoyable Summer

May 31, 2020

Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick. Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper hand in the battle against these pesky insects.

Mosquitoes serve as a carrier (vector) in the spread of certain diseases. It starts when ...

Protect Your Skin When Gardening

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a busy time for gardening and other outdoor activities. Gardening provides many benefits but like any outdoor activity it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays.

More than 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year and most are associated with exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. And even ...

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Isabella Has Been Counted, Have You?

Even at 10-years-old Paterson's Isabella Vilchez knows how important it is for her family to be counted in Census 2020.

"When you respond to the census you help your community get its fair share in federal funds," Isabella said, adding that this is important for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.

Click here to get counted today.

The Felician Way

Felician University Holds First Virtual Alumni Networking Event

Improvement and growth are often born of adversity. When trouble strikes good people step up to fill a void, answer a question, or satisfy a need. 

That was the idea behind Felician University’s first virtual Alumni Networking event held Thursday May 7th. Approximately 40 attendees tuned in to the online presentation Business Opportunities in Troubled Times that featured a keynote ...

Felician University Celebrates 57th Class of Graduating Nurses

RUTHERFORD, NJ - While they’ll have to wait until September for their official “pinning” ceremony, a new crop of graduates representing the 57th graduating class of Felician University’s School of Nursing filled seven different screens May 12 as they took part in an online ceremony launching their nursing careers.

Since its inception more than half a century ago ...

Valley Road Clifton Water Main Replacement

CLIFTON, NJ -  As part of the Routes 3 and 46 project, an NJDOT contractor will be performing a 12-inch main replacement on Valley Road between Robin Hood Road and St. Philips Drive.

This work is scheduled to start today, May 28, 2020 and will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. There will be no road closures during this period.

Customers should note that there may ...

Civility in Politics

May 30, 2020

I'm often reminded of the era in history when Congressman Tip O'Neill was Speaker of the House and Ronald Reagan was president. O'Neill was once perturbed by something Reagan had said about him and the Speaker called to protest. Reagan shrugged it off and said, “Oh, that was politics, after six in the evening we’re friends.” Actually, Reagan would later speak at a ...

Sayegh a Unifier in Difficult Time


As we approach the birthday of one of the most iconic, consequential and relevant presidents in our nation's history, I am reminded of John F. Kennedy’s words that, “courage, not complacency is our need today. And the only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead and lead vigorously.”

Through the period the pandemic has hit our city, the ...

Superintendent Eileen Shafer Making Things Happen During Difficult Time, BOE Commissioner Says

May 27, 2020

Dear Readers:

Disclaimer: this letter expresses my personal thoughts and opinions. I am not speaking for the Board but as a resident who happens to be a member of the Paterson board of Education. 

We have been living in some of the most uncertain of times. Difficulties have almost been insurmountable at times. I want to say that given all we have been through, our superintendent ...

Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing For Passaic County Residents

May 30, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – All Passaic County residents can now sign up to receive a free COVID-19 saliva test kit that can be self-administered at home.  This is the first at-home testing model being conducted by any local or county government in the State of New Jersey.

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders is partnering with Vault Medical Services of New Jersey and the Rutgers Clinical ...

More on Day Care, Camps and Pools Reopening from Murphy

May 31, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Day care centers for the children of essential workers have been opened throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday, they reopen to other parents on June 15.  Within the next few weeks, non-contact sports activities and youth day camps also may open up. What does all this mean? What about pools?

Commissioner of the Department of Children ...

NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, joining Governor Phil Murphy at his daily press briefing Friday, introduced the launch of a temporary rental assistance program. The $100 million program, Murphy said, will be funded mainly through the federal CARES Act.

“We know that many of our residents are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, due to ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

New Jersey to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

TRENTON, NJ –  New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week.  Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers.

NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order ...