Campaigns Host Office Openings

March 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- With 20 candidates seeking election on May 8, local landlords have a wide range of potential tenants to fill their space for the short term. On Saturday, two of these candidates, Dr. Lilisa Mimms and Andrew Sayegh opened doors to separate headquarters that will house volunteers and campaign workers all strategizing to get out the vote.

The day began as Mimms, seeking ...

Ballot Positions Drawn for May Election, Does it Matter?

PATERSON, NJ- With the candidacy of one of the six mayoral candidates still in question, Paterson municipal clerk Sonia Gordon presided over a drawing on Monday to determine the positions they will appear in on the May ballot. Gordon later conducted a second drawing for the 14 candidates seeking election to one of the three At-Large seats on the city council.

Based on the results of the ...

Candidates Square Off in Town Hall Meeting

PATERSON, NJ- In a crowded room at the Crossroads Community Center, several aspiring mayors described their qualifications and visions for Paterson on Thursday.

Four candidates participated in the forum: Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman William McKoy, former deputy mayor and school board member Pedro Rodriguez, and Councilman Andre Sayegh.

Two other ...

TAPinto Paterson and Rosa Parks High School for Fine and Performing Arts Launch Partnerhsip

March 16, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Furthering their mission to engage the community in its delivery of hyperlocal news, TAPinto Paterson has announced the launch of an internship designed to give local high school students an opportunity to gain real world journalism experience.

Through the TAPinto RPHS program, four students enrolled in the Communications Arts Major at Rosa Parks High School for Fine and ...

UPDATE: Paterson Superintendent Eileen Shafer Responds to Increase in State Funding

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson Schools Superintendent Eileen Shafer issued the following statement regarding Thursday's announcement of the $20.1 million increase in state funding for the 2018-2019 school year:

“Our district has received its State allocation for the 2018-19 school year and the total is up by $20.1 million.  I want to thank Governor Murphy and the Department of ...

BREAKING: Wimberly Announces Murphy Budget Includes $20 Million in Additional Funding for Paterson Schools

PATERSON, NJ- Saying that a “new era where Paterson children matter,” has come to Trenton under Governor Phil Murphy, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) told TAPinto Paterson exclusively that Paterson’s schools are set to receive an additional $20 million in funding for the 2018-2019 school year.

“There is no other way to say it other than that Governor Christie robbed ...

BREAKING: Wimberly Announces Murphy Budget Includes $20 Million in Additional Funding for Paterson Schools

March 15, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Saying that a “new era where Paterson children matter,” has come to Trenton under Governor Phil Murphy, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) told TAPinto Paterson exclusively that Paterson’s schools are set to receive an additional $20 million in funding for the 2018-2019 school year.

“There is no other way to say it other than that Governor Christie robbed ...

Why Were Benches Removed From City Hall?

PATERSON, NJ- Calling it a “safety precaution,” Mayor Jane Williams-Warren ordered the removal of the benches in front of City Hall. The decision, she said in a statement on Tuesday, was based on her concern for the safety of the employees and public on a daily basis.

“Recently we have experienced an increase in people sleeping, using drugs which have resulted in ...

Wimberly and Sumter Call for Increased Funding for Black Colleges

TRENTON, NJ – Saying that the measure addresses inequities in funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by increasing federal funding for them, Paterson’s representatives in the New Jersey General Assembly, Benjie Wimberly and Shavonda Sumter, have urged both houses of Congress, as well as President Trump, to support The Land-Grant Opportunity Act, ...

Two Paterson Men Injured in Separate Shootings on Thursday

March 16, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- A pair of shootings left two 19-year old Paterson men with non-fatal gunshot wounds Thursday evening.

According to reports released by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to shots fired in the area of Fulton Street at approximately 6:18 p.m. and immediately located the victim, who ...

Double Parking Leads to Double Trouble

PATERSON, NJ- An anonymous tip about drug activity led to surveillance by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Narcotics, and the arrest of two men on several charges each related to drug possession, sales, and in one of the men’s case, resisting arrest.

According to a statement release by Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, detectives observed 28-year-old Mathew ...

Paterson Man’s Taxi Ride Ends With Trip to Passaic County Jail

PATERSON, NJ- An 18 year old Paterson man was arrested while traveling in a taxi that was stopped on Broadway near Auburn Street during the early hours of Sunday by Passaic County Sheriff’s Officer Jason Michaels.

According to a report issued by Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, Tawan Grier was observed in the rear seat of the taxi in possession of a clear plastic bag ...

Critical Funding for Preservation of Historic Hinchliffe Stadium

March 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ – Efforts to continue the revitalization of the historic Hinchliffe Stadium got a boost on Monday with the announcement of a $500,000 federal grant from the African American Civil Rights Grant Program.

The funding, according to a joint statement by Congressman Bill Pascrell and Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, will be used to advance the second phase of facade ...

Paterson Adds to List of Elite Athletes

PATERSON, NJ- From Larry Doby to Victor Cruz, Derrick Etienne, Jr. to Xavier Correa, the city of Paterson has no shortage of sports stars, past and the present, as well as future, to call there own.

Now, just weeks after capturing the highest honors to be awarded at the Pan Kids Jiu Jitsu Championships held in Long Beach California, Paterson Jalen Mitchell and Jason Dixon have earned ...

Snow Safety Driving Tips

March 5, 2018

PATERSON, NJ-  While many had hoped that the nor'easter that weaved a path through the Mid-Atlantic over the weekend would be followed by an introduction to spring, weather forecasters are predicting that Mother Nature is prepared to create havoc through winter weather at least one more time!

It’s with this in mind that longtime Paterson business-owner Mario Tommolillo of ...

Bake Your Own Irish Soda Bread this Weekend

March 17, 2018

Okay, I'll admit it.  I grew up hating Irish soda bread.  Too dry.  Not good toasted. Weird shape.  People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests.  I made sure that everyone had some to take home.  Oy, such a generous hostess!

I finally learned to make it myself, to my own ...

Paterson Fire Captain Mike Trommelen Recognized as 'Outstanding Irish-American'

March 17, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholder marked St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday by holding an Irish Heritage Celebration and recognizing four county residents for their “outstanding achievements and contributions.”

Among the honorees was Paterson Fire Captain Mike Trommelen whom was referred to as a “unique and most respected, colleague, associate, and ...

Professional Firefighters Show Off Cooking Skills, Raise Funds for Saint Barnabas Burn Center

EDISON, NJ- Edison’s Pines Manor was transformed into a firehouse kitchen on Monday as teams from 24 professional fire departments across New Jersey showed off their cooking skills at the NJ FMBA’s eighth annual Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Festival.

The event, which raised over $50,000 that will be split between the Saint Barnabas Burn Center and the NJ FMBA Foundation, was ...

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

March 16, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — If you were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and should contact your health care provider.

The N.J. Department of Health has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty ...

Bringing Healthy Food Options to Paterson

TRENTON, NJ– Legislation sponsored by Paterson’s  Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly geared towards increase the availability of healthy, nutritious foods in lower income, urban and rural communities, was passed by the Assembly Agriculture Committee on Monday.

According to statement by Wimberly, the bill (A-2164), known as the "Healthy Small Food Retailer Act," would assist ...

Students at Frank R. Lautenberg School Learn ‘Unstoppable’ Lessons of Healthy Eating

PATERSON, NJ- Two friends are hanging out at Austin’s house, super excited to get ready to play. They jump around, they stretch, they even put on headbands and do their “super special friendship hand shake”. They check in with their snacks, a Mountain Dew and some candy then count down, “1..2..3”, and both in unison sit down, grab an Xbox remote control and start ...

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Paterson Students Speak Out Against Gun Violence

March 16, 2018

Dear Editor:

I want to give a special thanks to Paterson Public Schools Superintendent Eileen Shafer for giving endless support to our students during the student's protest to walk out their school against gun violence yesterday. Our schools participated and their voices were heard. The goal was to spend 17 minutes to honor each victim of the Parkland, Florida, tragic mass ...

Recently Passed County Budget Built on 'Fiscally Sound Policies'

March 15, 2018

PATERSON, NJ – Saying it reflects “fiscally sound policies, strong budgetary flexibility, proactive increases to manage volatile expense line items, including significant reserves for workers’ compensation, health benefits, and liability insurance, and an overall net debt of 1% of market value,” the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted the 2018 budget on ...

Fairytale Marriage Proposal Takes Center Stage at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A surprise engagement took center stage at last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Somerville. In the midst of the March 11 festivities, Piscataway resident Steven Verardi boarded a float and popped the question to his girlfriend Elise Latona, marking the first known engagement to take place at the parade in 27 years.

Since opening The Beauty Bar ...

Pou on Budget Address, School Funding

March 17, 2018

TRENTON –Senator Pou (Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement on Governor
Murphy’s budget address and school funding:

“One of the most important priorities that the Governor recognizes is the need to fully funding our public schools. This is especially critical for school districts in cities like Paterson.

“We will follow through during the budget process ...