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Mayor Andre Sayegh Leads Officials in Launching Next Phase of Great Falls National Park Development

November 2, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- In a Friday ceremony punctuated by moving song and poetry performances by four talented Paterson residents, Mayor Andre Sayegh led a cadre of national, state, and county officials in announcing the launch of the next phase of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park improvements, the Quarry Lawn.

“This project ensures that the Paterson Great Falls National Historical ...

Mayor Andre Sayegh Announces Expansion of 'Paterson is Picking Up' to Include Distribution of 300 Garbage Cans

PATERSON, NJ - Inspired by similar programs across the country, including the “Don’t Mess With Texas” campaign which Mayor Andre Sayegh said led to a 70 percent reduction in litter, Paterson is taking another step to cleaner streets by installing a total of 300 garbage cans across the city by the end of 2019.

The initial distribution of 122 garbage cans in the Main and Market ...

Paterson Pays Tribute to Those Who Served in Military, Gets First Ever Deputy Mayor for Veterans Affairs

November 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Born in Belgium, Tony Vancheri grew up in Paterson, joining the US Army and serving in Vietnam as a medic before being sworn in as a United States citizen during a special ceremony while in Hawaii during a leave from the battlefront.

Today, as the nation paused to pay tribute to all of the men and women who have served the nation as members of the United States military, Vancheri ...

Assemblyman Wimberly's 'Evening of Hope' Inspires Guests to Lift Others Up for Brighter Futures

PATERSON, NJ- The background noise of guests enjoying their dinners and engaging in side conversations didn’t dampen the enthusiasm with which each of seven honorees espoused the theme of  an event hosted by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly on Monday.

From Paterson’s First Lady who accepted an award on behalf of her husband, Mayor Andre Sayegh, to former New York Giant Charles Way, ...

TAPinto Paterson Election Update: Paterson Children First Team Take Lead in BOE Races

November 6, 2018

PATERSON, NJ - With the education fate of nearly 30,000 students and control of an almost $600 million budget up for grabs, voters went to the polls in droves on Tuesday to elect five of the nine members of the Board of Education.

The members of the newly reconstituted board will officially take their seats in January and play an outsized role in the transition back to local control of ...

TAPinto Paterson Election Day Update: Abdelaziz Appears to Cruise to Victory in 6th Ward

PATERSON, NJ - According to unofficial results 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz has been re-elected to complete the term of his predecessor, Mayor Andre Sayegh.

Saying that he was “humbled and honored,” Abdelaziz, first appointed to the seat by his colleagues on the Paterson City Council, said the victory “belongs to every resident of our community, and to all who ...

TAPinto Paterson Election Day Update: Mayor Andre Sayegh Encouraged by Voter Turnout

PATERSON, NJ - Stressing that voters still had over an hour to get to the polls, Mayor Andre Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson that he was “encouraged” by the strong voter turnout he had seen across the city on Tuesday.

“There appears to be momentum that carried over from May,” Sayegh said referring to the local election earlier this year that propelled him to ...

Paterson Alliance Celebrates 20 Years of Making a Difference

November 3, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Launched by local non-profit leaders that  “knew that they could accomplish more together than each individual organization could on their own,” the Paterson Alliance hosted its 20th anniversary gala on Friday.

The founders, according to Inge Spungen, Executive Director, “had the insight to gather and create a collaborative team that supports the needs of ...

TAPinto Paterson Shares Original Poetry: 'Our Veterans'

November 10, 2018

PATERSON, NJ-  In efforts to make sure that the souls of veterans are nurtured The Historic Calvary Baptist Church has established the At Ease Military Ministry. On Saturday, the Ministry hosted a luncheon honoring veterans from across Paterson, including three who served in the Korean War.

One of the highlights of the program was the reading of a poem called “Our Veterans” ...

Center Built to Bring Art to Paterson Children Set to Celebrate 20 Years of Success

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson’s InnerFaith Performing Arts Center will celebrate 20 years of service to children in Paterson and across Passaic County with its annual Children’s Gala on Friday, December 7.

The event will be held at The Excelsior in Saddle Brook and will include performance by the Rosa Parks High School Dance Department as well as InnerFaith’s Tiny ...

Paterson's First Lady to Busy Parents: Let's Make Time Count

November 4, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- With multiple demands on their time, and the over-abundance of readily available distractions right at their fingertips, it’s easy for parents to lose focus of what’s really most important, being present for our children.

That was the message delivered by Paterson First Lady Farhanna Balgahoom Sayegh at the 2018 Parent Conference hosted by the Paterson Public ...

Six Paterson Schools to Remain in ‘Shelter in Place’ Mode Thursday

PATERSON, NJ- Eastside and JFK High Schools as well as Senator Frank R Lautenberg School 6, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Educational Complex School 30, and Paterson Schools 20 and 24 will operate under “shelter in place mode on Thursday.

According to a telephone recording from Paterson Public Schools the decision was made after district officials were “alerted to threats” at ...

After Threats Students and Staff Told to 'Shelter in Place' at 15 Paterson Schools

PATERSON, NJ – Fifteen schools and some neighboring preschool centers are operating under a shelter in place mode after Paterson Public Schools officials were alerted this morning to threats against Eastside High School and the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex.

 Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer released the following information to parents and caregivers this ...

Paterson Students Get Visit From Nationally Recognized Author

PATERSON, NJ- Continuing to celebrate its recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School, Superintendent Eileen Shafer welcomed award winning author Joe Brown to Public School 28 on Tuesday.

Held in the school’s library, the event was an opportunity for more than 50 fourth and fifth graders to hear Brown tell his story of transitioning from a Chicago lawyer with over 50 years of ...

Trading Fatigues for Scrubs. St. Joseph's Health Honors Veterans

November 10, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Whether they served overseas or here in the US, belted out the forceful “Oorah” of the Marines or marched to the more upbeat “Anchors Aweigh” of the Navy, performed their duty on a ship or in the middle of the desert, each of the 35 men and women honored Friday by St. Joseph’s Health “served and protected freedom through service to ...

St. Joseph's Earns Top Grades for Patient Safety

PATERSON, NJ – St. Joseph’s University Medical Center earned earned an “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a statement by the hospital read on Thursday.

The grade, Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO of St.Joseph’s Health said, is a result of the hospital’s “ongoing efforts to ensure patient safety and achieve the highest ...

Controversial Call Ends Silk City Sharks' Season Just Short of Championship

November 12, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Expectations were high for the Silk City Sharks this season. “We’re trying to win a championship,” Coach Charles Mills told his team at a preseason practice. “No matter what position you play, you don’t have a job until you earn it.”

That goal stayed alive until the final seconds of the Elite Football Alliance championship matchup that pitted ...

JFK Knights Conclude Season with 5-4 Record

PATERSON, NJ- In postseason playoff competition last Friday, and a rematch of an earlier contest this year, Paterson’s John F. Kennedy High School’s varsity team stayed with Clifton in the first half but the Mustangs slowly pulled away in the third and fourth quarters.

Weather conditions at Clifton School Stadium, continual drizzle which transitioned into heavier rain, favored ...

With Impressive Semi-Final Win Silk City Sharks Head to Championship

PATERSON, NJ- In the semi-final round of the Elite Football Alliance League playoffs, Paterson’s amateur football team, the Silk City Sharks, took full advantage of their home field nod by registering a 34-8 blowout against the Long Island Mercenaries.  The contest marked the third time the teams have faced off this season with each Sharks’ victory becoming more ...

Division of Consumer Affairs Takes Action Against Dozens of “Notarios”, Including One from Paterson, for Fraudulently Offering Immigration Services

November 11, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The Division of Consumer Affairs announced last week that they have issued Notices of Violation against 28 businesses that allegedly defrauded consumers by offering immigration services that they are not legally permitted to provide. Seven of those businesses were located in the City of Elizabeth. 

The Notices of Violation, which seek a total of $326,000 in civil penalties, ...

Routine Stop Leads to Drugs Arrest

PATERSON, NJ- A 20-year old Paterson whose vehicle allegedly contained a strong odor of burnt marijuana was arrested following a routine traffic stop by members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a statement by Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, Kwazier Murray was stopped at the intersection of Governor Street and Carroll Street. After smelling the marijuana, ...

Massive Operation Leads to 84 Drugs Arrests

PATERSON, NJ- Six alleged drug dealers and dozens of their suspected customers were arrested in a two part operation that led to a total of 84 arrests and the seizure of 259 vials of crack cocaine, two bags of crack, and 930 glassines of heroin.

According to a press release by Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale, members of the Narcotics Division of the Paterson Police Department, in ...

Special Luncheon by At Ease Military Ministries Feeds Souls of Local Veterans

November 10, 2018

PATERSON, NJ-  Paterson’s Marcenia Cofield may have retired from military service, but her service to the community, and her fellow veterans, has never ceased. That commitment was on full display on Saturday as Cofield, with her own army of volunteers and supporters, hosted a special luncheon for local veterans at the Historic Calvary Baptist Church.

While Cofield made it appear ...

Paterson Firefighter Beat Back Flames in Pre-Dawn Blaze

November 6, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- An early morning fire at 466 East 22nd Street was safely extinguished by members of the Paterson Fire Department on Tuesday, but not before it displaced 21 residents from their homes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

According to officials and others on the scene the fire was reported at approximately 5:00 a.m. 

With smoke showing from the first ...

Overnight Shooting Claims Life of Paterson Man

PATERSON, NJ- A 25-year-old Paterson man was shot and killed in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald police responded to a call of shots fired at 700 East 28th Street at approximately 1:08 a.m. 

Upon their arrival, officers located the victim, Patrick Brown, lying in the street near his ...

Woodland Park Man Loses Life in Paterson Construction Accident

PATERSON, NJ- OSHA investigators are investigating the death of a 56-year old Woodland Park man in a construction accident at 138 Michigan Avenue in Paterson on Tuesday.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, police responded to the address at approximately 9:18 a.m. in response to a reported construction accident.

Four Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled for Health Risk

November 7, 2018

Dunkin Hines is recalling four varieties of its cake mixes due to a potential presence of Salmonella.  In a company announcement, Conagra Brands announced that it is working with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is ...

Readers Reminded to Change Clocks, Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

November 3, 2018

PATERSON, NJ - It’s time to fall back as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end this weekend. 

TAPinto reminds readers to turn their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

This adjustment typically takes place automatically on smartphones, computers, and tablets. Those with non-automated devices will have to manually change the time.

With the end of Daylight ...

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Should you be concerned about rising interest rates?

Student loan debt is a growing problem across the United States. Today, many college students graduate with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt – a trend that has become all too common.

For borrowers with the proper credentials, refinancing student loans offers a potential solution on the road to repayment.

Even in Retirement this Paterson Police Officer Answered the Call

November 4, 2018

Dear Editor:

I don’t do this as often but I wanted to share an amazing experience I had to start my day.

Before I left my home to visit Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah, I was waiting for my car to heat up in my parking spot when retired Paterson Police Officer Joe, 25 years of service, pulled up next to me and notice dmy bottom two brake lights were out.

He ...

Wendy McGuire Named New CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Paterson and Passaic

November 9, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Wendy McGuire, a seasoned and passionate nonprofit professional, was unanimously selected by the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic’s Board of Directors to serve as CEO of the vibrant organization, which serves more than 1,100 kids daily.

McGuire has worked at the Paterson and Passaic Club for almost five years as the Chief Development Officer and Deputy ...

Montclair Township Senior of the Month Spotlight: Rita Nadler has Paterson Roots

Our Senior of the Month for November is Rita Nadler!

How old are you?   87

Where were you born?   Paterson, N.J.  I attended public grade school and high school in Paterson.  I went out of state for college and law school.

When did you move to Montclair?   July, 1960

Why did you move to Montclair?  It was midway between ...

Paterson to Honor Veterans at Remembrance Ceremony

November 9, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Longtime Paterson resident, and President of the Paterson Veteran’s Council, Tony Vancheri, will be sworn in as Deputy Mayor for Veterans Affairs on Sunday. 

According to a statement by Mayor Sayegh’s office, the appointment coincides with the city’s annual remembrance event in honor of Veterans Day.

The Sunday event will be held at Veterans Memorial ...

Is Snow on the Way? Find out Wednesday!

BAYONNE, NJ- Emmy-award winning weatherman Joe Cioffi will speak at Weather Night at the Bayonne Public Library on Wednesday. The event, art of the library’s program of educational and cultural events, was arranged by the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will be held in the gallery on the second floor and begin at 7:00 p.m.

Known for his “no frill, no hype, approach to ...

20th Anniversary Teen Summit Set for Saturday

PATERSON, NJ-  The Paterson Police Department’s Community Policing Division and the Paterson Housing Authority are set to host the 20th anniversary anti-violence teen summit on Saturday. The event, which is free for Paterson youth from 12 to 19 years old will be held at JKF High School from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

While several celebrities known for their radio and musical ...

Fairfield Police Warn of Increase in Misuse of ‘Catnip Cocktail’

November 11, 2018

FAIRFIELD, NJ — After a recent encounter with a 40-year-old Kenilworth man who was found to be in possession of eight bottles of “Catnip Cocktail,” the Fairfield Police Department is warning the community about an increase in the misuse of the product.

Police described Catnip Cocktail as a liquid that should be strictly used to sedate cats and not be consumed by humans.

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Renews Call for Wage Increase for Tipped Workers

TRENTON, NJ - Paterson Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter renewed her call for an increased minimum wage for workers that rely on tips for their pay. 

Calling them a "vulnerable population," Sumter said at a Monday press conference at the New Jersey State House that of tipped workers 63.1 percent are women, 45 percent are non-white, nine percent are white in ...

TAPinto Paterson Series: In Their Own Words. Corey L Teague on the Future of Paterson Public Schools

November 5, 2018

TAPinto Paterson has invited all candidates for Board of Education to offer statements on several key issues related to the future of Paterson. These submissions will be run in their entirety and are not edited in any way.

Following is the final submission by Coery L Teague on the future of Paterson Public Schools:


In my opinion, the future of Paterson Public Schools depends on ...