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Sayegh Declares Midnight Closing Time in Battle Against Virus

October 28, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - Citing an uptick in COVID-19 cases locally and throughout New Jersey Mayor Andre Sayegh declared Wednesday that restaurants, bars, and nightclubs across Paterson must close at midnight until further notice. 

The city is averaging about 40 new positive cases per day this week, Sayegh said, compared to 23 last week.

Restaurants may remain open beyond midnight for pick ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

Montclair's Cuban Pete's Locked by Law Enforcement After Repeated COVID Violations

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

15-Year-Old Attempts to Flee Through Alley, Caught with Two Fully Loaded Weapons

PATERSON, NJ - A 15-year-old Paterson boy was arrested Saturday after he was discovered by a police officer carrying a black bag containing two fully loaded semi-automatic weapons.

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the teen was observed at approximately 6:10 pm in the area of 12th Avenue and East 24th Street by Police Officer Jensin Burgos. At the time, Burgos reported, the ...

Gov. Murphy, First Lady to Quarantine After Exposure to Coronavirus

October 21, 2020

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday after learning that an individual with whom he was in close proximity on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Murphy, 63, was hosting an outdoor press briefing at the student center of Camden County College (CCC) to announce $14 million in funding for ...

Hispanic Heritage Month Closes with Recognition of City Hall Leaders

PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh marked the end of Hispanic Heritage Month Thursday by showing his gratitude to five community leaders, including four Paterson employees, that he said made incredible contributions to local residents over the past six months by continuing to make sure municipal services continued.

Honored were:

Maria Christa Beltre, whom was referred to in a ceremonial ...

Paterson Entrepreneur Cleaning Up in New Startup

October 22, 2020

PATERSON, NJ – For Tshon Wells, running a business based in Paterson isn’t just about making a living for himself and his family. It’s also about inspiring others to pursue their dreams and giving back to his hometown.

Wells, 42, is the owner of Wells Cleaning Company, a professional cleaning business he has grown over the past two years. The business services offices, ...

By Growing, and Hiring Local Green Thumb Industries Seeks to Help Paterson Rise

PATERSON, NJ – After learning more about New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, Asia Rollins decided to apply for a job at Rise Paterson, a dispensary that opened last December in the city. Now, on the cusp of one year on the job, Rollins is on the way up at one of the fastest growing companies in a fast-growing industry.

Rollins, a newly-promoted assistant general manager, said, ...

Paterson Alliance Recognizes Those Who go 'Extra Mile'

October 17, 2020

PATERSON, NJ –  Though 2020 has proved to be a challenging year on many fronts due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Paterson Alliance still wanted to highlight the efforts of community members, especially those who are working to help the city make it through this incredibly difficult time.

Each spring, the organization presents its Extra Mile Awards, a special luncheon to recognize ...

Paterson Students Have Clear Vision for Stronger Education

October 26, 2020

PATERSON, NJ  –  More than 3,000 Paterson Public Schools students completed vision screenings earlier this year, with 500 receiving vision exams and 400 being fitted for prescription glasses thanks to a program by Vision to Learn.

“The ability to see is a basic fundamental for students, and we are immensely grateful to the Vision to Learn program for giving the gift of ...

Paterson Board of Education Central Office to Remain Closed Through November 4,

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Board of Education Central Office staff at 90 Delaware Avenue will work remotely through November 4, Superintendent Eileen Shafer announced Wednesday. The decision comes following the directive of the Paterson Health Director. On Tuesday Shafer announced that three employees inside the building had tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to Shafer’s ...

'These are the People we Need to Help,' McDermott Says as Officials Announce $900K to Fight Addiction

October 26, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - With more than 75 years of public safety experience among them, Paterson’s public safety leadership triumvirate, including Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora and Fire Chief Brian McDermott, have never faced “a more formidable foe” than the opioid epidemic that seems to have its grips so firmly set on Paterson, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale ...

Travel Benefit Initiative Launched to Make Sure Those in Need Can Go Home Again

October 23, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - Up until Thursday Richard Moore, 20, was a Paterson resident with big dreams of a successful music career. Today, he still has those same dreams, but as a resident of Linden, the next stop in a journey he hopes will take him to California.

Living in what one might refer to as a rooming house at 157 N. Main Street, Moore was well liked by his neighbors, including Tahara Johnson ...

Unanimously Approved Transfer Tax Brings More Green to Paterson from Cannabis

PATERSON, NJ - When Mayor Andre Sayegh announced that Paterson had been selected as the host city for a compassionate care cannabis dispensary he said that it showed the city was “once again  on the right side of innovation.” He also promised that as the New Jersey home to Green Thumb Industries (GTI) Paterson would gain new jobs and revenues.

Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a ...

Body Found Dead on Riverbank in Paterson Park

October 26, 2020

PATERSON, NJ- An unidentified man was found shot to death along the bank of the Passaic River Saturday, law enforcement officials have announced. 

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora police officers responded to Pennington Park at approximately 9:37 am in response to a report of a body found in the Park near the Passaic ...

Bergenfield Man Robbed, Shot in Paterson Early Sunday

PATERSON, NJ - A 48-year-old Bergenfield man reported being shot and robbed in the area of Elizabeth Street and Main Street in the early morning hours of Sunday. After the victim was shot the suspect took his phone and wallet.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, the victim arrived at Saint Joseph’s University Medical ...

Haledon Man Charged in String of Paterson Delivery Driver Robberies

October 26, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - A 29-year-old Haledon man has been arrested in connection with a string of robberies and thefts in which food delivery drivers were the targets.

According to Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Walter Pardo was arrested Sunday after being chased down and detained by a resident until police arrived.

Pardo is accused of calling food establishments between ...

Pou Measure Aims to Help Former Prisoners Regain Entry into Workforce

TRENTON, NJ – Paterson’s State Senator Nellie Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen) is seeking to encourage employers to hire ex-offenders by championing legislation that would authorize corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for businesses that employ recently released inmates. 

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the legislation and it must now be considered by the full ...

Sayegh Declares Midnight Closing Time in Battle Against Virus

October 28, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - Citing an uptick in COVID-19 cases locally and throughout New Jersey Mayor Andre Sayegh declared Wednesday that restaurants, bars, and nightclubs across Paterson must close at midnight until further notice. 

The city is averaging about 40 new positive cases per day this week, Sayegh said, compared to 23 last week.

Restaurants may remain open beyond midnight for pick ...

Paterson's Legendary Robert “Tootie” Harrell Memorialized with Naming of School 13 Basketball Court

October 25, 2020

PATERSON, NJ  – A beloved member of the Paterson community, and one of the district’s greatest athletes, has been forever memorialized with the renaming of the basketball court at Public School No. 13 named in his honor.

At a Saturday ceremony, with members of his family on hand and joined by community leaders, elected officials, and clergy, school officials unveiled a plaque ...

Eastside Ghosts Travel Newark, Scare Up 47 Points in Romp

NEWARK, NJ - The release of the highly anticipated movie adaption of the blockbuster 1957 Broadway show, “West Side Story”, has been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. However, unlike the production by Steven Speilberg, much of which was filmed in Paterson, East Side Story went on as scheduled. 

Under clear autumn skies and perfect football weather, the Eastside High School ...

130 Dogs and Cats Rescued from Disaster Plagued Puerto Rico

October 18, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Approximately 130 dogs and cats arrived at the Morristown Airport after being rescued from Puerto Rico earlier this month. 

The Sato Project, Wings of Rescue, and Greater Good Charities made it possible for the rescued animals to be evacuated from the streets of Puerto Rico or pulled from overburdened shelters impacted by recent earthquakes and/or damaged by ...

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Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 23, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

The Felician Way

Felician University Holds Virtual Homecoming

Every year colleges and universities look forward to their annual Homecoming celebration as a chance to come together on campus for an athletic event, food, fun, and other activities. 

This year the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation or postponement of homecoming celebrations across the nation. Felician University also canceled its on-ground fall celebration, moving ahead instead ...

New Mortgage Refinancing Fee

A new mortgage refinancing fee, known as the “adverse market fee,” is just around the corner—and it has caused both concern and confusion among many homeowners. As interest rates have again declined and homeowners look to save money through refinancing, many questions have arisen with the advent of the new mortgage fee for refinancing. We dug in to learn more about the ...

Montclair's Cuban Pete's Locked by Law Enforcement After Repeated COVID Violations

October 27, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Are Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Just the Start?

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

If You Care Sponsors 2020 Bergen-Passaic Walk To End Alzheimer’s

October 21, 2020

If You Care, an environmentally friendly line of kitchen and household products, again supported the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter as a leading sponsor of the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and ...

PVWC Water Main Flushing May Cause Discoloration or Low Pressure

CLIFTON, NJ   –  The Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) will be flushing water mains in Paterson and Woodland Park over the next month. Flushing the water mains will help maintain water quality by removing sediment that slowly collects in the system.

There may be some unavoidable discoloration or low pressure during the flushing. PVWC assures all ...