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With Layoffs on the Table Union President Says: Our Children Deserve Better!

March 19, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Less than 24 hours after Superintendent Eileen Shafer offered a budget proposal that includes the layoffs of 150 teachers, Paterson Education Association (PEA) President John McEntee offered his belief that job cuts are the wrong approach.

“Our district is already struggling with an educational deficit because of exploding class sizes, crumbling buildings, insufficient ...

Board of Education Commissioners at odds over Slashing of Newcomers Program

PATERSON, NJ - An effort to start a “newcomers program” for non English speaking high school students was dealt a blow on Monday when Board of Education Commissioner Emanuel Capers put forward a motion to eliminate the spending from the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The motion, coming amidst efforts to fill a $22 million budget gap, passed by a vote of 6-2 with ...

Attorney General Investigating St. Patrick’s Day Death of 25-Year-Old Fair Lawn Man in Paterson

TRENTON, NJ – The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Task Force is conducting an investigation into the death of Steven A. Sherlock, 25, of Fair Lawn who died early Sunday morning after he was involved in a fight at Duffy’s Tavern. 

Sherlock graduated from Fair Lawn High School in 2011 where he played football and wrestled and, according to high ...

Paterson Music Project Hosts Musicians from West Point Band

PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson Music Project (PMP) hosted four musicians from the prestigious West Point Band at the Norman S. Weir School on Wednesday. The clarinet quartet performed an hour-long interactive concert for 100 students in grades 2-8 as well as specials guests Superintendent Eileen Shafer and Assistant Superintendent Sandra Diodonet. Norman S. Weir Principal Grace Giglio was also ...

'Ground Level' Support from Trenton to Help in Redevelopment of Industrial Sites

March 12, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Paterson is set to be added to a list of New Jersey municipalities benefiting from a state-led program that provides “ground-level” support for brownfields redevelopment and urban revitalization efforts.

According to a statement by the New Jersey Economic Development  Authority (NJEDA), the Community Collaborative Initiative (CCI) embeds Department of ...

Governor Phil Murphy Helps Set Stage for Redevelopment in Paterson

PATERSON, NJ - Foreshadowing a day in the not to distant future when the area would be “bustling with galleries and restaurants,” Governor Phil Murphy was in Paterson on February 15 to announce a strategy, through the issuance of tax credits, to help breath new life into the former mills that gave rise to the moniker “Silk City.” Under the proposed legislation up to $20 ...

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly Says Expungement of Records for Pot Related Crimes Good for Community

March 18, 2019

TRENTON, NJ  – While New Jersey legislators continue to push forward on legislation that will legalize the adult-use of marijuana, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Paterson) has expressed confidence in the positive impact that expunging the records of those that have been convicted previously of cannabis-related charges will have in urban communities.

“Convictions and ...

Irish Flag Waves over City Hall as Paterson Marks St. Patrick's Day

PATERSON, NJ-  When the Titantic left its final port of call, Cobh, Ireland, on April 11, 1912, one passenger who had made plans to be on the ill-fated journey was unable to make the passage due to a ticketing snafu.

Had Bess Kennedy been among the 123 passengers that did get on, she likely would have been with most of the others that got on that day, attempting to cross the Atlantic ...

Mayor Andre Sayegh Leads City Officials in Groundbreaking for New Buckley Park Field

PATERSON, NJ - Just over two weeks after Paterson’s city council voted to approve a contract to install an artificial turf field at Paterson’s Buckley Park local officials, led by Mayor Andre Sayegh, were on site to officially break ground on the $1.37 million project.

The new field, expected to be completed in four months, is designed to host multiple activities and sports ...

PCCC Lady Panthers End Season with 21-7 Record, Region XIX Championship

March 17, 2019

BETHLEHEM, PA - After clinching the NJCAA Region XIX Women's Basketball Championship title earlier this month, the Passaic County Community College women’s basketball squad traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Division III Basketball Championship. With one win and two losses the Lady Panthers ...

Paterson Charter Falls in Close Contest with Woodridge in State Tournament Play

PATERSON, NJ - With the final outcome in doubt until the last moments of play the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology boys’ basketball squad suffered a heartbreaking 52-47 loss to Wood Ridge in Group NJSIAA North I, Group I state tournament action on their home court Tuesday.

Played before a capacity crowd student bodies of both teams, sitting on bleachers opposite one ...

Paterson Music Project Hosts Musicians from West Point Band

March 18, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson Music Project (PMP) hosted four musicians from the prestigious West Point Band at the Norman S. Weir School on Wednesday. The clarinet quartet performed an hour-long interactive concert for 100 students in grades 2-8 as well as specials guests Superintendent Eileen Shafer and Assistant Superintendent Sandra Diodonet. Norman S. Weir Principal Grace Giglio was also ...

Comedy Great, and Paterson Native, Lou Costello Remembered on his 113th Birthday

PATERSON, NJ - Proving he can still draw a crowd more than 60 years after his death, family, friends, and fans of beloved comedian Lou Costello gathered to commemorate the 113th birthday of the Paterson native and Hollywood film and television icon on March 2 at the Paterson Museum.

Costello, who was half of the world-renowned comedy team Abbott and Costello, played the ...

Paterson Woman Set to Manage Plainfield's Central Business District

March 13, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The search is over.  The Plainfield Central Business District's new Executive Director, Antoinette Brevard, was introduced at the city council's agenda fixing session on March 4. 

The council had voted in favor of an ordinance in December 2017 to bring the Special Improvement District, or SID, under the control of the city with an appointed Central ...

Innovation and Resilience Help Guide Paterson's Bacon & Graham Through 80 Years of Success

PATERSON, NJ- At first glance, Bacon & Graham may look like just another company nestled in a series of brick warehouses on 25th street, but a closer look shows that there’s much more than meets the eye in their past, present, and hopefully, future. A homegrown business celebrating its 80th anniversary, Bacon & Graham embodies much of the same resilience and innovation that has ...

With Layoffs on the Table Union President Says: Our Children Deserve Better!

March 19, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Less than 24 hours after Superintendent Eileen Shafer offered a budget proposal that includes the layoffs of 150 teachers, Paterson Education Association (PEA) President John McEntee offered his belief that job cuts are the wrong approach.

“Our district is already struggling with an educational deficit because of exploding class sizes, crumbling buildings, insufficient ...

Board of Education Commissioners at odds over Slashing of Newcomers Program

PATERSON, NJ - An effort to start a “newcomers program” for non English speaking high school students was dealt a blow on Monday when Board of Education Commissioner Emanuel Capers put forward a motion to eliminate the spending from the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The motion, coming amidst efforts to fill a $22 million budget gap, passed by a vote of 6-2 with ...

Public Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure at Newark Liberty International Airport

March 18, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Department of Health officials have warned that passengers that traveled through Newark Airport between March 4 at 9:00 p.m. and March 5 at 9:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles and could develop symptoms as late as March 26.

According to the health alert issued on Monday, the carrier of the highly contagious disease arrived in Terminal C at Newark Liberty ...

Begging at Drive-Through Windows now a Crime in Paterson

March 13, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Saying that “we are all compelled to help our brothers,” but that giving loose change to individuals that may be battling serious mental health and addiction issues often runs counter to those efforts, Councilman Michael Jackson led the passage of new legislation that will “curb people from using drive-through windows to feed their habit,” on ...

Newark Man Arrested for Accessing and Distributing Child Pornography in Paterson

PATERSON, NJ - A Newark man stands accused of using a Wi-Fi access point in Paterson to distribute child pornography via the internet.

According to Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crime Against Children Task Force received information from the National Center about the man’s actions and launched an investigation into the ...

Attorney General Investigating St. Patrick’s Day Death of 25-Year-Old Fair Lawn Man in Paterson

March 19, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Task Force is conducting an investigation into the death of Steven A. Sherlock, 25, of Fair Lawn who died early Sunday morning after he was involved in a fight at Duffy’s Tavern. 

Sherlock graduated from Fair Lawn High School in 2011 where he played football and wrestled and, according to high ...

33 Years of Service Earns Longtime Paterson Firefighter Luis Vega Key to the City

PATERSON, NJ - For 33 years Luis Vega served as a member of the Paterson Fire Department. But that only tells a part of the story of the man who has spent nearly his entire adult life as a Paterson resident.

On Saturday, Vega was feted by family and friends, including Mayor Andre Sayegh who presented a proclamation that credited the dedicated public servant for establishing “a model to ...

Thursday Shooting Leaves Paterson Man Injured

PATERSON, NJ - A 28-year-old Paterson man was injured in a shooting incident in the late hours of Thursday.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to the area of Clinton Street at approximately 11:05 p.m. on a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival the police located the victim, who was ...

Switch to Daylight Saving Time can affect daily commute, cautions AAA

March 8, 2019

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AAA is reminding drivers that the change to Daylight Saving Time may create distraction on the roadway and challenges for drivers who lost an hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday March 10 at 2 a.m.

“As we spring forward, drivers should be aware that the time change will also mean changes to driving habits. Some drivers may suddenly find themselves ...

Halal Brother's Pizzeria Open for Business

March 16, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - On Tuesday, in recognition of the large community’s assimilation and contributions locally, the Paterson City Council voted unanimously to rename a portion of Union Avenue “Bangladesh Boulevard.”

Just days later, four Bangladeshi entrepreneurs removed any doubt as to whether the South Asian nation’s Diaspora has truly adopted American culture by opening ...

Paterson's Bendita Arepa Bakery and Restaurant Helping to Grow City's Reputation for Great Food

PATERSON, NJ - In a city where great food is pegged as one of the key ingredients to successful redevelopment, one family run restaurant in the 6th Ward is building a reputation as a destination for authentic Colombian cuisine.

Named for the traditional corn pancake made following a recipe from the owner’s native home city of Medellin, Bendita Arepa has been open for just under a ...

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The Passaic County One-Stop Provides a Seamless, Integrated Experience For Customers

The Passaic County One-Stop is a comprehensive one stop shop for many services that Passaic County residents need. The One-Stop is collocated and integrated in a way that allows for customers to get the best, most efficient experience. Everything from the County Welfare Agency, Veterans Services, the Department of Labor, the Workforce Development Board, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, ...

Passaic County One-Stop to Host Ez Ride Hiring Event

PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County One-Stop is hosting an Ez Ride hiring event on Thursday March 14th.

Ez Ride is seeking CDL Drivers for both full and part time postions. Driver's would earn a salary of $16.00- $19.00/Hr.

Ez Ride is a valuable partner of the One-Stop, frequently hosting hiring events and hiring Passaic County residents. 

Drivers will be expected to provide safe, ...

Passaic County One-Stop Releases Spring Newsletter

PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County One-Stop has released its Spring 2019 Newsletter, containing valuable information about past and present events. 

Within the newsletter, you will learn how the One-Stop is helping residents throughout the county find employment, learn crucial career training skills and so much more!

In the newsletter you will also find information ...

Rosa L. Parks High School Students Encouraged to 'Remember from Whence You Came'

March 10, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - The halls of Rosa L. Parks High School of Fine and Performing Arts filled with the enthusiasm of students and faculty on February 27. The big day had arrived, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver,  Secretary of State Tahesha Way, and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis joined together for a panel discussion, hosted and moderated by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly.

RPHS Students Conclude Black History Month with Top State Leaders

PATERSON, NJ - Rosa Parks High School has always known how to commemorate special events and end them on a good note. Through the harmonies of the vocal ensemble, the choreography of the dance department, and the drama productions of the thespians, RPHS has a proud history of putting the finishing touch on a beautiful project. To conclude the month long celebration of Black History Month, ...

Hospital To Pay $2.55M to Somerville in lieu of Property Taxes Through 2023

March 18, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset has agreed to pay  the borough a total of $2.5 million in lieu of property taxes for an eight-year period that expires at the end of 2023.

The agreement was announced at Monday night’s Borough Council meeting and was affirmed by a resolution passed by the five-member council by a unanimous vote. Granville Brady, ...

School Bus Drivers May Soon Be Able to Administer an EpiPen 

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation authorizing school bus drivers to administer epinephrine in emergency situations passed the New Jersey Senate 34-0 Thursday.  

“We allow parents at home and nurses at school to administer an EpiPen, but state law doesn’t address what happens if the student is on a bus going from home to school,” said Senator ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

March 16, 2019

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

Reader Says Murphy Budget 'Responsible and Progressive'

March 7, 2019

Dear Editor

On Tuesday, I had the honor of attending Governor Murphy's budget address. Thank you Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly for the invitation. 

It was great to hear Governor Murphy putting the middle class first. Governor Murphy, with the support of the Legislature, has made the middle class a priority during his Administration. From increasing the minimum wage to expanding the ...

1,100 Jobs Coming to Quest Diagnostics' Flagship Laboratory in Clifton

March 14, 2019

CLIFTON, NJ - Quest Diagnostics Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Steve Rusckowski led a group of dignitaries at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new flagship laboratory at the On3 campus Wednesday.

With more than 1,100 employees expected to work at the new 250,000-square-foot facility when it opens in 2021, the lab, on the Clifton side of the ON3 campus ...

Passaic County Women’s Center Presents 5K at Garret Mountain Reservation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 8, 2019

PATERSON, NJ -  The Passaic County Women’s Center (PCWC) presents its fourth annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park. The event commemorates that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and invites the public to learn more about PCWC’s services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic ...

TAPinto Announces Former Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation President and CEO Chris Daggett as Advisor

Former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Chris Daggett, will join TAPinto.net as an advisor. Mr. Daggett will bring over three decades of public, private and nonprofit sector leadership experience to help build on TAPinto’s success in expanding local news coverage through over 80 local franchises.

“Local news is critical to the health of our communities and ...