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Local Leaders’ Years of Work Culminates in Newest Home for Pillar College in Paterson 

January 15, 2021

PATERSON, NJ – It’s Pillar time in the Silk City as the Christian college opens its newest location in the renovated Beaux-Arts building. The downtown seat of the school’s operations in Paterson marks a new era for not only the college and its students, but the building as well. 

Built in 1814 as the home of one of the city’s co-founders, Peter Colt, the ...

'Alarming' Increase in Murder Rate Accompanies Decrease in Non-Violent Crimes in 2020, Sayegh Reports

PATERSON, NJ - On Thursday, Mayor Andre Sayegh, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, and Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora hosted a news conference at Paterson City Hall to present, and explain, crime statistics for 2020. The trio of city leaders noted that overall crime dropped in the last 12 months but shootings and homicides have increased.  

In a Powerpoint ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Paterson Public Schools, Local Officials and Community Celebrate Return to Local Control

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Public Schools administrators and teachers joined local officials and area residents Wednesday afternoon to publicly recognize the successful return of authority of the District. Held outside the district’s headquarters in order to observe social distancing protocol, participants braved chilling temperatures and gusty winds to recognize many who have worked and ...

Sayegh Administration Touts Almost $12 Million in Grant Funding in 2020

January 12, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - A $95,000 grant awarded to the Paterson’s Division of Health and Human Service in 2019 to create a communicable disease outbreak strike team, and therefore strength the city’s capacity to investigate communicable diseases by funding new tech software and allowing for more staff to be available when responding to outbreaks in the region, was worth well more than the ...

City Fighting COVID on all Fronts, Business Administrator Says

PATERSON, NJ – Although a lack of funding caused Paterson to cut back its COVID-19 testing from six days per week to two days, city officials said they may be a way to restore some of the program.

During a special city council meeting on Tuesday evening, Paterson’s health officer, Paul Persaud said LabCorp, one of the largest clinical laboratory companies in the country, told him ...

Paterson's Juan Ramirez Recogized by U.S. Navy

January 7, 2021

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON - Paterson native and Chief Navy Counselor Juan Ramirez, assigned to Division Five, Talent Acquisition Onboarding Center (TAOC) Alamo City, was recognized as Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) San Antonio’s Division Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Year (Fiscal Year 2020) at NTAG headquarters. 

For his superior service, Ramirez will be ...

Passaic County Labor Body Welcomes New Leaders for 2021

PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County Central Labor Council, the body that represents affiliated labor unions and their members across Passaic County, swore in a new slate of leaders for 2021 at their December 16 meeting.

Sworn in were:

Tom Kelly, President, IBEW, Local 827
Calvin Brooks, Treasurer, SMART Local 25
Ira Stern, Trustee, IAMAW 447 

 

The new officers ...

Saving Business and Fighting Cancer: One Paterson Couple's True Underdog Story

January 10, 2021

PATERSON and HALEDON, NJ - Not too different from the city they call home, Paterson’s Damen and Lizzie VanGinneken are determined to make 2021 the year that embodies the spirit of the name of their Haledon bar.

On December 29, 2020, Underdog Bar and Grill in Haledon was selected as a recipient of the Barstool Fund. The grant was created by David Portnoy, the founder of the ...

Murphy Signs Economic Recovery Act into Law. Package Includes Support for Small Business, Long Term Economic Recovery

HAMILTON, NJ --  Governor Phil Murphy signed the landmark New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 into law on Thursday at Hamilton's Carella's Chocolate's and Gifts, a local family business for more than 80 years. The law provides economic support for small businesses, while propelling New Jersey’s economic recovery and growth for much of the next ...

Local Leaders’ Years of Work Culminates in Newest Home for Pillar College in Paterson 

January 15, 2021

PATERSON, NJ – It’s Pillar time in the Silk City as the Christian college opens its newest location in the renovated Beaux-Arts building. The downtown seat of the school’s operations in Paterson marks a new era for not only the college and its students, but the building as well. 

Built in 1814 as the home of one of the city’s co-founders, Peter Colt, the ...

Paterson Public Schools, Local Officials and Community Celebrate Return to Local Control

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Public Schools administrators and teachers joined local officials and area residents Wednesday afternoon to publicly recognize the successful return of authority of the District. Held outside the district’s headquarters in order to observe social distancing protocol, participants braved chilling temperatures and gusty winds to recognize many who have worked and ...

BREAKING: McKoy Contests Results of Third Ward Election

January 4, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - Pointing to 31 votes that he believes were cast improperly, former Third Ward Councilman Bill McKoy has contested the results of the November 3 election that pitted him against Alex Mendez.

The contest was a redo of the May 12 election that a judge nullified after voting irregularities surfaced, including the rejection of 879 mail-in ballots that were said to be found under ...

Murphy Announces Expansion to Vaccination Eligibility

January 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

NJ Using Honor System at Coronavirus Vaccine Sites Meant to Prioritize Frontline Workers

NEW JERSEY — Be sure to remember scout’s honor when seeking a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.

Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement and firefighters.

“We are trusting the integrity of all of ...

NJEDA Loan Program Seeks to Transform 'Dangerous Eyesores'

January 11, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is poised to launch its Brownfields Loan Program, an initiative that will make low-interest loans of up to $5 million available for projects that seek to remediate and redevelop sites that have sat vacant or underutilized for years.

Projects aiming to transform dangerous eyesores – such as abandoned commercial ...

'Alarming' Increase in Murder Rate Accompanies Decrease in Non-Violent Crimes in 2020, Sayegh Reports

January 15, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - On Thursday, Mayor Andre Sayegh, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, and Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora hosted a news conference at Paterson City Hall to present, and explain, crime statistics for 2020. The trio of city leaders noted that overall crime dropped in the last 12 months but shootings and homicides have increased.  

In a Powerpoint ...

Paterson Police Department Swears In 16

PATERSON, NJ - Reprising a recurring role he has become accustomed to during his time in office, Mayor Andre Sayegh presided over the swearing in of 16 new officers to the Paterson Police Department on Monday.

"Today we are again showed that we are starting 2021 on a fresh new page, and I have no doubt these 16 new officers are going to fill that page, and many more, with true stories of ...

Paterson Man Faces Child Pornography Charges

January 13, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - An investigation by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crime Against Children Task Force into videos files of child sexual abuse that were uploaded to an online cloud service led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Paterson man on Tuesday. 

According to Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, detectives identified Douglas Mauricio Rivera-Alvarenga as the person responsible ...

Paterson Man Arrested After Fleeing Sheriff's Officers in November

PATERSON, NJ - A 28-year-old Paterson man who is said to have fled a motor vehicle stop on November 16 was arrested by members of the Passaic County Sheriff's Office Monday.

According to Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, detectives observed Martin J. Torres standing at the corner of Essex Street and Madison Street, and recognizing him as the suspect in the previous incident placed him under ...

HS Football: State Championship Proposal Passed By NJSIAA Membership

January 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - New Jersey may soon crown a statewide high school football champion.

In an overwhelming vote of 318 to 12, with six schools abstaining, the NJSIAA Constitution to remove a prohibition of naming state-wide champions in the sport. The NJSIAA is the body that oversees high school sports in the state. 

 It is expected now that a measure will be put forward by ...

Wimberly Named High School Coach of Year by the Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The New York Giants have announced that Hackensack High School football coach Benjie Wimberly is the winner of the 2020 Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Year presented by Gatorade.  

In recognition of Wimberly's selection as Coach of the Year, a $4,000 check will be awarded to Hackensack's football program from The Giants Foundation and Gatorade. He ...

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Dr. Katharine Croce Joins Felician University’s School of Education

“I’m just so blessed to have been given a chance to come here,” Dr. Katharine Croce, Felician University’s newest addition to the School of Education, said. “It felt like home, like where I was meant to be,” the new Assistant Professor added.

Dr. Croce comes to Felician after having served as the Director of the ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources ...

Financial Tips for the New Year

Get help setting goals and sticking to budgets

If your 2021 resolution includes some sort of financial goal, you are not alone. According to a recent survey, more than half of Americans will make a money resolution for 2021, many with the goal of reducing debt or becoming debt-free. Whether your financial resolution is paying off debt, adding more to savings or making a major ...

Rebuilding Hinchliffe Stadium as a 'Field of Dreams'

January 4, 2021

Dear Editor:

Major League Baseball announced that the Negro Leagues will be elevated to ‘Major League’ status. While this elevation was long overdue, it certainly emphasizes the importance of the African American experience in baseball. 

Major League Baseball stated: “With this action, MLB seeks to ensure that future generations will remember the approximately 3,400 ...

Governor Murphy Visits Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Applauds Vaccination Site

January 14, 2021

PARAMUS, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy, Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, Bergen County Board of Commissioners Chairman Steve Tanelli, and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center President and CEO Deborah Visconi toured Bergen New Bridge Medical Center's vaccination site Wednesday.

The tour, seen as part of an ongoing joint effort with the county ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

PSE&G Updates Residents on Paterson Gas Modernization Project

January 11, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on Main Street between Mary Street and Barclay Street as well as on Market Street near Clark Street.

This work coincides with the utility’s city-wide effort to make gas delivery to local homes and businesses safer, cleaner and more efficient. While residents and businesses ...

TAPinto.net Readership Jumps More Than 70%, Advertising Revenue Increased Nearly 17% in 2020

TAPinto.net, a network of more than 85 franchised hyperlocal online news sites, today announced spectacular growth in readership, up by more than 70% in 2020 over the previous year, and an advertising revenue increase of nearly 17% at a time when other media struggled. TAPinto.net added a dozen online news sites during the year and is on target to reach its 100th franchise in ...