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Paterson Soccer Standouts Earn College Scholarships

May 14, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - A pair of student athletes were recently honored at John F. Kennedy High School for excellence both on the soccer field and in the classroom. 

Senior varsity players Naomi Cabello and Jesus Martinez were granted scholarships to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level. The scholarships were the first to be awarded in the sport to JFK athletes in over 20 ...

Pou Effort Seeks to Crack Down on Using Mail to Defraud Customers

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation introduced by Senator Nellie Pou (D-Paterson) that would make it an illegal to send a mailing soliciting business while appearing to be endorsed by the state government without a disclosure letter was passed by a Senate committee Thursday.  

The effort, a statement said, is to “stem the tide of misleading solicitation in mailings, and to prevent ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Paterson Parents Need to Know

PATERSON, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Hybrid Billing, Cost Cutting, and Fee Restructuring: Paterson’s City Council Weighs Sewer Utility’s Future

May 8, 2021

PATERSON, NJ — In an effort to salvage the municipal sewer utility and maintain Paterson’s eligibility for millions of dollars in state funding, the City Council received options for reconfiguring the system from a third-party water use expert at a meeting Tuesday evening.

Andy Kricun of Moonshot Missions, a Maryland-based organization specializing in assessing the efficiency ...

PSE&G Updates Residents on Paterson Gas Modernization Project

May 11, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on Essex Street near Straight 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 may experience temporary road closures, local police officers will ...

Where Can Paterson Residents Find Vaccine on Demand This Week?

PATERSON, NJ - Efforts by Paterson officials, led by Mayor Andre Sayegh, to defend against the further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey’s third largest city will continue this week as health officials take doses of the one shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine out into the community.

The vaccine on demand campaign, a compliment to the testing on demand program and aimed specifically at ...

Gas Prices Are Up in Passaic County. Find out How Local Prices Compare to the Rest of New Jersey

May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Passaic County, the price at the pump has hit $3.02 as of  part of a national trend in high gas prices — the ...

Dr. Barry C. Black, 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate Pillar College Commencement Speaker

May 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ - Dr. Wayne Dyer, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, is thrilled that U.S. Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, is the keynote speaker at the Pillar College commencement on May 15. The ceremony which starts at 11 a.m. will be live-streamed and people can tune in via pillar.edu/comencement2021 or watch on Pillar College's Facebook page. 

“It is our honor to have ...

Reigstration Now Open for Paterson Public Schools Summer Enrichment Programs

PATERSON, NJ — Registration is now open for the district’s Summer Enrichment Programs for students in kindergarten through the eighth grade, Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer today announced Friday.

“Whether a student is in need of academic remediation or wants to build on their academic momentum with acceleration, the Summer Enrichment Programs will provide the ...

Passaic Central Labor Council Endorses Incumbent Mayor in Passaic Race

May 9, 2021

PASSAIC, NJ — The Passaic County Central Labor Council, representing 23,000 union members in Passaic County, issued the following statement announcing its endorsement of Hector Lora, the incumbent Mayor of the City of Passaic. 

“We are proud to support Hector Lora in his campaign to continue to represent the city of Passaic as Mayor. Hector has a history of fighting for the ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Paterson Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

PATERSON, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Paterson Officials to Mark End of Ramadan by Bringing Mobile Vaccine Unit to Heart of Muslim Community

PATERSON, NJ -- City of Paterson officials will mark the end of Ramdan by bringing the mobile vaccination unit, launched last week, to the heart of Paterson’s Muslim community. 

On Thursday, recognized as Eid al-Fitr, the mobile unit will be located at the South Paterson Library, 930 Main Street, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The effort, Mayor Andre Sayegh said in a statement, is ...

Glen Rock House of Worship Commemorates Loss of Life in Indianapolis on Eve of National Prayer Day

May 8, 2021

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Gurudwara hosted an outdoor prayer vigil Wednesday to commemorate the lives lost and those wounded in the FedEx Indianapolis shooting.

The vigil was well-placed on the eve of National Prayer Day which was commemorated on Thursday, May .

Several speakers from area houses of worship spoke of unity and peace to gatherers who weathered drizzly, windy and cool ...

‘It’s a Basic Need’ – Local Developer Donates $50,000 To Fuel Guaranteed Income in Paterson

May 11, 2021

PATERSON, NJ — Just weeks after the application period expired for Paterson’s guaranteed income pilot program, Mayor André Sayegh has confirmed that the initiative gained a $50,000 gift from a prominent local real estate investor.

Florio Management—a construction firm responsible for multiple housing and retail developments in Paterson every year—signed off on ...

With More than 200 Displaced in 2021, Paterson Residents Urged to Consider Renters Insurance

May 10, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - The unmistakable smell of charred wood still hung in the air outside of the building at the corner of Union Avenue and Berkshire Avenue Thursday morning. The marks left by the flames that destroyed much of the building just days earlier and broken windows were visible to all.

For those passing by, it was simply another building that had been consumed by fire, one of two in as ...

Paterson Police, Firefighters Team Up to Save Ten People from Overnight Blaze

PATERSON, NJ - Two members of the Paterson Police Department evacuated 10 individuals from a home that home at risk from a fire at the home next door overnight, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Spencer announced. The incident started at approximately 3:01 a.m.

Following their evacuation into a year yard, the officers alerted fire department personnel that they were trapped in the rear ...

Paterson Man Charged with Witness Tampering in Sexual Abuse Case

May 5, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - A 41-year-old Paterson man was arrested Tuesday and charged with one county of Witness Tampering, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes has announced.

According to Valdes the charges against Ramon Cabrera stem from an extensive investigation conducted by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit following the complaint of a child victim that they were ...

Clifton Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Paterson Police Chief

PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday.

As previously reported, Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate occasions on February 26, 2020, to threaten Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” ...

Kindness Rocks at Paterson's Seniors Tower

May 13, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - Residents at one of Paterson senior citizen building are raking themselves into better spirits, literally and figuratively, through an art project they are calling “Kindness Rocks.”

By painting positive affirmations such as “You are enough”, “You are Perfect Just the Way You Are”, “Be Kind”, and “Love with All Your ...

Allergy Alert: Hershey Recalls Chocolate Shell Topping Due to Undeclared Allergen

May 8, 2021

Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping has been voluntarily recalled due to undeclared almonds, announced the Hershey company in a press release.

Approximately 1,700 bottles were incorrectly filled with Heath Shell Topping which is made with almonds, they said.

The product being recalled was shipped nationwide between April 15 and May 3, 3021 and have a product code of ...

Paterson Soccer Standouts Earn College Scholarships

May 14, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - A pair of student athletes were recently honored at John F. Kennedy High School for excellence both on the soccer field and in the classroom. 

Senior varsity players Naomi Cabello and Jesus Martinez were granted scholarships to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level. The scholarships were the first to be awarded in the sport to JFK athletes in over 20 ...

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What Resources Are Available To Struggling Veterans & Their Families In 2021?

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of our veterans returning from tour arrive at their doorstep with a suitcase full of struggles.

From mental health to financial concerns, a post-military life can be extremely challenging for many. While there are resources available for veterans to turn to, many former servicemen and women are not aware of them.

To help try and rectify this ...

Ramapo @ PCCC Virtual Information Sessions May 12 and May 13

Passaic County Community College (PCCC) is offering virtual information sessions about the Ramapo@PCCC program on Wednesday May 12 at 7:00 pm and May 13 at 12 noon.  

Ramapo@PCCC is a unique initiative between PCCC and Ramapo College of New Jersey that enables students to save on the cost of a bachelor’s degree. The program is currently open to individuals who already have ...

How to Gain Skills for The Digital Workforce

May 14, 2021

Many of us are aware of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the workforce. The impact was global and changed jobs around the world. Many lost jobs. Some temporarily, and some never to return.

Another lasting effect of the pandemic was the acceleration of digital tools in the workforce. The rapid adoption of distance learning, online meetings and remote collaboration increased at a pace ...

PVWC kicks off Drinking Water Week highlighting tap water being “There When You Need It”

(Clifton, N.J. – May 2, 2021) – Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) and partners throughout North America today kicked off Drinking Water Week, by highlighting the different ways consumers’ tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year. 

PVWC is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap ...

Letter to Editor: Paterson Public Schools Have Worked Hard to Ensure Safe Return to Classrooms

May 9, 2021

Dear Editor:

I wish to express my satisfaction with Paterson Public Schools in working to ensure the safety of our students and staff upon returning to our buildings for in-person instruction. 

I have a report and you can watch it here:

While we remain in a hybrid environment where our students will remain remote until further notice, I want to point out a few things ...

Pou Effort Seeks to Crack Down on Using Mail to Defraud Customers

May 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation introduced by Senator Nellie Pou (D-Paterson) that would make it an illegal to send a mailing soliciting business while appearing to be endorsed by the state government without a disclosure letter was passed by a Senate committee Thursday.  

The effort, a statement said, is to “stem the tide of misleading solicitation in mailings, and to prevent ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

PSE&G Updates Residents on Paterson Gas Modernization Project

May 11, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on Essex Street near Straight 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 may experience temporary road closures, local police officers will ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.

 

Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

The Best Natural Deodorants for the Toughest Workouts

Chances are, your wellness journey includes some heavy-hitting workouts, and a good deodorant is key to feeling confident after every session. Mainstream products can contain harmful ingredients that may actually be blocking some of your body’s natural processes as well as potentially causing health problems down the road. If you’re ready to switch to a more natural product but are ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...