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Efforts to Steal Christmas Thwarted at St. Joseph's

December 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ - The Grinch's sneaky antics and attempts to steal away the Christmas spirit were easily overpowered by an outpouring of positive energy and love of more than nearly 100 local children and families that attended the annual St. Joseph's Health Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday. 

Attendees kept a watchful eye on the Grinch who made his ...

Former Teacher Sentence to Three Years for Attempting to Exchange Cash for Sex with Students

PATERSON, NJ- A former teacher at John F. Kennedy High School has been sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison and lifetime parole supervision for his efforts to coerce students to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the sentence against Thomas Weir, 56, was handed down by the Hon. Marilyn C. Clark, ...

Students at Young Men's Leadership Academy Recognized at Awards Ceremony

PATERSON, NJ- When TAPinto Paterson met 4th grade student Ali Beydoun in September he, along with his brother Mohamad, was both “nervous and excited” for his first day of school at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Less than halfway through the academic year, the young man was among dozens of students recognized for their efforts in the classroom and beyond on ...

Bill Protecting Internet Users from Identity Theft Advances

TRENTON, NJ -  Data breaches are becoming more frequent and more expensive. Recently, Marriott announced that more than a half million customer accounts had been exposed to hackers. Under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26) companies are closer to being required to notify users of online security breaches

The bill expands a list of breaches requiring notification ...

Mayor Backs Bill Giving Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

December 5, 2018

PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh has voiced his support for a proposed state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

On Tuesday, November 27, state legislators introduced a bill permitting these immigrants to get licenses because many of them are already currently driving on New Jersey roads.

Sayegh joined mayors from six other municipalities in hailing the ...

Honoring 41, What's Closed on National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush

WASHINGTON, DC -  The United States of America will observe a National Day of Mourning on Wed. Dec. 5 to honor the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. 

In addition to all flags being flown a half staff, there will be closures in both government and the private sector. 

The United States Senate postponed all votes until after the ...

Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms Declares: Let There Be Light

PATERSON, NJ - Whether it’s aggressively encouraging residents to enroll in college, bringing local families together for “movies under the stars”, offering recognition to those that have turned their lives around to inspire others, or any number of other pet projects taken on by the nine members of Paterson’s City Council, there is certainly no lack of effort to make the ...

Students at Young Men's Leadership Academy Recognized at Awards Ceremony

December 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- When TAPinto Paterson met 4th grade student Ali Beydoun in September he, along with his brother Mohamad, was both “nervous and excited” for his first day of school at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Less than halfway through the academic year, the young man was among dozens of students recognized for their efforts in the classroom and beyond on ...

School Officials Renew Vow to Further Reducing Missed Speech Therapy Hours

PATERSON, NJ – Efforts to reduce the backlog of speech therapy services for local public school students remains a top priority, according to Paterson Public Schools officials.  

In a statement following Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting Superintendent Eileen Shafer said that while over 28,000 hours are still owed from the past two academic years recent efforts, ...

Union President Renews Call to Return to Previous Health Plan in Response to Launch of 'Answer Sheet'

PATERSON, NJ – In what they called "an effort to simplify some of the details of the new employee health benefits plan," recently enacted for Paterson Public Schools (PPS) employees, school administrators released a Health Benefits “Answer Sheet” on the PPS mobile app and website on Monday.

The switch from the School Employees’ Health Benefits ...

P-TECH Model Coming to Paterson. Innovative Program Will Prepare Students for 'New Collar' Jobs of Tomorrow

PATERSON, NJ – “STEM on steroids” as Mayor Andre Sayegh called it, is coming to Paterson’s PANTHER Academy.

Announced by Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday, the program, more formally known as P-TECH, was co-developed by IBM and brings together public high schools, community colleges, and businesses to create a clear pathway from high school to college to career.

The ...

Paterson and PCCC Officials Join to Announce Program to Make 'Pathway Out of Poverty' More Accessible to Residents

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson residents seeking to continue their education will have an opportunity to attend Passaic County Community College for free in the 2019 spring semester according to local and school officials.

Calling it a “big deal,” PCCC President Dr. Steven Rose said at a Tuesday press conference that through the Community College Opportunity Grants created by Governor Phil ...

Efforts to Steal Christmas Thwarted at St. Joseph's

December 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ - The Grinch's sneaky antics and attempts to steal away the Christmas spirit were easily overpowered by an outpouring of positive energy and love of more than nearly 100 local children and families that attended the annual St. Joseph's Health Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday. 

Attendees kept a watchful eye on the Grinch who made his ...

Holiday Toy Sale Gives Paterson Children Chance to Celebrate the Joy of Giving Gifts

PATERSON, NJ- The multi-purpose room of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson was transformed into a holiday marketplace Friday and Saturday creating an “opportunity to bring the joy of Christmas to children and families all over Paterson.”

The event, organized by volunteers from the Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, has been held for the past 33 years, Wendy McGuire, the ...

Paterson Fire Annual Boot Drive Continues Saturday

PATERSON, NJ- For the second weekend in a row members of the Paterson Fire Department will be out in intersections across the city on Saturday collecting donations as part of their annual boot drive. Funds raised through the effort are used to purchase and donate toys to both local children in need and non-profit organizations holding their own toy drive efforts.

Flashback - Paterson ...

'Friends Breakfast' Celebrates NJCDC's 24 Years of Giving Paterson Youth 'Vision'

December 2, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- If the program for Thursday’s NJCDC 4th annual Friends Breakfast had ended with CEO Bob Guarasci’s comments there would be no doubting the organization’s outsized contribution to Paterson in its 24-year history including:


More than $72 million invested into Paterson’s Great Falls Promise Neighborhood


The construction of 148 affordable housing ...

New Program Aims at Improving Health of Mothers and Babies

December 7, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- City officials and health advocates gathered on the steps of Paterson’s Department of Health on Thursday to announce aggressive new and innovative strategies to reduce the infant mortality rate, specifically among African Americans, in the city.

According to officials from the Partnership of Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, the non-profit planning agency ...

Grant Awarded to Help Keep Paterson Youth Away from Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Use

PATERSON, NJ- When Dr. Robert Reid founded the Paterson Coalition Against Substance Abuse (P-CASA) in 2013, the goal was simple but powerful, to stop alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among Paterson’s youth through outreach, education, community empowerment, and collaboration.

Today, thanks to a 5-year $125,000 Drug-Free Community grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ...

UPDATE: Paterson's Ezekiel Suarez Continues Winning Ways in USA Boxing Tournament

December 7, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson's Ezekiel Suarez has done it again, winning his Thursday semi-final bout in three rounds by unanimous decision over Kamauri Rainey from Cincinnati, Ohio. This comes after his victory in the quarterfinals of the USA Boxing intermediate division national tournament in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

He will now move on to the Championships of the ...

Paterson's Larry Doby One Step Closer to Receiving Congressional Gold Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump is the only thing standing in the way of a Patersonian receiving the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.

Under legislation spearheaded by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., and passed Thursday by the House of Representatives, baseball legend Larry Doby, a player who helped break the Major League Baseball color barrier, would receive the ...

UPDATE: Paterson's Ezekiel Suarez, 12, Emerges Victorious in First Round of National Boxing Tournament

PATERSON, NJ - Ezekiel Suarez emerged from his first match in the USA Boxing  intermediate division national tournament in Salt Lake City tournament quarterfinals victorious. "The fight went as expected," says his father and coach Oscar, who added that Ezekiel boxed well and was technically sound. 

Click Here to Read About Ezekiel's Road to Boxing Greatness

He ...

El Mercadito Fruit and Meat Market Opens in Sixth Ward

December 9, 2018

PATERSON, NJ - Augusto Gil believes that Paterson has a bright future, and he wants to be part of it. On Saturday, flanked by store empoloyees and several city officials, including Mayor Andre Sayegh and Counciwoman Martiza Davila, the entrepreneur celebrated the official opening of his store, El Mercadito Fruit and Meat Market at 594 21st Avenue.

Watch the video of the ...

Local Entrepreneur Brings Services to Paterson to Help Other Small Businesses Thrive

PATERSON, NJ - Saying that small businesses will find it difficult to grow if they don’t have a firm handle on and understanding of their finances, local entrepreneur Luisa Nunez told TAPinto Paterson that she brought her expertise back to Paterson in the form of Premier Financial Group because she wants to contribute to her hometown.

Located along one of Paterson's most vibrant ...

Local Couple Expands National Brand’s Footprint in Paterson

PATERSON, NJ - The already vibrant intersection of Montgomery Street and Summer Street in the city’s Fourth Ward welcomed a new business on Saturday.

Already populated by Jay’s Soft Touch Car Wash and Jay’s Laundromat owned by Jeff Robinson, a lifelong Paterson resident and a veteran of the Paterson Police Department, the neighborhood will now be home to a U-Haul franchise ...

Former Teacher Sentence to Three Years for Attempting to Exchange Cash for Sex with Students

December 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- A former teacher at John F. Kennedy High School has been sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison and lifetime parole supervision for his efforts to coerce students to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the sentence against Thomas Weir, 56, was handed down by the Hon. Marilyn C. Clark, ...

16 Years in Prison for Paterson Man Found with 2,600 Videos and Images of Child Pornography

PATERSON, NJ- A 30-year old Paterson man found guilty of the possession and distribution of child pornography in September has been sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the sentence was handed down against Omar Saloukha by Honorable Justine Niccollai, J.S.C., on December 6.

The investigation conducted by the ...

Investigation Leads to Arrest, Large Illegal Drugs Haul

PATERSON, NJ - An early morning raid of an residence on Camden Street led to the arrest of a Paterson man and the confiscation of a large amount of illegal narcotics.

According to Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale the arrest of Nicco Lago, 28, at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thursday stemmed from an investigation launched in October following numerous citizen complaints into alleged drug ...

Paterson Train Station Dedicated to Paterson Man Killed in Twin Towers Attack

December 10, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- On what would have been his 46th birthday friends and family of Paterson native Kenny Lira gathered with city officials on Sunday to officially dedicate the Paterson Train Station in his honor. Lira, 27 at the time, lost his life when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center's Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

The temporary plaque which will be replaced with a ...

Paterson Police Welcome 12 New Officers

December 10, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The first class of 12 new police officers brought on by Mayor Andre Sayegh began a new stage in their journey to make Paterson safer. The diverse group, brining the ranks up to 421 members, entered the Police Academy in July and told they were expected to serve with "hard work, consistency, and integrity."

“There is honor in the uniform, but what ...

Arrest Made in Stabbing Death of Paterson Woman

PATERSON, NJ - A Passaic man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a former girlfriend early Wednesday in Paterson.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, the investigation into the incident that occurred at 79 Mercer Street has led to the murder charges against Eddie Smith, 37.

The report continued that ...

Tuesday Shooting Sends One to Hospital

PATERSON, NJ- Law enforcement officials are seeking information in an overnight shooting that sent one man to the hospital on Tuesday.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, members of the Paterson Police Department were called to Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center at approximately 2;57 a.m. after the 26-year old Paterson ...

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While there is no denying the excitement of that new car smell, the fact is that many people can’t afford to or prefer not to buy a new car. One deciding factor may be depreciation on new cars—it’s estimated that the average car loses 20 percent of its value as soon as you buy it and 30 percent in the first year.

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Wimberly Re-Elected Assembly Co-Chair of Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity in NJ

December 11, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – Seeking ways to develop legislative actions and find solutions that address unemployment in New Jersey, Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) was re-elected Tuesday as co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity, a legislative panel formed in 2014 to study equality in relation to New Jersey’s economy and ...

Sumter Bill to Ensure Adequate Defense against Meningitis on NJ College Campuses Advances

TRENTON NJ – Aiming to help protect students at New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities from meningitis outbreaks, the Assembly Health and Senior Services committee approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Monday.

“This bill would create a proactive policy that mirrors the CDC’s recommendations to help prevent potential ...

UPDATE: Community Meetings with Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Rescheduled for Thursday

PATERSON, NJ  – Two community meetings with New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal postponed by snow earlier this month have been rescheduled for Thursday, November 29. 

At the meetings, according to a previously released statement by Mayor Andre Sayegh’s office, Grewal will discuss ways his office is working to strengthen the relationship between ...

Bill Protecting Internet Users from Identity Theft Advances

December 10, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -  Data breaches are becoming more frequent and more expensive. Recently, Marriott announced that more than a half million customer accounts had been exposed to hackers. Under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26) companies are closer to being required to notify users of online security breaches

The bill expands a list of breaches requiring notification ...

‘Newark Must Not Become Another Brooklyn,’ Baraka Says After Announcing Commission on Gentrification

NEWARK, NJ - Newark Mayor Ras Baraka stood at a lectern today that was adorned with a sign that had one, simple message: “NO GENTRIFICATION.”

In the hopes of meeting that end, the city has created a new Equitable Growth Advisory Commission. It will draw up to 15 members from the community, academia, businesses and nonprofits to make recommendations to the city on topics about land ...