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The House Pascrell Built. Paterson Fire Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Longtime Congressman, Champion for Firefighters Nationwide

June 24, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Alexander Hamilton may have given life to Paterson back in 1792 but, based on the accolades bestowed upon him Monday, it’s Bill Pascrell, Jr. that has been the City’s heartbeat during a nearly 60-year career in public service.

With more than 200 firefighters, family, and long-time supporters of the venerable statesman in attendance, the Paterson Fire Department ...

Quality of Life Detail Takes Gun off Streets

PATERSON,NJ- The Paterson Police Department’s new Quality of Life details are paying off, according to a report by Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale.

On Monday Speziale announced that at approximately 12:40 a.m. Detective Sgt. Richard LaTrecchia and Detective Gilot Castor, both assigned to the detail, responded to a call of a man with a gun in the area of 42 Auburn ...

Ceremony to Rename Paterson Fire Headquarters for Long Serving Congressman Bill Pascrell Set for Monday

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Fire Headquarters was built with federal dollars secured by Congressman Bill Pascrell, and, at an event schedueld for noon on Monday, the modern facility on McBride Ave. is set to be renamed in his honor.

For Pascrell, the lifelong Paterson resident, former mayor, and the city's representative in Washington, D.C. since 1997, his vote for the American ...

Prom Night Extra Special at La’Neves

HALEDON, NJ - Rain drizzled over Haledon as young adults stepped into the banquet hall, chandeliers glistening and colored lights decorating the DJ booth, as huge, golden balloons spelled out “PROM” in the corner of the room. The music blasting so loud you could hear it outside the venue.

It was clear that the party inside couldn’t be dampened.

This was no ordinary party, ...

4-Story, 59-Unit Apartment Building Coming to Cedar Street

June 22, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - A bevy of professionals, including an architect, parking expert, and planner descended on Paterson City Hall Thursday to present a plan by local redevelopment “pioneer” Charles Florio to construct a five-story, 79 unit building on Cedar Street.

The project, it was noted, would be constructed on what is a decades long vacant lot where an industrial company once ...

‘Paterson’s Future’ Coming to Ward Street Site

PATERSON, NJ – Efforts to redevelop the Ward Street Garage site into a transit oriented development took a step forward Friday when Mayor Andre Sayegh and the Paterson Parking Authority jointly announced that a redeveloper has been selected for the portion of the land that sits adjacent to where a new 850 space parking garage is set to be built.

According to a statement by Sayegh 11 ...

Paterson’s Dynasty Auto Body Presents Free Car to U.S. Marine Vet, Cancer Survivor

June 17, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - More than 100 local leaders and guests looked on Saturday as Paterson resident Velma Hodges, an almost six-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, was given the keys to a fully refurbished Ford Fusion thanks to Recycled Rides.

The event, the eighth of its kind hosted by John and Anne Hamdan, owners of Dynasty Auto Body, reflected the local efforts of the National ...

The House Pascrell Built. Paterson Fire Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Longtime Congressman, Champion for Firefighters Nationwide

June 24, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Alexander Hamilton may have given life to Paterson back in 1792 but, based on the accolades bestowed upon him Monday, it’s Bill Pascrell, Jr. that has been the City’s heartbeat during a nearly 60-year career in public service.

With more than 200 firefighters, family, and long-time supporters of the venerable statesman in attendance, the Paterson Fire Department ...

Sayegh, Davila Spar Over Hinchliffe Stadium

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson’s historic Hinchliffe Stadium should be restored, city officials agreed Tuesday. That’s where the agreement ended.

With the June 30 deadline for the city to submit applications to the New Jersey EDA for $130 million worth of tax credits, Mayor Andre Sayegh and City Council President Martiza Davilla verbally sparred during the legislative body’s ...

Paterson Residents Call for Pride Flag to Fly Over City Hall

PATERSON, NJ - “Raising the pride flag won’t fix all of our issues,” longtime Paterson resident Denise Womack told TAPinto Paterson in an email Wednesday. “But it will say ‘Paterson sees you, and you are not alone in the fight.”

The message, coming just hours after local activist, poet, and educator Elizabeth Valverde used her three minutes of public ...

BASL Kicks off Second Annual Soccer Tournament

June 19, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - The Bangladeshi American Sports League (BASL) kicked off its second annual soccer tournament on Saturday.

Local elected officials, including Mayor Andre Sayegh and 2nd Ward Councilman Shahin Khalique, helped launch the 12-team, 39-game, season that will last through mid-September with matches being played weekly on Saturdays at Pennington Park.

A notable update this year over ...

Softball League Players Seek Action on Unsafe Field Conditions

PATERSON, NJ - Dozens of members of Liga Costambar, one of many softball leagues that caters to local players, showed up at the city council meeting Wednesday seeking action from their elected representatives.

And, even before they got a chance to speak during public session, they got it.

Armed with homemade signs expressing their displeasure with the state of the three fields they play on, ...

Super Bowl Champion Victor Cruz Hosts Football Camp for Hometown Youth

PATERSON, NJ - Super Bowl champion, Pro Bowl player, and an NFL co-record holder for making a 99-yard reception are just a few of the accolades that Paterson native son Victor Cruz earned during his football career.  

However, fame and fortune have never prevented the humble superstar from returning to, and remembering, his roots.

Since his NFL rookie season in 2010, Cruz has ...

Prom Night Extra Special at La’Neves

June 24, 2019

HALEDON, NJ - Rain drizzled over Haledon as young adults stepped into the banquet hall, chandeliers glistening and colored lights decorating the DJ booth, as huge, golden balloons spelled out “PROM” in the corner of the room. The music blasting so loud you could hear it outside the venue.

It was clear that the party inside couldn’t be dampened.

This was no ordinary party, ...

Bangladeshi ‘Community of Unity’ Celebrated with Historic Street Naming

PATERSON, NJ - Through achievements in education, the successful launch of dozens of businesses, participation in the highest levels of local government, and even exploits on the playing field, the impact of the Bangladeshi community is felt in nearly every aspect of daily life , not just in the city’s Second Ward but across Paterson.

On Saturday, that impact was memorialized in ...

On Eve of Juneteenth Paterson Poet Melody Jackson Perry Recognizes Struggle Through Verse

PATERSON, NJ - Just moments before the annual African Heritage Parade kicked off on Saturday nearly two dozen community members gathered at the historic monument marking where the Underground Railroad passed through Paterson, a stopping ground for slaves making their journey to freedom.

The parade, held to coincide with the celebration of Juneteenth, a holiday recognized in 45 states, ...

Eastside High School's Natalia Almonte Achieves Perfect Score on National Spanish Exam

June 22, 2019

PATERSON, NJ – Hard work and preparation padi off for Natalia Almonte, a junior from Eastside High School (EHS)’s School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism (CAHTS) who earned a perfect score on this year’s administration of the National Spanish Exam.

According to a statement by Paterson Public Schools the annual exam is taken by students studying Spanish as a second ...

At Paterson Schools Today’s Readers are Tomorrow’s Leaders

PATERSON, NJ - Assistant Superintendent Sandra Diodonet and Superintendent of Academic Services Eric Crespo distributed books to more than a dozen students at Wednesday’s Paterson Board of Education meeting as part of Paterson Schools’ efforts to increase literacy.

Follow us on Facebook and sign up for TAPinto Paterson E-News alerts to be the ...

Significant Community Impact can be Seen from Work of Humble Beginnings

June 23, 2019

PATERSON, NJ- In what has been a quarterly effort to help residents “empower themselves with the tools they need to reach their potential as parents, and as members of a productive community,” Paterson non-profit Humble Beginnings hosted a drug and health awareness day and community cookout on Saturday.

The event, held in the parking lot of the Masonic Temple on Broadway featured ...

Three Paterson Pharmacies Among Those Participating in Statewide Overdose Fighting Narcan Giveaway Tuesday

PATERSON, NJ --  On Tuesday pharmacies across New Jersey, including three in Paterson, will provide free dosages of an anti-drug overdose reversal medication as part of Governor Phil Murphy's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse an opioid overdose by blocking the effects of opioid drugs on the ...

Rutgers Experts: Preteen Suicide Attempts - Mainly By Girls - On the Rise

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Since January 2018, 100 New Jersey preteens have attempted suicide by drug overdose, according to data released by the New Jersey Poison Center.

“This trend should sound the alarms. We have young children attempting suicide by overdose at a rate which continues to increase,” said Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison ...

Paterson Man Faces Sexual Assault Charges Against Union City Teen

June 21, 2019

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A 31-year-old Paterson man is due to appear in a Jersey City Courtroom on Friday following his arrest on sexual assault charges.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suaraez, Steven Lopez was arrested on Thursday without incident following an investigation into the alleged crime by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s  Office Special Victims Unit (SVU).

The ...

Booker Vows to Extend Clemency to Thousands of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

NEWARK, NJ - U.S Sen. Cory Booker has promised to initiate clemency for more than 17,000 nonviolent drug offenders in federal prison on day one of his presidency, should he be elected.

Booker, a former mayor and councilman of Newark, today outlined his Restoring Justice Initiative. It would begin clemency proceedings for people serving federal sentences for marijuana-related offenses, reduce ...

Local Supporters of Elizabeth Warren for President Set to Gather at Paul's Bar Sunday

June 23, 2019

PATERSON, NJ- Local supporters of the Presidential campaign of Elizabeth Warren are hosting an “informational event” at Paul’s Bar on Sunday to that organizers say will offer information on “everything you need to about a woman that should be our next President.”

Paul’s bar is located at 377 Crooks Avenue. The informal gathering will begin at 12:00 p.m. and ...

Quality of Life Detail Takes Gun off Streets

June 24, 2019

PATERSON,NJ- The Paterson Police Department’s new Quality of Life details are paying off, according to a report by Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale.

On Monday Speziale announced that at approximately 12:40 a.m. Detective Sgt. Richard LaTrecchia and Detective Gilot Castor, both assigned to the detail, responded to a call of a man with a gun in the area of 42 Auburn ...

Ceremony to Rename Paterson Fire Headquarters for Long Serving Congressman Bill Pascrell Set for Monday

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Fire Headquarters was built with federal dollars secured by Congressman Bill Pascrell, and, at an event schedueld for noon on Monday, the modern facility on McBride Ave. is set to be renamed in his honor.

For Pascrell, the lifelong Paterson resident, former mayor, and the city's representative in Washington, D.C. since 1997, his vote for the American ...

Red Cross Teams with Paterson Fire Department in Potentially Lifesaving Effort

PATERSON, NJ - Six-year-old Paterson resident Miabella knows what to do if there’s a fire in her home she told TAPinto Paterson: tell my parents and get out of the house.

Thanks to a shared effort by the Red Cross and Paterson Fire Department Miabella, and everyone else that lives in the two family residence she calls home, has some additional fire safety help: seven new, working, ...

Pillsbury Best Bread Flour Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk

June 20, 2019

Pillsbury Best 5 lb Flour has been recalled by Hometown Food Company. The company initiated a voluntary recall on approximately 4,600 cases of Bread Flour due to the potential presence of pathogenic E.Coli. There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with this recall, said the company.

Hometown Food Company has been informed by ADM Milling Co., that certain wheat used to make ...

Passaic County Restaurant Week to Run June 19 - June 30

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ - Passaic County Restaurant Week is set to kick off on Wednesday, and is said to be, according to county officials, a showcase of the region’s finest dining options.

The celebration will continue through Sunday, June 30, and offer diners an opportunity to enjoy local restaurants and dining while taking advantage of prix fixe menus for two-course lunches and three- ...

Eat at Silk City Platters Wednesday to Support Paterson Youth

PATERSON, NJ - Customers at Silk City Platters have an extra incentive to visit the Market Street eatery on Wednesday.

According to information shared by owner Azi Alam, 25 percent of all their sales made today will be donated to Paterson Explorer Post 1.

Through the recently launched Explorer program Paterson students aged 14-18 have the chance to work alongside ...

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For Yadira R. ESL Means Pathway to Career Success

PATERSON, NJ  – The Passaic County One-Stop has numerous opportunities for residents to get the help that they need in order obtain employment.

In addition to job training, the One-Stop offers ESL classes for customers that require assistance learning to speak better English. The class, which is taught by instructor Maria Pentarakis, gives clients the language skills and ...

Copperhead Caught in Montclair

June 17, 2019

UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair residents had an unusual discovery Tuesday when they sighted a copperhead snake in a local parking lot.

When Montclair Animal Control Officer Michele Shiber got the call that residents spotted a venomous snake, she sprung into action.

“We never know what adventure awaits us when the phone rings on any given day,” said Shiber.

Bergen County Prosecutor Announces Results of Marcal Fire Investigation

HACKENSACK/ELMWOOD PARK, NJ -- Investigators announced Monday that there is no indication that the fire that destroyed 31 of the 36 buildings located in the Marcal Paper Company Complex on January 31 was intentionally set. The cause of the fire, investigators say, cannot be determined and will be classfied as such pending further informaiton.

The investigation, according to ...

Hats Off for Father’s Day

June 14, 2019

Father’s Day is this weekend and I’m sure children are hitting the stores (or are online) to find the perfect card or gift to show their appreciation for all the father figures in their lives. Celebrated since 1908, Father’s Day became a permanent holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the law recognizing the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

The day is ...

Community Activist Praises Organizers for Successful African Heritage Parade

June 16, 2019

Dear Editor: 

I want to take a moment to congratulate Ms. Ada Pugh and her amazing team on a very successful parade and festival this weekend. It was awesome to see the black community coming together once again to celebrate US. 

I look forward, with great anticipation, to next year's parade and festivities. We should be proud of who we are and our rich culture. I ...

Celebrating Deep Ties to Paterson Daniel Cabrera Sworn in to Key Position with Prospect Park Fire Department

June 18, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Several Paterson city and school officials, as well as other family and friends, made their way to Prospect Park Monday to celebrate the swearing in of Daniel Cabrera as the neighboring municipality’s Fire Safety Director.

Cabrera, whose only familial roots hail from Paterson, is also the son-in-law of Elsa Mantilla, the woman recognized as the leader of the city’s ...