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City Council Votes to Return Flat Rate Sewer Billing, But Budgetary Questions Loom

February 25, 2021

PATERSON, NJ — Paterson’s sewer fee structure will revert to a flat rate for residents following the City Council’s 7-2 vote to repeal Mayor André Sayegh’s water volume usage-based system at its meeting Tuesday evening. 

The councilmembers who supported dismantling the controversial system referenced miscalculated bills and the financial burden of heightened ...

Approval by Passaic County Improvement Authority Reaffirms Support for Hinchliffe Stadium Redevelopment Project

PATERSON, NJ - Efforts to rehabilitate Paterson historic Hinchliffe Stadium got another boost on February 16 with the Passaic County Improvement Authority’s (PCIA) approval of the issuance of not to exceed $60,000,000 Taxable Revenue Notes for the project.

“Passaic County is known for its rich history, and the redevelopment of the Hinchliffe Stadium will not only reaffirm that, but ...

Rutgers President Stands By Virtual Graduation Decision, Doesn't Want a 'Super-Spreader Event'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway acknowledged that his decision to forgo in-person commencement ceremonies this spring was an unpopular one among the many who sent him letters over the past week.

And, he is doubling down on his decision to hold them virtually and not run the risk of turning Rutgers commencement into a super-spreader event.

“I want ...

Murphy Commits $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Statewide

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to support the goals of the State Plan for Higher Education through a competitive challenge grant and address student food insecurities ...

City Council Votes to Return Flat Rate Sewer Billing, But Budgetary Questions Loom

February 25, 2021

PATERSON, NJ — Paterson’s sewer fee structure will revert to a flat rate for residents following the City Council’s 7-2 vote to repeal Mayor André Sayegh’s water volume usage-based system at its meeting Tuesday evening. 

The councilmembers who supported dismantling the controversial system referenced miscalculated bills and the financial burden of heightened ...

Reversal On Sewer Fees Would Cost Paterson, State Confirms

PATERSON, NJ — With the Paterson City Council poised to eliminate the municipal sewer fee system at its meeting tonight, a letter from the state confirmed on Friday that undoing the existing structure will cost Paterson $2 million in aid and may endanger upcoming funding. 

Several councilmembers have reiterated their commitment to repealing the measure following a preliminary 8-1 ...

Paterson Veterans Honor Black Soldiers, Raise of African American Flag at Memorial to All Who Served

February 13, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - The service of African Americans from Paterson and Passaic County, was held at Veterans Park at Hayden Heights on Thursday. Regardless of where or in what capacity those soldiers served, it was said, all risked, and many gave, life and limbs to protect our nation’s freedom, life, and liberty.

“Why are we here?” Tony Vancheri, president of the Paterson’s ...

Newark's FAM Fund Expands Across the State to Aid Black, Latinx Business Owners

February 19, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A program initiative initially based in Newark to provide capital to the city’s Black and Latinx business owners and communities is now planned to expand to Paterson, as well as six other cities across the state. 

The Newark FAM Fund (Newark 40 Acres and a Mule Fund), which launched in 2020, is seeking to raise $100 million, officials announced on Thursday. The ...

NJEDA to Bring Back Nearly 70% Discounts on PPE Beginning February 16

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey businesses will once again have the opportunity to purchase personal protective equipment at discounts of nearly 70 percent from designated suppliers thanks to the return of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA) New Jersey Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. 

The expanded discounts will be available to New Jersey-based businesses ...

2020: A Year in Review

February 12, 2021

2020 was a year like no other, bringing forth unprecedented and unforeseen challenges—but also many reasons to be hopeful.

Just a few months into 2020, we were confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenges that have long confronted Paterson—including poverty, hunger, and homelessness—were quickly exacerbated by this crisis. Many lost their jobs and struggled to put ...

Murphy Commits $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Statewide

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to support the goals of the State Plan for Higher Education through a competitive challenge grant and address student food insecurities ...

'I do it because I’m in a Position that can Impact People’s Lives,' Paterson Library Director Corey Fleming Says

PATERSON, NJ - Corey Fleming, member of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. fraternity, is one of very few Black male library directors in the country. In his historically relevant position as director of Paterson's five branch Public Library system, he has ensured that Patersonians have access to a wide variety of materials and resources. 

The way we care for our libraries, their collections, and ...

New Jersey Woman Seeking 'Angel Willing to Give Gift of Life'

February 19, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s. However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system. In many cases, it negatively impacts the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia ...

Murphy Announces Community-Based Vaccination Partnership for Underserved Communities

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that a total of 1,244,224 vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey. Of those vaccinations, 933,160 were first doses and 310,529 second doses.

"At the rate that we are going at the moment, roughly 30,000 first doses a day, we should anticipate exceeding 1 million first doses over the next couple of days," said Murphy, who ...

Refuge in a Storm: With Clothing Giveaway St. Luke's, Christhouse Continue Providing a Community in Need

February 16, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - Established under the auspices of St. Luke CDC, and located on Fair Street in the City’s 4th Ward, Christhouse has provided a beacon of hope for area residents since 1997. The non-profit community organization serves as an arm of St. Luke’s Baptist Church to provide outreach to area residents by providing food, clothing, and more.  

On Monday morning, more ...

Pre-Dawn Car Crash Sends 4 to Hospital in Paterson

February 24, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - An early morning crash at the intersection of 17th Avenue and McLean Boulevard left three people with serious injuries Wednesday.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, at approximately 4:51 a.m. a 2019 Kia Forte being operated by a 20-year-old male from Paterson collided  head on with a 2016 Honda Accord, being ...

Paterson Police Arrest Three Men, Confiscate Two Guns Saturday

PATERSON, NJ - Three Paterson men were arrested Saturday after police were tipped off that they were in possession of handguns while parked in the White Castle parking lot, 220 Broadway, on Saturday.

According to Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale the incident began at about 7:39 a.m.

Upon responding to the area and observing the gray Acura with tinted windows officers ...

Passaic County Prosecutor Brings Charges Against Two in Separate Sex Crimes Against Children

February 23, 2021

PATERSON, NJ -  A Paterson man faces up to life in New Jersey State Prison following his arrest on charges that he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old child that was in his care in a Paterson home. The suspect, William Ortega, 42, is said to have then threatened the child not to tell anyone about the assault, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said in her ...

'We Just Want Her Home,' Family Says of Missing Nyrah Barner Curry

PATERSON, NJ - Khalilah Smith just wants her daughter home.

Last seen on February 11 when she reportedly attended a hotel party in Brooklyn, Nyrah Barney Curry, 20, hasn’t been heard from since February 14, her brother said doing a virtual press conference hosted by Black Lives Matter Paterson Monday.

Even then, he added, he’s not sure the text messages he received back were in ...

All Team Effort Lifts JFK Girls Over Bergen Tech, 51-37

February 24, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - Three Knights scored in the double digits Tuesday as the JFK Girls Knights defeated Bergen Tech 51-37.

JFK improved to 4-3 behind Nandi Cameron’s 13, Sha’Kira Wood’s 12, and Kimaada Melvin’s 10. Kiana Hardison wasn’t far behind with nine points, six rebounds, and eight assists, while Jasmine Adams and Aniya Smith also contributed to the whole team ...

Paterson Charter Uses Overtime to Hand JFK Knights First Loss of Season

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Charter handed the JFK Knights their first loss of the season in a 54-51 overtime win on Tuesday. 

Down by four at halftime, the Knights seemed to regroup going on a massive 19-6 run in the third quarter, only to see Charter match that by besting their opponents 17-9 in the fourth quarter, and setting up the eventual three-point victory during added ...

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St. Joseph’s Health Appoints Dr. Nilesh Patel as Chairman of Emergency Medicine

St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce that Nilesh Patel, DO, has been appointed as Chairman of Emergency Medicine. In his role, Patel will oversee the Emergency Departments at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, and St. Joseph Wayne Medical Center in Wayne, New Jersey.

“Dr. Patel brings more than a decade of experience delivering emergency care to our ...

Plan for the Future By Adding Value to Your Home Now

If you own a home, chances are you want to make some upgrades or renovations at some point. After all, you want a space that works for your specific needs. From new countertops to a fresh coat of paint in the bedroom, there are a variety of home improvement ideas to consider.

While these upgrades make the space more functional, they can also increase the value of your home. When considering ...

PCCC President Steven M. Rose Appointed to MSCHE

Passaic County Community College (PCCC) president Dr. Steven M. Rose has been named a committee officer of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a Philadelphia-based, voluntary, non-governmental membership association that promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources.

Dr. Rose was named in January as the ...

Nothing Bundt Cake Teams with 4Cs to Provide Quality Childcare

4Cs of Passaic County will benefit from cake lovers and customers of Wayne’s Nothing Bundt Cake on Wednesday, February 24.

The small business, celebrating their one-year anniversary, has announced that on that day 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the Paterson based organization that assists families in obtaining high quality child care that is available, accessible, and ...

Vaccinating As a Family, Keeping Us All Healthy

February 11, 2021

Minority communities historically have had mixed feelings about vaccinations, due to events in history such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

In this "study", which took place in the 1930s, 600 African American men were studied on the effect of untreated Syphilis. They were divided into two groups-- 399 without the disease and 201 with the disease. During this time, they were ...

Felician University Holds Pinning Ceremony for New Nurses

Felician University marked its 55th year of nursing education Thursday, January 21 with a virtual winter pinning and recognition ceremony for 80 new nurses.

Dean of the School of Nursing, Christine Mihal, Ed.D., R.N. acknowledged that the graduates will be beginning their nursing careers during what she hopes will be the worst healthcare crisis they will ever experience, and reminded them that ...

As Classrooms Remain Closed, We Must Listen to Parent's Concerns

February 19, 2021

Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter to address the comments that have been made recently concerning my interview with NBC and about my position on school operations during the present COVID-19 pandemic. 

To begin with, I am a proud father of two magnificat Paterson public schools’ students. 

Additionally, I am not only an elected official, I am also a longstanding ...

Rutgers President Stands By Virtual Graduation Decision, Doesn't Want a 'Super-Spreader Event'

February 25, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway acknowledged that his decision to forgo in-person commencement ceremonies this spring was an unpopular one among the many who sent him letters over the past week.

And, he is doubling down on his decision to hold them virtually and not run the risk of turning Rutgers commencement into a super-spreader event.

“I want ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and means relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

Approval by Passaic County Improvement Authority Reaffirms Support for Hinchliffe Stadium Redevelopment Project

February 25, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - Efforts to rehabilitate Paterson historic Hinchliffe Stadium got another boost on February 16 with the Passaic County Improvement Authority’s (PCIA) approval of the issuance of not to exceed $60,000,000 Taxable Revenue Notes for the project.

“Passaic County is known for its rich history, and the redevelopment of the Hinchliffe Stadium will not only reaffirm that, but ...

Passaic County Board of County Commissioners Introduce 2021 Budget

PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County Board of County Commissioners introduced a "structurally balanced and responsible 2021 budget of $436 million," on Tuesday. The budget, a statement read, reflects the priorities of current tax relief for its residents while providing future generations with financial stability by utilizing conservative budget practices.

This is the third ...

Approval by Passaic County Improvement Authority Reaffirms Support for Hinchliffe Stadium Redevelopment Project

February 25, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - Efforts to rehabilitate Paterson historic Hinchliffe Stadium got another boost on February 16 with the Passaic County Improvement Authority’s (PCIA) approval of the issuance of not to exceed $60,000,000 Taxable Revenue Notes for the project.

“Passaic County is known for its rich history, and the redevelopment of the Hinchliffe Stadium will not only reaffirm that, but ...

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‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

What Is Content Marketing, And How Can It Benefit Your Business?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Having an online presence is a crucial aspect of boosting your business, but a website alone is often not enough to drive engagement and convert leads to customers. In order to effectively market your business, a business needs to invest in content marketing. 

Content marketing is creating and distributing meaningful content, including text, photos and video, that ...

Jeanne Wall Expands Her TAPinto Network With TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - From Fortune 500 communications professional to owning her own local news business, TAPinto franchise owner Jeanne Wall has seen it all. 

Now, after experiencing success in her first two TAPinto franchise locations in Holmdel/Colts Neck and Middletown, Wall is moving forward again, launching TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport, her third TAPinto Franchise in Monmouth County, ...