Guest Column

June 4, 2020

In the summer of 2016, the killing of black youths in Minnesota and Louisiana and subsequent killing of five policemen in Dallas brought to the fore the "Black Lives Matter" theme. At that time, I wrote a piece called “Black Lives Matter.” Then and now, it is an antagonizing and contentious ...

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The Bronze Shields of Passaic County is a Minority Law Enforcement Association whose purpose is to promote unity among African American Law Enforcement Professionals within Passaic County (NJ) and to provide community- based solutions to policing issues which have a direct impact on the African ...

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I'm often reminded of the era in history when Congressman Tip O'Neill was Speaker of the House and Ronald Reagan was president. O'Neill was once perturbed by something Reagan had said about him and the Speaker called to protest. Reagan shrugged it off and said, “Oh, that was politics, after six in ...

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Leadership.  As we approach the birthday of one of the most iconic, consequential and relevant presidents in our nation's history, I am reminded of John F. Kennedy’s words that, “courage, not complacency is our need today. And the only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead and lead ...

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The United States has just hit 100,000 deaths due to the coronavirus in just three months. Depending on where you get your news, more than half of Americans feel the President and the federal government have let them down. However, all politics is local and here in New Jersey, local leadership ...

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While COVID-19 makes its horrific mark on New Jersey, we at Family Connections are continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages through our dynamic programming. In talking to these clients, we’re hearing increased symptoms among those who already had mental health issues and reports from ...

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Paterson Residents: First, we want to say that we hope you and your family are safe as we experience this unprecedented time with Covid-19. Covid-19 has had an impact on Paterson, the Nation and the educational experience of our children. We are doing everything in our power to improve the ...

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Paterson Public Schools teachers gives so much of themselves to our students every day. When our kids are struggling in class, our teachers and teacher’s assistants are there to lend our students a helping hand. When our kids are having a terrible day, our teachers are ready with welcoming ...

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Imagine that you’re crocheting a blanket and each stroke of the yarn that intertwines with the other is what creates the finished product. Every time the yarn overlaps, it interacts – it creates what was once an idea, into something tangible. This is life- yours, mine, everyone’s. Whether you’re ...

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O what a sight it would be if Paterson could have a few Covid19 Paterson testing sites!  Corona has come with a height of fury causing sickness, death, fear and anger without respecter of persons no matter your age, ethnicity, culture, economic status or educational background not just locally ...

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Keeping your garden looking its best throughout the growing season and into fall is possible with the help of low maintenance spring planted bulbs.  Plant them in spring among other annuals or perennials and watch as these bulbs brighten the garden, adding new life to your late season ...

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Disasters make us want to talk. We talk to share information and compare notes, for the feeling of belonging, and to make sense of things. But what happens, as with the COVID-19 crisis, when everyone is dealing with the same bad event simultaneously, when we seek out listeners to hear our concerns, ...

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With so many students learning from home, the critical question we face as educators today is: what does effective and productive distance learning look like exactly? Through distance learning, schools can continue making great strides forward with students for the future. In fact, with the right ...

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The coronavirus pandemic exposes a surprising fact: Ninety-percent of all antibiotics, common cold and flu, and pain-relief medications found in America’s medicine cabinets are made in China, not the United States. America’s largest pharmaceutical companies now outsource to China the manufacture ...

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