TOP LOCAL News

June 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds. “Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at ...

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PATERSON, NJ – A proposal to establish fixed salary ranges for department heads in Paterson was met by opposition Thursday evening during the council’s workshop meeting. After a nearly two-hour discussion on the proposed ordinance, the council held off on introducing it amid concerns of the ...

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PATERSON, NJ - While Paterson officials are not taking “victory laps” when it comes to the battle against COVID-19, the data, including hospitalizations and infection rates, are dropping enough to allow for residents to take laps in two more city parks. On Friday, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Seeking to give small business that have been especially hard hit by the economic fallout from COVID-19 a boost, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) has announced that applications for the expanded Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will become live at ...

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PATERSON, NJ - While the COVID-19 pandemic is something we’d all like to forget, Paterson’s two repositories of local history, the Paterson Free Public Library and the Paterson Museum, have partnered to make sure that it, and how local residents were impacted and responded, is ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15. Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months ...

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HAMILTON, NJ -- A Mercer County police department is investigating the disappearance of Hamilton Township teenager Sara Villagran who was last seen on May 30 at her uncle's home. It is believed that she may have headed to the City of Passaic. Villagran is described as a 16-year-old, Hispanic ...

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NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer protests and demonstrations have continued across New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey State Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson recently announced the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Child ...

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TRENTON, NJ - A bill that would give current high school sophomores and juniors an optional “bridge year” passed the New Jersey State Senate by a 39-0 vote in May. The legislation will require the approval of the New Jersey General Assembly before going to Governor Murphy for consideration. The ...

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PATERSON, NJ - For the members of IBEW Local 827, the union that represents Verizon workers across New Jersey, offering gratitude to healthcare workers in eight northern New Jersey hospitals means thanking the men and women on the frontline that took care of 12 of their members that tested positive ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining. Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he ...

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PATERSON, NJ - They came by the hundreds Tuesday. They came in honor of George Floyd, Jameek Lowery, and other African Americans that died following an interaction with police. But, most importantly, when those demanding change not just in Paterson, but across the US, gathered outside of city's ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, reports worldwide have displayed animals freely ranging in areas unfamiliar to them, including urban centers. A video of wild goats taking over deserted streets of a Welsh town due to residents taking shelter has been widely circulated on ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A Paterson resident is dead after a house fire at 276 17th Avenue Tuesday. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, and Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott, the incident that began when police and fire officials responded to ...

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PATERSON, NJ - As New Jersey gradually reopens from its shutdown, local emergency services won’t be taking their guards down anytime soon – especially with growing predictions of a COVID-19 resurgence this fall or winter. Since the first cases were reported in early March, Hughes said the ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson residents are invited to make a run for the border Tuesday, or at least to Public School #21, where Bro-Ritos Food Truck will be giving away free tacos, while supplies last, courtesy of Corridor IV Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Upsilon Chapter, Dr. Christopher ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures. Youth summer programs will also ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy used much of his daily COVID-19 update to address the protests held across the state over the weekend. Murphy said that 30 protests were held around New Jersey in reaction to the May 25 death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died after Minneapolis, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - For weeks, first responders have been racing across Paterson to try and save lives in one of the hardest hit cities in the state by the COVID-19 outbreak. During the height of the pandemic in early April, Paterson Fire Department’s EMTs saw about 180 confirmed cases daily. “I ...

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PATERSON, NJ  – Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer welcomed officials from the Pritchard Industries, Inc. to the Central Office Building last week and thanked them for the company’s donation of 500 KN95 masks for district employees. Pritchard Industries, Inc. provides custodial services ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A 34-year-old Paterson man is dead after being shot Sunday, according to law enforcement officials. The shooting continues a streak of violence which has seen at least 15 gunshot victims in a week.  Earlier on Sunday officials announced that an 18-year-old Paterson man arrived at ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson Police Department’s COVID Compliance Units have “ratcheted up their efforts and have made a major arrest,” Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Sunday. “Their vigilance prevented another shooting from taking place last night and I commend them for their swift ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A Paterson teen congregating as part of a large group in violation of coronavirus order was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. The Glock .40 semi-automatic weapon was reported stolen out of North Carolina. According to Paterson Public Safety ...

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Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead. “We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim.

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PATERSON, NJ - Four males were apprehended by members of the Paterson Police Department’s COVID-19 Enforcement Unit after they were allegedly observed transacting illegal narcotics. One of the suspects, a juvenile, was armed at the time of the arrest.  According to Public Safety Director ...

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PATERSON, NJ - An activation of the city’s gunshot detection system sent members of the Paterson Police Department to the area of North 11th and Clinton Street on Thursday, and led to the recovery of one handgun, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced. According to Speziale, ...

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Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick. Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper hand in the battle against these pesky ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Day care centers for the children of essential workers have been opened throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday, they reopen to other parents on June 15.  Within the next few weeks, non-contact sports activities and youth day camps also may open up.

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PATERSON, NJ - Already at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center investigating an earlier shooting, members of the Paterson Police Department heard several gunshots come from the area of Main Street and quickly responded and found a 38-year-old male Paterson resident with a non-fatal gunshot ...

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