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Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

June 1, 2020

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 be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Gov. Murphy Opens Retail Non-essential Business with Curbside Provisions

TRENTON,  NJ -- Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order Wednesday permitting non-essential retail businesses to reopen starting Monday with curbside shopping practices and safety measures in place.  

According to the order, "permitting curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses is reasonable in that it avoids unnecessary contact between customers ...

From Makeup To Hand Sanitizer: Paterson Factories Shift Gears To Fight COVID-19

PATERSON, NJ – A growing number of companies in Paterson are repurposing their production lines to join the fight against COVID-19. With cases still growing daily across the country, critical equipment – from protective gear for healthcare workers to sneeze guards for supermarket check-out aisles – is in high demand.

Several local manufacturers have shifted gears and are now ...

58 Million Americans Are Spending More Money During Pandemic: Coronavirus Shopping Survey:

WASHINGTON, DC - The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way the world shops, perhaps forever in some respects. Consumers are spending more money even while social distancing, according to personal finance website WalletHub’s new Coronavirus Shopping Survey.

During social distancing, about 58 million Americans are spending more than normal, which is a cause for ...

Gov. Murphy Appoints Commission to Advise on Restart of NJ Economy

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced the appointment of a 21-member commission to advise  the administration on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown.

The Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission, he said, includes a vast wealth of experience in health care, business, finance, academics, and economics and will be ...

Bar Owner Sean Flannery Beat Coronavirus, Now He Must Overcome Ailing Economy

FANWOOD, NJ -- COVID-19 isn't necessarily a death sentence, but it could have been. Just ask bar owner Sean Flannery of Sheelen's Crossing Pub & Bistro on South Ave. in Fanwood. 

Coronavirus has taken a horrible toll at facilities for retired veterans homes and at nursing homes across the state, and many of the sickest patients are age 65 and over. Flannery, who recently ...

Virtual Summit for Paterson Small Business Recovery Set for Wednesday

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson’s small business community is invited to attend a virtual small business summit to learn more about the assistance and programs available to them in efforts to recover from the COVID-19 induced economic downturn. The event will be held on Wednesday and begin at 2:30 p.m.

Mayor Andre Sayegh will be joined by U.S. Senator Bob Menenzez, Representative Bill Pascrell, ...

Murphy Announces Coronavirus Mortgage Relief

TRENTON, NJ  – Financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and other financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19, according to an announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy Saturday.

“Millions of hardworking New Jerseyans are suffering financial losses through no fault of their own as a result of the economic downturn brought ...

Coronavirus Gone by Easter? Not a Chance Mayor Andre Sayegh Says

PATERSON, NJ - According to some prognosticators the current public health crisis brought on by the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus, will have subsided in two weeks, or by Easter.

Don’t believe them, Mayor Andre Sayegh warned Friday. However, he added, “if we do our part with social distancing and testing,” and continue to enact strict measures such as closing local parks, we ...

Paterson Industry Stepping Up in Fight Against Coronavirus

PATERSON, NJ – With the number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continuing to climb and overwhelm hospitals, medical supplies are running short in many emergency rooms.

Over the past two weeks, common medical supplies like ventilators, medical masks, hospital gowns and hand sanitizer have become scarce and supply manufacturers cannot keep up with the demand.

A growing number of ...

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Power Up Your Content Marketing on TAPinto

May 15, 2020

TAPinto is rolling out a new content marketing feature as a part of our participation in The Branded Content Project -- a partnership between the Facebook Journalism Project, the Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium. The new feature will enable businesses, nonprofits and others who purchase guaranteed publication of a press release, real estate listing, event listing, milestone, ...

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Isabella Has Been Counted, Have You?

Even at 10-years-old Paterson's Isabella Vilchez knows how important it is for her family to be counted in Census 2020.

"When you respond to the census you help your community get its fair share in federal funds," Isabella said, adding that this is important for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.

Click here to get counted today.

The Felician Way

Felician University Holds First Virtual Alumni Networking Event

Improvement and growth are often born of adversity. When trouble strikes good people step up to fill a void, answer a question, or satisfy a need. 

That was the idea behind Felician University’s first virtual Alumni Networking event held Thursday May 7th. Approximately 40 attendees tuned in to the online presentation Business Opportunities in Troubled Times that featured a keynote ...

Felician University Celebrates 57th Class of Graduating Nurses

RUTHERFORD, NJ - While they’ll have to wait until September for their official “pinning” ceremony, a new crop of graduates representing the 57th graduating class of Felician University’s School of Nursing filled seven different screens May 12 as they took part in an online ceremony launching their nursing careers.

Since its inception more than half a century ago ...

Valley Road Clifton Water Main Replacement

CLIFTON, NJ -  As part of the Routes 3 and 46 project, an NJDOT contractor will be performing a 12-inch main replacement on Valley Road between Robin Hood Road and St. Philips Drive.

This work is scheduled to start today, May 28, 2020 and will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. There will be no road closures during this period.

Customers should note that there may ...

It Is Time to End Racially Influenced Policing Once and for All!

June 2, 2020

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 American, Latino and other minority communities.

We’ve been successful in our mission to ...

Civility in Politics

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 the evening we’re friends.” Actually, Reagan would later speak at a ...

Superintendent Eileen Shafer Making Things Happen During Difficult Time, BOE Commissioner Says

May 27, 2020

Dear Readers:

Disclaimer: this letter expresses my personal thoughts and opinions. I am not speaking for the Board but as a resident who happens to be a member of the Paterson board of Education. 

We have been living in some of the most uncertain of times. Difficulties have almost been insurmountable at times. I want to say that given all we have been through, our superintendent ...

Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing For Passaic County Residents

May 30, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – All Passaic County residents can now sign up to receive a free COVID-19 saliva test kit that can be self-administered at home.  This is the first at-home testing model being conducted by any local or county government in the State of New Jersey.

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders is partnering with Vault Medical Services of New Jersey and the Rutgers Clinical ...

More on Day Care, Camps and Pools Reopening from Murphy

May 31, 2020

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. What does all this mean? What about pools?

Commissioner of the Department of Children ...

NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, joining Governor Phil Murphy at his daily press briefing Friday, introduced the launch of a temporary rental assistance program. The $100 million program, Murphy said, will be funded mainly through the federal CARES Act.

“We know that many of our residents are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, due to ...