PATERSON, NJ - With more than one million page views in 2019 TAPinto Paterson had another record breaking year.

In our version of a year-in review, we are excited to bring you a recap of 12 of our favorite stories, one from each month, over the past 12 months:

Everyone makes mistakes, sometimes we make two or three. But everyone, former Governor Jim McGreevey often declares, deserves a second, or third, chance. On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day TAPinto Paterson was proud to cover special event hosted by the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC).

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We love writing about Paterson’s amazing student athletes, and in February were proud to announce that JFK High School standout Jaysen Triunfer signed a letter of intent and scholarship agreement to continue his football, and academic, careers, at  Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Plans to redevelop the site of the former Paterson Armory took an important step forward in 2019 with the approval of the project proposed by prominent local developer Charles Florio. Not content to simply bring construction to the long derelict site, Florio promised that it will be Paterson residents doing the building.

In what was perhaps our most inspiring conversation of 2019, TAPinto Paterson sat down with Tishelle Jackson in April and got a first hand account of the violence she faced at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. Lucky to be alive, Jackson decided it was time to speak out and help other women find the strength to escape abusive relationships.

When a spectator had a health issue during a May softball game  John Molina, a Paterson firefighter, proved that he and his colleagues are just heroes while on duty. 

In June Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh, joined by Paterson City Council members Al Abdelaziz and Flavio Rivera, as well as Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, announced that the days of “anything goes” were over in the city. That weekend the Paterson Police Department launched a dedicated quality of life patrol to each of the city’s six wards. 

Paterson’s future is predicated on providing all of its children with great education, and that means modern classrooms and 21st century learning opportunities. Paterson Public Schools took a step closer to that ideal in July when work began on the new Union Avenue Middle School.

There is so much talent in Paterson, and in August we were proud to bring our readers the news of 22-year -old Damani Van Rensalier’s work on Broadway. 

A city proud of its diversity, Paterson never fails to turn out big when it comes to celebrating the many cultures that make it great. The 30th annual Domincan parade, held on a sunny day in September, was no exception!

In a powerful assembly of powerful women, TAPinto Paterson was honored to be at the Great Falls Amphitheater on October 5 as more than 200 women spread their wings at a “BeYOUtiful!” event. 

Though the championship game ended in a disappointing 2-0 loss, the Silk City Sharks gave Paterson a lot to be proud of during an undefeated regular season and on November 23 defeated the Philly Marauders 20-0 to go to their league’s version of the Super Bowl.

On December 16 entrepreneur Adenah Bayoh, opened the doors of the IHOP she owns in Center City Mall serving free meals to nearly 700 residents, her reason for the generosity, “It’s the right thing to do.”

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