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Sayegh Orders Two More Parks Reopened

June 5, 2020

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 that Roberto Clemente Jr. Park and Pennington Park will both be open again for passive ...

A Sign That We Appreciate Our Local Heroes

PATERSON, NJ - A campaign is underway to let Paterson first responders and other essential workers know that their efforts to defend the community against COVID-19 are appreciated.

On Tuesday, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced that lawn signs designed to express gratitude to the men and women, including members of the Paterson Fire Department and Paterson Police Department, are available and will ...

Weather Closes Paterson Testing Sites

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson’s four COVID-19 testing sites are closed Saturday due to the expected inclement weather, Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott told TAPinto Paterson.

The sites, which opened earlier this month and have already tested more than 1,700 residents, and are located at Eastside High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Public School 18, and Public School 28, are ...

Reopening of Eastside Park, Great Falls National Park Not 'A License to Run Wild'

PATERSON, NJ- Citing falling hospitalization rates, a deceased rate of infection from the COVID-19 virus, and increased testing, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Thursday that Eastside Park and the Paterson Great Falls National Park will reopen at 6:00 a.m. Friday.

Eastside Park will be open to pedestrians only and those visiting can only engage in “passive” recreation. Basketball ...

Mayor Andre Sayegh Set to Reopen Two Paterson Parks

PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh is set to announce that Eastside Park and the Paterson Great Falls National Park will reopen on Friday. All of the city’s parks have been closed since March 25 in efforts to encourage social distancing and slowing the spread of COVID-19.

According to an advisory from his office the official announcement will come on Thursday and include guidelines ...

Citywide Coronavirus Testing Coming to Paterson Friday

PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh is set to announce that free citywide testing for COVID-19 will begin on Friday. According to a flyer shared on Facebook the free testing will be conducted at Eastside High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Public School 18, and Public School 28.

Testing will be for Paterson residents only and the sites will be open Monday and Wednesday from 2:00 pm until ...

Senior Citizen Grocery Delivery Service Expanded Citywide

PATERSON, NJ – A pilot program to connect local volunteers with their senior citizen neighbors that may be having difficulty keeping stocked with food during the coronavirus public health crisis has been expanded citywide, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Thursday.

“In the City of Paterson, we want to make sure our senior citizens are taken care of,” Sayegh said oringally ...

Emergency Child Care Assistance for Essential Workers Extended Through May

PATERSON, NJ  – As New Jersey heads into its third month in the battle against COVID-19, state policymakers are continuing to provide support to those classified as essential workers, by making sure that the parents among them can have a little less worry about reporting to work, at least as it relates to childcare.

Earlier this week Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson and ...

Coronavirus Claims Life of Paterson 'Legend' Ed Cotton

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson has lost a legend, Mayor Andre Sayegh said, announcing the death of Ed Cotton. Cotton, who died in the early hours of Friday was 72.

Cotton had a distinguished career as a professional boxing referee, stepping inside the ring for some of the most prolific fights, including when Mike Tyson faced Lennox Lewis.

A fixture at local events, Cotton, who served as a member ...

Some Residents Not Cooperating with Coronavirus Strike Team, City Officials Say

PATERSON, NJ - In what was termed “a disturbing trend,” a statement from Mayor Andre Saeygh’s office said that some residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 are not sharing their close contact information with the Communicable Disease Strike Team. 

Data made available by the City of Paterson reflects that as of Wednesday 1,348 positive cases have been reported ...


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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 2020 Rebellion

“Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the Twentieth Century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.”

W.E.B. Du Bois wrote those lines in the Souls of Black Folk in 1907 and more than one ...

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 ...

Black Lives Still Matter

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 phrase that fuels the racial fire that has been scorching our land since the ...

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

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 ...

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 ...