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Masks Now Optional in Paterson Schools

May 12, 2022

PATERSON, NJ - The Board of Education voted to discontinue the mask mandate in schools and district buildings at their workshop meeting on Wednesday. The Board voted in favor of wearing masks optionally starting Thursday, May 12.

“The Board of Education has come to their decision after long and careful consideration,” Superintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer ...

Dr. Rupert A. Hayles, Jr. Inaugurated as Pillar College's Newest President

NEWARK, NJ - The Pillar College community celebrated Dr. Rupert A. Hayles, Jr. inauguration as the institution’s new President, replacing the previous President and now current Chancellor of Pillar College, Dr. David E. Schroeder on Apr. 28.

Chancellor Schroeder in his speech quipped “I am supposed to pass a baton to you, and I don’t run very well, and I don’t know ...

Super Heroic Mathematicians Win Imagine Learning Contest

PATERSON, NJ - Ms. Carmen Coldiron’s second grade class at Dr. Hani Awadallah School is one of 20 winners of the Imagine Learning Hero Contest, a math challenge that took place throughout the month of April and included classes in Pre-K to second grade, Paterson Public Schools officials have announced.

Every day, the students would log on to partake in lessons where two ...

American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark Donates Paterson Silk Strike Children's Book to Paterson

PATERSON, NJ – In celebration of Labor History Month, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark will donate 300 copies of The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike: The Children’s Story to Paterson Public Schools and the Paterson Library, officials announced on Friday.

The book for young readers, fourth grade reading level, is a history of immigrant workers who came together to ...

School 21 Raises More Than $1K To Aid Those Affected In Ukraine

PATERSON, NJ – Superintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer visited Public School No. 21 on Monday to congratulate students on collecting $1,100 for UNICEF’s efforts to aid children affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

The school started the collection two weeks ago, with students asked to bring one dollar from home and teachers and staff asked to bring $10. Throughout the two weeks, ...

JFK-BTMF Teacher Martine Grant Awarded NEH Fellowship

PATERSON, NJ - Martine Grant, a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School’s Schools of Business, Technology, Marketing, and Finance (BTMF), has been selected to study the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the site of one of the 10 concentration camps.  

Through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Grant will spend six ...

Paterson Public Schools Partners with FBI to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking Dangers

PATERSON, NJ - Sobering realities, debunked misconceptions, and information on how to identify victims were all a part of online workshops for staff on human trafficking in Paterson held by Paterson Public Schools on Thursday in partnership with the FBI’s Victim Services Division.  

“What we have been learning is that anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, but ...

Paterson Healing Collective, Paterson Board Of Education Partner to Pilot After School Program

PATERSON, NJ – The Paterson Healing Collective visited the Paterson Board of Education earlier this week to pitch an afterschool program for Paterson students. The program would be specifically geared towards the residents of the First and Fourth Wards where Public School No. 28, and Public School No. 6, or Frank Lautenberg School, will host the pilot program.

“This program deals ...

International High School Senior Accepted Into Harvard University

PATERSON, NJ -  Paterson Public Schools officials announced on Wednesday that International High School Senior Isabela Gonzalez has been accepted to Harvard University. Gonzalez is the latest in a series of district students to be accepted to elite schools and she is the district’s tenth student to be accepted at an Ivy League university in 10 years.  

“As ...

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New Poll: Majority of New Jersey Voters and Parents Support Public Charter Schools by a 2:1 Margin

May 11, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ – A new statewide poll from Change Research released today by the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) found that a majority of voters in New Jersey support public charter schools by a nearly 2:1 margin (50% of respondents indicated support and 27% indicated opposition), while parents surveyed have an even higher level of support (56% support and only 24% ...

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Felician University Announces 2022 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

RUTHERFORD, NJ - President James W. Crawford, III and the Felician University Board of Trustees have announced that Jeh Johnson will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree and serve as keynote speaker at this year’s Commencement. He will address the graduates during the ceremony which will begin at 10am on May 21st at American Dream. Mr. Johnson is the former Secretary of ...

Jack McGreevey, a No-Nonsense Supporter of Veterans, Dead at 93

May 12, 2022

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battle-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12.

He was 93.

Mr. McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the 19th legislative district, serving in the legislative office since 1998. He proudly wore his ...

TurboTax/Intuit to Pay "Misled" NJ Customers $2.15M in Restitution

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced on Wednesday a $141 million settlement with the financial software company Intuit Inc. that resolves a multi-state investigation into claims Intuit misled consumers into paying for online tax preparation services instead of using the company’s free service offerings.

As part of the settlement, more than 70,000 New ...

Mayor Andre Sayegh’s Leadership Integrity Matters for Continuing Progress of Paterson

May 6, 2022

Dear Editor

When choosing a mayor, citizens are essentially hiring a person they believe is best fit for the duties and responsibilities of the office. We have seen the ineffectiveness of this hiring process at times when voters don’t have enough information or are uninterested or simply ready for a new officeholder. Considering the mayor’s office is like the CEO position of a ...

Scenes from the 2022 Passaic County Art in the Park Festival Held in Goffle Brook Park, Hawthorne

May 7, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Passaic County's Art in the Park returned to Goffle Brook Park last weekend and the area from the Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House, past the playground, down along the walkway, was lined with booths where vendors, artists, and crafters had set up to show their talents and sell their wares.

Art in the Park was held from 11 to 7 on Saturday, April 30, ...

New Poll: Majority of New Jersey Voters and Parents Support Public Charter Schools by a 2:1 Margin

May 11, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ – A new statewide poll from Change Research released today by the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) found that a majority of voters in New Jersey support public charter schools by a nearly 2:1 margin (50% of respondents indicated support and 27% indicated opposition), while parents surveyed have an even higher level of support (56% support and only 24% ...

Mayor Andre Sayegh Receives Endorsement From Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter

PATERSON, NJ - Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter has announced her endorsement of Mayor Andre Sayegh for re-election. Representing the 35th Legislative District comprising Passaic and Bergen Counties, Sumter has served in the New Jersey State Assembly as Deputy Speaker and Majority Conference Leader as well as Chair of the N.J. Legislative Black Caucus. 

"Assemblywoman Sumter has ...