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Grants Available for Child Care Centers, Youth Camps for Health and Safety of Kids

June 4, 2020

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 care centers were ordered to close on April 1.

On Friday Murphy declared they can reopen ...

Murphy Gives 'Shout Out' to Paterson Public Schools

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy used part of his daily press briefing Friday to “give a huge shout out” to administrators, educators, staff, and volunteers for the Paterson Public Schools for their efforts to “help provide for the greater needs of their students and families,” since the COVID-19 pandemic began March. 

In addition to conducting classes ...

Paterson Education Association Announces Scholarship Winners

PATERSON, NJ - The union that represents the more than 3,000 education professionals within Paterson’s public schools has announced the awarding of scholarships to two students through the The Paterson Education Association (P.E.A.) Philanthropic Fund.

Given annually to students that exhibit academic excellence, and have a desire to the field of education, the scholarships are funded by ...

PCCC's Marie Febrillet Wins Prestigious Academic Scholarship. Plans to Transfer to Ivy League University

PATERSON, NJ - Soon to be Passaic County Community College (PCCC) graduate Marie Febrillet has been named a recipient of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, PCCC President Dr. Steven Rose announced.

Graduating with a 3.8 GPA and an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts/Communication, Febrillet is the first PCCC student to win the highly competitive ...

College Achieve Paterson Set to Launch 9th Grade Academy in September

PATERSON, NJ – College Achieve Paterson is expanding and becoming a K-9 school for the 2020-21 school year. This September, the public charter school will launch its ninth-grade academy bringing their overall enrollment to about 1000 students. 

Dr. Gemar Mills, the school’s Co-Founder and Chief School Administrator, said he’s excited to be able to take another step ...

Paterson Public Schools to Hold Virtual and In-Person Graduations, Shafer Says

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Public Schools’ graduation seniors will have the opportunity to participate in two graduation ceremonies under a plan that will be put forward to the Board of Education Eileen Shafer said Thursday.

The announcement came during a press conference called by Mayor Andre Sayegh to announce the formation of the COVID-19 Task Force which is bringing together government, ...

NJ Education Officials: Schools Should Consider Screening Graduation Guests for Fevers

TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with noncontact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released by the state Department of Education (DOH).

The guidance, released on May 27, outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: virtual, drive-thru/drive-in and ...

Paterson's Abbey-Gale Brooks, a Student in the District's International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, Headed to University of Pittsburgh

PATERSON, NJ – International High School senior Abbey-Gale Brooks, a student in the School’s prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Program has been accepted at the University of Pittsburgh, Paterson Public Schools officials have announced.

Brooks, who was named to the first all-Passaic County Girls Winter Track Team for the 200-meter dash last year, will begin studying ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

School Officials Seek Public Input for Naming of Union Ave Middle School, Eastside High School Peace Center

PATERSON, NJ – Paterson Public Schools officials are seeking input into the naming of the new middle school currently under construction on Union Avenue and the Peace Center that opened last fall at Eastside High School.

“Public school facilities belong to the public, and it is only right that the members of the public have a voice in the process of naming these two very special ...

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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 ...

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Paterson Counts

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 ...

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 ...