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Health Organizations Launch COVID-19 Testing Sites For Paterson Community

May 29, 2020

PATERSON, NJ – Community testing for COVID-19 will be expanded in Paterson and Passaic County in the coming weeks under a partnership with St. Joseph’s Health and multiple other organizations and agencies, hospital officials announced Friday.

“Access to testing remains critical to continue battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO of St.

With New Cases Plummeting, Sayegh Shares Hope for Knocking Out Coronavirus

PATERSON, NJ - While declaring that when it comes to defeating COVID-19 “we are only in the middle rounds,” Mayor Andre Sayegh is pointing to the six new cases of coronavirus, the lowest daily total since March 6, confirmed on Saturday, as evidence that “the rigorous restrictions we’ve put in place are working.”

In total more than 6,000 residents, including Sayegh ...

New Jerseyans Well Informed About COVID-19, Majority Taking Appropriate Actions: Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- New Jerseyans are well-informed about COVID-19, including how it is transmitted, its major symptoms, what to do if infected, which populations are most at risk, and how to take preventative action, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.


Most New Jerseyans are well aware of how the virus is transmitted: 97% correctly answer that being in close ...

Launch of Citywide Coronavirus Testing Step Towards Reopening Economy in a 'Responsible' Way, Sayegh Says

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson is set to enter the next phase of its fight against coronavirus, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Wednesday. With four dedicated sites to be open seven days a week, and the capacity to perform 500-1000 tests per day at each, COVID-19 testing will be available, starting Friday, in the most significant way locally since the pandemic began its spread in March.

“Testing ...

Fresh Produce Available to Paterson Public Schools Students Starting Today

PATERSON, NJ – Paterson Public Schools students will have access to fresh produce when they pick up their shelf stable meals beginning today. The District has distributed more than 350,000 meals since schools closed in March due to COVID-19.

In making the announcement Superintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer said that the District has been a state leader in student meal distribution ...

Paterson School 15 Students get 'Giant' Shout Out from Superbowl Champion Golden Tate

PATERSON, NJ  – Students from Public School No. 15 got a giant video shout out Friday from New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate. The Super Bowl Champion congratulated the students for their “excellent participation” in the NFL’s PLAY 60 program.

NFL PLAY 60 encourages young people to get physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. Students from 10 ...

Additional Paterson Testing Site to Open Wednesday

PATERSON, NJ - On the same day testing for COVID-19 started for senior citizens in six sites across Paterson, and one day after more than 200 residents get tested at the city’s first drive thru site at Barnert Medical Arts Complex, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced a new testing site in South Paterson.

Starting Wednesday, Aqel Medical Center, located at 37-43 Crooks Avenue, will offer ...

Challenges of Providing Primary Care in Communities of Color During Pandemic May Compound Existing Disparities

NEWARK, NJ — By now, most people understand the protocol when it comes to meeting with someone outside their homes: You do it remotely, or you don’t do it at all. 

But what if that someone is your doctor? In most instances, that, too, has adapted to the ways of the webcam to keep patients out of waiting rooms and safe in their homes. But in communities of color, where the ...

Sayegh, FastMed Urgent Care Announce Additional Testing for Paterson Residents

PATERSON, NJ - Testing opportunities to screen for COVID-19 continue to expand for Paterson residents. 

On Thursday, Mayor Andre Sayegh was at Barnert Medical Arts Complex to announce that starting Monday the city’s “diagnostic capacity” will expand when a drive-through testing site opens in the parking lot adjacent to the former Barnert Hospital. The announcement ...

Multiple Coronavirus Testing Sites Coming to Paterson, Sayegh Says

PATERSON, NJ – The City of Paterson plans to partner with the Paterson Housing Authority to provide free COVID-19 testing for residents.

During a press conference Tuesday, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced six local test sites would soon open and some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, senior citizens, would be the first to receive screenings.

City officials wanted to open a ...


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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 ...

Civility in Politics

May 30, 2020

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 ...

Sayegh a Unifier in Difficult Time


As we approach the birthday of one of the most iconic, consequential and relevant presidents in our nation's history, I am reminded of John F. Kennedy’s words that, “courage, not complacency is our need today. And the only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead and lead vigorously.”

Through the period the pandemic has hit our city, the ...

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 ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

New Jersey to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

TRENTON, NJ –  New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week.  Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers.

NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order ...