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Passaic County COVID-19 Testing Expanded to Residents with no Symptoms, Prescription

May 10, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - COVID-19 testing for Passaic County residents is expanding to those that do not have a prescription, county officials said Saturday. Individuals seeking a test do not have to be showing symptoms.

Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara said the expanded screening comes in accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal health professionals as well as Governor Phil ...

Passaic County COVID Testing Site Reducing Screening Days is a Good Sign

WAYNE, NJ – Passaic County’s drive through COVID-19 testing site at William Paterson University is again reducing the number of testing days, this time from four to three. While this is a further reduction in testing from six days per week, it is also, according to Passaic County Administrator Anthony DeNova, a positive thing. 

Starting this week the site will be open ...

Residents and Staff At Preakness Healthcare Get a Boost from Passaic County First Responders

WAYNE, NJ – In a show of support and to help boost the spirits of both residents and staff, The Passaic County Sheriff’s Department along with several units from local Police, Fire and EMS departments came to the Preakness Healthcare Center in a long parade of cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances with lights flashing and sirens blaring Friday.

Staff members came out into the ...

Volunteers at the Passaic County Testing Facility Are the “Real Heroes”

WAYNE, NJ – Tuesday was the fifteenth day of testing at the Passaic County COVID-19 screening facility at William Paterson University, and, after being closed the two previous days, first for Easter than due to inclement weather, the day was proving to be a long one. 

Tuesday morning’s sky held ribbons of clouds that were tinged with pink before the sun came up. The ...


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The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health is Greater than We Know 

May 27, 2020

While COVID-19 makes its horrific mark on New Jersey, we at Family Connections are continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages through our dynamic programming. In talking to these clients, we’re hearing increased symptoms among those who already had mental health issues and reports from clients now experiencing new feelings of depression, anxiety and social isolation. We are also ...

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 ...

Widespread Testing Signals 'Enormous’ Progress for NJ’s Road Back

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak. 

But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall across the state, they’re ...

Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing Tuesday that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their ...

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 ...