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Sunday Reflections: Anointed Friends Use Voices to Honor a Higher Power

May 15, 2022

PATERSON, NJ - There have been many famous quartets that have gone down in history as making the world a better place.  When the term is mentioned, a number of groups may quickly come to mind.

In music, who can forget the Four Tops?  The iconic Motown soul combo of Levi Stubbs, Renaldo Benson, Lawrence Payton, and Abdule Fakir. 

When movie trivia is considered, how about ...

Annual Blessing of the Bikes Gets Engines Revving

PATERSON, NJ - Rose VanHouten looked over the hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts at the annual bike blessing held earlier this month in the parking lot of St. Gerard Roman Catholic Church. The long-time volunteer at the event said she could not help but think of the blessing’s founder, former Msgr. Mark Giordani, the beloved Rector Emeritus of St. John’s Cathedral.  

Msgr ...

Sunday Reflections: Faith Is Like Breathing for Reverend Donnie Anderson

PATERSON, NJ – Reverend Donnie Anderson was born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina and since turning 10-years-old has always been deeply involved with his faith. Anderson has been to several colleges to earn his degrees.

For over a decade, Anderson has been pastoring in Paterson and has enjoyed the ministry locally. Before Paterson, he has pastored in Eastern North Carolina and ...

Prayers, Celebration Mark End of Holy Month for Paterson's Muslim Community

PATERSON, NJ - Mahfooa Hussan said that he arrived at his place of work, the 7-Eleven on Chamberlain Avenue in Paterson, at 7 a.m. on Monday morning.

“I had talked with my manager,” the 20-year old stated.  “I was able to temporarily leave work to go to the prayer service.”

The 2020 John F. Kennedy High School graduate said he made the five-block pilgrimage to ...

Sayegh Family Hosts Eid-al-Fitr Block Party

PATERSON, NJ – In celebration of Eid al-Fitr, Mayor Andre Sayegh and his family hosted a block party on Monday.

Community members were invited to enjoy halal food donated from Toros, music, a bounce house, rock climbing and more.

“We want to celebrate everyone,” Sayegh said. “We [him and his family] felt it was appropriate that we opened up our doors and host a block ...

Women’s Economic Panel Discussion hosted by Hip Hop star at Pillar College

NEWARK, NJ - Dupre Kelly professionally known as “DoItAll” from the platinum selling hip hop group Lords of the Underground is hosting a WINNING in Business economic panel discussion to provide information to women entrepreneurs at Pillar College (60 Park Place, Newark, NJ) Saturday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. RSVP is required. 

To register to attend this event in ...

Paterson's Grace Chapel to Reopen Doors on Easter Sunday

PATERSON, NJ - A day marked in the Christian calendar as one of rebirth will be particularly meaningful for Pastor Gregory L. Wilson and members of Paterson’s Grace Chapel Baptist Church

On Easter Sunday, for the first time in two years, Grace Chapel, located at 22 Haledon Avenue, will welcome parishioners as they have done since August 4, 1956.

“We pray and welcome all wishing ...

Sunday Reflections: Monsignor Geno Sylva Is Blessed With the Opportunity to Build Community

PATERSON, NJ – Like Reverend Randall Lassiter, Monsignor Geno Sylva of St. John’s Cathedral was sent a message from God to spread His word. Sylva was ordained in 1993 by Bishop Frank Rodimer and has since made his mark in Paterson.

Even though Sylva grew up in North Caldwell, his relatives from Sicily immigrated to Paterson, allowing Sylva to call the Silk City his second ...

Sayegh, Abdelaziz Help Kick Off Ramadan with Unveiling of Paterson's Fanous

PATERSON, NJ – Mayor Andre Sayegh and 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz were joined by members of Paterson's large Muslim community to kick off celebrations for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with the unveiling of Paterson’s fanous on Friday.

The fanous, a traditional symbol of Ramadan, will be lit each evening during Ramadan.

“We want to let everyone know that ...

Sunday Reflections: Reverend Lassiter Didn't Choose God, God Chose Him

PATERSON, NJ – When most people grow up, they hope to be a teacher, a leader, or even an astronaut. As they get older, some are lucky to follow those dreams, while others realize that what they dreamed about throughout their life wasn’t at all what they want to do.

Reverend Dr. Randall Lassiter, the Senior Pastor of The Historic Calvary Baptist Church, went to school and studied ...


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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 ...