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For Paterson's Muslim Community 'Everything has Changed' in Observing Ramadan

May 11, 2020

PATERSON, NJ – With New Jersey under a stay-at-home order until at least June and residents being urged to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, Paterson’s large Muslim community has changed how it’s observing their Ramadan.

Considered the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is when Muslims believe the Quran was first revealed to the ...

Archdiocese of Newark Will Livestream Holy Week Liturgies

NEWARK, NJ - Holy Week liturgies in the Archdiocese of Newark will continue to be livestreamed online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for the nearly 1.3 million Catholics throughout four north Jersey counties.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will be the main celebrant of liturgies in English livestreamed on the Archdiocese’s website ...

And Still I Rise. Solid Rock Baptist Church Celebrates Black History Month

PATERSON, NJ - Thousands of years of Black history came to life through song, poetry, and on the stage Saturday at Solid Rock Baptist Church. 

With a packed room in front of them a series of performers, children and adults alike, offered powerful reminders that Black history did not start with slavery in America’s south, and let it be known that they are descendants of strong kings ...

Khalique Seeks to Protect Calls to Prayer

PATERSON, NJ - Using his Second Ward council seat to strike a firm stance for religious freedom, Councilman Shahin Khalique put forward legislation Tuesday that would allow religious entities to audibly announce their meetings without fear of running afoul of a noise ordinance already on the books.

Known as an “Adhan” in Islam, the notices ring out five times a day across the ...

Calvary Baptist Church Set to Celebrate Black History Month Throughout February

PATERSON, NJ - Calvary Baptist Church's celebration of Black History Month begins Sunday with Political Awareness Sunday, honoring New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie, and continues throughout the month.

On Sunday, February 9, Paterson's Poet Laureate, Talena Lachelle Queen will be honored on Arts and Humanities Sunday. The service will also include a performance ...

'Journey of Faith' Continues for Mother of Slain Shanaya Coley

PATERSON, NJ -While Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the day 24-year-old Shanaya Coley went missing from outside her Paterson home, her mother, Rachel Martin, is not marking it as a day to commemorate a loss.

Though Shanaya’s lifeless body would be found more than four months later in an abandoned car in a Paterson apartment complex, Martin, through a strong faith in God ...


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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.

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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 ...

Black Lives Still Matter

June 4, 2020

In the summer of 2016, the killing of black youths in Minnesota and Louisiana and subsequent killing of five policemen in Dallas brought to the fore the "Black Lives Matter" theme. At that time, I wrote a piece called “Black Lives Matter.” Then and now, it is an antagonizing and contentious phrase that fuels the racial fire that has been scorching our land since the ...

It Is Time to End Racially Influenced Policing Once and for All!

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 ...

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 ...