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Report Finds Increase in Learning Loss Throughout State During Pandemic

April 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Area politicians and education advocates are now discussing ways to improve student proficiency in English Language Arts and math after a recent study of New Jersey schools found significant drops during the COVID-19 pandemic.

JerseyCAN, a nonprofit focused on advocating for high-quality schools for all New Jersey students, released the first statewide study, ...

NJ Gets Cleared to Hold Off on School Testing

Students will still face a version of the mandatory exam in the fall. But questions on the details linger.

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In a bit of a surprise, the Murphy administration ...

Town Council, Residents Debate Marijuana Business Ban

April 9, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — Wednesday night’s Wayne Town Council meeting was one of the longest in recent memory. The council members, administration and concerned members of the public stayed up past 1:00 a.m., and the most hotly debated subject of the evening was Ordinance 16, the proposed ban of all marijuana businesses in Wayne.

The ordinance, introduced in March and up for a vote on ...

Good News and Bad News in the 2021 Wayne Township Budget Presentation

WAYNE, NJ – Township Chief Financial Officer, Heather McNamara presented the proposed 2021 Wayne Township Municipal Budget at Wednesday night’s Wayne Town Council meeting. She provided some worrisome news and some good news. The worrisome news was that the economic fallout from pandemic mitigation efforts is likely not to be felt by the township this year, but the CFO predicted issues ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Mayor Reports on Wayne’s COVID Numbers

WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano provided a COVID-19 update during Wednesday night’s Town Council meeting. From February to March, new positive cases increased by more than eight per day, though there was a slight decrease in the daily average for the first six days of April.

Now that Wayne Town Council meetings are held once per month, Vergano has made a point to provide a monthly ...

Wayne Police Used Force in Three Incidents Since October, Based on New Jersey AG Data

April 12, 2021

WAYNE, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Wayne, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted recently.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. The data includes ...

Burger King Strangler Arrested by Wayne Police

WAYNE, NJ – A Wayne resident was arrested last week for strangling an employee of the Burger King on Route 23 South. A fellow employee intervened during the assault and the suspect fled. He was later found and arrested by Wayne Police.

According to Detective Captain Dan Daly of the Wayne Police, video footage from the Burger King security cameras showed two scenes.

Earlier, the ...

Man Cave/She Shed Garage Sale Brings Collectors to Hawthorne

April 13, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The first annual Man Cave/She Shed Garage Sale was held on April 10 at Paul's Motors on Goffle Road. The parking lot was set up like a flea market and vendors displayed unique items for sale at their tables.  From tools to toys, autographed baseball jerseys and vinyl records, oddities from around the world could be found and purchased.

Norm Geyer and Richard Benz of ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

Scotch Plains Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

April 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Totowa Gets Ready for Annual Car Show

TOTOWA, NJ - Totowa’s second annual Car Show will take place on Sunday, April 25 at the Wells Fargo Parking lot between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To register a car, can pay $20 on the day of the event. Spectators can attend for free.

The event is open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles of all years and will be judged per class. Each class is based on the year of the car and the ...

A Wayne Hills First: Outdoor Spring Wrestling Under the Lights

April 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — It was a beautiful, warm spring afternoon that turned into a gorgeous spring evening when the Wayne Hills High School wrestling team squared off against Lakeland High School in the first ever Wayne Hills spring outdoor wrestling match last week.

“[This] will go down as one of the most fun nights Wayne Hills Wrestling has ever had,” said head wrestling coach Dan ...

Wayne's First-Ever Cornhole League is Looking for Teams - $1,000 in Prizes

WAYNE, NJ — The Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with TAPinto Wayne, is holding the Township’s first-ever Cornhole League. It’s time to find out who is the best of the best when it comes to throwing a bean bag into a small hole on an inclined wooden board.

The league will be hosted by the Taphouse – Wayne on French Hill Road and the Village Inn on ...

Where in Wayne Winner Announcement

March 21, 2021

WAYNE, NJ - Our latest Where in Wayne contest featured a mysterious picture of a meat cleaver stuck into...something.  It turned out to be a unique door handle at the entrance to Wayne's newest steak house the Meat Market on Berdan Avenue.

Less than 20% of the entrants in the contest were able to identify the location correctly

The winner, chosen at random from those who guessed ...

Allergy Recall; Hostess SnoBalls Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergen

April 14, 2021

Hostess Snoballs have been recalled due to an undeclared allergen, announced Hostess Brands, LLC.

According to the company, certain Hostess SnoBalls were "inadvertently manufactured in the packaging for Hostess Chocolate CupCakes and the packaging doesn't list coconut, an ingredient as an allergen.

The recall included SnoBalls manufactured on March 12, 2021 with a UPC of ...

Sabra Classic Hummus Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Approximately 2,100 cases of Sabra Classic Hummus have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination, announced Sabra Dipping Company, LLC. The contamination was discovered after the FDA did a routine screening of a single tub of hummus.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, stated the FDA. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis ...

NJDA Releases Instructional Video on Scraping Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses

April 7, 2021

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher is encouraging New Jersey residents to help take part in eliminating Spotted Lanternfly egg masses before they hatch near the end of April or in early May. Secretary Fisher and NJDA Plant Industry Division Director Joseph Zoltowski provide information and instructions on how to find and destroy the egg masses in a ...

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Nurses of the Wayne Education Association Rise to the Occasion

It seems that in a time of crisis, those that give the most are often asked to give even more. Such is the case with the nurses of the Wayne Education Association. Our intrepid nurses went beyond what most would dare to ask over this past year. They have covid-tested and contact-traced morning, noon and night and kept track of students and staff quarantining. These warrior-nurses have ministered ...

Be Conscious of Your Investment Environment

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, an occasion that has inspired millions of people over the decades to take steps to clean up our world. Of course, your physical surroundings are important, but you also operate in other “ecosystems” – social, cultural and political. And you’ll need to consider your investment environment, too. How can you improve it?

Here are a few ...

Joe Bella of Passaic Valley Water Commission to Retire.

(Clifton, N.J. – March 29, 2021) – After more than 3 decades, Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) Executive Director Joe Bella has announced his retirement. He leaves PVWC on March 31, ending a career that began in 1984. He took over as Executive Director in 1994 and his legacy will live on as a pioneer throughout the water industry.

PVWC is New Jersey’s ...

Atlantic Health System Oncologist Explores Role of Vitamin D in Treating Colorectal Cancer

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise.

Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants ...

Passaic County, St. Joseph's Medical Center Partner with FEMA to Serve Under Vaccinated Populations

April 8, 2021

PATERSON, NJ – Passaic County officials have announced joint effort with St. Joseph's University Medical Center, in partnership with FEMA, to administer COVID-19 vaccines to currently under vaccinated populations, specifically in Passaic City, Paterson and Prospect Park.

“We’re actively seeking every opportunity to help our residents get vaccinated and increase ...

New Jersey Is 2021’s State with the 7th Highest Tax Burden: Study

April 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the seventh highest state with the overall tax burden with a 9.98% overall state tax according to personal finance website WalletHub’s  2021 Tax Burden by State report. Nearby New York was the highest taxed state in the nation.

What accounts for New Jersey's top 10 ranking? Property taxes.

"New Jersey has the third highest ...

IRS letters explain why some 2020 Recovery Rebate Credits are different than expected

April 12, 2021

WASHINGTON − As people across the country file their 2020 tax returns, some are claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC). The IRS is mailing letters to some taxpayers who claimed the 2020 credit and may be getting a different amount than they expected. 

It’s important to remember that the first and second Economic Impact Payments (EIP) were advance payments of the 2020 ...

Atlantic Health System introduces rapid test for COVID-19 variants

MORRISTOWN, NJ – APRIL 2, 2021 – In a breakthrough that will give better insight into how and where COVID-19 variants are spreading within New Jersey, Atlantic Health System is among the first hospitals in the region to be able to rapidly screen for key viral variants.

The organization will begin surveillance testing for Covid-19 variants for population health using internally ...

Route 46 West in Wayne Daytime Lane Closures Needed This Week

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced daytime lane closures will be necessary this week on Route 46 westbound between Route 23 and Passaic Avenue/CR 613 as the Route 46 at Passaic Avenue to Willowbrook Mall project advances between Fairfield, Essex County and Wayne, Passaic County.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 6 until 3:30 ...

Protecting Wayne

April 13, 2021

Wayne is under siege from predatory developers like Avalon Bay, who suffered a catastrophic fire at “Avalon Princeton Junction” in West Windsor just last week. Developers are forcing Wayne to rezone properties and accept developments that barely meet the maximum limits of Wayne’s building ordinances; while our leaders throw up their hands and say there is nothing they can do.

Celebrating Donate Life Month

April 8, 2021

Springtime has now brought us a renewed spirit and hope as we look forward to the months ahead when we will begin to see each other again in person for community events and activities. Throughout the month of April, we are celebrating National Donate Life Month! This is our time to encourage family, friends and neighbors to register as organ and tissue donors and to honor those who have given the ...


Nov 17, 1934 - Sep 22, 2020
Alan Robin, age 85 of Wayne passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22. 2020 surrounded by his ...
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Oct 7, 1940 - Aug 13, 2020
MARLBOROUGH, MA– Carol Ann Heath Olsen, 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 13, ...
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