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Wayne Schools Updates Anti-Bullying Act

January 29, 2023

WAYNE, NJ – The NJ Department of Education amended the 2011 Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act recently and all Boards of Education across the state are required to communicate the changes. During a recent Wayne BOE meeting, Board Attorney John Geppert provided a presentation explaining the changes and requirements to the trustees and the public in attendance.

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Passaic Valley Water Commission Begins Shutting Off Water Services

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ – The Passaic Valley Water Commission (PCWC) has begun shutting off water services for households with unpaid bills. There are approximately 7,500 delinquent accounts, totaling about $12.5 million throughout the Commission’s entire service area, officials said.

“We’re shutting off about 30 accounts per day, weather permitting,” Bryan ...

County First Responders Stepping Up For Family of Fallen Passaic Firefighter

February 5, 2023

The Passaic Fire Department is honoring the late Jordan Darley, a Passaic City firefighter who passed away in November, by hosting a Beefsteak Dinner and Tricky Tray on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:00pm. It's a fundraising event for his immediate family, from his first responder family and those that support their first responders. 

His obituary shared that Darley, 40, had been a ...

Hookah Pipe the Cause of Wayne House Fire - Commissioner Frank Velardi Shares Preventative Advice

WAYNE, NJ – Just a couple of weeks ago, Wayne’s bravest took on a house fire that produced little flames, but heavy smoke. During this week’s Wayne Town Council meeting, Fire Commissioner Frank Velardi updated the township on the cause of the fire and provided some advice to help prevent fires like these in the future.

“On January 21st, the fire department responded to ...

Wayne Hills High School Athlete of the Month for January 2023

February 2, 2023

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WAYNE, NJ - This is the first in a series of monthly articles that highlights one athlete whose athletic performance in the previous month set them apart from all the other great athletes at Wayne Hills High School.

For this inaugural article, we are proud to honor Siena Shuster, the junior scoring and rebounding machine for the Wayne Hills girls basketball team, as ...

The Wayne Valley High School Athlete of the Month for January 2023

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WAYNE, NJ – This is the first in a series of monthly articles that will highlight one athlete whose athletic performance in the previous month set them apart from all the other great athletes at Wayne Valley High School.

For this inaugural article, we are proud to honor Sarah Rodrigues, the sophomore super swimmer for the Wayne Valley swim team as the ...

This Week in Wayne High School Basketball - Jan 23-27

The Wayne Hills Girls basketball team is no longer undefeated, but they are putting the losing game behind them and working harder than before. 

On Jan 19 the Hills girls played against Northern highlands and took a loss, 39-54. The girls put up a strong fight and battled until the end but were unable to turn the game around.

Junior Siena Shuster led her team with 14 points and 17 ...

16-Year-Old Victim of Fatal Midland Park House Fire Identified

February 5, 2023

MIDLAND PARK, NJ - Alexander Lopez-Pena, 16, was found deceased while emergency personnel extinguished a fire on Franklin Avenue Thursday, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor.

Additional occupants of the home were transported to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood for treatment of unspecified injuries, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced in a Friday press release.

There ...

Sayreville Councilwoman’s Neighbors Stunned, Scared at Her Death

SAYREVILLE,  NJ — The La Mer housing development is ordinarily a quiet bedroom community. It's a place where people return from work at the end of a long day, pull their cars into a garage, and don't reappear again until the next morning.

However, on the night of Feb. 1, that changed, Multiple gunshots rang out as people finished dinner. Repeated bullets were fired into ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers 2023 State of the State, Says New Jersey is Moving in the Right Direction

TRENTON, NJ — During Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said he's confident with the direction in which the state is going.

"We are stronger and we are fairer," Murphy said. "We are moving confidently in the right direction — forward."

Republicans aren't so sure.

"Despite the ...

February 1 Begins American Heart Month

February 2, 2023

NATIONAL -- Each year more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease. The number one cause of deaths for most groups, heart disease affects all ages, genders, and ethnicities. Risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and excessive alcohol use.

In 2004, the American Heart Association launched Go Red for Women with the goal of raising awareness ...

Wayne Grandmother in Need of New Kidney Before Time Runs Out

WAYNE, NJ - A beloved 69-year-old grandmother is in desperate need of a new kidney.

Theresa LaBarck has been on dialysis for the past two years. Originally from Paterson, she has been a Wayne resident for almost 20 years. Her grandson, Thomas, Jr. "T.J." Sullivan, said he was ready to do anything to help her.    

"My grandmother is my world. She is ...

Is FIOS Expanding its Service in Wayne? Mayor Vergano Shares 'Good News'

February 4, 2023

WAYNE, NJ – Every year around this time, Mayor Chris Vergano mentions Cablevision during his administrative report to the Wayne Town Council. He talks about the complaints he receives of the cost for their service and inquiries as to why there are no other TV and internet providers in Wayne - which isn't exactly true. According to Vergano a portion of the Second Ward in Wayne is an area ...

Wayne Planning Board Gives Final Approval for Brazilian Steakhouse in Willowbrook Mall

WAYNE, NJ - The Wayne Planning Board approved the application of a new Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse at the Willowbrook Mall during its meeting on Monday night. The restaurant chain will renovate the old Brio Tuscan Grille restaurant, which closed in January 2020.

The Planning Board questioned Christopher Erd, the lawyer representing the restaurant chain, about plans to develop ...

Wayne Hills Senior’s Photography Featured in Somerville Art Gallery

January 8, 2023

WAYNE, NJ – You may have read her name in the byline of several articles on TAPinto Wayne. She mainly writes high school sports stories on a semiregular basis, but Lauren Faltas is multi-faceted and multi-talented, and it's her photography skills that were put on display as the Artist of the Month for January in an art gallery in Somerville, New Jersey.

Gallery on Main features ...

Essex Edwina Predicts Six More Weeks of Cold Weather and the Eagles Winning the Super Bowl

February 2, 2023

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex Edwina, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s resident groundhog, saw her shadow and is predicting another six weeks of colder weather. Essex Edwina made her prediction during Turtle Back’s annual Groundhog Day Celebration.

With the County Executive at the announcement are Turtle ...

As Cold Temps Return to Wayne, Space Heater Safety Tips For Residents

WAYNE, NJ — Frigid temperatures are in the forecast over the next few days, with a combination of very cold air and strong winds, according to the National Weather Service. But before you plug in that space heater, keep in mind some important facts and safety tips.

A December 2022 report published by the National Fire Protection Association noted heating ...

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Early Childhood Demonstration Center Earns National Accreditation

Rowan University’s Early Childhood Demonstration Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a mark of excellence in early childhood education.

“NAEYC is the leading voice in early childhood education,” says Leah Walker, director of the ECDC for the past 10 years. “Our accreditation shows we are ...

The Best Ways to Stop Hiccups

Everybody gets hiccups once in a while, and everyone has their own tried and tested ways of how to get rid of hiccups. 

Click here to read the full article, which includes advice from gastroenterologist Dr. Mark Tanchel of GANJLLC.

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5 Contributors to Weight Gain

Have you kicked off 2023 with a focus on your health? Is weight loss on the list? Unfortunately, taking off the pounds can feel like an uphill battle, with certain factors feeling as if they are out of your control.

Whether you have struggled your whole life or have recently begun having weight gain issues, let's examine the top five potential contributors to the excess pounds.

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Worried about inflation? Consider these moves

As you know, inflation was big news throughout 2022. But will it continue in 2023? And looking even further ahead, how should you account for inflation in your long-term plans?

In regard to the first question, many experts predict that inflation will cool off this year, though there are no guarantees. The high inflation of last year is thought to have been caused by some unusual factors, such ...

Come Back to College this Spring at PCCC

Start or re-start your college education this spring at Passaic County Community College. PCCC’s 12-Week term starts Wednesday, February 8 at the Paterson, Wanaque, and Passaic locations. There’s still time to register and enjoy PCCC’s affordable academic excellence, flexible class schedules, and strong support for student success.  

Choose from over 90 degree and ...

Not Your Grandmother's Cheerleading

MONTVILLE, NJ — Cheerleading has its place I suppose. On the early sidelines of life. Maybe.

I was the oldest of five boys growing up, and we all played sports hoping to be cheered, not to do the cheering.

Then, with my own brood of three sports boys, the same.

My daughter, the youngest, played parochial school basketball, but she also expected to be cheered for, and ...

Non-Invasive Technology Offers New Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

PATERSON, NJ - St. Joseph’s Health is proud to introduce a new treatment option for patients diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. The new Focal One Robotic System uses high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology, allowing for precise destruction of cancerous tissue, without damaging healthy surrounding tissue.

“This new technology is changing the way we treat ...

Wayne BOE Site Changes

January 28, 2023

Kudos to the Board of Education for making an effort to get out to the public by holding BOE meetings at the three different middle schools.  Our future is in the hands of educating our children. Whenever there is an opportunity for the BOE to disseminate information to the public, it should be taken – not just when they want a referendum passed. 

There is certainly no harm in ...

Paterson Fire Department One of the Busiest in the Country

January 28, 2023

PATERSON, NJ – Responding to over 8,500 fire calls in 2022, eventually arriving to 900 building fires, 140 of them considered "major," the Paterson Fire Department is one of the busiest in the country.

Successfully fighting these fires, however, is only part of the equation for the men and women that respond to alarms multiple times every shift, never quite knowing ...

Hersh Children’s Center at Overlook Medical Center marks 1st anniversary

February 3, 2023

SUMMIT, NJ – FEBRUARY 2023 – The Hersh Children’s Center, located at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, marked its first anniversary of providing pediatric emergency and inpatient services in one convenient, family-friendly space.

Following completion in late 2021, the 12,000 square-foot center opened in January 2022, combining the Meri and Sol Barer ...

bergenPAC Presents Comedians Tape Face and Eddie B.

Englewood, New Jersey -  bergenPAC announces new shows coming to its recently renovated theater: Silent comedian Tape Face from America’s Got Talent on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 8 p.m.; and Eddie B. – Teacher’s Only Comedy Tour returns on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on-sale Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at 11 ...

Omnium Circus brings its visionary production “I’m Possible,” celebrating accessibility for all, to William Patterson University’s Shea Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 5, 2023

WAYNE, NJ – Omnium Circus (, dubbed the “world’s most inclusive circus,” will make its New Jersey debut when it presents its unique production, “I’m Possible” at William Patterson University’s Shea Center for the Performing Arts (300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ) on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2:00 pm. Tickets start at $40 with ...


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