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Funds For Students and Teachers to Help Mitigate Lost Learning and Mental Health Issues

February 23, 2021

WAYNE, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan on Friday announced “The Road Forward,” a series of coordinated policy initiatives that dramatically expand the Administration’s efforts to identify and address the academic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on New Jersey students and ...

How Crowded will Wayne Schools Get with Seven New Developments?

February 25, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – Wednesday night, the Township held a public information session on Wayne’s affordable housing obligation.  With approximately 2,951 new residential units set to be built at seven new developments in Wayne, residents wanted to know how this would impact the school system. 

Here is the breakdown of the seven proposed developments

AvalonBay on Valley Road ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

Update on Delayed Vaccine Doses to Wayne for Wednesday’s Appointments

February 23, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – When Mayor Chris Vergano posted his latest COVID update to the township website, on Saturday afternoon he mentioned that the expected delivery of COVID vaccines had not shown up because of the snowstorm. These vaccine doses were destined for those who had been lucky enough to make appointments on Friday afternoon.

“Now this week, it's kind of scary because of the ...

Mayor’s COVID Update – The Downward Trend Continues

WAYNE, NJ – On Saturday, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano uploaded a video update to the Township website. He discussed the COVID numbers and the Township is continuing its downward trend in new cases.

“Let's review the COVID numbers for February and where we are,” said Vergano to begin.

Through the first 19 days of February, Wayne has had a total of 388 new positive COVID ...

Rutgers Report: Americans Worried About Post-COVID Job Market

February 15, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - More Americans think that jobs, careers and employment opportunities after the pandemic will be harder to obtain for the next generation than they were following the 2008 Great Recession, according to a new Rutgers report.

The report, published by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, found that less than half -- 46% of Americans surveyed at the end of 2020 -- are ...

Wayne’s Newest Preschool Cuts the Ribbon

WAYNE, NJ – On a cool, cloudy afternoon in Wayne’s newest shopping mall, Wayne’ newest preschool had a small and informal grand opening and ribbon cutting with Mayor Chris Vergano in attendance.

The Everbrook Academy recently opened its doors in the Trader Joe’s Shopping Center on Hamburg Turnpike, but had to put their ribbon cutting ceremony off because of the huge ...

Pandemic Stories: Local Magician Recognized as Top Online Teacher

February 20, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – One of New Jersey’s most prolific children’s entertainers, Bob “Magic Bob” Richey of Party Magic Entertainment was recently recognized as one of the top online teachers of the art and skill of magic.

Many in Wayne may recognize Magic Bob and his incredible balloon animals, as he was a regular weekly performer at the three Wendy's in Wayne as ...

HS Boys Basketball: Bergen Tech Rallies, Holds Off Passaic County Tech, 56-54

February 23, 2021

WAYNE, NJ - Ryan Jordan scored 23 points to lead Bergen Tech past Passaic Tech, 56-54, in a Big North Liberty matchup Monday afternoon at Passaic County Tech in Wayne.   The Knights improved to 3-6 overall, 2-5 in the Liberty.  Passaic County Tech falls to 0-8. 

The Knights jumped out to 14-8 lead after the first quarter, and led 23-20 at the half.  The Bulldogs ...

Wayne Parents Can Now Attend High School Winter Sports Competitions

WAYNE, NJ - For parents who have not had the chance to watch their children compete live in indoor winter sports like basketball and hockey, your time has come.  Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced that he has eased some restrictions on the number of spectators that can attend high school and other youth sporting events both indoors and outdoors.

"I want to start with an ...

DoorDash, New Jersey Restaurant Association Team Up for $500,000 Grant Program

January 31, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - The app-based food delivery service, DoorDash, has partnered with the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA) to provide restaurants across New Jersey with grants of $2,500 or $5,000 based on need and criteria.

Made possible by a donation of $500,000 delivered to the NJRHA as part of DoorDash’s five-year $200 million dollar Main Street Strong Pledge, ...

All You Need to Know About the Wayne Hills 2021 SDA

February 24, 2021

Highlighting Student Journalism - Shared with permission from the Wayne Hills Patriot Press.

WAYNE, NJ - One of Wayne Hills most anticipated events is coming up. Student Dance Association, or SDA, is an association which divides its members into two teams (maroon and white). SDA normally has three shows in March, but this year things are a bit different as the pandemic has changed various ...

Young Entrepreneurs: Seniors Run Successful Businesses

This article is published with permission to showcase young student journalism.

WAYNE, NJ - Two young entrepreneurs, Caterina Lepore and Baran Onuk are running their successful businesses amidst the uncertainty of their senior year. 

Lepore runs her college apparel business, TrendyLockerRoom, via Instagram and currently has over 900 followers. Though she specializes in custom-made ...

What Have Wayne Students Learned So Far?

Highlighting Student Journalism - Shared with permission from the Wayne Hills HS Journalism Club

WAYNE, NJ - The pandemic has been with us for about a year now, drastically changing our everyday lives and school experiences. A new school schedule has been adapted, most extracurriculars are limited and/or virtual, and more. As we’ve grown accustomed to this recent “norm”, what ...

A Reminder That Winter Is Not Done Yet

February 17, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – What a difference a day makes. Or two.  After the mix of sleet, ice, and a lot of rain from the Monday night storm, we got to enjoy a beautiful day on Tuesday to allow a lot of the existing snow to melt away.  This was a wonderful hint of warmer early spring days ahead.  Not so fast!

As noted in Monday’s weather update, another coastal storm is brewing ...

Thursday Snowmaker Possible for Wayne

WAYNE, NJ - Wayne was once again lucky as the second of back-to-back ice storms with the potential of causing serious problems for driving as well as power outages ended up being mostly very cold rain.  Residents are hoping to get lucky again as new forecasts have begun to zero in on the track of a potential snowmaker set to reach North Jersey on Thursday. This later storm is expected ...

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Curing The Winter Blues: 5 Ways To Feel Great This Winter

Feeling the cloud of melancholy or even depression? It’s not just the pandemic blues. Numerous medical reports going back to 2000 have confirmed that 4-6 percent of the population suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

What are the symptoms of SAD?

Change in appetite
Weight gain
Sleeping more than usual
Difficulty concentrating
Irritability and ...

Celebrating Love on Valentine's Day

The Covid Pandemic has changed everything we do! Even the simple things have to be adjusted to accommodate social distancing parameters. This leaves traditional handwritten valentines to classmates impossible to do, but doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Valentine's Day.

There are many other ways to honor others on Valentine’s Day. Here’s a few to enjoy with your ...

Estate Planning for Blended Families

If you’re in a blended family, you’re already aware of the emotional and financial issues involved in your daily life. But what about the future? When it’s time to do your estate planning – and it’s never too soon for that – you’ll need to be aware of the entanglements and complexities that can get in the way of your vision for leaving the legacy you ...

St. Joseph’s Health Appoints Dr. Nilesh Patel as Chairman of Emergency Medicine

St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce that Nilesh Patel, DO, has been appointed as Chairman of Emergency Medicine. In his role, Patel will oversee the Emergency Departments at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, and St. Joseph Wayne Medical Center in Wayne, New Jersey.

“Dr. Patel brings more than a decade of experience delivering emergency care to our ...

Haledon Man Arrested After Allegedly Brandishing a Loaded Pistol in Local Store Dispute

February 23, 2021

HALEDON, NJ - A report was received by the Haledon Police Department of a "customer dispute involving a handgun" taking place at the Metro PCS Store, found at 428 Haledon Avenue, on 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, February 20.  Haledon Police Sergeant George Kelly with Police Officers April Latona and Michael Palmer responded to the call and arrived at the store.

According to the Haledon ...

'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

Fortune magazine names Kearny Bank’s parent company to prestigious annual listing of world’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies”

February 24, 2021

 Kearny Bank’s parent company, Kearny Financial Corp., has been named to a prestigious, annual list of the world’s 100 fastest growing companies, as determined by Fortune magazine. One of only two New Jersey-based companies on the list, Kearny Financial Corp. placed 84th, up from 98th on Fortune’s 2019 list.

Companies on the list were ranked based on a formula of ...

Fortune magazine names Kearny Bank’s parent company to prestigious annual listing of world’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies”

 Kearny Bank’s parent company, Kearny Financial Corp., has been named to a prestigious, annual list of the world’s 100 fastest growing companies, as determined by Fortune magazine. One of only two New Jersey-based companies on the list, Kearny Financial Corp. placed 84th, up from 98th on Fortune’s 2019 list.

Companies on the list were ranked based on a formula of ...


WAYNE - With most family trips to Disney World or Disneyland on hold in most families because of COVID-19, children in Wayne are feeling the love after a special sing-a-long party with popular Wayne-based entertainer Miss Jolie and Snow White.  Miss Jolie hosted a meet and greet with the special guest during a Saturday Zoom appearance.

Miss Jolie has been providing virtual ...

Wayne Alliance Public Meeting Notice

February 11, 2021

Wayne Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse provides Substance Misuse Prevention Education for families and individuals in Wayne, NJ.

The Alliance is dedicated to the promotion of safe, healthy and responsible lifestyles through Prevention, Intervention & Education. The organization meets monthly- currently by Zoom. Individual meetings by ...

Changing Your Self Image Can Change Your Life

February 19, 2021

What slows down our personal and professional growth? What holds us back from reaching out, making connections, having conversations, and building relationships? Most importantly, what keeps us back from Standing Out? What makes it difficult for us to reach out and talk to people?

I know for myself it was always the hidden self-image that I had. This poor self-image held me back from being the ...


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Alan Robin, age 85 of Wayne passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22. 2020 surrounded by his ...
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