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How Wayne Schools Plans to Help Students Recover Academically

January 19, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – Assistant Superintendent of the Wayne Schools District, Donna Reichman gave a presentation during the last Board of Education meeting that discussed how the schools will address “lost learning,” and help students “recover academically.”  

The presentation was entitled “Bridging the Gap: Current Intervention Strategies and Future Plans ...

Wayne’s School Board, Right or Wrong, Deserves Wayne's Appreciation

WAYNE, NJ – January is School Board Appreciation Month and to mark the occasion, the Assistant Superintendent of Wayne Schools, Donna Reichman read off a proclamation at Thursday night’s Wayne Board of Education meeting. In the proclamation it said that this is “the time when all residents can acknowledge the contributions made by our local school board members.”

This ...

'Woke' Wayne Gets Immunity Back in Affordable Housing Hearing

January 23, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – Passaic County Superior Court Judge, Thomas Brogan granted Wayne’s Motion for Reconsideration for revocation of the Township’s immunity in affordable housing matters, saying that Wayne has been “woke in a planning sense; in a constitutional sense.”

Wayne now has its immunity back, but there are stipulations.

In a hearing, held Friday morning, Brogan ...

Councilman Scuralli Explains Recusal on Affordable Housing Vote

WAYNE, NJ – During Wednesday night’s Wayne Town Council meeting, Fourth Ward Councilman, Joe Scuralli abstained from the vote on the affordable housing development proposed at the Valley National Bank Headquarters on Valley Road.  Two Wayne residents called in to address the council and both asked Scuralli to explain his non-vote.

“I am currently holding the power of ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 at TAPinto Virtual Event

January 18, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

New Jersey Has Administered Over 273,000 Doses of the Covid Vaccine as of Jan 15

WAYNE, NJ - New Jersey is now reporting vaccination numbers. As of Friday, January 15, the dashboard is reporting 273,335 first doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered as well as 37,079 doses of the second dose.

The phases of vaccination are as follows:

Phase 1A – Health care workers with direct or indirect exposure to infectious materials and ...

Wayne’s New Fire Commissioner, Willie Rodriguez is Sworn-In

January 11, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano has sworn-in Wayne’s newest Fire Commissioner, William “Willie” Rodriguez who has taken over for outgoing Commissioner, Bob Minarick. The ceremony was held in the Wayne Council Chambers with only a few dignitaries, Rodriguez’s family and a couple dozen Wayne firefighters in their Class A uniforms along the walls of the large, round ...

Wayne Police Mourns Passing of Chief's Father

WAYNE, NJ - The Wayne Police Department shared the sad news that the father of Wayne Police Chief, Jack McNiff passed away on New Year's eve. McNiff's father was also a Chief of police in Bloomfield and is also named John "Jack" McNiff. 

On the Wayne Police Facebook page they shared this information:

The members of the Wayne Police Department would like to extend ...

Rapid COVID Testing at a Gas Station?

January 6, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – On Valley Road at the corner of Preakness Avenue is an Exxon where you can get a tankful of gas and then get yourself tested for COVID-19. For many, the idea of a COVID testing site at a gas station sparks concerns and makes many wonder if this is a legitimate operation.

The question of this site’s legitimacy appeared in a Wayne Facebook group and set off a storm ...

Is Wayne Better Off Without 'Problematic' Hotels?

WAYNE, NJ – Councilman-at Large, Joe Schweighardt voted a hard ‘no’ on renewing licenses for any of Wayne’s seven hotels during the last Wayne Town Council meeting.  His was a symbolic vote as the motion to renew the licenses passed eight-to-one, but Schweighardt’s was not the only voice in opposition to a few of the hotels in town that Mayor Chris Vergano ...

What The World Needs Now

January 14, 2021

It may be the only thing that there is just too little of, but the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will be providing a contribution to the all-too-precious commodity when, on January 14, it debuts the next edition in the popular 'Love Series'.

The first stamp in the Series was issued in 1973. According to the USPS, the latest one features "a colorful and lighthearted digital ...

The Extraordinary Persistence and Success of Wayne Valley’s Marching Band

WAYNE, NJ – Everyone has a story in this historic time.  Wayne Valley’s Marching Band’s story ended this year with a state championship, a regional championship and a close, second place finish in nationals.  WV Director of Bands, Gabriel “Gabe” Batiz shared their story.

Batiz has been the Director of Bands at WV for ten years. “I joke that if it ...

HS Football: State Championship Proposal Passed By NJSIAA Membership

January 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - Come December 2022, it is likely that New Jersey will be having it first statewide championships in high school football after a vote Wednesday by member schools voted that amended the NJSIAA Constitution to remove a prohibition of naming state-wide champions in football.

Of the 336 votes that were cast, 318 were in favor of eliminating the prohibition, with 12 schools ...

Wayne Valley’s John Testa Named to the NJFCA Super 100 All-State team

WAYNE, NJ - It was a cold night in November 2019 when Wayne Valley High School faced off against Old Tappan in the North two, Group four Sectional football championship.  The winner would head to Metlife stadium for the state championship game.

At the half, the game was tied seven-to-seven, and Old Tappan received the second half kick-off. They marched down the field methodically, taking ...

Don't Let Super Bowl Become Super Spreader Event State Legislator Urges, Asking Murphy to Extend Closing Time for Bars

January 18, 2021

WAYNE, NJ - Should bars across New Jersey be able to keep their buffalo wings hot and beers cold a little bit longer on Super Bowl Sunday?

One New Jersey Assemblyman thinks so.

In a letter to Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli, Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne/Jersey City)  thanks the duo for their leadership ...

Recalled: Glass and Hard Plastic Found in Nestle Pepperoni Hot Pockets

Approximately 752,615 pounds of not-ready-to-eat pepperoni hot pockets from Nestle have been recalled, announced the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). According to the release, the product may be "contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of glass and hard plastic.", they said.

The frozen product was produced from November 13, 2020 through November 16, ...

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Remembering Pat Hassert

The Wayne Township Public Schools community experienced a terrible tragedy with the passing of beloved Wayne Education Association member, Pat Hassert at the start of the new year.

During her 22 years of service to the WTPS, Pat worked at a number of schools and was also an active member of her union advocating for the secretaries to be respected for the work that they do for the school ...

Remote Work May Offer Financial Benefits

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been forced to work from home. But once we’ve moved past the virus, many workers may continue working from home. More than one-third of companies with employees who started working from home now think that remote work will stay more common post-pandemic, according to a Harvard Business School study. This shift to at-home work can affect ...

It's Never Been Easy, But It's Always Been Worth It

Earlier this week I received a notice my Creatorsworkshop.com domain was expiring soon. Creators Workshop is my private art instruction school located here in Wayne where we teach painting and drawing to children and adults.

When I made the payment, I realized it was 20 years ago that I started the website. Quite an accomplishment since never in my professional life did I show any signs that I ...

Go Forward This Spring @ Passaic County Community College. In-Person and Online Classes Begin January 27

It’s a new year and the perfect time to go forward at Passaic County Community College. PCCC has locations in Paterson,, Wanaque, Passaic, and Wayne, and also offers the programs and classes to help you build a secure foundation for future success. Choose from over 70 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of fields, including computers, science, healthcare, education, public ...

Free Parenting Q&A for Moms of Teens

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NJ Surpasses 500,000 Vaccine Doses Distributed: Murphy

January 23, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy took pride in announcing that New Jersey has distributed over a half-million doses of the COVID vaccine during his coronavirus press briefing on Friday, Jan. 22.

The governor said that 500,222 doses have now been administered statewide – including 65,583 long-term care facility residents and staff. He added that just last Wednesday, the number ...

The Wayne Public Library phasing in full access for patrons

January 23, 2021

Beginning Monday, January 25, 2021, the Wayne Public Library will be open to the public for browsing materials and computer usage Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, only.

We anticipate phasing in full access to the building in steps, and will announce as we do so.

Library staff will be available for doorside pick up, information requests, and virtual ...

Kindergarten and New First Grade Registration for 2021-2022 Coming Soon

Registration will take place through each elementary school throughout the month of February.  Only a parent or guardian may enroll the child. 

Please go to the district website (www.wayneschools.com) between February 1st and February 19, 2021, to complete the online registration process and schedule a virtual appointment to register your child(ren). Please have all required ...

Two Jersey Brothers: Stories from Our Haledon Boyhood

Two Jersey Brothers recounts the boyhoods of brothers Nick and Bob Finamore in the small, quiet, one-square-mile town of Haledon, New Jersey during the Depression and World War II eras. Their grandparents had emigrated from Fraine and Caserta, Italy, and, like most of their close family members, worked in the mills of neighboring Paterson, the "Silk City." In this vivid memoir they ...

Lack of Leadership from the 40th district

January 17, 2021

I am greatly disappointed that the 40th district elected officials failed to show leadership and vote on Senator Rice’s bill to condemn President Trump and those that chose to riot at the Capitol on January 6.  We elect people to the State Senate and Assembly to show leadership and make the tough votes.  I would love to hear an explanation as to who they declined to vote to ...

Obituaries

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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