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A Sharp Increase in Employee Benefit Costs for the Wayne Schools Could be Coming

September 27, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – The Business Administrator for the Wayne Township Public Schools, Bill Moffitt talked briefly about a concern for the Wayne Board of Education during this past school board meeting. He said that there is likely to be a large increase in the cost of the schools’ employee benefit plan for the year 2023, which was not expected.

In early April of this year, the Wayne school ...

Who is Opting Out of the Wayne School’s Controversial Health & Phys Ed Standards?

WAYNE, NJ – Superintendent of the Wayne Township Public Schools, Dr. Mark Toback read off some statistics during Thursday night’s school board meeting. He announced the number of students whose parents have chosen to opt them out of the controversial new health and physical education standards and provided some details for those parents.

“Earlier this week, I shared a letter ...

For the First Time, Wayne Township Flies Italian Flag at Town Hall for Italian-American Heritage Month

September 26, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – October is Italian-American Heritage Month and to recognize the contributions of residents of Italian descent, the Township, for the first time, raised the Italian flag where it will fly above the municipal complex through October.

The push to get the Italian flag raised in Wayne came from the Wayne chapter of UNICO, which, according to their website, is “the largest ...

Two Ordinances Passed by the Town Council Will Increase Electric Vehicle Parking in Wayne

WAYNE, NJ – As the number of electric-powered vehicles continues to increase, the number of places where these cars can charge up are also on the rise. In response to the Electric Vehicle statute signed into law by Gov. Murphy in July of this year, Wayne Township passed two ordinances that will now require any new parking areas to have a minimum number of spaces equipped with EV charging ...

28-Year-Old Former Montclair High School Wrestling Standout Fatally Shot

September 24, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A Montclair man was fatally shot and killed in Orange on Thursday, officials said.

Former Montclair high school wrestler, Katon Washington, 28, was found with gunshot wounds on Alden and Cleveland Streets in Orange around 12:54AM, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II confirmed. He was then rushed to University Hospital in Newark, and pronounced dead ...

What Should NJ Do With the 100's of Millions of Dollars From Opioid Settlements; NJ Residents Can Give Opinion

NEW JERSEY-  New Jersey will receive 100's of millions of dollars from settlements with opioid companies over the coming decades, stated Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. 

"We want to hear your opinion on how the money should be spent", said AG Platkin.

Submit your proposal until October 31, 2022.

Funding must go towards:

Treating opioid use ...

One Town - One Heart - One Game for Rocco

September 24, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – The energy at the annual Wayne Hills/Wayne Valley football game is always powerful, but at this Friday’s matchup, there was something more. While the game itself was a one-sided Valley victory, it was the atmosphere around the game that made the night so special.

In both the home stands and the visitor stands, orange was everywhere.

The game was dedicated to ...

Wayne Valley Heads Across Town to Wayne Hills Friday Night for Orange-Out Annual Rivalry FootballGame

WAYNE, NJ – It's rivalry week in Wayne Township as the WV Indians varsity football team is set to travel the 4.6 miles to face-off against the WH Patriots on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

This game will be extra special as it is going to be an “Orange-Out” game in honor of Rocco Sivolella. Orange is the color representing leukemia awareness. As a fundraiser for the Rocco ...

Wayne High School Football Player Nominated for Heart of a Giant Award

WAYNE, NJ – Offensive and defensive lineman for the Passaic County Technical Institute varsity football team, Joshua Wells was nominated as a finalist in the USA Football 2022 Heart of a Giant award and selected for a chance to earn funding for his high school football program.

Wells, along with nine other nominees, were selected for the second of six weeks. Now the ten will compete to ...

Police: Arrest Made, Loaded Gun Found in Taxi After Haledon Traffic Stop

September 25, 2022

HALEDON, NJ – Police Officers Jeffrey Welsh and Kris Duci of the Haledon Police Department Quality-of-Life Division conducted what appeared at first to be a routine traffic stop just after noon on Wednesday, September 21.

The vehicle, identified by the Police Department as a black 2013 taxicab out of Paterson, had allegedly failed to use a turn signal at West Broadway and Chamberlain ...

Wayne’s Special Response Team Back in Action, Rescuing Four Children from Same Elevator Shaft Six Months Later

WAYNE, NJ – It was like déjà vu for the volunteers of Wayne’s Special Response Team. Six months after successfully rescuing six children from an elevator stuck between floors, the team was back at it again on Saturday evening.

This elevator has become infamous in Wayne, and a regular stop for Wayne’s first responders. It's the elevator that customers of the ...

Wayne Resident Shares His Heart Walk Story

September 18, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – It may have been a torn meniscus in his right knee at the age of 17 that saved Wayne resident, Will Stout’s life. Ticking away like a hidden time bomb inside his chest, Stout was unaware that he had a rare condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

“I was playing basketball my little brother, on one leg, in a brace, on a Fisher Price basketball hoop in my ...

Stroller Recall Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard; One Injury to Child Reported

A recall has been issued for approximately 14,400 UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Strollers because the  rear disc brakes have openings that may “cause amputation or laceration if a non-occupant child’s fingertip gets caught in the openings while the stroller is in use,” according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall involves all UPPAbaby ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

John Donnadio Advocates for County Government as Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Counties

TRENTON, NJ — Sometimes, John Donnadio finds himself in 21 places at once.

As executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), he’s an advocate for county government in Trenton and works with legislators and the governor’s office. At the local level, the NJAC is a nonpartisan and bipartisan resource for leaders and administrators in all 21 counties in New ...

Play Ball: New Jersey Jackals Baseball Team to Play 2023 Season in Hinchliffe Stadium

September 15, 2022

PATERSON, NJ - The New Jersey Jackals, a member team of the Frontier League, a Professional Baseball League of 16 teams and Partner League of Major League Baseball (MLB), announced on Wednesday the team is relocating from Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair, to its new, larger home at the landmark Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson. The Jackals will kick-off a 96-game season ...

This Month in Wayne History- Willowbrook Mall Opens…With a Penguin?

WAYNE, NJ - On September 24th, 1969, Wayne Township made the front page of Paterson’s The Morning Call. Alongside headlines about federal housing subsidies, the new Passaic County courthouse, and the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, the newspaper included “Your Guide to Willowbrook,” all about the opening of the Willowbrook Mall!

The Morning Call announced, “all roads lead to ...

Scenes From Wayne Day 2022

September 19, 2022

WAYNE, NJ - Rides, Games, Music, Fun, Good Food plus friends, family, neighbors and local businesses = Wayne Day. Sunday, September 18 found a huge portion of the population enjoying themselves together on the practice fields of Wayne Valley High School, just behind Wayne Town Hall.

"This is such a beautiful day, isn't it?" asked Mayor Chris Vergano proudly, looking ...

A Brother’s Revival Comes to Wayne for One Night - Tickets are Going Fast

WAYNE, NJ - If you live in or near Wayne Township and you are a lover of classic rock, of southern rock and specifically of hall-of-fame legends The Allman Brothers, you are in for a treat.

On October 7, at 8:00 p.m. at the Rosen Performing Arts Center in the YMCA in Wayne, former Allman Brothers bassist David Goldflies (pronounced gold-fleece) carries on the legacy of Rock and Roll Hall of ...

Wayne Board of Ed Candidates Night Features Three Candidates Endorsed by the Wayne Education Association

September 21, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – The Wayne Education Association, each year, endorses candidates that they feel “will best serve [the Wayne] community,” according to the introduction of Tuesday evening’s Wayne BOE Candidates Night, hosted by the WEA.

The three candidate’s endorsed by the Wayne teacher’s union this year are Wayne parent Jacob Van Lunen, current Wayne BOE ...

Upcoming Wayne School Board Election Forums – Your Chance to Learn About Each Candidate

WAYNE, NJ – It's less than two months away until the November 8 election and in Wayne, the most contested election this year will be for three seats on the Board of Education. Eight Candidates are vying for these three seats and Wayne residents will get to learn a lot more about them as a Candidate’s Night and a Candidate’s Forum are scheduled, and TAPinto Wayne is preparing ...

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An Evening of Wonderful Live Music & Art

I enjoy doing paint demos as it's a great learning tool. During classes, I can guide students through color mixing, composition, etc., but it's helpful when they see it live. I've done my share of these paint demos the past twenty years but Sunday, October 2nd should be educational but also a lot of fun.

This time around it's a real cultural event as extraordinary musician ...

To Eat or Not To Eat? Inflammatory Foods and Their Effect on Metabolism and Health

In a world surrounded by over-processed food and products, it's crucial to consider how these choices can affect your overall health. 

With many Americans considered obese and illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and chronic stomach issues running rampant, what do you need to know to give yourself and your family a healthy foundation? 

What are the most common ...

Failure to Plan: Is it Planning to Fail?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” But as you chart your financial course, what steps should you take to help you keep moving forward to where you want to go?

Consider these suggestions:

Establish and quantify your goals. Throughout your life, you’ll have short-term goals, such as an overseas vacation or a home renovation, and ...

NJEDA To Open Food Security Planning Grant Program Application September 27

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food ...

Going Through The Mail Bag

NEW JERSEY — With a summer behind us, it seemed like a good time to regroup at TAPinto, and catch up to the more recent reader mail and comments that were piling up.

By far, the reader responses were focused on two separate stories recently written about two former Governors, Democrat Jim McGreevey and Republican Christine Todd Whitman, and what they’ve been up to since ...

Dishing Up Details on Atlantic City Restaurant Week 

With so many of the best restaurants in the Atlantic City region participating in this year’s Atlantic City Restaurant Week (Oct. 2-7, 2022), you may be asking yourself how you will choose where to dine during the 14th annual six-day culinary bonanza. 

That’s a good problem to have. After all, with participating restaurants throughout Atlantic City and the ...

Laughter is the Best Medicine

There are health benefits to humor and laughter; there are, I swear, lol

Humor is one of the most excellent tools in our toolbox for connecting with people.

Laughter is almost contagious. When people hear or see people laughing, they instantly want to participate. It draws them in like a magnet.

Plain and simple laughter increases happiness (who doesn't want to be happy)?

It's ...

Pick Your Path at PCCC

PATERSON, NJ - Wherever you want to go in life, Passaic County Community College (PCCC) has a Career Pathway to help get you there.  Looking for a future as a teacher?  Medical professional?  Business tycoon?   Maybe you would love a career you’ve never even heard of yet.  PCCC can help you find out. 

PCCC offers over 90 ...

How to Say 'NO"

A mom shared that she had been looking forward to some quiet time. Unfortunately, her teen (who didn’t yet have a license) came to her and asked, wheedled, and whined for a ride to a last-minute meet up with friends. Mom felt cornered. How to say no without coming off as angry and resentful seemed impossible.

She also felt enormous pressure from without. Other ...

Passaic County Commissioners Cut Ribbon On The Gateway To The Great Falls

September 23, 2022

PATERSON, NJ – On Wednesday, the Passaic County Commissioners held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the Spruce Street Bridge Project. The newly finished project, considered by locals to be the Gateway to the Great Falls, included the rehabilitation of the bridge, upgrades at the intersection of Wayne and Totowa Ave, and improvements along Front ...

Moving Forward United

Hi, my name is Jacob Van Lunen. I’m running for Board of Education in Wayne, New Jersey alongside Suzanne Pudup and Stacey Scher. We’re 6, 7, 8 United Not Divided.

I went to the board of ed meeting on August 18th. I didn’t speak, but I did a lot of listening.

There was a presentation on the district’s goals for the upcoming year and the new health ...

The Allman Brothers Legacy Band 'A Brothers Revival' Comes to Wayne on October 7

WAYNE, NJ - Not many people know of the large theater in the Wayne YMCA called the Rosen Performing Arts Center. This venue has been the home to musicals, plays and all kinds of events, and will soon host a legacy band led by former Allman Brothers Band bassist Davie Goldflies. 

On October 7, 2022, David "Rook" Goldflies, who played both with the Allman Brothers and with Allman ...