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As more teachers stay out of classrooms, schools struggle to find substitutes

September 26, 2020

Many teachers are retiring, asking for leave or not wanting to go to schools in person amid COVID-19 fears

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There’s been a shortage of substitute teachers for years, but the ...

Wayne BOE Highlights Hispanic Contributions to American Life

WAYNE, NJ –National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated this year from September 15 through October 15. During Thursday night’s Wayne Board of Education meeting, BOE member, Dawn Kumar read off a proclamation that highlighted the contributions of Hispanic Americans in the United States. 

“The Bureau of the Census estimates the Hispanic population living in the 50 ...

NJ lawmakers find millions for pet projects in budget that borrows billions, raises taxes

September 25, 2020

Spending for golf programs, shade trees, town hall renovations, mostly in Democratic districts

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Dozens of spending items were tucked into the state budget at the last minute by lawmakers ...

Two Opposing Plans for Addressing Wayne’s Affordable Housing Obligations

WAYNE, NJ – Every city and town in New Jersey is obligated by law to provide their share of affordable housing. Wayne is no exception and this obligation is in perpetuity. The law sets time periods that are called rounds. Wayne has already fulfilled its obligation for round one and round two and finds itself at the tail end of the third round which began in 1999 and will end in 2024. The ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But an App Could Tell You

September 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

Dr. Fauci to NJ: "All in This Together; We Will End it Together"

NEW JERSEY -- Governor Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey. The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points to New Jersey, which was among the first states to be “hit badly as cases ...

Police Respond to Possible Hostage Situation in Wayne

September 17, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police responded on Wednesday afternoon to a call from a Wayne resident who claimed a family member was being held hostage in a home on Benwell Avenue, according to Detective Captain Dan Daly, the Wayne Police Public Information Officer.

It was reported that Nicholas Perota (18) of Wayne had threatened to shoot police upon their arrival. “Responding officers found ...

Chilling Video Shows Four Gunmen Unleashing Hail of Bullets in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

September 19, 2020

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Up to 40,000 NJ unemployment claims still backlogged

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Rockaway resident Alfred Cararo waited weeks for New Jersey’s Department of Labor to pay his unemployment claim.

“Just to not hear anything, just to not get any relief, ...

Last Chance to Register for Wayne’s First Official Cornhole Tournament

September 19, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – Next Saturday, Sep 26, the Wayne Parks & Rec is hosting the first annual Wayne Cornhole Tournament and registration is closing this week. 

“We are looking for the best of the best in Wayne for Cornhole,” said Tim Roetman, the Director of Parks & Rec. “It will be a fun event for all who participate, but we want to find the best two-person team in ...

Summer Fun Continues: Lifeguarded Beaches Through September, at Select Locations at LBI

LONG BEACH ISLAND - A global pandemic couldn't stop people from enjoying the lovely beaches of Long Beach Island this summer.

Labor Day has passed but don't expect to summer to sizzle out too soon.  

There will be more people at LBI in September this year, primarily because there are many homeowners who will stay put on LBI and work remotely from home. 

Here is the ...

A Dedication to Legendary Volunteer Coach Al “Aly Cat” Robin Who Passed Away Recently

September 25, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – Legendary Volunteer Coach, Al Robin passed away on September 22. This is a re-publish of an article about his fifty years of volunteer coaching in Wayne. He is loved by thousands of kids and adults who benefited from his time, care and attention. Rest in Peace Al.


There are not many long-term residents of Wayne who haven’t heard of legendary PAL baseball ...

A Quiet Celebration of Ray Riker: a Coach for Fifty Years at Wayne Hills HS

WAYNE, NJ – The township of Wayne has many stories, many of which are sports stories. Thousands of athletes have played a variety of sports for more than a century in this town.  These athletes were led by some amazing coaches, including professionals and volunteers who give of their time for the love of sport and for the love of coaching young kids.

Some milestones are always worth ...

A Perfect Day for an Imperfect Race Around Wayne

September 15, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – Saturday’s weather was a slice of perfection; a blessing for adventurers and sponsors who participated in the much-anticipated WayneQuest: A TAPinto Adventure.  This was a fun ‘race’ around Wayne where teams followed clues to various locations throughout the town to win prizes. The game turned out to be more difficult than expected and many had a hard time ...

Signature Select Chewy Granola Bars Recalled Due to Mislabeling

September 1, 2020

Treehouse Foods, Inc is voluntarily recalling certain Chewy Granola Bars due to mislabeling. The company stated that the recall was initiated because the outer carton stated the product was Chocolate Chip, however, some individually wrapped product inside the carter contained the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip variety.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the ...

Ronzoni Smart Taste Extra Wide Noodles Recalled Due to Possible Undeclared Egg Allergen

Approximately, 20,000 cases of Ronzoni Smart Taste Extra-Wide Noodle packages due to a possible undeclared egg allergen, announced Rivianna Foods Inc.

The company stated that the affected Ronzoni Smart Taste Extra-Wide Noodle packages do not declare the allergen “egg”, which is an ingredient in the noodle product. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk ...

With Hard-Fought Environmental Justice Bill Signed, Activists Look Toward Work Ahead

September 20, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — When Maria Lopez-Nunez, director of environmental justice and community development for Ironbound Community Corporation, rattles off all the industrial entities impacting the quality of life for residents in her community, she needs both hands to count. 

Among the culprits: a garbage incinerator, the largest sewage waste treatment plant in New Jersey, two power ...

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WEA Donates Desk Shields to Help Keep Students and Teachers Safe

As the school year gets underway, concern for the health and safety of the students and staff of the Wayne Public Schools continues to grow.  The Wayne Education Association (WEA) shares those concerns and has taken a step to help to ease one of them.

With the limited number of PPE being supplied by the administration, the WEA wanted to step up and provide additional protections. To ...

Grandparents: Consider These Financial Moves 

Each year, on the first Sunday after Labor Day, we observe National Grandparents Day. Although it’s not as widely recognized as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, if you’re a grandparent, you probably want to do whatever you can to help your grandchildren on their journeys through life. So, you might want to consider the following moves:

• Contribute to their education.

Simple Exercises Seniors Can Do Indoors

With COVID-19 still spreading in many areas throughout the United States, gyms and fitness centers are just beginning to open - but with several restrictions. Just because you may feel wary about going to the gym does not mean that you cannot stay fit and active. There are many easy exercises that anyone can do at home without any assistance or equipment.

If you are a senior, some ...

The Color of Light

Tuesday night, the setting sun was an incredible neon orange color. I headed back into the studio and announced to my students, "Class trip! Everyone outside!" Together we walked to the end of the parking lot to share this solar phenomena. What made it so different was the surrounding sky wasn't nearly as lit up, it was more of a light gray violet with a touch of orange, but very ...

PCCC Update

12-Week Semester at PCCC Starts September 30

There’s still time to go forward this Fall and register for classes at Passaic County Community College (PCCC). Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student just starting or returning to college, there’s never been a more critical time or better place than PCCC to prepare for your future.

PCCC offers academic excellence, close-to-home convenience, and ...

A Tried and True Way of Showing Homes

Home Inspections. Here’s where the trouble can start, unless you've done the work up front. I taught a course on showing homes once a month for 15 years at Weichert University.  The home inspection process actually starts at the time of showing a house.   Show the good, the bad and the ugly.  If the good out ways out the bad, the buyer will accept it. But if the ...

Night Walk: In Memory of 9/11

Night Walk: In memory of 9/11


A cool night, finally. A soft breeze.


Walking, walking, no distractions other than an occasional car passing by.

Crickets and katydids surround me with their chirping song.


No real sense of distance in the darkened streets.

Houses make themselves known by lights peeking through window ...

Why the Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever. Check it off your list.

Between social distancing and mask wearing, we have been taking the necessary precautions to safeguard our health. But there’s one more important item that should be on our to-do lists. It’s the annual flu vaccination, and this year, it’s more important than ever.

The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious respiratory illnesses. Although they’re caused by different ...

Hawthorne Restaurant Primo Amore Joins Other Restaurants in Filing a Class Action Lawsuit Against Governor Murphy

September 26, 2020

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Owners Linda and Michael Passaro have been running local eatery Primo Amore on Diamond Bridge Avenue for the last three and a half years. Having both come from families in the hospitality and restaurant industry, their dream of opening up their own family restaurant was realized once they took over Primo Amore. For the Passaros, it has been nothing short of fulfilling to be able ...

Legislature passes $32.7B budget. Murphy expected to sign it next week

September 25, 2020

GOP lawmaker slams ‘shameful’ add-ons. Democrats brush off criticism

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A $32.7 billion budget sustained by increased taxes and new borrowing is headed to Gov. Phil ...

Passaic County Announces October Mobile Testing Dates

September 25, 2020

(Passaic County, New Jersey) – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders continues to offer free mobile testing to all Passaic County residents. Today, the County announced their October mobile testing dates.

In addition to Passaic County’s mobile testing program, the County also continues to offer free at-home testing to all county residents. Both the mobile and at-home ...

Chilton Medical Center Achieves Patient Safety Excellence Award

Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center has announced it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Chilton Medical Center among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health ...

New Jersey to Provide Opioid-Overdose Antidote Naloxone for Free to Residents September 24-26 at Participating Pharmacies Across the State

New Jersey to Provide Opioid-Overdose Antidote Naloxone for Free to Residents September 24-26 at Participating Pharmacies Across the State

Residents Can Obtain Free Naloxone at 322 Participating Pharmacies Without Providing Name or a Prescription


Sept. 21, 2020 

(TRENTON) – Governor Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced 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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