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Wayne Parents Are Asking: Who Sent Out the ‘Wayne Speaks’ BOE Election Survey?

August 11, 2022

WAYNE, NJ — Many parents across Wayne received an emailed survey from a group called “Wayne Speaks.” The survey purports to be a “Back to School” survey but focuses completely on the upcoming Wayne Board of Education elections, and several parents are questioning who sent it and what is its purpose.

Many parents reached out to the school administration, which ...

Recall Petition Forces Resignation from Cedar Grove Board of Education

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- Christine Dye on Wednesday submitted her resignation from the Cedar Grove Board of Education.

Dye's resignation follows a recent certification by the Essex County Clerk's Office of a petition circulated in Cedar Grove seeking a minimum of 2,802 signatures to put a referendum recalling Dye from the BOE on the election ballot in November.

There were 3,032 signatures ...

Wayne’s Outdoor Dining Regulations Precede Governor’s New Bill and May Become Permanent

August 8, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – At an outdoor dining venue in East Rutherford, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill this week that will extend and expand on state outdoor dining permissions through November 2024. Prior to this, these permissions would’ve expired in November of this year.

RELATED STORY: New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Until November 2024

However, Wayne Township already had ...

A New Strip Mall to Replace Moore’s Home for Funerals on Alps Road in Wayne

WAYNE, NJ – Moore’s Home for Funerals has been a fixture in Wayne for generations but will soon be closing its doors. What’s to take its place? The most likely outcome will be a new strip mall that will sit on the corner of Alps Road and Hamburg Turnpike on the opposite corner of the Preakness Shopping Center.

March Associates Construction, Inc., a Wayne-based business, has ...

History Will Come Alive at Ringwood Manor "Timeline" August 13-14

August 11, 2022

RINGWOOD, NJ - Whenever someone visits Ringwood Manor, they take a trip back in time.  On Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, visitors to this North Jersey treasure will have a particularly special opportunity to see centuries of “living” history spanning the continents and ages up close.  This weekend, Ringwood State Park in partnership with the Hawthorne-based ...

Legislators Announce Plan to Incentivize NY Companies to Open Jersey Satellite Offices

FAIR LAWN, NJ - Legislators proposed a state bill, "Stay in Jersey", to incentivize businesses in New York to open new offices in the Garden State for their Jersey-based employees.

Gottheimer was visibly upset and dismayed by the proposed congestion tax on New Jersey and working families, including those who commute to New York City for work or to visit family members on a ...

Wayne Junior Tennis Star Has “Pinky Promise” Fulfilled by Roger Federer

August 10, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – Twelve-year-old Izyan “Zizou” Ahmad is one of the top-ranked singles and doubles 12-and-under tennis players in the US - at one point recently he was ranked number one in both. He’s also a Wayne resident.

Five years ago, in a televised press conference at the US Open, Zizou boldly asked Roger Federer, the number one tennis player in the world, if he would ...

What a Weekend! Wayne’s Kaitlyn Davies Plays in All-American Game and Nominated for Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year

WAYNE, NJ – This past weekend was a whirlwind for Kaitlyn Davies, the Wayne Hills High School standout girls lacrosse player. Saturday, she played in the Under Armour All-American Girls Lacrosse Game, then Sunday would be the announcement of the 2022 USA Today Girls Lacrosse National Player of the Year Award, of which she was one of just 24 high school girls players to be ...

The Yankees Win - The First Annual Rocco Sivolella Memorial Scholarship Kickball Tournament

WAYNE, NJ - It was a perfect summer night on Tuesday in Wayne. Under the lights of the Little League Fields as the sun set and dusk settled, eight teams gathered to battle it out in the inaugural Rocco Sivolella Memorial Scholarship Kickball Tournament and find out who was the best kickball team in Wayne.

The answer this year is The Yankees; they won the tournament. Of course they did – ...

Footage Sought of Driver Who Fled Westfield Crash Scene Thursday

August 3, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield woman’s participation in a wellness walk with the mayor and police chief was abruptly canceled last week when another driver slammed into her car then sped away, she said.

Page Johnson was attempting a left turn from Willow Grove Road onto Dickson Drive Thursday evening when the driver of a black sedan approaching from behind crashed into the side of ...

Wayne Man Charged with Aggravated Arson After Firework Strikes Woman

BEACH HAVEN - Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Beach Haven Police Chief James Markoski announced that on July 23, 2022, Justin Liebhauser, 19, of Randolph, New Jersey, and Gianni Aveta, 18, of Wayne, New Jersey, were each charged with Aggravated Arson in connection with an incident that occurred in Beach Haven on July 22, 2022

A 53-year-old female victim entered the ...

NJ Dept. of Health Reports 243 Monkeypox Cases, 13 in Passaic County

August 8, 2022

TRENTON, NJ - The NJ Dept. of Health (NJDOH) reports 243 Monkeypox cases in the Garden State. The report, published Aug. 8, 2022, shows an increase of 29 cases since the last report on Fri. Aug. 5. In Passaic County, there are 13 cases as of Monday morning. 

County by county, there are 73 cases in Hudson County, 50 cases in Essex County, 25 cases in Bergen County, 24 in ...

Heat Advisory Issued for Wayne Area Through 8 p.m. Tues. Aug. 9

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a heat advisory for our area through 8 pm. Tuesday Aug. 9.

The hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat-related illness to occur, especially to vulnerable populations and the elderly. On Monday and Tuesday, expect daytime temperatures to reach the mid-90s. 

 A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

State Parole Board Chairman Talks About New Grant to Help Offenders with Substance Use Disorder

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release.

"We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. told TAPinto.

Legislators Announce Plan to Incentivize NY Companies to Open Jersey Satellite Offices

August 11, 2022

FAIR LAWN, NJ - Legislators proposed a state bill, "Stay in Jersey", to incentivize businesses in New York to open new offices in the Garden State for their Jersey-based employees.

Gottheimer was visibly upset and dismayed by the proposed congestion tax on New Jersey and working families, including those who commute to New York City for work or to visit family members on a ...

You Can Help Decide What to Do with The Old Toys R Us Headquarters in Wayne

WAYNE, NJ – On the 183-acre main campus of what was the old Toys R Us Headquarters in Wayne is 600,000 square feet of commercial space in three buildings, of which, about 80% is unoccupied and sitting empty.

Passaic County, through a grant from the NJ Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), is looking to develop an “Adaptive Reuse Plan” for the three large commercial ...

History Will Come Alive at Ringwood Manor "Timeline" August 13-14

August 11, 2022

RINGWOOD, NJ - Whenever someone visits Ringwood Manor, they take a trip back in time.  On Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, visitors to this North Jersey treasure will have a particularly special opportunity to see centuries of “living” history spanning the continents and ages up close.  This weekend, Ringwood State Park in partnership with the Hawthorne-based ...

Local Ridgewood Artist Audrey Fink Exhibiting at Passaic County Arts Center

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - Although Ridgewood local Audrey Fink has always loved art, she finally rediscovered her passion for it when she took the paints and brushes her daughter left behind and started painting. One might say it is never too late to do what you love, and Fink would probably agree as she graduated with a degree in economics from Northwestern University.

Fink is originally from New York ...

Voting Reform Package to Strengthen New Jersey Elections Signed Into Law

July 31, 2022

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy signed bills to strengthen New Jersey elections. The signing builds on reforms to expand democracy enacted during the Murphy Administration, including automatic voter registration and in-person early voting.  

"Across the nation, we continue to see one of our nation’s core principles come under attack as states restrict access to ...

Eight Candidates Will Run for Three Wayne School Board Seats – Only One is an Incumbent

WAYNE, NJ – There are three seats on the Wayne Board of Education that are up for election this year, and only one incumbent is running for re-election in November. This means that there will be at least two different board members on next year’s Wayne School Board.

Eight candidates have filed their petitions with the Passaic County Clerk to run for the three open school board ...

State Urges Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water as New Jersey Enters Drought Watch

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Wayne Area for Thursday, Friday

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Heat Advisory for our area from 11 a.m. Thursday Aug. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 5.

The NWS reports a chance of rain, and possible thunderstorms Thursday night. Showers and thunderstorms are also likely on Friday, with some storms producing significant rainfall. For the weekend, there currently is potential for more rain on ...

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TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

If It is To Be, Its Up to Me

My mentor and now longtime friend Bryan Flanagan would always remind me that personal growth precedes professional growth. I can still hear it as I am writing this.

It is a constant reminder to tap into my power. A reminder, if you will, that “if it is to be, it’s up to me.”

My man Zig Ziglar (another fantastic mentor in my life) would always say you have to be before you ...

​​​​​​​529 plans: Underused but Valuable

In just a few weeks, students will be heading off to college – and parents will be getting out their checkbooks. Without a college-bound student in your home right now, you might not be thinking much about tuition and other higher education expenses, but if you have young children, these costs may eventually be of concern – so how should you prepare for them?

It’s never too ...

Holistic Solutions to Beating the Summer Heat

Whether chasing kids around the beach or going for your morning jog, the summer heat can be torture. And, it's good to have some holistic solutions on hand to keep yourself and your family as comfortable as possible in the extreme heat of summer. 

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is probably the simplest of all solutions but also the most important. When your body sweats, you are ...

You Could Be Tuition Free This Fall at Passaic County Community College

PATERSON, NJ - Passaic County Community College (PCCC) has announced that all County residents who earn less than $80,000 per year may qualify to attend PCCC tuition-free, through the NJ Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) and the PCCC Foundation. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, and see if you qualify for a CCOG grant ...

Parenting Can Be Less Hard

Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby… Nothing can prepare us for the reality of being a parent. There are beautiful highs and horrible lows and everything in between.

And when we’re struggling with a teen who no longer seems to need us; who may be taking risks; veering off the path we dreamed for them; aggravating us with every look, word and action…

It’s ...

St. Joseph’s Health Receives Four American Heart Association Recognitions

PATERSON, NJ - St. Joseph’s Health has received four American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards for demonstrating a commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer re-admissions to the hospital.

Get ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

 

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health ...

Wayne Alliance 5th Annual Overdose Awareness Candle Vigil

July 28, 2022

Wayne Alliance Hosts 5th Annual Overdose Awareness and Hope for the Future on August 31st

The public is invited to share at townhall [front entrance] a memory of someone lost to accidental overdose on our interactive memorial chalkboard through the month of August and on Wednesday 8/31 at Wayne Town Hall - 475 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470.

Please stop by Wayne Township Townhall and ...

Officials Announce Joint Effort to Address Paterson Mosque Bias Attack

August 8, 2022

PATERSON, NJ – In response to Monday evening’s assault at Masjid Abu Baker on Preakness Ave, where worshipers were pelted with rocks while they were praying, Mayor Andre Sayegh, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes and members of the Paterson City Council announced their joint efforts to ...

Meet & Greet Ice Cream Social at Temple Beth Tikvah's Religious School

August 11, 2022

The struggle is real for Jewish young families.  Parents work full time, kids have school and homework, after school activities, weekend games and recitals.  Our schedules are filled to the brim.  How do we incorporate Hebrew School so our children can start learning about their Jewish heritage and create life-long friendships?

Join us at Temple Beth Tikvah's Religious ...

University Spine Center, Academy Orthopedics and High Mountain Orthopedics Announce “Game-Changing” Merger to Form New Northern New Jersey-Based Full-Spectrum Orthopedics Practice

WAYNE, New Jersey - OrthoEast is excited to announce its most recent consolidation of three renowned orthopedic medical groups formerly known as  University Spine Center, Academy Orthopedics, and High Mountain Orthopedics. The new practice will bring together 16 renowned orthopedic specialists in 6 locations across New Jersey and New York to provide exceptional patient-first care and ...

Passaic County Fair Starts Thursday

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ – The Passaic County Board of County Commissioners, and Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. will be hosting the annual Passaic County Fair from August 11th-14th at Garret Mountain Reservation. The opening ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 11th at 7:30pm.

The fair will feature four days of unique activities for all to enjoy from games and rides to art ...