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February 24, 2024

WAYNE, NJ – As of February 24, there are 17 days until Wayne residents decide on the biggest school referendum in town history. $169.8 million is the ask, which Mayor Chris Vergano says is way too much and has spent some time during the past two council meetings talking about the subject. During ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The township council was admonished during Wednesday night’s meetings for not sticking to “recycling and road repaving,” and instead trying to work on international politics, which is not their “forte.” It began back in December, when the council passed a resolution supporting ...

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WAYNE, NJ – “Valentine’s Day was not all warm and fuzzy for some,” reads a statement from the Wayne Police. On February 14, 2024. Two Wayne police officers made a traffic stop on Route 23 at about 3:30 in the afternoon and discovered a trove of stolen goods from Ulta Beauty, Kohls, JC Penney and ...

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WAYNE, NJ - Do you have AT&T for your cell phone carrier? If so, chances are that your phone may not be able to place calls or text at some point today. AT&T has reported a nationwide outage. So far, according to reports there has not been any cyber threats identified. According to ...

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WAYNE, NJ – With spring now less than a month away, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor activities and there are plenty of fun things to do coming up for Wayne residents, including the annual Easter Carnival, the Wayne Cornhole League, bus trips to broadway and fun actvities for all ages.

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TRENTON, NJ - State Senator Kristin Corrado (NJ-40) has reintroduced legislation that could allow drivers to purchase the classic blue New Jersey license plates from the 1980s. The proposed bill aims to not only evoke nostalgia but also generate funds to support State transportation ...

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PATERSON/WOODLAND PARK, NJ – Residents in Woodland Park and commuters passing through the area can expect changes to traffic patterns and pedestrian routes due to the upcoming Squirrelwood Road bridge project over Rt. 80.  During Stage 1, advance signing, temporary striping, and traffic control ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Each month the historians at the Wayne Museum write an interesting article about Wayne history that we publish in TAPinto. Last month, the article was about artifacts donated to the Wayne Museum after the closing of Moore's Home for Funerals in Wayne.  RELATED STORY: This Month in ...

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WAYNE, NJ – It was an exciting weekend for Wayne High School sports with the finals of the boys and girls county basketball tournaments held on Saturday at the Wayne Valley gym. There, on their homecourt, the Valley boys won their first ever county championship. This was just after the Wayne Hills ...

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Here’s How Wayne’s Wrestlers Did This Weekend in Their Quest for a State Championship WAYNE, NJ – It’s that time of the year when high school wrestling shifts from team competitions to individuals pursuing state titles through three rounds of tournaments. On Saturday, Wayne's public high school ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Ria Shinde, a Wayne Hills High School grad - who recently graduated from the Ringling College of Art+Design with a degree in Computer Animation - had her animated short entitled “Strings Attached” nominated for the Television Academy’s 43rd annual College Television Awards, which will ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Over the course of two hours on Thursday night, the Wayne Township Public Schools, led by Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback, laid out their case for the need for the proposed $169.8 million bond referendum, presenting the information in a creative way. On stage at the Wayne Hills High ...

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WAYNE, NJ – It was three years ago that Lord & Taylor’s shut the doors on their 120,000 square foot store in the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ. Since then, that valuable space has sat empty and unused. But now Texas-based JCPenney will be moving into the vacant location and the Willowbrook Mall ...

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This article was updated at 10:28pm on Feb 14 with a quote from Wayne Board of Ed Trustee Ryan Battershill, explaining why his signature was not on the BOE letter.  ----- WAYNE, NJ – Last week, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano surprised the school board with a presentation during the council meeting ...

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WAYNE, NJ - This month's Where in Wayne contest was Valentine's related, so a Happy Valentine's Day to the latest winner. The contest features a picture of our game sponsors Ellen Monarque and Roseanne Nover of the Ellen & Roseann Real Estate Team and you just need to name Where in Wayne the ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated $3.1 million to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. announced on Tuesday. This funding aims to reimburse the hospital for the emergency protective measures implemented during the COVID-19 ...

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WAYNE, NJ – 2023 was a heck of a year for ten-year-old Joel Thornton of Wayne Township, New Jersey. He joined the Wayne Striders track team and competed officially for the first time that spring. Within months, he qualified for the New Jersey Junior Olympics in two events (high jump and triathlon), ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The Dog Days of Winter are over. Unseasonably - but welcome - warm weather for February looks likes its gone for now. The National Weather service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area (issued 3:03am, Mon, Feb 12), which is in effect from 1:00am to 6:00pm on Tuesday, Feb 13, ...

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WAYNE, NJ – In what is likely (hopefully?) the final chapter in Wayne’s Laurelwood Arboretum deer fence controversy, the Township Council passed the ordinance to fund the project and read aloud the wording in the ordinance. The hope was that this would alleviate concerns from those who have been in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Wayne resident who is a member of the Paterson Police Department has pled guilty in connection to a pair of charges stemming from two separate incidents during which he reportedly used excessive force. The incidents, taking place in November and December 2020, sparked outcry from a ...

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SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- As football fans in Sayreville, South Amboy and cities across the country prepare for the big game between the Chiefs vs. the 49ers on Sunday, the planning spectrum ranges from grand-scale celebrations to more intimate gatherings. Amid the excitement, it's no surprise that ...

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WAYNE, NJ – After securing the North Jersey Section 1 Group 3 State Sectional Championship on Wednesday night, Wayne Valley’s wrestling team traveled to take on state-ranked Delsea High School and this is where the team’s season ended. Delsea’s wrestling team is ranked in the top-20 in the state ...

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WAYNE, NJ – It came down to the last bout of the night with the weight of the entire Wayne Valley wrestling program falling on 126-pounder Adam Janouk’s shoulders. Valley, who had a commanding lead early in the team wrestling state sectional tournament finals held in the Valley gym on Wednesday ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Pulling no punches, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano gave a presentation during Wednesday night’s town council meeting, demonstrating why he feels Wayne residents shouldn’t support the proposed $169.8 million school referendum that will be up for a vote on March 12, 2024. He then published a ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Just over 14 months ago, Wayne-Based DOBCO sued the county of Passaic over payments related to a $17 million project to build a new county Department of Public Works building just off of Route 23 in Wayne. According to the lawsuit, "out of scope work" delayed the project, making for ...

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WAYNE, NJ - It's time, once again, to see how well you know Wayne Township with our monthly Where in Wayne contest. The game is simple, just tell us where the picture was taken, and you have a chance to win a $50.00 Visa gift card from the Ellen & Roseanne Real Estate Team from Coldwell ...

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WAYNE, NJ – If you want to weigh-in on the Wayne Township Public Schools’ (WTPS) $169.8 million dollar referendum, then you need to be registered to vote.  In order to participate in the March 12, 2024 decision, you need to make sure you are registered to vote by February 20, 2024. Vote by mail ...

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NEW JERSEY -- The state of New Jersey has the country's second-best education sytem, according to a new study by Teach Simple, a company that provides teaching resources created by teachers for teachers. Massachusetts finished first in the ranking, followed by New Jersey, Connecticut, and New ...

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Brought to you by:  WAYNE, NJ – Can you guess who the Wayne Valley Athlete of the Month is based on these descriptive words provided by his head coach and Dave “Droz” Drozjock, the Wayne Schools’ Athletic Director? - Honest, Trust-Worthy, Polite, Mannerly, Friendly, Diligent, Industrious, ...

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