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Learning pods create classroom feel for remote students

September 28, 2020

In place of a classroom, some families are forming small learning groups, providing the social support many kids are missing

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Like so many kids in New Jersey, Eliana Krieger is learning ...

Child Care Assistance Available to New Jersey Working Families

PATERSON, NJ – With many school districts opting to start the year remotely, many working parents are scrambling to find child care and figure out how to pay for it.

To ease the burden, the state has launched a $150 million tuition assistance program to help families cover those costs this fall.

The program will offer tuition assistance for parents with incomes of up to $75,000 in ...

Wayne Teacher’s Union Calls Out Members of the BOE for Apathy Over Racism

WAYNE, NJ – During Thursday night’s Wayne BOE meeting, Wayne Education Association Officer, Dennis Carroll read a statement on behalf of the WEA Representative Council.  In the statement he called out members of the BOE who were “disregarding speakers,” specifically naming Michael Bubba for not listening, and “visibly” laughing while students were sharing ...

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

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

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

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 ...

State Lawmaker Dr. Conaway Calling for Flu Vaccines for All Students in School, Child Care and Higher Ed

BORDENTOWN, NJ – With the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many health care experts are raising concerns about the impact of upcoming flu season. Since patients may experience the same symptoms for the common flu and the coronavirus it can make it difficult to differentiate between them.

State lawmaker Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) wants to protect ...

Wayne BOE Ignores WEA Vote of No Confidence in Public Meeting

WAYNE, NJ – During Thursday night’s Wayne Board of Education meeting, the Wayne teacher’s union publicly declared a vote of no confidence against the BOE. This was not a surprise as members of the BOE received letters from the WEA the week before expressing the same declaration. The letter addressed to Cathy Kazan, the BOE President had been leaked to Facebook.

The ...

Introducing Wayne’s 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

WAYNE, NJ – Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program and three Wayne students have made the list.  

Wayne Hills senior Anshul Sinha, and Wayne Valley seniors Alexandra Kazakov and Hope Mandler are the only Wayne students to make the list.  ...

Smartphones Are Lowering Students' Grades, Rutgers Study Finds

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - So, you think being able to Google the answers on your smartphone will be your ticket to good grades as the school year kicks off?

Think again, says Rutgers researchers.

The ease of finding information on the internet is hurting students’ long-term retention and resulting in lower grades on exams, according to a Rutgers University–New Brunswick study.

The ...

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YMCA Supporting Families with Affordable Child Care During the School Year

September 28, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges strives to create opportunities for all. Providing affordable, quality programs is central to the Y’s mission of strengthening communities, by ensuring that each person, no matter their background and economic status, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

The Y for All Fund enables individuals and families to participate in ...

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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 ...

What colors do I use to paint a Black Bear?

The only thing more divisive than Democrats and Republicans is the artistic debate of whether to make black by mixing it or by squeezing it out of the tube!

Think I'm kidding?  According to Google, there are 567 million results when you ask that question. Fortunately, if you're reading this, I will share the correct answer and save you a few million hours!

If you don't know ...

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 ...

No public testimony. Court-sanctioned deficit spending. NJ budget like no other

September 28, 2020

COVID-19 forced the governor and lawmakers to rewrite the budget playbook. Here’s what they did

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Gov. Phil Murphy is getting ready to sign a $32.7 billion spending plan into law ...

YMCA Supporting Families with Affordable Child Care During the School Year

September 28, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges strives to create opportunities for all. Providing affordable, quality programs is central to the Y’s mission of strengthening communities, by ensuring that each person, no matter their background and economic status, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

The Y for All Fund enables individuals and families to participate in ...

Passaic County Announces October Mobile Testing Dates

(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 ...

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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