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The First Honor Roll Students for Wayne Township in 14 years

July 6, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – When the Wayne Township Public Schools published their Honor Roll list, it marked the first time since 2008 that there have been honor roll students in the secondary level of education.

The district had just switched from mailing report cards printed in the school's print shop to a “computerized report card printing system,” according to teachers who were ...

Wayne School Board Recognizes Eagle Scout and ‘Sensory Bin’ Project

WAYNE, NJ – Reaching the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts is a long and challenging journey. Wayne’s newest Eagle Scout, Joseph Scuralli III was recognized at a recent Board of Education meeting for his accomplishment and because his Eagle Scout project supported special needs students at Wayne Hills High School.

President of the BOE Suzanne Pudup came down from the dais to the ...

Wayne School District Puts Spotlight on Amanda Vogt

WAYNE, NJ - Amanda Vogt is no longer a graduating senior. She just celebrated her high school graduation and is now an alumni of Wayne Valley High School. During her senior year, she wrote seven articles that were published in TAPinto Wayne. Each article was sports-related, an area where Vogt may want to focus her career as a journalist.

Vogt wrote about Wayne Hills alum Marina Alex winning a ...

The Wayne Schools Had Three Goals This Past School Year – How Did They Do?

WAYNE, NJ – Every year, the Wayne Township Public Schools sets yearly goals for themselves, and at the end of each school year, the administration reports to the Board of Education on the progress and success of those goals.

Last week’s BOE meeting was the last one in this year’s school calendar, so Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback and Assistant Superintendent Donna Reichman ...

Walter Johnson Hangs up His Whistle, Retires from Teaching After 39 Years in Wayne

WAYNE, NJ - “Bye Mr. Johnson, we will miss you!” were the words echoing throughout the hallways of several Wayne Township schools in the final days of this 2022 school year.  Between teachers, students, administration and his fellow co-workers, everyone will miss Walter Johnson's presence as he begins his retirement from his Wayne Township school system career after 39 ...

Resident Gets Written Apology from School Board Member for Outburst at Meeting

WAYNE, NJ – Newly elected school board member Harry Prassakos spoke out of turn during the June 2, 2022 Wayne Board of Education meeting which was held in the small conference room of the BOE administrative building on Nellis Drive. He pre-empted Wayne resident Michael Gottesman’s public comments and his remarks caused a backlash. In response, Prassakos has issued a formal written ...

Scenes from the 2022 Wayne Hills Graduation Ceremony

Please Note - The Wayne Valley Graduation is Covered in a Separate Article

WAYNE, NJ – A chilly, wet evening greeted the graduating class of Wayne Hills High School on Wednesday evening, but the class of 2022 was undeterred and unbroken. For four years, this group of students has had to adapt to changing environments and educational structures. They persevered for four years, so what was ...

Scenes from the 2022 Wayne Valley Graduation

Please Note - The Wayne Hills Graduation is Covered in a Separate Article

WAYNE, NJ - The rain fell harder on the Wayne Valley High School graduation than it did just a few miles north, where Wayne Hills was celebrating at the same time. But the weather above the Valley football field did not dampen the strong spirits or dim the glow of smiles from the excited students who spent their last few ...

Wayne School Board Approves New Time Limits for Public Comments at Meetings

WAYNE, NJ – Board of Education Policy #0167 has gone through a lot of changes recently. This policy governs public participation in school board meetings and has been changed twice in the last year.

For years, the policy allowed individual speakers a five-minute time limit when they came up to the podium to address the school board during meetings.

There are two portions of the ...

Wayne Schools to Hire Police Officers for Every School

WAYNE, NJ – In response to parents questions about school safety following the deadly shooting at a school in Texas, the Wayne School District will be hiring a police officer for every school starting sometime next school year.

The fiery debate over the new Health and Physical Education standards that will be adopted into next year’s curriculum dominated the meeting on Thursday ...

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Taphouse Wayne Now Open For Lunch!

June 23, 2022

The Taphouse is now open for lunch during the week, and will soon become your favorite go-to for a quick delicious meal.  Our lunch menu features exciting new additions like wraps and specialty cocktails. 

Our new hours are Tuesday - Friday from 11:30am - 3:00pm.  Following lunch, we have our Happy Hour from 3:00pm - 6:00pm with food and drink specials!  Looking for a quick ...

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Upcoming Events

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Thu, July 14, 7:30 PM

Council Chambers at Town Hall, Wayne

BOE Regular Meeting

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Mon, July 25, 7:00 PM

Westmount Country Club, Woodland Park

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Mon, August 15, 7:00 PM

Westmount Country Club, Woodland Park

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Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

Fix on Your Vision, Then Plot Your Course

A few summers back, I decided to travel to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. My wife readily agreed and started collecting the information we'd need for the trip. As we plotted the course, we would be driving from New Jersey to Upstate NY on a mission. We were planning the vision, you see, to get us from Point A to Point B.

What did I think when we got in the car to begin the ...

Take Steps Toward Financial Freedom

Next week, we observe Independence Day, an opportunity to celebrate all the liberties we enjoy in this country. Of course, there are different types of freedoms – such as financial freedom, which can open the doors to many other opportunities. What steps can you take to gain your financial independence?

Here are a few suggestions:

Save, invest … and repeat. There’s ...

How Functional Medicine Can Help You Combat Seasonal Allergies

As we start the summer, we can't help but dream of beach days and fun in the sun. Unfortunately, the Spring bloom and weeds create pollen, and seasonal allergies sufferers struggle to venture outside without discomfort.

A stuffy nose and sneezing do not generate a charming excursion outside and can prevent enjoyment of the warmer months. Some other telltale signs are a sore throat and even ...

Wayne Teacher Selected for National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshop

Wayne educator Sondra Grewe deGraft-Johnson has been selected to participate in an elite, one-week educational program. The National Council for History Education (NCHE) announced that deGraft-Johnson, an English Language Arts teacher at George Washington Middle School, has been selected to participate in its 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History Workshop, ...

Bad Teen Behaviors? Listen more!

Do your teen's behaviors drive you over the edge? The worse the behavior, the more you need to listen.

Difficult behaviors can mean your child is struggling with something, not necessarily trying to give you a hard time. They don't wake up in the morning and think, "How can I make Mom/Dad miserable today?"

There's an underlying feeling: sadness, frustration, rage, ...

Pascrell Celebrates Plan To Keep Paterson Veterans Clinic Open

June 28, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. on Monday hailed an announcement by bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee that they will block plans to close several Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, effectively saving from closure the Paterson Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) which serves veterans in northern and central New Jersey.

The Boys & Girls Club Fall Recreational Soccer Registration Open

July 5, 2022

The Boys & Girls Club of Wayne is now accepting Sensible Soccer registrations for Fall 2022. 

Games will be held on Saturdays and one weeknight practice.  All games will be played at JFK School and neighboring Shai Shacknai fields.

The season will run from mid-September to early-November (about 7 weeks). 

The Sensible Soccer program is open to children who will be in ...

THE Boys & Girls Club Neighbors in Hardship Scholarship Fund Drive

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey has created the "Neighbors in Hardship Scholarship Fund."

Having safe and reliable childcare as parents return to their worksites is crucial. This fund will enable children of members and local families facing financial devastation to participate in our daycare, early education, before and after-school programs, summer and vacation ...

Learn About the Spotted Lanternfly

While Spotted Lanternflies are not harmful to humans, they can severely impact crops, trees, and quality of life in areas they infest. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is sponsoring a workshop where participants can learn about the Spotted Lanternfly and its damaging effects on the local environment. The workshop will be led by Assistant Horticultural Manage Kay Gardiner on Tuesday, July 12th, ...

Milestones

Julia Retkwa Turns 100

June 19, 2022

Julia Retkwa turned 100 on June 2nd- She has been a resident of Hawthorne for over 40 years - Julia was honored at a party for family and friends at Biagio's in Paramus.