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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 ...

Portal Bridge Project That Will Improve Rail Travel Between Newark, New York Breaks Ground

KEARNY, NJ — Construction of a new portal bridge that would expand rail travel between Newark and New York City moved one step closer to reality Monday when New Jersey officials and transit leaders broke ground on the new project.

Shovels in hand, Gov. Phil Murphy was joined by U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, and ...

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 ...

CarMax Close to Opening in Wayne – Tesla and Mystery Business Coming Soon

WAYNE, NJ – During the last town council meeting, Mayor Chris Vergano was proud to announce that a Tesla showroom and service center is coming to Wayne Township. He also talked about the long-awaited opening of the CarMax dealership and mentioned a mystery business that will be taking over part of the old ShopRite on Hamburg Turnpike.

“I’m happy to welcome CarMax to Wayne, ...

Paterson To Expand Great Falls With $7.9M River Walk

PATERSON, NJ – Mayor Andre Sayegh shared in greater details on Monday Paterson’s plans to expand the Great Falls National Historic Park with a $7.9 million Riverwalk. 

The 2.5-acre expansion will allow visitors to stroll along the Passaic River among the ruins of a dye factory, silk mill, and gun mill where the Colt .45 revolver was manufactured, he ...

Wayne to Increase Police Force – Upgrade Tasers – Here’s Why

WAYNE, NJ – Ordinance # 36 was passed by the Wayne Town Council during their last meeting. It approved $560,000 for “equipment and technology software in connection with the increase in Police Department manpower and Taser replacement.”

The current Wayne Police Force is 116 officers. But the council approved an increase to 120 when the budget was passed. Then, more recently, ...

Wayne Mayor, Council Talk Stolen Tires at NJ Transit Parking Lot on Route 23

WAYNE, NJ – So far, two incidents have been reported of tires stolen off of cars as they were parked at the NJ Transit Center parking lot on Route 23 in Wayne. During this past town council meeting, Mayor Chris Vergano was asked to comment on the situation.

Councilman-at-Large David Varano brought up the subject, asking Vergano to help dispel “disinformation” being shared on ...

Riding Out Wayne’s Heatwave – Tips From the Red Cross on Staying Cool

WAYNE, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a “heat advisory” through July 24 as temperatures in Wayne, according to the NWS, will continue to climb higher, going up to 97 degrees on Sunday.

“A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to ...


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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 ...

Paterson Graduate of PCCC Receives Prestigious Scholarship

PATERSON, NJ - Ashely Diaz, a Paterson resident and 2022 honors graduate of Passaic County Community College, is a recipient of the highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, awarded this year to only 100 students across the country.

The prestigious scholarship award will provide Ashely with up to $55,000 a year to complete her bachelor’s degree, as well as ...

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 ...

Passaic County Fair Starts Thursday

August 9, 2022

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 ...

Free Outdoor Concert at Laurelwood Arboretum

Saxophonist Abel Mireles and LatiNext will perform Latin jazz selections at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne, on Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 pm during a FREE concert. The rain date is August 31 at 6:30 pm. Parking arrangements has been made at Pines Lake School; shuttles to and from the park will be running beginning at 5:30 pm.

The concert will be held at the arboretum near ...

Three Atlantic Health System Hospitals Receive Five-Star Rating by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Updated Hospital Quality Star Rating

Atlantic Health System announced today that three of its hospitals recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest ranking offered by the federal agency. Collectively, Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center account for three of New Jersey’s only four hospitals to achieve this ...