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NJ lawmakers find millions for pet projects in budget that borrows billions, raises taxes

September 25, 2020

Spending for golf programs, shade trees, town hall renovations, mostly in Democratic districts

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.

Dozens of spending items were tucked into the state budget at the last minute by lawmakers ...

Two Opposing Plans for Addressing Wayne’s Affordable Housing Obligations

WAYNE, NJ – Every city and town in New Jersey is obligated by law to provide their share of affordable housing. Wayne is no exception and this obligation is in perpetuity. The law sets time periods that are called rounds. Wayne has already fulfilled its obligation for round one and round two and finds itself at the tail end of the third round which began in 1999 and will end in 2024. The ...

Will There Be Halloween in Wayne This Year?

WAYNE, NJ – With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting almost every aspect of life in Wayne, it is fair to wonder if a social event like Halloween is still going to happen.  Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano talked about the holiday at last week’s Town Council meeting.

“So much talk has been made about Halloween,” he said.  “And what are we doing with Halloween, ...

This is how Murphy’s budget allocates $2.4 billion in federal COVID funding

Some lawmakers and state-funded organizations worry what will happen when that money is gone.

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.

For six months the coronavirus pandemic has loomed large over New Jersey, taking an enormous ...

Wayne Female Leaders Mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

WAYNE, NJ - Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.

Wayne Councilwoman Jill Sasso ...

Why You Should Encourage Your Neighbors to Fill Out Their Census

WAYNE, NJ – Passaic County Freeholder/Commissioner, John Bartlett has been leading the way for a full and complete census count for 2020.  To that effort, in the last days before the census ends on September 30, Bartlett and Fifth Ward Wayne Councilwoman Fran Ritter are hosting two events in Wayne this Sunday to encourage more people to fill out a census form.

But the questions that ...

Is the End in Sight for Wayne’s Current Affordable Housing Obligation?

WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Town Planner, Chris Kok gave a presentation at this week’s town council meeting about a new proposed residential development that will provide some affordable housing units. During the discussion, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano, said that this and three other developments should fulfill Wayne’s current affordable housing obligation.

The proposed development ...

Sep 16 Town Council Meeting Announcement and Agenda

Wayne Town Council Meeting - Sep 16, 7:30pm

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Human Services Opens Applications for COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program

September 21, 2020

Eligible Families Needing Child Care Assistance as Schools Open Remotely Can Apply Now at ChildCareNJ.Gov

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced that applications are now open for the new COVID-19 child care tuition assistance program the Murphy Administration has created to help families with child care costs as schools open ...

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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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