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Passaic County News

April 23, 2024

PATERSON, NJ - A 26-year-old Paterson man was arrested on Sunday and charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 23-year-old he had previously been in a domestic relationship with.   According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Saul Huamani-Rosas, is charged with Aggravated ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ – The deterioration of the sewer force main at McBride Avenue has resulted in significant damage, prompting the need for emergency repairs. To address this issue, the council has approved two quotes from Montana Construction, located in Lodi.  The first quote, totaling ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Little Falls resident Michele Kocotos is competing in the Supermom competition. The competition celebrates motherhood while raising awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children. After devoting the last ...

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PATERSON, NJ - On Friday, Mayor Andre Sayegh, alongside members of the Paterson City Council and representatives from Paterson Cares, broke ground on the eagerly anticipated $1.2 million renovation project at Barbour Park. The transformation of Barbour Park symbolizes an incredible journey from ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The individual responsible for the assault of two security officers on April 8 was spotted near the school premises again on Friday, Superintendent of Passaic Valley High School Bracken Healy announced in a letter.  On the morning of April 8, security officers at Passaic ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a fatal house fire that left one man dead on Sunday. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Paterson Police Department Officer In Charge Isa Abbassi, and Paterson Fire Chief Alex Alicea, the Paterson Fire ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson City Council recently opted to retract a proposed ordinance aimed at regulating charitable groups conducting outdoor food distributions within the city. Originally, the ordinance required individuals and nonprofit organizations to obtain permits for such activities, ...

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PASSAIC, NJ - Passaic Municipal Judge Jonathan H. Rosenbluth, ruled that charges filed against First Ward Councilman Mike Jackson should be heard in Passaic County Superior Court. While Fifth Ward Councilman Luis Velez, who brought the charges, appeared in the courtroom on Thursday, Jackson did ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Beginning this month motorists in the vicinity of the Squirrelwood Road Bridge over Route 80 can expect significant changes to their commute. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced the commencement of road work on the bridge, which is anticipated to ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Jose Ozuna remembers the moment he decided that he wanted to be in policing. "We had the experience when a detective came to our house looking for my brother. The detective didn't come in like he was the police officer and my brother was the bad guy. He came in and talked to him ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Three Paterson police officers, Giuseppe Ciarla, Juan Cruz-Fernandez, and Jason Scmid, 34, have been arrested and charged following an incident in December 2022 during which they reportedly failed to conduct a proper investigation involving a report of domestic violence against a New ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Paterson Public Schools has partnered with Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey (PPMNJ) to launch Teen Leaders influencing Neighbors with Knowledge of Sexuality (Teen LINKS). This initiative aims to provide high school students with peer education internships focused on ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Five men were arrested in the murder of 31-year-old Richard Franceschi, a Hawthorne resident, who was killed in early February during a barroom incident at JoJo's Bar & Grill in Garfield, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor. On Sunday, February 4, at approximately 12:44 ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson Board of Education has given the green light for a $808 million preliminary budget for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. This is a $28 million increase over the previous year with a 5% tax increase. The District is also receiving $54 million in State ...

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FAIR LAWN, NJ - Over the weekend, police tracked down complaints of a burning car that "had driven off the roadway from Saddle River Road," according to a police Facebook post. Two officers had minor injuries and were released at the scene. The car drove into the park area "behind a home," ...

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PATERSON, NJ – The Paterson Public Schools District announced its balanced budget for the upcoming academic year, navigating through various financial challenges and opportunities. The Board of Education will decide on Monday, March 20 to vote on a 5% tax levy making the 2024-2025 school budget ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - Totowa Fire Chief Richard Schopperth is using a lifesaving rescue on Monday as a reminder to drivers to avoid flooded roadways. "We remind everyone not to drive into water-covered roadways," Schopperth said. "Turn around, don't drown. You're not only risking your life, but also the ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - A 19-year-old is dead, and another injured after a collision involving a motorcycle and an SUV on Route 46 East near the Union Boulevard exit in Totowa, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes and Totowa Police Chief Carmen Veneziano announced. According to a statement, at ...

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PATERSON, NJ – The Paterson City Council has stirred controversy by approving a $159,663 contract to Talarico Building Services of Bellmawr for commercial cleaning services. The decision has drawn criticism from Paterson resident Tshon Wells, founder of Wells Cleaning Company, who expressed ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - A 50-year-old borough man has admitted to "transporting and possessing videos and images of child sexual abuse," according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. Edward M. O’Hagan, 50, of Hawthorne, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal ...

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - John F. Kennedy High School wrestling student Solaris Paul etched her name in the annals of history as the first-ever girl in the school's history to secure third place in the state tournament. This marks a significant milestone not only for Paul, but also for the wrestling ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Board of Education is reeling after receiving an 18% cut from its state aid in the latest round of school funding announced by the governor's office last week. "It is a hard blow to take," Alex Clavijo, vice president of the Board of Education and Finance Chair, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh revealed outcomes and insights into the Mayor's Guaranteed Income Program's impact on Paterson residents on Monday. Launched in 2022 to tackle economic disparities, the program provided financial support to eligible participants.  "This program has been ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Five Paterson residents were charged in connection with the armed robbery of a residence in Saddle Brook, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced. The defendants appeared in Newark Federal Court on February 28.  Charged by complaint, Jamere Dixon, Jahad Foxworth, Tyra Jones, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The historic St. Michael's Catholic Church, located on Cianci Street in Paterson, concluded its operations with a final mass on Sunday. Established over a century ago, the church served as the first Italian church in Paterson, playing a central role in the spiritual life of the ...

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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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PATERSON, NJ – The Paterson School Board has unveiled a preliminary budget of $710.4 million for the upcoming academic year. The proposed budget represents an increase in spending of $53.7 million over the current one, and includes an 8% tax increase. Among the most costly items in the proposed ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Only half of people who attempt to climb Mount Kilinmanjaro reach the top, so when Hawthorne's Adam Faatz made it to the summit, he had achieved rare air indeed. Faatz become the first person with Pulmonary Fibrosis — and with one lung — to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s ...

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HALEDON, NJ - A local ecstasy manufacturing operation in the "heart" of the community has been broken up, according to police. Calling it a "significant stride in combatting illegal drug activity," officials announced the dismantling of a drug manufacturing operation after acting on credible ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Public Schools parents used last week's Board of Education meeting to express their concerns with what is being called a "right-sizing plan" set to take effect within the District on February 26. The plan, officials said, is aimed at reallocating teachers to address ...

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