The following school closings

27 12 2010

With 2 feet of snow on the ground Yeshiva Ktana (all divisions), YBH (all divisions) and The Cheder will all be closed on Monday.





Blizzard is dumping more then 2 feet of snow

27 12 2010

Passaic N.J- While crews have been fighting this blizzard all night. At times even getting stuck themselves or swiping other vehicles, much still needs to be done. The storm is expected to tapper off at about noon today. More then 2 feet of snow will have been dumped on Passaic County with estimates as high as 30 inches. The State Of Emergency stays in effect through out the morning rush hour. If you don’t need to go outside in this blizzard please stay off the roads.





Nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic agree to concessions

22 11 2009

Unionized employees at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic have tentatively agreed to a new contract that extends pay cuts and other concessions until the hospital begins to recover financially.

More than 500 nurses, technicians and other workers ratified a three-year contract, which goes into effect when the current contract expires on Feb. 28. The new pact continues court-assigned concessions until St. Mary’s reorganization plan is approved, at which time the nurses expect the hospital to begin restoring their pay in increments.

The employees have worked with a 5 percent pay cut — later reduced to a 4 percent cut by the hospital — and other concessions since March, when St. Mary’s declared bankruptcy, citing debts of $100 million.

Attorneys for the non-profit, 292-bed acute-care hospital filed a reorganization plan this month with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark and have until Jan. 6 for creditors to accept the plan.

The unions and St. Mary’s, who have been negotiating for months with an independent mediator, were pleased with the settlement.

“We had a mutually agreed upon mediator, who made compromise recommendations that turned out to be fairly reasonable,” said Virginia Tracy, executive director of JNESO, the union that represents 357 nurses and 131 technicians at St. Mary’s.

“It’s not ideal, but it gives them a chance to get back on their feet and us to get back what we lost,” Tracy said.

Another union, Operating Engineers Local 68, represents 20 licensed boiler room workers and other employees.

“Having the support of [the] unions, whose contracts were fully ratified this month, is an important step forward for the hospital,” Vanessa Warner, a spokeswoman for St. Mary’s, said in a statement Friday.

As part of the agreement, St. Mary’s will restore 2 percent of the workers’ wages when the court approves the reorganization plan; then 1 percent more in March, and another 1 percent in June, Tracy said. The hospital would also resume the employees’ annual “step” raise, an average 40 cents per hour increase, she said.

The hospital will not reinstate a paid half-hour lunch for employees, she said. But it will pay time-and-a-half to a 12-hour shift worker who is not relieved by another worker in order to eat, she said.

“The difference between now and when the hospital filed for bankruptcy is that we’re hopeful for the first time in a long time that progress can be made,” Tracy said.

The union was concerned that the hospital would reject its contract altogether if it didn’t agree to temporarily continue the concessions, Tracy said. “If they’re going to make it, they need cash and a few months to get a leg up to be successful,” she said.

“The employees are definitely going to cast their lot with management. The new administration has made some positive changes that we can see,” Tracy said. A new president and new chief financial officer took over St. Mary’s last summer.

A recent report by the court-appointed patient care ombudsman agreed.

“There are no issues at this time with regard to maintaining quality of care provided by St. Mary’s Hospital,” the ombudsman, Daniel T. McMurray, said in court documents.

A hearing on the sale of St. Mary’s former hospital site at 211 Pennington Ave. will be held on Dec. 8.

On Dec. 9, St. Mary’s will hold a public meeting to discuss hospital finances, future plans, services and community benefit programs. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital, located at 350 Boulevard.

A hearing on the hospital’s Chapter 11 disclosure statement will be held Dec. 18.

The 114-year old St. Mary’s is the sole survivor of Passaic’s three hospitals.

E-mail: groves@northjersey.com





Breaking News:::: Major Gas Main Was Just Busted

22 10 2009

Passaic N.J. Major gas main was just busted by a construction company at the corner of Main Avenue and Highland Avenue. The gas leak is reported in the new school. Multiple agencies are responding at this time. Passaic Fire is requesting P.S.E & G on a rush. Main Avenue is being blocked off by the Passaic Police at this time expect major delays in the area. Homes are being evacuated in the area.

Update– 2:45 Passaic Fire evacuating all Highland Avenue residents in the area. Clifton Police requested to block off Main Avenue in Clifton.

Update–2:49 Passaic Fire loads the fire hoses as a precautionary measure. Additional Fire trucks arrive on scene to help with evacuations. Construction company is shutting down all of their generators in the area.

Update–2:50 P.S.E & G representative on location at this time, P.S.E & G rep awaiting the gas shut off team.

Update–2:55 Passaic Police reaching out to the Passaic County Sheriff Department for more officers to block off streets in the area.

Update–2:57 P.S.E & G Gas shut off team on location and attempting to shut off the gas main on Main Avenue and Highland.

Update–3:09 As per Passaic Police and Passaic Fire all units will be leaving the scene within 15 minutes. P.S.E & G shut off the gas at this time.

P.B.J.N Staff on behalf of the residents of the City Of Passaic would like to thank the Passaic Police department and the Passaic Fire department for keeping us safe and protected.

P.B.J.N Exclusive Report





Protest in Passaic

24 06 2009

A protest will take place on Saturday June 27 in front of City Hall at approximately 12pm in protest of police brutality. For an update on this post please check back often.





Breaking News 2 Robberies in the last 10 minutes by gunpoint

6 01 2009

The passaic police department is on a search for  a green Mercedes older model  with scratches on the side door. Shots were fired at victim #1 but Thank G-D the gunman missed, nothing was taken from him. A 2nd victim was outside the Home Depot in Down town passaic. Victim # 2 was robbed but no shots were fired and a hand gun was displayed.

Update; 11:17Pm 6 Passaic County Units are in passaic searching for the gunman.

PCJN is first to report this story as well as all Breaking News





Snow Storm Enroute To North Jersey

18 12 2008

The weather websites are predicting snow on Thursday night (12/18) with little to no accumulation. The precipitation will continue throughout Friday into Shabbos. Expect 6-9inches of snow on the ground. Be careful driving and walking to Shul. More snow is expected again on Sunday.

Get those shovels, ice choppers and salt ready.

UPDATE 12/18/08 1:00 PM: ADAS ACTIVITY GROUPS WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DEC. 19TH DUE TO THE ANTICIPATED SNOW STORM.

UPDATE 12/18/08 3:00 PM: WCBS is predicting accumulations up to 7 inches on Friday. Make sure to call your child’s school for School Closing updates. School phone numbers are as follows: Yeshiva K’Tana – 973-916-1555, ext 5 (no information until Friday AM), YBH – 973-777-0735, Passaic-Clifton Cheder- 973-472-0011. School Closings are also avaialble online at PCJN and at WCBS880.com

UPDATE 12/18/08 5:00 PM: New York City N.Y.Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended on Friday, December 19 to facilitate snow removal. Link to New York alternate side parking schedule.

UPDATE 12/18/08 9:45 PM: The following schools are closed tomorrow 12/19/08

Ramapo College Of New Jersey    CLOSED

City Of Passaic Public Schools       

  • YKP Girls Elementary, Girls High School and Pre-school: Closed today.
  • Yeshiva Mkor Boruch: Open with early dismissal at 11:30AM.
  • YBH-Hillel: Closed today.UPDATE 12/19/08 6:57 AM: School Closings Update 
  • The Cheder: is open at this time