Philip DeVencentis, North Jersey News

Philip DeVencentis

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Woodland Park, NJ, United States

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Recent articles by Philip:

Hawthorne school board reinstates security guard who compared Black Lives Matter to the Klan

The Hawthorne Board of Education reinstated the school security guard who was suspended for posting racist remarks to his personal Facebook page. → Read More

Elections 2020: Four Democrats vying for two nods in Haledon council primary

The contest will pit Councilman Michael Johnson and his partner, Iman Majagah, against Junior Morris and K-8 school board trustee Mohammad Ramadan. → Read More

Wayne Hills, Wayne Valley graduation ceremonies scheduled for July 8

The K-12 district changed the date of graduation ceremonies for Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley high schools, from July 30 to July 8, after a survey. → Read More

Police: Homeless man arrested over burglaries in two Passaic County towns

Henry Smith III was charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit theft, credit card theft, heroin possession, hindering apprehension and trespassing. → Read More

No consensus in Wayne Valley mascot debate as superintendent vows resolution

Several people tuned in to a virtual meeting of the Board of Education to support a petition asking K-12 district leaders to drop the Indians mascot. → Read More

Student starts petition to change Indians mascot at Wayne Valley High School

A student at Wayne Valley High School launched a petition to change its Indian mascot, calling it an 'abysmal misrepresentation' of Native Americans. → Read More

Pride Alliance forms in Hawthorne to raise awareness for LGBTQ rights

Hawthorne officials recruited a group of volunteers, called the Pride Alliance, to be tasked with celebrating and promoting gay rights in the borough. → Read More

Casa Don Manuel, a Mexican restaurant, opens in former Paris Inn in Wayne

Casa Don Manuel, a restaurant serving authentic Mexican cuisine, has opened in the building formerly occupied by Paris Inn on Alps Road in Wayne. → Read More

Racial justice walk set in Hawthorne after residents call cops on Black man exercising with sons

A league of civil rights activists, with loose ties to the Black Lives Matter movement, is backing the man, Erich Garland of Paterson. → Read More

Gov. Murphy sues Wayne mayor to stop graduation ceremonies

The ruling, handed down by state Superior Court Judge Robert Lougy, effectively prevents Wayne from hosting events with more than 100 people. → Read More

Thousands sign petition demanding more lessons on Black history in Wayne schools

More than 5,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the Wayne K-12 district to incorporate more diverse lessons into its curriculum. → Read More

Wayne establishes scholarship in memory of school nurse who died of COVID-19 complications

The family of Suzanne Koransky, who was the supervisor of health services for the Wayne K-12 district, set up a memorial scholarship fund in her name. → Read More

Wayne moving ahead with high school graduations, despite Gov. Murphy's warning

There is an indication that the state will allow bigger crowds to assemble soon, as the number of coronavirus cases drops — but, not before next week. → Read More

Wayne defying Murphy's order, sponsoring high school graduation ceremonies

Mayor Christopher Vergano offered to host the two events in a municipal parking lot. The district "cannot officially participate," though. → Read More

Curbside program brings 'Grand Central'-like traffic for Wayne Public Library staff

The Wayne Public Library is offering curbside drop-off and pickup services, allowing patrons to borrow up to 15 items at a time. → Read More

Wayne lake reopens for swimming at Kilroy Park, with rules for social distancing

Toms Lake at Capt. Michael Kilroy Memorial Park in Wayne reopened for swimming on Saturday morning, and rules for social distancing were in effect. → Read More

Hawthorne school security guard suspended for remarks about Black Lives Matter

A security guard at Hawthorne High School was suspended from his role for allegedly posting racist remarks about black people to his Facebook page. → Read More

Wayne student's 'hateful' speech toward black people sparks outrage, school investigation

Wayne Superintendent Mark Toback said in a letter to students and their families that the video "made a hateful comment about African Americans." → Read More

Judge: Activist's lawsuit against Wayne, church in development case 'patently frivolous'

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Wayne church and township officials, ruling that allegations by an environmental activist lacked merit. → Read More

Loved and Lost: Dawn Malvasia, of Hackensack, guarded a secret for 44 years

Dawn Malvasia, a production assistant for The Arc of Bergen & Passaic, died of complications of coronavirus at Hackensack University Medical Center. → Read More