What We Cover
Comprehensive local coverage of Wayne, N.J. Featuring local news and events, business listings, blogs, discussions, announcements, photos, and videos.
We want to make your life better by giving you quick access to information about what's going on in the community on a daily basis.
We want to tell you about the local businsses in town, ask questions, and find out what moves you as residents.
We cover your lives. Every resident has a story to tell. We just want to tell them using words, pictures, and videos.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Daniel Hubbard, Editor
Daniel Hubbard is honored to be the first editor of Wayne Patch. He is a graduate of Ramapo College. Daniel has lived in the Packanack Lake section of Wayne since 2001. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 973-987-7049.
Ariana Cohn-Sheehan, Editor
After spending six years living in upstate New York, Ariana Sheehan is back in her hometown of Kinnelon, covering the boroughs of Kinnelon, Butler and Bloomingdale and Township of Montville.
Ariana has seven years of professional journalism experience, having worked as a reporter and editor for both daily and weekly newspapers. As a reporter, she was responsible for covering municipal government, school districts, community features, countywide stories and local elections.
Arielle From, Guest Editor
I am a Washington Township resident. While attending Westwood High School I became Managing Editor of The Cardinal Chronicle and knew I wanted to pursue a career in Journalism.
I'm currently a Senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Mass Communication with a double minor in Journalism and Political Science. I've written for our university's student-run newspaper, The Review, since freshman fall, and held the positions of Entertainment Editor and Copy Editor.
Don E. Smith Jr., Contributor, Editor
Don E. Smith Jr. is a freelance writer who lives in Hawthorne, New Jersey, with his wife, Laura, and three cats, Bobby, Merlin and Banjo. He is the author of Hawthorne from Arcadia Publishing and the upcoming Van Winkles of Goffle Road. He also is a columnist for InvestComics.com, and his comic books Political Power: Rush Limbaugh and Political Power: Ronald Reagan were released from Bluewater Comics in 2010.
Frank Giasone, Contributor
Frank Giasone is a graduate of Montclair State University with a B.A. in English and a minor in journalism. Before joining Patch in November 2009, Frank worked with a local newspaper in Caldwell as a reporter, features writer and editor. While in college, he interned at MSNBC and also covered sporting events for the Montclair State newspaper, The Montclairion.
John Arthur, Editor, Contributor
John started writing for Patch in late 2009 and has covered sports, government, music, arts and much more for dozens of Patch towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He currently works as weekend editor for Ocean City Patch and Galloway Patch. He has a master's degree in library and information sciences and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and history from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. When he is not working or writing, he is singing with his band, The Deafening Colors. He also writes fiction, some of which has appeared in Corium Magazine. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Nancy Koestenblatt, Editor, Contributor
Jessica Mazzola, Editor
Jessica is excited to be the editor of Mahwah's Patch site, a great source for all of the news and information about what is going on locally. Born and raised in the area, she is glad to be covering local news that is really important. She has worked in local radio journalism as an on-air reporter for about three years, and is extremely passionate about catering to a local community. A graduate of Fordham University's Honors Program, Jessica majored in Journalism and Political Science. Please feel free to reach out to her about what is going on here that is important to you. Jessica.Mazzola@patch.com or 201-706-1984.
Kathleen O'Malley, Calendar Editor, Contributor
Kathleen O'Malley, a West Orange native, has lived in Jersey City and Hoboken for the past 20+ years but still loves South Mountain Reservation and the tree-lined streets of the suburbs. She is a freelance writer and scientific and medical publishing veteran with over 20 years' experience. She also owns a fashion consulting/retail business in Jersey City called World of Style Vintage.
Alana Quartuccio, Editor
Before she began covering Hasbrouck Heights and Paramus for Patch, Alana Quartuccio has been covering community news in several Bergen County municipalities such as Fort Lee, Edgewater, Leonia, Teaneck, Cresskill and Tenafly. She previously served as Editor for three weekly newspapers at North Jersey Media Group.
Noah Cohen, Editor
Noah is a local editor for Patch.com, a network of local news websites. He covers news in Teaneck and oversees a team of dedicated freelance contributors.
Before joining Patch full time, he was a reporter in Essex, Union and Hudson counties. He also worked in media relations for a major Philadelphia university.
Have a story idea or news tip? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph M. Gerace, Editor
Angela Daidone, Guest Editor
Hi. After working 20-plus years in the restaurant business and raising my now-grown children, I returned to college and received a BA in General Humanities from Montclair State University. I was a communications and media specialist for St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson before venturing into writing for several local daily and weekly publications. I was the Sports Editor for The Jersey Journal in Jersey City, and currently am freelancing for several web sites, special publications and magazines, covering high school sports, home and lifestyle, health and medicine and finance.
I also have private clients for whom I provide public relations and marketing advice.
I am an avid gardener, bicyclist, cook extraordinnaire, award-winning vintner and according to my biggest fans, Katie and Henry, the world's best Nana.
Madhavi Saifee, Sales, Editor, Contributor, Sales_ops
Madhavi Saifee is a Regional Publisher for Patch in Northern NJ. She is excited to join the Patch team and comes with indepth experience in the online news industry.
Erana Marks, Sales, Contributor, Blogger
A native of Western Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, I am living in North Jersey since 1995. I lived and traveled all over the world. I worked for two years in mainland China. My passion for work includes over five years connecting businesses with buyers bringing their products and services to market. My philosophy includes providing personalized service and care to all my customers. In my spare time, I enjoy walking, knitting, and gardening. Feel free to contact me Erana.email@example.com or call 201 294-9234.
Laura Boniello, Blogger, Contributor, Sales
Welcome to Patch! My name is Laura Boniello and I am thrilled to be part of the Patch family as your NJ Regional Advertising Manager.
I graduated with a B.S. degree in management and have over 20 years experience in advertising. I live in Cedar Grove with my husband and two beautiful girls and enjoy traveling, great music and spending time with family and friends.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in having a presence on Patch as I would be happy to help.
Sharm Shade, Sales, Contributor, Editor
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Born and raised in Montclair, Sharm is used to lots going on around town! This Jersey native went to Rutgers University for a B.A. in Public Relations and flew north to Boston University for some "chowdah" and an M.S. in Advertising. After living in London three months for study abroad, she returned to the one and only Garden State. Having worked at MWW Group (Public Relations), L'Oreal (Editorial Asst), Bauer Media (Marketing Associate) and an interactive media company (Corporate Event Marketing), it became apparent that Sharm loves all things marketing communications!
In her spare time, she enjoys live music, dance class, cooking and singing. Ever since London (where she hopped over to Spain and South Whales as well), she has caught the travel bug and can't wait for the next trip!
Paul Milo, Editor
Paul Milo, co-editor of Newark Patch, studied philosophy at Montclair State University immediately prior to starting in journalism in 1998. Milo, a Lodi native, has spent his entire career covering Essex County communities. He has won nearly a dozen state press awards, including an award for a story debunking rumors that coffee shop workers were seen celebrating immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks and another award for an editorial critical of questionable campaign tactics used during a Belleville election.
Terry Boudreau, Contributor
I have been using a camera for over 45 years. My grandfather, an amateur photographer and regular contibutor to a local weekly newspaper, gave me a pre-WWII camera (no autofocus or exposure in those days) and sent me on my way with a roll of film and the "sunny 16" rule.
I love shooting sports of all kinds, wildlife, portraits and auto racing. I recently took an assignment shooting dance at a local university (a lot like basketball without the ball!).
Christopher Costa, Contributor, Editor
Mike Dennis, Contributor
Kathy Lloyd Boehm, Contributor
Resident of Midland Park, photographer, stained glass artist.
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Zak Koeske, Editor
Zak is a perpetually curious Pittsburgh-born journalist and writer currently employed as the Patch local editor in Fair Lawn, NJ.
His work has appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, online at AOL Politics Daily and the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, and on WAMU radio in Washington.
Zak completed degrees in political science, biology and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in December 2008 before moving on to Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism for his Master’s in December 2010.
He’s reported on a range of subjects that run the gamut from education to technology, with a little sports and politics mixed in between.
Since early July 2011, he’s also been working on a book about green burial that focuses on Pennsylvania’s first all-green cemetery — Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in Penn Hills.
What is Patch?
Simply put, Patch is an innovative way to find out about, and participate in, what's going on near you.
We're a community-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by passionate and experienced new media professionals. Patch is revolutionizing the way neighbors connect with each other, their communities, and the national conversation.
We want to be the most trusted, comprehensive, and relevant news and information resource in your community. What can you do on Patch?
- Keep up with news and events
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Patch is run by professional editors, photographers, videographers, and salespeople who live in the regions they serve, and is supported by a great team in our New York City headquarters. Patch also gets advice from our Advisory Board and from many members of the community.
We look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories. If you see us around town, don't be afraid to say hi and tell us what you want to see on Patch!
Where You Come In
We hope that our sites will strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can't do it without you. We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events to the community calendar. So get to it! And if you're a business owner who wants to be listed, just let us know.
You can't truly serve a community unless you provide the help it needs most, which is why giving back is so important to us. We do it as part of our coverage — in a dedicated space that lets local charities and volunteers find each other — and with a program called "Give 5," through which we donate advertising space to charitable organizations and contribute our own time as volunteers. Want to know more? Email us at email@example.com.
Phil Meyer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in Journalism in the spring of 2008. He joined the Journalism School in 1981 and served as Knight Chair in Journalism Professor from 1993-2008. Prior to joining the school, he held a number of reporter and research positions at various media outlets.
He has won numerous awards including the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Research About Journalism (with Scott Maier). He was named a Fellow of Society of Professional Journalists in 2005. In 2004, the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him its Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award. And in 2000 he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.
Meyer is the author of several books including The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age and Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods. Journalism Quarterly in 2000 listed this book as one of the 35 significant books of the 20th century in journalism and mass communication; and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, observing its 50th anniversary in 1996, listed it as one of 50 significant books on public opinion research.
He received his B.S. in technical journalism from Kansas State University and his M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Steven Berlin Johnson is a pioneer in the web world, as a co-founder of FEED, Plastic.com, and Outside.in, which was acquired by Patch in March of 2011. He also co-created Findings.com, which launched in late 2011. Steven was the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School at Columbia University, and served for several years as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Journalism School. He is a bestselling author of seven books, and won acclaim and a Newhouse School Mirror Award for his 2010 Time Magazine cover story, "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live."
Speaking of Steven's editorial prowess, check out this video based on Steven's book, Where Good Ideas Come From, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Economist.
Brian Farnham, Founding Editor-in-Chief
Brian was Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York magazine before coming to Patch. Before that he worked for a variety of publications both online and off, including Details magazine, New York Magazine, and the old, dearly departed Sidewalk.com. He has written for numerous publications, from the New York Times magazine to Harper's Bazaar. He graduated from Bowdoin College and got an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University so he could put his novel in a drawer with distinction. He lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife, adorable son, angelic daughter and the world's most dog-like cat. He’s proud as hell of what the Patch team has built.
Ken Paulson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Amendment Center
Ken Paulson is president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.
Throughout his career, Paulson has drawn on his background as both a journalist and lawyer, serving as the editor or managing editor of newspapers in five different states.
He also is past-president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news media leaders.
Paulson also was the host of the Emmy-honored television program “Speaking Freely,” seen in more than 60 PBS markets nationwide over five seasons, and the author of "Freedom Sings," a multimedia stage show celebrating the First Amendment that continues to tour the nation's campuses.
He was an early advocate of making newspaper content available online, launching online newspapers in both Florida and New York in 1993.
For 12 years, Paulson was a regular guest lecturer at the American Press Institute, speaking to more than 5,000 journalists about First Amendment issues. He was honored with the API Lifetime Service Award. In 2010 and 2011, he served as chair of the PBS Editorial Standards Review Committee.
In 2007, Paulson was named fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, “the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.” In 2008, he received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications from the Southern Regional Press Institute. He has also been elected to the Illini Publishing Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from American University.