My parents, sister, cousin & I where driving home from my cousins house between Midnight And 1:00 a.m. traveling from the direction of Ratzer Rd. on Valley Rd, heading towards the direction of Riverview Dr. I was sitting in the back of the car and had looked out the back window and noticed a light over the road heading toward us. When it passed over us we were about 100' from the first entrance to High School on the right. My parents were talking and I said: Look a UFO. They first didn't respond then I said it louder.
When it passed over it went slighting in a right direction where at that time there had been an old church converted to a PAL building with a roughly 40' Pine tree next to it. Today they are both gone and the main entrance is now there. When mother saw it she said: What is that? And told my father to pull into the High School entrance. We parked by the front doors of school and the UFO was about 6' above the tree.
The UFO was, I would say, around 40' in diameter and as I can remember seemed as though the top was turning in one direction, and the bottom the other and the middle seemed to be all boxed lights not moving with a glowing look. The UFO was stationary for about a minute or two, and again as I remember no one in the car was talking. Now in the direction of Preakness Ave., which is a hill heading towards Paterson about two miles out you could see a small planes lights flying over Paterson guessing 2000' elevation. I didnt notice this until the UFO headed that way. When the UFO took off it went in the direction of the plane when it was just above the plane did this in less then a second then went vertical over it and disappeared.
I had mentioned it at school to a school mate the following school year whose mother called my mother because the had been in West Paterson that night at a party and saw it. The odd thing was years later, when brought only 2 of the 5 had no memory of the encounter.