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The Jaffe Briefing - October 22, 2019

CHERRY HILL – The school lunch debt debacle is still raging here, and no one has a good solution for the amassed $16,500 balance. An exasperated local businessman is offering to cover it, ending what’s become a national headline. Over the summer, school officials introduced – and then scrapped – its controversial “tuna-fish ...

The Jaffe Briefing - October 18, 2019

STATEWIDE – It’s hard to miss the smirk on some out-of-state faces when they hear New Jersey is the Garden State. They have no clue about our acres of rolling farmland and enchanting state parks. So, for the moment, let’s ignore that we’ve got more toxic waste sites than any other state (114) and a clear and present danger with our water systems. Newark grabbed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - October 17, 2019

TRENTON – It’s the ‘Great Pumpkin’ tax debate, Charlie Brown! And it’s got lots of questions swirling around the state Department of Taxation today. The state says pumpkins used for eating are non-taxable, but people using pumpkins for decorations must pay sales tax. It’s prompted plenty of obvious questions on Twitter, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - October 16, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY – There was never a real gamble to allow legal sports wagering in New Jersey, as we all have that insatiable thirst for sports and betting, preferably with a beer and a wing. And so there is absolutely no surprise that Atlantic City has shattered its own record, with $445 million wagered on sports last month, the largest total since the first bet was placed last June.

The Jaffe Briefing - October 14, 2019

STATEWIDE – It’s been another weekend of yelling at those damn referees,whether on a high school, college or pro football field. So, yeah, they are all blind, deaf, asleep and have zero clue of the rules of the game. But let’s forget all that today, for this fleeting moment, as we kick off the beginning of the state’s first-ever “Officials’ Appreciation ...

State’s Largest Bus Network — Bigger and Better Than Ever

In previous editions of NJ TRANSIT: Moving Forward, I outlined several major investments we have made — and are aggressively continuing to make — in equipment and personnel to provide a better experience for commuters and other riders of the nation’s largest statewide public transit system. In this and upcoming issues, I’d like to take a more in-depth look at some of ...

How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds this Halloween

October 22, 2019

Carving Jack-o’-lanterns? Save your pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack.

To get started, preheat the oven to 325°F. Scoop the seeds out of your pumpkin and place them in a colander in the sink. Separate the seeds as much as you can from any goo, then rinse them clean. Pat them dry.

On a baking sheet with sides, toss the seeds with oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper or, ...

Rutgers Students Make Their Mark at U.N.

October 23, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Five students from Rutgers-New Brunswick’s M.A. Program in Political Science - Concentration in the United Nations and Global Policy Studies (UNMA) at the School of Arts and Sciences will be interning at the United Nations headquarters in New York City this semester. It is the largest group since the program’s inception in 2014.

Rutgers is one of the ...

Man Enters Rutgers Dorm Room, Has Unwanted Sexual Contact with Sleeping Resident

NEW BRUNSWICK,  NJ  - A man entered a Rutgers dorm on the Livingston Campus this morning and made unwanted sexual contact with the resident of the room who was sleeping, according to the Rutgers University Police Department.

Rutgers police is investigating the criminal sexual contact that occurred in Quad 2 on the Livingston Campus, located at 99 Road 3 in Piscataway, at ...

Rutgers Professor Explores Possibility of Life on Mars

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools to find out.

One of them is Nathan Yee, a Rutgers University–New Brunswick professor of geomicrobiology and geochemistry and a co-investigator at Rutgers ENIGMA, a NASA-funded research team focused on discovering how proteins evolved to become ...

Arts Commission Presents a Marimba Concert on October 26

October 23, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 pm at the East Brunswick community Arts Center, world-acclaimed Marimba player Greg Giannascoli comes to the stage to present and informative and memorable performance of the highest caliber.

As a winner of numerous prestigious international music competitions and a faculty member at Julliard's Pre-College, his performances have been ...

It’s All About the Costumes During Somerville Halloween Celebrations

October 23, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ   Kids and adults need look no further than Downtown Somerville to find a bundle of Halloween fun beginning this week, from costume contests and a “Howl-o-Ween” dog parade to a Halloween pub crawl, concluding with a “Spooktacular” featuring a giant pirates' ship at Borough Hall on Halloween, Oct. 31st.

Here’s a summary of Halloween ...

OPINION

Let's Dance

October 23, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Kristine Smith, CEO/Co-Founder of the InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center will be revealing the cover of her coloring book titled, Let’s Dance on November 17, 2019 from 2pm-5pm at the Inspira Performing Arts & Cultural Center, located at 987 Jersey Ave, Suite D, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901.

The coloring book highlights images of students who ...

Jim Barrood Looks Back at His Tenure at the New Jersey Tech Council

October 9, 2019

Jim Barrood recently completed five years as president and CEO of the New Jersey Tech Council.  In my role as editor and publisher of NJTechWeekly.com, I recently interviewed Jim about his tenure at the Council:   

Can you talk about some of the accomplishments you’ve been most proud of at the Council?

Our community has enormous capabilities when we work together.

Real Housewives of NJ’s Joe Gorga Offers House-Flipping Tips on One-on-One

October 23, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Viewers might best know Joe Gorga, husband of Melissa Gorga and brother to Teresa Guidice, from his stint on Real Housewives of New Jersey, yet these days, he can mostly be found scouring properties in New Jersey’s very hot real estate market. 

Besides his other property investments, Gorga is also a “house-flipper,” meaning someone who buys an undermarket ...

CUEED Celebrates a Decade of Success Supporting Entrepreneurs & Economic Development

NEWARK, NJ -- Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) celebrated their 10th anniversary, bringing together elected officials, local vendors and leaders in the community to mark a decade of success. Held at Express Newark, the CUEED UnGala Experience also featured Q&A sessions about business topics and a marketplace showcasing the ...

Godfather Actor Gianni Russo Tells Steve Adubato How the Film Changed American Culture

NEW JERSEY -- Godfather actor Gianni Russo was recently a guest on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, where he discussed his new book, Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies & The Mob, and shared behind-the-scenes details about the famous film. 

In the first Godfather movie, Russo played Carlo Rizzi, abusive husband to Corleone sister Connie, as well as a family traitor, complicit in ...