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The Jaffe Briefing - November 21, 2018




Happy Thanksgiving!
The Jaffe Briefing will return Monday, November 26


TRENTON - Weed smokers have been waiting years - even decades - for this moment. And it may seem like a mirage in all the fuzzy haze, but state lawmakers have circled Monday, Nov. 26 as the day to give the initial approval for legislation that would finally make recreational ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 20, 2018

MAHWAH - Books can be bulky, dusty and may cause paper cuts. But, that's not why public school kids here have new limits on how often they can check-out library books. The school district just wants to put more emphasis on "technology instruction," and less on good, old-fashioned reading. That, NJ.comreports, caused some parents to read the riot act to school officials ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 19, 2018

STATEWIDE - As it will require a joint effort among state lawmakers to pass a weed bill, with a Nov. 26 public hearing as the next step, expect declining prices to be a burning issue. Green-eyed legislators calling for legalized pot in New Jersey point to the gobs of sales tax revenue that could be reaped with the sale of this popular cash crop. But, with declining cannabis prices ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 16, 2018

STUCK - It's as if the entire state forgot how to deal with snow at the exact same time. The autumn storm created havoc during yesterday's commute, with cops responding to hundreds of crashes. Hours of traffic. Roads closed. Speed restrictions on major highways. Cars piled all over the place, or running out of gas or breaking down. The Port Authority just gave up on its bus service ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 15, 2018

STATEWIDE - What?? Early dismissals in schools around the state? And for what?? Snow? Are you kidding? Isn't it just mid-November? A real winter weather advisory? A big wintry mix of sleet, snow and rain to hit in north and central Jersey this afternoon? Up to six inches? Really? C'mon!

BURLINGTON - It began as another great GoFundMe story of a Florence couple helping a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 14, 2018

WAYNE - There are many stupid reasons to drive drunk. But, a 57-year-old West Milford man came up with a real doozy, telling cops he drank too much and rear-ended another car Sunday night "because the Jets suck!" Apparently, this driver guzzled way too much whiskey, after suffering through his team's humiliating loss, 41-10, ...

Seasonal Recipe: Bourbon Yam Soufflé with Pecan and Bacon Streusel Topping

November 19, 2018

Jenni Preziotti-Gamble, one of the founders of the Watsessing Park Conservancy in Essex County, shared her recipe for a Bourbon Yam Soufflé with TAPinto Bloomfield a couple of years ago, and TAPinto.net editors can’t stop talking about it.

This recipe tied for “Best Side” in the People of Bloomfield’s Best Thanksgiving Competition in 2016. Preziotti-Gamble said ...

Rutgers Law School in Camden Gets Boost from Archer Law

November 20, 2018

CAMDEN, NJ— A gift from a local law firm will help students in the Minority Student Program at Rutgers Law School in Camden learn inside and outside of the classroom, helping to continue to promote diversity in the legal field.

The Haddonfield-based firm Archer Law has pledged $100,000 over five years to support new initiatives that include offering a first-year student scholarship ...

Rutgers Tailgate to Be All Wet

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is an understatement to say the Rutgers football season has been "disappointing."

But the one benefit for wary Rutgers fans has been the traditional tailgates, a great place to meet up with old friends, commiserate about the current football situation and say "Hi" to giddy Big 10 fans from other schools who seem to be the main fan base at our home ...

Ex-Rutgers Football Player Charged in Attempted Murder Plot is Hard Working 'Role Model,' Pastor says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pastor of a former Rutgers football player charged with threatening to kill two people described the young athlete as a hard worker and a leader in the church community.

"He is respectful and a role model," Dr. Derrick Dumas said of Izaia Bullock, the former university football player accused of plotting to kill two relatives of an ...

Food Assistance Now Open to Students, State Announces at County College

November 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Food assistance programs commonly used in urban areas will now be available to students in community college career and technical education programs, state officials said in meeting this week at Middlesex County College.

State Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will expand to ...

Somerville Hosts III Annual Turkey Trot Early Thanksgiving Day

November 20, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough Recreation Department is sponsoring the III annual “Turkey Trot” 5K run Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22.

The race is sanctioned by the USATF, with sanctioned 500 Grand Prix points.

The 2016 inaugural event drew 600 runners and raised over $10,000; last year’s event drew over 800 runners and raised $18,000.

Organizers are hoping for 1,000 ...

OPINION

East Brunswick's Clergy Condemns Pittsburgh Shootings

October 31, 2018

 

Der Editor,

The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council strongly condemns the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. We are heartbroken by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and their community.

 We mourn the loss of eleven innocent lives and pray for a speedy recovery for those injured. We are grateful for ...

Day of Remembrance - Lost Souls Project

November 20, 2018

East Brunswick, NJ – Sunday, December 16, 2018 – The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project, a community-based grassroots group, is collaborating with the East Brunswick Public Library to present A Day of Remembrance on Sunday, December 16, 2 -4pm.  The event will include music, dramatic performance, and discussion on the history behind the Lost Souls project. Twanda ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...