The Jaffe Briefing - May 20, 2020

The Jaffe Briefing will not publish from Thursday, May 21 to Tuesday, May 26. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

EDISON – Buying a pair of shoes at the mall is a whole new experience, as Gov. Phil Murphy announced that shopping meccas around the state can now offer curbside service at non-essential stores. Expect this: “Yes, I would like to try these heels in a size 6, please,” as ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 19, 2020

DEPTFORD – Under the slogan of “Hey! Better than nothing,” a South Jersey high school has figured a way to hold graduation. Deptford High School has formulated a Noah’s Ark approach to pomp and circumstance, with graduates going two by two. This will certainly be memorable: Over the course of five days, two graduates and two guests will take part in 15-minute, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 18, 2020

The Jaffe Briefing will not publish from Thursday, May 21 to Tuesday, May 26. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

DOWN THE SHORE – Ready for the New York invasion? Brace yourself, people, as suddenly New Jersey will be the place to go for all those Manhattanites and Brooklynites who are typically too good to spend time here. With NYC’s beaches closed for swimming during the Memorial Day ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 15, 2020

TRENTON – The state’s economy, as we all know, has been decimated. That means more layoffs and furloughs, which are just going to put the good people of New Jersey deeper in debt. NJ Spotlight reports about some possible help, which blew through the Legislature in near-record time. Changes to the federal unemployment program make it possible for furloughed workers to file for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 14, 2020

STATEWIDE – With high school graduations creeping up in just a few short weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy is feeling the heat from ticked-off parents and devastated soon-to-be graduates who have likely had the worst spring of their lives. They are now wandering out to the grocery store and the hardware store and perhaps the liquor store, watching people park their cars and go in and out, in and out.

The Jaffe Briefing - May 13, 2020

THOROFARE – Let's assume this South Jersey tavern once served angry patriots demanding a declaration of independence from England, as they glugged their grog. And you can bet the Mount Royal Inn also served up drinks to those toasting the end of the Civil War, World War II and any other darn war they wanted to toast. Always steady in its stead, this 258-year-old watering hole on ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

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Tue, May 26, 2:00 PM

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Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing

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Wed, May 27, 12:00 PM

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Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

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Thu, May 28, 12:00 PM

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Rutgers Student's Parent Files Suit Seeking to Recoup Tuition, Other Costs

May 21, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The parent of a Rutgers student has filed a class-action lawsuit against the university seeking repayment for tuition and other costs Rutgers is withholding in violation of state law, the suit alleges.

The parent, who is represented by the Seattle-based firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, is not identified in the lawsuit that was filed Wednesday in Middlesex ...

Lester Holt's Speech to Rutgers Class of 2020 to Focus on 'New Normal'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Considering their commencement ceremonies will be held  via teleconferencing technology in the name of social distancing, it should be no surprise to the members of Rutgers’ Class of 2020 that NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt plans to center his upcoming commencement speech around the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My speech is going to largely center on the fact ...

Vice Chancellor Draws on Childhood Challenges to Guide Rutgers Students Through Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Salvador Mena struggled with an undiagnosed learning disability during his childhood in the South Bronx. For most of his school years he was far from a model student.

The challenges he faced growing up on welfare in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, living with family who took him in after he emigrated from Puerto Rico before kindergarten instilled in him a ...

Piscataway Police Investigate Thursday Night Shooting

May 24, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway Police are investigating a shooting that left a 50-year-old South Plainfield man injured.

Police said the shooting was reported at about 9:13 Thursday night near Rushmore Ave. and Fourth Street in the township’s Arbor section, according to MyCentralJersey.com on Friday.

The victim was struck once in the leg and was listed in stable condition at Robert ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

May 25, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders, according to Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New ...

OPINION

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

May 19, 2020

Dear Editor:

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication and feeding/swallowing issues. 

This year, as we all know, is extremely ...

Farmstead Arts Center to Offer Virtual Art Classes - Registration Open!

May 24, 2020

Farmstead Arts to Offer Virtual Art Classes for Kids, Teens and Adults

Farmstead Arts Center is offering fun and interactive virtual art classes for all ages. Online classes, taught by the Farmstead’s talented teaching artists, will be held via Zoom. Students can take advantage of online painting classes, including watercolor, oil, and acrylics; drawing classes including figure, ...

A self-reflection tool for the pandemic

May 12, 2020

As a professor, associate certified coach and the executive director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, I have provided guidance and support to a wide variety of people who have been struggling emotionally and financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have counseled college students who are having difficulty making the transition to ...

The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

May 24, 2020

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...

NJ Psychologist Shares Mental Health Resources to Cope with the Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with one of our favorite experts, Clinical Psychologist Meryl Dorf, to help those having difficulty handling the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we called on Dorf to provide guidance for navigating the uncertainty a crisis like this can bring. 

“It’s an ingredient of a stressful situation and ...

EMRG Connects Student Entrepreneurs to Top Tech Investors in the New York Startup Community

NEW YORK, NY -- We take a look back to a year ago last May, when TechDay New York was held at the Javits Center in Manhattan. TAPintoTV caught up with organizers, presenters and attendees at the annual technology conference, which is the largest event for tech startups in the country. 

Greg Kaye and Patryk Fusiarz are both founding partners at EMRG, which bridges the gap between ...

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole Discusses Leadership During a Crisis on State of Affairs

NEW JERSEY -- Steve Adubato was joined by Kevin O'Toole, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey & Managing Partner, O’Toole Scrivo, to discuss the importance of leadership in a time of crisis. 

“Leaders have to understand when a crisis like this comes upon them, they have to seize the moment,” said O’Toole. “They ...

New Jersey Film Industry Professionals Feed Front Line Workers During the Pandemic

NEW JERSEY -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Paul Brozen, organizer of Film Industry Feeds the Front Line, a group that has sprung up in response to the coronavirus pandemic in the New York Metro area. As its name implies, film industry professionals, who have mostly been sidelined due to social distancing orders, have banded together to volunteer to produce and deliver meals to health care ...

Reading, PA Hotel with Unique Mission Prepares for Reopening After Pandemic Restrictions Lift

READING, PA -- Craig Poole, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Reading, PA, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur about how the hotel is adapting due to the limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Brodeur and Poole spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due ...