The Jaffe Briefing - March 8, 2021

STATEWIDE – When the House votes tomorrow on the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, the typical New Jerseyan will rightfully ask: So, what does this mean for me? Sen. Bob Menendez says New Jersey is looking at an estimated, not-too-shabby $9.3 billion. There will be $6.4 billion handed to the state – a nice little gift during budget time – while the counties and towns will get $2.9 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – The fall-out continues from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, with Rep. Chris Smith grabbing national headlines for complaining about the meals handed out to New Jersey’s National Guard members. Smith tells House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that at least 30 of our soldiers got sick from crappy food from a private-sector vendor. There were National Guard members throwing up ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 4, 2021

STATEWIDE – Pass the potato chips, and don’t get chintzy on the dip. Pounding junk food could be a lifesaver, as state officials say that anyone who considers themselves to be overweight is now eligible for the vaccine. Previously, you needed to be “obese” to qualify. But now those ages 16 and over who claim to have a body mass index of at least 25 can now get in line to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 2, 2021

STATEWIDE – New Jerseyans eager for a vaccine will provide whatever information required: be it a cell phone number, a street address or an email address. And that’s marketing gold for retail pharmacies, such as CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. The Wall Street Journal reports these private businesses are collecting tons of data from millions of people eager to get on waiting lists for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 1, 2021

STATEWIDE – If little Joey falls off his bike, his parents want cops to tell them. If little Susie gets lost in the mall, same thing. So, why would the government think those same concerned parents wouldn’t want to know if little Joey and little Susie are nabbed with a joint behind the 7-Eleven? Some lawmakers and plenty of cops are questioning why the new weed law blocks law ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 26, 2021

STATEWIDE – We’re all officially sick of pandemic pizza. After months and months and months of pizza delivery, during all the stay-at-home orders, the pizza chains have reported enormous sales and profits. But now the Associated Press says the mega-chains, like Domino’s and Papa John’s, are reporting flatter sales in the fourth quarter – despite it being football ...

10 Easy Tricks for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

March 6, 2021

For a quick and easy lunch or weeknight dinner, grilled cheese has it all — easy, cheesy, gooey comfort food at its finest. Press it in a sandwich press or indoor grill, toast it in a hot pan or pop it into the oven and it’s ready in minutes.

But don’t stop there. Level up your sandwich-making game with these tips for making the best grilled cheese ever:

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Rutgers Scientist Discover Micro Plastic Polution in Raritan, Hudson Rivers

March 3, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers scientists for the first time have pinpointed the sizes of microplastics from a highly urbanized estuarine and coastal system with numerous sources of fresh water, including the Hudson River and Raritan River.

Their study of tiny pieces of plastic in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary in New Jersey and New York indicates that stormwater could be an important source of the ...

Rutgers President Stands By Virtual Graduation Decision, Doesn't Want a 'Super-Spreader Event'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway acknowledged that his decision to forgo in-person commencement ceremonies this spring was an unpopular one among the many who sent him letters over the past week.

And, he is doubling down on his decision to hold them virtually and not run the risk of turning Rutgers commencement into a super-spreader event.

“I want ...

Online Petition Urges Rutgers to Consider Hosting In-Person Commencements

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Olivia Kuzman ticks off the events and experiences that Class of ’21 has been robbed of by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was Rutgers Day, football games, basketball game and more. As the spring draws closer, there was the hope of several pre-graduation events.

“So, I can say that for myself and a lot of other people that we were kind of holding onto an ...

R.J. Brunelli  & Co. President Named 2020 ‘Power Broker’ For Northern New Jersey

March 5, 2021

OLD BRIDGE - Danielle Brunelli, President & Principal of R.J. Brunelli & Co., LLC, was named as a CoStar Power Broker for Northern New Jersey Retail Real Estate for 2020.

Brunelli, of Holmdel, was among the 15 brokers awarded the designation in the retail category by CoStar Group, Inc., the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces.

Parking Deck Begins to Take Shape Alongside Somerville Train Station

March 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A parking deck for commuters and future residents of the NJ TRANSIT village under construction alongside the Raritan Valley line has begun to take shape adjacent to the Somerville train station.

The five-story deck will include more than 400 spaces; the structure will be hidden from view, surrounded by apartment buildings that will be built on the site.

Progress continues ...

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Infection Control Technologies Help Keep Elders Healthy

February 25, 2021

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick:

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to most of us in aging services, we need to consider what’s next.

What more can be done as we need to stay vigilant on additional ways of protecting our Elders? I believe the latest technologies are the answer to elevate infection control to the highest level possible.

At Parker we have implemented many ...

Here’s why people filing taxes for the first time should use Free File

March 4, 2021

Many people will be filing federal taxes for the first time this year. For these taxpayers, IRS Free File is a great option, especially if they are looking to save money on tax preparation.  Filing electronically and choosing direct deposit is the safest and easiest way to file an accurate tax return and the fastest way to get a refund.  

Here are some facts about Free File ...

Infection Control Technologies Help Keep NJ Business Healthy

March 5, 2021

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to most of us in aging services, we need to consider what’s next. 

What more can be done as we need to stay vigilant on additional ways of reopening New Jersey businesses and safeguarding employees? I believe the latest technologies are the answer to elevate infection control to the highest level possible.

At Parker we have ...

Healthcare Distribution Expert Provides Insight Into National Vaccination Effort

March 6, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Patrick Kelly, the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, about COVID-19 vaccine distribution both across the country and in New Jersey, including the recently-approved Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.

The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) is the ...

Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...

Governor Murphy Signs Cannabis Legalization: NJ CannaBusiness Association President on Economic Impact

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with NJ CannaBusiness Association President, Edmund Deveaux, in a wide-ranging conversation in December 2020. Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to formally legalize marijuana in the state.

The NJ CannaBusiness Association was started by Deveaux and his colleagues at Burton Trent Public Affairs based in ...