The Jaffe Briefing - June 17, 2021

RANDOLPH – This local school board can’t seem to help itself; it keeps finding ways to inadvertently make news. First, it makes news by changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Persons Day, angering residents. Then, it makes news by eliminating all holidays on the school calendar, further angering residents. Then, it makes news, as angry residents call for the immediate resignation of the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 15, 2021

RANDOLPH – Maybe the people here are getting too much media coverage. After the school board concocted the silly plan to erase all holidays from the school calendar – following a decision to scrub away Columbus Day – reporters have been all over. The story should have run its cycle, yet townsfolk are now demanding the heads of the superintendent and the school board. Really? ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2021

STATEWIDE – The obvious concern of any parent is how the pandemic has affected student learning, after all those months of remote learning, frenzy and other disruptions. NJ Spotlight reports there’s plenty of work to do, as the state conducted an initial assessment of learning loss. The result? At least a third of New Jersey students are “below-grade level” in language ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 10, 2021

TRENTON – And yet more money is flowing into state coffers. Taxpayers are throwing more and more money at the State House, as piles of cash are now being used as doorstops and disposable towels in the restrooms. Yesterday, NJ.com reported that the state had an extra $4 billion sitting around. By this morning, that number has jumped to $5.2 billion more in tax revenue in the current and ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 8, 2021

ROSELLE PARK – Free speech or just downright offensive? A municipal court judge is set to hear arguments Thursday at 9 a.m., when a Willow Avenue homeowner is set to plead her case. There are political flags flying, one that blares “Fuck Biden,” while another shows former President Trump raising middle fingers. As classy as this all seems, the town has an issue with the display, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 7, 2021

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – Tomorrow is primary day, and there’s a contested race among Republicans in the race for governor. One would assume this would be a cake walk for Jack Ciattarelli, the sane front runner with the strong backing of all 21 county organizations. But there are still those chilling ripples of Trump, and Ciattarelli has been forced to spend millions of dollars to ...

Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

June 17, 2021

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

President Holloway Meets with Rutgers Jewish Leaders

June 10, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The president at Rutgers said today’s meeting with some university Jewish leaders was part of an ongoing attempt to “help foster an environment where every member feels welcomed, supported, heard and appreciated.”

Jonathan Holloway and his chief of staff, Andrea Conklin Bueschel, met with Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, the executive director of Chabad House, ...

Bear Spotted in New Brunswick Apparently Different Than The One Seen Tuesday

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A bear has been spotted near the city’s border with East Brunswick for the second time in as many days.

However, the bear that was seen Wednesday between Lipman Drive and Ryders Lane/Cobb Road in New Brunswick is apparently a different bear than the one spotted on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the city told TAPinto New Brunswick that the bear seen on Tuesday ...

Rutgers Set to Resume Basketball Rivalry with Seton Hall on Dec. 12

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The annual men’s basketball matchup between Rutgers and Seton Hall returns for the 2021-22 season as the two teams face off in the Garden State Hardwood Classic.

The game is slated for Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark. 

Rutgers defeated then-No. 22 ranked Seton Hall, 68-48 in front of a sold-out crowd at the RAC on Dec. 14, 2019 in the ...

NJ Turnpike Authority Forces Sayreville Veterans to Remove Military Branch Flags from Parkway Overpass

June 11, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ – Robert Bouthillette, Sayreville veteran, and his good friend Fred Block, sought to honor those currently serving and those who past served for Memorial Day, by placing the military branch flags above the Garden State Parkway.

Related: Sayreville Residents Honor Veterans With Flags

Block then received a call from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) that the ...

OPINION

Robert Wood Johnson Blood Services Makes Urgent Appeal for Blood Donations

June 18, 2021

The nation’s blood shortage has entered a dangerous new phase creating an urgent and immediate need for blood donors in our area.

"This is a national shortage and the type we need the most right now is type O because that can be transfused to all patients,” said Grace Tenorio, MD, medical director of Robert Wood Johnson Blood Services with hospital-based programs in New ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 9, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...