TRENTON - No one questions that the state pension system is a mess. And that's why some proposed legislation is getting a critical eye. Politico says the Assembly is set to vote on a bill today that it claims is "expressly written" to fatten the pensions of Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) and state Sen. James Beach (D-Camden) without them having to retire. Obviously, the public labor unions are carefully watching every legislative move. It begs the question: How can the Legislature demand that unions further tighten their belts if it passes laws that seem to specifically benefit the pensions of their own colleagues? Good to see Politico raise some uncomfortable questions.
JEFFERSON TWP. - A hotheaded "softball mom" got to cool off overnight in the lock-up, after she allegedly cursed, swatted at, and threatened to slug a cop at her daughter's softball game. Police were dispatched to Lakeside Field on Monday after a 41-year-old Lake Hopatcong woman's "unsportsmanlike behavior" supposedly escalated to vulgarities and violent outbursts at coaches and other parents. The Daily Record says the mother of three repeatedly tried fending off an officer's attempts to handcuff her, leading to charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. Hopefully, she can stay cool in Superior Court next month, and won't try to argue the infield fly rule.
EDISON - A refreshing twist: A football camp that's not just about scrimmages. Eight NFL starters from the Jets, Giants, Dolphins, Raiders and Buccaneers are coaching gridiron skills and strategies today to local youngsters. But, Edison youth coordinator Mike Campbell - a former Jets wide receiver - tells the Home News Tribune the town's "Scoop & Score" camp "isn't limited to football." Players, like Jets lineman Mo Wilkerson, Dolphins wide receiver Leonte Carroo (a Rutgers hero from Edison), and Tampa Bay lineman Jeremy Zuttah (another Rutgers star from Edison) are mentoring kids about teamwork, sportsmanship and self-discipline. Players will also stress the value of academics, health and fitness, solid work ethics, and community participation. Winners all around.
HOBOKEN - So, you are no longer a college kid on a steady hunt for a $5 pizza and a laundromat. You no longer troll your college town for a pop-up party or someone who has a beat-up car you can borrow. You are older now. You live in New Jersey and you are probably employed. And - the big question - where do you live? NJ 101.5 crunched the numbers of towns with the most residents under 40. The winners? Hoboken has the most, of course, comprising more than 65 percent of the population. And rounding out the top five towns: Maurice River (Cumberland), New Hanover (Burlington), Weehawken and Flemington. Assume all are home to regularly-scheduled pub crawls.
TRENTON - They are commonly known on West State Street as the "Two Pauls," and they are both retiring from one of the state's top lobbying firms. MBI-GluckShaw is bidding farewell to two institutions: Paul Bontempo and Paul Matacera. This dynamic duo had 80 years of combined experience in the rough-and-tumble world of New Jersey politics. Both have somehow remained stately gentlemen, always eager to pat your back, offer a little-known Jersey story about a long-ago governor and genuinely ask, "So, how you doin'?" They've gently taught a generation of state lawmakers how to be state lawmakers; their insight to be sorely missed around the Statehouse.
EAST RUTHERFORD - These stories are reported every graduation season, yet still have an incredible impact. So, let's head to East Rutherford and meet Vito Trause. It was 75 years ago that Vito dropped out of East Rutherford High School because, according to his Nov. 30, 1943 report card, "Army." Yep, young Vito left school to fight in the war, the Record reports. And now, at age 93, Vito is still kicking, even though East Rutherford High School no longer exists. And that is why he just received his high school diploma from Becton Regional High School, escorted by active duty military, to chants of "USA!, USA!, USA!." Vito was a decorated soldier and POW, rather than a high school student. And now he can finally say he was an official member of the Class of '45.
IN OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS
ADRIAN, MI - She'll take "State Prison for $10,000," Alex. Record-setting "Jeopardy!" winner and history professor Stephanie Jass now faces five years behind bars and a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty to hacking email accounts of fellow educators and students at her small Michigan college. The Adrian Daily Telegram says State Police arrested Jass, 48, after tracking college cyber-snooping crimes to a computer at the Presbyterian church where she is an elder. In 2012, Jass took home $147,570 for a seven-episode winning streak, a "Jeopardy!" record for female contestants. Just proves some game show contestants aren't as smart as they appear on TV.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
It was on this day in 1990 that Nelson Mandela was at Yankee Stadium, wearing a Yankee cap and proclaiming "I am a Yankee!" He then ran out to shortstop.
WORD OF THE DAY
Voracity - [və-RASS-ə-tee] - noun
Definition: Being ravenous or insatiable
Example: I read The New York Times with such voracity; hard to understand why it is "failing."
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