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Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

May 20, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters. 

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney on Mental Health Help, Horse Riding Therapy and 'Chopped'

NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40).

He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too. 

Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as deputy mayor in 2010 and 2014 and mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2016. He also ...

New Jersey Senators Propose 'Parents Bill of Rights'

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey parents could have more of a say in what their children are learning in school and potentially opt students out of lessons.

Legislation aimed at improving clarity for parents and guardians and allowing comment on any curriculum necessary to implement the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education was cleared by the Senate ...

New Jersey Abortion Access Would Expand Under Gov. Murphy's Proposal, Republicans React to Plan

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy announced new legislation Wednesday that would renew abortion rights in the state and expand access to reproductive care. The proposal would mandate insurance plans in New Jersey to cover abortion procedures with no out-of-pocket costs. Murphy also announced his support to expand the pool of abortion providers to include ...

New Jersey Plastic Bag Ban, One Week Later

NEW JERSEY — One week after the plastic bag ban went into effect, many New Jerseyans seem to be getting into a routine of bringing reusable bags with them to grocery stores. 

As of May 4, 2022, large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, are no longer allowed to give out single-use plastic or paper bags. There are some exceptions to the new rule, including ...

Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson Spotted Filming in NJ During TV and Movie Industry Boom

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey is seeing a lot of action! The state has become one of the biggest places for movie and tv productions, and the demand is increasing to historic levels, according to the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission. 

"New Jersey's film production industry is experiencing a renaissance, due to the Film and Digital Media Tax credit ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Small Business Loans, State-Backed Certification Program for LGBTQ+ Businesses

NEW JERSEY — More financial help is being offered for small business owners.

Gov. Phil Murphy, along with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)  announced plans to open applications for its Micro Business Loan next month, which will make additional funding resources available through the Main Street Recovery Program. Nearly $5.5 million in grants ...

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State Police Chiefs Seek ‘Safety-Sensitive Employee’ Exclusion to Cannabis Law

April 22, 2022

Most states that approved the use of recreational cannabis have exclusions for those employed in “safety-sensitive” professions.  These are individuals who hold such jobs as train operators, air traffic controllers and those working on utility pipelines.  That group also includes police officers.

It is sound reasoning to have such an exclusion for the safety of ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 20, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Hamilton Starbucks Employees Vote to Join Labor Union

HAMILTON, NJ -- Employees at the Starbucks on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road in Hamilton Township voted on Monday to become the second location in New Jersey to join the Workers United labor union according to the New Jersey AFL-CIO. 

The Starbucks in Hopewell similarly voted to join the union recently.

Excited employees gathered at the CWA Local 1032 Union Hall in ...

Prospect Park Notice of Ordinance 2022-14

May 18, 2022

Borough of Prospect Park

Passaic County, New Jersey

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the following introduced ordinance was read and passed on first reading at the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Prospect Park, Passaic County, NJ held on Monday, May 16, 2022 and that said ordinance will be taken up for further consideration by the Borough Council at ...

Prospect Park Notice of Ordinance 2022-13

Borough of Prospect Park

Passaic County, New Jersey

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the following introduced ordinance was read and passed on first reading at the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Prospect Park, Passaic County, NJ held on Monday, May 16, 2022 and that said ordinance will be taken up for further consideration by the Borough Council at ...

Just a Second

May 20th is World Metrology Day.

I am counting down the hours on an atomic clock which is accurate to 1 second in 10 million years.

Metrology is the scientific development of systems of measure. Unlike Meteorology, the study of weather, you don’t have to be chipper and TV good looking to study Metrology. You do have to have geekish tendencies and more degrees than a thermometer, ...

Writer's Block

I don’t know the first thing about writing a book.

Yesterday, while pouring a cup of coffee against the disruptive din of garbage trucks and the morning news, I heard an interesting TV teaser regarding the newest entry into Oprah's book club. In a network exclusive, the ever effusive Oprah teased the coming announcement of the book and its author by stating that she knew after ...

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