The Jaffe Briefing - June 12, 2017

798b84260f1cb1e5eafc_giphy.gif
798b84260f1cb1e5eafc_giphy.gif

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - Back in the day, if it was hot in school, you'd sit and sweat. Maybe the teacher would turn off the lights to make it appear cooler in a classroom with no air conditioning, small windows and one crappy fan. But today, in schools across the state, there are kids getting half-day sessions for the second day in a row because, apparently, it is too hot for our little cherubs to be sitting in schools. Parents are now scrambling for a second day to coordinate pick-up and fun-filled, pool-related activities, as they also try to complete a work day. Click here to see which kiddies will be skipping out at noon, as children in developing countries anticipate another dismissal around 7 p.m.

WALL - With some unwanted national news attention on the Wall schools, someone had to pay. And that person is apparently the yearbook advisor, whose job was to ensure that nothing stupid goes in - or out - of the yearbook. The teacher, who has been working for the district for 15 years, is now suspended, pending a full investigation, after someone edited the "Trump: Make America Great Again" T-shirt off a kid's photo. Now the kid's father is demanding that all the yearbooks be republished, at somebody's expense, so the correct photo appears in all its glory.

Sign Up for E-News

MORRISTOWN - And here's another high school lesson in free speech: Censorship seems alive and well at Morristown High School where a student's satirical paintings of Donald Trump got yanked from the school's annual art show. Liam Shea's paintings - one of a pig-faced President holding a pussycat, the other of Trump straddling a missile while taking a selfie - were deemed too darned controversial to display. The young artist's mother tells Morristown Green "art is meant to provoke ... this certainly did just that." So far, no early-morning tweets from the Oval Office.

ENGLEWOOD - Graduating seniors, even those with superb grades, are bring ordered to attend special sessions as the ongoing fall-out from a massive computer glitch that messed up grades, transcripts and attendance records earlier this school year, PIX 11 reports. One student tells the news station that he has to stay from 3-5 p.m. all week, as well as a Saturday session, just so school officials can triple-check and double-confirm that the kids have enough school time to graduate. Kids see it as a punishment, while school officials just can't wait for summer.

TRENTON - Isn't it about time we had an official state germ? State Sen. Sam Thompson seems to think so. He's just buggy about "Streptomyces griseus," a hardy little microbe that a Rutgers University microbiologist unearthed in our native soils way back in 1916, The Daily Beast reports. Sure, this germ's bacteria-killing properties led to the first successful antibiotic tuberculosis treatment. If Thompson musters enough Statehouse support for his oh-so-timely measure, New Jersey would be only the second state behind Oregon to actually have an official state germ. Let's see if there's any pushback from germophobes.

IN OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

WACO, TEXAS - Imagine you are a cop stuck working the late shift on Friday night, when the crazies come out to play. After dealing with bar fights, domestic fights and fender-benders, you get this 911 call from the local McDonald's: A woman called cops to complain it was taking too long to get her Chicken McNuggets. The woman was demanding a free order of the 99-cent meal, camping out in the drive-thru lane and refusing to budge. Meanwhile, a line of cars was piling up on the lane, honking like mad, as McDonald's also called 911 to get this loon the hell away. Cops figured it out: the woman got her pocket change back, no nuggets and was ordered to move along.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

It was this day in 1966 that you got the right to remain silent, as the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing Miranda rights - the perfect cliché of any cop show.

 

WORD OF THE DAY

Humblebrag - [huhm-buh l-brag] - noun

Definition: A statement intended as a boast or brag but disguised by a humble apology, complaint, etc.

Example: I'm going to be sooo exhausted on Fourth of July. Not to be a humblebrag, but I have some of my select awesome friends coming to my fancy beach house in Harvey Cedars, where everyone will eat my awesome food, savor the drink I named after myself, gaze upon my incredible face, and marvel in what a truly amazing life I have. It will be sooo tiring!

WEATHER IN A WORD

Blistering

Editor's Note:  Jaffe Communications is the franchisee/publisher of TAPinto New Brunswick.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - June 22, 2018

TRENTON - Well, the state Legislature passed a budget yesterday. But that matters little in the overall drama, as it now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy and his sharp red pen. The governor still remains as odds with his Democratic counterparts who left a meeting with him yesterday claiming no progress. He's "completely dishonest with us," charges Senate President Steve Sweeney.

The Jaffe Briefing - June 21, 2018

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 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 20, 2018

STATEWIDE - What? So you are saying the state's pawn shops, second-hand stores and scrap metal yards are mob-infested? How could that possibly be? Well, just ask the scrappy State Commission of Investigation, which issued the 100-page report yesterday detailing how the mob is encouraging drug addicts to steal items to fuel this in-the-dark industry. Not only are these ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 19, 2018

TRENTON - It is June. That must mean our state lawmakers are yelling at each other over the proposed state budget, which must be adopted by the end of the month or government shuts down. Some media is refraining from coverage of the daily blow-by-blow, as the typical resident just assumes taxes will go up, no matter what. But, here is the latest. Gov. Phil Murphy has his proposed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 18, 2018

DOWN THE SHORE - If you see all those mega-mansions on the beach, and admit to being just a wee bit jealous, here's something to quietly smile about: All of those glorious homes will likely be underwater.  NJ Spotlight reports rising sea levels make the New Jersey coast particularly vulnerable, with the Garden State ranking second to Florida with the biggest chronic risk ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 15, 2018

JERSEY CITY - Should topless women be allowed in the city?  That's the big issue consuming the City Council these days, as members continue to debate 1980s-era obscenity laws. There was supposed to be a vote at the council meeting on Wednesday, but it didn't happen. Before there is a vote, it appears the goal is to wrangle support of all nine members of the City Council. The nagging ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f442011d67fefc1cb5a2_spb-4937_newsletter_june_23

Sat, June 23, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Carousel_image_0261cd4c5700fd63e54b_spb-4937_newsletter_june_24

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Carousel_image_ba23f8d0d41677854e89_spb-4937_newsletter_june_26

Tue, June 26, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. New Britain Bees Baseball ...

Rutgers-led “Tick Blitz” finds exotic Longhorned Ticks statewide

June 5, 2018

New Brunswick, N.J. - Researchers at  University–New Brunswick’s Rutgers Center for Vector Biology have found exotic longhorned ticks in four New Jersey counties – and confirmed that these northeast Asian ticks have been present in the Garden State since at least 2013.

The new detection of these ticks in Mercer County was made through the first-ever statewide ...

Rutgers football stadium has a new name

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Many still call it Rutgers Stadium.

But for seven years, the university's football stadium has been known as High Point Solutions Stadium, thanks to a $600,000 annual agreement with a Sparta-based company. But, as the company has shifted its marketing, so has the stadium's name.

So, now, Rutgers is officially home to "HighPoint.com Stadium" for the 2018 ...

Composer lyrisicist Sondheim at Rutgers, tells would-be writers ‘it’s hard work’

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Acclaimed Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim says his work is less about talent and more about the labor and drudgery of “hard work.”

“It’s not about waiting for inspiration. It’s not about talent,” Sondheim said Friday while speaking before an audience at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center.

“You ...

City recognizes New Brunswick ball player inducted into women’s Hall of Fame

June 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Chris Dailey grew up in the city, and played basketball for St. Peter's High School and  Rutgers University, and was on the team that won a national AIAW championship her senior year in college.

She became an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., then was an assistant to Rutgers coach Theresa Grentz before becoming an assistant coach on ...

OPINION

New Brunswick journalism teacher offers thanks

June 22, 2018

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

As the year comes to a close, I want to offer you my sincere thanks for how you positively impacted my students this year.

In their end of year reflections, the students recounted what it meant for them to get their stories published.  Assignments were no longer something just connected to a grade, it was also connected to their passion.

The positive ...

Promise Culinary School Slates Open Houses June 21 and 22 In New Brunswick with Tours, Tastings, Prizes

June 20, 2018

Promise Culinary School will host open houses for the community and prospective students on Thursday, June 21, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Friday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at 211 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. The events are free and open to the public.

The events will include kitchen tours, demonstrations, tastings, raffles and prizes. Tours and activities will be ...

Ensure Safe Sleep While Traveling with Baby

June 6, 2018

As we approach the summer, there will be plenty of expected travel for families, from visiting grandma at the beach to heading out on a long, well-deserved vacation. 

When staying overnight at a friend’s or family’s place, it is important to maintain the same sleep practices as you do at home. Your baby should be sleeping in a safe, modern crib that meets the latest ...