The Jaffe Briefing - June 25, 2018


SUMMIT - Residents refuse to get their heads out of their phones, a big concern for city cops who are worried they are going to get run over in the downtown. And, so, as Summit is desperate to educate pedestrians to stay focused on the task at hand, city officials are also trying to slow down traffic to decrease the number of splats. reports Summit has bumped out curbs at busy intersections, painted lines to make roads seem narrower and is installing four-way stop signs at key intersections. There's also large, flashing pedestrian beacons, akin to railroad crossing signs, and plans for plenty of speed bumps. Total cost: tens of thousands of dollars, just because people won't look up.

SWEDESBORO - An odd case of mistaken identity cooked the goose for The Red Hen, a family-style restaurant in Gloucester County. Its name is regrettably identical to a Lexington, Va. restaurant that famously refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday night. As a result, The Red Hen was besieged with "rude, nasty and vaguely threatening" phone calls... nearly 200 of them, most from out-of-state callers. More angry comments and bad reviews got posted on The Red Hen's social media pages. The owner tells "It was off the chart ... people are calling and yelling and swearing," insisting her eatery has nothing to do with the Sanders' flap 300 miles away.

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IN COURT - Did a State Trooper really "cop a feel" when he dipped his hand down a driver's boxer shorts? Well, the 22-year-old Toms River motorist is convinced, and he's now suing the State Police and the troopers who stopped him last March for tailgating in Burlington County. says a trooper, believing the driver reeked of marijuana, left no stone unturned looking for hidden weed. The lawsuit says the trooper did a roadside body cavity search on the handcuffed driver as gawking motorists drove by. And, he supposedly told the driver: "If you think this is the worst I'm going to do, you have another thing coming." Finding no pot, the driver ended up getting only a tailgating ticket, later dismissed. However, somehow, he didn't feel victorious.

TRENTON - Forget all that silly debate over the proposed fiscal '19 state budget. The real debate in Trenton is about pending legislation that finally addresses this crucial issue: Should dogs be allowed inside microbreweries? Kudos to Senator Mike Doherty (R-Warren) for bringing this issue to the forefront. How are we expected to enjoy a locally-crafted India Pale Ale without trusty Fido sitting nearby, wagging his tail in approval? It is high time for public health officials to get over their issues of pets in places where drinks and food are served. "Everybody loves dogs and they should be able to bring their dogs into a microbrewery," Doherty said. Two paws up.

ON TV - There's really no reason to hire writers for the "reality" show, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," as its cast seems to come up with such unbelievable story lines on its own. If you have been following the trials and tribulations of the Giudice family, you now likely know that Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice, now in jail, may be deported back to Italy, once he finishes his stint for not paying $200,000 in taxes, NBC reports. Will his wife, Teresa, formerly jailed for 15 months, sacrifice all the wonders of New Jersey and join him? Sounds like the ideal cliffhanger.


SPRINGFIELD, Mass - Local police are begging people to please use a shred of common sense, releasing a photo of a motorist who looked as if he tried to pile an entire school's worth of furniture in the back of his beat-up pick-up truck. Cops pulled over the moron, er, motorist on June 22 on Interstate 91, after marveling at how he was able to so precariously pile so many desks, cabinets and chairs in the bed of his small truck. The driver was cited for operating a motor vehicle like an idiot, (technically speaking.) Cops then posted this Facebook photo, with this tag line: "What could go wrong?"


It was on this day in 1988 that Iceland elected a new president, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, was elected with 90 percent of the vote - likely because "Vote for Finnbogadóttir!" just rolls off the tongue.


Skirl - [SKƏRL] - verb

Definition: To give forth music

Example: As the kids boarded buses for seven weeks of summer camp, the parents' victory song skirled through all sectors of the parking lot.



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