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Why Are Stinging Insects So Aggressive in the Fall?

During the early summer months, hornets and yellow jackets rarely come out and sting people. So why do they become so aggressive during the late summer and fall? The reason has to do with how they spend their time in the summer versus what they’re doing in the fall!

The Life of A Stinging Insect

Most stinging insects are social, meaning they start and build a new colony every year ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 21, 2021

OFF THE RAILS – There’s plenty of excitement about the new Hudson River tunnel, but who pays for New Jersey’s share of this massive, $10 billion infrastructure project? The short answer: drivers. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is on the hook for the state’s share, now estimated at $1.6 billion, to be fueled by tolls on the Turnpike and Parkway. NJ Spotlight reports ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 20, 2021

STATEWIDE – Are you an aspiring politician eager to grab easy headlines? Follow the lead of Sen. Michael Testa, earning a layup of media coverage for trying to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports in New Jersey. A Trump-backed conservative from South Jersey, Testa flung an arrow into the hyper, crazy world of high school athletics. Testa declared that ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 17, 2021

STATEWIDE – It’s never too young to learn about greed in sports, as the potential for financial windfall has gotten a bit more important than how fast a kid can throw a slider. So, now, after college students are permitted to profit off their name, image and likeness, the same deal may be offered to high schoolers. reports on a questionable proposal before the New Jersey ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 15, 2021

The Jaffe Briefing will not publish tomorrow, returning Friday.

STATEWIDE – Cicadas emerge every 17 years in New Jersey, but – right now – insurance adjusters are even rarer. The Record reports that many property and vehicle owners have been waiting and waiting for an adjuster to show up following Hurricane Ida’s blast on Sept. 1. It is ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 14, 2021

STATEWIDE – When we talk about the trillions of dollars that the U.S. government is throwing around these days, New Jersey has just one ask: Increase the $10,000 federal tax deduction on our property taxes. Even though Democrats run things in New Jersey and on Capitol Hill, New Jersey appears to be losing out… again. House Democrats are ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 13, 2021

STATEWIDE – Want a no-win situation? Start debating public education during a pandemic. The kiddies are all back at school. But what’s going on, asks? School districts are at full capacity. Masks are required. School employees are vaccinated or routinely tested. And there’s no at-home option. So, as Gov. Phil Murphy navigates this minefield while trying to win the ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

New Rutgers Foundation President Tasked with Pulling at Purse Strings of Alumni

September 13, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The new president of the Rutgers University Foundation will be tasked with soliciting donations for a school that has sometimes struggled to tug at purse strings, if not the heartstrings, of its alumni.

Kimberly Hopely, the new president of the foundation and executive vice president for development and alumni engagement, will join Rutgers on Oct. 11.

She will ...

Rutgers Football Team to Wear Special Uniforms to Honor Those Lost on 9/11

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers football players will wear special uniforms to pay tribute to the 37 alumni and others lost in the Sept. 11 attacks, the school has announced.

Rutgers (1-0) will play Saturday at Syracuse on the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

The jersey will feature stripes in tribute to the first responders, and the helmet will be etched with the names of Rutgers alumni lost, ...

RU Football Returns to the Banks

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Whenever Rutgers focuses on the Banks of the Old Raritan, it always seems to be connected to the alma mater. 

But the banks had an entirely different meaning this weekend, as university officials eagerly waited for the Raritan River to recede so that the football team could host the Temple Owls at noon on Saturday.

Miraculously, that happened, as Route 18 ...

Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Interim Superintendent Joins ESCNJ Board of Directors

September 10, 2021

Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Interim Superintendent Robert Mooney is no stranger to educational services.

With five decades of experience in education, Mooney is ideally qualified to serve as the newest member of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s (ESCNJ) Board of Directors.

"I served several terms on other educational services commission ...


NJ Transit Announces Service Levels for September 2

September 2, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT services are subject to suspensions, delays and detours due to the significant impacts from the storm throughout the state.  Please see below for systemwide service information. 


Systemwide cross honoring will be in effect for rail, NJ TRANSIT & private carrier buses, and light rail.


Important Note: Customers ...

Middlesex County Can Become a National Model for Sustainable Construction

September 21, 2021

Momentum is mounting in our nation’s capital for the passage of a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal negotiated by President Joe Biden and Republicans in the Senate.

Recently, the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House of Representatives backed the plan, moving it one step closer to receiving the broad support it will need to pump billions into modernizing ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...