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The Jaffe Briefing - January 18, 2019

TRENTON - When you find yourself paying $10 for some pancakes and a cup of coffee, thank state lawmakers. On one hand, news that the state will be steadily raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 is tremendous for many struggling families. But someone has to pay for it. That, of course, will be the consumer. So, yeah, breakfast will be getting a little pricey at your local ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 11, 2019

NORTH JERSEY - Not everyone is man enough to be a Girl Scout. That's quite evident in the latest episode of the Jaffe Podcast, in which we chat with the CEO of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, serving seven counties. Natasha Hemmings says there's this myth that Girl Scouts exist just to sell you a box or three of cookies. The fact is Girl Scouts are running programs for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 10, 2019

NORTH JERSEY - On this day, 20 years ago, we got our first look at a modern-day gangster, cigar in mouth, driving down the New Jersey Turnpike, to a funky beat. We saw the refineries and the tank farms. And we saw Interchange 13 in all its glory, the airplanes out of Newark, the pizza joint, the iconic New Jersey signs and, in the end, a Jersey-style McMansion. Yeah, we're talking about ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 9, 2019

WAYNE - Back in the day, a "Cannabis Institute" at a New Jersey college typically comprised a bong, a couple boxes of half-eaten pizza and some R.E.M. But this is a new generation, and now colleges are eager to create "Institutes" about pretty much anything. And, so, prospective students at William Paterson University will soon be getting wooed by the newly-announced ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 8, 2019

MARLTON - New Jersey doesn't need DPW crews; it needs goats. A local farmer is collecting her neighbors' discarded Christmas trees and feeding them to her pack of 12 hungry goats. Philly.com thinks this woman may have struck gold. Why should we all have to pay to haul away our holiday trees - and hope they get recycled - when all we need is just a fence and a goat? Last ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 7, 2019

STATEWIDE - Property taxes across New Jersey jumped by another $639 million in 2018, reaching nearly $30 billion. Consider yourself damn lucky; this is apparently "good news." The average tax bill went up just $77, the lowest annual increase that anyone can remember, giving the "average taxpayer" - whoever that may be - a tax bill in 2018 of $8,767. This is the eighth ...

Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

January 19, 2019

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...

Rutgers Student Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

January 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of diatoms, algae, ...

Rutgers Prof Gets $400K Grant Using Smartphones for Monitoring Diseases

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - These days there is one item people keep with them constantly: a smartphone.

Now a Rutgers University professor has received a $400,000 grant to see if those smartphones can gather data on the effects of conditions that literally cause people to shake, such as Parkinson's Disease.

The National Institutes of Health gave the grant to Jean-Francois Daneault, an ...

Ex-Rutgers Player Charged in Murder Plot Now Accused of Trying to Contact Victim

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - A Rutgers University student accused of plotting to kill his ex-girlfriend's parents has been arrested again and charged with trying to contact the woman.

Izaia Bullock, 22, of South River, a former university football player, was arrested Thursday and charged with contempt of court for allegedly violating an order prohibiting him from reaching out to the victim, ...

Woodbridge Priest Arrested and Charged with Sexual Assault

January 18, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey today announced that a priest from Phillipsburg, N.J., has been arrested and charged with multiple criminal counts in the sexual assault of a child who was between the ages of 14 and 17.

The arrest constitutes the first criminal case filed by the New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force, which ...

Planning Board Hears Testimony from South Plainfield Fire, Environmental Experts

January 16, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a Jan. 8 meeting, the South Plainfield Planning Board resumed its hearing on M&M Realty Properties proposal for 1111 Durham Avenue. 

At this time, John Taikina, director of real estate development for M&M, presented a few minor changes to the plans – made at the request of the municipality – and testimonies from borough ...

OPINION

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 11, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...

Address Yourself: Working Together To Create Sustainable Homeownership

January 21, 2019

Low-middle income families and individuals are entering into a deeply challenging housing market. The path to homeownership has never seemed so daunting and financially complicated! It is no surprise, then, that many families choose to rent rather than slog their way through the mortgage process for an uncertain goal. The dream of one day owning a home seems to many an improbable ...

Toxic Stress Causes Lifelong Adverse Effects on New Jersey’s Youngest and Most Vulnerable Children

January 11, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Dr. Arturo Brito was recently a guest on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the effects of toxic stressors on children from the ages zero to three, and how New Jersey lawmakers are helping to combat this critical issue.

Toxic stressors, explained Dr. Brito, are those stressors that can be persistent, chronic and severe. Infants and young children exposed to ...

Nissan Becomes First Japanese Car Company to Enter Formula E Auto Racing Series

NEW YORK -- TAPintoTV spoke with Roel de Vries, VP/Head of Global Marketing at Nissan Motor Company, at the 2018 New York International Auto Show about the 2018/2019 Formula E racing season. Nissan’s new electric racing car marks the first Japanese manufacturer to participate in the global all-electric auto racing series.

“Formula E is a logical extension of our long-term belief in ...