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The Jaffe Briefing - December 10, 2019

CLARKSBORO – Months after “Popeye the Peacock” was shot and subsequently put to sleep, this stunned Gloucester County community is still grappling for answers, the Philly Inquirer reports. Popeye was the informal mascot of the town, showing up here and there. The friendly peacock travelled the countryside too, known in other places as Petey, Mikey, and/or Kevin. But then ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 9, 2019

TRENTON – Even if you’re a reclusive baby boomer who does not know a vaper from a viper, you surely know there are serious health concerns with e-cigarettes. There was some tension at a roundtable on the subject hosted by NJ Spotlight on Friday. Sparks flew, as anti-vaping and pro-vaping advocates engaged. The only thing missing was a vaper blowing vape in an opponent’s ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 6, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK – Three Assembly Republicans decided to use a thoroughly unrelated bill to voice their discontent for Rutgers’ decision to hire an expensive football coach. There was a bill that had absolutely nothing to do with the football team on their desks; it focused on a $250,000 appropriation for a special care treatment center at the dental school in New Brunswick, NJ.com ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 5, 2019

TRENTON – Paper or plastic? It appears the solution may be neither, as the Senate Budget Committee takes up a bill today that calls for a statewide ban on both plastic and paper bags in New Jersey. Everyone agrees the single-use plastic bags are the scourge of the Earth; they blow into our oceans and streams and last much, much longer than the four minutes or so that you use them to ...

Rush Hour at the Port Authority Bus Terminal

During rush hour every evening, your bus is one of more than 1,200 NJ TRANSIT bus departures from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. In this video, we go behind the scenes of the world’s busiest bus terminal to see the incredible team effort that keeps all these buses moving.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal services more than 260,000 daily customers for both local and long-distance ...

She Lost Part of Her Leg. That Didn’t Stop this NJ Soul Food Chef

December 9, 2019

BelleJohns’ Soul Food has found success over the past few years, but things would be different if chef and owner Jewel Domino had believed what her doctors told her a year ago.

Last November, she was hit by a drunk driver, which resulted in her losing the bottom half of her left leg, Domino said. After many surgeries, she learned to manage her pain and walk with a prosthetic. And she did ...

Rutgers Faculty Body Calls For Hobbs to be Fired

December 5, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Pat Hobbs may have finally sated the ravenous appetites of rabid Rutgers football fans by sealing the deal on an eight-year contract with Greg Schiano, but he continues to come under fire.

Lost among the hoopla surrounding Schiano's return to the Banks of the Old Raritan - first Tuesday morning's unanimous vote by the Board of Governors to ratify the coach's ...

With Schiano in the Fold, Rutgers' Hobbs Finally Gets Pat on the Back

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As Pat Hobbs moved into position to speak to reporters on Wednesday, someone patted him on the back as he walked past.

It must have felt good for the Rutgers athletic director who was the object of venom and vitriol during the school's protracted negotiations with Greg Schiano.

Some fans called for his head and some former players called for his job when it appeared ...

Rutgers Rolls Out Red Carpet to Welcome Back Schiano

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –Greg Schiano broke into pregame, rah-rah coachspeak Wednesday, almost as if he was ready right there, right then to lead his team onto the field at Ann Arbor or Columbus or Happy Valley.

There will be a time when Rutgers will be able to take on Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and the rest of the best of the Big Ten, Schiano told everyone who had crammed into the Hale ...

Piscataway Police Respond to 'Toy Weapon' Call; Quibbletown MS Placed on Lockdown

December 10, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Students at Quibbletown Middle School were placed in lockdown Tuesday morning after a toy weapon was reported to be on site.

School administrators secured the toy weapon and the individuals involved and notified Piscataway police who immediately responded, said district officials.

A spokesperson for the Piscataway School District declined to describe the toy weapon or ...

Somerville Introduces Draft of Revised Master Plan Dec. 11th

December 10, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The borough’s Planning Board will introduce an updated version of the borough’s Master Plan at its meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11th at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at police headquarters, 24 So. Bridge St.

The 70-page draft document, which includes additional appendices, has been worked on over the past year.  State law mandates that New Jersey municipalities ...

OPINION

Here’s how people can volunteer to help other taxpayers in their communities

December 10, 2019

With taxpayers beginning to think about filing their taxes next year, they can also consider volunteering to help others do so. The agency and its partner organizations are looking for people to prepare tax returns at free tax preparation sites across the country.

People can sign up through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program by visiting the sign-up page on IRS.gov today. The IRS and ...

Millennial Councilwoman Encourages Younger Generations to Get Involved in Local Government

December 10, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Crystal Pruitt, Councilwoman of Franklin Township, at the 2019 New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. Pruitt is currently the youngest person on the Franklin Township Council, and we spoke with her about her background, goals, and advice for millennials who want to get more politically active. 

Pruitt, who is also Chief of Staff for ...

Meadowlands Environmentalist Hackensack Riverkeeper Transforms Polluted NJ Industrial Sites

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, TAPintoTV spoke with Captain Bill Sheehan of Hackensack Riverkeeper, about his organization and their efforts to revitalize the Hackensack River Watershed. 

Among its missions, Hacksensack Riverkeeper collaborates with planners to ensure that land use decisions reflect science and adhere to all ...

ArtPride NJ Highlights Economic Impact of Investment in the Arts

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, TAPintoTV spoke with Megan LoBue, Development Manager for ArtPride New Jersey, about the organization’s resources and latest arts initiatives. 

ArtPride NJ supports New Jersey’s creative community and is widely viewed as the go-to source for research, innovative programs and services, and ...

PSE&G Talks Infrastructure & Clean Energy at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Everton Scott, Senior Public Affairs Manager at PSE&G, at the 2019 League of Municipalities Conference. Scott spoke about PSE&G’s presence at this year’s conference as well as the utility’s latest programs and priorities.  

One of the most high-profile statewide initiatives for PSE&G is the company’s ...

School Lockdown Drills Can Traumatize Children NJ Therapist Tells Steve Adubato

NEW JERSEY -- On Thanksgiving Eve, an emergency lockdown was conducted at Montclair High School due to reports of a student with a gun. Officials determined that there was no credible threat and no weapon was found. This excerpt from One-on-One with Steve Adubato addresses school lockdown drills, their social and emotional impact on students, and what parents need to know about these increasingly ...

Small Business Success Story: Skin Deep Salon & Spa Celebrates 25 Years

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Skin Deep Salon & Spa recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in business. TAPintoTV spoke with Susan Ann Barbaglia, Skin Deep’s Founder, as well as her clients and staff, about marking this milestone and the secrets to their success as a local, small business.

“To be successful, I think you have to have a true love,” said Barbaglia, “almost ...