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The Jaffe Briefing - February 22, 2019

AT THE POLLS - Jump in your time machine to Nov. 3, 2020. You are at the polls, ready to vote for President. You pass through that red curtain and scan the screen. Wait! Donald Trump is not listed as a candidate for President? Could that be??  Possibly, yes, if some New Jersey Democrats have their way. They are reviving the futile effort to get Trump to release his tax returns, or be ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 21, 2019

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS - The mayor is taking heat for panicking too much, apparently unable to take the heat at council meetings. Shouting matches and bickering have prompted Mayor Mario Kranjac to hit a secret "panic button" under the council dais eight or nine times over the past year, The Record reports. It certainly irks police brass, who must yank cops off ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 20, 2019

TRENTON - It was 105 years ago that Uncle Sam adopted its first drug laws, courtesy of President Woodrow Wilson. The law was fueled by frenzied, blatant racism: a crackdown to save White women from drug-peddling Mexicans and deranged Chinamen. (No, we are not making this up.) Fast forward to 2019: Regulating drug use is still on the front burner, as well as how it all relates to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 19, 2019

STATEWIDE - To mark President's Day, New Jersey sued the President of the United States. While New Jerseyans were out buying discounted televisions and dishwashers to mark yesterday's big holiday, the state joined 15 other states to sue the President over his Trumped-up national "emergency" to fund his wall.  It's all about such phrases as "flagrant ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 15, 2019

TRENTON - In December, that blender seemed the perfect holiday gift. But it's mid-February, and it still hasn't arrived on your doorstep. Hmmm. You may be a victim of "porch piracy," and Assemblyman Rob Karabinchak wants to be your hero. The Edison-based lawmaker is proposing stiffer penalties for the culprits who grabbed that five-speed blender off your porch, as well as ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 14, 2019

NEWARK - In another "only in Newark" story, questions are swirling over yet another land deal. NJ.com is reporting how Newark sold a parcel to its parking authority for just a $1 less than two years ago. Now city officials want to lease it back - for more than $27 million over 30 years. Huh? Here is the deal: The city's parking authority would build a parking deck, ...

Local News: Real Stories About Us

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Rutgers PD Investigating Robbery at Off-Campus Residence

February 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four men, armed with a firearm and a sharp object, robbed residents in an off-campus apartment on Easton Avenue late Wednesday after one of the victims answered a knock on the door, Rutgers University police announced.

All of the victims are affliated with the university, police said.

At 9:43 p.m. on Wednesday, one of the residents of the unit on Easton Avenue between ...

Rutgers Autism Service Program Getting $9.8M Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A landmark program at Rutgers University serving adults with autism will get a new center under a proposal that gained approval Wednesday from the university board of governors.

Board members approved plans for the construction of a $9.8 million center on the Douglas campus that will serve as the permanent location of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services.

Rutgers ...

Rutgers Love Story Leads to Birth of Successful Online Wedding Business for Belle Mead Couple

BELLE MEAD, NJ - Erik Kent and Beth Voxland graduated before the internet became popular, but now run an online wedding planning resource for the Garden State,

Creating a popular website was one of the last things on their minds when they met as sophomore communication majors, bonding over an art history course in Voorhees Hall at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

In fact, when they both received ...

Alleged Street Racer Indicted in Death of High School Vice Principal

February 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Piscataway man has been indicted on homicide charges in connection with a street racing incident that killed a New Brunswick High School vice principal, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

Freddy Garcia Jr., 22, faces an indictment on charges of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree vehicular homicide, and second-degree ...

Hillsborough Recognized for Collaboration on Route 206 Project

February 18, 2019

MONROE, NJ - Hillsborough Township was recently honored by the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s “New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Projects” program for its efforts to support the Route 206 Bypass construction project.

The recognition program highlights innovative, pioneering and landmark construction initiatives that greatly impact the state’s economy and to ...

OPINION

A New Beginning for New Beginnings Animal Rescue

February 11, 2019

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

We would like to announce to our many friends and supporters that New Beginnings Animal Rescue has lost our lease at our present location, 706R Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.  Since opening here in February 2014 we have enjoyed serving the community by assisting with animal placement and care.  Although we are leaving this location, we are NOT going ...

2019 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Celebrates Iconic Girl-Led Entrepreneurial Program

February 21, 2019

CHERRY HILL, NJ—, Girl Scouts in central and southern NJ and nationwide will participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2019, celebrating the impactful entrepreneurial program that has sparked the success of millions of women. The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, the largest annual investment in girls in the United States, powers amazing experiences for girls as they learn invaluable ...

Celebrating Black History Month in Middlesex County

February 11, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - February is Black History Month, when America takes time to honor and remember great African-Americans, and their role in shaping America’s history.

Carter Woodson, an African-American historian, first established Black History Week in 1926 during the second week of February. He chose this specific week to honor African-Americans because President Abraham Lincoln, ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...

11th Annual Mustard Seed Dinner Dance Gala to Benefit Disabled Children Will Take Place March 9th

PATERSON, NJ -- The Mustard Seed Children’s 11th Annual Dinner Dance Gala will be held on March 9th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, beginning at 7pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic, which supports orphan children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated ...

Experience Colonial America at The Dey Mansion: George Washington Headquarters

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Presidents Day, TAPintoTV visited the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen County Militia during the Revolutionary War, ...

Oscar Shorts: Celebrate the Underdog Film Festival Marks 10th Anniversary in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- This Saturday, February 16 at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, you can have the chance to watch all of the short films nominated for Academy Awards. The “Oscar Shorts: Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival is marking its 10th year of showing these short films, which is prior to the Oscar broadcast on February 24.

“People can come, they can learn something ...

The History and Origins of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Clifton Mayor Proclaims City as Great Place for Both Families and Business in New Jersey

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Today, we look back at our conversation from 2018 with Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi at a Regional Chamber of Commerce event. TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur discusses with the Mayor how Clifton is a great place to live and why businesses can also expect a very friendly welcome.

Clifton, New Jersey’s 11th largest municipality, celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2017.