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The Jaffe Briefing - December 18, 2018

TRENTON - First there was Rocky, then Rocky II, and then many, many more Rockys. Speaking of rockiness with staying power, the dyspeptic relationship between Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney went another round yesterday when the governor vetoed a bill of which Sweeney was a prime mover. The bill would have switched county college employees from one health ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 17, 2018

HOBOKEN - Throw hundreds of drunken Santas on the streets and - Wow! - you better watch out and you better not cry. Police tell us why: By early yesterday morning, there were at least 14 Santas under arrest and 33 others got tickets for peeing on the street or for overwhelming drunkenness. Santas also got busted for driving drunk, for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 14, 2018

TRENTON - In his 30 years or so in print journalism, Charlie Stile knows his readers. This stalwart columnist at the Bergen Record knows what his readers will find interesting, how they like to be told a story and even when they are most likely to read his columns. Usually, that time is Friday morning, maybe around 10:30 a.m. or so. And that's why you should listen ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 13, 2018

TRENTON - Even with a joint committee on legalizing cannabis in New Jersey, it looks increasingly doubtful that there will be a vote in 2018. It really seemed like recreational marijuana would have been legalized this fall, but there's a lot of smoke hanging arond. How should the state tax the drug? And how should a "cannabis commission" be established to oversee all the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 12, 2018

JERSEY CITY - For some, the chronic traffic at the Holland Tunnel is not what's really ticking them off these days. Rather, they are infuriated with the holiday décor. Someone at the Port Authority decided to stick a triangular tree over the letter "N" instead of "A" - and made the crossing a "TONNEL" by putting a wreath over the "U," ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 11, 2018

MENDHAM - Not too long ago, the job of White House Chief of Staff was highly-coveted and well-respected for its massive influence within the Beltway. Now, it's the place you go to kill your career. There is a big "Help Wanted" sign hanging on the door knob at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., likely scrawled in crayon, and it looks like our very own former Gov. Chris Christie is once ...

NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have ...

Rutgers Report Views Online Classes As the Future

December 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ten years ago, 1,234 were taking online college courses at Rutgers University.

Last year, in the fall semester of 2017, that number reached 23,042, according to university figures.

Nationwide over 6.4 million people are sitting in front of computers to take college courses, about one-third of all the students taking high education classes, Richard Novak, Rutgers ...

150 Years of The Daily Targum: Rutgers Student Newspaper Launched Many Prominent Journalists

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - S. Mitra Kalita, vice president of programming for CNN’s digital division, honed her who-what-when-where-and-whys at The Daily Targum, Rutgers University’s student newspaper, reporting on race relations, labor, immigration and globalization, among other issues.

Melissa Hayes, communications and social media specialist at the North Jersey Transportation ...

Rutgers Athletes Break Record Off the Field

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers student athletes this week gained recognition from the Big Ten Conference, with 86 Scarlet Knight players named to the Fall 2018 Academic All-Big Ten List.

The total number of recognized fall sport athletes is a record for the university, topping the 84 students who received the honor in the fall of 2015.

Brian Shushkovsk, of Morganville was recognized as one of 40 ...

Beloved Search and Rescue Bloodhound Aided Police, Succumbs to Cancer

December 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - He was always called "Joker," short for Canine 832 Joker's Wild, and for five years, this bloodhound assisted police in Middlesex County on countless missing persons and other investigations.

In 2015, after a young woman was violently assaulted and left for dead, Joker found a track and led law enforcement officers to a residence, and ultimately led to ...

Somerville: Craft Beers Soon To Be Brewing on Main Street

December 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Everyone but the brewmeister will be working Tuesday at Village Brewing Company.

Just two months away from drawing the first mug of "Somerville Red" and other craft beers brewed on the premises, the owners of what will be the largest micro-brewery in Somerset County were busy Tuesday making sure that plumbers, painters, masons and other workmen didn't get ...

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Amazon Funds New Breakfast Program for More Than 1,900 Edison High School Students in Campaign with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry to Fight Hunger

December 18, 2018

EDISON - December 12, 2018 - Amazon surprised students at Edison High School this week as part of the company’s national breakfast program, Rise & Smile, which aims to fight hunger across the U.S.. Associates from Amazon’s Edison fulfillment center delivered bananas and engaged students in fun activities to emphasize the importance of eating a nutritious ...

Bilingual Children are Unique Language Learners

November 26, 2018

As New Jersey classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, professionals are continually learning to provide services to bilingual children.  In the last 30 years, as the number of children has increased by 10 percent in the U.S., those whose home language is not English has more than doubled.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and teachers are focused on young “English Language ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...

Clinton's Fourchette Shares the Secrets of their Success as a Small Business

<!--block-->CLINTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV Senior Producer Kayla Galka recently stopped into Fourchette, a shop on Main Street here, and spoke with staff members about the secrets of the success behind this thriving small business.

Fourchette opened five years ago as a full-service cheese shop, with gourmet foods, imported French linens and unique home and kitchen goods. While ...

Millburn Winter Walk Holiday Event Highlights the Importance of Shopping Local

<!--block-->MILLBURN, NJ -- Crowds gathered here in Taylor Park for the lighting of the 2nd Annual “Winter Walk,” presented by the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce. Held a day after “Shop Local Saturday,” the event highlighted the importance of community and supporting local destinations and businesses this holiday season. <!--block-->

“It ...