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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 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 4, 2019

STATEWIDE - Yeah, yeah, we've heard all the Jersey jokes. "The Armpit of America" and a lot of other stuff. Har-Har. You would think our streets are filled with trash, as we sit it in our diners, smoke cigarettes and gaze at our tire piles. But the true, hard fact is that New Jersey is one of the cleanest states in the nation, and new findings from the New Jersey Clean ...

Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

January 14, 2019

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

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

January 9, 2019

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, ...

Rutgers Physician Inducted into National Hall of Fame

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jeffrey Carson has built a career becoming an expert on blood.

As a physician, Carson has challenged the efficiency of common practices for blood transfusions, established national standards for when to give transfusions, and led an international research team in a study of more than 60 years of data on the introduction of red blood cells to increase hemoglobin levels in ...

Taxi Driver Strikes 3 Girls, Boy in New Brunswick on their Walk to School

January 15, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four pedestrians walking to school were struck by a taxi driver today as they crossed a street while walking in a crosswalk, police said.

Authorities said the pedestrians were struck about 8:48 a.m. on Townsend Street.

The victims included two girls, ages 8 and 10, who were on their way to school and an 18-year-old woman and 3-year-old boy who were accompanying ...

Hillsborough Residents to Vote on All-Day Kindergarten March 12

January 15, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township residents will be asked to approve all-day kindergarten classes in a March 12 referendum approved at the first Board of Education meeting of 2019.

Members of the board authorized a referendum to be placed on the ballot at its meeting Jan. 7; approval of the referendum would also help the board to lay out a plan for long-term financial stability. 

The ...

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 ...

CASA of Middlesex Helping More Foster Kids; Volunteers Sought

January 15, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ  -  CASA of Middlesex County helped nearly 110 children in foster care in 2018, opened a record number of new cases in fall 2018 and helped guide the handling of these sensitive cases so children could find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

“We had a great year, with many new volunteers coming on board to ensure these vulnerable children receive ...

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 ...