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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 ...

NJ TRANSIT Launches New Online Performance Dashboard

As part of NJ TRANSIT’s commitment to improving service and transparency, and in support of Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 80, NJ TRANSIT has launched a new Progress by the Numbers performance dashboard at njtransit.com/performance. The dashboard contains industry-standard metrics for on-time performance, mechanical reliability and the causes for delays and ...

Make Our Decadent Homemade Hot Chocolate

December 5, 2019

It takes just three ingredients and a few minutes to whip together this rich, creamy milk chocolate treat, perfect for a winter day.

Tip: A serrated knife will make quick work of chopping up a milk chocolate bar. We recommend using high-quality chocolate for a smooth, creamy drink. Milk chocolate chips won’t melt as easily as wafers or bars, but they’ll do in a ...

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 ...

Triangle Home Fashions/Lush Decor Makes a Home in East Brunswick

December 6, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is a world of creative textiles, color, and texture right of Tices Lane in East Brunswick, as a new business has found a home in East Brunswick.  EB's newest business began its residence in town with a donation of $3,000 to the township's police and fire departments, and an official ribbon-cutting with Mayor Brad Cohen, members of the East Brunswick Chamber ...

SBPD's Russo Awarded for "Dark Web" Drug Arrests

November 29, 2019

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lieutenant Jeffery Russo of the Investigations Division of the South Brunswick Police Department has recently received an award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation for his involvement in taking down a dark web narcotics distributor located in Middlesex county. The arrest led to the biggest pill distribution arrest in the history of the state, with around 5,000 Xanax ...

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Decorate Safely this Holiday Season

December 6, 2019

Colorful decorations, twinkling lights, scented candles and of course Christmas trees help make the holiday season festive, but these same items can also increase the risk of home fires.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), each year firefighters respond to an average of 170 home fires that are reportedly caused by Christmas trees, and some 800 fires ...

Freeholder Director Rios Encourages Year-Long Support for Vets

November 8, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day.  At the first Armistice Day, on November 11, 1919, President Wilson stated:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed ...

ArtPride NJ Highlights Economic Impact of Investment in the Arts

December 2, 2019

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 ...

Morristown NJ Private School Fosters Executive Skills in Students From Pre-K through Eighth Grade

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- TAPintoTV visited the Red Oaks School in Morristown, NJ to learn about their Executive Skills Curriculum. Developed in-house by administrators and staff, the faculty shared with us some of the program’s unique features and its long-reaching benefits for students. 

Nelyda Miguel, the Associate Head of School at Red Oaks said, “Every good school will develop ...

Learn All About Bees & Beekeeping from the 2019 American Honey Princess

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV interviewed Nicole Medina, the 2019 American Honey Princess, who was representing the New Jersey Beekeepers Association at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. Medina shared information about beekeeping and the many ways the honeybee is of great importance to New Jersey. 

The New Jersey Beekeepers Association is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer ...