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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 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 10, 2018

ON THE ROADS - Well, duh. A new report shows that North Dakota is the top state in the nation when it comes to driving. Well, of course. No one lives there. You can speed for miles and miles and not see a soul. And other great states to drive in? Well, duh, again. Those "top states," according to the 2018 Bankrate Best States for Drivers Study, include such wide open places as ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 7, 2018

PRINCETON - If you add up all the brain power at Princeton University, it could figure a way to teach trigonometry to a flea. Yet the university has been struggling with all the bicycle thefts around the leafy campus. NJ.comreports the latest effort is for police to create "bait bikes."  They are equipped with GPS devices so cops can track them and hopefully find the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 6, 2018

STATEWIDE - Does New Jersey hate Christmas? Of course not, but that's not stopping one of those clickbait online survey companies from ranking the state 47thout of the 50 states in our level of bah humbug. This "source," called GetCenturyLink, was even nice enough to slap New Jersey with a Grinch sticker, reserved for the 10 least-merry states in the nation. The rankings were ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 5, 2018

PRINCETON - Princeton's all-male acappella group, the Tigertones, is apparently off-key in this era of #MeToo. And that's why it is no longer performing the song "Kiss The Girl" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid." You may recall that Prince Eric sang the song in the 1989 cartoon, when Ariel's voice has been taken away, making her unable to grant ...

Make Pasta Amazing with this Foodie Find: Bottarga Di Muggine (Cured Mullet Roe)

December 8, 2018

Where we found it: Eataly NYC Downtown

Last year, our au pair from Sardinia, a little island of Italy, brought home grated cured mullet roe from her trip to the city with friends.

“This is from my hometown!” Giulia told us, taking out a little jar of Bottarga Di Muggine. The next day, she made a simple dish of spaghetti with asparagus, sprinkling each bowl with a spoonful ...

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 ...

It's Not Your Imagination: Landfill Undergoing Smelly Improvements for the Rest of the Month

December 12, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick and South River residents may experience some unpleasant odors through the end of December as a result of improvements to the gas collection system at the Middlesex County Landfill located on Edgeboro Road in East Brunswick according to a report issued by the South River Police Department today.

A typical landfill gas (LFG) collection and control system ...

Bob Woodward: Trump White House Now A 'National Emergency'

December 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Legendary journalist Bob Woodward sees President Donald Trump becoming more and more isolated, unwilling to listen to advisers and making impulsive decisions based on false information and assumptions.

"I think it's a national emergency in the White House," Woodward said when he appeared Monday night at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.

In a ...

OPINION

Tips To Keep Your Holiday Safe

December 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - As families prepare for the holiday season, Middlesex County officials sent out a warning about potential fire hazards from trees, lights and fireplaces.

“These steps will help prevent fire hazards in your home so you can focus on celebrating with your family,” said county Freeholder Shanti Narra, chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee. “And as ...

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 ...

Historic Inauguration Reenactment and Gala to Benefit the Grover Cleveland Birthplace

<!--block-->MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association recently held a gala and reenactment of the president’s 1893 inauguration here at the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair. 

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<!--block-->CBS New York’s John Elliott, who served as the Master of Ceremonies, said, “There’s nothing more fun than history, so ...

A TASTE OF BERGEN 2018 HELD TO BENEFIT NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER

GARFIELD, NJ -- The 10th Annual “A Taste of Bergen” fundraiser was recently held here at The Venetian. Proceeds of the event will support the patients, long term care residents, veterans, and people in need served by New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus. 

The event featured 32 local restaurants, who donated their services to benefit the event, and was attended by ...