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Fireworks on the Fourth of July is a Jersey First

As you watch the rockets glare and bombs burst into the New Jersey skies this weekend, share this little bit of Jerseyana with the people on the blanket or lawn chairs next to you.

The first “fireworks” display to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was ordered by George Washington himself along the banks of the Raritan River.

Yes, fireworks on the ...

Land Bank Bill Signed in Newark Creates Framework for Abandoned Property Database

July 11, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - It took years for a bill that gives municipalities a tool to sell blighted properties through land banks to get the final approving pen stroke from a New Jersey governor.

But yesterday, the stroke of the pen finally happened right here in Newark. 

“[This gives] flexibility that allows you to be able to aggressively deal with a particular property - a particular ...

Montclair Ice Cream Shop Owner Buys Employee a Car

July 9, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Aaron Brunert arrived at his job at a local ice cream shop on Friday, thinking it was a regular day. It was, that is, until the owner of Gelotti of Montclair, called him to the front counter and gave him the keys to a car.

Gelotti of Montclair, which is being rebranded as Gelati by Mike, opened in Montclair and Caldwell in 2014. Brunert joined the company in 2017 and has ...

11 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Families with Severe Food Allergies

July 15, 2019

Cheryl Marks Young is a New Jersey food allergy awareness advocate and the creator and chief curator for The Allergy Ninja. Read more about her at the end of this article.

We all know that family with the “allergy kid.” You know, the ones that always bring their own food to parties and create a safe space between their kids and the party food. We are that family, and we have two ...

School Districts Can Save Millions of Dollars by Prioritizing Public Specialized Schools Over Private Ones

July 2, 2019

In the next fiscal year, the tuition at two private schools for students with disabilities in New Jersey will cost taxpayers $116,603, and $118,532 per year to educate a child with autism.

There is no question that these private schools, and many others like them in New Jersey, provide a quality education for students who require out-of-district placements to ensure academic success.

But ...

Excitement in Newark as New Jersey Devils Prepare for 2019 First Overall Pick

June 19, 2019

With the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the New Jersey Devils could select one of two young players who have been coined as “generational” talents by analysts and scouts across the league. Making this decision all the more exciting is that the second overall pick in this year’s draft belongs to the Devils’ rivals across the Hudson in the New York Rangers.

The Jaffe Briefing - June 16, 2019

STATEWIDE - Move along, Baby Boomers. That's the message of Generation X, as Rutgers researchers report that the Boomers are finally relinquishing the reigns of power in New Jersey and are now focused on retirement. RU Economist James Hughes is calling it "the greatest age structure transformation in population history," as the Boomers are leaving a significant void on the ...

Hoboken Real Estate Market Fueled by Families and New Businesses

July 12, 2019

HOBOKEN, NJ -- In Part 2 of HomeGrown: Hoboken, Host Stephanie Willoughby talks with two women business owners in the mile-square city about how Hoboken’s revival and growth has also made the city a more welcoming place for families.  

Pamela Kalman, Owner of PKL Properties, spoke about the thriving real estate market in Hoboken.  Kalman said that there is no ...