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Holy Thursday's Watch Offers an Opportunity for Reflection and Prayer

Connectivity – a doublespeak word if there ever was one.

It is, in fact, dis-connectivity. Life through devices makes us not present in our immediate world and takes us outside of ourselves and into the world of entertainment, sports, social media, etc.

My favorite is the commercial for some streaming service where the guy says “Now you watch movies on your phone,” as if ...

Caveats to Inclusionary Zoning Could Mean Ironbound Project Has Off-Site Affordable Housing

April 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Residents implored the planning board yesterday to ensure that a new development in the Ironbound’s MX-3 zone keeps its affordable housing on-site.

The 11-story mixed-use building with 133 units will be located on 59-65 McWhorter St. An attorney representing the Lakewood-based developer told the planning board the building would have to adhere to Newark’s inclusionary ...

Botched Ballot Quickly Corrected In South Orange

April 11, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Residents who vote by mail will be getting a new ballot mailed to them this week, since there was an error on the ballots they received last week.

Municipal and county officials scrambled over the weekend and earlier this week to correct the ballots, which according to South Orange Village Clerk Kevin Harris, listed two candidates running for village trustee ...

Teachers Given High Honors at KIPP NJ Gala

April 5, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Middle school was tough for Ryan Hill. Sheepish, dorky, with funny-looking glasses, he was never invited to hang out with the cool kids or to weekend parties, so he retreated to books.

His seventh-grade teacher, Mr. Wilhelm, did everything he could to make reading fun and help Hill realize that it is cool to be a reader.

“In Mr. Wilhelm’s class, I got to see a ...

La Casa de Don Pedro to hold its annual celebration on April 11

La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Northern New Jersey’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, will host La Casa es su Casa, it's signature annual cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception on Thursday, April 11, 6:00pm – 8:30pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. 

This year’s theme is “Newark on the Map in ...

Crunch Time at NJ-Based Manischewitz Company as Passover Approaches

April 16, 2019

Much has changed since more than 100 jobs were slashed at the Manischewitz Matzo Factory in Newark almost two years ago.

Sheets and sheets of matzo used to be made at the factory on Avenue K, which runs parallel to Route 9, every spring for Passover.

“When you do it in a commercial factory, it’s quite a challenge not to have any dough carry over from one batch to the ...

NJ to Lower Flags for Westfield High School Principal Who Died in Selfless Act

April 15, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Across the state, flags will fly at half-staff on Monday in honor of the Westfield High School Principal, who died from complications that followed his donation of bone marrow to a boy in France.

Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered the flags lowered in honor of Dr. Derrick Nelson, 44. The community has been mourning Dr. Nelson’s loss since his passing on April ...

Rutgers, Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement, Avert First Faculty Strike In School History

April 16, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers and the union representing nearly 5,000 of its faculty members reached a tentative agreement late Tuesday night, bringing to an end more than a year of bargaining and averting the first faculty strike in the university's 253-year history.

The Rutgers AAUP-AFT released a statement at about 9:15 p.m., stating the gains secured by its ranks - from ...

NJ to Lower Flags for Westfield High School Principal Who Died in Selfless Act

April 15, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Across the state, flags will fly at half-staff on Monday in honor of the Westfield High School Principal, who died from complications that followed his donation of bone marrow to a boy in France.

Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered the flags lowered in honor of Dr. Derrick Nelson, 44. The community has been mourning Dr. Nelson’s loss since his passing on April ...

Massachusetts Benefits from Lingering Law to Sell Liquor in New Jersey Supermarkets

March 29, 2019

In Massachusetts, we have been following the ongoing debate in New Jersey to expand the number of liquor licenses that one entity can own. For decades, supermarkets and other entities in both states have been unnecessarily and unfairly limited under outdated laws that stymie business growth and customer convenience.

Massachusetts had endured these onerous restrictions until lawmakers and ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 9, 2019




The Jaffe Briefing will go on Spring Break starting Thursday, April 11 - we will return (slightly sunburnt) on Monday, April 22


TRENTON - He's baaack. Former Gov. Chris Christie is vowing to share more of his unsolicited opinions about the current governor, after 15 months of relative silence and a book tour. This is exactly what New Jersey ...

New Jersey-Based Jaguar USA Wins Three World Car Awards at the 2019 New York International Auto Show

April 18, 2019

NEW YORK, NY -- Jaguar USA, based in Mahwah, New Jersey, was the recipient of the top three World Car Awards at the New York International Auto Show this year for the same model, the Jaguar I-PACE.

Entirely electric and in the SUV category, the Jaguar I-PACE received the awards for World Car of the Year, Design of the Year, and Green Car of the Year. It is unprecedented for one manufacturer to ...