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Jaffe Morning Briefing - October 4, 2016

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP – Try to wrap your head around this one: A woman is driving with her 27-year-old boyfriend Sunday morning somewhere in Gloucester County. At one point, the boyfriend gets out of the car, gets hit by another car, and later, he tragically dies. Meanwhile, as EMTs frantically try to save his life, the 25-year-old girlfriend is scouring the ambulance for something to steal, cops say. The Pitman woman finds the purse of one of the EMTs – who is otherwise distracted – and makes off with credit and debit cards, a driver's license and $120, its alleged. Following the shock of all this, cops charged her with theft. Funeral serves are Thursday, where there should be many purses lying around.

PATERSON – The city will soon wash its hands of a police officer who has spent the past nine years on paid leave, following claims, since dropped, that he had sex with a prisoner. But, as Manuel Avila waves goodbye, he will leave with a fat pension. The Paterson Press thinks this cop, who hasn’t walked a beat since George W. Bush was President, is looking at $70,000 a year in retirement benefits, courtesy of taxpayers. That’s more than twice what he would have received if just left when allegations first surfaced. Meanwhile, this whole case has cost Paterson about $2 million in salary, fees, etc. Hmmm. Any openings at the police academy?

LYNDHURST – A local cigar business could be going up in smoke, as state authorities pursue a store owner who apparently hasn’t paid $442,000 in state taxes over a four-year period. Authorities say the purveyor of Cigar Emporium stores in Lyndhurst and West Caldwell ignored sales and tobacco product taxes from 2012 to 2016. He also ignored state income taxes, as well as income tax returns for himself. He also never bothered to register one of his shops with the state Division of Taxation. The cigar shop owner plans to plead “not guilty.” The explanation should be fascinating.

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ATLANTIC CITY – Shhh.  That seems to be the hushed word from the mayor’s office, as the city’s deadline to follow the terms of a $73 million state loan quietly passed yesterday. The Press of AC reports the city was supposed to dissolve its Municipal Utility Authority as collateral for the loan. The City Council didn’t approve such an ordinance, the state has zero info on what it plans to do now and the mayor’s office has yet to hear anything from the state, at least as far as the Press of AC is aware. So, shhh.

IN THE MEDIA

STATEWIDE – With newspapers on life support, gobbled up by the likes of Gannett, the only area of growth in the news business appears to be online hyperlocal journalism. Sure, there is an endless news hole to fill every minute of the day, but it looks like TapInto.net has figured out a formula that is somehow bucking the trend in New Jersey. There are now 57 franchised news sites around the state, covering 75 towns, and TapInto just announced it had 713,339 unique visitors in September, breaking its former record of 651,001 in July. Perhaps journalism finally has found a future in NJ.

IN OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

READING, Ohio – With all this creepy talk about crazy clowns lurking in the woods, in strip mall parking lots and in public parks, one woman thought she found the perfect excuse for being late for work. WCPO-TV reports the 18-year-old woman is now being charged with making a false alarm, after she concocted some story of someone dressed like a clown jumping a fence Saturday, waving a knife at her and cutting her thumb. Hypersensitive cops were all over it, after an earlier report of a clown grabbing a woman by the throat and threatening Reading schools led to classes being canceled for the day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

New York sports fans are still high-fiving, following a crazy trade on this day in 1991 in which the Rangers sent Bernie Nichols to Edmonton in exchange for superstar Mark Messier. He then led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup three years later. Ha!

WORD OF THE DAY

Vamoose  [vuh-MOOSS] – verb

Definition: To depart quickly

Example: The Vice Presidential candidates will debate at 9 p.m. tonight, and then vamoose.

WEATHER IN A WORD

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Holy Savior Academy Cheer Competition

February 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Holy Savior Academy’s cheerleading squad is on winning streak.  Competing at the Biddy Level in the CCCANJ League, the girls took 1st place in the first two competitions of this cheer season. The 12 girl squad competed in the Immaculate Conception and the St. Mary’s competitions and came out on top beating fellow Catholic Schools, Immaculate ...

EarthCam Shares Live Webcam Views of Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

February 23, 2018

If you saw our article, you know about the Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday to support the Special Olympics.  If you cannot be there, but want to see the festivities, this press release tells you how you can.

WHAT: February 24 from 9am-1pm ET, thousands of people will make a mad dash into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Seaside Heights, NJ…and ...

Travels Idea - You Feel Like Freezing Your Beachballs Off this Saturday? - It’s a Polar Bear Plunge Benefiting the Special Olympics New Jersey

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - On Saturday, Feb 24, an anticipated 7,000 people will brave the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean, participating in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, all to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. This Plunge is especially noteworthy because it is the 25th anniversary.

Two ...

From the New York Toy Fair - Travels Reveals the Toys That Will Make You the Star of Your Child’s Life - the Oscars of the Toy World - the TOTY Awards

 As you know, we are here to encourage you to travel.  Unfortunately, the New York Toy Fair is one place virtually none of you can go.  So, unless you have been tirelessly been searching the internet, you are not up to date on what toys your children will be wanting soon.

Fortunately, with Press Correspondent credentials, we were able to go in your place.

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Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

The U.S. Coast Guard has officially ended its search for the two crew members of the fishing boat that went missing off the coast of Barnegat Light during the early morning hours of February 8.  

“We would like to extend our condolences to the families and the fishing community affected by this tragic incident,” said Capt. Scott Anderson, commander of the Coast Guard's ...

Looking for Something to Do? Weekend Events in Somerset County

Things to do in Somerset County

A weekend celebrating Warmer Days!

1. Winter Market, Duke Farms

2. The Mountaintop, Theatre at RVCC - Friday featuring the Peking Acrobats.

3. State Theatre New Jersey - nothing scheduled this weekend - next show Feb 22 

4. Heritage Trail Association - Five Generals House Bus Tour - ...

Travels’ Pick 2 For 1 Valentine’s Day Special on Comedy and Music Tickets at the Wellmont

TAPintoTravels - We seldom post these deals last minute, but it seems to good to miss.  It’s even better that a number of great events are at the Wellmont in Montclair.

Here are our picks to take your significant other out for a night on the town:

The Muscial Box - a Genesis tribute band is performing decades worth of the band’s vast repertoire.  They ...

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

February 14, 2018

"The Great Wait" of the College Application Process

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and ...

Travels Idea - You Feel Like Freezing Your Beachballs Off this Saturday? - It’s a Polar Bear Plunge Benefiting the Special Olympics New Jersey

February 22, 2018

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - On Saturday, Feb 24, an anticipated 7,000 people will brave the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean, participating in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, all to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. This Plunge is especially noteworthy because it is the 25th anniversary.

Two ...

Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

The U.S. Coast Guard has officially ended its search for the two crew members of the fishing boat that went missing off the coast of Barnegat Light during the early morning hours of February 8.  

“We would like to extend our condolences to the families and the fishing community affected by this tragic incident,” said Capt. Scott Anderson, commander of the Coast Guard's ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further. Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the Surf City Yacht ...

Parkland Strong and Proud

February 22, 2018

I want to share some thoughts with you.

I have not been posting on social media, although I have been constantly reading your posts so that I can represent you through this sad time. What our community has been saying is inspirational and has helped me cope through these “more than” trying times.

Special thanks to my fellow Parkland, Coral Springs, Broward Commissioners and ...

Obituaries

North Plainfield – Gail A. Kaufman – Cain, 62, passed away peacefully on Saturday ...
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Dangers of Fentanyl

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Watchung Hills and North Plainfield Wrestlers Advance to NJSIAA Region 4 Semis Saturday

February 24, 2018

UNION, NJ - Seven Watchung Hills grapplers qualified to wrestle in the quarter-finals of the NJSIAA Region 4 Tournament on Friday night, and six will move on to the semi-finals Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Blake Bahna, Danny Miller, Nick Ciraulo, Jacob Stasil, Rob Saum, Vince Mattaliano, and Justin Hayward all wrestled Friday night and all but Bahna move ...

Wrestling: 11 Warriors and Three Canucks Advance to Regions, Watchung Hills Wins NJSIAA District 16

MILLBURN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Regional High School wrestling team won its first District title on Saturday and 11 Warriors placed in the top three of their weight classes to advance to regions. North Plainfield came in ninth in District 14 and three wrestlers advance to regions.

”Congratulations to Coach Smith, his staff, and all of our Warrior wrestlers on winning their first ...

Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung Students Compete in County Spelling Bee

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Students from more than 30 schools in Somerset County, including Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung, will compete in the 3rd annual Spelling Bee Spectacular sponsored by the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey.

Participation is limited to those students up to the eighth grade.

The contest, which is a preliminary to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling ...

Wellness at WHRHS: On Stress, Wellness and Integrity at Watchung Hills

WARREN, NJ - A letter was sent to all parents of Watchung Hills Regional High School students (WHRHS) on Jan.19 addressing the school’s efforts to promote student wellness and reduce student stress. The letter also encouraged parents to review the academic integrity guidelines and have conversations with their children about health, wellness, and ethical ...

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops East Orange, 44-40

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Julia Cunningham recorded a double-double for Watchung Hills with 21 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block to lead the Watchung Hills girls basketball team over East Orange on Monday, 44-40. 

Jayden Baltuch finished with seven points, four assists and one rebound. 

Watchung Hills is now 19-1 on the season and next plays at Newark ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Routs Somerville, 82-54

WARREN, NJ -  Six Warriors scored in the double digits to lead the Watchung Hills boys basketball game over Somerville on Saturday, 82-54.

Mike Hopwood led Watchung Hills with 17 points, Dan Pilsbury added 14 points and eight rebounds, Steven Bressler sunk 15 points, Gavin DeFuria added 13 points, Micheal Bressler got 11 points and 10 assists and Chad Martini chipped in 10 points and ...

Workshop Examines Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

February 22, 2018

BEDMINSTER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership and The Center for Contemporary Art will host a “Business Builders Breakfast” and workshop focused on sexual harassment in the workplace on Tuesday, Feb. 27 beginning at 8 a.m. at The Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Road.

The 90-minute event, “Sexual Harassment & Rules of the Modern ...

Watchung Appoints New Council Member

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Watchung Borough Town Council appointed Maria Alberto to fill the unexpired portion of Debra Joren’s term at the last meeting. The term expires at the end of 2018.

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Joren retired earlier this year and due to the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) was required to resign from any public office within six ...