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School Renamed in Honor of Tuskegee Airman Malcolm Nettingham on Veterans Day (VIDEO)

November 11, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 school district celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. to rename Park Middle School as the Malcolm E. Nettingham Middle School (580 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) in honor of the hometown hero and member of World War II’s celebrated Tuskegee Airmen. (VIDEO of full ceremony ...

Murphy Declares Unofficial Victory in Race for Governor, Ciattarelli, Has Not Conceded

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy expressed gratitude toward supporters gathered Wednesday night at Asbury Park Convention Hall on Wednesday after he declared victory in the race for re-election. His opponent, Jack Ciattarelli, has not conceded.

The margin remains razor-thin as of Wednesday night, with some ballots not yet counted. Mail-in ballots can be counted through Monday, Nov.

Changes Coming for Landlines in 856 and 908 Area Codes

TRENTON, NJ - Starting on Sunday, Oct. 24, New Jersey landlines within the 856 and 908 area codes must dial 10 or 11 digits for all their calls. After October 24, local landline calls dialed with only seven digits may not go through, and the caller will receive a recording saying their call cannot be completed as dialed.

The reason? The FCC is implementing 988 as a new three-digit number ...

New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of U.S. Service Members and Civilians Killed in Terrorist Attack in Kabul

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities until sunset on Monday, August 30, 2021, in honor of the 13 members of the U.S.Armed Forces, as well as dozens of innocent Afghan civilians, who were killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack outside the airport in Kabul, ...

In Memory of Timothy Piazza: Bateman Anti-Hazing Bill Becomes Law

BRANCHBURG, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy during a ceremony at Raritan Valley Community College Tuesday.

In attendance were Piazza's parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza; Bateman, Kean, and other state and local elected officials and cabinet ...

Protesting Parents Have Demand Met by Split Wayne School Board

WAYNE, NJ — They warned the Board of Education months ago that they wouldn’t stop coming.

As with the last two meetings, and a separate parents’ forum last week, a large group of very passionate parents showed up in force to not ask, but to continue to demand the end of mandatory masking and mandatory vaccines in the Wayne schools as well as to question new sexual education ...

Going, Going, Gone: Auctioneer Sells Off His Tools of the Trade

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - His cherished gavel, which has hammered down millions in sales over the years, is about the only item from a long career that will not be sold at Joe Bodnar's online auction Thursday, Aug. 4 beginning at 11 a.m.

This sale is packed with microphones, sound systems, showcases, rolling racks, carts, 4-wheel dollies, tubs for transporting the goods to the sale, office ...

The 'Handshake for the Century' Took Place in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY -- It's been called "The Handshake of the Century," and it took place 75 years ago in Jersey City when the Dodgers farm team visited the Jersey City Giants at Roosevelt Stadium. 

The event occurred on April 18, 1946, when Jackie Robinson, playing for the Montreal Royals, hit his first professional home run. Awaiting him at home plate was George ...

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Announces Resignation; Will Join SEC

NEW JERSEY -- Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the country's first Sikh Attorney General, has announced his resignation and will become the Director of Enforcement at the Securities Exchange Commission on July 26.

Gov. Phil Murphy lauded Grewal's accomplishments.

 "Though we will miss his leadership, I know he is the right person to protect investors all across the nation, ...

Little Lady Liberty Arrived Wednesday From France to Spend Independence Day with Sister, The Statue of Liberty

ELIZABETH, NJ — A 9-foot-tall bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty, referred to as Little Lady Liberty arrived in Elizabeth Wednesday to spend Independence Day weekend with her sister statue. 

"The City of Elizabeth was proud to play a role in the arrival of the Sister Statue of Liberty at Port Elizabeth,” said J. Christian Bollwage. “Lady Liberty’s ...

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Vincent Sollecito Given Prestigious Award from Saint Joseph High School

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville native Vincent Sollecito was bestowed with the Cor Jesu Award from Saint Joseph High School for his longtime service as president of the high school's Father's Club. Sollecito has been involved with the school for 18 years, touching generations of Falcon students and families.

Sollecito's two sons both graduated from Saint Joe's. Frank, ...

Green Tie Gala

Awesome night for Saint Joe's at the Green Tie Gala! Over $21k in the 50/50, great memories and reflections from Br. Rich. Congratulations to the Cor Jesu recipients and thank you to everyone that supported us! Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year! Ametur Cor Jesu!

The Jaffe Briefing - November 23, 2021

The Jaffe Briefing is off for Thanksgiving beginning Wednesday, Nov. 24, returning Monday, Nov. 29.

TRENTON – Perhaps New Jerseyans will be setting up a GoFundMe account to help our poor Gov. Phil Murphy. Partial tax returns released from his office yesterday shows that Murphy “only” earned $982,600 last year – the first year his income dipped under $1 million annually ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 22, 2021

The Jaffe Briefing is off for Thanksgiving beginning Wednesday, Nov. 24, returning Monday, Nov. 29.

STATEWIDE – A big, fat tax cut for the rich? That’s the contention of Republicans in red states, slamming House Democrats for trying to reduce taxes in places like New Jersey, through SALT tax deductions, as part of the $1.85 trillion social policy spending package. These are the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 19, 2021

ATLANTIC CITY – You know a new supermarket is a really big deal when the governor comes to the groundbreaking ceremony and talks about how it took $19 million in taxpayer money to make it happen. And now, amidst all the shiny shovels, Atlantic City will very soon have its first, high-quality supermarket in 15 years. All the hoopla occurred yesterday, conveniently when Gov. Phil Murphy was ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 18, 2021

MONTCLAIR – The best business slogan of the day: “Parking in Montclair Sucks, But Our Gelato Doesn't.” The Record reports about a downtown ice cream shop owner fed up with the thousands of dollars paid in parking tickets for himself and his staff. And now that most of the town's meters are busted because of a technical glitch, the parking tickets just keep on ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 17, 2021

STATEWIDE – When you hear about these billions of dollars in state surplus, all of our financial problems are gone, right? NJSpotlight – always with a heavy dose of reality – reports Gov. Phil Murphy is looking down the barrel at $2 billion in court-mandated school construction, with 24 “priority projects” in 18 poor school districts. And that price tag doesn’t ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 16, 2021

ALPINE – Where do the richest New Jerseyans live? Well, if you noticed the dateline, there’s no surprise here. Alas, Alpine is the 58th most expensive zip code in the United States, and the tops in New Jersey, as the elite live in gleaming mansions overlooking the Palisades in Bergen County. The Record reports there are other enclaves also lined with gold, in the latest rankings ...

Middlesex County Commissioner Tomaro Receives New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award

November 26, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of extraordinary service to his community, Middlesex County Commissioner Charlie Tomaro has been honored with a New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award.

Each year, the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers, who donate an estimated 170 million ...

Operation Cookie Swap and Holiday Festival at John J. Carney VFW Post 4589 in Spotswood

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Operation Cookie Swap has become a passion for longtime borough resident Kim Ollis-Loschiavo. In 2013, Ollis-Loschiavo lost her brother, Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis. The 24-year-old Staten Island native was killed in the line of duty in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Ollis stepped in to protect a Polish soldier from a suicide bomber during a raid on the base where he was stationed.

Rights are Not Enough: We Must Advance Equity by Removing Barriers to Reproductive Health Care

As the New Jersey State legislature goes back into session, more than 75 New Jersey based organizations have signed on to a statement declaring their support for the Reproductive Freedom Act urging lawmakers to take action and pass the bill in its entirety before the close of the current legislative session. Introduced in October 2020, the Reproductive ...