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Jaffe Morning Briefing

TRENTON – Everyone hates telemarketers. If we want an extended car warranty, we will go buy it ourselves, thank you very much. Some state officials share our pain, proposing a bill that would require telemarketers 30 seconds to give their real name, their real company and the real product/service they are actually selling. New Jersey Globe reports this proposed law has been in the works for years, but hasn’t gotten traction. The law makes a lot of sense, but the hope is the state can push this legislation to the max – banning ...

Union Catholic News

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys basketball team hung on to win a nail-biter over Plainfield, 54-53, on Tuesday night. The Vikings, who have won three of their last four games to improve to 8-7, were clinging to a one-point lead when Plainfield missed two free throws with five seconds to go in the game. After the second free throw bounced off the rim, UC's Yaw Ansong grabbed the loose ball as time expired. Ansong, a 6-11 forward, had a strong game for the Vikings with eight points and 12 rebounds. AJ Altobelli led the ...

Winchester, Altobelli, Ansong Lead Union Catholic Boys Basketball Team Over Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys basketball team hung on to win a nail-biter over Plainfield, 54-53, on Tuesday night.

The Vikings, who have won three of their last four games to improve to 8-7, were clinging to a one-point lead when Plainfield missed two free throws with five seconds to go in the game. After the second free throw bounced off the rim, UC's Yaw Ansong grabbed ...

Union Catholic Girls Basketball Legend Kris Kirchner Honored With Olympic Banner

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Pam Holmes was an eighth grader back in 1976 at St. Bernard's School in Plainfield, she spent a lot of time reading the sports pages and attending basketball games at Union Catholic.

And each time she opened the paper or sat in the stands, her eyes would always lock in on one name, one player - the legendary Kristin Kirchner, who at the time was a junior ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 27, 2023

TRENTON – Everyone hates telemarketers. If we want an extended car warranty, we will go buy it ourselves, thank you very much. Some state officials share our pain, proposing a bill that would require telemarketers 30 seconds to give their real name, their real company and the real product/service they are actually selling. New Jersey Globe reports this proposed law has been in the works for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 20, 2023

STATEWIDE – Anyone who relies on our “Weather in a Word” at the bottom of this newsletter for weather-related precision is quick to note an odd trend: There has been no indication, whatsoever, of snow this winter. Looking ahead to our official, never-questioned 10-day forecast, it looks like this could end up being the least snowy January since the first climatologist stuck his ...

Like Father, Like Son

January 23, 2023

One might think that being related and working together would make two people steer clear of each other during their off hours. But when it comes to Tom and TJ McNeill, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The father-and-son duo, star realtors with JJ Elek Realty Co. in Woodbridge, N.J., are about to take a star turn on the stage.

The pair are collaborating on a re-imagined ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Coughlin Pushes to Raise NJ’s Minimum SNAP Benefit

January 25, 2023

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) wants to raise New Jersey’s monthly “SNAP” benefit from $50 to $95, helping the state’s neediest families put food on their tables.

Coughlin’s bill (A5086) would nearly double minimum monthly payments for lower-income recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), part of ...

NJ's New Suicide Hotline is Focus of Sayreville Meeting on January 17 

SAYREVILLE – The public is invited to a “listening session” on Tuesday, Jan. 17 that focuses on new legislation regarding the 9-8-8 suicide prevention line launched earlier this year in New Jersey.

The 1 p.m. event at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Dr., will allow participants to provide up to three minutes of testimony.

The state Department ...

Speaker Coughlin Applauds Increase in SNAP Benefits

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) is applauding the increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in the state. 

SNAP provides food assistance to families with low incomes to help them buy groceries through a benefits card accepted in most food retail stores and some farmers markets. Eligibility is set by several ...