Portable heaters sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond recalled for fire risk

assetContent (58)There’s hot, and then there’s too hot. Small portable heaters that sold for about $20 at Bed Bath & Beyond have been recalled because at least four of them have caught fire. About 28,000 of the items, made in China, were sold at the stores between August and October of 2015. They were also sold through… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

IRS phone scams on the rise as tax season begins

assetContentWith tax season under way, the IRS and police departments across the state are again warning people to hang up on anyone claiming they’re from the agency and demanding immediate payment. In recent days, police have been reporting an increase in the number of residents who have found themselves on the end of a scam call.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: | No Comments »

Strike date set for NJ Transit rail unions, sources say

assetContent (56)NJ Transit insiders say there is a 75 to 85 percent likelihood that a coalition of 17 rail unions, which have been working without a contract for five years, will call a “soft strike” over the weekend of March 12. The strike could likely last through the Monday morning commute on March 14, when workers say… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , | 3 Comments »

Deodorant Messes With Your Armpit Bacteria

IMG_2776 (640x564)New research published in the journal PeerJ gets closer to understanding how deodorant and antiperspirant use affects the skin’s microbiome over time, namely the microbes in our armpits. “Like the gut or the mouth, the human skin is covered with life,” the researchers wrote. “The precise composition of the skin biome influences its effectiveness as a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Muslims fight Islamophobia by ‘showing up’ for others

assetContentThey recently sent 3,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, a struggling city rocked when it was discovered that state officials allowed residents to drink toxic water from the Flint River for two years. After the San Bernardino terror attacks in California, they began a campaign to raise $50,000 for victims and collected more than $180,000.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. sets a goal for number of kids it wants in charter schools

assetContentJERSEY CITY — During his State of the State address earlier this month, Gov. Chris Christie pledged to pursue the expansion of charter school opportunities for New Jersey students. On Friday, his education commission put a number on that goal. New Jersey hopes to expand to 50,000 charter schools seats, about a 9 percent increase from… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Surprise walkout by dockworkers shuts down the N.J., N.Y. ports

assetContent (54)NEWARK–More than 4,000 longshoremen unexpectedly walked off the job this morning, shutting down the port terminals both in New Jersey and New York, causing truck traffic to immediately start backing up throughout Port Newark and Port Elizabeth. Port officials were taken by surprise by the labor action, and were unsure what precipitated it. “We do know… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. man found guilty in killing of 3 bears outside his home

assetContentANDOVER — A Sparta man has been found guilty of illegally killing three bears outside his home and ordered to pay a total of $4,332 in fines and restitution, according to a report in the New Jersey Herald. During a trial in Andover Joint Municipal Court in November and December, Robert Ehling, 78, had claimed he… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Plan to put armed, retired cops in N.J. schools advances

assetContentTRENTON — A proposal to station armed, retired police officers as security in New Jersey’s schools was revived Thursday for the new legislative session. The bill ( S86) establishes “Class Three” special police officers designated to provide security at both public and private schools. The measure was approved by the state Senate a few weeks ago… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Should the state investigate questionable behavior by local government officials?

Professor Paula A. Franzese, Seton Hall Law.

Professor Paula A. Franzese, Seton Hall Law.

TRENTON — A Senate committee Thursday voted 5-0 to dissolve local and county ethics boards and turn the responsibility of investigating the questionable behavior of any government official to the State Ethic Commission. The bill scraps local ethics boards that are “a hoge-podge” in many communities because they are not active or do not exist, said… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »