Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:13:31 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Tale of the Unscrupulous N.J. Bounty Hunter http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/tale-of-the-unscrupulous-nj-bounty-hunter attorneygenlogo_opt.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY PETER ASELTINE

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a bounty hunter who formerly lived in Jersey City was sentenced to prison for conspiring in a scheme to have sheriff’s officers sign false documents so he could collect additional fees by claiming to capture fugitives who already had been apprehended by police. He paid the sheriff’s officers for their aid. Two sheriff’s officers previously pleaded guilty to official misconduct and are awaiting sentencing.

Adel Mikhaeil, 50, of Stroudsburg, Pa., was sentenced to six years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Salem Vincent Ahto in Morris County. Mikhaeil pleaded guilty on Jan. 7 to charges of conspiracy, official misconduct, offering an unlawful benefit to a public servant for official behavior, commercial bribery, theft by deception and witness tampering, all of which were contained in a Sept. 30, 2008 indictment obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau. Mikhaeil admitted that, in addition to the scheme in which he bribed the sheriff’s officers, he paid bribes to an insurance company executive and an employee of a company that locates fugitives for bail bond insurers in return for giving him more business.

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12 Reasons Northern New Jersey Has Healthiest Counties http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/12-reasons-northern-new-jersey-has-healthiest-counties HEALTHY_optBY BOB HOLT

One of the wealthiest counties in New Jersey has remained the healthiest county in the state, according to a recent study.

A study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute compared 30 factors that would affect the health of New Jersey’s residents.

Mycentraljersey.com reports that Hunterdon County leads the list for the sixth year in a row. Hunterdon Healthcare CEO Robert Wise said, “This is not merely a reflection of the economic status of the community, but of the abundance and accessibility of quality healthcare services provided by the Hunterdon Healthcare network,”

According to NJ.com, other factors looked at in the study included education levels, crime rates, health care availability, and quality of the air and water. Social and economic rankings comprised 40 percent of a county’s score in the research.

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8 Reasons New Jersey is a Solar Power State http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/science-updates/8-reasons-new-jersey-is-a-solar-power-state SOLARSUB_optBY BOB HOLT

For all of New Jersey’s problems, our state has shown increasing progress in a somewhat unexpected resource.

A lot more people in New Jersey are looking toward the sun for their electrical power needs.

Solar energy is growing in New Jersey mainly due to the Clean Energy Program and the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates program, according to Clean Technica. A solar project owner can earn a SREC every time his system generates 1,000 killowatt hours of electricity.

These certificates are then deposited in the owner’s account, where they can be sold later, and traded. According to Clean Techica, when the Clean Energy Program was put together in 2001 there were 6 solar projects in New Jersey, and now the numbers are in the thousands, Also, 7,200 solar-connected jobs have been created in the state.

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NJ PARCC Opt Out or Refusal Number Hits 40,000 Mark … and Growing http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-parcc-opt-out-or-refusal-number-hits-40000-mark-and-growing PARCC_opt_copyBY BOB HOLT

The number of families in New Jersey who are against the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized school tests appears to be increasing every day.

Parents have long been debating the effectiveness of the testing being administered to students in grades 3 to 11, and are choosing to opt out of the assessments.

In fact, website NJ Kids and Families calls the PARCC refusals a major phenomenon in New Jersey. The site says according to New Jersey Education Association information from about 200 districts, PARCC refusals appear to be over 40,000 at this point. As many as 2,500 have turned down the testing in Cherry Hill, according to the site.

Currently school districts handle students who refuse the testing to their own discretion. But legislation is now in the New Jersey Assembly that would allow students to refuse the PARCC tests.

Planet Princeton reports that one bill would allow parents to opt their students out from the tests, while a second bill would organize a task force to examine the effectiveness and administration of PARCC. In the first bill, parents have to notify their school that their student won’t be taking the test 14 days in advance of the testing.

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Check Out the Fastest-Growing Counties in NJ http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/check-out-the-fastest-growing-counties-in-nj hudson_optBY BRUNILDA SANCHEZ
The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported on where the heaviest population growth in New Jersey was concentrated last year.

The fastest-growing county in New Jersey between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, was Hudson County, whose population rose 0.8 percent over the period. Hudson County was followed by Bergen County 0.7 percent, Middlesex County 0.7 percent, Union County 0.6 percent and Ocean County 0.5 percent.

With respect to numerical growth, Bergen County added 6,138 people over the period, more than any other county in the state. It was followed by Middlesex County, which grew by 5,482 people, Hudson County 5,209, Essex County 3,632 and Union County 3,216.

Bergen County is the most populous county in New Jersey, with 933,572 residents, followed by Middlesex County and Essex County.

This information is based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, county equivalents, metropolitan statistical areas, and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2014.

frontpage Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:24:14 +0000
'New York City Spring Spectacular' Review: Radio City Music Hall Packs a Massive Entertainment http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/new-york-city-spring-spectacular-review-radio-city-music-hall-packs-a-massive-entertainment ROCKETTES_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS

The “New York Spring Spectacular” truly lives up to its title at Radio City Music Hall, where the fabulous Rockettes, Broadway baby Laura Benanti, “Dancing With the Stars” idol Derek Hough and a sizable all-singing, all-dancing ensemble merge with awesome visuals to celebrate Manhattan in the spring.

To fully describe this gi-normous 90-minute extravaganza is impossible, but safe to say that nothing like it can be found anywhere on Earth.

This family-friendly entertainment runs along a slim but efficacious narrative devised by playwright Joshua Harmon that involves a New York sightseeing guide whose little operation is bought by Jenna (Benanti), a rich technology mogul who intends to remake the tour into a virtual reality affair. A heavenly agent named Jack (Hough) materializes to convince Jenna otherwise by whisking her along on a song-and-dance excursion among sundry landmarks to prove that there is nothing like the real thing.

(One can argue, of course, that what emerges onstage is not actually real either, but who’s arguing?)

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Advance Newspapers Laying Off More Journalists in New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/advance-newspapers-laying-off-more-journalists-in-new-jersey jobs_opt-2BY BOB HOLT

Some struggling New Jersey newspapers are teaming together in an effort to remain relevant today.

The relatively new company NJ Advance Media will soon be expanding into four of its affiliates. But more jobs look to disappear in the process.

NJ.com reports that NJ Advance Media will be supplying advertising, content, and marketing for The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times, NJN Publishing and The Express-Times starting on May 1. There are expected to be some job losses, but the amount was not known.

The Express-Times of Easton, Pa. expects to face layoffs. According to The Morning Call, the paper has faced two rounds of cutbacks, moved its headquarters and announced another relocation, and seen publisher Lou Stancampiano retire.

Employees are expected to have individual meetings to learn if they will be offered employment at NJ Advance Media.

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Seismic Testing in the Atlantic Ocean ... and Why N.J. Voices Need to be Heard http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/science-updates/seismic-testing-in-the-atlantic-ocean-and-why-nj-voices-need-to-be-heard seismic_opt-2BY CHRISTINE BRENNAN

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6) sent a letter today (March 24) to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), requesting that the agency hold a public meeting in New Jersey so that residents can make their voices heard on the issue of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.  BOEM announced that they intend to hold public sessions to discuss the process by which interested parties can obtain geological and geophysical (G&G) permits to conduct seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast.  However, of the eight meetings scheduled, not a single public forum has been planned in the state of New Jersey.

“We’ve seen that oil spills don’t respect state borders.  Similarly, marine mammals and fish migrate and cross over state borders.  This testing is harmful to marine life up and down the Atlantic Coast and simply serves as the first major step towards offshore oil drilling, to which I am absolutely opposed,” said Congressman Pallone.  “This decision by BOEM is deeply disappointing, and I fundamentally disagree with their plans to move forward.  At the very minimum, though, New Jerseyans who will face the consequences of this seismic testing must be allowed to make their opinions heard at a public meeting in our state.”

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In The Garden State and Beyond, Wrestling Is Up Off The Mat http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/in-the-garden-state-and-beyond-wrestling-is-up-off-the-mat 165436852_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

A little over two years ago, wrestling as a sport was in trouble. Removed from the Olympics and struggling for relevance, what was one of the world’s oldest sports was on its way to infamy. Fast forward to today, and it looks like the sport is continuing to get up off the mat, with its best opportunities ahead with New Jersey and the area around here suddenly becoming one of the best points for growth and engagement.

This past weekend as March Madness played across a variety of channels, the NCAA Championships played out before a sellout crowd front and center on ESPN, a great opportunity to showcase the speed and style of America’s next champions before what was a surprisingly solid TV number. The interest was also buoyed by a little bounce from the popular film “Foxcatcher,” an increased partnership with the always engaged MMA community and some of its crossover stars, the expansion of the Big 10, still arguably the best overall wrestling conference, into the DC area and the New York area (Rutgers wrestling program has gone from life support to a revenue generator with big crowds and bigger recruits leading to positive dollars), an increased focus on women competing and of course, the Olympic reinclusion for 2016. All of which spells for brighter days ahead for the sport and tis governing body in the States, USA Wrestling.

frontpage Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:02:53 +0000
A Possible Solution to a Fragmented Health Care System http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/a-possible-solution-to-a-fragmented-health-care-system troytalk_opt.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY TROY SINGLETON

Imagine for a moment that you could have a team of medical professionals dedicated to your health and well-being. A group of folks whose primary mission is to keep you from having to go to the hospital by engaging in preventative medicine and chronic disease management, while not sacrificing quality of care and bringing down the cost of health care. Sounds too good to be true right – well it isn’t. The promise of patient centered medical homes (PCMH) is all that and then some!

The PCMH model is often described as a comprehensive medical services delivery method that is centered around the patient and focused on quality of care and patient safety. The overarching objective is to develop a centralized setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their primary care physicians.

Across the nation the concept of PCMHs are taking hold. Over 9,000 medical practices and 43,000 clinics have earned this designation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance;the nation’s largest credentialing organization. The increasing cost of health care makes health care insurance more difficult for individuals, families, and businesses to afford. These increases in health care costs are attributable in part to inadequate coordination of care among providers, difficulties in accessing primary care, and a lack of engagement between patients and their primary care providers. The PCMH model is designed to enhance care coordination and promote high-quality, cost-effective care through patient-centered medical homes by engaging patients and their primary care providers.

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