Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:56:12 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Remembering the Flight: What Iran Needs If Sanctions End http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/international/remembering-the-flight-what-iran-needs-if-sanctions-end IRANair_optBY SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
The Iran Air flight from Shiraz to Esfahan took little more than an hour, but I may have lost a few years of my life to stress and my not-entirely-unrealistic fear that the plane might fall out of the sky.

It was 2003, and the plane’s dated interior made boarding like stepping into the 1970s. That makes sense considering the “Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran” has been trapped in time since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution and the decades of sanctions that followed.

Maybe it's all the times I've read poet Forough Farrokhzad's famous line "Remember the flight, the bird is mortal," but my long-ago trip was the first thing that came to mind after news this week that a global team of negotiators came to a tentative deal that could relieve crippling sanctions on Iran, opening the country to Western business.

To be fair, my anxiety about flying might get the best of me on the most modern jet. Looking around the mid-size plane’s cabin, it was clear that countless passengers before me had snuggled into the narrow, well-worn seats, which still had ashtrays and wobbled a bit. It was a hot summer night, and the air conditioning was as nonexistent as the in-flight entertainment. Swathed sweatily in the hijab, I found myself in a full-fledged anxiety spiral as the plane rattled to life and began moving.

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NJ Festival of Ballooning: 13 Things to Know http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/nj-festival-of-ballooning-13-things-to-know balloons072515_optBY BOB HOLT

Would you like to get a new perspective on New Jersey this weekend? How about looking at scenery from high above Readington’s Solberg Airport?

The 33rd Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is happened there this past weekend, and this year even Yoda will be a part of it.

Hot air balloon Master Yoda made its initial appearance at the Festival, held until Sunday July 26. The Asbury Park Press reports that Yoda is 62 feet high, 92 feet wide, and weighs 265 pounds. Festival executive producer Howard Freeman said, "It's the first time Yoda's going to be east of the Mississippi.”

Local8now.com reports that the event features 100 shaped balloons from around the world, including Yoda, an 86-foot tall Darth Vader, a 121-foot tall seahorse, and the world’s largest free-flying American flag.

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3 Reasons Phil Murphy Started a Super PAC http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/3-reasons-phil-murphy-started-a-super-pac murphyphil072515_optBY BOB HOLT

Former Goldman Sachs executive Philip Murphy has not made an official announcement yet, but he appears to be laying all the groundwork to run for New Jersey governor in 2017.

Murphy rolled out his non-profit organization, “New Start New Jersey” with state icon Jon Bon Jovi last November, now his organization has taken the next step.

POLITICO reports that Murphy’s people filed for “New Way New Jersey” with the Internal Revenue Service on July 10. Murphy’s name is not listed with the super PAC, but his strategist said he would be “honorary chairman.”

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Check Under Your Beds in New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/check-under-your-beds-in-new-jersey bed_opt-2BY BOB HOLT

Remember those monsters you heard in the closet and under the bed when you were a kid? They’re back.

And in New Jersey, they may even enjoy selfies.

We’re reminding New Jerseyans to check under their beds again because Fox News is reporting that a man sneaked into a Spotswood home and hid under a bed for three days. And alleged home invader Jason Hubbard charged four cellphones in a nearby outlet while he was there.

WPIX reported that Hubbard entered the home through an open door while the owner was taking out the trash and hid under the bed in a spare bedroom. On May 10, the homeowner heard a noise coming from there and called police.

According to the New York Daily News, Hubbard was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and theft of electrical services. He is currently at Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center under $50,000 bail.

frontpage Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:24:29 +0000
Seventeen Years In, The Jackals Continue To Score http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/seventeen-years-in-the-jackals-continue-to-score 165436852_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

The state of New Jersey is certainly not at a loss for quality minor league baseball entertainment. Affiliated teams like the Lakewood Blue Claws and the Trenton Thunder as well as the independent Atlantic League’s Camden Riversharks and Somerset Patriots are constantly on the top of the list for not just being innovative but for running smart and effective businesses with respected brands. Just to the north the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League have spent marketing and media dollars trying to impact not just New York state but adjacent Bergen County as well, drawing some affluent families for a night of fun at Provident Bank Ballpark.

However in the middle of all that fun remains a minor league stalwart with a unique partnership in the New Jersey Jackals. The jackals, also in the Indy Can-Am league now (they have spent time in the short-lived Northeast league and the Northern league as well) have called the growing area in and around Montclair and Little Falls home for an amazing 17 years now, drawing fans to Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University with the promise of affordable fun, free parking, and a great day enjoying baseball, usually at a pretty fast pace. This past Wednesday, an 11 am start had stands full of young campers and groups of all kinds, with mascot Jack the Jackal keeping people entertained between innings. Those who turned out for the early start even got to witness baseball history of sorts, as Jersey swiped 11 bases, a Can-Am League and team record, in a two hour, 20 minute rout of the visiting Fargo-Morehead Redhawks.

frontpage Fri, 24 Jul 2015 02:37:40 +0000
'Scenes from an Execution' Off Broadway Review: Jan Maxwell Paints a Memorable Portrait of an Artist http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/scenes-from-an-execution-off-broadway-review-jan-maxwell-paints-a-memorable-portrait-of-an-artist maxwelljan072315_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS

Jan Maxwell declares that, after a 26-year career, she will retire from the stage once the current Off Broadway production of “Scenes from an Execution” closes next month.

If Maxwell truly means it – aw, say it ain’t so, Jan! – fans of this excellent actress can see her give a magnificent farewell performance in a fascinating drama by British playwright Howard Barker.

Revived by the Potomac Theater Project at Atlantic Stage 2, the play is an historical drama set in Venice during the 1570s. Barker’s fictional story centers upon Galactia (Maxwell), a celebrated artist, who is commissioned by the state to paint an enormous canvas celebrating Venice’s victory over the Ottoman Empire in the naval Battle of Lepanto.

frontpage Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:33:55 +0000
Fire in North Brunswick: UPDATE http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/fire-in-north-brunswick-update northbrunswick072315_optBY BOB HOLT

A massive fire at a North Brunswick warehouse is expected to affect water pressure for homes in the area for most of the day.

The fire at part of an auto dealer’s complex on Livingston Avenue started at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

WABC reports that the fire started in the DCH Collision Center and was still ablaze in the south end of the warehouse, according to North Brunswick Fire Chief Donald Salzmann.  "We have most of the fire knocked down in the other parts of the building, however the south end is creating the black smoke that is caused by the plastics that are stored and manufactured in that area," Salzmann said.

The Toyota dealership is located on Route 1. According to nj1015.com, the blaze is sending black smoke 150 miles into the air that can reportedly be seen as far away as the Jersey Shore. Firefighters have called in help from other counties and communities, and six buildings at the Birchwood Apartments complex have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

frontpage Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:12:42 +0000
It’s Time to “Dump the Duds” http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/its-time-to-dump-the-duds Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY STEVE ADUBATO, PhD

When it comes to business development, we all want to have as many clients as possible, right? This thinking is especially prevalent in difficult, challenging, and uncertain economic times. We spend much of our time communicating in sales meetings pitching as hard as possible to prospective clients. We follow up over the phone, via e-mail, and any other way we can, trying to get prospects to sign on the dotted line so we can add them to our client list.

I understand this thinking. I’ve lived it. As the executive producer of a highly entrepreneurial public television production company constantly seeking underwriters to support our programming, as well as with our leadership development firm Stand & Deliver, I’m often chasing prospects. However, according to my friend and colleague, Michael Port, the author of “Book Yourself Solid,” this approach to business is often counterproductive.

frontpage Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:28:27 +0000
Mega Millions Winning Numbers for Tuesday, July 21 Worth $152M http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/mega-millions-winning-numbers-for-tuesday-july-21-worth-152m money072215_optBY BOB HOLT

The Mega Millions jackpot is continuing to roll. There was no grand prize winner on July 17 for the thirteenth consecutive Mega Millions drawing.

That means the total that started out at $15 million on June 5 will continue to rise.

As reported by the Mega Millions website, the estimated annuity jackpot for the next drawing on July 21 is checking in at $152 million. The lump sum payout is all the way up to  $92 million. The winning numbers for the Mega Millions drawing of Friday, July 17 were 6, 17, 30, 31, and 41. The Mega Ball was 15.

According to USA Mega, a ticket from Florida matched the first five numbers without getting the Mega Ball to win $1 million. New Jersey didn't see a $1 million winner this time, but we did have one $5,000 ticket taken from the July 17 drawing. The New Jersey Lottery website reported that the winner was sold at All Wellness Pharmacy in Jackson of Ocean County.

In Jersey Cash 5 news, the Lottery website reported that a single winner of the jackpot for July 20 came from Essex County. That ticket, worth $313,027, was sold at Graham's Grocery in Newark.

frontpage Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:10:41 +0000
What Bankruptcy Means for A&P Supermarkets http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/what-bankruptcy-means-for-aap-supermarkets aandp072116_optBY BOB HOLT

A&P, which was bringing in more than $1 billion in sales in 1929, found itself over $1 billion in debt the first time it filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

Now the former Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company has filed for Chapter 11 once again.

According to NorthJersey.com, A&P blames competition, "inflexible collective bargaining agreements," and high labor costs of old leases from stores no longer operating A&P says they have three bids to sell 120 stores, for a combined total of $600 million.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Acme Markets Inc., Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and Key Food Stores Co-operative Inc. are the three bidders for the supermarket’s stores. About 12,500 employees would be affected by the buyout. A&P, of Montvale, has about 28,500 employees in total, with over 90 percent union members.

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