Life News for New Jersey Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:54:25 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Bucco Bill to Save Lives of Newborns by Expanding ‘Safe Haven Act’ Signed Into N.J. Law infant_opt-2EMILY EVERSON

Legislation sponsored by New Jersey Senator Anthony Bucco to save the lives of newborn infants was signed into law by Governor Christie. The Senator’s bill, S-122, expands the “New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act,” to include the premises of fire stations and ambulance, first aid, and rescue squads that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Senator Bucco is also a proud sponsor of the original Safe Haven law, enacted in the 2000-2001 legislative session.

“This lifesaving legislation is a crucial expansion that will undoubtedly increase the number of newborns rescued across our state,” said Senator Bucco. “By signing this bill into law, we are preventing countless cases of illegal abandonment, giving struggling parents the opportunity to surrender a child safely and anonymously, without having to travel far from home.”

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How the President's Immigration Actions Would Help NJ immigration_opt-2BY JON WHITEN

As a federal appeals court prepares to hear arguments this Friday on President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration, it’s clearer than ever that these actions would greatly benefit New Jersey. The common-sense policy directives would allow about 200,000 undocumented New Jersey residents to work legally without fear of deportation, which would in turn help boost the economy as these folks would see higher earnings, get better jobs and start more businesses, according to an Issue Brief released today by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP).

The president’s actions would allow many parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (under DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents), as well as more young people who came to the U.S. before they were 16 (under an expanded DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), to apply for work authorization and protection from deportation. In New Jersey, approximately 146,000 residents would be eligible for DAPA and 55,000 eligible for DACA (original + expanded), making up a little more than 4 in 10 of all the state’s undocumented residents.

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Art (collecting & making) Matters Image-1-1_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY PAT SUMMERS

If you could collect art for your home, what would you choose? Through Sunday, September 13, art works by African American artists, collected by four area African American women, are on display at the Trenton City Museum in Ellarslie Mansion, Cadwalader Park, Trenton.

Romare Bearden and Janet Taylor Pickett are just two of the artists whose work is included in this exhibition, in the gallery aptly named for Trenton artist Thomas Malloy. Five large Bearden serigraphs (silkscreen prints), each derived from Biblical stories of women, take up one long wall, while Pickett’s mixed media “Imagination” practically vibrates color from the center of a long window.

Ann Tanksley’s enigmatic etching titled “Survivors” gives the viewer pause, as it should, and Alonzo Adams’s charcoal “Sister Gaze” portrays a firm and knowing woman you wouldn’t want to mess with.

On the rest of the first floor, 46 more art works in varied mediums comprise “ . . . of Color: The African American Experience,” as seen by 27 artists. While not all are African American, all offer interesting “takes” on that culture, as explained in accompanying wall text.

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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.

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U.S. Senator Menendez is a "Champion for the Disabled' Menendez_and_Sal_optBY SALVATORE PIZZURO


On Friday, July 24, Dr. Salvatore Pizzuro and the National group, "Disability Advocacy Associates”, will present United States Senator Bob Menendez with their "Outstanding Public Service" Award atthe Bergen County luncheon and celebration of the 25th Anniversary of theAmericans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Senator Menendez, the former Chair ofthe Foreign Relations Committee, worked hard to have the United States become amember of the CRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of People withDisabilities). - The United States remains the only industrialized nation thathas not joined, after conservative members of the Senate have blocked U.S. involvementfor many years. Menendez worked tirelessly on this issue and has the support ofmany in the Disability community.

The luncheon which will be held in the Moses Room of theTechnical Building at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NewJersey. The event, which will take place between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, willheld in the Moses Room of the Technical Building.

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NJ Planes Can Land on State Highways njturnpike071415_optBY BOB HOLT

Members of a sky diving school in West Creek almost got a lesson that wasn’t planned this weekend.

A plane carrying five people lost power, and was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday morning. On a highway.

The Asbury Park Press reported that a small airplane carrying three students, an instructor and a pilot from the Skydive East Coast skydiving school lost power over Stafford, according to Police Sgt. Kenneth Schiattarella. Schiattarella said the plane then had to make an emergency landing on the Route 72 median.

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Religious Divorce, Removal of Barriers Laws and its Impact on Religions in an Ethnically Diverse New Jersey Kornitzer_opt_copyBY ROBERT KORNITZER

A majority of New Jersey residents identify with a religion. For the religiously devout, a secular divorce can present a problem when an individual wants to thereafter remarry within their faith. Remarriage may not be simply a civil matter, but one with significant religious implications and obstacles. By way of context, many are now familiar with the recent trial in New Jersey of several NY/NJ rabbis who were ultimately convicted on charges of kidnapping and torturing Orthodox Jewish husbands who had refused to sign a Get (religious divorce decree). The rabbis sought to compel these reticent husbands to “voluntarily” give the Get, which would allow their former wives to remarry in the faith. Without the document, the women were deemed “agunah”, which is defined as chained women who are stuck in a dead marriage. The heavy handed tactics used by the rabbis evolved in the wake of a small percentage of Jewish husbands using the lopsided power inherent in the Get process to a) deny the wife the opportunity to move on with her life and b) often extort more favorable financial and custodial divorce settlement terms.

New Jersey courts have most recently found that ordering production of a Get stands in conflict with First Amendment principles, and, thus, cannot be compelled. Other states have found the acquisition of the Get to be a non-religious act, thus avoiding issues of First Amendment violations, and have compelled its production.

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6 Reasons NJ is Most Hated State NJDollars030911_optBY BOB HOLT

Do you like living in New Jersey? Perhaps you don’t enjoy polls.

We’re No. 1 once again. And once again a recent survey finds New Jersey in a category where we’d rather not be.

CBS New York reports that according to a YouGov poll, New Jersey is the most disliked state in America. USA? USA? One reason for the bad rating is from Hollywood stereotypes giving New Jersey a bad image. The poll indicated that the public image of New Jersey falls between “The Sopranos,” “Jersey Shore,” and the chemical plants along I-95.

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Ocean City, NJ is No. 1 oceancity63014_optBY BOB HOLT

There have been some questions about the dress code on some New Jersey boardwalks in recent years; but one thing remains a constant at the shore: Ocean City remains the most popular beach in our state.

Ocean City has just topped a survey for New Jersey’s favorite beach for the second year in a row.

An Associated Press story on Fox News reports that in the 2015 online competition, Ocean City was voted best beach; best day-trip beach; best family vacation beach; and top beach for ecotourism. Many people believe Ocean City’s family atmosphere arises from the town’s prohibition of the sale of alcohol.

According to, the survey, which has been going on since 2008, is a partnership between New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Coastal Research Center. Ocean City swept all of the categories for the second straight year. lists other category results here. They report that the top ten beaches in New Jersey according to the vote are 1.) Ocean City, 2.) Wildwood Crest, 3.) Wildwood, 4.) Sea Isle City, 5.) North Wildwood, 6.) Asbury Park, 7.) Manasquan, 8.) Belmar, 9.) Brigantine, and 10.) Long Beach Township.

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Zombies Could Lose Right to Drive in New Jersey zombie062115_opt_copyBY BOB HOLT

In recent years, the New Jersey Zombie Walk in Asbury Park has been setting world records for the largest gathering of zombies.

But unfortunately, that hasn’t been keeping them away from state highways.

According to Time, back in March, a state audit found that the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission had issued more than 300 documents such as licenses to people who had already been declared deceased by the Social Security Administration. But legislation from the state’s Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee looks to prevent that from happening in the future.

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