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NJ Wine Growers Say Road Signage Prohibitions Are Keeping Them Hidden
Carly Sitrin | July 17, 2018 | More Issues
Quality and quantity of Garden State wine on the upswing, but producers lament rules that limit their use of signs
NJ Renews Funding for McGreevey’s Prisoner Re-Entry Program
Carly Sitrin | July 13, 2018 | Social
Former governor celebrates fresh grants, including one that helps people get jobs in construction
Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Microbe: Parsing NJ’s Potential State Symbols
Carly Sitrin | June 22, 2018 | Politics
Will the Pine Barrens tree frog, horseshoe crab, Tom Edison, franklinite, and Streptomyces griseus — among others — join the bog turtle as official symbols of the Garden State?
After Paramus Tragedy, Making School Buses Safer, Drivers More Accountable
Carly Sitrin | June 20, 2018 | Education
Lawmakers offer legislation to upgrade seat belts, strengthen training and regulation of drivers, and add to safety of special-needs students
Burlington County Leads with $20M Initiative for Greater School Security
Carly Sitrin | June 15, 2018 | Education
Board of Freeholders dedicates half the capital budget to beef up safety at 21 public high schools
Working to Close Security-Funding Gap Between Public and Private Schools
Carly Sitrin | June 8, 2018 | Politics
The state allocates money for security at nonpublic schools at roughly half the per-pupil rate of public schools. Some lawmakers are looking to end this unequal protection under the law
With No Incumbent in the 11th, Broad Range of Republicans Vie for Chance
Carly Sitrin | May 30, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Primary hopefuls include traditional party members, social moderates, and one contender who promises to use an online app to make sure he votes the way his constituents want
Republican Candidates in the Seventh, a Microcosm of Today’s GOP
Carly Sitrin | May 25, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Lance, the incumbent, has the money and the experience, but is he vulnerable to a challenge from the left or the right wing of his party?
NJ and Legalized Marijuana: National Model or Petri Dish?
Carly Sitrin | May 14, 2018 | Roundtables
At NJ Spotlight roundtable on marijuana reform, participants say get ready for discussions to break out into the open — and look for legalization sooner rather than later
New Law Would Relax State Strictures on Hair-Braiding in New Jersey
Carly Sitrin | May 9, 2018 | More Issues
The practice has its roots in West Africa. Current NJ regulations require attendance at cosmetology schools, many of which have no classes on the subject
NJ High School Students Focus Energy, Efforts on Registering to Vote
Carly Sitrin | May 2, 2018 | Politics
Gun-control protests have taught students they have a voice that will be heeded. Now they are funneling their drive into civic engagement
Does School Security Mean Transforming Facilities into Fortresses?
Carly Sitrin | April 19, 2018 | Education
Active shooter drills, armed guards, video surveillance, safety training for all personnel, including lunch aides and janitors — is this the new face of education in New Jersey?
Students’ Lives Are Priceless, But School Security Can Break the Budget
Carly Sitrin | April 17, 2018 | Education
After Sandy Hook and Parkland, schools need military-grade imaging, metal detectors, wands, magnetic locks, ID card scanners, and surveillance cameras with livestream capabilities
Beyond Signs and Slogans: What Does Rutgers’ Adjunct Faculty Want?
Carly Sitrin | April 13, 2018 | Education
Part-time lecturers are asking for pay equity, affordable healthcare, and job security. Rutgers says it can’t afford to fund those requests
A Beautiful Picture: NJ Schools Offer Art Classes for Almost Every Student
Carly Sitrin | March 23, 2018 | Education
Art educators say it’s about more than painting or music or drama; art helps students explore who they are and can help them find their way in life
Appellate Court Rules Disgraced NJ Senator Will Be Stripped of Full Pension
Carly Sitrin | March 16, 2018 | Politics
Court upholds earlier pension board decision denying former Sen. Wayne Bryant all of his $81,000 pension payout
No Consensus on Cannabis Emerges from Marathon Assembly Hearing
Carly Sitrin | March 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Amid the clamor of voices pro and con, what comes clear is the fact that there are many valid arguments and no easy answers
Murphy Joins Fellow Democratic Governors to Help Stem Gun Violence
Carly Sitrin | February 23, 2018 | Politics
New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island agree to share intelligence, databases concerning gun issues
Poor Students Still Not Getting Breakfast in Many NJ Schools
Carly Sitrin | February 13, 2018 | Education
Report indicates that New Jersey remains 19th in country for participation in school breakfast program, essentially the position it held in previous school year
Murphy Makes Net Neutrality the Order of the Day
Carly Sitrin | February 6, 2018 | Politics
In his ninth executive order to date, governor ensures all internet traffic will be treated equally by ISPs and providers that want do business with the state
Why Do NJ Beekeepers Feel They've Been Stung by State DOA?
Carly Sitrin | February 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposed regulations, they claim, would eliminate urban beekeeping and severely restrict the practice in most suburbs
Time to Scrap the Superintendent Salary Cap?
Carly Sitrin | January 26, 2018 | Education
Senate bill could be an early step to dismantle Christie's education legacy
Profile: Watching NJ Teacher of the Year At Work Is Beautiful
Carly Sitrin | January 19, 2018 | Profiles
A hearing teacher, Amy Andersen has taught hundreds of mostly hearing students to be proficient in American Sign Language
The List: The 10 Most Overcrowded Public-School Districts in NJ
Carly Sitrin | December 21, 2017 | The List
Twenty years and $8 billion later, 71 percent of New Jersey’s neediest school districts are severely overcrowded. But, where’s the money going to come from to fix them?
New Jersey Moves to Outlaw ‘Bump Stocks’ for All Residents
Carly Sitrin | December 19, 2017 | More Issues
Gun owners are already prohibited from possessing ‘bump stocks,’ which can convert a rifle into a fully automatic weapon. The Legislature wants to ban these devices across the board
Should New Jersey Give the Vote to Convicted Felons?
Carly Sitrin | December 15, 2017 | Social
One of the earliest civil rights decisions the new governor is likely to face is whether to award felons the right to vote — whether they’re in prison, on parole, or on probation
Governor-Elect Makes Historic Choice for State Attorney General
Carly Sitrin | December 13, 2017 | Politics
Gurbir S. Grewal, if confirmed by Senate, will be first South-Asian AG in New Jersey and first Sikh to hold position in any state
Can a ‘No-Zero’ Approach to Schoolwork Make the Grade in New Jersey?
Carly Sitrin | December 4, 2017 | Education
No zeros should be a no-brainer: but some teachers, parents, and even students would rather stick to traditional grading policies
Craig Coughlin: Low-Profile Legislator Taking Prieto’s Place as Assembly Speaker
Carly Sitrin | November 14, 2017 | Politics
Coughlin emphasizes coalitions and compromise, but the test will be in the day-to-day rough-and-tumble that’s state government in New Jersey
At AC Teachers Convention, Many Claim ‘Disconnect’ from Politics
Carly Sitrin | November 13, 2017 | Education
There may not be much interest in NJEA’s costly attempt to unseat Sen. Sweeney, but Gov.-elect Murphy gets roaring welcome from crowd
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