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June 27, 2016 | By Associated Press
NEWARK - The two remaining rail unions negotiating with New Jersey Transit have reached tentative agreements with the agency, all sides confirmed Saturday. But it's not yet known when each group will vote on its respective proposal. United Transportation Union Local 60, which represents conductors, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and NJ Transit also did not disclose specific details on the agreements. The unions were part of an 11-member coalition that reached deals with the agency in March.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
We were looking for one bottle to suit the big tasting menu at Vetri, as opposed to the elaborate flight of pairings, and sommelier Tara Fay nailed it with ampeleia, an unusual Tuscan IGT blend of six grapes featuring cab franc and sangiovese from a biodynamic producer in Maremma co-owned by star winemaker Elisabetta Foradori (known for her teroldego). Deep with black stone fruits and spice, and framed by just the right brace of acidity, this earthy super Tuscan was the perfectly balanced match for a wide variety of flavors.
NEWS
June 27, 2016
Raymond Bateman New Jersey lawmaker, 88 Raymond Bateman, 88, a veteran New Jersey lawmaker who helped create the Garden State's county college system and once ran for governor, died early Saturday after a brief illness. Mr. Bateman's death was announced by his son, Christopher "Kip" Bateman, a Republican who now holds the state Senate seat from Somerset County that his father once occupied. Family members said Mr. Bateman he had recently suffered from pneumonia after breaking his shoulder.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey is about to boycott a boycott movement against Israel. Lawmakers on Monday are expected to pass legislation that would prohibit the state Treasury Department from investing public employee pension funds in companies that boycott Israel as part of the so-called "boycott, divestment, and sanctions" movement. It would join about a dozen other states that have taken similar action, most recently New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo this month signed an executive order requiring divestment of public funds from companies that have engaged in the BDS campaign against Israel.
NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday advanced a budget that closely tracks Gov. Christie's spending proposal, though the majority of Democrats offered tweaks for safety-net programs and other favorite initiatives. Separately, a bipartisan plan to more than double the state's gas tax to help fund New Jersey's empty transportation fund also moved forward. That legislative package also includes various tax cuts, including a four-year phaseout of the levy imposed on certain estates of the deceased.
NEWS
June 24, 2016
Local artist Hawk Krall is obviously working his you know what off, putting the finishing touches on these fiberglass donkeys designed for New Jersey (front) and New Hampshire (the one right behind his a ... er, butt). Krall joined a bunch of other donkey artists at the Tioga Marine Terminal Thursday as the host committee for the Democratic National Convention unveiled the 57 fiberglass "Donkeys Around Town. " All are being painted by local artists, and each donkey represents a Democratic delegation that will be in town for the convention.
FOOD
June 24, 2016
The Garden State, translated to the plate What does New Jersey taste like? Author John Holl attempts to answer that question in 150 recipes, in the new book Dishing Up New Jersey (Storey, May 2016). Local contributions include a recipe for honey-thyme caramels from Haddon Township's Mecha Artisan Chocolate and ancho and ale chili from the Blue Rose Inn in Cape May. - Samantha Melamed Dishing Up New Jersey, $19.95, at the Cook Book Stall at Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, 267-237-8986, thecookbookstall.com Pastry perfection Combine the goodness of a Jewish bakery with the skill of a trained pastry chef and you have Tova du Plessis' new Essen Bakery in South Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
AS THERE are only so many movies which can be turned into Broadway musicals and so many shows worth reviving, Broadway may soon turn to "new" source material the movies are already mining. Board games. The Hollywood Reporter says a stage musical based on Monopoly is in the works, thanks to a new partnership between Hasbro and The Araca Group. "Monopoly is one of the most iconic gaming brands of all time," said Simon Waters , general manager and SVP, Hasbro Entertainment and Consumer Products.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
For the second consecutive year, the well-being of Pennsylvania's children slipped in a national ranking based on health, education, poverty, and family and community connections, while New Jersey moved up a notch, boosted by major improvements in the health of its youth. Among states overall, New Jersey came in seventh; in terms of education alone, it was second, trailing only Massachusetts. When all measures were considered, Pennsylvania was 18th, down from 17th last year and 16th in 2014.
NEWS
June 22, 2016
A prominent forensic pathologist's analysis of the deaths of a New Jersey political insider and his wife compounds suspicions that authorities, being unable or unwilling to solve the crime, unjustly blamed it on one of the victims. The pathologist, Michael Baden, concludes in an affidavit obtained by the Inquirer's Barbara Boyer that an intruder probably killed John and Joyce Sheridan in their home in the central New Jersey community of Skillman, where they were found stabbed and unresponsive amid a deliberately set fire in September 2014.
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