Mike Kelly North Jersey Record Published 5:04 AM EST Dec 21, 2018 On Sunday, Bill Crain will celebrate his 75th birthday. Ten days later – at 9 a.m. on Jan. 2 – he plans to show up at the Sussex County jail in Newton to begin serving a 20-day sentence. His crime? Crain walked across a road. As Congress and the White House hash out details of legislation to dramatically reform the federal system of sentencing criminals to prison, it’s worth considering the question of why New Jersey is sending a 75-year-old man to jail for such a silly reason. Crain teaches psychology at City College in Manhattan. He also writes books, mostly on child behavior. He lived nearly two decades in Teaneck, where he served on the township school board in the 1990s and was known as a man with a conscience and as an activist who was unafraid to speak up on controversial issues. He has since moved to a farm in Poughquag, N.Y., where he and his wife, Ellen, a physician, run a sanctuary for … [Read more...] about Why is New Jersey sending Bill Crain to jail?
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Tayari Jones, on the MFA faculty at Rutgers University, wrote a profound novel about love and racism. When casual conversations turn to books - admittedly, I am hardly casual when it comes to books - these are the ones I cite from 2018. Certainly, there were other excellent reads, but as I looked over what I reviewed, and that was after considering hundreds of others, these lingered. The order is based on when they were published, oldest to newest. Each was beautifully written, and introduces us to characters we are better for meeting. I would buy any of these for a friend and happily wrap it knowing it is a great present. With that, my Top Ten Books from 2018: Kushanava Choudhury returned to India, where he worked on a newspaper and connected with his roots.Ajat Gandhi "The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta" by Kushanava Choudhury Here, he describes what Calcutta is like: "For six months out of the year, you are never dry. You take two to three showers a day … [Read more...] about New Jersey Authors: Top Ten Books of 2018
close Video NJ township declares war on Christmas lights NJ officials will impose a $2,000 a night fee to cover police security costs. OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Bright lights illuminate the narrow street as hundreds of shivering visitors, sometimes as many as 1,000 a night, snap photos of a house that every year is converted into a dazzling winter wonderland. The 70,000 Christmas light display includes a cascading archway of lights, floating snowflakes and giant, twinkling trees. But the house is now in the middle of a Christmas controversy that has pitted the homeowner with the fed-up town – which has imposed a $2,000 a night fee to cover police security costs because of the unmanageable spectacle the house draws, with some traveling hundreds of miles to see it. “It’s absolutely beautiful,” said Mariam Ayoub, who drove from East Brunswick to see the house this past weekend. “We saw a picture on Facebook and it was really … [Read more...] about New Jersey homeowner in fight with town over Christmas display raises thousands
Susan Loyer Bridgewater Courier News Published 10:22 AM EST Nov 29, 2018 OLD BRIDGE, N.J. - A Christmas light display at a private home that has grown into a month-long extravaganza will go on despite concerns that the display costs the township $45,000-plus to cover police and security costs associated with crowd control and safety. Thomas Apruzzi and his wife, Kris, have put on the lights display for about the last 15 years. However, it appeared the annual showing was in jeopardy Tuesday when Apruzzi spoke to My Central Jersey and claimed the township was trying to dim the lights. But Apruzzi came out of the meeting with an incorrect understanding of the township's concerns, Mayor Owen Henry said Wednesday. "I'm not a grinch," Henry said. "It's all about public safety. We need to take the steps necessary to make sure that event goes off in a safe, orderly manner. We have not told Mr. Apruzzi to shut his light off. We have not and I will … [Read more...] about Christmas lights display costs New Jersey town thousands for security
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — A New Jersey family is in a holiday battle with officials over an extravagant Christmas display that attracts hundreds of tourists. Every December for the past 15 years, the Apruzzis have decorated their house with tens of thousands of dazzling lights. It's a tradition like no other for Tom Apruzzi. The Christmas holiday is his time to shine. "I just love Christmas," Apruzzi told CBS News correspondent Don Dahler. "We have to make it safe. I don't have a choice," Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry said. Henry said the Apruzzis' neighbors have safety concerns, like heavy foot traffic, minimal street parking, and accessibility for first responders. "They actually had the street all blocked off," one visitor said. Apruzzi told us he's paid nearly $150,000 to put on these lights over a decade. But the price of spreading joy is skyrocketing, and the homeowners are facing fines. The lights don't just hike the electricity bill. City officials said the Apruzzis must pay a … [Read more...] about New Jersey family faces thousands in fines for Christmas light spectacle