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N.J.'s Pantone names 2019 color of the year, and it's 'alive'

The Pantone Color Institute, based in Carlstadt, announced its color for the coming year

The word is out from Carlstadt's Pantone Color Institute: "Living Coral" is life. 

An orange with golden undertone, the hue, anointed Pantone's 2019 color of the year, is inspired by coral reefs.

It's a shade intended to be a salve for modern life, which is bombarded at every turn by digital technology and social media.

"With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a statement. 

At the end of each year, Pantone names a new color that is somehow meant to express the yearnings or feeling of the time. Many recent choices, like 2017's "Greenery," have taken a cue from the natural world. 

pantone-color-of-the-year-2019-is-living-coral.jpgCoral: friend to fish and lipstick fans alike. (Pantone)

Coral "emits the desired, familiar and energizing aspects of color found in nature," reads the company's statement on the choice. "In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Pantone Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color."

Even if you've never seen a reef up close, the shade will of course also be familiar to anyone who has lived through the 1970s or otherwise encountered coral lipstick. 

 Pantone's color of the year for 2018 was the purple "Ultra Violet." 


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Let's hope Trump focuses on MS-13 and leaves his maid alone | Editorial

This is why U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ought to be focusing on "bad hombres."

The woman who makes President Donald Trump's bed at his New Jersey golf club while he's watching TV or tooling around in his cart is an unauthorized immigrant from Guatemala, the New York Times reports.
She's the one who washes the windows and dusts the table tops, who still hears the story of his outburst when another maid - also here illegally - couldn't get all the orange makeup off his shirt collar.
She's the one Trump personally praised for her meticulousness, tipped $50, and told, "Guatemalans are hard-working people."

NEW: Undocumented workers get the job done at President Trump's golf club. My story about who makes his bed, waters the greens and more. Right here:

-- Miriam Jordan (@mirjordan) December 6, 2018

We fear for her now. What's going to happen to Victorina Morales, since she came forward on Thursday and publicly admitted that she doesn't have papers, but has worked at his Bedminster club since 2013?

Does Trump have the stomach to throw her out of the country?
This is why U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ought to be focusing on "bad hombres." Everyone agrees the bad guys have got to go, given that we can't possibly deport all 11 million immigrants living here illegally.
Hundreds of MS-13 thugs are living in New Jersey, from Union City to Morristown to Trenton, according to a new report issued Wednesday by the State Commission of Investigation (SCI).

Meanwhile, ICE has been doing a bizarre job of prioritization. Under Trump, it's deporting grandfathers; churchgoers who fled to the U.S. decades ago to escape persecution, while their American children - like a Metuchen 7th grader - sit in our schools. The maid may be next.
Morales says she's hurt by Trump equating Latin American immigrants with violent criminals. It's emboldened others, like her supervisor, to make abusive remarks.
"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," she said. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation."
Will Trump deport her for speaking out? Take a guess.

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Annual special needs Christmas party gets visit from special guest (PHOTOS)

The Elks hosted its annual special needs party and had its own special guest.

HOBOKEN – The Elks Lodge here held its annual Christmas party for those with special needs and for Maria, Santa Claus is her favorite part of the event. 

"I love that fact that Santa comes and Frosty, look what he gave me last year," Maria, a longtime event-goer, said as she showed off her bracelet. "I believe in Santa." 

Maria is one of dozens of Hudson County residents who comes out to the party ebery year. She is also one of many who personally receives a present from Santa Claus.  

But Santa gets some help from Elks' members, who receive toy donations, wrap them and set them up behind Santa's chair. 

Rick Gerbehy, a former Elks exalted ruler, said that it's all for charity. 

"Charity is the cornerstone of Elks-ism," Gerbehy said, "as the slogan goes." 

Attendees – who range from children to young adults – enjoyed popcorn, sweets and festive music as they waited for their special guest, Santa.  

Click on the photo gallery above for a look at the party. 

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Dilly, dilly! Clydesdales make it a Bud Christmas in Hoboken (PHOTOS)

The Clydesdales hitch strutted along Washington Street.

HOBOKEN – Jingling bells could be heard for several blocks, but it wasn't an early visit from Santa Claus Saturday in Hoboken. It was the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales with some lager. 

The Budweiser Clydesdale made several stops along Washington Street – from First to Eighth Street – delivering cases of Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager.  

In 1933, the repeal of prohibition happened, and it marks one of the most crucial moments in history for the Anheuser-Busch and the beer industry. August Busch Jr. And Adolphus Busch III had surprised their dad with a six-hitch Clydesdale hitch, making them the symbol for Anheuser-Busch.  

Hundreds turned out to see the hitch make their deliveries Saturday. People followed the hitch for blocks, taking pictures with the majestic animals.  

"Those horses will stomp on your face," said an attendee, astonished by their size. 

Click on the photo gallery above for a look at the Clydesdales.

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The Katie Brennan case: What didn't Phil Murphy know and when didn't he know it? | Mulshine

Gov. Phil Murphy has claimed he was unaware of the sexual assault charges by Katie Brennan until the Wall Street Journal article two months ago; if so, why didn't his staff tell him about this ticking time bomb?

A lot of people are saying that Gov. Phil Murphy must have known about the accusation that one of his top campaign aides sexually assaulted a woman who was also working on the campaign.

Murphy says he didn't know. And maybe he didn't.

But in that case he qualifies as the single most incompetent politician in recent New Jersey history.

That was my conclusion after discussing the matter with Loretta Weinberg. She's the Democratic state senator from Bergen County who is leading the charge to find out just why Katie Brennan was stonewalled at every turn after she first reported that alleged assault last year.

Murphy's campaign for governor was in full swing at the time. After work one day, Brennan went out with a number of people from the campaign including Al Alvarez, a longtime Murphy ally who was serving as the Latino/Islamic outreach director.

According to Brennan, Alvarez offered to drop her off at her Jersey City residence. When they got there, he asked if he could come in to use the  bathroom. Once he was inside, she said, he began a sexual assault that ended only when she escaped long enough to lock herself in the bathroom.

Brennan reported the incident to the Jersey City Police  the next day. The subsequent investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office dragged on for months -  through Murphy's November victory and into the transition. Both Brennan and Alvarez were seeking posts with the new administration.

The timing of what happened next raises a lot of questions, said Weinberg, who was herself a sexual assault victim in her youth.

Brennan testified last week that after the election she told a member of the transition team that a highly placed campaign aide was the subject of a criminal complaint.

"Within an hour or so, she got a call from the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office to say, 'We're dropping the case,'" said Weinberg. "That's one of the unanswered questions: What are the parameters for dropping a case?"

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Perhaps Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has an explanation for why her staff declined to let Brennan tell her story to a grand jury. But the case Brennan presented to the Legislature over five hours last week sure sounded like it needed to be heard.

Her candor and sincerity bring up a question that goes to the heart of Murphy's leadership abilities: Why did no one in the transition team bother to inform the governor about an accusation concerning the most explosive issue of the time?

From a pure political perspective, the conduct of Alvarez revealed him to be someone unsuited for employment in the administration of a liberal Democrat in the era of the "me-too" movement. Yet he was given a plum $140,000-a-year job with the Schools Development Authority.

Brennan testified that in her new job as chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, she dreaded the thought of running into Alvarez at state functions. That led her to keep pressing the case with state officials, she said.

When she got no answers, Brennan said, she emailed the governor himself to tell him about a "sensitive matter" she needed to discuss with him.

What Murphy did next raises the most difficult questions the governor faces, said Weinberg.

After sending her back an email saying he was "on it," Murphy turned the email over to his lawyers. One was the governor's chief counsel, Matt Platkin, as might be expected. But the other was Jonathan Berkon.

 "He's the campaign attorney from Washington, D.C.," said Weinberg  of  Berkon.  "I'm not quite sure why he was involved in a personnel decision for state government."

According to Brennan's testimony, Berkon called her and assured her that Alvarez would be leaving government employment. But Brennan hadn't mentioned Alvarez by name in the email.

"How did the attorney for the campaign know that it was Al Alvarez?" asked Weinberg.

More important, how did Murphy not know?

At a press conference last week, Murphy maintained that he didn't learn about the alleged sexual assault until three months later, when Brennan went to the Wall Street Journal after finding out that Alvarez was still on the payroll - despite Berkon's assurances he would leave.

If Murphy is telling the truth, his campaign attorney was just one of many top aides who failed to tell him of a matter that could be deadly to his administration.

As of Friday, there were news reports that Murphy's chief of staff, Pete Cammarano, will soon be leaving the administration.

The reports didn't say whether the governor is aware of this.

Perhaps he didn't get his Wall Street Journal yet.


Murphy's attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, has a habit of turning a blind eye to questionable behavior by public officials.

Back when he was the Bergen County prosecutor, Grewal had a chance to follow up on a complaint of misconduct in office filed against then-Gov. Chris Christie by Bill Brennan, a former fireman turned attorney. Brennan alleged that Christie  failed to stop the fake "traffic study" at the heart of the Bridgegate scandal.

Municipal Court Judge Roy McGeady ruled there was enough evidence to go forward. McGeady said Christie had direct authority over Bridget Kelly and "at the very least could have influenced her to reach out to Fort Lee and stop that traffic study and the resultant traffic jams. He chose not to do that."    

Instead of pursing the politically sensitive case, Grewal dropped it without explanation. Now in the Katie Brennan case he cleared his fellow Democrat, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, of any wrongdoing - again without giving us an explanation of just why the Alvarez prosecution was dropped.

In his letter on the matter, Grewal states that Suarez did not interfere with the investigation. But he doesn't address the issue of whether other officials in the office were in any way pressured because the defendant had a high rank in the Murphy staff. 

Why didn't his people interview Brennan? If they had, they would have found her account entirely believable. As for the defense put up by Alvarez - that any contact was consensual - if that had been the case she certainly would not have immediately called her husband to tell him about it.

Murphy's fellow Democrats didn't do him any favors. And his "I was just following orders" defense is the lamest excuse I've ever heard.

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N.J. mom takes a dive into the 'Shark Tank,' pitches meal service for kids

Joanna Parker and her husband are the brains behind Yumble, a meal delivery service that caters to the youngest eaters.

Joanna Parker watched as the meal delivery craze took off in New Jersey -- vegetarian meals, healthy meals, clean meals, vegan meals, meals that meant you didn't have to shop, cook, or even think about what you wanted for dinner.

But Parker, 36, wanted to do the same for parents looking for an easy way to feed their children. 

A mother of three -- two daughters, 4 and 6, and a son, 8 -- Parker knew she could always pull something out of the freezer, but it wasn't ideal. 

"There's still an element of guilt," says Parker, who lives in Englewood with her husband David, 36. 

yumble-meals-shark-tank.jpgAt left, chicken pops, one popular Yumble meal. At right, pizza pockets with broccoli and mashed potatoes. (Yumble)

So two years ago, she set off with the goal of starting a fresh meal delivery service for kids. Now, her company, Yumble, sells children's meal plans to parents in 26 states east of the Mississippi.

"Our mission is to make parents' lives easier," she says, no cooking required (beyond a simple reheat for some meals).

On Sunday, Joanna and David Parker will pitch their business to "Shark Tank" in the hopes that the shark investors will bite on their plans to expand to the West Coast. 

The meal service first launched in Hoboken in the summer of 2017. 

"Jersey is definitely one of our highest volume states," Joanna says. 

Yumble's lunches and dinners are billed as healthy and wholesome, made using vegetables, natural sweeteners and antibiotic and hormone-free chicken and beef. The Parkers work with a nutritionist to make sure each meal is balanced. The food is prepared at a kitchen in New York state. 

Customers choose between three plans: either six, 12 or 24 meals a week, with each meal ranging from $5.99 to $7.99. (The 24-meal plan goes for $167.76.)

Joanna worked in product development for Macy's before becoming a teacher for five years and opting to stay at home after she had her second child. David was a consultant for a venture capital firm who started and sold a tech company. 

Picky Eater Pro Tip: Kids love eating with their hands. Try introducing easy to eat, handheld items like our Smac n' Cheese, Empanadas or Chicken Pops! #TheYumbleLife

-- Yumble! (@yumblekids) September 25, 2018

When coming up with meal ideas for Yumble -- originally called Panda Plates -- Joanna used her children as a guide. The service's five-ingredient chicken pops (chicken nuggets that are dippable hands-free) are especially popular at her house. 

"They were definitely picky eaters, but it was just more about the stress and time," she says. "The emotional burden that mealtime itself was creating." 

Other meals are abridged versions of kids' classics, like pizza pockets with broccoli on the side or mac 'n cheese with veggie tots. 

"We really try to strike a balance," she says. 

The Parkers also wanted to incorporate a Happy Meal approach to eating -- something fun with something nourishing. To that end, Yumble includes activity sheets, games, trivia cards and sticker charts with meals. 

Yumble meals are nut-free, meaning kids can bring them to school, and labeled by allergen, with options for dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian eaters. 

"Shark Tank" airs at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 on ABC.

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NJ Transit promises to inform you when you're not getting home | Sheneman cartoon

Has it not heard of Twitter?

According to NJ Transit one of their top customer complaints is not the wretched state of its fleet or the crumbling infrastructure it runs on, but communication. Riders don't care so much that the trains don't run, apparently, they just really wish you would give them a heads up. 

The solution to this problem, like many troubled relationships, is communication.

After a lengthy and expensive audit at the behest of Governor Murphy found a profound lack of resources for providing information to riders, NJ Transit will be instituting new measures to let their patrons know exactly why they won't be getting home on time.

Apparently there will be a new app to update riders on delays and service outages.

Did NJ Transit officials know that they already have a website? Have they not heard of Twitter? It's 2018, there are a bevy of technological tools available at little or no cost to the user that would allow a state agency to keep its customers updated with ease.

I'm no computer expert, but I'm pretty sure the technology to update a website with pertinent information has existed for a few years now. If they couldn't be bothered to post about service issues on the website, why am I supposed to trust an app?

In addition, NJ Transit has spent $250,000 they don't have to contract a public relations firm to teach them how to communicate with the public. Here's an idea: If trains and buses are delayed or out of service, tell somebody.

Your welcome. Where's my $250,000?

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Jersey City fire displaces family of 5: Red Cross

The Red Cross of New Jersey has provided the family with emergency assistance.

JERSEY CITY -- A family of five has been displaced from their home following a fire on Summit Avenue early this morning.

The Red Cross of New Jersey has provided the family with emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing needs, according to a tweet.

Disaster Action Team responded to a #fire on Summit Ave in #JerseyCity, helping a family of 5 with Red Cross emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing needs.

— Red Cross New Jersey (@NJRedCross) December 9, 2018

The fire appears to have originated at 1180 Summit Ave. Additional information on the fire was not immediately available.

A spokesperson for the city did not respond to a request for comment.

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Ol' Saint Nick parades through North Hudson during 19th annual Santa Parade (PHOTOS)

The parade is organized in conjunction with North Bergen, West New York, Weehawken, Guttenberg and Union City.

Ol' Saint Nick paid a visit to North Hudson on Sunday for 19th annual Santa Parade.

The parade, presented by the North Hudson Fire Union's Charitable Foundation -- in conjunction with the North Hudson firefighters -- featured a number of festive floats, the Union City High School marching band, as well as several costumed characters.

It started at noon on Bergenline Avenue at 85th Street in North Bergen, and made its way south, ending on 32nd Street in Union City.

The parade is organized in conjunction with North Bergen, West New York, Weehawken, Guttenberg and Union City.

Scroll through the gallery above to see photos from the parade.

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Shame on N.J.? Nope. Shame on ICE for letting criminals loose | Editorial

The message is clear: Let ICE do its job, and let the fire inspectors and the cops do theirs.

New Jersey's sensible new policy on immigration enforcement has elicited the predictable histrionics, mostly from President Trump's propaganda machine at Fox News and some miffed bureaucrats.
No, this will not "handcuff cops from arresting illegal immigrants," as Fox's Laura Ingraham claims. Anyone who breaks the law will still be arrested, regardless of their immigration status.
Police in New Jersey know this. Kim Guadagno, whose slimy "Willie Horton"-style ad stirred up the worst fears of immigrants and helped her lose the governor's race to Phil Murphy, knows it too.

Ex-AG Milgram: Why I agree with AG Grewal to change my rules on cops and immigration
Yet there she was on TV, chiming in with Ingraham, one of Fox's most anti-immigrant blowhards, fanning the same flames again as she parroted the talking points of Trump officials.
In truth, the new policy announced by Murphy's Attorney General does nothing to protect criminals. They will still be arrested and jailed, and if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does its job, deported.
What Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal does is set some reasonable limits on cooperating with ICE, because police can't do their jobs and arrest criminals without community trust. "Create trust - do you buy that?" Ingraham scoffs.
The answer is yes. It's not hyperbole to say that immigrants are often afraid to report crimes when they fear that the cops will turn them over to ICE. They don't even report fire code violations, or domestic abuse.

Another day, another slander by ICE | Editorial
This culture of secrecy only makes it harder for cops to find the witnesses they need to catch criminals, as police chiefs in urban departments confirm.
"If an illegal immigrant witnesses an assault or a shooting, we want them to call us," says James Shea, Jersey City's director of public safety. "That's how we prevent crimes, and that's how we solve them. And I want them to know they can come to us without any fears."
His counterpart in Newark, Anthony Ambrose, believes that if cops flagged immigrants for deportation, it would actually boost violent crime. "Without a doubt, we would definitely see an increase," he said. "Right now they can be witnesses and they've been very helpful."
For this reason, Grewal's directive says cops should not be stopping people and interrogating them about their immigration status. His office recorded videos in a dozen languages, by police officers who grew up speaking them, to assure the community that if you get pulled over or report a crime, you aren't at risk of being deported.
The message is clear: Let ICE do its job, and let the fire inspectors and the cops do theirs.
Local jails are a different story. They should tell ICE when a dangerous criminal is about to be released into the community. Such people are our first priority for deportation.
What Grewal says is that ICE needs to do its part and pick up detainees in a timely manner, or get a court order to authorize their added time in detention. It can't just expect jails and local taxpayers to assume all the legal risk in holding people past the final date of their sentences.
Courts have repeatedly declared this unconstitutional, putting us on the hook for big settlements, paid for by property taxes. Yet over and over, ICE has blamed the jails that follow a responsible policy like Grewal's for its own incompetence.
Take the Luis Perez case cited by Fox News. He was arrested on domestic violence charges and held in Middlesex jail. ICE could have gotten an order from a federal judge to keep him in the jail until it could pick him up. Instead, for 51 days - until he was sentenced to time served and released - ICE took no action.
It never responded to the jail's notification that under its guidelines, it could not detain Perez past the final date of his sentence, and never took him into custody. Then he got out and killed three people. "New Jersey, it's a shame. Shame on you," Ingraham said.
No. Instead of ranting about so-called "sanctuary" policies and threatening more indiscriminate sweeps to arrest pizza guys and grandpas, why not get over to the jail to pick up a violent criminal? That's your job, ICE. Shame on you.

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