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Bring the Kids, WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series

Aug 11, 2017
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  Drummer Jerome Jennings was the featured artist at Saturday’s WBGO Kids Concert Series.

“What I love about performing for kids is their honesty in terms of how they feel.  They don’t withhold their feelings of whether they disagree, bored or tired,” said Jennings.

Jennings, originally from Cleveland, Ohio graduated in 2004 from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School for the Performing Arts. Later on, Jennings became the first jazz studies recipient of the Morse Fellowship at the Juilliard School. Jennings' first album, ‘The Beast’, was released last November.

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Think of summer and you think of escape. It’s built into the architecture. Hot sun, summer in the city, escape to the beach, escape to the Cape. And go to the movies to escape the escape.

How about escape the cops? Traditional summer escape movies have crashed and burned by the dozens this summer. 

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Michael Bourne has off-broadway reviews from 'The Government Inspector' and 'Curvy Widow'.  To hear the review, click the link above.

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Author Rafi Kohan spent a year traveling all over the U.S. to give readers a detailed look at the lives of sports arenas.  His new book The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport is published by Liveright.

Kohan talks to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about his fascination with fans and stadiums, as well as what he learned during his trips to places like Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Beaver Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Prudential Center, Barclays Center and many more.

Thursday is the last day to submit public comment on President Trump's America-First Energy Strategy to allow oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The New Jersey region has been off limits to drilling and there's an effort to keep it that way.

Trump administration officials say opening up new areas for drilling will help the nation achieve energy dominance.

Cindy Zipf leads the marine-advocacy group Clean Ocean Action. She says opponents believe it would be harmful.

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Thinking about Catching a Devils game at the Prudential Center, and then heading to the Ironbound for a Brazilian burger, or even exploring the breathtaking architecture of the Cathedral Basilica of The Sacred Heart, these are just a few of the things in a new comprehensive guide to New Jersey's largest city titled, 100 Things To Do In Newark Before You Die, and WBGO's Alexandra Hill recently caught up to the books author Lauren Craig to talk all things Newark.

 

New Jersey lawmakers held a hearing in the shore community of Lavallette to examine the potential impact of climate change.

Professor Anthony Broccoli of the Rutgers Climate Institute says, depending on future carbon dioxide emissions that warm the ocean and melt ice sheets, sea level along the Jersey Shore is expected to rise 17 inches by 2050 and up to 41 inches by 2100. And studies indicate tropical storms intensity is likely to increase.

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Over forty films are screening at Two River Theater in Red Bank from August 11-13.  Movies from all over the world says Nick Marchese, founder of the Monmouth Film Festival.

“You can sit through every film, even if you aren’t interested in the particular topic.  You will say ‘wow, that was a really well done film.’  That’s one of the biggest thing that we focus on at the festival.  We receive tons and tons of submissions and it works down to a program of about 38 shorts and five features.”

One of those films tells the story of a famous Jersey Shore filmmaker.

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The Poetry Foundation calls Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, “a different kind of Derek Jeter.” Pardlo is the second African American male poet to win the Pulitzer and the sixth African American poet overall to capture the highly coveted honor.

Pulitzer judges praise Pardlo’s prize winning book, “Digest” as literature that is “rich with thought and ideas” and provides readers with a clear vision of the 21st Century. Pardlo’s prose also debunks the theory that African American fathers are disinterested parents.

Legislation signed by Governor Christie is strengthening New Jersey's laws against animal cruelty.

Senator Jeff Van Drew says the measure defines prohibited conditions so law enforcement can intervene.

“To really ensure that those animals that are tied up cruelly with a very small lead line in very cold weather and in very hot weather without any of the proper care, that that no longer hopefully is acceptable.”

A new law is aimed at making sure New Jersey spends taxpayers' money efficiently.

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling says the legislation requires the state auditor to report annually to lawmakers on unspent funds in each state agency's account at the end of the previous fiscal year.

"This really identifies not only that we authorized money to be spent but how the money is being spent and if it's being spent wisely. And if at the end of the year we have some money that is not spent, the state will be able to use that money for other things."

A new law is aimed at making sure New Jersey spends taxpayers' money efficiently.

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling says the legislation requires the state auditor to report annually to lawmakers on unspent funds in each state agency's account at the end of the previous fiscal year.

"This really identifies not only that we authorized money to be spent but how the money is being spent and if it's being spent wisely. And if at the end of the year we have some money that is not spent, the state will be able to use that money for other things."

If vegetables are the monarchs of nutritious eating, fruits have always been part of the royal court — not quite as important, but still worthy of respect. But now that nutrition guidelines are cracking down on sugar, some people are questioning fruits' estimable role in a healthy diet.

Heavy downpours this summer have caused some flash flooding and lightning strikes damaged some buildings, but overall the weather has been relatively tranquil.

New Jersey state climatologist Dave Robinson says the summer has not been excessively hot and ample rainfall has prevented drought concerns.

"We've saved on our electric bills especially the last couple of weeks without much heat. In some cases, we're saving on the water bills by letting Mother Nature water the lawns and water the gardens."

Roger Sherman: In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Aug 5, 2017
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Roger Sherman has produced a documentary that makes an extraordinary journey through Israeli kitchens, restaurants and vineyards. The movie, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, explores the ancient and modern farming and cooking techniques created by the polyglot of people who migrated to Israel or never left.  The film opened March 24th at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema in New York and in theaters around the country.

Sherman says he found a wealth of tasty treasures in Israel:

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Fado is rooted in Portugal.  Its tales are vast, with the power to reduce people to tears.  Nathalie Pires is the first American fado singer to tour internationally, and subject of a new short film, ‘Echoes of Fado’, from Newark based film makers Yuri and Igor Alves.

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West Orange High School graduate and soccer star Bryce Millington is headed to the University of Chicago to major in pre-med and to play for the soccer team. 

Millington, a Write On Sports alum, returned to a WOS summer camp at Montclair State University to talk to the kids.

The All State soccer player wants to be a doctor in the future, possibly a neurosurgeon.

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WBGO Journal commentator Mildred Antenor wonders why black women are so hostile to each other.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Theater critic Michael Bourne heads back to Shakespeare in the Park for the latest production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

LGBT advocates in New Jersey joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker at an event in Asbury Park to protest President Trump's push to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.

Transgender Kearny resident Jennifer Long is a retired Army Sergeant Major who served in the military for 30 years including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. She says forcing transgender service members out of the military could have a serious impact.

You'll notice it when you pull up to the pumps. The price of gasoline is going up, and an analyst says it could get even more costly.

Tom Kloza is the global head of energy analysis at the Oil Price Information Service in Wall, New Jersey. He says the recent seven-dollar-a-barrel increase in the cost of crude oil has pushed gasoline prices higher by about 15 cents a gallon in a month.

The American Cancer Society says New Jersey has advanced polices to prevent smoking-related problems, but needs to do more.

Brian Shott with the Society's Cancer Action Network says nearly 12,000 people die every year in the Garden State because of tobacco use.

He hopes the state Senate will give final approval to a bill dedicating one percent of New Jersey's cigarette tax revenue to smoking prevention programs.

Sheila Oliver's name will be on the November ballot in New Jersey as the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor. In a precedent-setting move, Democrats also plan to have her run for re-election to the Assembly.

Democratic party officials say a state regulation prohibiting candidates from accepting nominations for more than one office in the same election does not apply because Oliver was selected by Phil Murphy as a running mate, not nominated by petition.

Seton Hall public affairs professor Matthew Hale says that move might be challenged.

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New Jersey Attorney General Chris Porrino says almost 4,775 deadly firearms were taken off the streets in a recent two-day gun buyback.  The state’s biggest haul yet.

“1,973 handguns, roughly 1,000 shotguns, roughly a thousand rifles, and 129 assault weapons,” Porrino said

Nearly 900 of those guns were collected from the location in Newark.

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to make it illegal for stores in the state to deny cash payments.

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty says he was inspired to introduce his legislation after learning that Visa wants to give retailers cash incentives for accepting only credit card payments.

"I believe the move towards cashless retail is discriminatory towards people that don't have high incomes or can't actually get credit, can't get a credit card, also towards young people who haven't established credit yet."

Ara Parseghian
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Legendary Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, died on Wednesday at age 94. When Parseghian took over at Notre Dame, the Irish were coming off a 2-7 record. In his first season, they finished 9-1 with their only loss to Southern Cal. The program would go on to win two national championships in his 11-year tenure.

One of his more well-known players was Rocky Bleier who was a part of the 1966 National Champion team at Notre Dame. 

A newly-formed coalition of consumer, business, and environmental groups is opposing ratepayer-funded subsidies for nuclear power plants.

Evelyn Liebman with AARP New Jersey says some power companies are seeking the subsidies from the state to increasing the profitability of their aging nuclear plants.

“If New Jersey ratepayers are saddled with these new taxes, not only does it hurt our state economy, but it presents a competitive advantage for other states that are in the grid whose ratepayers are not paying those kind of new taxes.”

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Eating at an American BBQ is where Australian born director Matthew Salleh decided to tackle the reason why people are so fascinated with cooking food over fire.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is introducing legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level.

The New Jersey Democrat says the Marijuana Justice Act would reverse decades of a failed drug policy that's had a devastating impact on low-income Americans and minorities.

Booker says violent crime is down and revenue up in the eight states where pot is legal.

Some New Jersey lawmakers and advocacy groups are urging the Christie administration to fill six vacancies on the 13-member Board of Nursing.

Avery Hart is a public member of the Nursing Board. She says insufficient staff and funding are holding up about 4,000 trained professionals awaiting their nursing license or home health aide certification.

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