Month: March 2016
You never know what you’re gonna get when you bring a bear to the studio. Bailey the bear cub from Great Adventure was a hit on my morning radio show and on Chasing News. Although I did blog about the segment with the bear yesterday, I thought mentioning what happened last night on New Jersey 101.5’s “Ask The Governor” was worth another bear-related post.
Today’s blog is a little lighter…sort of…I brought in a very special guest to the radio show this morning. Bailey the bear cub from Great Adventure joined me on set. Now not everyone was thrilled with the idea of having a bear on the radio…”You know this is radio right?” Was said on more than one occasion. But, I thought, people love animals, the bear is still a cub and we’ll live stream it on Facebook. It was either going to be the worst idea I’ve had in awhile, or the best. Why don’t you judge for yourself.
Presidential campaign politics has hit a new low. We’ve lost our way and now only practice the politics of personal attacks instead of politics. The current campaign is why people hate politics and politicians. Really? Here’s a news flash, this campaign isn’t the first dirty one, and it’s by far not the worst.
The minimum wage is back in the news in New Jersey with a vengeance. Much to the chagrin of small & independent businesses and many economists, the New Jersey legislature is poised to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next few years.
New Jersey’s current minimum wage is $8.38. Voters in 2013 approved a $1 hike up to $8.25, along with linking future increases to inflation. The first adjustment due to inflation occurred in 2015, but the minimum wage stayed the same for 2016 because there was no inflation last year.
Last month, Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-Hudson) announced they’re backing legislation to hike the wage to at least $15 by 2021. Under the Democrats’ bill, the minimum wage would jump initially to $10.10, with subsequent annual increases until it gets over $15.
On Friday’s Chasing News, we showed clips from my interview with Grammy and Emmy-nominated comedian Margaret Cho.
And you can check out more of the interview from NJ101.5 here:
Earlier today I had the opportunity to interview a local actor, Joe Halsey, about a short film he produced and directed which will premier at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City next Friday. Joe’s a Jersey actor who’s played the role of cops and drug dealers on shows like Law and Order, Guiding Light and One Life to Live. His current film debuting next Friday is about an issue that is personal to him, physician assisted suicide.
More than 5,000 housing units are empty, the result of a 40% decline in population since 1930. Some of them have been boarded up with plywood; a few are so old they’ve begun falling apart.
The question is who’s to blame? In the heat of the presidential campaign there are several voices blaming Donald Trump as his casinos ended up in bankruptcy.
On last night’s Chasing News, we were joined by actor/comedian Carlo Bellario to discuss the latest in his ongoing legal troubles.
Bellario said the situation had been very hard for him, and he was at a loss for what to do. He recalled the story of his arrest. Carlo showed up at an independent film set in Woodbridge to shoot a scene in which he played a gunman. Carlo says he was handed a gun that he says was described by production staff as a prop gun. Middlesex County Prosecutors say that the gun was in fact a real and operational pellet gun, illegal by New Jersey State law. When residents witnessed the filming, they called police, and Carlo was arrested. It’s unknown whether the film producer had secured the permits to shoot.
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Yesterday was a big day for Carlo Bellario. He’s a New Jersey actor/comedian who’s facing the possibility of a ten-year prison sentence for running afoul of Jersey’s gun laws. Of course, the charges involve a toy. Specifically, an airsoft gun that can be bought in just about any sporting goods store in Jersey. The law that has gotten Carlo in trouble is the Graves Act. It goes back to 1981 and was intended to set mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with a firearm. Later, the law was amended to include gang activity and today the interpretation from prosecutors includes the act of simple possession.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday that there is no credible threat to New York City after simultaneous terrorist attacks were carried out at the Brussels airport and a subway Tuesday morning.
The attacks in Brussels come less than a week after the NJ Office of Homeland Security held a conference whose featured speakers included Chief Jarrod Burguan of the San Bernardino Police Department.
Burguan was in charge on Dec. 2, 2015, when two Islamic extremists staged a shooting at a county building, killing 14 people. On last night’s Chasing News, he told Chaser Alex Zdan about rushing to the scene and getting the first update from a detective about 30 minutes after the shooting occurred.