Today’s #BlueFriday honorees are the 17 brave young men and women from the graduating class of the Essex County Police Academy.
They started their careers as Corrections Officers on Friday morning at 6am. So of course they couldn’t listen to the show and I suspect they’ll be exhausted from Day One and may not catch Chasing News tonight. If they were able to tune in they’d hear just how much we appreciate the courage and sacrifice made by the men and women who get up every morning and put on a uniform.
The news today wasn’t good for the 35,000 students expecting to start with ITT Technical Institute this month. And the news is worse for the 8,000 employees who will now be looking for work as the trade education provider announced they were closing all of the 130 campus locations across 38 states.
It got me thinking today on the radio that there’s a culture in our nation and in our education system that drives every student toward college. That culture is misguided and detrimental to an entire generation of young people getting to the age where they have major life decisions to make. Around 70% of college students take on debt in order to pursue their higher education. As many as 1 in 5 graduate with more than $50,000 in debt with nearly a third of those with debt in excess of $100,000.
Extend summer break. That’s right, the kids go back too soon. Labor Day is a great holiday that marks the unofficial end of summer. For retailers and restaurants at the Jersey shore it’s the time of year to evaluate the success of the summer and get ready for the long season until the shore is bustling again around Memorial Day.
Here’s my thought. Why not extend the summer break for kids in NJ until the Monday AFTER Labor Day? For working parents the week of Labor Day is the perfect vacation week at the shore. There’s no competition from the Philly crowds as they’re back in school immediately following the holiday. And only a need to use four vacation days as the Monday holiday is built in for just about everyone. Including me, we tape Chasing News throughout the week leading up to the holiday and the “music comes out to play” in the am on holidays.
Chasing News has been on the air for three years. Fast paced, relevant and sometimes controversial stories delivered in an informative and entertaining style on the set five days a week. Today we recorded our 820th episode. And yes, we’re ready for the long holiday weekend. Don’t worry, we already have an episode of new stories ready for you Monday for episode 821. On Tuesday I’m happy to announce we’ll be rolling out what we’re calling “Chasing 2.0”. You’re gonna love it. Stay tuned to twitter to see glimpses leading up to Tuesday…till then, take a look at some of the things we’ve done leading up to today. Click any of the images to enlarge them. See ya next week!
You’ve heard me discuss it before. I love nuclear power. It’s clean, efficient and enables America to stay ahead of the curve on the increasing demand for energy. Let’s start with efficiency. One of the most important measurements of energy generation is reported by the federal government is capacity factor. Basically the ratio of actual energy generation compared to the potential output over a period of time. Not sure what that really means? Simply put, higher is better. Nuclear comes in at a stellar 92% compared to about 33% for wind and between 22% and 29% for solar.
Colin Kaepernick must have figured with his declining skills as a quarterback, he may as well try to get headlines another way. He’s got a right to not stand up and show respect for the nation that has provided him with so much opportunity. Maybe he’s upset about his declining skills which show a likelihood of his becoming irrelevant when the 49ers eventually let him go. After all, he’s had a rough past few seasons as his ratings continue to decline securing him a firm position at the bottom of the NFL QB rankings last season.
A grand jury in New Jersey did the right thing by finding that a young woman who killed her former fiance was justified. The story itself is twisted involving him driving to NJ from Navy flight school in Florida, tying her up and asking her to shoot him.
Someone asked me this week to describe what I do on TV and radio. Simple, I replied, Remember how your mom told you to never discuss politics, religion and race in polite company? On a daily basis I like to cover all three, typically all at once.
Earlier this month in a case of mistaken identity a fifth grader in Newark was chased by police with guns drawn. The cops had been chasing an armed robber who eluded them leading them to chase and confront the young man. It sparked an emotional social media post with a crying kid and mom. Initially it sounds like a terrible incident begging the question how could the cops be so aggressive and wrong to mistake a ten year old as the robbery suspect? When you look a little deeper into the issue you uncover that the kid is large for his age and after the police lost sight of the suspect they encountered the ten year old who was running away from them. According to the boy and his family, he was playing basketball when his ball went into the street and when he saw the officers running he assumed it was for him for playing in the street and he ran.
Had a great conversation with our friends Daniel Regan and his mom Lynn Regan today on the radio this morning. Daniel is going strong now five years after his victory over heroin. That’s right, he beat it. Now, he’ll tell you that everyone has their own way of overcoming adversity, but for him it’s not a day to day struggle, any longer. He fought the fight against the devastating drug and after several failed rehab attempts and being discovered by his mom homeless in an abandoned hotel in California, he’s drug free and helping others. Daniel is an inspiring person for sure. Although he’s only in his mid-twenties, he’s had a lifetime of struggle, suffering and success.
For the past several years I’ve been honored to emcee a very special event with my former colleagues at Weichert, Realtors. Jace Botti and Laura Metro (a survivor herself) host an annual event at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Weichert family has been impacted by the deadly disease in a very personal way and for the past 16 years have been rallying the real estate community to help.
I was first invited to emcee about 5 years ago as a replacement for the young lady who had been the regular host. Let’s just say the room full of mostly men golfers after a long hot day on the links were less than pleased that I was the replacement! Yes, a couple boos…and some heckling. And my joke telling didn’t help at all.