Have you ever been to a funeral in New Jersey and thought, “Boy, I really wish there was food here"?Believe it or not, this is one of the few states in the nation where it’s still illegal to serve food or drink at a funeral home.But that may soon change. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would lift that ban.State Sen. Joe Cryan, D-Union, said he sponsored the measure after he was approached by funeral home operators. “People can’t have a cup of coffee, a sandwich or anything in between,” Cryan said. “For some cultures, that was a bit of an issue.” Attention tobacco companies. N.J. doesn’t want your coupon deals. A bill is moving ahead that would ban coupons and other promotions for tobacco and vaping products in New Jersey. In the past there were concerns that it was unsanitary to eat near a corpse, but experts say that worry has faded with time.And rest assured, according to the bill (S2807/A4323), “refreshments are … [Read more...] about Should N.J. funeral homes be serving food to mourners?
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Deena Yellin North Jersey Record Published 5:11 AM EDT Apr 15, 2019 The eco-friendly generation who spent their lives recycling are forgoing brass caskets and concrete burial tombs in an effort to reduce their final carbon footprint. "Baby boomers who were raised with the concept of recycling and Earth Day, are starting to reach the age where funerals are a topic of conversation," observed Robert Prout, the director of the Prout Funeral Home in Verona. "A green funeral (and burial) is more in keeping with their lifestyle." A green burial is one in which no embalming chemicals are used and viewings may be optional. The casket, if used at all, is made of biodegradable materials, and shrouds are made of natural materials. The body is buried at a site that is surrounded by a forest of trees or sea of wildflowers instead of a carpet of grass that has to be mowed and covered with pesticides. Eventually, the body naturally decomposes and is … [Read more...] about What is a green burial? Here’s one final way to reduce your carbon footprint
Ricardo Kaulessar North Jersey Record Published 1:03 PM EDT Oct 9, 2018 Standing firmly in the middle of a roundabout at the border of Cresskill and Dumont is a silent tribute to the lives lost a century ago in the great worldwide illness that we know as the Spanish Flu. The Camp Merritt Memorial marks the center of the World War I military base where troops were assembled to be put on boats leaving from Hoboken to go to the Western Front in Europe. It was also where 578 people, including 557 enlisted men, died, victims of the 1918 influenza pandemic that infected 500 million people worldwide, and killed up to 100 million people before it ended in 1920. Their names are engraved on the east and west surfaces of the 66-foot-tall obelisk. Among them are John Dillion of Englewood, Joseph Kane of Passaic, Manuel Parmelli of Paterson, and Thomas Shea of Jersey City. It was exactly 100 years ago, in October 1918, that the pandemic raged through North Jersey, shutting … [Read more...] about 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed thousands in New Jersey
The California Police Officers Association had come out against the bill before switching their stance to neutral.Brown was surrounded by Assembly Speaker Rendon (D-Los Angeles), Senate President pro Tempore Atkins (D-San Diego), California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and others at the "SB 10: California Money Bail Reform Act" signing ceremony.The new law will go into effect on October 1, 2019.Each county will use the council's framework as a basis to set its own procedures for deciding whom to release before trial."California just became the largest economy in the world to commit to a 100 percent clean energy grid", said Paul Cort, an Earthjustice attorney who headed up the Right to Zero campaign. These appearance and public-safety numbers are both higher than the national average. Does it go too far?It's still unclear which suspects would fall into each category or how long they might spend in jail.The Times reported that Republican Senator Ted Gaines (R-El … [Read more...] about California to become first state eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial
Trade Talk showcases the businesses in the midstate and the people who make them work. From companies who make iconic products to the small family businesses and everyone in between, we have a little bit of everything in the midstate. Midstate companies keep the economy moving, people working and communities thriving throughout the midstate. You can find business news from around the midstate at www.pennlive.com/business. All photos were provided unless otherwise noted. NEW HIRES Dr. Taryn Reichard has joined the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania. She is originally from the Harrisburg area, graduating from Central Dauphin High School. She completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. Following graduation, she completed her residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in chronic pain medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Reichard is board certified in anesthesia and perioperative medicine and pain … [Read more...] about OIP announces new hire; Wagman names new president, and other business news: Trade Talk