1. More than 100 million viewers will tune in Sun-
day on a multitude of platforms to watch Super
Bowl LVII between the Philadelphia Eagles and
Kansas City Chiefs. h Tom Rinaldi will be work-
ing the Super Bowl sideline for the first time in his decorated career as a reporter, and
given that, he delivered a message without hesitation for all those set to witness and
revel in the spectacle that stands as the most watched television event of every year.
h “Don’t sleep on Jersey,” Rinaldi said with a laugh. h For Rinaldi, it’s a matter of
pride - and he’s not the only one.
He’s one of15 members with New Jersey ties
as part of Fox Sports’ broadcast team for the
Super Bowl in Arizona, a group headlined by
play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt and analyst
Greg Olsen, both of whom were born and raised
in North Jersey, where they met nearly two
decades ago as “local radio sports guy and star
football player” when Burkhardt called Olsen’s
high school football games at Wayne Hills High
Burkhardt, Olsen, Rinaldi and director Rich
Russo shared their stories for NorthJersey-
.com, part of the USA TODAY Network, detail-
ing the anticipated emotions for the big game
within a crew that has spent the season em-
bracing the moniker of “Jersey Boys” to the lev-
el of those who ran with Tony Soprano in fanta-
sy and Frankie Valli in reality.
PUTTING ON THE
WHY GARDEN STATE WILL BE FRONT AND
CENTER FOR 100 MILLION SUPER BOWL VIEWERS
On the NFL
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Jersey guys Tom Rinaldi, left, a sideline reporter, play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt, director
Rich Russo and analyst Greg Olsen are part of Fox’s broadcast team for Sunday’s Super Bowl.
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Cop files suit against township
Woman police officer in Wayne alleges
long history of discrimination and
The Attorney General’s Office said
Paterson Police Officer Jerry Mora-
vek’s shooting of a fleeing suspect in
the back was such an “exceptional”
case that state authorities filed
charges against the cop without going
to a grand jury.
The Attorney General’s Office nor-
mally lets grand juries decide whether
to file charges against cops in the “vast
majority”of incidents in which officers
cause deaths or serious injuries, said
spokesperson Sharon Lauchaire. But,
she said, prosecutors also have the op-
tion to file charges by complaint with-
out a grand jury.
“Based on the facts uncovered dur-
ing our investigation and the laws of
the state of New Jersey, we exercised
our discretion as prosecutors and
charged Jerry Moravek by criminal
complaint,” Lauchaire said.
Filed charges without
convening grand jury
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There’s a good chance an employer
has used artificial intelligence to de-
termine whether you’re the right fit for
Nearly one in four organizations
said they either use or plan to adopt AI
and other computerized processes for
hiring and recruitment, according to a
survey last year by the Society for Hu-
man Resource Management. Software
is taking over much of the routine work
of hiring, screening and information
gathering, said Chinmay Hegde, an as-
sociate professor of computer science
at New York University.
But skeptics worry about a dark
side: that AI systems trained on past
hiring decisions will simply automate
racial and cultural biases that have
previously shut out women, minor-
ities, people with disabilities or other
In response, some lawmakers in
New Jersey want more scrutiny of how
AI cost you a
job? NJ may
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2. It’s the rare EMT who’s on IMDB. h But Justin
Tsai has that distinction. Coming from a family involved
in health care — his sister and her fiance are doctors,
and his father worked at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospi-
tal in IT — Tsai, 26, planned to work as an EMT as a teen-
ager, training at the Bergen County EMS Training Center
and serving for several years as a lieutenant in the Town-
ship of Washington Ambulance Corps. In August 2020, he
launched his own company, Tsai Mobile Health, to provide
standby first aid services to clients on a freelance basis. h
What he never considered was that his work would lead to a
specialty and regular gigs working for celebrities and pro-
ducers in locations ranging from private hotel rooms to movie
sets. Past clients include musicians Lorde and Phoebe Brid-
gers, actors Neil Patrick Harris and Ben Foster, and well-
known corporate executives like Barbara Corcoran.
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Justin Tsai provides
first aid services to
celebrities and other
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USA TODAY NETWORK – NEW JERSEY
Paramus native Justin Tsai is a
freelance EMT for celebrities and
on TV, movie and commercial
sets. Tsai poses for photos in
Woodland Park, on Dec. 13, 2022.
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How did Pete Napolitano become
WNBC’s famed “Produce Pete”?
What is Nonna’s Gumbroit, and how
do you make it?
How did a small lot by a gas station
pave the way for his family’s produce
store in Bergenfield that stood for nearly
Napolitano answers those questions
and tells plenty of stories in “They Call
Me Produce Pete,” written with Asbury
Park Press freelancer Susan Bloom. The
book will be released on Tuesday, Feb.
14, at producepete.com, Barnes & Noble
and other locations.
The hybrid memoir and cookbook —
featuring behind-the-scenes interviews
with “Weekend Today in New York” co-
anchors Pat Battle, Gus Rosendale and
more — also includes family recipes, like
his mother’s escarole and beans.
“You could give me the best steak and
lobster in the world, and I’ll still want
those escarole and beans,” he said.
The more than 30 recipes in the book
are all centered around a vegetable or
fruit, Bloom said, including his Nonna’s
Gumbroit (similar to ratatouille), his
family’s broccoli rabe pie, and his wife’s
“The book is about Pete’s life through
the lens of food — foods that were really
special to him,” she said.
Napolitano’s parents were immi-
grants trying to make a life for them-
selves in America (his father hailed from
Italy, his mother from Ireland). His dad
took on countless jobs to make ends
meet, including bus driving, but what
he always came back to was produce
“Back in those days, [peddlers] sold
anything, but fruits and vegetables were
the cheapest thing to get so we went into
the produce business,” he said.
His parents had little to their names,
and his father struggled with English,
but they did everything they could. Pete
helped them, with his smooth-talking
skills, traveling door-to-door to sell to-
matoes, melons and more.
One day, his mother stumbled upon a
gas station with an open lot next to it,
just down the street from what would
become Napolitano’s Produce Store in
In that original lot, the gas station’s
owner allowed her to sell watermelons
for the day, and low and behold she sold
every single one. The next day, she sold
Soon after, Pete’s father convinced a
local builder to build them their shop on
a loan, with no money and only a prom-
ise to pay. Surprisingly, the builder took
on the job.
“Like any immigrants, or anyone who
didn’t have too much money, we worked
long hours early in the morning to late at
night,”he said of the store that remained
open from 1959 to 2006. “We went from
not being able to pay rent, to having a
house in Florida … because we worked
hard, and stayed open [mostly] 365
days a year.”
While working in the store as an
adult in the late 1980s, Pete was discov-
ered by a WWOR (channel 9) television
rep, chatting with customers about pro-
duce and stories. The reporter asked
Pete to be on her show.
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Produce Pete shares life story, favorite recipes in new book
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Produce Pete Napolitano, who has
released a book, “They Call Me
Produce Pete,” with Asbury Park Press
reporter Susan Bloom about his life
and career, talks about the book at his
home in North Haledon on Jan. 25.
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