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post #31 of 125
how about requesting a face to face meeting with Biondi, it is easy to just say no in a letter but armed with facts and figures face to face, it is harder to blow you off. just a suggestion
post #32 of 125
Thanks for all your effort setting this up. I have also sent a few letters out. Maybe we should all show up with a few samples of our work. Maybe they would change their minds after a few pieces of cake!
post #33 of 125
Thread Starter 
Well what I'm planning on doing at this point is to write another letter and this time put in MORE supporting evidence from other states and mention that we'd be willing to pay for the initial inspection and that we'd only need subsequent inspections if there's any cause for such.

Hopefully this will be enough. I'm also hoping (since I just e-mailed all my neighbors and friends a few days ago), that by seeing other letters coming in, that might help, as well.
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
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"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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post #34 of 125
Just finding this now, thanks Grace. No surprise your reply was a no. (grrr...) This would be huge for me.
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post #35 of 125
Thread Starter 
Okay, so we already had our bad news...........now it's time for some GOOD NEWS!

Today I received an e-mail from Asm. Dave Russo (District 40 - not mine, btw). He attached a draft legislation for my review. I called his office to find out exactly what that was and from what I was told by the nice lady that answered the phone, Cathy, it's exactly what we want - he's interested in our cause and it's a draft of a bill!!

Incredibly, after contacting Stephanie about this, she checked her voice mail only to find out that she had a message from Senator Marcia Karrow's (District 23) office and that they're interested in authoring a bill!!

After Stephanie called the office back, here's what she e-mailed me:

I just talked to Melissa Nickels in Senator Karrows office. Apparently this was previously brought to their attention because of some problems at a very popular organic farmers market in Flemington, our letters renewed their interest!!! They were not aware of Assemblymen Russo but heres my email to them forwarding the bill. Melissa will be calling their office shortly to get together. Im so excited!!!!!

Miraculously, after all of this, I received a notice of a PM from a CC member, Rydzik and, yep, you guessed it..........she was contacted also by a Senator. She's in contact with that office (in my excitement I actually forgot to ask which office).

So, just so you all know, our hard work (phone calls, letters and e-mails) are paying off! If you haven't done any of these things, please do. Now that we have caught the interest of our reps we need to let them know how serious we are about this issue!!

Thanks to everyone for your help. If we continue on this path there's a good chance we can win this fight!!!

I'll let you know as soon as I set up the online petition.
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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post #36 of 125
great work Grace and the rest of you, let us know what else we can do to help
post #37 of 125
Yea!!! I'm doing the happy dance over here! I was so shocked when I checked my msgs this morning. I was so excited over Grace's call that I didn't even think to check my own msgs until after I got over that! I totally freaked after I played that message!

As Grace already mentioned, it makes sense to email your reps again and tell them we have Assembly Russo and Senator Karrow behind us. The more people we get to jump on the bandwagon, the better!

We're on our way!!!!
post #38 of 125
Thread Starter 
Okay, here's the link to the online petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?NJHBL. Get yourself over there toot sweet to sign it. Then notify your family members. Tell them to sign. Then start looking for anybody else in NJ and tell them to sign; your manicurist, your dentist, your cab driver, your accountant, your mail carrier, your milkman, your garderner, your gardener's wife, your kids' school's crossing guard, your lawyer, your florist, your florist's ex-wife's second cousin, etc. Once you do all that, don't forget to go back and send some more e-mails. We've got their attention now!!

Oh and as for the unknown Senator.....the one that returned Christine's letter, that's Senator Robert Gordon of District 38 (part of Bergen County). So now we have two Senators and an Assemblyman; let's try to get a Full House of Reps! (sorry I'm just very excited right now!!)

On your marks..........get set.............go sign the petition!!!
(Name, e-mail addy, and town and county).
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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post #39 of 125
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Oh, I just realized I never posted this. Here's the draft that Asm. Russo sent to me:

AN ACT concerning the sale of certain foods and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

  BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

  1. As used in this act:
  Bakery goods means ready-to-eat baked food for which further cooking is not required for food safety, which is classified by regulation of the commissioner as being a not potentially hazardous food to consumers and includes, but is not limited to, bread, rolls, cakes, pies, cookies or pastries.
  Commissioner means the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.
  Home-baked means that the bakery good was prepared in a kitchen in a private home that is not subject to regulation and inspection by the Department of Health and Senior Services.
  Not potentially hazardous food means a food which does not require time or temperature control for safety to limit pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation.
2. A person may sell home-baked bakery goods if the consumer is notified by a clearly visible placard at the point of sale, in a manner prescribed the commissioner, that the bakery goods were prepared in a kitchen that is not subject to regulation and inspection by the Department of Health and Senior Services.

  3. The commissioner, pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), after consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, shall adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act.

  4. This act shall take effect on the 180th day after enactment, but the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance thereof as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.

STATEMENT

  This bill permits the sale of home-baked bakery goods if the consumer is notified by a clearly visible placard at the point of sale, in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, that the bakery goods were prepared in a kitchen that is not subject to regulation and inspection by the Department of Health and Senior Services.
  As defined in the bill:
  Bakery goods means ready-to-eat baked food for which further cooking is not required for food safety, which is classified by regulation of the commissioner as being a not potentially hazardous food to consumers and includes, but is not limited to, bread, rolls, cakes, pies, cookies or pastries.
  Home-baked means that the bakery good was prepared in a kitchen in a private home that is not subject to regulation and inspection by the Department of Health and Senior Services and prepared for sale at farmers markets, roadside stands, private houses or at functions.
  Not potentially hazardous food means a food which does not require time or temperature control for safety to limit pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation.
  The bill directs the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to adopt rules and regulations, after consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, to effectuate its purposes.



Permits sale of home-baked goods under certain circumstances.
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
Reply
post #40 of 125
So I've been really into baking lately and everyone keeps asking me to buy my cupcakes.. Myself I'm scared to sell them since it's not legal. ANYTHING I can do please let me know! I signed the petition just wish I could get a printed out one then fax it.. ?? Many people I know don't have a computer, bummer!
So would this allow us to be able to sell from our own kitchens? What about inspection?
post #41 of 125
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Originally Posted by CourtnChris

So I've been really into baking lately and everyone keeps asking me to buy my cupcakes.. Myself I'm scared to sell them since it's not legal. ANYTHING I can do please let me know! I signed the petition just wish I could get a printed out one then fax it.. ?? Many people I know don't have a computer, bummer!
So would this allow us to be able to sell from our own kitchens? What about inspection?



Thanks for signing. If those people that don't have computers would like to help support the cause, have them write, fax or phone their reps. The more 'noise' we make, the better we'll be. We want to bring attention to our cause!!
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
Reply
post #42 of 125
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Okay, I just went through my e-address book and sent out e-mails to that list, then I went through my inbox and you know those people that you just speak to once in a blue moon or that answer or inquire about something, but you don't normally add them to your book? .......well I sent all of those people an e-mail (more than I thought!). Then I found the directory for my 25th Year Elementary School Reunion and sent all of my former classmates (that had an e-mail addy listed) an e-mail and then I went to my kids' school's website and sent an e-mail to every teacher (except the nasty one that teaches Spanish to 6th graders) that my kids have or have had since kindergarten and sent all of them e-mails, too!

Yes, I'm very proud of myself. All these people now have a link to our petition! icon_biggrin.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_wink.gifthumbs_up.gif
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
Reply
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
Reply
post #43 of 125
The rep part confuses me? Who do I write? Just mine? Would this legalize it for the NJ as a whole or just a certain area?
post #44 of 125
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Originally Posted by CourtnChris

The rep part confuses me? Who do I write? Just mine? Would this legalize it for the NJ as a whole or just a certain area?



Okay, here's what ya do: Go to this site (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp) and write to the three reps in your district, also, since we know that we have three reps that are willing to author a bill, write to them also. Asm. Russo (District 40), Senator Karrow (District 23) and Senator Gordon (District 3icon_cool.gif. When I spoke with the person from Asm. Russo's office yesterday, she said e-mail is usually the easiest form of communication (there's a link to e-mail all the reps at the this site, btw). Don't forget to include your name, address, number, e-mail address and a website, if applicable.

This is statewide!
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
Reply
-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
Reply
post #45 of 125
I just signed the petition and sent it to the people I know. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do and thank you Grace for starting this.
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