Friday, November 30, 2007
The match-up between Matawan Mayor Mary Aufseeser and her Republican rival, Councilman Paul Buccellato, continues. Matawan voters will again go to the polls to choose a new mayor. Click on the headline to go to the APP story.
Caption: Mayor Mary Aufseeser
The Rutgers' Scarlet Knights received a tough loss. Let's remember these young men have done a lot to bring a weak program farther than it was. Head Coach Greg Schiano deserves a lot of credit. Nevertheless, a tough loss is a tough one none the less.
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Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The deputy chief of police in Newark wrongly asked two journalists about their immigration status after the two reported a body in the Ironbound section of the city. The N.J. attorney general has issued guidelines that have ramifications statewide. Click on the headline to go to the NJ.com story about this.
Monday, November 26, 2007
According to BusinessWeek, Matawan, New Jersey is the 12th best place in the United States to raise kids. Congratulations to everyone over there, especially the kids. Click on the headline to go there.
Especially in New Jersey, many see government as having some universal role in the lives of business and people -- it doesn't. Government has grown large on the fears, laziness, misunderstanding and apathy of the electorate.
The residents of the state of New Jersey have been overtaxed and overburdened for too long. Any solution to the current fiscal crisis does not include increased taxes. The tipping point was some time ago, in my opinion. The state needs to make do, get smaller and be less present -- not more. And the notion of taxpayers feeding into this nonsense is patently out of line. Governments in the U.S. are supposed to exist to support the citizenry, and catering to the idea that government is some large child needing more time and energy than it is already consuming is out of line, in my view.
Time for mass lay-offs in Trenton and around the state. Time for belt tightening to politicians (maybe a reduction in paychecks for every state office holder, since this is their failure), time for a lot of things -- but not increased taxes.
That's my take on it anyway. But, click on the headline to go to the story. It's a good one.
I genuinely liked an editorial by Greater Media Executive Editor Greg Bean about hunting. He has a perspective about hunting that is insightful, and of worth to the public argument about it. Click on the headline to go there.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Caption: The holiday light houses featured to the left will not be part of the revaluation. But in this state I am sure that is not far away.
Tree lighting ceremony is Monday, Nov. 26
Oh Christmas Tree, how lovely are your branches
30-foot-tall Douglas fir is donated to county for holiday display
FREEHOLD – A magnificent Douglas fir donated by an Upper Freehold Township farm will serve as Monmouth County’s Christmas tree this year.
The tree, which stand 30 feet tall, rolled into downtown Freehold on Tuesday aboard a flatbed truck and stands in front of the Hall of Records, East Main Street. It is being decorated in preparation of Monday’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Freehold Center Partnership.
The tree was discovered on a 10-acre site on Route 539 owned by High Ridge Farms directly across from the Monmouth County Highway Department’s District 7 headquarters. County Shade Tree employee John O’Connor had spotted a group of tall evergreens in that area and inquired with the owner about the possibility of donating one for a holiday display.
“They gave me a couple of choices and we picked the Douglas fir,” O’Connor said. County workers cut the tree down on Tuesday and brought to Freehold that afternoon, where the trunk was trimmed with a chain saw in order to fit it into the county’s tree stand.
High Ridge Farms owns a total of 1,100 acres of White pine, Serbian Spruce, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Colorado Spruce and Montgomery Spruce, to name a few. The owners were happy to be part of the county’s holiday celebration, said Dawn Matyi, a farm employee.
“We thought we would do something nice for the county,” Matyi said. “It’s nice to give back to the community.”
The annual tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m. outside the Hall of Records. According to Jayne Carr, executive director of the Freehold Center Partnership, the event is a favorite of the community and has drawn as many as 500 people in past years.
In addition to the display of lights, attendees will hear the Freehold Township High School Brass Band and the Saint Rose Bell Choir. The music, together with the background of historic buildings that line
Dignitaries and elected officials from Freehold and
In addition to the tree, the Freehold Center Partnership will unveil its new and updated lighting decorations around town. There are new banner poles in the downtown area as well as new snowflake decorations on display to enhance the winter setting in the borough.
A special guest of honor, Santa Claus, will be riding a fire truck through town before stopping at the Hall of Records to sit and chat with the youngsters in attendance.
Throughout December, Freehold Center Partnership has a number of other special events planned. In addition to the Christmas Tree Lightning program, a Menorah Lighting Program will be held Dec. 6; the Freehold Comcast Holiday Concert is Dec. 7; Santa’s Train is on Dec. 8; breakfast with Santa is Dec. 18, and a caroling hayride is Dec. 21.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Prepared by Det. Lt. Joseph C. Capriotti
On October 18, 2007 at approximately 1:08PM Middletown Twp. Police Officer Michael Kenney was dispatched to an office complex at 113 Tindall Road to investigate a road rage incident that escalated into the theft of a purse.
Officer Kenney interviewed a woman who explained that as she was driving on Wilson Avenue at the intersection of Chestnut Street another car nearly struck her car necessitating her to sound her horn to warn the other driver.
The car then began to tailgate her as she continued on Wilson Avenue to Cherry Tree Farm Road and then onto Tindall Road. As the suspect vehicle was following, her the driver and three passengers of the car were shouting obscenities and making obscene gestures toward the victim. The victim turned into the office complex on Tindall Road and the suspect car continued on Tindall Road.
The victim got out of her car and opened the trunk and placed her pocketbook inside. She then went to retrieve additional items from the back seat of her car to place in the trunk when she noticed the suspect vehicle had returned and was stopped right behind her.
A female got out of the suspect vehicle and confronted the victim. After some words were exchanged the suspect reached into the trunk of the victim’s car and took her pocketbook and fled north on Tindall Road in the vehicle. The woman is described as approximately 5’5”, long brown hair pulled up, wearing a white color hooded sweatshirt, between 17-20 years old.
The vehicle is described as a white four door, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu, with either dark wheel rims or no hubcaps and a tinted sunroof.
Friday, November 23, 2007
If you own or manage a small or larger outlet in Northern Monmouth County, the Bayshore, please feel free to give us a call at (732) 957-0070, ext. 6116 if you are interested in adding your input to either story.
Click on the headline and start making your own decisions.
Click on the headline to go to an AP story about this, courtesy of YahooNews!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Prepared by Det. Lt. Joseph C. Capriotti
The Middletown Township Police Department is urging residents to lock their car doors overnight and cautioning them about leaving valuables inside, especially as the holidays approach. The Police Dept. is investigating burglaries to at least 20-25 vehicles in the Belford section of the townsip occuring during the night over the past week.
The cars that have been entered were unlocked and items such as electronic devices, pocketbooks, wallets and money have been taken.
Several neighborhoods have been targeted in and around the
Detective William Strohkirch is leading the investigation and anyone that may have information helpful in identifying those responsible is urged to call the Middletown Twp. Police Department at 732 615-2100.Caption: A weird traffic shot I took last night on the Henry Hudson Parkway, not related to the release.
For Immediate Release:
FREEHOLD – Freeholder Barbara J. McMorrow has been appointed to the Governor’s Teenage Driver Study Commission.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to tackle the issues that face young drivers, their peers, their families, and their community,” Freeholder McMorrow said. “I want to ensure that our young drivers are well-prepared to take on the responsibility of driving and that they help to make our roads safe for all.”
As a retired public school teacher and principal, McMorrow brings to the commission 30 years of first hand experience in working for and with teen-agers in
McMorrow was also a founding member of
The Commission will study and evaluate the driving education and training programs for
“Teenage driving safety and the graduated license program is a matter of great concern in
The Commission consists of 15 members, seven appointed by the Governor, four members appointed by the Senate President and four members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Newspapers deal with politicians every day, probably far more than any member of any Editorial Department wants. The notion that career Republicans and Democrats are not firmly entrenched and are not members of the same "club" is not realistic, based in reality, or practical.
In fact, to foster positive relations across the aisle (far form public view) it is not uncommon for partisan "rivals" in Trenton to be in business together, at least in some way, or supporting each others' campaigns, or lobbying for jobs through 'rival' colleagues in the Legislature.
There are real advocates in Trenton, who work very hard for citizens, and these are refreshing. Perhaps someday these elected Democrats and Republicans could have some kind of meeting in a very small room ( a large one would not be needed).
It would be nice if it were some other way, but it is not. Click on the headline and go to the APP piece.
The long story short is this: As usual, Trenton is finding a new and different way to punish business for setting up shop in the Garden State. There is pending legislation that would mandate employees working for small and large companies in New Jersey would receive 10 weeks of paid vacation every year.
Sure, this is a stupid proposal that, in all likelihood, is going to be shot down because of the ridiculous nature of it. But, this is far from the first piece of outrageous legislation to come out of Trenton in even the past year.
Between bear hunts, trans fat nonsense and devising new ways to bleed a stone dry of blood (money from small business), the state Legislature has been little more than an advancing threat to state businesses.
The problem isn't just this proposed law (though there is certainly nothing right about it). The problem is career politicians who have never actually worked in the traditional sense and are basically a new welfare class created by various county political machines -- career politicians.
If anyone wants to try and sell that Republicans in Monmouth are any different than Democrats in Hudson, that argument should be saved for someone who is going to buy it. Corruption is far and away not limited to one party or one geographic area in this state. And the problem starts with a lack of term limits and encompasses the distinct lack of any practical campaign finance reform.
So long as special interests operate the campaign process, help choose candidates and are power brokers on the level they are today then nothing -- absolutely nothing -- of any worth is going to be accomplished in Trenton.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
* PRESS ADVISORY *
State teen driving task force to meet in Colts Neck
FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Freeholder Barbara J. McMorrow encourages residents to attend the public hearing for the Governor’s Teen Driver Study Commission to be held at
“As a retired high school principal, I know first hand the tragedy of losing a young person and the impact that this loss has on the family, the school and the community,” said Freeholder McMorrow, co-chairman of the Governor’s Teen Driver Study Commission. “We need to take action now before another life is lost. We need valuable input from residents to make the Graduated Driver’s License process effective and meaningful.”
Anyone unable to attend the public hearing on Nov. 19 may attend one of the other public hearings scheduled for Nov. 29 at the Livingston Public Library,
When: Monday, Nov. 19
Where: Colts Neck High School
Rt. 537 and Five Points Road
Colts Neck, NJ
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Saturday, November 17, 2007
NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MATAWAN 5K TURKEY TROT AND FITNESS WALK SET FOR SAT., NOV. 24TH
MATAWAN, NEW JERSEY (November 15, 2007) ….. Matawan Recreation Commissioner Dr. Michael Mullaney announced today that the Borough will hold its Second Annual 5K Turkey Trot and Fitness Walk Saturday Morning November 24th. The event will begin at the Matawan Community Center, 201 Broad Street, at 10:00 a.m., and will weave through Matawan’s historic streets.
Registrants, young and old, are invited to burn off their excess turkey gravy and stuffing on this Officially Certified 5K Course.
Registration for the 5K Turkey Trot and Fitness Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, November 24th. The entry fee is $ 20.00 per registrant.
This event should prove to be a festive occasion that will kick off with food and music to inspire participants before they begin the race. It will be an opportunity to share some exercise and that competitive spirit with friends, colleagues and neighbors while enjoying lake views and Matawan's historic charm.
An awards ceremony follows the event for each top male and female finisher, within five separate age categories. The 5K Turkey Trot and Fitness Walk will be held, rain or shine.
For more information please telephone Matawan Recreation Commissioner Dr. Michael Mullaney at 732 619-7713 or 732 566-3898 or
All proceeds from the 5K Turkey Trot and Fitness Walk benefit Matawan’s Parks and Recreation Program. Last year, 172 participants and sponsors benefitted the refurbishing of Jackson Street's Park (Rededicated in September to the memory of Former Councilman Joseph Penniplede).
A free supervised Kiddy Dash for younger runners is also open to all aspiring candidates following the 5K Run.
To be eligible for the 5K Turkey Trot and Fitness Walk registrants must have trained for and are physically able to participate in their respective event.
Friday, November 16, 2007
For more information, click on the headline, or go to: www.charlottechamber.com.
Right: Not the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Mecklenberg County, North Carolina: Countrytime Carriages operates from the Equestrian Center near the Latta Plantation. The operation is run by director Valerie Pierson, and it's a great experience. The riding trails in the area around the plantation are filled with great sights and the wonders of nature.
If you're ever in the area, it's well worth the $23 per person charge for a trail ride. For more information, go to their Web site at: www.countrytimecarriages.net, or call them at (704) 992-1550. Click on the headline to go there.
Captions: 1: Tracey Whaley was the trail guide during my recent trek through the N.C. woods. He does a great job. 2: Marquis is a steady horse with a wonderful disposition to people.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The Mooresville Artist Guild is a great organization, with a wide array of wonderful work. They offer work in several mediums and there are some strong shows going on. Wayne McGuire is the guild's president, and John Hornirk, formerly of Cape May, was kind enough to show me around.
During my tour of the guild, located at 103 W. Center Avenue, I was treated to seeing some of a watercolor class being conducted by Mr. Frank Saunders, a great watercolor artist who has some very serious students. Some of the work going on is better than local artist guild stuff.
I see art guilds sometimes, and not many of them are all that exciting. This one was. Their Web site is at: www.mooresvilleartistguild.com. Click on the headline to go there.
Captions: 1: Guild volunteer John Hornirk. 2: Watercolor artist Frank Saunders.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Since then, the attraction has grown to include the entire plantation site, and has been joined by a Raptor Center and Equestrian Center. In fact, this park has become a good vacation destination that serves not only area residents and schools but also tourists from far and wide. The gift shop has several good titles by local historians who present the past from a variety of outlooks.
In short, this place (operated by the county) makes money, is organized and serves as a community touchstone. There's a lot of history and a minimum of fluff. Good stuff.
Leaving behind a wife and two young sons, James Latta, a Scots-Irish Presbyterian, came to America from Ireland in 1785 to settle his father's estate.
Thirty years old with a sizeable inheritance at his disposal, Latta took up the title of traveling merchant. After the death of his first wife, Latta married a woman named Jane Knox, with whom he had three daughters and a son.
In 1799, Latta purchased land on a bend in the Catawba River. Around 1800, construction of the two-story, Federal style home was completed. Mr. Latta died in 1837, with the North and South edging toward conflict. Click on the headline to go to the site.
Captions: The Latta Plantation House (circa. 1800).
The editorial was something of a hit. On my trip, I decided to ask around a little bit and see if there was any truth to it.
So, during a conversation with Mooresville business owner, Mike Wilhelm, who owns Old World Art, I said, "Yeah, there's a lot of talk about how New Jerseyians are moving out." To which Mike finished, "Yeah, and they're coming here."
There has been a vast expansion of housing in the area during recent years. It is generally believed that this is a result of Charlotte's expansion. But, more and more, former residents from New Jersey, New York and even Ohio are starting to call the area home -- for the good and the bad of it, in some cases.
Today, he welcomes veterans at Pat's Coffee Shot, dedicated to honoring America's veterans and active duty military personnel.
The coffee shop is located at 166 N. Main Street, in town, and is a nice place to trade stories and remember old days for veteran types.
For more information about their organization, they can be reached at (704) 662-6299, or go to the Web site at: www.welcomehomeveteran.org. Click on the headline to go there.
I spent a couple minutes with him today and managed to learn one or two things about pottery. He explained that the "old school" potters of the area used to use some materials that were different than today -- different as in lead.
Lead is harmful anyway it goes. Al is all about the craft of pottery, and also about safety. Lead creates a smoother finish to pottery. Where it involves things like cups, bowls and various other dishes, lead will make them look smoother, but create more of a human hazard.
According to Al (and a quick trip to New Hope, Pa. could confirm it), North Carolina pottery is very popular with Northern shop owners. But, knowing if lead is used in a piece can be an important fact before making your purchase.
Al works totally lead-free and doesn't cut corners. He moved to Mooresville as a young man, when his family arrived from Ft. Myers, Fla. He has a great line of pottery. For more information, he can be reached at (704) 806-8770, or go to: www.TillisPottery.com. CLick on the headline to go there.
Monday, November 12, 2007
In general, government does not do things as well as the private sector. In New Jersey, government (the most incompetent area of the economy) has the authority and the desire to compete and even muscle private business.
For example, New Jersey involves itself in the recreation business, the fishing industry and even the arts. Why? The state government cripples private industry with taxation and over-regulation, discourages projects other than those thought up by politicians with developer friends (who have contributed to campaigns or given jobs to our welfare class -- career politicians) and puts the dumbest, most corrupt people they can find into a room to decide the economic fate of whole areas.
Why North Carolina business is competitive is real planning, a strong business-friendly economy, and probably far fewer incompetents in office (though none of us are without them entirely).
What government needs to do in New Jersey is stop getting in the way of business, admit it has failed and start doing something other than making a mess of the economy more than it already has. While government has a regulation responsibility, it does not have an over-regulation or over-taxation responsibility.
SCENES OF SOMEPLACE THAT MAKES MONEY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR JUST FINE: 1: The fine eating and catering establishments at Biltmore, 2: Another shot of a segment of the working farm, and 3: The visitor's center at the farm, with the main Biltmore house in the background.
Biltmore: It's a
Constructed during the 1890s, the estate remains privately owned, by the Vanderbilt family, and is also the home to a working winery and farm. Of course, the centerpiece of the tour is the
The house is perfectly preserved, right down to fresh-cut flowers in every room (grown on the estate in the garden). There is a great dining area open to the public in the Deerpark area of the estate. The food is great.
Entrance onto the estate is about $50 per person, and well worth the trip. The gardens are immaculately manicured, the home is in pristine condition, the view is – the
According to folks that work at the winery, it is relatively uncommon that New Jerseyians make their way to the estate. Yet, if someone is a fan of nature, wineries, working farms, scenic views and a serene get-away, this is definitely the place.
Click on the headline to go to their Web site, at: www.biltmore.com.Captions: 1: The Vanderbilt mansion. 2: The Vanderbilt's backyard. 3: A scenic shot on the working farm. 4: The winery showroom, which is at the conclusion of the tour.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Mooresville, North Carolina: In economic despair during the early 1990s, Mooresville stands revitalized today. The home of the NC Racing Hall of Fame, the town is also home to a thriving Downtown community.
Mooresville has benefited by the growth of Charlotte, but not without an influx of new residents, many searching for a bedroom community on the outskirts of the city.
Since 1993, Mooresville has welcomed a host of new businesses, and most recently has received word that the Richard Petty racing organization will be locating itself there.
Closed stores make Sundays a bit dull, but there is a great municipal golf course that was bustling today. A word about real-estate. Checking some real-estate directories, there are new homes, with yards, in good neighborhoods for between $100,000 and $120,000, on the low end, to $350,000-$400,000 on the higher end (and they're basically mansions). Taxation -- or the relative lack of it -- would make New Jerseyans envious (I was) and anyone looking with an eye toward retirement would probably want to check out the area.
No slums, good schools, Charlotte and all it has to offer 20 or so miles away, and an Artisan's Guild that is strong and thriving. The senior and community centers were large, active and apparently well attended.
If Mooresville was "Mayberry" 25 years ago, it is at least a very nice suburb today.
Click on the headline to go to "Race City's" homepage.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Insofar as this blog, there is meaning in this. Since my last vacation, I have used an almost endless number of photos from Colonial Williamsburg. Consequently, I have received more than a few requests to stop with the pictures of the people in three-cornered hats and the "whacky Colonials."
Since I only shoot that stuff on vacation, this means a brand new round of tortured vacation photos to come. As always, my best to the readers, thank you for coming.
For Immediate Release:
County’s Allied Health & Science High School is winner of national Blue Ribbon Award
The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools award, one of the most prestigious education awards in the country, distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.
“As one of only two high schools in
“Blue Ribbon schools are proving that when we raise the bar our children will rise to the challenge,” Smith said. She also told the students that Allied Health is the only school in
Allied Health and Science was nominated based on guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education and a recommendation from the New Jersey Department of Education.
“The students at Allied Health and Science are very focused and committed to a rigorous course of study,” said Brian D. McAndrew, superintendent of the
The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels. The schools are selected based on one of two criteria:
· Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests; and
· Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or, in the case of private schools, in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests.
Other career academies are the Biotechnology High School, Freehold Township; the Communications High School, Wall; the High Technology High School, Lincroft, and the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Sandy Hook.
For more information about the vocational school programs, visit www.mcvsd.com
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Thursday, November 08, 2007
The APP has a great story about 180, Turning Lives Around, has received $100K in grant money. This is a great organization and lives up to its name. Click on the headline and go there.
When incumbents run, they generally run on their record and try -- as hard as they can -- not to acknowledge their opponent. It is pretty much up to the challenger to demonstrate a need for change. Instead, Mrs. Karcher fell back on the tactics of her former campaign, when she had no legislative record, and was on the warpath over former Sen. John O. Bennett (who was eventually cleared of any allegations thrown on him, according to the U.S. attorney). This year, people want to know how elected officials were going to lower their taxes, not petty personal issues (e.g. parking tickets).
Mrs. Karcher had the infamous Christmas Tree Scandal, which really goes back to taxation -- and not paying all the taxes she might if she weren't a 'part-time Christmas tree farmer.' While in office, frankly, some of Mrs. Karcher's initiatives were puzzling. With restaurant districts in two towns within her district, Freehold and Red Bank, why would she push some trans fat issue, thereby ensuring business owners could face more government interference and not less? The preoccupation with bear hunting was a question too.
People need real tax relief these days, and not fluff. There are plenty of ultra-liberal, vegan-obsessed legislative districts in this country -- and Monmouth County doesn't happen to have any of them. People here want to talk about how Trenton is going to lower their taxes, in my opinion, and that would have been a better public discourse. And $4 million in muck-raking? That has nothing to do with lowering anyone's taxes at all.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2007
CONTACTS:Afshin Mohamadi (Menendez)
NEW REPORT ON WIDESPREAD VETERAN HOMELESSNESS ADDS TO NEED FOR VETERANS HOUSING LEGISLATION, SAYS SEN. MENENDEZ
Menendez a lead co-sponsor of “Homes for Heroes Act”
25% of nation’s homeless are vets, including 34% of ’s homeless
WASHINGTON – Today, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released a report showing that about one in four homeless people in this country are veterans – approximately 196,000 of the approximately 745,000 who were homeless on any given night in 2006. That includes an estimated 6,500
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez said today that the alarming report is further reason to pass legislation aimed at ensuring that veterans have housing. He is a lead co-sponsor of the Homes for Heroes Act, introduced this year by (D-IL).
“The rate at which our veterans are finding themselves without a roof over their heads is a moral outrage,” said . “These people put their lives on the line every day for our country, no questions asked. And what have they gotten in return? A life of struggle and hardship. A grateful nation would not stand to see so many of its veterans without one of the most basic human needs: shelter. And the problem is growing worse by the day as Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return ‘home’ without the benefit of even a roof over their heads. It is shameful that our men and women in uniform would be sent to patrol the streets of Baghdad , only to have them come back to sleep on the streets of their home towns.
“This report should be a red alert to anyone who had overlooked this troubling issue. And it is yet another reason that we must pass the Homes for Heroes Act. I will continue to stand up for our veterans with my colleagues as we work to pass this critical bill.”
The Homes for Heroes Act would: homeless veterans, which would equal almost 34 percent of the estimated 19,385 homeless people in .Establish permanent housing and services for low-income Veterans and their families; Expand rental assistance; Focus government resources on homeless Veterans; Exclude Veterans benefits as criteria for rent considerations; and Assist housing and service providers.
CHAMBERS OF MONMOUTH COUNTY COURT HOUSE
LAWRENCE M. LAWSON 71 MONUMENT PARK
ASSIGNMENT JUDGE FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY 07728-1266
TELEPHONE (732) 677-4100
For Immediate Release:
For further information, contact:
Nov. 7, 2007 Marsi L. Perkins
Trial Court Administrator
Vicinage to Hold Adoption Day Program
The Monmouth Vicinage will celebrate National Adoption Day on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room in the lower level of the west wing of the Monmouth County Courthouse, 71 Monument Park, Freehold. The goal of this program is to foster awareness and promote education on the subject of adoption, as well as to acknowledge those who have brought permanency to the lives of children through adoption.
Speakers will include Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson, Family Division Presiding Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, adoptive parent Susan Smith, and Peterson Bellinger, who will reflect on the joy of being adopted. Representatives from the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), the Surrogate’s Office, and the Monmouth Bar Association also will offer remarks. Judge Lawson anticipates that the program will encourage more Monmouth County residents to consider adopting a child.
“Currently, approximately 90 children in Monmouth County are hoping to find a permanent home through adoption,” said Judge Lawson. “The Adoption Day Program will serve as a reminder to the community of those children who are awaiting a family to give them the love and support they deserve.”
Individuals interested in adoption will receive information regarding the adoption process and court protocol. They also will have the opportunity to speak with members of the Surrogate’s Office and the Division of Youth and Family Services regarding adoption of a child currently in foster care.
From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the Monmouth Vicinage, in collaboration with the county Surrogate’s Office, finalized the adoption of 197 children, an increase from the previous year. Of that total, 104 children were placed through the Division of Youth and Family Services, compared to 52 last year. During the same time period, there were 31 international adoptions and 36 relationship adoptions by stepparents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The remaining 26 children were adopted through agencies, private arrangements, or by co-parents.
For additional information, please contact Trial Court Administrator Marsi L. Perkins at
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
I'll be posting again by 1 p.m. on Thursday. Congratulations to the winners and those who did not win at the polls, because the process worked yet again. And for all those who voted -- great job. Democracy only works when you work it.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
There was no Democrat candidate for the local governing body. I don't know what a high voter turn-out in Freehold Twsp. means, but it's going on, I guess.
As for the four questions: I figured the government already compels enough money from me without me doing it myself and voted "No" to each. If it isn't about taking out the garbage, hiring cops, buying fire trucks or paving roads then the government has no place being involved, in my book.
The Courier is going to be going to various polling places throughout the Bayshore to report on voter turn out, talking to candidates and party officials on both sides of the aisle throughout the day. Click on the headline and go there.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Mr. Bunyon is running on the Democratic slate tomorrow.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Of course, this one was a thriller right up to the last minute, meeting the expectations of many across the country. At the office, I said New England would win it by 3. On the blog I said they would win it by 7. I guess 4 is somewhere in-between.
While there is all kinds of speculation that the Pats may go unbeaten, or be anointed likely Super Bowl champs by some right now, I think this game tonight did prove that the AFC championship is probably going to go through Foxboro. I think home field during the playoffs for the Pats is not an out-of-line expectation. And whatever team is going to try to win at New England, in the playoffs, against this team had better bring it. Click on the headline to go to the Yahoo News! story.
Atlantic Artisans was designed by owner Nance S. Ciasca with a vision for the artisans in the area to exhibit their work. What started as gallery of local artisans, 5years ago, has transformed into a dynamic studio for all your creative needs. Atlantic Artisans not only exhibits art by local and American artisans, they also custom frame.
Now with adding art supplies, Atlantic Artisans is your one stop shopping, creative experience. Whether you are looking to buy art, create art or frame art, Atlantic Artisans is the place to shop. They have a knowledgeable and creative design team with the personal service you deserve.
Mark your calendars to join Atlantic Artisans celebrate this new endeavor Friday, November 9th at 68 First Ave. Atlantic Highlands, NJ, 732-291-0100, or www.atlanticartisans.com.
The Baltimore Sun has a good piece in it about today's match up between the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. Being a Patriots fan, I'm partial, but I am thinking that at the end of the day it will be New England by a touchdown, 42-35. That being said, Indy is a superb team and this game being hailed as the best regular season game in years is on target. This is sport.
Click on the headline and go there.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
The Greater Long Branch Chapter of the NAACP held its annual Freedom Luncheon today at Branches, in West Long Branch.
The keynote speaker for the event was Gov. Jon Corzine, who spoke out about the need to embrace diversity in the state. During the luncheon, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Victor V. Scudiery was among those who were honored by the chapter.
Other honorees included Lawrence Hamm, a public advocatewho has been working on behalf of human rights for more than 30 years; Dr. Mary Jane Celli, a former member of the Long Branch Library Board and the city's Planning Board; State Police Maj. Wendy Galloway, a graduate of the 99th State Police Class; Hermaine Sue Harrison, a leader in the Long Branch NAACP Youth Diversity Program; Odessa Dangler, a prominent city business woman who has a long history of working on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement; and Mrs. Beulah M. Jelks, a leader in the Mattie E. Johnson Scholarship Committee and the Greater Long Branch Chapter of the NAACP.
About 200 guests attended the event, from both political parties and all walks of life. "It is wonderful to see the support that the chapter has received. This event keeps becoming bigger every year and I am very grateful," said Lorenzo Dangler, chapter president.
Captions: 1: Gov. Corzine and Greater Long Branch NAACP President Lorenzo Dangler. 2: Gov. Corzine and Chairman Scudiery talk before the event.