Friday, January 30, 2009
I have known Greg since about late 1996, when I applied for a job as a reporter and I was given the East Brunswick beat for The Sentinel. I worked at GM for about a year and then landed my job at The Courier as its editor, in 1998. In about 2002, I became Courier's publisher.
In knowing Greg, I can admit there were some rough patches in our acquaintance, but I will just as easily admit that, though I might not have always thought he was right, I respected him a great deal personally and professionally.
I can honestly say I had some of my best arguments with him. But when I wrote for him I also learned more about writing than at any time previously. In a profession where anyone can call themselves an editor by plugging their laptop into an outlet in their garage and running off editions on a copier, there are a lot of people who call themselves journalists.
In my time in Central Jersey, I have met darn few writers who merit being called journalists or reporters, let slone anything more than that. But Greg Bean is someone who gets respect the old fashioned way -- he earns it. In an industry plagued with schmucks, he was and is the genuine article where it invovles excellence.
Personally, I wish Greg a lot of luck. He is a good man, and there are fewer of those than there are good journalists. He is a class act and one of the best at the community news game. Of course, it has been my privilege to meet and know his successor, Mark Rosman, some. And, whenever anyone has brought up his name, despite the fact he worked for the competition, I always responded with "one of the best." He is a great editor, and an awesome newsman. I also wish him a lot of luck. No one deserves it more.
While working at Greater Media, I also worked for Adele Young, who Greg noted would be even more involved in the future. And, if there is anyone who knows more about the English language and editing, I have yet to meet them. I still remember her edits and remain thankful for her patience with a relatively new, thought-he-knew-it-all writer. Best of luck to her.
To go to Coda go to Greater Media's site at http://www.gmnews.com/.
Friday, January 23, 2009
For more information, go to http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/106466/Where-You-Won't-Shop-in-2009.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
For the full story, go to The Courier Online at http://www.bayshorenews.com/publication/show/829.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
This year, hundreds of barbershop quartets across the continent will deliver singing Valentines to thousands of special sweethearts. Listen for the sound of harmony in offices, factories, schools and homes throughout North America. Whenever they appear, they’ll draw a crowd – and sometimes a few tears.
The quartets belong to the Barbershop Harmony Society (www.barbershop.org). The price of a typical Singing Valentine starts around $50, depending upon the location, and often includes two songs sung in barbershop harmony, a card and a rose. Men and women alike are on the receiving end, with moving results.
“It’s especially interesting for the guys to deliver a Singing Valentine from a woman to her husband or boyfriend,” media relations manager Julie Siepler said. “One year, a quartet went to the Chrysler factory here in Kenosha, and caught a guy going off shift. He was stunned. His co-workers gathered around and were ready to start razzing him, until they saw the tears welling up in his eyes.”
She continued, “Of course, our service also lists female or mixed quartets as well.”
Singing Valentines providers include members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Sweet Adelines International and Harmony, Inc.
Valentine providers can be located on the web at: www.singingvalentines.com. The society also offers a toll-free number for those without Internet access at: (800) 876-SING, ask for “Singing Valentines.” Locally, the Red Bank Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will provide Singing Valentines Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12, 13 and 14. For details call Jon Greene at 732583-1684, or go to: www.harmonize.com/RedBank.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Martin Luther King Day is celebrated nationally on the third Monday of January, in honor of the slain civil rights leader who was killed in Memphis Tenn., in 1968.
Porter focused on the significance of President-elect Barack Obama in relation to King's vision of racial equality.
King came to national attention during the famed Montgomery Bus Boycott, in 1955. Subsequently, he delivered the famed "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, in 1963. And, in 1964, King became among the youngest recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil rights.
For the APP story, go to: http://www.app.com/article/20090119/NEWS/901190336.
Ryan is the son of former NFL defensive coaching stand out Buddy Allen.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
For event pricing, or to make a reservation, call the restaurant at (732) 888-0288.
NJ.com has a nice piece about the event at:http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/things_to_do_places_to_go_29.html.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In a related item, NJN Publishing, in the Somerset area, has reportedly laid off 25 full- and part-time employees at the company's four weekly newspapers in North Jersey. Among those let go during December were, reportedly, long-time Hunterdon County Democrat Executive Editor Jay Langley and NJN Publishing Controller Peg Gerke. The announcement about NJN's move was made by Publisher Joy Gioioso, according to INPRINT.
Weird New Jersey has a great story about Middletown's Whipporwill Valley Road. The township thoroughfare has a colorful past where it involves myth. To check it out go to: http://www.weirdnj.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=57&Itemid=28.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
For the story, go to: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/state_removes_hunterdon_county.html.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
For complete coverage of the Clemens saga, go to: NYDailyNews.com/baseball.
Monday, January 12, 2009
In recognition of National Heart Health Month, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of New Jersey located in Tinton Falls and Toms River will host a “Heart to Heart” tea for women on Wednesday, February 4th from 2 – 4 p.m. at 2 Centre Plaza, Tinton Falls and on Thursday, February 5th from 2 – 4 p.m. at 14 Hospital Drive, Toms River. The program is free, however pre-registration is required by calling (732) 460-5328 to attend at the Tinton Falls location or (732) 818-4781 to attend at the Toms River location. For directions, visit www.rehabnj.com.
The goal of the program is to educate the public on stroke and heart disease, and inspire women to take action and control of their own personal health. A variety of speakers will present different topics during the program that will teach and inspire all to take charge of their health. Karen Rafiqi and June Mahon of the American Heart and Stroke Association will present information on how women can protect themselves from stroke and heart disease. Denice Gaffney, from HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals of New Jersey, will discuss what you should know about rehabilitation if you or a loved one has a stroke or heart attack and Lynn Schabler, from Potential Within Coaching will present on finding balance in an un-balanced world – nurturing your body, mind and spirit. In honor of Heart Health Month, participants who attend the tea are asked to wear red.
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals of New Jersey located in Tinton Falls and Toms River are accredited by the Joint Commission and are awarded disease-specific accreditation for stroke rehabilitation. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions. For more information regarding the variety of programs and services offered at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls and Toms River, please visit www.rehabnj.com or call (732) 460-5320 in Tinton Falls or (732) 244-3100.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
The Giants' loss represented an upset, since Big Blue was the No. 1 seed in the NFC. For the full story, click on the headline to go to NJ.com.
Friday, January 09, 2009
Produced by Feld Entertainment, this one-of-a-kind, action-packed production visits Trenton's Sovereign Bank Arena from Jan. 29-Feb. 1. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, click on the headline.
The insider said he expects that GOP gubernatorial hopeful Christopher Christie, the former United States attorney for New Jersey, could be a popular vote getter in both Monmouth and Ocean counties, among others. However, the Democratic veteran said that he doesn’t believe Christie is a serious threat to upset Corzine statewide.
“Jon Corzine is going to be strong throughout the state’s urban areas, in my opinion, and that is what he is going win New Jersey on,” the source said. “I don’t think it is impossible to say that [Corzine] could do well in Monmouth or Ocean but I think things would have to change here a little.”
The source noted that heavy Democratic registration in Newark, Jersey City, Camden, Trenton and Elizabeth, to name just some, are vital prizes to anyone seeking the governor’s office. “At some point, to be governor of New Jersey, you have to win Newark. I just don’t see Christ Christie doing that,” he concluded.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
CAPTION: Then-U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie with former GOP candidate for freeholder John Curley at a Red Bank event about a year ago.
In a story by Star-Ledger reporter Josh Margolin, it is reported that former New Jersey U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie is filing papers to run for governor in New Jersey. Christie, a former member of the Morris County Board of Freeholders, gained wide notoriety in Monmouth County for federal prosecution of several area office holders on corruption charges in connection with Operation Bid Rig a few years ago.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
EDISON TOWNSHIP (MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ) – According to the Reverend Kathleen Tice, pastor of Stelton Baptist Church, she will be inaugurating a monthly , with the help of former veterans of the armed forces from her church, which is aimed at discussing homecoming concepts in a Christian, scriptural context for service members, former service members, their families, friends and those interested. The Heart of the Warrior Bible Study will take place at Stelton Baptist Church, 334 Plainfield Avenue, the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information, call Jim Purcell, who is assisting Tice with the Bible study at (732) 832-1674 for more information, or e-mail: SteltonBaptistChurch@gmail.com.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Someone could rattle off nearly any field of endeavor and very few of them would be unimpacted by the economy and domestic troubles, at virtually every level. However, these are just bad times, and bad times have a way of coming and then going.
Where some might think this is a time of great trial, which I agree it is, I also have to add that this is a moment of opportunity. It may not be a time for folks making a million bucks on a whiz bang idea, or for any markets to come back with a snap of a finger. But, it just might be a good time for people to take stock and live more simply. The things that are important are not those issues that divide people as much as it is those things that unite them.
When this country survived its last Great Depression it was, at its heart, because of the strength of the family unit and the faith that individuals had in themselves, their friends, communities and, dare I say, God. Their faith wasn't the glitzy kind that was here today and gone tomorrow. It was made from much harder stuff.
The challenging economy gives people a good opportunity to build upon character, create stronger family units, forge deeper friendships and maybe bring them closer to faith, whatever faith they believe in.
I wish everyone the very best in 2009. No doubt it will have its fair share of heartache and success. But to come out the other side of a storm always gives new hope for the future. Of all the things that are important for the new year, perhaps hope is the best thing to wish for anyone.
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