- Category: Monmouth County
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J – Voters are split on the continuing growth of charter schools in New Jersey, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today. Forty-four percent of all Garden State voters support increasing the number of charter schools in the state, while 42 percent oppose adding more charters. Fourteen percent say they don’t know if they support or oppose an increase. Black voters are stronger supporters: 52 percent favor more charter schools.
A majority of the state’s white voters would prefer to send a child to a public school, but black voters prefer charter schools by a narrow margin. While only 31 percent of whites choose charters, 48 percent of Blacks feel the same. Public schools are favored by whites, 51 percent to 43 percent.
Black voters are also more likely than whites to support school choice vouchers which would allow children to attend private schools using taxpayer funding, 54 percent to 36 percent.
“As education issues continue to make headlines here, voters are mixed on their reactions,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “While there are traditional party-line differences, what really stands out is the difference between Black and white voters. African-Americans, while otherwise not otherwise supportive of Gov. Christie, are generally behind his plans for charter schools and vouchers.”
Results are from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of 773 registered voters conducted among both landline and cell phone households from March 28 to April 4, with a margin of error for the full sample of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
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Bringing Help and Healing to World Hunger
“Because, hey, that’s what God wants us to do!”
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Central Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, once again will participate in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine, a voluntary fast for youth to raise money for the world’s hungry. The 30 Hour Famine gives 13-18 year olds a chance to change the world — by going hungry to help hungry kids.
How does the Famine work?
Before the Famine starts, participants sign up and collect sponsors. On Famine Weekend, each participant takes part in a mini-course in global hunger by going 30 hours without food. The event includes youth-oriented activities to help make the Famine event a truly life-changing experience. Activities will commence Saturday, April 9th at 8 AM and conclude at the church Sunday, April 10th, 2011 at 3 PM.
When does the Famine Start?
On Saturday April 9th, 2011, participants will have early breakfast together, so everyone will start out with a good meal! Then, at 9:00 AM, the Famine will begin.
What will participants do during the Famine?
Central Baptist Church has organized two community service projects. The Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad has been kind enough to give a course on first aid basics. In addition, participants will paint, watch movies, and possibly play instruments to ‘jam’ a bit. On Sunday, many participants will perform in the “Ringing Revolution” youth chimes orchestra.
In addition to the activities above, participants will help the Area Association of Community Churches Food Pantry at United Methodist Church of Atlantic Highlands, which currently is in dire need of donations. Famine participants will help collect contributions for needy local families. Don’t be surprised if you hear a knock at the door!
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- Category: Monmouth County
MADISON, NJ - New Jersey voters continue to give the Garden State governor sturdy approval ratings. According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 51% of New Jersey voters approve of the way Chris Christie is handling his job as governor; while 41% disapprove.
“He’s not the Teflon governor,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll, “But right now he looks like the armored governor.”
Christie’s approval rating is slightly better than his favorability rating: he is viewed favorably by 47% and unfavorably by 41%. That is better than the NJEA, the teachers’ union he has consistently criticized, which is viewed favorably by 39% and unfavorably by 38%.
“The NJEA’s numbers have not improved despite their recent and expensive advertising efforts,” said Woolley. Moreover, voters who have a favorable view of the NJEA disapprove of the governor’s performance by 64%-26%. Voters who have an unfavorable view of the NJEA approve of the governor by 78%-17%.
There are other notable differences in the governor’s approval rating among subgroups. Men approve strongly of the governor’s performance by 58%-34%, while women split 45% approving and 47% disapproving. Non-public employee households give the governor thumbs up by 57%-34%, but he is completely upside down with public employee households 34%-61%.
Meanwhile, more than three of five voters (64%) continue to say the state should hold the line on spending even if many programs are reduced, while one in four (26%) say the state should raise taxes if necessary to support state programs. Those who say the budget should be cut, even if it means cutting programs approve of the governor by a 2-to-1 margin (63%-29%), while those who say taxes should be raised disapprove of the governor by more than a 2-to-1 margin (69%-25%).
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Michael Riley is the new pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.
He will conduct his first worship service as pastor at 10 a.m. Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Lent. His sermon will be entitled "Teardrops on the City."
The engaging of Riley as pastor was announced to the church membership at a special congregational meeting on April 3. His calling has been approved by Monmouth Presbytery and the Session of the church.
Rev. Michael Riley is the new pastor of the First Presbyterian Church
Riley's hiring follows a one-and-half-year search by a five-member committee during which the applications from over 75 persons were reviewed and numerous candidates were considered.
He succeeds the Rev. Joyce Smothers, who left the church two years ago after a two-and-one-half-year tenure as pastor.
- Category: Monmouth County
LEONARDO, NJ - Five Hundred and seventy-two road racers (496 for the 15K and 76 for the 3-miler) competed in the 20th annual Indian Trails Races presented by the Sandy Hookers Triathlon Club at Croydon Hall in the Leonardo section of Middletown on a windy, sunny morning of April 3. The event’s flier informs the course to be, “One of the most beautiful in the state with breathtaking views.”
Michael Dixon finishes first in 15K - Photo by U.S. Candids
Michael Dixon, 28, of Fanwood was first in from the course that starts in an eastern direction on Leonardville Road continues for 9.3 miles on adjacent streets throughout hilly Navesink and returns to the finish line located just outside the Croydon Hall gymnasium, at a record-setting, blistering time of 49:46 (49 minutes and 46 seconds). This is 18 seconds faster than his also record-setting time of last year of this event. Somerset’s William Hubert, 25, was a distant second at 53:01 and third place went to Rich Burke, 43, of Morristown at 53:14.
Start of Indian Trails Race - Photo mediaform jasonkim photograph
“No, the entire race I was out in front all by myself,” said Dixon when asked if there were anyone he had to catch in order to be the leader. “Just the motorcycle was in front of me,” the champion further offered. He was referring to the lead vehicle driven by Greg Drury, a Sandy Hooker. “This is one of the most challenging courses especially for a 15K,” he said and explained: “There are three long (and he emphasized ‘long’) hills.” He said,“ the weather was great, we did have headwinds at times, but the temperature was near perfect for running.”
Runner-up Hubert informed that he knew he could never catch the leader so he concentrated on coming in second. “There was a pack of three or four of us going back and forth for the lead but with about two miles to go I was able to get out in front and keep it.” The runner-up agreed with the champion about the weather: “A little windy here and there but overall just great.”