- Category: Monmouth County
Trenton, NJ – Reinforcing his commitment to New Jersey’s veterans, National Guard members and their families, Governor Chris Christie today signed legislation that creates and enhances assistance tools that provide financial support and peer counseling services through the New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund and the Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program telephone helpline.
“Every day, the brave men and women of the New Jersey National Guard put their personal lives on hold, leaving not only their loved ones, but their jobs behind, to defend our nation and American values,” said Governor Christie. “These difficult times are made even more stressful when a family’s key source of income is lost due to deployment. Today, I am proud to sign legislation establishing the New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund.
“I’m equally pleased to sign S-1731, establishing the Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program telephone helpline. Serving in a combat zone puts overwhelming stress on the mind and body that the average New Jerseyan will never know. So, this program is a critical component of the healing process in the long-term mental health of our service members who return from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as veterans of previous conflicts. I believe it is only fitting that we take every opportunity to recognize the sacrifice of these service members and their families and provide whatever assistance we can as a token of our gratitude and appreciation for their service to our state and our country," added Governor Christie.
Through the New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund, Garden State residents now will be able to help National Guard members and their families during difficult times by voluntarily contributing to the fund by checking a box on their yearly income tax forms. As a result of A-2286, National Guard members and their families will get the support they need, especially when a wage earner has temporarily left civilian employment to be placed on active military duty.
- Category: Monmouth County
Career counseling and networking sessions to be offered
EATONTOWN, NJ – One of the groups hardest hit by the economic downturn are inexperienced workers just starting out in their careers. To help them, the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has established a networking program called Ignite!
Ignite! will offer free bi-monthly workshops, events and networking sessions for young Monmouth County residents seeking their first real job.
“Ignite! represents the future of our workforce here in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the WIB and the Monmouth County One-Stop Career Center. “These young people have great skills and energy, and we need to include them as we continue rebuilding our economy.”
As the job market struggles persist, fewer groups have been hurt more than young Americans. According to the Department of Labor’s unemployment figures for May, Americans ages 18 through 24 saw an increase in unemployment to 16.5 percent. Altogether, Americans under age 30 have a 1.8 times less likely chance of finding a job than those 30 and over.
- Category: Monmouth County
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J – New Jersey Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: voters of both parties are evenly split over the debt limit agreement recently reached in Washington, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today. While Democrats narrowly support the agreement, 40 percent to 38 percent, Republicans are also split, with 36 percent supporting and 41 percent opposing the agreement. New Jersey independents are also slightly opposed, with 39 percent in favor and 43 percent against. Overall, 39 percent of New Jersey voters support the agreement and 41 percent oppose it, while 20 percent are not sure. Those who paid the most attention to the debate also reported the most anger with Washington and the strongest belief that Washington "no longer works."
"The agreement seems to have made few New Jersey voters happy," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. "Maybe it's the sign of a good compromise that partisans on both sides are disappointed, or perhaps it simply reflects that the contentious process really didn’t solve anything."
Results are from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of 615 registered voters conducted among both landline and cell phone households from August 9 - 15, with a margin of error for the full sample of +/- 3.9 percentage points.
- Category: Arts & Culture
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (August 15, 2011) - Monmouth University will host a solo exhibit of photographer Eric Sambol, August 15 through September 30, in Pollak Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 7 pm. Call 732-263-5759 for weekend hours. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Urban Coast Institute.
“The mere experience of photographing wildlife transports me to another world…it is an added bonus when I capture the essence and magnificence of another being I get to share the planet with…” states Eric Sambol.
Sambol uses the medium of photography to reawaken his childhood passion for nature. The exhibition showcases the remarkable wildlife he has had the pleasure to interact with and creatures both large and small are captured on film to show their beauty and character. The animals become works of art in the close-up portraits and candid shots.
All proceeds from the sales of the exhibition will be donated to the scholarship fund of Monmouth University and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Sambol resides in Brick, NJ and is a trustee of Conserve Wildlife Foundation.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The 8th Annual Mark Spatola Blood Drive will be held on August 16, 2011 from 3 to 8 p.m. At the St. Agnes Parish Center , 55 South Avenue Atlantic Highlands NJ. This year the blood drive will benefit Jack Decker, Highlands resident who was seriously injured while at work in Monmouth Beach on July 8 when he was run over by a car. He has been in the Jersey Shore Medical Center Trauma Center in a drug induced coma since with extensive injuries.
Please come and lend a hand, or an arm to help jack who has always been there for all his friends.
Location : St. Agnes Parish Center , 55 South Avenue Atlantic Highlands NJ