- Category: Monmouth County
MADISON, NJ - According to the most recent statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, just 22% say the country is headed in the right direction, while two-thirds (67%) say the country is “on the wrong track.” This is a stark contrast to voters’ views of the direction of the state expressed in the same survey: 46% saying the state is headed in the right direction and 43% saying the state is on the wrong track (released 10/25/11).
Nearly 9 of 10 New Jersey Republicans (88%) say the country is headed in the wrong direction, but independents agree (78%-16%) and so do Democrats (49%-36%). “When New Jersey voters’ see the direction of their state as better than the direction of the country, it’s a sure sign something is deeply wrong,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll.
President Obama has a net negative approval rating (44%-47%) for two months running now, the first time in his presidency. However, men and women differ, with men disapproving 51% to 41% and women approving 48% to 42%.
Meanwhile, 4 of 5 voters (81%) are following the Occupy Wall Street protests, with 3 of 5 (62%) saying they’ve heard “a great deal” about them. Overall, New Jerseyans support the movement by a margin of 46%-29%.
- Category: Monmouth County
Goal is to provide information, respite for those caring for older loved ones
FREEHOLD, NJ – Taking care of an elderly parent or loved one can be a physical and emotional drain on caregivers and their families. That’s why it’s important to care for oneself, even just for one day.
To help caregivers, the Monmouth County Office on Aging is sponsoring a free caregiver retreat from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown. The program, designed for those who care for people over aged 60, includes a continental breakfast, lunch and access to caregiver resources. Registration is required due to space limitations. Register by calling 732-431-7450.
Every day in the United States, 65 million caregivers balance multiple roles while providing crucial, unpaid care to help their loved ones, according to the AARP. They support their own families and go to work, but they still find time to help Mom with cleaning the house, or getting Dad to the doctor.
“Many people do not consider themselves caregivers,” Freeholder Amy A. Mallet said. “But if they think about all they do for their loved ones and how much time they spend doing it, they’ll realize that they are. They do it because that’s what families do for the people they love.”
“We teach caregivers how to care for themselves as they are caring for someone else,” said Colleen Smith, the county’s caregiver specialist. “That’s important because if you don’t have the energy or a good frame of mind to care for yourself, you’re not going to be able to take care of someone else.”
- Category: News
KEENE, N.H. 10/26/11 – If you’re looking for a reason why the Keene State field hockey team won the Little East regular season championship this season and earned home field advantage for the upcoming Conference tournament, you need look no farther than in front of the Owls’ net.
Keene State Sweeper Kerry Howe, photo courtesy Chris Palermo
While Keene State has always had a reputation for being able to put the ball in the net, this season it’s also done a great job keeping it out as well. Led by senior sweeper Kerry Howe, the Owls have allowed just three goals in 10 conference contests heading into Saturday’s final LEC game at Framingham State.
While some might shy away from the position, Howe relishes her role as one of the last lines of defense in the Owls’ backfield. “It can be stressful at times, but I love it,” she said.
A midfielder at Henry Hudson Regional High School in Highlands, N.J., Howe was moved to the backfield after suffering a series of knee injuries that forced her to miss her senior season and lingered into her sophomore year at Keene State. A healthy Howe was the perfect medicine for the Owls’ defense. “Kerry has improved every season and is on top of her game this year,” said KSC Coach Amy Watson. “She’s a field leader who has embraced her position as sweeper and is the rock of our defense.”
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - What do several local business owners, a lawyer, a pharmaceutical executive, a realtor, and a few retired grumpy old men all have in common? Aside from knowing how to tie a square knot plus half a dozen “Granny Knots” these old scouts collectively go the extra mile as Troop 22 scout leaders.
Several of them are good at building things using rope and logs. A prime example might be a rope bridge to span a river or ravine. A bridge constructed so well that even Indiana Jones would be impressed. A few of these older scouts do know how to cook. There is nothing better than an old fashioned home cooked meal prepared in a cast iron Dutch oven. A tasty delicacy baked over a bed of hot coals (just don’t forget the Bisquick instant muffin mix). Teaching outdoor camping skills, demonstrating leadership and practicing the responsibilities of citizenship are the elements that help create and mold a great scout troop. Through good times and bad, Troop 22 would not be here today if it were not for scout leaders who believed in the core values of the B.S.A. scouting program. Below are Troop 22 scout leaders who went the extra mile.
- Category: Monmouth County
Crime and Environment Fall Far Below 1971 Levels
New Brunswick, NJ - In the very first Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in September 1971, crime and drug addiction topped taxes as the single most important problem in New Jersey. Forty years later, crime is barely mentioned as jobs and the economy are now New Jersey's top problem, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Taxes, which consistently have been listed first or second over 40 years, continue to vex New Jerseyans, ranking just behind jobs as the state's biggest problem.
The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, one of the first statewide academic surveys in the United States, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, the poll will revisit questions first asked in its earliest years. "We're honored to have served the people of New Jersey all these years," said poll director David Redlawsk, professor of political science at Rutgers University. "The most important problem question was the very first one on the very first poll. It is fun and instructive to see how things have both changed and remained the same over all that time."
Asked to name the two or three most important problems facing the state today, 27 percent name unemployment and jobs first, followed by 25 percent who cite taxes first, and 10 percent who express concern about the economy in general. Crime, cited first by 16 percent in 1971, beat taxes by only 2 percent. Today just 3 percent put crime at the top of the list. The environment, named by 10 percent in 1971, receives first mention from only 1 percent of Garden Staters today.
The new results are from a poll of 903 New Jersey adults conducted statewide among both landline and cell phone households from Oct. 6-9. The sample has a margin of error of +/-3.3 percentage points. Prior year polls included here have margins of error from +/- 2.8 percentage points to +/- 3.9 percentage points, depending on the size of the sample.