- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Monmouth County Library will officially welcome the Atlantic Highlands Library as the
“We are so pleased that the people of Atlantic Highlands have chosen to expand our long association by becoming a branch of the library,” said Renee B. Swartz, chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission. “We will always be mindful of the faith you have demonstrated in our institution and honored that you entrusted the operation of the Atlantic Highlands Library to the Monmouth County Library Commission.”
Atlantic Highlands Library Director Marilyn Scherfen with patron at the borough library.
The Atlantic Highlands Borough Council last year voted to join the
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Atlantic Highlands as our newest Monmouth County Library branch,” said Freeholder Burry, who is the Freeholders’ liaison for the Library System. “Atlantic Highlands is home to my daughter and grandchildren, and I know first-hand what a wonderful community it is. The presence of a Library branch there only makes it more special.”
- Category: Arts & Culture
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Paintings and drawings created by Monmouth County Arts High and Middle School students will be on display at the Atlantic Highlands Public Library, located at 48 Avenue C in Atlantic Highlands during the month of May 2011.
The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Monmouth County Arts High and Middle School program. The program, which is now in its 8th year, offers advanced arts classes in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, acting and visual arts to public and private school students in Monmouth County. Students, admitted to the program through audition are released from their schools one afternoon each week to participate in the various courses which are taught by professional artists.
This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.
- Category: Monmouth County
Middletown, NJ – Fifty-one students from 11 Monmouth County schools represented The Community YMCA and joined 500 of their peers from New Jersey at the annual YMCA Youth & Government Conference, held April 8 through April 10 at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton.
Students in The Community YMCA’s program received top honors, including this year’s Outstanding Delegation award. In addition, the efforts of The Community Y’s students were honored individually. Alicia Lai of Holmdel High School was named Outstanding Press Delegate and was given the special accolade of being invited to participate in the prestigious Conference on National Affairs. Shannon Pace of Red Bank Regional High School was recognized as Outstanding Lobbyist. Brian Gilbride of Thompson Middle School, received the Outstanding First Year Delegate Award for the middle school component of the program, the Junior Legislators. Krissy Antone, Bayshore Middle School, and Caitlin Loh, Thompson Middle School, were each awarded the title of Outstanding Stateperson for the Junior Legislator Program.
The annual conference is part of the YMCA’s Youth & Government program, designed to expose middle and high school students from New Jersey to the inner workings of our state legislature. The weekend long conference takes place each year at the New Jersey Statehouse, where students are given the opportunity to simulate the NJ senate and assembly within the actual building where our representatives create the laws and codes that govern us. Locally, the program is part of The Community YMCA’s civic engagement initiative, to teach teens about government and give them the opportunity to take an active role in strengthening their community.
- Category: Monmouth County
Disproportionate Number of NJ Women Legislators Must Step AsideBecause of Shifted District Lines
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Five incumbent New Jersey assemblywomen – more than one fifth of the women currently serving – will not run for reelection because of the redrawn state legislative map. At the sametime, newly drawn district lines have opened doors for new women to run for the legislature inthe June 7th primary. A current assemblywoman is favored to win the only open Senate seat.And if predictions for November prove accurate, one district could elect New Jersey’s first allwomanlegislative delegation.
“In a state where 28% of the current legislature is female, women make up 70% of thelegislators who will retire from the legislature as a result of redistricting,” says Debbie Walsh,director of the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute ofPolitics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. “The impact of the new map has beenespecially harsh on incumbent Democratic assemblywomen, with one quarter of them leavingthe legislature. We’ve expanded women’s representation in the Garden State significantly inrecent years, but that progress may now be slowed.”
A record 23 women (12 D, 11 R) are seeking State Senate seats in the primaries, while 50 women(27 D, 23 R) are running for the Assembly, down from the 2007 record of 51. The record total of73 women running for the legislature is up from the previous high of 68 women primarycandidates in 2007, the last time all seats in both houses were on the ballot. (See table below.)
- Category: Monmouth County
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - The Monmouth University Polling Institute and the Master of Arts in Public Policy Program have launched an exciting project to examine the efforts of New Jersey’s municipalities to inform citizens, provide services and encourage public engagement through their websites. Monmouth County was chosen as a pilot project with the rest of New Jersey’s municipalities to follow.
As a result of the project, Monmouth University will hold an awards ceremony on April 28 to recognize municipal websites that are particularly informative and engaging for citizens.
Date: April 28, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Magill Commons Club 108, Monmouth University (main entrance, lot #11 for parking)