- Category: Monmouth County
PISCATAWAY, NJ - On August 14th, 2010, delegates of the Reform Party of New Jersey gathered in Piscataway for the party's first convention in over a decade.
The Reform Party of the United States was America's most successful third party during the 1990s. The populist appeal of candidates like H. Ross Perot, Jesse Ventura, and Donald Trump helped to establish the party as a viable centrist alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.
Perot nabbed twelve percent of the vote during the 1992 presidential election, and another eight percent during his 1996 bid. In 1998, Jesse Ventura was elected the governor of Minnesota.
The party's success came to a halt at the beginning of the millennium when it was successfully neutralized by lawsuits and in-fighting; the New Jersey chapter, which once ran candidates like Pat DiNizio for Senate, became inactive following the 2000 election.
Now a group of dedicated activists has revived the party.
During the convention, the party elected the following officers:
Jake Zychick, a blogger and student at Farleigh Dickinson University (who was New Jersey's delegate at the 2008 Reform Party of the United States convention in Dallas, Texas) was elected the party's chairman.
Dennis “DJ” Mikolay, Atlantic Highlands Herald columnist and Monmouth University student, was elected Vice-Chairman and Treasurer.
LaMont Rouse, an activist from Warren County, was elected the party secretary.
The party will also run its first candidate in over a decade. The delegates unanimously voted to nominate activist Mark Quick as their congressional candidate for New Jersey's fifth congressional district.
Quick has been a vocal critic of Republican Congressman Scott Garrett, whom he says has failed “to address issues that affect working families.” Quick claims that American's complaints regarding illegal immigration, health-care costs, and the war in Afghanistan “all fell on Congressman Garrett's deaf ears.”
Quick will appear on the ballot in November as an independent, and the Reform Party officers say they look forward to November.
- Category: News
Stephanie Hawley participates in Walt Disney World’s Disney College Program
Orlando, Fl- Henry Hudson Regional School Alumni Stephanie Hawley is participating in Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney College Program, a program which gives college students an opportunity to participate in a semester long internship at Walt Disney World where they are placed in a “Role” (or job) in a Park or a Resort while living in Orlando and in this case, receiving credits from their college/university for the opportunity. Stephanie states, “I was fortunate enough to receive credits for this opportunity, not many students on the program do. While down in Disney, I will also take a collegiate course through Disney that applies to my major and will also be receiving credits for that from my university.”
To receive credit from her university, Hawley had to take a 3 credit class where her university, High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, prepared her for this opportunity. She had to complete a 60 hour mini-internship as well as create a resume and fill out a 9 page Internship Application complete with 13 objectives such as “I will study the manner in which the Disney College Program uses Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to meet employees basic needs and help them achieve higher needs levels through speaking with managers and full time employees” that she will complete while down at Disney.
Stephanie will be completing her program at the Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom Park at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café. Stop by between August 17, 2010 and January 4, 2010 to say “Howdy”!
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Guinness World Records has recognized a Monmouth County pet as the oldest living rabbit. "Do", who is now a 14-years 7-month old Jersey Wooly, is owned by Jenna Antol of Atlantic Highlands.
The process that Guinness requires was quite extensive. The documentation had to include verification of birth, age progression photos, family and friend affidavits and medical records from "Do's" veterinarians, Dr. Jennifer DeMeo and Dr. Amy Lesniak of Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. After submitting the application and all supporting documentation for this title back in June, Guinness has now recognized "Do" and he recently received his certificate.
The average life span for a rabbit can range from 6-8 years. Even though "Do" is blind and partially deaf, he continues to enjoy his life eating timothy and hopping about in his enclosure. He is a great little bunny, weighing in at 3 Ibs., and is living out his golden years in style.
- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Township has set new deadlines for tax collections.
As of November 1, 2010, the grace period in which taxes are due has been changed from the last business day of the month to the 10th day of the month.
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- Category: Arts & Culture
Lincroft, NJ –The Brookdale Community College Sandy Hook Field Station will host a display of watercolor and acrylic paintings at the Environmental Field Station, Building 53 on Fort Hancock near the historic Lighthouse. The Meet-the-Artists Opening Reception, open to the community, will be held Thursday, August 19 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The works featuring Sandy Hook subjects will be on exhibit through August 27. The reception and exhibit are free.
Watercolor instructor David Dziemian’s class introduced students to the techniques and processes of watercolor: the washes, texture applications, brush manipulations and stretched paper.
Amy Paris taught the Acrylic Painting class designed for more experienced students. Utilizing weekly critique sessions, the students evaluated their work with experimental techniques with media, size format and construction in context with problems in form and subject approach.
Twenty eight students were enrolled in the classes with six students taking both the Watercolor and Acrylic offerings.
“If you’ve not been out to this area of Sandy Hook, take this opportunity to enjoy the relaxing drive out through Monmouth County’s beautiful bay and oceanfront scenery. View our artists’ inspired works and enjoy light refreshments with us,” said Bob Macaluso, Brookdale’s Sandy Hook Field Station Manager.
For free access to the event, inform the attendant at the Sandy Hook entrance toll booth to the park that your destination is the Brookdale Community College Art Show. The Brookdale Field Station is located 300 feet west of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.
For further information regarding the exhibit, contact Bob Macaluso, at 732-857-5305.