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IMAGE Hanlon sworn in as Acting County Clerk
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
PHOTO: Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, whose retirement is effective later today, holds the bible as Christine Giordano Hanlon, standing next to her husband Robert Hanlon, is sworn-in as Acting County Clerk by Superior Court Judge... Read More...
IMAGE County 2015 Historic Preservation Grants Presented
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
PHOTO: Rainbow over the Strauss Mansion and Museum in Atlantic Highlands.  credit: Riley Shiro 13 projects share in $60,160 grant money FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Historical Commission awarded preservation grants recently for 13... Read More...
Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center Announces Annual Community Garden Opening
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
LONG BRANCH, NJ - The Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center is pleased to announce its annual Community Garden Opening  to be held on April 25th, 2015.  This event will offer families an opportunity to cultivate their own garden... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Police Report - March 31, 2015
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Middletown, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Middletown Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Jeffrey Kowal, age 18, from Rutledge Drive in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on... Read More...
IMAGE AHHerald is Online and Serving News
Monday, 30 March 2015
WE ARE BACK!   ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS - The Atlantic Highlands Herald, the nation's first online newspaper, was knocked offline last week, the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack.  A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Another Triumphal Procession
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
As a change of pace for the Lenten Season, here’s a reprint of an earlier column-entry. Palm Sunday – occurring on March 29 this year – always... Read More...
IMAGE Making Homes for Fish Hawks
by Joe Reynolds
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Like an old fashioned barn raising, about 15 volunteers  with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council came together on a clear but chilly Sunday... Read More...
IMAGE Of Food Trucks, Boardwalks, and New Development
by Dennis
Monday, 30 March 2015
Summer is just around the corner, and for those who live at the Jersey Shore, that means two things are guaranteed: the mass influx of tourists is... Read More...
IMAGE Clinton's Delusional Defense of Email
by Jack Archibald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken.  By... Read More...
IMAGE Review - McFarland USA
by David Prown
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
It is common knowledge that I'm a big fan of true sports movies regarding stories that are under the radar and rarely been told. So when I started... Read More...

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Income Tax Help - Union Beach
Mon Apr 06 @ 8:00PM -
Middletown Township Committee Workshop

anne_mikolay_2012_120“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still,” said President Obama in his second inaugural address.

Apparently, the real “star” of the 57th Presidential Inauguration was Michelle Obama. The American public, forever enamored with pomp and circumstance and “all the pretty people,” were predictably focused on Mrs. Obama's attire and new hairstyle. Just this once I'm going to step outside my comfort zone and jump on the bandwagon in praise of Michelle Obama.

It must be extremely difficult to live life in a fish bowl, but Mrs. Obama consistently handles it well, and the festivities of the 57th Presidential Inauguration were no exception. Our First Lady and her daughters were well dressed, stylish, composed. In her red inaugural gown (created by young designer Jason Wu), Mrs. Obama personified grace and represented the United States with dignity. And for the record, 74% of those polled by essence.com voted in favor of Michelle Obama's bangs.

That being said, I do not comprehend society's “beautiful people” preoccupation, that same fascination that once transformed Jacqueline Kennedy into the Queen of Camelot or Lady Diana Spencer into the Peoples' Princess. While I admired Princess Diana (Mrs.Kennedy was before my time), and detect similar poise in Michelle Obama, I never once forgot that Princess Diana was human - as is Mrs. Obama - not a paper doll or stiff fashion mannequin. If Mrs. Obama wants to sport bright purple gloves, wear bangs, or roll her eyes at House Speaker John Boehner, she should be free to do so without setting the internet on fire. (Quite interesting that Mrs. Obama was unfavorably criticized for her reaction to Boehner without the benefit of audio of Boehner's comments.) Reaction to fashion and celebrity is commonplace, but no matter how blurred the line between celebrity and politics, we still should not judge a book by its cover. Nobody is perfect. Nobody. We've placed the presidential fish bowl on a mighty high pedestal indeed.

We move forward now into President Obama's second term. Mrs. Obama's red inaugural gown will be retired to the Smithsonian. She'll rise tomorrow, comb out her bangs, pull on her J.Crew gloves and put one foot in front of the other - like the rest of us.