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Middletown: Town Hall to be Bathed in Blue - Urges Residents to Do the Same
Monday, 22 December 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown Township mourns the loss of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were senselessly murdered on Saturday, December 20th.  The governing body of Middletown Township stands behind the men and women of the... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Police Report - December 22, 2014
Monday, 22 December 2014
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. Scott Rubman, age 45, from Heights Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on... Read More...
IMAGE AH Chamber Receives $11,500 from Atlantic Highlands Police Benevolent Association
Monday, 22 December 2014
PHOTO from left to right:  Michele Rast, Vice President of the Chamber, Chuck Lero, President, Sgt. Brian Phair, Ptl. Mike Zudonyi, Ptl. Chris Inglis, Sgt. Steve Doherty and Chief of Police, Jerry Vasto. Atlantic Highlands, NJ - At the Wednesday,... Read More...
IMAGE ex-Attorney Gets 7 Year Sentence for Diverting $100K
Monday, 22 December 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - A former West Long Branch attorney, disbarred from the practice of law in November 2012, was sentenced to seven years in a New Jersey state prison after he was convicted earlier this year of withdrawing cash from a court-ordered... Read More...
West Front Street Bridge to Close Jan. 5
Monday, 22 December 2014
Bridge closed to all motor vehicle traffic for project duration RED BANK, NJ  – On or about Monday, Jan. 5, the West Front Street Bridge (S-17), connecting Red Bank and Middletown, will close to motor vehicle traffic until May 16. Pedestrian... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Business Executive Fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 20 December 2014
About five years ago, Todd Neva, now of Hancock, Michigan, began having trouble lifting his daughter from her carseat. Over time, this muscle... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 19, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 19 December 2014
It breaks my heart to see yet another article on how my dear #GuyFieri has made Food Network nearly unwatchable: http://bit.ly/1DA59Fm Want to see... Read More...
IMAGE Our Forefathers Knew Better
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
When one does a comparison between the 17th and 20th centuries in regards to the goodness of humanity, one comes with two different views.  The... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Top Five
by David Prown
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The other day I was scanning moviefone.com to get a sense of new releases for this weekend. Never heard of Chris Rock's "Top Five" and tried to get a... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Got 60 grand?  Well, you can use it to pay down your debt or buy Burt Reynold's Smokey & The Bandit TransAm: http://usat.ly/1G9j9n6 Parenting... Read More...

Upcoming Events

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.