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County Bridge Over Deal Lake to be Replaced - Meetings Thursday
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Two information sessions scheduled for Jan. 29 ASBURY PARK, NJ – Due to the coming storm, the public information meetings about the planned replacement of County Bridge O-10 on Sunset Avenue over Deal Lake located between Asbury Park and Ocean... Read More...
AH Presbyterian Sermon - The Best Wine
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will tackle the beginning of Jesus’ ministry where he turned water into wine at a wedding in a sermon entitled "The Best Wine" at the 11 a.m. Super Bowl Sunday worship service at the First Presbyterian... Read More...
Pallone Announces $33,220,646 to Fight Homelessness in New Jersey
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that New Jersey counties, municipalities and nonprofit providers will receive $33,220,646 to combat homelessness across the state.  Over two dozen organizations in... Read More...
IMAGE Hon Eui Chen Exhibition at Monmouth University
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Image: Inverted Somnio III West Long Branch, N.J. - Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts’ exhibition, “Hon Eui Chen: After the Sun, ” will be on display through March 7 in DiMattio Gallery, Rechnitz Hall. The exhibit is free and open to... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Police Report - January 28, 2015
Wednesday, 28 January 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. Nelson Dannecker, age 24, from Port Monmouth Road in New Jersey, NJ,... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Review - Into The Woods
by David Prown
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I saw the Broadway version of "Into the Woods" in the 80's with Bernadette Peters just a few days after I saw "Les Miserables" with the original... Read More...
IMAGE Protest This Super Bowl Commercial
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Super Bowl XLIX. Football fans will tune in to see the... Read More...
IMAGE What’s that Flock in the Bay?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 25 January 2015
This was a week of counting wintering water-birds. The other day I looked out onto New York Harbor and saw a large raft of diving ducks. I counted at... Read More...
IMAGE Just Sayin...
by Anne Mikolay
Sunday, 25 January 2015
While watching this month's news broadcasts, I have concluded the world is steeped in irony. This tendency to fore-go common sense and do the... Read More...
IMAGE Father Trying to Build Understanding
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 24 January 2015
You won't find too many dads that love like this. Joseph Hernandez of Auburn, Washington, knew before his son's birth that his son would have a birth... Read More...

Upcoming Events

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey State Bar Foundation will address the educational needs and rights of students with disabilities and their parents at a free public seminar on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 7-9 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick.  Parents, school administrators, teachers and all interested members of the general public are invited to attend. Admission is free but registration is required.

What is the current state of your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)? IEPs 101: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Child is Provided with a Free and Appropriate Public Education will take a personalized view of special education with dialogue among the panel, comprised of three experienced special education law attorneys, and the audience.The seminar will cover topics that parents and guardians frequently inquire about:

- “Child Find”—a school district’s responsibility to locate and evaluate students with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services, who qualifies for special education and what constitutes a free, appropriate public education.

- Individualized Education Programs or IEPs—how they serve as a blueprint for the education and related services provided by a school district.

- An in-depth look at the Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance or PLAAFP component of an IEP and what the PLAAFP should contain.

- What constitutes appropriate and measurable annual goals and benchmarks or short-term objectives in an IEP.

After the presentations, the focus will be on questions from the audience and discussion among the panelists on any and all topics relating to parents' and the school's rights and responsibilities concerning special education. Speakers at the seminar will include Rebecca Spar of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard in Hackensack; David Giles, a solo practitioner in South Orange; and Staci Greenwald of Sussan & Greenwald in Cranbury and a Certified Teacher of the Handicapped.

Spar is a frequent lecturer and author and has represented parents and children in several precedent-selling educational cases. She is on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Tourette Syndrome Association, a former chair of the NJSBA's Children's Rights Committee and School Law Committee and currently serves on the Education Law Center's Board of Trustees. She holds degrees from the University of Kansas, the University of Minnesota, Pace University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

Giles has represented parents and students in school-related matters, including special education and school discipline cases, since 1989. He originally practiced law in California, where he worked for nine years with California Rural Legal Assistance and East Palo Alto Community Law Project. Subsequently he worked for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. In 2001 he joined the Education Law Center, a nonprofit, Newark-based law office with a statewide practice dedicated to helping New Jersey children receive a thorough, efficient and appropriate education. Since 2003 Giles has maintained a private education law practice. 

Greenwald was a special education teacher before attending law school. She has a degree in speech pathology and is a Certified Teacher of the Handicapped. She represents the disabled in various forums from the Office of Administrative Law to the Federal courts. Besides special education issues, she offers advocacy in matters involving the Division of Development Disabilities and guardianship.

The seminar is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. To register, or for more information on Foundation seminars, programs and publications, visit the Foundation online at www.njsbf.org or call 1-800-FREE-LAW. The Foundation's seminar series is made possible by funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.

Founded in 1958, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation is the educational and philanthropic arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The Bar Foundation's mission is to promote public understanding of the law through a free, comprehensive public education program. Among its activities, the Foundation conducts seminars and conflict resolution training, publishes materials, operates a videotape loan library and speakers bureau, and coordinates elementary, middle and high school mock trial competitions. For more information about the Foundation's programs and publications, visit us online at www.njsbf.org or call 1-800-FREE-LAW.

Any financial contribution you can make to help ensure that the Foundation continues its vital mission to educate the public about the law is welcome, especially in an era of uncertain funding. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to further teh good work of the Foundation, please go to www.njsbf.org/donate.

Directions:From the New Jersey Turnpike, take Exit 9 to Route 18 North.  Route 18 North forks off to the left.  Follow signs for Route 1 South.

From Route 1 South, take the exit for Ryders Lane-New Brunswick.  The Law Center is the first right turn off Ryders Lane.

From Princeton, take Route 1 North to the second Ryders Lane exit (Ryders Lane-New Brunswick). Ryders lane passes over Route 1.  The Law Center is the first right turn.