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IMAGE Howell Man Named in 17-Count Indictment Charging Sexual Assault of Child, Child Pornography
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
FREEHOLD, NJ - A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 17-count indictment Friday charging a Howell Township man with sexually assaulting a toddler and recording the attack, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J.... Read More...
Leave the Snow and Ice at Home: It's The Law!
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hamilton, NJ - Driving with a snow- or ice-covered windshield and windows, side-view mirrors or headlights invites a crash. Also incredibly hazardous is failing to clear ice and snow from your car’s roof, hood and trunk. These turn into dangerous... Read More...
IMAGE Menendez, Booker, Pallone Decry Administration’s Plan to Open Atlantic Ocean to Oil Drilling
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Wetlands along Barnegat Bay near the southern end of Island Beach State Park, New Jersey Lawmakers Stress Catastrophic Environmental and Economic Consequences of an Oil Spill near the Jersey Shore WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Robert... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Police Identify Shoplifter with Assistance of Social Media
Monday, 26 January 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On January 22, 2015 Detective First Class Laurence Schachtel arrested Amanda Lind, age 21, from Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, NJ, on two counts of Shoplifting as a result of an investigation into the theft of $725.00 of hygiene... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Police Arrest Three on Narcotics Offences
Monday, 26 January 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On January 23, 2015 the Middletown Police Detective Bureau executed a search warrant at a Hudson Avenue, Middletown, NJ, residence which resulted in the arrest of three suspects for narcotic offenses. The warrant was a result of a... Read More...

Columns

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...
IMAGE My Encounters with Police Officers
by George Hancock-Stefan
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
During the past few months when there has been so much discussion about police officers, I started to think a lot about how I view police officers,... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced that the Urban Youth Corps summer jobs program will be beautifying New Jersey highways and urban gateways for a second consecutive year.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action, which administers the program, will be mailing letters this week to cities, non-profit organizations and community groups to encourage them to apply for the competitive funding.

The summer jobs program, which was revived with great success last year after several years of dormancy, will create employment opportunities for hundreds of young adults who will develop essential employment skills while designing and carrying out roadway enhancement projects.

NJDOT anticipates awarding 12 grants of up to $32,000 each, as it did last year.

 “We look forward to building on the successes of last year’s Urban Youth Corps program,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson.  “The creative projects that were carried out last summer helped improve the appearance of our highways.”

“The Christie Administration supports this program because it understands the importance of reaching deep into communities to nurture employment skills and a sense of Jersey Pride among young adults who for any number of reasons face obstacles in landing a job,” said Melanie Armstrong, NJDOT Director, NJDOT Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action.

Grant proposals should target areas near state roads that are chronically plagued by litter, graffiti, overgrown vegetation or other aesthetic issues.  Grant applications can be obtained online and are due March 8, 2013.

Each federally funded grant will support stipends for approximately ten young adults ages 16-25 and a supervisor, as well as equipment and supplies.

Participants will receive employment and life-skills training.  A primary benefit to participants is gaining work experience that will help them succeed in future efforts to obtain jobs.  Communities benefit from projects that create attractive gateways for residents and visitors.

The NJDOT Urban Youth Corps program is separate and distinct from the state-funded New Jersey Youth Corps program, which is administered by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and which   operates year-round at 11 sites statewide.

Since its launch in the summer of 2010, “Clean Up New Jersey” has included dozens of concentrated highway cleanup efforts by NJDOT’s workforce of nearly 500 maintenance and operations workers. During these efforts, all maintenance needs along a selected segment of highway are addressed, including litter pick-up, mowing, vegetation trimming, guiderail repair, and graffiti eradication.

Other components of the initiative include litter pick-up and grass trimming by Department of Corrections inmates, wildflower plantings and a revived Adopt-A-Highway program.  The summer Urban Youth Corps program is a crucial element to the campaign.

Attractive and well-maintained highways, including the gateways to our cities, help promote New Jersey as a great place to live, visit or establish a business.