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IMAGE Honoring Our Fallen Veterans With Street Signs
Friday, 31 October 2014
MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee met Wednesday with local officials to inspect one of the first new street signs installed to... Read More...
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Friday, 31 October 2014
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent; unless, and... Read More...
IMAGE Culinary Delight at the 11th Annual CPC Behavioral Healthcare Food Tasting
Friday, 31 October 2014
photo L-R: John Mans, CPC President & CEO and resident of Brick; Kerry Herbert, CPC Vice President of Development and resident of Shrewsbury;... Read More...
IMAGE Arrest Made in Belmar Bank Robbery
Friday, 31 October 2014
Man Demanded Cash, Threatened Bomb Before Fleeing Scene FREEHOLD, NJ - A Monmouth County man was arrested Thursday evening after he robbed a... Read More...
IMAGE 65th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon
Friday, 31 October 2014
Saturday, November 15th      10AM – 3PM ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -Bargains galore await you at the annual Holiday Bazaar... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Skewed View - October 31, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 31 October 2014
If you were dumped by your boyfriend where would you go?  Me?  I'd go to a KFC for a week: http://yhoo.it/1rJTtF2 Worst cafe in America... Read More...
IMAGE Family Adopts Children with FASD
by Daniel J. Vance
Friday, 31 October 2014
A pregnant woman drinking any amount of alcohol can permanently harm her baby. No one knows this better than Sandy Hruby of Hutchinson, Minnesota,... Read More...
IMAGE Election is Around the Corner - Time to Vote
by Jack Archibald
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Halloween is upon us, and shortly thereafter, most of the public will focus on next Tuesday, which is Election Day.  For the past few weeks,... Read More...
IMAGE A Monarch with a Marker in NY Harbor
by Joe Reynolds
Thursday, 30 October 2014
It was a windy, sunny day last week. I was enjoying the afternoon at a friend’s meadow near Sandy Hook Bay, located downstream from New York City.... Read More...
IMAGE An Enemy Has Done It!
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 30 October 2014
In one of the well-known parables of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30), the servants are surprised because when they... Read More...

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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.