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IMAGE Red Bank Elks Lodge Hosts 43rdAnnual Basketball HoopShoot® Competition—Free to Local Youth
Sunday, 21 December 2014
RED BANK, NJ - Elks believe that sporting activities for youngsters provide spirited competition, develop character, and help make new friendships. So the Red Bank Elks Lodge is inviting the local area youth to our free basketball HoopShoot®... Read More...
Become a Volunteer Docent in 2015 with MC Park System
Sunday, 21 December 2014
TINTON FALLS— The Monmouth County Park System is looking for volunteers to become docents at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Are you 21 years of age or older and enjoy interacting with people? You may have what it takes to step... Read More...
Freeholders Approve 2014 Open Space Grants to Towns
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Program celebrates 12 years of support for municipal projects FREEHOLD, NJ – Last night, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved grants totaling $2.5 million from the 2014 Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund to improve and... Read More...
Monmouth County Library Branch Closures
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Temporary closures in West Long Branch and Howell MANALAPAN, NJ – Two Monmouth County Library branches will have temporary closure over the next few weeks: West Long Branch Library, 95 Poplar Ave., is already closed and will remain closed until... Read More...
Holly Jolly Fuel Prices
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Drivers land on Santa’s ‘nice’ list as gas prices fall to five-year low The Week Holiday cheer has come early for the motoring public, with the average for retail gasoline at its lowest level in more than five years. Friday’s national... 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

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.