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AAA: Don’t Drive Distracted
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month Hamilton, NJ – Drunk driving has been a leading cause of fatalities on the road, but another deadly behavior behind the wheel that is sadly gaining in statistics: distracted driving. ... Read More...
IMAGE Gateway Closes Sandy Hook Observation Deck for Repairs; Will Reopen by Memorial Day Weekend
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Photo: The Observation Deck at Sandy Hook is a great place to see the forest for the trees and the wildlife living there. NPS PHOTO SANDY HOOK, NJ - With the donation of materials from the Sandy Hook Foundation, Gateway National Recreation Area... Read More...
Fulop Announces Campaign for New Jersey Governor
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Jersey City, NJ – Today, Mayor Steve Fulop proudly announced his candidacy for New Jersey Governor. Running on the Republican line, Fulop has already started lining up key supporters and staff. “Everyone knows Jersey City has always been just a... Read More...
IMAGE NY/NJ Baykeeper Launches First Microplastic Research Initiative with NY/NJ Harbor and Releases Plastic-Free Product Guide
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
PHOTO: Manta trawl net collecting floatables in the NY Harbor off the coast of Jersey City, NJ. KEYPORT, NJ - NY/NJ Baykeeper along with partners and collaborators from Monmouth University's Urban Coast Institute, The Five Gyres Institute,... Read More...
IMAGE Covenant House Event on April 13 in Rumson
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
RUMSON, NJ - Shining stars from seven high schools around Monmouth County will perform show - stopping tunes alongside Broadway Stars Richard Todd Adams, (Phantom, Les Miserables), David Elder (Curtains, 42nd Street) and Darius Kaleb (Motown) to... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Hey, Indiana!
by Anne Mikolay
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
The average American doesn't know much about Indiana other than what we learned in grade school: Indianapolis is your capital, and you grow a lot of... Read More...
IMAGE Another Triumphal Procession
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
As a change of pace for the Lenten Season, here’s a reprint of an earlier column-entry. Palm Sunday – occurring on March 29 this year – always... Read More...
IMAGE Making Homes for Fish Hawks
by Joe Reynolds
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Like an old fashioned barn raising, about 15 volunteers  with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council came together on a clear but chilly Sunday... Read More...
IMAGE Of Food Trucks, Boardwalks, and New Development
by Dennis
Monday, 30 March 2015
Summer is just around the corner, and for those who live at the Jersey Shore, that means two things are guaranteed: the mass influx of tourists is... Read More...
IMAGE Clinton's Delusional Defense of Email
by Jack Archibald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken.  By... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Wed Apr 01 @ 6:30PM -
Middletown Township Planning Board
Wed Apr 01 @ 8:00PM -
Highlands Mayor & Council Mtg
Thu Apr 02 @ 7:30PM -
Highlands Zoning Board Meeting
Fri Apr 03 @ 2:00PM - 07:00PM
Income Tax Help - Union Beach
Mon Apr 06 @ 8:00PM -
Middletown Township Committee Workshop

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - “Habemus Papam. We have a Pope. Boys and girls we have a new pope!” This was the exclamation proclaimed over the loud speaker as the white smoke poured out from the Sistine Chapel.  The PreK 4 class came out to the hallway to cheer and were encouraged to come to the main office to see the smoke.

“I was so happy to be in school to share this joyous occasion with our students.” said Mrs. Melissa Whelan Wisk, principal of Mother Teresa Regional School.  “Tomorrow and Friday I have meetings out of the school and was worried that the Pope would be chosen then and I couldn’t share this moment of joy.” Mrs. Wisk went to each class to speak with the students and to be sure that they were watching and hearing the excitement from Rome.  “We knew it would take a while to hear of the new Pope as he vested in the Room of Tears and then the cardinals sang Te Deum and the Holy Father spent time in adoration.” Students had learned all of this from their own conclave on Tuesday.  Cardinal Dolan had been chosen as the Pope and chose the name Aloysius, one of the great Jesuits.  The experience of the conclave helped to explain the process and made today’s announcement exciting for the students.

Students didn’t hear of the new Pope’s name until they were home, but some had cell phones out as they boarded buses so they didn’t miss anything.  In Mrs. Baeder’s last period class, students were watching the Trenton Monitor’s live streaming video and were able to witness the smoke as it first appeared. “The students started cheering and one went to the hall to alert the other classes” explained Mrs. Jennifer Baeder.  Faculty and staff members remained at school waiting to hear of the new Pope, watching the live video.

Today was truly a joyous day for our church. We are so blessed as Catholic school educators to share this joy with our students.  Now we will spend time praying for the new Pope and learning about him.  The students at Mother Teresa Regional School in grades Prek3 through 8th grade will gather for the Adoration of the Eucharist on Friday, March 15th at 9am to pray for Pope Francis.  For more information visit mtregional.com.