- Category: Monmouth County
Trenton, NJ - Governor Chris Christie today announced that approximately 135,000 seniors and disabled households throughout New Jersey will receive help with home cooling expenses this summer in addition to winter home heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Those New Jerseyans who need it most will soon receive an emergency $100 supplemental benefit to help cope with the recent heat wave. An additional 47,000 households that received medically-required cooling assistance will also receive a $100 supplemental benefit to address the hot summer temperatures and higher electric utility bills. The benefits will begin distribution in mid-August.
“With this summer’s temperatures peaking around 100 degrees, many New Jerseyans are struggling with higher utility bills to stay cool and beat the heat,” said Governor Christie. “That’s why I am pleased that my Administration is able to expand our support services to provide these emergency benefits that will ease the strain on our seniors and disabled citizens to help pay their cooling bills this summer.”
Eligible households do not need to reapply for the program to receive supplemental benefits. These funds will be issued as credits to utility accounts or issued by check, if a credit cannot be processed. The benefits are available because additional LIHEAP funding was provided by the Federal Government after the initiation of the LIHEAP season.
- Category: News
RED BANK, N J - The Red Bank Elks Lodge will be having their 10th annual Golf Outing and Fundraiser on Monday August 22nd at the Fort Monmouth Sun Eagles Golf Club with a shotgun start at 8am. This fundraiser helps the lodge continue our community efforts and support.
Cost is $110 for members, $125 for non-members and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, and dinner afterwards at the Lodge. There will be prizes and awards as well. Bring a guest to dinner for just $25.
Play is limited to the first 124 to sign up and spots are going fast. Sign up as individual or with a group.
Interested in promoting your business at the event? Hole sponsorship is available for a tax-deductable donation of $75.
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Spotlights Top 10 Most Inquired-About Charities; Releases Spending Information on Newest List
- Category: Monmouth County
TRENTON – According to its most recent fiscal report to the state, NJ Shares, Inc., a Ewing-based charitable organization, spent a remarkable 98 percent of its annual funds to help financially distressed New Jersey residents pay their energy bills. The organization dedicated the remaining two percent of expenditures to fundraising, management, and general costs.
On the other end of the spectrum is Cancer Support Services, a Dearborn, Michigan-based charitable organization that is also registered to solicit donations in New Jersey. According to its most recent fiscal year report, this organization spent only 24 percent of its funds in furtherance of its stated mission to help indigent persons suffering from cancer and to conduct public education. The bulk of its expenses – 69 percent – were dedicated to fundraising, with 7 percent to management and general costs.
Continuing its effort to bring transparency to how charities spend donors' dollars, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today released the latest list of New Jersey's Top 10 Most Inquired-About Charities," with pie charts illustrating each charity's spending during its most recently reported fiscal year.
- Category: Letters to the Editor
The Middletown School District has had a drug testing policy since 2006, which requires all high school students participating in extracurricular activities and/or with a parking space at school to face mandatory drug tests.
Even though this policy may have been enacted with good intentions, there are a number of serious flaws in it that must be addressed.
1) Students who are subject to random drug testing may opt to use dangerous hard drugs such as heroin (which is highly addictive and currently the most popular illegal drug in New Jersey) instead of the soft drug cannabis, which is non-addictive and has never resulted in a single death. The reason for this would be the fact that while cannabis can show up in a urine test for 30 days or more, heroin as well as other opiates such as OxyContin usually become undetectable within a few days.
2) Drug addiction is a medical issue and therefore it is inappropriate to use school disciplinary procedures against students found to be suffering from a medical condition. While the handbook states that they do not impose disciplinary measures against students who fail to pass such tests it later reads, "students will be removed from co-curricular activities, sports, and parking privileges as set forth in Board Policy." Additionally, because drug addiction is a medical problem, the results of any such test are a personal medical record that need to be kept private in compliance with HIPPA and limited to licensed medical professionals consented to by the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
3) Research shows that students who are involved with sports and other extracurricular activities are less likely to use drugs and are more likely to disapprove of drug usage. Therefore, it seems counterproductive to remove students experimenting with drugs from a peer group that would discourage them from using drugs.
While there are clear questions over the scope of government intrusion and parental rights when your local public school is running what amount to mandatory medical tests on students, it would be highly irresponsible for the Middletown Board of Education to fail to at minimum correct the flaws noted above prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
Red Bank, NJ
- Category: Monmouth County
Annual event is a culmination of year-long activities
FREEHOLD, NJ – For the Monmouth County 4-H Association, the annual Monmouth County Fair is a showcase of the many achievements and skills that 4‐H members have learned throughout the year.
“Participating in the Monmouth County Fair is a highlight in the lives of many 4‐H’ers,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “I’m sure that they will create memories and make friendships that will last a lifetime.”
Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry crowned the 2011 Monmouth County 4-H Ambassador Victoria Rodriguez at the Monmouth County Fair on Wednesday, July 27.
4-H involves children from kindergarten through one year passed high school (grade 13) in dozens of clubs and activities. Traditional clubs involve livestock and farming activities. But some of the less traditional clubs, like herpetology, care for arachnids, newts and salamanders and snakes. Other clubs develop skills in crafts, art, photography, writing, dance and theater arts.