- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Highlands Fire Department will be hosting their second ever Post St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party Fundraiser at the Firehouse Station 17-1 on Saturday, March 19, 2011 immediately following the Highlands St. Patrick’s Day parade. Parade begins at 2:00pm sharp; the parade is sponsored by the Highlands Business Partnership.
The firehouse is located at 17-1 Shore Drive, Highlands NJ.
Ex-Chief Rebecca Kane said “This is a great way for our residents and neighboring communities to meet each other. We have such a special town filled with so many wonderful people; I do hope that everyone comes out to enjoy the day”
The celebration will run from 3:00pm through 8:00pm.
The Highlands Fire Department will be providing an authentic Irish Fare as well as beer. Mugs are $10.00 that includes three drink tickets.
Should you feel the luck of the Irish you can win one of our “Pot of Gold” 50/50’s that will be going on all throughout the day.
Music will be provided by “Tara” an authentic Irish Duo from County Cavan, Ireland as well as the Ocean County Emeralds Society.
- Category: Monmouth County
Use semi-annual event to keep smoke detectors working properly
FREEHOLD, NJ – As you set your clocks forward one hour this weekend, be sure to also test the smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home or office.
“Twice a year, residents should test their smoke alarms and CO detectors,” Freeholder John P. Curley said. “The spring and fall time changes are perfect reminders to test this equipment and, if your detectors are battery operated, you should change the batteries as well.”
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,000 people die in home fires each year, and the majority of them have no working smoke alarm.
A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never sleeps.
“Residents with hard wired systems should be testing their detector systems monthly and change the batteries annually. The spring time change is a perfect annual reminder,” county Fire Marshal Henry Stryker said. “If you do not have smoke detectors and CO detectors in you home, you should purchase and install some detectors immediately. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions because there are differences between the various brands.”
- Category: Monmouth County
"Suit the action to the word, the word to the action."
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Reciting Shakespearean monologues and sonnets on the stage at Brookdale's Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 5th, a group of twenty-six convivial and talented young thespians from 15 different high schools entertained and supported each other at the 21st annual Shakespeare Competition for High School Students sponsored by The English-Speaking Union of Monmouth County.
left to right: Jerry Sanchez, Jersey City Performing Arts School, 3rd place; Jordyn Tumas, Ocean Township High, Honorable Mention; Einat Sapegin, Colts Neck High, 1st place; Reid Henderson, Red Bank Regional Performing Arts, Honorable Mention; Brian Howard, Howell High School, 2nd place
The students, mostly from Monmouth County high schools, but also from Hudson and Union counties, demonstrated their love of acting and of Shakespeare by performing self-selected monologues from Shakespeare's plays, using only their body language and voices (no props or costumes) to convey their characters' moods, concerns, values, and intentions. In addition, the students showed their versatility and intellectual acumen by reciting one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets to reveal its structure, mood, and themes. The audience of parents, friends, and educators was noticeably impressed by the range and quality of the performances, and the students themselves supported each other with genuine good will and respect. The competition was judged by four theater professionals: Kate Cordaro, Director of Educaton at The Two River Theatre Company; Jamie Brink, Associate Director of Education at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; William Henning, actor and writer; and John Bukovec Assistant Professor of Drama at Brookdale. Each of the contestants had earned his or her place in the competition by having won an internal competition, supervised by English and/or drama teachers, in his or her own school.
- Category: Monmouth County
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J – Following his Feb. 22 budget speech, New Jersey’s registered voters are nearly evenly split on their feelings about Gov. Chris Christie: 46 percent have a favorable impression, another 44 do not, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today.
Voters were 10 points more positive than negative about Christie in a poll last December. They have also become slightly less positive about the governor’s job performance since then.
“While some polls showed Gov. Christie’s support increasing before the budget speech, reaction to the budget itself is mixed, which appears to be reflected in a decline in his postspeech favorability and job performance ratings,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers- Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. At the same time, the poll finds President Barack Obama’s favorability rating among voters has remained consistently better than the governor’s since December, at 57 percent favorable and 36 percent unfavorable.
The poll of 912 New Jersey adults was conducted among both landline and cell phone households Feb. 24-26, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points. A weighted subsample of 811 registered voters is reported here, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.
- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the Highlands Elementary Board of Education adopted their tentative 2011-2012 budget and authorized its submission to the Acting Executive County Superintendent of Schools. Dr. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools reported, “This Board of Education developed the 2011-2012 budget in accordance with the District’s Mission Statement to ensure that each student has the opportunity to become an independent and critical thinker on the path to becoming a life-long learner.” Through fiscally prudent budgetary practices, the District’s budget will decrease $99,128, or 2.7% from the 2010-2011 budget. The District has worked diligently for the past several months to identify cost saving measures, while preparing to develop a fiscally sound budget according to the mandates developed by the NJ Department of Education.
These efforts include entering into shared services agreements with the Hazlet Township School District to operate the business office, which will save the District over $60,000 annually. The current arrangement for interim superintendent services saves the District an additional $6,000 each month. Other cost saving measures contributed to a total budget reduction of $99,128. These combined savings will assist the District in providing the taxpayers of Highlands with a budget that is fiscally responsible, yet able to support the rigorous academic programs provided for our students.
“Our Board is dedicated to meeting the needs of all of our students through a comprehensive educational program, while minimizing the impact on our taxpayers,” stated Karen Horner, Board of Education President.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, the New Jersey Department of Education released State aid figures for the 2011-2012 school year. Each school district in the State received a 20% return of the State aid cut in the prior year. “The Highlands Borough Board of Education has dedicated the full $38,401 in State aid increase to direct tax relief for our residents,” said Karen Horner, Board of Education President. A combination of the additional State aid and budgetary reductions will allow the District’s tax rate to remain stable with a projected minimal increase from 56 cents to 57.2 cents.
Next year’s operating budget is $3.6 million, a decrease of 2.7% from the current budget and almost $221,000 lower than last year’s 2009-10 budget. “We are going to operate next year with a budget that is almost 3% less than 2009-2010, while not compromising the integrity of the education provided to our students,” explained Dr. William O. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools.