- Category: Monmouth County
RED BANK, NJ - On April 29, 2011, 60 students from 12 area high schools will come together at
Running and Winning introduces high school junior girls to the political process by providing them with access to women who currently serve as elected officials. During the day-long event, student participants have an opportunity to interview the women in government and to learn directly from their experiences. Following these interviews the students are guided by trained facilitators in a mock campaign exercise where they assume the roles of candidate, campaign manager, legislative aide or publicist. The day culminates with a presentation by each candidate to the full group of participants. Because a free press is essential in a democracy, this year the program has been expanded to include four student journalists who will cover the day for their communities.
- Category: News
Deputy Mayor Pam Brightbill Not Running for Reelection After Six Years of Dedicated Service to the Township
“I know Stephanie Murray will serve the taxpayers of
“While my commitment to public service is no less now than it was six years ago, I feel that it is the right time to pass the baton to another active member of our community, which is why I am pleased to support Stephanie Murray for Township Committee,” said Deputy Mayor Pam Brightbill. “I know that Stephanie will make an excellent addition to the Committee and help preserve the quality of life we all enjoy in
“It is an honor to have received a tremendous amount of support to continue my public service to
In addition to serving as a member of the Zoning Board and a Commissioner on the Middletown Housing Authority, Mrs. Murray has also served as a member of the Township’s Parks and Recreation Advisory and Open Space Committees. Stephanie is also the founder of a community group known as “Middletown Mornings” which is an open forum for residents of
- Category: Monmouth County
MADISON, NJ - A majority of voters in a state with 566 municipalities and widespread budget problems say sharing municipal services is a good idea. According to the most recent statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, 71% say that in order to save money, sharing services like police, fire and school administration is a good idea, while 19% say it’s a bad idea. Three of four Republicans (76%) say it’s a good idea, and so do two of three Democrats (67%). But women are a bit more hesitant to modify New Jersey’s entrenched “home rule” tradition than are men.
Changing the question slightly to ask voters about their town in particular, the answer remains the same: 70% say it’s a good idea for their town to share services with a neighboring town.
“Given every town’s problems with tight budgets, high property taxes, and pension contributions, perhaps sharing services is an idea whose time has finally come,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “It used to be that shared services were a good idea for someone else’s town. Now voters are suggesting it’s a good idea for their town too,” he added.
Asked specifically about sharing their police services with a neighboring town, 64% of voters agree it’s a good idea, while 29% object. The survey reveals a gender divide on the issue. Among men, 71% say sharing cops is a good idea but only 58% of women agree.
Asked specifically about sharing school administration with a neighboring town, two-thirds (66%) say it’s a good idea, while 25% say it’s not. Again, men (71%) are more likely than women (61%) to say it’s a good idea.
Asked about sharing their fire services with another town, 66% say it’s a good idea, while 27% say it’s a bad idea. While 71% of men say it’s a good idea, 60% of women agree.
“Of course, the devil is in the details when trying to merge services,” said Woolley. “The service providers themselves are often the first ones to object to a change in how things are administered.”
The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 711 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from March 29 through April 4, 2011, and has a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points.
- Category: News
RED BANK, NJ - Join us at the Red Bank Public Library for a celebration of National Library Week from April 10 through 16, 2011. The library will host an array of activities and raffles, starting off the week with free bagels for our patrons with the compliments of Manhattan Bagel, Red Bank.
Anyone visiting the library during the week will receive a free raffle ticket to enter a drawing to win one of several baskets containing great gifts donated by local businesses. Gifts will include theatre and movie tickets from Two River Theater Company, Count Basie Theatre, AMC Theatres, and Clearview Cinemas, as well as gift certificates to local restaurants, hair salons, and much more. For chocolate lovers, the Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe will supply special treats at various times during the week.
Also in honor of National Library Week, the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library are raising funds to support the library with a raffle for a Barnes & Noble Nook eReader. Raffle tickets are $5.00 each and will be sold at the Circulation Desk.
To wrap up the week on Saturday, April 16, Red Bank guitarist and singer-songwriter Jim Crawford will provide live entertainment in the Adult Department of the library beginning at 2:00 p.m. Specializing in Americana, folk, and country styles, Jim recently performed at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards show in Asbury Park, at which his album “Team of My Father” was nominated for Album of the Year. Readie’s Fine Foods of Red Bank will be providing delicious treats for library visitors Saturday afternoon, and the Children’s Department will be offering temporary tattoos all day.
Additional information on programs and services at the Red Bank Public Library are available at the library, on the library’s website www.lmxac.org/redbank, or by calling the library at 732-842-0690. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.
- Category: Monmouth County
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J – After becoming less positive following introduction of the budget, New Jersey voters remain split on their impression of Gov. Chris Christie, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. While 44 percent of registered voters give the governor a favorable rating, 42 percent view him unfavorably and 14 percent have no opinion. In February, 46 percent viewed the governor favorably and 44 percent unfavorably.
“We’re seeing essentially the same numbers we did last month. Christie’s favorability rating has not rebounded to prebudget address numbers.” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “In December, positive views were 10 points higher than negative. Following the budget address, negatives went up and positives went down, where they have stayed.”
President Barack Obama’s favorability rating stands at 55 percent, with 32 percent viewing him unfavorably and 13 percent reporting no opinion. Obama’s position has not changed much either from the 57 percent to 36 percent recorded in late February.
Results are from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of 773 registered voters conducted among both landline and cell phone households from March 28 to April 4, with a margin of error for the full sample of +/- 3.5 percentage points.