- 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.
- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Board of Education currently has a vacancy. The term of this appointment will run until April 2012. Any person interested in filling this vacancy should send a resume and letter of interest by Thursday, April 28, 2011 to:
Christopher J. Mullins, CPA
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary
Highlands Borough Board of Education
360 Navesink Avenue
Highlands, NJ 07732
Any person wishing to become a member of the Board of Education must meet all of the following qualifications:
- ·A citizen of the
United States of America
- ·Able to read and write
- ·A resident of Highlands Borough for at least one (1) year preceding the date of appointment
- ·Registered to vote in the district
- ·Not directly/indirectly interested in a contract with or claim against the Board
- ·Not disqualified pursuant to R.S. 19:4.1
- Category: Monmouth County
Tinton Falls, N.J. – United Teletech Financial (UTF) and its members donated $5,000 to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in support of their efforts to feed those in need. Donations were submitted by members when they took part in UTF’s “Skip A Payment” program, which allowed members to defer a loan payment during the holiday season. That sum was then augmented by a donation from UTF.
“As the community credit union for Monmouth and Ocean Counties, partnering with the FoodBank is just one way to support our mission of helping local people in need,” said Leo R. Ardine, President/CEO of UTF. “We’re very proud that so many of our members were able to take part in the program and help us donate, especially in these trying times.”
The FoodBank of Monmouth and