- Category: Monmouth County
MADISON, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie continues to garner the approval of New Jersey voters despite strong feelings to the contrary. According to the most recent statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, 49% of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie is doing, while 39% disapprove. Just back from the Republican Governors Conference, his margin of 10 percentage points is a four-point decline from a month ago, though within the poll’s margin of error.
“To the extent that Christie’s national reputation is tied up with national Republican politics, it can hurt him with voters back home,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “He has thus far made his reputation on honest and decisive management, not solid partisanship.”
His 10-point advantage in his approval rating is better than his four-point advantage in favorable over unfavorable opinion: 45% say they have a favorable view of the governor and 41% have an unfavorable view. Moreover, three of four of those who say their opinion of him is unfavorable say their opinion is “very” unfavorable. Similarly, among those who disapprove of his job performance, two of three “strongly” disapprove.
- Category: Monmouth County
Online sale of used government property continues to be successful
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that the fall Monmouth County surplus auction generated $310,802, bringing the combined total of the county’s online surplus property auctions to $1,922,283.
The county began conducting its surplus property auctions completely online in 2008.
Surplus property from the county’s Fleet Services, Bridge Department, Buildings & Grounds, Reclamation Center, Park System and seized and surplus property from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was sold to the highest bidders.
“This fall auction included an extended-time auction for surplus heavy construction equipment which resulted in more bidders submitting bids from many states,” Freeholder Robert D. Clifton said. “The 1994 articulated loader that sold for $25,000 had 49 bidders.”
Generally, the County has two auctions a year – spring and fall. The auctions are coordinated by the Department of Public Works and Engineering, Division of Fleet Services with assistance provided by the Department of Purchasing.
“By continuing to conduct the surplus and seized property auctions online, the County eliminates the need to pay overtime for security and item pick-up,” Clifton said. “The online auction has made this process a revenue stream.”
The auction was conducted Oct. 16 through Oct. 27. As usual, vehicles made up a good share of the items that hit the auction block. Also on the auction list were office, grounds and turf and food concession equipment, heavy construction equipment and other miscellaneous items.
The auction was conducted by Auction Liquidation Services of Eatontown. A complete list of the items included in the auction was viewed online with pictures and descriptions, as well as terms of sale and other relevant information.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Thursday, December 9, 7:30 PM
Atlantic Highlands, NJ - Art historian Helen Schwartz will give an illustrated talk on the Arts and Crafts Movement in New Jersey Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Atlantic Highlands. The slide lecture will explore the history and continuing influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement, which began in England and became a major design and lifestyle force worldwide. "The Arts and Crafts Movement continues as an influence, today" according to Ms. Schwartz. "Life is different now because of what happened then."
Arts and Crafts style lamp lights the entry of a historic Atlantic Highlands home. Photo credit: Robert O'Connor
The talk, co-sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council and the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, will concentrate on both the history and the location of significant Arts and Crafts buildings and material culture throughout New Jersey. "Some of the major changes began here," says Ms. Schwartz. "And the good news is the material past is still part of the present. A lot of what happened in this state remains standing." Atlantic Highlands is home an active historic preservation movement, with several beautifully restored Craftsman-style buildings.
"The Arts and Crafts Movement and How it Changed Our World" will be presented on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm in the new Paper Moon Puppet Theater on W. Garfield St. just west of First Ave. in Atlantic Highlands. Ms. Schwartz' presentation will be followed by questions and answers and light refreshments. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5, $3 for members of the AHAC and AHHS.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Members of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad gathered on a beautiful Saturday morning to make a wreck out of a car during an extrication drill.
The drill, part of the squad’s regular training program, was designed to let both new and senior members experience working with the organization’s extrication and stabilization equipment in a non-emergency setting.
Chief Richard Huff (C) prepares to cut the passenger door off of a Saturn, while squad president Jerry Pandolfo (l) and member Bill Mount (r) look on.
“Removing injured patients from mangled wrecks is part of our mission,” says Richard Huff, chief of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad. “Using a vehicle generously donated by a borough resident, we were able to duplicate a variety of crash scenarios ranging from removing the roof to multiple vehicle lift procedures.”
The drill began with an in-classroom presentation on using the Res-Q-Jack stabilization and lifting system, followed by a brief outline of the way the multi-hour drill would unfold.
- Category: Monmouth County
Record Efficiency Levels and Work Hour Reductions Cannot Offset Falling Volumes — Fundamental Changes Needed
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 12, 2010) — The U.S. Postal Service today reported its 2010 financial results, showing a net loss of $8.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.
Excluding charges to income primarily resulting from changes to interest rates that impact the organization’s workers’ compensation liability, the net loss was $6 billion.
The recent recession, continuing economic pressures and migration of mail to electronic media had a significant adverse impact on mail volumes and operating revenues. Despite rigorous initiatives that eliminated 75 million work hours and drove productivity to record highs in 2010, the losses mounted.
The Postal Service handles more than 44% of the world's mail volume—delivering more mail to more addresses and to a larger geographic area than any other postal administration in the world.
“Over the last two years, the Postal Service realized more than $9 billion in cost savings, primarily by eliminating about 105,000 full-time equivalent positions — more than any other organization, anywhere,” said Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett. “We will continue our relentless efforts to innovate and improve efficiency. However, the need for changes to legislation, regulations and labor contracts has never been more obvious.”