- Category: Monmouth County
Measure Will Strengthen Law on Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
WALL, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini which seeks to combat bullying has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The measure establishes the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” that applies to bullying at school, near school, on school buses, and cyberbullying and requires schools to address any reported acts of bullying.
“I applaud the Governor for signing this important legislation into law and taking action against bullying in New Jersey,” said Angelini. “The ‘Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights’ demonstrates that New Jersey will no longer tolerate any form of bullying and will make every effort to keep our children safe from harassment, intimidation, and bullying.”
The “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” expands on current law by protecting students that are bullied for any reason, holding schools accountable for reporting all incidences of bullying immediately, and strengthens suicide prevention training for teachers to include information on the relationship between bullying and suicide.
Bill A-3466 is co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen).
- Category: Monmouth County
Applications Now Available for Spring Training Class
HAZLET, NJ - For over 30 years, 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization, has been dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual violence, which affects our community. It is with the assistance of our dedicated response team volunteers, that 180 continues to provide support and advocacy to victims during their time of crisis. Starting in March 2011, 180 will be conducting a training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers. Applications are currently being accepted for the program and interviews will begin shortly.
The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT program are civilian members of the community who work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. The advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. The volunteer advocates are highly-trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. The 40-hour intensive, mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants at no cost. 180 will be conducting the four-week training March 21st – April 13th, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 6:00-9:30pm, in the courtroom at Hazlet Township Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Friday, February 4th at 8 PM
Newark, NJ - Garnering international raves from critics, as well as tens of thousands of audience members, for its performances of Brazilian folk dance based in Bahian folklore, Balé Folcórico da Bahia returns to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 8pm for a program entitled “Sacred Heritage,” paying tribute to the rich cultural traditions of Bahia, one of the 26 states of Brazilian. Tickets are $21 $36 $44 $52 $62 $82, and may be purchased at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), at www.njpac.org or at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark. This performance is made possible, in part, by The Judy and Josh Weston Fund for Artistic Excellence.
Samba de Roda. Photo: Marisa Vianna
- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On Thursday, December 23rd, Middletown Main Library loaned its one millionth item for 2010 when 2-1/5-year-old James Pirozzi borrowed the book "Thomas-saurus Rex." A preschooler at King of King's School, James was accompanied to the library by his mother, Kristen Pirozzi, and his six-year-old sister, Dylan. On hand to help celebrate this milestone were Committeewoman Pamela Brightbill and Randy Gabrielan, President of the Library Board of Trustees. To thank our “one in a million,” James's mother will receive two tickets to a performance of “A Thousand Clowns” compliments of The Two River Theater in Red Bank.
James and Dylan Pirozzi
Middletown Library employees and its Board of Trustees extend hearty congratulations to James and his family.
Middletown Main Library is located at 55 New Monmouth Rd—mtpl.org—732-671-3700 x320.
- Category: Monmouth County
FREEHOLD, NJ – With temperatures on the rise and a possible rainstorm headed to the area, Monmouth County officials want residents to remain ready for additional storms and emergencies
“Taking a few basics steps now means you will be ready for virtually any big weather event or other disaster that may affect Monmouth County,” Freeholder John P. Curley said. “Every resident should prepare, plan and stay informed.”
No matter what the storm event, there are several steps residents can take to prepare themselves:
Prepare – Assemble a Kit of Emergency Supplies – Batteries, flashlight, radio, first-aid kit, medications, food and water to last three or more days, can opener, cooking tools, toiletries.
Plan – Create an Emergency Plan – Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan a way to contact one another, such as enlisting the help of a third party in another state as a contact, and review what you will do in different situations. Also, in the event that you are separated from family members, plan a meeting place outside of your neighborhood or town.
Stay Informed – Listen to local radio and television for the latest information on storms and other emergencies. Review what warning sirens are used in your community to alert residents of major emergencies.
“Preparing for the worst makes dealing with it that much easier,” said Freeholder Curley. “The likelihood that you and your family will survive a nor’easter, hurricane or other emergency depends on the preparations that you make now.”