Thursday, July 17, 2014

Middletown Rabies Alert #11


From Middletown Alerts:

The Middletown Township Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of 2 more raccoons testing positive for rabies, bringing the total of animal testing positive this year to 13. This latest incidents happened in the area of Maxson Court and Walnut Ave.

Over the past few months, the township Health Department has found and reported raccoons and one fox that have tested positive for Rabies. The previous locations of the animals were:

  • Pate Drive
  • Locust Point Road
  • Pineridge Avenue
  • Walnut Avenue between Pine Street and Chestnut Street
  • 900 Leonardville Road, Croydon Hall Complex
  • Route 35 between Kanes Lane and Kings Highway East
  • Red Hill Road between Dwight Road and Deepdale Drive
  • Michael Drive off of Nutswamp Rd
  • Ueland Road off of Nutswamp Road
  • Essex Street off of Bray Ave
  • Clay Court off of Hartshorne Road

The township would like to alert residents about the dangers of interacting with any wildlife. Rabies can be found in many animals. The Health Department would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to keep their distance from all wildlife, ill appearing or not, and to also keep an eye on pets around these animals. Do not let dogs or cats run free where they may become in contact with wildlife. All dogs and cats must be licensed in Middletown, which requires that they all have current rabies vaccinations.

If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 immediately or contact the Police Department after hours and on weekends. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION'S MOVIE TRAILER BIZARRELY CELEBRATES HIS BROKEN PROMISES AND FAILURES

Video Mocks Pain of Middle Class Families Suffering in the Christie Economy

(Trenton) -- Today, the Christie administration created yet another reason to be publicly ridiculed, releasing an 80 second web video that mimics a blockbuster movie trailer and mocks the promise that the governor made to pensioners -- a promise that he promptly broke.

"Sandy victims continue to suffer from the Christie administration's neglect and the rest of the state's economy is in ruins, and yet the governor is mocking the pain and suffering he's causing middle class families -- it's completely offensive, especially since this was probably the work of staff that received 23 percent raises," said Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, John Currie. Sadly, the governor's bizarre Hollywood fantasy is not the action drama his team imagines, it's a horror film that never seems to end."
 
The Christie economy is the definition of failure. Superstorm Sandy survivors are still paying mortgages on their uninhabitable homes. Christie's economic stewardship has resulted in a record six state credit downgrades. His overly optimistic revenue projections blew a gigantic hole in New Jersey’s 2014 budget. And, New Jersey ranks 49th in the nation in private-sector job growth while unemployment has been consistently high compared to its neighbors.

Pallone Leads Letter Urging President Obama to Sign Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers from Workplace Discrimination Without Exemptions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) led a letter signed by 34 Members of Congress urging President Obama not to include special exemptions for religious organizations in his planned executive order regarding workplace protections for LGBT Americans employed by federal contractors. The letter comes in response to faith groups calling on President Obama to create exemptions that would allow an employee to be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We set a dangerous precedent if we exempt religious organizations from these workplace protections,” said Congressman Pallone. “The federal government has an obligation to put a complete stop to unfair and discriminatory practices. I am pleased to lead my colleagues in calling for an executive order that ensures all Americans are afforded the same protections in the workplace.”

Pallone, a long-time advocate for LGBT equality, has been a leader on this issue for years, having held a Congressional briefing in 2012 examining the need to require federal contractors to have sexual orientation and gender identity anti-discrimination policies. He has also led letters to President Obama urging executive action on the issue for the last three years.

The full text of the letter is below:







July 15, 2014



President Barack Obama

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500



Dear Mr. President:



Like so many Americans, we were proud of your commitment to sign an Executive Order banning federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. We urge you to sign this Executive Order as soon as possible without exemptions, ensuring that it will protect every American who works with the Federal Government. We believe that this is a critical step towards ensuring that members of the LGBT community receive the same protections afforded to all citizens. What matters in the workplace is how you do your job—not who you are. No one in this country should be subjected to discrimination and harassment in the workplace.



In 2014, it is absolutely unconscionable that a federal contract worker could be fired on the basis of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity without legal repercussions. Thanks to your upcoming Executive Order, this discrimination will be a thing of the past. The federal government has a moral responsibility to ensure that all citizens are treated equally and with dignity.

Like many people of faith, we believe that a fully inclusive America benefits us all. However, we are disheartened to hear that some faith organizations wish to overturn this progress and continue this legalized discrimination. Creating a religious exemption for workplace discrimination would set a dangerous precedent for employees around the country. With this exemption, employers would be able to fire or refuse to hire someone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. Your action at the federal level must put a complete stop to these unfair and discriminatory workplace practices.

We thank you for considering our request. Thank you again for your leadership on advancing LGBT equality, and we look forward to seeing your final Executive Order.


Sincerely,



FRANK PALLONE, JR. AMI BERA, M.D.

Member of Congress Member of Congress



ROBERT BRADY JULIA BROWNLEY

Member of Congress Member of Congress



TONY CARDENAS EMANUEL CLEAVER

Member of Congress Member of Congress



STEVE COHEN JOHN CONYERS, JR.

Member of Congress Member of Congress



SUSAN DAVIS KEITH ELLISON

Member of Congress Member of Congress



LOIS FRANKEL JOHN GARAMENDI

Member of Congress Member of Congress



ALAN GRAYSON BRIAN HIGGINS

Member of Congress Member of Congress



STEVEN HORSFORD RICK LARSEN

Member of Congress Member of Congress



JOHN LEWIS JIM MCDERMOTT

Member of Congress Member of Congress



JAMES MCGOVERN JIM MORAN

Member of Congress Member of Congress



GLORIA NEGRETE MCLEOD DONALD M. PAYNE, JR.

Member of Congress Member of Congress



CHARLES B. RANGEL LUCILLE ROYAL-ALLARD

Member of Congress Member of Congress



LINDA SANCHEZ JOHN P. SARBANES

Member of Congress Member of Congress



ALLYSON SCHWARTZ BOBBY SCOTT

Member of Congress Member of Congress



ALBIO SIRES MIKE THOMPSON

Member of Congress Member of Congress



JOHN F. TIERNEY DINA TITUS

Member of Congress Member of Congress



JUAN VARGAS HENRY WAXMAN

Member of Congress Member of Congress


NJ Watchdog sues Christie for travel expense records

For immediate release:


As Chris Christie eyes a run for the White House in 2016, he’s en route to becoming the most prolific traveler in the history of New Jersey governors.

Yet the self-styled reform advocate is trying to avoid public disclosure on who pays for which trips – and what costs are borne by taxpayers.

A pair of lawsuits by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter against the governor’s office may shed new light on information those state secrets.

The latest legal action, filed last week in Mercer County Superior Court, seeks records of Christie’s travel expenses paid by state government. In a parallel suit, the reporter is asking for release of state records that show who else funds the governor’s sojourns.

Since January, Christie has refused to release records of his excursions paid by third parties – including political groups and others – disclosures required under state travel regulations.

The governor also denied access to state Travel Card statements for his trips on New Jersey’s tab. Once again, his staff rejected the request as being “unclear” – even though the rules clearly state “charges made to the Travel Card may be subject to review under the Open Public Records Act.”

In response to New Jersey Watchdog’s requests for records of all travels from 2012 to present, Christie released partial expense reports for only 13 trips – an average of one trip every two months. The names of all hotels were crossed out, and the lodging receipts were withheld. In several instances, the purpose of trips or means of transportation were not disclosed.

The documents indicate Christie plays fast and loose with guidelines that govern New Jersey officials.

The complete story is now online at http://watchdog.org/159280/christie-travel-expenses.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 7, 2014 Middletown Township Committee Meeting: Police Chief Retires with $250K Payout

Last Monday the Middletown Township Committee held its monthly workshop meeting. The meeting lasted about an hour, which was nearly double the time of recent workshop meetings of the past. It was a busy meeting, a lot was discussed. Namely the retirement of Middletown Police Chief Robert Oches. Upon his retirement effective August 1st, Chief Oches will walk away with a  $249, 338 check for unused sick and vacation time that has been accumulated over his 40 years of service.

 Now in general I have no problem with this, Chief Oches served Middletown admirably over his 40 year career and played by the rules. He is entitled to this payout and I wish him well and hope he uses it wisely during his retirement. However, I do  happen to agree with the members of the Township Committee and think these types of payouts are extravagant budget busters that need to end.  But what really annoys me most about this is the self-righteous indignation that was expressed while discussing this issue.

As usual, our very partisan, all Republican Township Committee placed blame for these types of payouts at the feet of the Democrats in Trenton. They implored the Democratically controlled state legislature to do something about this problem and couldn't believe why they would allow this to go on.

The Committee members seem to forget however that the Democrats did do something about. They sent a bill to the desk of  Governor Christie during the early days of his 1st term in office that capped the payouts for unused sick time and vacation days at $15K! Christie however vetoed the bill because it didn't go far enough. He wanted to eliminate (unrealistically in my opinion) these types of payout all together.

You can watch the whole discussion starting at the 19:50 mark of the video.

As it turns out, all the belly-aching that the Township Committee did last week about having to shell out nearly $250K to our retiring police chief, seems to have caught the attention of NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney, who along with Monmouth County State Senator Joe Kyrillos (a Middletown resident)  issued a joint statement - that should make Middletown Township Committee members happy - which said, "We continue to see hundreds of thousands of dollars in payouts to employees simply because they were fortunate enough not to get sick, it's a policy that is grossly unfair to the taxpayers of New Jersey and one the state cannot sustain given our current budgetary issues." according to yesterday's Asbury Park Press.  The article continued to state however that Governor Christie's all or nothing position on the issue hasn't changed.

So maybe it's time for Gerry Scharfenberger, Tony Fiore, Stephanie Murrary, Kevin Settembrino and Steve Massel to put-up or shut-up and issue a resolution calling on their beloved governor to compromise with members of the state legislature on this issue and accept a cap on these type of employee windfalls upon retirement. After all, it would be a whole lot better to pay out just $15K to a retiree than the quarter $Million or more that towns like Middletown are in the process of paying out now or in the future.




As always, you can download a copy of the Meeting Agenda that contains the discussion items and the proposed resolutions and ordinances that were voted on or presented during the meeting. A box around an item is a link, bringing you further into the document to that resolution or ordinance. At the end of the resolution there will be a link bringing you back to the agenda. Attached to this agenda is also the monthly bill list, so that everyone can see how the Township is spending our tax dollars.


10 ways Chris Christie's White House ambition hurts Jersey

If you haven't read the front page of today's Newark Star-Ledger you should. Tom Moran, the Ledger's Editorial Board Editor has a good take on how Chris Christie has hurt New Jersey due to his personal ambitions for a much higher office. 

By Tom Moran/ Star-Ledger

Gov. Chris Christie last week rejected the notion that his ambitions for the White House are driving his behavior as governor.
"Regular people don’t see it that way," he told reporters. "You all have been asking me about running for president since 2010, so is every action I’ve taken since 2010 been through the prism of the presidency? I don’t think so and I don’t even think you all can make that argument."
Granted, no one can peer into the man’s heart. We’d need his diary to divine his true motives.
And no sane person would argue that Christie’s "every action" has been dictated by the need to seduce the Republican base. He did concede the science on climate change, a move that will alienate the flat-Earth crowd in the Republican base, no small loss. He appointed a Muslim judge and called conservative critics of the move "crazies."
Worst of all, he hugged that usurper, President Obama, in the heat of the 2012 presidential race.
But enough nuance. Time to accept the governor’s challenge and make the case that he’s running this state with one eye on the White House, that he is putting New Jersey second, behind GOP primary voters.
The list below offers 10 cases in point.
1. Birth control
In his first budget, Christie cut $7.4 million in funding for family planning, giving up a potential 9-1 match in federal dollars as well. The money was not used for abortions, but for birth control, cancer screenings and other services for low-income women without insurance.
Six Planned Parenthood clinics were forced to close as a result, and others cut back their hours.
Christie claimed his only motive was to save money. But giving up that 9-1 federal match is irrational budgeting. And this program was tiny, amounting to less than 0.03 percent of the state’s $31 billion budget.
Gov. Pinocchio had political motive for this one. Funding Planned Parenthood clinics would have been tough to justify on the trail.
2. Gun control
Christie vetoed four gun control bills, including one that would ban .50-caliber sniper rifles, and another this month that would limit ammunition magazines to 10 bullets.
On this issue, he is an incoherent mess. He proposed a ban on .50-caliber rifles himself last April, then vetoed the ban that reached his desk. And he’s offered no rational reason why New Jersey gun owners could possibly need more than 10 rounds in a magazine.
"The last thing he wants is the right mad at him for being a gun control advocate," said Julian Zelizer, a political science professor at Princeton University. "He’s now entering the Republican primaries as a fragile candidate. He can’t have any more enemies."
3. Climate change
Yes, the governor conceded the science. But he’s following the GOP playbook when it comes to policy.
He pulled New Jersey out of the regional agreement to reduce emissions from power plants. He diverted roughly $1 billion from the state’s Clean Energy Fund for unrelated purposes. He withdrew from a bipartisan lawsuit aimed at reducing emissions from Midwest coal plants. And in the Hurricane Sandy recovery, he has set requirements for building heights that are 1 foot lower than in surrounding states.
So if he gets grief for his rational talk about the science, he can defend himself by showing that his policies are perfectly aligned with the dictates of the Koch brothers, the billionaire kingmakers who earned their fortune on fossil fuels. Even the flat-Earth crowd in the party’s grass roots might forgive him when they take a second look.
4. The gas tax
The condition of New Jersey’s roadways ranks 46th in the nation, according to a study by Reason Foundation. Nearly 10 percent of our bridges are structurally deficient, and another 26 percent are functionally obsolete, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
But the trust fund for transit projects is broke. Worse, Christie broke the piggy bank and spent nearly $3 billion that had been set aside for the Hudson River tunnel. And he’s borrowed billions more to squeak by, breaking a promise and adding to the state’s crushing debt load.
The math is unforgiving: We need to raise the state’s gas tax, the third lowest in the nation. Privately, most Republicans concede this.
But raising any tax could be toxic on the trail. So count this as another mess Christie is leaving behind to protect his presidential ambitions.
5. Bridgegate
Christie was not content to just win last year’s election. He wanted a gigantic victory with bipartisan support to show that he could win a national election. That’s why his staff was pressing Democratic mayors such as Fort Lee’s Mark Sokolich for endorsements, even when it was clear Christie was coasting to victory.
In the end, the governor won re-election in a 22-point landslide, and the story line seemed solid.
Bridgegate wrecked that. Aside from exposing the ugly underbelly of the Christie administration, it has been an expensive distraction for the state government. The governor’s whitewash by attorney Randy Mastro is expected to cost taxpayers at least $3 million. On top of that, taxpayers are paying the legal bills for most of the key players, and for the Democrats, which are unknown at this time.
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How Tea Party tax cuts are turning Kansas into a smoking ruin

"States considering deep tax cuts in hopes of sparking a surge of economic growth should look carefully at Kansas," ...  Yes, look carefully -- and run the other way!

By Michael Hiltzik
LOS ANGELES TIMES

Sam Brownback, the Republican governor of Kansas, doesn't just believe in whistling past the graveyard--he's willing to stroll past it in full-throated song.

The graveyard is where the economy of Kansas has been buried since 2012, when Brownback and his Republican state legislature enacted a slew of deep tax cuts in a tea party-esque quest for economic "freedom."

Our new pro-growth tax policy will be like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy.

"Our new pro-growth tax policy will be like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy," he promised then. Brownback's tax consultant, the supply-side guru Art Laffer, promised Kansans that the cuts would pay for themselves in supercharged economic growth.

Instead, job growth in Kansas trails the nation. The state's rainy-day fund is dwindling to zero. Month after month, revenue comes in even lower than fiscal officials' most dire expectations.

In the rest of the country, school budgets are finally beginning to recover from the toll of the last recession; in Kansas, they're still falling. Healthcare, assistance for the poor, courts, and other state services are being eviscerated.

Who's benefiting? The rich, including those proud offspring of Wichita, Kan.: the Koch brothers.

Despite all this, Brownback resorted to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago to declare that "the early results are impressive." Among other statistics he cited, "In the past year, a record number of small businesses — more than 15,000 — were formed."

Yes, but as shown by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington economic think tank, 16,000 disappeared. And many of those businesses that Brownback crowed about were surely created to take advantage of one of the tax-cut quirks Brownback enacted. This is the elimination of all taxes on partnerships, sole proprietorships, and LLCs that pass through their tax liabilities to their owners. That allows everyone from freelancers and petty contractors to huge partnerships to avoid any state income tax at all, as long as they're organized as a certain type of "small business."

Brownback's policy, and his claims about its outcome, define the term "ideological" -- the imposition of preconceived notions on a contradictory reality.

The record of Kansas since 2012 shows the folly of such draconian cuts in revenue. It's one thing to enact targeted cuts in tax rates during an economic upswing, when such a policy can add fuel to job generation. It's quite another to do so blindly during a slump, when cuts in state services undermine efforts at recovery.

Brownback's tax policy came right out of the conservative playbook. His 2012 package cut the top two personal income tax rates from 6.45% (on income over $60,000) and 6.25% (on income between $30,000 and $60,000) to 4.9%. The rate on income under $30,000 was pared to 3% from 3.5%. Pass-through business income was made fully tax-exempt. The law increased the standard deduction, but also eliminated several tax credits that assisted the poor....

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If Boehner Sues Obama, Only The Courts Win

I agree, this is just a bad idea. Not because politically i'm a Democrat and support our president, but because it would reek all kinds of havoc that would lead to anarchy and a government ruled by activist judges, both conservative and liberal.  


By Jonathan Bernstein
Bloomberg News

The story on House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Barack Obama is pretty simple: regardless of whether the administration overstepped, what’s at stake is whether the courts are being empowered at the expense of the elected branches of government.
For starters, there’s zero evidence that Obama has been unusual in his use of executive powers. If he’s overdone it, then all the recent presidents have done so, too. The idea that he’s some sort of tyrant who acts differently than other modern presidents is nonsense.
In fact, It’s perfectly normal for presidents and executive branch departments and agencies to make broad interpretations of law that look a lot like legislating. It’s how the system works, and pretty much how it always worked. Thus Richard Neustadt’s famous claim that the system isn’t “separation of powers,” but separated institutions sharing powers.
Nonetheless, there are rules constraining how laws may be interpreted, and it is possible that in specific instances, the administration may have acted beyond what the law allows.
Indeed, experts have made the case that this kind of overreach occurred with the delayed implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act (which, apparently, is going to be central to the House Republicans' lawsuit), though other experts disagree.
In any case, it would be unprecedented, and in fact would constitute a significant change to the constitutional system, if the courts allowed Congress to sue the president over the ACA delay.
The technical issue is “standing.” For the courts to consider a lawsuit, the person or group bringing the suit has to show they were harmed in some direct way. So, for example, in the recent recess appointment case, Noel Canning Corp. was able to show that it had directly been harmed by an action taken by members of the National Labor Relations Board who had been recess-appointed. Generally, the courts have ruled (Vox has a good explainer on this) that Congress isn’t eligible to sue the president just because it doesn't like what he’s done....

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

President Obama's Weekly Address 7/12/14: Expanding Opportunity – It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President recapped his visits with folks who have written him letters about their own American stories -- their successes and struggles. While Congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, the President continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans. The President again urged Congress to join him, as they were elected to do, in working on behalf of everyday Americans – including those the President spent time with this week – by investing in our infrastructure to support American jobs, and ensuring that the Highway Trust Fund does not expire.


Pallone Urges Governor Christie Not to Abandon Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie urging him to reconsider his decision to withdraw the State of New Jersey from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Pallone stressed that remaining in RGGI will help New Jersey comply with new regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s proposal, announced in June 2014, seeks to cut the amount of carbon pollution produced by power plants by 30% to below 2005 levels by 2030. RGGI is a cooperative effort among nine New England and Mid-Atlantic states to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New Jersey joined other states in implementing the program in 2005, but Governor Christie announced that he would withdraw the state from RGGI in 2011.

“We cannot wait to address climate change,” said Congressman Pallone. “And RGGI allows New Jersey to make meaningful changes. If we do not start taking the prospect of climate change seriously, devastating storms like Sandy will intensify and become the new normal. Continuing to participate in RGGI will allow New Jersey to meet the new EPA carbon standards, while also spurring investments in clean energy technologies and creating jobs in our state. I urge the Governor to reconsider his decision.”

In response to his withdrawal from RGGI, environmental groups sued Governor Christie, saying that he broke the law by not introducing a proposal to change or repeal the regulations regarding the state’s membership in the program. A state appeals court ruled in March of 2014 that the administration had not followed the proper procedures when withdrawing from RGGI because it had not allowed for public input. A public comment period is now open until September 5th.

The full text of the letter is below:

July 11, 2014

Governor Chris Christie
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625



Dear Governor Christie,

I write today regarding our country’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that aims to reduce carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants by 30 percent by the year 2030. This rule, once finalized, will be a crucial aspect of America’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and address climate change.

I am deeply disappointed with your decision to pursue withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which has been extremely effective in participating states. Investments of RGGI auction proceeds to date are projected to return more than $2 billion in lifetime energy bill savings to more than 3 million participating households and more than 12,000 businesses in the region. Once finalized, the EPA rule will require states to develop plans to meet emissions reduction goals set by the agency. Remaining in RGGI will be the most effective and efficient way for New Jersey to meet the EPA carbon standards.

The World Bank released a report in 2012 on the potential effects of increasing average temperatures by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. This type of increase is well within the range of possibility if we don't act. The impacts of this level of warming would be devastating. Sea levels would be over three feet higher, inundating coastal communities.

New Jerseyans know firsthand what the cost of climate change is. If we do not start taking the prospect of climate change seriously, devastating storms like Superstorm Sandy will become the new normal. Climate change leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, duration and timing of extreme weather and climate events, and can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events. This increases beach erosion, storm-surge damage and flooding for the many coastal communities in New Jersey.

I urge you to reconsider your decision to withdraw from RGGI. Instead of walking away from this regional program, New Jersey should work with the other Northeast states that are members of RGGI to reduce carbon emissions and spur investments in clean energy technologies. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Sincerely,

FRANK PALLONE, JR.
Member of Congress

Friday, July 11, 2014

Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee Brings Lakewood Vet Center Services To VFW Post 2179

From Middletown Alerts:
7/11/14

MIDDLETOWN –The Mobile Vet Center (MVC) of Lakewood, NJ offers weekly counseling and outreach services in Middletown Township. VFW Post 2179 located on Route 36 hosts the MVC in their parking lot on Thursdays, thanks to a partnership made possible through the Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee.

Vet Centers provide counseling services to combat veterans and veterans who experience sexual trauma while on active duty. They can also provide services to the family members of these veterans as well as family members of those who have fallen while on active duty. The MVC is staffed by a counselor and an outreach specialist. The MVC is located in Middletown on Thursdays.

“We are trying to bring services closer to the veterans,” says Daria Pampaloni, LCSW, Team Leader for the Lakewood Vet Center. “We provide services to veterans in Monmouth and Ocean County but Lakewood can be a long trip if a veteran doesn’t have a car, or if they need to hire a babysitter. We’re trying to bring the services closer to those who need us.”

Because the MVC is a multi-purpose vehicle, it will continue to fulfill its mission to provide outreach services at events around the state. Post 2179 provides a private office so the counselor can continue to meet with veterans and their families if the mobile counseling center is not available on a Thursday. Interested veterans can contact 908-607-6364 to set up an appointment.

Monmouth County Election Board Seeking Poll Workers




Get Your Free Slurpee Today

Beat the heat and head on over to your nearest 7-Eleven store and get a free Slurpees today.



NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
7/9/14

7-Eleven is celebrating its namesake corporate holiday on July 11, otherwise known as 7/11, with a raft of free food.

The chain is handing out free 12-ounce Slurpees on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., available in the usual rainbow of flavors: blue, purple, green, yellow, orange and red.

7-Eleven has doled out free Slurpees on July 11 before. But this year, they're throwing more snacks into the mix for anyone willing to download the store's app.

This will entitle them to a free drink or snack on each day for a week, starting with a Big Gulp on July 12, then followed by M&Ms, Grandma's cookies, Hostess Twinkies, Snickers or Twix ice cream bars, Quaker Chewy Yogurt bars and Pillsbury cookies.

The week-long giveaway returns full circle on July 19 to another free Slurpee.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Modern" Kids losing Language and Confidence? - Observed/Poem by Taylor Mali

In case you hadn't realized, it has somehow become uncool to sound like you know, what you´re talking about. It's a sorry commentary on today's youth and those that allow it to go uncorrected.

Green Party Of Monmouth To Host Healthcare Economics, Student Loan Debt, and Climate Networking Event

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hosts a special
networking social, w/refreshments, live music, and a national keynote

Jersey Shore Activists
from 1 pm to 5 pm

Issues: We can't afford NOT to have a universal, single payer healthcare plan in New Jersey and the USA; unconscionable, unaccountable and predatory student loan debt & we must unite to stop corporations' quest for short term, private profit which destroys our environment

Roll out networking event for three new advocacy groups:

Medicare For All - New Jersey
Global Climate Convergence - NJ
CPAs For Community Support

Keynote: Gerald Friedman, PhD
"The Healthcare Economist"
The Single Payer Solution

with

The Cellar Dwellers


Seating is limited, Please reserve your lawn chair seating ASAP.

Oakhurst, New Jersey 07755 from 1Pm to 5PM

To reserve your seating & / or to learn about sponsorship
( literature tables welcome ) Send Dave an Email @ njdgreen@aol.com