Sunday, July 24, 2016

Giants announce 2016 Training Camp Schedule




From Giants.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants today announced the schedule for their 2016 training camp, which will be presented by Toyota. The camp will feature 11 practice sessions open to the public at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, which is located on the MetLife Sports Complex.

The first practice session will take place on Friday, July 29 at 10:40 a.m.

Admission: There is no admission charge for watching training camp workouts. All practices will be held at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center

Fan Guidelines: Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 29-Aug. 14). Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields. Restroom facilities, concession stands and a free kids' activity area will be available.

Fan Parking: Parking is free and is located in Lot K on the grounds of the MetLife Sports Complex. The lot will open to the public one hour before the scheduled start time of practice and the gates will open 30 minutes before practice begins. The parking lot will close one hour following the conclusion of practice. All fans attending practice will be subject to security screening before entering the seating area.

Autographs: Select Giants legends will sign autographs during practice each day for all fans. A listing of those Giants legends and the dates they will sign will be released on Giants.com.

Each day after practice, a rotating group of current Giants players will sign autographs for the first 400 fans age 12 and under. The autograph opportunity will take place behind the Kids’ Zone area. All kids who are interested in the opportunity are encouraged to visit the sign-up table with a guardian immediately upon arriving at the practice so that they can receive a wristband. The sign-up table will be located immediately in front of the kids’ autograph area, and all wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once wristbanded, they can enjoy the rest of practice and are encouraged to return 30 minutes prior to the end of practice to be allowed into the autograph area. Kids must have a wristband to be permitted into the autograph area. There will not be a post-practice autograph session on August 5 or August 6.

Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather (including rain, wind, thunderstorms or extreme heat), practices will be moved indoors and be closed to the public. Please check Giants.com prior to every practice for up-to-the-minute changes in the daily practice schedule.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pallone & Army Corps of Engineers Announce Second Phase of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project in Port Monmouth




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2016


Long Branch, NJ --- Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $13,696,687.00 contract for the Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project in Port Monmouth. The contract will help fulfill the project’s second phase, which includes constructing a system of levees, a floodwall, a tide gate, road closure structures, road raising and pump stations. The funding is part of the $110 million allocated for Port Monmouth in the Sandy relief package that Pallone worked to secure in 2013. The contract was awarded to Kyle Conti Construction of Hillsborough, New Jersey.

“Many in Port Monmouth faced serious flooding during Sandy, unlike anything this community has ever seen,” said Pallone “All along the Bayshore, flooding has become an increasingly common phenomenon as severe storms have become more frequent and residential and commercial development has increased. The work being done here will strengthen our local infrastructure, reduce future damage, and keep our communities safe. I have been working to bring this project to fruition for years, so I’m pleased that the second stage is underway.”

The first phase of the project was successfully completed in June of 2015 and included dune restoration, beach replenishment, groin work, extension of the fishing pier, and construction of protective dunes. The entire $110 million effort will offer significant protection to the area, which has suffered frequent flooding, erosion and damage from rain and coastal storms in recent years. The Army Corps of Engineers hopes to complete the entire project by 2019.

Pallone Champions Bipartisan Legislation to Address Opioid Epidemic at Treatment Center in Marlboro






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2016


Calls for Real Dollars to Combat Epidemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) visited New hope Treatment in Marlboro to discuss legislation to combat the opioid epidemic. Pallone, who led democratic efforts to pass the bill, toured the facility and discussed how provisions in the conference report that recently passed the House of Representatives and Senate will assist addiction treatment centers. The legislation includes important and proven programs to address prevention, treatment and recovery.

In New Jersey, more than 184,000 individuals have been admitted to substance abuse treatment facilities for heroin or opioid abuse since 2010 and more than 5,000 have died from heroin-related deaths since 2004.

“We have a responsibility to the individuals, families, and communities that are being shattered by opioid addiction to do everything within our power to combat the current crisis,” said Pallone. “While I would have liked to see more in terms of a real investment in our public health infrastructure to deal with the complexity of addiction, and in addiction treatment centers like New Hope, I believe that this opioid package takes us several steps forward.”

While the legislation is an important first step, the Congressman also called for funding to fight the epidemic and empowering states with the resources to provide adequate treatment. He has introduced legislation that would commit $500 million annually to help individuals at all stages of crisis, specifically those suffering from prescription opioid and heroin dependence.

New Hope is a treatment center that serves those impacted by substance abuse, providing a range of counseling and clinical services across seven residential, transitional and outpatient facilities throughout Central New Jersey.

Among the services available at the facility, New Hope provides medication-assisted treatment. Throughout debate on the legislation, Pallone advocated for an expansion in access to this evidence based strategy to combat addiction and the final legislation allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to treat individuals with opioid use disorders with buprenorphine and authorizes grant programs to support states’ efforts to expand access to overdose-reversing drugs like naloxone and MAT programs within the criminal justice system. The legislation also takes an important step of reauthorizing the National All-Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act—known as NASPER—that has allowed states like New Jersey to track opioid prescriptions and prevent abuse and diversion.

The legislation clarifies that a doctor or patient may request that prescriptions for opioid painkillers be partially filled. This will reduce the number of unused pills in circulation, which will reduce the risk of misuse, diversion and overdose. Pallone discussed the importance of the partial pill legislation at Boyt Drugs in Metuchen in April.


Pallone Calls for Protection of Retirement Savings





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2016

Pallone Calls for Protection of Retirement Savings in Edison

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) held a retirement security forum with representatives of AARP New Jersey at the Edison Senior Center. Pallone discussed the importance of ensuring a Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Seniors and protecting retirement savings through the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. Representatives from AARP New Jersey, Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin were among the attendees.

As the American retirement system has moved away from defined benefit pensions and toward defined contribution plans, seniors’ private investments have become all the more critical to ensuring their financial security in retirement. However, financial advisers’ conflicts of interest currently cost American families an estimated $17 billion a year. Among other challenges seniors face, they will discuss the Department of Labor’s so called “fiduciary rule” which seeks to close this loophole and ensure that financial advisers act in their clients’ best interest when they provide investment advice.

“We simply want to hold all financial advisors to the same, commonsense standard – if you provide investment advice to people, they need to be able to trust that that advice will serve their best interests,” said Pallone. “We expect the advice we get from doctors and lawyers to serve our interests, and they are both held to professional standards that make sure this is true. Why wouldn’t we expect the same from those we hire to help ensure that we are financially secure in retirement?”

Congressman Pallone also expressed his continued disappointment that there was no Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in 2016. He has called on the Social Security Administration to reevaluate the formula it uses to determine yearly cost of living. By adopting a formula referred to as the “CPI-E’, the program could better respond to how inflation impacts seniors’ actual expenses, so that in retirement, they can continue to live in dignity and receive the benefits they have earned.


Central Jersey Blood Center and Air Trampoline Sports Hold Blood Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Air Trampoline Sports Aberdeen and Central Jersey Blood Center to Host Blood Drive
Owners of Air Trampoline Sports Unite with Central Jersey Blood Center to Show Support for the Community

Aberdeen, NJ— Air Trampoline Sports in Aberdeen will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, August 15, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The blood drive will be sponsored by Central Jersey Blood Center, a non-profit blood collection and distribution organization. Air Trampoline Sports has locations in Aberdeen, NJ and Ronkonkoma, NY and is run by father-son team, Ken and Justin Stone.

Ken is the owner of Air Trampoline Sports and Justin is General Manager of Air Trampoline Sports Ronkonkoma and Operator of Air Trampoline Sports Aberdeen. The father-son duo takes an altruistic approach to their business and have spearheaded a variety of philanthropic endeavors and fundraisers. The Aberdeen location has held fundraisers benefitting local charities and have contributed supplies to local schools, monetary donations to Breast Intentions during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Aberdeen Local PBA 163 for Police Week and have donated hundreds of pounds of food to the Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry during the holidays for people in need.

The blood that will be donated to the upcoming Air Trampoline blood drive can be used in a variety of medical procedures and can even be used to help treat a patient who has been diagnosed with cancer. It only takes one person's donation to save three lives. There has never been a bigger need for blood donations than there is right now with the current blood crisis that New Jersey is experiencing. Director of Donor Relations for CJBC, Michael Leviton, commented, "At this point, the need for blood donations is an emergency. We are appealing to everyone to make donating blood a priority. For those who are donating blood, thank you. It is appreciated and needed."

As a token of appreciation, all donors who participate in the drive will be presented with a free 30-minute jump pass as a thank you. When questioned about Air Trampoline's choice to host a blood drive, owner Ken Stone replied, "Giving back to the community is something we try to do every day. I'm just happy to do whatever I can to make our town a happier and healthier place."

As a reminder, all blood donors must be at least 16 years old, healthy and weigh at least 120 pounds. Please remember to bring a valid signature ID, drink water, and eat a full meal before you donate blood. To make an appointment, please contact Mark Horowitz by phone (732) 583-3000 or via email, mark@airtrampolinesports.com.

About Air Trampoline Sports:
Air Trampoline Sports has two locations in Ronkonkoma, NY and Aberdeen, NJ. Their space in Ronkonkoma has 26,000 square feet and features over 16,000 square foot of trampolines including courts for freestyle, dodgeball, foam pit, basketball slam dunk and a designated kids area. The space has specially designed dodgeball courts for pick-up and tournament play. Jumpers can jump into a spacious pit filled with foam cubes or play hard on two slam dunk goals. This modern facility has ample parking and is a hot spot for birthday parties and fun.

Their 38,000 square-foot facility in Aberdeen (one of the largest indoor trampoline parks in New Jersey) features 18,000 square feet of trampolines, including four foam pit lanes, three slam dunk basketball lanes, three unique 3D dodgeball courts, a high jump platform, a gymnastics performance track, and a ninja obstacle course. There are no specific age restrictions for jumpers and all sessions have a designated kids’ area. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the park, along with a food concession, ample seating areas, and an arcade.

It is obvious how passionate Air Trampoline Sports is about giving back to the community. During the grand opening for their Ronkonkoma location, proceeds were donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island. In addition, the Aberdeen location has held fundraisers benefitting local charities and have contributed supplies to local schools, monetary donations to Breast Intentions during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Aberdeen Local PBA 163 for Police Week, and have donated hundreds of pounds of food to the Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry during the holidays for people in need. Air Trampoline Sports is available for children’s birthday parties with a variety of packages offered, adult parties, team events and fundraisers.

About Central Jersey Blood Center:
Central Jersey Blood Center is a community-based, non-profit blood collection and distribution organization that has been proudly serving New Jersey for almost 50 years. CJBC boasts three convenient locations across the state in Shrewsbury, Howell and Toms River. By providing safe, high-quality products and services, CJBC continues to maintain their original mission of putting the community first. When you donate blood at one of the CJBC locations, you are helping to treat burn victims, cancer patients, premature babies, heart disease, trauma victims and more. While CJBC is proud of its numerous locations, 65% of the blood supply comes from its mobile blood drive locations which are often sponsored by schools, businesses and other local organizations. To host a blood drive, please contact Michael Leviton at (732) 677-9701.



New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Renovating Museum and Educational Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Museum and Educational Center will be closed now through August for upgrades

Holmdel, NJ (July 14, 2016) — The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) is updating the sepia mural, a chronological history of popular culture and the conflict in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era, within the Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center with the newest museum technology to help better tell the stories of the Vietnam Era. The museum and the gift shop will be closed through August, and the outside Memorial will remain free and open to the public 24 hours a day.

“Restoring the Museum’s centerpiece, our sepia mural, will give the space a much needed update and set us on the road to incorporating new technology into our existing exhibit as a way to remain relevant to the thousands of school children and teachers we work with each year,” said Sarah Taggart, NJVVMF Curator.

Average annual attendance to the Museum and Educational Center is 23,000, with school students and groups attending guided tours and informational sessions yearly.

The Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center was the first museum of its kind in the United States. Dedicated in September 1998, the Museum provides political, cultural and historical context for the Memorial. It helps visitors gain an understanding of the conflict in Southeast Asia and the surrounding political strife in America and its lasting impact on American culture, with an emphasis on experiences in New Jersey.

The Museum enables visitors to learn about the different forces that produced the conflict abroad and the dissension at home. It provides an atmosphere where appropriate materials and exhibits help visitors understand the significance of the Memorial, the reality of the conflict, and the social, political and cultural complexities of the Vietnam Era.

“The renovations to the Museum and Educational Center are made possible due to the generous contributions of NJVVMF supporters,” said Bill Linderman, NJVVMF Executive Director. “Special thanks also goes to Governor Christie Whitman and the late John Whitman, as well as the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for making this project possible.”

The public can follow along with the progress on the Foundation’s Facebook page and website with updates on renovations as well as the pieces of history that shaped the Vietnam Era.


2016 Democratic Dream Team



"...The team at “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” unleashed the sultry Calvin Klein-style photoshopped advert, which appears to feature the open-shirted Virginia senator apparently giving Clinton a piggyback on a beach Friday...." - Huffington Post

Orginal image Samantha Bee Full Frontal



President Obama's Weekly Address 7/23/16: Protecting the Progress We’ve Made with Wall Street Reform

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined President Obama to discuss how far we've come since the financial crisis, when the recklessness of Wall Street caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, homes, and savings. Senator Warren underscored the importance of the Wall Street reforms the President signed into law, which included the strongest consumer protections in generations. In addition to making the financial system safer and more resilient, these reforms also established the first-ever Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which holds banks, credit card companies, mortgage lenders, and others accountable, and protects consumers from abuses and deceptive practices. This past Thursday, July 21, marked six years since the President signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law and the five year anniversary of the creation of the CFPB. Thanks to these reforms, the President reiterated the economy is stronger and more durable today than it was before the crisis. That's why President Obama is going to keep fighting to protect the progress we've made reforming Wall Street from attacks, because hard-working Americans who play by the rules should expect Wall Street to play by the rules, too.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Solomeno Endorsed by VoteVets in Run for Surrogate

For Immediate Release
7/13/16


Army Veteran Selected for PAC’s Prestigious Emerging Leaders Program

HAZLET -- Despite Vincent Solomeno being away for annual active duty training with the Army National Guard, his campaign for Monmouth County Surrogate today received a big boost: VoteVets.org, a political action committee, endorsed the U.S. Army veteran and selected him for its prestigious Emerging Leaders Program.

“Having veterans represented at all levels of government could not be more critical than it is now,” said Jon Soltz, an Iraq War veteran and chairman of VoteVets.org. “We believe that veterans have a special voice and experience that is badly needed at every level of government.”

A Captain in the New Jersey Army National Guard, Fulbright Scholar, and member of the Hazlet Township Land Use Board, Solomeno, 31, is currently conducting his annual active duty training. A platoon trainer, he is tasked this month with mentoring future officers at phase one of the Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School.

While Solomeno is away, Monmouth County Democrats have launched the #OnDutyForVinny campaign, which encourages supporters to volunteer extra time and post to social media.

“As Vincent hangs up his candidate’s suit and steps into a captain’s uniform, he needs our help,” said Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal. “During this time, he will not be able to raise money, knock on doors, walk in parades or do other political activities. In his absence, we are ramping up operations by doubling the number of phone banks and door knocking.”

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik accepted the VoteVets.org endorsement on Solomeno’s behalf. He said, “As an Army officer, Vincent deployed overseas to protect our country and he did the same thing here at home during and after Superstorm Sandy. I know I speak for him when I say ‘thank you’ to VoteVets. He will make an excellent Monmouth County Surrogate who protects not only veterans but all residents.”

An Army Engineer officer, Vincent returned last September from an overseas deployment as a future operations officer with U.S. Army Central Command. As a part time, traditional drilling Guardsman, he serves as a Platoon Trainer with the New Jersey Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, where he instructs, trains, and mentors future officers. Vincent previously served full time as the Command Historian of the New Jersey National Guard. A recipient of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, he served on state active duty in Monmouth County during and after Superstorm Sandy.

Started in 2006 and backed by over 400,000 veterans, military family members and their supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns to give a voice to veterans on matters of national security, veterans' care, and every day issues that affect the lives of those who served, and their families.

For more information on the endorsement and #OnDutyForVinny, please visit www.vincentsolomeno.com/OnDutyForVinny.


What Are The Odds? European Bookmaker Handicaps VP Picks



The Republican National Convention is set to kick off Monday night in Cleveland and Donald Trump has stated that he will be announce his running mate tomorrow morning at 11am. So I would suggest getting your bets in before then.

So who do you think he'll choose? If you're a betting man the odds on favorite picks to be Trump's VP, at 3/1 odds,  is either Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) or former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, according to the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.

The odds on Chris Christie being "The Donald's" choice? 5/1



Over on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton still has a good ten days to decide who her running mate will be. The odds on favorite for her VP pick is Senator Tim Kaine and former Governor of Virginia, who currently stands 8/5, followed  closely by Massachutsettes Senator Elizabeth Warren and Current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro with 7/2 odds.

Clinton's former opponents for the Democratic nomination,  Bernie Sanders (7/2) and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (16/1)  are also potential running mates, as is New Jersey Senator Corey Booker (16/1).



Who's your choice? Let me know.


(h/t Sean Dunne)

***** UPDATE******
7/14/16 @ 13:00


It is being reported that Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be Donald Trump's VP pick and running mate the campaign. The odds for Pence being the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate is currently 10/1. We'll all know more later.


Monday, July 11, 2016

7-11 Day - Get Your Free Free Slurpees!





NEW YORK – 7-Elevens across the country are giving out their freebie Slurpees again, this time with an added twist for the cool drink’s 50th anniversary on July 11. 
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., customers can enjoy a free small-sized Slurpee on a hot summer day at participating locations. In addition, the convenience store chain is offering buyers the chance to get 11 Slurpees for free when they buy seven during “Slurpee Week” or anytime between Tuesday and next Monday. This reward is available through their 7Rewards app
Other delicious deals for Slurpee Week include a birthday cake-flavored Slurpee, Slurpee donut and a pineapple mango Slurpee. 
For the entire list of Slurpee Week specials, visit 7-Eleven’s website

(PIX11.com)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Joke of the day: How many Republicans...




... does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: "They wouldn’t try. They prefer to just sit in the dark and complain that someone else isn’t changing it." - (Ironically, the joke was found in TownHall.com - a staunch Republican media rag.)

h/t Daily Kos

Pallone Statement on Dallas Shootings




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2016



WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) made the following statement on the shooting that killed five police officers and wounded several others and a civilian in Dallas.

“I am shocked and appalled at the violence that took place in Dallas last night. Police officers in Dallas and throughout the country put their lives on line for us every day and as President Obama said, they too deserve to be able to go home to their families.

“I know that we as a country are feeling a great deal of pain about incidents that have taken place in recent days. But we cannot allow these tragic deaths to drive us further apart. We must work to come together to prevent the killing of innocent people – regardless of their skin color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or job. In the words of the Reverend Martin Luther King, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.’

"I hope that we will now take the example of both the protesters in Dallas and around the country who expressed their frustrations peacefully, and the law enforcement in Dallas, who showed extraordinary bravery and courage, to move our country forward towards justice."

Weekly Address 7/9/16: Standing Together to Stop the Violence

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, Vice President Joe Biden commemorated the lives of the five police officers who were killed and the seven people who were wounded in Dallas. The police officers were providing safety to those who were peacefully marching against racial injustices in the criminal justice system – and the shocking images of the lives lost in St. Paul and Baton Rouge. Echoing the remarks of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown, the Vice President called on the American people to act with unity and to stop the violence. He emphasized that it is the responsibility of everyone to speak out against disparities within the criminal justice system, just as much as it is the responsibility of everyone to stand up for the police who protect us every day. Because together, we as a nation will persevere and overcome.