Category Archives: Monmouth County

MADD Testifies in Favor of Lifesaving Ignition Interlock Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will testify before the Assembly Appropriations Committee urging their support of A 1368 on Monday, June 23rd at 9 AM. A 1368, introduced by Assemblywoman Stender, will require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including all first-time offenders. Similar legislation has been passed in 23 states and these states have recognized a significant reduction in drunk driving deaths.

“MADD believes ignition interlocks for all offenders is the best solution to eliminate drunk driving across the Nation. New Jersey lawmakers have the opportunity to advance this lifesaving legislation that will protect the public from drunk drivers,” said MADD New Jersey Volunteer and National Board Member Steven Benvenisti, Esq., Partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, who was almost killed by a drunk driver when he attended The College of New Jersey.

Drunk driving is a violent crime. And, drunk deaths are 100 percent preventable. Yet in 2012, 164

people in New Jersey were killed in crashes caused by a drunk driver—representing 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. In addition to the extraordinary emotional burden for victims, drunk driving deaths are an unnecessary economic hardship for New Jersey, costing the state and taxpayers $1.1 billion in 2012.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that (1) requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent; (2) license suspension alone is no longer a practical way to deal with drunk drivers, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license; and (3) first-time convicted DUI offender is not a first time drunk driver

but rather has driven drunk at least 80 times prior to being arrested.

Currently in New Jersey, interlocks are required for all repeat and first-time convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater.  Passage of A 1368 would require a first-time convicted drunk driver with a BAC of .08 to .14 to use an ignition interlock for a period of three to twelve months unless a Judge determines that aggravating factors dictate that a license suspension would be more appropriate.  The last third of the time on the interlock must be violation free or the offender will have the time on the interlock extended. A 1368 will help change behavior separate alcohol from driving. Interlocked offenders are able to their jobs and provide for their families.

“MADD’s number one legislative priority is to pass lifesaving laws to ensure the public’s safety and eliminate drunk driving. A 1368 makes sense, ignition interlocks for all offenders will save lives,” continued Benvenisti.

States that are enforcing all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona and Oregon, have seen a reduction in DUI deaths by 43 to 42 percent, largely due to these comprehensive laws requiring all drunk drivers to receive an interlock.

For more information on interlocks, please visit madd.org/interlock.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.  Learn more at www.madd.org  or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

 

With Help from FEMA and Community, Sandy Survivor Returns Home

Frederick Ziegler promises his rebuilt house in Point Pleasant Beach will be just as spotless as he left his FEMA mobile home at Green Acres Manor in Howell Township.

Ziegler, a 78-year-old retired radio and electronics repairman who has been living in FEMA housing since Hurricane Sandy almost destroyed his house, is finally going home. Two feet of water flooded his home, causing his heating oil tank to rupture. Some oil mixed with the floodwaters and some seeped through the flooring into the subfloors, making cleanup difficult. It even got into the rain boots of the volunteers working to clean it up. (Kitty litter absorbed most of the oil inside the house.) Meanwhile, the oil tank filled up with salt water. The water damage in the home created mold that had to be removed. The cellulose insulation in the first floor walls collapsed below the water line, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the insulation sealed off the walls, preventing the oil from getting into them.

After the storm, Ziegler moved in with his then-fiancée for the first four weeks, and then moved to his brother’s home in Point Pleasant Borough, not far from the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Bay Head. “It was right across from St. Paul’s Methodist Church, which was serving three meals a day (to survivors),” he recalled. He couldn’t remain at his brother’s because he developed health issues related to his brother’s cats, so he moved into a FEMA-provided mobile home in January 2013. “I like the trailer better,” he joked.

While he was living in the mobile home he could work on getting his home repaired. Calvary Chapel sent two groups of volunteers – one from Wisconsin and one from Boston – to tear out the walls and floors. A team of Mennonites from western Pennsylvania put down the new subfloor. Jersey Shore United outfitted the house with new appliances from Home Depot. Volunteers were helping Ziegler rebuild through the end of March 2014. FEMA paid for cleaning and sanitizing as well as the complete replacement of the home’s electrical system. FEMA also covered part of the cost of replacing the home’s plumbing.

Ziegler’s rebuilt home is not elevated – yet. Point Pleasant Beach had been classified as being in a Special Flood Hazard Area A-zone before Sandy hit. It was changed to a V-zone, then back to an A-zone in August 2013. Elevation is recommended, though not explicitly required, for homes in A-zones.

Ziegler is on the state’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program’s waiting list for elevation funding.

Ziegler credited FEMA with connecting him to Catholic Charities and the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group, which helped him find the resources he needed to repair his home. He was both grateful and pleasantly surprised by how much overall assistance they offered. “I remember thinking, ‘Do they really want to help that (much)?’” he said. “But they’ve been great.”

 

 

Heroin in Our Community, Manalapan, N.J.

The New Jersey State Prosecutors Office recently held an educational program for family and friends about addiction, sponsored by the Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

The program at the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School, 155 Millhurst Road, Manalapan, covered such topics as various drugs, including heroin and other opiates; heroin awareness; the drug epidemic occurring in communities; and what to do to prevent addiction and overdoses.

Participants included people working toward a solution to the addition problem in our community, including Christopher Courtney, outreach specialist, and Christy Lorenzo, assistant director of admissions at Discovery Institute for Addictive Disorders, 80 Conover Road, Marlboro, N.J.

Speakers included Community Alliance members, police officers, and members of the Prosecutors Office, and Jennifer Marziale, alliance coordinator for the Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance.

For more information, contact Steven Hornik, board president of Discovery Institute, at 732-946-9444.

Girl Scouts Raise More Than $82 Thousand Dollars at Golf Classic

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore raised more than $82 thousand dollars at its Annual Golf Classic on June 9th at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, NJ. Over 100 attendees enjoyed a well-deserved relaxing day on the one of the best golf courses in New Jersey while helping more than 11,000 girls in Monmouth and Ocean counties grow into strong, confident women.

 

Participation in the Golf Classic provides opportunities for girls in our community to take part in Girl Scout programs, trips and activities. Support from sponsors allows girls facing financial barriers to participate in a range of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore programs including robotics, archery, environmental awareness activities and more.

 

“We had a wonderful turnout at our golf classic this year, despite the rainy weather,” said Susan H. McClure, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “Even through the intermittent storms, our golfers were resilient, very much in keeping with the Girl Scout mentality. We’re thankful to our generous sponsors, along with everyone in attendance, for giving our local Girl Scouts the tools they need to become our leaders of tomorrow.”

 

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore welcomed Senator Jennifer Beck as honorary chair with Nina Anuario of OceanFirst Bank and George Campbell of Investors Bank, as co-chairs for the event. This year’s gold event sponsor was Edith H. McClure.

 

For more information about the Girl Scout Golf Classic, visit www.girlscoutsjs.org/golf.

 

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(l-r) Susan H. McClure, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore joins George Campbell, vice president at Investors Bank and co-chair of the 2014 golf committee; Senator Jennifer Beck, honorary chair of the 2014 golf committee, and Nina Anuario, senior vice president of Business Development at OceanFirst Bank and co-chair of the 2014 golf committee at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic on June 9th at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, NJ.

 

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Senator Jennifer Beck, honorary chair of the 2014 golf committee enjoys a relaxing day on the course during the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic on June 9th at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, NJ.

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Girl Scouts from Troops 693, 29, 1104 and 1517 present the flag ceremony at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic on June 9th at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, NJ.

 

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Golfers at the 2014 Annual Girl Scout Classic help more than 11,000 Girl Scouts throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties become women of courage, confidence and character.

 

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Newly elected board president to the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s board of directors, Frances Keane, addresses participants at the 2014 Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic on June 9th at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, NJ.

 

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Girl Scout speaker, Rebecca Van Ness poses with Roger Keil, member-at-large to the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s board of directors at the 2014 Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic on June 9th at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, NJ.

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George Campbell, vice president at Investors Bank and co-chair of the 2014 golf committee unveils the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s newest campaign, ‘Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout’ at the 2014 Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic on June 9th at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, NJ.

 

Ocean Co. Literacy Group Merges With “Literacy New Jersey”

Adults in New Jersey who cannot read a medicine bottle, menu or even a street sign are served by the statewide educational non-profit organization, “Literacy New Jersey”, which has announced a merger with six local literacy groups. To make the statewide organization Literacy New Jersey a stronger force in serving functionally illiterate adults throughout the state, the groups Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, Literacy Volunteers of Mercer County, Literacy Volunteers of Burlington County, Literacy Programs of New Jersey, Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Literacy Volunteers of Ocean County, and Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester County have joined Literacy New Jersey as one network.

 

Volunteer tutors from Literacy New Jersey make it possible for adults – especially from underserved populations — to learn to read, write and speak English. Nearly 8,000 students received free services from Literacy New Jersey and their 21 affiliated programs in 2012-2013.

 

It is estimated that 17% of adults in New Jersey are low literate. Illiteracy is a devastating problem, which is at the root of many social problems, including poverty, crime, unemployment, poor parenting, welfare dependency and homelessness. Adults whose lack of reading, writing and speaking skills causes them to struggle to perform the daily tasks that native English speakers take for granted: reading to their children, ordering from a menu, completing job applications and filling out medical forms.

 

“Learning to read can make a dramatic difference in someone’s quality of life,” says Elizabeth Gloeggler, CEO, Literacy New Jersey. “We match our well-trained volunteer tutors with men and women who have no where else to turn.”

 

“We share Literacy New Jersey’s mission to provide meaningful assistance to people with a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English,“ says Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. “Improved literacy means improved skills that help people to market themselves to employers, to become employed and to carry out their roles, not only as workers, but also as spouses, parents and active members of our community.”

Literacy New Jersey offers free GED Preparation Classes, Citizenship Classes (for new immigrants), and ESL conversation groups (to practice English speaking skills), along with the core Basic Skills and English-as-a-Second Language Programs. The Basic Skills Program helps adult students with learning disabilities or other significant challenges, and serves a population with limited educational options.

More than 2,500 men and women volunteer on a regular basis with Literacy New Jersey. They receive training on principles of adult education, teaching reading, lesson planning, teaching small groups, and motivation skills for tutors. Literacy New Jersey staff match tutors with adult students seeking help, ensuring quality service for the student and support for the volunteer tutor.

The new organization is headed up by Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gloeggler of Montvale, NJ; Chief Operating Officer Jessica Tomkins of Milltown NJ; Ocean County Executive Director Charlotte Fahey of Whiting, NJ; Gloucester County Executive Director Trudy Lawrence of Clementon, NJ; Burlington County Executive Director Sheri Churchill of Medford, NJ; Mercer County Executive Director Cheryl Kirton of Newtown, PA; and Middlesex County Program Coordinator Melissa Cohen of Highland Park, NJ.

Literacy New Jersey’s merger was supported by: The Community Foundation for NJ, Pro Bono Partnership, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration, The Karma Foundation and The Support Center for Nonprofits.

About Literacy New Jersey

Founded in 1979 and funded by government grants and donations, Literacy New Jersey is a statewide non-profit network helping adults change their lives through literacy. The organization advocates for and educates about adult literacy, providing resources to adult learners throughout New Jersey. For more information or to volunteer, call 800-848-0048 or visit http://www.literacynj.org/

 

Office locations:

 

Headquarters

Literacy New Jersey

224 Main Street

Metuchen, NJ 08840

Tel: 800-848-0048

http://www.literacynj.org/

 

Burlington County

P.O. Box 2746

Willingboro, NJ 08046

609-877-5566

schurchill@literacynj.org

www.burlcoliteracy.org

 

Gloucester County

Woodbury Child Development Center
36 Carpenter St.
Woodbury, NJ 08096

856-218-4743

tlawrence@literacynj.org

www.literacyvgc.org/

 

Mercer County

3535 Quakerbridge Road

Suite 104

Hamilton, NJ 08619

609-587-6027

ckirton@literacynj.org

www.mercerliteracy.org

 

Middlesex County

380 Washington Road

Suite F

Sayreville, NJ 08872

732-432-8000

mcohen@literacynj.org

www.lpnj.org

 

Ocean County

c/o Ocean County Community College

P.O. Box 2001

Toms River, NJ 08754

732-864-9646

cfahey@literacynj.org

www.literacy-oc.org

 

Union County

121-125 Chestnut Street

Suite 203

Roselle, NJ 07203

908-486-1777

egloeggler@literacynj.org

www.lvaunion.org

 

 

Literacy New Jersey Affiliates:

 

Atlantic County

LVA-Cape-Atlantic, Inc.

 

 

Bergen County

LV-Bergenfield

LV-Englewood Library

LV-Pascack

Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County

 

 

Camden County

LVA-Camden County 

 

 

Cumberland and Salem Counties

 LV-Cumberland/Salem Counties

 

 

Essex County

LV-Bethany

LVA-Essex & Passaic Counties

LVA-Essex & Passaic Counties

 

 

Hudson County

Jersey City Library Literacy Program

LV-West Hudson

 

 

Hunterdon County

Hunterdon Helpline Literacy Services

 

 

Monmouth County

LV-Monmouth County

 

 

Morris County

LV-Morris County

 

 

Somerset County

LV-Somerset County

 

 

Sussex and Warren Counties

LV-Sussex County

 

 

Union County

LV-Plainfield Public Library

 

Mako Mania Tournament

MarineMax Brick announced today that the MarineMax Fishing Team will be a sponsor for the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association 29th Annual Mako Mania Tournament. 
The MarineMax Fishing Team will also be competing in the tournament on a 2014 Sailfish 320 Center Console with special graphics on the sides.

The competition is a 2-day tournament and boats entered may only fish one day, either Saturday, June 21 or Sunday June 22. Crews can elect to fish both days with the tournament’s 
2-day option. Boats fishing both days must pay double the entry fees and will be given 2 boat numbers, one for each day.

The Captain’s Meeting will be held at Manasquan River Club on June 20th at 6:30. The weigh-ins will be from 4 PM – 7PM both fishing days and will be at the Crystal Point Yacht Club. 
The Awards Party will be held on Sunday evening after the weigh-in.

“The Mako Mania tournament has long been considered one of the premier shark fishing tournaments in New Jersey,” explained Matt Cini, MarineMax Brick General Manager.
 “I am excited that MarineMax Brick is sponsoring and competing in this great event. I would encourage MarineMax customers to come meet the team and take a look at the 
cool graphics on the awesome Sailfish 320 CC.”

The tournament has been produced by the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association. Founded in 1981 to promote charter and recreational sport fishing, provide 
a leadership role to build and protect artificial reefs, cultivate youth and underprivileged participation and sponsor and support college student pursuing a career 
in a marine related profession. A percentage of the proceeds from the Mako Mania Tournament will be donated for artificial reef building.

An Evening with Frank Sinatra at Allaire Village!

The Historic Village at Allaire is pleased to announce that Jack Giampalmi & the Jack Pack Band will be performing “An Evening with Frank Sinatra and Friends”, a tribute to ole blue eyes himself! Join us for an evening of Sinatra’s classic hits under the stars! The performance will be inside the Allaire Village Chapel on Saturday, July 12th at 7:30 PM.

 

Advanced purchase is recommended! Tickets can be purchased in advance through PayPal on our website, www.allairevillage.org/tickets. You can also reserve your tickets by calling the Allaire Village Office at 732-919-3500. Tickets cost $15 perperson.

 

Allaire Village Incorporated is licensed by the State of New Jersey to operate the 40-acre, Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire’s Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830’s.  Allaire Village Incorporated is able to present, throughout the year, many fine quality educational and interpretive programs. These programs are made possible by the support of private donations, membership fees, fund-raising events, admission fees, patronage of our General Store and Bakery. Funding for the Interpreter’s Program is made possible in part by a grant from the Provident Bank Foundation. Other generous sponsorsinclude the OceanFirst Foundation.

 

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park on Route 524/ 4265 Atlantic Avenue in Wall Twp., Monmouth County, NJ, off Exit 98 of the Garden State Parkway and off Exit 31-B of Interstate 195.  For more information contact the Historic Village at Allaire office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 732-919-3500 or visit us on the web at http://www.allairevillage.org/