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Rebuilding the Arts Will Help Heal Us

May 2, 2021

Our culture and society has been under attack now for over a year. One of the basic aspects of what makes us Americans, what makes us human, what connects us to each other has been taken away. It has been assaulted by a virus, and eroded by the needed response to it. Our shared communal experiences of singing and dancing together at a concert; seeing a story magically set to song before our eyes ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson and Verrelli bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news, I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice. I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in diverse ...

New Marijuana Law Unfair to Parents, Police When It Comes to Underage Possession

The majority of New Jersey residents last fall voted in favor to legalize marijuana for use by adults at least 21 years of age. There is no question, nor debate, on the outcome of the ballot question.

However, New Jersey residents were not aware at the time of their vote that this would eventually lead to what we witnessed (on February 22) — the New Jersey Legislature voting to make law ...

Commending Gyms and Health Clubs for Safely Opening Their Doors

I recently visited The Atlantic Club in Manasquan and would like to applaud them, and all of the gyms and health clubs in Monmouth County, for the great job they have done to safely reopen their doors to members.

I have witnessed, firsthand, as temperature checks are performed upon entering facilities and gym employees frequently sanitizing equipment and commonly touched areas.

These ...

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Neptune Township Senior Center to Host 'Drive-By' Food Drive on May 26

May 12, 2021

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Neptune Township Senior Center, 1607 Corlies Avenue, will host a drive-by food drive in support of Fulfill on Wednesday, May 26.

Fulfill, located in Neptune Township, serves to fight food insecurity in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Its services go beyond providing food to the hungry and are aimed at providing a more comprehensive approach to providing the ...

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Belmar Planning Board Meeting on Zoom

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The Jaffe Briefing - May 14, 2021

STATEWIDE – Modified mask mandate? Yes! The feds are lifting the requirement that fully vaccinated people wear masks in most outdoor and indoor places. Of course, mass transit is not one of those places, as it seems people will – and should – be wearing masks on jammed NJ Transit trains until, let’s say, 2100.  A great quote from the CDC: “If you are fully ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...