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Rep. Watson Coleman to Convene Emergency Meeting on New Jersey Infant Mortality


TRENTON, NJ - On Monday, February 12, 2018, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) will convene statewide experts and academics, in Trenton, to fact-find and seek solutions to the high infant mortality rate disparity in New Jersey. Children of black women are more than three times as likely to die in the first year of life as those born to white women, no matter their mothers’ income level or educational attainment; that racial disparity in New Jersey is wider than almost everywhere else in the nation.

“The disparities in infant mortality are alarming and indicative of the overall health of New Jersey and need for immediate action,”said Watson Coleman. “There is no more vulnerable time in woman’s life than when she is pregnant and no more vulnerable time in a child’s life than their infancy. Protecting mothers and babies is a paramount function of government, but these disparities demonstrate that we have so much more work to do. We know that partisan attacks from Washington to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and cut critical funding for health care related research, if successful, will disproportionately impact Black women and families. This exacerbates this critical issue and lays the responsibility on states to employ strategies to ensure gaps in all healthcare disparities are shrinking. Alongside the men, women and organizations that specialize in this work, I hope to not only get to the root of this issue and move rapidly toward solutions.”

Watson Coleman will be joined by representatives from NJ Department of Human Services, Children’s Futures, Henry Austin Health Center, Rutgers University and other related organizations. The event is open to the public.

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Pinkin Resolution to Raise Awareness of Gun Violence passes Assembly

May 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Assembly Democrats Yvonne Lopez, Angela McKnight and Nancy Pinkin resolution to raise awareness of gun violence was voted out of the Assembly 67-0 on Thursday.
            The measure (AJR-100) designates June 2 of each year as “Gun Violence Awareness Day” in New Jersey in order to promote ...

Learn How to “Ace The Interview” at the East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Looking for a new job? East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is here to help. The library offers a special program called “Acing the Interview” on Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 am, which is designed to help jobseekers.

“Acing the Interview” focuses on what many feel is the most stressful part of the job search process: ...

East Brunswick Public Library Launches “EB Grow” Seed Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Every spring, library customers visit East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) to find resources on how to garden. Thanks to a joint partnership between East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, gardeners will be able to get some “seed money” to start their first crops for the year.

The ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...