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Guest Column

February 21, 2022

Dear YMCA Friends, I know I'm not the only one looking back at the last two years seeing life lessons and silver linings. For me and our YMCA teams, it comes back to a simple, meaningful message that I've been repeating even before the onset of the pandemic: We are stronger together.  These ...

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After nearly two years of hardline lockdowns, mandates, nursing home deaths, destroyed businesses, lost education, damaged schoolchildren, etc. one thing is clear: the response to the Covid 19 pandemic has been a miserable failure.  If anything is certain, it is that nothing the heavy hand of ...

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THIS IS AN OPINION PIECE:  As we begin 2022, if you are feeling as if something isn’t quite right in America today, you are not alone.  Legitimate differences of opinion are unfortunately manifesting themselves in disturbing ways, resulting in a degree of anger bubbling to the surface along ...

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Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts." (Leo Tolstoy)  Once in a while, a brief encounter impacts us and lingers for a long time. Three weeks ago I was driving to the post ...

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Dear Monmouth County Residents, I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving with their families! I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Speaking of the holiday season, I want to remind everyone to shop and dine local. I was happy to support some of our local small ...

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Dear Monmouth County Residents, Well, it seems as if fall is now officially here! After a hot summer season, these cooler temperatures are a nice relief! I hope everyone is enjoying the season and picking the perfect pumpkins. I have been staying busy, and I would like to take some time to share ...

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RED BANK, NJ: Greetings, YMCA Friends! Happy Back to School to all eager learners and dedicated educators! Our Y is pleased to be your partner in helping children learn, grow and thrive—particularly through the ongoing pandemic. Know that we are here with affordable child care, as well as ...

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A Guest Column “Does anyone have parents who work in New York City?”             Around me, the little voices responded. “I’ve been to New York! I went to the circus!” “I saw ‘The Lion King’ with Simba!” “Derek Jeter’s a New York Yankee and they’re the bestest team!” “No! Mike ...

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New Jersey’s well-deserved reputation for having the highest tax burden in the nation is driven in large part by its over reliance on property taxes to fund education and other essential services.  Polls over the years have shown property taxes to consistently be one of the top issues with New ...

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Happy End of August! While we're not quite ready to say so long to summer fun, our dedicated Y staff are planning ahead to support the transition back to school and back to good health routines for all this fall. Our YMCA team members are simply A-MAZ-ING! There is so much incredible work ...

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Dear Community, The coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of people of all ages and backgrounds, especially our children and teens, who’ve experienced extraordinary disruptions. Nearly 10 percent or over 2.3 million youth in the United States have severe major ...

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Denisse Bergondo, the clinical director of Outreach Services at Easterseals New Jersey, comments that one unintended consequence of COVID-19 is that it has forced the conversation about the importance of acknowledging and focusing on the mental health and overall wellbeing of ourselves and of our ...

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Dear Monmouth County, Happy July! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July holiday. I’d like to thank all those who have served our great nation and protected our freedom. Your service and commitment is truly appreciated. To celebrate the holiday, I participated in the annual Ocean ...

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Critical Race Theory: The Hateful Ideology That Threatens Us All One of the most explosive topics in today’s political and academic discourse is Critical Race Theory (CRT).  Proponents say it is a way to address race in the 21st century.  However, a growing number of opponents say it is an ...

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Dear Community, Now that COVID-19 capacity restrictions have been lifted, the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County is pleased to welcome back more children, teens, adults, and families to our facilities with a continued focus on safety and a strong commitment to helping our community recover from the ...

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Summer vacation is just around the corner and for thousands of New Jersey families that means getting their children ready for a welcomed tradition after a grueling year: summer camp in the great outdoors.  Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and camp operators across the Garden State are busy ...

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To CareOne nurses and all nurses everywhere: Each May we celebrate the birthday of the pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. From the start of her career, Florence Nightingale was challenged with crisis such as Cholera and the trauma of war. These crises provided a deep desire to ...

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After more than a year of remote learning, social isolation, canceled activities and school events, summer camp in the great outdoors has never been more important for our children.  Summer camp gives children so much of what’s been missing since the pandemic began – space to explore nature, ...

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The Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented levels of grief and upheaval to our communities. These extraordinary times have created a confluence of factors which have placed tremendous amounts of both financial and emotion stress on everyone. Often, such burdens have meant that too many families ...

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Dear Community,  It is a sad state of affairs when legitimate political discourse is replaced by name-calling and outright lies designed to shut down discussion of an issue.  For example, whenever you hear an elected or appointed official use terms such as “privilege” or “toxic masculinity” or ...

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Summertime is just around the corner, and for parents thinking about enrolling their children in camp, now is the time to explore the wide variety of options for outdoor fun and adventure.  Yet with so many choices - and concerns about the lingering pandemic - searching for the right ...

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Dear Monmouth County Residents, Happy Spring! I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather the last few days. I am looking forward to more nice weather.  I want to update everyone on a few initiatives going on throughout Monmouth County. On Monday, March 8th, Monmouth County launched a ...

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Happy March! We are just a few short weeks away from Spring.   I want to start my article this week expressing my fellow Commissioners and my strong opposition to the added components of the legalized marijuana bill that was voted through last week. The majority of New Jersey residents last fall ...

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Dear Monmouth County Residents, I hope everyone stayed safe and warm during last week’s snow and ice storm. We anticipate more inclement weather this week and as always, the County is prepared for whatever comes our way. I’d like to thank our department of public works employees for working ...

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Dear Community,  Whenever you see a bill with a sickeningly sweet title, you can rest assured there is something, either in part or the whole of the bill that is just plain awful.  The sweeter the title, the worse the legislation.  This is no accident; it is designed to force legislators into ...

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Good evening everyone and Happy New Year. I am truly excited to have the opportunity to serve as Hazlet’s mayor in 2021. I want to begin by thanking Michael Glackin for his outstanding leadership and service as Hazlet’s Mayor in 2020. Mayor Glackin’s innovative solutions, financial budgeting ...

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Dear Monmouth County Residents, I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving with their families! I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.  Speaking of the holiday season, I want to remind everyone to shop and dine local. As part of the County’s continuing effort to help ...

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The holidays can be a difficult time. This year is particularly hard because a lot of us are grieving the loss of our loved ones. Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. Most of us are not prepared for the long journey of grief that is sometimes devastating, ...

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Can anyone explain why Election Day has morphed into a chaotic mass of confusion and uncertainty?  For hundreds of years, the United States has held elections on the first Tuesday in November, with absentee ballots available well in advance to those who could not physically make it to the polls ...

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