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FY18 budget increases are ‘a major win’ for N.J. Catholic schools

To the Editor:

While the unfortunate delay in passing the FY18 state budget certainly held our collective attention for several days this summer and caused concern for many, the final budget approved and signed by Governor Christie on July 4 was well worth the wait for Catholic schools, here in the Diocese of Metuchen and throughout New Jersey.

After months of letter writing, emailing, calling and meeting in person with our elected officials, the approved budget includes a much needed and long anticipated increase in funding for non-public schools in the areas of transportation, security, nursing and technology. By working together and advocating for the good of all Catholic school communities, we have earned a major win.

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In the area of transportation, we are very optimistic that the long-overdue increase from $884 to $1000 per student allowance will improve access to bus transportation this academic year and in the future. Restored and increased funds for nursing services will enable our schools to better afford nursing staff. With money allotted for technology and security, our schools will be in a better position to consistently update technology in our schools and add or maintain safety features to help keep students harm free. 

On behalf of Bishop James F. Checchio and the diocesan Office of Schools, I would like publically to extend our sincerest thanks to all pastors and principals, who oversee our 23 elementary and four Catholic high schools, for their tireless efforts to coordinate and mobilize a grassroots effort in their respective school communities. I also extend heartfelt gratitude to all of our Catholic school students, their families and other supporters for doing their part to ensure that our voices were heard and positive change was enacted that will benefit thousands of nonpublic school students across the state. Our appreciation further extends to New Jersey Catholic Conference, who advocates on our behalf in legislative matters, as well as the many legislators who listened to our serious concerns and, ultimately, whose bi-partisan efforts yielded a fair and just outcome for nonpublic students and their families.

As we enjoy this moment of victory, we also remain keenly aware of the need to continue in our ongoing education, advocacy and outreach efforts, so that our state lawmakers and fellow resident taxpayers know that families who choose to send their child or children to a nonpublic school save the State of New Jersey over $1.8 billion annually. These families pay federal, state and local taxes which support their local education system. Most rely on the same essential non-academic services provided by their state, county and resident school districts that are afforded to their public school counterparts.

Today, we are busy gearing up for back-to-school activities and this is great news for those families who have chosen or are considering a Catholic school education for their children.

In the days ahead, we are committed to engaging in a continued partnership with the various public school districts in Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties, which serve the many public and nonpublic school students of the Diocese of Metuchen. Together, we will work to ensure the provision of student transportation for our Catholic school students remains in place during the upcoming academic year and in years to come.

Ellen Ayoub
Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Metuchen

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Last Minute Ideas to Entertain the Family this Weekend

August 17, 2017

After last week’s dreary weekend, we are all looking forward to the nicer weather this coming Saturday and Sunday. Avoid the crowds at the shore and instead opt to attend one of the following family-friendly activities in the North Jersey area. Most of the events are free or inexpensive—ideal for those trying to save money after a jam-packed summer.

Canal Day Musical and Craft ...

Weekend Fun Family Events

August has gifted us with perfect weather: not too hot with very little humidity. Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine as summer comes to a close. Although there are only a few weekends left before Labor Day, local festivals are still in full swing.

International Food Festival

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3rd Annual Manahopkin Craft Beer & Music Festival at Manahawkin Lake August 12

STAFFORD - The Stafford Township PBA will be hosting its 3rd Annual Manahopkin Craft Beer and Music Festival on Saturday August 12 from 12-7 p.m. at the Manahawkin Lake Park. 

Bands performing on the 2 stages include: Ted Hammock & The Pickles, Funk Shway, Rock Lobsters, The Impulsives, Lovelight Band, Ryan Zimmerman, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, and Mark ...

Friday 's LBI and Stafford Entertainment Lineup

STAFFORD, NJ – Listed below is a list of entertainment for Friday, August 11, 2017.   Have a great weekend.   

Arlington, Ship Bottom

Matt Fisher, 8 p.m.

Buckalews, Centre Street and Long Beach Blvd, Beach Haven

Jinks Brothers, 4:30 p.m.
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Daddy O, Brant Beach

Quattro

Engleside Sand Bar:  

Dan ...

Two Belmar Beach Attendants Know How to Spot a Fake … Beach Badge

BELMAR, NJ — Two seasoned beach attendants have proven they’ve got what it takes to do their jobs — a keen eye to spot fake beach badges.

Dennis Witkowski and Ellen Ramey emerged as the winners in the borough’s new Bogus Beach Badge program, launched this season among some 50 beach attendants as a fun way to ensure that annual tags are being properly checked at beach ...

Belmar Drownings Prompt Efforts to Better Prepare Youngsters Before Entering Water

BELMAR, NJ — Since a drowning incident claimed the lives of two Belmar girls nearly two months ago, elected officials are looking at ways to help prevent such tragedies in the future — starting with better preparing children before they enter the water.

On the statewide level, Sen. Robert Singer (R-Monmouth/Ocean) and Assemblyman Sean T. Kean (R-Monmouth/Ocean) have introduced ...

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Richard J. Kennedy, age 95, of the Forked River section in Lacey Township, passed away peacefully ...
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Titletown Performance Presents Friday Night Skills

August 15, 2017

FRIDAY NIGHT SKILLS

The coed Friday Night Skill Development Sessions offer players the ability to improve their skills through their participation in drill work. Each 75-minute session is designed to maximize repetitions for the players while fostering sound fundamental skills. Become a better offensive player through this program. 

We believe that skill development, ...

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Family of Fallen Police Officer Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

August 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

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WARREN, NJ – Warren has once again made the list of one of the top 50 safest cities in America in a report generated by SafeWise.com, “your source for home security and safety advice,” according to its website.

Warren Township is listed as #45 nationally and # 9 in New Jersey.

The group issued its list of the 100 Safest Cities in America for 2017 on Monday, ...