Education

(Updated) Actor Daniel Baldwin Brings His Film to the First New Jersey Recovery Film Festival

2381407bfd81b5e23de1_NJRFF17-58.jpg
Actor Daniel Baldwin Brings His Film to the First New Jersey Recovery Film Festival Credits: Capacity Images  (www.capacityimages.com) @CapacityImages 
88ac8cccdeddb0f1089c_NJRFF17-53.jpg
Actor Daniel Baldwin Brings His Film to the First New Jersey Recovery Film Festival Credits: Capacity Images  (www.capacityimages.com) @CapacityImages 
678de8e2a090772873b5_NJRFF17-50.jpg
Actor Daniel Baldwin Brings His Film to the First New Jersey Recovery Film Festival Credits: Capacity Images  (www.capacityimages.com) @CapacityImages 
f644371c366ff6b4fda4_NJRFF17-55.jpg
Actor Daniel Baldwin Brings His Film to the First New Jersey Recovery Film Festival Credits: Capacity Images  (www.capacityimages.com) @CapacityImages 
2381407bfd81b5e23de1_NJRFF17-58.jpg

UNION, NJ – Actor Daniel Baldwin had some sobering remarks for the audience at the New Jersey Recovery Film Festival, Recovery through Expression, in Kean University’s STEM  building, June 2, to  benefit The Raymond J. Lesniak Experience Strength & Hope  Recovery High School.

The high school is dedicated to helping young people recover from substance abuse while still getting an education.  

Baldwin began by introducing himself. “Hello, I’m Dan. I am an alcoholic. I am an addict.”

Sign Up for E-News

Calling the school, “an innovative, spot-on, necessary program to fight what is going on in this country, Baldwin said, “It is no longer an inner-city problem. It is a white America, upper middle class problem in every high school in New Jersey, and in every high school in the United States.

“When Ebola came into the Dallas International Airport, one case suspected, $650 billion was spent in 24 hours by the federal government to fight this awful, possible disease that was going to attack and kill millions of Americans.

He continued, “More kids between ages 15 and 25 will die in 2017 than died in the entire Vietnam War due to over doses, 49,000 last year and it will crest 60,000 this year … and we can’t get funding from the federal government to open up a 100 of these schools.”

Baldwin was at the festival to present his film The Wisdom to Know the Difference, which is based on a real character named Bob, who, as a recovered addict, worked to bring others to sobriety. The film tells the story of how Bob kidnapped a young addict at the behest of her uncle, brought her to a remote cabin, and began the long, painful, arduous process of re-building a life.

“Bob is a real person, a crisis interventionist,” said Baldwin. “I did my fifth step with him. He kidnapped Carlos’s (featured in the film) niece. He kidnapped people from his neighborhood in Los Angeles. I said to myself, ‘I am going to tell this story.’”

Baldwin, who wrote and directed the film, made it in 12 days for under its $60,000 budget. “I have never made a penny from this film, and I never will,” he said. Instead, proceeds have paid for an 85-bed facility in San Antonio. “We have helped a 1,000 kids in San Antonio.”     

The Raymond J. Lesniak, Experience Strength & Hope Recovery High School is a partnership between Prevention Links, a non‐profit focused on substance abuse prevention, and the Union County Vocational Technical School district.

“We should have 300 of these recovery high schools, and we could keep them filled for the next decade,” said Baldwin.

*Photos Courtesy of Capacity Images  (www.capacityimages.com) @CapacityImages 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Roselle/Roselle Park

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2d432cc950f356da2c6b_f60eae2b69ee186ab2c9_f5f3362648b4a25a99d4_screen_shot_2018-04-22_at_1.02.36_pm

Sat, April 28, 3:00 PM

Abraham Clark High School - Auditorium, Roselle

Roselle's First Circle of Sisters Expo Community ...

Sat, April 28, 7:00 PM

Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield Township

YP Honors: The Royal Ball 2018

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back Other

Sun, April 29, 3:30 PM

Codey Arena, West Orange

Girls Try Hockey Free Clinic

Sports

Wastewater Sewerage Treatment Plant seeking a Temporary Skilled Laborer

April 20, 2018

ROSELLE/LINDEN, NJ - The Roselle/Linden Wastewater Sewerage Treatment Plant is seeking a Temporary Skilled Laborer.

Position preference is given to residents of Linden and Roselle. Application and description for this position is available online at www.lrsanj.org. 

E-mail your application to: dbrown@lrsanj.org or mail to LRSA, P.O. Box 4118, Linden, NJ  07036, ...

Washington School to Hold “My School Color Run” Fundraiser Event

ROSELLE, NJ - The Washington School will be holding the towns first ever Color Run as a fundraiser for the schools Drama Club.

The event presented by Mayor Dansereau, Borough Council, Dept. of Recreation, Roselle Board fo Education, and Washington School, hopes to raise enough money to take the students to Broadway to see the Lion King. The money will also help with ...

Register Now for the Roselle Summer Fun Camp

ROSELLE, NJ - Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Roselle Summer Fun Camp by the Roselle Department of Recreation. 

Applications are available at Roselle Borough Hall, 210 Chestnut St., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or you can register online at www.boroughofroselle.com.

Onsite in-person registration will be available at the Anthony Amalfe Community Center, 1268 Shaffer Ave., ...

Countywide Free Scrap Metal Recycling Event to be Held in Rahway and Cranford

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A free Countywide scrap metal recycling event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 21 in Rahway and Cranford.  

A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

“This countywide program helps to fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities that currently have no pickup for scrap ...

Elizabeth Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Distributing Child Pornography on Internet

April 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted for using file-sharing software to share child pornography from his computer devices, which contained approximately 2,900 images and videos of child pornography.  

Jerrel D. Harris, 32, of Elizabeth was sentenced to eight years in state prison, including five years of parole ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

April 17, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Paterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. The April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude that ...

Union County College to Host Financial Aid Workshops

April 23, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College will be hosting a series of Financial Aid Workshops. These workshops are to educate future college students about financial aid opportunities, scholarships, grants, loans, and more.  Attendees will receive help with completing their financial aid application. Union County College will be hosting these workshops on the following dates and ...

Good Gum Health = Good Whole-Body Health

If you are battling gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis – you are not alone. Come join us at Roselle Park Dental in the fight against gum disease!

Inflammation caused by this disease puts patients at a greater risk of stroke, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Gum disease can also worsen conditions such as COPD and may play a role in the contraction of pneumonia, bronchitis, and ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...