Play for a Patriot

By Ernesto Cullari

MHA-SlideshowTemplate-TeeOff-750x330Once a day an active member of the military commits suicide. Before today is over 22 more Veterans: men and women, who have survived long deployments and possible combat, will die by suicide.
Like with every column I write, I try my best to understand the subject that I am writing about. I research, I read, I ponder the evidence and I draw conclusions. I’ve never found something so challenging as writing about Veterans and the mental health issues that they face.
It’s not that there isn’t enough information on the topic that makes writing about Veterans challenging, it is relating to a group of people whose experiences, thoughts and emotions can only be understood by those who have been to war. No movie, no book, no first hand account can make a deep enough of an impression upon the uninitiated so as to make us understand their thoughts, their struggles and the ongoing battle that is peacetime living.
For many Veterans peace is harder than the chaos of war. In a war you move from mission to mission from task to task –your training and instincts take over. Long after the buzz and the noise of war are gone, there is a lingering and lonely silence. Silence does not leave clues as to which direction a soldier should take or what comes next after the noise has died down.
For peacetime a soldier receives no training.  War wipes away all those so-called normal instincts their old self once had. Upon returning home a hero’s life can become completely unmanageable.
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Posted: July 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Ernesto Cullari, Veterans | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, August 1-3, 2014

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• Manasquan Firemen’s Fair – MORE INFO

• Lucky Me at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

• Godspell at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO

• A Few Good Men at Duncan Smith Theatre (Holmdel) – MORE INFO

• Clam Festival (Highlands) – MORE INFO

• Sunset Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay – MORE INFO

• The Wizard of Oz by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO

• Keyport Firemen’s Fair – MORE INFO

• Martha’s Vineyard Weekend Trip via Seastreak (Highlands) – MORE INFO

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• Night Boat Tours on Manasquan Reservoir (Howell) – MORE INFO

• WW I & the Rise of Military Communications (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO

• Give Us the Scoop on Your Favorite Ice Cream Topping (WLB) – MORE INFO

• Eat, Drink, Dance, Bowl, Repeat (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

• 145th Annual Camp Meeting Association Week (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO

• Shakespeare by the Sea (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO

• Walking Lantern Ghost Tours (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

• American Littoral Learners on Sandy Hook – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Highlands, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The Arnone Report

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By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

 

At the last meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Board authorized an award of bid for an asphalt recycler for the Department of Public Works and Engineering. This equipment will allow the Divisions of Bridge and Highway to take waste asphalt from construction projects throughout the year and turn it into high quality hot mix, re-using it for road repairs. This will reduce our disposal and operating costs, along with being environmentally friendly. The cost of the recycled material is 75% less than the cost for new material.

Last year the county spent over $150,000.00 for cold mix, base material and disposal of waste material. As an added benefit, every ton of asphalt the county recycles will benefit Freehold Township in the amount received from the State of New Jersey in their tonnage grant.

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Posted: July 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sunset Provisions: Keeping Laws Relevant

rich20photoBy Gary Rich, Sr, Monmouth County Freeholder Deputy Director

Late last month, Governor Christie signed into law Assembly bill 3424, which extended the two percent cap on binding interest arbitration awards. I was present when Governor Christie inked his name to this bill, extending the cap through December 31, 2017.

The law which originally set the two percent cap was enacted back in 2010 when the Governor joined with legislative leaders to implement these important reforms to a segment of the government system that desperately needed revamping. Historically, it was a system that had often run amok, awarding benefits to the public unions in question without regard for the town or county’s ability to pay for such benefits.

The 2010 law was historic and vital—and temporary. The original law included a Sunset clause, which allowed the law and its terms to expire as of April 1, 2014 if no action was taken by the legislature to extend it.

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Posted: July 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gary Rich, Monmouth County, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, July 18-20, 2014

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Friday, July 18

• Oklahoma! at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO

• Historical Society House Tour (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO

• Seining at the Bayshore (Port Monmouth) – MORE INFO

• Bang, Bang, You’re Dead and Lady Parts at Monmouth U (WLB) – MORE INFO

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• Beachscapes at the Jersey Shore with Mike Miller (Avon) – MORE INFO

• Downtown Freehold Farmer’s Market – MORE INFO

• Campfire & Sand Casting (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

• Enviro-Quest at Turkey Swamp Park (Freehold) – MORE INFO

• Battery Gunnison/New Peck Tour on Sandy Hook – MORE INFO

• Martha’s Vineyard Weekend Trip via Seastreak (Highlands) – MORE INFO

• Canoeing in Sandy Hook Bay – MORE INFO

• An Intimate Evening with Judy Collins at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

• Forks & Fears: Eat Healthfully and Enjoy It! (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

O’SCANLON BILL ENDS FLEECING OF NJ DRIVERS BY OUT OF STATE SPEED AND RED-LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAMS

Legislation will prohibit NJ drivers’ information from being shared with private companies for purposes of speed or red-light camera enforcement

 

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon announced today that he has filed legislation that will not allow New Jersey drivers to be preyed upon by red-light or speed-camera manufacturers that operate in other States. This legislation was modeled after a South Dakota statute that passed both houses and was signed into law by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard this year.

“New Jersey’s red light camera program, mercifully, appears to be headed towards certain death this December – and we already wisely ban speed camera enforcement – but these systems continue to operate in neighboring states where our drivers often commute,” O’Scanlon explained. “These systems have proven to be error-ridden and non-effective so we shouldn’t allow our motorists to be preyed upon when they are outside of our borders.  By continuing to share this information – now that the evidence is clear that these systems don’t improve safety – New Jersey would essentially become complicit in the scam.  And that’s exactly what these systems are – government sanctioned theft.  If you set yellow light times and speed limits based on sound engineering criteria you end up with the safest roadways.  You also eliminate the profits in these systems.”

The bill will prohibit the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission from sharing residents’ license plate information with the private companies operating these systems for the purposes of speed-camera and red-light camera citations.

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Posted: July 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Press Release, Red Light Cameras | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Opinion: Governor Christie was right to veto gun magazine bill

By Scott St. Clair

Scott St. Clair1Gov. Christie was absolutely correct in vetoing the Legislature’s magazine-limit bill, despite Sandy Hook-parent Hugo Rojas’ protestations to the contrary. The bill was not only trivial, but it was cynical to boot since it did nothing but regurgitate the long-standing agenda of gun control advocates in New Jersey without addressing what really was at the heart of the Newtown, CT tragedy: defenseless children and teachers left at the mercy of a deranged individual who should have been locked up.

If you want to solve problems, the first key is correctly identifying them, not trotting out tired, politically correct memes that pander to sentimentality. It’s obvious that a big problem at Sandy Hook – a problem lawmakers in New Jersey ignore and perpetuate today – is defenseless schools.

Another problem is the hands-off attitude taken by local and state officials and law enforcement against mentally ill people who, like Adam Lanza, have a long, documented and scary track record of violent behavior yet are allowed to walk the streets.

Ignoring the real problems in favor of political pandering is what the Legislature did with the magazine-limit bill. Gov. Christie was right to veto it, and Mr. Rojas’ is mistaken in his criticism.

 

Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Opinion, Sandy Hook Elementary School | Tags: , , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

Freeholders seek candidates for Brookdale’s Board of Trustees

brookdale logoThe Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders have opened a search for a new member of the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees.

“This is a terrific opportunity for a resident to take a dynamic role at New Jersey’s best community college,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the college. “Brookdale needs leaders who will help steer the future course of this quality, affordable higher education institution.”

Applicants should be interested in taking an active leadership position as a Trustee of Brookdale Community College and be knowledgeable in the opportunities and challenges of higher education. This unpaid position is for a term of four years.

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Posted: July 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, July 11-13, 2014

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Monmouth County Post CardFriday, July 11

• Freedom Fest State Fair (Upper Freehold) – MORE INFO

• Sin, Sex and the CIA at First Ave Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

• Colts Neck Country Fair – MORE INFO

• Belmar Fireworks – MORE INFO

• Summer Shakespeare on the Lawn: The Winter’s Tale (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

• Hairspray the Musical at Premier Theatre (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

• The Last 5 Years at ReVision Theatre (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

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• Book Sale at Freehold Public Library – MORE INFO

• “Early Bird” Walk (Upper Freehold) – MORE INFO

• Ladies High Challenge (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

• Choose Your Adventure Boat Rides (Howell) – MORE INFO

• Dr. Ava P. Schlockenstein at The Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO

• Crazy For You at Spring Lake Community Theatre – MORE INFO

• Grease at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

• Red White & Brew Crawl (Freehold) – MORE INFO

• Shore Flicks Free Summer Movies (Monmouth County sites) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, July 4-6, 2014

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Monmouth County Post CardFriday, July 4

• Happy Independence Day! – MORE INFO

• Ocean Fest at Long Branch – MORE INFO

• Heroes’ Backyard Picnic Celebration at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

• Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair – MORE INFO

• Ocean Grove 4th of July Parade – MORE INFO

  • Spring Lake 4th of July & 90th Birthday Celebration – MORE INFO

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• Downtown Freehold Independence Day Concert & Fireworks – MORE INFO

• Asbury Park Independence Day Fireworks – MORE INFO

• Firecracker 5 Race (Wall Twp) – MORE INFO

• Butler at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

• Bluegrass Mini Golf at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

• Evening Boat Tours on Manasquan Reservoir (Howell) – MORE INFO

• Independence Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm (Holmdel) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Seastreak Ferry, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off