Sunday, May 12, 2013
Mother's Day is a time to reflect, appreciate and generally bow down to our mothers.
Today is the day we look back at why we are so thankful for the mothers in our lives. They fed us, changed us, burped us, clothed us, bathed us, disciplined us, hugged us, tolerated us, loved us. My mother, like so many out there, went above and beyond whenever possible. From soccer practice carpools to driving out of state for tournaments, to moving me in and out of college number one and then college number two, followed by two apartments on opposite ends of the state. Think back to everything your mother has taught you. Did you know how to fold a fitted sheet before she showed you? I didn't. Okay, let's be real, I still don't get it, but mom tries. The strength and unconditional love from my mother was never more apparent to me than …
Monday, April 29, 2013
A Patch Editor's story of going from tired to inspired by her communities.
It's hard to believe it has been six months since the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. In Marlboro and Colts Neck, the storm left residents cold and in the dark. We were exhausted, frustrated and both literally and figuratively out of gas. But as residents looked around at the destruction in our county, many didn't think twice about rolling up their sleeves. Directly after the storm, I was contacted by a resident trying to help friends transport their disabled daughter out of a cold, moldy house impacted greatly by Sandy. One article yielded 10 comments of area residents looking to help the family. In Colts Neck, a resident came to me with a plea to inform residents of the dangers of live wires. She lost her brand new puppy, Rosie, to a …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The former coach, fired for abusive behavior towards his basketball players, was spotted coaching a seventh grade girls basketball league this weekend.
Mike Rice was fired for hurling basketballs at his players and unleashing insulting homophobic rants, but the former Rutgers mens basketball coach was spotted over the weekend coaching a seventh grade girls AAU team in Holmdel. Deadspin.com reported that Rice, who lives in Little Silver, was seen coaching a 12-year-old girls basketball team at Holmdel High School on Saturday night. The article cites tweets by contributor Brian Geltzeiler of hoopscritic.com reporting that Rice was acting "crazy as ever yelling @ both refs and kids." Geltzeiler posted in a follow up tweet, "Just to clarify. I'm not joking. Mike Rice is actually coaching a 7th grade girls AAU team today and he's still acting like a mad man." The news elicited a number of …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Pulling a prank on someone can be done easily with these five April Fool's Day tips.
April showers may bring May flowers but April 1 brings the jokes! Although the day, also called All Fools' Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery, according to History.com. No matter the origins, it has become a beloved tradition for hoaxters, pranksters or anyone who likes a good laugh and Patch has five ways for our readers get in the spirit. 1. Keep the kids occupied with a word search puzzle. Although it looks like a normal word search, none of the words listed are actually in the puzzle. Your victim will search endlessly for the words while you egg them on to keep searching. The puzzle, created by Aprilfoolzone.com, conveniently includes spring time words like basket, …
Monday, March 4, 2013
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Monday, January 21, 2013
Former Ocean County Director of Human Services upset with confusing mandates, insurance delays
Monday, January 21
An open letter to: President Obama, All the members of Congress, Governor Christie and members of New Jersey Senate and Assembly and to local mayors and council members MY DECENT INTO MADNESS BY WAY OF THE RABBIT HOLE Super Storm Sandy has displaced seven people in my family. We all lived in Seaside Park, New Jersey. We are no different from the thousands of people who are facing what seems like insurmountable obstacles towards rebuilding our homes, our lives and our communities. During the height of the storm our local rescue workers, emergency personal and police were heroic in their efforts to save lives and mitigate damages. The weeks following the storm were also filled with countless stories of families, neighbors, friends and …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Marlboro Republican Chairman Chris Dean issued the following statement:
Saturday, January 19
The Marlboro Republican Party was saddened but not surprised to learn that Carol Mazzola has chosen to switch parties to run for re-election. It had become increasingly obvious that Carol had turned her back on her supporters and supported an administration which has given Marlboro residents skyrocketing property taxes and irresponsible spending. If Carol supports an administration which has increased Marlboro’s debt to an all time high, pays legal fees in excess of $1 million per year (more than double what large towns like Middletown are paying), and has essentially looted our water authority by spending its surplus and loading it with $8 million in debt, then she does not represent the values of Republicans in Marlboro or anywhere. The …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Youths with nowhere to go need counseling, education, safe places and adult mentors.
Friday, January 4
This month the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released results of its “point in time” survey, for which local teams count all the homeless people to be found on one night in January. In New Jersey, there were 13,025 people without permanent housing that night, including 2,695 severely mentally ill people and 592 veterans. More than 1,500 of them were found in Newark or elsewhere in Essex County. Those totals don’t parse out all of the young people who have no place to go, the young adults who aged out of foster care without families, who got kicked out of their homes for being gay or pregnant, or who are couch-surfing because their parents can’t or won’t shelter them. Counting homeless young people is a challenge in any …
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In the wake of the tragedy that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, a blogger from across the country was arguably the first to break through the noise and galvanize a debate around mental health. Liza Long’s blog post about raising a mentally ill child, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” talks about her experiences raising her 13-year-old son, whom she describes as a gifted but unpredictable child who has threatened to kill her and himself. As she put it, “I love my son. But he terrifies me." Her blog post quickly went viral, got picked up by the The Huffington Post and others, earned a million likes on Facebook, and led to Long's appearance on CNN to talk about the way mental illness…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The following is a letter from Temple Rodeph Torah Rabbi Donald Weber to the Marlboro Board of Education.
Thursday, January 3
Dear Board of Education Members, I am sorry that I am unable to attend the next meeting of the Board, but I would like to share my thoughts on your proposal to put police in every school in our district. First, I applaud you for your concern for the safety of our students. I know this is a difficult time for every parent, teacher and administrator, and it is good to see you are taking everyone’s concerns to heart. I have a difficult time accepting, however, that the proposal is a good one – for the students and teachers, or for the community at large. We must face the fact that perfect safety is impossible to guarantee, whether in our schools, our homes or our world. Accidents happen, and terrible people exist; there is nothing we can do …