- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Highlands Garden Club of Highlands, New Jersey is a non-profit organization with the objectives of encouraging interest in all phases of home gardening and to promote better horticultural practices, civic beauty and the conservation of natural resources in the community.
The club maintains several parks (Cornwall Square, Ederle Park, Huddy Park, Veteran’s Park) and planters in town. In addition, they participate in the Monmouth Museum tree decorating program, local parades, local events and Fall/Spring flower/vegetable sales.
One recent and exciting event was the redesign of a sitting bench at Cornwall Square located on Cornwall Street & Bay Avenue. It began as a solid tan sitting bench and is now a breathtaking free interpretation of Highlands.
Maureen McCrink Gribbroek is a HGC volunteer who also acts as Cornwall Square’s volunteer park chairperson. The bench project was a vision that she shared with her brother who is a talented, local artist.
Michael McCrink is a ‘muralist’ who uses the ‘trompe l’oeil’ technique which can be seen at The Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands and on the rear wall of Jack’s Music Shop in Red Bank.
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HAZLET, NJ - “Five years have passed and the lower ninth ward is still in ruins. We saw houses where the water damage reached the ceiling fan. Others had the roof caving in from the front to the back. People still inhabit these houses because they have nowhere else to reside. We are truly blessed – Raritan student.”
In April of 2011, Raritan High School Math Teacher and Interact Advisor, Andrew LaBarbera took a team of 25 students to help New Orleans Habitat for Humanity build homes for families affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Students toured the work site to see the reality of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina and worked long hours on four new houses to install siding, a kitchen, closets, doors, windows, moldings and much more.
In addition to helping build homes, the students toured the city to see the damage done by Katrina and developed an understanding of the historical and cultural significance of the devastation.
Another student said, “I will never forget how such different people could work side by side and create such beautiful houses. We started as a team and ended as a family.”
It is a key goal of the Interact club to provide Raritan High School students with opportunities to make a make a difference in their community, country and world.
This year, LaBarbera is hoping to take a team of students to Alaska, “Our students formed lasting friendships, developed effective leadership and teamwork skills through this program,” LaBarbera said, “there are so many places the Interact club can visit to provide the same type of relief we did in New Orleans, I’m excited about the club’s future.”
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RED BANK, N J - The Red Bank Elks Lodge will be having their 10th annual Golf Outing and Fundraiser on Monday August 22nd at the Fort Monmouth Sun Eagles Golf Club with a shotgun start at 8am. This fundraiser helps the lodge continue our community efforts and support.
Cost is $110 for members, $125 for non-members and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, and dinner afterwards at the Lodge. There will be prizes and awards as well. Bring a guest to dinner for just $25.
Play is limited to the first 124 to sign up and spots are going fast. Sign up as individual or with a group.
Interested in promoting your business at the event? Hole sponsorship is available for a tax-deductable donation of $75.
- Category: Letters to the Editor
The Middletown School District has had a drug testing policy since 2006, which requires all high school students participating in extracurricular activities and/or with a parking space at school to face mandatory drug tests.
Even though this policy may have been enacted with good intentions, there are a number of serious flaws in it that must be addressed.
1) Students who are subject to random drug testing may opt to use dangerous hard drugs such as heroin (which is highly addictive and currently the most popular illegal drug in New Jersey) instead of the soft drug cannabis, which is non-addictive and has never resulted in a single death. The reason for this would be the fact that while cannabis can show up in a urine test for 30 days or more, heroin as well as other opiates such as OxyContin usually become undetectable within a few days.
2) Drug addiction is a medical issue and therefore it is inappropriate to use school disciplinary procedures against students found to be suffering from a medical condition. While the handbook states that they do not impose disciplinary measures against students who fail to pass such tests it later reads, "students will be removed from co-curricular activities, sports, and parking privileges as set forth in Board Policy." Additionally, because drug addiction is a medical problem, the results of any such test are a personal medical record that need to be kept private in compliance with HIPPA and limited to licensed medical professionals consented to by the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
3) Research shows that students who are involved with sports and other extracurricular activities are less likely to use drugs and are more likely to disapprove of drug usage. Therefore, it seems counterproductive to remove students experimenting with drugs from a peer group that would discourage them from using drugs.
While there are clear questions over the scope of government intrusion and parental rights when your local public school is running what amount to mandatory medical tests on students, it would be highly irresponsible for the Middletown Board of Education to fail to at minimum correct the flaws noted above prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
Red Bank, NJ
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - A fast response from the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department brought a fire today quickly under control at 73 First Avenue. Witnesses saw flames and thick black smoke billowing from the roof of the building around 12:47 p.m. Police responding to the scene located the fire on the second floor roof of Little Italy Restaurant on the Railroad Avenue side of the building. Officers evacuated occupants of the building and surrounding buildings.
Atlantic Highalnds Fire Department ladder on First Avenue extended to the roof of Little Italy Pizzeria.
The Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad responded, treating three building occupants for minor smoke inhalation at the scene. They refused to be transported to the hospital.
Atlantic Highlands Fire Marshall Martin Hawley said the fire was accidental in nature. The fire originated on the roof of the building. He said, "careless smoking cannot be ruled out."