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Former TR North pitcher Leiter Jr. picked by Philadelphia

There was a time when Mark Leiter Jr. was known as Little Light. The time was 1997-98 when his dad pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies. “I brought him with me all of the time,” Leiter Sr. said. “He grew up in the locker rooms of all of the teams I played for (eight).” “I guess I was either six or seven years old when I got the nickname,” Leiter Jr. said. “I used to shag fly balls in batting practice. My dad took me on the field at the Vet (Veterans Stadium). I caught my first fly ball off a bat at the Vet. Alex Arias of the Phillies hit it. It was a pretty awesome moment.”

Joe Reynolds Speaks on Wildlife Along the Shore

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will host a presentation by Joe Reynolds on Marine life along the Monmouth County shores on Wednesday June 19 at the Strauss Mansion 27 Prospect Circle at 7:30pm. Mr. Reynolds will speak on the diversity of marine life found near and along Monmouth County’s coastline, from Blue Whales to Blue-Claw Crabs to Great Blue Herons to Horseshoe Crabs that have blue blood! Let local naturalist and nature writer Joe Reynolds help you to better understand the amazing creatures found throughout the year under the sea and along the shore where the wind, waves, salt, and sand create a …

Developing new pathways for community college students

Ensuring that community colleges can better support students in pursuit and completion of college credentials is a central focus of AACC’s 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

R-FH’s Dave Frick: Counselor of County

“I truly believe in going above and beyond what is required for membership in any organization, and that what is accomplished outside of the school building is important for students as well.”

Four Students From Local Community Colleges Selected As Merit Scholars

Four Middlesex County College students – Joseph Powell (Piscataway), Moya Stewart-Gray (New Brunswick), Paola Calero (Parlin), Zuri Ramos (Milltown) were among 16 Merit Scholars named by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.Each year, the R&D Council awards scholarships to outstanding community college students studying in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field. To become a Merit Scholar, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or greater, a STEM major, extracurricular activities, financial need and post-graduation career goals.

NJ Cheetahs to host summer softball invitational in Allentown

Teams from as far as Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland, as well as New York and Pennsylvania, will compete in the first Cheetah Super 12 Summer Invitational for fastpitch softball teams with players under 18 years old from June 13-16 at Allentown. It will give added exposure to the New Jersey Cheetahs, which founder, coach and director Dave Dominici is determined to make “an elite program on the East Coast.” The tournament is part of a month-long series of weekend showcases around New Jersey before the team travels in July to tournaments in Aurora, Colo.; Binghamton, N.Y., and Sterling, Va., with hopes of also heading to Hunting …

Community Colleges: Separate and Unequal

When you think of higher education in America, you likely picture places such as Harvard or Stanford with ivy-covered brick libraries or the large state universities with passionate alumni and impressive sports programs. But in fact, many more students – almost half of those in post-secondary schooling – attend our nation’s community colleges; low-cost two –year institutions that seek to serve large numbers of the aspiring middle-class. Because we know that education is the single biggest factor in determining employment prospects and moving up the economic ladder, how we view, fund and run our community colleges matters.

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