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Holocaust Seder will honor survivors and victims of all genocides

As the number of Holocaust survivors continues to dwindle, leaders in the Jewish community and their friends are looking for new ways to ensure the Nazi genocide during World War II is not forgotten. One idea that has started catching on in the past year or two is the Holocaust Seder, a hands-on, participatory, round-the-table service inspired by the traditional Passover Seder. This afternoon, starting at 2:30 p.m., what will apparently be New Jersey’s first-ever Holocaust Seder will take place at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in the Whippany section of Hanover.

College Softball:Lady Generals win first ever championship

The HCCC softball team won their first NJCAA Division III championship Saturday night. The Lady Generals first came back to beat Dutchess 6-5 in the semifinals, then later that night beat Brookdale 5-2 in the championship. If Herkimer had lost to Brookdale, they would have played another game, however it wasn’t necessary as the Generals got the job done in the first game. The Generals finish their greatest season with a record of 43-2.

Brookdale career fair shows abundant opportunities, constraints for law enforcement jobs

Over 25 law enforcement agencies responded to the Brookdale Community College campus Friday morning, but not to a crime.
It was the first Law Enforcement Career Fair at the school, and the federal, state, and local agencies were speaking to local students about potential criminal justice jobs. Barbara Gonos, a Brookdale criminal justice professor who helped organize the fair, said the event was started by the Central Jersey chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. “It was just founded in June,” Gonos said. “At higher levels, part of what members like to do is mentor young people.”

Brookdale graduate cherishes time while finding her way

Courtney Griffin was one of 550 graduates who participated in two commencement ceremonies Thursday at Brookdale Community College, Middletown. She plans to transfer to Georgian Court University, Lakewood, to study medical imaging. She shares her college experience and finding her passion, thoughts she delivered to her fellow graduates in a speech Thursday: Individuals are bound to discover their own stepping-stone, the beginning of their journey to personal success. My stepping-stone was right here at Brookdale Community College.

HCCC seeded second at JuCo World Series

The Herkimer County Community College Generals are ranked second in the nation and seeded second for the NJCAA’s eight-team Division III World Series. Play begins Thursday in Rochester, Minn., with the first two rounds of games at the double-elimination tournament. The Generals meet Anne Arundel Community College of Maryland in their first game at 1 p.m. eastern time with the winner advancing to play at 5 p.m. against the winner of a game between Rock Valley College of Illinois and Itasca Community College of Minnesota; the first-round losers meet in an elimination game at 5 p.m.

Deer Hunting to be Topic of Talk

Anthony Mauro, chairman of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, an umbrella organization of many of the state’s outdoor sports, hunting and fishing organizations, will argue at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, on May 20 that deer-hunting policies must be based on science, not emotion, to safely control the state’s expanding deer population while sustaining healthy forests, according to a press release. Mauro takes the contrarian view of many conservationists who oppose deer hunting in dealing with New Jersey’s growing deer population.

Federal Spending That Works

Most community colleges could easily put federal grant money to good use plugging up budget holes after years of slashing by states. But the U.S. Department of Labor’s $2 billion in workforce development funding for the sector was designed to encourage two-year colleges to make lasting, ambitious changes instead of just back-filling budgets. And that approach seems to be working.
The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, for example, have shared $20 million from the Labor Department to create new or redesigned credentials, which are aimed at unemployed or underemployed adults.

Prince Harry’s Jersey Shore visit brings royalty back after 74 years

The last time a member of the royal family visited the Jersey Shore, the world was teetering on the brink of world war. It was June 10, 1939, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived at the Red Bank train station on their way to Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook and eventually to the World’s Fair in New York and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s estate in Hyde Park, N.Y. Spurred by the rise of the Nazis, the king and queen came to the New World to draw support. When their great-grandson Prince Harry, 28, makes a visit to the Jersey Shore Tuesday, it will be brief — one leg of a tour that focuses on charitable causes. He is extending support to …

Businesses wade through loan and grant applications as rebuilding continues at the shore

The lingering Hurricane Sandy damage that nearly caused Michael Bienz and Sam Nativo Jr. to lose Mix, their 12-year-old Long Branch martini lounge, can’t be photographed. A lagging shore economy has hit sales hard — closing businesses that otherwise survived the storm — and has left Nativo yearning for the days he battled tourists for parking. The men had been planning a grand opening for 2nd Floor Restaurant, a sit-down eatery located above Mix, the same weekend the hurricane hit. When forecasts predicted widespread destruction, they decided to protect their investment by riding out the storm in the restaurant.

Brookdale’s season ends with loss to Camden

The Brookdale Community College baseball team’s season ended at 38-14 with a 3-2 loss to Camden County College in a National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Tournament elimination game at Gloucester County College on Saturday. Eddie Millner slugged a three-run homer to left field on the first pitch in the bottom of the opening inning for second-seeded Camden (35-7). The third-seeded Jersey Blues scored two runs in the ninth. Sophomore first baseman Dave Egeland (Toms River South) opened the inning with a home run to right on a 1-1 pitch. It was his fourth homer of the season.

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