When the Lakewood BlueClaws take on the West Virginia Power in a Friday night game next month the team will also help welcome the newest class to the Shore Sports Hall of Fame. This is the first time a new class has been inducted and includes a Little League team that made national headlines, a current and past professional football player and a mixed martial arts champion among others. The class also has strong representation for several Shore Conference schools especially Toms River East and Lacey.
We’ve all seen the signs, and heard the news: The Jersey Shore is OPEN for Memorial Day weekend — and for everyone who never lost faith in our ability to bounce back from an epic setback, the keynote to the season of beaches, boardwalks and boulevards sounds especially sweet in 2013. Thanks to the determination of the residents and business owners who have worked to bring the Garden State’s crown jewel back to life, the reappearance of the Shore’s traditional summertime pleasures serves as an inspiration to everyone — and on Sunday, May 26, one of the community’s favorite local traditions returns for its 15th consecutive year.
Late Monday morning, sirens could be heard from afar as village police escorted the Herkimer County Community College softball team back to campus with the NJCAA’s Division III championship trophy. The team battled it out in Rochester, Minn., on Saturday night, beating Dutchess Community College 6-5 in the semifinals and later beating Brookdale Community College 5-2 to bring home the first-ever national softball championship for the school. After the bus pulled up to campus, coach P.J. Anadio stepped off the bus with the trophy held high over his head and pointed the number one to the excited crowd of faculty, family and friends waiting to …
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.