More Emergency Supplies Coming to Middletown HS North

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Emergency Management reports that emergency supplies will be available for residents without power at the High School North parking lot, 63 Tindall Road beginning at approximately 5pm. Please bring proof of residency. Supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until they are exhausted.  Distribution expected in a drive-thru format.

More Emergency Supplies Coming to Middletown HS North

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Emergency Management reports that emergency supplies will be available for residents without power at the High School North parking lot, 63 Tindall Road beginning at approximately 5pm. Please bring proof of residency. Supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until they are exhausted.  Distribution expected in a drive-thru format.

Middletown Mayor Anthony P. Fiore Statement on Power Outages

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Mayor Anthony P. Fiore Statement on Power Outages:

I have been informed that additional resources are being deployed to Middletown Township to get power restored to all Middletown residents as quickly as possible. These resources come after consistent phone calls to Governor Christie and JCP&L representatives. I have been informed that the Belford substation and the Stone Church substation, which affects Navesink, have been given the highest priority.

I understand many residents are frustrated that they are still dealing with power outages and downed trees entangled in power lines. For safety reasons, township crews cannot touch any trees that have power lines on them. They can only be touched by the utility. Once the substations are repaired, we expect to see JCP&L accelerate repair of primary and secondary wires along roadways. Meanwhile, Township crews are working feverishly to remove trees and tree parts from roadways that do not involve power lines. Our crews also stand ready to assist JCP&L with tree removal after utility company crews clear the power lines.

Middletown Township was well-prepared for this hurricane. We are currently in the storm recovery phase. An emergency brush collection will start town-wide on Wednesday, September 7.  We will continue to do all we can do to pressure the Governor and JCP&L to get the power restored.

Middletown Mayor Anthony P. Fiore Statement on Power Outages

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Mayor Anthony P. Fiore Statement on Power Outages:

I have been informed that additional resources are being deployed to Middletown Township to get power restored to all Middletown residents as quickly as possible. These resources come after consistent phone calls to Governor Christie and JCP&L representatives. I have been informed that the Belford substation and the Stone Church substation, which affects Navesink, have been given the highest priority.

I understand many residents are frustrated that they are still dealing with power outages and downed trees entangled in power lines. For safety reasons, township crews cannot touch any trees that have power lines on them. They can only be touched by the utility. Once the substations are repaired, we expect to see JCP&L accelerate repair of primary and secondary wires along roadways. Meanwhile, Township crews are working feverishly to remove trees and tree parts from roadways that do not involve power lines. Our crews also stand ready to assist JCP&L with tree removal after utility company crews clear the power lines.

Middletown Township was well-prepared for this hurricane. We are currently in the storm recovery phase. An emergency brush collection will start town-wide on Wednesday, September 7.  We will continue to do all we can do to pressure the Governor and JCP&L to get the power restored.

National Sea Glass Festival Visits Long Branch

Beachcombers can now share their collected treasures from the shore and learn more about naturally polished sea glass on October 8th and 9th in Long Branch, New Jersey.  

The North American Sea Glass Association will bring its annual national festival to New Jersey for the first time this fall. Open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday the Ocean Place Resort and Spa will host the 6th annual North American Sea Glass Festival. The event draws collectors, artisans, authors and beachcombers from around the world.  In recent years the annual event had been held in Santa Cruz, California, Lewes, Delaware, Erie, Pennsylvania, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Admission is $5.00 daily with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Clean Ocean Action organization in New Jersey.

Over 50 artists and designers who work with sea glass will show and sell their wares while experienced glass experts will be on hand to help identify and date shards for curious visitors.  Lectures relative to beachcombing and sea glass will be presented both days at various times. On Sunday the “Shard of the Year” contest will award a $1,000 check for the most beautiful and rare piece of sea glass presented for judging.

The term “sea glass” refers to pieces of old, discarded glass that have been naturally tumbled and weathered along the shore. Its beautiful frosted patina and range of colors, in addition to the rarity and history of older pieces, have fueled the popularity of sea glass collecting and the use of the shards in jewelry, mosaics and other arts and crafts.

Today’s collectors are also drawn by the ecological allure—recycling at its best—and by its appeal as an outdoor activity that bring families together for generations.

For more information on sea glass and the festival visit www.seaglassassociation.org

National Sea Glass Festival Visits Long Branch

Beachcombers can now share their collected treasures from the shore and learn more about naturally polished sea glass on October 8th and 9th in Long Branch, New Jersey.  

The North American Sea Glass Association will bring its annual national festival to New Jersey for the first time this fall. Open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday the Ocean Place Resort and Spa will host the 6th annual North American Sea Glass Festival. The event draws collectors, artisans, authors and beachcombers from around the world.  In recent years the annual event had been held in Santa Cruz, California, Lewes, Delaware, Erie, Pennsylvania, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Admission is $5.00 daily with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Clean Ocean Action organization in New Jersey.

Over 50 artists and designers who work with sea glass will show and sell their wares while experienced glass experts will be on hand to help identify and date shards for curious visitors.  Lectures relative to beachcombing and sea glass will be presented both days at various times. On Sunday the “Shard of the Year” contest will award a $1,000 check for the most beautiful and rare piece of sea glass presented for judging.

The term “sea glass” refers to pieces of old, discarded glass that have been naturally tumbled and weathered along the shore. Its beautiful frosted patina and range of colors, in addition to the rarity and history of older pieces, have fueled the popularity of sea glass collecting and the use of the shards in jewelry, mosaics and other arts and crafts.

Today’s collectors are also drawn by the ecological allure—recycling at its best—and by its appeal as an outdoor activity that bring families together for generations.

For more information on sea glass and the festival visit www.seaglassassociation.org

Thanks to EMS Volunteers

To the Editor:
I’m writing to thank the thousands of emergency medical services (EMS) volunteers throughout New Jersey who spent many hours, if not days, answering calls for help during and after Hurricane Irene, or standing by at their squad buildings, waiting to be dispatched. 
 
They spent precious time away from their families and sacrificed their time off from work to venture into the miserable, dangerous weather to help strangers – all for no pay, but rather a sense of satisfaction.  Then again, that’s what New Jersey’s EMS volunteers do on a daily basis.  The Hurricane Irene response was simply a magnification of business as usual for these volunteers.
 
Such massive, coordinated responses during catastrophes and potential disasters would not be possible without EMS volunteers.   I hope this letter not only encourages New Jerseyans to show their appreciation for their EMS volunteers, but also inspires more than a few individuals to join our ranks.  For information on becoming an EMS volunteer, visit www.njsfac.org or call (800) 390-8991.
 
Barbara Aras

President, New Jersey State First Aid Council

Thanks to EMS Volunteers

To the Editor:
I’m writing to thank the thousands of emergency medical services (EMS) volunteers throughout New Jersey who spent many hours, if not days, answering calls for help during and after Hurricane Irene, or standing by at their squad buildings, waiting to be dispatched. 
 
They spent precious time away from their families and sacrificed their time off from work to venture into the miserable, dangerous weather to help strangers – all for no pay, but rather a sense of satisfaction.  Then again, that’s what New Jersey’s EMS volunteers do on a daily basis.  The Hurricane Irene response was simply a magnification of business as usual for these volunteers.
 
Such massive, coordinated responses during catastrophes and potential disasters would not be possible without EMS volunteers.   I hope this letter not only encourages New Jerseyans to show their appreciation for their EMS volunteers, but also inspires more than a few individuals to join our ranks.  For information on becoming an EMS volunteer, visit www.njsfac.org or call (800) 390-8991.
 
Barbara Aras

President, New Jersey State First Aid Council

The Jig is Up

woody_zimmerman_118_2007OK, this is it. We’ve had it. If we don’t stop warming the planet with CO2, aliens might launch a preemptive strike to destroy humanity. (No, not illegal aliens!) This is the gist of a joint study by Penn State and the NASA Planetary Science Division entitled “Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis.” We can only pray that it’s not too late for us.

According to the NASA report, several scenarios are possible. In one scenario, aliens would see the earth warming, become alarmed over its potential destruction, and preemptively intervene to destroy humanity. This will (supposedly) save other intergalactic civilizations. There is no mention of whether an explosion of the earth from global warming might send pieces of the planet flying through space, like Kryptonite, to pose a danger to other more powerful races. (Superman, call your office!)

In another scenario, aliens might see the changing spectral signature of our environment – visible from outer space – and realize we are a rapidly expanding civilization that might pose a threat to them. To protect themselves from the danger we might pose, they would launch a preemptive strike to destroy us.

A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilisation [British spelling] may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand. Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilisational [ibid] expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions,” the report declares.

Either way, of course, we’re toast. In the interest of maximum caution, scientists also recommend that we avoid sending signals into space. In other words, we should keep a low profile so “they” won’t notice us. This could mean sayonara to cell phones and wireless internet. We should also stop driving cars, running furnaces, factories, trains and buses, and breathing. (We don’t want to signal that we’re here.)

One scientific scenario warns that Extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) “…could attack and kill us, enslave us, or potentially even eat us …out of selfishness or out of a more altruistic desire to protect the galaxy from us. We might be a threat to the galaxy just as we are a threat to our home planet.”

I understand that the United Nations is already looking into proactive lessening of the world population because of the danger that humans pose to the planet. But a fierce argument has arisen over which countries should be “eliminated” and which should be spared. The small-country bloc – e.g., Yemen, The Maldives, the Netherlands Antilles, and perhaps 50 others – made a strong push to put the USA on the extermination list until someone noticed that we actually pay most of the UN’s bills. (Don’t you just hate it when money talks?)

Being of a somewhat skeptical bent, I am inclined to doubt the “eating” idea – especially if the aliens’ concern is all those CO2 and methane emissions. These would be the natural byproducts of consuming people, whose bodies consist largely – some more largely than others (I just spent a week at the beach) – of organic compounds. Of course, advanced alien civilizations might have discovered how to eat things without emitting anything. On a happier note, perhaps they simply plan to visit us to teach us how to do the same. That would ruin Al Gore’s greenhouse gas business, of course. But I digress…

I think it is likely that the Global Warming people have finally hit on something that will promote their campaign to make us buy $8 light-bulbs and use rickshaws. The ET-alien threat seems like a real emergency to me. I’m not the only one who thinks so. One of my neighbors is selling everything that emits greenhouse gases – including his two BMWs – and will start bicycling to work. His commute is 15 miles on fast highways, so he might not be with us very long. (Getting run over by a truck would eliminate his carbon footprint, however, so he’ll have at least made a contribution.) He has also bought a bike with a small trailer so his wife can get groceries. She didn’t look very happy, so I don’t know how long she’ll be around, either. (Unfortunate, but we all have to make sacrifices to save civilization.)

The great thing for the Obama administration is that the president actually looks visionary, with respect to keeping a low space-profile, because he has already terminated the space-exploration mission of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The agency recently executed its last Space Shuttle mission, and there are no plans for further missions or other kinds of space exploration. The agency now monitors global warming and climate change for the pretty hefty annual price-tag of $17.3 billion. One imagines that Mr. Obama foresees raiding that budget significantly to pay for urgent research projects on the mating habits of rhinoceros beetles and the tattoo-preferences of Navajo lesbians, etc. Naturally, we’ll be a lot safer if we are no longer shooting satellites and other junk into orbit or toward distant planets. History may well remember Mr. Obama as the great hero who helped save the earth from interplanetary destruction. (Didn’t you just know he was gonna make us proud?)

Other national leaders like Al Gore and mega-church preacher Rick Warren will undoubtedly spring to action in the cause of saving the planet – this time, from alien destruction instead of self-immolation or catastrophic flooding, as AG had previously predicted. (Can you believe this guy was a heartbeat away from the presidency for eight years?)

Rick Warren, the much-lionized guru of mega-churchdom and author of the best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life, is a signatory of the 2006 “Evangelical Climate Initiative,” which declares “…climate change is a real problem and …ought to matter to us as Christians.” Eighty-five other evangelical leaders, including thirty-nine presidents of Christian colleges, joined The Rev. Warren in pressing for federal legislation that would produce reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through “cost-effective, market-based mechanisms.”

Exactly what climate-science credentials Rick Warren and those other evangelical leaders bring to this issue – besides occasionally checking the weather through his study window with the Mark-One Eyeball – has never been clarified. Twenty-two other evangelical leaders – including James Dobson and Charles Colson – implicitly questioned those credentials when they signed an alternate document which declared, “Global warming is not a consensus issue.” They noted that the burden of elevated energy prices would fall most onerously on the poor.

With the inter-galactic threat to the earth now clarified, however, Pastor Warren’s visionary position on climate change will be vindicated, and his stock will reach Olympian heights. Millions will see him as at least the figurative savior of mankind and planet earth as they huddle in their unheated dirt-floor huts and pedal to work on bicycles. It will be a glorious day.

Throughout history, the Church has fallen repeatedly for falsehoods masquerading as “science.” One would think we were past all that with all the learning of our modern age. But one would be wrong.

The Jig is Up

woody_zimmerman_118_2007OK, this is it. We’ve had it. If we don’t stop warming the planet with CO2, aliens might launch a preemptive strike to destroy humanity. (No, not illegal aliens!) This is the gist of a joint study by Penn State and the NASA Planetary Science Division entitled “Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis.” We can only pray that it’s not too late for us.

According to the NASA report, several scenarios are possible. In one scenario, aliens would see the earth warming, become alarmed over its potential destruction, and preemptively intervene to destroy humanity. This will (supposedly) save other intergalactic civilizations. There is no mention of whether an explosion of the earth from global warming might send pieces of the planet flying through space, like Kryptonite, to pose a danger to other more powerful races. (Superman, call your office!)

In another scenario, aliens might see the changing spectral signature of our environment – visible from outer space – and realize we are a rapidly expanding civilization that might pose a threat to them. To protect themselves from the danger we might pose, they would launch a preemptive strike to destroy us.

A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilisation [British spelling] may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand. Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilisational [ibid] expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions,” the report declares.

Either way, of course, we’re toast. In the interest of maximum caution, scientists also recommend that we avoid sending signals into space. In other words, we should keep a low profile so “they” won’t notice us. This could mean sayonara to cell phones and wireless internet. We should also stop driving cars, running furnaces, factories, trains and buses, and breathing. (We don’t want to signal that we’re here.)

One scientific scenario warns that Extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) “…could attack and kill us, enslave us, or potentially even eat us …out of selfishness or out of a more altruistic desire to protect the galaxy from us. We might be a threat to the galaxy just as we are a threat to our home planet.”

I understand that the United Nations is already looking into proactive lessening of the world population because of the danger that humans pose to the planet. But a fierce argument has arisen over which countries should be “eliminated” and which should be spared. The small-country bloc – e.g., Yemen, The Maldives, the Netherlands Antilles, and perhaps 50 others – made a strong push to put the USA on the extermination list until someone noticed that we actually pay most of the UN’s bills. (Don’t you just hate it when money talks?)

Being of a somewhat skeptical bent, I am inclined to doubt the “eating” idea – especially if the aliens’ concern is all those CO2 and methane emissions. These would be the natural byproducts of consuming people, whose bodies consist largely – some more largely than others (I just spent a week at the beach) – of organic compounds. Of course, advanced alien civilizations might have discovered how to eat things without emitting anything. On a happier note, perhaps they simply plan to visit us to teach us how to do the same. That would ruin Al Gore’s greenhouse gas business, of course. But I digress…

I think it is likely that the Global Warming people have finally hit on something that will promote their campaign to make us buy $8 light-bulbs and use rickshaws. The ET-alien threat seems like a real emergency to me. I’m not the only one who thinks so. One of my neighbors is selling everything that emits greenhouse gases – including his two BMWs – and will start bicycling to work. His commute is 15 miles on fast highways, so he might not be with us very long. (Getting run over by a truck would eliminate his carbon footprint, however, so he’ll have at least made a contribution.) He has also bought a bike with a small trailer so his wife can get groceries. She didn’t look very happy, so I don’t know how long she’ll be around, either. (Unfortunate, but we all have to make sacrifices to save civilization.)

The great thing for the Obama administration is that the president actually looks visionary, with respect to keeping a low space-profile, because he has already terminated the space-exploration mission of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The agency recently executed its last Space Shuttle mission, and there are no plans for further missions or other kinds of space exploration. The agency now monitors global warming and climate change for the pretty hefty annual price-tag of $17.3 billion. One imagines that Mr. Obama foresees raiding that budget significantly to pay for urgent research projects on the mating habits of rhinoceros beetles and the tattoo-preferences of Navajo lesbians, etc. Naturally, we’ll be a lot safer if we are no longer shooting satellites and other junk into orbit or toward distant planets. History may well remember Mr. Obama as the great hero who helped save the earth from interplanetary destruction. (Didn’t you just know he was gonna make us proud?)

Other national leaders like Al Gore and mega-church preacher Rick Warren will undoubtedly spring to action in the cause of saving the planet – this time, from alien destruction instead of self-immolation or catastrophic flooding, as AG had previously predicted. (Can you believe this guy was a heartbeat away from the presidency for eight years?)

Rick Warren, the much-lionized guru of mega-churchdom and author of the best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life, is a signatory of the 2006 “Evangelical Climate Initiative,” which declares “…climate change is a real problem and …ought to matter to us as Christians.” Eighty-five other evangelical leaders, including thirty-nine presidents of Christian colleges, joined The Rev. Warren in pressing for federal legislation that would produce reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through “cost-effective, market-based mechanisms.”

Exactly what climate-science credentials Rick Warren and those other evangelical leaders bring to this issue – besides occasionally checking the weather through his study window with the Mark-One Eyeball – has never been clarified. Twenty-two other evangelical leaders – including James Dobson and Charles Colson – implicitly questioned those credentials when they signed an alternate document which declared, “Global warming is not a consensus issue.” They noted that the burden of elevated energy prices would fall most onerously on the poor.

With the inter-galactic threat to the earth now clarified, however, Pastor Warren’s visionary position on climate change will be vindicated, and his stock will reach Olympian heights. Millions will see him as at least the figurative savior of mankind and planet earth as they huddle in their unheated dirt-floor huts and pedal to work on bicycles. It will be a glorious day.

Throughout history, the Church has fallen repeatedly for falsehoods masquerading as “science.” One would think we were past all that with all the learning of our modern age. But one would be wrong.