Jersey Shore Rally Urges Obama Admin to #KillTheDrill, #ProtectOurAtlantic

booker rally kill drillPHOTO: Sen. Cory Booker tells the crowd to call on the President to protect the Atlantic from offshore drilling.

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Frank Pallone (N.J.-06) today were joined by over 100 local leaders, environmental and tourism groups, Jersey Shore business owners and residents at a rally on the Asbury Park boardwalk to demand action to guard the Atlantic against offshore oil and gas exploration. Continue reading Jersey Shore Rally Urges Obama Admin to #KillTheDrill, #ProtectOurAtlantic

Jersey Shore Rally Urges Obama Admin to #KillTheDrill, #ProtectOurAtlantic

booker rally kill drillPHOTO: Sen. Cory Booker tells the crowd to call on the President to protect the Atlantic from offshore drilling.

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Frank Pallone (N.J.-06) today were joined by over 100 local leaders, environmental and tourism groups, Jersey Shore business owners and residents at a rally on the Asbury Park boardwalk to demand action to guard the Atlantic against offshore oil and gas exploration. Continue reading Jersey Shore Rally Urges Obama Admin to #KillTheDrill, #ProtectOurAtlantic

Historical Association’s 9th Annual Red Luncheon to Feature Fashion Show

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – A unique fashion show spanning several centuries will be a highlight of the Monmouth County Historical Association’s 9th annual Red event, a Ladies Valentine Luncheon, on Thursday, February 4 at the Navesink Country Club. 

The luncheon, a signature annual event for the Association, will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue to 2 p.m. and will feature shopping by boutique vendors with unique items for sale ranging from jewelry and clothing to home décor. There will be a silent auction as well as a grand prize white-gold diamond and ruby necklace donated by The Golden Goose in Rumson, a unique jewelry store that offers many one-of-a-kind pieces. Co-chairpersons for the luncheon are Christiana Harvey and Maura Lucarelli, both of Oceanport.

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Historical Association’s 9th Annual Red Luncheon to Feature Fashion Show

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – A unique fashion show spanning several centuries will be a highlight of the Monmouth County Historical Association’s 9th annual Red event, a Ladies Valentine Luncheon, on Thursday, February 4 at the Navesink Country Club. 

The luncheon, a signature annual event for the Association, will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue to 2 p.m. and will feature shopping by boutique vendors with unique items for sale ranging from jewelry and clothing to home décor. There will be a silent auction as well as a grand prize white-gold diamond and ruby necklace donated by The Golden Goose in Rumson, a unique jewelry store that offers many one-of-a-kind pieces. Co-chairpersons for the luncheon are Christiana Harvey and Maura Lucarelli, both of Oceanport.

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Review – The Finest Hours

david prown 120Just a couple of thoughts about THE FINEST HOURS – a Coast Guard rescue movie based on a true event of a tanker that split in half off of Cape Cod in the very early fifties (actually 2 tankers split). Since the movie takes place during a pretty severe “Nor’Easter”, the cold of the screen emanates out to the audience. Suggestion come to the movie dressed very warmly. Hard to explain but you can easily start feeling cold watching this film which then makes the movie watching experience a bit uncomfortable (bring a snack too as cold tends to make one hungry).

I must say the previews for this film just locked me in as a must-see, action thriller, sea rescue, true story. When looking for show times out of the corner of my eye I saw the metrics of the reviewers and must say I was surprised that the number was less than glowing. I think that played in my mind a little bit as I went to this movie and watched it unfold in front of me.

I am not sure if it’s because most of the actors had rather thick eastern Massachusetts accents or it was just a bad movie print (or I’m getting old)but it was pretty hard, especially at the beginning, to catch all the words of the actors. Also there was sort of a back story about a prior, failed Coast Guard rescue that was an important part of the store and wasn’t explained well at all.

Plus they also use some Coast Guard and ocean terminology that took awhile for you to understand. What it meant within the context of the movie definitely was important and let me to in other ways led to me as a watcher feeling like I’ve missed some parts of the movie.

Let me top it off to share my frustration in tying to find a version of this movie on the big screen that WAS NOT in 3D or IMAX (both of which are generally just a “money grab”). A well made film with solid special effects doesn’t need screen enhancements unless it is trying to cover up some less promising part(s) of the film

So I’m clearly not glowing so far in this review and other hiccups I thought were some of the scenes were set out in incredibly bad weather yet the boats weren’t rocking. Or at points the actors are in this big storm and their hair is staying in place or snow not sticking to car windshields at all etc.

I sound like I’m picky but I just didn’t feel like I was “taken away”. The sub-story of a budding love affair was drawn out and really not that apropos. Folks it was a coast guard sea rescue…stay there and focus.

It is not that I didn’t like it…rather I was so amped up to see it and it just dragged as the it didn’t pull you to the edge of your seat like it should have. Decent acting jobs from Chris Pine (Captain Kirk, Jack Ryan etc.); Casey Affleck, Eric Bana but nothing remarkable or remotely memorable.

Disappointing

Review – The Finest Hours

david prown 120Just a couple of thoughts about THE FINEST HOURS – a Coast Guard rescue movie based on a true event of a tanker that split in half off of Cape Cod in the very early fifties (actually 2 tankers split). Since the movie takes place during a pretty severe “Nor’Easter”, the cold of the screen emanates out to the audience. Suggestion come to the movie dressed very warmly. Hard to explain but you can easily start feeling cold watching this film which then makes the movie watching experience a bit uncomfortable (bring a snack too as cold tends to make one hungry).

I must say the previews for this film just locked me in as a must-see, action thriller, sea rescue, true story. When looking for show times out of the corner of my eye I saw the metrics of the reviewers and must say I was surprised that the number was less than glowing. I think that played in my mind a little bit as I went to this movie and watched it unfold in front of me.

I am not sure if it’s because most of the actors had rather thick eastern Massachusetts accents or it was just a bad movie print (or I’m getting old)but it was pretty hard, especially at the beginning, to catch all the words of the actors. Also there was sort of a back story about a prior, failed Coast Guard rescue that was an important part of the store and wasn’t explained well at all.

Plus they also use some Coast Guard and ocean terminology that took awhile for you to understand. What it meant within the context of the movie definitely was important and let me to in other ways led to me as a watcher feeling like I’ve missed some parts of the movie.

Let me top it off to share my frustration in tying to find a version of this movie on the big screen that WAS NOT in 3D or IMAX (both of which are generally just a “money grab”). A well made film with solid special effects doesn’t need screen enhancements unless it is trying to cover up some less promising part(s) of the film

So I’m clearly not glowing so far in this review and other hiccups I thought were some of the scenes were set out in incredibly bad weather yet the boats weren’t rocking. Or at points the actors are in this big storm and their hair is staying in place or snow not sticking to car windshields at all etc.

I sound like I’m picky but I just didn’t feel like I was “taken away”. The sub-story of a budding love affair was drawn out and really not that apropos. Folks it was a coast guard sea rescue…stay there and focus.

It is not that I didn’t like it…rather I was so amped up to see it and it just dragged as the it didn’t pull you to the edge of your seat like it should have. Decent acting jobs from Chris Pine (Captain Kirk, Jack Ryan etc.); Casey Affleck, Eric Bana but nothing remarkable or remotely memorable.

Disappointing

Menendez, Booker Applaud Senate Confirmation of Vazquez to Judgeship in NJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) on Wednesday issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm John Michael Vazquez as United States District Court judge for the District of New Jersey.

“This day has been a long time coming, and New Jerseyans who have waited to have their day in court will find a dedicated public servant with great legal acumen in Judge Vazquez,” said Senator Menendez, who recommended Vazquez for appointment. “He is an eminently qualified and experienced jurist who fully embodies respect for the notion of equal justice under law. I hope this confirmation builds the momentum we need to make progress in filling vacancies in the federal bench and address New Jersey’s judicial emergency.”

“I congratulate John Vazquez on his confirmation as a US District Court judge,” said Sen. Booker. “Mr. Vazquez has shown himself to be deeply committed to public service, supremely talented and qualified, and devoted to the values of fairness and equal justice. Today, I celebrate all that New Jersey stands to gain from his continued leadership in this new role, and I hope the Senate continues to move swiftly to fill vacancies on the federal bench.”

 

Menendez, Booker Applaud Senate Confirmation of Vazquez to Judgeship in NJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) on Wednesday issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm John Michael Vazquez as United States District Court judge for the District of New Jersey.

“This day has been a long time coming, and New Jerseyans who have waited to have their day in court will find a dedicated public servant with great legal acumen in Judge Vazquez,” said Senator Menendez, who recommended Vazquez for appointment. “He is an eminently qualified and experienced jurist who fully embodies respect for the notion of equal justice under law. I hope this confirmation builds the momentum we need to make progress in filling vacancies in the federal bench and address New Jersey’s judicial emergency.”

“I congratulate John Vazquez on his confirmation as a US District Court judge,” said Sen. Booker. “Mr. Vazquez has shown himself to be deeply committed to public service, supremely talented and qualified, and devoted to the values of fairness and equal justice. Today, I celebrate all that New Jersey stands to gain from his continued leadership in this new role, and I hope the Senate continues to move swiftly to fill vacancies on the federal bench.”

 

Nominations Sought for Tenth Annual American Heart Association

Seeking Women of Distinction

Go Red For Women® “Woman of Distinction” Award

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Throughout New Jersey, women are making extraordinary contributions to health, society and other women. These are women who manage families, build businesses, empower others, lead civic organizations, help neighbors or advocate for healthier, safer neighborhoods.  And the American Heart Association wants to know about them.

The American Heart Association is currently accepting nominations for the Ninth Annual American Heart Association Go Red For Women® “Woman of Distinction” Award. This award recognizes and celebrates New Jersey women promoting a healthy lifestyle for or among women, making sustained, unique or extraordinary efforts to improve the community as well as those who support and advance women’s issues or serve as a role model to others.

Nomination are being accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, March 4, 2016 in the following to categories:

·         Business, Industry, Healthcare

·         Education, Non-Profit, Community, Civic, Other.

Nomination forms are available at http://GardenStateGoRedLuncheon.Heart.org or by calling 609.223.3679.

The award will be presented at the American Heart Association Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon, locally sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb and The CDM Group on Friday, May 20th at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. The luncheon is a cornerstone piece of the American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement, which is a national initiative committed to improving cardiovascular health among women. Nationally sponsored by Macy’s, Go Red For Women believes that every woman has a reason to live a healthier, longer life and empowers women—and men—to take charge of their heart health.

With 1 in 3 women dying of heart disease and stroke each year, it’s more important than ever to support lifesaving research and education around women’s cardiovascular health. Why?  Life is Why. Although more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke, research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices. That’s why the American Heart Association urges women to unite to prevent heart disease and stroke. To learn more about the Go Red For Women movement and why heart health matters, visit GoRedForWomen.org.

 

Nominations Sought for Tenth Annual American Heart Association

Seeking Women of Distinction

Go Red For Women® “Woman of Distinction” Award

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Throughout New Jersey, women are making extraordinary contributions to health, society and other women. These are women who manage families, build businesses, empower others, lead civic organizations, help neighbors or advocate for healthier, safer neighborhoods.  And the American Heart Association wants to know about them.

The American Heart Association is currently accepting nominations for the Ninth Annual American Heart Association Go Red For Women® “Woman of Distinction” Award. This award recognizes and celebrates New Jersey women promoting a healthy lifestyle for or among women, making sustained, unique or extraordinary efforts to improve the community as well as those who support and advance women’s issues or serve as a role model to others.

Nomination are being accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, March 4, 2016 in the following to categories:

·         Business, Industry, Healthcare

·         Education, Non-Profit, Community, Civic, Other.

Nomination forms are available at http://GardenStateGoRedLuncheon.Heart.org or by calling 609.223.3679.

The award will be presented at the American Heart Association Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon, locally sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb and The CDM Group on Friday, May 20th at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. The luncheon is a cornerstone piece of the American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement, which is a national initiative committed to improving cardiovascular health among women. Nationally sponsored by Macy’s, Go Red For Women believes that every woman has a reason to live a healthier, longer life and empowers women—and men—to take charge of their heart health.

With 1 in 3 women dying of heart disease and stroke each year, it’s more important than ever to support lifesaving research and education around women’s cardiovascular health. Why?  Life is Why. Although more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke, research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices. That’s why the American Heart Association urges women to unite to prevent heart disease and stroke. To learn more about the Go Red For Women movement and why heart health matters, visit GoRedForWomen.org.