Review – Eye in the Sky

david prown 120The one word to describe ones feeling while watching this excellent 102 minute film (I love short films) is “tension”.  From the first moments of this film you are taken right into the story (and thankfully no useless side stories) watching a “military action..a capture” take place with players being the US colonel, their British partners, the drone pilots, the military players on the ground and several more components that make us a coordinated, international military action oh so difficult.

Add in the role of human actions, human emotion, things never going as planned and more, this “action” becomes vastly more complicated and philosophically challenging as hurdles start to pop up.

The films music/score beautifully support “the tension” in a subtle and effective way.

“Eye in the Sky” presents the compelling moral issues of a “singular strike” and how all the players combined with military chain of command, rules of laws/engagement and international values impact the realization of action.  Lots of steps, lots of protocol and lots of mature arguing to make a “kill decision”.

It was refreshing to see all this protocol, checks and balances, room for arguments which continually allowed the audience to see all sides of the issue.

This was a very, very “even handed” film right to the very end.

Was rather disappointed that the coolest gadgets were presented in the previews and were probably presented in the 1st 20 minutes of the film.  As a result, the audience wasn’t distracted by the gadgets and were simply captivated by the story unfolding in front of us and the endless “Tension”

Really tight, quality, engaging, thought provoking film that faces our military probably more often than we would ever know.

 

Review – Eye in the Sky

david prown 120The one word to describe ones feeling while watching this excellent 102 minute film (I love short films) is “tension”.  From the first moments of this film you are taken right into the story (and thankfully no useless side stories) watching a “military action..a capture” take place with players being the US colonel, their British partners, the drone pilots, the military players on the ground and several more components that make us a coordinated, international military action oh so difficult.

Add in the role of human actions, human emotion, things never going as planned and more, this “action” becomes vastly more complicated and philosophically challenging as hurdles start to pop up.

The films music/score beautifully support “the tension” in a subtle and effective way.

“Eye in the Sky” presents the compelling moral issues of a “singular strike” and how all the players combined with military chain of command, rules of laws/engagement and international values impact the realization of action.  Lots of steps, lots of protocol and lots of mature arguing to make a “kill decision”.

It was refreshing to see all this protocol, checks and balances, room for arguments which continually allowed the audience to see all sides of the issue.

This was a very, very “even handed” film right to the very end.

Was rather disappointed that the coolest gadgets were presented in the previews and were probably presented in the 1st 20 minutes of the film.  As a result, the audience wasn’t distracted by the gadgets and were simply captivated by the story unfolding in front of us and the endless “Tension”

Really tight, quality, engaging, thought provoking film that faces our military probably more often than we would ever know.

 

Trout Season Opening Day is April 9

njdfw troutOpen House to feature fishing demonstrations for all ages

TRENTON, NJ  – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its annual free Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House and Sportsmen’s Flea Market on April 2 and 3, in anticipation of the spring trout fishing season.

The spring trout season opens the following weekend, on Saturday, April 9, at 8 a.m. with an estimated 100,000 anglers expected to take part across New Jersey.

“Trout fishing in New Jersey is extremely popular, both for anglers to enjoy a relaxing day on the water and for families to spend time together,” said Rich Boornazian, DEP Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. “This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate New Jersey’s outdoors, make great memories and catch fresh trout.”

Anglers will have a good opportunity to hook trout on opening weekend. The Division of Fish and Wildlife is stocking more than 570,000 rainbow trout across the state throughout the spring, with nearly 200,000 in the water and ready to be caught on opening day.

njdfw trout stock“Opening day of trout season is one of the most anticipated days on the calendar for anglers,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Chanda. “New Jersey offers some of the best trout fishing on the East Coast, and has one of the best trout stocking programs found anywhere.”

The Pequest Open House is one of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s premier events, held annually the weekend prior to the opening of trout season to spotlight trout fishing and New Jersey’s natural resources.

The Open House runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. It offers a range of activities suitable for people of all ages and anglers of all experience levels. The event will be held rain or shine.

The Open House is also an opportunity for visitors to learn about trout and New Jersey’s abundant natural resources through family friendly activities, demonstrations and conservation exhibits that focus on fishing, hunting and wildlife in the Garden State.

Activities include:

·         A giant mobile fishing tank holding thousands of gallons of water and loaded with extra large trout and warm-water game fish. Professional fishing demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day, with tips for anglers on casting methods, lures and effective fishing techniques.

·         The Pequest fishing education pond will be open for children ages 8 to 16 to try trout fishing before the season opens. Staff and volunteers from the Wildlife Conservation Corps and Trout Unlimited will provide expert instruction. Children under 8 years old can try catching trout in the Kiddie Fishing Tank. All fishing equipment will be provided.

Inside the Natural Resource Education Center, Division of Fish and Wildlife staff and representatives from conservation organizations will have exhibits and information available to explain efforts to protect natural resources. Wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists will exhibit their artwork and offer items for sale.

A Sportsmen’s Flea Market will offer deals on fishing and hunting equipment, outdoor gear and many other items. Food vendors will be available, or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy one of three picnic areas on the grounds of the 5,000-acre Pequest Wildlife Management Area.

For more information on the Open House, including a schedule of events and directions, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/peqoh.htm or call (908) 637-4125, Extension 100.

For more information on the spring trout stocking program, including the in-season stocking schedule, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo_spring.htm. Stocking information is also available through the Trout Stocking Hotline at (609) 633-6765.

Anyone age 16 or older must obtain a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for trout. Children under 16 and New Jersey residents 70 years and older may fish for free. Licenses and stamps may be obtained through license agents statewide, found at www.njfishandwildlife.com/agentlst.htm. They can also be purchased online at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com

A new type of license is also available to anglers introducing a friend to freshwater fishing. The Fishing Buddy License offers both a current and a new angler (or two new anglers) reduced-price fishing licenses. For information about the new Buddy Fishing License, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/fishbuddy.htm

Trout Season Opening Day is April 9

njdfw troutOpen House to feature fishing demonstrations for all ages

TRENTON, NJ  – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its annual free Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House and Sportsmen’s Flea Market on April 2 and 3, in anticipation of the spring trout fishing season.

The spring trout season opens the following weekend, on Saturday, April 9, at 8 a.m. with an estimated 100,000 anglers expected to take part across New Jersey.

“Trout fishing in New Jersey is extremely popular, both for anglers to enjoy a relaxing day on the water and for families to spend time together,” said Rich Boornazian, DEP Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. “This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate New Jersey’s outdoors, make great memories and catch fresh trout.”

Anglers will have a good opportunity to hook trout on opening weekend. The Division of Fish and Wildlife is stocking more than 570,000 rainbow trout across the state throughout the spring, with nearly 200,000 in the water and ready to be caught on opening day.

njdfw trout stock“Opening day of trout season is one of the most anticipated days on the calendar for anglers,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Chanda. “New Jersey offers some of the best trout fishing on the East Coast, and has one of the best trout stocking programs found anywhere.”

The Pequest Open House is one of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s premier events, held annually the weekend prior to the opening of trout season to spotlight trout fishing and New Jersey’s natural resources.

The Open House runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. It offers a range of activities suitable for people of all ages and anglers of all experience levels. The event will be held rain or shine.

The Open House is also an opportunity for visitors to learn about trout and New Jersey’s abundant natural resources through family friendly activities, demonstrations and conservation exhibits that focus on fishing, hunting and wildlife in the Garden State.

Activities include:

·         A giant mobile fishing tank holding thousands of gallons of water and loaded with extra large trout and warm-water game fish. Professional fishing demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day, with tips for anglers on casting methods, lures and effective fishing techniques.

·         The Pequest fishing education pond will be open for children ages 8 to 16 to try trout fishing before the season opens. Staff and volunteers from the Wildlife Conservation Corps and Trout Unlimited will provide expert instruction. Children under 8 years old can try catching trout in the Kiddie Fishing Tank. All fishing equipment will be provided.

Inside the Natural Resource Education Center, Division of Fish and Wildlife staff and representatives from conservation organizations will have exhibits and information available to explain efforts to protect natural resources. Wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists will exhibit their artwork and offer items for sale.

A Sportsmen’s Flea Market will offer deals on fishing and hunting equipment, outdoor gear and many other items. Food vendors will be available, or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy one of three picnic areas on the grounds of the 5,000-acre Pequest Wildlife Management Area.

For more information on the Open House, including a schedule of events and directions, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/peqoh.htm or call (908) 637-4125, Extension 100.

For more information on the spring trout stocking program, including the in-season stocking schedule, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo_spring.htm. Stocking information is also available through the Trout Stocking Hotline at (609) 633-6765.

Anyone age 16 or older must obtain a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for trout. Children under 16 and New Jersey residents 70 years and older may fish for free. Licenses and stamps may be obtained through license agents statewide, found at www.njfishandwildlife.com/agentlst.htm. They can also be purchased online at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com

A new type of license is also available to anglers introducing a friend to freshwater fishing. The Fishing Buddy License offers both a current and a new angler (or two new anglers) reduced-price fishing licenses. For information about the new Buddy Fishing License, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/fishbuddy.htm

Barnabas Health, Robert Woods Johnson Complete Merger

WEST ORANGE, NJ  —  Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System announced today the completion of the merger of their two health systems to form the most comprehensive health system in the state of New Jersey – RWJBarnabas Health. The partnership creates a new organization that will reach approximately 5 million people – more than half of the state’s population – and that will advance the health of the region.

As one health system, RWJBarnabas Health will:

·         Improve the overall health of our populations;

·         Continuously advance the quality of care we provide;

·         Collaborate with physicians for a closely coordinated continuum of care;

·         Contribute to local, regional and state economies by remaining a major employer in our communities;

·         Focus on the well-being of the diverse communities we serve with a commitment to high quality, culturally competent care; and

·         Foster and support a mission of academic excellence, including a commitment to research and medical education.

Barnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer Barry H. Ostrowsky becomes RWJBarnabas Health’s President and Chief Executive Officer, with former Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen K. Jones serving as Chief Academic Officer in the Office of the President.

“Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System share many attributes – depth of quality clinical services, skilled and dedicated clinicians, a legacy of teaching, a commitment to partnering with the diverse communities we serve, a responsibility as major contributors to our economy and so much more,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “By joining together, we have created the most comprehensive health system in the state, which will enable us to effect the kind of change in the health of our communities that our two separate systems could not do alone. Our partnership also means a greater level of diversity in every respect – diversity in thought, clinical care delivery and workforce – a true reflection of New Jersey and of the people we serve.”

The new system will train more than 1,000 residents and interns annually and embrace the mission of academic medicine, which includes quality clinical care, joined with groundbreaking research and a commitment to medical education. Through coordination of existing academic and teaching medical centers and numerous community hospitals, RWJBarnabas Health will continue to attract and retain the finest health care professionals and physicians, and be better prepared to strengthen the health of our state’s diverse populations. 

“Both Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System have a shared commitment to advancing medical education in our state,” said Mr. Jones. “As evidenced by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s 40-year partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the proven teaching programs sponsored by Barnabas Health medical centers, our respective health systems have served as the training ground for thousands of medical professionals. As RWJBarnabas Health, our commitment to education and research will be strengthened.”

RWJBarnabas Health becomes New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians, and 1,000 residents and interns. The health systems contributed a combined total of over $550 million in community benefit services annually. These investments support charity care, food pantries, community gardens, patient education, outreach and engagement programs and programs with schools and religious groups to keep people healthy and promote wellness. Together, RWJBarnabas Health will be able to accomplish even more for the communities it serves.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two health systems have implemented a member substitution, creating a new organization based in West Orange. This approach is common for combinations of two large, not-for-profit organizations, and it creates RWJBarnabas Health, Inc., which will lead the combined health system. RWJBarnabas Health is being led by a single board of trustees and a single leadership team composed of executives from both organizations. The new board includes equal board representation from Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, as well as the CEOs of both organizations.

“By working together, we know we can combat disease and promote wellness in our region—truly making our communities healthier,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “We will be working every day – with your help – to ensure that our vision becomes New Jersey’s reality.”

For more information, visit www.rwjbhinfo.org

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. 

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.

 

Barnabas Health, Robert Woods Johnson Complete Merger

WEST ORANGE, NJ  —  Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System announced today the completion of the merger of their two health systems to form the most comprehensive health system in the state of New Jersey – RWJBarnabas Health. The partnership creates a new organization that will reach approximately 5 million people – more than half of the state’s population – and that will advance the health of the region.

As one health system, RWJBarnabas Health will:

·         Improve the overall health of our populations;

·         Continuously advance the quality of care we provide;

·         Collaborate with physicians for a closely coordinated continuum of care;

·         Contribute to local, regional and state economies by remaining a major employer in our communities;

·         Focus on the well-being of the diverse communities we serve with a commitment to high quality, culturally competent care; and

·         Foster and support a mission of academic excellence, including a commitment to research and medical education.

Barnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer Barry H. Ostrowsky becomes RWJBarnabas Health’s President and Chief Executive Officer, with former Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen K. Jones serving as Chief Academic Officer in the Office of the President.

“Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System share many attributes – depth of quality clinical services, skilled and dedicated clinicians, a legacy of teaching, a commitment to partnering with the diverse communities we serve, a responsibility as major contributors to our economy and so much more,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “By joining together, we have created the most comprehensive health system in the state, which will enable us to effect the kind of change in the health of our communities that our two separate systems could not do alone. Our partnership also means a greater level of diversity in every respect – diversity in thought, clinical care delivery and workforce – a true reflection of New Jersey and of the people we serve.”

The new system will train more than 1,000 residents and interns annually and embrace the mission of academic medicine, which includes quality clinical care, joined with groundbreaking research and a commitment to medical education. Through coordination of existing academic and teaching medical centers and numerous community hospitals, RWJBarnabas Health will continue to attract and retain the finest health care professionals and physicians, and be better prepared to strengthen the health of our state’s diverse populations. 

“Both Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System have a shared commitment to advancing medical education in our state,” said Mr. Jones. “As evidenced by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s 40-year partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the proven teaching programs sponsored by Barnabas Health medical centers, our respective health systems have served as the training ground for thousands of medical professionals. As RWJBarnabas Health, our commitment to education and research will be strengthened.”

RWJBarnabas Health becomes New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians, and 1,000 residents and interns. The health systems contributed a combined total of over $550 million in community benefit services annually. These investments support charity care, food pantries, community gardens, patient education, outreach and engagement programs and programs with schools and religious groups to keep people healthy and promote wellness. Together, RWJBarnabas Health will be able to accomplish even more for the communities it serves.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two health systems have implemented a member substitution, creating a new organization based in West Orange. This approach is common for combinations of two large, not-for-profit organizations, and it creates RWJBarnabas Health, Inc., which will lead the combined health system. RWJBarnabas Health is being led by a single board of trustees and a single leadership team composed of executives from both organizations. The new board includes equal board representation from Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, as well as the CEOs of both organizations.

“By working together, we know we can combat disease and promote wellness in our region—truly making our communities healthier,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “We will be working every day – with your help – to ensure that our vision becomes New Jersey’s reality.”

For more information, visit www.rwjbhinfo.org

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. 

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.

 

Annual Shakespeare Competition for High School Students

esu shakespeare contestRepeat performance at Bingham Hall in Rumson, on May 15th at 3 pm

PHOTO:   Winners John Gnazzo (3rd), Kaylee Defreitas (first), and Shea Grant (second), with competition chair Janet Smuga.

LINCROFT, NJ – On March 5th, students from thirteen New Jersey high schools assembled on the stage at Brookdale Community College’s elegant theater for a competition that challenged their intellects and acting skills, the 26th annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students sponsored by the Monmouth County Branch of the English-Speaking Union.  The winner will go on to a national competition at Lincoln Center in New York on April 26 – 28, where the top prize will include an all-expenses paid trip to study acting in England. Continue reading Annual Shakespeare Competition for High School Students

Annual Shakespeare Competition for High School Students

esu shakespeare contestRepeat performance at Bingham Hall in Rumson, on May 15th at 3 pm

PHOTO:   Winners John Gnazzo (3rd), Kaylee Defreitas (first), and Shea Grant (second), with competition chair Janet Smuga.

LINCROFT, NJ – On March 5th, students from thirteen New Jersey high schools assembled on the stage at Brookdale Community College’s elegant theater for a competition that challenged their intellects and acting skills, the 26th annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students sponsored by the Monmouth County Branch of the English-Speaking Union.  The winner will go on to a national competition at Lincoln Center in New York on April 26 – 28, where the top prize will include an all-expenses paid trip to study acting in England. Continue reading Annual Shakespeare Competition for High School Students

Monmouth Teens Attended 4-H Leadership Conference

Atlantic Highlands and Freehold Teens are delegates at conference

FREEHOLD, NJ – Two Monmouth County teens, Shawn Hill of Freehold and Olive Scaff of Atlantic Highlands comprised Monmouth’s delegation as part of forty-one (41) 4-H members representing 13 counties who participated in the Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference held March 19 on the G.H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University in Middlesex County.

In today’s world, human productivity and success are a result of leadership skills and abilities. Leadership is an essential life skill to develop in both youth. Although every young person has some leadership potential, the skills necessary to be a leader do not necessarily develop in the natural course of life.

The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference provided an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops and hands-on activities. In addition, conference participants met 4-H’ers from across New Jersey; made new friends; and gained valuable life skills including understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, decision making, and working with groups.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13(one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the Monmouth County and New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program visit the website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu or contact Claudia Lammers at 732-431-7260, ext. 7264. Like us on Facebook – New Jersey 4-H.

 

Monmouth Teens Attended 4-H Leadership Conference

Atlantic Highlands and Freehold Teens are delegates at conference

FREEHOLD, NJ – Two Monmouth County teens, Shawn Hill of Freehold and Olive Scaff of Atlantic Highlands comprised Monmouth’s delegation as part of forty-one (41) 4-H members representing 13 counties who participated in the Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference held March 19 on the G.H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University in Middlesex County.

In today’s world, human productivity and success are a result of leadership skills and abilities. Leadership is an essential life skill to develop in both youth. Although every young person has some leadership potential, the skills necessary to be a leader do not necessarily develop in the natural course of life.

The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference provided an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops and hands-on activities. In addition, conference participants met 4-H’ers from across New Jersey; made new friends; and gained valuable life skills including understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, decision making, and working with groups.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13(one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the Monmouth County and New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program visit the website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu or contact Claudia Lammers at 732-431-7260, ext. 7264. Like us on Facebook – New Jersey 4-H.