Archive for June, 2011
>A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.0
photo by ArtChick Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-WingBy PAUL BEDARDPosted: June 30, 2011
Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend’s July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.
“Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party,” said the report from Harvard. [See political cartoons about the 2012More >
Impeach President Obama, Linker Says
(Ridgewood, NJ): Last night on the Susan Settenbrino radio show, conservative, Republican U.S. Senate candidate from New Jersey Ian Linker called on the U.S. House of Representatives to issue articles of impeachment for President Barack Obama. This morning, he issued the following statement:
“President Obama should be impeached for his willful violation of the War Powers Act keeping American military forces involved in the ongoing war in Libya. He has failed the American people and has failed to carry out his legal duties as Commander-in-Chief because he More >
Doherty Announces Three Colleagues Join “Fair School Funding Act” As Co-Sponsors
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee, announced today that three of his colleagues on the Committee have agreed to sponsor SCR-162, “The Fair School Funding Act.” Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senators Oroho and Pennacchio, also members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, signed onto the bill yesterday.“I am pleased that three of my colleagues on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee have agreed to join me in seeking a more More >
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
On February 21, 1787, the Continental Congress resolved that:
…it is expedient that on the second Monday in May next a Convention of delegates who shall have been appointed by the several States be held at Philladelphia for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation…
The original states, except Rhode Island, collectively appointed 70 individuals to the Constitutional Convention, but a number did not accept or could not attend. Those who did not attend included Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, More >
Garrett Introduces Bill to Ensure SEC Regulation are More Effective and Less Burdensome
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2011 -Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, today introduced H.R. 2308, the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act.
Introduced in the House with 15 original cosponsors, the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to abide by President Obama’s executive order that government agencies conduct robust cost-benefit analysis to ensure that the More >
Ridgewood school board agrees to earlier cutoff time at Stevens Field
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011BY KELLY EBBELSSTAFF WRITERTHE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
The Board of Education (BOE) resolved Monday night to concede to a 9 p.m. cutoff time for its lights at Stevens Field, and firmed up other recommendations to the new policy governing the use of Ridgewood’s athletic fields.
An update of the fields use policy is still months away from being approved and implemented, as it will now return to the joint BOE-Village Council Fields Committee for another review, and then to the Village Council, where it must More >
>Teacher evaluation pilot program prepares for takeoff The Christie administration’s planned pilot of a new statewide teacher evaluation system has begun to draw some interest from school districts, but also a few questions. Officials of the state Department of Education (DOE) met with nearly 70 districts last week to explain the details of the planned pilot, which would provide $1.1 million to up to nine districts to test out evaluation systems for a year before one is put in place statewide. (Mooney, NJ Spotlight) http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/0629/2240/
>NJ Assembly votes for job killing anti-pollution pact Two bills aimed at keeping New Jersey in a regional greenhouse gas reduction pact received final approval from the Legislature Wednesday, but the fate of the state’s participation was no closer to being resolved. (Lederman, The Associated Press) http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/NJ-Assembly-votes-to-stay-in-anti-pollution-pact-1445640.php
>State orders NJ counties to cut welfare Changes in the state budget for the new fiscal year that begins Friday will result in funding reductions to welfare programs that are administered by New Jersey’s 21 county governments. (Larsen, Gannett) http://www.app.com/article/20110629/NJNEWS/306290105/State-orders-NJ-counties-cut-welfare?odyssey=nav|head
Gov. Chris Christie moving to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing Gov. Chris Christie is moving to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing. The Republican governor submitted a reorganization plan to the state Legislature Wednesday that would do away with the controversial agency that determines communities’ obligations to provide housing for lower income residents. Its functions would be transferred to the Department of Community Affairs. (The Associated More >
>New N.J. bills could halt growth of charter schools in suburbs, expand in unwelcome areas The Assembly advanced a package of bills tonight that could stymie the growth of charter schools in the suburbs while dramatically expanding their portfolio statewide. The Assembly advanced a package of bills tonight that could stymie the growth of charter schools in the suburbs while dramatically expanding their portfolio statewide. (Calefati, The Star-Ledger) http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/06/new_nj_bills_could_halt_growth.html
NEW JERSEY QUITS CAP & TRADE; FUTURE OF RGGI IS UNCERTAIN
Gov. Chris Christie declared New Jersey will pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative CO-2 cap and trade program by the end of the year.
“The program is not effective in reducing greenhouse gases and is unlikely to be in the future,” said Christie in a news conference Thursday morning. “The whole system is not working as it was intended to work. It’s a failure.”
New Jersey’s exit from RGGI (pronounced “reggie”) clouds the future of the cap-and-trade scheme by breaking the chain of 10 contiguous states that participate in More >
Celebrate the Constitution : George Mason
In 1725 George Mason was born to George and Ann Thomson Mason. When the boy was 10 years old his father died, and young George’s upbringing was left in the care of his uncle, John Mercer. The future jurist’s education was profoundly shaped by the contents of his uncle’s 1500-volume library, one-third of which concerned the law.
Mason established himself as an important figure in his community. As owner of Gunston Hall he was one of the richest planters in Virginia. In 1750 he married Anne Eilbeck, and in 23 years of marriage they had five sons and More >
>Kasschau Shell – Outdoor Entertainment Every Tuesday and Thursday Night
FREE SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT
UNDER THE STARS
8:30pm at the Band Shell, Veterans Field, Ridgewood, N.J.
Behind the Ridgewood Public Library. N. Maple Ave. between Franklin and Linwood Aves.
All programs are free. Please bring a chair or blanket.
Please do not cross over the baseball field if a game is in progress.
Thursday, June 30 Thunderhill Band, Country & WesternSponsors: Care One at the Cupola & Care One at Pine Rest
Rain site – Benjamin Franklin Middle School, N. Van Dien Ave. at Glen Ave.
photo by ArtChick.biz
July 4th Celebration in Ridgewood – www.ridgewoodjuly4th.org
Join the Ridgewood July 4th Celebration!
Parade – Begins at 10AM on the West Side of the Train Station and continues under the train trestle to Broad Street, E. Ridgewood Ave, Maple Ave and ends at Graydon Pool.
July 4th Fireworks Ticket Information Summer’s Best Entertainment Value
Monday, July 4, 2011 Alternate Date – Tuesday, July 5, 2011 Veterans Field, Ridgewood, New Jersey The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration Committee is an all-volunteer community group that coordinates the day’s events and doesMore >