Thursday, June 13, 2013
According to a recent study, state residents are in favor of decriminalizing pot possession. What do you think?
A majority of New Jersey residents support reducing the penalty for simple marijuana possession from a criminal offense to a fineable offense, according to a new poll commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance. Conducted by Lake Research Partners, the poll found that 61 percent of residents would support a proposal to make possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a civil violation, which would lead to a fine similar to that of a traffic ticket. Currently, possession of that amount of marijuana carries a penalty of up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail, according a release from the DPA. The DPA is a non-profit organization that promotes drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Support for …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Even if it didn't fit under the tree, generators may have been a popular gift item in the Somerset Hills this year.
It may not look great under your Christmas tree, it probably can't be wrapped nicely, and it certainly isn't a stocking stuffer. But an overheard conversation in Bernardsville on Thursday morning about two guys discussing their new generators arriving just in time for the holiday raises the question of whether there really is a better gift this year in the Somerset Hills. While some households already had generators before then-Hurricane Sandy headed this way in late October, the actual arrival of the storm plunged Basking Ridge and Bernardsville into virtually 100 percent powerlessness. That's enough to encourage even hold-outs to think again. And were you among the couple of hundred households in Bernards Township and Bernardsville who …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney participated in the last of three debates, this time in Boca Raton, Fla. Who made the best pitch for the next four years?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The fact-checkers are buzzing, Facebook groups with the name "Horses and Bayonets" are growing in members by the second and a million polls (including two at the bottom of this article) are registering "votes." The three round, primetime fight for the Presidency ended Monday night as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney faced off at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The candidates engaged in a pointed but civil debate that examined foreign policy, and also looked at its role in domestic issues. The first debate, held in Denver, Colo., featured questions on domestic policy. According to a flash poll issued to New Jersey political insiders immediately following the debate, Romney, 65, performed better than Obama, 51…
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Where do you like to spread out on the sand, take a dip in ocean waters or become part of the scene?
Having just spent a few hours at Belmar on Sunday with my sons, I again thought of the point I've raised before that one of the special things about the Jersey Shore is that any beach lover probably can pinpoint the type of seaside town/experience somewhere along our state's coastline. Or you can (as I sometimes do) make a few stops in one day, often by just driving a few miles up the road or crossing a town border. You can end your day at a not-too-far-away beach that the kids love (say, Belmar) with dinner in a pretty seaside village. (ie. Avon-by-the-Sea) In fact, if time hadn't been short — we went down late because we thought it was going to rain — I've had headed down yesterday for an early evening stroll by the beach in Sea Girt, …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Does looking at the calendar and seeing the date is Friday the 13th make you a scaredy cat?
This Friday already has started — a somewhat greyer day than we've had recently. But it's still a decent summer day, and at least many are on vacation. Meanwhile, it's our third Friday the thirteenth of the year! According to the Huffington Post, there are three Friday the 13ths on the calendar for 2012. The dates fell in January, April and now July. So, does that bring on a slight shiver, or a shrug — or just a heave of relief with the thought that TGIF and you have a while summer weekend spread out and waiting? We're also told that the number 13 has preoccupied people for centuries and psychiatrists even have a name -- triskaidekaphobia -- for the condition of intensely fearing the number 13. When you travel, do you ever notice that many…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
About half approve of job president is doing
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Our Republican governor gets good marks from the Garden State, but so does our Democratic president, according to the latest poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind. Barack Obama also has a solid lead over Mitt Romney in New Jersey, according to the poll — especially among women. Read the full statement from FDU below, then take our own poll to let us know what you think? According the latest poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, 50 percent of New Jersey voters say they approve of the way the president is handling his job, while 42 percent disapprove. These numbers mirror the support expressed by New Jerseyans for their Republican governor, Chris Christie, as reported yesterday: 56 percent approve of the job …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Issue raised at Bernards Township school board meeting, but no action or lengthy discussion.
The issue of random drug testing for high school students has been raised a number of times through the past few years at meetings of the Bernards Township Board of Education, but has never gotten very far. It came up again at the March 12 meeting, when Board Member Michael Byrne said he still feels there is a need for such testing. Board Member William Koch agreed. However, the conversation quickly died due to a lack of discussion among other school board members. Koch again raise the subject on Monday, when he asked that the minutes from the March 12 meeting take note that two board members have said they would support random drug testing in the high school. He added that the school district's administration has supported the proposal, …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Plans to install four stop signs at all entries to intersection at Church Street and Somerville Road.
The Bernards Township Committee has already approved a county plan to install four-way stop signs for drivers heading in all direction at the intersection of Somerville Road and Church Street. Extra signs and lane alterations are due to be put in place in the spring. The intersection currently has stop signs and solar powered flashing red lights, on both sides of Somerville Road. Traffic along Church Street, which turns into Liberty Corner Road after crossing Somerville Road, now has the right of way. The township's Harry Dunham Park is at the intersection, located at the edge of Liberty Corner village. Turning lanes will be removed from the intersection at the same time that the stop signs are installed, likely next spring, Township …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Patch wants to know how you feel about having gay couples treated just like heterosexual couples under law.
Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday announced that he wants New Jersey voters to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. Specifically, he wants the issue of marriage equality put on the November ballot so that residents can decide whether their LGBT neighbors should, for the first time ever, be treated equally under state civil law. Christie said it would take a three-fifths vote in the state legislature to get the issue onto the general election ballot. The governor, a well-known foe of marriage equality, added that if the General Assembly and Senate send him a pro-equality bill, he will veto it. If the voters approve equality, however, he said he will uphold their choice. The governor made his wish known just days after NJ.com reported that a…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Favorable rating remains unchanged from October.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Headed into his annual State of the State address, New Jersey’s governor continues to turn in strong public approval numbers, according to the latest recent statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind. According to the FDU poll, 53 percent of Garden State voters approve of the job Chris Christie is doing as governor, while 37 percent disapprove, a net advantage of 16 percentage points and virtually identical to his standing a year ago before his 2011 State of the State address. “That’s the way any office-holder wants to begin the new year,” said Peter Woolley, director of the poll. “But in this economic climate, many aren’t.” Even the recent toll hikes do not make a dent in the governor’s standing. Households that pay …