- Category: Arts & Culture
Dutch and English settlers brought the first enslaved people to New Jersey in the seventeenth century. By the time of the Revolutionary War, slavery was an established practice on labor-intensive farms throughout what became known as the Garden State. The progenitor of the influential Morris family, Lewis Morris, brought Barbadian slaves to toil on his estate of Tinton Manor in Monmouth County. “Colonel Tye,” an escaped slave from Shrewsbury, joined the British “Ethiopian Regiment” during the Revolutionary War and led raids throughout the towns and villages near his former home. Charles Reeves and Hannah Van Clief married soon after their emancipation in 1850 and became prominent citizens of Lincroft, as did their next four generations. Author Rick Geffken reveals stories from New Jersey’s dark history of slavery.
- Category: The Armchair Critic
There’s quite a lot about our current world that baffles me. Knowing full well that many will disagree with me, I’m just going to put the following out there as food for thought.
Hot topic number one: masks. Public health officials constantly state a mask is an effective way to curtail airborne transmission of the coronavirus. While I acknowledge and accept the necessity of wearing masks during this pandemic, I hate them. I have yet to find a mask that fits well and doesn’t lead to my glasses fogging up, and from a less practical and more vain standpoint, the mask’s elastic straps push my ears forward so I look like a monkey. More importantly, as an asthmatic, I can’t breathe well in a mask. But I wear it, and quite frankly, I don’t understand the opposition. I’ve heard the arguments and the claims of civil liberties being violated, etc., but putting on a mask to safeguard community health doesn’t seem like an unreasonable request to me. Thankfully, most Americans agree. According to the New York Times, 92% of 2,200 U.S. adults polled last month wear a face mask when leaving home. Great! Here’s a suggestion that won’t sit quite as well with many Americans, masked or unmasked: stay home!
- Category: Letters to the Editor
For two centuries, the United States has stood as a splendid model of democratic perfection. The efficiency and transparency of our election system was revered by people across the globe, and envied by those who lacked the freedom and power to vote for their own leadership.
Today, somehow, we have become a laughing stock in the eyes of the world. This election has emboldened the critics who have insisted our freedoms cannot be sustained indefinitely.
The civilized elections and smooth, peaceful transitions of power that have defined us as a nation have been supplanted by this: verbal brawling, partisan bickering, contentious name-calling, and legal saber-rattling.
The eyes of the world are on us – and we are an embarrassment.
- Category: News
Donation to K-9s for Warriors in Honor of Lt. Dennis Zilinski Will Help Save Lives
November 18, 2020, Adelphia, New Jersey – On Veterans Day, The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund sponsored six service dogs for training through K-9s for Warriors. The service dogs will be paired with disabled American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Brain Traumatic Injury (BTI) to help combat veteran suicide.
- Category: News
Sharing Holiday Joy
SHREWSBURY, NJ – While no one wants to hear the words COVID and Christmas in the same sentence, it looks like the pandemic is going to have a real impact on the holidays and gift drives for needy families in 2020.
The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County’s Counseling & Social Services team has kicked off its annual Adopt-A-Family holiday gift drive, and this year it features a different kind of fundraising effort - a “virtual giving tree.”
Because of the pandemic, the Y is asking members, businesses, and residents to purchase gift cards from a “virtual tree” instead of buying toys and other items for families in need. Also new to the annual giving program is a winter coat drive.
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