New law will broaden safety options

We at 180 Turning Lives Around Inc. applaud the recent enactment of the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015, which broadens the safety options for a greater number of survivors in New Jersey.

Beginning in May 2016, survivors of this most heinous crime, which includes acts or attempted acts of sexual assault, sexual contact, and lewdness, who are not eligible for a domestic violence restraining order, may apply in state Superior Court for a restraining order against the perpetrator. No criminal charges related to the incident need to be filed for a survivor, or their guardian, to apply.

Sexual assault is any sexual contact that is forced or without consent. It is a crime committed by the perpetrator whose motive is to overpower, control, degrade and humiliate. The survivor is never at fault. Over 80 percent of sexual assaults are committed by someone who is known to the survivor. Many survivors may fear retaliation. In Monmouth County there is help available at 180 Turning Lives Around, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. 180 offers 24/7 confidential hotlines, emergency shelter, family court assistance, safety planning, and trained advocates who accompany survivors at police stations, hospitals and family court.

Information and crisis support are available by calling our sexual violence hotline at 732-264-7273 or 888-264-7273. The domestic violence hotline is 732-264- 4111 or 888-843-9262.

Any man, woman or child can be sexually victimized. There is no acceptable reason for violence and abuse. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us.

Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around Inc.
Hazlet

Call for move to clean energy follows veto of Port Ambrose

By KAYLA J. MARSH

LONG BRANCH — The New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club is calling for development of offshore wind energy to move the state toward a clean-energy future following the veto of a proposal for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) port off the coast of Long Branch.

“The veto of this port is another step in the right direction for New Jersey to make the switch from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.

“We can use our coasts for clean wind power that won’t pose a threat to communities or add to climate change. … This veto of the LNG port was an important step in protecting our oceans and moving towards clean energy.”

The proposal for a liquefied natural gas facility off the coast of Long Branch has come to an end after a seven-year battle that included project site changes and a previous veto by Gov. Chris Christie.

On Nov. 12, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed the proposed Port Ambrose Deepwater Port application to the delight of many environmental activists and political leaders alike.

“My administration carefully reviewed this project from all angles, and we have determined that the security and economic risks far outweigh any potential benefits,” Gov. Cuomo said.

“Superstorm Sandy taught us how quickly things can go from bad to worse when major infrastructure fails — and the potential for disaster with this project during extreme weather or amid other security risks is simply unacceptable.”

The Port Ambrose Deepwater Port application, proposed by the Jersey City-based Liberty Natural Gas, a portfolio company of a fund advised by Toronto-based investment management firm West Face Capital — would have been built about 29 miles off the coast of Long Branch and 15 miles off Sandy Hook.

“We are disappointed and very surprised with Gov. Cuomo’s decision to not allow a cleaner, more affordable energy supply to reach New York consumers,” Roger Whelan, CEO of Liberty Natural Gas, said. “We had hoped that the safety and environmental concerns raised by the governor had been thoroughly addressed and dismissed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.”

The facility would have imported an estimated 400 million cubic feet of liquefied natural gas per day and would have been connected via a proposed 22-mile pipeline, feeding into Transco’s existing Lower New York Bay Lateral pipeline.

“This is a common-sense decision, because vetoing this project is in the best interests of New Yorkers,” Cuomo said.

Christie vetoed an earlier iteration of LNG’s proposal in 2011, and plans for the liquefied natural gas port were put on hold by federal agencies in March of this year due, in part, to the high volume of public and governmental comment surrounding the proposal.

“Today is a major victory in our efforts to protect the environment and our natural resources,” Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “I applaud Gov. Cuomo for standing up and vetoing this project today just as Gov. Christie did in 2011.

“Liberty Natural Gas has been sent a message loud and clear … the proposed Port Ambrose LNG facility had far too many risks to our ocean and coastal communities and had no benefit for citizens of New Jersey. There were no new jobs, no new energy sources, and zero economic benefits.”

The governors of the adjacent coastal states of New York and New Jersey had 45 days to approve the application; approve the application with conditions; or deny the proposed deepwater port.

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has until Feb. 3 to issue a Record of Decision.

A spokesman for MARAD declined to comment on the question of whether the veto means the application would not proceed.

He referred questions to the MARAD licensing regulations, which require the approval of the governors of the adjacent coastal states.

Clean Ocean Action, which has spearheaded the opposition to the LNG proposal, lauded the veto.

“Today Gov. Cuomo vetoed the proposed Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas facility,” according to a statement from the ocean advocacy group. “His quick decision shows that this project was dangerous, unneeded and unnecessary.

“This is a warning to fossil fuels that our coast is off limits.”

Proudly display American flag

 A flag hangs on the wall of names during the Veterans Day ceremony that was held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Holmdel, Nov. 11.  STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR A flag hangs on the wall of names during the Veterans Day ceremony that was held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Holmdel, Nov. 11. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR This is in response to Ray Kalainikas’ letter, “Pledging Allegiance to Flag is Self-destructive.”

Sorry Ray you feel that way. Think about it — if it weren’t for all the heroes who took the pledge of allegiance, acted patriotically and fought and died for “that flag,” we all might be living here under much different laws, and you probably wouldn’t be able to voice your opinion as you did.

As I see it, the climate in our country is changing for the worse. I’m afraid that when (God help us) the time comes when heroes again choose to fight in a world war to defend our freedom and way of life, they won’t have the total support from people living here.

I am in total agreement that as free citizens living in the greatest country in the world, we can believe in whatever we want, but when push comes to shove, if we want to continue to think and act freely, we must and should rally behind our country. If that symbol of freedom happens to be the American flag, then we should respect it.

Let me ask you, did you write a similar letter after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country when there were many property owners displaying the flag and people pledging allegiance to the flag?

We should proudly display the American flag on our property (as I do) if you wish. If you should choose not to, that’s your right.

Let’s all be proud to be Americans. God bless America.

Henry Kiernan
Red Bank

Holiday Express will brighten up the holidays

This year Holiday Express kicked off its 23rd season on Nov. 9 and will travel to a record-setting 81 locations delivering music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those in need.

The nonprofit — comprised of more than 1,600 volunteers, including 150 musicians — visits the mentally and physically ill, the homeless, the hungry, and the physically disabled.

Holiday Express travels the entire state of New Jersey plus makes stops in New York and Pennsylvania to deliver holiday cheer. Additionally, this year Holiday Express will celebrate its 1,000th event.

With 13 more events than last year, Holiday Express has been working year- round to make sure the nonprofit can meet the need to bring the warmth of human kindness to those who need it the most this holiday season. Volunteers at the Holiday Express warehouse have been collecting, sorting and packing donations that come in throughout the year.

“We will give out 20,000 gift bags this season. No one leaves empty-handed,” said Holiday Express founder and Little Silver resident Tim McLoone. Gift bag items often include toiletries, blankets, warm hats, scarves and socks.

While the live music provided by the Holiday Express musicians enlivens the parties, many hours behind the scenes make each event a success. Each event comes complete with a visit from the Grinch, Frosty and, of course, Santa.

While most of the Holiday Express events are private, there are a limited number of opportunities for the public to witness the fun and magic of the Holiday Express Band all while raising money for the mission.

Public events are planned for the Red Bank Town Lighting on Friday, Nov. 27; the Holiday Express Christmas Spectacular Benefit Concert, Dec. 10 at NJPAC (tickets at www.njpac.org); and the Holiday Express Benefit Concert, Dec. 17 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank (www.countbasietheatre.org),

Ways to help Holiday Express carry out its mission include monetary donations, sponsorships of events, and donations of goods and services. For more information, call 732- 544-8010 or visit www.holidayexpress.org.

Pediatrician supports purchase of tobacco at 21

 Tasty homemade apple pies tempt visitors attending the 50th Apple Festival sponsored by the Madison Township Historical Society, Old Bridge, on Nov. 8.  SCOTT FRIEDMAN Tasty homemade apple pies tempt visitors attending the 50th Apple Festival sponsored by the Madison Township Historical Society, Old Bridge, on Nov. 8. SCOTT FRIEDMAN According to the American Heart Association, smoking is responsible for killing more than 480,000 Americans annually – including 11,800 New Jerseyans – making it the number one cause of death.

It’s no secret smoking results in heart disease, stroke, cancers and many other devastating health issues. Yet smoking remains a crisis in the Garden State, especially when it comes to our youth.

In fact, 95 percent of smokers start the habit before the age of 21. Each year, 24,500 New Jersey youth try cigarettes for the first time while 5,400 children become new regular, daily smokers.

As a pediatrician, I support every effort to deter tobacco getting in the hands of our kids. I’m advocating for the passage of the Tobacco 21 bill (A3254), which would reduce youth tobacco use in New Jersey by raising the minimum legal sales age of tobacco products to 21. Modeled after a similar effort in Massachusetts which saw a 50 percent decrease in youth smoking, this bill would help protect our adolescents from making a decision which would negatively affect their health for years to come.

We know that this plan works. It’s seen success in Needham, Massachusetts, Hawaii and several other locations including New York City. We saw success with a similar approach was taken to address underage drinking. We raised the minimum purchasing age to 21 and saw drops in highway alcohol-related deaths and high school drinking. Although teen drinking wasn’t eliminated, the problem substantially improved. It’s our hope that we can gain similar success with Tobacco 21.

It’s time for New Jersey to act. With little/ no cost to tax payers and the improved welfare of our children, saying “yes” to Tobacco 21 is the right choice to make.

Dr. Charles Garbarino
American Heart Association/
American Stroke Association
Volunteer
Livingston

Resident thanks first aid, medical staff

Recently, I was subjected to an affliction that caused me to suffer gastrointestinal problems, confusion, lethargy, agitation, headache, loss of appetite and muscle weakness.

Thanks to the kindness of the Monmouth Beach First Aid Squad, I was transported to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

As soon as I entered the emergency room, I received immediate and compassionate attention before being placed in a clean and cheerful room.

The entire staff of doctors, nurses, etc. all contributed to reaching a speedy diagnosis and determining that I should transfer to HealthSouth in Tinton Falls for rehabilitation.

Upon my arrival at HealthSouth, I again was received by a caring and thoughtful staff. The facility was beautiful, much like an exclusive country club, and the room clean and cheerful. I could not transfer from the stretcher to the bed without assistance from the staff. By the time I left — 15 days later — because of the professional care of the doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and the full staff working together, I had met my goal of walking out of this wonderful facility with the assistance of only a cane. I was able to return to work and to my normal lifestyle.

It’s great that we have such wonderful health-care opportunities available in this area and that they are available to all.

Thank you so much Monmouth Beach First Aid, Monmouth Medical Center and HealthSouth for giving me my life back.

Patricia Thayer Monmouth Beach

Jamie Lee Curtis

By Ali Datko,
ReMIND Magazine

 Jamie Lee Curtis as a child with her famous parents, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh Jamie Lee Curtis as a child with her famous parents, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh Award-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis has propelled herself successfully through many different phases of stardom.

Born Nov. 22, 1958, to actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, she grew up in Los Angeles under the shadow of her parents’ already established fame.

In 1978, Curtis got her big break, establishing herself as an actress in her own right. Her first role was that of Laurie Strode, the recurring protagonist of the now-classic Halloween horror film series.

Halloween launched her into a public, albeit very niche arena. From 1978 until the mid ’80s, her continued prominence in popular horror releases like The Fog, Prom Night and Terror Train won her the unofficial title of Hollywood’s No. 1 “scream queen.”

In Halloween, Curtis’ character narrowly escapes the grasp of the now-infamous killer Michael Myers, who leaves behind a deadly trail of victims wherever he goes. The film holds lasting significance because it pioneered the “final girl” trope, in which a single female character remains alive to confront the villain. In effect, Curtis was the first heroine of the slasher film genre.

In the mid ’80s, Curtis turned her attention to comedies such as A Fish Called Wanda and Trading Places. In 1994, she won a Golden Globe for her role in True Lies opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in 2003 she starred with Lindsay Lohan in Disney’s Freaky Friday.

The multitalented Curtis also has appeared in a slew of television shows, has written a variety of well-received children’s books, secured a U.S. patent, and been an influential social activist. She is married to screenwriter Christopher Guest, with whom she adopted two children.

Despite her legendary slasher heroine status, Curtis once said in an interview that she prefers not to watch scary movies, as they terrify her.

Now, she puts her old image to good use by hosting an annual “Dream Halloween” event, which benefits the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.

Did you know …

 USA NETWORK USA NETWORK USA Network will premiere its new comedy series “Donny!” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 p.m.

Starring Donny Deutsch, real-life chairman of Deutsch Inc., one of the world’s leading advertising agencies, the half-hour series takes a satirical look at the media, wealth and modern romance through the eyes of Deutsch’s fictional character based on the real-life famed ad man, single dad, and TV personality. In “Donny!,” Deutsch hosts his own daytime talk show. On camera, he has the answers to everything and makes his viewers swoon. But off camera, he’s a filterless rogue who lives in entertaining contrast to almost everything he espouses publicly. Chris McCumber, president of USA Network, characterized “Donny!” as a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” style series. dick clark productions and ABC announced that international music superstar Jennifer Lopez will host and perform at the “2015 American Music Awards.” The event will broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interaction as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring.

A&E Network will premiere season four of its scripted drama “Unforgettable” on Friday, Nov.13, with back-to-back episodes at 8 and 9 p.m. Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh return and are joined by Alani “La La” Anthony, Kathy Najimy and E.J. Bonilla as new series regulars. The series follows NYPD Detective Carrie Wells, who has a rare memory condition,

Hyperthymesia, which she utilizes to solve some of New York’s most dangerous crimes. Along with her partner Al Burns, they have a 100% clearance rate on a staggering case load.

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Reader opposes bear-management plan

When Cecil the lion was wounded and then killed by an American dentist back in July, the world was outraged. Now is your time to stop the same fate for New Jersey black bears.

Despite only 390 public comments supporting an expanded bear hunt versus 6,635 comments against the expansion, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted to approve the new Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP), thus ignoring the will of the majority in favor of those who enjoy killing animals for entertainment. New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner, Bob Martin, has yet to sign the plan. Please contact him at 609-292-2885 and at commissioner@ dep.nj.gov to ask him to reject the 2015 CBBMP.

Also, please visit savenjbears.com for more ways to help. You can’t bring back Cecil the lion, but you can help the black bears of New Jersey.

Dawn Zelinski Middletown