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Should NJ schools close for religious holidays?

Question: should schools close for religious holidays?

If you live in a given district where the majority of students practice one religion over all others, some educators feel it makes sense to close for that holiday for what they call “secular considerations

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NJ PARCC test – Is it a waste of time?

While New Jersey high schools have already begun phase 1 of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers PARCC test – the Assembly has approved a bill which would scale back the scope of the tests.

The bill would bar the State Education Department from using the test as a way to determine students

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Al-Shaab terrorist group threatens malls – Should NJ malls strengthen security?

While there’s been no threat by the terrorist group al-Shaab to local malls, authorities at one of New Jersey’s largest malls, the Freehold Raceway Mall, feel pretty confident the license plate readers recently installed will keep customers safe

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Gov. Chris Christie, on ‘Ask the Governor”
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NJ Transportation Fund – How would you replenish it?

In case you weren’t watching, here’s a brief summary of Governor Christie’s Budget Address:
The upcoming budget is to be 33.8 billion dollars with no new taxes imposed. It’s less by 2.3 billion that had been put in place in 2008

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
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NJ deer accidents – Have you collided with one yet?

It’s only a matter of time before it happens to you.

And for most of us living here, not only is it a matter of time – but a matter of times it’s happened to you.

Collided with a deer or two (or three!)

My fairly new Honda C-RV has around 35 thousand miles on it

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How would you rate your quality of life in New Jersey?

How would you rate your quality of life here – and what is it that’s either keeping you here or makes you want to flee?

A new poll released by Monmouth University finds that there’s a slight uptick among New Jersey residents feeling positive

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A display in Moorestown provides PARCC test information. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
A display in Moorestown provides PARCC test information. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
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PARCC flight – Education chief bails out of hearing unannounced, Facebookers say

Once again, social media is becoming the news breaker we all thought it would be.

And tt’s funny some of the things you find out when reading the comments left by Facebookers.
Here’s the latest wrinkle in the PARCC test controversy

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NRA cartoons for kids – ‘Eddie Eagle’ gun safety program in an NJ elementary school.

Is teaching young children about gun safety through a cartoon known as the Eddie Eagle program a good idea – or as one gun control advocate feels – likens it to the “Joe Camel” marketing campaign making cigarettes more appealing to kids

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Dog Tag Beer dedicated to memory of fallen soldiers now available in NJ

Marketing a beer through the memories of fallen soldiers.

It looked like a strange way to market beer – until I read a little more into the story of how Dog Tag Brewing came about – and about how it salutes the sacrifice of one local hero

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Mario Tama Getty Images News People: Richard Marrano
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Vote: Survey says few New Jersey residents attend church

Today is one of those days out of the year when PACE Catholics all over the state attend services to receive ashes – signaling the beginning of the Lenten season.

(PACE is the acronym for Palm Sunday, Ash Wednesday, Christmas, and Easter – days in which those who don’t normally attend mass feel as though they have to go!)

However, while today is not what we learned in Catholic school as a “holy day of obligation,” it’s still a day to commemorate the belief that we are mere mortals – here for only a short while and “unto dust we shall return

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