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ICYMI: Tuition-Free Community College Now Includes Students Statewide in Spring 2019

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (2)

TRENTON – New Jersey’s program to make community college tuition-free for certain students, which began with a pilot at 13 county colleges, is being expanded to cover eligible students at all 19 county colleges in the current spring semester. 

“With this expansion, students in need at all 19 of our community colleges will have access to an education that is within financial reach and allows them to worry about their grades instead of how they will pay for school,” said Governor Murphy. “We know that if our students can obtain a higher education, our communities become more prosperous, their employers become more competitive, and the state economy becomes more innovative and attractive to businesses. I look forward to providing this critical opportunity to students at all 19 community colleges for the upcoming Fall and Spring semester.”

Thirteen county colleges across New Jersey began piloting the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program in January 2019, while all 19 county colleges indicated interest through their application for the Community College Innovation Challenge last summer. The expansion will provide qualifying students with the ability to attend county college tuition-free this spring at these six additional schools: Brookdale Community College; County College of Morris; Essex County College; Raritan Valley Community College; Rowan College at Burlington County; and Sussex County Community College. 

Students across the state now will be eligible for CCOG if they meet the requirements of enrolling in at least 6 credits this spring, making satisfactory academic progress, coming from families with adjusted gross incomes between $0 and $45,000, and having a completed application for federal and state financial aid. Such students are eligible for CCOG, which is a “last-dollar” grant that covers any gap remaining between their tuition and covered educational fees and all other financial aid grants they receive. Current students who are already enrolled at these six additional institutions will be processed for potential CCOG eligibility over the next few weeks; students do not need to complete any additional application to be considered for eligibility. 

“We initially pursued a pilot approach at 13 community colleges to ensure that the program costs did not exceed the funds appropriated. Throughout the pilot, all 19 county colleges have been working to build capacity for the program expansion and to share learnings and best practices during implementation with the goal of expanding in the fall,” said Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis. “We are delighted to announce that we now have room to expand this opportunity even earlier than anticipated to benefit all eligible students statewide.”

“The 19 county colleges recently provided detailed information about all of the students enrolled this Spring. Our analysis of these data shows that the current Fiscal Year 2019 funding for CCOG will be able to cover eligible students at all 19 county colleges, as a greater share of students are receiving other aid this semester, including Federal Pell grants and State TAG, than was the case in prior years” said David Socolow, Executive Director of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. “We are delighted that students at New Jersey’s county colleges are hearing about this initiative to make college more affordable.” 

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) are jointly administering this funding opportunity. To learn more about the Community College Opportunity Grant, visit: https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/ccog.aspx.

Atlantic City Police Elevate 18 Class II Officers to Police Officer

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)


ATLANTIC CITY , NJ April 26, 2019 the Atlantic City Police Department elevated 18 Special Law Enforcement, Class II officers to Police Officer. The newly hired were sworn in at a ceremony in the Henry E. “Hank” Tyner Memorial Council Chambers at City Hall. We congratulate the officers and their families on this special accomplishment. The new police officers will be assigned to the Operations Division.

The elevation of these officers was made possible by a grant from the Casino Reinvestment

Development Authority (CRDA).

Elevated from Special Law Enforcement, Class II officers to Police Officer-

Jamar Dabney

Laquay Dubose

Sandra Lino-Melo

Warren Young

Maria Borsani

Janiquea Harold

Richard Link

Brandon Bower

Kleovoulos Zissimopoulos

Matthew Stollenwerk

Bayron Zelaya-Chavez

Mailon Demby

Danish Mohammad

Jamira Norwood

Wahab Malik

Ivaylo Ivanov

LaQuay Green Sr

Troy Grams

Atlantic City PBA Local #24

LEGENDS OF SALSA ,LEVOY THEATER

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Millville, New Jersey, April 27, 2019

The most anticipated event of the year in Cumberland County in the month of April, was the legend in Concert, where a group of artists, salsa genre. Salsa music is a popular dance music genre that initially arose in New York City during the 1960s. Salsa is the product of various musical genres including the Cuban son montuno, guaracha, cha cha chá, mambo, and to a certain extent bolero, and the Puerto Rican bomba and plena. Latin jazz, which was also developed in New York City, had a significant influence on salsa arrangers, piano guajeos, and instrumental soloists

In this occasion, International Fame Artists were presented:

Tito Rojas, Rey Sepulveda, NG2, Giro Lopez and Marck Balar

After the concert the party continued with DJ tonny Morris on the second floor until two in the morning.

We can also say that this is the 4th occasion that salsa events of this magnitude are organized at the Levoy Theater in Millville, NJ

Thanks to the PRAC organization from Southern of New Jersey, and thanks President Raph Padilla.for the Invitation.

1st Campaign kicked off Majumder for Freeholder at Zaffran Indian Cuisine

Posted on May 1, 2019 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (1)

1st Campaign kicked off Majumder for Freeholder at Zaffran Indian Cuisine,

Atlantic City.NJ April 30, 2019

Thank you everyone who maid it my fundraising dinner tonight. It was a great gathering with Diverse Community Leaders along with James Toto, Seth Grossman, Charles Goodman, Councilman Jesse Kurtz, Senator Candidate Hirsh Singh and many other business owners attended to make this event wonderful. I appreciate for all your time & kind donations.



ICYMI: Governor Murphy, NJ Transit Announce Atlantic City Rail Line and Princeton Dinky to Resume May 12th

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Restoration Nearly Two Weeks Ahead of Target Date

                                                                                              

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – NJ TRANSIT has accelerated the restoration of service on the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) and Princeton Branch (Dinky), announcing that both rail services will resume on Sunday, May 12th.  The new date is nearly two weeks ahead of the agency’s target date and fulfills the commitment to have these services operating prior to Memorial Day weekend.

“Our economy relies upon our residents getting where they need to go reliably and safely, and Governor Christie’s nearly decade-long mismanagement of NJ TRANSIT undermined the capacity of NJ TRANSIT to fulfill that responsibility,” said Governor Murphy. “That is why I’m so pleased to announce the early restoration of the NJ TRANSIT Atlantic City Rail Line and the Princeton Branch Dinky Line, which will allow our commuters to get to work, school, and back again, free of disruption. I applaud NJ TRANSIT’s leadership for their efforts to improve safety and restore service. Our residents and commuters deserve nothing less.”

“The importance of these rail lines was made abundantly clear during our town hall meetings. The needs of our customers remain our highest priority. I am pleased that we were able to restore reliable services to these regions ahead of schedule,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

“I am pleased we are able to restore service sooner than projected.  I know how critical these services are to those who rely on them,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.  “I did not want these rail lines to remain out of service for a minute longer than necessary, and I’m grateful that we’re able to resume service nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.  I want to acknowledge our employees’ hard work that made this possible, and thank our customers for their patience while we were able to successfully meet our interim 2018 Positive Train Control (PTC) requirements and complete necessary track replacement work on the ACRL.”

As part of an effort to provide more reliable and frequent service for Atlantic City area commuters, the ACRL will resume with an improved schedule to better match service with customer demand. In response to customer feedback gained through NJ TRANSIT’s listening tour and enhanced customer focus, the new schedule includes an adjustment to a weekday a.m. peak period roundtrip which fills a gap in arrivals at Philadelphia 30th St. Station during the morning rush hour. The Agency will now offer five trains that arrive in Philadelphia prior to noon, up from three, and reduce wait times between trains to a maximum of two hours throughout the service day. Similar adjustments have been made to the weekend schedule. 

Princeton Branch (Dinky) service will resume with a schedule similar to its previous operation prior to the temporary suspension.

Full schedule for the Atlantic City Rail Line:

Full schedule for the Princeton Branch (Dinky).

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:  In advance of both the ACRL and Dinky resumption dates, test trains and rail equipment will begin to operate on the tracks.  The NJ TRANSIT Office of System Safety (OSS) urges the public to stay alert, remain cognizant that railroad equipment can operate at any time, in any direction and at various speeds.  Pedestrians and vehicles should only cross railroad tracks at designated crossings, while paying attention to crossing gates, lights and bells that warn of the potential presence of a train or other railroad equipment.    

During the temporary suspension on the ACRL to meet the 2018 year-end federal PTC requirements, NJ TRANSIT installed 266 transponders, 17 poles, 20 wayside interface units, and nearly 60 miles of ground based network, including fiber optic cable to link all signal bungalows.  NJ TRANSIT also utilized the temporary suspension to perform state-of-good repair work on the ACRL by replacing 7.5 miles of track.  While NJ TRANSIT was at just 12% PTC completion in early 2018, the agency was able to meet this critical safety milestone in December 2018 to qualify for an alternative schedule for the remainder of the PTC installation process. NJ TRANSIT now has until the end of 2020 to ensure its PTC system is fully functional.


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