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COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Risk to Returning Students
Source:  The Montclarion
Sunday, 23 August 2020 12:26

With uncertainty surrounding everything from economic stability to whether schools will reopen in a few weeks to the containment of the COVID-19 virus in general, Montclair State University administration has decided to charge full price for tuition and housing despite holding a large portion of its classes in an online format.

Now it is time for the administration to listen to its student body and reevaluate that decision.

Students and their parents alike have expressed great disdain for the tuition decision on social media. One student’s mother posted in the “Montclair State University Parent/Family Networking” Facebook group how uncomfortable she feels paying for housing when there are already no in-person classes after Thanksgiving break and really no guarantee students will be dorming at all.

“I don’t know about others but I have difficulty spending almost $8,000 not knowing if my daughter will even spend one night in the dorm,” she wrote.

Despite this unsettling and completely unpredictable financial risk, housing payers are being required to fill out and submit a Financial Obligation form on Nest. If they do not, the website, which is essential to any student’s progress toward their degree, cannot be accessed.

Furthermore, a continuation of the stimulus money provided by the federal government to aid those out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic may not occur as senators are struggling to reach an agreement.

Students paying their way through college and those paying for their children’s degrees may have their funds cut short through no fault of their own. They will either have to recede into further financial debt or have their plans of attaining their hard earned degree postponed or even canceled.

Now, those paying for housing have been forced to agree to pay money they may or may not have. If the reopening of society continues to be delayed, who knows when those out of work will return to their jobs? If the stimulus bill is cut and does not continue as it has been, how will those obliged payments be made?

It is understood the COVID-19 pandemic has intensely burdened Montclair State financially. President Cole voluntarily taking a 20% pay cut to help aid that burden is definitely admirable, but the administration needs to listen to its students and their cries for help.

Clearly students and parents alike are unhappy with the decision to charge full price for housing that may be shut down halfway through the semester and classes of diminished quality, but those feelings of dissatisfaction do not matter unless they are recognized by the administration. A change must be made by those who have the power to make it.

The reversal is certainly doable, as Stony Brook University decided to repeal its no refund policy in case the return to school does not go as smoothly as they hope. It is possible for those paying large sums of money to feel at ease with their doing so, but these payment obligation forms and lack of expense relief by Montclair State’s administration are not making it any less difficult.

The fundamental purpose of leadership is to recognize the voice of the people you lead and then act accordingly in lockstep with that voice.

Students’ degrees being in jeopardy is not necessarily something that can be fixed down the road. The window for young people to use their degrees to break out into the professional world is quite narrow and an increase in financial burden will only make it tighter.

The post COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Risk to Returning Students appeared first on The Montclarion.

Town Council, BOE, Planning Board To Meet This Week
Source:  MyVeronaNJ
Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:46

The Planning Board will continue its review of the affordable housing complex to be built on the Poekel and Cameco lots. This is the architect’s rendering of the main building in the complex.

You’re going to need to have multiple Zoom screens open to follow all the public meetings this week. The Town Council and Board of Education will both meet on Monday at the same time, and the Planning Board will meet on Tuesday.

The Town Council’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. and you can find the agenda and Zoom dial-in instructions here. The agenda includes the public hearing and vote on the rent control ordinance that was introduced at the Council’s last meeting. The Council may also resume its discussion of what Verona can do in the wake of DeCamp Bus Lines suspension of service from Verona to New York City.

The BOE’s meeting, which is usually on Tuesday, will also be on Monday this week, and will also start at 7 p.m. Its agenda and Zoom link are here. The meeting will include the presentation of the Board’s self-evaluation.

The Pine and Depot complex, which will be built by PIRHL Developers, includes the four-story building with 71 apartments (top) and two three-story buildings with 12 apartments each.

The Planning Board normally meets on Thursdays, but this week it will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will continue the review of the preliminary site plan for the affordable housing complex to be built on the site of the Poekel and Cameco properties at Pine and Depot streets near the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Linn Drive.

The complex, which will be built by PIRHL Developers, includes a four-story building with 71 apartments (top) and two three-story buildings with 12 apartments each. The development will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units.  In our area, a property designated as “affordableâ€� needs to be within the budget of people earning between $47,250 and $75,360 a year–people like teachers and first responders. It is not the same as Section 8 housing.

All of the background documents on the PIRHL project can be found about halfway down this page. The agenda and Zoom call-in number are here. You can watch the previous meeting on the PIRHL project in the video below.

The post Town Council, BOE, Planning Board To Meet This Week appeared first on MyVeronaNJ.

Cumberland County Department of Health to host free rabies vaccine clinics
Source:  The Daily Journal - Vineland
Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:37

Because of COVID-19 concerns, appointments, masks and social distancing are required for Cumberland County rabies vaccine clinics


Ocean County sheriff stands with Lakeside Diner owner in Lacey
Source:  Asbury Park Press
Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:26

Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy said Gov. Phil Murphy has gone too far.


NJ high school sports attendance guidelines may come this week; what might spectators expect
Source:  Bridgewater
Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:08

The NJSIAA is expected to announce guidelines this week for spectators at high school games. How might attendance be determined and handled this fall?


Lacey: Authorities investigating three-alarm fire, family's pet lost in flames
Source:  Asbury Park Press
Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:08

Authorities are investigating a three-alarm fire that engulfed a home on Continental Court early Sunday.


UPDATE: Deputies identify motorcyclist seriously injured in crash in Canandaigua
Source:  Wayne Post
Sunday, 23 August 2020 10:03

A motorcycle and truck crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. Sunday on North Road near Andrews Road.

East Windsor Girl Scout completes project on stress management
Source:  Cranbury Press
Sunday, 23 August 2020 09:55

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East Windsor to hold online auction of property no longer needed for public operations
Source:  Cranbury Press
Sunday, 23 August 2020 09:47

An auction of surplus property no longer needed for public operations via an online auction, conducted by Municibid, will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 and conclude by 9 p.m. Aug. 31. Property, being sold “as is,” includes 20 automobiles, five heavy duty vehicles, six bicycles, electronic equipment and other miscellaneous items. Bidders must register […]

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State AG Probe Into Police Involved Fatal Shooting
Source:  Micromedia Publications
Sunday, 23 August 2020 08:31

  ASBURY PARK – An investigation in the fatal shooting of a 39-year-old man is being conducted by the Attorney General’s Office. The shooting occurred during the evening of Aug. 21 in Asbury Park. 

  The identity of the man has not yet been released and according to the preliminary investigation, multiple officers of the Asbury Park Police Department responded shortly after 9 p.m. to a report of a loud domestic dispute inside a two-family residence in the 900 block of 4th Avenue in Asbury Park. 

  Upon their arrival, police discovered a man and woman involved in a dispute. The residence. The woman was outside, and the man barricaded himself inside the upstairs apartment.

  Members of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist the Asbury Park police officers.  They tried to negotiate with the man through the door of the apartment in an effort to end the standoff. 

  During the incident, the man opened the door at various times, revealing that he was armed with a knife. The man continued to hold the knife despite repeated requests from the police to drop the knife. 

  Efforts to use a taser proved ineffective and the man remained armed with the knife, and at approximately 10:10 p.m., an Asbury Park officer shot and fatally wounded him. 

  Officers and EMS rendered medical aid, and EMS transported the man to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune

  The man was later pronounced dead at around 10:31 p.m. The investigation is being conducted by the Attorney General’s Office, pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019.

  This law requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the accused is in custody.

  No further information is being released at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

The post State AG Probe Into Police Involved Fatal Shooting appeared first on Jersey Shore Online.

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