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Jefferson Township Takes Stand Against Child Abuse

(Jefferson NJ) -- In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness, the Junior Woman's League of Jefferson Township (Morris County) is hosting a seminar on Friday, June 6th at 7 PM to help children protect themselves from potential predators. Speaker Rose Morrisroe is a first grade teacher with her Masters in the Art of Teaching, Author, and a child abuse survivor herself. She is experienced at teaching children about protecting their personal space. She is so passionate about defending children, she founded an advocacy organization called Soldiers Against Child Abuse in 2006.

Kudos to the Junior Woman's League for choosing to confront the epidemic of child abuse. In 2012, a nationally estimated 1,640 children died of abuse and neglect according to the Department of Health and Human Services. And because the American Psychological Association (APA) says that child sexual abuse is "not uncommon" and "a serious problem in the US", it's a problem educators cannot ignore.

Morrisroe's seminar will educate children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, and that will greatly benefit Jefferson Township's community and children because the younger the child is, the more vulnerable he or she is. Morrisroe will educate children on personal space, safe and unsafe touch, and who to ask for help if in need. Child sexual abuse occurs in children of all ages ethnicities, cultures, and economic backgrounds in rural, urban, and suburban areas, (according to the APA). Empowering children so that they feel in control of their own bodies is so important because research has shown that predators choose their victims among other children on the basis of how easily they can manipulate them.

As part of the seminar Morrisroe will present her book, "No Secrets Between Us". Already being purchased by parents nationwide, the book is a teaching tool on the topic of child sexual abuse awareness. It takes a gentle, non-scary, and practical approach to teaching. Endorsed by Michael Reagan (President Reagan's son), the book helps kids recognize when they are in an abusive situation. "Many take their kids to karate classes so they can defend their bodies," says Morrisroe. "My book and my seminars teach kids self defense for the mind." For interest in schools, a year-long educational curriculum is available for elementary students of all ages. Contact: Rose Morrisroe

The majority of published studies on prevention education have supported child-empowerment programs aimed at preventing sexual abuse. A majority of reviews have found that children at all ages do acquire the key concepts being taught in child sexual abuse awareness education programs. In fact, younger children show more learning than older children.

On the basis of a survey of 825 college students, researchers Gibson and Leitenberg concluded "adult women who had not participated in a school prevention program during childhood were about twice as likely to have experienced child sexual abuse as those who had participated in a program." Sexual abuse prevention programs work. How can we not try to protect the most innocent citizens of our society so they can hang on to that innocence a little longer? Well done, Junior Woman's League and Jefferson Township.

CivicStory To Present "News and Democracy" Forum In Summit On November 19th
(SUMMIT, NJ) --  Four multimedia news leaders will debate the civic purposes of journalism in a free public forum on Monday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, in Summit.  Entitled "News and Democracy," the forum is presented by CivicStory, an online solutions-based news site focused on sustainability and creative change. Panelists include NJTV correspondent Michael Hill; Joseph Lichterman, senior business associate at the Lenfest Institute for Journalism in Philadelphia; Stefanie Murray, Director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University; and Paula Saha, Director of Communications for the NJ State Bar Association.
RVCC Planetarium to Present Holiday Shows, Star Shows, Laser Concerts in December
​​​​​​​(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg is offering a variety of star shows and laser concerts for the entire family in December, including holiday programs to help make the season especially merry and bright. In addition, a special Winter Solstice Saturday program will feature free, hands-on activities for all ages.
East Brunswick Historical Society to Host Talk on Central Jersey's Crime of the Century
(EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The East Brunswick Historical Society will host a program on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00pm about the famous Hall-Mills Murder Case.  It goes back to a September evening in 1922 when the bodies of 2 lovers were discovered on an abandoned farm at the outskirts of New Brunswick. They were Reverend Edward Wheeler Hall, 41, and Eleanor Mills, 34.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Returns To Asbury Park
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Asbury Park Convention Hall presents famed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson on Thursday, December 6 at 8:00pm. Tyson is the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on FOX, and NOVA ScienceNOW and Origins on PBS.  He returns to Asbury Park with a fun, family-friendly evening designed to help unravel the mysteries of modern science. Tickets range from $47 to $223.

A Look at Newark Centric City
(NEWARK, NJ) -- Newark Centric City officially launched on September 29, 2018, but site owner Suzanne Joblonski has been actively promoting Newark through social media for the past year and a half.  New Jersey Stage spoke with her to learn more about the site.
The 27th Annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival
Now that summer is officially in the rearview mirror – even with an occasional warm-weather day – the time has come for thoughts to turn to things autumnal. That could mean painting a pumpkin or constructing a scarecrow for Halloween decorating. It might be checking out a craft fair for an early start on holiday shopping. It could involve an outdoor spot with live entertainment to see and hear without slathering on high-number sunscreen. Or maybe it’s just taking in an activity that’s fun for the whole gang, even the four-legged ones.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PERFORMING ARTS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the PERFORMING ARTS category: The Four Seasons, Steven Van Zandt, Gloria Gaynor, and Debbie Harry.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 ARTS & LETTERS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the ARTS & LETTERS category: Harlan Coben and Anna Quindlen.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 SPORTS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the SPORTS category: Al Leiter and Carli Lloyd.

Event calendar
Friday, Nov 16, 2018


THE MERCURY BROTHERS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Heather Maloney with Izzy Heltai @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Shockenaw Mountain Boys at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse @ The Chase Room @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:30pm

Renaissance @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

James Day & The Fish Fry @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 8:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Spring Awakening: The Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


Ladies Let Loose Stand-Up Comedy @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 8:00pm

WHOOPI GOLDBERG @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 7:00pm

Nugget & Fang @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 10:30am and 12:30pm

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