The latest Hurricane Earl update is that the storm will still likely not make landfall in New Jersey. The track of the storm still leads projections to place the storm out to sea. Concerns will be raised if the storm gets any closer to the shoreline and potential Tropical Storm conditions arise. Forecasters beleive the area will be impacted by heavy surf on Thursday and Friday.
Gov. Chris Christie is trying to move on from the “Race to the Top” problem that left Education Commissioner Bret Schundler fired. Christie says that Schundler lied to him and that is why he attacked the federal government and President Barack Obama. Schundler said he never told the Governor that he tried to make the correction with the panel. Christie said he had a conversation with Schundler that made him think the complete opposite.
Today, US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded various institutions of higher education in New Jersey $4,128,469 in funding under the Student Support Services Program, to provide academic and other support to low-income, first-generation, or disabled college students.
“Education is the great equalizer, which is why it is so important to struggling families that their children have access to a quality higher education,” said Menendez. “Students who have to overcome the most to get to college too often fall victim to a lack of support once they are there. This is an investment to ensure that these students reach their potential, which is important for the future of our state and our economy.”
“This funding will help ease financial restraints and level the playing field for students with difficult circumstances that are beyond their control,” Lautenberg said. “With New Jersey being home to so many excellent colleges and universities, this federal funding will help students overcome obstacles, excel in the classroom and earn their degree.”
Funds under the “Student Support Services Program” are awarded to provide eligible students with opportunities for successful academic development, assist them with basic college requirements, and encourage them to successfully complete their postsecondary education. Only low-income, low-income and first-generation college attendees, or disabled college students can participate in the program. The program seeks to support the retention and graduation rates of these students, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the circumstances of low income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities.
A total of $4,128,469 in funding will be distributed to the following institutions:
Georgian Court University — $293,864
New Jersey Institute of Technology - $521,688
Passaic Community College — $238,468
Essex County College – Regular — $422,297
Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing Main Campus — $301,692
New Jersey City University – $290,516
Rutgers University, New Brunswick – $530,250
Rutgers University, Camden Campus – $220,000
Rutgers University, Newark – $238,496
Rider University, Westminster Choir College Campus – $301,692
Seton Hall University – $294,001
Bloomfield College – $255,505
Ocean County College – $220,000
Hurricane Earl continues to slow and is taking a track more towards North Carolina. The storm continues to be predicted to likely pass by New Jersey and remain out to sea. The National Weather Service is calling for the storm to pass by New Jersey late Friday at this point. It remains early in the track of Earl, and many variables could change its direction, speed, and intensity.
Hurricane Earl has just passed by Puerto Rico and is making its way up the East Coast. Forecasters currently believe the storm will stay out to the sea because of a low front that will be moving into the area by Thursday or Friday. Earl has slowed off its initial projections and may not pass by New Jersey until Friday evening. The storm will continue to be monitored at this time. Hurricanes can shift path at anytime and it is still very early to make a definite projection on where the storm will move to.
A man was shot during a home invasion. Vineland police say Ephraim Rodriguez was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital on Friday evening. Police are looking for three men who were involved in the home invasion. The victim reported he believed the three alleged suspects were Hispanic. The incident took place on Tanglewood Drive
A former Vineland police officer has been indicted on assault charges. Brian Hinkle was indicted on Friday for the 2009 incident when he allegedly took 45-caliber semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at police officers. A search done of the home found just over 250 guns. Hinkle faces gun possession charges as well.
An application for a piece of the World Trade Center debris came through for Vineland. The Daily Journal reports that two pieces of a steel beam were delivered to be placed in city hall. An employee at city hall there had his son die in the Sept. 11 attacks, and the application was made in his honor. The newspaper says Vineland is the only municipality in South Jersey to receive two pieces.
A cash register was taken from a Dunkin’ Donuts. Vineland Police say the surveillance cameras at the store were spray painted black by someone and the burglary took place without any video. It is estimated that $500 was in the register. The incident took place during the early morning hours on Sunday. The register was taken from someone who went through the drive-thru.
Former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler says he was wrong. In an interview with the Star-Ledger, Schundler admits he made a mistake in submitting New Jersey’s “Race to the Top” application without the proper data. Schundler did tell the paper that he did not mislead Gov. Chris Christie though about the presentation he and his group made. Christie criticized the federal government for not letting the state fix its mistake, even though a later released tape showed the committee unable to find the proper budget numbers that the federal government wanted to see.