Social Scene: Kaplen JCC hosts community-wide “Bring Back Our Girls” solidarity rally

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades hosted a community-wide solidarity rally last night to come together and raise awareness for the recently-kidnapped Nigerian girls. Attendees shared their voice by gathering and posting pictures on social media outlets of themselves holding signs with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The event was organized by Khuraira Musa, a Tenafly businesswoman and founder of Khuraira Cosmetics. Khuraira is originally from Nigeria.

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Gordon and Vainieri Huttle: 'The Governor is Late to the Party' When it Comes to Port Reforms

Senator Bob Gordon (D-Bergen, Passaic) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued the following joint statement in response to the announcement that Gov. Chris Christie has formed a commission to offer ways to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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Officials push for smoking ban in North Jersey's public parks (The Record)

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The Record: Protecting the meek (OP-ED)

By Valerie Huttle -- Saving North Jersey developmental centers

SCRIPTURE STATES that the meek shall inherit the Earth. For some families in North Jersey, the meek are not so lucky. On July 1, the first of two developmental centers serving disabled individuals in northern New Jersey will close. The second is scheduled to be shut down Jan. 1. Families are scrambling, and Governor Christie has not interceded on their behalf.

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North Jersey's disabled and their families are forced to move on (NorthJersey.com)

With the state-run residential centers for the disabled slated to close in northern New Jersey, hundreds of families are searching for new homes for their loved ones.

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Lawmakers Consider Smoking Ban for Beaches, Boardwalks (NJTVNews)

By Lauren Wanko, Correspondent -- Langosta Lounge owner Marilyn Schlossbach combs through her planters for cigarette butts every day, and she’s fed up with it.

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N.J. to honor Assemblywoman from Englewood for her work advocating children’s rights

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Englewood, will be one of 25 people honored by the state Friday for her work advocating for children’s rights.

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AP: New Jersey Beach Smoking Ban Proposal Advances

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Smoking would be banned at all public beaches and parks in New Jersey under a bill approved by the New Jersey Assembly on Thursday.

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Mental-Health Crisis Intervention Program Available in Only 11 Counties

Advocates want to quickly expand a program that offers an alternative to the longstanding practice of bringing people to hospital emergency rooms when they are experiencing a mental-health crisis.

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Opinion: We must reassess merits of North Jersey casinos

THE SUPER Bowl brought an estimated 400,000 people into the North Jersey region, yet few did little more than attend the game before crossing the Hudson River back into New York.

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