Thirty-three months ago: Cumberland County program addresses teen pregnancy
In October 2010 officials at South Jersey Healthcare - now called Inspira Health Network - unveiled a comprehensive plan to help Cumberland County's teen pregnancy problems.
The county has long led the state in teen pregnancy, with the rate reported at 16 percent at the time the program was announced.
But local officials unveiled a plan to work with current sixth-graders and their families on a nearly daily basis and make sure they have everything they needed to stay in school, and for their families to have proper counseling and support for their children. The program was supplied by a $5 million grant from the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, which provided a model for the program.
So far it's been successful.
Dawn Truett, project director for the Partnership for Healthy Teens program at Inspira Health Network, said they have finished the second year of the program and have 125 future eighth-graders from Vineland and Bridgeton enrolled.
Truett said the program is going very well and they are working closely with the parents to ensure they are closely monitoring their kids' progress. The staff of 25 people - including five full-time employees - meet with the youths five days per week and also hold weekend events throughout the year, she said.
"The plan is to give them hope. Hope is very powerful," she said. "If they are empowered to move forward they will not want to lose their opportunities."
Nine months ago: Atlantic County installs new shuttle
Atlantic County started a new shuttle on Oct. 1 that runs from Tilton Road in Northfield to English Creek Avenue in Egg Harbor Township from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.
The service - which costs $1 each way - has become very popular, and the county added more buses beginning July 1.
The shuttle will now run every 45 minutes instead of every two hours. There are 14 total stops, including five that connect to NJ Transit bus stops.
To view the new schedule and learn more about the English Creek-Tilton Road Community Shuttle, visit www.driveless.com or call Cross County Connection at 856- 596-8228.
Ten Months Ago: Cape May County adds security cameras in shore towns
In September 2012 the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office secured a $250,000 Homeland Security grant and added nearly 30 cameras on the boardwalks in Ocean City, Wildwood, Avalon and Cape May.
With the summer season under way, Prosecutor Robert Taylor says so far the program has been a success and led to multiple arrests. Now the office is working with local officials, business owners and residents to identify the next places to add cameras when more grant money becomes available, he said. The prosecutor added North Wildwood and Sea Isle could be the next shore towns to get cameras.
The office has also started to identify all of the publicly and privately owned security cameras in the county so the office knows every location that is covered by video surveillance.
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