Help prepare children

to enter kindergarten

Right now, parents are registering their children for kindergarten. While September is months away, it is imperative that we, as a community, work to ensure our youngest residents enter school ready to learn.

At United Way, we believe there is no better investment than education. And it's never too early to start learning.

Research shows that children who are exposed to high-quality early learning opportunities enter kindergarten better prepared. From foundational math and early literacy skills to richer vocabularies and key social skills, these children are better poised to achieve more.

Through the United Way Women's Leadership Initiative and its support of our early childhood development initiative, Success By 6, we are helping local parents to instill a love of learning. We are building at-home libraries in underserved communities and connecting preschools, libraries and caregivers to help families read together every day.

Education is the foundation of a community that thrives and is a community responsibility. It takes all of us - parents, teachers and caring adults - to help a child achieve success, both in school and in life.


Women's Leadership Initiative Chair


Executive Director

Atlantic and Cape May Counties

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Galloway Township

State must regulate

sober-living homes

Regarding Alba Herrera's March 10 column, "System is failing heroin addicts":

This commentary is a mother's heartbreaking story, and sadly, it is not the exception.

There are major differences with how sober-living homes operate, and recovering addicts who can barely manage their own addictions are sometimes trying to manage a house full of others' addictions.

When Herrara's son started using heroin while at a sober home, he was given the choice to go back to rehab or leave the sober home. He left, and no one was notified of his relapse. His mom - the person who took him to a sober home - wasn't notified, and he didn't tell her the night he stayed at her home, the night he fatally overdosed on heroin.

New Jersey should pass a law similar to Florida's Marchman Act, which mandates that addicts must go back into recovery if they relapse. No choices. The state Legislature should review sober homes and implement regulations, accountability and provide oversight.

There is no oversight of these homes in this state. Numerous other states have enacted regulations. It's time for New Jersey to follow.


Egg Harbor City

It helps to know

Alzheimer's signs

Regarding Susan Reimer's March 22 column, "The Alzheimer's test: Would you want to know?":

This excellent column gave a great perspective on whether or not to have the new blood test to see if you're going to get Alzheimer's disease. But I doubt that test is going to be available in the near future.

Since my wife and I both lost our mothers to this dreaded disease, it is of concern to both of us. Three years ago, I would have said I didn't want to know, because I thought nothing could be done for Alzheimer's. Today, after 2½ years of volunteering for the Alzheimer's Association, I have become an advocate for getting an early diagnosis, and in 2012 I took the neuropsychological test, a very definitive noninvasive test for AD and other dementias.

What changed my mind is the association's presentation, "Know the 10 Signs: Why an Early Diagnosis Matters," which discusses why an early diagnosis can be beneficial and what can be done if you or a loved one get that diagnosis.

The next presentation of "Know the 10 Signs" in our area is at The Shores at Wesley Manor, 2201 Bay Ave., Ocean City, on April 10 at 6 p.m. As with all the association's talks, the public is very welcome. And yes, I will share the results of my test.



Christie investigation

was just a whitewash

Regarding the March 28 story, "Christie cleared in lane closings":

It is appalling that The Press ran a misleading headline on the front of the paper and with the story inside.

Gov. Chris Christie wasn't "cleared" by an independent investigation. He was "cleared" by his political ally and attorney-for-hire.

New Jersey taxpayers paid for this bogus investigation, and the headlines should have been, "Christie's lawyers use $1 million from taxpayers to issue a report clearing him of any wrongdoing."

To add insult to injury, the whitewash attempts to place blame for the George Washington Bridge scandal on Bridget Kelly because she was "upset" that Bill Stepien had dumped her. That doesn't explain why David Wildstein would go along with closing traffic lanes in Fort Lee, nor does it explain why Kelly would choose to show her outrage toward Stepien by disrupting traffic between New Jersey and New York.

If the people with whom Christie surrounds himself are such misfits - Kelly supposedly incapable of acting rationally, Stepien a guy having an in-office affair and Wildstein portrayed as a loose cannon who was prone to stupid ideas - then what can one conclude about Christie other than that he's incompetent at choosing his staff.

This "report" doesn't pass the smell test, nor does Christie when it comes to claiming he had no knowledge of the bridge scandal.


Galloway Township

Avalon has proven

the value of dunes

Regarding the March 23 letter, "Building dunes is a make-work project":

I was born and raised in Avalon, and I have seen the benefits of jetties and dunes. Although jetties have their functions and long-term benefits, building dunes fortified with grass is beneficial as well.

My father, Fenton Groff Jr., was the founder of the Avalon Conservation Commission and chairman from 1969-1976 and again from 1996-1998. He was instrumental in the very first dune-grass planting project in 1970. Since then, it has been a tradition that is not only beneficial to Avalon's beaches, dunes and coastal properties, but also a source of education and volunteer fun for the entire community.

My father helped protect his property and other properties in Avalon and neighboring Stone Harbor. And because of the dune-grass projects and the resulting built-up, fortified dunes, five miles of beach have been protected for more than 40 years.

Even though dunes can be damaged during extreme storms such as Hurricane Sandy and sometimes completely washed away, they still save property, money and lives. I only hope that the great City of Margate makes its decision based on what is best for residents.


Mays Landing

Route 559 light

is still necessary

Regarding the March 25 letter, "Remove traffic light on Route 559":

The writer's desire to see the traffic light at the intersection of Route 559 and Atlantic Avenue removed demonstrates disregard for the safety of residents of Old River Road. As an Old River Road property owner, I'm confident in saying that if surveyed, the majority of these residents, not a "small handful," would strongly support continued use of the traffic light.

The light and the law-abiding eastbound motorists who do not block the end of the road are the only things that allow motorists to make a left-hand turn coming out of Old River Road. The old yellow blinking light was not respected, and motorists would speed through the intersection, putting those attempting a left in harm's way. These residents, and their visitors, should also be afforded the luxury of heading west into town without wasting time and fuel. Removing the light would have significant negative impact on an already difficult intersection.

Here are alternatives that will allow the writer to avoid sitting in that westbound line of cars. Take Babcock Road to Oakwood Boulevard or Atlantic Avenue. Or you could follow Babcock all the way through to Route 40.

Good luck making that left onto Route 40, though. Try it a few times, and then you will understand what the light you want removed means to the Old River Road motorists.