Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons May Face Stricter Guidelines in N.J.

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Religious vaccine exemptions may face stricter guidelines in New Jersey.

Adult Adoptees Legislation Would Give Access to Original Birth Records

Proposed legislation in New Jersey could give adult adoptees direct access to their original birth certificates. Credit: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services If you're an adoptive parent, you probably grapple with questi...Adult adoptees would have access to their original birth records.

Should Autistic Children Go to Separate Schools?

Does an autism diagnosis warrant a different school? Credit: Getty Images Should children with autism have schools of their own? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie thinks so. But not everyone agrees. The New Yo...New Jersey Governor Chris Christie thinks so. But not everyone agrees.

N.J. Lawmakers Approve Tough Law to Fight Bullying

Corey Bernstein, 15, of Millburn, N.J., , stands at a podium outside the New Jersey Statehouse as lawmakers hold hearings inside into a bill that would toughen New Jersey's anti-bullying laws. Credit: AP
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A law against bullyin...
A law against bullying in schools, which advocates call the nation's toughest because it requires schools to develop anti-harassment programs, was approved Monday in New Jersey.

Should We Stop Giving Teachers Tenure?

Are tenured teachers "untouchable?" Credit: Corbis Education is always a hot topic. Right now, teacher tenure is taking a lot of heat. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to eliminate tenure, which he says will make it easi...
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to eliminate tenure, which he says will make it easier to get rid of teachers that are not doing a good job. What do you think?

Mom Who Cussed Out Principal Faces Charges

A New Jersey mom fed up with bullying shared her feelings with the school principal -- using some colorful language -- and now she's facing criminal charges. According to MYFOXNY, Cindy Schwalb claims a boy pulled down her 13-year-old daughter...

New Jersey requires flu vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children, from six months to eighteen years old, get the flu vaccine this year. It's a choice that some parents will make and others will eschew. Except, of course, in New Jersey. The...

Thieves want Frances Bean's money

Someone--or several someone's--using the late Kurt Cobain's social security number have bought a house in New Brunswick, New Jersey, among other things. Courtney Love, aka the Widow Cobain, and mother of Frances Bean Cobain, claims as many as 188 f...

Students get detention for paying with pennies

Some people collect pennies in jars, some use them to make art, and some people actually use them to pay for things. Unfortunately, using pennies to pay for lunch at Readington Middle School in New Jersey can get you in trouble. It seems that 29 eigh...

Atheism and parenthood

Not so long ago I wrote a few articles about my religious convictions (I have none) and the possibility of those for my son. He doesn't have any, yet, that I know of. After all, he's a wee nine months old. Recently, Time Magazine posted an article ...

New Jersey to test pregnant women for HIV

The state of New Jersey has moved to make HIV testing mandatory for all pregnant women, both at the start of the pregnancy and again during the third trimester. If a woman declines -- it is allowed -- then her baby will be tested. The child will also...

NJ preemie going home!

Well, the tears in my eyes today are not of sadness, but of joy. This is a beautiful story you may have been following since this past April. On April 25th (via C-section), little--and I mean little, as in she weighed less than a soda can!--Tamera D...

An evening with the police

So a couple of Sundays ago my husband and I went out on our first official post-baby date. We attended the Police reunion tour concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. And it went fairly well. I didn't realize, of course, when I bought the ticket...

NYC real estate

Well, it's official. I will NEVER own real estate in my neighborhood. Unless we hit the lotto anytime soon, which is basically never going to happen, I will eventually be pushed out of my neighborhood and deep into the heart of Brooklyn. This wil...

Random steriod testing for Florida high school athletes

Last year, New Jersey became the first state in the country to address the issue of performance-enhancing drug use in high school sports with a statewide policy for drug testing athletes. The initial testing this past fall resulted in zero positive r...


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