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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...

School sued for church graduation ceremony

Yet another school is being sued for mixing public school and religion. West Side High School in New Jersey held their graduation ceremonies in a Baptist church, and now they're being sued by the ACLU. The civil liberties organization say the decisio...

Avoiding scandal in New Jersey schools

Remember that American history teacher who told his students that they would go to hell if they didn't accept Jesus as their saviour instead of, well, the history of the US? Remember how Matthew LaClair, fearing that he wouldn't be believed when he c...

Luck be a baby tonight

Most parents consider themselves incredibly lucky to have their children. If you think about all the things that could possibly go wrong, you know that they're totally correct. For Nyree Thompson, however, there's more too it. At eight months pregnan...

School admits gay people exist, parents outraged

A New Jersey school showed students a video lesson about family and diversity, which includes children talking about their same-sex parents. Now the mother and father of a 9 year-old student who took the lesson are up in arms. School officials ackno...

Miss New Jersey resigns due to pregnancy

The past few months have been tough on American beauty contestants. Seems like every time I turn on the news, yet another beauty queen has resigned her crown. You can add Miss New Jersey USA to that list. Ashley Harder, also known as Miss New Jersey ...

NJ lawmakers vote to allow adopted adults to get their birth certificates

The Senate in my home state of New Jersey voted in a solid majority to allow adopted adults to obtain their birth certificates after years of being prevented from doing so because state law sealed the records. The bill still has to go through the Ass...

Students wear Hitler youth buttons, claim free speech

Students at a New Jersey middle school have been wearing Hitler youth buttons in protest of mandatory school uniforms. After being threatened with suspension, the boys stopped wearing the buttons, but their parents have filed a lawsuit against the sc...

The financial case for paid family leave

In order to take care of their newborn baby or ailing family member, many workers must either cut back their hours or stop working entirely. Comprehensive family leave initiatives -- programs that would allow such workers to take paid leaves of absen...

New Jersey lesbian couple demands both be listed as birth parents

Back in July, Stefania Butler reported on the conflict in Massachusetts over how to change birth certificates to acknowledge same-sex parents. The battle has apparently spread to Monmouth County in New Jersey, where Catherine M. O'Conor and Stephanie...

Teenagers steal 27 Baby Jesuses, hoping to "see their heads burning"

Four bored teenagers, ranging in age from 15 to 19 years old, went on a Baby Jesus stealing rampage in suburban New Jersey, taking the statues from church nativity scenes and private lawn displays. The teenagers' ultimate intent was to pile up the Ba...

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