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Financial Aid Information Session

Paying for college can be a complex and confusing process, from finding scholarships, to applying for financial aid, to determining which student loans are the best fit.  Sharon Austin from The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority will help to clear the confusion through their Financial Aid Information Session.  This session will provide useful information on all of the Federal and State grants, scholarships and loan programs available through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Key information and requirements on filing the FAFSA are covered.  In addition,  college cost of attendance, the expected family contribution and their combined role in determining aid will also be covered.

 

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Finding Funding for Your Education

Are you looking for undergraduate scholarships, seeking doctoral support or looking for funding to continue your education?

This class will provide an introduction to the New Jersey State Library Funding Information Centers collection of resources for education. Learn about different sources of funding, ways to leverage existing connections to funders, and online resources that provide information on scholarships from foundations, including the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database.  Time will be given at the end of the class to search the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database for possible funding opportunities.

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Chair Yoga

Yoga is both physical and mental originating in India dating back to 3300 – 1900 BCE. The physical practice of yoga consists of asanas, which means body postures. In modern yoga, props such as blocks and straps are widely used. In chair yoga, we are simply adding one more prop to help us. You will still get all the benefits of a traditional yoga classes including a good stretch and a general sense of well-being.

Samantha Benson is a 200 RYT (registered yoga teacher) having completed her training at Lotus Yoga in Montclair, NJ. She is currently pursuing her 500 hour teacher training certification at Yoga Stream in Princeton with Lara Heiman who has a physical therapy background. Samantha has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and owns a gym (Metabolic Functional Fitness) with her husband John of 15 years. In addition to teaching three classes a week at her and John’s gym, Samantha also teaches at a hot power yoga studio in Ewing called Empower.

*Space is limited to 14 participants so please email adauphinee@njstatelib.org only if you can attend*

Time Management

Time always seems to be against us, yet there are many things we can do to manage our time to make the most out of it.  HESAA, the Higher Education Student Assistant Authority, will share helpful tips about time management everyone can use, regardless of their age.  While this course is designed to help student examine the habits of successful people and discuss how to most effectively manage their time, there are many takeaways for busy adults, including advice for prioritizing, planning and goal setting. This presentation is easily tailored to be appropriate for students of all ages. It gets students involved and invites them to look at their current style and how they can make some improvements to make better use of their time.

 

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This introductory class will provide you with an overview of the basics of writing a grant proposal for foundation funding.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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Shining a Light on Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in all Levels of New Jersey Government

Our tax dollars fund the State of New Jersey so it is important to ensure that our money is being spent properly.  Fraud, waste, and abuse cause unnecessary burdens to be placed on not only the taxpayer, but different branches, departments, and agencies.  In 2007, the Office of the State Comptroller was created to battle fraud, waste, and abuse through accountability, audits, and investigations.  It also provides an avenue for citizens and groups to report suspected abuse, fraud, or waste to help the agency carry out it’s duties.  Please join us as Nicole Acchione of the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller, Investigations Division, discusses the work of her office, and what you can do if you suspect government fraud, waste or abuse.

Nicole is an attorney with over 20 years of experience and is currently the Assistant Director of the Investigations Division.

 

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Genealogical Research Stories: The Basse Class

Regina Fitzpatrick, our Genealogy Librarian, has a secret to tell…she has a dead boyfriend.  Jeremiah Basse, once a governor of New Jersey, has captivated her heart, but like all dead boyfriends, he doesn’t say much.  Regina has many questions for him – What does he look like?  Why did he name his son Birchfield?  Why was his wife living with his boss before they got married?  Over the years, Regina has done much research regarding Jeremiah Basse, especially his less documented family life.  Come join us as she shares the fruits of the her labor and explains the hows and whys about what she found about her long-lost love.

 

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Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

*Registration is limited to 16 participants.  Please register only if you can attend*

 

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WEBINAR – Retirement Planning for PERS and TPAF Members

The Division of Pension and Benefits has released a variety of informational webinars regarding retirement and pensions for state employees.  This is a live, interactive web presentation designed for members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System or Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund who are planning to retire. This webinar takes a step-by-step approach to the retirement process and explains what happens after you submit your application. We explain your benefits, survivor options, group life insurance, loan repayment provisions, and the taxability of your pension. There is also a brief discussion of State Health Benefits Program and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program coverage in retirement. Attendees will have the opportunity to email questions during the presentation. The webinar is 1 1/2 – 2 hours in duration including a question and answer period at the end of the session.

If you would like register for this webinar please visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8361577409228739586.

WEBINAR – Understanding Your Pension Benefits for State Employees

The Division of Pension and Benefits has released a variety of informational webinars regarding retirement and pensions for state employees.  Whether you are a new hire or have been a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) or the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) for a while, this class will give you a basic understanding of your pension benefits. Topics covered are enrollment criteria, membership tiers, the Member Benefits Online System (MBOS), beneficiary designation, group life insurance coverage, purchasing service credit, pension loans, retirement formulas and types, and withdrawing. This webinar is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes long and includes a Q&A period.

If you would like to register for this webinar, please visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1751260725396571137.

This webinar is designed specifically for PERS and TPAF members employed by a N.J. State department, State agency, State Institution, or a N.J. State College/University.

Great Atlantic Hurricane 1944

The Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944 was first detected on September 8th when a pressure fall and erratic winds were noted around the Windward Islands. Named the Great Atlantic Hurricane by the Miami Weather Bureau, it barreled up the east coast reaching over a 500 mile radius.

The force of the storm destroyed many homes. This house in Avalon was one of three destroyed and though no lives were lost the American Red Cross did have to rescue people from their homes when water came in high.

Before the storm hit New Jersey it pelted towns with heavy rainfall for days. Hundreds of homeowners and holiday makers left the shore towns and sought safety inland. On September 14th the storm hammered New Jersey with great force doing major damage to Long Beach Island, Ocean City, Atlantic City and Cape May. Telephone and utility poles were washed away, cars and trolleys were stranded, and bridges connecting some towns on barrier islands were destroyed.

The State Library has multiple resources to discover more about this storm. In 1944 the New Jersey State Police did a thorough (over 400 pages) town-by-town inventory of the damage the storm caused along with reports submitted by the departments of Agriculture, Institutions and Agencies, Conservation and Development, Highway and the Civilian Defense Council. Many lives were saved due to the Civilian Defense Council (who were a volunteer group set up to protect civilians in case of a war emergency) warning and evacuating residents from danger zones.

The Brigantine Bridge across Abescon Inlet was destroyed.

The Atlantic City area sustained millions of dollars’ worth of damage with all utilities and transportation disrupted. In some places whole sections of the boardwalk, with rails and benches still intact were blown four blocks inland. The Brigantine City Bridge connecting the island to the mainland was destroyed.

While news of the allied advancement in World War II figured prominently in newspapers of the time, there was still room for front page coverage of the impending storm and then its aftermath.

The State Library’s subscription to ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers offers access to the Asbury Evening Press from that time period (1905-1974) and the Plainfield Courier-News (1894-1961) along with other newspapers from the northeast. The Plainfield Courier-News reported that “Plainfield and its vicinity looked today like something a battalion of paratroopers had worked over” and that the estimated damage in total was over 20 million dollars.

Accessing these collections

A good overview of the storm can be found in Great Storms of the Jersey Shore by Larry Savadove and Margaret Thomas Buchholz which is available for in-person or interlibrary loan (call number J551.55 S263)

Many photographs can be freely viewed in our 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane collection.

Our collection of historical newspapers can be accessed remotely by New Jersey state employees and by anyone within the State Library.  Additional digitized content can be located using our guide to New Jersey Digitized Historic Newspapers.

The New Jersey State Police town-by-town inventory of storm damage is called the State of New Jersey Report of Hurricane Damage September 14, 1944 (call number 974.90 H966 1944) and can be viewed in the library.

Juneteenth Hack-a-Thon

Please visit the Hack-a-Thon website for additional important information prior to registering. 

In Celebration of Juneteenth, the New Jersey State Library is hosting a hack-a-thon on Friday June 28, 2019 from 12-2 p.m.  Freedom on the Move, a project spearheaded by Cornell University, has digitized thousands of advertisements from newspapers seeking enslaved individuals who fled to freedom.   During the hack-a-thon, participants will log in to the Freedom on the Move website and create typed transcriptions of these ads.  The State Library has limited computer equipment, so participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops!  Please contact  Regina Fitzpatrick or Andrew Dauphinee with any questions.

 

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