Thursday, April 30, 2015

Christie: No Driver's Licenses For Undocumented

From our friends at Save Jersey:

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey won’t issue driver’s licenses to undocumented citizens, Save Jerseyans, for at least as long as Governor Chris Christie is in office.

“I’m not giving driver’s licenses to people who are undocumented,” the Governor declared on this week’s monthly installment of NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor program. “That’s it.”

“It is a homeland security issues,” he explained, even as Trenton Democrats continue an endless push to make it a reality.

Click here for Christie’s answer (at the 40:02 mark).

Pope Francis Stresses Anglican-Catholic Unity

This morning Pope Francis received in audience twenty members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, meeting in these days in order to study the relationship between the universal Church and the local Church, with particular reference to processes for discussions and decision making regarding moral and ethical questions. The Commission was created as a result of the historic meeting in 1966 between Pope Paul VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Arthur Michael Ramsey, who signed a joint declaration to establish dialogue based on the Gospel and the common tradition in the hope of leading to the unity in truth for which Christ prayed.

Although that goal has not yet been reached, the Commission's visit to the Pope shows how “the shared tradition of faith and history between Anglicans and Catholics can inspire and sustain our efforts to overcome the obstacles to full communion”. Furthermore, the commission will shortly publish five jointly agreed statements from the second phase of the Anglican-Catholic dialogue, a reminder that ecumenical relations and dialogue are not secondary elements of the life of the Churches. “The cause of unity is not an optional undertaking and the differences which divide us must not be seen as inevitable”, said the Holy Father.

“There is a strong bond that already unites us which goes beyond all divisions”, underlined Francis. “It is the testimony of Christians from different Churches and traditions, victims of persecution and violence simply because of the faith they profess. And not only now, that there are many of them; I think also of the martyrs of Uganda, half Catholics and half Anglicans. The blood of these martyrs will nourish a new era of ecumenical commitment, a fervent desire to fulfil the last will and testament of the Lord: that all may be one. The witness by these our brothers and sisters demands that we live in harmony with the Gospel and that we strive with determination to fulfil the Lord's will for his Church. Today the world urgently needs the common, joyful witness of Christians, from the defence of life and human dignity to the promotion of justice and peace. Together let us invoke the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to be able to respond courageously to the 'signs of the times' which are calling all Christians to unity and common witness”.

Museum Sends Art Works Out Into Communities

Imagine encountering Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers along a bike path, or Claude Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny in the middle of a park. 

Philadelphia-area residents will be able to participate in this experience beginning May 1 when the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, launches Inside Out, an initiative that brings high-quality reproductions of art into communities throughout the city and region. 

From East Passyunk in South Philadelphia, to Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Media, Pennsylvania, neighborhoods will host up to twelve masterpieces. These works have been selected from the Museum’s vast collection of American, European, Latin American, and South Asian art. Residents can discover and enjoy them in their hometowns daily.

The project will unfold in two phases—the summer installation begins in May in the Philadelphia neighborhoods of East Passyunk and Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy; in Haddonfield, New Jersey; Media, Pennsylvania; and Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Inside Out will continue with installations this fall beginning in late August in Fishtown and Kensington in Philadelphia; and in the Pennsylvania communities of Ambler, ; Wayne, ; and West Chester. A free admission zip code weekend is being offered to residents living in Chestnut Hill (19118), East Passyunk (19145, 19146, 19147, 19148), Mt. Airy (19119), Haddonfield (08033), Media (19063), and Newtown (18940) from July 17 through 19. Communities participating in the second phase will also receive free admission at a designated time during that installation.

Some of the works of art featured in the project will be mounted on walls while others will be placed on free-standing posts. Each will be displayed in a frame representative of the time period in which it was created. Among the paintings that have been selected are Mary Cassatt’s Mother and Child and Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Annunciation. Other popular favorites include Paul Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, Diego Rivera’s Sugar Cane, and Philadelphia-based artist Moe Brooker’sPresent Futures. Each work of art will be accompanied by a label with commentary by members of the Museum's staff explaining what they most admire about the works.

Timothy Rub, the Museum’s George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to share our collection in this way. Not only do these beautifully framed reproductions faithfully represent important works in the collection, they will offer chance encounters and bring delight to each community.”

Dennis Scholl, Vice President of Arts for Knight Foundation said: “It’s one thing to experience a world-class collection in a museum, and entirely another one to come across it in your neighborhood. That element of surprise can be the spark that gets the Philadelphia area talking about and engaging with one of the city’s treasures.”

Participating Communities from May 15–August 9, 2015
Chestnut Hill & Mt. Airy; East Passyunk; Media, PA; Newtown, PA; and Haddonfield, NJ

Participating Communities from August 21–November 15, 2015
Fishtown & Kensington; Ambler, PA; Wayne, PA; and West Chester, PA

Free Zip Code Days
From July 17 through 19, 2015, the Museum will offer free admission to residents living in Chestnut Hill (19118), East Passyunk (19145, 19146, 19147, 19148), Mt. Airy (19119), Haddonfield (08033), Media, (19063), and Newtown (18940). Communities participating in the fall will also receive free admission at a designated time during that installation.

Spring 2015 Installation Schedule
Please note the installation schedule is subject to change.

Media (Delaware County, PA)
Friday, May 1, 9:00 a.m.
Delaware County Government Center
201 W. Front St., Media, PA 19063

Haddonfield (Camden County, NJ)
Monday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.
Haddonfield Police Department
242 Kings Hwy E., Haddonfield, NJ 08330

Newtown (Bucks County, PA)
Wednesday, May 6, 9:00 a.m.
Newtown Borough Council Chamber
23 N. State St., Newtown, PA 18940

East Passyunk (South Philadelphia)
Sunday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.
TruMark Federal Credit Union
1931 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19148

Chestnut Hill (Northwest Philadelphia)
Wednesday, May 13, 9:00 a.m.
The Philadelphia Print Shop
8441 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Inside Out is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Special thanks to H&G Sign Co. and Krain Outdoor Advertising for providing assistance with artwork reproductions, offering access throughout Philadelphia.

About Inside Out
Inside Out was conceived by the Detroit Institute of the Arts as a way to engage the community in its collection, and has been in hundreds of locations over the past five years and engaged thousands of residents. Knight Foundation, which believes that weaving the arts into the fabric of communities inspires the people who live there, is helping to continue the success of the project by funding the program in several cities around the country, including Akron, Ohio, and others to be announced in 2016. Philadelphia is the third city to present this innovative program, thanks to Knight Foundation’s support. To participate in Inside Out, download the application by visiting

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. Knight believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Within its national arts program, Knight believes that the arts are a catalyst for public dialogue and that shared cultural experiences contribute to a sense of place and communal identity. They seek innovative ways to reach, engage, and increase audiences for the arts through key initiatives such as Random Acts of Culture and the Knight Arts Challenge, which have brought art into people’s everyday lives and continue to create collective cultural experiences.

Knight Foundation has supported the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than four decades, most recently with generous grant for Inside Out and for the 2012–13 exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp.

Works on view

Media (Delaware County, PA)
Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child (1908)
Marc Chagall, Half-Past Three (The Poet) (1911)
Juan Gris, Man in a Café (1912)
Vasily Kandinsky, Little Painting with Yellow (Improvisation) (1914)
Paul Klee, Fish Magic (1925)
Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny (1899)
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of the Colorado River (1892 and 1908)
Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait with Palette (1906)
Henri Rousseau, Carnival Evening (1886)
Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Annunciation (1898)
Unknown (made in Korea), Lotus (19th century; Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910)
Unknown (made in India; attributed to Nihal Chand), Krishna and Radha (about 1750)

Haddonfield (Camden County, NJ)
Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss (1916)
Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1902–4
Frederic Edwin Church, Pichincha (1867)
Simon Jacobsz. de Vlieger, Marine (about 1652–53)
Daniel Garber, Tanis (1915)
Jacob Lawrence, The Libraries Are Appreciated (1943)
Sir Frederic Leighton, Portrait of a Roman Lady (La Nanna) (1859)
Joan Miró, Dog Barking at the Moon (1926)
Claude Monet, Poplars on the Bank of the Epte River (1891)
Georgia O’Keeffe, Two Calla Lilies on Pink (1928)
Unknown (made in France), Rondel Depicting Holofernes’s Army Crossing the Euphrates River (1246–48)

Newtown (Bucks County, PA)
Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) (1912)
Edward Hicks, Noah’s Ark (1846)
Winslow Homer, The Life Line (1884)
Jean-Antoine Houdon, Bust of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) (1779)
Édouard Manet, Le Bon Bock (1873)
Charles Willson Peale, Portrait of Yarrow Mamout (Muhammad Yaro) (1819)
Sir Joshua Reynolds, Portrait of Master Bunbury (1780–81)
Sarah Mary Taylor, “Hands” Quilt (Winter 1980)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance (1890)
Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834 (1834–35)

East Passyunk (South Philadelphia)
Canaletto, The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day (about 1745)
Eduard Charlemont, The Moorish Chief (1878)
Paul Gauguin, The Sacred Mountain (Parahi Te Marae) (1892)
Marsden Hartley, Painting No. 4 (A Black Horse) (1915)
Willem Claesz. Heda, Still Life with a Ham and a Roemer (about 1631–34)
Claude Monet, Manne-Porte, Étretat (1885)
Rubens Peale, From Nature in the Garden (1856)
Robert Rauschenberg, Estate (1963)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl in a Red Ruff (about 1896)
William Trost Richards, Newport Coast (1902)
Diego Rivera, Sugar Cane (1931)

Chestnut Hill & Mt. Airy (Northwest Philadelphia)
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Reading from Homer (1885)
Moe Brooker, Present Futures (2006)
John Constable, Sketch for “A Boat Passing a Lock” (1822–24)
Beauford Delaney, Portrait of James Baldwin (1945)
Thomas Eakins, Sailboats Racing on the Delaware (1874)
Daniel Garber, Quarry, Evening (1913)
Kano Hōgai, Two Dragons [in Clouds] (1885)
František Kupka, Disks of Newton (Study for “Fugure in Two Colors”) (1912)
Joan Miró, Horse, Pipe, and Red Flower (1920)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand (1875)
Rebecca Scattergood Savery, Sunburst Quilt (1839
Unknown (made in Central Tibet), Four Hevajra Mandalas of the Vajravali Cycle (early 15th century)
Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers (1888 or 1889)
Andy Warhol, Jackie (Four Jackies) (Portraits of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy) (1964)
Grant Wood, Plowing (1936)
Andrew Newell Wyeth, Groundhog Day (1959)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Obama Economy VS Reagan - Startling Statistics!

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Fighting Addiction: Christie Signs New Measures

Taking action to support New Jerseyans and their families faced with the disease of addiction, Governor Chris Christie today signed legislative measures to enhance the State’s Project Medicine Drop program and to strengthen the Attorney General’s law enforcement coordination efforts against opioid drug abuse.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done in New Jersey and proud of the work that we continue to do together to help people reclaim their lives. But we cannot become complacent,” said Governor Christie. “Today, we are taking further action to keep our fight against drug abuse and addiction going strong.  We’re doing this by continuing successful programs like Project Medicine Drop to get unused prescriptions out of the medicine cabinet and into drop-off bins as well as fortifying our coordinated efforts against the scourge of opioid abuse in an effort to save more lives.”

A-2859 advances the continuation of the Department of Law & Public Safety’s (L&PS) existing Project Medicine Drop program. In addition, the bill provides for future expansion of the program at the funding discretion of the Department. Furthermore, L&PS is required to post on its website a list of all secure prescription medicine drop-off locations, including receptacles maintained by the Division of Consumer Affairs, as well as any receptacle located in New Jersey that is approved by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Project Medicine Drop, an initiative of L&PS’ Division of Consumer Affairs, provides residents with a safe and secure way to dispose of unneeded medications through “prescription drug drop boxes” located at law enforcement agencies usually comprised of police departments, sheriff’s offices, and State Police barracks across the Garden State.
Currently, there are 126 Project Medicine Drop locations across the state with approximately 50 having mobile boxes for special off-site collection events. Since its creation in November 2011, New Jersey residents have dropped off approximately 53,924 pounds or nearly 27 tons of unused medications.

Primary sponsors of A-2859 include: Assemblymembers Eustace, Benson, Vainieri-Huttle Lagana, and Caride and Senators Whelan and Kean.

Governor Christie also signed S-2372, which gives the Attorney General the ability to coordinate statewide law enforcement efforts against opioid abuse in the Garden State. These coordination activities include the Division of Consumer Affairs and professional licensing boards in identifying, investigating, and prosecuting the illegal sources and distribution of prescription opioid drugs; taking appropriate steps to enhance the oversight by professional licensing boards; and providing training to law enforcement officials, physicians, and pharmacists. 

Among activities already being coordinated is the implementation and training of NARCAN administration. To date, 496 law enforcement agencies have been trained in Narcan administration with 488 agencies currently carrying Narcan on patrol. Overall, nearly 900 overdoses have been reversed through successful naloxone deployment. Additionally, the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) continues to advance. As of April, 88.4% of the state’s 29,400 licensed doctors had registered to use the NJPMP database.

Primary sponsors of the legislation include Senators Madden and Oroho and Assemblymembers Caride, Mosquera, Pinkin, and Moriarty.

Today’s action builds on the Governor’s record of aggressively taking on the fight against drug addiction and abuse by emphasizing both prevention and treatment. Other recent measures Governor Christie signed to assist New Jersey’s drug treatment and prevention efforts include:

  • P.L. 2015, c. 10: which expands the bipartisan Overdose Prevention Act of 2013 by adding a provision that provides immunity to first responders. This law provides protections for first responders taking part in the Christie Administration’s lifesaving Narcan pilot program and EMS waiver in effect in communities throughout New Jersey. It also clarifies immunity provisions for administering and dispensing Narcan to individuals and programs involved in the treatment of substance abuse and those that interact with substance abusers.

P.L. 2015, c. 9: which requires Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to annually prepare substance use treatment provider performance report, and make available to public

P.L. 2015, c. 11: which requires DHS and DOC to formulate joint arrangement and plan to ensure provision of mental health and substance use disorder services to inmates

Other aggressive action taken by Governor Christie:

Creating the Facing Addiction Task Force:   This 12-member team of leaders and experts from inside and outside of government is chaired by Pastor Joe Carter and co-chaired by former Governor Jim McGreevey to fight addiction through treatment and prevention.

One-Stop Access To Help Ex-Offenders Battling Drug Addiction:  Governor Christie announced a groundbreaking one-stop model for connecting comprehensive services to ex-offenders re-entering society. Based on the principle of Integrated Reintegration, the Governor announced a program designed to streamline services available to ex-offenders to ensure they receive the kind of support they need to reclaim their lives and eventually move off government services and into the workplace.

A Statewide Expansion Of Drug Court:  This smarter and more effective approach is focused on helping drug-addicted offenders reclaim their lives with treatment, rather than warehousing them in prison. The landmark, bipartisan legislation signed by Governor Christie calls for a five-year phase in period, during which the capacity of the state's drug courts will be expanded and the effectiveness of the effort will be measured.

Signing Bipartisan Overdose Protection Act Into Law: Governor Chris Christie signed the bipartisan Overdose Protection Act into legislation into law which takes a two-prong approach to help prevent drug overdose deaths in New Jersey. First, it provides legal protection to people who are in violation of the law while they are attempting to help a drug overdose victim. Secondly, it eliminates negative legal action against health care professionals or bystanders who administer overdose antidotes in life-threatening situations. In February 2015, Governor Christie signed an expansion of the Overdose Prevention Act, adding a provision providing immunity to first responders who administer and dispense Narcan.

Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment With Employment Services: Governor Christie is going further in helping those with drug addiction reclaim their lives in a permanent way, by taking the lead on an innovative initiative to integrate substance abuse treatment with employment services like job training, skills acquisition, and job-search and placement resources

Implementing A Statewide Program To Train And Equip First Responders To Save Lives: Governor Christie announced the statewide expansion of the successful pilot program to help reduce the number of heroin-related deaths by training and equipping police officers and first responders to administer the antidote Narcan to overdose victims.

Expansion of Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) to Include Interstate Data-Sharing: In October 2014, Governor Christie announced that the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) expanded its interstate data-sharing capabilities to connect with the State of Delaware’s Prescription Monitoring Program. In addition, New Jersey is in the process of building a similar partnership with the State of New York.

Video: New Navy Drone Can Be Refueled In-Flight!

On April 22, 2015, the X47B UCAV became the first unmanned aircraft to be refueled in the air. It took place off the coast of Maryland and Virginia in the Atlantic Test Ranges.

What Are The REAL Roots Of Societal Disorder?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Help Strengthen Fidelity To Catholic Teaching NOW!

Here is a very special message from the Cardinal Newman Society:

Dear Friend,

San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone's been under attack for weeks for his efforts to strengthen Catholic schools.

You can help in the Christian way—with prayer and encouragement!

In just one week, more than 4,000 Catholics have already written notes of support to the Archbishop.  Dare we hope for 10,000?
We need your help to get more letters to Archbishop Cordileone by the deadline Friday.

Ask your friends to write a quick note HERE, and we'll print and deliver it to the Archbishop!

Imagine what this good shepherd will think when he reads this?

"Thank you Archbishop Cordileone for standing up for AUTHENTIC Catholic education and for defending our faith," writes Cary in Louisiana.

"Telling people only what they want to hear is not love.  Thank you for loving enough to risk being hated.  Our Lord did no less," writes Alison in Virginia.

And the Ratnayake family in Wisconsin writes, "Our family prays for you daily."

That's Christian witness: standing with our bishops in defense of the Catholic faith.

And I'm asking your help…

Will you please spread the word and invite others to write a brief note to Archbishop Cordileone?

Our deadline is Friday.  Please send them HERE today!

Wolf's Cheap Tricks, Higher Taxes, Political Games

“Governor Tom Wolf’s 100 days in office have been marred by political games and historic tax increases for Pennsylvania families. After promising to be a ‘different kind’ of governor, Tom Wolf’s cheap political tactics and strong-arm tactics are reminiscent of his political mentor, Ed Rendell.

“Now, Governor Tom Wolf wants to raise taxes on all Pennsylvania families in order to support his big government agenda. By supporting tax hikes on everything from diapers and day care to caskets and funeral care services, Tom Wolf wants to literally raise taxes on Pennsylvanians from the cradle to the grave.

“Pennsylvanians cannot afford to watch their family budgets shrink anymore, and that’s why they simply cannot afford the Tom Wolf tax hikes.” 

– PA GOP Communications Director Megan Sweeney

Let's Talk About Race - One More Time . . .

When asked what Americans might do to heal the racial divide in our nation the esteemed actor Morgan Freeman once answered in three words: "Stop talking about it."
It does make a lot of sense, doesn't it?
In the purest meaning of the term, if we were really color blind then the subject of race would never come up. It would never be mentioned. And one's race would never be a factor.
We would then be living up to Dr. King's admonition to judge each person on the content of his character and not the color of his skin.
But it hasn't worked out that way, has it?
In the first half of the last century the South kept a rancid form of racism alive with strictly-enforced segregation and Black disenfranchisement. In the second half of the century the North gained the upper hand through the enactment of civil-rights laws and the introduction of what was arguably a sort of reverse racism in the form of affirmative action, quotas, burgeoning race-related regulations and the dreaded political correctness.
Then, as the new century entered its first decade a huge breakthrough arrived far sooner than most people expected.
America elected its first black president.
But this man who identified himself as African-American was really the product of a mixed-race marriage - a white mother and a black father. He was blended and, as such a person of color.
No matter, as might be expected, blacks supported him at a rate of nearly 100 percent and they were joined by other persons of color as well as white liberals and young people.
As more than a million people witnessed his inauguration live in front of the U. S. Capitol Building, many wept openly and even the most die-hard skeptics expressed great hope. This was truly an historic moment -- a moment of such profound significance that it was really hard to find words to express it.
And now, here it is a mere 72 months later and we are once again mired in racial strife, conflict and tension.
Racially, the nation seems to be once again on tenterhooks.
What happened?
Well, actually a lot has happened since the civil rights revolution -- and plenty of it good.
According to the Census Bureau the median income of blacks has nearly doubled since 1964 and the poverty rate among blacks has fallen by 14 percent. Twenty-six percent of blacks had high school diplomas in 1964; 85 percent did in 2012. And the number of black people who have completed four years of college jumped from 4 percent to 21 percent.
Since 1964 discrimination in public and private hiring has been outlawed and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created to enforce and advance these efforts. Indeed, African-Americans can now be found in every type of job and at pretty much every job level. And we all know that affirmative action and loan and incentive programs have actually encouraged the acceptance of minorities at colleges and universities and in hiring.
Discrimination walls have also fallen in the area of housing, public accommodations and most every other aspect of American life to the point where there is virtually no neighborhood or no public place that is off limits to any racial or ethnic group.
Likewise, blacks and other minorities have made huge strides in the world of entertainment and advertising: TV, movies, theater and the popular culture.
Beyond all that, every public and private agency, corporation, group and entity imaginable has been sensitized to the laws and rules against racial discrimination and the need to reach out to, help and actively recruit racial minorities. If you don't know about any of this, you simply haven't been living in the same world we've been living in.
And yet, we still have anger, resentment and race-related or race-induced violence. And we're still told that we haven't done enough to repair the racial divide in America.
Why is this happening and where and how will it all end?
Was James Baldwin right when he said decades ago that "To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time?"
Is that the way it has to be? Is the DNA of our nation so damaged by the scourge of slavery that this is the way it will always be?
Well, let's take a look at President Obama once again.
Let's do that, because in one very real way, he mirrors is the future of America.
Demographic experts tell us that among young people in this nation within a few short years there will be virtually no racial minorities. That is to say that among this group racial subgroups will be, statistically, fairly equal. What's more, by 2050 the nation will look that way as well -- each racial or ethnic group making up a nearly equal or close to equal portion of the total population.
This will happen for two reasons: Racial minorities are younger now and they will have many more children and at the same time, another big development that is already underway will accelerate: There will be much more intermarriage and blending of the races.
Interracial marriage in America was once not only a stigma but in many states it was downright illegal.
But those stigmas and laws have fallen as well and by 2010 about 15% of all new marriages in the United States were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share in 1980.
About 24% of all black male newlyweds in 2010 married outside their race. Also, about 36% of Asian female newlyweds married outside their race. The figures for Hispanics are similar to those for Asians. And while the figures are lower for black females and Asian males, the trend is nonetheless clear.
In fact, a quarter of all Americans now have a relative who is in a mixed-race marriage. And that number will keep growing.
More Asians. More Hispanics. More African Americans. More acceptance. More intermarriage.
By the middle of this century, America will be well on its way to being racially blended.
The future will be neither black nor white but somewhere in between.
The typical American citizen will simply be a person of color but he or she may not even be referred to that way as this will be the norm.
Vast numbers of people will be of (and have allegiance to) no particular race.
And maybe (nearly 200 years after the civil war) that's how the racial divide will finally end.

Hurry! Cherry Hill's Blosssoms Now In Full Bloom!

The hundreds of cherry trees on Chapel Avenue have blossomed into full spectacular display today!

Quite a beautiful sight to witness! Now is the time to take the drive-through Chapel Avenue!

Best viewing In the morning - AM - From Kings Highway to Haddonfield Road!

Best viewing In the evening - PM & Sunset time - From Haddonfield Road to Kings Highway!


What YOU Can Do About The Battle Over Marriage

Here is a very special message from

Both sides just made their case on marriage. 

And the Supreme Court Justices will spend the next two months considering the constitutional arguments over marriage. 

Here is what you can do: 

With today’s historic oral arguments, over 6,000 Catholics promised to pray the Rosary for marriage today. 

Let’s continue this prayer campaign over the next two months -- leading up to the fateful day when the Justices announce their ruling! 

Remember, no matter how the Court decides this summer, the truth about marriage will never change. 

Catholics must be willing to stand for the truth that each child deserves a mother and father -- and that the role of a mother and father are not interchangeable, but that each are unique and complementary. 

Our cultural elites will bombard us with their own agenda. At times, faithful Catholics might get discouraged. So as we pray, let us remember these words from St. Pope John Paul: 

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song!”

Vatican Sends $100,000 To Nepal Victims

Following the earthquake that struck the territory of Nepal with extraordinary vehemence last weekend, the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” has undertaken to send a first contribution of 100 thousand dollars for aid to the population on behalf of the Holy Father.

This sum, which will be sent to the local Church, will be used to support aid operations for the displaced and other affected persons, and is intended as a first and immediate concrete expression of Pope Francis' “spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement” towards those afflicted, as he assured during the Regina Coeli of Sunday 26 April. Episcopal conferences and Catholic charitable entities are already extensively involved in humanitarian works.

According to the data currently available but not yet definitive, there have been more than 4,300 victims so far and approximately 7 million affected in 34 districts of Nepal, a million homeless, and around 2 million children in need of assistance. Numerous villages are isolated and aid has not yet reached them. The government has estimated that roughly 400 thousand buildings have been destroyed.

2015 Tony Nominees Announced: Complete List

The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7th. An American in Paris and Fun Home lead in the best musical category with 12 nominations each. For Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and Wolf Hall are setting the pace. 

Here is the complete list of nominees:

Best Play!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Author: Simon Stephens
Disgraced, Author: Ayad Akhtar
Hand to God, Author: Robert Askins
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, Co-Authors: Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton

Best Musical
An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten
The Visit

Best Revival of a Play
The Elephant Man
This Is Our Youth
You Can't Take it With You

Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I
On the Town
On the 20th Century

Best Book of a Musical
An American in Paris, Craig Lucas
Fun Home, Lisa Kron
Something Rotten! Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
The Visit, Terrence McNally

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fun Home, Music: Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics: Lisa Kron
The Last Ship, Music & Lyrics: Sting
Something Rotten! Music & Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
The Visit, Music: John Kander, Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d'Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O'Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It's Only a Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can't Take It with You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley, Skylight
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Rockwell, You Can't Take It with You

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris
David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan, The King and I
David Zinn, Fun Home

Best Costume Design of a Play
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Jane Greenwood, You Can't Take It with You
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Zinn, Airline Highway

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century
Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Natasha Katz, Skylight
Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Donald Holder, The King and I
Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Japhy Weideman, The Visit

Best Direction of a Play
Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can't Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Orchestrations
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris
John Clancy, Fun Home
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship

By Show
An American in Paris - 12
Fun Home - 12
Something Rotten! - 10
The King and I - 9
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two - 8
Skylight - 7
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - 6
Hand to God - 5
On the Twentieth Century - 5
The Visit - 5
You Can't Take It with You - 5
Airline Highway - 4
The Elephant Man - 4
On the Town - 4
The Audience - 3
The Last Ship - 2
Constellations - 1
Disgraced - 1
Gigi - 1
The Heidi Chronicles - 1
It's Only a Play - 1
This Is Our Youth - 1

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre - Tommy Tune
Regional Theatre Award - Cleveland Play House in Cleveland, OH
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre - Scenic Artist Arnold Abramson, Press Agent Adrian Bryan-Brown, and Technical Director Gene O'Donovan