October 17, 2023 ONNJ Top Stories

Registration to Vote Ends Today
Those who want to cast ballots in this year’s legislative races must register to vote by the end of the day today. Eligible voters can register online or by filing a paper form and returning it to their county’s superintendent of elections or their commissioner of registration. More than 6.4 million New Jerseyans were registered to vote as of October 1, according to the New Jersey Department of State. The General Election will take place on Tuesday November 7, where New Jersey voters will cast their vote for Senate and General Assembly candidates.
Fall Student Summit at Island Beach State Park
Island Beach State Park’s trails, beaches and harbors became outdoor classrooms for 250 NJ middle schoolers for the 35th annual Fall Student Summit. Students were able to make important connections to the coastal environment and learn ways to protect it. Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science students facilitated round tables and teaching middle school students from throughout South Jersey.
Sussex County Community College Receives Impact Grant
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The Sussex County Community College Foundation received a $10,000 Impact Grant earlier this month. The money will  support the College by purchasing five Apple iMac computers for the multi-use photography and graphics lab. The equipment will be used primarily through the new Alpha Arts Institute for artistic productions and by students, faculty, and visiting artists.
Cosmetology Students To Be Trained In All Hair Types
The Gloucester County Institute of Technology will ensure all cosmetology students are trained in “the theory and practice of styling Black and other textured hair.” The ruling from the attorney general’s office comes after a state discrimination investigation. There were claims the school did not require its non-Black students to learn techniques related to cutting textured hair and did not have enough Black mannequins for its student body.
Rutgers Partnership With Japan
Rutgers University and RWJBarnabas Health will partner with Hiroshima University to collaborate on cancer research and education. Governor Phil Murphy announced the partnership as part of his first full day on an economic trade mission to Japan and South Korea.
Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. Condemns Social Media in Times of War
Congressman Frank Pallone Junior was joined by local leaders for a press conference condemning the role of social media in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war. Pallone said he intends to demand that videos depicting the attacks be removed when he meets with the heads of social media companies at a briefing called by the Energy and Commerce Committee. He said he will also engage the executives in a discussion about the flood of misinformation being uploaded to social media platforms.
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