Independent Opinion

Without its ‘understory’ layer, the forest will collapse

By Michelle S. Byers Forrest Gump claimed life is like a box of chocolates, and a healthy forest is like a layer cake. At the...

Go for a walk and feel better!

By Michele S. Byers There is no “magic potion” to cure everything that ails us, but a nonprofit health group is touting the next best...

Fight light pollution during International Dark Sky Week

By Michele S. Byers Step outside at night and gaze up at the sky. Do you see a dim orangey glow? If so, you are...

The summer of decision

Harry Truman had no sooner moved into the oval office as our 33rd president when Germany collapsed. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had his hands on the...

Welcome spring in a county park

By Michele S. Byers In spite of another snowstorm on the first day of spring, it is impossible to ignore that spring is here. And...
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Spring brings eternal hopes

The bare Forsythia bushes next to my house have started to be speckled with small yellow buds, while not far away a daffodil sprout...
Eric Sucar

Director invites residents to Vietnam Memorial Museum

  On behalf of everyone at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF), as we begin a new year, I extend best wishes to our...
Matt Denton

Spirit of young airmen evident at Air Force base

I don’t remember the date in the early '50s, that as part of a U.S. Army team I drove a battle-ready tank off the...

People, dogs join together to fight cancer

On Sunday, April 29, volunteers from the American Cancer Society will be joining forces with residents of New Jersey and their dogs to take steps...
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February’s magic moments at Guadalcanal

Whoever made the calendar had some days leftover, so they made February. With not enough days to be a real month, February had a...

Resident fears bipartisan militarism

  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently unveiled a new Pentagon strategy for national security. It removes any mention of climate change as a threat, deprioritizes...

Holmdel resident questions military spending

The Pentagon recently called for another astronomical spending increase at a time when the country's defense budget is larger than the next eight biggest...

A cleaner, greener New Jersey

By Michele S. Byers What will New Jersey be like in 30 years? If bold recommendations from Gov. Phil Murphy’s Environment and Energy Transition Team...

While bats hibernate, scientists hope for survival

By Michele S. Byers As temperatures cool and daylight hours shorten, New Jersey’s non-migrating bats have gone into hibernation. For the last decade, hibernation for New...

The land before time: N.J.’s Kittatinny Ridge and Valley

By Michele S. Byers Do you remember watching "The Land before Time" and wondering if Littlefoot and his cadre of dinosaur friends would succeed in...

New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure

By Michele S. Byers   If you are like most people, you probably do not pay much attention to where your water comes from or where...

How do we save our children from teen suicide?

Adolescent admissions for inpatient psychiatric care have risen over 54 percent in the United States in the last five years. And, according to research...

It is the law to keep pets inside during freezing temperatures

This is to make the public aware of a law passed in New Jersey last August regarding leaving pets outside in extreme temperatures. It is...
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