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Lights On @ NJ After3 !

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Dear Friends & Supporters of New Jersey After 3,

 New Jersey After 3 is delighted to share that it will see the light of another day!

Yesterday, during our 11th hour of final operations – Governor Christie announced that the state will work with us to build a new public-private partnership – committed to supporting our mission to expand afterschool opportunities for New Jersey’s youth.

The state has asked New Jersey After 3 for help with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver application – which will provide us with an opportunity to work with the state, federal government, local school districts and others to support the expansion of high quality expanded learning time programs for tens of thousands of children around the state.

While there is an expectation of public funding once funds have been secured through the NCLB and a new partnership is developed, New Jersey After 3 will have to work with its core supporters and potential new donors to secure the funds necessary to sustain its operations through this interim period.

We are grateful for this opportunity to stay true to our mission to expand and improve afterschool opportunities for New Jersey’s youth and look forward to the time when we can serve New Jersey families once again.

Sincerely,

Mark Valli
President & CEO
New Jersey After 3, Inc.


Please Circulate Especially to the Families You Serve!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Warns of “Financial Recovery Awards” Scam Reaching Flood Victims

Please Circulate Especially to the Families You Serve!

NEWARK – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers about a “Financial Recovery Awards” scam mailing sent to homeowners in flood-affected areas.

Homeowners in Little Falls received a mailed letter that begins, “STATEMENT OF YOUR BENEFITS,” and states, “The Payment Security Administration (PSA) has determined that you shall receive entitlements and a Financial Recovery Award of up to $27,500.00.”

The letter asks recipients to mail a “Benefit Consent Form” to a post office box in Canada, along with a “Processing Fee” of $29.97 paid by check, money order, or credit card authorization.

The fine print on the back page includes language about sweepstakes rules. State and federal law, however, are clear that that no sweepstakes can require consumers to make a payment in order to receive a prize.

“Consumers should be extremely cautious with any request that they send money to an unknown person or business,” Thomas R. Calcagni, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, said. “By sending a check, you are giving the recipient your bank account information and the bank’s routing number. With this information, or with an authorization to charge your credit card, you expose yourself to unauthorized withdrawals of your hard-earned money.”

Calcagni noted that consumers should beware of any mailer or advertisement that, like the “Payment Security Administration” mailer, has any of these signs of a possible scam:

  • Offering huge prizes in exchange for small, up-front payments;
  • The use of an official-sounding but unverifiable name; for example, if an Internet search reveals that an agency by that name may not actually exist;
  • Fine print that includes unclear or confusing language; or
  • The request that payments be sent outside the United States.

“Anyone who receives this mailer should immediately contact the Division of Consumer Affairs,” Calcagni continued. “The residents of New Jersey’s flood-affected areas have experienced enough stress and suffering, without the additional insult of being scammed.”

This scam alert follows the Division of Consumer Affairs’ earlier warning that consumers watch out for post-hurricane home repair scams and charity scams (see the press release at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/press/8302011.htm). The Division continues to investigate reports of alleged price gouging during the State of Emergency (see the press release at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/press/8272011.htm).

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website, www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov, or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook, at http://www.facebook.com/pages/NJ-Division-of-Consumer-Affairs/112957465445651 ; and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events, at http://www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/outreach/.

View Example: “Scam Mailer”

Paula T. Dow,
Attorney General
Division of Consumer Affairs
Thomas R. Calcagni, Director
For Immediate Release:
September 14, 2011
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
Neal Buccino, 973-504-6327

Seeking Mentors!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Seeking Mentors in Paterson, NJ
Please pass  on  to your Networks!

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I am writing this email in hopes to gain valuable, dedicated volunteers to assist in our After School Program at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Paterson, New Jersey.

We are seeking mentors/homework help aides that can work with children in grades 2nd through 5th assisting with homework in math, language arts, science, social studies and reading. A crucial part is also ensuring that the homework is correct.

Prior experience working with elementary school children is preferred but not required. However, patience and a desire to work with children are important.

The After School Program operates Monday through Friday during the hours of 3:00pm until 6:00pm.
The program begins on Monday, September 19, 2011. I understand and respect the time frames of others and am asking if  anyone can possibly to commit to one day per week preferably Monday through Thursday but Fridays are optional but available as well.

I would like to thank you in advance for any and all assistance that you can provide. I can be reached at 973-278-7900, ext 29.

Thank You,

Shantia Clyburn
Program Coordinator
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
451 Van Houten Street
Paterson, NJ 07501
973-278-7900, ext 29

NJ DHSS Opens Call Center for Public Health Concerns in Aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Flooding, Power Outages

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

NJ DHSS Opens Call Center for Public Health Concerns in Aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Flooding, Power Outages

In response to general health concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Department of Health and Senior Services opened a toll-free Public Health Call Center to provide callers with information about prevention and treatment of mold, disposal of spoiled food due to power outages and water concerns.

“We have opened this hotline for the public because we recognize that this event is not over and many New Jerseyans are still working to clean up their homes and businesses in the aftermath of flooding,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary O’Dowd.

To reach health experts in the Public Health Information Call Center, the toll free number is:  1-866-234-0964.

The call center will be open from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday and during the weekend and Labor Day Monday from 10 am to 5 pm.

The call center is being staffed by health experts from the Department’s Division of Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health who can answer questions about prevention/treatment of mold growth in flooded homes and businesses, disposal of food spoiled as a result of power outages and concerns about water that needs to be treated to make it safe for drinking and other uses.

Additional information about hurricane and flood recovery is available at http://www.state.nj.us/health/er/natural.shtml

 

Support the next generation of afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs.

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Action needed:

Take action now by asking your Senators to co-sponsor the Afterschool for America’s Children Act.
This bipartisan bill, originally sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK),
reauthorizes the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative and supports the innovative advances occurring in before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs, re-engaging children in their education and future.

It takes a moment , you click below, select the prepared text that suits your feelings, and /or you can write your own text, you fill out your personal info, click and the letter is sent to your own Senator!
How easy!
Take a moment and support this Bill.
You may think these dollars do not impact your program.
You are wrong.
These dollars help support NJSACC’s work to bring professional development opportunities to you and your staff free or at a low cost.These dollars paid for the development of the FREE 21st CASP Afterschool Science Curriculum and pays to disseminate the training.
And they support the 21st CCLC Centers in the state and more….

So take a moment.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION