My background is in journalism and PR. I want to share my perspectives and knowledge, while continuing to expand the subjects I cover as I gain more writing experience.
ASBURY PARK, N.J. — As Gov. Chris Christie geared up for Thursday’s prime-time candidates’ debate on Fox News, there was a stark reminder his candidacy faces an uphill climb even among New Jersey voters.
Debate sponsor Fox News announced Tuesday that Christie, just barely, had made the cut for the 10-candidate debate, which airs 9 p.m. ET Thursday on Fox News. Follow all the debate coverage and analysis at App.com. Christie claimed the ninth slot, based on Fox’s average of poll data.
Article about an LGBTQ-friendly NJ town for ManAboutWorld, an online travel magazine for gay people
TOMS RIVER – The first time 11-year-old Hannah Faruolo saw the American flag and its 50 stars, she said she knew her dream of having a family was coming true.
Living in a Korean orphanage until she was 6, the flag became a symbol of the family she had always wished for.
So when Hannah, who was indeed adopted by a Toms River family, was asked to write about what the flag meant to her, her mother Dana Faruolo, advised her to “write with your heart and that’s how you’ll win.”
Her mom was right. ...
Walking along the sidewalks of a local Ocean or Monmouth county town, you’re not likely to spot a homeless youth sleeping along the curb or asking for money. That doesn’t mean they aren’t around.
Of the 1,061 homeless people in Monmouth and Ocean counties, 368 are under the age of 18, according to the latest figures from NJ Counts 2015, based on a census taken in January and February.
That means that nearly one out of every three homeless people in Ocean and Monmouth counties is a minor. Ocea...
This was a blog post I wrote for my employer's website summarizing the most relevant digital marketing events of the year.
Relaxing or spending time outdoors this summer without protection from the sun can have a considerable impact on your health. Even on cloudy days, the sun’s heat and rays can still cause damage to your skin and body that can lead to serious medical problems and irreversible damage.
People who have a lot of exposure to the sun without taking the proper precautions can get sunburned, which may not be viewed as serious. But that overexposure to UV radiation from the sun can lead to many kinds of...
SEASIDE HEIGHTS – It only took a few hours for 30 years of Patty Hershey’s life to be destroyed by superstorm Sandy. But while that devastation destroyed her home and businesses, it gave birth to a plan that might prevent such damage from happening ever again.
What was needed, she realized, was a “center“ that would help the community if another storm like (Sandy) ever came again.” What Hershey envisioned was a Center for Coastal Resilience that would educate students and the wider community ...
This was a blog post written for my employer's website summarizing a recent trade show and the team's involvement in it.
"Call it a mother's intuition," said Tina Nall, who knew early on that there was something different about her son Marcus.
Now 15, he was officially diagnosed with autism when he was 3.
Nall, who lives in Minooka, Illinois, explained that her son has faced numerous social and communication challenges as a result of his autism. For several years, she said, it was difficult to understand what he was asking for when he needed something.
Marcus still does not always speak in complete sentences an...
Every time the news reports a tragic drowning death, it is a stark reminder of the dangers people can face in and around the water. Men and boys especially are more likely to drown, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that males made up 77 percent of all accidental drowning deaths in 2013.
Dr. Bradley Pulver, medical director of Emergency Services for Ocean Medical Center in Brick and Ocean Care Center in Point Pleasant, agrees with the higher percentage.
I was disappointed yet not entirely surprised by the ending of last week’s episode of “The 100.” A show that I had previously viewed as progressive made use of a trope that is both pointless and harmful to the LGBT community.
“The 100” is a CW show in its third season that I spoke highly of in a previous review. I lauded its diversity and the fact that it had an openly bisexual lead character in a time when bisexuality is highly underrepresented on television.
For a woman who battled breast cancer twice, Brick resident Donna Bevacqua feels better now than she did before she was ever diagnosed. That is because the second time around, Bevacqua was assisted by the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA), which used multiple techniques to help her remain healthy during her treatment.
Knowing what was done for her, Bevacqua has agreed to appear in a commercial, without compensation, in order to inform other women about the lifestyle changes that can h...
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Citing concerns over safety and aesthetics, township residents packed Thursday's zoning board meeting to make clear their opposition to a proposed 120-foot Verizon wireless cell tower in a residential neighborhood.
This was the second hearing on the proposed monopole, which is proposed to be built near the township's border with Millstone. The proposed cell tower does not comply with several zoning ordinances, which is why zoning board approval of the requested variances i...
Several FDU students, alumni and visitors from our partner university in Mexico (CETYS), gathered in the Orangerie on April 2 to discuss how students can get more involved with the United Nations. FDU has had a Model United Nations and other UN-related clubs before, but the groups have been inactive for several years. So a representative from the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) came to the Florham campus to speak with students about their options.
The topic of feminism is such a broad one that I could easily write whole textbooks on the matter. However, a recent CNN video inspired me to write about a more specific thought that needs discussing: the way in which men respond to feminism and women in general. The CNN video I am referring to is of a man and woman having a debate about catcalling that was prompted by a viral video from the anti-street harassment group, Hollaback!
The video depicted clips of a w...