Where are Republicans standing up to western Atlantic County?
Where did the voters of Hammonton go wrong?
Despite blowing $6 million on an airport business park that doesn’t exist. Despite millions spent on the airport circle debacle and the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on a central police dispatch that no one wanted in the first place, Atlantic County County Executive Dennis Levinson was re-elected by a huge plurality last year. So was Hammonton’s District 5 Freeholder Jim Bertino, whose campaign literature claimed he would be the voice of western Atlantic County. We also have state Sen. Dawn Adiego, who always manages to take at least one trip a year to Hammonton at election time. Oh, and lets not forget Congressman Frank LoBiondo, who gets plenty of votes from our fair city.
I mention these four career Republican politicians because they’ve all asked us to vote for them so they can “serve the needs of the people of Hammonton and western Atlantic County.
Well, where are they now that we need their help in keeping almost 200 jobs in our area. NO where to be found! At the town hall meeting on the subject last month, Republicans Levinson, Bertino, Adiego and LoBiondo were M.I.A. They didn’t even bother to send representatives. Seems like they have all fallen into line with Stockton realty and capital investment corporation. The only people doing their jobs and truly representing the people are Hammonton First Mayor Steve DiDonato, Hammonton First Deputy Mayor Tom Gribbin, Mayor Louis DeStefano of Folsom and Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista.
If Republicans Levinson, Bertino, Adiego and LoBiondo can’t even take the time to show up, let alone help us, then I would reasonably expect that none of them would campaign in western Atlantic County when re-election time rolls around. When you vote locally this November, remember: It was Hammonton First that stood up for our town. Not the Repubublicans.
Oh, and a word of caution to South Jersey Gas: The fortune 50 corporation that I worked for decided to take advantage of similar relocation incentives a few years ago. Leases signed, furniture moved and a grand ceremony to herald this new day in urban revitalization. The office closed in three years. Seems 85 percent of the job applicants couldn’t pass a drug test. Vandalized cars, shrinkage of equipment skyrocketed, police called because of fights and a turnover rate five times higher.
Maybe you shouldn’t sell the Folsom complex just yet. You just might be moving back.
Alzheimer’s Disease: We can’t stop now
This past December, following actions by Congress, President Obama enacted into law the largest increase in federal funding for Alzheimer’s research. An additional $350 million was allocated in the FY2016 budget to the National Institutes of Health for Alzheimer’s research to combat the disease.
While we celebrate this historic win and recognize the tremendous efforts of Alzheimer’s advocates and legislative leaders, there is more work to be done. Important research needs ongoing funding and families need access to critical care and support. In order to provide better medical care and outcomes for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the possible dementia must first be detected, the disease must then be diagnosed, care must be planned, and the diagnosis must be noted in the patient’s medical record. The Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act would provide Medicare reimbursement for services to increase the diagnosis of dementia as well as provide access to information and support for newly diagnosed patients and their families. It would also ensure that an Alzheimer’s or related disorder diagnosis is included in the individual’s medical record.
There is support from New Jersey legislators for this effort. On behalf of NJ Alzheimer’s advocates, I wish to thank Sen. Robert Menendez and local Congressional Representatives Frank LoBiondo and Christopher Smith for committing to the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act. We respectfully urge Sen. Cory Booker to become the next legislator to pledge support.
Bring Your Voice to Washington D.C. on April 6.
The Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum is the nation’s premier Alzheimer’s advocacy event held in Washington, D.C. from April 4-6. Here, thousands of concerned citizens from across the country will engage with their legislators to ensure continued Alzheimer’s research funding and as well as support for the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act. We need you to bring your voice! The Alzheimer’s Association is providing transportation via bus to Capitol Hill on April 6 for Day on the Hill. I encourage NJ residents to make this bus trip. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900 or visit act.alz.org/dayonthehill.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. More information about Alzheimer’s disease or the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services is available at (800) 272-3900.
Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador to Rep. Frank LoBiondo
Egg Harbor Township