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The Mom’s Beat: Nursing moms shouldn’t have to feed babies in dirty bathroom stalls

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Written by Laura Stetser Wednesday, July 23, 2014 02:31 pm

The Mom’s Beat: Nursing moms shouldn’t have to feed babies in dirty bathroom stalls The Mom’s Beat: Nursing moms shouldn’t have to feed babies in dirty bathroom stalls

In theory, traveling with a nursing infant should be easier than making the trip with a bottle-fed one. There’s no mess, no need for warming devices and no bottles to lug around. The babies are also more likely to be calmer, which benefits all travelers.

But as one local mother found out, it’s not always that easy or logical.

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Joe's Take: Summer sounds and summer thoughts

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Written by Joe Wilkins Tuesday, July 22, 2014 01:31 pm

It is unmistakably a summertime sound – that sleepy drone of a distant lawn mower nudging its way through the trees across a lawn of dappled green, part sunny and part shade. The sound carries gently on a breeze fragrant with the deliciousness of cut grass – made all the more fragrant by the fact that I wasn’t the guy who had to cut it.

A few folks wander down the nearby drive – dog walkers, including one big fella with a tiny dachshund curious to investigate a nearby bush but fighting a losing battle against the leash. A moment of quiet, then a little blonde girl in pink jeans and blue T-shirt whooshes by on a skateboard. The mower stops moving; its engine goes silent. There are a few moments of peaceful quiet interrupted by the occasional hum of distant tires on a side street, before an even more distant gasoline-powered chain saw rips briefly away at an unwanted branch. The sunlight brightens, gently re-asserting its dominion over lawn and woods, somehow calling the lightest of airs to tickle the leaves and sway the more compliant branches that grace a green wall of patient trees.

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At Large with Tom Williams > > Goodbye to Jack Bauer and Jim Rockford

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:42 am

'The Rockford Files' is only part of the great body of work that James Garner left behind. 'The Rockford Files' is only part of the great body of work that James Garner left behind. OK, Jack Bauer is gone again. We thought he was gone before, but he managed to come back. This time he was taken away by the Russians in the final episode of the 10-part series “24: Live Another Day.” But you know how the Russians can screw things up.

So, we’ll probably see Jack Bauer (as played by Kiefer Sutherland) again. But where?

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The Mom’s Beat: Hot cars are no place to leave babies, even for a minute

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Written by Laura Stetser Tuesday, July 15, 2014 03:20 pm

Every 10 days in the United States alone, a child dies while unattended in a hot car, according to Safe Kids Worldwide Every 10 days in the United States alone, a child dies while unattended in a hot car, according to Safe Kids Worldwide The headlines this summer are full of news about children dying in hot cars. These stories are horrible, not only because of how helpless the child must have felt in the mere minutes it took, but also because of how preventable this problem is.

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At Large with Tom Williams > > Reverse mortgages and other TV offers

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Written by Tom Williams Monday, July 14, 2014 03:52 pm

Submitted / Some TV spots, especially those running late at night and on small cable networks, need to be considered carefully. Submitted / Some TV spots, especially those running late at night and on small cable networks, need to be considered carefully. We all see television commercials. Not only do they interrupt our favorite programs on satellite or cable, they also show up online more frequently these days.

However, they are important.

Without advertisers spending money on commercials with messages for viewers (plus radio listeners and newspaper readers) these media outlets would cease to exist.

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Joe's Take: A tip for the waitress

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Written by Joe Wilkins Monday, July 14, 2014 02:08 pm

The first tip I earned was as a 19-year-old busboy in Mike Trench’s Neptune Inn, which occupied an old bank building in Atlantic City across Pacific Avenue from the Knife and Fork. It was one of the upscale restaurants in town, always crowded with big tippers in summer and during conventions. We didn’t get tips directly; the deal was that the waitresses gave us about 10 percent of their tips for the night. There were only two of us busboys, and the waitresses were fair about it, so we made out all right. Their honesty mattered a lot. My day job was as a lifeguard on the beach in Brigantine, and the combined income helped feed our newborn baby until I could find year-round work.

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The Mom’s Beat: Tips to keep children safe around water

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Written by Laura Stetser Saturday, July 12, 2014 12:00 am

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning causes more deaths among children 1 to 4 years of age than any other cause except birth defects.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning causes more deaths among children 1 to 4 years of age than any other cause except birth defects.

Drowning is second leading cause of death among children 1 to 4 years of age

As the summer continues to heat up, parents are advised to be vigilant in safety precautions while their children are near pools and othe bodies of water.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning causes more deaths among children 1 to 4 years of age than any other cause except birth defects.  It is also the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14, trailing only motor vehicle crashes.

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The Mom’s Beat: Avoid spray sunscreens on children until more information is available

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Written by Laura Stetser Wednesday, July 09, 2014 04:16 pm

The Food and Drug Administration announced in 2011 that it was investigating the potential risks of spray sunscreens The Food and Drug Administration announced in 2011 that it was investigating the potential risks of spray sunscreens

The Food and Drug Administration announced in 2011 that it was investigating the potential risks of spray sunscreens. It was concerned about the possibility that people might accidentally breathe in the ingredients, which is a greater risk for kids.

As a result, the Consumer Reports organization is now advising that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children.

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The Mom’s Beat: 4 key things to know about taking maternity leave in New Jersey

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Written by Laura Stetser Tuesday, July 08, 2014 04:14 pm

Four key things to know about taking maternity leave in New Jersey Four key things to know about taking maternity leave in New Jersey

Writing this week’s column brought me right back. As I tried to refresh my knowledge on the laws regarding maternity leave in New Jersey to offer a primer for local expectant moms, I remembered how I felt when I was in their place; it seemed no one could give me a straight answer about how much time I could take off and how much of the leave would be paid.

 Ask any new mom and she will likely tell you a similar tale of confusion: there are multiple laws and programs that can overlap and run concurrently, and that’s before you add in the emotions surrounding the topic.

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Make any North Jersey casino ventures benefit Atlantic City, too

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Written by Jim Whelan Tuesday, July 08, 2014 02:58 pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney’s surprise announcement about gambling in North Jersey creates even more difficulties for our region, already experiencing tremendous economic challenges. It is particularly troubling now as Revel goes through another bankruptcy and as Showboat prepares to close in August, putting more than 2,000 people out of work.

Attracting investment and creating jobs are difficult under any circumstances. With the proliferation of casinos up and down the coast and now talk about North Jersey casinos, it will be that much harder to find a buyer for Revel or a white knight for Showboat. Why invest in Atlantic City? Vague hints about “helping” Atlantic City aren’t enough to attract capital.

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At Large with Tom Williams > > More Voices of the Class of 2014

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Written by Tom Williams Monday, July 07, 2014 02:22 pm

Last week we brought you parts of the commencement addresses by valedictorians from Holy Spirit, St. Augustine Prep and Oakcrest. The speeches have been edited for space and not all schools responded to our request for copies of the speeches.

Here are some more valedictorians, starting with a young woman who has the distinction of not only being first academically in her class but alphabetically, as well. 

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Joe's Take: Notes from the cockeyed optimist

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Written by Joe Wilkins Monday, July 07, 2014 01:40 pm

There is no doubt the great French writer Voltaire was writing about a guy like me when, in 1759, he published his great, gloomy and biting satire, “Candide.”

It’s a long time since I’ve read that classic novel, but as I recall in it he creates the immortal character, “Dr. Pangloss,” an optimist so stubborn and blind in his optimism he ignores wars, earthquakes, betrayals and all such catastrophies, and spouts the philosophy of Gottlieb Leibnitz, that we are living in “the best of all possible worlds.”

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The Mom's Beat: Kim Kardashian tries to identify with other working moms

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Written by Laura Stetser Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:45 am

From kimkardashian.celebuzz.com/ From kimkardashian.celebuzz.com/ Mothers love to give others mothers advice. Most of the time, the suggestions are welcomed. Then there are the other times when the person dolling out the advice is someone to whom you would never listen, someone who shares no similar life experiences.

 Celebrity moms often get criticized for explaining how hard their lives are or for suggesting tips for regular folks like us. But, most of the time, despite their warped sense of reality, there is some good information in there to be shared.

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The Mom’s Beat: School’s out and the house is a mess

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Written by Laura Stetser Wednesday, July 02, 2014 04:53 pm

by LAURA STETSER by LAURA STETSER

Having the kids home for the summer gives us all a little more time to enjoy one another, but it also gives them time to tear up the house.

In our home, the kitchen table gets covered with scrap paper and drawings, the laundry piles up with towels and bathing suits and there is always a stack of blankets and pillows tucked away in some closet from a forgotten fort or nest.

Rather than forge through the task ourselves, grumbling about their need to take ownership over their belongings or asking rhetorical questions like, “What would your friends think if they stopped over and saw this?,” we try to enlist them to help, but of course, there either has to be a carrot or a stick involved.

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Make John Adams proud on the Fourth

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Written by Daniel J. Douglas Tuesday, July 01, 2014 02:01 pm

John Adams John Adams “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

– John Adams, 1776

John Adams was, of course, referring to Independence Day in 1776. John Adams and his colleague Richard Stockton were two of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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Joe's Take: You have a republic, if you can keep it

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Written by Joe Wilkins Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:17 pm

We took a break from early summer at the shore to drive the youngest granddaughters back home to Virginia Beach after their week of visiting their cousins and jet-skiing in the bays behind Atlantic City and in the cove across the inlet at Brigantine and walking the Ocean City boardwalk. On one of those happy impulses that add adventure to life I proposed that we return to South Jersey by way of Monticello, the world-famous home built by Thomas Jefferson in the beautiful hills of western Virginia.  It’s the kind of combination of beautiful scenery, historic interest and pure escapism I can never resist.

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