Archive for May, 2013

Videos from The Star-Ledger and The Jersey Journal

Hosted by NJ.com, this site provides access to numerous videos from the Star-Ledger; you can search by keyword or broad category. The most recent series deals with Shore Kickoff 2013, visiting shore communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and how they are now faring. You can also watch videos from The Jersey Journal for a more local flavor. Each of these sites dates back to October 2011. South Jersey Times videos back to 2008 are also available at this site.

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In Praise of Hudson County Food

As former residents of Hudson County (West New York,  if you must know), we are well-acquainted with the restaurants that populate this area. So to does the author of this laudatory New York Times piece – The Ethnic Buffet of Hudson County. Laico’s is featured prominently.

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Moms as Primary Wage Earners

This just-released report from Pew – Breadwinner Moms – shows that in  40% of households with children under 18, the mother is either the sole source of family income or outearns the father. These figures are based on Pew’s examining Census Bureau figures from 1960 to 2011. Included in this report are public perceptions of working moms, single moms, and changing gender roles. More key points are published, among them: median household incomes are higher when the working mother earns more than the working father; the share of never-married mothers has increased from 4% in 1960 t0 44% in 2011; and 23% of mothers have a higher education level in 2011 as compared to 7% in 1960. Links to relevant Pew reports are also listed.

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Condition of Education 2013

The Condition of Education 2013 is the latest annual report in this ongoing series that examines various aspects of elementary, secondary, and college education. Statistics and tables/charts abound, from school finances to transition to college. Of interest at the postsecondary level are such topics as characteristics of college faculty, student loan volumes and default rates, graduation rates, and international educational attainment. References to previous volumes are embedded in the various sections. And for the first time, there are four “spotlight” reports, one of them – Financing Postsecondary Education in the United States – is of particular interest. A guide to the many sources consulted is included. A great place to find numerous updated statistics across the range of educational levels.

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2013 New Jersey Historic Endangered Sites

Preservation New Jersey has just issued its 2013 10 Most Endangered Historic Places;  sites range from a deserted village to a river aqueduct. Each place has a history and a detail of previous restoration efforts. Endangered lists back to 1995 can be searched by name and city; Jersey City has seven places on previous tallies.

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Looking for Book Reviews?

If you need to find book reviews on all subjects, ranging from anthropology to zoology with side trips into science fiction and mystery, then by all means stop at the Sunday Book Review from The New York Times. Containing thousands of reviews since 1981, this section does indeed give one access to critically reasoned evaluations of currently produced work. In addition, another special feature is podcasts with authors, editors, and critics on new books, bestsellers, and the literary scene. The famous best seller lists are also accessible on this site as is By the Book, an ongoing series of interviews with prominent authors. And let’s not forget the section’s profiles of hundreds of authors both past and present.

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National Security Reports – May 2013 Update

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