South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association – Training to Keep You Safe

For the roughly 700 lifeguards in the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association, who patrol more than 40 miles of shoreline, the best way to keep beach-goers safe is to stay ahead of potential dangers. On June 29, lifeguards gathered at the 18th Street Beach in Ocean City, where they shared their expertise gleaned from working …

Miss America Crowns New Jersey Titleholder in Ocean City

Kaitlyn Schoeffel is no stranger to the Miss New Jersey Pageant. The 23-year-old from Egg Harbor Township has placed in “every possible place you can think of” from first runner-up to not making the top ten. The experience, she said, has been “humbling and eye-opening.” On Saturday night, when more than the boardwalk lights were …

The Signs in the Silence – Will there still be room for sign language in a ‘hearing’ world?

March 6, 1988 was another balmy day in Washington D.C. Lazy clouds drifted across the afternoon sky and the last chill of winter was faint in the budding sunshine of spring. However, spirits at Gallaudet University, the first federally funded private university for the Deaf, were anything but peaceful.   Jane Bassett Spilman, a Board …

A Problem in Plain Sight: The Disconnected Youth Crisis in Maricopa County

Another back-to-school season has come and gone. Bus routes have been established, class schedules have been arranged and the school bell rings on a strict timetable. In Phoenix, however, nearly one in five students did not pass through the doors of their school this August. The Data: Phoenix is the fourth biggest metropolitan area struggling …

Number of Rescues and Rescuers Continue to Climb with Hikers’ Safety in Jeopardy

In the last several months, it seems like the chop chop chop of helicopter blades and the static of rescuers’ radios have never been out of earshot for hikers exploring the City of Phoenix’s trails. There have already been 133 rescues on the city’s trails. This just tops the number of rescues that occurred around …