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FIFTH DISTRICT LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE $330,000 IN CLEAN COMMUNITY GRANTS

(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross and Assemblymen Angel Fuentes and Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) have announced $329,651.80 in Clean Community Grants to help beautify the Fifth District. The funding is designated for litter cleanup and graffiti removal programs, clean communities education and the enforcement of anti-littering laws.

“Clean Community Grants fund important local programs that improve quality of life and remove public eyesores,” said Senator Norcross. “These grants demonstrate our state’s commitment to keeping New Jersey beautiful for our residents and future generations.”

“These programs are a great way to engage members of the community in the effort to keep their towns beautiful, and to educate young people about the environmental benefits that even the smallest efforts can have,” said Assemblyman Fuentes.

Beach & Lampitt: Law seeks to protect college campuses

BY SENATOR JAMES BEACH & ASSEMBLYWOMAN PAMELA LAMPITT

Courier-Post

Five years ago, a Monday morning that began quietly erupted quickly into unimaginable horror and unspeakable tragedy.

On April 16, 2007, a gunman went on a murderous rampage across Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus, killing 32 students and faculty members while wounding another 25. The tragedy of that day ripped apart dozens of families, bringing campus communities across our country together: first in horrified shock, then in mourning and solidarity.

As parents, siblings, neighbors and friends, we often assume our loved ones who leave home to pursue the dream of higher education live in sheltered islands of safety. As we were reminded just five years ago, tragedy can unexpectedly strike our campuses at any time — and the human costs can be devastatingly high.

Norcross: Give Rutgers-Camden, Rowan tools to thrive individually

GLOUCESTER COUNTY TIMES- April 15, 2012

By Donald Norcross

Special to South Jersey Sunday

The ongoing debate over the future of Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University has generated intense concerns and a tremendous amount of speculation, so let me be clear: My focus from the start has been to ensure that the Rutgers University Camden campus remains an integral part of the fabric of South Jersey.

But more broadly, I view the state’s plans to restructure New Jersey’s higher education system as a critical opportunity to address long-standing regional imbalances. Universities produce an educated workforce, spur innovation and drive economic growth, so we must seize this moment to position our region for long-term, sustained prosperity.