April 14, 2016

Somerset Patriots Teacher Appreciation

California Casualty is again the sponsor for the 2016 Teachers of the Year Program by the Somerset Patriots.
These Teacher Appreciation nights take place on May 3rd for Somerset and Union Counties and on May 5th for Middlesex and Hunterdon Counties.

The games start at 7:05pm with a pre-game ceremony acknowledging the teachers around 6:30 pm

We have 100 Upper Box tickets available for each game.
Anyone interested in reserving tickets can email Tom McCartney directly tmccartney@somersetpatriots.com with a copy to me agrosso@calcas.com

Thank you,

Amy Grosso | Senior Group Marketing Team Manager
California Casualty Management Company
p: 215.491.9320 e: agrosso@calcas.com

March 3, 2016

Somerset County Dept of Human Services Newsletter

As I reflect a bit on the marking this March of National Professional Social Work Month, I will unabashedly admit that at this stage of my career I have a full supply of “circles around the sun” and “more forehead than hair” looks. I am (much to my own shock) now one of the “old timers.” In my mind I am still the slim and hirsute young man who decided, over 35 years ago, to become a social worker and set out to make the world (or a small corner of it) a better place in which to live. I am sometimes asked by young folks considering such a career path the million dollar question: “if you had it to do all over again, would you make the same choice?” The answer – without hesitation is – indeed I would.

Youth is often accompanied by hope and belief and faith in the future. The world seems (for most of us who have been lucky enough to grow up in a loving and nurturing environment) a place full of possibility and promise. For many of us, this is the period where we first entertain the notion that what each of us does in our lives – both personal and professionally – matters. Some of us arrive at this via the values and behaviors expressed in our family of origin, or our “larger family” of friends and community (schools, places of worship or fellowship). Conversely, some of us come to this notion based on the things we’ve lived or observed that we wouldn’t wish on others – and feel therefore motivated to change. However one arrives at the decision to try to “change the world” the “how” of the matter becomes crucial and potentially life changing.

How does one professionalize being a “change agent?” For many of us, that professionalization has led us to choosing a career as a social worker. In practical terms, that has meant a choice to tailor our college education around a social work major or follow a liberal arts degree with post graduate work that makes us eligible for licensure (at a variety of levels, based on a combination of work experience and examination pas-sage).

I’ve already taken the position that this is a career choice worth making and here’s how I think about it…


February 4, 2016

Supporting our District’s Children

Terry Trubiano presents Laura Manziano with a $300 check on behalf of the Somerville Education Association.  The check is from the SEA Breakfast with Santa for the SHS Drama Club to which Laura is the advisor.   Members of the Drama Club helped out at the breakfast and profits were split between the club and our SEA scholarship fund.
A big thanks to, Angela Goff, SEA Fundraising Chair, who did much of the breakfast preparation and organizing with Terry, and deserves much credit for its success.
2015 SEA fundraiser check

January 21, 2016

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October 7, 2015

Voting by Mail

Special Notes

In New Jersey, any voter can now Vote by Mail for any election.  You do not need a reason for a Vote by Mail Ballot.

  • Vote-by-Mail applications must be received at the county clerk’s office by October 27.
  • Your absentee ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections no later than 8:00 PM (close of the polls) the day of the election.
  • If you register to vote by mail, then you CANNOT vote at a live poll on election day.  So only choose to vote by mail if you are actually going to vote by mail.
  • Complete the ballot and mail it back to your county clerk.
    If you and your spouse both choose to vote by mail, you can send in the registration forms together in one envelope.  BUT YOU MUST SEND YOUR COMPLETED BALLOTS in SEPARATE ENVELOPES.

A voter may apply for an absentee ballot by completing a Vote by Mail Application and mailing the application to their County Clerk by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed copies of an Absentee Ballot Application since an original signature is required.

PRINT and fill out completely Vote by Mail Application.Print and sign your name where indicated. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your application.Mail or deliver to your County Clerk’s office.

This application (to register to vote by mail) must be received by the County Clerk no later than 7 days prior to the election. If you fail to meet this time period, you may come in person (or via authorized messenger if sick or confined) up until 3:00 PM the day prior to the election.

Mail or take your completed Vote by Mail Application (as per instructions above)

April 5, 2015

Ya, it’s important, but who has time for political action?

Please, please, please, post this for our members to support this important legislation! 

Now that my personal information is on the Save Our Schools site, I just click “Submit” and my voice is heard in Trenton! (Literally takes three seconds.)

Sign up at Save Our Schools NJ

Thanks to your efforts, the four bills to limit high-stakes standardized testing passed the New Jersey Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Now it is time for the New Jersey Senate to act!  Please ask your State Senator to support these bills.


Thank you for all that you do to protect our children and our public schools!

Testing Bills

S2768/A4190 Freezes the use of PARCC high-stakes standardized test scores for three years, to enable this experimental test to be proven effective before it is used to evaluate our children, our teachers, and our public schools. A4190 was approved by the New Jersey Assembly by a bipartisan vote of 63 Yes to 7 No, on February 23rd, 2015.

S2767/A4165 Protects students from “sit & stare” and other punitive measures imposed when their families refuse high-stakes standardized tests. A4165 was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Assembly on March 26, 2015.

S2766/A3079 Prohibits the administration of non-diagnostic standardized tests prior to 3rd grade.  A3079 was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Assembly on March 9, 2015.

S2765/A3077 Informs families of all standardized tests administered by school districts and charter schools, including their uses and costs.  A 3077 was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Assembly on March 9, 2015.