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New Jersey Creates Community Policing Grant to Honor Fallen Officer

A new grant for police departments across New Jersey has been named after Detective Matthew L Tarentino of Summit, NJ. The “Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program” will provide $10,000 individual grants to state, county, and municipal police departments, sheriff’s offices and college campus police departments. The grants are for innovative programs that will foster better police and community relations. “Detective Tarentino was respected and beloved in his community because he embodied all of the best qualities of a police officer and role model,” said New Jersey Attorney General, Chris Porrino. “We hold Matthew up as a model of community policing and public...

Joshua’s Place Offers Hope for Addiction Recovery

Recovering heroin addict, Joshua DeLong, has opened a new outreach program for addicts in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Called Joshua’s Place, the venue at 131 South Main Street, offers support group meetings, resources and the opportunity to be listened to for those struggling with addiction. DeLong, who will be clean 53 days on Saturday, June 24, wanted a way to reach out to his community and offer hope for recovery to anyone struggling with addiction. DeLong's alcohol addiction began before middle school. Turning to drugs, he overdosed for the first time at the age of 12. Following these incidences, DeLong dropped out of school, only to...

Personal Story Addiction: Moving Forward Out of the Past

Do you know someone who is unable to move on from an event in their life, continually bringing it up and reliving it through storytelling? Personal story addiction weighs people down to past feelings and emotions and suspends them in time. Past events such as abuse, neglect, trauma, loss, or illness can keep people locked into one moment in life, robbing them of a happy and productive future. “Our past must never define us,” Says author Zahrah Sita. “The goal is to move into the future we are creating now” (2017, paragraph 7). How can the addiction to personal storytelling be broken? It begins...

What do Marshmallows and Public Policy have in Common?

In the article “Marshmallows and Public Policy,” David Brooks argues that developing delayed gratification from a young age leads to “better adult outcomes” and should therefore be considered by policy makers for upcoming policies. To validate this claim he references Walter Mischel’s experiment in which 4-year-olds’ were given the option of eating one marshmallow or waiting (demonstrating self-control) and receiving two marshmallows. The children who waited the longest were found, on average, to be more successful later in life. With the importance of delayed gratification being proven by Mischel, Brooks comes to the conclusion that if policy makers put a greater emphasis on developing...