New Jersey


Would you want a "Jersey Shore" type show in your neighborhood?

The Hoboken Mayor has denied a request for a spinoff of MTV's "Jersey Shore" reality show to film in the city. What do you think? Would you want a "Jersey Shore" type show filming in your neighborhood?


Christie Comments

 On a local television program, Gov. Christie responded to a viewers question about where his kids go to school by saying "It's none of your business". WATCH CLIP HERE  Eyewitness News wants to hear from you.  Do you agree with the way the Gov. responded?  Post your response (below) and it could appear on Eyewitness News.


Staying cool during heat wave

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging caution as the city deals with a week-long heat wave. Dozens of cooling centers and water stations will be open to help people cope with dangerously high temperatures.

Eyewitness News wants to know what things you are doing to stay cool this week?  Please click on the comment link, and your comments could end up on Eyewitness News.

Tune in tonight to Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. for complete coverage on the heat wave.


Chores for school?

With schools facing increasing shortfalls in their budgets, it seems some districts are turning to a "chores for charity" strategy to help raise additional funds.


Laura Wellington, a mom in New Jersey, wrote about a recent incident involving her daughter and a letter from her school:


"As both she and the letter she handed me stated, my daughter was to accomplish chores around the house with the goal of being paid by me for those chores the sum of $20.  She would then have to hand the full $20 over to the school to make up for the shortfall in their overall budget which, ultimately, disallowed the kids to go on yet another class trip.  Participation was mandatory according to what my daughter told me and the letter seemingly conveyed (however, on a later phone call, my daughter's teacher altered the word "mandatory" to be "suggested" despite all evidence to the contrary). 


"The extent to which the teacher tried to convince me that this fund-raiser and the lesson held within was in the best interest of the children was rather sickening especially as paying my children to undertake family chores goes against all that I have ever taught them.  To that end, it is my opinion that the backhanded lesson of outspending your budget only to then look to continue to “spend” is highly damaging and the exact reason most people in this country, not to mention this country over all, are in such tremendous debt today and why schools, like my daughter’s, are experiencing such budget issues."


Chores for charity is not a new concept, but chores for covering school budget shortfalls might be a first.  Have you experienced this sort of thing where your child attends school?  What do you think about this idea?


Write your thoughts by clicking on "comment" below.  We may publish them here or use them on Eyewitness News.