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From the office of Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney
June 2018 Newsletter
A Message from the Assemblyman:
Dear Friend,

As we welcome in the month of June, we can finally welcome the start of summer! I wanted to take a moment to recognize all of the students who graduated from High School, College, and Graduate School. I was lucky enough to be invited to be part of the graduation ceremonies of William Paterson University, County College of Morris, Montclair State University, Ramapo College, and Pioneer Academy. Congratulations to all of you, and best wishes in all your future endeavors! 
The start of June officially signals that Budget season is upon us. We can expect a packed schedule down in Trenton this month. Although we are still speculating on how the new Governor will proceed during his first Budget, one thing is for certain - we are preparing for another shut down. There is firm speculation that the legalization of Marijuana will be tied to the passage of the Budget. Although I think that we, as a state, need to embrace the medicinal benefits of marijuana, we need to carefully consider the repercussions of legalizing for recreational purposes. 
June is National Flag Month. Often overlooked between it's sister holidays of Memorial Day and Fourth of July, our country celebrates Flag Day on June 14. Please be sure to take a moment to read about the history and significance of Flag Day. Finally, this month's  Spotlight  feature highlights two teachers from Totowa, Kim Hackbarth and Jenna Laudi, who were selected as 2017-2018 Educators of the Year!  
Finally, I wanted to remind everyone that our  District Office   Open House  will be on  June 6, from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM . if you haven't already marked your RSVP, please let me know if you'll be able to join us that day! You can click the RSVP button below to mark if you can make it. We hope to see you there! 


Kevin J. Rooney
Assemblyman Rooney's District Office Open House
1211 Hamburg Turnpike, Suite 301, Wayne, NJ 07470

06/06/18 3:30pm - 06/06/18 6:30pm

Come join friends from the community as we celebrate the grand opening of our new district office!
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Rooney's Recipes
Assemblyman and winner of Food Network's "Chopped" shares his favorite recipes
Mixed Berry Summer Cobbler
Serves approximately 6-8

  • 3 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • 1½ cups fresh raspberries or blackberries 
  • 1½ cups fresh blueberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream, optional 

In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Combine sugar and tapioca; sprinkle over berries and toss gently. Pour into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish; let stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in butter; sprinkle over berry mixture. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream. 
Recent News
Recent Legislation and News from Trenton
Here is some of my recent activity at the State House.
Protecting Pets and Animals in NJ
It is my job to make sure we protect not only the people of New Jersey, but also the animals and pets that live as a part of our families and in our state. Here are several pieces of legislation that I've introduced that help protect pets in NJ.
Out and About in the District
Graduation Ceremonies
I attended the graduation ceremonies of several colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. Congratulations to the graduates of all ages during this happy occasion, and best of luck as you continue towards success!
Welcoming the "Shores of Africa"
I was honored to be part of the grand opening of the "Shores of Africa" exhibit where African penguins have officially joined the giraffes, lions and hyenas in the African Adventure at the Turtle Back Zoo, bringing all of the zoo’s animals from the largest continent into the same area.

Visiting Tilcon with US Senate Candidate Bob Hugin
Earlier this month, I held a roundtable with employees of Tilcon, US Senate Candidate Bob Hugin, and Pompton Lakes Mayor Michael Serra to discuss the business and their impact in communities throughout the state.

Memorial Day Parades
Memorial Day is a solemn day to remember the brave men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice. It also serves as a powerful symbol of unity. It unites us as we remember our fallen brothers and sisters. It unites us as we pray for the safety of soldiers serving around the world. It unites us as we work and hope for peace. It unites us as a community, state, and country. Now more then ever, as we face threats across the globe and here at home, we must unite. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all.
June Commemorations
Flag Day and National Flag Month
The “Stars and Stripes”, the official National symbol of the United States of America was authorized by congress on Saturday, June 14, 1777. The entry in the journal of the Continental Congress 1774-1789 Vol. Vlll 1777 reads “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be Thirteen stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in his Wisconsin Public School, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14. Now, the entire month of June is a time for us to celebrate our nation's great symbol. Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the Red, White and Blue in front of homes and businesses. The day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.
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Sp otlight:  Kim Hackbarth and Jenna Laudi
Totowa Teachers, and 2018 Educators of the Year
The Totowa Board of Education has announced that the New Jersey Department of Education has recognized two borough teachers in its 2017-2018 Governor’s Educator of the Year program. The two teachers recognized for this accomplishment were Kim Hackbarth and Jenna Laudi.
These teachers had to meet many requirements to receive this award and achievement. Among the requirements were: be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated licensed classroom teacher; Be an expert in the field who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; Actively collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a strong culture of respect and success; Demonstrate leadership and innovation in educational activities at the school, district, and/or state and national level that take place both within or outside the school setting. Most importantly to earn this distinction, the teacher must h ave the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues.

This celebratory program integrates the Teacher of the Year Program with the Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program to continue to recognize our state’s best teachers and educational services professionals. Congratulations to Kim and Jenna, and thank you for all you do for your students!

Spotlight highlights accomplishments of people throughout District 40. Each month, this section will recognize a person or persons for their achievement, and will be chosen at random. Do you have someone you would like to nominate to be in the next month's Spotlight ? Click the button below to fill out a submission form.
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1211 Hamburg Turnpike
Suite 301
Wayne, NJ 07470
Office: (973) 237-1362
Fax: (973) 237-1367
Email: AsmRooney@njleg.org
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