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2014 New Jersey Stars

Tis the season for lists. So here goes. The brightest stars in 2014 include the well-known and the less well known. Some are newcomers and some have been with us for years. Some hold powerful jobs while others convey a powerful message.  

Go below the fold to celebrate these people and read why they shine brightly.

Feel free to add your own stars. There are many more out there.  

What’s Happening Today Fri. 10/04/2013

U.S. Senate contenders Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan debate: It will be streamed today live at 1 pm here. It will air on Sunday at 11 am on WABC-TV (ABC Channel 7 in NYC) and at 9:30 am on WPVI-TV6 (ABC Channel 6 in Philly). Univision will air the debate in Spanish on Friday, October 11th at 11 pm. The two most recent polls have Booker 12 and 13 points ahead, but a far cry from the 35 point advantage he had a month ago. Look for fireworks as Lonegan spewes out his far right ideology and goes for the jugular.

Newark awakens today to its own LGTBQ Community Center: On the tenth anniversary of the infamous and tragic murder of African-American lesbian Sakia Gunn, there now is a safe place with programs and events for the community. This facility has been the dream and aspiration for Newark activists for many years. Outraged local LGBTQ leaders first began meeting at Rutgers University in Newark and formed Newark Pride Alliance as an umbrella organization. The new facility now joins hundreds of other similar centers across the country.

Yesterday evening was the ribbon cutting ceremony with a proclamation from Mayor Cory Booker. In attendance was the Executive Director Reverend Janyce L. Jackson, Board President Julie Schwartzberg, Newark Councilmen and mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Anibal Ramos, Garden State Equality Executive Director Troy Stevenson and the first elected transgender member of the Democratic National Committee New Jersey’s legendary Babs Siperstein.

As a start-up venture it very much needs volunteers and donors. Contributions can be mailed to its office at 11 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102. For people who want to volunteer it is centrally located downtown, off Broad Street and near Penn Station.

No news is bad news – 4th day of the shutdown: Republicans wanted this. Now they beg Democrats for piecemeal exemptions like yes for cancer patients but no for single women and baby nutrition programs. If Republicans are unhappy with what they created all they have to do is allow a clean continuing resolution. Roll Call reports there are at least 18 Republicans who have publicly stated they would vote for a clean CR, including Frank A. LoBiondo, Leonard Lance and Jon Runyan. “If they all stick together, the bloc could make Boehner’s life difficult.” President Obama remains firm in not negotiating over ACA while Boehner remains bothered and bewildered.

Public Schedules

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: 8:30pm, Marriage Equality Celebration, City Hall, 280 Grove St., Jersey City.

U. S. Senate candidate Cory Booker: 8:00pm, Reception at the Penn Written House Building, Philadelphia, PA, for more info go here.

Open thread: Add an event taking place today of interest to our readers, or email items for this column the evening before to BillOrr563@gmail.com