You can now use the Internet for Selective
At 10:30 a.m.(EST) on Dec. 2, a "switch" was thrown, giving millions of young men an easier way to fulfill a civic and legal responsibility. As of that moment, 18 through 25-year-old male U.S. citizens everywhere (as well as male non-citizens residing in the U.S.) were able to register with the Selective Service System using the Internet.
"This is real, interactive, on-line registration," notes the Honorable Gil Coronado, Director of Selective Service, who activated the new, on-line service. "For nearly two decades men have gone to post offices, completed and mailed a registration form, and waited 60 to 90 days to receive an acknowledgment card from us. A man can still register by mail, but now there is a better way. If he has a valid Social Security number, he simply connects to the Selective Service Web Site at http://www.sss.gov,
which links him to the Agency's Computers. He clicks on the "Register Now" icon, types in his registration information, chcks on the "Submit" button which appears on the screen, and instantly receives his Seclective Service number. Additionally, he receives a formal acknowledgment postcard in the mail within two weeks." The Agency hopes that registration via the Internet becomes the primary way of registering, Coronado notes. The new system will accept on-line registrations between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET weekdays.
Coronado activated the new system during a visit to a Wasnington, D.C., area high school for a special kick-off event. Using personal computers at the school's computer lab, several young men turning 18 years old "raced" to become the very first man to register onAine with Selective Service. The winner was Conor McCullough, who received confirmation of his on-line registration within 1 minute 45 seconds after entering the web site.
Federal law requires virtually all men to register with Selective Service within 30 days of turning 18. About 1.8 million men are required to register each year. Although late registrations are accepted, a man cannot register after reaching age 26. Failure to register is a felony. Registration is linked to many federal and state benefits. For example, a man must be registered to be eligible for federal student loans and Pell grants, job training programs under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), and federal jobs in the Executive Branch of the government, including jobs with the U.S. Postal Service. Male immigrants who fail to register as required cannot obtain citizenship. Half of the states have supporting legislation which precludes men who are required to register, but who have not done so, from receiving many state benefits, like state tuition assistance, eligibility for state jobs, and (in some cases) enrolling in state post-secondary institutions.
Although the U.S. relies on an all-volunteer military today, the Selective Service System and the registration program help America remain prepared to reinstate a timely and fair drrift in a future crisis, should a draft become necessary.
Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Training
The Salem County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding disaster volunteer training sessions at their chapter headquarters, 258 Johnson St., Carney's Point, for interested volunteers in "Emergency Assistance"
Mass Care is a self-study, video driven, take home course that must also be taken.
Any healthy individual, aged 17 or older, may participate in the free training. When trainingg is completed, participants have the opportunity to join DSHR (Disaster Services Human Resource) system of the American Red Cross.
During Hurricane Georges, our chapter sent three volunteers to assist those effected by the storm. Tracy Flitcrnft of Carneys Point was sent to Puerto Rico, Anna Colon of Pennsville to Mississippi and Lillian Cheeseman, also of Pennsville, to Alabama.
For more information or to register, call chapter headquarters at 229-1O27.
Pet Theft Bill
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Alien and Assemblyman George Geist that criminalizes pet theft was signed into law recently.
The measure, A-191, will make the theft of a domestic companion animal a third degree crime, which carries a penalty of threeto five years in prison and-or a maximum $15,000 fine.
"This new law will clearly define such conduct as a crime," said Geist. "The theft of a domestic companion animal deserves.harsh punishment and now those guilty will face stiff penalties."
The pet protection legislation is supported by the Humane Society of the United States, and the nationally recognized expert and author of "Stolen for Profit", Judith Reitman.
A "domestic companion animal" is defined as any animal commonly referred to as a pet or one that has been bought, bred, raised or otherwise acquired in accordance with local ordinances and state and federal law for the primary purpose of providing companionship to the owner, rather than for business or agricultural purposes.
Residents Needed To Attend Meetings
Development, open space, natural lands, farmlands. Are these concerns of yours? perhaps you might consider attending an Environmental Commission meeting. They are looking for a few associate members who have one night per month to attend meetings and hopefully a few hours monthly to assist with projects. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:30p.m. in the Municipal building on Delsea Drive in Franklinville. Come out and attend a meeting.
Commission Seeks New Membership
Are you interested in the future of Franklin Township and how it will develop? We all want to have a say, but how? If you have ideas, skills and time to contribute, consider the Environmental Commission. They are a group of residents who meet once per month to discuss and evaluate proposals for land use and natural resource conservation in the Township.
There are membership opportunities available for Interested residents.- For more information contact Carolyn Toy at 694-1234, Ext. 118 or Jay Mounier- at 697-1007. Better yet, why not consider joining them for their next meeting on February 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Municipal Building.
Cub Scout Pack #21 Needs Help
Cub Scout Pack #21 is planning their Blue & Gold Dinner for February and are in need of a hall that will hold about 200 people, both Cubs and parents. If you can provide a place that can meet their needs, call Cubmaster Roland at 697-0196.
Matheussen On The Net
Senator John J.Matheussen has put up a home page on the Internet where computer users can access information pertaining to his legislative initiatives. You can get info on bills sponsored by the Senator, recent measures passed and frequently asked questions. Web users can also communicate concerns or request answers to problems via E-Mail .
Home page URL-(www.snip.net/senatorjjm)
Geist on the Internet
George F .Geist has set up an E-Mail address through which District 4 Voters can communicate with him from their computers. You can direct letters, suggestions, and comments to the Assemblyman at the following E-Mail address
SOCIAL SECURITY HAS A WEB PAGE..
Young people who like to surf the Internet will find an added attraction--Social Security web pages that explain what the program is all about in terms they can understand. The new web pages can be found on the Social Security website, "Social Security On-line" (http://www.ssa.gov). It includes a page for students in kindergarten through six grade, called "Kids' Stuff;" and a page for teens in grades seven through 12, called "Hot Questions for Cool Teens." It also includes a section for parents-"What Every Parent Should Know About Social Security," and a section for teachers that features a special kit of materials that can be used to teach Social Security to high school students. Nine out of 10 children would receive Social Security benefits if a working parent retires, dies or becomes disabled. Social Security touches the lives of everyone in one way or another. Every child can expect to have a Social Security card someday and hospitals are assisting us in making it easier for you to obtain one upon the birth of your child, free of cost. Knowing what this card means and how the program fits into their lives now and in the future is an important part of the process of growing up and taking their place in the world. Teachers and parents are urged to view the new website as an additional educational resource for students..-
The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
Gloucester County is looking for volunteers to help elderly taxpayers with the preparacion of their income tax returns during the tax filing season of February 1 to April 15, 1998. Training is provided and the classes will be held January 8-14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help is needed throughout Gloucester County and if you pass the required Federal and State tests, you will be asked to work one day a week at one of the 12 sites in Gloucester County.
For further information call 589-5020.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and the Franklin Township Police Department are offering a $5,000. reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Charles Mosley Jr...Anyone with such information should call the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office at (609) 384-5500or the Franklin Township Police Dept. at (609) 694-1414...
911 UP-DATE INFO FOR ELK
This is Important Information for people who live in Lakeview Mobile Home Park. 911 update A few changes will be made to provide some residents with a better 911 add. These changes are being made after a rep. from Gloucester County Comm. Center met with the Mayor, Police, Fire Ambulance officials to identify the problems and solutions to our new 911 system. With the present system the officials had a concern with their ability to locate the residents in a timely fashion and for this reason the residents in the Lakeview Park will be receiving a new address which will encompass a street name and a house number like the other residents of Elk Township.
Residents of the Mobile Home Park will also be receiving either door to door service or Cluster Mail Boxes placed around the park to assist the residents in receiving their mail. Residents will be notified as soon as the changes are finalized with the Postmaster however the plan has been Approved!!
Thanks Katherine for all you leg work with the mail problem,You Did a nice job.
Susan Searl .... Ferrel / Elk
Hardingville Bible Church on the Web
The Hardingville Bible Church now has a Web Site on the Internet.. It was put on line the second week of July, 1998. Lots of information concerning the Bible Church and the many people it takes to keep it going. There are a lot of photos on the new construction going on. Take a couple of minuts and check it out, then let them know where you got the link at.
Thank You the Webmaster.
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