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“Together, we are stronger than bullying”

sm-FrankLatham03 Frank Latham knows about bullying. Over one summer he went from being the second shortest kid in his K-8 school and often badgered for it, to growing nine inches and becoming one of the school’s tallest.

“They weren’t so comfortable with putting me down after that,” he said.

By sharing his own experiences of being bullied he was able to bond with the more than 110 people who attended his seminar about learning to prevent bullying people with developmental disabilities.

Classified with a learning disability, Latham brought both a professional and personal experience with disabilities into his program. He has a unique insight into the struggles of students with disabilities.

The seminar, presented by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, was held Thursday in the Toms River library branch. Many of those who attended the seminar had a chance to share how they were bullied.

“I was born with cerebral palsy,” said one young man. “It seems people have always made fun of me because I can’t walk.”

One adult woman told how someone in her group home harassed her. Another said her mother was overbearing and she said it felt like being bullied.

“Eighty percent of people with disabilities experience bullying,” said Latham. “Often people who are bullied did nothing to the person who bullies them.”

“Can comedy be a type of bullying?” a person asked.

“That depends,” said Latham, “it can. You have to ask if it was intentionally meant to harm you. If so, it absolutely is bullying.”

“We collectively have the power to make a difference and to change what happened into something that never happens again,” he said.

He recommends steps to deal overcome bullying.

  • Instill confidence in your disabilities and abilities. People with self-confidence and self-esteem are less likely to become victims.
  • Recognize the effects bullying can have on you: changes in mood, eating habits and sleeping patterns, along with signs of physical injury are markers that can be recognized.
  • Communicate with all parties involved in the incidents, including teachers and counselors. Document the bullying events. The bully and the victim are equally in need of education.
  • Seek support because no one should feel inferior or afraid, and there is no shame in asking for help. The better one understands about asking for help, the better one will be able to deal with bullying.

Disability harassment is illegal and New Jersey has some of the strongest laws in the country to protect people.

The program will be repeated 6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 21 at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Road. The program is free but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 609-294-1197 or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

What is bullying? Acts, words and behavior towards an individual that intends to be hurtful and includes an imbalance of power.
Four types of bullying: Verbal: teasing, gossip, name calling, embarrassing jokes or threats. Emotional/social: uses social power to cause emotional pain and can include group exclusion, intimidation and public ridicule. Physical: actual physical harm or pretending and threatening harm. Cyber bullying, is now the most common type of bullying and the most insidious because the bully does not have to be present. It includes harassment through electronics such as texts, email, social media and instant messaging.
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Calling all Foodies to Little Egg Harbor

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Catherine LeCleire artist reception @ Little Egg Harbor

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NASA education at the Little Egg Harbor library

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Children, ages 5 to 12, learned about planets orbiting the sun at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library on Thursday August 14.

Carly Sutherland, from the New Jersey NASA Education Resource Center at Georgian Court, taught planetary orbit using crafts and balls of various sizes. Children in the class learned the orbit of earth, the order of planets, and the diameter of planets through the multi-sensory lesson.

Join Sutherland and Dr. Tabor-Morris for the next installment of “NASA Education” at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Station Rd., 10:30 a.m. Thursday  Aug. 21 for “Measuring the Universe” and 10:30 a.m. Thursday Aug. 28 for “Exploring Meteorites.”

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 609-294-1197 or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

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LEH library Friend honored by NJ Library Association

TOMS RIVER –  The New Jersey Library Association recognized Joyce Salow by presenting her its Library Service Award for Individual Contribution Tuesday June 3.

Salow is the President of the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Branch. She is a retired school librarian.

The accolade was presented during the association’s Honors and Awards Reception at its annual convention in Atlantic City. The nomination was made by Little Egg Harbor Branch Manager Kelly Ann Pennell.

Ocean County Library Assistant Director Valerie Bell, who served as branch manager of the Little Egg Harbor branch earlier in her career, spoke about Salow’s more than 18 years of service to the branch and library system.

In accepting the award, Salow spoke about how much the branch and community meant to her over the years.

“Mrs. Salow and the Friends played an important advocacy role in the founding of the Little Egg Harbor Branch in the early years of our county system,” said Ocean County Library’s Director Susan Quinn.

NJ Gay Men’s Chorus to perform @ LEH Saturday

 In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library will host the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus 2 p.m. Saturday May 31.

Steven A. Russell, director of the chorus, presents the hour-long concert of Broadway, traditional and original songs. It will begin at 2 p.m.

The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus regularly performs throughout New Jersey, the United States and Canada. It is a member of the GALA Choruses, an international association of Gay and Lesbian Choruses.

The concert is free.

Happy 18th anniversary Little Egg Harbor

Friends and the band

Friends and the band

The Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Library celebrated the branch’s 18th Anniversary Saturday April 26.  After a lively discussion with Deputy Mayor Eugene Kobryn, audience members were treated to a concert by Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band, which featured traditional music of Eastern Europe, from Romania to Poland to Israel.  The concert concluded with a standing ovation!  After enjoying refreshments provided by Friends Volunteer Ms. Dara Roth and chatting with members of the band, program attendees left the library demanding a return performance of Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band. 

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Deputy Mayor Eugene Kobryn

Deputy Mayor Eugene Kobryn


Edwina & Joyce

Edwina & Joyce


Ed & Walt

Ed & Walt


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