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Focus: Ethics & Civility

April 2019


The Need for Civility in Local Government Dialogue

A decade later, these sentiments still ring true
for municipal officials

Ten years ago, John C. Gillespie composed an article for NJ Municipalities on civility along with the Ten Commandments of Public Civility. It remains an excellent reference tool for municipal officials and here we re-run the piece with a few notations for reference to the passage of time.

The fundamental premise for this article is that, as local public officials, we should both show and demand public civility, public tolerance, and civil discourse at this time of increasing political polarization at the national level and in the media. Rhetoric has become too vitriolic, we are losing the ability to discuss things with civility.

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Featured Article

Show Off Your City 2019

Show Off Your City 2019
Seaside Heights illustrates the resilient beauty of the Garden State

During 90-plus years in the New Jersey tourism spotlight, Seaside Heights residents and visitors have known this vacation and day trip destination along the beach as “The Home of Sun ‘N’ Fun.” The hub of that fun is The Classic American Boardwalk filled with amusement rides, arcades, restaurants, bars, clothing stores, candy stores, and ice cream shops.

“Seaside Heights has come a long way since Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the South End Boardwalk Fire in 2013,” said current Mayor Anthony E. Vaz. “Local businesswoman and resident Angie Lombardi’s photograph captures the essence of our boardwalk’s rebirth. Led by the example of Casino Pier’s multi-million dollar investment on new
rides and an expansion of the amusement pier, many other Boardwalk Promenade businesses have invested substantial sums of money in their existing operations and new ventures.”

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In This Issue

Now & Then

Now & Then

Each month, Now & Then looks at NJ Municipalities magazine's rich history of articles, and comparing the issue’s focus articles to those that were featured in years past. Whether published in 1980, or as far back as 1917, many subjects are still on the minds of local government officials today. This month's article is titled, "Thank Your Mother: Earth Day in the Garden State," discuss the 49th Annual Earth Day coming up April 22, and highlights preservation efforts from 1970, 1987 and 2009.

About NJ Municipalities

NJ Municipalities serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on municipal affairs, new initiatives and changing legislation for public officials in New Jersey. This magazine has been a news source for local government organizations for over 100 years, and is available in print and digital format. Published monthly, with the exception of July, August and September.


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