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As creative director of a civics-based news site featuring videos about social change, I'm asked from time to time how CivicStory decides on topics for its stories.When initiatives have 4 or 5 significant or surprising elements that are of deep interest to a broad audience.... Read More


Video Gala Mixes Art, Music, & Venues
CivicStory's successful June 9th benefit program began with a fascinating 'champagne tour' of Recharging the Image: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection guided by Curator Mary Birmingham at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Read More


Are You as Exhilarated as a 3rd Grader?
You may think that dictionaries are 'old hat' to young tech-savvy students. But to Franklin School 3rd Graders, they're "magnificent," and "miraculous." Librarian Loreli Stochaj encourages her students to discover new words and put them into play Read More


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Fri Sep 30, 9 to 4 pm, ANJEC's  43rd Annual Environmental Congress, Responding to Climate Change Locally, Mercer County College

Thu Oct 6 - Fri Oct 7: Sustain Local, Center for Cooperative Media Conference, MSU, NJ

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September 7, 2016 U.K. Village makes Front Page News Read More

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June 22, 2016 Summit Grade 3s Dazzled by Dictionaries
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Civic Quiz & Quotes

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Over the last century (i.e. since 1916), what year saw the highest voter turnout for a presidential election (in the United States)?

Which nation has the highest voter turnout?

What state had the highest number of polling places in 2004?

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The papal encyclical, Laudato Si', provides a deeply coherent basis for understanding society, ecology and the environment. Enjoy key words and phrases below. 

Powerful phrases from Laudato Si'

"The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration." [109]  Read more

Word Counts 

  • economic/economy      81
  • wealth/wealthier           4

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