A Pittsburgh Steelers fan laughs beside a Cleveland Browns fan in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Pittsburgh won 27-11. (AP Photo/David Richard)CLEVELAND (AP) – Their horrendous start has long been forgotten, erased with an equally unexpected turnaround.The Steelers are in contention, right back where they belong. The playoffs are possible.Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders and beat Cleveland for the 16th time as Pittsburgh, which opened the season with four straight losses, pushed deeper into the postseason picture with a 27-11 win over the Browns on Sunday.The Steelers (5-6) have climbed back with a one-game-at-a-time philosophy that they’re not about to abandon.“I’m not looking around,” Roethlisberger said, quickly dismissing any postseason speculation. “It’s all about focus. This game is over now. That’s all we can control.”Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) catches a 41-yard touchdown against Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Roethlisberger connected on a 41-yard TD pass to Brown in the first half, and hit Sanders on a 4-yarder in the third quarter for the Steelers, who only have a few days to get ready for a Thanksgiving game at Baltimore – a matchup that didn’t look as if it would be very meaningful a few weeks back.Roethlisberger finished 22 of 34 for 217 yards and improved to 16-1 against the Browns (4-7), who have lost five of six and seen a promising season turn into yet another miserable one.An Ohio native, Roethlisberger relishes beating a team from his home state.
LINCROFT – Monmouth County residents looking to ready themselves for jobs in new or growing fields have four new options this fall at Brookdale Community College.New for the 2013-2014 academic year is a national security studies track, a communication disorders option, a criminal justice certificate and a social media certificate that can be earned entirely online.The social media certificate teaches the skills needed to build or expand a business through social media. Three new classes developed for the program teach how to identify an audience, develop a compelling message, manage a brand, measure effectiveness and avoid common social network pitfalls. The courses are Introduction to Social Media, Writing in the Digital Age and Social Media Marketing.The national security studies track is part of the Criminal Justice Associate of Science program. Courses prepare students to transfer to the National Security Studies bachelor’s program at New Jersey City University.The communication disorders option is a pre-professional program that provides academic groundwork for students considering a career in speech and language. Students earn an associate of arts degree and transfer to another institution for further study. Courses include Voice and Diction, Introduction to Communication Disorders and American Sign Language.The criminal justice certificate is a 36-credit certificate designed for those seeking a career in law enforcement or looking to enhance their current career with academic credentials. Classes provide an overview of the criminal justice system and teach skills in emergency response and physical fitness. Students can apply the credits toward an associate degree in criminal justice.“It is essential for Brookdale to adapt to the national and global markets and provide a curriculum that will meet the needs of the economy and provide our students with the necessary skills and framework to achieve,” said Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services.In addition to the new courses developed for these programs, other new courses this fall include Magazine Writing, Introduction to the Music Business, Automotive Electricity II and Air Conditioning, Project Management, Human Biology, Elementary Portuguese, Independent Chemistry Research and ESL Writing through Research I and II.
By Madelynne KislovskyOct. 30, Highlands: Windansea is hosting a Halloween Bash with Chris Knoxx, Brandon Alex, and DJ Cati. Prizes for best costume. Starts 9 p.m., at the restaurant located at 56 Shrewsbury Ave. in Highlands. Phone: 732-872-2266Oct. 30, Monmouth Beach: School childrens’ Halloween Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. up Hastings Place to Wesley Street and then east to Riverdale Avenue.Oct: 30, Highlands: Halloween Costume Contest at the Highlands Elementary School Athletic Field. Starts 3:30 p.m. Participation is divided up by ages 3 and under, ages 4-6, ages 7-9, ages 10 and up, and themed groups of three or more. Activities include a bounce house, animal balloonist, prizes, candy, and refreshments.Sponsored by the Borough of Highlands Recreation Department. Call 732-872-1224 ext. 232 or email email@example.com.Oct. 30, Asbury Park: Porta‘s Halloween Bash features a costume contest beginning at 11:30 p.m. awarding $1,000 grand prize for best overall, best female, best male, and best couple costumes. Other prizes include Apple watches and iPads. Admission begins at 9 p.m. and is free before 11 p.m. Located at 911 Kingsley St. in Asbury Park.Oct. 31, Atlantic Highlands: Annual Halloween Parade begins 2 p.m. along First Avenue.Oct. 31, Asbury Park: Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits Halloween Party. Costume contest winner will win a $1000 prize, second place will win $300, and third place will win $200. The winner of the mummy wrap contest will win a $200 Johnny Mac gift certificate, and the winner of musical chairs will win an iPad. The party begins at 9 p.m.Oct. 31, Sea Bright: Annual Pet Costume Parade starts at noon on Ocean Avenue, starting at Valley National Bank and ending on Peninsula Avenue at the Sea Bright Mural. At 5-6 p.m.,Trunk or Treat at the Sea Bright Municipal Parking lot. Costumes are encouraged, and activities include face painting and music. At 6 p.m., The Halloween Parade and Costume Contest at Rooney Park and end in the Municipal lot. Hot chocolate will be available in the Church Meeting Room after the parade. Prizes are available for all participants.