CAMDEN CITY NJ: North 27th Street to Close Wednesday for Water Repair

(Lindenwold, NJ) – Commissioner Al Dyer has been notified that New Jersey American Water will repair a water line on North 27th Street in Camden between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on April 14. There will be a full road closure of North 27th Street from River Avenue to Federal Street during that time. “Please allow yourself extra time to reach your destination and remain alert if your route includes this section of North 27th Street in Camden,” said Dyer, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works. “Any time a project requires the full closure of a roadway you can expect sudden stops, new traffic patterns, and other changing conditions.” A posted detour route will guide motorists around the impacted area. Scheduling and... Read more →


New Database of Education Resources Available

New Database Allows Parents, Teachers, and Students to Find the Remote, Digital, and Microschooling Tools They Need CER's Essential Education database is searchable by grade, subject, format, and price. WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new database of education resources helps people sort through the dizzying array of learning tools that aim to smooth the transition from in-person, traditional learning to remote, digital, and microschooling environments. Built and hosted by the Center for Education Reform, the “Essential Education” database consists of resources that have been vetted by CER, a nonprofit that works to expand educational opportunities to ensure all have access to productive futures. “Over the past year, parents have been forced to D.I.Y.-teach, while teachers have been forced to overhaul everything from their curricula to their... Read more →


Washington Politics: Budget, Budget, Who’s Got The Budget?

WEEKLY WASTEBASKET ....And what, exactly, is taking so long? | Weekly Wastebasket (Washington DC)April 8, 2021)Apologies to Andy Williams, but when you’re a budget nerd “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is when the President’s Budget Request is released. Gloucestercitynews.net graphic files The initial proposals from the Biden administration were supposed to already be here. We were told it was coming. But we’re still waiting. Reportedly – pant, pant – it’s coming out tomorrow. On Friday, when no one pays attention (but we will). We’re used to new presidential administrations taking a bit longer to put out its “real” budget with all the tables and details that we delve into and analyze and write about. But we usually have a “blue print” or an... Read more →


NRA-ILA: President Joe Biden Rarely Seems to Make Much Sense

In New Executive Gun Control Push, Biden Seems to Throw Obama, and Himself, Under the Bus Many have come to realize that Joe Biden rarely seems to make much sense, especially when speaking publicly. At his recent Rose Garden ceremony, where he announced his latest assault on the Second Amendment, he lied a number of times, and garbled the name of the federal agency tasked with enforcing federal gun laws. At the Rose Garden ceremony, Biden announced these six actions: “The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.” While the text of the rule is not available at this time, it is likely that this rule is aimed at the self-made firearms market. The... Read more →


Officer Down: Sergeant James Smith Shot and Killed by Suspect

Sergeant James Smith Iowa State Patrol, Iowa End of Watch Friday, April 9, 2021 Sergeant Jim Smith was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had assaulted and disarmed another law enforcement officer during a traffic stop near Grundy Center. The subject initially fled as officers attempted to stop him but stopped and confronted them and antagonized them to shoot him. The man then assaulted one of the officers and disarmed him after placing the officer in a chokehold. He was able to get back into his car and fled to his home at 305 G Avenue. Responding officers established a perimeter around the home and established an arrest team. When the arrest team entered the home, the man opened fire with... Read more →


Four Rowan University Student-Athletes Earn NJAC Weekly Honors

GLASSBORO, NJ - Four Rowan student-athletes earned NJAC weekly honors for April 12 – Alex Kokos (baseball); Sonia Sharma (softball); Earnest Daniel (men’s track & field) and Francis Terry (track & field). Kokos (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley HS) was named the NJAC Baseball Player of the Weeks as he reached a career milestone by recording his 200th career hit in the 14-11 win over Rutgers-Newark in the first game of a doubleheader on April 10. Kokos went 4-for-5 with three runs, two RBI and two doubles in that game and was 3-for-4 in the night cap with one run, two RBI and two doubles. In #20 Rowan’s four wins last week, he batted .588 (10-for-17) with seven runs scored, eight RBI and six doubles. The senior... Read more →


NRA-ILA : Millions of Americans Bought Guns Last Month

NRA-ILA SOURCE Firearm retailers reported to their trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, that 40% of their customers during the Surge of 2020 were first-time gun buyers. This works out to an estimated 8 million new gun owners in 2020, and March's NICS data shows that surge in sales is a new era rather than a short-lived spike. One year ago, we marked a new all-time record for monthly NICS background checks numbers after March 2020 saw more than 3.7 million, which bested the previous record by more than four hundred thousand checks. As the pandemic was joined by additional societal stressors, the surge in gun sales only picked up the pace. The March 2020 record only lasted until June 2020, and that record... Read more →


REPORT: How Easy is it to Vote Early in Your State?

WASHINGTON, DC - A new report by the nonpartisan nonprofit Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR), How Easy is it to Vote Early in Your State?, was released today, categorizing states as green, yellow or red, depending on the availability of, or barriers to, early and mail voting. When states offer easy access to mail and early in-person voting options, it not only makes it more convenient for eligible voters, it also improves election integrity, as more voting gets spread out over several days. States considering rolling back these options, by making it harder to request and return a mail ballot or reducing early voting options, are harming both access to the ballot and election security, and going against the trend in both red... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Public Schools Resist Competition

Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor April 12, 2021 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an op-ed that attacks religious and charter schools: The waiting list to get into charter schools is considerable in most cities. Most on the list are non-white. They want an alternative to the public schools. Why? For the same reason that rich people do: the public schools are unsatisfactory, and in many cases they are positively dreadful. But unlike the rich, most minority parents cannot afford to send their children to private schools. Enrollment at Catholic schools during the pandemic is down overall, though there are many important exceptions. Many low-income parents, and those who are out of work, cannot pay the tuition. A report by the National Catholic Educational... Read more →


One Jersey Cash 5 Winner Buys Ticket at Camden County Store

One Camden, One Hudson and One Ocean County Tickets Split $275,787 Jersey Cash 5 Jackpot TRENTON (April 12, 2021) – Three lucky tickets matched all five numbers drawn splitting the $275,787 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Friday, April 9, drawing. Each ticket is worth $91,929. The winning numbers were: 06, 07, 08, 11, and 19 and the XTRA number was: 02. The retailers will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for each winning ticket sold. Those tickets were sold at the following locations: Camden County: Jersey Bagel & Food Mart, 609 Sicklerville Rd., Sicklerville; Hudson County: Critel Associates, 465 Grand St., Jersey City; and, Ocean County: 7-Eleven #11043, 108 Lakeshore Way, Brick. Read more →


GOOD NEWS: NJ Tree Foundation to Plant 40 Trees on Mercer Street, Gloucester City

Volunteers plant trees at the Shane Chapman Playground, Park Avenue (photo credit Shade Commission) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--The New Jersey Tree Foundation will be planting 40 trees along the 800 and 900 Blocks of Mercer Street on Saturday, April 17th. The block has lost many trees to old age in recent years, and most have not been replaced. Primarily flowering ornamental trees will be planted, creating pops of color along the street. The NJ Tree Foundation and Gloucester City Shade Tree Committee are working together to organize the tree planting, and the trees will be planted with the help of volunteers. Saturday, April 17th, 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm Best photo opportunities: 9:00am-10:00am 800 & 900 Block of Mercer Street Gloucester City, NJ 08030 The NJ Tree Foundation, Gloucester... Read more →


Major Drug Ring Operating out of Gloucester Twp. and Camden Busted

Camden, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police, in conjunction with the Gloucester Township Police Department, have arrested Felix Cruz-Ventura, 42, Daniel Garcia, 41, and Jennifer Gonzales, 30, all of Camden, N.J., and Randy Mora, 35, of Gloucester Township, N.J., and dismantled a drug trafficking network as a result of a 17-month cooperative investigation dubbed “Operation Speed Bump.” Detectives seized $350,000 worth of drugs including 4 pounds of fentanyl, 5 pounds of heroin, and 6 pounds of cocaine. In October of 2019, detectives from New Jersey State Police Gangs and Organized Crime Unit and the Gloucester Township Police Departmentbegan investigating drug activity in Camden County. During the investigation, detectives discovered that Mora, Cruz-Ventura, and Garcia were allegedly distributing narcotics in the Gloucester Township and Camden... Read more →


Brooklawn Police Dept.

Becomes Member in Premier Program Designed to Protect Brooklawn's Children

BROOKLAWN, NJ (APRIL 12, 2021)--Brooklawn Police Chief Shamus Ellis announced today that his department has completed the necessary requirements to become a member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) program. The NCMEC released the following statement praising the Brooklawn Police Department on their accomplishment. From the moment the report of a missing child comes in, to the resolution of the case, every action taken has the potential to make the difference between a successful recovery or a tragic outcome. Police Chief Shamus Ellis The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) developed the Missing Kids Readiness Program to promote best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted, and sexually exploited children. Law Enforcement agencies and 911 Call Centers are... Read more →


Sindhi Foundation’s 350-mile Long Walk for Freedom, Nature, and Love

The Sindhi Foundation’s 350-mile Long Walk for Freedom, Nature, and Love began in New York City at the United Nations Headquarters. The Sindhi Foundation is excited to be walking through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and D.C., all in the name of human rights and climate change. Here are some updates: The Sindhi Foundation has received numerous new endorsements for their Long Walk. In the past few weeks, they have received the support and video messages from Congressman David Schweikert, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressman Brad Sherman, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Congressman Adam Schiff, Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Congressman Raja Krishnamuthi and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and many of whom are members of the Congressional Sindh Caucus. You can find the current endorsements on our... Read more →


NJ News Commons: NEW LAW WILL DISTRIBUTE $35 MILLION TO RESTAURANTS

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that will direct $35 million to restaurants across the state. In total, five bills will support New Jersey businesses that have been severely affected by the pandemic. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority will distribute the aid. (Patch / ROI-NJ) MURPHY AND FIRST LADY RECEIVE FIRST VACCINE SHOTS Gov. Phil Murphy and Tammy Murphy joined the millions of New Jersey residents who've been vaccinated for COVID-19. On Friday, they both got their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. The couple now qualifies for the vaccine under the state's vaccine eligibility rules: they are both over age 55. (WHYY) PRISON OVERSIGHT OFFICIAL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT The state official tasked with holding the prison system accountable will leave that post this... Read more →


*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PLANT TREES IN GLOUCESTER CITY

image source Pinterest GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--(APRIL 12, 2021) The New Jersey Tree Foundation is looking for volunteers to help plant 40 trees along the 800-900 block of Mercer Street in Gloucester City. The date is Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 9 AM to 12Noon. See announcement below. Read more →


Soon Another Traffic Nightmare for Travelers Coming and Going Through Gloucester City

Klemm Avenue, one of the most dangerous overpasses in the US (May 25, 2013) The I-76 overpass at Klemm Ave. in Gloucester City, N.J. was named one of the worst bridges in 2013. The overpass was built in 1956. More than 191,000 vehicles use it every day, and $30 million has been earmarked for deck replacement CNBNews photo credit GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 12, 2021)(CNBNews--Residents in Gloucester City will be dealing with traffic detours in the very near future as the New Jersey Department of Transportation has pushed up their time table for the construction of a third large road project for the connected 76/42/295 corridor. The construction is beginning sooner than later because DOT is concerned about the poor condition of the Klemm Avenue... Read more →


Camden County College Professor William T. Lavell Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Employer

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews BLACKWOOD, NJ (April 12, 2021)--William T. Lavell, a Camden County College Professor, a Caucasian, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the college claiming he is being paid less money than professors who are African-Americans. Gloucestercitynews.net files Lavell has been employed by the college since 1995. During that period, the 66-year-old Maryland resident has held the positions of Assistant Professor, Professor, Interim Dean, and Department Chair. In September 2020 Lavell submitted an Open Public Records Act request (OPRA) to the college seeking salary records for all college employees. As a result of that request Lavell, according to court documents, discovered stark racial disparities in salary between himself and his similarly situated, non-Caucasian counterparts, including Professors Melvin Roberts, and Lawrence Chatman,... Read more →


Parent's Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Cord Blood Banking

Giving the best for your baby is much more work than you expected. You plan many things, as simple as choosing a name to more complex things like developing a plan on what you want for your birth. Creating a birth plan is especially essential in the process. Thus, communication with your partner or doctor is also crucial. You may expect doctors to provide you a lot of options. There are prenatal testing options such as ultrasound, blood testing, and even cord blood banking. It may sound new to you; however, these can be the options you need to consider in the first few months. The cord blood banking decision should be considered during the early pregnancy stage. Deciding to bank your baby's cord blood... Read more →


Essential home selling mistakes that you must avoid

Selling your house can be a challenging and exciting project of your life! It gives you the scope to shift to a new location and earn a profit by selling your house. However, before you get all excited to see the “Sold” sign against your home, you need to be aware of a few mistakes that some people make. From not understanding the current real estate trends to not trusting your instinct, the errors are many. When you commit a mistake, it can result in frustrating after-effects. It can make you lose out on time and money. Here are a few errors that you need to avoid. Sell when you are not ready Placing your house in the market and listing service can be a... Read more →


What about you, Mommy?

When your kids ask about your own drug and alcohol history, what should you tell them? by: Carol Lloyd | September 21, 2014 “Did you ever try drugs, Mommy?” I paused as my 11-year-old daughter’s eyes flashed panic. How I got myself into the conversation was one of those meandering paths through the forest of torturous parental explanations. It all seemed so logical, so well-intentioned. … And now stupid, stupid Mommy, what had I done? My daughter is horrified by all notions of intoxication. If I drink an occasional glass of wine at dinner she regards me askance and asks if I’m drunk. If she hears about a kid at a given high school smoking marijuana, she declares she’s never ever going to that school.... Read more →


YOUR MONEY: Being 55+ Has Its Advantages

MANAGING YOUR MONEY New wireless phone plans mean money savings and include Netflix. (NAPSI)—The 55-plus crowd is more active than ever, continuing to stay in the workforce longer, growing in numbers—to the tune of 73 million and counting—and exerting an even greater economic impact. In fact, 55+ers are responsible for over half of U.S. consumer spending, according to AARP, contributing to the huge upsurge in online spending during the pandemic. If you are one of these lucky ones—as in 55 or older—you may not realize that you are actually the envy of many. People in this age group can save thousands of dollars a year on everyday goods and services so make sure you know about ALL of the discounts available to you. Whether planning... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Sports Heroes Who Served, Boxers and Patriots

DEC. 8, 2020 | BY DAVID VERGUN, DOD NEWS Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. During World War II, Brooklyn, New York, was home to the Coast Guard's Manhattan Beach Training Station, where recruits were sent for basic training. The physical education regimen at Manhattan Beach was first class, featuring professional instructors in boxing, wrestling, track and field and judo. Heading the powerhouse boxing program was Coast Guard Cmdr. Jack Dempsey, who was the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. There were a number of champion boxers under Dempsey's tutelage, some of whom also served as instructors for the trainees. Among them was Lew Jenkins, who joined the Coast Guard in... Read more →


FRIENDS FOREVER: Baby Boomers Still Playing Together Even “Party Gaming” on Zoom

(NAPSI)—Over 70 million Baby Boomers grew up playing board games and watching game shows together—and they still love doing both. A new pop culture trivia game is taking Boomers on a nostalgic road trip back to the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Designed to be played by two teams, Boom Again features thousands of questions drawing upon Boomer’s memories of advertising slogans and jingles, politics and social movements, movies, music, television, and more. \ Groups of Baby Boomers are laughing their way through memories on a wide variety of their experiences: from The Twist to Disco; American Bandstand to Soul Train; Doris Day all the way to Janis Joplin, and on to Steve Martin; Hula Hoops to The Pill; and poodle skirts to mini-skirts. And they... Read more →