Virtua Hospitals Patients Returning for Joint Replacements

Knee and hip replacements are back to pre-pandemic levels at Virtua Health; Patients feel safe and comfortable, thanks to thorough safety measures (MARLTON and VOORHEES, N.J.) Betty Kucowski’s right knee had gotten so unstable that she felt unsafe using the stairs in her Chesterfield home. So, despite her children’s concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Kucowski proceeded with her knee replacement at the Virtua Joint Replacement Institute (JRI) in Voorhees in early June. “I trust my surgeon,” said the retired teacher. “I figured if he’s going to be there, then it’s safe for me to be there.” Kucowski is among hundreds... Read more →


NJ Water-Quality Improvement Projects Totaling $3.5M Approved

Aug11,2020 “Improving the health of the state’s waterways and lakes, including those impacted by harmful algal blooms, is vital to protecting public health and enhancing recreational opportunities that are important to local economies,” Commissioner McCabe said. “Protecting against nonpoint source pollution and harmful algal blooms are issues affecting every state in the country and we are very pleased to partner with these communities through these grants to protect New Jersey’s water and public health. These grants empower New Jersey communities to protect their lakes and waterways from the effects of phosphorus and other contaminants that can lead to public health... Read more →


Mega Millions Jackpot Up To $31M

TRENTON (August 12, 2020) – The Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday, August 11, drawing produced 18 players that matched four of the five white balls drawn making each ticket worth $500. Three of those tickets were purchased with the Megaplier option, multiplying the prizes to $2,000. Moreover, 19,666 other New Jersey players took home $96,616 in prizes ranging from $2 to $800. The winning numbers for the Tuesday, August 11, drawing were: 08, 22, 29, 43, and 56. The Gold Mega Ball was 09, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 04. The next drawing will be held Friday, August 14, at... Read more →


DEP APPROVES $3.5 MILLION FOR WATER-QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

INCLUDING EFFORTS TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $3.5 million in grants for projects to reduce the impacts of nonpoint source pollution on waterways, including $1 million for the development of lake and watershed restoration plans to mitigate harmful algal blooms, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. “Improving the health of the state’s waterways and lakes, including those impacted by harmful algal blooms, is vital to protecting public health and enhancing recreational opportunities that are important to local economies,” Commissioner McCabe said. “Protecting against nonpoint source pollution and harmful algal blooms are... Read more →


Elizabeth NJ Men Indicted for Violent Robberies

NEWARK, N.J. – A federal grand jury today indicted two Union County, New Jersey, men for allegedly committing multiple armed robberies from August 2018 through February 2019, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jaime Fontanez, 43, and Vincent Chan-Guillen, 30, both of Elizabeth, New Jersey, are charged in a 13-count indictment with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, multiple counts of Hobbs Act robbery, as well as brandishing and discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Fontanez and Chan-Guillen will be arraigned at a date to be determined. Both men were previously arrested on a criminal complaint... Read more →


Consumer Alert: Scams in between stimulus packages

by Jennifer Leach Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC As we publish this post, a second stimulus package has not yet been finalized by Congress. While there’s a lot we don’t know, we DO know a few things about what scammers do when this kind of uncertainty is in the headlines. If there’s another stimulus payment, you won’t have to pay to get it. Just like last time. Nobody will call to ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. Expect any stimulus program to look a lot like the first one: people who... Read more →


4 Tips For Building A Construction Business That Will Last

(August 13, 2020)--Starting a new business is never an easy proposition. It doesn’t matter what business you are starting or what industry you will be competing in; launching a successful business is always a challenge. However, if you are planning on entering the construction industry, the following four tips will give you the best possible chance of success. Royalty-free image Choose The Right Team In order to thrive, a business needs to have the right staff. Whether you are planning on opening a coffee shop or a construction business, you need to hire the right people for the job. Before... Read more →


State of PA Lost $424M from Casino Tax Revenue

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Like many sectors of the economy, Pennsylvania’s casinos took a massive hit when they were forced to close in the effort to fight the spread of coronavirus. But given the high rates of taxes imposed on the gaming industry, the impact on state and local revenue was disproportionately high. The Allegheny Institute, in an analysis by research assistant Hannah Bowser and Executive Director Frank Gamrat, sought to quantify those losses. They calculated that from March to June, casinos in Pennsylvania missed out on $968.8 million in revenue – which,... Read more →


Best Places to Play Bingo in Gloucester City

(August 13, 2020)--The state of New Jersey is one of the biggest gambling and online gambling hotspots in the US and is home to many renowned venues. In recent years, bingo has become just as popular in the state, while in Gloucester City in particular there are many places where you can play. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular. image courtesy of unsplash.com Sacred Heart Hall Offering players an especially intimate bingo experience, this is a venue that has players returning on a weekly basis. With a weekly bingo jackpot of $1,000 on offer to customers,... Read more →


Students from NJ named to Alvernia University spring 2020 Dean's List

READING, PA (08/10/2020)-- The following local college students were among the over 850 students were named to Alvernia University's Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester. Sean Barnard of Southampton, NJ (08088) is studying Health Care Science at Alvernia University. Tyler Barrett of Mays Landing, NJ (08330) is studying Sport Management at Alvernia University. Sara Campbell of Mount Laurel, NJ (08054) is studying Athletic Training at Alvernia University. Samuel Corn of Bridgeton, NJ (08302) is studying Marketing at Alvernia University. Elizabeth Danovich of Sewell, NJ (08080) is studying Occupational Therapy at Alvernia University. Maria Figurelli of Mullica Hill, NJ (08062)... Read more →


South Carolina Gambling Laws

(August 13, 2020)--Daily Fantasy Football is still not legalized or regulated in South Carolina, yet sports bettors from South Carolina are widely accepted at some of the most prominent online betting sites. Prosecution of operators and also online sportsbooks is not happening either. If we had to look at the US states, South Carolina is not one that will be regulating sports betting any time soon. Possibly this could be because no land-based casinos or sportsbooks are available there. No horse or dog tracks are available and gambling as a whole is a no go. To be completely blunt, we... Read more →


Stockton Says The Student's Facebook Status, Not The Photo of Trump Was Disruptive

A student at Stockton University is facing disciplinary charges for a political Facebook post and making his Zoom background a photo of President Donald Trump during class, causing other students to feel “taunted. Today, Stockton defended charging the student with disruptive behanvior. Stockton University drops five charges for student’s political Facebook status, disruption charge remains Amid public backlash, Stockton now claims student’s Facebook status, not his Zoom background of Trump, is the “substantial disruption” warranting the charge Student still faces probation, community service, a decision-making workshop, and a fine for expressing his political opinion on social media ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.,... Read more →


Rose Bowl Institute Kickoff Inaugural Program Race and Sports Thursday Live Stream

ABC7/KABC-TV LOS ANGELES WILL LIVESTREAM THE NEWLY ANNOUNCED DIALOGUE ON THURSDAY, AUG. 13 (7:00 p.m. PDT) Viewers Can Stream Live on abc7.com, ABC7LA app, ABC7's Connected TV Appson Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku ABC7/KABC-TV announces it will livestream the inaugural “Race and Sports” dialogue which kicks off the launch of the Rose Bowl’s first-ever nonprofit think tank, the Rose Bowl Institute (RBI). The Institute’s purpose is to champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere. The “Race and Sport,” discussion is set to premiere on Thursday, Aug. 13, from the Rose Bowl... Read more →


Artavius Horne, a/k/a “Lo”, 36, of Philadelphia, PA Sentenced for Sex Trafficking Children

Artavius Horne, a/k/a “Lo” PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Artavius Horne, a/k/a “Lo”, 36, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to 45 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release by United States District Court Judge Gerald J. Pappert for sex trafficking three children for years. In September 2019, Horne was convicted at trial of three counts of sex trafficking minors by force, fraud or coercion. During the week-long trial, the government proved that the defendant organized, operated and led a sex trafficking venture based in and around Northeast Philadelphia between 2013 and 2015, and... Read more →


Gloucester Township PD Alert: Fake Bail and Law Enforcement Scams

(Gloucester Township NJ)(August 12, 2020)--Our meme may be funny, but it’s to get your attention about a serious phone scam. Some Gloucester Township residents received calls believing law enforcement agencies outside of NJ are calling them and threatening them with arrest. Please read. The Scam: Very convincing imposters posing as “law enforcement” call your number, claim your social security number has been used out of state, and you have warrant for your arrest with a very high bail. They continue to scare you with being arrested and demand you send them cash immediately and NOT to go to your local... Read more →


Coronavirus Knocked Out By Karate Dojo

Central NY Karate Dojo Pivots To Zoom and Outdoor Classes, Suspends Contact Sparring FAYETTEVILLE, NY. – August 12, 2020 – While gyms, yoga studios and all indoor exercise facilities are feeling the deep impact of closures due to the Coronavirus, a karate dojo has reopened and pivoted to both the “online and outdoor environments” to ensure new and current students can continue to study, train and practice this age-old martial art. Lawrence World Class Karate, a traditional Karate Dojo located in Fayetteville, Central New York, has begun providing karate classes via Zoom. Hanshi Rande Lawrence, chief instructor at Lawrence World... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Kamala Harris' Catholic Problem

Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor August 12, 2020 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the problem Sen. Kamala Harris will have with Catholics: Once Catholic voters learn more about Kamala Harris' positions on an array of moral issues, Joe Biden's vice presidential pick will have a hard time winning them over. To begin with, Harris has tainted herself with the brush of anti-Catholicism. In 2018, she sought to stop a Trump nominee for a seat on the federal bench simply because he was Catholic. In doing so, she invoked a religious test for the bench, a patently unconstitutional act.... Read more →


NJ Teachers Union, One of the Nation's Strongest, Will Only Accept Remote Learning

image unsplash.com This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | Joint statement adds pressure on Murphy to make remote-only the only option for reopening schools New Jersey’s largest teachers union along with its administrator associations added their powerful voices to the growing calls for a remote-only reopening of schools in the fall while the pandemic remains ongoing. Leaders of the the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and the New... Read more →


Letters to the Ed: HOW LIBERAL IS SHE?

Biden-Harris 2020. That’s right. Joe Biden just announced that he is picking liberal Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential candidate. It’s time to ACT NOW. Donate Now How liberal is she? Let us count the way. ❌ Kamala Harris supports Medicare for All, AKA socialized medicine. ❌ Kamala Harris supports the ridiculous Green New Deal that will destroy jobs. ❌ Kamala Harris is a former prosecutor with a track record of going after our fundamental constitutional freedoms. ❌ Kamala Harris will go after our gun rights. Kamala Harris will be Joe Biden’s partner in crime in coming for your freedoms... Read more →


Moderna to Produce 100 Million Doses of COVID-19

Aug. 11, 2020 Under the leadership of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) today announced an agreement with Moderna, Inc. to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The federal government will own these vaccine doses. Gloucester City News blog files Moderna will manufacture the vaccine doses while clinical trials are underway. Manufacturing in parallel with clinical trials expedites the traditional vaccine development timeline and builds toward the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed goal to begin delivering safe and effective vaccines to the American people... Read more →


Dolores Grace Libucki (nee Toro) of Runnemede

Dolores Grace Libucki (nee Toro), on August 10, 2020, of Runnemede, born in Philadelphia on March 14, 1928. Age 92. Preceded in death by her husband Walter Libucki, son Michael Libucki, daughter-in-law JoAnn Libucki (nee Gandolfo), mother Florence Toro (nee Hamilton), father Gustav Toro, son-in-law Edward DeFilippis, sister Florence Crawford and brother-in-law Raymond Crawford. Survived by daughter Karen DeFilippis (nee Libucki), grandsons Michael Libucki, Eddie, Matt and Chris DeFilippis, Justin and Brian Libucki and Nieko DeFilippis; many loving nieces and nephews including Douglas Crawford (Susan) and Barbara Blackman (Craig); loving friend of many years Bernadette DeFilippis (Gooma) and daughter Dee... Read more →


Over 100 Businesses and Non-Profits Urge Governor to Let NJ Reopen for Business

With coronavirus numbers in the state declining, the New Jersey Business Coalition, a collection of more than 100 business and nonprofit groups, submitted a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy today urging him to end the “pause mode” of the reopening of New Jersey’s businesses. The coalition’s Recovery and Reinvention Framework 2.0, a comprehensive update to the original framework issued in early May, points to improving numbers in reported cases, decreased hospitalizations and better capacity in the state’s healthcare facilities and strongly encourages a broader or regional reopening of New Jersey’s economy. The letter states: “If ‘data determines dates’ relative to... Read more →


New Jersey MVC Forms Available at NJMVC.gov

Most Commonly-Used Forms Can Be Completed Prior to Visit TRENTON – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission announced today it has placed most of its standard forms online, allowing customers to fill them out directly from their electronic devices prior to their MVC visit. The change means customers will no longer have to wait until they get to an MVC Licensing or Vehicle Center to collect and complete forms for everything from learner permit and driver license applications to disabled veteran placards. “With this new service, we are making these forms accessible to our customers on their own terms,’’ said... Read more →


HOME COUNTRY: “Little Joe the Wrangler”

Slim Randles | CNBNews Contributor (New Mexico)-image courtesy of unsplash.clom (Gloucestercitynews.net)(August 12, 2020)--Our day is filled with heat at this time of year. It commands our attention and makes our work harder. As we toil, we daydream not about love or success, but things as mundane as shade and a cool drink. But though the oppressive heat weighs on our brains and taxes our bodies, it is the price we pay for being allowed to spend time outdoors … and it has its one singular consolation: our summer evenings. When the sun goes down in summer, it’s romantic enough to... Read more →


Delaware River Seine Survey 2019 Report

https://delawarerivertowns.com By Jennifer Pyle, Senior Biologist, and Shana Fehring, Senior Wildlife Worker August 11, 2020 INTRODUCTION - HISTORY OF THE DELAWARE RIVER SEINE SURVEY The Delaware estuary, New Jersey's largest estuary system, is a semi-enclosed body of water where fresh water from the Delaware River mixes with saltwater from the Delaware Bay. The estuary is a migratory route for many recreational and commercial fish and provides critical spawning and feeding grounds and nursery areas for many species. The success of a species is contingent upon the survival of their young. The Delaware estuary provides a suitable nursery environment for young... Read more →


Kutztown University Golden Bears Welcome NJ Students to Freshmen Class

Kutztown University KUTZTOWN, PA (08/2020)-- Kutztown University is pleased to welcome the newest members of the Golden Bear family, including both new incoming freshmen and transfer students, for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. Kelly Askins of Galloway, NJ (08205), from Absegami High School. Emma Bowers of Burlington, NJ (08016), from Burlington Township High Sch. Joseph Carroll of Marlton, NJ (08053), from Cherokee High School. Dominic Carucci of Mount Laurel, NJ (08054), from Saint Josephs Preparatory Sch. Murjani Clemons of Camden, NJ (08103), from Woodrow Wilson High School. Julia Cook of Cape May, NJ (08204), from Lower Cape May Regional Hs.... Read more →


Next Phase of Cleanup at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Finalized

Gibbsboro, N.J. (August 10, 2020) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plan that includes a combination of technologies and methods to address contamination present at the former paint manufacturing plant and adjoining areas of the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Site in Gibbsboro. EPA’s study of these areas shows that sediment is contaminated with arsenic and lead, and soil is contaminated with arsenic, lead and paint solvents. “The former paint manufacturing plant area is a major source of contamination at this Superfund site and addressing it will be a major step forward in getting to the cleanup of Hilliards... Read more →


NJ American Water President Comments on Increased Infrastructure Investments Within the State

CAMDEN CITY, N.J. (August 12, 2020) – New Jersey American Water President Cheryl Norton issued the following statement today on the New Jersey Economic Advisory Council’s recommendations on how the State of New Jersey moves forward on its path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council’s #1 recommendation calls for greater investment in the state’s infrastructure: “The New Jersey Economic Advisory Council’s Report highlights the vital importance that infrastructure plays in our ongoing economic recovery efforts following COVID-19. The report lists infrastructure investment as the #1 recommendation for our state’s economic recovery. We could not agree more. “At New... Read more →


Paterson Drug Gang Responsible for 14 Fatal Deaths and 13 Nonfatal Overdoses

Paterson Heroin Stamps TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan today announced arrests of five persons in the takedown of a major fentanyl and heroin mill in Paterson, N.J., that distributed its narcotics in wax folds stamped with the same brand names that have been linked to 14 fatal and 13 nonfatal overdoses. The New Jersey State Police and its partners seized approximately 6,300 individual doses, an additional kilogram of heroin, and 170 grams of fentanyl – which together have a total street value of $100,500 (kilo of heroin $60,000,... Read more →


How the world’s keeping amused during the pandemic 

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(August 12, 2020)--We’ve all spent much more time in our homes than usual over the past few months. Some people have spent this time relaxing, snacking and catching up with the latest entertainment offerings, while others have used the time as an opportunity to learn a new skill or hobby. And then are those who have been working remotely. Here are three interesting ways people around the world are keeping themselves entertained during these difficult times. Bingo for Britain While the Great British pub may now be open once again for most people in the UK, many businesses remain shuttered.... Read more →


Say It Isn't So! Philadelphia Public League Suspends All Sports

PHILADELPHIA PA (August 12, 2020)--The Philadelphia Public League has announced that all Interscholastic Sports will be canceled from now up until January 1, 2021. Below is the League's Statement: “In accordance with Governor Wolf’s recommendations that were made on August 6th, the Philadelphia Public League will be suspending all interscholastic athletic programming through January 1, 2021. If guidelines released by the Governor’s office change, or are updated in a way that would allow programming to resume, we reserve the right to revisit our decision and provide further guidance on a safe return to play. Our focus in the immediate future... Read more →


DSS Law Firm Looks at the Five Ways You are Most Likely to Claim for Traffic Accidents in New Jersey

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(August 12, 2020)-New Jersey auto accidents have remained relatively steady over the last decade. However, nonfatal accidents still top 200,000 every year. Every accident is different and that means there are a variety of traffic accident claims within the state. DSS Law is discussing the five most common accident claims within New Jersey. There were 562 fatal accidents in New Jersey in 2019. DSS Law states that people should be aware of the different accident claims so they can get the justice they deserve if they’re involved in a similar accident. Head-On Collisions Head-on collisions remain the least common type... Read more →


Migrant Kids Here Illegally Being Tested for COVID-19; Afterwards Expelled to Prevent Spread of Virus

by Dara Lind and Lomi Kriel Aug. 10, 2020 ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for The Brief weekly to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues. Since March, the Trump administration has pushed thousands of migrant children back to their home countries without legal screenings or protection, citing the risk that they could be carrying COVID-19 into the... Read more →


Biden's Choice... Kamala Harris

Washington DC (August 11, 2020)--Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States, has selected U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 elections. Harris joins Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin in becoming the third woman in history tapped as the vice presidential pick, as well as the fourth woman, with Hillary Clinton, on a major-party presidential ticket. She is also the first woman of color to be selected as the running mate on a major-party presidential ticket, as well as the first multiracial woman, the first South Asian woman, and... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Pennsylvania Needs To Be More Friendly Towards Businesses

The sign is at the westbound side of Interstate 80 as drivers enter Pennsylvania from New Jersey (courtesy of https://www.wnep.com) By Sen. Doug Mastriano | THE CENTER SQUARE A restaurant from Ohio recently awarded Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf with its “employee of the month award.” The recognition was tongue-in-cheek, but the honor was very deserving. After all, Pennsylvanians residing near the Ohio border have been flocking to the Buckeye State to enjoy restaurants, as well as food and beverage establishments, that are either shuttered here or operating at limited capacity. As part of his unilateral, autocratic mandates, Gov. Wolf shut... Read more →