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February 2011

Campbell Soup Company Unveils Ten-Year Plan To Reduce Childhood Obesity And Hunger In Camden

Image via Wikipedia Business Wire 02/16/11 - 08:00 AM EST Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today unveiled a plan to reduce childhood obesity and hunger in Camden, Campbell’s home since 1869. The company will invest $10 million over ten years with the goal of reducing childhood obesity and hunger in Camden’s 23,000 children by 50 percent. Campbell’s President and CEO Douglas R. Conant said, “Obesity is a national crisis, but it is even more acute in Camden. We absolutely believe this important effort can nourish the lives of thousands of Camden children, both physically and emotionally, and help prepare them for... Read more →

Cost of Allentown Natural Gas Explosion Being Tallied

The Allentown natural gas explosion has cost the Pennsylvania city at least $61,000 so far, according to a report from the Allentown Morning Call. Nearly half of that – $25,341 – was incurred by the fire department in fighting the massive fire sparked by the Allentown natural gas explosion. The Allentown natural gas explosion occurred around 10:45 p.m. on February 9, when a suspected natural gas leak in the 500 Block of North 13th Street ignited, sparking a fire that burned into the morning. According to a Bloomberg report, the pipeline involved in the blast -a 12-inch cast iron main... Read more →

Starlin Castro, Carlos Santana among stud fantasy sophomores

- Eric Mack - SI.com by Eric Mack The following are the top sophomores who exhausted their rookie eligibility in 2010 either due to at-bats, innings or service time. They are broken out by position, with a top overlooked sophomore highlighted and the other candidates mentioned. There are varying degrees of fantasy potential here, but if there is a top sophomore talent who is getting undervalued in your league, he has great potential to outperform his draft position. Highlight or mark these sophomores with an "S" on your cheat sheets and target them throughout the depths of your drafts. RP... Read more →

Gloucester County Freeholders Preserve Land

(Woodbury, NJ) - Six different farms located in three municipalities are slated to be permanently preserved announced Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco today. Two of the farms are located in Woolwich, one in South Harrison and three in Franklin Township. "There were approvals for 89 single family homes to be developed on the Woolwich farms, and 53 more on the South Harrison Farm. When look at the enormous growth in Woolwich and find ways to permanently preserve land for farming instead of becoming housing developments you make a big impact on the quality... Read more →


(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex), Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) and Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis D. Greenwald (D-Camden) issued a multimedia package Tuesday in response to Governor Chris Christie’s FY 2012 Budget Address. The multimedia package consists of a video of the legislators responding to the governor’s budget proposal, audio and a transcript of same. The video can be accessed directly via our website – www.assemblydems.com – or by pasting the following link into a Web browser: http://vimeo.com/20262248 The audio file is available upon request. Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex): “We've just heard the... Read more →

Governor Christie Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Proposal

Image via Wikipedia Achieves New Normal in Budgeting By Maintaining Fiscal Discipline and Funding Key Priorities for New Jerseyans Trenton, NJ – Advancing his vision for a New Normal in state budgeting, Governor Chris Christie today presented a $29.4 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2012 that cuts real spending for a second consecutive year. The Governor’s Budget proposal includes $200 million in focused tax cuts, provides additional property tax relief, increases school aid and funds a reformed state pension system, while preserving or increasing funding to protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens. The Fiscal Year 2012 Budget marks a departure... Read more →

City of Gloucester City Releases Closing Arguments in Kain Dismissal Case

Brown & Connery, llp By: Christine P. O’Hearn, Esquire 360 Haddon Avenue P.O. box 539 Westmont, New Jersey 08108 (856) 854-8900 Attorneys for Petitioner, The City of Gloucester IN THE MATTER OF PAUL KAIN, REGISTERED MUNICIPAL CLERK, THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER DOCKET NO.: CLG-00612-2010S CLOSING BRIEF ON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONER, THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER’S IN SUPPORT OF PETITION TO REMOVE PAUL KAIN, MUNCIPAL CLERK INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY The City of Gloucester (“The City”) filed a Complaint seeking removal of Paul Kain (“Kain”), Registered Municipal Clerk of The City with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (“NJDCA”), Division... Read more →

City of Gloucester City v. Kain: Gloucester City's Closing Argument to be posted on Wednesday

CITY OF GLOUCESTER CITY CLOSING BRIEF Brown & Connery, llp By: Christine P. O’Hearn, Esquire 360 Haddon Avenue P.O. box 539 Westmont, New Jersey 08108 (856) 854-8900 Attorneys for Petitioner, The City of Gloucester IN THE MATTER OF PAUL KAIN, REGISTERED MUNICIPAL CLERK, THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER DOCKET NO.: CLG-00612-2010S CLOSING BRIEF ON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONER, THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER’S IN SUPPORT OF PETITION TO REMOVE PAUL KAIN, MUNCIPAL CLERK INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY The City of Gloucester (“The City”) filed a Complaint seeking removal of Paul Kain (“Kain”), Registered Municipal Clerk of The City with the New Jersey... Read more →


Photo courtesy of Penske Racing By Raymond Rolak “He’s Not Heavy…. He’s My Brother” DAYTONA BEACH— When Brian Keselowski qualified for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 it probably became the feel good motorsports story of the year. So many elements contributed. His father Bob was going to be his crew chief. Even though the operation was underfinanced, the #92 Dodge team was on top of the world. Their K-Racing Team got some late sponsorship from Detroit based Discount Tire. That surely helped but they didn’t even have hotel rooms. Then, the younger brother contributed in a big way.... Read more →


The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that on February 8, 2011, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council recommended and the Director approved an extension for the 2010-2011 Semi-wild hunting season through Sunday, April 3, 2011. The extension was granted due to this winter's extended periods of deep snow and the inability to stock and pursue game birds. This revision will only apply to the 2010-2011 hunting season, and does not apply to subsequent hunting seasons. Prior to this extension, the season was scheduled to close on March 15, 2011. For information on Semi-wild Hunting Preserves... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Florida Police Officer Fatally Shot

Officer Down News at Officer.com ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A Florida police officer has died after being shot near downtown St. Petersburg. Officials said officer David Crawford, 46, is the city's third officer to be killed in the line of duty in less than a month. Police told the St. Petersburg Times the shooting happened after officers were called to the area around 10:30 p.m. Monday to investigate a report of a suspicious person who may have been a prowler. Crawford was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. via www.officer.com Read more →

Westville Examining Costs to Improve Water Department

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News Borough engineer Norman Rodgers discussed a pending Infrastructure Trust Loan for improvements to the Water Department during last week’s Westville Council meeting. He said an application will be submitted by March 1 to the state to receive funds needed for the upgrade of the water tank and for water meter replacements. Rodgers said loans are available from the NJ State Department of Transportation (DOT) with 75 percent of the loan at a zero interest and the possibility of principal forgiveness. Mayor Russell Welsh and all the Council members thanked Public Works Manager, Donna Domico... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Sewer Rates Increasing 100 percent

By Andrea Vinci Gloucester City News The Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance on second reading, after no comments from the public, which will raise the sewer rate from $50 to $100 per year. Officials released the following statement explaining the increase: “The Borough of Mount Ephraim provides sewer connections to all properties in the community, and transports the raw sewage to a connection with the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. The CCMUA then transports it to their treatment plant for processing before it is released into the Delaware River. Each part of the process entails costs. “Mt.... Read more →

Former Gloucester City Municipal Clerk Paul Kain Releases Statement About His Mental Illness

published Gloucester City News February 17, 2011 (Editor’s note: The following statement was released by former City Clerk/-Administrator Paul Kain.) By Paul Kain “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -- John Wooden I have long subscribed to this belief. Unfortunately this belief has been pushed to its limits recently. I feel it is my responsibility to inform the residents of Gloucester City that previous stories of the city’s petition for my removal are full of false statements and misrepresentation... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for Feb. 24 issue

The Field Of Broken Dreams The State Breaks Promise To Gloucester Children To Build Middle School Grant Funds Reconstruction Of Brooklawn American Legion Baseball Field Mount Ephraim Schools Must Cover Children’s Health Care For Three More Years State Basketball Playoffs – Lady Lions, Lions, Lady Rams, Rams All Qualify Read more →

Alexander M. Davidson, age 93, of Barrington, formerly of Gloucester City; 1937 GHS Alumni

DAVIDSON, Alexander M., on February 20, 2011, of Barrington NJ, formerly of Gloucester Heights NJ. Age 93. Beloved husband of Billie E. Davidson (nee Burchell). Loving father of Wayne Davidson and his wife, Jill, Albert Davidson and his wife, Jane and Linda VanHee and her husband, Ordway ‘Van’. Dear grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. One of 12 siblings, he is survived by 1 sister and 2 brothers, Elisabeth ‘Libby’ Kite, John and David Davidson. Mr. Davidson was a 1937 graduate of Gloucester High School. He was a veteran of the US ARMY and has resided in Barrington... Read more →

The Trouble With Today's Japanese Students

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. "This time,like all other times,is a very good one,if we but know what to do with it." Ralph Waldo Emerson. Here we go again. I read in the newspaper and see on TV, often that "Young people,"Are rapidly becoming stupid."They can't calculate, can't communicate.They have no manners, no ambition, and no interest in anything; no consideration for other people,no knowledge of world affairs. Image: Hank and Keiko Miller It is my profession; It has been the focus of my life for 33 years. For this reason,writing about the people of... Read more →


STATE ROUNDUP (Please note the only items listed below are those that have had recent action. For other updates on state legislation, please go to the state legislation section at www.NRAILA.org, and check each week's issue of the Grassroots Alert.) ALASKA: No-Duty-to-Retreat Legislation Passes Alaska's House Judiciary Committee On Monday, February 14, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 80 by a 4 to 1 vote. This legislation would remove the duty to retreat in Alaska. HB 80 now moves to the House Finance Committee. Under existing law, there is no duty to retreat if a person is in his... Read more →

Letter: Time to Attack in Pennsylvania

Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of corruption involving a member of the PA Senate or House; a PA judge; law enforcement officer; District Attorney or some other Pennsylvania public servant (I prefer serpent). However, when the news of wrongdoing in Pennsylvania involves what I call child trafficking, can the Commonwealth sink any lower. The trial of former Pennsylvania President Judge Mark Ciavarella is finally getting underway; his criminal cohort, Senior Judge Michael Conahan agreed to plead guilty to various federal charges... Read more →

William R. Baker, 42 of West Deptford; GHS Alumni Class of 87...Brooklawn Wiffleball Champ!

William R. Baker, age 42 died on February 18, 2011. Raised in Gloucester City, NJ he was a graduate of Gloucester High School in 1987 where he was a star football player. He has lived in West Deptford for the past 11 years. Bill formerly worked for Red Lion as an operation manager and has worked as a crane operator for Wheelabrator in Westville for the past 2 years. He enjoyed golfing at Westwood Golf Club and played wiffleball for Brooklawn. He was Brooklawn’s Wiffleball Champ. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 23 years Carolyn... Read more →

Holy Family Regional School, Ventnor, to close

Holy Family Regional School, Ventnor, will close in June at the end of this school year. The announcement was made in a letter to parents by Father Joseph Ferrara of Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor, Father Patrick Brady of St. Gianna Beretta Church, Northfield, the sponsoring parishes for the school, and principal Sister Lydia Etter, OSF, principal. The letter noted that Holy Family’s low enrollment – 92 students over eight grades, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten – made it impossible to continue beyond this school year. Efforts to boost enrollment proved to be unsuccessful. The school was also coping with a $172,000 deficit.... Read more →

Newspaper Publishers Happy, Sunday Tavern Hours, Crime Stopper Reward, Christie Coming, Should the Middle School Be Forgotten?

Tips and Snippets By BILL CLEARY Newspaper publishers throughout the state are feeling a lot better today after hearing that bill S2072 will not be coming up for vote in the State Legislature any time soon. If it had passed the bill would have allowed government agencies, businesses and citizens to post legal notices online rather than in newspapers. On Friday (February 18) Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester County) told The Star-Ledger’s editorial board, "I’m not pushing it at all and I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere." Speaker Sheila Oilver (D-Essex) also put a stake in the heart... Read more →

NJ Taxpayers Alliance Applauds Senator Sweeney's Bold Proposal on Public Health Benefits Reform

Group encourages meaningful reform proposal be signed into law before the legislature finalizes state budget Randolph, New Jersey - The New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA) today applauded Senate President Stephen Sweeney for his proposal to reform public employee health benefits. It is among the boldest reform plans to be introduced by a legislator, and would bring greater accountability between public workers and the taxpayers, who currently pay a $4 billion bill for the public benefits. "Governor Christie and legislative leaders agree on the need to reform our system of providing health care to public workers," said NJTA President Jerry Cantrell.... Read more →

Andrews successfully advocates to keep Delaware dredging out of the President’s Budget

Image by cliff1066™ via Flickr Delaware Deepening Project, Not in President’s Budget Once Again: Haddon Heights, NJ – Earlier this week, Congressman Rob Andrews announced that for the third year in a row the Obama Administration had decided not to invest a single dollar towards the Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to deepen the Delaware. In both his State of the Union Address and his $3.7 trillion budget submitted to Congress Monday, the President has signaled to America that only the most economically sound projects will be funded for Fiscal Year 2012. Image: Congress Rob Andrews (1st District NJ D)... Read more →

Brooklawn's 'Joe Barth Field' to Get Complete Makeover; $25,000 Grant Will Cover Cost

By Bruce Darrow BROOKLAWN NJ-On Thursday, Feb. 17 the Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund approved an application filed by Brooklawn American Legion Baseball to reconstruct the Joe Barth Field in Brooklawn. The Recreation Facility Enhancement funding will allow Joe Barth Field to meet the demands and exposure the Brooklawn American Legion Baseball brings to the Camden County Area. The $25,000 grant includes removal of 10” to 14” of infield dirt which has accumulated in the past 20 years since the last renovation. Once the existing dirt is removed and the field graded, infield sod and infield sprinkler system... Read more →

Obituaries: Mark F. Gottsch, of Cherry Hill; Milan Sladek, of Atlantic City

Mark F. Gottsch... of Cherry Hill, peacefully at home on Feb. 16, 2011, age 64. Companion of Sally Zupan; father of Mark & Monica; brother of Celeste Suplee of Bellmawr and several nieces, nephews & grandchildren. A member of Gloucester High School Class of '64, Mark was a warehouseman at Packaging Specialists in Pennsauken for almost 20 years. Funeral MASS Monday 10 AM in St. Mary's RC Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Interment beside his beloved parents & sister at Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Arr. by BLAKE-DOYLE FUNERAL HOME Collingswood Milan Sladek...On February 12, 2011. Age 61. Of Atlantic... Read more →

Camden receives $5.1M to rehire over half of its laid-off firefighters

Haddon Heights, NJ – This week, Congressman Rob Andrews joined State Senator Donald Norcross (D-5) and Camden City Mayor Dana Redd to announce that over $5 million had been awarded to the City of Camden to rehire over half of the firefighters laid-off last month. The funds were awarded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a program that provides $420 million in grants nationwide for rehiring laid-off firefighters and retaining those whose jobs are in jeopardy due to budget constraints. SAFER grants are awarded... Read more →


DCA & HMFA WELCOME THE CITY OF BRIDGETON TO ‘LIVE WHERE YOU WORK’ HOMEBUYER PROGRAM The City of Bridgeton Is 36th Municipality to Partner with Agencies on Program BRIDGETON, N.J. – Representatives of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) today joined Mayor Albert B. Kelly and Bridgeton Committee Members Darlene E. Carter-Bunting, Carola Hartley, and Kevin Rabago at Bridgeton’s Office of Planning & Development (Tourist Center Building) to announce that the City is the newest member of the Live Where You Work program. Bridgeton is the 36th municipality to partner with the HMFA on this workforce housing... Read more →

Camden County 4-H Ambassadoors Attend NJ State Agricultural Convention Dinner

Dina Patel (above) of Clementon, the Camden County 4-H Senior Ambassador and Amber Bizup (below) of Sicklerville, the Camden County 4-H Junior Ambassador, attended the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention Delegates' Dinner on Tuesday, February 8. Patel and Bizup, along with 27 other New Jersey Fair, Commodity and 4-H youth representatives, were presented at the dinner as part of a longstanding convention tradition. The young people were honored as the future of the state's agricultural industry. Patel and Bizup are pictured with New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher (left) and NJ State Board of Agriculture President W. Scott... Read more →

NJEA.org - ‘Now we know the real Chris Christie’

NJEA President slams his support for Gov. Walker Published on Friday, February 18, 2011 NJEA President Barbara Keshishian today responded to Governor Chris Christie’s statement that he supports Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to destroy the economic rights of that state’s public employees. “We’ve known it all along, and now it’s official: Chris Christie has no respect for the teachers, school staff, and all public employees of New Jersey. He wants them to bear the brunt of the economic crisis,” Keshishian said. “He’s already said he wants to privatize public education,” she added, citing a speech last May 3 in... Read more →

Brother of the Wolf Offers Workshop

Brother of the Wolf, LLC, located at 700 Market Street in Gloucester City, will once again offer its Canine Effleurage (massage) certification workshop on Saturday, February 26, at 4:30 PM. "Effleurage is a way to calm your dog without the use of medication," states Dawn Watson, owner of the school. "It's great for owners of 'hyper' dogs and dogs that are sensitive to over-stimulation. It gets them really mellow." People that have taken this 2-hour, hands-on course have begun earning money by offering effleurage at clients' homes. "Even in this troubled economy, people want the best for their dogs," Watson... Read more →

New York Officer Dies Following Shooting: Officer Down News at Officer.com

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN Associated Press POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A police officer died after being shot in the head Friday during an exchange of gunfire that killed a man who fatally shot a woman near a train station, authorities said. Poughkeepsie Police Chief Ron Knapp released a statement in the evening saying the 44-year-old officer had died from his injuries. The name of the officer, an 18-year veteran, was withheld out of respect for the family and pending notification of his relatives. The gunman shot a woman to death in a car hours earlier, then was himself fatally shot minutes later... Read more →


Gloucester City Police Dept. Press Release On February 18, 2011 at 6:05 p.m. Gloucester City Police responded to Johnson Blvd. at Monmouth Street for a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries involving a truck and a school bus. The investigation at the scene determined the truck had veered into the opposite lane of traffic resulting in a head on collision with the school bus. Approximately two dozen school children, ages ranging from six to nine, from Cold Springs School Aftercare Program were on board the bus at the time of the collision. Ten of the children were transported... Read more →


photos by SHANNON SIMS GLOUCESTER CITY NJ: Update: The accident happened at around 6 PM not 7:15 PM as originally reported. According to WPVI Channel 6 the driver of the white pickup was charged with being under the influence. The school bus was transporting 20 seven and eight year olds home from the after-school program at Cold Springs Elementary School in Gloucester City. Police say the pickup truck with two people inside, drifted from its lane and slammed head on into the school bus. The bus driver was not injured. The occupants of the truck were badly hurt and rushed... Read more →

Breaking News: School Bus Involved in Traffic Accident

SEE UPDATE GLOUCESTER CITY NJ: Around 7:15 PM Friday, February 18 there was a traffic accident near the intersection of Nicholson Road and Johnson Blvd., involving a school bus and a white pickup. The children on the bus were from the Cold Springs Latchkey program. It is not known at this time if there were any injuries. Rescue personnel were at the scene. RELATED SEE UPDATE GCPD PRESS RELEASE click advertisement Read more →

GBC Softball Picked 11th in CACC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Goldey-Beacom College softball team was picked 11th in the 2011 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coaches’ Poll, announced by the conference today. Caldwell, which received 194 points and 12 first-place votes, was picked to capture the league title, while defending CACC champion Dominican was selected second with 174 points and one first-place vote. Last year’s CACC runner-up Georgian Court was third with 168 points and one first-place vote. In fourth place was Philadelphia University (139), followed by Concordia (138), Wilmington (115), Bloomfield (108), USciences (97), Holy Family (96) and Post (74). The Lightning, who finished the... Read more →

New Jersey Senate Approves Obamacare 23-17

www.TeaPartyEC.com Bayshore Tea Party Essex County Tea Party Email message The New Jersey taxpayer has again been thrown under the healthcare bus by the NJ Senate. You can "thank" Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Sen. Joseph F Vitale, the Primary Sponsors. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp Yesterday the NJ Senate passed SCR - 141 (to implement Obamacare in NJ) by a vote of 17 against and 23 for it. It seems that ALL the Republicans voted against it along with one Democrat. It is our understanding that it is now in Assembly Committee before it moves to the Assembly for a vote. CALL YOUR ASSEMBLY... Read more →

New Members of State Board of Education Take Oath of Office

Image via Wikipedia February 16, 2011 Four new members of the New Jersey State Board of Education were sworn into office today during the Board’s February meeting. The State Board has 13 members who are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the New Jersey State Senate. These members serve without compensation for six-year terms. By law, at least three members of the State Board must be women, and no two members may be appointed from the same county. Andrew J. Mulvihill replaces Josephine Hernandez whose term expired June 30, 2009. He is the CEO of Crystal... Read more →

Happenings and Events in Philly

Now - March 6 A Moon for the Misbegotten Arden Theatre Company 40 North 2nd Street 215.922.1122 www.ArdenTheatre.org February 15 - 20 STOMP Merriam Theater 250 South Broad Street 215.893.1999 www.kimmelcenter.org February 17 and 19 2011 Young Voices High School Monologue Festival Philadelphia Young Playwrights InterAct Theatre Company 2030 Sansom Street 215.665.9226 www.phillyyoungplaywrights.org February 19 & 20 Paleopalooza Festival The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.299.1000 www.ansp.org February 19 - 21 Presidents Day National Constitution Center 525 Arch Street 215.409.6600 www.ConstitutionCenter.org February 22 & 23 Shen Yun Performing Arts Academy of Music Broad & Locust Streets 215.893.1999... Read more →

HUNTING AND FISHING: Another Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in Trenton; Turkey Hunting in NJ; EPA Wants Your Input

HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS compiled by CNBNEWS.NET NRA NEWS Assembly Bill 3807, sponsored by Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (D-6) and Assemblyman Annette Quijano (D-20), has been introduced in the New Jersey Assembly. If passed, A3807 would reduce the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds from 15. This legislation is an example of yet another attempt to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing to actually combat crime. As of now, the language for the bill has not been released and a hearing has not been scheduled, but the NRA will continue to update you on the... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Students Receive Honors

photo by Linda Hubbs Mount Ephraim students who participated in Honor's Band Festival in Audubon on January 22 include: (left to right) Jesse Efymow, Richard Bonzak, Michael Arechevala, Emma Ball, Zach Pacetti, Anthony Cristino, Gregory Veach, Josiah Bracey, Not present in the photo; Michael Snyder. The students proudly display the citations they received. (below) Mount Ephraim Students of the Month: (left to right) Richard Musselman, Shannon Hyde, Christine Kirk, Emma Ball, Cassidy Chambers, Marissa Rickter, Haley Grady. Not in photo: Destiny Minyon. photo by Linda Hubbs Read more →

Tenure, evaluation proposals fly in face of research

"An unproven step in the wrong direction" Published on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 NJEA President Barbara Keshishian issued the following statement in response to the Christie Administration’s tenure reform proposal: “NJEA shares Governor Christie’s goal to improve student achievement, and we want to work with policymakers to ensure that every child has the best teachers. But these proposals on tenure, merit pay, and tying teacher evaluations to student test scores are problematic. “In fact, if the governor’s goal is to cultivate anxiety in the heart of every parent and every teacher in New Jersey, he has done that today. He... Read more →

Mt. School District Appreciates Services by Borough Departments

February 17, 2011 Joseph Wolk, Mayor 121 S. Black Horse Pike Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059 Dear Mayor Wolk, Commissioners’ Gilmore and Greenwald, I would like to personally thank the Mt. Ephraim Public Works Department, under the leadership of Ken Jones, for all their help and assistance this winter during the snowstorms. I would also like to recognize the Mt. Ephraim Police Department for their daily help in assisting our children arrive safely to school. These individual departments were recognized at the February 15, 2011 Board of Education meeting for their continuous, outstanding community service. In addition, I would also like... Read more →

Welcome Home Cpl. Brian Casendino / Thank You for Your Service

When: Saturday, February 19, 2011 Time: ETA 2:00 PM Where: VFW Post 7925 45 Plymouth Street Fairfield, NJ 07004 Please come out to welcome home Cpl. Brian Casendino from serving in the US Marine Corps. Brian has fulfilled his commitment and is coming home for good. A little history about our hero…Brian is 24 years old. He graduated from Mount Olive High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corp. on 2.20.2007 and graduated boot camp on 5.18.2007. He first deployed to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban in Garmsir, Helmand Providence. He served with unit 1/6 Weapons Co. Brian returned on... Read more →

High School Seniors Selected to Participate in 2011 WBCA High School All-America Game

Image via Wikipedia presented by Nike ATLANTA – The nation’s top 20 high school senior girls’ basketball players have been selected to participate in the 2011 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today. The 20th annual All-America Game, which is held as part of the WBCA National Convention, will be played Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., site of the 2011 NCAA® Women’s Final Four®. Tipoff is 4:30 p.m. ET. The game will be played on the NCAA Women’s Final Four court for the second straight... Read more →

Poll: Local police preferable to countywide force

Image via Wikipedia by Jane Roh| courierpostonline.com | Courier-Post The poll released Tuesday, however, shows forcing consolidation on New Jerseyans may be Trenton's only option. Charles Reed of Gloucester City appeared to encapsulate residents' contradictory attitude toward the budget crisis. IMAGE: CAMDEN CITY HALL "I don't support anything the governor does," said the 40-year-old unemployed electrician. "We don't have jobs or money and we're all broke." But, he continued, "I like my police the way it is. I know every single cop in this town." The 2.8-square-mile municipality is close to Camden and is served by a 27-member police department... Read more →

VA Provides Benefits to Veterans' Caregivers

From a White House News Release WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2011 - The Veterans Affairs Department is launching the first of a series of new and enhanced services supporting family caregivers of seriously ill and injured veterans. President Barack Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 legislation in May, authorizing VA to establish a wide range of new services to support certain caregivers of eligible post-9/11 veterans. "Caregivers make tremendous sacrifices every day to help veterans of all eras who served this nation," Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. "They are critical partners with VA... Read more →

200 Club of Burlington County Announces 21st Annual Valor and Scholarship Awards Banquet

The 200 Club of Burlington County ispleased to announce they will celebrate the organization's 21st Annual Valor Awards Dinner on Friday, February 25, 2011 at Merion Caterers in Cinnaminson, N.J. The 200 Club of Burlington County is a charitable, non-profit organization comprised entirely of dedicated volunteers with the primary mission of providing financial assistance to the families of fallen or injured members of the State Police, County and Municipal Police, Fire or Emergency Medical Services serving the citizens of Burlington County. The Club also supports these public safety professionals through the awarding of higher education scholarships, advanced training awards and... Read more →