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April 2011

Welcome Home CWO Manish Karnik, of Marlton

Sunday, May 1, 2011 Time: Approx. 1:15 PM Where: 13 Buckingham Road Marlton, NJ 08053 Please come out to welcome home CWO Manish Karnik from deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Manish has quite an impressive military career. All will be shared at the homecoming. The short version is that he has served in the Army National Guard since September of 1993. He started off as a PVT and worked his way up to CWO. He has received several awards including US Army Achievement Medal, Army National Guard State Commendation Medal, Letters of Appreciation from several OIC/NCOICs for outstanding support, Sustained Superior Performance, and cash awards for DOD Civilian Position. He is always anxious to support and defend our nation's interests both domestic and abroad. He always volunteered for flood duties and snow storm duties. He also volunteered to guard the George Washington Bridge after 9/11 occurred. He requested... Read more →


VA releases phone application for PTS

The American Legion - April 20, 2011 Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans dealing with symptoms of post traumatic stress can now turn to their smart phones for help in coping with the mental affliction commonly associated with combat. The PTSD Coach application, created by VA and DoD, allows phone users to manage their symptoms, links them with local sources of support and provides information on PTS. The application is now available and can be downloaded for free in the iTunes store. An Android release is expected for late spring. “This is about giving veterans and servicemembers the help they earned when and where they need it,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said. “We hope they, their families and friends download this free app. Understanding PTSD and those who live with it is too important to ignore.” The PTSD Coach is primarily designed to enhance services for individuals who are already receiving... Read more →


Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration

By Edwin Mora President Barack Obama, at the White House, discusses his plans to thwart future terrorist attacks on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. His remarks followed a meeting with his national security team. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (CNSNews.com) -- Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors. The March 2011 audit (released on April 21, 2011) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), entitled Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests and Costs, shows that three individuals were among “defendants where the investigation involved an identified link to international terrorism but they were charged with violating other statutes [not directly related to terrorism], including fraud, immigration, drugs, false statements, and general conspiracy charges,” referred by DOJ as Category II terrorism-related cases. The three individuals in question can be... Read more →


New GCPO Capt., Sgt. Take Oaths

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Lt. Robert Pietrzak, of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office major crimes unit, and Det. Barry Johnson, of the GCPO fugitive unit, were promoted to higher ranks within the office today. As a new sergeant, Johnson becomes the officer in charge of the fugitive unit with the recent retirement of Sgt. Timothy O’Brien. Pietrzak was promoted to captain. In a time of cutbacks for all areas of employment, including law enforcement, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said, “thankfully in Gloucester County we’ve been very fortunate. We’ve been fortunate to have a stable budget over the last several years that’s been able to maintain the job force we have in this office. It’s really a testament to the fact that the freeholders have supported law enforcement in this office over the last several years. As a result of that support, we’ve had the opportunity to promote these... Read more →


ROWAN FOOTBALL TEAM HOLDS SUCCESSFUL BONE MARROW REGISTRY

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University football team enrolled 310 people at its third annual Get In The Game. Save A Life. Be The Match Registry on Tuesday, April 26. The event was held in the University’s Chamberlain Student Center. In 2010, the Profs registered 299 people. Last year, over 8,800 people were registered through the combined efforts of the 30 schools that participated in the event. In the spring of 2009, Rowan signed up 371 people for the registry, including defensive end Matt Hoffman (sr. Burlington, NJ/Burlington Twp.), who was selected and donated blood stem cells on November 16. Hoffman was chosen as a donor to help cure a 58 year-old man suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Today, the man, Warren Sallach of Brenham, TX is cancer free. Hoffman got the chance to meet Sallach and his family at the Gagliardi Trophy Presentation in Salem, VA this past December. Every... Read more →


Joseph E. Traenkner Sr. of Gloucester City, age 55

On April 28, 2011. Age 55. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband to the late Margaret (nee Trout). Survived by his sons, Michael J. Traenkner and Joseph E. Traenkner Jr., siblings Conrad Traenkner, Donna Peters and Wayne Traenkner and grandson, Cody. At the request of family, cremation will be private. Visitation on Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Baptist service 7 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to UCP of Philadelphia, Development Department: 102 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Please write in memo: Joseph E. Traenkner, Sr. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Joseph E. Traenkner, Sr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ Ph:856-456-1142. Read more →


SILENT CONVERSATION

Title: Offerings at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial tell the unspoken stories of a generation AMERICAN LEGION BY HOLLY K. SORIA - May 1, 2011 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection curator Duery Felton Jr. stands amid a fraction of the boxes that store items left at the Wall. Felton and his staff also oversee collections from over 40 other regional National Park Service sites, such as the Clara Barton House, Ford’s Theatre and the Lee Mansion. Photo by Noel St. John Some come because it is a stop on the bus tour. Others come to mark one milestone or another. A birthday. A wedding. Anniversaries. Others make the pilgrimage for catharsis. The black-granite arms of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington welcome them all. The Wall gathers them in to learn, to celebrate and to grieve. The energy of those represented by the sheltered alcove on the National Mall gives so much... Read more →


Tips and Snippets: Christie for President; Gas Prices; Tornado

By Bill Cleary (CNBNEWS.NET)-I LIKE YOUR GOVERNOR! In March we made our annual "Snow Bird" trip to the warm Florida coast. The 1,100 mile ride takes about 18 to 19 hours. We take a couple of days to make the trip. Why hurry we have the time. Stopping along the way gives us the opportunity to talk with people from all over the country. One thing that amazed us this year was how many people, perfect strangers, who told us how much they like our governor, Chris Christie. People from up and down the east coast and from the mid-west all said the same thing, "He would make a good president. I would vote for him." I don't know about you but I found this interesting that our Governor has that much of a following from people in other states. In case you were wondering, two United States presidents have... Read more →


Help vets in need by crossing home plate

The American Legion - April 25, 2011 On May 22 at 8:00 a.m., 2,500 people will have the chance in a lifetime to run across home plate at Fenway Park in Boston, all while supporting local veterans and their families. The Run to Home Base is a 9K (5.6 miles) fundraising event that benefits the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which provides needed services to veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan with TBI or combat-related stress. Runners will enjoy a scenic tour throughout Boston and a photo finish at home plate in historic Fenway Park. Registration is open to the first 2,500 participants who meet the fundraising commitment of $1,000 before or by May 12. Each runner will create a fundrasiing web page to receive support from family and friends to help in the financial efforts. And for non-runners or those who do not... Read more →


Obama: 'No Amount of American Lives' Can Resolve 'Someone Else's Civil War' | CNSnews.com

By Eric Scheiner (CNSNews.com) - During the official announcement of his presidential campaign in Chicago, then Senator Barack Obama said, “no amount of American lives can resolve the political disagreement that lies at the heart of someone else's civil war.” At the time Obama was speaking about his opposition to the war in Iraq, “Most of you know that I opposed this war from the start. I thought it was a tragic mistake,” Obama said to a crowd at the Springfield, Illinois town square on Feb. 10, 2007. “Today we grieve for the families who have lost loved ones, the hearts that have been broken and the young lives that could have been. America it is time to start bringing our troops home. It's time to admit that no amount of American lives can resolve the political disagreement that lies at the heart of someone else's civil war. That's why... Read more →


DEP MOVES TO SUPPRESS SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE; INVASIVE PEST THREATENING PINELANDS FORESTS

(11/P56) TRENTON - State foresters this week are beginning suppression activities to address infestations of the southern pine beetle, which destroyed a record number of acres of South Jersey pine forests last year, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. "The invasive southern pine beetle is a major threat to our unique Pinelands region," said Commissioner Martin. "We need residents and private owners of forest lands to help us look out for this pest and report any infestations. With early detection, foresters and tree experts can help greatly limit the damage." DEP will begin control activities on State lands this week through the directional felling of infested trees. This involves cutting trees, dropping them in the direction of the infestation outbreak's origin, and leaving them on the ground. The horizontal position of the trees disorients the larvae and beetles, which prevents them from spreading to new trees and... Read more →


Response to PA Gas Well Accident Took 13 Hours Despite State Plan for Quick Action

by Nicholas Kusnetz ProPublica, April 26, 2011, 1:11 p.m When Chesapeake Energy lost control of a Marcellus Shale gas well in Pennsylvania on April 19, an emergency response team from Texas was called in to stop the leak. By the time the team arrived more than 13 hours later, brine water and hydraulic fracturing fluids from the well had spewed across nearby fields and into a creek. Why did a team have to be called in from Texas, as the Scranton Times Tribune has reported? That's what we're trying to figure out. Drilling Regulatory Staffing in Your State Search for how many wells have been drilled and how many gas regulators are in your state. Graphics What is Hydraulic Fracturing? Anatomy of a Gas Well Slideshows A Reporter’s Journey The Faces of Dimock According to a plan that Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection announced in August 2010, a Pennsylvania-based emergency... Read more →


WH Working on Executive Order That Critics Say Will Stifle Political Speech | CNSnews.com

by Fred Lucas Washington (CNSNews.com) – In what the White House calls a push for transparency, a pending executive order would require companies doing business with the federal government to disclose political contributions to independent groups, but would not place the same requirement on public employee unions or federal grant recipients that typically donate to Democrats. Entitled the “Disclosure of Political Spending By Government Contractors,” the order would implement parts of the DISCLOSE Act, which failed to get through Congress last year. The legislation sought to restrict campaign speech after the landmark Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of corporations and unions to donate to campaigns. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed Monday that work is underway on the draft order, and linked the move to President Obama’s stated commitment to transparency. readvia www.cnsnews.com Read more →


THIS SENIOR CITIZEN NAILED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

submitted by WJ Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming, Co-Chair of Obama's deficit commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. August, 2010. Here's a response in a letter from an unknown fellow in Montana... I think he is a little ticked off! He also tells it like it is! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight... 1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS. 2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63). 3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in... Read more →


Harry F. Fox Sr., Owner of Henry's Supply Co., Gloucester City Fire Dept. Volunteer, Lions Club Member, Honorary GHS Class of '57 Classmate

Surrounded by his loving family, on April 26, 2011. Age 69. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 51 years to Shirley A. (nee Connelly). Loving father of Harry, Jr. (Susan) and Nancy Smatana (Steve). Loving grandfather of Ryan Fox, Danielle Fox and Lyndsey Smatana. Dear brother of William Fox and Robert Fox. Loving brother-in-law of Wayne Connelly. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Harry was the owner of Henry’s Supply Company in Camden. He was a life member and volunteer Fireman for Gloucester City Fire Department Station #53 for 25 years. Harry was a member of the Gloucester City Lions Club. He was an honorary classmate of GHS class of 1957. Harry enjoyed sports, traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and was an avid fan of the Eagles and Phillies. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Sunday evening, May 1,... Read more →


Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America! Fourth of July Jam

Starring The Roots with Special Guests Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and More! The impressive line-up of world-class musicians will perform the largest free concert in America on July 4th in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA (April 12, 2011) – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that four time Grammy award-winning band The Roots will headline Philly’s Fourth of July Jam during Wawa Welcome America! The band and their Musical Director ?uestlove will be performing their set as well as sets with special guests Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The concert will also include a special tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Gamble and Huff’s iconic Philadelphia International Records, “The Sound of Philadelphia.” “Philly’s Fourth of July Jam is one of the many reasons why Philadelphia is the place to be to... Read more →


Gloucester City School Board Meeting Report for April

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News During the April Gloucester City Board of Education meeting, Cold Springs School principal Martin O’Connor proudly accepted a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Camden County Department of Health & Human Services. Cold Springs School was recognized for services provided to the community during the County’s 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Campaign. O’Connor thanked the staff of Cold Springs School for their help with the campaign, especially the nursing and custodial staff. Gloucester High School student representative Johanna James said that after many months of hard work and preparation, the musical, “The Wedding Singer” was performed for large audiences in March. Senior Emily Bucher represented the school at Channel 6’s “Best of the Class” at Drexel University. Also, Angela Harris will be recognized at the Camden County Principal and Supervisor’s Dinner on April 23. New members of the National Honor Society will be inducted on April... Read more →


No Municipal Tax Increase in Mount Ephraim

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News During April’s Board of Commissioners Meeting, Mount Ephraim Police Chief Edward Dobleman announced the arrest of Bryan C. Bartley of Gloucester City for seven robberies of the CVS on Black Horse Pike over the past year. Bartley, 24, robbed the store by passing a demand note to a pharmacy counter employee requesting certain CDS and stating that he was armed, sometimes even displaying a firearm, Dob-leman said. An investigation led by Sgt. Brian Conte resulted in the arrest of Bartley; neighboring towns are now looking into the suspect for similar incidents. In other news, the borough has hired a new police officer; Kyle Ambrozaitis was sworn in by Commissioner Andrew Gilmore as a Class II Special Officer. The Police Department was congratulated on an excellent job handling a hostage situation on April 4, as the suspect held his ex-wife against her will and... Read more →


Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on John P Schmidt

My name is John P. Schmidt and I am seeking election to the Gloucester City Board of Education. I am a lifelong resident of Gloucester City and care deeply about the direction the city is going in and believe we can do better for the next generation. Throughout my life growing up in Gloucester City, attending High School at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia and college at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., which I will graduate with a degree in Politics and a minor in Media Studies. My pending graduation has only increased my desire to serve others and use my education to help others have the same opportunities I have had. Currently I work part time for the New Jersey Forest Service and have previously worked in the congressional offices of Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and the late Rep. John Adler of New Jersey. From... Read more →


Orange New Jersey Fatal Fire - Firefighter Spot

By Bill Tompkins – www.BTFirephotos.com ORANGE BLAZE CLAIMS A VICTIM April 24, 2011 An early morning fire worked its way through a large duplex structure in Orange leaving one dead and over a dozen homeless. Orange firefighters were sent to 124 Park Street at about 2:00 AM and arrived to find heavy smoke pushing from the first floor and occupants trapped on a second floor porch of an older large 2 ½ story frame duplex building. Large trees in front of the home made using the stick from Truck 1 impractical, so ground ladders were used to get the people off the porch. On the initial search, a body of a woman was located and removed. read via firefighterspot.com Read more →


Bellmawr School Taxes to Increase; Annual Election Wednesday

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News The annual School Board Election in Bellmawr will be Wednesday April 27. The polling locations, Bellmawr Park and Ethel M. Burke Schools, will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. The Board of Education is proposing a budget of $13,923,142, which is approximately $500,000 higher than last year’s $13,421,698 numbers. The increase is necessary to cover a variety of fixed costs, such as salaries and health care for teachers, administrators and other District staff. Information obtained by the NEWS indicates that Bellmawr’s per pupil cost is just over $10,000 for this school year. This cost encompasses everything needed to cover each student in the Bellmawr School District. According to District sources, the higher budget numbers will carry a tax increase. School taxes will be elevated by about $29.35 annually, on an average assessed home of $170,000. District officials as well as Board members have... Read more →


Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on James Pacetti

PHOTO: James Pacetti with his family MT. EPHRAIM NJ-James Pacetti, a life-long resident of Mount Ephraim, believes in service. Whether serving our County in the United States Army, or our citizens while employed as a Camden County Sheriff’s Department officer, or our students while on the Mount Ephraim Board of Education, Jimmy believes in helping others. As a Board member, he has served on the Finance, Policy and Negotiation committees. He is committed to decreasing the school budget, as well as taxes, while retaining the best services available. Please support Jim in his bid for re-election to the Board. The election will be held Wednesday, April 27 from 2:00 – 9:00 in the Raymond W. Kershaw school. Related articles Mt. Ephraim Voters Asked to Approve School Tax Increase (gloucestercitynews.net) Remember to Vote! (gloucestercitynews.net) Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on Rocco R. Vespe (gloucestercitynews.net) Why Am... Read more →


Ronnie Dunn headlines American Legion World Series concert

The American Legion - April 19, 2011 Ronnie Dunn performs at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson For months, Shelby, N.C., locals and many others have anxiously anticipated the announcement of the country music artist who will be performing prior to the start of the 2011 American Legion World Series games. That wait is over. Grammy winner Ronnie Dunn, formerly of the duo Brooks & Dunn, will perform in front of 6,000 fans at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Shelby on Aug. 11. And at the moment, plans are being finalized for another artist to be the opener. More importantly, Dunn’s performance is just the beginning to the exciting, unforgettable events Shelby’s Legion Baseball Committee has planned for coaches, players, family members and locals during the World Series, Aug. 12-16. To prepare for the series and properly... Read more →


South Philly Rambots seek FIRST place finish | South Philly Review

South Philly Rambots seek FIRST place finish A Lower Moyamensing high school is seeking funds to send its award-winning robotics team to next week’s national championship. By Joseph Myers | Posted Apr. 20, 2011 Norman Wallace, foreground, and Omoro Kantamanto have served as vital parts of their school’s robotics squad. Success at a competition two weeks ago has the students poised to show their scientific skills to the nation. Photo by Greg Bezanis Many contend that technology is dividing humanity and weakening its collective intellect. For the South Philly Rambots, the discipline is doing the opposite, fostering camaraderie and making ingenuity even more possible. The 15 students at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., have embraced technology, and it has reciprocated, as they have qualified for the April 28 to 30 U.S. FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — Robotics FRC National Championship at... Read more →


SUPPORT JOHN SCHMIDT

I am writing this letter to Gloucester City residents to show my support for a young, well-educated man who is running for a seat on the Gloucester City School Board. John Schmidt a lifelong resident of our city from a family which has long history of good community service and leadership to our city. John is not afraid to ask the hard questions, he has high expectations and his enthusiasm is unrivaled when it comes to doing what is right for his community. John is one of our new young future professionals who want to give back to his town with his public service. Vote for John Schmidt and give our kids a chance to achieve the American Dream. It is there for all of us. Jess Torres, Gloucester City published in the Gloucester City News 4/21 Related articles Once Again Municipal Taxes Will Increase in Gloucester City; Budget Totals... Read more →


SUPPORT JACKIE BORGER

I am writing to voice my support for Jackie (Cowgill) Borger in the Gloucester City School Board election, and I urge all concerned Gloucester voters to consider doing the same. This year, there will be nine people vying for just three slots. I know most, but not all of the candidates. Out of all of them, I am most comfortable supporting Jackie Borger, and I will tell you why. For the 40 plus years I have known Jackie and her husband, Ken, there has never been a time that she has not been involved, in some way, in trying to make our community a better place to live. She has availed herself to the youth of the community, the seniors, the veterans, her neighbors and the Country by proudly serving with distinction in the U.S. Military. She “walks the walk!” This year’s School Board election is crucial! We cannot choose... Read more →


REMEMBER TO VOTE!

By Albert Countryman Jr. GLOUCESTER CITY NEWS Nine candidates will vie for three seats on the Gloucester City Board of Education, and voters will decide on the 2011-12 school budget during the annual School Election Wednesday, April 27, from 2 to 9 p.m. This is the first time in recent memory that the election has not been on a Tuesday – but the school district did confirm it will be on a Wednesday. This is true for the elections in Brooklawn, Bellmawr, Mount Ephraim and Westville as well. Seeking three, three-year terms on the School Board are incumbents Kathleen McHugh, Robert H. Bennett Sr. and Jacqueline Borger and newcomers John P. Schmidt, Amelia Stebner, Shawn Mahoney, Eric Cassidy, Gina Levins and Kelly Erlink. Everyone is encouraged to come out and vote. As for Brooklawn voters, there will be no tax increase if the school budget is approved. CLICK ADVERTISEMENT Related... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim Voters Asked to Approve School Tax Increase

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News The majority of April’s Mount Ephraim Board of Education meeting focused on the upcoming election and budget vote April 27, where taxpayers are being asked to approve a 4.4 percent increase. The proposed 2011-2012 school budget totals $10,261,598. According to the district’s website, most of the 4.4 percent increase is due to fixed costs such as benefits, energy costs and tuition. A user-friendly version of the budget can be found at mtephraimpublicschools.-org, BOE website, Budget for the 2011-2012 School Year. The district’s broker advised that 2.1 percent of the budget increase is due to the Federal Health Care Reform Act, which includes a requirement that children of employees are to receive health benefits until age 26, three years longer than what the law previously required. “Outrageous” is what one resident said in regard to the amount of the school tax, and added that... Read more →


VOTE FOR GINA LEVINS

The School Board Election will be Wednesday, April 27. It is our great pleasure to wholeheartedly support our daughter-in-law, Gina Levins, as a candidate for the Gloucester City School Board. Gina has been a wonderful addition to our family since she and our son Wil married 11 years ago. Gina is an involved, amazing mother to our two young grandchildren. She is an extremely active member of the PTO organization at Cold Springs School. This organization is a constant support to the children and teachers at the school. She holds strong family values and an honest concern for the education of the children in Gloucester City. We know she will be an excellent and committed member of the Gloucester City School Board. We hope you will join us in voting for Gina Levins on Wednesday, April 27th. Thank you. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Levins, Gloucester City from the Gloucester City... Read more →


The FBI's Mission Afghanistan

FBI PRESS RELEASE Part 2: The Major Crimes Task Force 04/22/11 On a hillside compound just outside Kabul, the Afghan general who leads a new criminal task force is explaining the history of modern policing in his country. Under Soviet rule, he said, the Russians instituted and enforced their own laws. Later, “the Taliban took over and destroyed all of our police force. So our current force is completely new, created from zero, and we have some challenges.” The MCTF Kidnapping for profit is a relatively new phenomenon in Afghanistan, and it was becoming a serious problem in Kabul until the Major Crimes Task Force came along. Since last April, the MCTF has arrested several kidnapping groups and significantly reduced the threat in the capital city. “Because kidnapping is new here, we didn’t have a lot of experience in this area,” said the Afghan colonel in charge of the MCTF’s... Read more →


Why Catholic Schools Matter by Patrick J. McCloskey, Sol Stern, City Journal

Who can doubt that the fortunes of charter schools are on the rise? Philanthropists both liberal and conservative have been showering money on charters, viewing them as a promising alternative to traditional public schools because of their relative freedom from union contracts and education bureaucracies. The number of charter schools across the country has soared. Charters have even inspired movies, including the 2010 documentary Waiting for “Superman,” which tells the story of several successful charter school networks in Harlem—where black and Hispanic parents, desperate to avoid the awful public schools, enter their children in lotteries to try to secure seats in the charters. What’s missing from this narrative, however, is an alarming fact: for every charter school recently opened in Harlem, two Catholic schools have had to close because of financial trouble. The same holds for New York City as a whole. Since inner-city Catholic schools have historically provided lifesaving... Read more →


US International Film & Video Festival Announces Chairman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Joe Ball, Philadelphia-area publisher, advertising agency owner and radio show producer, has been named chairman of the U.S. International Film & Video Festival judge's committee in the Business-to-Business category. The subject materials are videos submitted by businesses, production firms and advertising agencies from throughout the U.S. and internationally. Ball continues to lead American Advertising Services, 29 Bala Ave., Ste. 114, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, a firm he founded 55 years ago. Read more →


Tips and Snippets: School Board Decides to Close Highland Park School, Estimate Savings $110,000

By Bill Cleary SCHOOL BOARD CLOSING HP SCHOOL-The rumors about the Highland Park School, Park Avenue and Highland Blvd., being closed are true, according to Gloucester City School Supt. Paul Spaventa. The gossip about shutting down the school has been circulating throughout the City since March. Why a formal announcement about the closing to the public wasn't released is puzzling. After all this move will save the school district money. On Thursday (April 21) Spaventa said “Highland Park School will be closing but the Program for Success and Adult Night School will remain intact. Exact arrangements for accommodations of the programs are taking place and not finalized.” Spaveta was asked if this move was made to save taxpayers money; and will the building be sold? "The Board of Education has not officially stated their plans for the building but we will be closing it over the summer. I would imagine... Read more →


Carman N. "Sonny" Sarlo, former owner of Woodlynne Floral Gardens, Well Known Drummer

Carman N. "Sonny" Sarlo 82, of Ft. Myers, Fl., formerly of Gloucester City & Woodlynne, NJ died on April 20,2011. Sonny leaves a legacy of a good life achieved through hard work. Sonny grew up in Gloucester City and as a young man joined the family business, Sarlo Florist. He later branched out on his own and opened Woodlynne Floral Gardens in 1959 and continued there until 2004 when he retired from the floral business. Music was also an integral part of Sonny's life which ultimately became the soundtrack of his life story. Sonny played the drums in several bands and orchestras including; Bill Haley & the Comets, Cozy Morley, The Carmen D Orchestra, The Solars and the Bill Muller Orchestra. Sonny will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and quick wit. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Sonny is the... Read more →


NEW JERSEY'S BLACK BEARS HAVE EMERGED FROM THEIR WINTER DENS;

DEP OFFERS TIPS ON REDUCING CONFLICTS WITH BEARS (11/P55) TRENTON - Black bears have exited their winter dens throughout New Jersey and are entering their most active period of the year as they search for food and mates, making encounters with humans in populated areas more likely. To reduce the risk of such encounters, State residents-especially those living in "bear country'' in Northwest Jersey-- are urged to take some simple precautions. "There are some common sense steps people can take to reduce the risk of interacting with bears and enhancing public safety,'' said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. "Most important is not to feed bears - intentionally or unintentionally. Bears that learn to associate food with people, and their homes and living areas, can become habituated to easy sources of food and become the nuisance bears that regularly forage in neighborhoods. That can result in troubling encounters.'' Intentionally feeding black bears... Read more →


Congressman Andrews Celebrates Opening of New Hospital

Voorhees, NJ – Last week, Congressman Rob Andrews helped cut the ribbon on the new Virtua Voorhees hospital, which created 2,800 construction jobs, 1,000 permanent health care jobs, and will provide another excellent source for patient care in South Jersey. The new Virtua Voorhees will feature a patient-oriented atmosphere and the latest in medical technology. The architectural layout of the hospital was designed to reduce patient travel and wait time. Each patient room will include a computer screen, for more rapid processing of information, and a fold-out couch, so a family member can stay bed-side overnight. Expanded recovery areas will include a rooftop garden, carpeted hallways, and windows for natural light. “This remarkable new addition to South Jersey’s renowned health care network will modernize and improve our region’s already impressive medical services,” said Rep. Andrews. “Not only will this state-of-the-art hospital help thousands of families by providing the latest technology... Read more →


Michael Rettig, 59, of Woodlynne

On April 11, 2011. Age 59. Of Woodlynne. Formerly of Pennsauken. Survived by his parents, children and other relatives. Michael’s Catholic Rite of Committal and Burial are private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Michael Rettig. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


Drone attacks in Libya: A mistake - PostPartisan - The Washington Post

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/21/2011 By David Ignatius Drone attacks have become an addictive tool of U.S. national security policy, as illustrated by Thursday’s unfortunate announcement that President Obama has authorized their use in Libya. Armed with Hellfire missiles, the Predator drone is a tool for assassination from 10,000 feet. It has been used by the CIA, with a paper-thin veneer of deniability, to attack al-Qaeda operatives and related targets in the tribal areas of Pakistan, where other weapons do not reach. One would like to think that’s a special case, born of the extreme threat posed on Sept. 11, 2001, and the remoteness of the tribal areas where the attackers are hiding. But now we have Defense Secretary Robert Gates, accompanied by Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stating at a news conference that Obama “has approved the use of armed Predators” over... Read more →


Hunting and Fishing: CWD NOT FOUND IN PENNSYLVANIA HUNTER-KILLED DEER SAMPLES

compiled by CNBNEWS.NET HARRISBURG – Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not found in samples taken from hunter-killed deer during the state’s 2010 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. In 2010, 3,882 samples from hunter-killed deer were tested, and CWD was not detected. This marked the ninth year for testing hunter-killed deer. In total, nearly 30,000 deer have been tested. CWD was not detected in any samples from previous years. Results showing that the CWD tests of hunter-killed elk from 2010 were all negative were announced on Jan. 5. The CWD tests on deer and elk samples were conducted by the New Bolton Center, which is the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Under a contract with Penn State University, the elk samples also were tested for brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis and found to be free of those diseases. Heads from hunter-killed deer were collected... Read more →


Missing Woman found in Schuylkill River

April 20, 2011 MAYS LANDING – Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced tonight that the body of a woman found in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia yesterday is that of a 19-year-old Egg Harbor Township woman who was abducted from a home in Atlantic City in March. Nadirah Ruffin, the mother of a four-year-old son, was last seen at 11:40 p.m. on March 26 at a residence in the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue in Atlantic City. Atlantic City police received a 911 call from the home that four masked suspects kicked open the door, ransacked the home and robbed the victims, before taking Ruffin at gunpoint. The Atlantic City Police Department, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and the FBI worked many hours on locating Ruffin. Fliers were handed out and hung up offering a $20,000 reward by the FBI to anyone with information about Ruffin’s whereabouts. The Atlantic... Read more →


Christie Welcomes CRDA Action in Implementing Administration Plan to Revitalize Atlantic City

Image via Wikipedia Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie welcomed action taken by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) at its April 19 meeting, calling it significant progress in the implementation of a comprehensive plan to reform and revitalize Atlantic City and its gaming and tourism industries. The agency approved 11 measures that implement key elements of legislation signed by Governor Christie in February, including authorization of the Atlantic City Tourism District. “This administration is strongly committed to helping put Atlantic City back on the map as a premier tourism and gaming destination,” said Governor Christie. “The action taken by the CRDA is the kind of progress needed to chart a new course that brings economic growth, job creation and prosperity to the casino industry, city residents, the South Jersey region, and the State of New Jersey as a whole.” Building upon steps already taken by Governor Christie to stabilize... Read more →


Andrews Announces Over $400,000 for Deptford Fire Department

press release April 22 Deptford, NJ- Today, Congressman Andrews announced that the Deptford Fire Department will receive a grant of $402,975 to purchase vital life-saving equipment. The money was awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG), which is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). AFG, created in 2001, is designed to help first responders acquire the equipment, vehicles, and training needed to protect themselves and the public. The Deptford Fire Department intends to use the grant to purchase breathing apparatuses and thermal imaging cameras, which allow a firefighter to enter a blaze and locate a person in a smoke-filled room. “We have some [breathing apparatuses] from 1997 and other bottles from 1993,” said Battalion Chief Rick Thomas about the need to replace the Department's equipment. “Now the fire district doesn't have to pay for the bottles or air packs, which saves the taxpayers a huge amount... Read more →


Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on Shawn R. Heslin

MT. EPHRAIM NEW JERSEY –I have been a resident of the Borough of Mt. Ephraim for the past 18 years. Along with my wife Lee Heslin (Earnest) and our three children. I have worked with the City of Philadelphia and various PA suburban areas in the administration of local and municipal taxes for the past twenty years. I am presently employed by two tax administration companies the Revenue Collection Bureau (RCB, Inc.) located in Northeast Philadelphia and the Tri-State Financial Group, LLC (TFG) located in Paoli, PA as the Chief Administrative Officer, as well as being a partner in the Tri-State Financial Group. I am also a certified paralegal and a member of the South Jersey Paralegal Association. I feel and think that my understanding of local and state tax ordinances and regulations, budget planning and my business administration abilities, could be of help and assistance to the School District... Read more →


Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on Eric Cassidy

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Public education is a key ingredient of the American dream, critical to shaping productive future citizens and to maintaining a dynamic democracy, a strong economy, and a good quality of life. Hi my name is Eric Cassidy and I am running for school board. I'm running for the board because I feel that I have some new ideas. In doing my job, I'm constantly in the schools. I feel that I have new ideas to put our children first. If I'm elected I am going to fight hard for the children and make the hard choices. I will bring my experience to the table and do my best. I grew up in Gloucester city and a Gloucester City High School Graduate. I was a 1000th point scorer in basketball. I worked my way through Rowan University; where I earned a degree in Health and Exercise Science and went... Read more →