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May 2011


An important message from the President of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Assn. (NJOA CF Council Member) regarding public access to New Jersey beaches. The NJOA CF supports public access: "I need every one and their family's to write letters to the New Jersey DEP. By June 3th 2011 opposing doing away the Public Land Trust Doc. and given control of access to the beaches to local municipalize if you care about access to beaches please send a letter. If you live out of State please write, it concerns all of us that use New Jersey's beaches tell them you come to New Jersey for the beaches and recreation." Thank You, Paul Harris N.J.B.B.A. ----President Get Involved! Stay Involved! Send Letter to: Gary Brower, Esq N.J. DEP OFFICE of Legal Affairs 401 E. State St, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 402 Trenton, N J 08625 ATTN: DEP Docket No. 05-11-03 To... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools June Happenings

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools May 26, 2011 Press Release: June Happenings: May 31st – June 3rd- Mary Bray Book Fair (3 - 4 pm) 3rd - Mary Bray 1st Gr. Circus (1:30 pm) 8th -- Mary Bray Honor Roll Breakfast (Gr. 3 & 4) (8 to 8:30 am) 13th - B.O.E. Meeting (7:30 pm) RWK Media Center 15th - Mary Bray Fun Day ∗ June 14, 15, 16, & 17 - Early Dismissal Schedule - Grades 1st – 8th – 12:30 PM dismissal PS & K AM 8:30 – 10:15 PS & K PM 10:45 – 12:30 ∗∗16th - Gr. 8 Graduation (6:30 pm) Tickets Required Last Day of School for Gr. 8 Kershaw School - Final Exam Schedule: Gr. 8 Monday – 6/6/11 - Language Arts Tuesday – 6/7/11 - Math Wednesday – 6/8/11 - Science Thursday – 6/9/11 - Social Studies Gr. 5, 6 & 7 Wednesday –... Read more →


On May 26, 2011. Age 82. (nee Wills) Of Cherry Hill. Formerly of Tabernacle. Loving wife of 24 years to the late Henry Fischbach, Jr. Devoted mother of Michael and Gary. Survived by many relatives. Methodist Graveside Service and Burial with her late husband will be private at Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Helen Ann Fischbach. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


VINELAND, NJ: The Landis Theater Performing Arts Center invites you to enjoy an afternoon of incredible illusions, with plenty of comedy mixed in, when “The Magic Of Bill Blagg” takes the stage on Sunday, August 14 with a family-friendly 4:30pm performance. The Magic Of Bill Blagg (photo)is filled with exciting illusions, audience participation, non-stop comedy, and most importantlyBill Blagg’s engaging off-the-cuff personality. His grand-scale magic show leaves audiences rubbing their eyes in disbelief as they witness the seemingly impossible. Called “simply amazing,” by the Chicago Tribune, The Magic Of Bill Blaggincorporates lighting effects, elite stage sets, and mind-blowing tricks to present an unbelievable magic experience. When Bill Blagg was five years old, he received his first beginners set and his magical journey began. From that point, Bill practiced, rehearsed, and created illusions that he knew would entertain and amaze. By the time Bill was a senior in high school, people... Read more →

Face of Defense: Twin Dentists' Paths Lead to Iraq

By Army Maj. Jason Billington 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment BABIL, Iraq, May 25, 2011 - Suffering from a toothache in southern Iraq may land you in the chair of either of two brothers with an interesting story of adversity, perseverance, and the unique bond of identical twins. Army Capts. (Drs.) Aleksandr Baron and Dmitry Baron stand together outside of the dental clinic at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, May 6, 2011. The twin brothers are augmenting 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in southern Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Maksim Shchekoturov (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution imageavailable. Army Capts. (Drs.) Aleksandr and Dmitry Baron both serve in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment as dentists on separate bases in southern Iraq. Both are augmenting the unit from their home base of Fort Stewart, Ga. Aleksandr deployed to Contingency Operating Site Kalsu at the end of October to work with the Regimental Support... Read more →

FDA takes action against illegal marketing of tobacco products

Image via Wikipedia The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it issued 11 warning letters last week to online retailers for illegally marketing tobacco products with misleading or unsubstantiated claims or descriptors indicating that they can be used to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related disease. "There is no known safe tobacco product. It is illegal for tobacco companies or retailers, including internet sellers, to make unsubstantiated claims or statements that imply tobacco products reduce health risks," said Lawrence R. Deyton, M.S.P.H., M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. "FDA will pursue enforcement actions to protect the public health." The FDA cited the online retailers for a variety of illegal marketing claims that violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, including use of terms such as: "Light"; "Low"; "Mild"; "Less toxic"; or "Safer." These claims are not permitted unless a company has received an order... Read more →

At Reagan Gala, Secretary Cites Importance of U.S. Military Power

Image via Wikipedia By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 - At a gala here to celebrate what would have been Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates quoted the 40th president on the importance of sustaining U.S. military power. PHOTO: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT "As President Reagan once observed," Gates told an audience of more than 500, "'of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the United States was too strong.'" The Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala is part of the two-year-long celebration to commemorate the centennial of Ronald Reagan, who was born in February 1911. In the audience was British Defense Secretary Liam Fox, along with members of Congress and the diplomatic corps and others who served Reagan's presidency. Fox brought a message from former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who said she was "with the audience tonight in spirit on... Read more →

Outdated West Deptford law allows officials to sign up for health-care plans -

By Gina Bittner WEST DEPTFORD TWP. Ð Nearly a decade after his final term on the township committee, former part-time mayor David Shields is still receiving health benefits at municipal taxpayers' expense. Meanwhile, in exchange for a $3,600 annual cash payment, he waives the health coverage offered in the compensation package for his full-time public job. Shields, a Democrat who served 24 years on the township committee, is entitled to benefits for life under a little-known ordinance that dates back to the 1970s and was last amended in 2002. That township benefits package is currently valued at $26,560, according to a memo prepared by Lee Ann DeHart, deputy township clerk, in response to an open public records request filed by the Times. When David Shields retires at the end of the year from his current $185,000 position as executive director of the Gloucester County Improvement Authority (GCIA), he's slated... Read more →

Andrews Announces Newly Rehired Camden Police to Report to Duty

Image via Wikipedia Federal grant allows 19 officers to return to their beat Camden, NJ – At a swearing-in ceremony this past Monday, Congressman Rob Andrews joined Camden Mayor Dana Redd in announcing the re-hiring of 19 Camden police officers who were laid off in January. This welcome news comes on the heels of Camden re-hiring 55 police officers and 31 firefighters last month who were also laid off earlier this year. The rehiring of these 19 police officers was made possible through a $4.3 million U.S. Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grant. The COPS Hiring Program provides federal dollars directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies– helping cities like Camden meet the challenges of maintaining a safe and sufficient police presence and helping put these brave men and women back to work. “We are thankful that today we are bringing back 19 of our best... Read more →

Top 10 pitching prospects for the MLB Draft

By: Kevin Askeland | Photo by Dean Backes Bubba Starling is regarded as the top non-pitching prospect in the upcoming MLB Draft. While there are some exciting high school position players available in the Major League Baseball draft, pitchers appear to monopolize most of the draft positions expected to go to prep players during the early rounds. As many as 10 prep pitchers could go among the top 35 picks on June 6 when the first-year player selection commences. Meanwhile, only about four to five position players have a real shot at going that high. Outfield could be the deepest position, led by the top high school position player in the draft, Gardner-Edgerton's Bubba Starling. Add in athletic Josh Bell from Texas, speedy Charlie Tilson from Illinois and smooth-hitting Brandon Nimmo from Wyoming and you have a talented quartet of outfielders among the Top 10 position prospects. Here's a... Read more →

The Legion observes Memorial Day in D.C.

The American Legion - May 26, 2011 DoD photo To most working Americans, Memorial Day is a welcome day off, the lazy end of a relaxing, long weekend and the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. It is marked with backyard barbeques, family get-togethers and – lately – the viewing of sporting events on big HDTVs. But, for veterans and their families, Memorial Day is a very special day of solemn remembrance and celebration of the America they and their fallen comrades have fought to preserve. In and around the nation’s capital, The American Legion is observing the Memorial Day weekend with a number of appearances and activities: • From Friday morning through Monday evening, volunteers from the Legion’s Washington office will be staffing an informational booth on the National Mall near the Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Women’s Memorials. Staffers will pass out Legion brochures, provide VA benefit information,... Read more →

Alzheimer's Risk Gene May Damage Brain Decades Before Symptoms Show

Scans indicate even young adults who have the gene have some white-matter deterioration By: Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- A gene allele that increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease starts to damage the brain 50 years before symptoms of the disease appear, a new study suggests. An allele is one of two or more forms of a gene. In 2009, scientists concluded that the clusterin (CLU) gene boosts the chances of Alzheimer's disease by 16 percent, but it wasn't clear how it increased risk. This new study concluded that the C-allele of the CLU gene impairs development of myelin, the protective covering around the axons of neurons in the brain. This impairs brain wiring and can make a person more vulnerable to the onset of Alzheimer's later in life. About 88 percent of whites have the CLU C-allele, according to the University of California, Los... Read more →

NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - State Record Grass Carp Caught

State Record Grass Carp Caught May 26, 2011 The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that a Grass Carp caught by James Dempsey, Jr of Ewing New Jersey on May 12, 2011 is officially a new state record. The huge fish was taken from Curlis Lake in Mercer County and weighed an astounding 55 lbs. 8 oz., surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by Homer Tye by one pound, one ounce. That record fish was also from Curlis Lake. James was casting from shore using a St. Croix Mojo Bass rod and Pflueger Bait Caster reel with 10-pound test line and corn as bait when he hooked the giant fish. It took him 2 hours before he could finally land his new state record. The Grass Carp measured 47¾ inches in length and had a 30-inch girth. The New Jersey State Record Fish Program was revised in... Read more →

Four Thoughts on Memorial Day

1st THOUGHT: "The Tip of the Spear." In addition to communicating with the local Air Traffic Control facility, all aircraft in the Persian Gulf AOR are required to give the Iranian Military Air Defense Radar a ten minute 'heads up' if they will be transiting Iranian airspace. The following conversation was heard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz. Iranian Air Defense Radar: "Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself. "Aircraft: "This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace. "Air Defense Radar: "You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft! "Aircraft: "This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up. I'll wait. "Air Defense Radar: (total silence) 2nd THOUGHT: "The Remainder of the Spear" We as a people (here in the USA) raised, trained, and placed that courageous warrior in harms way... Read more →

VIDEO: Memorial Day, A Time to Remember

We would like to take a moment to pause from all of our political activity to remember this weekend from where our freedoms are derived and secured. It is through our armed forces. From our very first Sons of Liberty in the Continental Army to our present day protectors of freedom, nearly 2.5 million soldiers have laid down their lives or suffered wounds so that we might live in freedom. It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, Who has given us freedom of religion. It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the VETERAN, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, Who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, Who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the VETERAN, not... Read more →

“New Jersey approach” earns international award

New Jersey Center for Teaching & Learning honored for science initiative Published on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 At a time when many policymakers fret about American students’ lagging math and science scores, national experts are holding up the “New Jersey approach” to math and science instruction as the new international standard. On May 20, a panel of global experts selected the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) as a Gold Award winner in a worldwide education competition at the Learning Impact Awards in Long Beach, California. The Center was one of 14 international finalists, of which only four were from the United States. The award recognized the Center’s Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI) programs for their impact on student learning and teacher training. “Educators from all over the world want to meet with us to learn how to implement the ‘New Jersey approach’ in... Read more →

TCNJ athletics salutes Memorial Day

The group of five cadets marched out onto the field for the presentation of the U.S. National Anthem. The Color Guard was represented by Reserve Officer Training Corps are Cadet Captain, Robin Myers, Piscataway, New Jersey; Cadet Private First Class, Mark Curran, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Cadet Private, Andre Thomas, Staten Island, NY; Cadet Private Andrew Betz, Cape May, NJ; The Cadet Officer in Charge is Cadet Sergeant, Justin Hunter, Hamilton, New Jersey. The outfielders pictured for the Lions are freshman Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley), senior Anthony Palmiotto (Manchester, NJ/Manchester Twp.), and sophomore Mike Murphy (Staten Island, NY/Staten Island Tech) Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey athletic program would like to extend its praise and thanks to those brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way each day so that we can all live safely. Memorial Day provides all of us with an opportunity to take a step... Read more →

AMERICAN Legion World Series tickets on sale now

The American Legion - May 23, 2011 Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. Tickets are on sale for the highly anticipated 2011 American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., Aug. 12-16. General admission for a single game ticket is $7, or $30 for the entire tournament. Reserved, box and rocking chair seating are also available for additional fees. Tickets for the World Series celebration banquet taking place Aug. 11 are also available for purchase. During the evening banquet, exciting events will occur such as the recognition of the eight baseball teams, a performance by the 82nd Airborne All American Chorus, and a presentation from National Commander Jimmie Foster. For game or banquet ticket information, click here or call (704) 473-3103. Since winning the bid to permanently host the Legion World Series, the Shelby World Series Committee has been diligently working on creating a “wow” effect on all who attend, especially when... Read more →

You're Invited to Gloucester City's Memorial Day Services

City of Gloucester City press release The American Legion Post #135 and the VFW Post 3620, both from Gloucester City will have their annual Memorial Day services on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th starting at 9:00am. The services will begin at the Cedar Grove Cemetery , then the old St. Marys Cemetery, both on Market St., followed by a service at the Union Cemetery on Powell st., the Fire Department will have a service at the monuments at the firehouse on King St. Starting at 11:00am, services will begin at the monument at Broadway and Monmouth St. after the invocation by St. Mary's Pastor Msgr. Curran, Taylor Blackiston and Sarah Gilliard will sing the National Anthem. Past Commander of the American Legion Post 135, Emery Bittmann will read a poem "What is a Vet?". Guest speakers will include Mayor Bill James, Tom Gurick, from Gloucester High , Abigail Weiss and... Read more →

Video: Is NOAA Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Washington, D C − The same organization that challenged NOAA to bragging rights for the best hurricane forecast last year using a trained chimp armed only with a pair of dice and a craps table is challenging the agency again: This time by putting two fifth graders up against the multi-billion dollar federal agency. "NOAA may have ear," said David Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. "But he was really only our second banana. Let's see how NOAA can do against opponents with opposable thumbs." Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, released its annual May forecast of Atlantic hurricanes. NOAA forecast 6-10 hurricanes for 2011, a range suggesting anywhere from a "normal" hurricane season to an "above normal" one. "NOAA's forecast was on target last year, but it was only the second time in seven years the agency got it right.... Read more →

Diocese of Camden - Decree issued establishing Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish

Bishop Galante formally announced the establishment of Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish, formed through the consolidation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Glassboro; and Our Lady Queen of Peace, Pitman, effective on June 22. The announcement establishing the new parish was made in a formal decree, which was published in the May 20 edition of The Catholic Star Herald (pages 16-17). Father James A. Casadia has been named pastor of the new parish for a six-year term. The current Our Lady of Lourdes Church will be the seat of the new parish, serving the pastoral needs of the 2,240 families from Glassboro and Pitman, and Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will both be worship sites. The parish boundaries will be those of the two merging church communities. It is the 33rd decree issued by Bishop Galante in a diocesan-wide reconfiguration of parishes announced two years... Read more →

Thought for the Day: How Wasteful the Old Folks Were

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.” The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment." He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer's day. In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and... Read more →

How to Go to Congress and Become a Millionaire - John Ransom - Townhall Finance

BY JOHN RANSOM TOWNHALL Ever wonder how people go to Congress and become millionaires? A new academic report clears it up for us. A report from four scholars, Alan J Ziobrowski; James W Boyd, Ping Cheng; and Brigitte J. Ziobrowski, titled Abnormal Returns From the Common Stock Investments of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, shows that between 1985 and 2001 members of Congress enjoyed a considerable advantage over members of the public in their investment returns. The article was published by Berkeley Electronic Press and is a follow up to a similar study done on investments by US Senators. “A previous study suggests that U.S. Senators trade common stock with a substantial informational advantage compared to ordinary investors and even corporate insiders,” says the introduction to the report. “We apply precisely the same methods to test for abnormal returns from the common stock investments of Members of the... Read more →

Lions selected to All-Region teams

Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey baseball team had three members honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region. Junior Mike Galeotafiore (Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) was named to the Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team as a catcher, while sophomore Scott Kelly (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-North) was selected to the Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team at the second base position. Senior Connor Henderson (Monmouth Jct., NJ/South Brunswick) was named to the 2011 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove First Team. Galeotafiore batted .354 with a team-high 37 runs batted in, 14 doubles, and three home runs. He chalked up 52 hits, scored 30 times, and drew 24 walks. Galeotafiore had a season-high five hits in a win over New Jersey City University and also knocked in four runs in a victory of Elizabethtown College. He also cut down 11 runners out of 36 stolen base attempts during the season. Kelly enjoyed a... Read more →


Welcome Back From Afghanistan Marlton, New Jersey Who: Cpl. Eric Renoff When: Sunday, May 29, 2011 Time: 5:45 PM Where: 7 Annapolis Drive Marlton, New Jersey 08053 Contact: David (Yellow Ribbon Club) 609-417-8640 Steve (Father) 856-904-1343 Please come out to welcome home Cpl. Eric Renoff from serving in Afghanistan. Eric is entering his third year in the Marines Corps. He is based out of New River, North Carolina. He is returning from a 9 month deployment aboard the USS Kearsarge. His tour of duty included Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya. He is -MOS – Air Frame Mechanic for CH-53- Helicopters. He entered the Marines after graduating from Cherokee High School Class of 2008. His dad Steve proudly is a member of The Warriors’ Watch Riders. His grandfather is a U.S. Veteran as well. Friends, Family, The Warriors’ Watch, The Yellow Ribbon Club, The Evesham Township Police Department, The Evesham Township Fire-Rescue... Read more →

Veterans Affairs Announces New Applications for Caregiver Benefits

The American Legion - May 13, 2011 Debbie Ambur, chief consultant and lead VA senior staff on implementation of the department’s Caregiver program, speaks during a May 9 press conference. Photo by Jacob Gadd On May 9, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they are accepting new applications for Caregiver benefits. Additionally, during a press conference held on the same day, VA partnered with Easter Seals which will be developing training for VA’s Caregiver Program. James E. Williams Jr. president and chief executive officer of Easter Seals, provided opening remarks at the press conference. He highlighted Easter Seals commitment to supporting adults living with disabilities for more than 90 years. Williams added that, “We are proud to announce our new role for VA to provide comprehensive training and support for family caregivers.” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., commended VA and Easter Seals’ vision in partnering to develop caregiver... Read more →

CNBNEWS.NET Hunting and Fishing News: NJ Black Bear Hunting Results

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has released the final results of the 2010 Black Bear Hunting Season, held December 6-11, 2010. The season was held concurrently with the 6-Day Firearm Deer Season and was open in the area north of Rt. I-78 and west of Rt. I-287. The hunting season resulted in a total legal harvest of 592 black bears. The season is one component of the state's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, along with education, a bear feeding ban, aversive conditioning and other strategies. Hunters are required to check in harvested bears which provides a sample for population estimation purposes. During 2010, division biologists and technicians tagged 333 bears in preparation for the season, of which 299 were available for harvest prior to the season opening. Fifty-four (54) of these bears were harvested. Using this data, the population was estimated to be approximately 3,278 in the area... Read more →

BOB INGLE: NJEA offers revised history on one tax |

Hogwash. The NJEA misleads. And talk about hypocritical. The so-called millionaire's tax was installed by Gov. Jim McGreevey -- and it applied to people making $400,000 so it is a half-millionaires tax. Gov. Jon Corzine and the Democrat-led Legislature put in a temporary surtax that also applied to less-than-millionaires. They designed it to end Dec. 31, 2009, and it did. Between then and when Christie became governor, they passed and signed into law other bills but not their millionaire surcharge. Only after Christie took over did the Democrats approve a bill imposing a new surcharge on people making more than $1 million. Christie had said during the campaign he wouldn't raise taxes, so it was a political trick to get him to break his word or have something for the Democrats to bray about if Christie vetoed it, which he did. But taxes for the rich today are the same... Read more →

Worth Reading: UPDATE: $24B in bailout paid to contractors who owe millions in taxes...

Image via Wikipedia One construction company that won multiple awards of money under President Obama's 2009 stimulus program was delinquent on its federal tax bill to the tune of $700,000, even as a company executive was blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos. Yet another company failed to pay taxes, entered into a payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service, and then repeatedly defaulted on that agreement - and still won stimulus contracts worth more than $1 million, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday. All told, government investigators found that during the period they examined, one out of every six stimulus contract or grant dollars went to a known tax cheat, according to Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who, along with several colleagues, requested the GAO review. The review found that at least 3,700 stimulus recipients owed a total of more than $757 million in... Read more →


Throwing out the first pitch at the recent Gloucester Catholic v. Gloucester High Alumni softball game is Gibbstown Mayor George Shivery who is running for re-election this November. Shivery, a former Gloucester High School teacher has been mayor of Gibbstown for 9 years. Looking on is 5th District Assembly GOP primary candidate Wil Levins, of Gloucester City. The Rams defeated the Lions 24-15 behind superb performances by MVP George Hodge (89) Mike "Kenrod" Kenney (85). Bob Chew (86) pitched Gloucester Catholic to victory .......again. The game was played at the home of the Rams in Brooklawn. "Some things never change" was a chant that the well over 500 fans in attendance were shouting. Refuse to lose. Go Rams !!! The annual game is played in memory of James "Zonk" Rodgers. Read more →

Audubon Announces Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day Service ** Monday May 30th @ 10:15 am in front of the American Legion Hall on the corner of East Atlantic Avenue & Chestnut Street. Note: The American Legion is hosting a breakfast from 7:00am to 9:30am preceding the ceremonies. We look forward to seeing you there to show respect for those that have served our country. Related articles Where you can remember those who died in service ( Memorial Day Services | Barry Willoughby ( Samsung scholarship applications available ( Tuesday's Tantrum - Memorial Day edition ( Memorial Day Is a Time to Remember - Memorial Inspiration ( Read more →

Violence, Vandalism Flat at West Deptford Schools - West Deptford, NJ Patch

by Bryan Littel Incidents of violence and vandalism have remained roughly the same over a three-year period, West Deptford schools superintendent Kevin Kitchenman said in his annual report at Monday night’s school board meeting. There were 68 incidents of violence and 14 incidents of vandalism reported in the district in 2009-10, with violence down slightly from the previous year, but on par with 2007-08. Every school reported at least five incidents of violence, and the schools with larger populations reported more incidents. “Percentage-wise, it’s about the same,” Kitchenman said. The middle school had the most incidents, with 28 among 1,007 students, and the high school had the second-most, with 17 incidents among 964 students. The rate of violence was in the single digits, percentage-wise, across all schools in the district, and Kitchenman stressed that the statistics don’t necessarily speak to the severity of continue via Related articles West Deptford... Read more →

John Paff:Citing statute as reason for redaction ruled insufficient

In a May 24, 2011 decision, the Government Records Council (GRC) held that that it is improper for a records custodian to simply cite a statute as its reason for suppressing or redacting a document. The GRC stated that "simply citing to a specific provision of a law would force a requestor to search out the law and identify those provisions that may apply. It is often possible that members of the New Jersey citizenry would have no knowledge of where to find a particular statute or be able to single out the exemption within the statute that authorizes a redaction." The case is Paff v. Teaneck Township, GRC Complaint No. 2010-09 and is available on-line at At issue was the Teaneck Township Council's October 28, 2008 executive session minutes. In response to my OPRA request, the Township provided me with the minutes with large blocks of text redacted.... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Dogs in Cars

(CNBNEWS.NET) by Dawn Watson The following article was taken from: It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Most people don't realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a balmy day. However, on a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees -- and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun! Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach the danger zone on bright, sunny days. So many experts recommend not to leave pets or children in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher. Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn't guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb into the danger zone.... Read more →

Assembly Candidate Levins Opposes Freeholder Cappelli’s Countywide Police Service Plan

PRESS RELEASE GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ – Wil Levins, 5th District Republican candidate for State Assembly, opposes the plan for a Countywide Police Service offered by Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. Sources inside the County have stated that a Countywide Police Service, that began planning in February, could come online by the end of June with Camden City as the only participant. “Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli’s Countywide Police Service plan amounts to nothing more than policemen’s union busting and another huge county taxpayer bail-out for Camden City”, Levins said. “It is being rushed through development and is not being planned appropriately to become a long- term cost reduction benefit for our residents.” “The Countywide Police Service plan in Somerset County has been in development for over a year, with all parties involved, to ensure an effective and efficient transition. Similarly, the Gloucester County Dispatch System took eight years to develop and implement.... Read more →


By Raymond Rolak Veteran NHL players Doug Weight and Brian Rafalski announced their hockey playing days are over because of lingering back injuries. photo: NY Islander Doug Weight Both grew up in metro Detroit and took the college path to the NHL. Both were products of the improved Hockey USA development strategy. Both were veterans playing for the U.S. National team in international play. New York Islander Doug Weight, 40, announced his retirement recently after a 19 year career. Besides the Isle’s, Weight played for five other NHL teams including, the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks. photo: Brian Rafalski He will be staying with the Islanders as an assistant coach and special assistant to general manager Garth Snow. He was flanked at the announcement by Snow and Islanders owner Charles Wang. Also, attending the news conference at a hotel behind the Nassau... Read more →

Black Sea Bass Season begins Saturday

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing saltwater anglers that the opening of the black sea bass season is this Saturday, May 28 - just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. DEP Commissioner Bob Martin signed the new regulations on May 25, 2011. The season runs from May 28 - September 11; November 1 - December 31 while the size and possession limit remains the same as last year at 12.5 inches and 25 fish, respectively. Anglers and for-hire vessels are also reminded that NJ recently implemented the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP) on May 4, 2011. Prior to going out black sea bass fishing, or carrying passengers to go black sea bass fishing, you need to register with the NJSRRP. Registration is only available online by visiting the website . This program was established to exempt NJ anglers and for-hire vessels from registering with... Read more →


GLASSBORO, NJ – Four Rowan University baseball players were honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Right-handers Mike Swietanski and Steven Melchiorre were selected to the All-Region Teams. Center fielder Matt Citro and catcher Nick Turano earned ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove first team honors. A team captain, Swietanski (sr. Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford) was named to the ABCA All-Region second team. He led the Profs with a 7-2 record. In 10 games, he produced a 2.12 earned run average (ERA). Swietanski registered 62 strikeouts in 59.1 innings and held opponents to a .219 batting average. In the NCAA Division III statistics (as of May 15), he ranked 15th in ERA, 46th in strikeouts per nine innings (10.1) and was tied for 60th in victories. This season, he was chosen to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Conference and New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Coaches Association (NJCBA) All-State first teams. Melchiorre (so. Atco,... Read more →

Race Street Pier, Memorial Day Weekend Free Activities

SATURDAY, MAY 28 & SUNDAY, MAY 29 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Grand Opening Weekend for Race Street Pier Located at the end of Race Street along the water’s edge, the new park features a combination of interesting landscape architecture and a dramatic setting that offers spectacular views of the waterfront. Visitors can walk along the treelined paths and relax in the grassy areas while enjoying amazing views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Center City, and the Delaware River from a totally new vantage point. On Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th and 29th, Philadelphia will celebrate the opening of its newest park, the Race Street Pier, with family fun entertainment, interactive activities, and information about the special features of this modern urban oasis. ACTIVITY STATIONS Philadelphia Museum of Art Activity INFORMATION STATION Friends of Race Street Pier Iwill distribute information and conduct a membership drive DJ Guy Smith Will create a festive... Read more →

NJDOT ‘Complete Streets’ Policy receives top ranking

from National Complete Streets Coalition (Trenton) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has been recognized as a national leader for advancing ‘Complete Streets’ policies which promote safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and other users of New Jersey roadways. click box NJDOT’s Policy received the highest ranking among the more than 210 communities and states that have adopted formal Complete Streets policies, according to a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition. New Jersey was one of the first ten states in the nation to make Complete Streets an official internal policy. “Our ‘Complete Streets’ policy enhances safety for all users of our roads by integrating the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and others into the earliest stages of project planning and design,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson. “This approach is far more cost-effective than retrofitting improvements into a completed project.” NJDOT finalized a 'Complete Streets' policy in December... Read more →

State losing out on 9-1 match :: New Jersey Policy Perspective

NJ would save $45 million a year if it invested $7.5 million in family planning At a time when New Jersey doesn’t have a penny to spare, the state is leaving money on the table – perhaps millions of dollars a year in federal funds that could provide family planning services to poor, uninsured women. Not only has Governor Christie refused to continue the program that provides state grants to family planning clinics across the state (he vetoed a $7.5 million appropriation sponsored by Sen. Weinberg), the state has withdrawn its application for a Medicaid waiver that would have provided a 9-to-1 federal match of state funds that paid family planning expenses for women at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. To put it in simpler terms, under the waiver known as the Family Planning State Option the federal government would provide $9 million for every $1 million... Read more →

Welcome Home Lt. Col. Sally Stenton of Cherry Hill

Welcome Back from Afghanistan Cherry Hill, New Jersey Who: Lt. Col. Sarajane “Sally” Stenton When: Saturday, May 28, 2011 Time: 11:45 AM Where: Cherry Hill Fire Station #6 301 Burnt Mill Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 Contact: David (Yellow Ribbon Club) 609-417-8640 John Stenton (Brother) 609-545-8666 Please come out to welcome home Lt. Col. Sarajane “Sally” Stenton from serving in Afghanistan. Lt. Col Stenton was born and raised in Cherry Hill. She is a graduate of Cherry Hill High School East and an Honors Graduate of Westchester University. After college she worked for a number of years at the Camden County Prosecutors Office as an undercover investigator while attending Rutgers University Law School in Camden, achieving a J.D. after four years of night school in 1989. This past March, she celebrated her 20th anniversary of military service after first joining the Army Reserves in 1991. Further, she has now served... Read more →

From Assembly Democratic spokesman Tom Hester Jr.:

“It’s flat out bizarre how this increasingly unpopular governor chooses to continually emphasize his failures, but sadly he seems to enjoy picking fights rather than working with others to get things done. The buck clearly doesn’t stop at him. Remember, Gov. Christie is the one who rejected property tax reform and job creation measures while giving millionaires a sweet tax break and hiking property taxes on everyone else. Now he’s run afoul of the courts for putting children at risk. He should stop these tantrums, take responsibility and show some leadership by learning how to work with others like a grown up.” A look at Gov. Christie’s property tax hikes, the highest since 2007: And don’t forget his income tax increase on working families: A Republican gas tax hike push: Related articles Gov. Christie blames NJ property tax increase on Democrats ( Cryan: Christie Property Tax Hike... Read more →

Percy Street goes porous | South Philly Review

joint initiative between two City departments chose a Bella Vista block as the first of many potential permeable streets. By Joseph Myers| Posted May. 18, 2011 Mayor Michael A. Nutter applies water to the newfangled block. The space is playing a huge role in making Philadelphia America's greenest city. Photo by Greg Bezanis Summer has many water-related constants, among them Italian ice, swimming pools and thunderstorms. Keen on keeping residents’ attention on enjoying the first two and not dreading the third, the City’s Streets and Water departments took an early measure May 10. They unveiled the 800 block of Percy Street as the first porous green block, a title that will rely on unique asphalt to check stormwater runoff and to curtail basement flooding. The tiny street’s occupants hosted City officials for their space’s coronation as a chief element of the Water Department’s Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative. With water... Read more →

Video: Can I Haz Interwebz? Net Neutrality Explained

New Steven Crowder Comedy Video, "Can I Haz Interwebz? Net Neutrality Explained," Released by National Center for Public Policy Research Washington, DC − The National Center for Public Policy Research is pleased to release today a new comic video in its ongoing series of conservative videos created by and starring conservative comedian Steven Crowder. This week's release: "Can I Haz Interwebz? Net Neutrality Expla ined." In this week's video, Steven tackles the complicated issue of "Net Neutrality" -- so complicated, as Steven proves, its supporters can't even figure it out. "...Net Neutrality is a complex issue," says Steven. "Net Neutrality is a complex issue. That's why I labored over this video. Sure, after you watch it, it'll still be a complex issue, but at least you'll enjoy learning about it... and the hipsters are always good for a chuckle (provided you are not within smelling distance). As Al Franken says,... Read more →

Mafia Takedown Philadelphia Boss Charged

FBI Press release 05/25/11 Philadelphia Special Agent in Charge George Venizelos, at podium, announces indictments. On Monday, a superseding federal grand jury indictment was announced charging 13 members and associates of the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra (LCN) family with racketeering, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, and witness tampering. Eleven of the 13—including the reputed boss and underboss of the criminal enterprise—were arrested earlier that day in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Two of the subjects were already serving time in federal prison for previous convictions but managed to continue their racketeering activities from behind bars. Alleged mob boss Joseph Ligambi rose through the ranks of the Philadelphia LCN crime family and took over at the helm after the 2001 incarceration of previous boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino on racketeering charges. The indictment alleges that for more than a decade, Ligambi, underboss Joseph Massimino, and the others conspired to generate money through... Read more →

BILLS POINT OF VIEW: Congratulations Joe ; and A Friend in Need

by Bill Cleary CNBNEWSNET SECOND TO NONE!-Longtime Brooklawn American Legion Coach Joe “Pop” Barth along with friends and family celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Brooklawn Legion baseball program earlier this month. Over 300 people attended the affair that was held at the Legion Home, on Railroad Avenue. When Kevin Callahan of the Courier Post asked Joe what it meant to him to be coaching for six decades now, Pop said in his typical fashion "damn if I know." Pop means so much to Bob Nannay, who played shortstop for Brooklawn in 1958, he came from his home in Old Orchard Beach, Maine to attend the celebration. "He taught me responsibility and commitment and the importance of the team," said Nannay, 69, who is a retired professor at the University of Southern Maine. "He is just a great teacher. He was the best teacher I ever had." Barth started the... Read more →


press release POSTING DATE: 5/26/2011 GENERAL LABOR JOB#: DPW001-S-PT Audubon Department of Public Works is seeking three (3) part-time temporary / seasonal staff for general labor duties to include but not limited to trash collection, recycling collection, leaf collection, lawn maintenance and other various responsibilities as needed. Must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid NJ drivers license. Job Category: Part Time / No benefits Pay Rate: $9.00 - $10.00 per hour DOE Location: Borough of Audubon Hours: 7:00am - 12:00pm Monday - Friday (25 hours) All interested candidates should stop by the Borough Hall to fill out an application. Borough of Audubon 606 W. Nicholson Road Audubon, NJ 08106 For questions please call Dave Taraschi at 856-547-1240 Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Read more →


Gloucester City High School Lions baseball team will face Pennsville in the second round of the South Jersey Group 1 playoffs on Friday. The game will be played at the Lions field, Route 130 and Market Street. The starting time has been changed from 4 PM to 3 PM. Related articles Sports: Lions Take Leap to Second, Play Again on Friday ( Lions Take Group 1 Leap ( City of Gloucester Proclamation Honoring Amateur Radio Operators ( Pennsville man hid in trunk, threatened officers with mop handle to avoid arrest, police say ( Gloucester Catholic #1...Millburn, Roxbury, Hunterdon Central enter Top 20 | ( Gloucester City HS clinches Classic crown | Philadelphia Inquirer ( Meadowbrook Mews Townhouses for Sale; Price Range $167,000 to $195,000 ( Read more →