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May 2011

City of Gloucester Proclamation Honoring Amateur Radio Operators

Whereas, Amateur Radio operators are celebrating over a century of the miracle of the human voice broadcast over the airwaves; and Whereas, Amateur Radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas; and Whereas, Amateur Radio Operators have also provided countless hours of community services throughout these decades; and Whereas, these Amateur Radio’s services are provided wholly uncompensated; and Whereas, the State also recognizes the services Amateur Radio’s operators also provide to our many Emergency Response organizations, including the Fire Department, Police Department and the office of Emergency Management;... Read more →

NYPD Officers Cleared Of Rape Charges I NEW YORK POST

By LAURA ITALIANO In a courtroom stunner this morning, Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were cleared by a Manhattan jury of all felony charges of rape, burglary and falsifying business records -- but the police department said they will waste no time getting rid of the officers. "The guilty verdict warrants immediate termination from department. We will pursue that today," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a news conference this afternoon. The two officers were each convicted only of three misdemeanor counts of official misconduct after jurors found that they knowingly refrained from their duties during three caught-on-video return... Read more →

DRPA Targets Seat Belt Violators through “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

Now through Sunday, June 5, the Delaware River Port Authority’s Public Safety Department will join other law enforcement agencies in the region to step up enforcement and education of New Jersey’s Primary Seat Belt Law. The campaign, Click It or Ticket, is sponsored and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is part of New Jersey’s annual effort to increase seat belt use through a combination of heavy enforcement, advertising and public awareness campaigns. Variable message signs at all four DRPA bridges will inform drivers of the Click it or Ticket campaign. photo: Ben Franklin Bridge DRPA CEO,... Read more →

Westville School Board Notes for May

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News Voters had rejected the proposed 2011-20 Westville Parkview School budget by a vote of 122-111 in April. A Westville Borough Council meeting was rescheduled from the original date of May 11 to May 9 in order to review the budget as requested by school administrators. Mayor Russell Welsh broke a 3-3 tie and voted in favor of approving the budget as requested by the school district. Council Members Colleen Archer, Charles Murtaugh and William Rebel cast the “no” votes. Michael Ledrich, William Packer and James Pennington voted “yes” to accept the budget as presented,... Read more →

Document details forming Camden County-wide police force, ending Camden City's | Philadelphia Inquirer

By Darran Simon Inquirer Staff Writer Camden police officers were nervous Monday over a document that has surfaced, appearing to show a timeline for dismantling the Camden force and creating a new countywide regionalized department. The timeline shows June 27 as the date for a "CCPD" to be established and for "All CPD Employees" to get layoff notices about a month later. It also shows times for background interviews, testing, and hire dates for "non-CPD" and "Former CPD Employees." The fear about job security came the same day that Mayor Dana Redd swore in the latest batch of officers rehired... Read more →

Roberto Clemente Park Groundbreaking Thursday

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack will break ground on Roberto Clemente Park, Thursday, May 26, at 2:00pm. Upgrades to the Roberto Clemente Park include renovation of the existing pool compound and provision of picnic tables to accommodate swimmers, a new color-coated basketball court, and installation of ornamental fencing and brick plazas at the two entrances. “Additional improvements and upgrades include ornamental lighting and extensive landscaping as well as a new playground. A gazebo will be installed within the renovated children’s garden to accommodate environmental classes and garden crafts. I am so proud of these projects that truly change the landscape of... Read more →

Election 2012: Generic Presidential Ballot - Rasmussen Reports™

For the third week in a row, voters remain almost evenly divided over whether they want to reelect President Obama or elect a Republican to replace him. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that the president earns support from 45% of Likely Voters nationwide, while a generic Republican candidate picks up 44% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Last week, the Republican earned support from 45% of voters, while Obama attracted 43%. The week before that, the president held an equally modest 45% to 43% lead. Rasmussen... Read more →

William W. Messenger Jr., former Bellmawr Councilman, County Park Police Officer, GHS Alumni

Suddenly, on May 24, 2011. Age 64. Of Rio Grande. Formerly of Bellmawr and Gloucester City. Wonderful and beloved husband of 12 years to Sherri (nee Quirk). Loving father of Stel “Sis” Messenger, William W. Messenger III, Michael J. Messenger (Dawn) and previous husband of 27 years Estelle Messenger (nee Moller). Caring brother in law of James Moller. Cherished grandfather of 10. Bill was a graduate of Gloucester High School. He proudly served our Country in the U.S. Air Force. Bill worked 30 + years as a police officer for the Camden County Park Police. He was a former Bellmawr... Read more →

Assembly Candidate Levins: Cutting Waste Lowers Spending and Taxes

by Wil Levins (CNBNEWS.NET) I was recently speaking with a group of public employees who work for various prominent State Agencies and listened as they shared examples of profound wastefulness that occurs in our State government. From not utilizing a common database for sharing departmental information to failed inter-office policies that prohibit corporate taxes from being paid on time electronically were among the many ways our State’s inefficient operating methods squander New Jersey taxpayer’s dollars. So why should you care? Government Agency operating costs all contribute into the State’s Annual Budget and the money needed to pay the budget comes... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Board of Education News for May

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News During the Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) Reorganization Meeting May 9, three board members were sworn in by Business Administrator Melissa Raywood. photo by Leigh Anne Hubbs... Incumbents Rocco Vespe (left) and James Pacetti, (center) with 248 and 209 votes respectively, were re-elected and newcomer Joan Greenwood received 272 votes. She replaced former member Michael Iovacchini. Mount Ephraim taxpayers defeated the proposed budget increase of 4.4 percent by a vote of 302 to 208, and the School Board plans to discuss the budget with the Mayor and Commissioners. President Dominick Cipolone was... Read more →


BELLMAWR NJ- Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Task Force 33 was dispatched at 23:36 hours to the Bellmawr Manor Apartments Unit 181 for a reported apartment fire with entrapment. B-303,Squirt 32 and BLS 3 arrived 3 1/2 minutes after being dispatched. Crews encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions. The fire had auto extended from the first floor unit and communicated up the outside gaining access to the cock loft through the sofit. Crews made an aggressive knock on the fire and quickly discovered the occupant had succumb to his injuries. The crews were able to get ahead of the fire by... Read more →

Video: Goldendoodle Owners Unaware Their Dog Dozer was Running a Marathon

Link submitted by Jack Heath Dozer’s owners had no idea that the active young dog had joined more than 2000 runners around mile 5 of the 13.1-mile race. Although many runners saw the canine running the course and drinking water from cups at the water spots. The Maryland Half Marathon is looking at ways to involve Dozer in the future. He currently has his own fundraising page on the race website where he’s raised nearly $1900 for cancer research. Read more →

Meadowbrook Mews Townhouses for Sale; Price Range $167,000 to $195,000

By Albert Countryman Jr. Gloucester City News Thanks to the efforts of the Orens Brothers transforming the Chatham Square Apartments into three bedroom homes, the housing stock in Gloucester City has improved. ARTIST SKETCH OF MEADOWBROOK MEWS Meadowbrook Mews, at Route 130 near Klemm Avenue, is offering new townhomes with everything brand new and a five-year, graded tax abatement program. Units are now being sold in the first building facing Klemm, and ultimately 100 apartments are being upgraded and renovated into 50 homes with a price range of $167,000 to $195,000, said Jon Orens of Oren Bros. Real Estate Inc.,... Read more →

West Deptford on Fox29- Former Mayor Dave Shields-Incredible

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. - Fox 29's Steve Keeley shared a preview of a story he's been working on out of New Jersey. It involves West Deptford's former Mayor David P. Shields and the benefits package he has received from several different government positions he has held. Watch some of the video from when they chatted about the matter, and see the full report tonight on the Fox 29 News at 10. Watch Live Online: Fox 29 News at 10 Looking Into NJ Official's Benefits: MyFoxPHILLY.com Read more →

Gloucester City Board of Education News for May

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News President Louisa Llewellyn began the May Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) meeting reading from its Code of Ethics, and then students made presentations. Student representatives from Gloucester Junior-Senior High School, Vincent Ren and Abigail Weiss, shared their winning submissions from the VFW’s recent essay contest on patriotism. click advertisement Vincent, an eighth grader, and Abigail, an 11th grader, have been invited to share their essays during Memorial Day celebrations around town. Then, students Kaitlyn Gurcik, Nicole DeMarco, Justin Ly, Nicole Nieves and Nina Ahrens presented a Power Point demonstration on forensic science under... Read more →

Beginning in June Bellmawr School Board to Hold Two Meetings a Month

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News The Bellmawr Board of Education Reorganization Meeting May 12 kicked off with the swearing-in of two returning members, along with a freshman. Jody Mangus and Michael Williams returned to continue their work, while Edward Legenski III was also sworn in as the lone newcomer. The swearing-in was conducted by Board Solicitor Ron Sahli. Following the ceremony, incoming Business Administrator (BA) Chris Rodia solicited nominations for the Board’s President and Vice President. Williams nominated Jamie Casey to return as President, seconded by Mangus. Eric Hoban nominated Mangus for Vice President, seconded by Bill Murray. Both... Read more →

Obama's camp digging up dirt on NJ governor Chris Christie : NYPOST.com

By JOSH MARGOLIN Last Updated: 5:40 AM, May 23, 2011 Posted: 2:05 AM, May 23, 2011 President Obama's re-election campaign is trying to dig up dirt in the Garden State. Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's repeated pronouncements that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination, Obama operatives are compiling a dossier of what they call "opposition research" -- material that could be used to damage Christie if he changes his mind, The Post has learned. The Obama campaign is trying to keep its efforts from public view, concerned they would only elevate Christie's already impressive standing within the... Read more →

NJ Supreme Court Says More State Aid for Schools; NJSBA, NJEA and Republicans Comment

Image via Wikipedia NJSBA Comments on Supreme Court Funding Decision TRENTON, May 24, 2011— Raymond R. Wiss, president of the New Jersey School Boards Association, issued the following statement on today’s school funding decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court. “The New Jersey School Boards Association believes in fair and equitable distribution of state aid. In 2008, NJSBA supported the principles of the School Funding Reform Act, based on the act’s recognition that at-risk students attend schools in communities throughout New Jersey, not just in 31 communities. The 2008 funding law also attempted to help those middle- and moderate-income communities,... Read more →

Infantry Soldiers Hold Border Hilltop During Overnight Attack

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service GAYAN DISTRICT, Afghanistan, May 20, 2011 - This week, members of 'Dog' Company maintained their hold on a key hilltop located just meters from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border by winning a 14-hour firefight with insurgents. Sgt. 1st Class Adam Petrone, acting second platoon leader for the 101st Airborne Division's 'Dog' Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, shown above after an enemy attack May 18, directed his platoon's defense during an firefight at the same location May 16 and 17. DOD photo by Karen Parrish (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution imageavailable. Army Sgt. 1st Class... Read more →

Gloucester City HS clinches Classic crown | Philadelphia Inquirer

Gloucester City High School's success as a perennial Tri-County Conference softball power continued on Monday as the Lions clinched their sixth straight Classic Division championship with a 10-0 shutout of visiting Schalick. Tersea Anderson hit a two-run homer, Angela Harris knocked in three runs with a pair of singles, and Kate Boulden scattered three hits to get the pitching win for coach Dave Light's club. Also in the Tri-County, Erynn Sobieski's first no-hitter made GCIT a 4-0 winner at Woodstown. Sobieski struck out six and walked one, and Taylor Favinger had four of the Cheetahs' five hits. Colonial. Haddon Heights... Read more →

Samsung scholarship applications available

The American Legion - May 17, 2011 Photo by Charlie Tucker The Samsung American Legion Scholarship is available for high school juniors who participate in and complete the Boys State or Girls State programs and are direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of wartime veterans eligible for American Legion membership. The Samsung scholarship awards up to $20,000 for undergraduate studies (e.g.,room and board, tuition and books), and each applicant is selected according to his or her school and community activities, academic record and financial need. “I feel extremely honored to have been selected for this prestigious scholarship award that recognizes... Read more →

Local School Officials Earn School Boards Association Certification

TRENTON, May 19, 2011—The New Jersey School Boards Association recently honored two dozen local board of education members for achieving advanced certification through the association’s Board Member Academy. NJSBA created the Board Member Academy in 1992 to provide formal training for the state’s 4,800 local board of education members. Each year, the Academy offers a wide variety of courses to promote effective school board governance. “Education is a lifelong process. For local school board members, the NJSBA Board Member Academy provides a wide range of training that’s essential in helping them fulfill their responsibilities,” said Raymond R. Wiss, NJSBA president... Read more →

Vinny Gorgeous knocks down lawyers' claims he was beaten by dad as a child - NYPOST.com

by Mitchel Maddux Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano (photo) wants to suck it up and be a man -- even if it kills him. The former crime boss's macho mentality was evident in court yesterday when he shouted out his refusal to be portrayed as a helpless victim. His life may hang in the balance when the penalty phase of his capital-murder trial starts and his defense lawyer yesterday suggested his legal team wants the jury to hear that as a boy, Basciano was beaten by his father. That might make jurors more sympathetic and wonder whether childhood traumas may have... Read more →


CNBNEWS Staff Reporter The Gloucester City High School Lions baseball team leaped into the second round of the South Jersey Group 1 Playoffs by beating Leap Academy of Camden 14 – 0. Gloucester’s Brandon Blackiston capped a 10 run 1st inning with a Grand Slam, while winning Pitcher Austin Darrow (4 -1) shutdown all Leap hitters before leaving the game in the third giving way to Steven Bobo. Catcher Thomas O’Donnell finished of the Leap Academy with a 2 run homer in the third. The pitching combination of Darrow, Bobo, Kyle Gaff and Kyle Greene limited Leap to one base... Read more →

Irene E. Brown, of Gloucester City, formerly of Oaklyn

On May 22, 2011. (nee Earle) Of Gloucester City. Formerly of Oaklyn. Beloved wife of 47 years to Burd Brown. Loving mother of the late Paul Withers III. Devoted daughter of Charlotte (nee Rosin) and the late John M. Earle. Cherished grandmother of Paul Withers IV, Rachel Withers and Melissa Coates (Ricky Sr.) Cherished great grandmother of Damian, Kyrah and Ricky Coates Jr. Dear sister of Charlotte Kilgarriff (Cornelius), Kathleen Killeen, Michael Earle (Mary), Elsie Haas (Bob), Stephen Earle and the late John Earle Jr. She is also survived and will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews.... Read more →

Bette J. Brandt of Gloucester City, Hairdresser for Many Years

On May 20, 2011, (nee Grasmick) of Gloucester City, NJ. She is the beloved wife of Jack C. Brandt, devoted mother of Ronald and Frank (Jessica) Brandt, loving daughter of Louis Sr. and the late Beatrice Grasmick, the cherished grandmother of Melissa, Nicolas, Gabrielle and great grandchild Kayden and dear sister of Louis (Dee) Grasmick, Jr. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Bette worked as a Hairdresser for many years in both the Fairview and Westville areas. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:30am at ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST.,... Read more →

13 Members and Associates of the Philly Mob Arrested

press release May 23, 2011 WASHINGTON—A superseding indictment was unsealed today against 13 members and associates of the Philadelphia organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (LCN), including its current boss and underboss. The indictment charges various crimes involving racketeering conspiracy, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling and witness tampering. Joseph Ligambi (right) with Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino in 1998. Ligambi took over the mob after Merlino's '99 arrest, sources say. The defendants charged in the 50-count superseding indictment are Philadelphia LCN family boss Joseph Ligambi, Philadelphia LCN family underboss Joseph Massimino, George Borgesi, Martin Angelina, Anthony Staino Jr., Gaeton Lucibello,... Read more →

South Jersey Citizens: The Gloucester Township Reform Agenda

On May 18th, 2011 South Jersey Citizens published their list of reforms and an overview of the agenda. The narrative at the bottom of this page can also be found on the Reform Agenda Discussion page. We challenge the Gloucester Township Town Council to pass these measures by October 1st, 2011. We dare the Republicans and Independents to work with Council to move these reforms forward in spite of their political differences. Governing is about doing what is right for the town, not putting your political party first or sabotaging good work because of the political affiliation of the person... Read more →

Diocese of Camden - Ten men ordained as deacons

On Saturday, May 21, 2011, ten men were ordained by Bishop Joseph Galante to the Order of Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Camden at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Glassboro. The new deacons are: - Deacon Paul R. Bubeck, a former manufacturing supervisor and a retired hospitality worker in the casino industry, who is assigned to Holy Trinity Parish, Margate, and will work in Healthcare Ministries. - Deacon Lawrence S. Farmer, currently Director in the Diocesan Planning Office and former executive in a large manufacturing company, who is assigned to St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Sicklerville, and... Read more →

Lost Dog: Thanks for Your Help!!

Sassy Came Home (CNBNEWS.NET) Sassy, a gray and white Poodle/Maltese mix, was found. A kind-hearted person from Brooklawn, no doubt a CNB reader, found her and returned her to her home. If the individual that returned her would like to collect the reward offered by Brother of the Wolf, please call 856-981-8957. Read more →

Republican Assembly Candidate Updates Campaign Website

Friends, I wanted to take this opportunity to point out the many new features on my Campaign Website www.willevins.com We have added links to facebook, twitter, CNBnews.net as well as voter resources, photos and press releases. Please help me to deliver our Republican message of Less Spending, Smaller Government and Lower Taxes to the People of the 5th District by recommending my website to a friend and forwarding them this email. Together, we can win for fiscally conservative values and take our State back from 10 years of graft, waste, debt, patronage and bankruptcy. In Liberty, Wil Levins Republican Candidate... Read more →

Andrews Highlights Path to Higher Education and Competitiveness

Haddon Heights, NJ- Earlier this week, Congressman Rob Andrews spoke with student financial aid administrators, highlighting new student loan programs which pave the way for millions of Americans to succeed in today’s job market without being overwhelmed by student loan debt. Rep. Andrews focused on a little-known repayment program that provides student loan relief to graduates who enter lower-paying careers or suffer setbacks such as unemployment or serious illness. He emphasized two points-- that a college educated workforce increases America’s competitiveness in today’s global job market, and that no one should go broke because he or she decided to go... Read more →

Miguel Anjel Barberena Morales, of Camden City age 62

On May 6, 2011. Age 62. Of Camden City. Loving father of Carla Barberena. Miguel was born in Nicaragua and came to the United States in 1988. He was a landscaper for Eric’s Lawn Care in Mount Laurel. Viewing, Mass of Christian Burial and Interment will be in Nicaragua. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Miguel Anjel Barberena Morales. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME : 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


(11/P66) TRENTON - In continued demonstration of its commitment to protecting New Jersey's environment, the Christie Administration this week filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking to overturn lower court rulings that would allow the deepening of the Delaware River to move forward despite a lack of updated environmental impact studies. click advertisement "We remain steadfast in our belief that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must be compelled to openly and thoroughly assess the impacts that deepening the shipping channel would have on the ecology of the river, including impacts to South Jersey's wetlands," Department of... Read more →

Portsmouth baseball team sets national win streak record at 76 - MaxPreps News

PEMBROKE, N.H. — When Thursday's game was over and the Portsmouth (N.H.) baseball team had secured the national record for consecutive victories by beating Pembroke Academy 10-2, Portsmouth pitcher/outfielder Keegan Taylor admitted to feeling a sense of relief. He insisted there was no sense of satisfaction, however. "It's definitely, definitely relief," Taylor said. "It's always nice to have something off your back, but to me we're not done. It's more than just this. Definitely not satisfied yet. We want to be the last team standing." The theme coming from the Portsmouth players following Thursday's contest seemed to be this: They... Read more →

Video: NJ Democrat Senator Dick Codey Pokes Fun at Political Boss George Norcross

Sen. Dick Codey's YouTube video is his contribution to the Legislative Correspondents Club dinner that was held earlier this month. Codey has a book coming out in June. He describes George Norcross as a political boss responsible for a lot of the problems in New Jersey. Amazon.com describes Me, Governor? as a chronicle of local and state government from a man who lived among political movers and shakers for more than three decades. At once a political autobiography, filled with lively, incisive anecdotes that record how Codey restored respectability and set a record for good politics and good government, this... Read more →

Worth Reading: Surprise: Americans' Health Care Costs Expected To Rise in 2012

by Guy Benson But...I thought Obamacare, "front-loaded" with wondrous benefits, was going to lower premiums and bend the healthcare cost curve down. The joke's on us: U.S. employers can expect an 8.5 percent increase in their medical costs next year due in some part to the healthcare reform law, the consulting firm PwC said in a report Wednesday. The widely read annual report on cost trends points to three main drivers of healthcare costs, two of which are exacerbated by the new law. At the same time, PwC said the law will have a "minimal effect" on 2012 prices because... Read more →

TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Education v. Sports; Thank You Dawn; Camden Diocese Wrong Again

William E. Cleary Sr. CNBNEWSNET EDUCATION V. SPORTS...Gloucester Catholic High School Alumni Association sent out a survey form this past week to a select group of alumni members asking their opinion on the idea of spending $4 million to build athletic fields and a media room. From the letter... “First, we want to transform 75 acres of land in Deptford into Gloucester Catholic’s centralized ATHLETIC COMPLEX. This land has been granted to us by Bishop Joseph Galante of the Diocese of Camden. The tradition of Ram sports includes 25 varsity teams and the need for practice and playing fields is... Read more →


CNBNEWS.NET Staff Reporter The Gloucester City High School Lions baseball team takes the field Monday in a first round playoff game. The Lions (13 – 6) host Leap Academy of Camden (2 -8). First pitch 4 PM. Two of the Lions 13 wins have come at the hands of #4 rank Highland High School and #8 Pitman High School. Lions skipper Kevin Fahy has juggled his inexperience ballplayers into a team not to be taken lightly. The Lions are led by seniors 2B Brandon Blackiston, SS Kyle Greene, DH Dalton Dunn and 3B Tom Lindsay. The Lions offense is provided... Read more →

Dodging the Trump Bullet by Luigi Zingales - City Journal

Americans—and Republicans—are lucky that the Donald has bowed out. 19 May 2011 Donald Trump’s announcement that he will not run in the Republican presidential primaries after all is great news for the Republican Party and for the country. The only thing more frightening than Trump’s running for president would be Trump’s getting elected president. From a party perspective, while losing an election is bad, winning one with the wrong candidate for the party and for the country is worse. I know something about this: I come from Italy, a country that has elected as prime minister the Trumplike Silvio Berlusconi.... Read more →


AND MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE Seminar on Building Destination Businesses Hosted by DCA’s Main Street New Jersey Program TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lori Grifa today announced that registration is open for the 2011 Downtown Revitalization and Management Institute being hosted by the Main Street New Jersey program on Wednesday, June 8, at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The one-day seminar will focus on how downtown merchants and stakeholders can make businesses a destination for shoppers. “Downtowns do not decline overnight. Nor can they be revitalized overnight. Instead, community stakeholders need to put in time and... Read more →

Ruling obscures VA gains in veterans’ care

By Marty Callaghan - May 13, 2011 The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs "unchecked incompetence" is causing many of its mental-health patients to "agonize or perish." However, The American Legion says the ruling is one-sided and overlooks the fact that the VA has excellent programs in place for the treatment of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and suicide prevention among veterans. "Balanced criticism of VA's performance is justified, but the 9th Circuit Court seems to have gone out of its way to portray VA as an incompetent organization. That simply isn't the case,"... Read more →

Worth Reading: Waive Me

Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Michelle Malkin Hear that? It's the escalating cry of American employers and workers trying to hold on to their health care benefits in the age of stifling Obama health insurance mandates: Gangway! Gangway! Save me! Waive me! Obamacare refugees first began beating down the exit doors in October 2010. As I've documented since last fall, waiver-mania started with McDonald's and Jack in the Box; spread to Dish Networks, hair salon chain Regis Corp and resort giant Universal Orlando; took hold among every major Big Labor organization from the AFL-CIO to the CWA to the SEIU;... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Docking and Cropping

by Dawn Watson CNBNEWS.NET- Docking, or the partial or complete removal of a dog’s tail, is routinely done to puppies fewer than 10 to 14 days old. The procedure is usually carried out by both breeders and veterinarians without anesthesia. Opponents of these procedures state that most tail dockings are done for aesthetic reasons rather than health concerns and are unnecessarily painful for the dog. Cropping, in which a portion of the ear flap is removed, is a procedure done to produce ears that stand erect. This procedure is most often performed in puppies around 8-12 weeks of age. Most... Read more →

ACT's New Web Pages!

PRESS RELEASE Check out the new web pages at www.PhillyBizMedia.com and gain- -a FREE ad, 2" x 2"- -in an upcoming issue of ACT, this regions business-to-business newspaper. To qualify send an e-mail to AdComTimes@aol.com, providing us with the telephone number you see listed for the radio show, "Business of Sports." Joseph Ball Publisher CLICK ADVERTISEMENT Read more →

Armed Forces Day "United in Strength" Saturday, May 21, 2011

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces... Read more →

Righting the Blight? | Philadelphia City Paper

The remnants of a slum empire are up for grabs. By Isaiah Thompson Evan M. Lopez [ neglect ] In 2008, Bob Coyle, the now-infamous slumlord, walked away from millions of dollars in mortgages he'd taken out on a small empire of crumbling houses in Kensington and Port Richmond, leaving the local banks that'd loaned him the money sitting high and dry — and on top of more than 100 of Coyle's properties. Among those properties was 3310 Argyle, a vacant shell that had sat neglected for years when Jamie Moffett moved in next door and watched as drug users... Read more →

NJ Golf Course Owners Association Event

Showcases Latest Products And Trends In Golf Industry Monroe Township, NJ, May 16, 2011 – The New Jersey Golf Course Owners Association’s (NJGCOA) NJ Golf B2B networking event at the Forsgate Country Club, in Monroe Township, June 15, will provide a forum for the state’s golf course operators to discuss ideas and see the latest products and services in the industry. The event, to be attended by golf course owners, club managers, superintendents, PGA professionals and other personnel responsible for the operations of many of New Jersey’s 300 golf courses, will include a trade show with more than three dozen... Read more →