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June 2011

Government Charges 4 Philadelphia Men with RICO

PHILADELPHIA—United States Attorney Zane David Memeger, FBI Special Agent-in- Charge George Venizelos, and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, today announced the unsealing of a second superseding indictment1 against Kaboni Savage, Robert Merritt, Steven Northington, and Kidada Savage, charging each with conspiring to participate in a long-term, large-scale violent drug trafficking enterprise that operated primarily in the North Philadelphia area from at least late 1997 to 2010 (“RICO” conspiracy). The second superseding indictment alleges that Kidada Savage participated in the plot to firebomb and murder the six members of federal witness Eugene Coleman’s family on October 9, 2004, while federal charges were pending against her brother Kaboni Savage, Steven Northington, and others. Killed in that fire were Coleman’s mother, Marcella Coleman (age 54); Coleman’s infant son, Damir Jenkins (15 months old); Marcella Coleman’s niece, Tameka Nash (age 34), and her daughter, Khadjah Nash (age 10); Marcella Coleman’s grandson Tahj Porchea (age... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo) is quoted as saying that the State Department was "instrumental in sealing the deal" for Lady Gaga to appear at the June 11 Euro Pride concert in Rome. Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds as follows: The Obama administration has U.S. troops fighting in four wars—Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen—and yet the Secretary of State has time to lobby Lady Gaga to attend a homosexual extravaganza in Rome. The fact that the Queen Monster performed near the Vatican was clearly not a problem for Secretary Clinton. Lady Gaga is known in Catholic circles for strutting like a tramp while dressed as a nun, swallowing rosaries, taking liberties with the Cross, and parading around in glossy-red habits. None of this, obviously, is seen as problematic by the Secretary of State. One would think that a feminist might object to a video that... Read more →

Group Overcomes Odds to Replenish Oyster Reefs

Image via Wikipedia WILMINGTON, Del. — Sea captains employed by the Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Task Force are currently wrapping up efforts to replenish oyster reefs off Delaware and New Jersey. This comes after the task force successfully raised $200,000 to continue its seven-year-old program. According to past experience, these efforts will boost the economies of local bayshore communities by approximately $5 million over the coming years. Rutgers University has estimated that past investments in shell planting have resulted in a return of at least $25 for every $1 invested in oyster restoration, and in some years much higher. A report released by the University of Delaware in May notes that retailers and wholesalers paid almost $3.7 million for last year’s harvest alone. In addition to stimulating the economy, oyster restoration also results in cleaner water and better fish habitat. But shell planting needs to be done in June or... Read more →

Pennsylvania Deputy Shot, Killed -

BERKS COUNTY, Pa. -- A shootout in Berks County Wednesday night killed two people, including a sheriff's deputy. Deputy Kyle Pagerly was shot while trying to serve a warrant in Albany Township, according to state police. Pagerly was part of a task force looking for Matthew Connor. The 25-year-old ran into the woods. When police found him, Connor was armed with an AK-47 and opened fire, according to state police. He was killed in the exchange. read via Read more →

Bishop Galante: Change can be difficult

by Bishop Joseph Galante Bishop of the Camden Diocese We have been going through much change lately as we move to consolidate from 124 parishes to 70 in order to better serve six major pastoral priorities: the need for improved liturgy, lay ministry, the need for an increase in priestly vocations, developing outreach to young adults and youth, compassionate outreach to those who need assistance, and the desire to promote faith formation at all ages. It has meant hard work, as pastors and lay people pull disparate communities together in service of the Gospel. Now the first fruits of those changes are beginning to emerge. During these past few months, I have had the privilege, thanks to a series of deanery meetings held throughout the diocese, of listening to the stories of how our parishes are meeting our pastoral priorities. So far, we’ve had seven of these nine scheduled meetings,... Read more →

Camden County Library System Has a Lot to Offer Kids

Start with a summer reading program that’s as diverse as its theme. VOORHEES, N.J. – June 23, 2011 – ‘One World, Many Stories’ is the theme for the 2011 kids summer reading program and the series of program events planned for the summer reflects this diverse theme. Meanwhile the teen and ‘tween theme this year is ‘You Are Here’ that invites readers to explore both their inner world and the world around them. The summer reading program offers special incentives to get into reading. By registering and keeping a log of their reading activity, participants can earn chances to win prizes through drawings at the different branches throughout the summer. Readers can register online for the summer reading program on the library system’s website at or by visiting their local branch for in-person registration. The following events are scheduled at our different branches for the summer reading program which... Read more →

John Paff: Four Gloucester City Officials Fined for Refusing to File FDS-

The State Local Finance Board recently fined four Gloucester City officials $100 each for refusing to file the Financial Disclosure Statements (FDS) due on April 30, 2008. The four officials who were fined are: Ryan Murphy, Planning & Zoning Board Jack Brandt, Planning & Zoning Board Alternate Colleen Hagan, Library Board Joanne B. Gurick, Library Board I originally filed my complaint on September 11, 2009 against nineteen (19) Gloucester City officials for failing to file their FDS. On January 31, 2011 and February 28, 2011, I received updates from the Local Finance Board advising that: a) the following four officials had filed their forms: Former Councilman William R. Hagan, Planning/Zoning Board members Patrick Cerone and Jean McLaughlin and Board of Health member John Schmidt. b) Clerk Kathleen Jentsch determined that the following officials weren't required by law to file Financial Statements, even though the city previously told them that they... Read more →

Regarding the legislature's passage of the State

Press release (s) June 29, 2011 From Governor Christie’s press secretary: “The Democratic budget passed today by the Senate and the Assembly is unconstitutional in its present form based on hundreds of millions of dollars in spending that is unsupported by constitutionally certified revenue. There is a lot for the Governor to study and review in order to make a determination as to whether the budget can be fixed and brought into balance to fulfill the state’s constitutional obligation. At this time, the Governor can’t be certain if the remedy is the line item veto or whether he needs to consider sending it back to the Legislature.” GREENWALD STATEMENT ON DEMOCRATIC BUDGET PROPOSAL (TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) made the following statement Wednesday on Democratic budget legislation (A-4200): “Thank you, Madam Speaker. “Thank you to my budget committee colleagues…Vice-Chairman Schaer, Assembly members Burzichelli, Coutinho, Johnson, Pou, Quigley... Read more →

Video: Gloucester City PBA Local 40 Carnival, Opening Night

CNBNEWS.NET The Carnival being held in Gloucester City opened tonight, (June 29) in front of Gloucester City High School, Rt. 130 and Market Street. The event is sponsored by the Gloucester City PBA #40. At the entrance to the midway is the dunk tank. Police Officer Keith O'Donnell pictured here in this video is one of several officers who have volunteered for the dunk tank. Bigger rides are behind the school for the older kids. The carnival will continue through Saturday night, July 2. Rides, games, food and fun. Midway by Lynam's Amusements. Come out and show your support. Proceeds go to a number of charities that are sponsored by PBA Local 40. Related articles TIPS AND SNIPPETS: You Are Invited; OPRA Lawsuit; The Nanny State, Goodbye Dan ( Update on June 28 Shooting in Gloucester City ( High Speed Chase Begins in Woodbury Hts. Ends in Gloucester City... Read more →


The Riversharks Infielder is assigned to AA Akron Aeros The Riversharks announced today that Raul Padron has been signed by the Cleveland Indians and assigned to AA Akron Aeros. Padron’s final at bat with the Riversharks was a game winning, walk off RBI Double. He was third in the Atlantic League and leading the team in batting average (.335), was leading the team in on base percentage (.385), and was tied for the team lead in home runs (7). “I love that the [Riversharks] gave me an opportunity. Now I [got] signed and am going back to the minor league affiliates and my goal is to try as hard as I can to get to the Big Leagues” said Padron. Throughout his minor league career, Padron has alternated between catcher and first base. His versatility is one of his strengths and he played both positions well. Over Padron’s six year... Read more →


Douglas Kroll, Last Updated - June 29, 2011 1:43 GMT OMAHA, Neb. – We may be at a new home, 3 miles down 13th Street, but so much is still the same. South Carolina is still the national champion. When Ray Tanner arrived at South Carolina in 1997, it took until 2002 to reach Omaha and the College World Series. 2011 CWS Quick Reference Guide CWS Championship Series Monday: South Carolina 2, Florida 1 (11 inn.) Tuesday: South Carolina 5, Florida 2 Looking Back: Complete College World Series Recaps and Highlights CWS Features: Why They'll Win It All Surprisingly Similar | Leading the Way Craving More Than Baseball | Offensive Woes Harrell the Hero | Customs Alive and Well Bears Still in Play | Relief Effort Emmanuel Halts 'Horns | Falling in Cal's Favor Return Felt Quickly | Bullpen Steals Show CWS Firsts at TD Ameritrade | Making History... Read more →

Give schools a hand up, not a handoff |

by Milton W. Hinton The first thing to do in order to have an immediate impact on the kids in districts like Camden is to provide breakfast for students. I know that it is not the responsibility of the schools to take on social problems. But the fact remains that hungry first or second graders are not going to learn, listen or be reasonable in a classroom when they have had nothing to eat since the previous day’s school lunch. Inadequate nutrition’s effect on learning has been documented over and over again — and consistently ignored over and over again. Interestingly, I did not hear anyone at Christie’s media event say anything about the poor condition of many of the schools in Camden. I have been in prisons in New Jersey that were more modern and conducive to learning than many schools. New Jersey State Prison in Trenton has central... Read more →


Philadelphia, June 29, 2011 – Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Sunoco, Inc. (NYSE: SUN) to purchase the Eagle Point tank farm and related assets, located in Westville, N.J., for approximately $100 million in deferred distribution units. Sunoco Logistics anticipates additional capital spending of approximately $90 million to provide for operational flexibility and to meet regulatory requirements. In a separate transaction, Sunoco Logistics announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a refined products terminal located in East Boston, Massachusetts from ConocoPhillips for $56 million plus the fair market value of inventory. This transaction is expected to be financed with borrowings under Sunoco Logistics’ revolving credit facilities pending more permanent financing. Both transactions are subject to customary closing conditions and are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2011. Eagle Point Tank Farm Purchase “The sale of... Read more →


CNBNEWS.NET The Gloucester City Carnival will open tonight (Wednesday) at the High School, Route 130 and Market Street. Earlier today workers were making the final preparations. The event is sponsored by the Gloucester City PBA #40. The carnival runs until Saturday night, July 2. Rides, games, food and fun. Midway by Lynam's Amusements. As an added attraction several police officers have volunteered for the "Dunk Tank". Here is your chance to take your "best shot" and not be arrested. At the same time you will be supporting a worthy cause. Proceeds go to a number of charities that are sponsored by PBA Local 40. Related articles Update on June 28 Shooting in Gloucester City ( Breaking News: Shooting in Gloucester City; Victim in Critical Condition ( TIPS AND SNIPPETS: You Are Invited; OPRA Lawsuit; The Nanny State, Goodbye Dan ( Update on Accident Victim Ken MacAdams ( Read more →

Tom Kean: "Democrats Ignore the Law; Pass Unbalanced Budget"

Trenton— Following the Majority's passage of a budget out of balance by upwards of $700 million, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement: Poll-tested politics was the driving force behind the Majority's budget plan. How else could one explain the decision to ignore the law and submit a budget that was unbalanced from the minute it was introduced? Of particular concern is the Majority's decision to cite $165 million in savings that two weeks ago they admitted were no longer realistic due to compromises made in the pension and benefits reform legislation signed into law yesterday. Because of the difficult choices made last year by Governor Christie and Republicans, things are turning around. However, a little good news should not be viewed by the Majority as a license to spend and particularly, not to inflate revenues to pay for that spending. This budget makes a... Read more →

After 55 Years Sister Nora Foley Retires

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News Sister Nora Foley was born the daughter of a farmer and homemaker in Killarney, Ireland. She grew up with her three brothers and two sisters on a 100-acre farm, where one of their daily chores was to milk the cows before walking two and half miles to school. CLICK ADVERTISEMENT Sister Nora knew early in her life that the Lord was calling her. On August 28, 1952, she boarded a ship and left behind her homeland and a family that she loved dearly to come to an unknown country. On September 2, after five long days on the ocean, the ship finally sailed into New York Harbor. When she saw the Statute of Liberty, she thought, “Lord, here I am. I come to do your will.” While in New York, Sister Nora lived with family, and worked for a few years as a file... Read more →

Save St. Mary Grammar School Committee Meeting Tonight at 8 PM

CNBNEWS.NET-The committee to Save St. Mary Grammar School, Gloucester City invite all those interested to attend tonight's Committee meeting, 8 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Monmouth Street at the railroad. The primary item on the agenda will be to calculate all money earned by fund raising and pledges to date. Committee member Jamie Hutchinson states, "We invite and encourage all to attend. Anyone who has yet to make a pledge, but is still interested in doing so, will be able to do so at the meeting. Anyone with questions can feel free to email me at " click advertisement Related articles BENEFIT ST. MARY'S SCHOOL ( Breaking News: Shooting in Gloucester City; Victim in Critical Condition ( Camden Diocese Rep. Explains Why St. Mary Grammar School Has Been ( High Speed Chase Begins in Woodbury Hts. Ends in Gloucester City ( Breaking News:... Read more →

Catholic Star Herald - Father Killeen to retire; Msgr. Morgan to serve as pastor of St. Mary and St. Thomas More

Bishop Joseph A. Galante announces that Father John C. Killeen, pastor of St. Mary, Cherry Hill, will retire June 30. Upon the retirement of Father Killeen at St. Mary’s, that parish will be clustered with neighboring St. Thomas More Church (both are located on Springdale Road in Cherry Hill). The parishes will remain independent, but will have one pastor, Msgr. Thomas J. Morgan. Father Killeen, 75, has been pastor of St. Mary since 1983. He previously served as pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Cape May Court House, 1974-76, and St. Joseph, Sea Isle City, 1976-83. Born in Ireland, Father Killeen attended St. Patrick’s Seminary, Carlow Ireland, and was ordained in the cathedral there June 13, 1959. Three months later he began his ministry in the United States, as parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Woodlynne. He also has served at St. Lawrence Parish, Lindenwold; St.... Read more →


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on where gay marriage is headed: Whenever the American people have had a chance to approve gay marriage, they have rejected it. In the more than 30 states that have put this issue to a vote, homosexuals have never won. The only arenas they have been able to score a victory are in some state legislatures and courts. In other words, this is a classic case of the people vs. the elites. Ultimately, this issue will not be resolved in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court: it will be decided by a constitutional amendment. Though the Federal Marriage Amendment prevailed in the House in 2006 by a margin of 236-187, it failed to achieve the necessary 290 votes required to pass a constitutional amendment; two-thirds of both chambers of Congress, and three-fourths of the states (38), are needed. Standing in the way of... Read more →

Update on June 28 Shooting in Gloucester City

( City Police Chief George Berglund issued the following statement on the shooting that occurred last night, June 28, in north Gloucester City. "The Gloucester City Police along with the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that took place last night at approximately 10:15pm on June 28th. The shooting occurred on the Collings road side of INDCO Chemical company near the loading dock. The victim is a 22 year old male from Camden who suffered a gunshot wound through the back. "We have several leads and are currently actively working on identifying the shooter. We know that several males were involved and that the shooter is believed to be a short stocky Hispanic male wearing a black do rag. He was with two other Hispanic males. The actors all fled on foot. If anyone saw anything in that area at that time please call the Detective Carl... Read more →

Empty Building on Broadway Will Be New Home of Gloucester Travel

By Linda Boker-Angelo Gloucester City News Following a spirited discussion, members of the Gloucester City Planning Board approved preliminary plans for a second-story addition to a former gas station at Broadway and Middlesex Street, pending resolution of a sidewalk issue. The property, which had been in the City’s possession, was purchased by the owners of Gloucester Travel & Cruise, currently located across the street at 114 N. Broadway. Local attorney William Dilks, Esq., represented the applicants, who purchased the travel business in 2004. Dilks outlined co-owner Robert Booth’s plans to add a second floor apartment to the long-vacant building. Booth intends to move Gloucester Travel into one side of the first-floor retail space and then move himself into the proposed two-bedroom apartment. Booth said another commercial tenant would “hopefully” lease the additional retail unit on the ground floor, and his engineers offered up a site plan providing at least eight... Read more →

Gloucester City School Board Votes 5-3 Not To Renew Supt. Contract

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News After going into executive session last week, the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) came back out and voted not to renew the contract of School Superintendent Paul Spaventa, which has one year remaining. click advertisement When the meeting was brought back to Public Session, a vote was taken concerning Spaventa. Voting no were Louisa Llewellyn, Ed Hubbs, Jackie Borger, Linda Bittmann and Mike Gillen, who attended as an alternate for the first time for Bruce Darrow, the Brooklawn representative. Voting yes were: Pat Hagan, Adam Baker and Kathy Hughes. Abstaining from the vote were Gina Levins and Bruce Marks. Reacting to the vote concerning the non-renewal of his contract, Mr. Spaventa said he was disappointed in the vote and thinks the staff is disappointed as well. Spaventa is proud of the work that the staff has accomplished under his leadership. He said many... Read more →

Breaking News: Another Shooting in Gloucester City; Victim in Critical Condition

( Gloucester City Police Officers responded to the 200 block of North Broadway last night for a report of a shooting. According to police spokesman Lt. Brian Morrell at 10:26 pm officers responded to the 200 block of N. Broadway for a gunshot victim. The victim, a 20 year old male from Camden City, stated that he had been robbed by three Hispanic males behind Independent Chemical on Essex Street. The male was shot in the chest and taken to Cooper Hospital where he is in critical condition. The victim was unable to identify any suspects, however, investigators are working on several leads in the case. On May 1 there was another shooting in Gloucester City which occurred in the 300 block of Middlesex Street. A suspect in that case was arrested by police. In a exclusive interview with CNBNews Gloucester Police Chief George Berglund was asked to comment about... Read more →

Pennacchio: "Democrats Holding Suburban School Aid Hostage"

Trenton— Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, today called Democrat plans to tie school aid to an income tax increase "blatant, political posturing at the expense of suburban taxpayers": "Taxpayers should not be forced to choose between job creation and property tax relief," Pennacchio said. "The current school funding formula is horribly unfair to property taxpayers in suburban school districts. The Democrats proposal adds insult to injury by tying enhanced suburban aid to a tax increase that will cost our state jobs and future tax revenues. Their bill is a purely political document that shows the Majority isn't serious about equitable school funding and property tax relief for the vast majority of New Jersey's citizens." Pennacchio wondered aloud why Democrats would penalize 75% of the state's school population by making fair funding contingent upon anti-jobs tax policy. "The former Abbott schools are... Read more →

High Speed Chase Begins in Woodbury Hts. Ends in Gloucester City

Tuesday, June 28 (CNBNEWS.NET) Monday evening around 10 pm there was an incident near Route 676 and Market Street, Gloucester City that involved several police departments. A faithful reader of CNB sent the following Tip via email Monday at 10:30 pm. “Hey Bill! Something big is going on, any word what it is? I was driving down Market, toward Mt Ephraim, the police have it closed off right at the entrance at Route 42 on Market Street. , I tried to go north on Rt. 130 towards Klemm Avenue at the rail road tracks.... and they had the street blocked off as well. Now I HEARD (and you know how Gloucester is) that there was a high speed chase on Rt 42 from Woodbury to the Market Street exit ramp in Gloucester City. The car flipped over the guardrail coming up the ramp and the guy got out and shot... Read more →

Camden County Named Green Community by State |

Camden County has been awarded a Green Community Grant from the State of New Jersey. The Green Communities Grant is a cost-sharing grant that requires a 33.3% match of the total project amount by the recipient. “We are proud that Camden County’s hard work has been recognized by the state,” said Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash, liaison to the Camden County Division of Environmental Affairs. “This is part of Camden County’s continued commitment to our environment.” Under the New Jersey Shade Tree & Community Forestry Assistance Act of 1996, the New Jersey Community Forestry Program awards Green Community Grants to county and municipalities to hire an outside firm to assist in the production of a community forestry management plan. Camden County has two years to complete a Community Forestry Management plan which will be an essential five year guide to successfully achieving a healthy and safe community forest. “By developing and... Read more → Sports:MIKE LAMB SIGNED BY THE YANKEES

Camden’s Starting First Baseman Heads to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees CAMDEN, NJ: The Camden Riversharks announced Wednesday that first baseman Mike Lamb has been acquired by the New York Yankees organization. Lamb was tied for second in the Atlantic League in hits (54), was fifth in on-base percentage (.418) and was tenth for batting average (.320). In his last 11 games he had 10 hits and three home runs which brought him to seven home runs for the year, tying him for the Riversharks lead. He recently provided the team’s only offense in the 2-1 win over the Long Island Ducks on Monday, driving in the team’s only runs with a single and a double. “The Riversharks continue to provide the opportunity for players like Mike to reach the major leagues. The caliber of baseball we have here is quite impressive and that's what we want to continue to provide our fans"... Read more →

Andrews Announces $700,000 in Federal Grants to Create Green Jobs in SJ- cnbnews

Winslow Township, NJ- Last Wednesday, Congressman Andrews, along with Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and other House members, announced over $700,000 in federal grants to grow an estimated 175 green jobs in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. These grants, issued under the Department of Labor’s Green Jobs Innovation Fund, will provide funding to the Finishing Trades Institute in Winslow Township. The Institute will use the grant to train workers in green methods of painting, drywall finishing, and glazing. click ad With the help of this grant, the Finishing Trades Institute is creating a new Tri-Green Certificate Program aimed at educating people interested in either apprenticeships or improving their knowledge of sustainable business. Those who complete the training will have access to hundreds of employers, community groups, and local Workforce Investment Boards that have partnered with the Finishing Trades Institute. The Institute is also partnered with several local universities to... Read more →

Holland PA. Boy Scout Supports Troops in Middle East

Nick Trivelis, of Holland PA. Bucks County, is working toward his Eagle Scout. Nick is 17 years old and attends Council Rock High School South in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He is in Boy Scout Troop #147, Bucks County. When Nick chose a project he wanted to make a difference. He decided that supporting the men and women in Afghanistan would be the greatest way to show those who are in harms way, that they are not alone and that there is support back home. Nicks exact words about his project were “I wanted my project to be unique and personal and bring the troops some entertainment and a distraction from the horrors of war”. With that, Nick went on a quest and the results are huge. He reached out to the Yellow Ribbon Club. When given suggestions, he began and completed one of the largest collections that ever took place... Read more →

Audubon Celebration Committee Thank You -

The ACC would like to express its immense gratitude for the hard work and support of the following individuals: Craig Burgess HughE Dillion Ken and Rosann Endt Glen Hare at Audubon Hardware Eileen Lord Robin Scardino John and Michelle Scullan Janelle Stefano Kevin Urban Chase and Jen Utley Tina Van Osten at The Treehouse Coffee Shop Tiffany Wilson And a very special thanks to ... Audubon Borough Clerks Audubon Department of Public Works Audubon Fire Department Audubon Fire Police Audubon High School & the Facilities Department Audubon Police Department Audubon Women's League BJs Wholesale The Explorers The Mayor and Commissioners Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corp The Mayor and Commissioners Nick n' Joe's Pizzeria Red Oak Creative Toscana Pizzeria & Restaurant via Read more →

New Jersey Policy Perspective: Busting the

As a matter of fact... Busting the myth: The real numbers show N.J. is not the most overtaxed state in the nation Tax Myth: New Jersey has the highest tax "burden" of any state in the nation. Tax Fact: When it comes to state and local government, people who live in Wyoming pay a greater percentage of their income to taxes than do people who live in New Jersey. In The Sunday Star-Ledger, New Jersey Policy Perspective dispels some of the persistent myths about state and local taxes in New Jersey. Analyzing unaltered data from the U.S. Census and the U.S. Department of Commerce, NJPP shows that residents of seven other states, as well as the District of Columbia, devote a higher percentage of their personal income to state and local taxes than do those of us who live in New Jersey. The highest tax state, as it turns out,... Read more →

Update on Accident Victim Ken MacAdams

NOTE: Ken is now at home. (CNBNEWS.NET)Ken MacAdams, who was involved in a traffic accident on Sunday, remains in the Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia. KenMac has been diagnosed with a fracture neck and a hair line fracture in his spine. Ken is wearing a neck brace and has to stay immobile. Today he is to be fitted for a back brace. Patti Pryzwara who was driving the car, Ken was in the front passenger seat, told CNBNews earlier today, that she has aches and pain all over her body and has a number of contusions "Having to stay immobile is causing Ken a lot of anxiety. He can't watch TV because of the way the neck brace is fitted. Although he is in a lot of pain he still wants to come home." The couple were driving home from the shore when a vehicle ran a red light and broadsided their... Read more →


BRIDGEPORT, NJ (June 25, 2011) – On a beautiful summer evening at Bridgeport Speedway, Carl Locuson earned his first victory in the 600cc Micro-Sprint class. In the 270cc Micro-Sprint race, Jonathan John, of Gloucester City NJ collected career win number one. Warren Stradley continued his winning ways by taking home the checkered flag in the 4-Cylinder Stock Car class. In the 600cc Micro-Sprint main event, Carl Locuson took advantage of his pole starting position and grabbed the lead with Chris Panczner and Eric Brobst in tow. With six circuits completed in the 20-lap race, Locuson was just beginning to stretch out his lead when the yellow flag flew for Rick Stief who lost a wheel and came to a stop on the outside of turn three. When action resumed, Locuson kept his lead with Bob DeVault climbing into fourth after starting the race in ninth. At the halfway point, Locuson... Read more →

South of South receives BigBelly cans | South Philly Review

By Alexis Abate Posted Jun. 23, 2011 After the South of South Neighborhood Association raised the needed funds for two BigBelly trash cans, the City's Streets Department installed the receptacles at 23rd and Christian streets and 18th and Catharine streets two months ago. Photo by Ryan Donnell As pieces of paper and plastic bottles blow down the street with a gust of wind, it’s no wonder trash and litter have become two major neighborhood concerns. With an increase in recycling and the implementation of single streaming, improvements have been made, but more may be needed. When residents in the South of South Neighborhood Association catchment area, which spans the area from South Street to Washington Avenue and west of Broad Street, were surveyed last year, a vast percentage identified trash and litter as two challenges with about 70 percent requesting more trash and recycling receptacles, so continue via Related... Read more →

ROBERT F. "BOB" McCAFFREY Jr. of West Deptford

ROBERT "BOB" F. JR. of West Deptford, NJ on June 15, 2011, aged 55 years. Beloved husband to Linda L. Devoted father of Kevin and Valerie. Loving son of Josephine (nee Pacholski) and the late Robert F. McCaffrey, Sr. Dear brother of Eileen (William) Gargano, Joan McCaffrey and Brian (Anna) McCaffrey. Viewing Sunday 6:30 to 9 P.M. in the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury. Funeral Service Monday 10 A.M. in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 3rd and Highland, Westville, NJ. Interment Locustwood Cem., Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Linda L. McCaffrey for Kevin & Valerie's College Fund c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 583 Mantua Pike, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Tributes and memories may be shared at Read more →

Pauline R. Boulden, of Gloucester City

BOULDEN Pauline R. Surrounded by her loving family, on June 26, 2011. Age 83. (nee Tortorelli). Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 42 years to the late Albert C. Boulden. Loving and devoted mother of George, Kathleen (Kevin), Rosemary Farlow and Albert Jr. (special daughter–in-law Denise). Cherished grandmother of 9 and great-grandmother of 13. Dear sister of Dominic Tortorelli Jr. and Anita Curcio. Predeceased by her siblings Joseph, Catherine and Ann. Also survived by her loving roommate and special friend Lillian. Pauline lived for her family. She enjoyed bingo and trips to the casinos. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her visitation of Friday morning from 11 AM to 12 Noon at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Catholic prayer service 12 Noon in the funeral home. Inurnment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s... Read more →

Labor Department funding vet job training | The American Legion |

Image via Wikipedia The American Legion - June 21, 2011 The Department of Labor (DoL) has announced it is funding 22 grants totaling more than $9 million to provide approximately 4,000 veterans with job training. The grants are being awarded under DoL's Veterans Workforce Investment Program. State and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and non-profit organizations will receive the funding and will be given it for a second and third year, as long as they can demonstrate that their first-year funding was effective and adequately serving their geographic areas and population. The Veterans Workforce Investment Program emphasizes training for veterans who are interested in "green" jobs that are currently available in the marketplace or expected to be soon. Such jobs include those related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, modern electric power development and clean vehicles. Grantees under this program coordinate their efforts with various local, state and... Read more →

Margaret P. Pachasa, age 92, of Piscataway

PACHASA Margaret P. On June 25, 2011. Age 92. Of Piscataway. (nee Jenkins). Loving and cherished wife of 70 years to Howard Pachasa. Beloved mother of the late Howard J Pachasa (surviving wife Donna). Devoted grandmother of Megan E. Pachasa. Survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Margaret was being cared and comforted in the home of Donna and Megan and returned to Heaven to meet the Lord and her cherished son. Margaret and Howard just celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on May 28 with family and friends. She was a quiet, loving and elegant woman who was truly devoted to her family. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Wednesday from 3 PM to 6 pm at The Mundy Funeral Home: 142 Dunellen Avenue, Dunellen, NJ 08812. Service 6 pm in the funeral home officiated by Rev. J. Kenneth Mart. Cremation, Catholic Rite of Committal... Read more →

The Star Ledger Video: Sweeney on the Democrat's Budget

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 6:55PM Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced today Democrats are introducing their own budget for the governor, which includes a millionaires tax that will fund aid to school districts and seniors. (Video by Megan DeMarco / The Star-Ledger) Related articles "Derail the fast-track express," says Keshishian ( Roll call: Sweeney's S2937 passes 24-15: Assembly votes Thursday, Assembly Budget discussing now ( The Star-Ledger, Daily Record / Courier-Post / Asbury Park Press & Press of Atlantic City Agree...It is Time to Get to Work ( Agreement Reached to Reform Public Pension and Health Benefits ( Sweeney asks that N.J. charges against protesting union activists be dropped | ( Read more →

Breaking News: Well-Known Gloucester City Businessman Ken MacAdams in Auto Accident; Condition

UPDATE Ken is now at home ( Ken MacAdams and his lady friend Patty Przywara were in an auto accident on Sunday around 5 pm. The couple were driving home from the shore when a vehicle ran a red light and broadsided their car. Patty was driving, Ken was sitting in the passenger seat. The accident occurred on Route 47 near Dennisville. MacAdams was air-lifted to Jefferson Hospital, in Philadelphia in serious condition. Patty’s condition is not as serious although she was injured. Ken is an active member of the Gloucester City Democrat Club, the Gloucester City Business Association, the Gloucester City PAL, the Gloucester City Schooner Committee, the Gloucester City Memorial AA and the Brooklawn Wiffleball reunion. The family is asking everyone to say a prayer for Ken and Pat. Further information will be announced when it becomes available. Related articles Update on Accident Victim Ken MacAdams ( Read more →

Dan Watson, CNBNews Columnist Succumbs; Vietnam War Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient

(CNBNEWS.NET) Daniel Christopher Watson, age 61, a proud citizen of Gloucester City, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, June 26, 2011. He fought a courageous battle with cancer for the last two years of his life. Photo: Dan and Dawn Watson Dan is survived by his wife of 21 years, Dawn Watson; his loving step-children, Dana Lionetti, who resides in Gloucester City, and Dino Lionetti, who resides in Philadelphia, his three sisters, his brother, his many friends, and his beloved best friend, Steve Healey. His writing for CNBNEWS.NET (The Fantasy Football Fanatic) was a source of real enjoyment in his busy life. He looked forward to sharing his tips and stats with readers near and far. Dan's trips with his buddies are legendary. He was employed at SunGard Recovery in Philadelphia. He loved his job and his co-workers, who had a benefit for him last October. Dan served in the... Read more →

Catholic Star Herald - Father Romano named vocation director

Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:57 Written by Admin2 Bishop Joseph A. Galante has named Father Michael M. Romano as director of vocations for the Diocese of Camden, effective July 1. Father Romao, 29, currently serves as parochial vicar, Incarnation, Mantua, and chaplain at Paul VI High School, Haddon Township. With his new appointment, he will continue at Paul VI. He will be in residence at St. Mary, Cherry Hill. Father Romano was born in Marlton and attended the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa., and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He was ordained June 23, 2007, in St. Teresa Church, Runnemede. He served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Sea Isle City, and is currently a member of the Committee for the Continuing Education and Spiritual Formation of Priests. via Related articles Diocese of Camden - Catholic High School Graduates Excel ( Catholic Star Herald: Gloucester City NJ-Saint... Read more →

TIPS AND SNIPPETS: You Are Invited; OPRA Lawsuit; The Nanny State; Million $$ Bonds; Goodbye Dan

By Bill Cleary CNBNEWS.NET THE CARNIVAL IS COMING! The Gloucester City PBA #40 is sponsoring a Carnival from Wednesday, June 29 through Saturday, July 2 at the Gloucester City High School, Route 130 and Market Street. Rides, games, food and fun. Midway by Lynam’s Amusements. As an added attraction several police officers have volunteered for the “Dunk Tank”. Here is your chance to take your “best shot” and not be arrested. At the same time you will be supporting a worthy cause. FOLLOWUP ON COURT CASE- Regarding the OPRA lawsuit filed against the City of Gloucester City, Gloucester City Housing Authority (GCHA) and the Gloucester City School Board earlier this year by John Schmidt and Mike Waters. CNBNews contacted attorney Walter Lauers who represented the two activists to see if the court awarded him his legal fees. We also asked Lauers about the April 12, counterclaim filed by the City... Read more →

Weekly Basket: Popping the Gas Balloon

Volume XVI No. 25: June 24, 2011 Momentum is a powerful legislative force -- once a bill starts swirling the bowl, it's only a matter of time before it goes down. More than a dozen lawmakers have recently withdrawntheir co-sponsorship of the subsidy laden NAT GAS Act - a bill designed to bolster the natural gas industry by lavishing it with taxpayer cash. The bill still has scores of co-sponsors, but it is clearly taking on water. This exodus is occurring because lawmakers are finally sobering up to its ridiculous premise---with our left hand battling to end a fiscal crisis, let's leave our right to add billions in subsidies for natural gas. Dozens of fiscally conservative organizations (including TCS) are calling on lawmakers to rein in energy subsidies to help deal with the spending, revenue, and entitlement crisis crushing our country's budget. Yet some lawmakers want Washington to pick another... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Suvey Says!; NRA NEWS -

NJDEP DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE SURVEY RESULTS NJDEP's Division of Fish & Wildlife's Bureau of Marine Fisheries biologists conduct several surveys each year to study the status of species populations in the Delaware Estuary. One of these surveys is the Delaware Bay Finfish Trawl Survey. The data collected in these surveys allow biologists to develop abundance estimates and length frequencies of estuarine dependent finfish. The data are necessary for predicting future fishery trends and harvest potential. Over the years a total of 83 different species have been identified with the five most abundant being bay anchovy, Atlantic croaker, weakfish, blue crab and Atlantic herring. For more information on the 2010 survey, including the catch history and data on the most common species captured, see on the division's website. The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife conducted a survey in 2010 to gather information on bow hunter activity following... Read more →

Marlton Circle elimination project reaches major milestone

Route 73 overpass fully opened to traffic over Route 70 in Evesham (Trenton)- The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced that the 70-year-old Marlton Circle, where routes 73 and 70 intersect in Evesham Township, has been re-engineered and replaced with an overpass and ramps to improve traffic flow and safety. Route 73’s four travel lanes – two in each direction – now rise above and over Route 70’s four lanes. The two Route 73 southbound lanes on the overpass will be opened to traffic for the first time tonight. The Route 73 northbound lanes were opened in March. “This newly configured intersection of two major highways in southern New Jersey will provide residents and visitors with safe and efficient travel for many years to come,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson. “A grade-separated intersection was the best solution for this particular traffic circle that had become overwhelmed by high traffic... Read more →

ATF Announces Up to $5,000 Reward for Information on Concord Chemical Arson --

Image via Wikipedia CAMDEN, N.J., June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) Newark Field Division Special Agent in Charge Matthew G. Horace announced today the posting of an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire that destroyed the former Concord Chemical Company facility in Camden, N.J. On June 19, 2011, at approximately 5:15 a.m., a fire was reported at the former Concord Chemical Company on Federal Street. Camden's fire departments responded to the scene and subsequently suppressed the large structure fire. ATF's National Response Team coordinated a combined effort of cooperative agencies including: the Camden Police Department, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, the Camden City Fire Marshal, the Camden County Fire Marshal, the New Jersey State Fire Marshal and the New Jersey State Police, all of whom... Read more →

From the Governors Office: NJ Leads the Way

Trenton, NJ – Demonstrating once again that New Jersey is leading the way with bipartisan solutions for the toughest challenges facing states today, Governor Christie secured final legislative passage tonight for landmark pension and health benefit reform. The reforms passed this evening in the Assembly after receiving passage in the Senate on Monday. The fundamental reforms, passed with bipartisan support from Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, will shake up New Jersey’s out-of-date, antiquated and increasingly expensive pension and health benefit systems. These historic reforms bring to an end years of broken promises and fiscal mismanagement by securing the long-term solvency of the pension and benefit systems, while at the same time achieving critical savings for state and local governments. Pension reform alone will provide savings to New Jersey taxpayers of over $120 billion over the next 30 years, and an additional $3.1 billion over the next... Read more →

Warrior Thunder Motorcycle Run |

Image via Wikipedia Begin Date: 09-17-2011 End Date: 09-17-2011 Start Time: 11:30 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time) Summary: September 17, 2011. A charity motorcycle ride to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Sponsored by the Warrior Thunder Foundation. Registration 9:30-11:15. KSU at 11:30 Full Description: September 17, 2011 – 2nd Annual Benefit hosted by the Warrior Thunder Foundation supporting our combat wounded warfighters. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project®. Starts at Paramount Harley-Davidson 266 Waverly St. Framingham, MA Registration 9:30-11:15, Kickstands ups 1130 Ends at Millis, MA AMVETs Police escorted through 50 miles of Middlesex County roads. Live music, catered bbq cookout, and full color patches to all registered riders. $20 / Rider – Includes bbq cookout and patch, $15 / passengers or supporters – includes bbq cookout. Non Riders welcome at the cookout ($15) Special edition T-shirts available @ $15 Truly unique prizes available. Also – follow us... Read more →

Video: The Grand Hotel- Take A Glass Together!

I love this scene from the 1990 Broadway play The Grand Hotel. The two dancers/singers are Brent Barrett and Michael Jeter. Jeter, died in 2003 from AIDS at the age of 50, dances as though he is floating on air. His woebegone look, extreme flexibility, and high energy led Tommy Tune to cast him in the off-Broadway play, Cloud 9, and again on Broadway in the memorable role in the musical Grand Hotel, for which he won a Tony Award in 1990. SOURCE Read more →