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July 2011

School Principal Martin O'Connor Retires; Served District for 39- Years

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News Martin O’Connor officially retired from the Gloucester City School district on June 30, 2011. He dedicated his entire 39-year career to educating the children in the city where he lived and raised his own family. “It’s been an honor to work and live in this community,” he said. Reflecting back on his long career, Mr. O’Connor spoke first not of any accomplishments and ac-hievements that had occurred during his tenure, but instead spoke prominently and gratefully of the support and kindness shown to him from the whole Gloucester City community. He was especially moved by the outpouring of well wishes and kind regards extended to him by parents, students, staff and the congregation of St. Mary’s when he announced his retirement back in December, 2010. For Mr. O’Connor, it’s been like one long goodbye. He hopes he created a welcoming school environment at Mary... Read more →

PSE&G Residential Whole House Efficiency Program

As part of its New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved Energy Efficiency Economic Stimulus Initiative, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is offering the Residential Whole House Efficiency Program (Program). The Program is designed to reduce carbon emissions by helping customers lower their energy consumption. The program will achieve this goal through the direct installation of cost-effective energy savings measures, as recommended by an energy audit and blower door test, as well as comprehensive, personalized customer energy education and counseling. This Program will provide eligible customers with a free on-site energy audit of their home and based on the audit report results, customers may choose to install energy efficiency measures. The program is being offered to residential customers residing in municipalities containing Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZs) in PSE&G’s service territory. If a portion of the targeted municipality does not reside in the UEZ, it will not be... Read more →

9-11 Artifacts Arrive in Brooklawn

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News The Brooklawn Police Department, several departments from surrounding towns and an escort of Warriors Watch motorcycle drivers escorted the precious artifacts of the three areas that were part of the devastation that occurred on 9/11/01. Mayor Theresa Branella, Police Chief Francis McKinney, Police Captain Steve Saymon, Councilman Mike Mevoli, Commander Ted Howarth of the American Legion, Fire Department and EMS personnel and state representatives greeted the procession that ended at the Memorial Park in Brooklawn July 6. click advertisement It was a very emotional moment when the Cornell Steel truck pulled up with the 16-foot steel eye beam from the World Trade Center draped with the American Flag. Capt. Saymon said the flag was the one that was flown over Independence Hall in Philadelphia the day before July Fourth. A flag with the words “We will never forget” in honor of Flight 93 also... Read more →

Medicare proposes a 50% cut for some imaging fees in 2012 - American Medical News

Washington -- As physicians try to stop an across-the-board Medicare pay cut of 29.5% from taking effect in January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing additional pay reductions for certain specialists and penalties for those who fail to prescribe electronically next year. The proposed 2012 physician fee schedule released July 1 paints a gloomy picture for doctors participating in Medicare. CMS is required by statute to implement the across-the-board cut unless Congress steps in to prevent it. But the agency also would expand its multiple procedure payment reduction policy to physicians who interpret the results of certain advanced diagnostic imaging scans. CMS already reduces what it pays for the technical component of the procedures when multiple scans are provided to the same patient on the same day. Now the agency is proposing to extend the reduction to the professional component, which would affect rates for the doctors... Read more →

CNBNEWS.NET Hunting and Fishing: Waterfowl Briefing; NRA Updates

GAME COMMISSION TO HOST ANNUAL WATERFOWL BRIEFING HARRISBURG – Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, Aug. 5, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed preliminary federal frameworks for the 2011-12 waterfowl hunting seasons. The briefing will begin at 1 p.m., at Presque Isle State Park, Picnic Shelter # 2, near the Waterworks. In addition to reviewing frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, Game Commission staff will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting; or by sending a letter to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797; or via e-mail Based on public comments, Game Commission... Read more →

The Critical Difference Between The Top 1% And The Top 0.1%

by Charles Hugh Smith I have failed to make an essential distinction between those in the top 1% of income earners who pay ordinary tax rates and those in the upper reaches of that 1% who escape the heavy tax burden via shifting income to capital gains. The most egregious example of this is hedge fund managers who bought a loophole which enables their $600 million annual income each to be treated as capital gains, a rate of 15% compared to a top rate of 35% for earned income and a self-employment tax on the first $106,000 of 15.3% for self-employed/sole proprietors--a total of 50.3% for top earners of ordinary income. Correspondent S.R. is an entrepreneur and business owner who identifies himself as a top 1% income earner. He rightly (and politely) takes me to task for accepting what he suggests is rank propaganda, that is, continue via link... Read more →

Recent Westville Fire Being Investigated

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News Two homes in Westville that were damaged and burnt by a fire this past weekend have already been demolished. Witnesses said flames as high as 15 feet were coming out from the rooftop of the two-and-one-half story home. “At one time, it seemed like the fire was under control and then another set of flames about eight feet high shot out from the building,” a resident said. click advertisement The Westville Fire Department, Gloucester City Department and other emergency personnel responded to the two-alarm fire, reported at about 3:30 am. The buildings were vacant and nearby residents were evacuated. A special fire dog that can sniff out any dangerous substances was sent into the building once it was safe to enter. Reportedly, the fire is being investigated for an act of arson that contributed to the blaze. Also in Westville: At a recent Town... Read more →

Congratulations to Archbishop Chaput

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds to the news that Pope Benedict XVI has named Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput to be the new Archbishop of Philadelphia: This is great news. Anyone who knows Archbishop Chaput knows him as a man of integrity, brilliance and courage. Outspoken but never abrasive, he is quite capable of using the bully pulpit to rally the faithful. The Catholic League worked with Archbishop Chaput in 2006 to successfully defeat those who sought to single out the Catholic Church for retribution in the courts: when a bill to extend the statute of limitations on cases involving the sexual abuse of minors was finally amended to include public institutions, the public school establishment quickly got on board to kill this anti-civil libertarian measure. Thus was the mask pulled off those who claimed to be only interested in protecting adolescent males. The grand juries in Philadelphia that have... Read more →

Thought for the Day: The Fable of the Porcupine

CATEGORY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together. They were covered and protected, but the quills of each wounded the closest companion. After a while, they decided to distance themselves, and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by their close relationships because the most important part was the heat that came from the others. They were able to survive. The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but the one that forms when individuals learn to live with the imperfections and admire the good qualities of others.... Read more →

A Strong Cup of Tea, Part 3: CNJ’s Fundraiser Follies | BullDog Pundit

Posted on July 18, 2011 by Gene Hoyas One can silently endure the taunts from Useful Idiot leftists of being bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers for only so long before sardonically smiling and admitting that, yes, every one of us receives a thousand dollar per week stipend and every Tea Party organization is funded lavishly to the tune of millions of dollars per year per year but, unfortunately, our checks from the Koch Brothers somehow got lost in the mail. Or were written in disappearing ink. Or were intercepted by George Soros and cashed by Tim Geithner. Then we sigh in resignation and explain with all the patience of a therapist addressing a shell-shocked infantryman that, no, neither ordinary Tea Party activists nor local Tea Party organizations are lavishly funded by fat cat Republicans or conservative sugar daddies. Much like Rambo in the jungles of Vietnam, we... Read more →

Catholics in Crisis: Sex and Deception in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia -

Image via Wikipedia The district attorney’s office had just released a grand jury report about local Catholic priests sexually abusing minors. It was not, of course, the first such grand jury report—that one, released in 2005, laid out in great detail not only how priests in the city’s archdiocese had abused children, but also how that abuse had been covered up under the direction of tough-minded Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. Instead of being reported to the DA’s office, pedophile priests were moved—sometimes repeatedly, from parish to parish to parish. Abusive priests kept right on abusing children. And now this second grand jury report, six years later, was much shorter than the first, yet in some ways it was more devastating, because the central charge was the same: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia still allowed alleged pedophile priests—37 of them, the report said—to continue ministering to children. What’s more, the DA’s office was... Read more →

Wynn Blames Obama for Lack of Leadership & Declining

Via Seeking Alpha, here's the crux of it: I believe in Las Vegas. I think its best days are ahead of it. But I'm afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States. You watch television and see what's going on on this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing's going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress. But everybody is so political, so focused on holding their job for the next year that the discussion in Washington is nauseating. And I'm saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market... Read more →


Gordon Bishop On The Issues Who wrote the following statement in 2006? "Raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal politicians...Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." Who, you ask? Barack Hussein Obama! In 2006, just moments before he voted against raising against the the debt ceiling by less than $800 billion to the then -new limit of $8.965 trillion. Obama was then a U.S. Senator from Chicago, the most crooked city in America. That's right (or should I say Left anti-America fraudulent president: Barack Hussein Obama!!! As our nation's debt now... Read more →

hdmunn. . . on Whippoorwill: Meet Maine's New Gov.

Image via Wikipedia The new Maine Governor, Paul LePage, is making New Jersey ’s Chris Christie look like an enabler. He isn't afraid to say what he thinks. Judging by the comments, every time he opens his mouth, his popularity goes up. He brought down the house at his inauguration when he shook his fist toward the media box and said, "You're on notice! I've inherited a financially-troubled State to run. Observe...cover what we do...but don't whine if I don't waste time responding to your every whim just for your amusement." During his campaign for Governor, he was talking to commercial fishermen who are struggling because of federal fisheries rules. They complained that 0bama brought his family to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park for a long Labor Day holiday and found time to meet with union leaders, but wouldn't talk to the fishermen. LePage replied, "I'd tell him to... Read more →


July 19, 2011 Cardinal Justin Rigali will hold a news conference this morning to announce that Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M., Cap. as the 13th Bishop and 9th Archbishop of Philadelphia. Archbishop Chaput will be Installed on Thursday, September 8, 2011, the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 2:00 p.m. The Holy Father has also appointed Cardinal Rigali as Apostolic Administrator with all of the responsibilities of Archbishop until the Installation of Archbishop Chaput. Archbishop Chaput, who is 66, is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and became a bishop at the age of 43. At that time he became the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota. Since 1997 he has served as Archbishop of Denver. A member of the Prairie Band... Read more →

Government Gone Wild Releases New Video: Members of Congress Got Rich While Economy Tanked

Tallahassee—Government Gone Wild, a non-partisan movement aimed at educating citizens about the national debt and out-of-control government spending, released a new video today. The video highlights an alarming trend: members of Congress inuring massive personal financial gain even while everyday Americans continue to struggle in the current dismal economy. “This video reveals that a significant number of members of Congress are getting richer as Americans struggle to find work and feed their families,” said Blaise Ingoglia, founder of Government Gone Wild. “While free enterprise and financial success are commendable in the private sector, we elect members of Congress to go to Washington to serve the taxpayers, not to get rich off their elected status. As home prices fall and foreclosures and bankruptcies continue to rise, it appears that many of our elected officials have not only been immune from the bad economy; they’ve actually thrived on it.” Government Gone Wild... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST : It' Now Time For Complete BS

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Socrates said his wisdom flowed from knowing he knew nothing.I can relate.Except in my case, I know almost nothing. Yet I do have one area of expertise from which my own personal wisdom flowed. That being: I am an expert on BS. I write BS. I talk BS. I breathe BS. If there is one thing I know it's BS, I am so full of BS. that I myself doubt most of what I say. So,of course, I am a devoted fan of Japanese BS television. It's all I watch. I know it does not take a Bachelor of Science degree to understand that the acronym BS might have various applications. It can, in the case of Japanese TV, stand for "Broadcasting Satellite." Photo: The author with his lovely wife, Keiko But with me such subtleties go out the window the very second the... Read more →

NRA NEWS: House Committee Passes Amendment to Defund Illegal Obama Firearm Sales Reporting Requirement

Today, during consideration of the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, pro-gun U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) offered an amendment to prohibit the use of funds for a new and unauthorized multiple sales reporting plan proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Amendment was passed by a vote of 25-16. The Rehberg Amendment, which was strongly supported by NRA, will defund the Justice Department’s controversial and illegal move requiring federally licensed firearms retailers in states bordering Mexico to report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles. As we reported yesterday, this procedure was proposed last fall as an “emergency" measure by BATFE. Specifically, it calls for all of the firearm retailers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to report multiple sales, or other dispositions, of two or more .22 caliber or larger semi-automatic rifles capable of accepting a detachable magazine purchased by a single individual in... Read more →

Paul Ryan’s misleading historical analogy in the debt limit talks - The Fact Checker - The Washington Post

By Glenn Kessler (Democrats are equally guilty of such historical amnesia, as we demonstrated when we gave Sen. Barbara Boxer Pinocchios for a highly misleading account of the budget surplus.) Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what really happened in 1997 and 2001. The Facts The 1997 “balanced budget” agreement was made possible by the gusher of tax revenue that had little to do with Democrats and Republicans — a sudden boom in technology stocks (and stock options) that resulted in an unexpected bounty of capital gains tax revenue. The new revenue helped bridge long-standing gaps between the two parties over how to eliminate the budget deficit, since little heavy lifting was involved. Here’s how budget analyst Robert Reischauer, now president of the Urban Institute, described the agreement at the time: “This deal is not mostly about deficit reduction. That is the wrapping paper around the box.... Read more →

No Appointment Required; Up on the Roof; Trash Cans Needed-

TIPS AND SNIPPETS By Bill Cleary CNBNEWS.NET NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED-Executive Director Catherine Starghill of the NJ Government Records Council (GRC) advised the Gloucester City Board of Education in a July 12 letter that it could not require those seeking records to make an appointment to file an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request. Starghill's letter was in response to a complaint from local activist John Schmidt who complained that he had stopped by the Gloucester City (Camden County) school district's offices on June 1, 2011 to make an OPRA request but was told that he needed to first schedule an appointment. In his letter, Schmidt pointed out that N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5(e) provides citizens with "immediate access . . . to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts" and other records and that the district's policy of requiring people to first schedule an appointment unduly burdens that statutory right. Starghill's and Schmidt's correspondence is on-line... Read more →

Diocese of Camden - Gloucester Catholic High School to begin junior high program

Gloucester Catholic will expand its programs to include a junior high for the coming academic year. The school will host an information-registration night for prospective students, and their families, on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Administrators, faculty and current GCHS students will be on hand to discuss academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, transportation and related concerns. Applications are available on the school’s website, Additional information is also available by contacting admissions director Tony Powers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 856-456-4400. Gloucester Catholic made the decision to expand its program to include seventh and eighth grade students in response to the closing of its next-door-neighbor, St. Mary’s School. The new partnership will provide opportunities for junior high students... Read more →

Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament ~ July 30-31

Image via Wikipedia The Wildwoods, NJ - July 12, 2011 - The 19th Annual Co-Ed Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament returns to the Wildwoods on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31. The tournament takes place on the award-winning beaches of Wildwood, between Oak and Poplar Avenues. The Frisbee Tournament consists of a 4-on-4 team competition for players of all levels, 18 years of age and older. Competitions will be held from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE to spectators. For additional information, call 856-696-9705 or visit For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732. Related articles July Events in the Wildwoods ( Read more →

Erial Road Closed Due to Major

Starting on Monday July 18, 2011 through July 31, 2011 Erial Road (Camden County Route 703) will be closed to all traffic at Blackwood-Clementon Road due to a major road / bridge construction project. No northbound or southbound traffic will be able to pass on Erial Road during this time. If you travel this route on a regular basis, be sure to plan an alternate route. If you live along Erial Road between Blackwood-Clementon Road and Branch Avenue, you will only be able to access your residence through Pine Hill. Please see the map below for details. The red highlighted road indicates the region on Erial Road where there is no outlet; this portion of Erial Road will remain open (up to the closure location) for local traffic only. Detour areas are highlighted in orange to assist you in planning your travels around this project. Read more →

Christmas in July for 76 Freedom Car

By James V. Carroll - July 10, 2011 Photo by James V. Carroll Christmas came early Saturday for driver Jerick Johnson and The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car team. Johnson charged through an early heat to capture a win and later finished eighth in the 35-lap Late Model feature at the one-third-mile Columbus Ohio Speedway. The victory is the second checkered flag Johnson has collected this season as he won an earlier race in May at Newport Speedway in Tennessee. Overall, the Team Johnson Motorsports driver has 10 top-10 finishes, eight top-five races and two victories in 14 starts. "I would say we had a pretty good night considering this is the first time we have raced at Columbus Speedway," Johnson said following the Late Model feature. "But it was touch and go a couple of times." Johnson had the eighth fastest qualifying lap, but as a first-time... Read more →

Long-Term Frozen Assets | Philadelphia City Paper

Bassetts' frequently peachy, sometimes rocky road to its 150th birthday. By Carolyn Wyman When the Bassett family first began selling ice cream in Philadelphia, Abraham Lincoln was president. "There are only two ice cream makers in this country that date back to the 1800s and are still run by the same families," says Ellen Brown, who surveyed creameries around the country for her new book, Scoop . "One is Graeter's of Cincinnati. The other is Bassetts — and Bassetts is older." The company might have been first on the local ice cream scene — showing up the year the Civil War started — but that didn't last long. By the turn of the last century, Philadelphia was the ice cream capital of America, with Bassetts facing competition from Breyers, Abbotts, Dolly Madison, Supplee's and dozens of other brands. They are all now either defunct or made differently elsewhere. Bassetts is... Read more →

New Jersey Base Realizes Joint Benefits

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., July 15, 2011 – With two months left for the Defense Department to comply with the 2005 base realignment and closure plan, a related initiative -- joint basing -- already is paying off through closer interservice collaboration and the promise of future cost savings, officials here reported. Workers post the sign for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst after McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix and Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station in New Jersey merged on Oct. 1, 2009, to become the Defense Department’s only tri-service base. Photo courtesy of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst was part of the first phase of the plan that consolidated 26 military installations around the country into 12 joint bases. The concept was designed to generate efficiencies, reduce redundancy, and ultimately, save taxpayer dollars. “I think this joint... Read more →

Committee Moves to End Elected Officials' Benefits - West Deptford Patch

The township committee took the first step Thursday toward that goal, voting unanimously in favor of the first reading of an ordinance that would wipe those benefits and require additional contributions from employees, bringing the township in line with recently-passed state legislation. “This was the time to do it,” said Mayor Anna Docimo, who took flak at several recent committee meetings over her insistence on waiting for the state law to be finalized. “Everybody will pay their fair share.” While the ordinance spikes benefits for current and future elected officials, it doesn’t take away benefits from those individuals vested under the old version of the township code, given legal concerns. The old version allowed for retirees to continue getting benefits as long as they had a certain number of years of service, depending on their age. Docimo, who has taken benefits from the township, is among those who are vested... Read more →

AMERICAN LEGION: A positive community transformation

The American Legion - July 10, 2011 Shelby American Legion World Series Committee members and Cleveland County residents are counting down the days until the 2011 World Series, Aug. 12-16. Moreover, committee members are finalizing all vital details surrounding the exciting event, including stadium renovations, military needs, food vendors and much more. Related Content Join The American Legion Youth Programs Alumni Association But in the midst of checking off their to-do list, committee members and North Carolina Legionnaires took a few minutes to share the positive transformation the community of Shelby has experienced since becoming home to the Legion Baseball World Series. The video also highlights tourist attractions and activities within Cleveland County for players and their families to enjoy during their stay. For further tourist information, click here. Read more →

Reunion To Mark 55th Anniversary of Area Advertising Firm

The Philadelphia area's longest established advertising & related marketing services firm, will mark its 55th consecutive year in business this Summer - - and still under the direction of its founder. The firm, American Advertising Services, 29 Bala Ave., Ste. 114, Bala Cynywd, Pa l9004 (ph: 484-562- 0060 web: originated in 1956, by Joseph H. Ball, shortly after he left the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he started as a 17-year-old copy boy at the City Desk, in the News Department. To mark the anniversary former and current staffers, suppliers and clients, are invited to a reunion get-together. It will be held February 12, 2012, from 4:45 PM to 7:15 PM at the Radisson Hotel, 581 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids, PA. A buffet will be served, and cards exchanged. It will be part of an Executive Networking & Card Exchange. Ball also is a published newspaper & blog columnist. He... Read more →

CCGOP Calls for Senator Sweeney to resign

Press Release Over the last few weeks State Senator Sweeney (photo) has acted with little or no regard for the good people of New Jersey. After a careful review of the personal attacks that Mr. Sweeney has said and placed in the press about Governor Christie, we request Mr. Sweeney resign the Senate seat that he occupies in the 3rd district of New Jersey. We base this on the un-statesman-like ways that Mr. Sweeney has shown over his occupation of the people’s seat in New Jersey; careful review of the antics of the last few weeks show that Mr. Sweeney lacks the respect for the office he holds. Mr. Sweeney has a responsibility to discharge the duties and actions of his office with civility. The people of New Jersey deserve a government that respects both the people and the office, for which they hold. It is disheartening to have our... Read more →

Arkansas Legion player overcomes adversity

The American Legion - July 13, 2011 Chase Hopkins, a pitcher and first baseman for the Rose Bud Razorbacks American Legion team.Photo by The Arkansas Leader Fifteen-year-old Chase Hopkins from Pangburn, Ark., faces a lifelong adversity - an underdeveloped left arm and hand due to a surgical error that occurred when he was only three. But Hopkins' adversity hasn't stopped him from playing one of his favorite sports: baseball. Related Content Join The American Legion Youth Programs Alumni Association As a pitcher and starting first baseman for the Rose Bud Razorbacks American Legion Baseball team in Pangburn, Hopkins faces challenges that his teammates don't, but he doesn't let frustration take over. Instead, Hopkins' positive attitudes shines on the field.Click here to read the full story on the star Legion Baseball player. Related articles MLB scouts evaluate Legion players ( AMERICAN LEGION Screen-print baseball emblem on uniforms ( A very sad... Read more →

All-Hawaii Movie to Premier in Las Vegas

By Jacek Adamski Wailuku, Maui-- It will be an all-Hawaii party and more when “GET A JOB” comes to the Las Vegas Film Festival. Recently honored as “Best Comedy” at the 2011 Detroit-Windsor International Film Festival, and “Audience Choice Feature” at the Big Island Film Festival, the feature length comedy is ready for Vegas. The movie that stars many of Hawaii’s top entertainers will be featured at the Las Vegas Film Festival on Sunday, July 17, at 3:30 PM at the Hilton Resort and Casino Showroom Theater. Featured performers Willie K and Eric Gilliom will be in attendance at the Las Vegas premier. The unconventional musical and humorous film also boasts special appearances by internationally recognized islanders Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, and Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers. The "GET A JOB" soundtrack features twenty-seven songs from the islands by artists such as the Barefoot Natives, Amy Hanaiali’i, and the... Read more →

Welcome Home Airman 1st Class Brandon Goldstein of Cherry

Welcome Back from Iraq Cherry Hill, New Jersey Who: Airman First Class Brandon Goldstein When: Sunday, July 17, 2011 Time: 12:00 PM Where: 11 Anders Drive Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003 Contact: David (Yellow Ribbon Club) 609-417-8640 Beth Goldstein (Mother) 609-707-5598 Please come out to welcome home Airman First Class Brandon Goldstein from serving in Iraq. Airman First Class Brandon Goldstein was born and raised in Cherry Hill. He is a 2008 graduate of Cherry Hill High School East where he was on the track team and was a school cameraman for school sporting events and shows. Brandon attended Camden County College before joining The Air Force. In The Air Force, Airman First Class Goldstein works on F-16s, and much more. Brandon enjoys music. He plays many instruments and is all self taught by ear. He also has spent time as a DJ and teaches guitar. Being the youngest of... Read more →


press release School districts in the 5th district saw a $33.5 million reduction from their school aid under the governor’s budget (5TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes and Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (both D-Camden/Gloucester) released the following statement on Gov. Christie’s line-item vetoes that will cost 5th Legislative District taxpayers $33.5 million in school aid: “The governor seems intent on widening the gap between wealthy and working class families in New Jersey,” said Fuentes. “The budget approved by the Legislature would have secured $520 million for schools in the 5th district, but instead the governor chose tax breaks for the state’s wealthiest over fitting school districts with adequate funding to educate our children. It’s sad, but the governor has made education secondary to appeasing millionaires.” School districts in the 5th district would have received $520 million in school aid under the budget passed by the Legislature. The school aid... Read more →

HS Sports: Dylan Bundy, Morgan Brian win historic Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards - MaxPreps News

by Mitch Stephens, July 13 HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Dylan Bundy and Morgan Brian didn't just win one for their school, community and genders — but for their sports as well. The duo captured Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Awards in a fanciful affair at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on Tuesday night. Bundy, who played for Owasso (Okla.), was a dominating right-handed pitcher and slugger and fourth overall pick in the Major League Draft. He's the first baseball player to win Gatorade's Male Athlete of the Year in the award's nine-year history. Other winners have included LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Kevin Love. Bundy, also the Player of the Year, went 11-0 on the mound with a 0.20 ERA and 158 strikeouts and just five walks in 71 innings. He also batted .467 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs. He beat out other national sport winners: basketball's Brad... Read more →

The Tale of Holt, the Coast Guard Base, and the City of Gloucester City (2nd Part)

CNBNEWS.NET Note: The second part of the series analizes the lease arrangement made between the City and Holt for the former Coast Guard building at King Street and the Delaware River. How did Holt end up on the site that was once called the "Jewel" of the City's future waterfront development? Since 1996 Holt has used the building for their corporate headquarters. The first part of the series was a review of the sometime rocky relationship between the City of Gloucester City and Holt Logistics. In 1984 Holt borrowed $5.6 million from the Urban Development Action Grant program to be used for the expansion of its terminal. Those two UDAG’s generated a total of $21.8 million for the City to use on various ventures. The first part also looked at how the UDAG funds were spent. By Bill Cleary CNBNEWS.NET In 1988 (see video)the Coast Guard moved from their Base... Read more →

Joint Task Force Targets Notorious and Violent "Chosen Few" Motorcycle Gang

ATF PRESS RELEASE Los Angeles: The “Chosen Few Motorcycle Club” (MC) is a criminal gang that was formed in 1960 in the City of Los Angeles. Its headquarters remain in the 10800 block of South Broadway. Its members are primarily Black men, with active chapters throughout the United States. During the first four months of 2010, the club was involved in three shootings and a homicide. In May 2010, a multi-agency taskforce involving members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), California Department of Justice and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office was formed. Its primary purpose was to reduce the criminal activities of the Chosen Few MC. The results are in, and it’s clear that the criminal activity of this notoriously violent gang has been significantly curtailed. Many of... Read more →

Great Program! Gloucester County Rehabs 13 Abandoned Homes Using Federal

(Paulsboro, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons announced that three homes have been fully renovated under the Gloucester County Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and are going on the market for sale. The county, which received $2.5 million federal NSP grant, has been using the funds to substantially rehabilitate 13 foreclosed or abandoned homes in Woodbury and Paulsboro and make them available for purchase at excellent prices. An open house has been scheduled for 700 Clonmell Road, 413 Morton and 417 Morton Avenue in Paulsboro for Saturday, July 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All interested buyers are invited to attend. Freeholder Director Damminger said, "The County has facilitated the sale of two units in Paulsboro and three others located in Woodbury and Paulsboro are scheduled for settlement at the end of the month. Families are taking advantage of this great opportunity of... Read more →

The Haddonfield Sun - More trouble for a county police force

BY COLLEEN P. CLARK While the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is not exactly for or against Camden County’s proposed countywide police plan, its executive director said they definitely don’t agree with how they see the process unfolding. Also unsettling is the negative portrait of Camden County police chiefs being painted by politicians, according to Mitchell C. Sklar. Last month, the Camden County Police Chiefs Association announced it was walking away from discussions with the county about a proposed countywide police plan because the chiefs felt the plan, which wasn’t transparent enough, was moving forward regardless of their input. “We don’t discuss matters like it’s a political campaign, so I won’t try to characterize the motives behind the way things are being done (by the county),” Sklar said. However, that’s not the way he thinks the county has approached the matter, he pointed out. Sklar, on behalf... Read more →

Veterans Ceremony at Lighthouse Baptist Church

GLOUCESTER CITY NEW JERSEY-Chaplain Rick Vincent of the Yellow Ribbon Club presenting Pastor Jim Doster and Lighthouse Baptist Church, Market and Washington Streets with a MIA/POW plaque. At a later date a formal ceremony will be held to mount the plaque on the building for public display. Photo below: from left to right, veterans Paul DeMartino, Pastor Kelly Senn, Pastor Jim Doster, Earl Bond, Skip Brockner, Chaplain Rick Vincent. Related articles Rca Funds Warmly Accepted Gloucester City Residents Are Pleased, But Critics Say The Transfers Violate An Affordable-housing Mandate. ( Breaking News: Two-Year-Old Killed in Gloucester City ( Donate to Camden Fire Victims ( Marcucci Places First in Achilles Foundation Run/Walk Event ( GCHS to Initate Middle School Pilot Program; Deadline for Registration July ( Gloucester City Police Seek Public's ( Read more →

Walter Payton Award list released: 20 players including 6 finalists were named to list

The Sports Network Last Updated - July 11, 2011 1:29 GMT Contact | Archive | RSS NCAA Photos NCAA Photos Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell returns to lead defending national champion Eastern Washington in 2011. PHILADELPHIA -- The race for the 2011 Walter Payton Award kicked off Monday with The Sports Network's announcement that six returning finalists from last season headline a stellar 20-player watch list for the Football Championship Subdivision's top individual honor. The Payton Award will celebrate its 25th anniversary this season and be presented to the FCS' outstanding player at the national awards banquet Thursday night, Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas. This season's winner will join a list of Payton Award greats such as Steve McNair, John Friesz, Brian Westbrook, Tony Romo, Brian Finneran, Armanti Edwards and 2010 winner Jeremy Moses of Stephen F. Austin. Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley joined Moses at the national awards banquet as... Read more →

Westville Council Discuss Borough Infrastructure Problems

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News Westville will continue to look for developers interested in the rehabilitation and development of certain areas in the borough. But, to allay fears of the owners of Lots 16, 17 and 18, Block 31, their lots were deleted from inclusion in any future re-development. The owners of Grabbe’s Seafood Restaurant, who previously opposed the idea of eminent domain for the purposes of private gain, received notice as a result of a Westville Planning Board meeting that their property would be exempt. Also removed or revoked from the designated re-development area by the Planning Board were certain lots along Edgewater Avenue. Infrastructure problems in the Crown Point Road meeting chambers were discussed during the recent Westville Council meeting. The plan was to house the Police Department on that site. According to an architect’s plans, the renovations would be very costly to complete on the first... Read more →

Land-Use Study Finds Increase in Exclusionary Zoning, Sprawl Municipal zoning in New Jersey has resulted in a land-use pattern that is substantially more exclusionary and more sprawling now than it was in 1970, a new study has found. The study, titled Evidence of Persistent Exclusionary Effects of Land Use Policy within Historic and Projected Development Patterns in New Jersey, concluded not only that exclusionary zoning and sprawl development have worsened in the last four decades, but also that the preponderance of large-lot zoning in place today puts New Jersey on track to a future of further sprawl and housing segregation. “By consuming practically all remaining residentially zoned land, large-lot subdivisions are locking in a residential land-use pattern that excludes many New Jersey households that cannot afford a large-lot single-family home,” the study concluded. The study was conducted by Rowan University’s Geospatial Research Laboratory under a research contract with the Fair Share Housing Center and funded by a... Read more →

Veterans, Spouses Laud 'Hiring Our Heroes' Job Fair

By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service CULVER CITY, Calif., July 11, 2011 – In a business suit and with resume in hand, Kelly Cotton made her way down a row of employer booths, each decked out with attention-getting posters, handouts and a variety of trinkets adorned with company logos. Great Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, are escorted off stage by Patty Shinseki, an advisor for the Joining Forces military-support campaign, and Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, during a veteran and spouse hiring fair at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., July 10, 2011. After the duke spoke, the royal couple helped to create care packages for military children. DOD photo by Elaine Sanchez The Marine Corps spouse was on the job hunt. She had moved to the West Coast about two weeks ago -- her family’s... Read more →

New DI hockey conference formed; Schools create National Collegiate Hockey Conference Last Updated - July 13, 2011 Defending Division I men’s hockey champion Minnesota-Duluth is among six programs on Wednesday that announced they will form the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with play starting in 2013-14. “Forming this conference was important and necessary for our future. The landscape of college hockey is changing and we are excited about our future,” Denver head coach George Gwozdecky said during the news conference. One of the key goals of the conference is to grow membership. Notre Dame was rumored to be joining the league, but conference leaders said talks were ongoing with Notre Dame, but nothing was finalized. Western Collegiate Hockey Association schools UMD, Colorado College, Denver, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota along with Central Collegiate Hockey Association member Miami (Ohio) will create the new conference. Athletics directors from the six schools issued a joint statement on Saturday. “We understand and appreciate the widespread interest... Read more →

Letters: Praise for Dr. Charles Brennan Sr.; Kudos to Brooklawn Employees

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ- In 1928, age six, I bruised my left heel. A couple of my buddies and I decided to parachute from the roof of the Reading Railroad passenger waiting room. My left shoe fell off climbing up the ladder. The roof was metal and black and very hot, so instead of waiting for one of my buddies to throw my shoe up to me, I opened the umbrella and parachuted off the roof, thus bruising my left heel. After a night of pain, my father took me to Dr. Brennan’s. The doctor washed my foot, cut the heel open, took out a small round lump and puss. No stitches, bandaged it and told my father to bring me back the next day. When my father asked, “How much do I owe you?” Dr. Brennan replied “Fifty-cents.” Mother called Dr. Brennan, Sr. telling him of a lump in the... Read more →

ramscrosscountry: Phillies Inaugral 5k Run

Image via Wikipedia Not many first time races could attract 3100 runners. Then again, not many races have the popularity and the backing of the Philadelphia Phillies behind them. This year’s inaugural Phillies 5k in March attracted 3100 entrants and the online registration closed in a reported 12 hours. And this is before most of the online registrants knew that the race would include:  Being led at the races start by the incomparable Philly Phanatic.  Phillies Ball girls cheering on the runners at the finish line.  A walk around the Citizens Park field after the race with a photo opp at home plate.  Phillies Announcer Dan Baker reading out the race award winners along with signed Phillies items as prizes.  Sub freezing temps at race time. The less than ideal weather conditions did not seem to bother the sea of red runners, most wearing Phillies... Read more →

New Jersey Politics - Ally Today, 'Punk' Tomorrow -

By Michael Powell Published July 11, 2011 The Democrat offers an almost sheepish smile. “As vindictive as he was? As mean as he was? I acknowledge my response was over the top, but no apologies.” I try another tack: You described the governor to the Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran as a “bully and a punk.” (He also called the governor a male organ, though he used a more evocative term.) Any regrets? “Christie zeroed out Camden in the budget — he’s forcing ’em into bankruptcy,” Mr. Sweeney says. “He’s taken hostages and he’s shooting them. You wonder what he’s doing.” photo: Christie and Sweeney My wonderment extends beyond just the governor. The fascination of New Jersey politics is that nothing can be taken at face value, not the least the crafty politician who sits in front of me. New Jersey is a high-income state, with a well-educated populace. But its... Read more →

9/11 Memorial Being Built in Brooklawn

Image via Wikipedia The Borough of Brooklawn will complete construction of a 9/11 Memorial this summer, and it will be dedicated on Sunday, September 11, 2011, Police Captain Steven Saymon said. “A collection of artifacts from the three disaster sites will be incorporated into this Monument,” he said. It includes soil obtained from the U.S. Department of the Interior-National Park Service - Flight 93 National Memorial at Shanksville, PA; Limestone from the Pentagon Disaster Site, donated by the U.S. Department of Defense - Washington Headquarters Services; and a steel artifact of the World Trade Center Disaster Site, donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. photo: The sphere and the eternal flame 9/11 memorial The Flight 93 and Pentagon artifacts were picked up and delivered back to the Delaware Valley on January 29, Saymon said. On Wednesday, July 6, the steel artifact from the World Trade Center... Read more →