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August 2011

Boehner Asks Obama to Reschedule Economy Speech -

By HELENE COOPER 4:33 p.m. | Updated Speaker John A. Boehner all but rejected President Obama’s request to speak to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday by offering an audience the following night. Mr. Obama had asked to deliver a much anticipated speech outlining his proposals to boost employment and the economy on Sept. 7 — the same night as a scheduled Republican presidential debate, as it happens. In a letter to Congressional leaders on Wednesday, Mr. Obama said it was his “intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the middle class and working Americans.” Mr. Boehner responded with a letter saying that Sept. 7 was not so good for a presidential address before a joint... Read more →


CALL CONSUMER AFFAIRS IF THEY SUSPECT WRONGDOING (TRENTON) – Assembly Consumer Affairs Chair Paul Moriarty on Tuesday asked residents to be on alert for price gouging by scheming businesses following the havoc caused by Hurricane Irene: “Scary events like Hurricane Irene tend to bring the best out in people, evidenced by the rescue efforts witnessed in many towns affected by the storm, but also the worst.” “Residents having to deal with flooded homes or worse have to worry not only about costly repairs, but unscrupulous contractors and businesses looking to make some extra cash at the expense of people’s misery.” “There are reports of people being charged thousands for jobs that should have cost just hundreds. There are even reports of people being overcharged for water and gasoline.” “Residents should be aware that New Jersey law prohibits raising prices more than 10 percent during or after a state of emergency.”... Read more →

Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet Regains Long-lost Bronze

By Jane Gervasoni U.S. Army Public Health Command ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Aug. 30, 2011 - More than 40 years ago, Army 1st Lt. Robert C. Berkshire earned a Bronze Star Medal for valor during his service in Vietnam. Army 1st Lt. Robert C. Berkshire takes a break during his deployment to Vietnam in 1970. Berkshire recently received a new Bronze Star Medal -- the original had been stolen along with his duffle bag at the end of his Vietnam tour of duty -- to replace the one he'd earned more than 40 years ago. Courtesy photo (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution imageavailable. On his way stateside following his Vietnam tour of duty, Berkshire's duffel bag was stolen -- in the duffel bag was his Bronze Star. He never saw his medal again. After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1971, Berkshire never said anything to his family or... Read more →


Chief U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn has restrained Alabama from enforcing an immigration law that was slated to go into effect on September 1; Judge Blackburn will rule on the merits of this injunction no later than September 28. Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why the law is flawed: Every state has a right to enforce reasonable laws designed to thwart illegal immigrants from entering and settling in its communities, but the Alabama law that was scheduled to be operative on September 1 is not reasonable. Its principal flaw lay in its failure to ensure religious liberty. When the bill was first introduced last March, its author, State Senator Scott Beason, did not allow for religious exemptions. In practical terms, this meant that "harboring" an illegal alien could be interpreted as administering the Sacraments, as well as providing material assistance. In April, an amendment was introduced by Senate... Read more →

Remember When?: Comments Made in the Year 1955-cnbnews.

Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $2,000 will only buy a used one. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter. Info submitted by Hank Miller, author unknown...more to come Related articles Arrest Warrant Issued for the Former Treasurer of the Gloucester City Swim Club ( LOOKING FOR THE BEETLE? Dept. of Agriculture to Survey Gloucester ( Attention Gloucester City ( Murphy chosen as Washington Township GOP Mayor ( Read more →

George W. Wagner Jr., of Gloucester City, Korean War Veteran, Photographer, Past President of Telephone

On August 29, 2011. Age 78. Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted husband to the late Doris M. (nee Babcock). Loving father of William George Wagner, George William Wagner III (Debbie) and Donna Marie Dileo. Cherished grandfather of Nicole, Kyle, Keith (Nicole) and John and great-grandfather of 4. Dear brother of Eugenia Papaycik. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. George was a 1950 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden. He proudly served our country in the U.S.M.C. and U.S. Air Force during the Korean War retiring after 20 years of service. He was a proud member of the Townsend C. Young V.F.W. Post #3620 in Gloucester City and Brooklawn American Legion Post #72. George was the owner of Occasions LTD in Gloucester City and had a passion for photography. He was retired from NJ Bell, Bell Atlantic and Verizon Telephone and was the Past President of the... Read more →

Tuesday with Adam Tragone

As John Hayward points out in his post this afternoon, the Gunwalker saga continues to take more bizarre turns. Ken Melson, ATF’s acting director, is being moved out of his position at the ATF and reportedly being transferred over to the Department of Justice. Now, as we reported a few weeks ago, Melson was supposed to be the White House’s sacrificial lamb to protect the administration from any blame, however, Melson turned the tables on everyone and blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious. He stated that there is a “smoking gun” indicating that there are political appointees in Obama’s DoJ who knew what was happening, and that the memo is being withheld from congress as part of a cover-up. Shocking isn’t it? Or perhaps not. This administration knows no bounds when it comes to protecting their Chicago-style politics. Human Events has been all over this issue, while the... Read more →

The Mortgage Hangover by Nicole Gelinas, City Journal

A Bronx boom-and-bust story shows why the nation hasn’t yet recovered from the financial crisis. As the American economy limps through its second “recovery summer,” hobbled by trillions of dollars in bubble-era debt, politicians and regulators should take a long look at an unlikely place: Kingsbridge, a neighborhood in the northwest Bronx. In some ways, Kingsbridge’s credit-bubble experience was no different from the rest of the nation’s. As the bubble reached its greatest size in late 2006 and early 2007, the financial system—aided by dizzyingly intricate instruments and coddled by the government, which had long kept investors from facing the consequences of bad decisions—piled too much debt on Kingsbridge’s modest dwellings. As a result, the buildings’ owner abandoned them, leaving tenants to bear the brunt of somebody else’s mistakes. continue via Related articles Why We Don't Recover by Nicole Gelinas - City Journal ( Bailed-Out Petroleum -- By: Nicole... Read more →

Josie Pitzo, of Williamstown, Memorial Service Sept.

On August 26, 2011. Age 42. (nee Makis) Of Williamstown. Loving wife of 8 years to Joseph Pitzo. Also survived by her daughters, Ashley, Crystal, Danielle and Jackie and her sister, Zena Makis. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM at the Westville United Methodist Church: 14 Center Street, Westville, NJ. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Josie Pitzo. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME , 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Related articles, courtesy of Zemanta: Nancy Quinton, of Gloucester City; Avid NASCAR and Phillies Fan Damian D. Scott, of Bellmawr age 29 Teresa M. Cooney, of Gloucester City age 77 Matthew C. Spencer, St. Mary Church Sexton, GCHS Alumni Class of '54, Ironworker Local #399, VFW Post 3620 Daniel K Patton Jr., of Gloucester City; WW II... Read more →

Bishop Galante: Why the Dream Act Transcends

Image via Wikipedia Some wonder why church leaders speak out on what are often considered merely political issues. However, what are called political issues really affect people, their lives, their present and their future. These issues do not exist in a vacuum detached from human beings. So very often what are seen as mere “political” issues touch upon moral concerns. Religious leaders have a responsibility to teach about what is just, right and moral. Such issues are not spoken of because of a particular political party affiliation but rather because they touch the lives of so many people. One of these issues is what is called the “Dream Act.” This proposed law being considered in Congress offers the possibility for young people who are in the country as undocumented persons to be able to achieve citizenship. They will be able to do this, if the act becomes law, by completing... Read more →

Lights, camera, Monarchs | South Philly Review

A documentary will celebrate a West Passyunk-based girls’ soccer team. By Joseph Myers Posted Aug. 25, 2011 The Anderson Monarchs have conquered many foes, including racism, in their 13 years. A notable filmmaker will look to bring their inspirational story to the masses next year with a full-length examination of their handling of all opposition. Photo by Rob Torney Rain rushed the Soccer Sisters United Soccer Club off Smith Playground, 2100 S. 24th St., Friday evening, sending 17 sets of talented legs scampering. Securing shelter mattered more than converting kicks for one night, but the nation next year will learn the girls have forged quests with setting and netting literal and figurative goals. A documentary will laud the African-American youngsters, who have extended their predecessors’ legacy as gifted athletes hoping to overcome stereotypes and scarce resources to achieve greatness. continue via Related articles Boat People filmers evaluate bike-lane shortage... Read more →

SMFC & Mid-Atlantic Council Approve 2012 Specifications for Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass and Bluefish

Wilmington, DE - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) have established the 2012 commercial quotas and recreational harvest limits for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish. The Commission's actions are final and apply to state waters (0-3 miles from shore). The Council will be forwarding its recommendations to NOAA's Northeast Regional Administrator for final approval. (A table which summarizes those actions/recommendations can be veiwed at on the ASMFC website.) The Commission approved and Council recommended a 7% increase in the summer flounder harvest limits from 2011 using the process detailed in the recently approved Annual Catch Limit and Accountability Measure Amendment. The commercial quota was set at 18.95 million pounds and the recreational harvest limit at 12.63 million pounds for the 2012 fishing year. The Commission approved and Council recommended a commercial quota of 34.43 million pounds and a recreational... Read more →

Broadcast Pioneers Name New

Joseph H. Ball, a radio show producer and founder of one of Philadelphia's longest- established full service advertising/promotion firms, has been named a member of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. Ball started a radio and publishing career while a student at Central High School. He was a 16-year-old co-publisher of "Campus Town" magazine, which resulted in his being interviewed on various radio shows such as the 950 Club (WPEN) hosted by Joe Grady and Ed Hurst. He was also one of the first advertising agency owners to produce local television shows. One was a travel show production on TV-17 that featured Tallmadge Tours, with interview guests reporting on a variety of destinations. Radio shows he created include, "The Marketing of Business" and "The Business of Sports." His firm continues to create radio, TV and Internet commercials. Many members of the organization are considered broadcast legends in Philadelphia. They include: Bill Campbell,... Read more →

Voorhees Mayor Column: The 10th Anniversary of September 11,

Mayor's Column Mayor Michael R. Mignogna This year marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a day that changed America forever. To commemorate this occasion and pay tribute to those we lost, Voorhees Township will be participating in a National Moment of Remembrance at 1 p.m. on September 11, 2011 when all residents are called upon to stop and remember the victims for one full minute. As part of the remembrance, I have asked the Voorhees Township Police Department and Fire Department to sound their sirens and all Voorhees' houses of worship to ring their bells as a signal for each person to stop and reflect. Almost 3,000 innocent people were killed on that fateful day, including more than 700 from New Jersey. The Fire Department of New York suffered 343 fatalities, the largest loss of life of any emergency response agency in United States... Read more →

Gloucester City Voters Asked to Extend Hours of Sunday Liquor

modified 2PM ( Gloucester City Mayor and Council at the August 26 regular meeting authorized a municipal referendum to be placed on the November ballot pertaining to Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages. Residents will be asked to vote for or against changing the operating hours of Sunday sales to 12 noon to 2AM. Local tavern owners contend the present Sunday hours, 1PM to 10PM, is hurting their business since liquor sales between the proposed hours (12 noon-2AM) are allowed in neighboring towns. The owners also argue that the extra time will allow their customers to watch Sunday night football to the end of the game. Likewise it will help them on Super Bowl Sunday. The last time the question was placed on the ballot it was defeated. Council awarded a $112,200 bid for various resurfacing projects in the City to Gres Paving Co., of Trenton, the low bidder. Authorized the... Read more →

Congressman Andrews Announces Over $350,000 for Local Law Enforcement

Haddon Heights, NJ – Today, Congressman Andrews announced that South Jersey had received over $350,000 in federal funds for local law enforcement efforts, helping departments make significant public safety improvements while retaining police jobs. The grant can be used for personnel, equipment, training, and a variety of other purposes, and was issued through the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Nationally, the JAG program provided over $240 million in grants to improve police departments nationwide. Grantees may utilize funding for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, as well as research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance law enforcement programs. This increase in funding means our local law enforcement agencies’ operating budgets will suffer less of a burden, allowing more money to be set aside for hiring more police officers, drug and... Read more →


(TRENTON) -- All day-care facilities and their clients should be aware that children and adults enrolled in day-care facilities may be eligible for free meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded program that reimburses sponsoring agencies that provide healthy meals and snacks at no charge to children and adults enrolled in licensed or approved day-care facilities or family day-care homes. Meals are available at no separate charge to all enrolled participants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and are served without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or retaliation. Following are the Income Eligibility Guidelines used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals for the period from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012: ELIGIBILITY INCOME SCALE Effective from July... Read more →

CHFD News & Information: Car Fire on busy Route 70

Thursday, August 25, 2011 Squrt 1331 was notified via a drive up report by a NJ DOT driver of a car fire in front of the WaWa on Route 70 and Marlkress Rd. Squrt 1331 arrived to find an engine compartment fire and went into service with the car fire line. The DOT truck that reported the fire, provided traffic control on the busy highway. via Read more →

Casino Association of New Jersey Supports Sports Betting in New

Image via Wikipedia Atlantic City (August 26, 2011) – The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) supports the passage of the November sports betting ballot question, which asks voters whether they support amending New Jersey’s constitution to allow sports betting in the State. “The November referendum, if passed, would provide an important step in the continuing process towards overturning the federal sports betting ban. If the referendum is passed and if the federal ban is subsequently overturned, legal sports betting would provide an economic boost for Atlantic City and the entire state of New Jersey,” said Robert Griffin, CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. Legalized sports betting will attract more tourists to visit our city and enjoy our world-class entertainment, thriving restaurant industry, brand-name retail shopping and famous Boardwalk. Sports betting will allow Atlantic City to better compete, grow and reinvest in the region.” Senate Resolution (SCR) 132, if approved... Read more →

CNBNEWS POINT OF VIEW: Wake Up People; The Chatham Square 'Boon Doggle'

By Bill Cleary WAKE UP PEOPLE! A number of local governments are still not using the world wide web properly. They haven’t a clue it seems on what is available for their use to alert residents of important happenings or disasters. The emergencies this past week (earthquake, hurricane) highlight why they need such a system in place. A good program for this purpose that some communities use is offered through a company named From Nixle’s website, “Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location. You stay connected to your local police department, your children’s schools, your local community agencies and organizations, and the important information from other locations throughout the country that are relevant to you. Our service is built on the most secure, reliable, and high-speed distribution platform, ensuring that you... Read more →

Dance mob to strike Rittenhouse | South Philly Review

A local jewelry designer will try her hand as a dancer in this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival. By Jess Fuerst Posted Aug. 25, 2011 Sara Schuenemann Photo by Greg Bezanis The Philadelphia Fringe and Live Arts Festival has always been a platform for redefinition — whether it is a dance style, the concept of a performance venue or anything in between. This year, Sara Schuenemann is looking to take a negative event often gracing Philadelphia’s latest news headlines and spin it. continue to read via Related articles Boat People filmers evaluate bike-lane shortage | Cover Story | News | South Philly Review ( Mayor responds to flash mobs | South Philly Review ( Philadelphia Neighborhood of the Week: Rittenhouse Square ( Alleged mobsters post bail | South Philly Review ( Classic Philly: The Rowhouse Revisited ( Taxes wither on the vine ( Read more →

Video 2 : Gloucester City NJ after the

SEE VIDEO ONE By Bill Cleary (CNBNEWS.NET)Touring Gloucester City Sunday around 10 AM looking for storm damage from Hurricane Irene. Starting at the former CG Base on King Street, stopping at Proprietors Park and taking a ride on Water Street and Charles Street. What we found was some fallen trees (photo, Martins Lake)and fallen tree branches along with local flooding. Two streets that always flood are Water and Charles Street. A van can be seen in this video stuck on Charles Street, and also in the photo below. These two streets border the proposed South Port Development area. Before any development can proceed in this area it is obvious that the infrastructure on these streets needs to be repaired. You would have thought by now after all these years that this work would have been the first thing completed. As for the hurricane, Gloucester City Police Chief George Berglund said... Read more →

Video 1: Gloucester City NJ, Sunday, August 28,

(CNBNEWS.NET)Touring Gloucester City Sunday around 10 AM looking for storm damage from Hurricane Irene. The video begins at Greenwood Avenue, to Highland Blvd/Johnson Blvd. to Essex Street ending up at the former CG Base on King Street. What we found was some fallen trees and tree branches along with local flooding. Gloucester City Police Chief George Berglund said there were no problems except a couple people did get stuck when they drove through a flooded street. He also said some trees did fall down because of the storm but no one got hurt. Berglund said, "Gloucester City Marine Terminal, (Holt) offered the police department the use of a 21/2 ton army surplus vehicle for any emergencies. We did use the vehicle to aid some people who were stuck in the middle of a flooded street. We also used the truck to help the Brooklawn Police Department with people who needed... Read more →

New Jersey Public Schools Received $268.1 Million from Education Jobs Fund

Only 3.7 percent of the Education Jobs Fund grant money awarded to New Jersey public school districts last year has been spent so far, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Education. The data confirms that the vast majority of New Jersey school districts opted to save the funds for use in 2011-2012, as recommended by the state Department of Education last September. Overall, New Jersey public schools received $268.1 million through the fund, part of the federal stimulus law, for use in 2010-2011 and/or 2011-2102. As of August 12, only $9.9 million of New Jersey's grant had been spent. The Education Jobs Fund money could be applied toward teaching positions and certain non-instructional expenditures. When New Jersey’s award was announced, the administration cautioned school districts “to avoid spending decisions that would significantly grow future-year obligations that could prove to be unsustainable. In other words, these one-time... Read more →

Earthquake Hits East Coast; Cherry Hill Fire Dept.Responds

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 At just before 2 PM on August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in Virginiawas felt for hundreds of miles up and down the mid-Atlantic region, including Cherry Hill. For most, the earthquake consisted of some uncomfortable moments of light shaking. For those in bigger structures and high rise buildings, it was a little more unnerving. Across town, there were many buildings that were completely evacuated. On duty Cherry Hill Firefighters & EMTs also experienced the same shaking in their firehouses. Once the effects had subsided, it was apparent that calls for help were going to start coming in. Within minutes of the earthquake, several off duty personnel who were working on the September 11 Memorial at Marlkress Road, manned the Cherry Hill Emergency Operations Center there. This center offers a central location, during emergencies or events, for all essential agencies to operate... Read more →

DCA Local Finance Board approves Cherry Hill and Merchantville

Perhaps today will be considered the day New Jersey reached its tipping point, when private citizens took it upon themselves to lower property taxes and create a more streamlined government. For the first time in the history of New Jersey, the state Department of Community Affairs' Local Finance Board today approved an application by a grassroots group in Merchantville to form a Municipal Consolidation Study Commission with Cherry Hill. "This is truly an historic moment; the first time a citizens' group has made an application to the Local Finance Board for municipal consolidation," said Gina Genovese, executive director of Courage to Connect New Jersey. "The law was passed in April, and now, four months later, a citizens group is already taking advantage of it." Three public hearings were held in July on the issue in Cherry Hill and Merchantville. Under the state guidelines, the Municipal Consolidation Study Commission will now... Read more →

Send us Your Photos: Tree Down on Rutgers Ave., Gloucester City NJ

posted 9:20AM Modified 12:13PM photo by CL Woods ( UPDATE: The wind knocked the tree down around 2 AM Sunday morning. Mr. Stecklair along with several other neighbors were working on removing the tree from the street when the photo was taken. Later in the morning the City Highway Department was on the scene to haul the branches away. The street is now opened. For the record, Mr. Stecklair was NOT being paid by the taxpayers for his work on the fallen tree. We apologize for giving anyone that impression. We were trying to put a little humor into the article. Apparently, from the comment received on this post, we failed. -Bill Cleary ( Irene Storm Damage-A large tree fell early this morning blocking Rutgers Avenue in Gloucester City. Joe Stecklair of the Gloucester City Housing Office was on duty cutting limbs off the fallen tree. If you have any... Read more →

TRICARE: People Should Be Prepared for

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2011 – As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, a senior TRICARE official said the storm highlights the importance for people to practice emergency preparedness before such potential natural disasters occur. “We are very aware that when people leave their homes [during an evacuation], they may [develop] new medical issues, become acutely ill while away from their homes,” said Navy Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, the deputy director of the TRICARE Management Activity. People can also be in a situation outside their homes without their regularly taken medication during an emergency, Hunter said, something she calls a “real concern.” Missing a dose of regular medication can sometimes lead, Hunter said, “to a chronic illness becoming worse than it was, or being exposed to something like an air conditioning issue that can worsen an illness.” If someone needs medical... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia TRENTON - Etan Hindin was seeking a job last year after completing his college studies abroad when he came across information about the Department of Environmental Protection's AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program. The environmentally conscious West Orange resident filled out an application and joined the program, hoping to use the opportunity to raise public awareness about water issues in New Jersey. photo: The Delaware River has it travels through Trenton Hindin's ambassadorship assignment was a soon-to-be completed one year of service at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, where he honed his skills for a potential future career in the environmental sector. Now, Hindin and other program members are making way for the next wave of young New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors. Coordinators are accepting applications for new ambassadors through August 31. Once accepted, ambassadors are placed at host sites in twenty watershed management areas encompassing the entire State,... Read more →

The EPA is Causing Job Losses and Blocking Economic Development

President Obama's New Economic Plan Must Reign in the EPA, says National Center for Public Policy Research Washington, D.C. - Due to the severe negative impact regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency are having on jobs and economic growth, policy experts from the National Center for Public Policy Research today are urging President Obama to reign in the EPA as the fastest and cheapest way to stimulate the economy. "If President Obama is really serious about stimulating economic growth he must get control over the EPA bureaucracy, which is operating as a job killing machine. The EPA is infecting the business environment with a plague of new regulations and is compounding its affliction on the economy by denying permits for job creating projects," sai said Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the National Center's Free Enterprise Project. "In addition to harming today's economy, the actions taken by the EPA will reduce... Read more →

New Jersey May seek Relief from No Child Left

SCHOOL BOARD NOTES As the Obama Administration announced a process for states to seek relief from key provisions of No Child Left Behind, New Jersey state officials are considering asking for a waiver from the law’s requirements. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which relies heavily on student assessments, requires 100 percent of students to be proficient in reading and math (as per state-determined standards and tests) by 2014. Schools that do not achieve proficiency are deemed to be “in need of improvement.” “With the new school year fast approaching and still no bill to reform NCLB, it’s time to create a process for states to gain flexibility from key provisions of the law, provided that they are willing to embrace education reform,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in an August 8announcement of the NCLB flexibility. “We will not be giving states a pass on accountability,”... Read more →

Gloucester City /City School Board Legal Notices ...advertised in the Courier much for Shopping Local!

Public Notice: NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the City of Gloucester City, 512 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030 on August 24, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at which time sealed bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following solicitation: PURCHASE OF ONE (1) 2012 FORD F-550 TRUCK CHASSIS FOR THE GLOUCESTER CITY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Instructions, specifications, and bid forms may be obtained for a Five Dollar Fee ($5.00) by prospective bidders during regular office hours from the City Clerk's Office, 512 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030 telephone no. (856) 456-0205. Bids must be made on standard bid forms in the manner designated therein and required by the specifications; must be enclosed in sealed envelopes bearing the name and address of the bidder and solicitation identification on outside; addressed to the City of Gloucester City, City... Read more →

“Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection”

Image via Wikipedia Celebrating the acquisition of a new collection, the Rowan University Art Gallery presents “Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection” and selections from the Sister Chapel installation - including Bella Abzug by Alice Neel - from August 29 to October 1, 2011. A reception to welcome the exhibition is Tuesday, September 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. PHOTO: Mayor Ed Koch of New York, Congresswoman Bella Abzug (Dem-NY) and President Jimmy Carter during a meeting in 1978. The collection, a group of nearly 100 works by more than 50 women artists, was amassed by Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010), a pioneering feminist and well-known painter of portraits and male nudes. Shortly before her death last year, Sleigh offered to donate her entire collection to the Rowan University Art Gallery. “Although many artists own works by their peers, Sylvia Sleigh was quite unusual in her extensive acquisition of art... Read more →

Face of Defense: Airman Honors Vets Via Baseball

By Jose T. Garza III 502nd Air Base Wing LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Aug. 24, 2011 – Air Force Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc said the opportunity to honor U.S. veterans and meet with baseball heroes during a near month-long journey from New Orleans to ground zero in New York City earlier this year was an experience he’ll never forget. Air Force Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc, who was a member of the "Heroes of the Diamond" baseball club earlier this year, stands alongside U.S. Navy veteran Everett Swanson, a survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that caused America to enter World War II. LeBlanc is a military training instructor assigned to the 331st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Courtesy photo (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. LeBlanc, an instructor assigned to the 331st Training Squadron here, was selected as one of several... Read more →

Audubon Mayor Declares a State of

To all Audubon residents: Hurricane Irene is expected to hit our area early Sunday bringing with it high winds and more rain in one system than we have experienced in decades. We may experience many downed trees and flooded basements in our area and possible power outages as a result. PSE&G will have additional crews out to service our area and will coordinate their efforts with Audubon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). I am declaring a State of Emergency in Audubon effective 8:00am Saturday August 27, 2011. As such, we are requesting the following from residents: • those who have driveways, please remove your vehicles from the streets to aid in our emergency response efforts • secure any loose items around their properties such as lawn furniture, grilles, and trash cans • make sure you have candles and flashlights and other emergency provisions • call 911 to report any emergencies... Read more →

James F. Button, age 74, of Gloucester City formerly of Girardville, PA

BUTTON James F. On August 23, 2011. Age 74. Of Gloucester City. Formerly of Girardville, PA. Loving father of Mary Capasso (John) and Joanne Williams (George). Cherished grandfather of John Capasso III, Jade Capasso and Brandon Williams. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. James proudly served our Country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At the request of his family, Cremation will be private. Funeral Service with Military Honors and Inurnment will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fountain Springs, PA. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of James F. Button. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030 Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Elizabeth A. Betty Wright, of Gloucester Township

WRIGHT Elizabeth A. “Betty” On August 21, 2011. Age 83. Of Gloucester Township. At Betty’s request Cremation and Inurnment will be private in Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Elizabeth A. Wright. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME , 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Elizabeth M. Bird, of Smyrna, Delaware, formerly of Gibbsboro

BIRD Elizabeth M. On August 21, 2011. (nee Miller) Age 92. Of Smyrna, DE. Formerly of Gibbsboro. Loving wife of 15 years to the late Charles T. Bird. Loving mother of Elizabeth Mackie (Ray), Ronald J. Henry (Leona), Diane Reif (Tom), Charlotte Kormann (Rocky), Unity Sowers (Rick) and the late William Henry. Cherished grandmother of 17, great grandmother of 23 and great-great grandmother of 13. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Williamstown. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to her viewing on Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 AM at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM in the church. Interment Gate of Heaven, Berlin. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences and memories may be shared at... Read more →

Adams State’s Men, Western State’s Women Picked No. 1 to Begin DII Cross Country

Grizzly men have won three-straight NCAA cross country team crowns August 24, 2011 NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its national team preseason rankings for the 2011 NCAA Division II cross country season. The men’s team of Adams State College was picked as the season’s first No. 1 team as the Grizzlies will be defending a three-peat of NCAA crowns. Western State was picked as the top-ranked team to begin the DII cross country season on the women’s side while defending champ Grand Valley State was chosen at No. 2. Adams State has won the past three NCAA cross country titles and took last year’s event, 57-102, over nearest challenger current-No. 2 Western State. At last year’s snowy championships, Adams State placed five of their runners in the race’s top 25. Of that group, Craig Hugger and Keegan Calmes... Read more →

Since 9/11, Koch Industries has fought against tougher government rules on chemical plants | iWatch News

Koch’s own reports to the U.S. government were reviewed by iWatch News. The records, known as risk management plans, are maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency. Access is strictly controlled: members of the press and public can only examine 10 plans per month, under the watchful eye of EPA officials.A decade after the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Koch insists that its neighbors are safe, and are adequately protected by federal and state regulations. All chemical firms are “vulnerable to human error, acts of nature, theft and sabotage,” Koch acknowledges. “It is impossible to completely eliminate every threat.” But “chemicals are at the heart of many of our businesses,” the firm says, in a section titled “Chemical Safety” on Koch’s website. “The ones used in our facilities are handled with care and by trained professionals.” The Kansas-based conglomerate vows that it “places compliance and safety before profit.” Koch did... Read more →

Administrator Lipsett: Gloucester City is Ready for Hurricane

Gloucester City Administrator Jack Lipsett released the following statement regarding the community’s readiness for Hurricane Irene. “We have had a conference call with our OEM Coordinator and Camden County officials regarding the impending Hurricane. We have made the necessary preparations. The Department of Public Works, City Police, City Fire and Utility Department are on standby and will be ready for what may come.” Lipsett directed the public to the city’s web site for tips on being prepared for the storm. Related articles, courtesy of Zemanta: Hurricane Irene Hurricane Irene: Links roundup New York evacuates infirm ahead of rare Hurricane Irene - Reuters Headed East? Hurricane Irene Might Mess Up Your Travel Plans Hurricane Irene Heads for New England Irene is not Katrina Hurricane Irene Is Shutting Down the Entire NYC Subway Tomorrow [Blip] Hurricane Irene clears the Bahamas and heads towards North Carolina Read more →

Verizon strike a lesson in economics | Nealz Nuze |

By Neal Boortz Union workers for Verizon have been protesting for weeks. You’ve read the stories and seen the videos of their antics throughout this strike: putting children in front of moving cars driven by “scabs” or staging a mock funeral outside a Verizon executive’s home. Well you will be happy to know that they will be heading back to work on Tuesday, though without an agreement. But in all of the shenanigans, we have lost sight of exactly why these people were protesting in the first place. Enter: ObamaCare. Thanks to ObamaCare .. which these unions supported, by the way .. Verizon is looking at healthcare cost increases of as much as $200 million. Why the increase in cost? Because ObamaCare levies a 40% excise tax on Cadillac health plans, which have been negotiated by these unions. What’s amazing is that Verizon warned about the consequences back in March... Read more →

“Hurricanne watch is in effect for borough of Mt. Ephraim

National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Borough of Mt. Ephraim until Sunday night. The Mount Ephraim Police would liket to update all on hurricane Irene. The storm is currently at category 3 located in the Bahamas. It is forcasted to inpact our area on Saturday night into Sunday nights. The forcast track the eye making landfall in Cape May County at 0900 hours Sunday as a Category 1 (90 mph winds and heavy rain) due to all the rain and wind, low lying areas will flood so be ready. Also be preparied to loose power due to down trees and wires. The MEPD will be ready for the strom along with the Emergency Managment. If any more information or action is needed we will post same. Be ready and be prepared and all will be ok. A weather watch indicates the potential for severe or damaging... Read more →

Division III National Poll Places North Central, Middlebury as Top Teams in

Middlebury’s women have won NCAA cross country team crowns in 2010, 2008, and 2006 August 24, 2011 NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday the results of a national preseason cross country coaches’ poll for NCAA Division III. The men of North Central College was chosen as the No. 1 team in the land according to the poll. Defending women’s national champion Middlebury will begin the 2011 season as a top team as well. North Central’s men placed second last year at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships to current-No. 4 Haverford. The Cardinals last won the national crown in 2009 as part of a three-sport sweep over the 2009-2010 academic year. North Central received seven of eight first-place votes while No. 2 Calvin notched the remaining FPV. St. Lawrence checks in at No. 3, matching their 2010 final... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia (11/P103) TRENTON * The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts in the East Amwell, Hopewell and Hillsborough areas of west-central New Jersey to be alert for white-tailed deer that wildlife biologists believe are experiencing symptoms of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a localized virus that spreads among deer though the bites of midge flies. EHD is not a public health issue. It cannot be transmitted to people, and humans are not at risk by handling infected deer, being bitten by infected midges, or eating infected deer meat -- though the Division of Fish and Wildlife strongly advises against consuming meat from any game animal that appears ill. Although livestock can be infected with EHD, the disease is relatively benign in livestock and is likely to go unnoticed. "A number of people have reported seeing deer that exhibit signs... Read more →

Delaware Avenue Enterprises Inc. handles first load of Wine & Spirits | Holt Logistics

press release Delaware Avenue Enterprises Inc, (DAE) located on the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, handled its first loads of Wine & Spirits last week. International Shippers of all commodities use DAE’s on-dock distribution center to cut costs and add flexibility to their supply chain. Jim Sinclair operations manager, said “Shippers drastically reduce their inland transportation costs by shipping commodities, like wine and spirits, heavy then transloading cargo into 53ft trailers for delivery to customers. We now have our permit for handling wine and spirits and have increased are capacity for bonded storage which makes DAE the perfect distribution solution for wine and spirits shippers. ” For more information on transloading and utilizing DAE as a distribution center please contact via Related articles Philadelphian Leo Holt elected Jackson Laboratory Board of Trustees chairman ( Privatization Plan Would Spark Tax and Price Hikes for Wine and Spirits ( Read more →

Barito Named NCAA Woman of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 23, 2011) – Laura Barito ’11 (Arkadelphia, Ark.) was recently announced as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Woman of the Year finalist. Thirty women, 10 from each NCAA membership division, have been selected as the top 30 honorees for the award. Barito was a two-sport star at Stevens winning NCAA National Championships in swimming and outdoor track and field this past year. Barito was the two-time Irvin “Buzz” Seymour Athlete of the Year at Stevens and a 19-time All-American over the course of her career. An 18-time All-American in swimming, Barito became the first Stevens NCAA national champion in school history when she captured the 50-yard freestyle at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. She finished third in the nation in the 100-yard freestyle in swimming, and was a member of four top-eight and All-American relay teams. “Laura has, without question, established herself as... Read more →

Cape May – Lewes Ferry Cancels All Operations for Friday, through Sunday ; Two Ferries Coming to Gloucester

Ferry Vessels to Berth at Port Facilities on the Delaware River (North Cape May, NJ) Due to anticipated high winds and rough Delaware Bay conditions related to the approaching hurricane, Cape May - Lewes Ferry (CMLF) officials announced late this afternoon that all vessel departures are canceled for the following dates: Friday, August 26; Saturday, August 27; and Sunday, August 28. click For the safety of the ferry vessels, CMLF marine personnel will be transporting them upriver tomorrow morning. The MV Twin Capes and MV Delaware will berth at the Port of Wilmington while the MV New Jersey and MV Cape Henlopen will moor at Holt Marine Terminal in Gloucester City, New Jersey. Due to the uncertainty associated with the track of Hurricane Irene and the travel time associated with moving the vessels from the berthing facilities in Wilmington and Gloucester City to the CMLF Terminals, the departure schedule may... Read more →

Arrest Warrant Issued for the Former Treasurer of the Gloucester City Swim Club

Image via Wikipedia ( arrest warrant has been issued for the former treasurer of the Gloucester City Swim Club on charges that the suspect stole thousands of dollars from the organization’s bank account in 2010. According to the Gloucester City Police the alleged crime was brought to their attention on July 29 when a complaint was filed by club members against the treasurer, Edward Szychoski. An investigation by police and swim club officials confirmed that the former treasurer stole approximately $12,000 over a several month period in 2010. Police said the suspect has been charged, however, as of this time he has not been located and has ignored police requests for an interview. Szychoski of the 800 block of Hudson Street has been charged with Theft and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone with information as to Szychoski’s whereabouts is asked to call the Gloucester City Police... Read more →

Pennacchio Calls for Investigation of Elizabeth School Board Lunch

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, sent a letter today to the Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee calling for an investigation of the Elizabeth School Board school lunch scandal. The program is administered by the State Department of Agriculture. Senator Pennacchio asked the Chairman to call the State Commissioner of Agriculture and the State Auditor, Steven Eells to discuss the administration of the program. “Thanks to an expose’ in the Star-Ledger the numerous problems that have been obvious for many years in the National School Lunch Program are now a symbol of waste, fraud and abuse in the public school bureaucracy. The goals of the program are worthwhile and commendable. School children need proper nutrition to perform at their best in a learning environment. “Unfortunately, some school officials have taken advantage of this valuable program and perverted it to serve their... Read more →