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August 2011

Boehner Asks Obama to Reschedule Economy Speech - NYTimes.com

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... Read more →


MORIARTY: RESIDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF PRICE GOUGING

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... Read more →


Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet Regains Long-lost Bronze Star-cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


FLAWED ALABAMA IMMIGRATION LAW -cnbnews.net

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... 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 -cnbnews.net (gloucestercitynews.net) LOOKING FOR THE BEETLE? Dept. of Agriculture to Survey Gloucester City-cnbnews.net (gloucestercitynews.net) Attention Gloucester City Residents-cnbnews.net (gloucestercitynews.net) Murphy chosen as... Read more →


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

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... 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.... 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... Read more →


Josie Pitzo, of Williamstown, Memorial Service Sept. 1-cnbnews.net

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 www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Josie Pitzo. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME , 851... Read more →


Bishop Galante: Why the Dream Act Transcends Politics-cnbnews.net

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... 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... 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 athttp://www.asmfc.org/press_releases/2011/pr34Mid-AtlanticSpecies2012Specs.pdf on the ASMFC website.) The Commission approved and Council recommended... Read more →


Broadcast Pioneers Name New Member-cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


Voorhees Mayor Column: The 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001-cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


Gloucester City Voters Asked to Extend Hours of Sunday Liquor Sales-cnbnews.net

modified 2PM (cnbnews.net) 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... Read more →


Congressman Andrews Announces Over $350,000 for Local Law Enforcement -cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


FEDERAL PROGRAM OFFERS DAY-CARE MEAL ASSISTANCE-cnbnews.net

(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... 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 cherryhillfire.blogspot.com Read more →


Casino Association of New Jersey Supports Sports Betting in New Jersey-cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


Cape May – Lewes Ferry To Resume Service on Tuesday, August 30 -cnbnews.net

Ferry Vessels Berthed at Delaware River Port Facilities (North Cape May, NJ) This afternoon, Cape May - Lewes Ferry (CMLF) officials announced that the ferry service will resume normal operations on Tuesday, August 30. The first departures will be 7:30 a.m. from Cape May, New Jersey and 9:15 a.m. from Lewes, Delaware. For the safety of the ferry vessels during Hurricane Irene, CMLF marine personnel transported them upriver last Friday. The MV Twin Capes and MV Delaware were berthed at the Port of Wilmington while... 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 Nixle.com. From Nixle’s website, “Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to... 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... Read more →


Video 2 : Gloucester City NJ after the storm-cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


Video 1: Gloucester City NJ, Sunday, August 28, 2011-cnbnews.net

(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... Read more →


New Jersey Public Schools Received $268.1 Million from Education Jobs Fund Grant-cnbnews.net

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... 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... Read more →


DCA Local Finance Board approves Cherry Hill and Merchantville application-cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


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

posted 9:20AM Modified 12:13PM photo by CL Woods (CNBNews.net) 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... Read more →


TRICARE: People Should Be Prepared for Emergencies-cnbnews.net

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.... Read more →


DEP SEEKS NEW GROUP OF AMERICORPS WATERSHED AMBASSADORS

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... 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... Read more →


New Jersey May seek Relief from No Child Left Behind-cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


Gloucester City /City School Board Legal Notices ...advertised in the Courier Post..so 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... Read more →


“Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection” -cnbnews.net

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... Read more →


Face of Defense: Airman Honors Vets Via Baseball -cnbnews.net

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... Read more →