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September 2011

Letters: The Sign of a Hurried Hand or Partisan Gamesmanship?

On Tuesday night, I obtained a faxed copy of a sample Gloucester City Ward 1 ballot for the November 8th general election. The faxes arrived just as you see here. Note the placement of the "SAMPLE" stamp on the first page. Is it the sign of a hurried hand or partisan gamesmanship? Note that the text is mostly visible on the public question section of the ballot. The names of the candidates obscured by the stamp are as follows: Keith Walker - Republican, State Senate William Levins - Republican, General Assembly Terrell A. Ratliff - Republican, General Assembly Ian M. Gill - Public Safety First, Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders According to the Camden County Clerks Office, it's unusual that the county would fax a sample ballot in advance, but the county will sometimes send ballots upon request. Sample ballots will be mailed to the residents of Camden County... Read more →

Mayor Candidate Debate Invitation in Washington Township

Republican Party Chairman Mike Pascetta invites Candidate’s Murphy & Wallace to Public Debate WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ (September 27, 2011) — The Chairman of the Washington Township Republican Party, Mike Pascetta, announced today that he has invited the two Mayoral candidates to a formal public debate to be held in October. Republican candidate Kevin Murphy and Democrat candidate Barbara Wallace are running for mayor in a special election on November 8 to finish the term of former Democratic Mayor Matt Lyons, who was forced to resign this summer. “Debating issues that are important to Washington Township in a public forum gives the residents a chance to hear firsthand each candidate’s platform, qualifications and passion for an important leadership position in this community,” said Kevin Murphy. “I am looking forward to debating my opponent in an open, fair and balanced setting where all residents and students can participate.” “Kevin has... Read more →

American Hero: Marine First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, of Clarksboro NJ, Age

The United States Department of Defense announced a Gloucester County Marine was killed in Afghanistan Wednesday, September 28, 2011. First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, of Clarksboro, N.J., age 27, died during combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, according to officials. His cause of death is under investigation. Iannelli, who graduated from Kingsway Regional High School as class president, was assigned to a Marine helicopter squadron. Iannelli left for his first combat tour on Aug. 14. Related articles, courtesy of Zemanta: U.S. Marine from South Jersey killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan, remembered as 'a special man' RIP 1LT Ryan K. Iannelli U.S. Marine from East Greenwich dies in helicopter crash in Afghanistan Related articles American Heroes: 22 Killed So Far this month in Middle East Wars ( American Heroes: Staff Sgt. Shaun M. Mittler, 32, of Austin, Texas; Spc. Nathaniel D. Garvin, 20, of Radcliff, Ky ( Read more →

Bellmawr Man Charged With Embezzling Funds

Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Bellmawr Police Chief William Walsh reported an arrest last week of a Bellmawr man accused of stealing more than $300,000 from his employer. John DiBernardi, 57, was charged last Friday on counts of 2nd degree Theft and 2nd degree Computer Theft. He was taken into custody by Bellmawr Police officers and is being held at the Camden County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. DiBernardi is accused of writing himself checks from the accounts of S.T. Hudson Engineers of Camden, where he worked as comptroller. It is alleged that from 2007 to July 2011 DiBernardi took more than $300,000 from his employer and deposited the money into his personal accounts. He then deleted records of the checks he used from the business’ computer system. Investigators are still determining how DiBernardi used the money. The theft came to light in July when Hudson Engineers... Read more →

Wanted: Suspects for Robbery at Loudon Food Market in the 35th District

Philadelphia Police Seek Assistance in Identifying Suspect Depicted in Surveillance Video September 29, 2011 On September 26, 2011, at 7:54pm, an unknown male entered the Loudon Food Market located at 1448 Loudon Street armed with a hand gun and pointed it at one of the employees demanding money threatening to shoot the second employee. The second employee started screaming and the suspect fled the store on foot in an unknown direction before taking any money. Suspect Description: Black male, 25-30 years-of-age, 5'7"-5'8", light complexion wearing a black hooded jacket, brown Polo shirt and blue jeans To view the surveillance video: Visit The Philadelphia Police YouTube Channel or visit If you see this male do not approach him, contact 911 immediately. To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477). Use this electronic form to submit a tip anonymously. If you have any information about this crime or this suspect, please... Read more →

Merchantville Designates

R11-119 RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF MERCHANTVILLE, COUNTY OF CAMDEN, AND ST A TE OF NEW JERSEY , AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN AND THE BOROUGH CLERK TO CERTIFY, PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 11-95, THE REDEVELOPER AGREEMENT AND THE PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMEMT WITH THE DEVELOPER AS IT RELATES TO BLOCK 9, LOTS 2, 3 AND 4 IN THE BOROUGH OF MERCHANTVILLE WHEREAS, in order to implement the West Maple Avenue Redevelopment Plan and carry out the redevelopment projects in the area designated by the Redevelopment Plan, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Merchantville has determined that it is necessary to designate a redeveloper for same; and WHEREAS, Borough and Citadel Wellwood LLC have agreed that Citadel Wellwood LLC will be the redeveloper designated to undertake the historic restoration of the multi-family building (606 West Maple Avenue) located on Block 9, Lots 2 and 3 and the development of... Read more →

Bed Bug Insecticides Linked to Illness, One Death, CDC

Date Published: Friday, September 23rd, 2011 Bed bugs are bad enough but, now, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the sprays consumers use to rid themselves of the pests have been linked to illnesses. According to Bloomberg News, bed bug insecticides were linked to one death and 80 illnesses. The CDC study can be accessed at here. Bloomberg News noted that the study is the first of its kind to review the matter. Image via Wikipedia Most of the issues originated with so-called “do-it-yourselfers” who were found to have used the chemicals inappropriately or who used the wrong product. Most cases took place in New York City, said Bloomberg News. The CDC was only able to retrieve data from the seven states that track these issues, including New York. In all cases, beg bugs are ubiquitous, the pests have made... Read more →

What's Happening in Ocean City October 1 to October 9-CNBNEWS.NET

What's Happening in Ocean City Coming Next Week-Indian Summer Weekend with Huge Block Party, Fireworks, Seafood Center, Table Sales and new Music Festival by Bubba Mac (see story after Farmers Market*) (Oct. 1) The Annual City Wide YARD SALE will be held at the Tabernacle Grounds, 5th and Wesley Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at homes throughout the City. There will be table sales in the downtown from 6th to 11th Sts. along Asbury Ave. Maps with locations of sale spots throughout town will be distributed Thursday-Saturday at City Hall Annex, 9th and Asbury Ave., the Chamber of Commerce Information Center on 9th St. across from TD Bank, at various locations in the downtown and at the Tabernacle the day of the sale. (Oct.1) The RED, WHITE AND BLUE ALUMNI WEEKEND will hold its annual Parade on Asbury Ave. starting 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Parade will... Read more →

Fun @ Haddon Branch Library’s 50th Birthday Party-CNBNEWS.NET

The party featured a performance by the Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra, birthday cake, face painting, book mark making, tattoos, contests and more. Camden County Freeholder Board Director Louis Capelli and Freeholder Ian Leonard, as the board’s library liaison, joined Camden County Library System Director Linda Devlin in speaking about the branch’s history of serving the people of Camden County. The branch announced that Mark D’Tamaso of Haddon Twp. won a basket of assorted chocolates from Bayard’s Chocolates for a contest at guessing the branch’s average circulation that was part of the day’s events.] ### Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees. The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission. Camden County Freeholder Scot... Read more →

Vehicle Overturns After Driver Falls Asleep At The Wheel on Cross Keys Road

Gloucester Township Police Press Release, Tuesday, September 27, 2011 On 9/27/11 at approximately 5:45 am ,Gloucester Township Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving an overturned vehicle on Cross Keys Road in the vicinity of Johnson Road. Preliminary investigation determined the vehicle was traveling westbound on Cross Keys Road when the driver, Branden Crossen, fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle left the roadway and struck the curb in the area of the Cross Keys Center near Johnson Road and rolled several times before coming to a rest in the retention pond. Mr. Crossen sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene. He was issued motor vehicle summons. In March 2011, Gloucester Township Police partnered with adjacent jurisdictions to form the Cross Keys Road Joint Safe Passage Initiative. This ongoing campaign focuses on targeted enforcement of cell phone use while driving, aggressive driving such... Read more →

CNBNEWS Hunting and Fishing-Peregrine, Archery Deer Season, Pre-Season Scouting

New Peregrine Pages Posted Although the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Jersey City Peregrine Webcam went offline in June, volunteer observers and staff continued to monitor the birds through the summer. Two new pages displaying photographs of the fledglings' early flights and a mid-air prey transfer between an adult and its young have been posted on the division's website. To view the new prey transfer page, visit ; for the new Fledge-Watch page visit . A detailed account of the entire 2011 season (including the fate of the chick removed from the nestbox in May) is chronicled in Nestbox News at . ARCHERY DEER SEASON BEGINS ON SATURDAY HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s fall archery deer season is set to open throughout the Commonwealth, and represents the beginning of big game hunting seasons in the state, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. Statewide archers can hunt antlered or... Read more →

Wanted: Suspect in Wendy's Robbery in the 22nd District

PHILADELPHIA Police Seek Assitance in Identfying Male Wanted in Wendy's Robbery. September 28, 2011 On September 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM, an unknown male entered the Wendy's restaurant located at 1700 N. Broad Street and presented the cashier with a demand note announcing a robbery. The cashier backed away from the counter and the male fled on foot taking nothing. Related articles Authorities Seeking Serial Bank Robber, Armed and ( Hamilton, New Jersey Bank Robbery Shooter Identified;Violent Fugitive's Whereabouts Unknown ( ATF Most Wanted: TAKE NO ACTION YOURSELF TO APPREHEND THESE FUGITIVES ( Lindenwold Police Blotter SEPTEMBER 12TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 18TH ( Nbc Video: Police Release Composite Sketches of Robbery Suspects ( Police Seek Financial District Bank Robbery Suspect ( Read more →

THURSDAYS WITH JOHN HAYWARD TOPIC OBAMACARE On Wednesday, the National Federation of Independent Business petitioned the Supreme Court to review a decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding ObamaCare. The Obama Justice Department feels good about its general track record defending the law in appeals courts, and has also filed a petition with the Supremes. The Administration could have kept things bottled up in the 11th Circuit for a while, but most observers agree it would go all the way to the highest court sooner or later... and if "later" meant after the 2012 elections, there might have been a very different Justice Department arguing the government's case, with decidedly less enthusiasm. From a legal standpoint, this is the main event: The heavyweight title fight between Obama’s health care scheme and the nation that never wanted it. If the Supreme Court upholds the 11th Circuit’s decision on the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate,... Read more →

Ruth Viti, of Cherry Hill Age 80

On September 15, 2011. Age 80. (nee Powell) Of Cherry Hill. Loving wife of the late Dominic R. Viti. Survived by her son, Dominick and daughter, Louise and her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Catholic Rite Of Committal Private in Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Ruth Viti. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Memorial Tree Planted in Honor of Drowning Victim

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News BELLMAWR NJ-As the sun began to set on the afternoon of September 12, a tree was planted on the front lawn of the Bellmawr Park firehouse on Essex Avenue to honor a young drowning victim. Bradley Calhoun, who would have turned 6 years old on the 12th, was the tragic victim of a freak drowning accident over this past Fourth of July weekend. His father, Tom Calhoun, is a retired Chief from Bellmawr Park Volunteer Fire Company. The idea to purchase and plant the Dwarf Chinese Maple came from friend and fellow firefighter Kurt Peterson who, along with his wife, Ashley, researched to select the tree. Peterson said they chose the small maple, as it will have a chance to grow from the tiny sapling it currently is. It was also noted that On the Edge Landscaping of Bellmawr would finish the area around... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing News: NJDEP and PA Game Commission To Stock Quail/

Division to Stock Dog Training Areas The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking quail on eleven (11) Dog Training Areas prior to the November 12 opening of the pheasant/quail season. The quail are stocked for dog training purposes only. The dog training areas are located within the following WMAs (listed north to south) and will be stocked for training on October 8, 15, 22 and 29: Whittingham, Pequest, Black River, Clinton, Assunpink, Manasquan, Colliers Mills, Stafford Forge, Glassboro, Millville and Tuckahoe. All dogs must be properly licensed. Hunters should note that they may exercise or train dogs on any WMA from September 1 to April 30, however, the exercising or training of dogs is prohibited on any WMA on November 11, 2011. For more information on division dog training areas, including regulations, visit on the division's website. PA GAME COMMISSION ANNOUNCES FALL PHEASANT STOCKING PLANS Image... Read more →

Man Threatens Officers With Meat Cleaver During A Domestic Dispute

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 9:32am Gloucester Township Police Press Release On September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm, the Gloucester Township Police responded to a residence in the unit block of Kendrick Avenue for report of a domestic dispute with family members. Upon arrival, officers were advised that Thomas Kamenski was inside the residence and had been arguing with family members. Officers attempted to enter the home and were confronted by Kamenski, who threatened them while holding a large "meat cleaver" and a metal pipe. Mr Kamenski then barricaded himself inside of the residence. The Gloucester Township Police Special Response Team (SWAT) and Crisis Negotiation Team responded and attempted to make contact with Kamenski over several hours. During this time, to help ensure the safety of police and Kamenski, a robot was deployed in attempt to locate the male with negative results. A short time later, the male was then... Read more →


Fall is Best Time to Plant Jersey Grown Products To Ensure Beautiful Spring Garden (TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association (NJNLA) President Jan-Marie Traynor today kicked off the first official Fall Gardening Month in New Jersey with a ceremony at Hall’s Garden Center in Berkeley Heights. Fisher presented Traynor with a proclamation from Governor Chris Christie which declares October Fall Gardening Month because “fall is the best time of year for planting new trees and shrubs, as well as establishing new turf grass and planting bulbs for spring impact.” “We urge everyone to visit their local garden center or nursery or call their landscaper to take advantage of the great planting weather October has to offer,” said Secretary Fisher. “Be sure to look for the Jersey Grown tag to know you’re buying something accustomed to our state’s climate and... Read more →

Wednesdays with Audrey Hudson

The federal agency responsible for managing emergencies nearly created one itself when its funding ignited a congressional battle that almost shut down all government operations. The trouble began when the Obama administration told Congress that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) didn't have enough money to keep operating during the last week of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, reigniting what critics say has become a pattern of Democratic obstructionism to prevent Republicans from cutting spending. But this time Senate Democrats were almost left holding the bag when the funding clock ran out for FEMA Monday night and not only had Democrats blocked the Republican measure, but their own bill failed to pass as well. Then a curious thing happened—FEMA said they could scrape by with $114 million they discovered through some creative accounting. "In my view, this entire fire-drill was completely unnecessary," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.–Ky.).... Read more →

International Fugitive Captured After More Than 40 Years

NEWARK, NJ—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service, and New Jersey Department of Corrections jointly announce that George Wright, a fugitive for over 41 years, was arrested yesterday by Portuguese authorities, pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States. The United States is seeking his extradition from Portugal to serve the remainder of a 15- to 30-year sentence for a New Jersey state murder conviction. On November 23, 1962, George Wright and three associates were involved in the commission of multiple armed robberies. During the second of these robberies, Wright and an associate shot and killed Walter Patterson, a World War II veteran and Bronze Star recipient, during the robbery of a Esso gas station in Wall, NJ. Wright was arrested two days later and was indicted on state charges along with his associates on December 13, 1962. On February 15, 1963, Wright entered a... Read more →

Cherry Hill School Earns National Honor for Hunger-Fighting Work

Cherry Hill, NJ - The Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ recently received a National School of Distinction status from the Schools Fight Hunger program. Fewer than 2,000 schools nationwide earned this level of distinction in the 2010-2011 school year. The National School of Distinction status is awarded to schools that demonstrate notable enthusiasm, creativity or dedication in getting involved with the hunger cause. Whether its activating students around a school-wide food drive, organizing volunteers for a local pantry or food bank or cultivating a school garden to provide fresh produce for the cause, schools all across the country have been playing a larger and larger role in helping to fight hunger nationwide. “The students, staff and families of our School of Distinction schools should be very proud of their efforts and the impact they’re making on the hunger cause,” points out Schools Fight Hunger founder, Tim Sullivan.... Read more →

Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons To Participate in “Meet the Candidates” Events in the County

Glassboro, NJ, September 28, 2011 - The voters will have an opportunity to meet and hear what the candidates in the November election have to say regarding their experience, accomplishments and vision for the county with four events scheduled throughout Gloucester County prior to the election. The only incumbent and female serving with the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders, Heather Simmons, has been serving since January 2011, having filled Steve Sweeney’s position on the Board following his resignation to devote his time to serving as NJ Senate President. During her term in office, Simmons has been the Freeholder liaison for the County Department of Economic Development and Public Works, addressing the necessary resources to broaden programs for skills and workforce development, creation of jobs, higher education attainment and career opportunities to help improve the lives of residents of every age group within Gloucester County. WHAT: Meet the Candidates events scheduled... Read more →

“Strength In Numbers” Will Promote Economic Opportunity in Burlington, Camden & Gloucester

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney & George E. Norcross, Chairman of the Board, Cooper Health System and Cooper University Hospital to Speak (Mt. Laurel, NJ - September 27, 2011)) – Over 350 business and industry leaders, bankers, entrepreneurs and government officials from throughout Southern New Jersey will meet at the Westin Hotel and Conference Center in Mt. Laurel on Friday, September 30, 2011 to work in tandem to improve the region’s economy and promote job creation. Registration begins at 8 am and speakers at 9 am. The 6th Annual Tri-County Economic Development Summit, sponsored jointly by Gloucester County, Burlington County and Camden County will showcase the region’s resources in both the public and private sectors, as well as highlight many of the economic agendas and advancements of South Jersey. This year’s focus will be on the healthcare and education sector and the impact it has on the Southern New Jersey... Read more →

Bishop Suffering from Kidney Disease and

My dear sisters and brothers, For the past 11 years, I have been treated for Type II diabetes. For a little more than a year, I have been suffering from chronic kidney disease, which is now at Stage IV. This means that I will in the near future begin dialysis. Over the past two months I have had a series of medical procedures to prepare for dialysis. One of these procedures had complications which necessitated a hospital stay due to an infection which is now being treated by intravenous antibiotics. When I begin dialysis, after a period of training at a center, my dialysis will be done at home six days a week, up to three hours per day. This should enable me to be able to continue an active work schedule both in the office and for the celebration of liturgies in our parishes. I am very grateful for... Read more →

Voters Approve $53.6 million in School

TRENTON, Sept. 28, 2011—Voters in two of the five New Jersey school districts holding bond referendums on Tuesday approved more than $53.6 million in school construction, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Of the total amount that was approved, $14.9 million qualifies for state funds. School boards may hold special elections on five specific dates during the year. The final date that a school board may schedule a bond referendum this year is Dec. 13. Results of the Sept. 27 school construction proposals are below. New Jersey School Construction Referendum Results Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 STATEWIDE Total amount approved – $53,663,700 ($71,214,333 requested) Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $14,907,642 BERGEN COUNTY Park Ridge – Rejected Transfer unexpended funds from a 2009 construction project to install artificial turf and lights on the football field, and to resurface the track. Total amount – $1,400,000 GLOUCESTER COUNTY Kingsway Regional –... Read more →

11 Year Old Injured in Hit and Run / 7600 Frankford Avenue

Philadelphia Police Seek the Public's Assistance Locating Vehicle September 26, 2011 On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at approximately 4:00 PM, an unidentified vehicle was backing into a parking spot at the Wawa located at 7600 Frankford Avenue when the vehicle struck a pedestrian (11 year old female) pinning her against another unidentified vehicle in the parking lot. After striking the child, both vehicles fled the location. The female sustained a cut and bruising to her right knee. The striking vehicle is described as a silver mid-sized 4 door vehicle with a sunroof. The striking vehicle was occupied by a male and a female at the time of the incident (#1 – white male, 18-24 years old, thin build, black shorts, black tank top and a Baltimore Orioles baseball cap; #2 – white female, 18-24 years old, grey shirt, blue jeans with holes in the front, brown hair pulled back). The... Read more →

$21K Reward Announced for Suspects in the Murder of Matt

Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit Seek Public's Help in Identifying the Suspects Wanted in Three Year Old Homicide September 27, 2011 Image via Wikipedia On September 28, 2008, at 6th and Green Streets Matthew Novak's vehicle was experiencing mechanical problems and broke down. Novak was able to wave down a passing vehicle to help render assistance. A newer model blue Chevy Impala, occupied by 3 males, stopped and offered to help find a set of jumper cables. Novak told his two friends and gets into this vehicle. Minutes later, in the area of 13th and Fairmount, he was shot one time while exiting the blue Impala. Novack died later that evening from his injuries. To view the surveillance video: Visit the Who Killed Matt Novak YouTube Channel or Who Killed Matt Novak Americas Most Wanted Story on Matt Novak If you see these males do not approach them, contact 911 immediately... Read more →

Gloucester City School Board Names Grant Writer

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News The Gloucester City Board of Education approved a contract for a new grant writer during last week’s meeting. Curriculum Director Liz Curry said that $1.4 million of the district’s grants are up for renewal within the next several months. It is important for the school district to have an experienced and efficient grant writer in place so that all of the deadlines are met, Curry said. Regarding personnel matters, the School Board approved a motion relating to new hires, leaves of absence, 2011-2012 substitute teachers, aides and security guards, salaries and retroactive payments. Concerning curriculum, a motion was approved to allow the purchase of criminal justice materials for the high school as well as library skills curriculum for Kindergarten through sixth grade. The Board okayed a motion regarding the adoption and implementation of a state-mandated and district-wide harassment, intimidation and bullying policy. A motion... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim School District Audit Completed

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News During September’s Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Business Administrator Melissa Raywood announced that the annual audit has been completed. She said the audit will be presented at next month’s meeting by auditor Mr. Robert Stewart from Inverso and Steward of Marlton. Also, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is known as "E-Rate,” will be providing the district with a rebate in the amount of $11,466 to offset the cost of telecommunication services. In other news, George Gies of Mount Ephraim Basketball requested that there be no increase in facilities fees for the use of the school gym as the league is still suffering the effects of the economy. The School Board granted Mr. Gies’ request, and will leave the rate at $1,500 for this season. Gies said the program keeps the players and their friends who... Read more →

Freedom Pier Dedication; New Restaurant Planned for the Pier

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News Gloucester City officials dedicated the Freedom Pier Saturday morning, and then announced plans for a new restaurant to be built on it overlooking the Delaware River. Near the end of the dedication, City Councilman Nicholas Marchese asked Don Bigley and Jeff Lucas to come to the podium. “Ott’s on the Waterfront will have an unusual concept, will be a family place to dine and will be our sixth Ott’s Tavern,” Owner Jeff Lucas told the more than 100 people in attendance on a crisp, sunny day September 17. Permits and other details still have to be worked out, but they will start building as soon as a green light is given, he said. “I want to welcome everyone for being here for the dedication of the former United States Coast Guard Base and Immigration Station,” Marchese said to start the program. “This dedication of... Read more →


BARACK OBAMA 2012 CAMPAIGN Friend -- Not everyone knows how to prepare for a dinner like this. As someone who's eaten countless meals with my husband, I want to tell you the one thing to do if you're selected to join him... Just relax. Barack wants this dinner to be fun, and he really loves getting to know supporters like you. I hope you'll take him up on it before Friday's deadline. Will you donate $3 or more today and be entered to have dinner with Barack? These dinners mean a lot to Barack. They're a chance for him to talk with a few of the people who are driving the campaign -- and a chance for him to say thank you. So come prepared to tell your story, and say whatever's on your mind. Don't miss the opportunity to be there. Donate $3 today, before the September 30th deadline:... Read more →

Courts Gone Wild!

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Launches “Courts Gone Wild” Educational Effort State’s Leading Free-Market Group to Inform Citizens about the Destructive Impact of New Jersey’s Out-of-Control Supreme Court BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity Foundation is launching a statewide effort today to educate citizens about the destructive role the state’s activist Supreme Court has had on New Jersey’s economy and dismal tax climate. The “Courts Gone Wild” educational campaign will include a series of more than twenty seminars on the Supreme Court to be held across the state throughout fall. The first seminar will take place on Tuesday evening, September 13 at 7:00pm, with the West Bergen Tea Party at the Larkin House located at 380 Godwin Ave. in Wyckoff, NJ. Americans for Prosperity state director Steve Lonegan explained the impetus for the “Courts Gone Wild” program. “Over the course of the past four decades, New Jersey has gone from an... Read more →

Philadelphia's Terror Behind the Walls, America's Largest and Most Ambitious Haunted House, Celebrates 20 Years

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Terror Behind the Walls, America's largest haunted house, celebrates 20 years with two brand new, state-of-the-art attractions, a special Encore Night, and the return of the Eastern State After Dark VIP Tour. Image by abeams via Flickr Located inside the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary, a real massive abandoned prison at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, Terror Behind the Wallsattracts over 100,000 visitors from around the world and is consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country. In 2011, Terror Behind the Walls runs on select evenings from September 23 through November 12. Two New Attractions: For the first time ever, the event designers are launching two brand new attractions in a single year. The Gauntlet is a high energy opening attraction for the show, featuring overhead catwalks and custom props above an outdoor maze. The second new attraction,... Read more →

ConocoPhillips Idling Three Products Terminals in N.J.,

press release September 27, 2011 [OPIS] - ConocoPhillips is in the process of idling a few oil products terminals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in conjunction with the mothballing plan of its 185,000-b/d Trainer, Pa., refinery, a company spokeswoman told OPIS on Tuesday. ConocoPhillips will idle its Philadelphia G Street oil terminal, a second terminal at Chelsea, Pa., a Woodbury, N.J., tank farm and east line pipeline. The oil major is looking for buyers for those midstream assets. Image via Wikipedia The shutdown of these terminals should allow other competing regional terminals to sell more rack volumes. In addition, ConocoPhillips is looking for a buyer for its 33.3% stake in the Harbor oil products pipeline, the spokeswoman said. The Harbor pipeline is an 80-mile, 180,000-b/d refined product, common carrier pipeline originating near Woodbury, N.J., and terminating in Linden, N.J. This pipeline stake in New Jersey may appeal to Sunoco Logistics,... Read more →

Members of a South Philadelphia Drug Trafficking Organization Arrested and Charged

PHILADELPHIA—Federal agents and Philadelphia Police officers this morning arrested 15 members of a drug trafficking organization operating out of the federally subsidized Courtyard Apartments-Riverview and other areas of South Philadelphia, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and FBI Special Agent in Charge George C. Venizelos. A 60-count indictment unsealed this morning charges Mayoshi Sanders and his co-defendants in a drug conspiracy in which the Sanders Drug Trafficking Organization (“DTO”) peddled crack cocaine and other controlled substances within the housing development and various other locations, primarily in South Philadelphia, and used residences at the housing development as stash houses. According to the indictment, the Sanders DTO distributed in excess of 500 grams of cocaine and 280 grams of crack cocaine between March 2009 and August 30, 2011, with Sanders obtaining his cocaine supply from co-defendant Alfred Jenkins, among others. The Sanders DTO allegedly sold drugs in and around the South... Read more →

Letters:Campaign to End Pay to Play Moving

Summer is over an we are moving rapidly into the heart of the political season hear in New Jersey. Politicians jockey for position and beg for votes while the public continues its ever growing apathetic malaise toward the disingenuous musings of a corrupt and out of touch system. The lines of government and politics blur more frequently and the line of what is legal vs what is ethical blur even more. SJC has been collecting signatures and educating the public all summer on the pay to play issue and we are preparing to present those petitions to the Municipal Clerk of Gloucester Township very soon. Once we do that the People will have their say on this issue because those whom we elected refuse to do the right thing. We are planning to host a Freeholder Candidates Forum on October 25 moderated by the League of Women Voters. This is... Read more →

Catholic Bishops on Obamacare

By Terence P. Jeffrey September 25, 2011 Subscribe to Terence P. Jeffrey's posts ( - In an "urgent" call to action distributed as a bulletin insert at Catholic churches across the country on Sunday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that a new federal regulation proposed under President Barack Obama's health-care law "poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom." The proposed regulation would require all private health-care plans to cover sterilizations and "all FDA-approved contraceptives"--which include "emergency" contraceptives such as ulipristal (or "Ella") that can cause an abortion both before and after an embryo implants in the mother's womb. The bulletin insert asked Catholics to visit a page on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.) from which they could send an email message to the Department of Health and Human Services protesting the proposed regulation. The regulation is undergoing a standard public... Read more →


21 September, 2011 by lpd Monday 9/12 • ASSAULT- a male was arrested in the Greens II Apartments and charged with assault after he assaulted his girlfriend by throwing an object at her head causing her to receive a laceration. • VEHICLE BURGLARY- a resident of Walnut Avenue reported that someone entered their vehicle and stole property. The vehicle had been left unlocked. • WARRANT ARREST- A male was arrested on a child support warrant and sent to Camden County Jail default of bail. • BURGLARY- a residence in the 400 block of Linden Avenue was burglarized and a motorcycle was stolen from inside of the garage. Also stolen was various electronics from inside of the home. • VANDALISM- a resident of Elm Court reported that someone slashed the tires to his vehicle. • VANDALISM- A resident of Glenwood Drive reported that someone vandalized his residence by putting numerous dents... Read more →

Jersey Central Power & Light Holds Hurricane Irene Emergency Response Summits

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and members of the New Jersey League of Municipalities today held Emergency Response Summit meetings in Morristown andTinton Falls to discuss steps that could be taken to enhance communications between the company, elected officials and emergency responders if another large-scale weather event affects the state. Hurricane Irene resulted in more than two-thirds of JCP&L's 1.1 million customers losing power – the largest ever impact from one storm. Restoration efforts were severely hampered by the widespread nature of the damage, inaccessible roads, flooded substations and more than 20,000 wire-down hazards. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) President Lee A. Solomon, along with other BPU staff, also attended the meetings to hear what improvements could be implemented quickly between utilities and local officials to enhance emergency communications should another major storm hit... Read more →

NJDOT to reconfigure Route 168 and Benigno Boulevard intersection in Bellmawr

(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced the start of construction on a project to widen and improve the Route 168 (Black Horse Pike) intersection with Benigno Boulevard in Bellmawr Borough, Camden County. “This is a cost-effective solution that will reduce congestion on the local roadway system in Bellmawr and provide better traffic flow at this important intersection,” Commissioner James Simpson said. NJDOT’s contractor, Mount Construction Co., began preliminary construction operations last week. Route 168 carries one lane of traffic in each direction through the intersection with a dual-use turning lane located in the median. All lanes on Route 168 will be maintained between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. during construction, with traffic shifts in place utilizing the existing highway shoulders. During overnight hours, single-lane closures may be implemented on each roadway, with traffic shifts and alternating traffic patterns. During a later stage of construction Benigno... Read more →

Full Text of Governor Chris Christie's Speech at the Ronald Reagan

"Real American Exceptionalism" Simi Valley, CA September 27, 2011 Mrs. Reagan, distinguished guests. It is an honor for me to be here at the Reagan Library to speak to you today. I want to thank Mrs. Reagan for her gracious invitation. I am thrilled to be here. Ronald Reagan believed in this country. He embodied the strength perseverance and faith that has propelled immigrants for centuries to embark on dangerous journeys to come here, to give up all that was familiar for all that was possible. He judged that as good as things were and had been for many Americans, they could and would be better for more Americans in the future. It is this vision for our country that guided his administration over the course of eight years. His commitment to making America stronger, better and more resilient is what allowed him the freedom to challenge conventional wisdom, reach... Read more →

QualCare, Inc. Appoints Dr. Morey Menacker To Board of Directors

Piscataway, N.J. (September 22, 2011) – QualCare, Inc. today announced the appointment of Morey Menacker, D.O., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Menacker is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his Internal Medicine training at the New Jersey Medical School and is board-certified in Internal Medicine with Added Qualification in Geriatrics. He began his career caring for migrant workers while working for the United States Public Health Service. He then moved to Bergen County and supervised the New Jersey Medical School’s physician training program at Bergen Pines County Hospital, eventually becoming Vice President for Medical Affairs there. When the hospital was privatized, Dr. Menacker returned to the private practice of medicine and has been a member of Forest Healthcare Associates since its inception in 1997. He is a clinical Professor of Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School. “We are thrilled that Dr. Menacker has... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Was Ready for Hurricane Irene

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News Although Hurricane Irene did not do as much damage as originally anticipated, various borough departments were prepared for the worst during the last weekend of August as it passed through New Jersey. Mount Ephraim Fire Department Chief Brian Gilmore told the Board of Commissioners at last week’s meeting that the firehouse had been manned from 2 p.m. on Saturday until 6 p.m. on Sunday firefighters were ready for any possible hurricane damage. During that weekend they pumped the basement of the Budget Inn, which allowed the tenants to stay put, Gilmore said. The Office of Emergency Management was manned by eight people around the clock. During the week prior, Coordinator Jay Vilardo monitored the weather and began to prepare the various borough departments. Commissioner Andrew Gilmore prepared food at Mary Bray School for those who helped out that weekend. Vilardo thanked the school... Read more →

First Lady Mary Pat Christie Honors David McCauley

Jersey City Resident is Named a New Jersey Hero Trenton, NJ – After a devastating injury that paralyzed him from the chest down, David McCauley could have just given up. Instead, grateful for his personal support network, he launched the Rise Up to Cure Paralysis Foundation (RUTCP). The non-profit organization raises money to help others fighting paralysis and provides funding for medical research to find its cure. Today, First Lady Mary Pat Christie named David McCauley as her sixth New Jersey Hero for his work to improve the lives of those facing the challenges of paralysis. In 2008, a diving accident shattered McCauley’s C6 vertebrae and splintered his spinal cord. Currently, he is participating in clinical trials at the Kessler Foundation involving locomotor training and functional electronic stimulation and has recovered sensation and motor function to areas 2 feet below his level of injury. “I’m deeply inspired by David’s commitment... Read more →

Public Notices Pertaining to the Boro of Brooklawn Advertised in the Courier

Public Notice: PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO BIDDERS NOTICE is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the Borough of Brooklawn on Thursday, september 29, 2011 at 10:00am for a 2011 Ram 5500 Chassis-St Reg Cab 60" C/A 4x4 or Equal. Bid specifications may be obtained from Barbara Lewis, Borough Clerk, 301 Christiana Street, Brooklawn, NJ 08030. Bid documents may be picked up Monday thru Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. the Borough of Brooklawn reserves the right to reject any or all bids either in whole or in part, and also to waive any informality in any bid or bids received. Bids must be enclosed in a sealed envelope bearing the bidder's name and address on the outside with "2011 Dump Truck" written on the outside. Said bids shall be addressed to Barbara Lewis, Borough Hall, 301 Christiana Street. Brooklawn, NJ 08030. Bids must be accompanied by bid bond... Read more →

Lindenwold Police Blotter September 5th through September

9/5/11 • The front window of “Fresh Asylum Tattoo Studios” was smashed out. Two males were later arrested and charged with criminal mischief. The two males had vandalized several businesses in Lindenwold and Gloucester Township. • A female was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after she assaulted her mother by striking her in the head with an object. The incident occurred in Stonington Court Apartments and the female was sent to Camden County Jail default of bail. • A female resident of Aston Martin Drive reported that she was assaulted by her husband. She was injured as a result of the assault and a warrant was issued for the husband who was not on location when police arrived. • A male was arrested in the 400 Block Linden Avenue and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, and discharging a firearm after he fired... Read more →

South Jersey Gas to Reduce Rates by 3.4% | Business Wire

FOLSOM, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--South Jersey Gas today received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to further reduce rates, which will save residential customers on average 3.4 percent on their natural gas bills. “With wholesale gas prices trending lower and with our customers using natural gas more efficiently, we’re pleased to offer this overall rate reduction to them, while providing them with the superior service they have come to expect and deserve” As a result of this rate reduction, an average residential customer will see a decrease of $4.61 on a 100-therm monthly natural gas bill. This decrease follows a $22.7 million bill credit issued to customers in March 2011. When coupling this new rate reduction with the March bill credit, SJG’s residential customers will see a total 9.4 percent decrease in rates this year. In addition, SJG implemented a 10.6 percent rate reduction in 2010. With the new... Read more →

Rep. Fattah Announces $600,000 Grant for Community College of Philadelphia Under Minorities Program

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) announces that Community College of Philadelphia will receive a $600,000 grant under the Predominantly Black Institutions Program of the U.S. Department of Education. Image via Wikipedia "Community College of Philadelphia performs a critical role as the place where African Americans and other minority students can begin their journey in higher education and increase their life chances. It has the largest African American and Latino enrollment in Pennsylvania ," Fattah said. "Without CCP there would be no higher education and no enhanced job prospects for thousands of Philadelphia young people." The one year grant is expected to be renewed for three more years, for a total of $2.4 millionthrough 2014-15, according to the Department of Education. The grant will allow CCP to plan, develop and implement programs to serve more low and middle-income Black American students. It is also designed to... Read more →


reprinted with permission of New Jersey Watchdog Posted on September 22, 2011 New Jersey Watchdog has sniffed out a 42nd double-dipping top county cop, thanks to another tip from a reader. Monmouth County Undersheriff Robert J. Dawson’s double-take totals $184,000 a year - his $88,000 salary plus a $96,000 pension. Dawson, 47, retired from the Spring Lake police on Feb. 1. Two weeks later, he was sworn into office as a Monmouth County undersheriff. He is one of three double-dipping undersheriffs on the staff of Sheriff Shaun Golden, along with fellow “retirees” Michael W. Donovan Jr. and Theodore Freeman. Donovan collects $178,000 a year – a $92,000 salary plus a $86,000 pension. Freeman gets $151,000 a year – his $92,000 salary plus a $59,000 pension. New Jersey Watchdog’s investigation found 42 top county cops – 16 sheriffs and 26 undersheriffs from 20 counties – who are collecting more than $3... Read more →

Geraldine M. "Geri" Dailey, St. Mary Church Parishioner; Past President of VFW Post 3620 Laides Aux.

On September 25, 2011. Age 65. (nee Leap) Formerly of Gloucester City and Phoenix, AZ. Loving wife of 40 years to the late Vincent J. Dailey. Loving mother of Vincent J. Dailey, Jr. and the late Matthew D. Dailey. Dear sister of Emma-Jean Murphy. Geri was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City. She was the Past President of the Townsend C. Young VFW Post #3620 Ladies Auxiliary and a past committee member of Boy Scout Troop 185 in Bellmawr. Geri’s favorite hobby was to play bingo. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Saturday, October 8th, at 11 AM at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Geraldine M. Dailey Memorial Fund: P.O. Box 358, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Condolences and memories may be shared... Read more →