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CNBNEWS POINT OF VIEW BY BILL CLEARY ( This morning while walking Erica a car and a SUV collided at the intersection of Lane and Thompson Avenues. The car coming down Lane Avenue was traveling towards Thompson at a high rate of speed when it reached the intersection. At the same time the driver of the SUV made a rolling stop at the Stop sign and entered the intersection. The two collided in the middle of the streets sending the car towards me and my dog. With seconds to react I let go of the leash, hoping the dog would run in the opposite direction of the oncoming car. At the same time I jumped in the other direction to avoid the car that was heading straight for us. As for Erica, when the car crashed into the fence I heard her yelp! I thought for sure she was hit.... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Black Bear Warning; Free Surf Fishing Lessons; Furbearer; Gov. Guomo;

North Jersey Residents! Beware of Black Bears The NJDEP is advising residents and outdoor enthusiasts in North Jersey, especially in areas regularly frequented by black bears, to strictly adhere to guidelines for eliminating or securing potential black bear food sources during the fall period when bears feed extensively to build fat layers for hibernation. Black bears may be especially on the hunt this season for high calorie foods, such as food scraps in household trash and bird seed from outdoor bird feeders, due to localized scarcities of acorns and other tree nuts, which are an important black bear food source. The following simple rules for living in black bear country--particularly Morris, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, northern Passaic, northern Somerset and western Bergen counties --will help minimize conflicts with black bears: * Invest in bear-proof garbage containers. If not using bear-proof garbage containers, store all garbage in containers with tight fitting lids... Read more →

Diocese of Camden - Msgr. James F. Checchio appointed a prelate of honor by Pope Benedict XVI

A priest of the Diocese of Camden, Msgr. Checchio has served as rector of North American College in Rome since 2006, after serving as vice rector there for three years. The Pontifical North American College, founded in 1859, is the U.S. national seminary in Rome. The title prelate of honor is a papal honor bestowed on diocesan priests. Msgr. Checchio was appointed a papal chamberlain by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Msgr. Checchio, 45, studied canon law at North American College and was ordained in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden, on June 20, 1992. While in the Diocese of Camden he held a number of parish and administrative positions. He served as secretary to Bishop James T. McHugh, vice chancellor, director of communications, moderator of the curia and episcopal vicar for administration of the diocese. He also served in the Tribunal and as a member of the... Read more →

Campaign Manager Seeking Donations for Candidate

Here's something you don't have in common with 22,883 other supporters of this movement who tell us they live in New Jersey. That many of your neighbors have decided to own a piece of this campaign by making a donation of whatever they could afford. For some, that meant just $5. For others, it meant $100 or more. But each had their own personal reason for giving. Our records show that you aren't one of the 22,883 people in your state who have stepped up for 2012. Now's your chance to change that. Image via Wikipedia Make a donation of $3 or more today to support the campaign before the critical September 30th deadline. Here's why you should join your neighbors in supporting this campaign: We've been running the numbers, and with hundreds of thousands of individual donors across the country -- we are now well on our way to... Read more →

Burglary Suspects Wanted by Clementon Police

The two suspects wanted by the Clementon Police Department on burlgary charges were arrested Saturday night and charged with the crime that took place Thursday in the 200 block of Blake Avenue in Clementon. Justin Terry, 23, and Ashley Linderman, 20, both of Glassboro, were each charged with two counts of theft, and single counts of burglary, conspiracy and criminal mischief. The pair were arrested after they were identified from surveillance tapes taken from the crime scene and made public. They made off with electronics items and jewelry, Lt. Charles Grover said, while a man and a 2-year-old child were asleep in the home during the daytime burglary. Terry is in Camden County Jail with bail set at $100,000. Linderman, who is seven months pregnant, was released on a summons. Related articles Clementon Borough Police: WANTED - ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY ( Brooklawn Police Warn Residents About Recent Daytime Burglaries... Read more →

Rep. Tim Huelskamp: Obamacare HHS rule would give government everybody’s health records

By: Rep. Tim Huelskamp | 09/23/11 3:29 PM It’s been said a thousand times: Congress had to pass President Obama’s health care law in order to find out what’s in it. But, despite the repetitiveness, the level of shock from each new discovery never seems to recede. This time, America is learning about the federal government’s plan to collect and aggregate confidential patient records for every one of us. In a proposed rule from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal government is demanding insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients. (See Proposed Rule: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Standards Related to Reinsurance, Risk Corridors and Risk Adjustment, Volume 76, page 41930. Proposed rule docket ID is HHS-OS-2011-0022 The HHS has proposed the federal government pursue one of three paths to obtain this sensitive information: A “centralized approach”... Read more →

Decision on Delaware River Basin Commission Fracking rules Put Off Until October Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has postponed acting on proposed drilling regulations that could bring hydraulic fracturing and thousands of new natural gas wells to the vital watershed. The DRBC was supposed to act on the proposed drilling regulations during a meeting scheduled for September 21, but according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, it has now scheduled a two-hour meeting to “consider adoption” of the regulations on October 21. The Delaware River Basin, much of which sits atop the natural gas-rich Marcellus shale, encompasses parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey and provides drinking water to 17 million people on the East Coast. It covers 58 percent of the land area of New York City’s watershed west of the Hudson River, and the city has spent almost $1.5 billion to protect the drinking water it obtains from the watershed. According to the Inquirer, several counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania... Read more →

US bishops warn Obama of national conflict over failure to uphold DOMA

By Michelle Bauman Washington D.C., Sep 22, 2011 / 02:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, urged President Obama and his administration to end their attack on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the religious freedom of those who support it. Image via Wikipedia Archbishop Dolan warned in his Sept. 20 letter that by continuing its current course of action, the administration would “precipitate a national conflict between Church and State of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions.” In an accompanying analysis, the bishops’ conference said it is concerned that if the administration continued its fight to redefine marriage, Catholic individuals and institutions would face lawsuits for supposed “sexual orientation discrimination” in their efforts to serve the common good in areas including employment, education and adoption services. “Society will suffer when religious entities are compelled to remove themselves... Read more →

Heritage Foundation: Obamacare's Long-Term Care CLASS Act Unsustainable, Unravels

Inefficient programs that don’t solve problems and are passed against the will of the American people seem to be the Obama Administration’s forte. Now their high-minded aspirations of a health care revolution are quickly unraveling as fatal glitches in Obamacare become apparent. Next up for implosion? The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, otherwise known as the “CLASS Act,” which creates a government-run long term care insurance program too costly to sustain. At a time when entitlement programs in America have spun out of control, liberal proponents of Obamacare were pushing a new one that had no hope of staying afloat. Now, they are trying hide the fact that they were wrong as another bungling layer of Obamacare is exposed. From its creation, the CLASS Act was completely unsustainable as written into law. The problem? Due to the effects of adverse selection, the program would charge high premiums that... Read more →

FBI — Former NBA Player and CEO of The George Group Charged in Ponzi Scheme

NEWARK, NJ—C. Tate George, former NBA basketball player and the chief executive officer (CEO) of purported real estate development firm The George Group, surrendered this morning to federal authorities for allegedly orchestrating a more than $2 million investment fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. George, 43, of Newark, surrendered in Newark to special agents of the FBI and postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) on a criminal complaint charging him with one count of wire fraud. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz in Newark federal court. According to the criminal complaint unsealed today: George, who once played for the New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, held himself out as the CEO of The George Group, claiming to have more than $500 million in assets under management. George pitched prospective investors, including several former professional athletes, to invest with... Read more →

Listeria-Tainted Cantaloupes Sent to Five Additional States

Date Published: Friday, September 23rd, 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to Colorado cantaloupes continues to grow. Yesterday, we wrote that the death toll had, sadly, doubled to 8 people. Today, it turns out that the total number of states involved is actually 22, five more than was previously reported. According to the most current reports, said Reuters, 55 people in 10 states have fallen ill, with most sickened in Colorado, where the cantaloupes were grown and harvested, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Not all 22 states have reported illnesses, said Reuters. As we’ve written, 300,000 cases of whole cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms were shipped between July 29th and September 10th, 2011 to Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The additional five states now included are Arkansas, California, Idaho,... Read more →

Pa. Fire Lt. Collapses and Dies at Fire School |

A 38-year-old fire lieutenant with the Lancaster Township Fire Department (LTFD) collapsed and died of an apparent cardiac issue during a live burn training exercise with the Lancaster County Fire School on Sunday morning, according to a news release from the fire department and a local news agency. LTFD identified the fallen firefighter as Keith Rankin. The news release said Lt. Rankin suffered a "medical emergency" during the training exercise. Fellow firefighters performed "life saving efforts," but Rankin could not be revived. Local news agency, Intelligencer Journal of Lancaster, said Rankin, who had been running the live burn at the fire school, was talking with fellow firefighters when he collapsed with no warning. Some of the members of the 25 towns attending the school performed CPR on Rankin, but he never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at Lancaster General Hospital. An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday, but the local... Read more →

The Gathering Space — A Drop-In Teen Support Group

Gloucester Township now has a place where adolescents can join together under the leadership of licensed mental health professionals to explore the issues and challenges they face each day. In a relaxed, supportive, group environment, topics like conflict resolution, addiction, bullying, stress management, friends/family communication, leadership skills and goal setting will be experienced through activities and group discussions. This program is free for students ages 13 to 18, and will meet every Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. beginning September 26, 2011 at the Point Arial Park Community Building located at 2900 Erial Road. This program is sponsored by The Gloucester Township Police Department and The Gloucester Township Municipal Alliance. For information please call the Enrichment Information Line at 856-374-5709 or . via Read more →

DRWC Seeking

Please note two new RFP Opportunities have been posted on the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation website at REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Design for Columbia Avenue Connector Street The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is hereby seeking proposals from reputed, qualified and experienced firms to design streetscape improvements to Columbia Avenue between Girard Avenue and Penn Treaty Park to include landscape architectural services for streetscape design which may include all or some of the following elements; street trees, paving, crosswalks, 1-95 underpass treatment, signage, and lighting. To access this RFP, CLICK HERE Preliminary Design for Delaware River Trail The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is hereby seeking proposals from reputed, qualified and experienced landscape architecture or urban design firms, to complete conceptual design for approximately 4.5 miles of the Delaware River Trail from Pier 72 South (approximately Mifflin Street) to Lehigh Avenue. The overall goal is to advance the plans set... Read more →

Cornerstone Commerce Center Pad Sites Moving

Linwood Passes Redevelopment Ordinance Amendments Permitting Expansion Linwood, NJ, Sept. 21, 2011 – The City of Linwood has approved amendments to its Redevelopment Area development regulations permitting Cornerstone Commerce Center to proceed with its proposed Phase II expansion adding two pad site buildings at the corporate campus on New Road in Linwood. Cornerstone’s Dual Pad Site proposal encompasses two self-standing commercial buildings in the area of unused parking space on the northern side of the property. One is a 15,300 sq. ft, one story building bordering New Road and the other is a 75,600 sq. ft., three story building at the rear. The buildings could accommodate single, large businesses, such as a major corporation headquarters, or multiple businesses including restaurant, retail and professional offices. Discussions about Cornerstone’s Phase II Dual Pad Site expansion have been underway with Linwood’s Redevelopment Committee for more than a year. Cornerstone is located in one... Read more →

Congressman Andrews Champions Jobs by Growing Rutgers Campus

Camden, NJ – Monday, at a topping off ceremony, Congressman Andrews and local officials unveiled the completed steel framework for the new Rutgers graduate housing building, which has created 250 construction jobs and will create 25 retail jobs upon completion. Congressman Andrews has been a supporter of this project since its inception ten years ago, and has played a key role in its negotiations. His efforts led the Rutgers Board of Governors to approve the construction of the project, which is bringing new jobs, new revenue, new residents and a brighter future to South Jersey. This new facility, located at Fourth and Cooper Streets, addresses the housing shortage for graduate students looking to reside near the Camden campus. The majority of the 102 units will be configured as three or four bedroom apartments, and will include bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas. Once completed, this new building will also include 7,000... Read more →

Christie Willing to Make $5 Million Available to Keep Hoboken Medical Center Open

After City Council Refuses Funding Next Move Rests on Local Unions Making Concessions to Keep Hospital Running and Save 1300 Jobs Trenton, NJ – Today, Governor Chris Christie released the following statement after the Hoboken City Council rejected $5 million in funding for Hoboken University Medical Center, effectively forcing the state’s oldest hospital to close within the next few weeks and risking municipal authority default in Hoboken. “It would appear that there are two primary issues that stand in the way of keeping Hoboken University Medical Center open. First, the refusal by local unions to provide necessary concessions and secondly, the city council’s rejection of $5 million in funding which i s vital to securing the hospital’s future. “It is completely unacceptable that the city council placed local politics ahead of the 1300 employees at the Hoboken University Medical Center and the people in the community who rely on the... Read more →

Voters to Decide $71 million in School Construction on Tuesday

TRENTON, Sept. 23, 2011—Voters in five New Jersey school districts will act on $71.2 million in proposed school construction on Tuesday, Sept. 27, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported today. Of the total amount that is being requested, more than $15.4 million would qualify for state funds. Two of the five proposals seek voter approval not to borrow additional funds, but to transfer existing funds for a new project. The last Tuesday in September is one of the five dates each year that school boards may hold special elections. The next date on which a school board may schedule a bond referendum question is Dec. 13. Details of the Sept. 27 school construction proposals are below. New Jersey School Construction Referendums Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 STATEWIDE Total amount requested – $71,214,333 Amount eligible for state reimbursement – $15,482,314 BERGEN COUNTY Park Ridge Transfer unexpended funds from a 2009 construction... Read more →

FBI-Domestic Terrorism Focus on Militia

09/22/11 Last March, nine members of an extremist militia group were charged in Michigan with seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction in connection with an alleged plot to attack law enforcement and spark an uprising against the government. According to the federal indictment, the nine individuals planned to kill a law enforcement officer and then use bombs to attack the caravan of cars taking part in the subsequent funeral procession, hoping that this violence would incite a larger armed conflict with authorities. Fortunately, the FBI and the Michigan State Police intervened and took the subjects into custody before they could carry out their alleged plot. It’s just one example of the dangers posed by so-called militia extremists—the latest topic in our series to educate the nation on domestic terror threats that the FBI investigates today. Previous stories have focused on anarchist extremists, eco-terrorists/animal rights extremists, lone... Read more →

Plein Air Brandywine Valley Painting & Photography Competition

Gala, Art Show & Sale September 26-Oct. 2, 2011 Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting and photography competition, show and sale featuring the beauty of the Brandywine Valley interpreted by 130 of the finest artists of our nation. Painting, drawing and photography opportunities for artists will take place from Monday, September 26-Friday, September 30, 2011. On Friday, September 30, 2011, artwork will be completed and judged. Winners will be announced at the event’s gala opening for the art show/sale at the Tatnall School in Wilmington. The Gala will be held from 7:00-11:00pm. Be the first to preview works and meet the artists. Tickets ($125) are still available and may be purchased at On Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2 the Art Show and Sale continues at Tatnall School from 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday and 12:00-4:00pm on Sunday. Read more →

Weekly Basket: Guaranteed Loss

Volume XVI No. 38: September 23, 2011 You may have heard about Solyndra. The first casualty, but certainly not the last, for the embattled Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Guarantee Program. The solar start-up received a $535 million loan guarantee in September of 2009. Announced with much fanfare, it was the first commitment to come from the DOE program, which was created in the 2005 Energy bill. It's pretty clear that Solyndra had a slew of problems, but we must not lose sight of the forest for the trees. You can't be shocked when a bad process yields bad results. Solyndra is p Image by Getty Images via @daylife art of a fundamentally flawed program that we and othershave warned could cost taxpayers billions. Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison refuses to testify to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Capitol Hill September 23, 2011 in... Read more →

FBI — Bucks County Doctor Sentenced for Running Northeast Philadelphia Pill Mill

PHILADELPHIA—Christopher Vassalluzzo, D.O., 47, of New Hope, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 34 months in prison for a conspiracy that illegally distributed millions of prescription controlled substance diet drugs. Vassalluzzo and others operated an office at 3000 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia that was, in fact, a “pill mill.” In April, Vassalluzzo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, structuring, aggravated structuring, conspiracy to commit tax evasion, and tax evasion. Vassalluzzo’s illegal enterprise generated more than $5 million in cash. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody ordered Vassalluzzo to forfeit over $5 million, which will include proceeds from the sale of a beach home in New Jersey, a timeshare in Florida, and sale of his home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, as well as other assets. More than $1 million has been collected so far. Restitution was... Read more →

Diocese of Camden - The first Catholic radio station in Cape May County

The 300 watt station — WSMJ-FM, 91.9 — will start broadcasting later this year from Cape May to Ocean City with 18 hours of EWTN programming. It’s expected to go 24 hours in 2012 to include contributions from local pastors and programs in Spanish. A local group called Soul Mates for Jesus, Inc., formed the corporation establishing the radio station. They have been working for three years for the permit from the Federal Communications Commission. Their mission statement is: “Soul Mates for Jesus is a non-profit corporation dedicated to teaching the Truth as defined by the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church through radio communications. Led by the Holy Spirit, we seek to bring knowledge and counsel into our lives through the eternal and everlasting words of God." The tower the station is transmitting from is located on Indian Trail Road, Burleigh, N.J. The station is non-commercial. via Related... Read more →

Gloucester City Police Conduct Drug Raid; 18 Year Old Arrested for Possession of CDS/Intent to

On 09/15 at 1815 the Gloucester City PD Detective Bureau did execute a search warrant at 910 Jersey Ave after an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine from the residence. Heather Rough (18) of said address was arrested after officers located a quantity of crack cocaine and U.S. Currency inside of the residence. Rough was charged with Possession of CDS/ Intent to Distribute/ and Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a Public Building. She was remanded to the Camden County Corrections Facility. Also arrested was Rough’s mother, Patricia Ruple (41). Ruple was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Obstruction of Justice after officers had warned her several times about interfering with the investigation and search of the residence. Ruple was released ROR. In other matters, On 09/16 at 0119 Charles Madden (25) of the 400 block of Middlesex Street was arrested at Broadway and Monmouth Street on an outstanding... Read more →

Advertising Services Ad Agency/PR Firm Give Out Riversharks Tickets

Advertising Services ad agency and PR firm, 29 Bala Ave., Ste. 114, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 (484-562-0060) gave over 100 passes for use of the school's students to Matt Goetting, VP of Strategic Development (r ) and Ken Taylor, Director of Physical Activity at Girard College. The reserved seats were to any game of the Camden Riversharks at Campbell Field. The distribution was part of the firm's continuing community affairs program. Bill is also a newspaper publisher, radio show producer and owner of the Philadelphia Advertising & Business Show, to be held Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the Villanova Conference Center. Read more →

Philadelphia Woman Convicted in Fraudulent License Scheme

PHILADELPHIA—A federal jury today convicted Irina Rakhman, 54, of Philadelphia, for her participation in a scheme to provide out-of-state residents with Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and Pennsylvania commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Rakhman was convicted of conspiracy to produce fraudulent identification documents. Sentencing is scheduled for December 5, 2011. Co-defendants Vitaliy and Tatyana Kroshnev, Mikhail Aminov, Irina Peterson, Khrystyna Davyda, Leonid Vilchik, Tair Rustamov, and Irina Starovoyt previously entered pleas of guilty for their participation in the fraudulent scheme and are awaiting sentencing. Vitaliy Kroshnev also previously entered a plea of guilty to making a material false statement. The evidence entered at trial indicated that the defendant and her co-defendants, under the auspices of the Kroshnevs’ business, International Training Academy (ITA), arranged for hundreds of non-residents of Pennsylvania to fraudulently obtain Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and commercial driver’s licenses from 2006 to 2010. The co-defendants provided... Read more →


September 24, 2011; Lions’ Stadium; Ewing, NJ Ewing, NJ ….. Fueled by a pair of big defensive plays in the fourth quarter, The College of New Jersey football team secured its third straight win as the Lions held off visiting Morrisville State College 28-14 on Saturday. The win puts the Lions at 3-0 for the second time in the last three seasons, with a 2-0 mark in New Jersey Athletic Conference play. The loss knocked the Mustangs to 0-2 in the conference and 0-3 overall. With TCNJ clinging to a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter, sophomore Nick Bricker (Middletown, NJ/Middletown South) forced a fumble as the Mustangs were driving deep in Lions’ territory as Shawn Brown (Long Branch, NJ/Long Branch) pounced on the free ball at the TCNJ 17. Brown factored in on the next big play as well as he reached up and intercepted Mustang quarterback Lemar Johnson’s... Read more →


GLASSBORO, NJ – Quarterback Dan Pitcher threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns to lead SUNY Cortland to a 31-28 victory over Rowan University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Saturday. Image via Wikipedia The Red Dragons improve to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Rowan has a 1-2 record with a 1-1 NJAC mark. Pitcher (gr. Cortland, NY/Cortland) completed 20 of 29 passes. Wide receiver John Babin (so. Warwick Valley, NY/Warwick Valley) made eight catches for 183 yards. Wideout Kordel McInnis (fr. Washington Twp., NJ/Washington Twp.) added 51 yards on five grabs. Wide receiver Mike Humphrey (jr. LeRoy, NY/LeRoy) hauled in three balls for 44 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Brian Haber (sr. Northport, NY/Northport) had one reception for an 18 yard touchdown. Tailback Dorian Myles (sr. Lackawanna, NY/Hamburg) carried the ball 26 times for 46 yards and a touchdown. Linebacker Cody Allen (sr.... Read more →

Clementon Borough Police: WANTED - ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY

There has been a recent string of daytime burglaries throughout Clementon Borough which may be related to the following two suspects. On September 22nd, 2011 the following two suspects were caught on surveillance cameras breaking into a residence and fleeing with several bags filled with items. Victims were sleeping inside the residence when this occurred. We are asking for your assistance to identify a white male suspect who is accompanied by a pregnant white female. Please forward any information you have to the Clementon Police Department before these suspects burglarize additional homes in our community. Contact Detective Sergeant Robert Worrick or Investigator Joseph McDevitt at (856) 783-2271 - you may remain anonymous. You can also use our crime tips page to forward a tip right now. PLEASE BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE - ie. Names and address (if known) date of birth etc. Related articles Several Burglaries This Past... Read more →

America’s Most Outrageous Teacher Cheating

reprinted with permission of by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Sep. 19, 2011 As we reported last week, many states havefailed to implement simple and effective checks for teacher cheating. Scandals involving cheating by teachers and schools to pump up ever-more-important student test scores swept the country this summer. But they've also been happening for years, and oversight is only now beginning to catch up. Here's an overview of some of the most shocking instances of teacher cheating, plus a few episodes that may have been overblown. The 'Lake Wobegon' Effect (1987-89) One of the earliest investigations of teacher cheating was spearheaded by John Jacob Cannell, a family physician from West Virginia who was shocked to hear that his poverty-stricken home state, with high rates of illiteracy, was performing above the national average on standardized tests. Cannell latched on to the issue and discovered that students in 48 states were supposedly... Read more →

Obama’s Obituary May Be A Tad Premature | The Philly Post

The point? At any given time, especially in the world of 24/7 news coverage, a major gaffe can sink an otherwise strong candidate. So the fact that many Republicans are already writing President Obama’s political obituary a year out from what will be a close election is not just naïve, but political stupidity. And it will be a close election. In addition to the billion-dollar war chest the President will have, the most important aspect that commentators and politicians are missing is that the popular vote—and by extension most polls—are meaningless. The only thing that matters is getting 270 electoral votes, and Obama already has, at a minimum, 164. And when you add the states he will likely win, including electoral prize Pennsylvania, which hasn’t voted Republican in 24 years, that number rises to 224—just 46 shy of victory. Is the President’s road difficult? Absolutely. The economy is in shambles... Read more →

PATCO and CUBIC Deliver the World’s First Visa Prepaid, Contactless Card

PATCO Pilot to start September 26 and lasts one year; commuters can get their card online CAMDEN, NJ. – When the PATCO Wave & Pay ANYWHERE Visa® Prepaid Card pilot program kicks off on Monday, September 26, PATCO riders will be able to use the same payment card for transit and retail purchases. This is the first open payment pilot using a transit-agency branded contactless prepaid card in the world. The PATCO Wave & Pay ANYWHERE Visa Prepaid Card is one of the lowest-fee prepaid cards on the market, and does not require a bank account or credit rating to use. Riders can use it to wave and pay at PATCO gates and parking terminals, just like the current PATCO FREEDOM® Card, and anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted including telephone and online purchases. The cards can be loaded, reloaded and managed many ways, including online at, at the... Read more →

Andrews Supports School Infrastructure Plan, Which Creates 6,700 Jobs in

Haddon Heights, NJ- Congressman Andrews announced his support for President Obama’s American Jobs Act that puts Americans back to work to get our economy growing again. While we cannot solve our economic crisis overnight, both parties agree job that there are things we can do right now to start rebuilding the economy. One idea highlighted in the President’s plan would create roughly 6,700 jobs in New Jersey, according to the White House, with $642.4 million in infrastructure investment to repair and improve NJ public elementary schools and community colleges. Rep. Andrews supports the school infrastructure improvements proposed by President Obama because they will put people back to work immediately on projects that will result in cleaner, safer, and better schools. Science and computer labs will be upgraded to meet the technological needs of the 21st century, harmful asbestos will be removed from schools, classrooms will be expanded, and facilities will... Read more →

So Far Kay Yow Cancer Fund has Raised over $650,

Initiative Rebranded Play 4Kay® Effective with 2011-12 Academic Year ATLANTA (September 20, 2011) – The Kay Yow Cancer Fund announced the results from the 2011 WBCA Pink Zone® initiative. To date, more than 1,300 teams and individuals have supported the Kay Yow Cancer Fund through their participation in the 2011 breast cancer awareness campaign, which was held Feb. 11-20. Donations raised through the initiative for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund® thus far total more than $650,000. “I am once again overwhelmed at the support of the women’s basketball community and other members of the sports community at large as their unified efforts helped to raise another $650,000 this past season in the fight against women’s cancers,” said Marsha Sharp, Kay Yow Cancer Fund Executive Director. “Through their efforts, we continue to uphold Coach Yow’s legacy and help to further research that can one day lead to a cure.” In order... Read more →

'No Meat Fridays' return to England and Wales :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

by David Kerr London, England, Sep 20, 2011 / 11:55 am (CNA).- The practice of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays has returned to the Catholic Church in England and Wales after an absence of 27 years. “I think it’s a very good idea,” father-of-three Dominic Schofield told CNA. He and his wife Margaret, along with their three young daughters, were about to sit down to a Friday dinner of fried fish in their London home. “Over the past 20 to 30 years we’ve perhaps lost touch with some of the more grounded Catholic practices and that, in turn, has chipped away at belief in more fundamental things too. So the restoration of this ancient Catholic tradition can help reverse that trend,” Schofield said. The decision to reinstate the custom was announced by the bishops of England and Wales in May. September 16 was chosen as the reintroduction date because... Read more →

Help with the Harvest: Collect Native Tree People of all ages can provide foresters with the stock they need to grow seedlings and restore forests 09-10-2010 // Kelly Senser VOLUNTEERS FROM ACROSS the country are expected to collect tens of thousands of pounds of acorns and other native tree seeds this fall. Why the nutty behavior? These concerned citizens are helping to provide foresters with the stock they need to grow seedlings and replenish riparian tree stands, which have suffered due to development, nonnative species invasions and other pressures. “They are giving life to the trees that will become our streamside forests and filter runoff entering our rivers,” says Deanna Tricarico, program coordinator at the Potomac Conservancy, which manages the Growing Native seed-collection program. In 2009, 9,253 volunteers in the mid-Atlantic region collected 21,312 pounds of seed on behalf of the Maryland-based nonprofit. “It’s amazing to see so many people of all ages participating,” says Tricarico,... Read more →


On September 21, 2011. Age 61. Of Mount Holly. Formerly of Pemberton and Burlington Twp. Loving Son of the late George N. Guthrie and Naomi (nee Sappington). Cherished Father of Jill Miller of Florida, Cheyenne Guthrie (Anthony Carey) of Little Egg Harbor and Austin J. Guthrie of Little Egg Harbor. Beloved Grandfather of John, Jessica, Jamie, Bianca and Emily. Devoted great-grandfather of one. Dear Brother of Kenneth Guthrie of Bellmawr, Bradley Guthrie of West Virginia, Brady Guthrie of Florida and De Chanda Guthrie Summers of Burlington Twp. Survived by his former wife and friend Deborah Jenkins of Toms River. Keith proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He worked as a pesticide technician at Fort Dix. Cremation and Inurnment in the Columbarium with U.S. Marine Corps Military Honors will be private at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North Hanover Township.... Read more →

Study Shows: Rotavirus vaccination leads to large decreases in health care costs and doctor visits

Vaccinating infants against rotavirus has resulted in dramatic decreases in health care use and treatment costs for diarrhea-related illness in U.S. infants and young children, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study is published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. “This is good news for parents and our health system overall,” said Dr. Umesh Parashar, medical epidemiologist and team leader for the Viral Gastroenteriti Image via Wikipedia s Team in CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases. “Rotavirus vaccine is one of the most effective ways to prevent severe diarrhea-related illness in young children and keep them healthy.” Rotavirus is a major cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children in the United States. Before vaccines were introduced in 2006, rotavirus was responsible for about 400,000 visits to doctor’s offices, 200,000 emergency room visits, 55,000 to 70,000 hospitalizations,... Read more →

Curtain Closes on Pennant East Nightclub

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News After decades in the music business, the curtain came down for the last time at the Pennant East Nightclub on Sunday September 11. The club operated as Dick Lee’s from its opening in 1956 by the club’s original namesake, until Lee sold the business in 1992. It then became the Pennant East, and the booking of musical acts became more localized, where sometimes national artists performed under its former moniker. The final Sunday performances, billed as “Pennantpalooza,” presented a day-long stream of some of the club’s recurring bands, consisting of Formerly Known As, Please, Please Me, Split Decision, The Loop and The Rockets. One of the last of the South Jersey area’s locales where patrons could go to hear live original and cover bands, the Pennant now joins the ranks of those who have gone before it, such as the Coral Reef, Di Salvio’s... Read more →

Large Crowd Attends Brooklawn's Patriot Day Service

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News On the back of the Patriot Day Service program presented by the Brooklawn American Legion Post 72, a quote from the Bible is printed: “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7. Those citizens that attended the dedication of the Brooklawn 9/11 Memorial and Monument of the Delaware Valley held at the Brooklawn Memorial Park on Sunday showed the power, love and sound mind as they patriotically listened and observed the ringing of the bell to signify the times that the enemy attacked three American sites. The applause as the hundreds of motorcycle riders passed in tribute to the Memorial almost drowned out the roar of the bikes, with the American Flag carried on the lead bike by Tony Meade. Two American Army soldiers from the First Armored Division... Read more →


IN WAKE OF HEAVY SUMMER RAINFALL (11/P118) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health and Senior Services are urging State residents to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne West Nile virus by taking some simple steps to reduce populations of the insect on their own properties. Image via Wikipedia Late summer and early fall are typically the most critical times of the year to be aware of the potential for the dangers of contracting West Nile virus from mosquito bites. Mosquito activity can continue until late October. Mosquitoes also can become more active throughout the entire day at this time of year. Concerns are elevated this year because many areas of the State are still wet as a result of excessive rainfall over the late summer resulting largely from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Wet areas serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In response,... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Alumni

The GCHS Alumni Communion Breakfast The GCHS Alumni Communion Breakfast will be held on November 20th beginning with Mass at 9:00 am followed by the breakfast. Both events will be held in the Msgr. Edward Lucitt Hall. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by contacting Anne Barron 856-456-4400 ext.220. The board of trustees is accepting nominations for the special awards that will be presented at the affair. Below you will find the awards and their criteria. Feel free to write a few words of support of the nomination. All nominations must be received by October 15th. Please send nominations to Special Awards John and Jackie O'Donnell Award Given annually to a graduate of Gloucester Catholic who demonstrates generous service to the Gloucester Catholic school community. Dr. Frank & Catherine Kelly Award Given annually to a friend of GCHS who through their good work brings honor and recognition to... Read more →

Bucks County Doctor Sentenced for Running Northeast Philadelphia Pill

PHILADELPHIA—Christopher Vassalluzzo, D.O., 47, of New Hope, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 34 months in prison for a conspiracy that illegally distributed millions of prescription controlled substance diet drugs. Vassalluzzo and others operated an office at 3000 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia that was, in fact, a “pill mill.” In April, Vassalluzzo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, structuring, aggravated structuring, conspiracy to commit tax evasion, and tax evasion. Vassalluzzo’s illegal enterprise generated more than $5 million in cash. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody ordered Vassalluzzo to forfeit over $5 million, which will include proceeds from the sale of a beach home in New Jersey, a timeshare in Florida, and sale of his home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, as well as other assets. More than $1 million has been collected so far. Restitution was... Read more →

Bancroft programs awarded maximum accreditation

Haddonfield, NJ—September 20, 2011—Bancroft recently received the maximum three-year accreditation from a prestigious international organization for its pediatric and adolescent residential programs. CARF – the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – has accredited the six apartments and two group homes on Bancroft’s Haddonfield, N.J., campus, as well as Bancroft’s 13 homes in the community for children and young adults located across Camden County. These residen tial programs provide comfortable, safe places to live, plus around-the-clock support, supervision and opportunities for community involvement for children ages 5 to 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. “CARF accreditation is a stringent process that holds organizations to the highest standards,” said Bancroft President Toni Pergolin. “It’s a way to show families, funders and other professionals that our programs are safe, effective and based on the best practices in our field.” CARF’s accreditation report details numerous advantages of these Bancroft programs.... Read more →

Philadelphia Happenings for September/October

Through October 23 Mummies of the World The Franklin Institute 222 North 20th Street 215.448.1200 Through October 30 Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus Philadelphia Museum of Art 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.763.8100 Through December 4 Dual Nature: Science Illustrations of Dan Otte Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.299.1000 September 22 - 25 USArtists American Fine Art Show & Sale Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) 118-128 North Broad Street 215.972.7600 September 24 Madeline and the Bad Hat Walnut Street Theatre 825 Walnut Street 215.574.3550 September 29-October 30 August: Osage County Arden Theatre Company 40 North 2nd Street 215.922.1122 Daily Liberty 360 Historic Philadelphia 6th and Chestnut Streets 215.629.4026 September's Stone, the Sapphire In honor of September's birthstone, Fire & Ice will offer 10% off all sapphire jewelry through the end of the month. Fire & Ice,... Read more →


CNBNEWS.NET TIPS AND SNIPPETS BY BILL CLEARY DANMARK ARRIVES-The majestic, training ship DANMARK, considered Denmark’s nautical ambassador arrived Friday morning for a four day visit to the Philadelphia area. It will be docked at Penn’s Landing for public tours. The DANMARK was escorted up the Delaware River to Penn’s Landing, by the Lief Ericsson Viking Ship with full sails and the Philadelphia Fire Department Boat, The Independence. The Viking Ship was launched early Friday morning from the Gloucester City Marina, at Proprietors Park, Gloucester City NJ. photos by Joe O'Donnell, click to enlarge (see more photos below) Gloucester City Business Association (GCBA) Fall Kick-Off meeting will be held Tuesday, September 27 on the second floor of Vitale’s Italian Bistro located at 942 Ninth Street in Gloucester City. Networking and cocktails will begin at 5:30 PM and the meeting will commence at 6 PM. Don Bigley and Jeff Lucas will be... Read more →


New Jersey Recovers $8.2 Million From Bankrupt Investment Bank Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee who represents Morris and Passaic counties, announced today that the State of New Jersey has settled with Lehman Brothers for $8.2 million. The Senator noted sadly that it has been more than three years since he first asked for answers about the state’s $192 million loss on an investment in the bankrupt investment bank. The investment came less than four months before Lehman, one of the largest Wall Street investment banks, went into receivership. “The decision to make a risky investment of this magnitude was clearly not made without the input of some appointed bureaucrat in a previous administration,” Pennacchio said. “Yet more than three years after the fact, we are no closer to learning how this remarkably bad investment was made. With this settlement, I hope that my... Read more →


CLICK ABOVE GLASSBORO, NJ - The Rowan University football team will be participating in Coach to Cure MD during its home game against SUNY Cortland on Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m. The Profs’ coaching staff and thousands of American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) coaches nationwide are wearing Coach to Cure MD shoulder patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Rowan and the AFCA are asking fans to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). Started in 2008, Coach to Cure MD is a partnership between the AFCA and PPMD, the largest national charity devoted exclusively to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Over the past three years, the effort has raised about $875,000. In 2008, over 200 schools and 2,675 coaches participated in Coach to Cure MD. Last year, those numbers increased to 373 schools and over 9,400 coaches. Donations for Duchenne Muscular... Read more →

Gloucester City's Bonds and Loans Total $24,266,276; City's Bond Rating A+

By Bill Cleary ( week Moody's Investors Service said the Borough of Collingswood was unwise about how it financed one of its highly praised revitalization projects known as the LumberYard. After the story broke in area newspapers a number of people asked about Gloucester City’s bond rating. Some people pointed to the City’s purchase of Chatham Square in 2008 suggesting that it too was a bad idea by Gloucester City officials. For those not familiar with the Chatham Square project the City passed a resolution to purchase the 100-unit complex in December 2007. The cost $4.3 million. For several years the City was tied up in Court trying to settle legal problems with the tenants, some of who were living in the apartments rent free. In 2010 the City hired Orens Brothers of Philadelphia to develop those apartments into 50 townhouses. Once those papers were signed the developer borrowed $1.1... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Black Bear Info for NJ and NY; NJ Anglers...David v

RESIDENTS IN NORTH JERSEY ''BEAR COUNTRY'' URGED TO SECURE TRASH AND OTHER RESIDENTIAL FOOD SOURCES (11/P117)TRENTON -- The DEP is advising residents and outdoor enthusiasts in North Jersey, especially in areas regularly frequented by black bears, to strictly adhere to guidelines for eliminating or securing potential black bear food sources during the fall period when bears feed extensively to build fat layers for hibernation. Black bears may be especially on the hunt this season for high calorie foods, such as food scraps in household trash and bird seed from outdoor bird feeders, due to localized scarcities of acorns and other tree nuts, which are an important black bear food source known as ''mast.'' Mast production, especially the acorn crop, is typically cyclical, and this year's scarcity follows two very plentiful mast years. Factors such as gypsy moth infestation, spring frost, excessive spring rain and humidity influence the natural mast production... Read more →