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October 2011

Gloucester County Horse Euthanized Because of

(TRENTON) – A 3-year-old horse from Gloucester County was euthanized on October 20 after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses. “With an increase in the state’s mosquito population due to rain storms in the last couple of months, horse owners must be vigilant in protecting their animals from diseases spread by mosquitoes,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “Horse owners should contact their veterinarians to have their animals vaccinated against these illnesses.” This deadly disease is easily prevented by vaccination. Effective equine vaccines for EEE and another mosquito-borne disease, West Nile Virus (WNV) are available commercially. Horse owners should contact their veterinarians if their horses are not already up-to-date on their vaccinations against both EEE and West Nile virus. The Gloucester County stallion’s vaccination status against EEE is unknown with no report of vaccination in 2011. EEE causes inflammation of the brain... Read more →

As Qaddafi Is Buried, a Look Back at the Complexities and Contradictions of the Libya Mission

by Marian Wang ProPublica, Oct. 25, 2011, 1:28 p.m. With Muammar Qaddafi now dead in Libya and NATO tentatively winding down its mission there by the end of the month, the Obama administration has claimed another foreign policy victory, touting the fact that “we achieved our objectives” without putting ground troops in Libya. The path to this point has not been a quick one — or one without legal questions, concerns back home, and substantial cost: An estimated $1.1 billion to the Defense Department alone as of the end of last month, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Here’s a quick look back at how U.S. involvement began and evolved in the eight months since the first airstrikes. U.S. Leads, Then Asks NATO to Take Over After several days of Qaddafi’s attacks to squelch planned uprisings in February and his continued threats of violence and use of mercenaries, the Arab League... Read more →

Have you recently returned from military service?

If you've served, you've earned benefits. Now is the time to take advantage of the benefits VA offers OEF/OIF Veterans. Please do so NOW! Here are just a few of the programs VA offers: Do You Want to Go Back to School? — VA pays benefits to eligible Veterans, reservists and active duty service members while they are in an approved education or training program. The new Post 9/11 GI Billcould be for you! Are You Looking for a Good Job? — Take advantage of the variety of resources that can help you land one. Want to work at VA? VA's Veterans Employment Coordination Service recruits Veterans. Email or call 866-606-6206 to get in touch with a Regional Veteran Employment Coordinator in your area. If you're looking for federal employment in another agency, check out the agency contact list. Each agency has a Veteran employment program office dedicated to helping... Read more →

Captured: Suspects in Multiple Commercial Robberies

October 27, 2011 PHILADELPHIA-On Monday, October 24, 2011, Officer Robert Hoover and Officer Michael Minor assigned to the 12th Police District responded to a radio call for a Robbery in Progress at the Rite Aid Store located at 7615 Lindbergh Boulevard. Upon arrival, the officers ascertained that two unknown black males had entered the store shortly before closing time. The offenders produced handguns and ordered the cashier to place all of the money from the register into a bag. The offenders also ordered the cashier to open a safe and remove all of the money. The males fled the location on foot with $2,343 USC and store merchandise. Officer Minor and Officer Hoover apprehended the two offenders as well as located three firearms in close proximity of the robbery. Through an intensive investigation, Southwest Detectives were able to connect the two males from the robbery at the Rite Aid at... Read more →

Claire T. Kain, of Gloucester City; US Army Veteran, GCHS Alumni Class of 44

On October 30, 2011. Age 84. (nee McKiernan) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 55 years to the late Francis I. Kain. Loving mother of Joseph F. Kain and wife Margaret, Mary Margaret Campbell and husband Mark, Claire Marie Devereaux and husband James, Brian Kain and wife Barbara, Bernadette Gruff and husband George, Charles P. Kain and wife Denise, Stephen K. Kain and wife Debbie and Colleen Piechowski and husband Joseph, Jr. Loving grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of 1. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Claire was born, raised and lived her entire life in Gloucester City. She was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School in 1944 and St. Francis Nursing School in 1947. She proudly served our Country in the U.S. Army as a registered nurse. Claire was a devoted lifelong parishioner of Saint Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to... Read more →


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Obama Campaign: President Changes Student Loan

President Obama just took two serious steps to make life a lot easier for folks with student loans -- and there's a good chance you or someone you know will benefit from these changes very soon. Here's how: -- Effective this January, if you're someone who has different kinds of loans -- guaranteed and direct -- you'll be able to roll them both into one direct loan and bring down your interest rate. You'll only have to write one check a month, and you'll see a discount. This switch adds no cost to taxpayers across the board. -- You might remember that, as part of last year's student loan reform, borrowers' loan payments could be no higher than 10 percent of their disposable income. This is a big deal -- but it wasn't going to help anyone enrolling before 2014. Today, the President announced that he's speeding up this program... Read more →

Fall Fashion Rendezvous Looks at Latest Trends and Fads

Angelo Vellucci offers wardrobe tips and advice for both men and women Angelo Fall Fashion – 10-20-11 – At his “A Fashion Rendezvous: Fall Edition” Angelo Vellucci describes a versatile outfit that can be worn for both a day or nighttime look and here is modeled by Loreen Neal, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. About 65 people attended the event at the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library in Voorhees to hear Vellucci’s advice and suggestions on what works best for different body types as he discussed the current fall fashion trends for both men and women. Vellucci is a senior Fashion Industry Management student Philadelphia University and is planning another Fashion Rendezvous class in spring 2012. ### Read more →


Ocean Township, NJ, October 26, 2011 -On Friday, October 14, 2011, the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association (JSPRAA) announced the winners of the 37th annual JASPER awards. This year, Prevention First won a Gold Award in two categories, Print Material: Poster and Corporate Identity: Stationery Package. The agency also won three Silver Awards in the categories of Television/Video: Short Documentary/Promo (61 seconds - 10 minutes), Special Event Planning: Community Event (one-time) and Special Event Planning: Fundraiser (one-time). Prevention First also won the Helen Hoffman Best in Show Award for the Print Material: Poster entry. The award for Print Material: Poster is for an advertising campaign created by Filter Advertising to bring awareness to the problem of bullying and highlights Prevention First's expertise on the issues of bullying. The Television/Video: Short Documentary/Promo award is for a video done by Jeff Buccellato about Prevention First's What If... program, which is... Read more →

Washington Twp. Mayor Candidate Will Not Accept Pay

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ - (October 27, 2011) – Kevin P. Murphy, the Republican candidate for Washington Township Mayor, reiterated his September 13 position that he will not take the $25,000 mayor salary, benefits or any other compensation. “Adding the $25,000 mayor salary back into the municipal budget may be a small step but it is the right thing to do in this tough economic climate. My family stands alongside all Washington Township families who would like to see an unselfish approach to governing Washington Township,” said Kevin. Kevin added, “During the last 12 years of Democrat controlled governing, residents have seen a doubling of their property taxes, reductions in services and a terrible business friendly environment. The township has lost its way and became stagnant. Our township must become more business-friendly, run more efficiently, improve the level of resident services and bring in new revenue to offset the... Read more →

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Releases The Master Plan for the Central Delaware

October 28, 2011 Having completed the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, today, the board of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) unanimously endorsed the framework and recommendations it contains and transmitted the plan to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for further action. To view the final plan, please visit CLICK HERE DRWC embarked on the master planning process in 2009 in order to provide a framework of land use, open space, economic, transportation, and development recommendations for the Central Delaware waterfront, utilizing DRWC resources and a $1 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. The Master Plan for the Central Delaware presents detailed proposals for strategic investment and phasing for future waterfront development over the next 30 years. The economic assumptions in the plan are grounded in reality, proposing a conservative investment strategy which makes this plan implementable. The plan is focused on implementing new parks, trails and road... Read more →


AS NCAA VICE PRESIDENT FOR DIVISION I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL “We are saddened by the announcement that Sue Donohoe is stepping down as NCAA Vice President for Division I Women’s Basketball. “Under Sue’s leadership, collegiate women’s basketball has enjoyed unprecedented growth. Her commitment to openness ‘de-mystified’ many NCAA processes and helped administrators, coaches and media alike gain a greater understanding of the NCAA’s policies and procedures. Her positive impact on the entire culture of women’s basketball – from USA Basketball, to playing rules, to mock bracketing, to the WBCA – is immeasurable. “Sue has been an invaluable asset to the WBCA. Sue thought like a coach and was respected by the coaches. She served with distinction on the WBCA Board of Directors and was a tremendous advocate for the WBCA and its membership in the NCAA national office. “I have spoken with (NCAA) President (Mark) Emmert and he assures me Sue’s... Read more →

Stevens Baseball Hosts Successful Alumni Game

Story provided by Head Coach Kristaps Aldins HOBOKEN, N.J. (October 26, 2011) – Under plentiful blue skies and a warm fall sun, the Stevens Institute of Technology baseball program hosted its annual alumni game this past Sunday, October 23. The day began with batting practice as many of the alumni shook off the rust and found their swings. After losing a dozen or so batting practice balls over the right-field fence, each team took a full infield/outfield routine while the game’s starting pitchers warmed up in their respective bullpens. Dave Katuso ’09 took to the mound for Team Silva and was impressive to start. Showing off a repertoire of different arm slots and pitches, Katuso put up a zero in the top of the first inning. Team Ackermann selected Jim Waterman ’08 as their ace and the decision paid off as Waterman had an excellent outing. In all, he went... Read more →

Campaign 2011: DiRenzo: “Proud To Serve”

HADDON HEIGHTS, October 28, 2011 – Discussing his current campaign for an open seat on Haddon Heights Borough Council, 26-year law enforcement veteran Rick DiRenzo said that if he were elected, he would be “proud to serve – just like how I was proud to serve my fellow citizens as a member of the Camden City Police.” DiRenzo, who is currently a Fleet Sales Manager for a major area car dealership, is on the November 8, 2011 ballot with his running mates, current Councilman and mayoral candidate Ed Forte, and current Councilwoman Kathy Lange. “Ed, Kathy, and I have been knocking on every door and listening to our residents. Our residents say they want more of what local government has been able to give them over the last several years in Heights: controlled taxes and improved quality of life. I want to help continue the progress and prove what local... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Shichi-go-san---Seven-Five-Three Day in Japan

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Shichi-go-san is the name of a traditional festival in Japan which celebrates the growth of children at the ages of three,five and seven. It takes place on the 15th of November each year,and it's common on this day for boys aged three and five and girls aged three and seven to visit a Buddhist shrines, temples or a Christian church often dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono for girls and boys a hakama. Image via Wikipedia Basically,these events are based on rituals that traditionally celebrated three steps in the growth of children.The ceremony for for three-year-olds (boys and girls) are granted permission to grow their hair longer (having kept it short up to that point.)For five-year old boys,there was a ceremony in which the boys wore a hakama (formal Japanese male attire) for the first time. For-seven-year-old girls,there was a ceremony in which they... Read more →

American Hero: Sgt. John A. Lyons, 26, of Seaside Park NJ

A South Jersey soldier died in Afghanistan this week, the Department of Defense said Friday. Sgt. John A. Lyons, 26, of Seaside Park, Ocean County, died Wednesday in Ghazni province from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. Lyons joined the military in February 2009 as a combat engineer. He had been assigned to the Eighth Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, in Fort Hood, Texas, since June 2009. Lyons, who received numerous awards and decorations, deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in December. Read more →

America Gloria Lado of Brooklawn, age 87

AMERICA GLORIA LADO America, 87, was born and raised in South Philadelphia; she and Manuel Lado were married in 1951 and settled in Brooklawn, NJ where together they raised two daughters, Marguerite (Maggie) and Cristina (Tina). She died peacefully at home in Deptford on Oct. 16, 2011. She was predeceased by her husband, Manuel Lado. America is survived by her daughters, Marguerite Fuller (Richard); and Cristina Lado; granddaughters Elisa Booker (Armistead) and Erica Fuller. A celebration of America's life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at St. Maurice RC Church 401 Community Rd, Brooklawn, NJ at 10 AM; visitation with the family will begin at 9AM at the church. Read more →


By Bill Cleary JEER-To Gloucester City for doing away with the Waste Management trash company. Their employees were always friendly giving a wave and a smile, helping the elderly and disabled with taking the cans back and putting them next to the house. They are greatly missed. ~signed MS CHEER-President Obama recently announced the withdrawal of all troops from Iraq. Let’s bring the troops home from Afghanistan as well. The undeclared War in Iraq actually began in 1991 when the United States and the Brits imposed economic sanctions against Iraq. In March 2003 the West invaded Iraq under the guise that its leaders were responsible in part for the attacks on the World Trade buildings and the Pentagon on September 11. JEER-Gloucester City states it has saved money by hiring a new trash company. If so why haven’t taxes, water and sewer charges been reduced? Why does the City still... Read more →

Philadelphia to Construct $1.2 Million Building to House Police and Mounted Patrol Unit's

Monday, October 31, at 2pm at 98 Chamounix Drive, next to McCarthy Stables in Fairmount Park. Representatives of the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Police Foundation, Philadelphia Labor Unions, Philadelphia Police Department, and supporters of the recently reestablished Philadelphia Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit will announce completion of an agreement between the City and the Foundation to build a $1.2 million, state-of-the-art home for the Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit’s horses and police officers. The Philadelphia Police Foundation ( is raising funds for construction through a program called “Pony Up for the Mounted Unit.” It is appealing to businesses, corporations, foundations and the general public to support this important community endeavor. A new barn facility is not included in the current city budget. Numerous Philadelphia Union Locals will be contributing pro bono construction services to make the barn a reality. The Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit was reinstated last November... Read more →

Maryland Couple Charged with Four Pennsylvania Bank Robberies

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that an indictment was returned this week on October 19, 2011, charging an Essex, Maryland couple, Jason R. Dixon, age 44, and Shawnette R. Fleet, age 43, with bank robbery. According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the defendants are each facing 20 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each count if convicted. The couple were charged with the following alleged four bank robberies in Central Pennsylvania: March 10, 2011—American Community Federal Credit Union, 405 Wayne Ave, Chambersburg, PA—$11,000; May 10, 2011—Patriot Federal Credit Union, 140 South Federal Street, Chambersburg, PA—$33,907; July 28, 2011—AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union, 1 Indian Rock Dam Road, York, PA—$ 8,600; and August 10, 2011—AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union, 433 South 18th Street, Camp Hill, PA—$2,700 Dixon and Fleet were apprehended fleeing the August 10, 2011 robbery in Camp Hill while traveling south... Read more →

SWAMP WATCH » Norcross Tapes’ 10 Year Anniversary (AUDIO)

In the end, the McGreeveys, the Corzines, they’re all going to be with me – not because they like me – but because they have no choice. - George Norcross, FBI Recording It was a mere ten years ago that the FBI tapes, secretly recorded by Palmyra councilman John Gural, were released. They paint a considerably unflattering portrait of South Jersey Machine Boss George Norcross. The threats, the cursing, the offering of rewards for compliance – not exactly a Frank Capra film, or at least not how one would end (Norcross was not prosecuted and in fact has become more powerful since). It seems apropos to take a look back and see some of these comments with the benefit of 10 years. Audio Tape 1. norcrossgetnjampa Audio Tape 2. norcrossgetnjampb continue via LINK SUBMITTED BY GFC Related articles Christie vs. Christie: George Norcross Still A "Criminal"? ( Read more →

South Jersey Citizens Question Council About Solicitor's Wife PAC

Monday October 24 South Jersey Citizens questioned the Gloucester Township council thoroughly regarding the relationship of the Township Solicitor and a political action committee run by his wife and legal assistant. This PAC funds the local democrat political machine and as you are aware we have been working diligently to pass a comprehensive pay to play ban in Gloucester Township. Among other prohibited activities PACs such as this would be illegal because of the familial connections as well as the municipal employee connection. The council receives advice fro Solicitor David Carlamere on this and all other matters and we wanted to know more about the relationship and the PAC itself. GT Citizens for Government Reform was created by former GT council president Sam Siler to fund the democrat party in GT. Mr. Siler resigned as chairman in order to run for township council once again. His replacement was Cynthia Carlamere... Read more →

HUNTING AND FISHING: Elk Patch, Bear Proof Tips, Police Shoot

2011 ELK HUNT PATCH AVAILABLE FROM GAME COMMISSION HARRISBURG – The latest in a series of patches to commemorate the annual elk hunt in the Commonwealth is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website ( or by calling 1-888-888-3459 (toll-free). The patch costs $6 plus shipping and handling, for a total of $7.32. To order online, put your cursor over “General Store” in the menu bar at the top of the page, select “Visit the Outdoor Shop” from the drop-down menu listing, click on “Pennsylvania Game Commission Outdoor Shop” in the lower left-hand corner, choose “Merchandise” at the top of the page, click on “Patches” in the left-hand column and scroll down to “2011 Elk Hunt Patch” and follow the instructions to order. In addition, patches celebrating previous elk hunts are available for 2001 through 2010, except for the 2004 elk hunt, which patch sold out. North Jersey Residents Urged... Read more →

More Crony Capitalism from Federal Government's Clean Energy Push

Washington, D.C. - Responding to public outrage following an ABC News report that a $529 million loan from the Energy Department was used to back an electric car company Fisker Automotive -- which is creating jobs in Finland -- policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research are calling attention to the crony capitalism surrounding clean loans and grants. "The Energy Department's loan to Fisker Automotive underscores the problem of the government acting as a venture capital company. In reality, the real green is not in the manufacturing of an electric car but in the green dollars that the politically- connected are seeking by leveraging taxpayer money. It's a financial lose-lose for taxpayers; if the project fails taxpayers take a hit, if new autos are a success billionaires such as Doerr cash in and taxpayers don't financially benefit," said Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the National Center for... Read more →


October 28, 2011 Catholic University of America is being sued by George Washington University professor John Banzhaf because it does not accommodate Muslim religious practices. Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows: John Banzhaf needs to be sued for bringing a frivolous lawsuit. He has no complainants—not a single Muslim at Catholic University has come to him complaining about seeing pictures of the pope or the display of crucifixes in campus buildings. Nor has a single Muslim registered a complaint with the administration of the university. This lawsuit, which follows a recent one filed by Banzhaf against Catholic University for moving towards single-sex dorms, stands not one iota of a chance of ultimately winning. Its purpose is to harass. When Catholics enroll at Yeshiva University in New York City, they expect to see the Star of David and portraits of Moses. When Protestants enroll at the American Islamic College... Read more →

Former Essex County Prosecutor Sentenced to 24 Months for

NEWARK, NJ—Clifford Minor, 68, of Newark, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in conspiring to commit bribery in connection with witness testimony and for committing perjury, obstructing justice, and falsifying records in furtherance of the scheme, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. He had been the former top prosecutor for Essex County. Minor was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise in Newark federal court. He had previously pleaded guilty to charges contained in a second superseding indictment unsealed September 23, 2010: conspiracy to use a facility in interstate commerce to commit witness bribery, use of an interstate facility to facilitate bribery, obstruction of justice, falsification of records, lying under oath, and lying to federal agents. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Minor admitted he conspired with Abdul Williams, 34, of East Orange, N.J., and Jamal Muhammad, 33,... Read more →

Tinton Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of School Principal

TRENTON, NJ—Dennis Smentkowski, of Tinton Falls, N.J, admitted today to driving his car while impaired by the sleep medication Ambien, causing the death of Donald Merce in a head-on collision, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Smentkowski, 46, pleaded guilty today to a one-count indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter. Smentkowski entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Smentkowski was driving his Ford Explorer southbound on Oceanport Avenue near the East Gate of Fort Monmouth at 7 a.m. on May 6, 2008, when he drove across a double yellow line into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Merce, 58, who was on his way to his job as principal of the Markham Place School in Little Silver. At the time of the collision with Merce’s vehicle,... Read more →

Mount Ephraim School District Students of the Month-photos by Leigh Anne Hubbs

JUNE'S STUDENTS...left to right is: 7th Alyssa Fitzpatrick, 6th Cole Panek, 5th Kenzie Calhoun, 4th Jackson Price, 3rd Matthew King and 1st DJ Vespe...not in photo is 2nd Gabriella Orsino. SEPTEMBER STUDENTS... left to right is: 7th Alyssa Marszalek, 6th Alyssa Mauer, 4th James Greenwood, 3rd Daniel Matson, 2nd Emily McCutcheon and 1st Zachary Beebe...not in photo are 5th Isabella Valdes and 8th Will Nguyen. Read more →

A Look at Freedom Pier’s Fascinating

category GLOUCESTER CITY HISTORY By David Munn Historian Gloucester City (Editor’s note: These remarks were presented by Mr. Munn during the recent dedication of the Freedom Pier on the Delaware River in Gloucester City.. Members of City Council, distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: To reach this part of the pier, where we are now, you have crossed over what, in my opinion, is one of the most historic properties in Gloucester City. The only other property with more outstanding history is Proprietors Park. The history of this property pre-dates historical records. There is evidence here of native Indian occupation that dates back eight thousand years! In 1677, a committee of Quakers directed by Dr. James Wasse laid out plans for settlement in the Delaware Valley. The plan of what became Gloucester consisted of short lots and long lots with a central town square, which lots could be purchased outright, or... Read more →

UPDATE...Regarding Body Found in House Fire

GCPO Press Release October 29th 4:19 PM The badly-burned body of an as-yet unidentified male was found Friday night (10/28) in a long-vacant house on fire at 133 Berlin-Cross-Keys Road, Washington Township, Gloucester County NJ. An autopsy by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner today determined the cause of death was smoke inhalation. There was no sign of trauma- fractures or wounds- on the body. Dental impressions have been taken for examination by a forensic dentist in an effort to identify the body. The condition of the body precluded taking fingerprint impressions. Missing persons reports are also being checked in the identification process. The fire in the ranch-style home was reported by a passerby driver at 9:27 p.m. Responders were the Washington Township fire and police departments, the township and Gloucester County fire marshals, the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office and K-9 unit and a fire investigator with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's... Read more →

Putting the Global Occupy Movement in Context: Who Are These Protesters, and What Do They Want?

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Oct. 25, 2011, 12:27 p.m. At first glance, the synchronized protests that took place in more than 900 cities around the globe on Oct. 15 seemed to indicate that Occupy Wall Street had achieved a kind of worldwide resonance. But the truth is more complex. Many of the protests elsewhere grew out of movements that pre-date Occupy Wall Street and out of frustrations that, though similar in some ways, are also specific to their countries. Here’s a look at the origins, demands and affects of five of these global protests, as well as the criticism they’ve faced. Protesters demonstrate at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, on Oct. 15, 2011, during a worldwide demonstration sparked by anger against corporations and government cutbacks. (Photo by DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images) In Chile, Students Protesting for Free Education Occupy Schools The Santiago protest in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street... Read more →

Philadelphia Police: Additional Charges in Tacony Kidnapping Cases

press release Photos Released: Suspects Linda Ann Weston, Jean Mcintosh and Eddie Wright October 28, 2011 The District Attorney’s Office has charged Linda Ann Weston, Eddie Wright and Jean McIntosh with Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Conspiracy, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Simple Assault, and REAP. These charges are in connection with the abuse of a 19 year old relative who was locked in a bathroom closet for at least two weeks in Philadelphia. The victim was only let out of the closet twice a day to eat and occasionally use the bathroom. When police discovered the victim she had several injuries including hand fractures, a healing tibia fracture, ecchymosis (bruising) to her left eye, and several hypertrophic scars across her body. All three defendants were arraigned last night, bail for Linda Ann Weston and Eddie Wright was set for 2 million dollars, and Jean McIntosh’s bail was set for 1 million dollars.... Read more →

Ariz. Officer Shot, Dies After Meeting With Convict -

A Glendale, Ariz. police officer was shot Friday night and died from his injuries early Saturday, reports the Tucson Citizen. Officer Brad Jones, 27, was accompanying a probation officer to a meeting with a convict, when the probationer pulled out a gun, struck Jones and fled, the paper reports. Jones was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, where he died at about 1 a.m. Saturday. He had been with the Glendale Police Department for about four years, and is survived by his wife and two young children. Officers immediately pursued the suspect, 20-year-old Ryan Heisler, and apprehended him after an exchange of gunfire that left him in critical condition, the paper reports. via Read more →

NJ Republicans Challenge Democrats to Take a Stand

press release TRENTON – Governor Chris Christie, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce and Republican Legislators and candidates from across New Jersey called on Democrat legislators and candidates to declare whether they stand on the side of public employees and taxpayers or on the side of a few privileged judges. They also continued to repeat calls for a constitutional amendment that would ensure bipartisan pension reforms apply to every public employee. “Republicans and Democrats worked incredibly hard to pass long overdue pension and health benefit reforms only to have one self serving judge create a special loophole,” said Governor Christie. “A half a million public employees are contributing more towards their health and pension benefits and judges should not be treated any differently.” Judges in New Jersey already receive some of the most lavish benefits of any public employee in the State and they recoup their... Read more →

North Bergen Man Guilty of Organizing a Cargo Theft

NEWARK, NJ—A North Bergen, N.J., man was sentenced on Oct. 27 to 41 months in prison for organizing a cargo theft ring that stole full tractor-trailers of merchandise from trucking yards in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. A jury previously convicted Hamad Siyam, 43, following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh. Siyam was convicted of both counts of the indictment in which he was charged: conspiring to possess goods traveling in interstate commerce and possession of goods traveling in interstate commerce. Judge Cavanaugh also imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial: Hamad Siyam was the organizer of a ring that stole tractor-trailers full of merchandise in order to resell it. Needing a place to store the stolen goods while he located buyers, Siyam sought warehouse space through an... Read more →

Washington Township: Boby Found in House on

October 29 GCPO press release The badly-burned body of an as-yet unidentified male was found Friday night (10/28) in a long-vacant house on fire at 133 Berlin-Cross-Keys Road, Washington Township, Gloucester County NJ. The fire in the ranch-style home was reported by a passerby driver at 9:27 p.m. Responders were the Washington Township fire and police departments, the township and Gloucester County fire marshals, the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office and K-9 unit and a fire investigator with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. The fire, which heavily damaged the trash-filled house, where squatters have drawn police complaints, was brought under control shortly before 10 p.m. Its origin is still undetermined, pending further investigation. Samples from the home's interior were taken for laboratory testing. An autopsy on the body will be conducted by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner's Office Saturday (10/29) afternoon. The house has been vacant for more than 10 years.... Read more →

GCPD Crime Report: Jewelry Robber

On 10/21 at 1359 officers responded to two residences on Lane Ave for a theft of jewelry. Both victims stated that Christopher Golding (20) of Lane Ave had stolen jewelry from their homes and sold it at a local pawn shop. Officers were able to locate the stolen jewelry with receipts showing Christopher Golding as the seller. Officers located the suspect at his residence and took him into custody. Golding did give a full statement regarding his actions and was subsequently charged with two counts of Theft. Golding was remanded to the Camden County Corrections Facility after failing to post bail on the charges. In other matters, On 10/23 at 1215 CW Clarke on Route 130 reported that sometime overnight a 2004 Chrysler minivan was stolen from the lot. ON 10/23 at 1604 a resident of the 200 block of Powell Street reported that sometime between 10/09 and 10/23 jewelry... Read more →


The major redecking of the Walt Whitman Bridge, is in full swing and long term lane closures have begun. Other construction projects include Deck Truss Rehabilitation on the Ben Franklin Bridge as well as structural repairs on the Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry Bridges. Routine maintenance, repairs and inspections requiring occasional lane closures take place on an almost daily basis on all four bridges. With this in mind DRPA officials are urging drivers to slow down and observe posted speed limits, particularly in work zones. Image via Wikipedia DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “the goal is to get you to where you are going safely as well as protecting workers in our construction zones. We want to remind drivers there are men and women working on the bridges every day who are also someone’s father, husband, son, sister, daughter, or mother dedicated to maintaining our bridges.” Accidents in work... Read more →

TCNJ football player ices homecoming win with heart of a Lion

Ewing, NJ … With the sun setting over Lions’ Stadium after a thrilling 27-21 homecoming win for The College of New Jersey football team, senior offensive lineman Seth Konoza (Beaufort, SC/Beufort) went down on one knee at the request of his high school sweetheart. Ashley Maile, currently a senior at the University of South Carolina, was donning a TCNJ football jersey and wanted a photo taken with her boyfriend down on the field. With this being her final visit to one of his college football games, she envisioned a picture where she rested on his lap as he knelt down on the turf. What transpired after was beyond her wildest dreams. Once the photo was taken, Konoza remained on one knee, gazed up at his girlfriend of six years, and asked her to take his hand in marriage. Her reaction was one that was indicative of total surprise. “She sort... Read more →

Consumer Alert: Turkish Pine Nuts Recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 26, 2011 - Rochester, NY - Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling approximately 5,000 lbs. of Turkish Pine Nuts sold in the Bulk Foods department of most Wegmans stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland between July 1 and October 18, 2011 due to possible Salmonella contamination. The bulk Turkish Pine Nuts have been linked to an outbreak of illness from Salmonella Enteritidis, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected withSalmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection withSalmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Illness onset is typically 12 to 72 hours after consumption.... Read more →

Pearl Rock, of Audubon, age 78

Rock, Pearl (nee Williamson) age 78, of Audubon Park, NJ on October 25, 2011. Pearl was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Whatever the occasion, birthdays-holidays-her home was the place to be even if it was for grilled cheese sandwiches. Pearl enjoyed playing Wii bowling, completing her 'seek & find' puzzles, and vacationing in Florida & Mexico. Beloved wife of over 50 years to Lawrence; loving mother of Lawrence (Sandra), Susan (Gilbert) Wooler, Sharon (Bill) Hodge, Marie Howard, and Michael (Gerri); adoring grandmother of 12; great grandmother of 13; dear sister of Sadie. Farewell Service Viewing on Friday, 8:30 – 10AM at the McGuinness Funeral Home, 573 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell, NJ 08080 where the Funeral Service will be held at 10AM. Entombment at Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Read more →

Ricki C. Dorato, of Pinehurst NC; Formerly of Audubon NJ,

Ricki C. Dorato, 64, of Pinehurst, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at FirstHealth Hospice House, in Pinehurst, after a courageous battle with cancer. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date in New Jersey. He was born March 17, 1947, in Williamsport, Pa., to the late Victor and Ruth (Houck) Dorato. Rick was a graduate of Audubon High School, class of 1965, in Audubon, N.J. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country from 1965 to 1969. After a long career in telecommunications, he and his wife retired to Pinehurst in 2007, where he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a member of Pinehurst Country Club and spending most of his time on the golf course and traveling with his wife. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Dorato, of Pinehurst; a daughter, Jodi Woods and husband, Damien, of Cherry Hill,... Read more →

Woman Calls In Fake 9-1-1 Call To Trick Police And Avoid Arrest

On 10/24/2011 at approxiamtely 1135 PM, Patrolman Paul Bertini #224 conducted a motor vehicle stop on Blackwood-Clementon Road for a traffic violation. During the course of the motor vehicle stop an emergency 9-1-1 call was received by Gloucester Township Police communication of a subject reported to be armed with a shot gun at the nearby WAWA store located on Little Gloucester Road. The driver of the vehicle, Robert Webb, was arrested on numerous warrants and Hindering his own Apprehension for providing a false name to officers. The passenger, Janora Carter was arrested on numerous outstanding warrants and it was discovered that she had actually placed the 9-1-1 call during the motor vehicle stop in attempts to have the officers let them go and respond to the fictitious gun call so they would not be arrested for their warrants. Robert Webb was remanded to Camden County jail in default of $2,224.00... Read more →

Elsie M. Perkins, of Gloucester City, Waitress at Gateway Diner and Brooklawn Diner

PERKINS Elsie M. Surrounded by her loving family, on October 28, 2011. Age 65. (nee Rauchut) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 25 years to Robert Perkins. Loving mother of Joseph W. Klaudi Jr., Brenda L. Cooper (Al), Cindy A. Dolson (Richard) and Peggy Camp (Buddy). Loving Step-mother of Jason Perkins. Cherished mom-mom of Eric, Tiffaney, Lil, Courtney, Brittney, Zach, Matthew, Nicholas and Jeremy. Dear sister of James Rauchut (Linda), Rick Rauchut (Joann) and the late Stephen Rauchut. Predeceased by her loving parents Stephen P. Rauchut and Lillian Voll (nee Gillespie). Elsie loved to watch after and care for her grandchildren and found happiness when she attended all of their activities. She worked as a waitress for many years for the Gateway Diner and Brooklawn Diner. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851... Read more →

Captured: Suspect in Multiple Bar Robberies in the 18th and 19th Districts

Photo: Robbery Suspect Eugene Calhoun October 25, 2011 On October 20, 2011, Eugene Calhoun was arrested on the 5500 block of Pine Street for the shotgun robbery that occurred at the Good Times Bar located at 5527 Lansdowne Avenue. After further investigation, Eugene Calhoun was identified as the alleged suspect for three additional robberies and is being charged accordingly. Calhoun was arrested without further incident. Eugene Calhoun is 48 years-of-age and is from the 600 block of North Conestoga Street. Calhoun will be charged with multiple counts of robbery and related offenses. Read more →

UPDATE: Regarding Domestic Violence Charges filed Against Freeholder Cappelli

At a press conference yesterday the Camden County Republican Party called for the resignation of Democrat Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli Jr. The Director, who is running for re-election, was charged in 2008 by Sea Isle police for allegedly slamming a door on his wife's arm "causing visible injury". The Republicans said Cappelli was also accused by his wife of forgery, fraud and embezzlement of money from her. Because the Republicans only received a one page arrest document from the Sea Isle police they filed an OPRA lawsuit against the department for allegedly withholding significant case papers. Today (October 28, 2011) Freeholder Cappelli released a prepared statement explaining that both he and his wife agreed to drop charges. Included with his statement was the eight page transcript of the court hearing held in Cape May County Court on July 25, 2008. Cappelli writes, "It is unfortunate and inaccurate and misleading reports... Read more →

Breaking News: Domestic Violence Charges Filed against Camden County Freeholder

photo by Jim Rachut October 28, 2012 Update: The domestic violence case was dismissed in 2008 after both sides agreed to drop the charges they filed against each other. The following prepared statement was released to CNBNews today by Freeholder Cappelli... "It is unfortunate and inaccurate and misleading reports relating to my contentious divorce proceedings have become campaign fodder. In the summer of 2008, my estranged wife filed a disorderly persons complaint against me and I likewise filed a complaint against her with the Sea Isle City Police Department. The charges were dismissed in open court before Superior Court Judge Kryan Connor. No assault by me occurred. My estranged wife testified under oath that “ it was my lashing out that caused the argument” and that she asked for a dismissal of the charges freely and voluntarily. At that time, I also dismissed my charges against her." “Unfortunately, the divorce... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Fall Turkey Season Begins

Fall Turkey Season is Saturday, Oct 29 to Saturday, Nov. 5 Revised Turkey Hunting Area Descriptions, THAs 14, 16, and 22 (pdf, 10kb) Revised Turkey Hunting Area Map for Fall 2011 Season (.jpg, 110kb) The Division's Turkey Restoration Project represents one of the greatest wildlife management success stories in the history of the state. By the mid-1800s, turkeys had disappeared in New Jersey due to habitat changes and killing for food. Division biologists, in cooperation with the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, reintroduced wild turkeys in 1977 with the release of 22 birds. In 1979 biologists and technicians began to live-trap and re-locate birds to establish populations throughout the state. By 1981 the population was able to support a spring hunting season, and in December, 1997, a limited fall season was initiated. There is now an abundance of wild turkeys throughout the state with turkeys found wherever... Read more →

Democrats Lash Out at Christie Administration for Cutting After 3

WATSON COLEMAN ON SHUTTERING OF NJ AFTER 3 PROGRAM DUE TO CHRISTIE BUDGET CUTS (TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) issued a multimedia package Thursday in which she discusses the ramifications of the announced insolvency of NJ After 3, following the elimination of its state funding by Governor Christie in his most recent budget. Founded in 2004, the New Jersey After 3 is a public/private partnership program that partners with local community organizations and public schools to expand learning time by more than 40% each school day, keeping kids safe, improving student achievement and providing invaluable and affordable support to working families. The following six sites in Trenton will be affected by the end of the program next Monday: · The Boys and Girls Club of Trenton, serving the Monument School, the Grant School, the Mott School, the Gregory School and the P.J. Hill School; and · Education Works,... Read more →