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December 2011

Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard of Westville, N.J., became the first player to verbally commit to... - BC Interruption

Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard of Westville, N.J., became the first player to verbally commit to Penn State since the sexual abuse scandal surrounding former coach Jerry Sandusky. Pollard announced his decision during the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Arlington, Texas. A 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive stopper at West Deptford High in suburban Philadelphia, Pollard chose Penn State over Boston College. He has an official visit set up for the State College, Pa., campus on Jan. 13. Pollard had offers from Boston College, Alabama, North Carolina, Iowa, Florida and Rutgers. He is ESPNU's 12th-ranked player in New Jersey and ranked No. 35 nationally... Read more →

Haddonfield’s New Public Parking Kiosks to be Activated January 1

The newly installed kiosk system has replaced meter parking at public lots and along Tanner Street, offering the convenience of using credit cards to pay for parking Haddonfield, NJ – December 29, 2011 – The parking kiosks are coming. Viewed as a better and more convenient method to pay for parking than scrounging for change to feed a meter, the kiosks have replaced all meters in the Borough’s public parking lots and on Tanner Street. The kiosks become active Sunday, January 1. Public Lot Kiosks The public lots have a pay-by-space kiosk system. Each of the parking spaces is marked... Read more →

New Year's Eve Safety Tips From Gun For Hire

New Years Eve is a huge night for everyone, which means crowds will be swarming toward the metropolitan hubs around the world. People feed off each other’s excitement, and sometimes things can get out of hand if safety precautions are not taken. Everyone wants to have an unforgettable night (in a good way!). By simply using some common sense, we can keep it that way. Ring in the New Year safely! Designate a Driver: If you are going to be driving New Years Eve, don't drink and drive. If you have a friend who prefers not to drink, make sure... Read more →

Bellmawr Fire Department Works on Vehicle Accident

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Rescue 32 and Squad 45 responded to Route 295 Southbound just before Exit 26. Crews located a vehicle that had gone off the roadway struck a fence that caused the vehicle to flip and come to rest in a small stream. The lone occupant had self extricated prior to FD arrival. Fire Department members controlled a minor fluid spill. The driver was transported to Cooper Hospital with minor injuries. The incident is under investigation by the NJSP. BFD BFD via Read more →

Philadelphia Police: Enjoy New Year's Safely!

The Philadelphia Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year's celebration. Let's ring in 2012 responsibly and with respect for our loved ones, friends and neighbors. Before you go out and celebrate the New Year, talk to your friends and figure out what your plan is IN ADVANCE of coming home. Whatever your plan is for traveling home safely, do your best to stick to it. Your loved ones will thank you for it. The PPD will have DUI checkpoints in place throughout the City to help keep drivers on our streets safe. If you own a firearm,... Read more → Names Top Stories of 2011

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2011 - American Forces Press Service published nearly 2,500 articles in 2011, covering topics ranging from the end of the Iraq mission to defense budget pressures and troop concerns over retirement benefits. The top 10 stories most viewed on this year are: 10. "U.S. Kills bin Laden in Intelligence-driven Operation," posted May 2, focuses on President Barack Obama's remarks to the nation the day after an American counterintelligence and counterterrorism team killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. 9. "Officials Urge Precautions at Yokosuka, Atsugi," posted March... Read more →

Freeholders: Camden City Residents Need Solutions, Not Rhetoric

December 30, 2011 Freeholders Say Regional Force Will Put More Boots on The Ground to Ensure Public Safety In a press conference yesterday, members of Camden City’s police union and some city activists once again chose rhetoric over concrete proposals to deal with the public safety issue in Camden City. They said they’re preparing a petition to get a referendum to prevent the formation of a regional police force within the city. “All we hear from the police union is rhetoric,” said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “There is no concrete proposal. They haven’t even produced a copy... Read more →

MADD Online: The Pledge to Eliminate Drunk Driving

Every year, nearly 12,000 people are killed by drunk drivers with an illegal alcohol level of .08 BAC or above. That means that every month more than 1,000 families must live with the tragic consequences of drunk driving. Since MADD was founded in 1980, alcohol-related fatalities have declined by more than 40 percent, but progress has stalled in recent years. That is why MADD launched a major offensive in the war against drunk driving the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. Through the four elements below, the Campaign makes the idea of eliminating one the United States’ primary health threats a... Read more →

Car vs Building Rescue Assignment ~ Cherry Hill News & Information

Just prior to 1900 hours on Wednesday, December 28, "A" Group's Squrt 1351 and BLS 1392 were dispatched to the intersection of Church Road and North Kings Highway for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. While en route, additional calls reported that the driver of one of the vehicles was entrapped inside their car. The incident was upgraded to a “rescue assignment,” adding Battalion 13, Rescue 13, EMS 13, and an ALS unit to the response. Upon arrival, Squrt 1351 reported a three car collision, with one vehicle off the roadway. That vehicle had impacted the gatehouse of the Colestown... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Think of Your Pet's Health When Making Your New Year's Resolutions

by Dawn Watson For some folks, January is a time to make resolutions—changes to unhealthy habits and unpleasant attitudes. If you are one of these people, please consider making a few changes in Fido’s life, too. Your dog depends on you for everything. Make sure he is healthy by scheduling appointments with your veterinarian every six months. Inspect your dog’s teeth and coat; does he have a buildup of tartar or is his coat dull and full of dandruff? If so, you may need to change his diet or give him crunchy treats instead of high-fat goodies. Fido can’t... Read more →

GCPD Crime Report: Suspect Wanted for TD Bank Robbery Apprehended

On 12/28 at 1630 the suspect in the robbery of TD Bank was arrested without incident at a motel in Bellmawr. Benjamin Alford (photo) of Deptford was charged with 2nd degree Robbery and Possession of CDS (heroin). He was remanded to the Camden County Corrections Facility. In other matters, On 12/23 at 1618 officers responded to Park Ave for an assault. The victim stated that she exited her residence and was walking to her vehicle when a black SUV passed by. The SUV slammed on its brakes and a white male exited from the passenger side. The unknown male then... Read more →

Don’t Drink And Drive This New Years Eve!

It’s no joke. Drinking and driving can cost you everything including your life. So this New Years Eve, think before you head out to party and arrange for a sober ride home. Drunk Driving Enforcement Fact Sheet Highly visible law enforcement crackdowns, including checkpoints and saturation patrols, are proven to keep drunk drivers off the road. Every state should allow sobriety checkpoints to find and deter drunk drivers. MADD is working with law enforcement agencies as well as federal, state and local governments to increase DUI enforcement—especially during peak holiday periods. Drunk Driving in the U.S. · In 2007, there... Read more →

Robin Williams: The USO Needs Your Support

Dear USO Supporter -- I've had the honor of going on USO tours, doing my best to entertain our troops and telling them face-to-face how much we appreciate their service. And I can tell you, this time of year it's more important than ever to let them know they're At Home in Our Hearts. This holiday season, the USO has been working around-the-clock to share care packages, free phone calls home, special holiday meals, entertainment tours and so much more. But the deadline to contribute to the USO's At Home in Our Hearts campaign is midnight tomorrow, so I'm writing... Read more →

Voorhees Police Dept. Needs Your Help

The Voorhees Police Department is asking for assistance with recent burglaries. On December 28, 2011 between the hours of 2:00pm and 10:00pm (3) residences in the Sturbridge Estates section were burglarized. We are asking if anyone was in the area and noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles to contact Investagator Fowler at (856)882-1102 or Investigator Gonnion at (856) 882-1142. Thank you for your assistance. Please be aware of any people or vehicles that are out of place. If any suspicious activity is observed call 911 or (856) 428-5400. Read more →

Richard H. Davey, Retired Mantua Police Officer Succumbs to Cancer

Richard H. Davey, 70, of Laurel Lake lost his courageous battle with cancer and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Born in Haddon Heights, he was a resident of Laurel Lake the past 42 years. He was a former member of the Mantua Police Department; he worked for the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center and Seabrook Police, and retired after 27 years with the Sands Casino as a security officer. He was a founding member of the Laurel Lake Rescue Squad. Rich was an avid reader of the Philadelphia Daily News. He enjoyed... Read more →

Court Upholds Decision in New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs’ Lawsuits

NEWARK – The Superior Court, Appellate Division, has upheld an earlier decision in favor of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, in the Division of Consumer Affairs’ separate lawsuits against an Indiana company and a Rhode Island company that together sold nearly 14,000 yo-yo waterballs to consumers here despite a 2008 state law banning the dangerous toys. The Division of Consumer Affairs filed suit in June 2009 against Indiana Novelty International, Inc., which does business as Kipp Brothers and which sold 444 yo-yo waterballs in New Jersey after the State’s ban on the toys took effect. The Division in... Read more →

NJ State PBA and Gloucester City PBA Issues Warning About Telemarketing

A group of telemarketers are calling our residents and soliciting them for donations. They claim that the funds raised will go to Gloucester City Police Officers. Can you please post this flyer to your blog so the residents can be informed of this. The Gloucester City PBA does not solicit over the phone and never uses telemarketers to raise funds. We solicit once a year via US mail during the Spring. Thanks for anything you can do. Respectfully, William Johnson, Jr. President Gloucester City PBA Local #40 Related articles GLOUCESTER CITY: Lost Dog Named Charlie ( Gloucester City's Karen Jackson... Read more →


source MADD'S WEBSITE Our organization began with a mother who lost her child in a drunk driving crash. She turned grief into positive change; her work and the work of so many other mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers started a movement that has saved 300,000 lives…and counting. But even today, one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. Our children share the road with an estimated 2 million drivers who have had three or more prior drunk driving offenses. Together, we can take three important steps to finish the work of one grieving mother... Read more →

Response Team Investigates Police-Involved Shooting in Newark

NEWARK -- The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a shooting in which state troopers and Newark Police officers shot at the driver of a stolen vehicle following a lengthy pursuit by several law enforcement agencies which was triggered by an earlier reported armed carjacking last night in Newark. According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 7:45 p.m. last night, troopers from the Metro North Unit observed a 2005 Audi, bearing a Pennsylvania license plate traveling within the City of Newark. The vehicle had been reported stolen as a result of an armed... Read more →


(TRENTON) – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver on Thursday announced plans to help laid-off New Jersey workers take advantage of extended federal unemployment benefits, vowing to pass new legislation authorizing the benefits before the current legislative session ends on Jan. 9. "With thousands of New Jerseyans still desperately seeking work, ensuring they can take full advantage of the extended federal benefit is the right thing to do," said Sweeney (D-Salem/Cumberland/Gloucester). "Not only will these benefits keep the unemployed and their families afloat during this difficult period, but they are also the best form of... Read more →

Video: Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Discusses Crime Problem

Mayor Tony F. Mack Supports the Third Principle of Kwanzaa, Ujima Collective Work and Responsibility Echoed the Halls of City Hall TRENTON–Mayor Tony F. Mack attended the December 28 Kwanzaa in the City Program where he joined the program’s sponsors as they celebrated Kwanzaa’s third principle today, Ujima - collective work and responsibility. Below you will read the Mayor Mack’s comments as delivered at this afternoon’s event: “Kwanzaa goes back many years for me. Particularly, I remember when my nephew James attended the Afrikan People’s Action School, where he received the nurturing and core values necessary to succeed in life.... Read more →

Chris Freind: From Occupy Philly to Archbishop Wood Football: My 7 Biggest Winners of 2011

by Chris Freind (special to CNBNEWS) It’s that time of year when Freindly Fire heaps praise upon those most deserving. So in the spirit of consistency, the Biggest Winner of 2011, just like every year, is illegal immigrants. They are granted driver’s licenses, free education — in some cases all the way to college — and free first-rate health care. Not only do they pose a national security threat, but a personal one, as many are criminals released back onto the streets because the government refuses to deport them. Their presence has forced the closure of hospitals, ripped jobs away... Read more →

Sunoco Representatives Present Plan For Eagle Point Tank Farm

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News Representatives from Sunoco presented a new use concept for the closed Eagle Point Tank Farm, situated along the Delaware River in the Westville and West Deptford area. During the Westville Borough Council meeting last week Kevin Thompson, Public Affairs Manager for Sunoco, informed the governing body of plans to bring in natural gas by-products to the idle refinery area for further processing. Eagle Point Terminal, which is now idle, was purchased earlier this year for approximately $100 million and Sunoco wants to develop the area. “The Eagle Point refinery is uniquely situated and easily... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: JOIN US at the Garden State Outdoors Sportsmen's Show!

Attend our seminar and meet the experts (see dates and times below) 1. Animal rights extremism in New Jersey. Learn how extremist elements are working to take away your freedoms to fish and hunt in New Jersey and what you can do to stop them. Plus, discover the link between conservation, the environment and your ability to enjoy the outdoors. Presented by Anthony P. Mauro, Sr., Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. Mr. Mauro is also a writer and author on the subject of conservation. 2. Hunter harassment. Understand your freedoms to fish and hunt in New Jersey and how you... Read more →

Stolen Gun, Drugs Found On Lindenwold Suspect

On December 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm while conducting crime suppression enforcement patrol in the area of Blackwood-Clementon Road, Gloucester Township Police Ptl. Timothy Kohlmyer observed a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria being driven carelessly. The suspect ignored the officer's emergency lights and siren signal to pull over for approximately 1/2 of a mile, before finally stopping. During the course of the investigation the Officer recovered a loaded Smith & Wessson 9mm pistol loaded with hollow point bullets, of PCP "angel dust" narcotics, two jars of marijuana, and $757.00 in cash. The pistol was found to be stolen from North Carolina... Read more →


(11/P147) TRENTON -- Working in partnership with the Township of Weehawken, Union City, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, the Department of Environmental Protection today secured the preservation of a unique 14.4-acre reservoir near the Lincoln Tunnel, Commissioner Bob Martin announced. "This opportunity reflects Governor Christie's commitment to the preservation of land through the Green Acres Program and the protection of water supplies through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust," Commissioner Martin said. "The agreement was made possible by the cooperation and vision of all the parties, who recognized and under an accelerated... Read more →

7 Year Old Child Died in Pemberton Township House Fire

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi, Pemberton Township Chief of Police David Jantas and Burlington County Fire Marshall Robert Rose jointly announce the following: At 11:38 PM on Wednesday December 28th, 2011 a call was placed to 9-1-1 regarding an emergency in the 300 block of Seminole Trail, Pemberton Township. When police and fire personnel responded, they discovered a residential home consumed in flames. Police and fire responders investigated and ascertained that there were 5 children in the home. The ages of the children were 14, 11, 7, 6, and 3 years old. The 14 year... Read more →

Philadelphia Police Seeking Dangerous Suspect Still At-Large

Unsolved Crime: Northeast Detectives Division Seeks Help in Identifying Male in Strongarm Robbery in the 15th District December 28, 2011 On April 7, 2011 at 3:10pm, a 75 year old white female was walking to the Medical Office at 2813 Cottman Ave. As she approached the rear entrance to the building, an unknown white male called out to her from behind and asked if she knew where a certain street was located. She turned and told him that she was not familiar with that street. At that time the male walked up to her and grabbed the shoulder strap of... Read more →

AG’s Office Arrest Fugitive for Operating a Lucchese Crime Family Wire Room

TRENTON - Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice has taken custody of a fugitive who allegedly ran a Costa Rican “wire room” where the Lucchese crime family processed billions of dollars in illegal wagers on sporting events. The U.S. Marshals Service returned Frank Cetta to New Jersey from Costa Rica late last week, and he had a first appearance in court this morning. According to Director Taylor, Cetta, 73, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was flown from Costa Rica to New Jersey, where U.S. Marshals turned... Read more →

Camden County Weekly News released Dec. 28

Happy New Year from the Freeholder Board Most Camden County offices will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012. Please plan any business you may have with the county accordingly. PCFA Collecting E-waste at No Charge to County Residents The Camden County PCFA will collect electronics for recycling during the months of December, January and February at no charge to county residents. “To make recycling electronics more convenient for county residents, the PCFA is making this program available to county residents for the next three months,” said Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash, liaison to the PCFA. “This program couldn’t come at... Read more →

Video: Car Crashes at New Jersey Intersections Shared on YouTube

A leading company that provides red light cameras to catch drivers breaking traffic laws has been putting some of its vast cache of footage on YouTube. The P.S.A.s are intended to show the possible consequences of flouting red lights, and the company, American Traffic Solutions, recently compiled a montage of car crashes and near-misses from New Jersey. Related articles Lisa Alyounes of Westville NJ Arrested for Assault of Boyfriend; YouTube Video Goes Viral ( NJ Teens Beat Up Homeless Man, Post Beating on YouTube ( Navy's YouTube Video Warns Against 'Spice' Drug ( Read more →

Hi Lord, it’s me.

We are getting older and things are getting bad here. Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high. I know some have taken you out of our schools, government and even Christmas, but Lord I'm asking you to come back and re-bless America . We really need you! There are more of us who want you than those who don't! Thank You Lord, I Love you. "Life without the Lord " is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point." submitted by G.Marcucci Read more →

Fairview homicide investigation continues |

CAMDEN — The investigation is continuing into a shooting Monday that killed a 23-year-old city man in one of Camden’s historically peaceful neighborhoods. Darnell Lopez was shot once in the upper torso around 5:30 p.m. outside a convenience store on the south side of Yorkship Square in Camden’s Fairview neighborhood. No information about a possible motive or suspects has been released. In the only other killing in the Fairview section of the city this year, Vernon Hicks, 30, of Camden, was shot while standing outside on the 1500 block of North Collings Avenue on Oct. 6 shortly before midnight. There... Read more →

Moorestown Township Police Department Incident Reports

Date: December 16, 2011 1. 5:47 PM – Criminal Mischief – Resident from the first block of E. Third St. reported criminal mischief to their residence. Someone had thrown eggs at the house. The subjects had run off prior to police arrival. Date: December 18, 2011 1. 6:47 AM – Vehicle Theft – Resident from the first block of Cove Ct. reported their 2010 Land Rover had been stolen sometime overnight on 12/17/2011. Date: December 22, 2011 1. 3:35 PM – Criminal Mischief – Complainant from the 300 block of Mill St. reported criminal mischief to a commercial building overnight... Read more →

Obituary: Katie Lynn Ruggiero, of Gloucester City, age 27

Suddenly, on December 28, 2011. Age 27. (nee Crusemire) Of Gloucester City. Loving mother of Mary-Lou Ruggiero, Marissa Rutan and Nathan John Harley Rutan. Loving daughter of Ronald Thomson and Teresa Deniken (nee Crusemire) and her husband Ed. Cherished granddaughter of Doris Crusemire. Best friend of John Rutan. Katie was a loving mother to her three children and a good friend to all. Her family will remember her for her great smile and her hearty laugh. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street,... Read more →

Update: Suspect Arrested for Robbery of Qin's Grocery Store in the 3rd District

Arrested: Suspect Involved in Robbery of Qin's Grocery Store in the 3rd District Was Arrested Within Hours From a Facebook Viewers 9-1-1 Tip The Philadelphia Police Department would like to extend its gratitude to the media and the viewers of Phillypolice Facebook for helping us apprehend the suspect for the robbery of Qin's Grocery Store located at 1100 West Moyamensing Avenue on December 27, 2011, at 4:47pm. On December 28, 2011, at 1:... South Detectives Seek Assistance in Identifying Suspect Depicted in Surveillance Video December 28, 2011 On December 27, 2011, at 4:47pm, an unknown male entered the Qin's Grocery... Read more →

Gloucester School Board Begins Search For New Superintendent

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News Terri Lewis of the New Jersey School Boards addressed the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) concerning the search for a new superintendent during last week’s meeting. There was a brief discussion about when the search would begin, when it would be advertised, and how much the advertising would cost. Earlier this year, the School Board had voted not to renew the contract of current Superintendent Paul Spaventa, which goes until June 30, 2012. In other business, student representatives from all four Gloucester City schools also addressed the Board. Jenn Boggs, a senior at... Read more →

Northeast Detectives Seek Assistance in Identifying Suspects Depicted in Surveillance Video

December 28, 2011 On November 4, 2011, at 4:50pm, two unknown males entered the Belaggio Jewelry store located at 2115 Cottman Avenue armed with guns and forced three store employees into the back office. The suspects removed trays of various types of jewelry from the front counter and rear safe. The suspects fled the store on foot when they are spotted by an off-duty Philadelphia Police Officer. The off-duty officer follows the suspects and they get into a green Ford Contour with a partial Pa. tag possibly ending in 2204 parked in the rear lot of the Sears Tire store.... Read more →


(11/P146) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection will sponsor eight free guided hikes and a horseback ride in state parks and trails in New Jersey on New Year's Day as part of a nationwide America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. This initiative, which is being held in all 50 states, offers individuals and families an opportunity to kick off the New Year by taking a healthy hike at a state park. "We are excited to host First Day hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks,'' said DEP Assistant Commissioner of... Read more →

Happy Holidays from your friends at MADD.

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for too many families, they are filled with tragedy. In fact, 43% of driving fatalities on Christmas Day are alcohol-related. During this time of year when drunk driving crashes are most prevalent, MADD urges everyone to do their part in keeping our roads safe this holiday season by: Planning safe parties Sending your loved ones one of our Holiday eCards to remind them to drive safe and sober Reviewing our How to Spot a Drunk Driver page before heading out on the road Giving the Gift of... Read more →

Attorney General Announces $34.25 Million, Multi-State Settlement

TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced today a $34.25 million, multi-state settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, Inc. as part of an ongoing, nationwide investigation of alleged illegal conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry. As part of the settlement, GE Funding has agreed to pay $30 million in restitution to affected state agencies, municipalities, school districts and not-for-profit entities nationwide that entered into guaranteed investment contracts with GE Funding and two of its affiliates -- Trinity Funding Company and Trinity Plus Funding Company -- between 1999 and 2005. In addition, GE Funding agreed to pay a... Read more →

Second Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Win for Purdue

By Raymond Rolak National Correspondent ( Purdue forced seven turnovers and Western Michigan could never catch up as the Boilermakers won their second Little Caesars Pizza Bowl 37-32. Freshman Raheem Mostert returned a 99 yard kickoff in the first-half for a score and Purdue senior kicker Carson Wiggs recovered his own onside kick. These were back-breaking plays that WMU couldn’t overturn. Image via Wikipedia Purdue junior running back Akeem Shavers, filling in for the injured Ralph Bolden, rushed for 149 yards and Reggie Pegram scored the first two touchdowns of his career. The Boilermakers' fourth touchdown of the game came... Read more →


Sheriff Encourages Residents To Take This First Step in Serving Their Community The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department announced today that a new C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) Basic Training Class will begin on January 10, 2012. The class is eight sessions long and will be from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, ending on February 15, 2012. All classes will be held at the Emergency Services Training Center located at 53 Academy Drive in Westampton, New Jersey 08060. The Schedule will be as follows: Session 1 (Jan. 10) CERT Overview & Disaster Preparedness (ESTC) Session 2 (Jan. 17) Fire Safety (ESTC)... Read more →

Twice the Fireworks, Twice the Fun presented by SugarHouse Casino

The tradition of two fireworks on New Year’s Eve will continue as SugarHouse Casino returns to present Twice the Fireworks, Twice the Fun with two different shows 6 p.m. and Midnight, lighting up the skies over the Delaware River. Both free shows will be choreographed to unique soundtracks and launched from barges in the middle of the Delaware River with clear views from both Philadelphia and Camden. In addition, because the region’s New Year’s celebration is too big for just one night, Philly New Year’s Week, is a new name to brand the time frame between December 26 and January... Read more →

CAGW and CCAGW Score Major Victories Against Government Waste in 2011!

CAGW Grounds $3 Billion in Defense Budget Pork Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) won its multi-year battle to terminate federal funding for the alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, a wasteful pork-barrel project that was opposed by both the Bush and Obama administrations and the Pentagon, which had repeatedly said the alternate engine was “not necessary and not affordable.” On April 25, the Department of Defense terminated its contract for production of the engine after CAGW ultimately embarrassed Congress into declining to fund the program. Then taxpayers received an early Christmas present when GE and Rolls-Royce announced on December... Read more →

John Paff: Audits Need a Closer Look

Local government agencies and authorities are required to audit their books annually, and one might think that these audits are sufficient to ensure that everything is on the up and up. But the audits merely point out financial reporting deficiencies--sometimes the same deficiencies year after year--and the agency or authority that paid for the audit may elect to take no corrective action. A case in point is the Borough of Dunellen's (Middlesex County) Parking Authority. While reviewing the auditor's August 30, 2010 cover letter that accompanied the Authority's 2008 and 2009 audits, I was struck by the following sentence: "Because... Read more →

The Year in Review A Look at FBI Cases, Part 1

12/27/11 The FBI conducted thousands of investigations in 2011, from terrorists bent on murder and cyber thieves hacking networks to corrupt government officials and fraudsters stealing billions of dollars from innocent victims. As the year comes to a close, here is a look at some of the most significant cases the Bureau investigated with the help of our domestic and international law enforcement and intelligence community partners. Part 1 focuses on our top investigative priority: protecting the nation from terrorist attack. The death of Osama bin Laden in May was a milestone, but al Qaeda remains committed to high-profile attacks... Read more →


Warning: Do Not Use ShoulderFlex Massager FDA has warned consumers to stop using the ShoulderFlex Massager because it can cause serious injury or death. This personal massage device was designed for home use to provide deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulders and back while the user is lying down. The device was sold in various stores and through catalogs and online retailers (including Amazon) in the U.S. On Aug. 31, King International recalled all of its nearly 12,000 ShoulderFlex massagers that it has distributed since Oct. 18, 2003. However, FDA has found that the company went out of business... Read more →

Cool Video by the University of Minnesota's School of Music

Uploaded by UniversityofMinn on Nov 30, 2011 The Carlson School of Management received a surprise visit from a saxophonist...and nearly 300 of his friends from the University of Minnesota's School of Music this November. "Deck the Halls" arr. Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis from "Coolside of Yuletide" Special Thanks To: Greg Wrenn (saxophone), Campus Singers Maroon, Gold, and Mosaic; Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, University Singers, Kathy S. Romey (coordinator), Judy Sagen and Kelley Sundin (choreography), Phillip O'Toole (audio), Boosey & Hawkes, Northern Lights Video, Michael Teachout, Bryan Koop (director of photography), Steve Rudolph (producer) For more information on the... Read more →

Settlement with School Board in Case of Student Subjected to Alleged Harassment, Bullying

TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division on Civil Rights Director Craig Sashihara announced today that the Board of Education in Emerson, Bergen County, has agreed to pay a former student $130,000 to resolve allegations the school district did not effectively address alleged verbal, physical and cyber harassment of the student that went on for years. Under a settlement agreement finalized this week, the Emerson school district makes no admission of wrongdoing. “This is a fair outcome that resolves troubling allegations – a young man subjected to persistent harassment by other students over a period of six years.... Read more →