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December 2011

TD Bank Robbed, Coach Arrested for DWI, Broadway Bridge Repairs, Monmouth Street Repaving -cnbnews.net

Tips and Snippets by Bill Cleary BANK ROBBER IDENTIFIED-The TD Bank in Gloucester City was robbed on Monday, December 26. Although the bank robber hasn’t been arrested police were able to identify him. Mug shot of suspect Benjamin Alford According to Gloucester City Police Lt. Brian Morrell at 1pm officers responded to the TD Bank, Broadway and Cumberland Street for a robbery. Morrell said, “Employees advised the officers that a black or Hispanic male had passed a note demanding money, threatening to hurt employees if they did not comply. The subject was given several thousand dollars by an employee before fleeing the area on foot." “An investigation conducted by patrol officers, detectives, and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office led to the identification of the suspect... Read more →


December 23, 2011 Washington, D.C. – The race to be named CREW’s first ever Scoundrel of the Year came down to a dead heat between a Wall Street puppet and a media puppet master. While House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) hypocrisy riled up voters, in the end, he was no match for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which may have spied on the families of 9/11 victims as well as other American citizens. The Department of Justice is now investigating the matter. “The deplorable behavior of Mr. Murdoch and his employees stood head and shoulders above the other worthy nominees for the title of Scoundrel of the Year,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “With the Department of Justice investigating, 2012 could bring new headaches... Read more →


Two time Tony Award winner and motion picture star Brian Dennehy will be in person at Waterfront South Theatre on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM . He will be here to support South Camden Theatre Company and will be interviewed “Inside the Actors Studio” style by Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki. Brian will discuss his long career of incredible film work including“ Gorky Park”, “FX”, “Tommy Boy”, and “Cocoon”. His incredible success as one of America’s greatest stage actors winning Tony Awards playing Willie Loman in “Death of a Salesman” and James Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”. He has a deep love of Eugene O'Neill and will give you his insight on playing some of his greatest characters. Mr. Dennehy... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Three More Wins for Gun Owners

H.R. 2055—the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012—has been passed by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and has been sent to the President for his expected signature. This bill contains three NRA-backed provisions that will strengthen our Second Amendment rights and prohibit your federal tax dollars from being used to advance an anti-gun agenda. Rumor Alert: Appropriations Bill Blocks New Shotgun Ban—Does Not Repeal “Sporting Purposes” Test: This year, NRA-ILA worked with pro-gun legislators to include a provision in the 2012 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations legislation to help prohibit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from banning the importation of shotguns that are currently legally imported. That legislation was a part of a consolidated appropriations bill that Congress passed to... Read more →

Police Seek Public's Help in Locating Newborn Infant's Mother

December 22, 2011 On December 21, 2011 at 10:00am, a church employee was cleaning the pavement on the 2600 block of West Huntingdon Street when he discovered a card board box that contained various clothing items. The employees searched deeper in the box and discovered an infant inside. He called 911and waited for police and medics. A Philadelphia Medic transported the infant to Saint Christopher Hospital where the infant was determined to be just a few hours old and weighed 5.5 lbs and appeared to be in good condition with no signs of injuries. The infant was found wrapped in a red and white hounds-tooth patterned blanket, an adult sized brown women's sweater, black bathrobe with polka dots and a large peach colored towel. Lt.... Read more →

Gloucester City's Karen Jackson Named Orr Fellow

St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., announces that senior Melissa Jackson was recently named an Orr Fellow. Jackson from Gloucester City, is the daughter of Ray and Karen Jackson. She attended Gloucester Catholic High School and is a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Gloucester City. Commonly referred to as the Orr Fellowship, the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship provides an opportunity to soon-to-be college graduates to break into the professional world through paid positions with high-growth Indiana companies. About 25 Orr Fellows are selected each year from a couple thousand applicants. Applicants must be natives of Indiana or have attended a college/university in the state. During their two-year tenure, Orr Fellows gain executive-level mentorship at their host companies and build professional and peer... Read more →

NJ Teens Beat Up Homeless Man, Post Beating on YouTube

Uploaded by EnableAG on Dec 20, 2011 David Ivins, of Belmar NJ was attacked on December 11 and 12 in a wooded encapment, according to Wall Township police. Taylor Giresi, 20, of Belmar and an unidentified 17-year-old from Lake Como are accused of videotaping the beating and posting them on YouTube. Giresi is being held in the Monmouth County jail in lieu of $135,000 cash bail, while the juvenile has been released to a parent, according to authorities. Read more →

Bellmawr Fire Department Responds to Hall Avenue Fire

Monday, December 26, 2011 Task Force 32 (Bellmawr) was dispatched early this morning to 165 Hall Avenue for a reported dwelling fire. A female resident was sleeping in a front room when she was alerted by the sound of a smoke detector beeping. She quickly observed a fire in the kitchen area and exited the house. Squirt 32 arrived and reported fire showing from the rear. Crews made an aggressive attack on the fire advancing a 1 3/4 line through the front door while a second back up line cut off the advancing in the attic area. The fire was placed under control at the 20 minute mark. Units from Gloucester City, Barrington, Runnemede and Mt Ephraim also responded. The fire is under investigation and... Read more →

WriteStuff: The Grinch Makes Appearance at Camden Christmas Outreach

The Grinch came to Camden this year. But instead of taking Christmas presents away from little children, he brought them. This pony-tailed Grinch was actually Tommy Williams, the head of Street Ministries, who hosts an annual bike, clothes, toy and food distribution for Camden families every Christmas Eve. Tommy sported a pair of boxer shorts emblazoned with the phrase “Merry Grinchmas” that he wore over his tan khakis. Tommy laughed about the boxer shorts and said, “I used to be a Grinch until I let Jesus in my heart. Now, I’m a Grinch no more!” read via anneforline.blogspot.com by Anne Forline Read more →

Lloyd Carr Addresses Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Players and Coaches

Retired University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr speaks to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl participants during a Christmas Day luncheon in Detroit. The game will be on ESPN HD at 4:30 p.m. Photo by John Lenihan By Raymond Rolak special to CNBNews DETROIT -- “Make no mistake, you are fortunate to be here representing Purdue University and Western Michigan University. Savor every minute,” said former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr. He was addressing the Christmas Day luncheon participants as part (click image) of the of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl team activities. Carr’s heartfelt talk to the college football players brought a standing ovation. Emcee Will Tieman and LCPB execuative director Ken Hoffman and WMU head coach Bill Cubit and Purdue... Read more →

Obituary: Edwin B. Stafford, of Haddon Township, formerly of Gloucester City

On December 23, 2011. Age 87. Of Haddon Township. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 64 years to Dorothy (nee Wimbish). Loving father of Rebecca McGee (Frank) and Paul Stafford (Margaret). Cherished grandfather of Kevin, Dawn, Paul, Matthew and Veronica. Cherished great-grandfather of Daniel, Michael, Christopher, Elizabeth, Ryan, Tyler, Maria, Holly, Ava, Joseph, Kristyna, Casey and Chase. Edwin was born and raised in North Camden. He resided in in Gloucester City for 51 years before recently moving to Haddon Twp. Edwin was a graduate of Camden County Vocational Technical School in Pennsauken. He proudly served our Country in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Edwin worked as a Linotype Operator. He was Firefighter in Gloucester Heights for 45 years and an active... Read more →

Obituary : Richard G. Logan, of Roebling

On December 23, 2011. Age 74. Of Roebling. Loving father of Gary Logan (wife Ida),Terri Logan-Reeder and Ricky Logan. Cherished grandfather of Ambra, Kristen, Kevin, Morgan, Brittany and Samantha. Cherished great-grandfather of Gianna. Dear brother of Lorraine Capri, Janet Panaro, Bill Logan and the late George Logan. Richard proudly served our Country in the United States Marine Corps. At the request of family, cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Philadelphia VA Medical Center: 3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Attn: Volunteer Department. In the memo, please write: Richard G. Logan. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Richard G. Logan. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street,... Read more →

Welcome Home Private 1st Class David King, Tuesday at 7:15pm

Welcome Back From Iraq Evesham Township, New Jersey Who: Private First Class David King When: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Time: 7:15 PM Where: 190 Raymond Avenue Evesham Township, NJ 08053 Please come out to welcome home Private First Class David King from Iraq About Private First Class David King: PFC David King joined The U.S. Army in February of 2011 He has just returned from his first deployment to Iraq David is 20 years old David is a 2010 Graduate of Cherokee High School David wrestled for 3 years at DeMasi Middle School David’s family (Mother Wendy, Father Kevin, Brothers Kevin, Jon, Tim, and Sister Jessica) are very excited to have everyone participate in welcoming David home and treating him like a rock star! Friends,... Read more →

Congress Orders Navy to Take Steps to Bring Navy Commandos Home from Libya

after 207 Years WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House has passed the “National Defense Authorization Act of 2012” (NDAA), which includes a provision strenuously pushed for by U.S. Congressmen Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) and Mike Rogers (MI-08) that requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to begin the process of identifying and returning Commander Richard Somers and his fellow twelve (12) Navy commandos buried in mass graves in Libya to the United States. Killed in Tripoli, Libya in 1804, Commander Somers is the namesake of Somers Point, New Jersey. “After years and years of unexplained delays and blatant stonewalling, the U.S. Navy will now have to begin the process of bringing one of our nation’s greatest heroes home to Somers Point,” praised LoBiondo, a member of the House... Read more →


The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising bowhunters that deer harvested during the 2012 Winter Bow Season must be reported using the new Automated Game Check System (AGCS) instead of being brought to a deer check station. Using the AGCS, hunters will report their deer over the telephone or online. GARY DEVINE PHOTO...using a motion camera, southwestern NJ deer 2012 Bow Licenses now come with a Harvest Report Stub (which includes a Harvest Number) instead of a Transportation Tag. Once successful hunters retrieve their kill they are to complete the stub with the exception of the "Confirmation Number" - this number will be provided when the deer is reported via the AGCS. When reporting deer hunters will provide additional information (date, zone, etc.)... Read more →

Gloucester City Police Investigating Auto Theft from CW Clarke Car Lot-cnbnews.net

On 12/16 at 0927 CW Clarke Auto Sales on Route 130 reported that sometime overnight a 1998 Dodge Van, green in color, was stolen from the lot. In other matters, On 12/16 at 1310 officers responded to the Dollar General on S. Broadway for a shoplifting. Store employees stated that an unknown black male stole two bottles of laundry detergent before fleeing the area in a gold vehicle. On 12/16 at 1956 officers responded to Oriental Ave for a burglary in progress. The homeowner was inside the residence when the alarm activated. A window was discovered open, however, no entry was made into the residence. On 12/17 at 1459 a resident of the 300 block of Highland Blvd reported that sometime overnight unknown vehicle ran... Read more →

Andrews Announces $7 Million to Create Jobs Improving New Jersey’s Hospitals

Haddon Heights, NJ - On Thursday, Congressman Andrews announced that New Jersey will receive $7 million dollars in funding to create jobs making hospitals safer and more efficient. This funding comes as a result of the Affordable Care Act, of which Congressman Andrews was an author and major proponent. The money will be used to train existing staff on how to best prevent infections and other ailments that can be contracted in a hospital environment, as well as to hire more staff to provide more individualized patient attention. Not only will this create jobs, but it will also help save money by reducing the hospital readmission rate. These funds are part of the federal Partners for Patience initiative, a program designed to help New Jersey... Read more →

$3.83 Million in Funding for Homeless Shelters and Transitional Housing

37 Shelter Support Grants Awarded Across the State to Provide Shelter Improvements to Help Support Families and Veterans in Crisis Trenton, NJ. –Emphasizing the vital work of service organizations in communities throughout the state, Governor Chris Christie today announced the award of 37 Shelter Support grants totaling $3.83 million in both state and federal funding. The grants will aid nonprofit and local government agencies operating emergency homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities while assisting approximately 3,000 New Jersey households over the next year. Governor Christie made the announcement at Community Hope’s Hope for Veterans program, a 95-bed transitional housing program for homeless veterans at the Lyons Campus in Somerset County. Community Hope is receiving a $189,000 grant that will assist in the improvement of living... Read more →

Andrews Dedicates New Fire Rescue Boat to Keep Camden Waterfront Safe

Camden, NJ – This Past Saturday, Congressman Andrews joined Mayor Redd and the family of deceased firefighter George Jackson to dedicate and christen the Fire Department’s new fire rescue boat that will bring more security and stability for local businesses, students and visitors to the flourishing Camden Waterfront. Through Congressman Andrews’s support, the city was able to secure a $1.2 million FEMA Port Security grant that made this amazing boat a reality. The “George M. Jackson” is a one of a kind vessel that is capable of responding to everything from simple emergencies to natural disasters and terrorism. The jet driven boat can reach speeds over 43 knots (50 mph on water) and can pump over 11,000 gallons of water per minute. The state-of-the-art boat... Read more →

Man Dies in Glassboro Fire Christmas Day-cnbnews.net

Other residents of the Royal Inn, formerly called the College Inn, at 133 South Delsea Drive in Glassboro, smelled smoke from the man's second-floor room at 8:10 a.m. and alerted management, who called police and evacuated the masonry building. The Glassboro Fire Department extinguished the fire with dry chemicals and found the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Damage to the building was confined to one room and other rooms have been reoccupied. The deceased man, an intermittent resident of the motel, was identified as Walter White (DOB 3/3/59) who has had a number of addresses. An autopsy by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner's Office is scheduled for Monday (12/26). An investigation into the cause of the fire, by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's... Read more →


December 21, 2011 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows: The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHF) includes luminaries as diverse as Albert Einstein and Shaquille O'Neal. It should not be dishonored by including bigots: Catholics will be outraged to learn that of the 50 nominees for the class of 2012, Thomas Nast made the cut. Nast is not only the most bigoted cartoonist in American history, the 19th-century artist consistently inflamed hatred against the Irish and Catholics alike. Amazingly, the NJHF's website omits any mention of Nast's anti-Catholic legacy. No one is denying his many talents as a creative cartoonist, but to discuss his work without mentioning his virulent anti-Catholicism is on a par with discussing filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl's contributions without citing her... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing : NJ Freshwater Fishing, Gun Control Act, Outdoor Photos Contest Winners

click image compiled by CNBNEWS.NET The 2012 Freshwater Fishing DIGEST is now available at license agents and on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website in PDF format. The DIGEST is will also be available in an interactive version on the publisher's website soon. In addition to regulation information, anglers will find several articles concerning the 100th anniversary of the Hackettstown Fish Hatchery of interest. To view the PDF version, either in its entirety or in sections which download faster, visithttp://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digfsh12.htm ; for the interactive version, visithttp://www.eregulations.com/NewJersey/fishing/freshwater on the publisher's website. OPEN LETTER TO ALL FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES The Gun Control Act (GCA) generally prohibits any person from transferring firearms to any unlicensed person who they know or have reasonable cause to believe does... Read more →

Bucks County PA Excavators to Work on Eagle Point Refinery

press release 12/21/2011 Bensalem, Pa.-based Bencardino Excavating, led by Louis A. Bencardino, was recently contracted by A.T. Chadwick Company, Inc. to perform work on the Eagle Point Refinery in South Jersey, which is owned by Sunoco, Inc. The Bucks County, Pa. excavation company will handle all site work, excavating and utility installation on the refinery's fuel off-loading station. Bencardino Excavating's project manager will be Dave Fink, and Lou Biskup will serve as the site foreman. Eagle Point Refinery is located in Westville, N.J. In early 2004, Sunoco, Inc. purchased the refinery from El Paso Corporation, increasing total processing capacity by 20 percent and producing chemicals such as benezene, touluene and xylene. In 2009, due to the economic downturn, the refinery's production was idled, however, refined... Read more →

41-Year-old Man Dies in Monroe Motor Vehicle Crash; Police Arrest Drunk Driver

Press release December 24, 2011 Nic Huynh (Nic Huynh is CQ) (DOB 9/6/70), of Monroe Township, Gloucester County NJ was killed in a two-car collision early today (12/24) on Route 322 in Monroe Township when another car crossed the median strip and struck his vehicle as he was driving home from work at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City NJ. Following an investigation of the 3:45 a.m. crash by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, vehicular homicide and assault by auto charges were signed against the driver of the other car, Vincent Paoline (DOB 9/5/86), of Monroe Township. The assault by auto charge resulted from the injury of Paoline's passenger, Ray Lawson (DOB 8/7/87), no address available, who was hospitalized at Cooper Medical Center in Camden... Read more →


Boilermakers make their second appearance in the Detroit bowl; Broncos to appear in Detroit bowl for the first time DETROIT – The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl announced today that the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten will meet the Western Michigan Broncos of the Mid-American Conference on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 (4:30pm – ESPN) in Detroit. Western Michigan enters the bowl with a 7 – 5 record, winning three out of its last four games and owning a 38 - 31 win over Connecticut (UConn) of the Big East Conference during the season. CLICK IMAGE Purdue’s Boilermakers enter the bowl with a 6 – 6 record, winning two of its last three games including an impressive win over perennial national power, the Ohio State Buckeyes.... Read more →

ECAC Names Heine Upstate Rookie of the Year Honor

CENTERVILLE, Mass. (December 21, 2011) – Stevens Institute of Technology’s freshman forward Ann Heine (Sammamish, Wash.) earned her second rookie of the year honor of the year after the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) released its Division III Upstate Women’s Soccer All-Stars on December 21. Earlier this season, Heine was named Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year for her role in the Ducks’ regular and postseason conference championship. In her first collegiate season, Heine started in all 20 games she played in and tallied eight goals and four assists for 20 points, ranking second amongst the team in all three categories. Her three game-winning goals tied for the second most for the Ducks as she also received second-team recognition by the Empire 8. Within... Read more →

Christie Administration Announces Contract Agreement

With Third-Largest Public Employee Negotiations Unit Financial Terms Recognize Fiscal Realities and Limitations as New Jersey Emerges from Recession Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration has reached a four-year contract agreement with a state employee collective negotiations unit representing more than 5,000 employees. The financial terms of the agreement, which provide for no across the board salary increases in the first two years and small increases in the third and final years, are a practical recognition by both the negotiations unit and the Christie Administration of the strains on budget resources and state revenues and the continuing need to restrain costs as New Jersey emerges from recession. The agreement, which requires ratification by the union memberships, was reached with the International Federation of Professional and... Read more →


December 22, 2011 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on secularists who feed off of Christmas: For the past couple of years, Macy’s has been brandishing the word Believe at Christmastime: the word appears in huge lights across its Herald Square store on 34th Street in New York City, and is inscribed on its shopping bags. To believe is to believe in something—it must have an object—but Macy’s prefers not to know what most people believe in at this time of year, so it allows everyone to fill in the blank. So inclusive. For good reason, Macy’s chooses December to invoke its Believe campaign—it would make no sense to do so in June. Its latest newspaper ad comes close to telling us what to believe... Read more →

Newark Pharmacy Owner and Technician Arrested of Fraud Charges

December 22 press release TRENTON - Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi announced that an owner and a pharmacy technician were arrested this morning for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to defraud Medicaid through a prescription medication buyback scheme. According to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chillemi, Venkata Thottempudi, 44, of Edison and Denise Roman-Cisse, 27, of Newark were arrested at the One Stop Pharmacy, located at 198 Market Street in Newark and charged with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree health care claims fraud and third-degree Medicaid fraud. The charges are based on an investigation that revealed that, between November 2010 and November 2011, Thottempudi, the majority owner and a pharmacy technician at One Stop Pharmacy, allegedly bought back prescription medications... Read more →

Insurance Agent Arrested for Bogus Claims

HARRISBURG - - A former Erie County insurance agent was arrested today following allegations that she submitted more than 50 bogus cancer and specified health event policy applications on behalf of family, friends and others without their knowledge. Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Heather Kozuchowsky, 27, 716 South Center St., Corry, Erie County. Kozuchowsky was formerly a licensed insurance agent with Aflac. According to the criminal complaint, Kozuchowsky submitted bogus insurance applications on behalf of 15 policyholders for 53 insurance policies, which could not be verified by social security number, date of birth, or address. Kelly said that the majority of Aflac's business is related to accident policies, which pays a low commission compared to high commissions for cancer and specified health... Read more →

ProPublica: Redistricting How Powerful Interests Are Drawing You Out of a Vote

Califorinia Republicans Call for Official Investigation of Dem's Redistricting Tactics by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Dec. 21, 2011, reprinted with permission Early reactions to ProPublica’s report on the ways California Democrats manipulated the state’s citizen redistricting commission split along partisan lines. The Chairman of California’s Republican Party called for “an immediate and thorough investigation.” Any Questions? ProPublica is experimenting with a new podcast. We plan to feature our readers' questions and voices. If you've got questions about redistricting, we'd love to answer them. You can record your questions right from your computer. “No fair minded person can now say the process or the result was fair,” Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said in a press release. “I am calling for an immediate and thorough investigation, by Congressional... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Deck the Halls & Walk the Dog

by Dawn Watson CNBnews.net Tonight is the big night. You know the one I mean: the halls are decked, the stockings are hung, etc. You’re exhausted and ready for bed. But, what about Fido? Before you take that last walk upstairs to check on the kids, check for the following: Are the stockings hung high enough so that Fido can’t destroy them—and what they hold, inside? Are ornaments out of Fido’s way or will you awaken to the crunching of glass and have to spend Christmas day waiting at an emergency veterinary hospital? Are the cookies in tight containers so that Fido can’t gorge himself on them? Have you taken Fido out for one last walk so he doesn’t “christen” the presents under the tree?... Read more →

Former Member of Ship’s Crew Pleads Guilty

CAMDEN, NJ—A former crew member of the fishing boat Alexander II admitted today that he participated in a plot to sink the ship off the coast of Cape May in August 2009 in exchange for payment, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Erik James, 40, of Goshen, N.J., pleaded guilty to a superseding Information charging him with conspiracy to destroy the Alexander II on the high seas. James entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb in Camden federal court. The owner of the boat, Scott Tran, 38, of Cherry Hill, pleaded guilty on Nov. 16, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to destroy a vessel on the high seas, admitting that he did so in order... Read more →

Op-Ed: The Political Correctness Of “Merry Christmas” Has Dangerous Consequences

by Chris Freind (special to CNBNews.Net) “This is the way the world ends ...Not with a bang but a whimper." Does that famous quote aptly describe America’s future? Time will tell, but indications are that this nation, the most powerful, benevolent and fair in the world, is crumbling before our very eyes. Like Rome, it isn’t falling from outside invasion, but within. And one of the biggest culprits is political correctness. Image via Wikipedia It’s all around us, but especially this time of year, as the assault on “Merry Christmas” accelerates. It used to be a standard greeting, and people would reciprocate with a smile. Your religious denomination didn’t matter, or whether you even had one. It was simply a friendly expression in a nation... Read more →


Th Burlington County Animal Shelter will close early at 2 pm on Saturday, December 24th for the Christmas holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, December 27 at noon for normal operating hours. Normal business hours are: Monday & Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 12 pm – 4 pm Saturday 12 pm - 3:30 pm Sundays & Holidays closed Adoption Fees: $75 for Dogs $100 for Puppies less than 6 months $45 for Cats $60 for Kittens less than 6 months For additional information, please call the shelter at 609-265-5073. Read more →

FRIDAYS WITH ERICK ERICKSON: Good News, Congress is Going Home for Christmas!

It is possible that raw sewage has greater political acumen than the Republicans in Congress. Unlike the Republicans, sewage at least figures out how to flow through Washington with the least resistance. This past week has been embarrassing for the GOP. Mitch McConnell, heralded as a brilliant strategist by some, negotiated a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday with enough changes from the present tax holiday that small businesses discovered they would be unable to even implement the changes before the tax holiday expires in two months. The House of Representatives made clear that it would oppose a two month extension because it kept uncertainty in the economy, businesses could not even take advantage of it anyway, and the tax holiday was paid for... Read more →

OBITUARY: Robert W. Knowles Sr. of Gloucester City; Life Member of the Pine Grove Fire Dept.

Robert W. Knowles, Sr. AGE: 78 • Franklinville On December 17, 2011 of Franklinville, formerly a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ, age 78 yrs. Beloved husband of Doris J. Knowles (nee Goebel), loving father Donna Read (Angelo), Robert W. Knowles, Jr. (Donna) and David Knowles (Melissa), cherished grandfather of Lisa, Kimberlyn, Stefanie, David, Jr., Daniel, Brianna, Jessica and the late Kevin and proud great grandfather of Alyssa and Kevin. Mr. Knowles was a life member and served as both Captain and Lieutenant of Pine Grove Fire Co #2 and also loving fishing in his spare time. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and again Thursday morning from 10:00 to 11:00am at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700... Read more →

Gift Cards for Hunger: Help Those in Need this Holiday Season

By adding one more gift card to their lists, shoppers can help feed less-fortunate families this holiday season at Cherry Hill Mall and Moorestown Mall. CHERRY HILL, NJ- December 21, 2011- Did you know that a $20 donation helps feed a family of four for a week? What is even more shocking is that those are only four people out of the 91,000 that have used an emergency feeding program in South Jersey. This year, Cherry Hill Mall and Moorestown Mall are asking local community members and businesses to help feed these neighbors in need and raise hunger awareness in South Jersey by participating in the Gift Cards for Hunger Campaign. From now through December 31, purchase a PREIT Mall American Express Gift Card at... Read more →

Former Member of Ship’s Crew Pleads Guilty, Admits Conspiring to Sink Boat for Payment

CAMDEN, NJ—A former crew member of the fishing boat Alexander II admitted today that he participated in a plot to sink the ship off the coast of Cape May in August 2009 in exchange for payment, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Erik James, 40, of Goshen, N.J., pleaded guilty to a superseding Information charging him with conspiracy to destroy the Alexander II on the high seas. James entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb in Camden federal court. The owner of the boat, Scott Tran, 38, of Cherry Hill, pleaded guilty on Nov. 16, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to destroy a vessel on the high seas, admitting that he did so in order... Read more →

Camden Suspect Arrested for Paulsboro Homicide

Daron Trent (DOB 10/17/84) of 1290 Nottingham Way, Hamilton, NJ has been arrested and charged with the November 30, 2011 homicide of Mr. Jamaal Barker, age 25, of 1029 South 8th Street in Camden, NJ. Officers from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Paulsboro Police Department, and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office investigated. The U.S. Marshal’s Taskforce-Trenton Division as well as the NJSP ES Unit also assisted with the investigation. Mr. Jamaal Barker was shot and killed on November, 30, 2011 at approximately 10 PM in the area of 324 West Washington Street in Paulsboro, NJ. He died at the scene as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Mr. Barker is survived by his parents and two children. On December 14, 2011, Daron Trent was formally charged... Read more →

Cappelli :Area Newspaper Supports County Wide Police Force

Dear Neighbor, Today the Courier-Post published an editorial supporting the State, County and City’s plan to dramatically increase police presence in Camden City. Courier-Post, December 23, 2011 For city, it's all about more cops WHERE WE STAND: A county police metro division offers Camden a way to get back to a proper manpower level. “…as it stands, the potential of returning a police force staffed by 400-plus cops cannot be ignored. So Camden’s leaders are doing the right thing to ensure the safety of city residents by finally committing to having Camden be part of a countywide police force.” To read the full editorial click here For more information, visit www.camdencounty.com Louis Cappelli, Jr. Freeholder Director Camden County Board of Freeholders Related articles Freeholders Urge... Read more →

Face of Defense: Military Dog Survives Snakebite

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C., Dec. 22, 2011 - Dingo, a 5-year-old Marine Corps military working dog, has survived a bout with a poisonous snake. Marine Corps Cpl. Stacy K. Chester, a military working dog handler, pets his partner, Dingo, a 5-year-old German shepherd, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Dec. 15, 2011. Dingo survived a bout with a poisonous snake during a recent base training exercise. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution imageavailable. Dingo, a German shepherd, was struck by the snake as he searched the woods during a Dec. 5 training exercise here, said Marine Corps Cpl. Stacy K. Chester, a military working dog handler and Dingo's partner. "When I... Read more →

ICE Refuses to Take Custody of Six Illegal Aliens

press release December 22, 2011 Due to, “New Orders” According to ICE Officials Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Human Smuggling Unit Arrests 12 More Illegal Aliens (Maricopa County, AZ) Wednesday night, December 21, 2011 Sheriff Arpaio’s Human Smuggling Unit took 12 illegal aliens into custody involved in human smuggling in northern Maricopa County along Interstate 17. Pursuant with longstanding standard practice, deputies contacted ICE to pick up six illegal immigrants that could not be charged with felonies under Arizona’s human smuggling laws. Unlike the last the last six years, Wednesday night deputies were told by ICE officials that according to a “new order from Department of Homeland Security,” ICE would not pick up these illegal immigrants. ICE officials were directly asked by Sheriff’s deputies if this... Read more →

Obituary:Charlene Ferraro of Oaklyn

Charlene M. Ferraro, 55 Of Oaklyn, NJ Charlene M. Ferraro, 55, died suddenly on December 19, 2011. Born and raised in S.W. Philadelphia, she was a graduate of West Catholic Girls High School, class of 1975. She resided in NJ for the past 16 years. Charlene was employed as a waitress for the Starview Diner in Somerdale, NJ for the last 5 years. She loved and was loved by her customers. In addition to being devoted to her grandchildren, she enjoyed cooking and baking, especially cream puffs. She also was a collector of Betty Boop memoribilia. Survivors: Devoted mother of Sebastian "Ben" (Rebecca) Ionno; loving daughter of Charles and Catherine (Buscemi) Ferraro; sister of Francine (Ed) Bargeron and Charles (Donna) Ferraro; dear mom-mom of Emily... Read more →

FDA: Do not use ShoulderFlex Massagers

Use of massage device may cause serious health risks The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers again not to use the ShoulderFlex Massager, imported by King International and sold by various companies, due to serious potential health risks. The ShoulderFlex Massager is a personal massage device sold in retail stores, catalogs and over the Internet. It is intended to provide users with a deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulders and back area while lying down. Hair, clothing or jewelry can become entangled in the ShoulderFlex Massager and cause serious injury or even death from strangulation. There have been reports of one death and one near death, due to strangulation, associated with the use of this device. "The ShoulderFlex Massager poses serious risks.... Read more →

New Jersey Wins Race to the Top 3 Grant, Totals $38 Million

The U.S. Department of Education today announced that New Jersey has been selected as a winner of its Race to the Top 3 grant competition. New Jersey will receive $38 million in federal funds, half of which will go to participating districts, and half of which will be used to support the state's bold education reform agenda. The US Department of Education today announced that New Jersey has been selected as a winner of its Race to the Top 3 grant competition. New Jersey will receive $38 million in federal funds, half of which will go to participating districts, and half of which will be used to support the state's bold education reform agenda. Governor Christie said, "New Jersey is on a path of bold... Read more →

Bishop Galante, "Christmas: A reminder we are all migrants"

Every year, our diocesan employees hold an Advent day of recollection, during which we reflect together, via prayer, discussion and liturgy, about how best to prepare for the coming of the Lord at Christmas. This year’s theme was immigration and the Church’s special role in the care and welcoming of migrants of all kinds. Some might wonder if that theme, connected to this season, is a bit of a stretch. But upon further reflection the two are tightly linked. At Christmas, we celebrate God, through Jesus, taking on human nature. And the Scriptures tell us this occurred at a particular point of history and under the humblest of circumstances. Image via Wikipedia Sometimes it’s important to read the story anew, as if hearing it for... Read more →

Camden County Weekly News

Potter and Ellis Street Construction Completed The Camden County Department of Public Works has completed roadway and streetscape improvements at the intersection of Potter (CR 644) and Ellis (CR 561) Streets in Haddonfield. “We are proud that this project was completed early and under budget,” said Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works. “This project benefits residents in both Haddonfield Borough and Cherry Hill Township due to its location at the border of the two municipalities.” The $2.3 million project included the installation of a new traffic signal, repaving of intersection approaches and the construction of new turning lanes. New curbing with ADA compliant curb cuts and ramps were installed, along with new storm water grates and streetscape improvements. “The... Read more →

FBI Cyber Alerts for Parents & Kids

Tip #1: Be Prudent When Posting Images Online 12/22/2011 With the explosive popularity of smartphones and social media platforms, sharing photos has never been easier. Millions of pictures are uploaded to the web every day, and camera-enabled mobile phones are the perennial top-selling consumer electronic devices. So it’s a safe bet that even more photos will be cropping up on image-hosting communities and personal websites. But what exactly is being shared? In some cases, you might unwittingly be letting others know where you live and work and your travel patterns and habits. These details can be revealed through bits of information embedded in images taken with smartphones and some digital cameras and then shared on public websites. The information, called metadata, often includes the times,... Read more →

Overbrook High School Takes 3rd Place in B101’s Annual Christmas Choir Contest

By Anne Forline (special to CNBNews.Net) Each year, B101 holds its annual Christmas Choir Contest where local Philadelphia-area schools vie for a shot at hearing their song played on the radio while hoping to score some big prizes. This year’s first place winner was Mullica Hill’s Clearview Regional High School, who took home the $5,000 prize for their song “Joy to the World” and they also won the opportunity to perform with the Philly Pops. But finishing in an impressive third place out of a field of 250 entrants were the Overtones from Overbrook High School in Pine Hill with “English Carol Melody.” For placing third, the Overtones were awarded a $1,000 prize. Director of Choirs, Art McKenzie said they entered last year’s contest, but... Read more →