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January 2012

John Paff: Gibbsboro/Voorhees OPRA suit concluded

I've previously written about myOpen Public Records Act (OPRA) case against the Township of Voorhees and the Borough of Gibbsboro, both in Camden County. See my blog entries of October 12, 2011 and October 20, 2011. To summarize, attorney Walter M. Luers and I sued both Voorhees and Gibbsboro for records arising out of a December 30, 2009 incident in which a uniformed Voorhees police officer, while in Gibbsboro behind the wheel of his parked patrol car, was slapped repeatedly by his wife. (If you haven't listened to the 911 calls made by the alarmed citizens who witnessed this incident,... Read more →


Ex-Business Administrator for Westfield Schools Sentenced for Accepting Building Supplies from a Vendor

TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that the former business administrator for the Westfield School District was sentenced today for accepting $13,000 in windows and doors from a contractor he recommended be hired by the school district. Robert A. Berman, 55, of South Plainfield, was sentenced to one year of probation by Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue in Union County. Berman pleaded guilty on Oct. 24, 2011 to an accusation charging him with third-degree conspiracy to make false representations for a government contract. He was required to forfeit his positions as business administrator and board secretary for... Read more →


Bellmawr Installs Councilmen Bollinger, D’Angelo | GCN

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News A host of area, state and federal politicians were among the dozens in attendance, at Bellmawr Mayor and Council’s annual Reorganization Meeting this January. Following the posting of colors and Pledge of Allegiance by Cub Scout Pack/Troop 185, Ashley Matousek performed the National Anthem. Councilman John Bollinger was then sworn in by U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-1), as Bollinger’s wife and family looked on happily. He is also Public Safety Director for the Borough. Councilman James F. D’Angelo, with his daughter Lindsey at his side, was then sworn in to his sixth term... Read more →


$7.5 Million Federal Grant for Education Jobs in Camden County

Camden, NJ— On Monday, Congressman Andrews joined Camden Mayor Dana Redd to announce a $7.5 million federal grant that will create 115 teaching jobs in Camden County. These teachers will conduct early learning programs and provide child care for 865 children between ages of 3 to 5 from low-income families. This funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services and was awarded to the Center for Family Services’ (CFS) Head Start program. Head Start provides an education that supports cognitive, social, and emotional development in young children. The program assigns advocates to address the needs of each family... Read more →


CNBNEWS WEEKLY STATS Jan. 23 through Jan. 29

Weekly Stats Report: 23 Jan - 29 Jan 2012 Project: Cnbnews.net URL: http://cnbnews.net data provided by Statcounter.com Returning Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or more later First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website. Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visits and first time visits - all your visitors. Page Load - The number of times your page has... Read more →


Lady Lions Upset Lady Rams, 32-26 | GCN

By Kaitlyn Gurcik Gloucester City News January 21 was one of the most eventful days in Gloucester City so far this year, as the Lady Lions basketball team took on the Lady Rams, who are one of South Jersey Top 10 teams. But ratings do not matter when Gloucester City High School meets rival Gloucester Catholic. On Thanksgiving, the Lions football team beat the Rams on that historic day for the second year in a row. This Saturday began with the junior varsity Lady Lions taking on the Lady Rams, and it was a nail biter until the final minutes.... Read more →


Free Throws Help Rams Beat Lions | GCN

By Gus Ostrum Gloucester City News Before a packed house on Saturday evening, Gloucester Catholic’s boys’ basketball team held on to turn back cross-town rival Gloucester City, 39-31, in a Tri-County Conference contest. Senior Robbie Alessandrine converted all six of his foul shots in a tight fourth quarter to finish with 12 points for the Rams. Senior forward Ryan Schoppy pulled down eight rebounds and also added 12 points, including eight in the second half, to lead the Rams. Gloucester Catholic, which now owns a 9-5 overall record, won their fourth straight game. Defense was the key in the first... Read more →


Obit: PAUL D. CRONMILLER, of Gloucester City, age 71

On January 28, 2012. Age 71. Of Gloucester City. Predeceased by his loving parents, Charles F.W. Cronmiller, Sr. and Mary C. Cronmiller (nee Huber). Loving father of Linda Morse (Chris). Cherished grandfather of Christine, Caleb, Emily and Jacob and great grandfather of Bailey. Dear brother of Diane, Charles, Mary, Cathy and the late Charlene. Paul proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday afternoon from 1 to 2 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral Service and Military Honors will begin at 2 PM in... Read more →


NJ gov fires a zinger in feud over gay marriage - Houston Chronicle

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The verbal feud over gay marriage in New Jersey got more personal Monday with Gov. Chris Christie firing a slang term at a lawmaker, and a hero of the Civil Rights movement chastising the governor for a separate remark. Christie called openly gay Assemblyman Reed Gusciora "numb nuts" during a Statehouse news conference — his response to the lawmaker comparing him to former segregationist governors in the South. The comment culminated more than a week of back and forth over gay marriage, which the Democratic majority in the Legislature is trying to achieve through legislation and... Read more →


GUN OWNERS PREVAIL IN TRENTON!

(January 30, 2012)After a massive outcry from the Second Amendment community against A588 (backdoor ammo ban) and A1013 (defacing firearms - unintended consequences), the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee "held" A588 and amended A1013 in response to gun owner concerns. The effect of holding A588 is to send it back to the drawing board for further review and amendment, and this legislation that would have opened the door to a sweeping ammunition ban will not advance in its present form. The amendments to A1013 are still under review, but it is very apparent from the actions of the Committee... Read more →


Bellmawr Office of Emergency Management Receives $15,000 grant.

January 31, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fire Chief Jim Burleigh is announcing that the Bellmawr Office of Emergency Management has been informed that the Borough is approved to receive a $15,000 grant through a program administered by the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management. The funds are being made available through the “EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PREPAREDNESS GRANT EXERCISE SUPPORT PROGRAM FY-10 PASS THROUGH GRANT PROGRAM”. According to Chief Burleigh the grant was provided to enable private and public sector agencies to address areas of their emergency preparedness and response programs that are in need of improvement. A local need has... Read more →


Video: Funeral Services Held for Missing Soldier Killed in Korean War

Army Pfc. George A. Porter, 21, was taken prisoner Feb. 11, 1951, during the battle of Hoengsong, said the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. Porter, of Battery B, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, was unaccounted for until the 1990s, when North Korea gave the United States more than 200 boxes of remains from the war. He was a resident of Philadelphia PA. source http://www.powmiaawareness.org/ Read more →


Moore sparks Ramapo past Rutgers-Camden

MAHWAH, N.J. (Jan. 28, 2012) – Sophomore forward Micaela Moore (Lindenwold, NJ/Lindenwold)scored 13 points, collected eight rebounds and added four steals to power the Ramapo College women’s basketball team over Rutgers University-Camden, 64-45, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon. Ramapo improves to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in the NJAC, while Rutgers-Camden falls to 12-8 and 2-7. The Scarlet Raptors fall to 31-17 in the all-time series against the Roadrunners. The Roadrunners scored the first four points of the game and never trailed. After Rutgers-Camden cut the gap to 4-2, Ramapo went on a 14-point run, aided... Read more →


Washington County dentist arrested for excessively prescribing narcotics to patients

HARRISBURG ? A Washington County dentist, who allegedly prescribed more than 6,600 narcotic pain killers to seven patients, was arrested today by state narcotics and Medicaid fraud agents. Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Dr. Charles Kokoska, 48, 2 Mill St., Millsboro, Washington County. Dr. Kokoska is a dentist with offices located at his Mill Street home and at 161 Waterdam Road, McMurray, Washington County. According to the criminal complaint, between January 2009 and October 2010 Dr. Kokoska wrote more than 300 prescriptions for more than 6,600 narcotic pain killers to at least seven different patients. Kelly said... Read more →


Gloucester City Board of Education Approves Change in Annual School Election | cnbnews.net

(cnbnews.net)Gloucester City Board of Education held a special meeting Monday, January 30, to discuss moving the annual school election from April to the November General Election. The vote was 8-0-1 with Pat Hagan abstaining. This was result of new recently past state law giving local authorities the choice to hold April elections or move to November. The move could have been move by any one of the following. 1. By School BOE 2. By City Council 3. By petition of registered voters SOME MAJOR CHANGES As a result of the changee new Board of Education members elected in November will... Read more →


New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation Announces 2011 - 2012 Scholarship Program

Graduating seniors have until April 20, 2012, to submit their applications and essays to qualify for one of two (2) scholarships offered by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation. The scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded to high school seniors from New Jersey who plan to further their education either at a college or university or trade/technical school. Winners will be notified in early May and will be awarded the scholarship on Monday, May 28, 2012, during the Memorial Day Ceremony held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial. In addition to the scholarship application... Read more →


FOUR CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER OF TAXI-CAB DRIVER IN MOUNT LAUREL

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mount Laurel Police Chief Dennis Cribben announced that three adults and a juvenile were arrested today for the early morning robbery and knife attack of a cab driver on Forrest Court in Mount Laurel. The following individuals were each charged with one count of Attempted Murder (First Degree), one count of Robbery (First Degree) and one count of Carjacking (First Degree): Breanna Pimienta, age 18, of 2995 Chapel Avenue, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Miguel Mercado, age 21, of 2995 Chapel Avenue, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Mahadi M. Robinson, Jr., age 21, of 220... Read more →


CDC study explores role of drugs, drive-by shootings, and other crimes in gang homicides

First study on gang homicides from CDC’s unique violent death reporting system Gang homicides often occur in public and involve firearms, but are less likely to involve drugs or other crimes than generally believed by the public, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gang homicides frequently involve youth as victims and are often retaliatory reactions to gang conflict. This report is the first to compare gang homicides with other types of homicides using city-level data from CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). This report analyzed 2003-2008 data from large cities in... Read more →


FBI: How a Memphis Task Force Combats a Costly Problem

Cargo Theft 01/27/12 After many hours on the road, the long-haul driver pulled his tractor-trailer into a Tennessee truck stop for a break and a hot meal. But by the time he looked over the menu, a crew of professional thieves had made off with his rig and all its contents. Partnerships Make a Difference In 2005, two large pharmaceutical companies were the victims of major cargo thefts at the same truck stop within a short time period, and each had no idea what had happened to the other. When they found out later, a meeting was called among pharmaceutical... Read more →


Obituary: Karen A. Punihaole of Sicklerville NJ age 85

On January 25, 2012. Age 85. Of Sicklerville. Formerly of Voorhees Twp. Loving mother of Herman Punihaole, Lowell J. Punihaole, II, Michael G. Punihaole, Rita Punihaole, Christine Punihaole and the late Monica Punihaole and Debra Punihaole. Cherished grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 12. Karen was born in Munich, Germany and immigrated to the United States of America. She was a truly devout Roman Catholic who shared her faith and had a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. Karen was a Catechism teacher in Germany and was a former parishioner of Saint Andrew the Apostle R.C. Church in Gibbsboro for... Read more →


Investigation Continues Into Assault of Mt. Laurel Taxi-Cab Driver

Detectives from the Mount Laurel Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the robbery and assault of a taxi-cab driver that occurred this morning at approximately 3 a.m. onForrest Court in Mount Laurel. The 20-year-old taxi driver was cut across the neck and sought help at a residence before being airlifted to CooperUniversity Hospital in Camden, where he underwent surgery. He is in critical condition. Two individuals are in custody, and two more are being sought at this time. No charges have been filed. Additional details will be provided later today. Read more →


Kyrillos to Officially Launch Senator Campaign Wednesday, February 1st | cnbnews.net

Five-term State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown) will formally kick-off his U.S. Senate campaign on Wednesday, February 1st at two events: the first in his home county of Monmouth at 11:00 AM followed by a second South Jersey swing at 3:00 PM. Click here for the Lincroft (Monmouth County) Facebook event invite or here for the Marlton (Burlington County) rally page. Come join him and friends and supporters as he shares his story, why he is inspired to run and his strong vision for a better New Jersey. Wednesday, February 1st 11:00 AM Lincroft Inn 700 New Spring Road, Lincroft NJ... Read more →


President Obama Honors 9 Catholic Teachers

January 26, 2012 President Barack Obama recognized nine Catholic teachers today as “Champions of Catholic Education.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on this event as follows: President Obama’s recognition of Catholic education is much appreciated. Ironically, it is precisely because so many Catholic schools serve non-Catholics in the inner city that Catholic schools, as well as all other non-profit Catholic institutions, have been disqualified by the Obama administration from receiving a religious exemption from mandated healthcare services: Catholic institutions that hire and serve non-Catholics are considered insufficiently religious by the Obama administration and must therefore provide sterilization and contraceptive... Read more →


CCF Launches Second Television Ad

to Promote New Jersey's Reform Movement Ad Highlights Efforts by Governor Christie and Reformers to Strengthen Economy, Improve Education and Cut Income Taxes Washington, DC - Committee for Our Children's Future (CCF), a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, today launched a second $1.5 million-dollar television campaign to highlight Governor Christie and reformers' efforts to strengthen the economy, improve education and cut income taxes in New Jersey. The new ad is airing on New York and Philadelphia broadcast and New Jersey statewide cable stations over the next four weeks. The television ad will be accompanied by a sophisticated statewide online advertising campaign. "Governor... Read more →


CNBNews Op-Ed: Working Without A Current Master Plan is Harmful to the City's Future

By Mike Stanton In July of 2009 the Gloucester City Combined Planning and Zoning (P&Z) board had approved a Master Plan Reexamination report. In August 2009 Mayor and Council passed a resolution adopting that same report. The report recommended the City prepare a new Master Plan “as soon as practical,” that money had been budgeted, and that work on the new Master Plan had in fact already started. Essentially, the need and intent to write a new Master Plan had been affirmed by both the Planning & Zoning Board and Mayor and Council. Progress was made on the Master Plan... Read more →