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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, you might want to--they're interesting, to say the least.) The case is now over, and since we won on most issues, the court ordered Voorhees to reimburse the court filing fees I paid plus Walter Luers' attorney fees of $3,375 plus a $675 "contingency enhancement" for a total of $4,443.57.... 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 the Westfield School District. He was also ordered to pay a $6,000 penalty into the State’s Anti-Trust Revolving Fund for anti-trust enforcement efforts. In pleading guilty, Berman admitted that he accepted roughly $13,000 worth of window glass and doors installed at his home by Metropolitan Metal Window Company from 2004... 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 by Camden County Clerk Joe Ripa. D’Angelo’s wife, Peggy, was honoring a prior commitment, and was unable to attend. The Councilman is also Bellmawr’s Director of Public Works. After the two incumbents re-assumed their seats, Councilman Lou Di Angelo (Director of Recreation) was nominated as Council President by Councilwoman Regina... 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 in meeting their children’s goals, scheduling doctor’s and dentist’s appointments, encouraging healthy eating habits and creating a stable and healthy home environment. “Our children have an incredible capacity to learn between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, yet we still have a school system that starts them in... Read more →

CNBNEWS WEEKLY STATS Jan. 23 through Jan. 29

Weekly Stats Report: 23 Jan - 29 Jan 2012 Project: URL: data provided by 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 been visited. Summary Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Total Avg Pageloads 5,030 4,385 4,775 4,471 4,047 3,721 4,130 30,559 4,366 Unique Visits 1,933 1,773 2,120 1,914 1,904 1,710 1,870 13,224 1,889 First Time Visits 1,480 1,362 1,630 1,463 1,502 1,407 1,564 10,408 1,487 Returning Visits 453 411 490... 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. Sophomore Latasha Sparrow got fouled after hitting a two pointer. She drilled the free throw to seal the deal, 29-26, for the Lady Lions. The day continued with the varsity game. As fate would have it, the Gloucester High varsity Lady Lions beat the Lady Rams, 32-26. Just like last... 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 half as the Rams raced to a 12-3 first quarter lead and did not allow the Lions (8-6) to score a basket. Gloucester Catholic held an 18-12 halftime advantage. Alessandrine proved clutch down the stretch by sinking four straight foul shots in the final 18 seconds to seal the triumph. 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 the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to CHOP: 34th St. and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104. Attn: Child Life Department. In the memo, please write: Paul D. Cronmiller. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Paul... 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 Christie, a Republican who opposes same-sex nuptials, wants decided by a public vote. The issue also brought U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia to Trenton on Monday to take Christie to task for comments linking gay marriage to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. READ via by ANGELA... Read more →


(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 and the on-the-record statements made by its members that the Committee has heard honest gun owners loud and clear. We will continue to monitor these bills and dozens of others that we are watching and provide early warning of threats to our Second Amendment rights. And thank you for your... 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 been identified through the efforts of the local Office of Emergency Management who coordinates periodic exercises, drills and ongoing review of preparedness response activities in the Borough. Chief Burleigh said that members of local emergency response organizations, such as the Police, Fire, EMS and various Borough Departments along with members... 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 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 by four points apiece from Moore and freshman forward Alex Milne (Howell, NJ/Howell). By halftime, the Roadrunners held a 38-20 advantage, with Moore scoring eight of those points and senior forward Lindsey Gripenburg (Bloomingdale, NJ/Butler) adding all seven of her points for the game. In addition to Moore, junior guard... 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 that the prescriptions were written for the powerful prescription pain killers Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Propoxyphene and filled at various pharmacies in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties. Dr. Kokoska also wrote prescriptions for Diazepam, a generic form of Xanax, commonly used to treat anxiety. You can get details here to... Read more →

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

( 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 be installed in January. Voters only get to vote on Budget if it exceeds 2% cap allowed by law. Related articles New Law Allow School Elections to be held in November ( Mount Ephraim Selected For NFL Play 60 Program | Gloucester City News ( Gloucester School Districts Extends Christmas... 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 and proof of acceptance to a college or trade school, all applicants must submit an essay about his/her visit to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, located off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116 in Holmdel. To assist students in writing their essays, the Foundation offers free, veteran-led guided... Read more →


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 South Lenola Road, Maple Shade, New Jersey; and a male juvenile, age 17. The Hon. Michael J. Haas, J.S.C. set bail for each of the three adults at $300,000 with no 10 percent option. A first appearance will be held tomorrow in Superior Court in Burlington County. The juvenile is... 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 17 states, and found five cities had the highest levels of gang homicides ― Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Long Beach, Calif., Oakland, Calif., and Newark, N.J. “Violence – including gang homicides – is a significant public health problem,” said Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., director of CDC′s National Center for... 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 industry leaders, and the concept of a security coalition was born. The coalition would consist not only of industry members but also law enforcement. Today, the Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition shares information about thefts and best practices for reducing risk, according to Charles Forsaith, director of supply chain security for... 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 many years. Relatives and Friends are kindly invited to attend Karen’s Mass of Christian Burial on Friday 11 am St. Andrew the Apostle R.C. Church: 120 United States Avenue, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin. There will be no public viewing nor visitation. Condolences and Memories may... 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 |

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 07738 3:00 pm Gibson House- Evesham Community Center 535 E. Main St. Marlton, NJ 08053 For more information please contact Scot DeCristofaro at: 856-858-4411. Related articles Kyrillos Camp Preps for Two Stage Campaign Kick-Off ( South Jersey Reporter Fired for Being Active in the Republican Party-cnbnews. ( Rams Athletic Fields,... 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 services (including abortion-inducing drugs) in their healthcare plans starting next year. Of course, Catholic institutions could qualify for a religious exemption immediately if they were to begin by discriminating against non-Catholics. But then these institutions would no longer be truly Catholic. If Obama wants to make peace with Catholics, he... 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 Christie and bipartisan reformers made difficult choices to lead New Jersey out of the mess it was in two years ago. Through hard work and tough decisions, the state of New Jersey has seen the most job growth in over a decade, millions of dollars in new education funding and... 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 in 2010 but the P&Z board took no action in 2011. When asked about the Master Plan at the January 18, 2012, P&Z meeting, the Chairperson replied there was no intention to pursue the Master Plan because Mayor and Council had not made it a priority for P&Z, nor had... Read more →

Mayor Nutter, City Officals Announce New Crime Fighting Measures

(January 27, 2012)Mayor Michael A. Nutter along with District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey unveiled the City’s new crime fighting measures focusing on prevention, intervention and collaboration at Strawberry Mansion High School. This strategy will link police, neighborhoods and our public and private law enforcement partners to reduce violence. “Working with our local, state and federal partners and after months of study, we have put together a series of tough measures to reduce violent crime in Philadelphia. We’re going after the criminals who carry illegal guns and we’re empowering citizens to help the police identify these domestic terrorists,” said Mayor Nutter. “We’re offering large cash rewards, using technology in new ways in the fight against crime and immediately putting more police on the streets using overtime funds.” At the announcement, Mayor Nutter and city officials outlined a series of new, specific crime fighting measures: 1. Enforcement of... Read more →

Obituary: Genevieve F. Benckert, of West Collingswood Hts. age 76

Surrounded by her loving family, On January 28, 2012. (nee Petrowski) Age 76. Of West Mrs. Genevieve Benckert, age 76 Collingswood Heights. Formerly of South Philly. Survived by her devoted husband and love of her life of 58 years, Ronald C. Benckert. Loving mother of Genevieve F. Benckert (Michael Fioretti). Cherished grandmother of Robert Mai, III, Christina Marie Fareri (Eric) and Ronald Mai. Beloved great grandmother of Julianna and Adrianna Fareri. Dear sister of Walter and John Petrowski, Dorothy Peterson and Virginia Devine. Loving aunt of George, Eileen, Kelsey and Tyler Berglund. Genevieve loved the times she spent surrounded by her loving family. She enjoyed the mummers, cooking, trips to the casino and spending time at the Jersey Shore. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Wednesday morning from 10 to 11:30 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will... Read more →

Track & Field Academy Summer Semester for Specialist Certifications

NEW ORLEANS – The 2012 USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy Summer Semester will take place July 7–11 at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The following courses will be offered: 302. Sprint, Hurdle, and Relay Event Specialist Certification. 303. Jumping Event Specialist Certification. 304. Throwing Event Specialist Certification. 305. Endurance Event Specialist Certification. 306. Combined Event Specialist Certification. The five day program offers detailed certification granting courses that cover all issues in technical coaching of the respective event area. Topics include training theory, biomechanics, training components, design and administration, peripheral training concerns, training design, technical issues, and technical teaching. The course entails 36 hours of instructional time and training program design. Post-course online testing completes the certification process. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of formal track & field and/or cross country coaching experience in a recognized school, club or institutional setting. A maximum of 50 applicants per course... Read more →

By 2040, Greater Philadelphia to Gain Over 600,000 Residents

press release DVRPC predicts 11.4% increase in region’s population; 7% in City of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) – The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has released its 2040 population forecasts for the nine-county Delaware Valley region. The forecasts project that the region’s population will grow to 6.26 million by 2040, an increase of more than 600,000 from 2010. The updated forecasts incorporate the latest data from the 2010 Census and account for the ongoing economic recession. Due to the recession, DVRPC forecasts slower population growth in the near term, with an increasing rate of growth between 2020 and 2030. Chester and Gloucester counties are projected to experience the region’s greatest population increases, growing 29.8% and 30.5%, respectively. Delaware and Camden counties, home to many of the region’s older developed communities and mature suburbs, will experience the region’s slowest growth, at 2% and 2.9%, respectively. For the first time since the... Read more →

Area Students in the News

Christy Dutt Named to Sacred Heart University's Dean's List FAIRFIELD, CT (01/26/2012)(readMedia)-- Christy Dutt of Wall was named to the fall 2011 Dean's List at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. To receive this honor, a student must achieve a 3.6 grade average, based on a 4.0 scale. About Sacred Heart University Sacred Heart University, the second-largest Catholic university in New England, offers more than 50 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 6,000 students attend the University's five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; University College; the AACSB-accredited John F. (Jack) Welch College of Business; and the NCATE-accredited Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides "Best 376 Colleges – 2012 Edition," "Best in the Northeast" and "Best 294 Business Schools – 2012 Edition." U.S. News & World Report ranks... Read more →

Governor Chris Christie Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Corp. Kevin J. Reinhard

Trenton, NJ – Today, Governor Chris Christie signed the following Executive Order: Executive Order No. 86 - Ordering all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday, January 30, 2012 to honor the service and sacrifice of United States Marine Corporal Kevin J. Reinhard, who was raised in Woodbridge and attended Ramapo College and Middlesex County College, and in 2008 interrupted his studies to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Corporal Reinhard lost his life serving on active duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Read more →

Howarth Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Heritage Store

James F. Howarth (DOB 9/6/81), of Nevada Ave., Williamstown NJ was sentenced today to 12 years in New Jersey state prison for his admitted robbery at knifepoint of a Heritage’s convenience store on North Broad St., Woodbury NJ on May 30, 2011. Howarth also was sentenced to three years in state prison for attempting to pass a forged check at a TD Bank in West Deptford on March 14, 2011. That sentence will be served concurrently with the 12-year term. He pleaded guilty to both crimes last Dec. 11 following negotiations with Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Dana Anton. In court today, Howarth made a final plea for a reduced sentence, admitting he’d spent much of his life in jail for crimes he blamed on drug addiction, but stressing tearfully that another long stretch behind bars “will institutionalize me.” Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. noted that Howarth had opportunities... Read more →

Crawfish Fest Musicians Perform, Feast on King Cakes and Jambalaya

AUGUSTA, NJ (01/24/2012)(readMedia)-- Just because you are not celebrating Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday") in New Orleans this year on Feb. 21st, that doesn't mean you can't celebrate! Michael Arnone, Louisiana native and Creator/Producer of the 23rd Annual Crawfish Fest in Sussex County on June 1, 2 and 3, advises New Jersey residents, "Every Mardi Gras party needs a King Cake, beads and traditional Jambalaya. These party-starting ingredients can take your guests to New Orleans without leaving the state." Arnone recommends ordering a King Cake and Mardi Gras Beads from a traditional New Orleans bakery such as: Haydel's Bakery or Gambino's Bakery. Arnone's Jambalaya Mix can be ordered in the Crawfish Fest Online Store and is the next best thing to Arnone's "made from scratch" Jambalaya he serves at the Crawfish Fest. Originally, King Cake was a simple dough ring with a small amount of decoration. Bakers inserted a... Read more →

Borrow eBooks through Gloucester County Library’s Web

Two new services allow cardholders to check out eBooks online for their reading devices (Mullica Hill, NJ) – Gloucester County Library System cardholders may now borrow eBooks via the library’s web site at... GCLS now offers Overdrive and Freading, two services that allow cardholders to check out eBooks and download them to their home computer or transfer them to a variety of devices, including Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader, and many others. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that the Gloucester County Library System is always working to keep up with new technology and trends so that they can offer their patrons the best services. “Libraries are still very much the cornerstone of many communities so it is important that they are bringing programs online that allow residents to get their services they way want them. Electronic readers are hot items and it is great that GCLS has found a... Read more →

John Paff: Two new unpublished trial court OPRA opinions

The following two court opinions are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals. Unless somebody puts them on-line and calls attention to them, they are likely not to be located by people who may want to search for them. I think that it's important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use. I have converted the scanned opinions to searchable text versions. This allows for easier reading and the ability to search for words and cut and paste. Links to the scans are contained within the footers to the live documents. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Terence Jones v. Paulsboro Police Department Gloucester County, Docket GLO-L-1360-11 Hon. Georgia M. Curio, A.J.S.C. January 12, 2012 Click here for the opinion. Regarding Police Use of Force Reports and surveillance video ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Tina Renna v. Union County Alliance Union County, Docket No.... Read more →

Southern NJ Devolpment Council Spotlights Wheelabrator Technoligies

Located in Westville, New Jersey, the Wheelabrator Gloucester waste-to-energy facility provides dependable, environmentally safe disposal of municipal solid waste for Gloucester County, while generating clean, renewable electricity for sale to the local utility. Designed, constructed, owned and operated by Wheelabrator, Wheelabrator Gloucester processes up to 500 tons per day of municipal solid waste. Wheelabrator Gloucester has an electric generating capacity of 14,000 kilowatts; the equivalent of supplying the electrical needs of 15,000 New Jersey homes. The Gloucester waste-to-energy plant has upgraded its recycling efforts by enhancing the recovery of valuable metals that otherwise would be sent to a landfill. The recovery of these marketable materials will help raise the county’s recycling rates, which are already well above the national average at 41.9%. As a strong advocate for the environment, Wheelabrator Gloucester has created and maintains a wildlife refuge and nature trail on 150 acres of wetlands surrounding the waste-to-energy facility.... Read more →

S.C. Officer Dies Following Shooting -

Aiken, S.C. law enforcement officer Master Cpl. Sandra (Sandy) E. Rogers, 49, died following a shooting Saturday morning. Rogers was a 27-year veteran of the Aiken Department of Public Safety. According to, a resident contacted the department in reference to a suspicious vehicle at 7:30 a.m., and after Rogers arrived on scene, an altercation ensued and she was shot. Rogers was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers, where she died from her injuries. The news station reports that the suspect in the shooting, Joshua Jones, is in custody, and that he is linked to another Saturday morning shooting that killed a 21- year-old woman who was five weeks pregnant. Chief Charles Barranco told the media that Jones will be charged with murder and the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The Aiken Department of Public Safety released the following statement: "It is with profound sadness... Read more →

AGENCIES Needed to Sponsor Meals for Summer Nutrition

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today encouraged organizations to help provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months through the Department’s Summer Food Service Program. Begun in 1976 as an outgrowth of the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program is designed to reach those who are age 18 or younger in economically disadvantaged areas. It also is open to people over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the disabled. The federally-funded program reimburses participating organizations for meals served to children who live in areas in which at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. Applicants may include public or private nonprofit school food authorities, units of local, municipal, county or state governments, public or private... Read more →

$1.55 Million to Create Jobs and Affordable Housing in South Jersey

Camden, NJ—Today, Congressman Andrews announced two grants totaling $1.55 million from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York that will create over 50 jobs in South Jersey. The grants fund two major projects: the construction of affordable housing for the developmentally disabled in Woolwich by the Center for Family Services and the renovation of the Independence Village apartment complex into affordable housing in Camden by Life Management, Inc. Woolwich’s Monroe Special Needs Housing Project will be designed as a two-story apartment building with elevator service, on-site parking for wheelchair accessible vehicles, and extra-wide corridors and doors. The project property has been donated to the sponsor and will meet Energy Star Certificate standards. The Independence Village project will reconfigure the 240 existing apartments units into 148 units, making room for three-bedroom apartments with new amenities. As the site is located in a historic district, the rehabilitation will consist of minimal... Read more →

Police Officer Injured In Mount Ephraim Crash « CBS Philly

MT. EPHRAIM, N.J. (CBS) – A police officer was injured Saturday morning after his vehicle collided with an SUV in Camden County. The accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North Black Horse Pike in Mt. Ephraim. The circumstances surrounding the crash are not clear at this time. The officer and at least one other person in the SUV were transported to an area hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Black Horse Pike was closed in both directions due to police activity. The accident is under investigation. via Read more →

NJSBA Comments on Mandates Council Decision

TRENTON, January 27, 2012—The executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association this afternoon commented on the decision by the state’s Council on Local Mandates, declaring the state’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights to be unconstitutional unless the Legislature provides funding for its implementation. “The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights is a well-intentioned statute designed to ensure that no child is ever afraid to go to school because of harassment or intimidation,” said Marie S. Bilik, NJSBA executive director. “Unfortunately, the legislation required more work prior to enactment, including consideration of the financial and staffing burdens placed on local school districts.” She continued, “NJSBA welcomes the opportunity to work with the state Legislature and the Department of Education to design a process that protects our children, provides adequate state financial support and accomplishes its goal effectively without diverting resources from other critical school programs.” The Council on Local Mandates was established... Read more →

Leigh Kelsey O'Donnell Named to the Gettysburg College Dean's List

GETTYSBURG, PA (01/27/2012)(readMedia)-- Leigh Kelsey O'Donnell, of Belmar, has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in Fall 2011. Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester's work are placed on the College's Dean's Honor List. Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. On the web: Related articles Area Residents Make the Dean's List at Wake Forest University ( Local students named to Dean's List at The University of Scranton ( Local Students Named to Dean's List at University of Delaware | Read more →


Week 20 standings website related: Highland Tavern A team Standing Team Name Wins 1 DEMO A 167 2 JACKS A 166 3 TOWER A 158 4 AMERICAN LEGION POST 133 156 5 TOWER B 154 6 HIGHLAND A 151 7 HIGHLAND B 146 8 ICAC B 121 9 HOT SHOTS A 118 10 ICAC A 106 11 JACKS B 105 12 VFW 104 13 HOT SHOTS B 88 14 DEMO B 73 Related articles All Time Gloucester City High Men's Basketball Team ( Closing Of St. Mary's School Top 2011 Story | Gloucester City News ( Read more →

Gloucester City PD Crime Report for period January 19 through January 25

press release On 01/19 at 1604 it was reported that unknown suspect(s) entered an abandoned property on the 500 block of Chambers Ave and stole the copper pipes, bathroom fixtures and kitchen sink. On 01/20 at 1705 a resident of the unit block of N. Broadway reported that unknown suspect(s) forced entry into their apartment and stole cash, cellular phones and medication. On 01/20 at 1307 a resident of the 600 block of N. Brown Street reported that on 01/19 at 2000 hours unknown suspect(s) broke two windows on her vehicle and dented the driver’s side of the vehicle. On 01/20 at 0948 a resident of the 900 block of Somerset Street reported that sometime overnight two tires on her vehicle were slashed. On 01/20 at 0844 a resident of the 100 block of N. Brown Street reported that sometime overnight his 2006 Chevy van was stolen from the driveway... Read more →

Adrienne Kirby Named New Chief Operating Officer for Cooper University Hospital

Cooper University Hospital announces the appointment of Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, as Chief Operating Officer beginning Monday, January 30, 2012. Kirby will be responsible for the administration and management of The Cooper Health System’s health care delivery operations, including the hospital and physician organization. She will also support the Board and the President/CEO in establishing strategic direction for the organization and achieving its financial goals. “Dr. Kirby’s proven track record of implementing processes that drive organization performance, productivity and growth will make her a valuable member of Cooper’s leadership team,” said John P. Sheridan, Jr., President and CEO at Cooper. “Her ability to build strong relationships with both academic and community based physician partners and professional colleagues will be extremely important as Cooper continues its expansion of programs and services throughout the region.” Kirby joins Cooper with over 30 years of healthcare management experience, much of it at hospitals in... Read more →


press release January 27, 2012 DEPUTIES ARREST SUSPECT IN TENNESSEE Suspect May Have Been Incensed by Arpaio’s Ongoing Investigation into Legitimacy of Obama’s Birth Certificate (Phoenix, AZ) Deputies in Knoxville, Tennessee working with Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies today served a search warrant and seized computer and other evidence from the home of Adam Eugene Cox, 33, after an investigation into an internet death threat against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio came to light in October, 2011. Cox was arrested today and taken into custody on an unrelated warrant for assault and is being investigated as the prime suspect in the Arpaio death threat investigation. In that threat, Cox stated Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family would be killed. His postings read in part: I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t f**k... Read more →

A Byte Out of History Closing in on the Barker/Karpis Gang | FBI

01/24/12 In January 1935—77 years ago this month—more than a dozen Bureau agents surrounded a quaint two-story home on Lake Weir, Florida. Within moments, a fierce shoot-out erupted. It didn’t go well for the heavily armed criminals inside. The Bremer Investigation A total of 25 individuals were convicted in connection with the Edward Bremer kidnapping, including seven who harbored members of the Barker/Karpis gang. Six of those convicted received life sentences, and three were killed resisting arrest, including Russell Gibson, Fred Barker (above), and Kate “Ma” Barker. For more information: - Bremer case summary - Barker/Karpis Gang files For the Bureau of Investigation—just six months away from being renamed the FBI—the firefight was a continuation of a busy year of battling gangsters. In 1934, notorious public enemies like John Dillinger, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and “Baby Face” Nelson had fallen at the hands of Bureau agents. Heading into 1935, the top... Read more →

CNBNews Op-Ed: No Secret Ballot For GOP Endorsement Is Same As Union Card Check

Related: FREINDLY FIRE by Chris Freind The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), commonly known as “Card Check,” is the misnamed legislation promoted by Organized Labor to stop the hemorrhaging within union ranks. (From a high near 40 percent after World War II, union representation in the private sector has plummeted to just 7 percent today). It would make organizing a union infinitely easier by eliminating the current secret ballot vote used to determine whether employees wish to unionize. Common sense tells us that whenever a secret ballot is not employed, many people will not vote their conscience. Instead, they fall victim to intimidation and arm-twisting, and end up casting a ballot in favor of the person whom they are strongly encouraged ---AKA “told” --- to support. The result is a rigged, Banana Republic election, anything but “Free Choice.” The Republican Party, on both the state and national level, has... Read more →

Supporters to Host Women’s Sports Day |

By Raymond Rolak ( DETROIT-- It will be another day of celebration for women’s athletics as the University of Detroit-Mercy will participate in National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Feb. 4. The event will feature a series of clinics in a variety of sports. Another highlight will be free admission to the Titans’ women’s basketball game against University of Illinois-Chicago later in the day. This is just one example of how across the country, the 2012 version of National Girls and Women in Sports Day will celebrate the attention to the success of Title IX. Since Title IX thousands of opportunities have become available for young girls in sports. Since 1971 women’s sports participation has dramatically risen in the United States. “This is always a great event for all female sports and female athletes in Michigan,” said UDM Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Teri Kromei. “It... Read more →

William W. Ulbin Jr., of Jensen Beach Florida, Member of Local Union 322, GCHS Alumni Class of '70

Suddenly, on January 23, 2012. Age 59. Of Jensen Beach, FL. Formerly of Gloucester City. Cherished son of the late William W. Ulbin, Sr. and Elizabeth Ulbin (nee Schmidt). Loving brother of Daniel M. Ulbin and Ruthann Ulbin. Beloved uncle of Matthew (Jayme), Stephen and Danielle. Loving great-uncle of Natalia. Also survived by his many dear friends in Florida. Bill was a 1970 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School where he captained the 1970 Boys Basketball State Championship Team. He received a Masters of Science Degree from American University in 1976 where he was a standout Basketball player. Bill continued at American U for two more years as a graduate assistant basketball coach. He was a 33 year member of the Pipefitters and Plumbers UA Local Union 322. Most recently Bill was Site Manager for Williams Plant Services at Palisades Nuclear Facility in Michigan. Relatives and friends are invited to... Read more →