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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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... www.gcls.org. 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... 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... Read more →