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February 2012

Man In Critical Condition After Striking Tree While Riding ATV

Gloucester Township Police Dept. Press release On 2/28/2012 at 4:35 PM the Gloucester Township Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a subject had struck a tree while riding a quad at Ridge Avenue in Glendora. Arriving officers found that a 24 year old male was unconscious after striking a tree while riding a quad. He was treated at the scene by E.M.S. personnel and transported to Cooper Hospital for treatment of his injuries, and is reported to be in critical condition. The crash is under investigation by the Gloucester Township Police Department Serious Crash Investigation Team. No charges have been... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim School District March Reminders

Mt. Ephraim Public School MARCH REMINDERS: 1st - Gr. 8 Parent Orientation 7 PM @ AHS 2nd – Read Across America Interim Notices Issued 12th – B.O.E. Meeting 7:30 PM Kershaw Media Center 14th & 15th – Gr. 8 Course Selection for High School 18th – PTO Family Bowling Night Westbrook Lanes 4:30-6:30 20th – PTO Meeting 7 pm MB Media Center School emergency closings will be broadcast on KYW Radio 1060, channels 3, 6, 10 and Fox 29. The emergency closing number is 591. Read more →

Letter: Parish Choir Singer Upset

This is an open letter to the people of Sacred Heart Church (Emmanus Parish), and Most Holy Maternity, Mt. Ephraim. Dear friends it has been a blessing and my profound joy to have been your leader of song for these 20 or more years. Matt and I love our parish and have always given the best of ourselves to sustain it. So it is with a heavy heart I write this letter. Unfortunately, due to the current management, things have changed. I no longer feel welcome at my beloved church. I’m sure you’ve noticed, but one by one our family... Read more →


( to report that Schatzi (photo) was hit by a tractor/trailer and killed two days ago. It happened on the Route 295 curve coming on to Route 676, Gloucester City. Schatzi, 9-years-old,was a trained service dog. She accidentally got out of her Gloucester City home on February 13. Over the course of the next several weeks she was spotted by numerous people in several sections of the City. A number of people tried to catch her but each time she ran away. Her owner, Amanda Davis would like to thank all those who have been looking for her since she... Read more →

Weekly Basket: Opening Congressional Windows

Volume XVII No. 8: February 24, 2012 As technology advances, more and more Americans expect easy access to information. They want to look behind the curtains and see how government is working. What they're finding is sometimes the curtains are drawn, revealing previously hidden mechanisms and machinations, but in other cases they are denied access by a set of freshly closed blinds. Congress and the Administration have to continue to make the window clearer and information accessible, usable, and understandable. Strides have been made. Most committees now webcast their hearings so taxpayers anywhere in the country can watch the "action."... Read more →

Mr and Mrs. Christopher Snyder Celebrate Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher P. Snyder celebrated their first anniversary Feb. 26, 2012. Carly M. Drahus, D.O., daughter of Joseph and Tina Drahus of West Wyoming and Christopher P. Snyder, son of Philip and Patricia Snyder of Audubon, N.J., were married Feb. 26, 2011, at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Merchantville, N.J. The Rev. Allain Capras celebrated the nuptial Mass. Readings were performed by Mary Manion and Craig Adair, friends of the groom. Gifts were presented by Antoinette Drahus-Paone and Tanya Drahus-Greeley, cousins of the bride. The bride chose friends, Sara Nardone, as maid of honor, and Erin Barnard as... Read more →


ARPAIO DENOUNCES CYNICS WHO CALL FOR AN END TO TENT CITY February 26, 2012 (Phoenix, AZ) As Tent City, the nation’s largest canvas incarceration compound quietly slides into its 19th year of operation, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is erecting a large sign on the outside the compound announcing to all visitors the number of inmates who have successfully served time in Tent City. Borrowing from the world’s most renowned fast food chain, the sign will be updated monthly reading ‘Number of Inmates “Served.”’ Arpaio says that while some may say the sign serves little purpose, his point in erecting... Read more →


CHESTER COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION presents, in its large Allinson Gallery, a juried group show comprised of almost 200 pieces united by the theme of Water. The show features an impressive array of artwork in all media, both representational and abstract. Juror for the show is accomplished and widely-collected artist Donna Usher. A Professor of Art at West Chester University, she is represented by the LGTripp Gallery. Her complete bio can be found at (photo credit Maureen Moyer) On display in the Huston Gallery is an exhibition entitled Coats of Hope. Coats of Hope is an exhibition of art coats... Read more →

Obituary: Thomas F. Costello age 90, of Audubon NJ

Thomas F. Costello of Audubon, NJ age 90 passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2010. Tom had been a lifelong resident of Audubon. He was a US Navy Seabee, receiving his honorable discharge as a Shipfitter Third Class (USNR) in 1945. Tom worked for United Engineers in Phila. as a mechanical engineer retiring in 1986 after 30 years of employment. He was an active member of Murray Troutt American Legion Post 262, Audubon and the Audubon Young at Heart. Tom is predeceased by his son Thomas J. Costello. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 64 years Grace E.... Read more →

Bring Old Tires to the County Solid Waste Facility for Free During the Month of March

March is the only time tires are accepted during the year (South Harrison Twp., NJ) – March 2012 has been designated as “Tire Amnesty Month” in Gloucester County announced Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. Gloucester County will accept used tires from county residents, and municipalities at the Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison Monday through Friday during the month of March and during a special Saturday drop-off on March 17th. “The County has successfully removed 175,935 tires from our waste stream since we began this program in 2001. Tires aren’t only an eyesore, they are a primary breeding ground for... Read more →

New Gloucester City School Will Benefit Students | GCN

By Publisher Albert J. Countryman Jr. After wondering for seven years if the proposed new middle school in Gloucester City would ever be built, Governor Chris Christie announced last week that it will, in fact, be built. The demolition of 68 homes and two businesses by the state through eminent domain in 2005 had cut a hole in the City, bounded by Jersey Avenue, Market Street, and Fifth and Sixth streets. This created a lot of heartache among those who had to move, and the loss of tax ratables hurt Gloucester City. Now, the cost to the state, including environmental... Read more →

N.J. Municipalities Overpay for Health Insurance; Who Is Benefiting? King George | WSJ

By Heather Haddon The New Jersey state comptroller said Tuesday that local and county governments are wasting more than $100 million a year by enrolling employees in private health-insurance plans — some of them politically connected — instead of the state health plan. Among the local governments Comptroller Matthew Boxer faulted was Essex County, which for 14 years has purchased insurance from Conner Strong, the company run by George Norcross III, the chairman of the Camden County Democratic Party and an influential force in state politics. Norcross is aligned with Essex County Executive Joseph DiVencenzo, another influential figure who exercises... Read more →

Cherry Hill Fire Dept. handles back to back vehicle fires 2/25/12

Shortly after roll call, Engine 52 (utilized due to Squrt 51B Platoon committed to previous incident) & Tower Ladder 24 were alerted to a motor vehicle accident at Route 38 & Chapel Avenue. Police reported a vehicle fire as a result of the accident. Companies extinguished the vehicle fire and assessed the passengers for injuries. After wrapping up and returning to quarters, Tower Ladder 24 was dispatched to the area of 2310 Route 70 West for a vehicle fire. Fire was observed throughout a motorhome upon arrival and Squrt 51 was dispatched to assist the Ladder Company. Route 38 &... Read more →

Trenton Democrats’ Attack on the Middle Class

NJ Republicans Press Release Part I: Democrats’ Rhetoric vs. Their Record Democrats spend a lot of time accusing Governor Christie and Republicans of ignoring the middle class. But their rhetoric doesn’t match their record. Here’s What They’re Saying: #voiceofmiddleclass -@SenatorBuono, Twitter on Feb. 23. “We are ‘coming back’ to a New Jersey where our governor has provided hours of entertainment on YouTube but who is tone deaf to what the priorities are for the working men and women of our state.” -Sen. Barbara Buono, D-18, PolitickerNJ on Feb. 22. Here’s how the Democrats addressed the priorities of those “working men... Read more →

Prison » Obama Plays Race Card, Calls on Churches to Support Campaign

Paul Joseph Watson Prison Friday, February 24, 2012 Imagine if Ron Paul announced a national campaign called ‘Whites for Ron Paul’ – he’d be vilified as a racist. And yet Barack Obama has done the equivalent of precisely that with his launch of ‘African Americans for Obama’. The program urges black Americans to volunteer their time by making calls, organizing events and going door to door in their neighborhoods encouraging other African Americans to vote for Obama. Not only is Obama playing the race card in an attempt to pressure black Americans into voting for him, he is also... Read more →

Local Students Named to Honors List at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Petrocelli College

TEANECK, NJ (02/27/2012)(readMedia)-- Students at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies have been named to the Honors List for the Fall 2011 Semester. To qualify for the Honor's List, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses). The following students have qualified: Douglas Borst of Wall, NJ; Lauren Guenther of 1741 Old Mill Rd, NJ; FDU's Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies was formed in 1998 to address the unique educational needs of adult learners... Read more →

Kelley VanHorn of Bellmawr Named to the Dean's List at La Salle University

PHILADELPHIA, PA (02/27/2012)(readMedia)-- Kelley VanHorn of Bellmawr a Senior Nursing student at La Salle University, has been named to the Dean's List for the Fall Semester. La Salle University, dedicated in the traditions of the Christian Brothers to excellence in teaching and to concern for both ultimate values and for the individual values of its students, is a private Roman Catholic University located committed to providing a liberal education of both general and specialized studies. Read more →

College Baseball: Cavaliers Fall to Liberty; Explorers Win

Virginia Baseball Falls to Liberty Cavaliers drop first home game of 2012 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team lost 8-0 to Liberty Tuesday afternoon at Davenport Field. It marked the Cavaliers' first regular-season midweek loss at home since April 8, 2009, against Stony Brook, a streak of 28-consecutive games. Virginia (5-2-1) collected two hits against the Flames' pitching staff, a second-inning Colin Harrington (Jr., Johnstown, Pa.) single and a ninth-inning Brandon Downes (Fr., South Plainfield, N.J.) single. Liberty (9-1) finished with 11 hits, including two from Michael Robertson and Trey Wimmer. Virginia starting pitcher Artie Lewicki (So., Wyckoff, N.J.)... Read more →


MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced that a Hamilton Township, Mercer County man pled guilty today to killing his girlfriend inside of her home in the Bradford Pointe Apartments in Bordentown Township on November 7, 2011. Noel Irizarry, age 41, of 206 Harrison Avenue in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, admitted to strangling Misty D. Ramos, age 31, inside her apartment at 122 Bradford Court. Irizarry pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Manslaughter in exchange for 30 years in New Jersey State Prison. Under the No Early Release Act, Irizarry must serve 85 percent... Read more →

Gloucester City Appoints Two New Police Officers; Sworn in at City Council Meeting |

photos by Officer Bill Johnson Jr. ( City Mayor William James administered the oath of office to newly hired Patrolman Benjamin McKinney and Patrolman Blaise O'Donnell at last week's council meeting. Pictured in the above photo is Patrolman McKinney with his Fiance Jamie and their daughter Natalie. Below is Patrolman O'Donnell with his parents and grandparents. Read more →


press release Feb. 23, 2012 On Monday, March 5, 2012, the Bridge over Parker's Creek located on Centerton Road at the Moorestown-Mount Laurel Township line, will be closed by the Office of the County Engineer, Burlington, for repairs. Centerton Road, from Hartford Road to Country Club Drive, in Moorestown Township, will also be closed. Work on the bridge will be from 7:30 AM. TO 4:30 pm. The bridge will remain closed at all times during the construction. The bridge will reopen on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM. The only vehicles which will be permitted access to Centerton Road... Read more →


Turner, Gusciora & Watson Coleman: Governor’s New Funding Formula Puts Students, Abbott Districts at a Further Disadvantage (TRENTON) – Senator Shirley K. Turner and Assembly members Reed Gusciora and Bonnie Watson Coleman (all D-Mercer/Hunterdon) on Monday criticized the Governor’s proposed changes to the school funding formula in New Jersey, which disproportionately affects Abbott districts like Trenton by further reducing their funding. The administration’s new formula negatively impacts the Abbott districts by working outside the already established statute that bases school funding on student enrollment and “weights” for certain populations. "Money is not going to solve all the issues in Trenton's... Read more →

Fulbright Scholar-in- Residence Dr. Magda Bagnied presents at Elizabethtown College

Feb 29 lecture focuses on social media in the Middle East ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (02/23/2012)(readMedia)-- Magda Bagnied, Ph.D., Elizabethtown College's Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, will present Wednesday, Feb 29, 11 a.m. in Gibble Auditorium, located in Esbenshade Hall. Her topic for the 'Wednesday at 11' event is "Egypt: the role of social media & the ongoing process of revolution in the Middle East". Dr. Bagnied arrived from Cairo, Egypt in January and brings deep expertise in the role media has served in the continuing evolution of the Middle East. A member of the International Women Media Foundation in the United States, the Egyptian... Read more →

Four Members of Large Scale ID Theft Ring Sentenced

press release Feb. 23, 2012 NEWARK, NJ—Four members of a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme have been sentenced to prison terms for their respective roles in the fraud, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Yoon-Hee Park, 57, of Flushing, N.Y., was sentenced today by the U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to 54 months in prison. Park was also sentenced to two years’ supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $423,367. Byung Jang, 47, of Fort Lee, N.J., was sentenced by Judge Hayden to 48 months in prison, two years’ supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of... Read more →

Gregory P. Magarian, JD:Birth Control Issue Not a Constitutional Law Issue

Released: 2/27/2012 11:30 AM EST Source: Washington University in St. Louis Newswise — The current controversy over the Barack Obama administration’s birth control policy is not, contrary to some arguments, a matter of constitutional law, says Gregory P. Magarian, JD, constitutional law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. “A 1990 Supreme Court decision makes very clear that religious believers and organizations must abide by generally applicable laws, even when those laws impede religious exercise,” he says. Constitutional principles, however, are very important for this issue, notes Magarian. “On one side, even though the administration’s policy... Read more →

Camden County Vocational Technical School Locked Down While Police Search For Possible Weapon.

On Monday, February 27, 2012 at approximately 10:12 AM, numerous officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to the CCVTS on Berlin-Cross Keys Road on a report of a student that was believed to be in possession of a handgun. Upon their arrival, officers determined that the location of the weapon was still unknown which necessitated the school being briefly placed in a Lockdown until the weapon was located. Students were safely secured in their respective classrooms until Patrol Officers and Detectives from the Gloucester Township Police Department conducted an intense search and successfully located the weapon, which was... Read more →


February 27, 2012 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a new video by President Barack Obama that was cut to launch his “African Americans for Obama” campaign: It is hardly newsworthy for President Obama to beckon African Americans to support his presidential campaign, but his clarion call to black churches to get on board represents a break with presidential politics: it is a deliberate challenge to the IRS stricture governing the role of religion in politics. In the video [click here], President Obama explicitly calls on African Americans to go “to your faith community” to get the word out... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for March 1

Gloucester City Council Welcomes Two New Police Officers Merry Ploughboys Begin St. Patrick’s Celebration With Show Sunday, March 4 Gloucester City High’s Lisa Marron Wins Countywide Art Contest Train Runs Over Man Snoozing On Tracks Related articles Puppy Found in Gloucester City ( ( CNBNEWS Tips and Snippets: Spotlight on 'Radical' John (inc. video),Thank You Joe & Public Works ( Letters: Remembering Our Dad, Steve Roche and his Love for Gloucester City | ( CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Ouch! and A Heated Billboard Debate ( Read more →

Suspect Kyle Carter Arrested by Investigators for Attempted Murder

February 24, 2012 PHILADELPHIA-On February 24, 2012, at 10:00am, members of South Detective Division and the Major Crimes Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Kyle Carter for his involvement in the shooting that occured on February 23, 2012 at 2908 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard. He is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and related offences. On February 23, 2012, at 2:11am, Kyle Carter was involved in a argument with the victim outside of Club Onyx, located at 2908 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard. During the argument Carter brandished a handgun and shot the victim in the neck. Carter fled the scene in... Read more →

Two Financial Investors Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging at Municipal Tax Lien Auctions in New Jersey

FBI press release February 23, 2012 WASHINGTON—Two financial investors who purchased municipal tax liens at auctions in New Jersey pleaded guilty today for conspiring to rig bids for the sale of tax liens auctioned by municipalities throughout the state, the Department of Justice announced. A felony charge was filed today in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark, N.J., against Robert W. Stein of Huntington Valley, Pa., and David M. Farber of Cherry Hill, N.J. Under the plea agreements, which are subject to court approval, Stein and Farber have both agreed to cooperate with the department’s... Read more →

John Paff: April 27 - Open Public Meetings Act hearing in Bridgeton

Back on August 10, 2010, I attended a meeting of the Bridgeton (Cumberland County) Board of Education. A few days later, I remarked on my blog that "I have rarely witnessed more cavalier and imperious public officials than the members of the Bridgeton Board of Education. I look forward to working with them to improve their compliance with both the letter and the spirit of the Open Public Meetings Act." See After a year elapsed, I made an Open Public Records Act request to the school board to see if its Meetings Act compliance had improved. After reviewing the documents,... Read more →

AmeriHealth Named One of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey

press release Cranbury, NJ, February 23, 2012 – AmeriHealth New Jersey has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey. This survey and award program identifies, recognizes and honors the top places of employment in New Jersey that benefit the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. “We pride ourselves on being a grassroots corporation within the state,” said Judith L. Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey. “Being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey is truly an honor for AmeriHealth New Jersey.” The Best Places to Work in New... Read more →

FBI: On Guard Against WMD

Inside the Biological Countermeasures Unit, Part 2 02/24/12 Part 2 of an interview with Special Agent Edward You of the Biological Countermeasures Unit in the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate. Q: What other responsibilities do WMD coordinators have? Mr. You: At the local level, WMD coordinators act as resources for our partners, and they also engage in threat assessments and investigations. Coordinators are dedicated professionals who have their own career path within the FBI, and they go through an extensive training and certification program. With regard to training, we have partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read more →

Virginia Baseball Plays Host to Liberty at 3 p.m. Tuesday

Cavaliers and Flames meet for first time since 2009 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team entertains Liberty at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the teams' first matchup since 2009. Live audio and statistics will be available at The game is another $2 Tuesday with hot dogs and sodas available for $2 each. The scheduled pitching matchup is Virginia RHP Artie Lewicki (0-0, 6.0 IP, 3.00 ERA) versus Liberty LHP Tim Dudley (0-0, 5.1 IP, 0.00 ERA). Virginia (5-1-1) rolled to four-consecutive wins last week at Davenport Field and is now 102-18 at home since the start of the 2009... Read more →


press release At the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show (Philadelphia, PA / Camden, NJ), On March 4-11, 2012, the Camden Children’s Garden (CCG) is back at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, the largest indoor flower show in the world! This award-winning organization operated by the Camden City Garden Club (CCGC), will present, “A Child’s Tropical Adventure.” At the Camden Children’s Garden, gardeners and staff are preparing their exhibit to install at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in late February. This exhibit will be imaginative visually to pay homage to the children of the “Aloha Nation”, as well as, demonstrate to all... Read more →

Philadelphia Woman Charged with Stealing Ex-husband's Identity

press release Feb. 23, 2012 PHILADELPHIA ? A Philadelphia woman was arrested today for allegedly forging her estranged husband's name and assuming his identity in order to transfer the deed of their home to her name only. Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Alice Harrison, 43, 5030 N. 15th St., Philadelphia. According to the criminal complaint, Harrison and her husband purchased the North 15th Street home in 1999 from her mother. The two of them lived in the home until approximately 2006 when they separated. The charges state that following the separation Harrison resided in the home without... Read more →


What's Happening in Ocean City By Mark Soifer, Public Relations Director Elwood, the winner of the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest, has become a media sensation throughout the world. Guided by Karen Quigley of Sewell, the Chinese crested Chihuahua mix has made appearances at hundreds of gatherings projecting a simple message: "You don't have to be beautiful to be loveable." The story begins when Karen rescues Elwood from his breeder who can find no buyers for the puppy. The Chihuahua is endowed with a seemingly endless tongue, long pointy ears, virtually no fur and sports what most resembles a Mohawk... Read more →

MEXICO: THE FAMOUS Lee, Bob, 'N Ken Sombrero Congo Line |

( World renown Fred, Bob,'N Ken Conga line takes a moment for a photo shoot during the recent Mardi Gras celebration in Cancun, Mexico. Left: El Capitan and conga line leader From L. to R. Senorita Guadalupe Hips, Senor Lee Pepe Fritolay, Senorita ChaCha Lookatme, Senorita Chiquita la banana, El Capitan Bob Juan Pablo Jose Jesus Bevan, Senorita Rosalina Rosalina, Senor Jalapeno Pepper Pancho Fabio MacAdams. Read more →

Jessica Ryan, of Mount Ephraim, Graduates from the University of Delaware

press release Ryan honored at UD's Winter Commencement NEWARK, DE (02/21/2012)(readMedia)-- Jessica Ryan, of Mount Ephraim, graduated from the University of Delaware's College of Health Sciences. Ryan was among the newest members of the University of Delaware's Class of 2011 whose achievements were celebrated during Winter Commencement ceremonies held Sunday, Jan. 8 in Newark, DE. Ryan graduated in front of an audience of more than 4,000, which included more than 500 other new Blue Hens, as well as UD faculty, administrators and members of the UD Board of Trustees. The University of Delaware, founded in 1743, is one of the... Read more →

Obama's War on Religious Liberty |

by Phyllis Schlafly February 22, 2012 Welcome to the real ObamaCare, whereby a handful of leftists in D.C. impose the views of their big-money donors on more than 300 million Americans. If the Obama mandate for contraception remains intact, then liberals will next demand that Americans pay for other objectionable items that are not really medical care. We can expect future mandates, under the guise of "health care," to include sex-change operations, late-term abortions, embryonic stem-cell use, and a variety of other procedures that many Americans do not support and certainly do not want to be compelled to foot the... Read more →


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is hosting the Reading of the Names of 58,272 service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the special activities planned this November to commemorate The Wall‚s 30th Anniversary. The Reading of the Names will take place at The Wall for 65 hours over a four-day period beginning with an opening ceremony on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Volunteers will read names for approximately eight hours from 4 p.m. on November 7 to 12 a.m. on November 8. Participants will then read the names for 19 hours... Read more →

Returning Veterans: Have you met your local VA OEF/OIF/OND Team?

Welcome Home! You served our Nation honorably, and we are truly grateful for your service. You are eligible to receive many Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, including free, quality healthcare. Dedicated VA employees are ready to serve you and make sure you have the smoothest transition possible. A hometown VA OEF/OIF/OND Team is located in your community at a local VA Medical Center. They can help you transition from the military to civilian life, and also help you navigate through the VA. Learn more about the location of these OEF/OIF/OND teams at this website: or call the dedicated... Read more →

Roger Williams University Announces Fall 2011 Dean's List

BRISTOL, RI (02/22/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local residents are among those to be named to the Roger Williams University Dean's List for the Fall 2011 semester. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean's List that semester, provided that they have not received any of the following grades: F, I, NP or NS. Meagan Connelly, a resident of Gloucester City, NJ Colin Egan, a resident of Wall Township, NJ About Roger Williams University: Roger Williams University located in Bristol, R.I. is a leading independent, coeducational university... Read more →

FBI — Eight Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Checks from U.S. Mail

press release February 23, 2012 NEWARK, NJ—Eight people involved in a scheme to steal personal checks from the U.S. mail and fraudulently endorse and deposit them into their personal bank accounts were charged this morning in connection with their alleged roles in the bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Karron Hinton-Lovelace, 26, and Garnet Hinton, 22, both of Union, N.J.; Kurtis Steele, 22, of Irvington, N.J.; and Hassan Childs, 25, Keonnah McLean, 22, Martell Arline, 21, Constance Bowles, 21, and Guy Hicks, 49, all of Newark; were charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Hinton-Lovelace, Steele,... Read more →

Seven States, Catholic Plaintiffs File Largest Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate |

Lincoln, Neb., Feb 23, 2012 / 07:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Obama's contraception mandate is facing its biggest legal challenge yet, in a lawsuit brought by seven state attorneys general, a school, two women, a charitable group, and a major Catholic insurer. In their lawsuit filed Feb. 23 against the federal government, the 12 plaintiffs challenge the rule they say “would coerce religious organizations … to directly subsidize contraception, abortifacients, sterilization, and related services in contravention with their religious beliefs.” They maintain that the administration's rule, requiring insurance coverage of the controversial drugs and devices, is an “unprecedented invasion” of... Read more →

Area residents named to Dean's List at Fairfield University

FAIRFIELD, CT (02/24/2012)(readMedia)-- Fairfield University has announced that the following local residents have been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2011 semester: Brenin Ford, a resident of Wall, NJ. Kaitlyn Hunt, a resident of Wall, NJ. Fairfield University, a comprehensive Jesuit university in Fairfield, Conn., challenges its students to lead inspired lives of leadership and service. To be selected for the Dean's List, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5, of a possible 4.0. Read more →


ACA Invites Community Members to Add Their Voice to Upcoming Marketing Campaign ATLANTIC CITY (February 27, 2012) — The Atlantic City Alliance (ACA), in partnership with the Atlantic City Hospitality & Lodging Association, Greater Atlantic City Chamber and Longport Media, announced that it will hold a Community Forum entitled “Do AC Proud”. The event is part of the ACA’s planned media campaign to promote Atlantic City as a great place to shop, dine, and play. The Community Forum will allow community leaders, business leaders and the general public to contribute to the ACA’s marketing program that will launch this spring.... Read more →

Mount Ephraim School District: November 2011 Students of the Month |

photo by Leigh Anne Hubbs November 2011 Mount Ephraim School District Students of the Month. From (l. to r.) Mya Bocchicchio, Paige Stressman, Amanda Murphy, Alison Sheehan. Related articles Police Officer Injured In Mount Ephraim Crash " CBS Philly ( Mt. Ephraim Public Schools Honor ( The Winter Festival Honors Band of Mount Ephraim ( Mt. Ephraim's Brandon Libby Shares 'Jeopardy' Experience | GCN ( Mt. Ephraim School Board Moves Election to November | GCN ( Mount Ephraim Selected For NFL Play 60 Program | Gloucester City News ( CNBNEWS Spotlight on Area College Students: from Loyola and Widener... Read more →

Obama Offers Condolences for U.S. Deaths in Afghanistan

Taliban response By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2012 - President Barack Obama called the commander of the International Security Assistance Force today to offer condolences for the "tragic killing of U.S. troops" in Kabul and to discuss the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. "On behalf of the American people, the president expressed his condolences to [Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen] and to the families who lost loved ones," White House officials said in a statement today. Initial reports indicate that an individual turned his weapon against ISAF service members in Kabul City today, killing two... Read more →


for Immediate Release During the week of Feb 27th – March 2nd, the Camden Children’s Garden staff, volunteers, youth employees and students, will build their exhibit using food gardening techniques utilized through the CCGC’s Community Gardening Program, which boasts more than 116 community gardens throughout the City of Camden. In addition to sharing with visitors, the fun and imagination of the Camden Children’s Garden, this exhibit will address food security and sustainability. The Flower Show display will educate Flower Show visitors about how easy it can be to grow their own produce and motivate families to prepare fresh, locally grown... Read more →