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February 2012

Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Bottom Dollar Foods Construction Progress

related meandering with mark matthews (cnbnews.net)After a lengthy delay, many skeptics in Bellmawr didn't think it was going to happen. But after a legal case involving a zoning issue was resolved... construction seems to be really moving fast! The warm, no snow weather has probably helped move things along quickly. So just a short post... to share some pics that I took Today.. a bright and sunny Sunday. From what I remember, the location will include the Bottom Dollar Foods store, and 5 other stores will be available for rent. Looking for a job? Do a google search on: Bottom Dollar Foods Bellmawr There seems to be a lot of postings... Read more →


press release Director Cites Assemblyman’s Educational & Legislative Experience Burlington County Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio today congratulated former Assemblyman Joseph R. Malone, III as the new Chairman of the Burlington County Board of Trustees, and applauded the trustees for selecting him last evening to serve in the lead role. “Joe’s vast experience in education, coupled with his legislative experience and leadership, including many years grappling with State budgets, makes him the ideal choice to lead the college during these difficult fiscal times,” said Garganio. “The county college has become a popular higher education option for more students and their families over the past few years,” Garganio added. “Choosing Joe as chair sends a message that this board is serious about meeting those needs, and also... Read more →

Government Assault may have just begun, Cardinal Dolan warns | catholicnewsagency.com/

By Benjamin Mann Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2012 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Obama's contraception mandate may only be the beginning of a historic attack on religious freedom, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan warned his fellow U.S. bishops in a Feb. 22 letter. “If the government can, for example, tell Catholics that they cannot be in the insurance business today without violating their religious convictions, where does it end?” asked the cardinal, addressing the U.S. episcopate in a letter coauthored with the bishops' religious freedom chair Bishop William E. Lori. The Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate “violates the constitutional limits on our government, and the basic rights upon which our country was founded,” wrote the cardinal and bishop. They noted that religious liberty “does... Read more →

Coach Forced to Hear About His Own Success | catholicstarherald.org

THURSDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2012 12:10 WRITTEN BY PETER G. SÅNCHEZ Photo by James A. McBride Joe Ranoia, long-time basketball coach at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Berlin, speaks at a surprise event held in his honor in the school gym on Feb. 3. On Friday, Feb. 3, in Berlin, the long-time Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School boys’ basketball coach, Joe Ranoia, was honored by family, friends, community leaders and current and past players. The event was a surprise for a man who customarily tries not to draw attention to his own achievements, and no doubt would have discouraged being the object of so much praise and admiration. Ranoia, 67, has been head coach at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel since the 1974-75 season.... Read more →

Virginia Baseball Completes Sweep with 13-1 Win over Monmouth

Mayberry fires six shutout innings; Gragnani goes 4-for-4 to pace 18-hit attack CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team finished off a three-game series sweep over Monmouth Sunday afternoon with a 13-1 win at Davenport Field. Whit Mayberry (Jr., Alexandria, Va.) pitched six shutout innings, and the Cavaliers (5-1-1) pounded out 18 hits to support him. Virginia outscored Monmouth (3-3) 37-6 in the series. Reed Gragnani (Jr., Richmond, Va.) went 4-for-4 for Virginia, while Brandon Downes (Fr., South Plainfield, N.J.) was 3-for-5 with a triple, two doubles, three runs and four RBI. Chris Taylor (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) added a three-run home run for UVa, which batted around in both the fifth and sixth innings. Mayberry, who allowed six hits and did not walk a... Read more →

Puppy Found in Gloucester City (cnbnews.net)

(cnbnews.net) Found today, Sunday, February 26, 2012, on Broadway in Gloucester City, one male, reddish-brown puppy. Approximately 6-8 pounds. Friendly and sweet. Well taken care of (smells like shampoo, nails clean and trimmed). Being held at Brother of the Wolf, 700 Market Street. Please call 856.981.8957 to claim him! I cannot hold him more that a day or two. Read more →


press release Feb. 26 PHILADELPHIA - With a 7-7 Atlantic 10 record, the La Salle women's basketball squad garnered the No. 8 seed in this week's 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Championship. The Explorers will face No. 9 Xavier on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena, the first of four first round games. The Explorers finished in a seventh place tie with Duquesne in the league standings, with the Dukes owning the tiebreaker for the No. 7 seed. They completed their best Atlantic 10 season since the 2006-07 squad also went 7-7. St. Bonaventure, which finished 14-0 in league play, grabbed the No. 1 seed. Temple is seeded second, followed by Dayton and Richmond. The top four seeds earn byes in the 12-team... Read more →

Nicole Ann Christison, of West Deptford, Preschool Teacher at Cold Springs School

Nicole Ann Christison, age 29 of West Deptford passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, February 25th, 2012. She was a graduate of Clearview High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers in Camden and her master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Nicole was a preschool teacher at Cold Springs School in Gloucester City. She is survived by her mother, Elise and her step-dad Dave, her brother James, her significant other Chris, her grandmothers, Elsie Normant and Eleanor Christison. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Thursday, March 1st. from 5 to 8 PM, and Friday, March, 2nd, from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Smith Funeral Home, 47 Main Street, Mantua where funeral services will be held at 10:30... Read more →

OBITUARY: William R. "Bill" Cianfrani age 77 of Audubon NJ

William R. "Bill" Cianfrani (1934 - 2012) William R. "Bill" Cianfrani AGE: 77 • Audubon Peacefully at home on February 24, 2012, of Audubon, NJ. Age 77 years. Beloved husband of 50 years to Linda Cianfrani (nee Penza). Dear father of Bill Cianfrani and Karen (Bill) Granato. Loving Poppy of Joey Granato and Elizabeth and Katherine Cianfrani. Brother of the late Leonard, Michael and Theodore Cianfrani. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bill was a 25 year employee of Owens-Corning Fiberglass, Barrington, NJ. His first love was tennis but he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and generally enjoyed the outdoors. He loved time spent with family especially with his grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Wednesday Evening 7 to... Read more →

Coaches Tab Men’s Lacrosse to Win First Empire 8 Title

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (February 22, 2012) – The Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Preseason Top-20 Poll, has been chosen by the coaches for the Empire 8 Conference to claim their first ever Empire 8 Championship. Stevens received half of the possible eight first place votes from the coaches. Stevens earned a total of 46 points to claim the top spot, edging out Ithaca College, who received 43 points and two first place votes. Also receiving two votes was Nazareth College, who was chosen to finish third in the conference. The Golden Flyers were followed by St. John Fisher College in the fourth position, while Alfred University and Hartwick College tied for fifth. Elmira... Read more →

Dredging Update: $31 Million Budgeted! | Holt Logistics

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Dennis Rochford, President of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, today applauded the news of President Obama including the Delaware River 45' Main Channel Deepening Project in his FY13 budget to be submitted to Congress today. "Clearly, the Administration recognizes the importance of this project to both regional and national economies as related to import and export trade," said Rochford. "This project has been a true regional and bipartisan effort, supported by our delegation, to include Senators Robert Casey (D-PA), Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Christopher Coons (D-DE), as well as Representatives Robert Brady (D-PA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and John Carney (D-DE), as well as... Read more →

Roving Rita's Restaurant Review: IndeBlue | cnbnews.net

IndeBlue Indian Cuisine, 619 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08107 856-854-4633. (cnbnews.net)In the spirit of adventure your gal, Rita decided to explore the mysteries of India without driving further than good old Collingswood, NJ. My companion and I entered the cozy, immaculate restaurant and were immediately greeted by the exotic smells of coriander, mango, and cilantro. Our host seated us at a lovely cherrywood table adorned with black linen napkins and pointed out several afternoon specials on the well-appointed menu. We ordered spinach and cheese naan (bread) and the host brought it promptly, along with hot, sweet chai tea. It took awhile for our entrees to arrive but they were certainly worth the wait! My companion ordered a spicy shrimp dish in a seemingly bottomless portion... Read more →

Obama Offers Condolences for U.S. Deaths in Afghanistan

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 service members, according to an ISAF Joint Command statement. In Kabul, Allen made the decision to protect forces by instituting the recall of ISAF-Afghanistan personnel working in... Read more →


GLASSBORO, NJ – Rowan University athletic director Joy Solomen has announced that she will retire at the end of March. She has served as an athletic administrator at the University for 25 years. “I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work in a field that affords us the opportunity to work with young people and have a positive effect and influence on their development as productive and contributing members of society,” stated Solomen. “Obviously I will miss the staff and other colleagues on campus and throughout the country that I have had the privilege of working with and have developed relationships with over the years.” At Rowan, Solomen directed a NCAA Division III athletic program of 18 sports, eight for men and 10... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia press release Feb. 25, 2012 ASHLAND, VA – The Rowan University baseball team opened the 2012 season with a 12-8 win over Randolph-Macon College on Saturday. Profs right-hander Steven Melchiorre (jr. Atco, NJ/Hammonton) earned the win (1-0). He tossed five innings, allowing four earned runs. Righty Christian Rahman (jr. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) pitched two scoreless innings for his first save. Left-hander Jamie Hendrick (jr. Richmond, VA/L.C. Bird) took the loss (1-1) for the Yellow Jackets. He surrendered nine earned runs in five innings. Rowan (1-0) shortstop Marc Magliaro (sr. Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp.) went four for six with two RBIs, two runs scored and a triple. Catcher Nick Turano (sr. Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) posted three hits (six at bats), three RBIs, one... Read more →

Strong Pitching Lifts Virginia Baseball to 7-1 Win over Monmouth

Silverstein fires seven strong innings, strikes out eight in victory CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Scott Silverstein (Sr., Olney, Md.) pitched seven innings of one-run baseball as the Virginia baseball team notched a 7-1 triumph over Monmouth Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. Silverstein (1-0) struck out a career-high eight batters while limiting the Hawks to three hits in the longest outing of his UVa career. Virginia (4-1-1) goes for the three-game series sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday. Reed Gragnani (Jr., Richmond, Va.) had a three-run double for the Cavaliers, while freshman Branden Cogswell (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) added a pair of hits and scored twice. Shane Halley (Sr., Burke, Va.) and Austin Young (So., Mechanicsville, Va.) each pitched a perfect inning and struck out two in relief of... Read more →

FBI: On Guard Against WMD

Inside the Biological Countermeasures Unit, Part 1 02/21/12 In 2006, to counter the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the FBI established the WMD Directorate. The directorate combines law enforcement investigative authorities, intelligence analysis capabilities, and technical subject matter expertise in a coordinated approach to deal with incidents involving nuclear, radiological, biological, or chemical weapons. The organization places substantial emphasis on preventing such incidents. FBI.gov recently spoke with Special Agent Edward You in the directorate’s Biological Countermeasures Unit (BCU). Learn More: FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Q: What is your unit’s primary mission? Mr. You: Just like our partner units who also work in countermeasures dealing with chemicals, radiological and nuclear material and infrastructure protection, our goal is to prevent acts of... Read more →

NJ School Boards Association Comments on Governor’s Budget Recommendation

TRENTON, February 21, 2012—Marie S. Bilik, executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, today issued the following statement in response to Governor Chris Christie’s annual Budget Message to the state Legislature. “As school districts develop their own budgets for 2012-2013, they carefully balance educational need with their communities’ financial resources. State aid to education plays an important and positive role by helping school districts provide critical educational programs, while also serving as a form of property tax relief. “NJSBA greatly appreciates Governor Christie’s proposed school funding increase. Before taking a final position, however, we will have to see the details of aid distribution per district. “Since 2008, the economic downturn has posed enormous challenges. As a result of the financial crisis, New Jersey... Read more →

With Regret

Whitney Houston's death, while a sad thing, was the direct result of very unwise life choices. It dominates the news. Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because he is a substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious. Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is a celebrity drug addict and thief. Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian's stupid wedding [and short-lived marriage] was shoved down our throats, While........ Justin Allen 23 Brett Linley 29 Matthew Weikert 29 Justus Bartett 27 Dave Santos 21 Jesse Reed 26 Matthew Johnson 21 Zachary Fisher 24 Brandon King 23 Christopher Goeke 23 and Sheldon Tate 27... Are all Marines that gave their lives last month... Read more →

372 School Districts and Charter School Taking Part in $38 million Race to the Top award

press release Feb. 24, 2012 Trenton, NJ – The Department of Education today announced that 372 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) have signed up to take part in the state’s $38 million Race to the Top award. Half of that money, or approximately $19 million, will be split among participating districts based on each LEA’s relative share of funding under Title I. The other $19 million will be used by the state to advance the state’s bold education reform agenda. An “LEA” is any district or charter school in the state. New Jersey was awarded approximately $38 million in December as part of the US Department of Education’s Race to the Top 3 (RTTT3) competition. As part of its RTTT3 application, New Jersey selected four objectives... Read more →

Logan Township Police Activity Log | cnbnews.net

LTPD Press Release Feb. 24, 2012 2/19: Police charged a 29 y/o Wilmington, De. man with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Rt. 322. He was processed and released pending court. 2/19: Officers charged a 26 y/o Logan man with simple assault following a dispute in the Springfield development. He was processed and released pending municipal court. 2/20: Police investigated an internet harassment complaint in which a juvenile female was being threatened via Facebook by an adult male. Officers spoke with the accused and the matter was resolved without further intervention. 2/21: Police are investigating an identity theft complaint in which someone obtained the personal identifiers of a resident and completed various credit applications fraudulently. 2/21: An... Read more →

Gloucester City Police Arrest Several Suspects on Various Robbery Charges | cnbnews.net

GCPD PRESS RELEASE FEB. 24 On 02/17 at 1435 officers responded to the 200 block of Orlando Ave for an attempted burglary. Witnesses observed a white male enter the rear yard of a residence and flee the area when the alarm activated. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Steven Carr (20) also of the 200 block of Orlando Ave. Carr admitted to pushing in a rear window in an attempt to make entry into the house. Carr was charged with Criminal Attempt/Burglary and remanded to the Camden County Jail. On 02/17 at 1450 Richard Tracy (32) of N. Harley Ave was arrested and charged with Defiant Trespass and Theft after a witness observed him enter onto the property of Ferry Fence on 7thStreet... Read more →

Happenings and Events in Philadelphia

Through April 21 Sondra Sherman: Found Subjects Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 South 18th Street 215.545.4302 PhilArtAlliance.org Ongoing Secrets of the Diorama New Permanent Exhibit The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.299.1043 ANSP.org Through September 3 From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen National Constitution Center 525 Arch Street 215.409.6600 ConstitutionCenter.org February 21-March 11 Ethel! Walnut Street Theatre 825 Walnut Street 215.574.3550 WalnutStreetTheatre.org February 23-25 Ax and Fruhbeck: Mozart & Brahms The Philadelphia Orchestra Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Broad and Spruce Streets 215.893.1999 PhilOrch.org February 25-March 3 Pelleas Et Melisande Academy of Vocal Arts 1920 Spruce Street 215.735.1685 AVAOpera.org February 28 Henry Louis Gates Jr., Life Upon These Shores: Looking at... Read more →

March Calendar Listings for the Gloucester Twp. Library

VOORHEES, N.J. – Calendar of Events Listings for March 2012 organized by age groups Camden County Library System GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP BRANCH Call for registration at the Gloucester Twp. Branch (856-228-0022) or register online athttp://www.camdencountylibrary.org/events Adult and Family Programs March 2012 Bowling the Wii Way Adults Fridays, March 2, 16, 2:30 p.m. Beginners are welcome as we bowl and play Wii games for fun and exercise Third Thursday Book Chat Adults Thursday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. Classic: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice. Registration for any program is available 3 weeks in advance of the event date. Children and Family... Read more →


President Obama Doesn't Just Say We Are Producing More Oil, We Are Producing More Oil | Beat the Press The NYT did some heavy-duty he said/she said reporting on the issue of gas prices and energy production. It devoted an article to President Obama's efforts to counter Republican complaints about high gas prices. The article told readers: "The president said that the United States is producing more oil now than at any time during the last eight years, with a record number of rigs pumping." President Obama did not just say this, it also happens to be true. There are reasons that people may not be happy that the United States is producing more oil (anyone hear of global warming?), but it happens to be... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? | cnbnews.net

by Dawn Watson (cnbnews.net) I was once invited to a friend’s home for dinner and got the feeling I was intruding on her pets’ plans for the evening. Now, I am a die-hard “animal person”; I love animals of all types and base my life around my pets’ needs. However, if I am serving dinner for guests I try to be sensitive to certain human rights issues. Here are several examples of how to make your meal fit for consumption: If you have to skim cat hair out of the gravy it’s probably not edible If you can smell Fido’s breath he’s probably too close to the table Guests would probably rather not fight your ferret for the foie gras Your pot-bellied pig should probably... Read more →

College Baseball/Softball: Cavalier's Steve Bruno (Audubon NJ) Homered, 3-hit, 3-RBI Day; LaSalle Drops Season Opener

Virginia Baseball Explodes for 18-4 Win over Monmouth Cavaliers score nine runs in sixth inning, pound out 18 hits CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team racked up 18 hits in an 18-4 victory over Monmouth Friday on an extremely windy day at Davenport Field. UVa (3-1-1) broke the game wide open with a nine-run sixth inning. Derek Fisher (Fr., Rexmont, Pa.) went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs and three RBI to highlight the Cavaliers' big offensive day. Stephen Bruno (Jr., Audubon, N.J.) homered as part of a three-hit, three-RBI day, while Jared King (Sr., Radford, Va.) continued his torrid start to 2012 with a 3-for-3 performance. Jamie Rosenkranz went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI to pace Monmouth (3-1). Virginia starting pitcher... Read more →

Welcome Home 1st Lt. Frank C. Broomell of Sicklerville

When: Saturday, February 25, 2012 Time: 11:15 AM Where: 1 Amesbury Place Sicklerville, New Jersey (Winslow Township) 08081 Contact: David (Yellow Ribbon Club) 609-417-8640 Ana (Mother) 856-889-7942 Please come out to welcome home 1st Lt. Frank C. Broomell from his deployment in Afghanistan. Frank was born in Stratford, NJ and grew up in Sicklerville, NJ. Frank graduated at the top of his class from St. Augustine Prep School in 2005 and received a Presidential Scholarship to George Washington University. Frank graduated Cum Laude from George Washington University in 2009. The summer between his Junior and Senior years of college, he attended OCS (Officer Candidate School) in Quantico, Va. After graduating GWU, he was sworn in as an Officer in The USMC on July 3, 2009.... Read more →

Free workshops on autism, developmental disabilities

“Bullying” is topic for March 7 Session on goal-setting on March 21 Haddonfield, NJ—Bancroft will hold two free workshops next month: “Bullying from a Legal and Educational Perspective” on March 7, and “Effective Goal Writing for IEP Success” on March 21. The sessions are part of the nonprofit organization’s Developmental Disabilities Workshop Series, which offers free education and training for parents and professionals from fall through spring. A nonprofit leader in programs for people with neurological challenges, Bancroft offers the workshop series as a public service. Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Farrington building on Bancroft’s Haddonfield Campus at 425 Kings Highway East in Haddonfield. “We’re pleased to offer this popular series for the eighth year, featuring some of... Read more →


Kancylarz Goes 4-for-5 with Two RBI JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Freshman Stefan Kancylarz (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape) was 4-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in, but the Saint Joseph’s baseball team ultimately dropped a 12-4 result at East Tennessee State on Friday afternoon. Saint Joseph’s (1-3) scored all of its runs in the ninth inning after the Bucs used a nine-run second inning to power their way to victory. After an RBI groundout by Kerry Doane in the bottom of the first, East Tennessee State (2-2) sent 14 hitters to the plate in what proved to be a pivotal bottom of the second. The Bucs posted nine runs in the frame on 10 hits, two walks, and an error. ETSU added singletons in the fourth... Read more →

OBITUARY: Margaret I. Brightbill, of Newton PA, formerly of Gloucester City NJ | cnbnews.net

Margaret I. Brightbill, 77, a resident of Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA, died on February 9, 2012. Born in Gloucester City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Gloucester City School Superintendent David F. and Margaret Christiansen Brightbill. She is predeceased by her sister Madeline E. Brightbill, and survived by her sister Marian B. Rowe also of Newtown, a niece Barbara Rowe of Wilmington, NC, and two nephews: Rev. David Rowe of Lawrenceville, NJ, and Steven Rowe, of Delmar, NY, as well as three great nieces and a great nephew. A graduate of Douglass College with a degree in Botany, she was an analyst for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture ending her career as department head. After her retirement, she pursued a wide variety... Read more →

We hope you will Start St. Patrick’s Day Early by attending a show by

Sunday, March 4, 2012 4:00 PM Mary Ethel Costello School 520 Cumberland Street Gloucester City, NJ 08030 The Merry Ploughboys are widely regarded as providing the best traditional music show in Dublin. Gloucester Travel & Cruise is hosting the group’s only Delaware Valley appearance with all proceeds going to the Gloucester City Lion’s Club: $15 per Ticket (Advance Purchase) $20 per Ticket (At the Door) Seats are going fast so please call us at (856) 742-8010 to purchase your tickets by credit card or stop by Gloucester Travel & Cruise to purchase tickets by cash, check or credit card. We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event (please see Merry Ploughboy You Tube links below) and please feel free to... Read more →

Singer: Admitted Child Killers Shouldn’t Walk The Streets

press release Feb. 23 Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth and Ocean) said a plea deal reached in a case of senseless killings of innocent bystanders in Elizabeth is an egregious example of why the death penalty should be reinstated in New Jersey. “A shooter in a double murder of a 13-year-old boy and a 54-year-old construction worker can walk free at age 42,” Singer said. “Where’s the justice in that?” Bryant “Smoke” Lee, 23, pleaded guilty this week to reduced charges for his role in the 2007 shooting deaths of eighth-grader Elijah Henderson and laborer Celso Pedra, authorities told the Star-Ledger. Lee is to be sentenced to 23 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Singer sponsors S-175, which aims to... Read more →

Read Across America Will be Celebrated at Gloucester County Libraries

press release Gloucester County libraries will join with schools and libraries across the country to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. The Mullica Hill Branch will hold a party on Sunday, February 26, from 2-4 pm. Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes will join other special guests in reading stories to the children. The event features an appearance by Mr. Malcolm (actor Chuck Bennett) presenting an inter-active performance of Dr. Seuss stories, along with crafts and refreshments. (Mr. Malcolm’s performance is funded by a grant from Target.) The Glassboro Branch will celebrate with a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on Thursday, March 1 at 4 pm, complete with games and a birthday cake. The Swedesboro Library will hold a celebration on March... Read more →

Rowan University 2012 Baseball Outlook; Season Opens This Weekend

By Jon McMenamin The Rowan University baseball team enters the 2012 season with depth and youth at every position. The Profs will attempt to improve upon a successful 2011 campaign in which they went 31-13-1 overall and 14-4 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). Rowan advanced to the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament. In the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division III Preseason Poll, the Profs are ranked 27th. They are second in the NJAC Preseason Coaches Poll. “My expectations are very high,” said head coach Juan Ranero. “As a coach, if you don’t have high expectations, you haven’t done your job with recruiting and preparation. We have a different type of team this year. The last six seasons, our pitching has been one of the... Read more →

Christie Announces Highest Level of State K-12 District Aid in NJ History

Incorporates Common Sense Measures to Make Every Education Dollar Count Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today released aid figures for New Jersey school districts based on the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget proposal which is the largest appropriation of state education dollars in New Jersey history. This includes $7.8 billion in K-12 formula aid, an increase of $135 million over last year and part of $213 million in additional state funding for education over Fiscal Year 2012. The Department of Education also made public the “Education Funding Report,” which outlines a series of common sense measures to make every dollar count and to help close the state’s persistent achievement gap – including turning around failing schools and ensuring that every child has an effective teacher... Read more →

Taliban's Response to Obama's Apology: 'Kill Them, Beat Them, Take Them as Prisoners' | CNSNews.com

(CNSNews.com) – In the wake of President Barack Obama sending a three-page letter to Afghan President Hamid Kharzai, apologizing for U.S. forces having mistakenly burned some Qur'ans at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan, the Taliban is calling on Muslims to kill Americans or beat them and take them as prisoners. The call for violence against U.S. troops in Afghanistan came as Muslims in South Asia and elsewhere prepared for Friday prayers--a potentially volatile time. Islamist groups in Pakistan, meanwhile, drummed up protests against the burning of the Qur’ans, with some leaders appealing for jihad against the United States. Echoing incendiary calls by the Taliban for Muslims to react violently to the mishandling of the religious texts, militant leaders charged that the incident was a... Read more →

Camden, NJ is a Great Testament to the Success of Urban Community Gardening and Education

for immediate release According to the USDA Food Desert Locator, Camden, NJ, was found as one of the Top 9 American Food Deserts. Incredibly, the entire city of Camden, NJ with 80,000 residents, has only one full-service supermarket and is missing an adequate transportation system. Due to Camden’s extreme situation as an impoverished “food desert”, the Camden City Garden Club has immensely expanded their community gardening program (tripling the number of community gardens throughout the city in last 3 years). The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) funded a research study of urban community gardens, finding “Camden, NJ has perhaps the fastest growing community gardens program in the country”. All these gardens are administered by CCGC/CCG and since this study was completed,... Read more →

At Jefferson, Bellmawr Residents Become Part of Largest-Ever Kidney Transplant Chain

press release February 23, 2012 (PHILADELPHIA) – Debbie Giaquinto wanted to anything in her power to help her husband Danny after his first transplanted kidney began to fail. But Debbie wasn’t a match and couldn’t donate one of her healthy kidneys to her high-school sweetheart and husband of 41 years. photo Debbie and Danny Giaquinto So when the kidney he received from his sister six years ago deteriorated, Danny Giaquinto returned to the constant cycle of dialysis as he waited for a new donor match. With more than 90,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney, it often takes four or five years for people in need to get one. That’s when the team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program suggested a... Read more →

Edith H. Rehrig Obituary - Mt. Ephraim

REHRIG, Edith H. (nee Rowley), 90 years of Mt. Ephraim, NJ, entered into the Kingdom of God on February 18, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Legacy A true lady, Edith had all of these qualities and more…loving, kind, beautiful, inside and out. She believed in giving, rather than receiving and never had a bad word for anyone. Edith was a lady of great faith and devoted to the Word of God. You would often find Edith sharing her love of music by playing, the piano, guitar, organ and even the harmonica. Edith, her wonderful ways and her cooking and baking will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her. Family Beloved wife to the late Clarence A., Jr.; Devoted mother of Edward... Read more →


Ewing, NJ – Two seniors from The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team rounded out their careers by being honored by the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Guard Jessica Imhof (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) was named All-NJAC First Team, while classmate Hannah Tait (Staten Island, NY/Staten Island) earned honorable mention. Imhof led the Lions in scoring this season scoring at a clip of 12.7 points a contest, which ranked 10th in the conference. She recorded double figures in scoring in 11 of the team’s 13 conference games and also boasted a pair of double-doubles. Imhof made the most of her chances as she ranked third in the conference in free-throw shooting at 86 percent, making 104-of-121 attempts. She was also second in 3-point field goal percentage... Read more →

Lehigh Valley Motorcycle Extravaganza March 24th and 25th

Our shows do not cancel for any reason Spring is almost here!!! And so is Motorcycle Extravaganza!!! March 24th-25th 2012 Start off your riding season with a „Bike Blessing‰ while looking for this years gear at the Lehigh Valley Motorcycle Extravaganza!!! SWAPMEET!! Even if its still a little chilly our vendors are „INDOORS‰ in the Heated Agri-Plex (Agricultural Hall), at the Famous Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 N 17th St, Allentown, Pa 18104. (GPS users 1825 w. Chew Street) The building is over 80,000 sq feet with over 250 vendors. The famous Lehigh Valley Farmers Market is right next door∑and PARKING IS FREE!! This show is family friendly and we have something for everyone. We offer a low admission fee with a % of all proceeds donated... Read more →


press release Feb. 24 (12/P16) TRENTON -- A large spill from an oil tank at the Paulsboro Refining Company facility in Gloucester County is not expected to impact the Delaware River or local water supplies. Air monitoring also indicates there should be no health effects from odors caused by the spill. The Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with various state and local agencies is monitoring the cleanup of crude oil that has been leaking from the storage tank since this afternoon. Petroleum odors have been reported in a number of surrounding communities as a result of the leak that developed in the base of the storage tank. Initial air monitoring by the Gloucester County Health Department and by refinery personnel do not indicate any... Read more →

Free GED Preparation Program Through Your Library

press release February 23, 2012 Gloucester City Library is pleased to announce that GED Online is now available on library and home computers. Developed by McGraw Hill, GED Online is a comprehensive online GED preparation tool, which includes pre-assessment, review and skill-building, pre-testing and post-testing. GED Online prepares users to take the GED test through interactive lessons and quizzes. McGraw Hill's GED Online provides step-by-step, web-based, interactive instruction to help you prepare for the GED Test: * 118 lessons in all of the subjects tested by the GED test: writing, social studies, science, reading, and mathematics * Lessons are tailored to meet your individual needs * Develops study plans if you need additional practice * Features subject-specific pretests to help identify your current strengths and... Read more →


press release CAMDEN, N.J. – The Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund will honor nine Delaware River Port Authority police officers next week for valor in the line of duty during two separate emergencies in 2011. In both cases, DRPA officers rescued people imperiled by fire. Five of the officers escorted passengers from a smoke-filled rail car. Four others saved a girl trapped in a burning automobile. The officers will accept their awards today, February 24 during the 46th Annual Hero Scholarship Fund Dinner at Lucien’s Manor in Berlin. “My officers acted selflessly to protect lives in danger,” said DRPA Police Chief David McClintock. “They put a commitment to public safety before a regard for their own safety. Their actions demonstrate a collective commitment to protecting... Read more →

Study: Weight Training Improves Parkinson Symptoms

Released: 2/8/2012 1:00 PM EST Embargo expired: 2/16/2012 4:00 PM EST Source: American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Newswise — NEW ORLEANS – New research suggests weight training for two years significantly improves the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease compared to other forms of exercise such as stretching and balance exercises. The clinical trial, which compared two forms of exercise for Parkinson’s disease, was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28, 2012. “While we have known that many different types of exercise can benefit Parkinson’s patients over short time periods, we did not know whether exercise improves the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s over the long term,” said study author Daniel... Read more →

Virginia Baseball Plays Host to Monmouth This Weekend

Hawks and Cavaliers will meet for the first time in baseball CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team will play Monmouth this weekend in a three-game series at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (2-1-1) and Hawks (3-0) will play for the first time ever at 3 p.m. Friday, followed by 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday games. Live GameTracker links will be available throughout the weekend at VirginiaSports.com. Audio broadcasts for the Friday and Sunday games also will be available at VirginiaSports.com (subscription required). Gates open two hours prior to each game. Parking will be available for the Friday game in the University Hall lots. For the Saturday game, fans should be aware of the following parking scenario because of multiple events in the area. Parking at... Read more →

New Program Helps Family Business Advisors

Family businesses, vital in Central PA, need expert counsel ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (02/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Family businesses are complicated. Providing professional advice to family businesses involves additional dynamics that can impact their competitiveness as well as the effectiveness of family business advisors. That's why experts at the S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College are now offering a best-in-class Family Business Advisor Program to help professionals who work with family businesses be more effective advising family-held firms. Image via Wikipedia This intensive two-day workshop is a professional development opportunity, unique to Central Pennsylvania, that provides information, education, case studies, role playing, and other dynamic experiences for professionals serving family businesses. "It will equip them with a new set of tools for effective management of the... Read more →

Teen Crossing Williamstown Road Hit by Vehicle

On February 22, 2012 at approximately 3:34 pm, Officers of the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to the intersection of Williamstown Road and Jarvis Road for a report of a juvenile struck by a motor vehicle. Arriving officers found a teenage male in the roadway that had been struck by a vehicle as he was crossing Williamstown Road. The driver of the vehicle stopped after striking the male. The male was transported to Cooper Hospital and reported to be in stable condition. The female driver was transported to John F. Kennedy Hospital in Stratford for evaluation. The names of both individuals are being withheld pending notification to family. The roadway was closed for a approximately two hours during the investigation. This crash is currently under... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Crimestoppers

Gloucester Township Police‐ Shoplifting Radio Shack Store 1468 Blackwood Clementon Road February 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM. Suspect selected and concealed two sets of headphones, valued at $120.00, under his sweat jacket and fled the area on foot. The suspect is a white male, wearing a baseball cap, hooded sweatshirt, jeans, white sneakers. See attached photos of suspect. 12­8977 Video on GTPD YouTube­ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=‐odJTMl3pTc. If you have any information or can identify the suspect in this video, please contact our Anonymous Crime Tip Line: 856‐842‐5560, or our main number at 856‐228‐4500, or email police@gtpolice.com . Read more →