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March 2012

Can the 'right to resist' become a license to kill? |

Unless you have been under a self-imposed media blackout in the past couple of weeks, you are familiar with the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. This shooting of 16-year-old Martin — who was killed by 28-year-old old neighborhood watch-captain George Zimmerman — raises serious questions relating to race, police procedure, and the efficacy of Florida’s “stand your ground” legislation. The shooting was tragic. The conduct of Zimmerman and the police handling of the investigation leave many unanswered questions. But this death of a young man also underscores a point that law enforcement groups in Indiana were attempting to make several weeks ago before the state legislature. The Indiana situation, of course, involves the “right to resist” legislation passed by the State Senate and House of Representatives before a finalized version was sent to the Governor and signed into law late last week. The Indiana Senate, in response to... Read more →

First Lady Mary Pat Christie Names Partners for Women and Justice Co-Founder Jane Hanson A New Jersey Hero

For Efforts To Empower Domestic Abuse Victims PHOTO CAPTION 2: First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Jane Hanson Esq., co-founder and Executive Director, with staff from Partners for Women and Justice March 28-Trenton, NJ – After leaving a position in the private sector, Jane Hanson wanted to make a difference. In doing so, she co-founded Partners for Women and Justice in Montclair, a non-profit that provides legal assistance and guidance to women endeavoring to break away from abusive relationships and begin a new life for themselves and their children. Ten years later, the organization has assisted thousands by empowering and providing hope to low-income women and victims of domestic violence. Today, First Lady Mary Pat Christie honored Jane Hanson as a New Jersey Hero for her leadership and commitment to improve and protect the lives of women and children in the state. "I am so deeply inspired by the work Jane... Read more →


5 Farms totaling 731 Acres Will Remain Preserved Burlington County Freeholders approved the auction of five county-owned preserved farms totaling 731 acres in Springfield, Shamong and Hainesport Townships for $ 2.9+ million. Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio said that the County acquired these properties outright, and now sold them as preserved farms with easements that restrict development. “The revenue from this auction will be used to preserve other farms within the County,” said Garganio. “By transferring this farmland back into private ownership, the County is helping to ensure the long term viability of the agricultural industry within the County, while minimizing the County’s management expense and taxpayer cost.” Some of the farmland preservation in the County is done though purchasing easements, with the original owner retaining the property. In other instances, the County has purchased unrestricted farms outright with the intention of reselling them at public auction as deed restricted farms.... Read more →

Video: Gloucester City 2002 Mummers Parade... Featuring Uptown String Band

Uploaded by MumFreak on Mar 26, 2012 2002 Gloucester City Nj Parade Uptown String Band Related articles Philadelphia: 2012 Mummers Parade Winners ( Christie Praises Gloucester City Library for its Invaluable Contributions to the Community ( CNBNEWS Tips and Snippets: Spotlight on 'Radical' John (inc. video),Thank You Joe & Public Works ( CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Ouch! and A Heated Billboard Debate ( CNBNews Tips and Snippets: TownStats Available, Rams Baseball in the 'Limelight' , Et Cetera ( Tips and Snippets: Gloucester City is 'Cracking Down' on Property Owners with Code Violations ( How Much Does Gloucester City Pay? Et Cetera, Survey Says!, Regional Cop Ad ( Tips and Snippets: D'Place Hearing Continued, Is The News Media Afraid? ( Read more →

Catholic Student Group Leaving Vanderbilt University over Controversial School Policy

NASHVILLE, TENN., March 29 (CNA) .- A Catholic student group says it will leave the Vanderbilt University campus at the end of the year over a controversial school policy which bars the group from requiring its leaders to be Catholic. “The discriminatory non-discrimination policy at Vanderbilt University has forced our hand,” Vanderbilt Catholic chaplain Father John Sims Baker said in a March 26 statement. “Our purpose has always been to share the Gospel and proudly to proclaim our Catholic faith. What other reason could there be for a Catholic organization at Vanderbilt?” he asked. “How can we say it is not important that a Catholic lead a Catholic organization?” The university’s non-discrimination policy prevents student groups from requiring their leaders to hold specific religious beliefs, The Tennessean reported. It has an “all-comers” policy which means that groups must be open to all students and must allow every student member to... Read more →

Arianna Huffington: Obama Vs. Obama, Part 2: Of 'Grand Bargains' and Lost Hope

A few days before the piece came out, I made the case that the 2012 election has two tracks: Obama vs. Mitt Romney (assuming he'll be the GOP nominee) and Obama vs. Obama. This second track pits the soaring, audacious, hope-generating, change-seeking Campaigning Obama against the cautious, compromising, status-quo-maintaining Governing Obama. Campaign Obama came to Washington promising to change the way the system works, but in many instances he let himself become captive to the most destructive and entrenched Washington shibboleths. One of these is the very notion of a big, bipartisan "Grand Bargain" in which the Very Serious Wise Elders of Washington finally have the courage to do the right thing about entitlements and the budget, and bravely stand up to seniors, the middle class, students, the disabled, the working poor, and children (whose influence, according to the Grand Bargain theory, dominates our political system), and tell them the... Read more →


GLASSBORO, NJ – Rowan University head baseball coach Juan Ranero earned his 400th career victory on March 28 against Neumann University, 8-7. In 16 seasons, Ranero has a won-loss record of 400-271-5. At Rowan, he has a 291-168-4 mark in 12 years. This is Ranero’s second stint at the University. He coached the Profs from 1994-98 (112-74-1) and returned in 2006 (179-94-3). Ranero posted a 109-103-1 mark at Barry University from 2002-2005. He has guided Rowan to seven appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The Profs played in the national tournament in 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006, 1998, 1997 and 1996. Ranero was selected the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Coach of the Year in 2011, 2010 and 1997. He received the Louisville Slugger Award for Excellence in Coaching in 1997. He also serves as one of the University’s assistant athletic directors. Prior to Barry, Ranero was the head... Read more →

Welcome Home Sgt. Jake Newcomb

Welcome Back From Afghanistan Mantua, New Jersey Who: Sgt. Jake Newcomb When: Sunday, April 1, 2012 Time: 1:45 PM Where: Mantua VFW 8 New York Avenue Mantua, New Jersey 08051 Please come out to welcome home Sgt. Jake Newcomb from his deployment in Afghanistan. Sgt. Jake Newcomb, 27 years old, grew up in Deptford and Pitman. Graduate of Pittman High School and The College of New Jersey Joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and is with the 82nd Airborne. He is returning from Afghanistan and had 2 deployments prior to Iraq. He is currently stationed in Fort Bragg He loves the Phillies and golf and being with his 2 dogs Maddie and Perry. Girlfriend Jessica, Mom Dianne, Brothers Matt and Adam, and many other family members eagerly await to celebrate his “official return” and hope you can join us to say loudly “Welcome home Jake”. Friends, Family, The Warriors Watch,... Read more →

Father of 3-Month-Old Pleads Guilty to Breaking Infant's Bones |

March 29, 2012- Jason Kerrigan (DOB 6/17/76), a former resident of Monroe Township NJ, pleaded guilty today to second-degree aggravated assault, admitting that he yanked and banged his three-month-old daughter in her crib, which caused 10 different bone fractures in November 2011. Under a plea agreement, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Staci Scheetz will recommend that Kerrigan be sentenced to six years in New Jersey state prison and that he serve 85 percent of the term before he is eligible for parole. Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for June 1. Kerrigan, whose current address is Seneca St., Lester PA., remains in the Gloucester County Jail in default of $125,000 bail. Kerrigan was the primary caregiver to the injured daughter. Seeing a swollen arm, the infant’s mother, who worked outside the couple’s home at 802 Ames Rd., Williamstown NJ took the child to Kennedy Memorial... Read more →

Senator Kerry: Republicans Slanderer Me! Please Send $3 to Support Obama's Re-election

Friend -- When I was the Democratic nominee for president in one of the closest and toughest elections in history, a group of billionaires did something unprecedented: They wrote million-dollar checks to fund lies about my service on what were called "Swift Boats" in Vietnam -- and in so doing, they turned the boats my crewmates and I served on into a new political shorthand for the most vicious smears imaginable: "swiftboating." I wish like hell that the term was retired from the American political lexicon, and returned to its real meaning. But guess what: Bob Perry, the deep-pocketed funder of the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," just gave $3 million to Mitt Romney's Super PAC. One man. Three million dollars. And that's just the start. I know all too clearly that these guys will do or say anything to win. They'll stop at nothing. But forewarned is forearmed. Their... Read more →

Rowan University 2012 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Outlook

press release March 29, 2012 The Rowan University men’s outdoor track and field team returns all of its national qualifiers from last year. Coach Bill Fritz is looking for them and more athletes to travel to Claremont, CA for the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships in May. Last season, the men tied for 12th in the team scoring among 82 schools at the national championships. The Profs took second at the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championships and they were tied for eighth at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. The Profs’ 4x400 meter relay won the 2011 national title with a time of 3:11.45. The relay included Jayce Maxwell (sr. Toms River, NJ/Monsignor Donovan), Taylor Purdue (jr. Highland Lakes, NJ/Vernon Twp.), Ali Ejaz (jr. Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro) and Demetrius Rooks (jr. Galloway, NJ/Absegami). Rooks also earned All-America with a second place in the 400 meter hurdles (51.98). Steven Iafrate... Read more →

Christopher Rizman of Wall Township Achieves Honor Roll at Kent School

KENT, CT (03/30/2012)(readMedia)-- Christopher Rizman, a student in the 6th form (12th-grade) at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, was named to the honor roll for the winter term of 2011-2012. Rizman is the child of Mr. and Mrs. Ladislav Rizman of Wall Township. Kent is a co-ed college preparatory school founded in 1906 in the tradition of the Episcopal Church. Located in northwestern Connecticut, the School offers boys and girls a rigorous and interesting academic program in a boarding environment. 560 boarding and day students from more than 40 countries and nearly as many states enjoy the excellent academic programs, enriching offerings in the arts, competitive athletic teams and spirited student body. Kent prepares young people for the most prestigious colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. For more information visit Read more →


March 28, 2012 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Madonna: Even her fan base knows that she ages more like an aluminum can of beer than a vintage Cabernet. Madonna’s new CD, MDNA, isn’t breaking any records, and one of her flashy singles, “Girl Gone Wild,” didn’t make the Billboard 100; one critic, Chris Willman, even called it “the worst single she’s ever released.” He was too kind. The video of “Girl Gone Wild” shows the 53-year-old tramping around in black hot pants and stiletto heels while gyrating with well-greased topless guys adorned in tight black pants. The homoerotic show is so vulgar that YouTube says the video is not fit for those under the age of 18. YouTube has even asked Madonna to recut a video making it appropriate for the teeny boppers. Good luck. She is what she is. Which means she is more than obscene—she’s a... Read more →

VIDEO: Gloucester City 2002 Mummers Parade ...Featuring Woodland String Band

Uploaded to YouTube by MumFreak on Mar 26, 2012 2002 Gloucester City Nj Parade Woodland String Band Related articles Philadelphia: 2012 Mummers Parade Winners ( It took 87 years, but Woodland finally wins ( Video: Brawl ends with mummers, viewers crashing barricade ( CNBNEWS January 2012 Cheers and Jeers ( 2006 YouTube Video: Gloucester City NJ Progress ( Read more →

Moorestown Township Police Department Incident Reports

Date: March 26 2012 1. 5:05 PM – Theft – Complainant reported a theft of a pocketbook shopping on the 200 block of W. Camden Ave. Date: March 28, 2012 1. 8:40 AM –Criminal Mischief – Resident from the unit block of Stratton Dr. reported damage to a mailbox. Incident occurred on 3/27/2012 between 0800 – 1000. Read more →

FBI — Newark Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Carjacking, Weapons Possession

NEWARK—A Newark man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for his role in a gunpoint carjacking, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Amonra Jackson, 30, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares to two counts of an indictment charging him with one count of theft of a motor vehicle by force, violence, and intimidation and with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Linares imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Jackson admitted to stealing a 2007 Acura MDX in Newark on December 17, 2010. During the course of the carjacking, Jackson brandished a firearm and punched the driver in the face. Jackson, a convicted felon, was arrested on December 19, 2010 and was apprehended while in possession of a loaded firearm. In addition to the... Read more →

Congressman Runyan: 2012 Congressional Art Competition |

Each year, thousands of high school students across the nation submit art projects to their Member of Congress for the Congressional Art Competition. This year is no different and I am happy to announce my 2012 Congressional Art Competition. This competition is open to high school aged students whose permanent address resides within the 3rd Congressional District. The medium of the artwork can range from paintings, drawings, 2 dimensional collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. A student release form must also be completed and submitted. This is a great program that allows young artists the opportunity to have their works of art hung in the United States Capitol and enjoyed by the hundreds of thousands of visitors who roam the halls of Congress. If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating please visit my website, or contact my district offices in either Mt. Laurel,... Read more →

Woodbury man sentenced in robberies

March 30, 2012 Jason Moore (DOB 11/5/90) of South Evergreen Ave., Woodbury was sentenced today (3/31) to five years in New Jersey state prison for his admitted role in the armed robberies of attendants at two service stations and a taxi driver in Woodbury between Nov. 15 and Nov. 23, 2010. Moore pleaded guilty to the second-degree charges of conspiracy to commit robbery on Jan. 30, 2012 In sentencing Moore to three concurrent five-year terms, Superior court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson said he must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole and will be subject to three years of parole supervision after his release. He will be credited for time in jail since his arrest. Moore admitted participating in the robbery at gunpoint of employees of a Citgo station in Woodbury Heights on Nov. 15, 2010 and a Lukoil station in Woodbury on Nov. 20,... Read more →

Guilty plea in robbery/throat-slashing of cab driver

March 30, 2012 Randy S. James Jr. (DOB 10/16/89), formerly of Blackwood NJ, pleaded guilty today to first-degree robbery, admitting that he took cash from a taxi cab driver in Deptford Township NJ and slit the driver’s throat with a knife on June 10, 2010. The driver, a 37-year-old Stratford man who had picked James up in Clementon NJ, survived the attack. He was hospitalized for five days in Cooper Medical Center, Camden. Under a negotiated plea, Trial Chief Mary Pyffer of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office will recommend that James be sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey state prison, pay restitution to the victim and have no further contact with him, undergo a psychological evaluation and comply with all prescribed psychiatric medication. James will have to serve 85 percent of the prison term before he is eligible for parole and will be subject to five years of parole... Read more →


GLASSBORO, NJ – Rowan University honored 213 student-athletes at its annual Student-Athlete Day on Friday, March 30. The presentation was held in Esbjornson Gymnasium. Rowan recognized these individuals because they have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. This year, 93 student-athletes accumulated a GPA of 3.4 or higher and 120 had a GPA between 3.0 and 3.39. Several teams that earned academic awards throughout the year were recognized. Among the honorees were men’s and women’s cross country, United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III All-Academic Team; field hockey, Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Collegiate National Academic Team Award; women’s lacrosse, Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Squad; women’s soccer, National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women’s Team Academic Award; softball, National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Academic Team; and women’s swimming and diving, College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar... Read more →

Haddon Township Community Events for Saturday |

Haddon Township Free Rabies Clinic! Saturday,March 31st 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Public Works Garage 504 Oneida Ave. Supply is limited to 120 vaccines! Friends of the Haddon Township Historical Society Please join us this Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to noon, for a historical photographs slide show and discussion from the recently published book Haddon Township in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. Authors William Brahms and Sandra White-Grear will discuss the making of the book and show several of their favorite photos and images used in the book (plus a few not used in the book). This event will be held at the Haddon Township Environmental & Historical Center, 143 E. Ormond Avenue, Haddon Township (at the dead-end of Ormond Avenue, formerly Bettlewood Fathers Assn. Hall). Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Books will be available for purchase. Read more →

Inclement Weather Forecast for Saturday, Easter Egg Hunt and College Games Cancelled |

see Haddon Township Community Events Westmont Lions Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday, March 31st has been rescheduled! Due to inclement weather, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 7th at 9:30 am Crystal Lake Pool Complex . All children 12 and under are welcome! Please remember to bring your baskets! For more information: Contact Lion Bob at 856-858-8240 ROWAN BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL DOUBLEHEADERS VERSUS WILLIAM PATERSON POSTPONED GLASSBORO, NJ – The New Jersey Athletic Conference baseball and softball doubleheaders between Rowan University and William Paterson University on Saturday, March 31 have been postponed due to the weather forecast. Both doubleheaders have been rescheduled for Sunday, April 1. The baseball games are in Glassboro, NJ with the first contest starting at 11:30 a.m. The softball doubleheader will be played in Wayne, NJ beginning at noon. The baseball team has a 14-4 record. The Profs are ranked 11th... Read more →

Obituary: Mildred G. Hrin, of Burlington NJ

On March 13, 2012. Age 89. (nee Burns) Of Burlington. Loving wife of the late John S. Hrin. Survived by her children Catherine R. Selph, George Hrin, Mildred Tiano, the late John E. Hrin and the late Susan Hrin Ranko, grandmother of 9 and sister of Marie and Dennis Hangey, Dolores Garnick and Albert and Rose Burns. Predeceased by her 6 brothers and sisters. Mildred was an avid reader she loved animals. She was excellent with needle work of any kind. At the request of family, cremation will be private. Inurnment will take place in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne, PA. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Mildred G. Hrin. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Obituary: Leslie J. Burton, of Camden

On March 22, 2012. Of Camden. Formerly of Lawnside and Atlantic City. Loving Sister of Glynn "Lynn" Adkins. At Leslie's request, cremation will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Leslie J. Burton. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

CNBNews Op-Ed : King George and 'His Court' Have No Shame

By Scot DeCristofaro Friends, the report yesterday from the NJ State Comptroller is just completely outrageous ( George Norcross aka King George has made SO MUCH money from corrupting the political system that he can fly around in a helicopter regularly; purchase a beachfront home in LBI; purchase a $10 million home in Palm Beach; BUY A NEWSPAPER like the Philadelphia Inquirer; and employ all kinds of people in other areas. Meanwhile, Camden is a mess; Police/Fire/EMS personnel are being thrown away WHILE millions continue to be wasted at the local & county level; our taxes are among the highest in the nation while our roads, school system & opportunity for meaningful employment get worse with each passing day; Wayne Bryant is still not talking yet King George is no stranger to federal investigations & headlines that make you wonder his actions all legal; people are AFRAID to speak up... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Traffic Advisory

Little League Parades Saturday 3/31/12 On Saturday 3/31/12, Erial Little League and Glendora Little League will be conducting their annual opening day parades. These parades will generate several temporary road closures. Beginning at 7:45am, Erial Road will be temporarily closed between Hickstown Road and Garwood Road. Williamstown Road will be closed between Jarvis Road and Erial Road. Drivers may use Erial Road and Erial-Clementon Road to bypass the closure. The roadway is expected to be reopened by 9:00am. Beginning at 9:30am, Route 168 will be closed between Station Avenue and Evesham Road. Evesham Road will be closed between Route 168 and Hartford Road. Drivers may use W. Evesham Road and Clements Bridge Road to bypass the closures. The roadways are expected to reopen by 11:00am. Drivers are advised to use caution when in the area of either parade due to expected parade attendees in the area. Read more →

Chronic Stress Spawns Protein Aggregates Linked to Alzheimers

Released: 3/22/2012 2:30 PM EDT Embargo expired: 3/26/2012 3:00 PM EDT Source: University of California, San Diego Health Sciences Newswise — Repeated stress triggers the production and accumulation of insoluble tau protein aggregates inside the brain cells of mice, say researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in a new study published in the March 26 Online Early Edition of theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The aggregates are similar to neurofibrillary tangles or NFTs, modified protein structures that are one of the physiological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Lead author Robert A. Rissman, PhD, assistant professor of neurosciences, said the findings may at least partly explain why clinical studies have found a strong link between people prone to stress and development of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which accounts for up to 95 percent of all AD cases in humans. “In the mouse models, we found... Read more →

Oroho Calls for an End to Geographic Aid Adjustment in Budget

March 29,2012-At today’s Senate budget hearing examining the State Department of Education, Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex-Warren-Morris) called for an end to the school funding formula’s nonsensical “geographic aid adjustment” that deprives public schools in his legislative district and other rural areas of the state their fair share of state education aid. “Our school district costs are roughly equal to or more than school districts throughout the state, yet the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) of 2008 adopted by the Corzine Administration penalizes us for a bogus assumption that it is significantly cheaper to educate a child in rural areas,” Oroho said. “As a result, our residents are faced with making up the cost differential via local property taxes. ZIP codes should not factor in the cost or quality of education in this state.” Oroho detailed several examples of why the geographic aid adjustment is not fair to rural school districts,... Read more →

Peregrine Webcam Activated for Nesting Season

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Peregrine Webcam has been activated for the 2012 nesting season. Broadcasting from atop 101 Hudson St. in Jersey City since 2001, the webcam has chronicled the nesting activity of peregrine falcons in a nestbox installed the previous year (see Nestbox News at for this year's and previous years' accounts). As of this morning (3/28) four eggs have been laid and incubation is beginning. Follow the live action at and get details of the action in Nestbox News. The Peregrine Project relies on public support. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ is a non-profit organization which supports the work of the division's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. To make a donation, go directly to their Donate Now Web site at . Read more →

Every New Jersey County Hit By At Least One Recent Weather Disaster

New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather Interactive Online Map Shows County-by-County Weather-Related Disaster History for NJ Trenton, NJ—After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment New Jersey report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, every New Jersey county has been hit by at least one federally declared weather-related disaster since 2006. “Millions of New Jerseyans have lived through extreme weather, causing extremely big problems for New Jersey’s economy and our public safety,” said Matt Elliott, Environment New Jersey’s global warming and clean energy advocate. “Given that global warming will likely fuel even more extreme weather, we need to cut dangerous carbon pollution now.” The new report, entitled In the Path... Read more →


More than $150,000 worth of plants discovered in June 2011 bust MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced today that a 34- year-old Fieldsboro man has been indicted by a Burlington County Grand Jury for growing marijuana in the basement of his home. David J. Stanton, of 230 Delaware Avenue, Fieldsboro, N.J., was indicted on one count of Maintaining or Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility (First Degree), Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance With Intent To Distribute (Second Degree), and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fourth Degree). Stanton was arrested on June 28, 2011 after the New Jersey State Police Marijuana Eradication Squad, with assistance from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force, searched his home and discovered a marijuana growing operation hidden behind a false wall in the basement. The arrest was preceded by an investigation conducted by... Read more →

Newark Man Indicted for Allegedly Stealing $165,600 from Harrah Casino

TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a Newark man was indicted yesterday on charges that he stole $165,600 from Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City by allegedly making copies of checks that were issued to him by the casino and fraudulently collecting payment on the copies as well as the original checks. Terry Dilligard II, 35, of Newark, was charged yesterday in a 10-count state grand jury indictment with one count of second-degree theft by deception and nine counts of third-degree forgery. It is alleged that Dilligard used a color copier or computer scanner to print duplicates of nine checks totaling $165,600 that he received from Harrah’s when he redeemed casino chips. He collected $165,600 on the original checks in March by cashing them or depositing them into bank accounts he maintained. It is alleged that he subsequently stole $165,600 by fraudulently depositing copies of the... Read more →

Poor Colonoscopy Prep Hides Pre-Cancerous Polyps

Released: 3/27/2012 12:30 PM EDT Source: Washington University in St. Louis Newswise — What happens on the day before a colonoscopy may be just as important as the colon-screening test itself. Gastroenterologists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that when patients don’t adequately prep for the test by cleansing their colons, doctors often can’t see potentially dangerous pre-cancerous lesions. Reporting in the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the researchers say that doctors often missed at least one pre-cancerous growth in about one-third of patients who did not properly prepare for their colonoscopy. Those polyps and other markers of cancer risk were only discovered months later when patients had their next colonoscopy. Although several studies have found that up to a quarter of colonoscopy patients don’t prepare adequately for the test, the new study is the first to point out the potential consequences of poor bowel preparation in... Read more →

Christopher Rizman of Wall Township Achieves Honor Roll at Kent School

KENT, CT (03/29/2012)(readMedia)-- Christopher Rizman, a student in the 6th form (12th-grade) at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, was named to the honor roll for the spring term of 2011-2012. Rizman is the child of Mr. and Mrs. Ladislav Rizman of Wall Township. Kent is a co-ed college preparatory school founded in 1906 in the tradition of the Episcopal Church. Located in northwestern Connecticut, the School offers boys and girls a rigorous and interesting academic program in a boarding environment. 560 boarding and day students from more than 40 countries and nearly as many states enjoy the excellent academic programs, enriching offerings in the arts, competitive athletic teams and spirited student body. Kent prepares young people for the most prestigious colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. For more information visit Read more →

State Comptroller Investigation Reveals Pattern of Mismanagement at DRPA

March 29, 2012-Ineffective oversight and weak policies led to a culture at the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) in which tollpayer dollars repeatedly were wasted and mismanaged, according to an extensive investigative report released today by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC). The OSC report found that the DRPA frequently granted itself such broad discretion and operated under such vague program guidelines that almost any conceivable action or expenditure could be deemed acceptable. In other areas of DRPA operations, the report found appropriate policies and procedures designed to safeguard against the waste of tollpayer funds were avoided or simply ignored. “In nearly every area we looked at, we found people who treated the DRPA like a personal ATM, from DRPA commissioners to private vendors to community organizations,” State Comptroller Matthew Boxer said. “People with connections at the DRPA were quick to put their hand out when dealing with the... Read more →

Life after brain injury: Local residents share experiences |

Bancroft Carolyn With Family -Carolyn Musser of Voorhees, N.J., enjoys a moment with family members, after giving a speech about the challenges and triumphs she’s faced from her traumatic brain injury. She spoke during “Bancroft Unplugged,” an event held by Bancroft Brain Injury Services in Cherry Hill, N.J., to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month in March. Cherry Hill, N.J. – March 29, 2012 – Carolyn Musser was just 14 when she was hit by a car while horseback riding on a rural South Jersey road in 1985, resulting in a severe brain injury. Recently, the Voorhees, N.J., resident spoke of her ongoing rehabilitation, the progress she’s made and the challenges she still faces at an annual event by Bancroft Brain Injury Services in Cherry Hill, N.J. Held to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month, the “Bancroft Unplugged” event featured inspiring speeches by Musser and four other local survivors of brain injury.... Read more →


A Statement from the Audit Committee of the Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners Regarding the New Jersey Comptroller’s Report We appreciate the time, effort and dedication invested in the Office of the State Comptroller’s report, as well as the care taken to identify practices that we agree should not be repeated in the future. Many of the topics identified in the report already have been addressed by the DRPA, and we appreciate that the OSC has recognized those efforts. For example: The DRPA is addressing deficiencies in insurance procurement and oversight by adopting a competitive procurement process and instituting a fixed-fee model that does not include percentage-based brokerage commissions. The public can be assured that any practice of fee-splitting by insurance brokers has been terminated and will be prohibited in the future. The DRPA will fund no new economic development projects. The authority agrees that it must focus... Read more →

Healthcare: The Doomsday Vote for Democrats

Released: 3/12/2012 3:00 PM EDT Source: Dick Jones Communications Newswise — Despite the numerous votes that passed through the House of Representatives during the 111th United States Congress, health care reform may have single-handedly given Democrats a crippling blow, costing them majority control, according to a new study. “The study suggests that a yes vote on health care reform led voters to perceive their member of Congress as more ideologically distant from themselves, even after considering the member’s overall voting record,” said Seth Masket, professor of political science at the University of Denver. “This vote appeared to have an even greater effect than the member’s overall ideology or party voting record in making them appear ‘out of step’ with their voters’ wishes.” In all, 63 Democratic incumbents were defeated in 2010, handing Republicans their largest gain in the House since 1938. “We further found that had it not been for... Read more →

Obituary: Rose M. Borda, of Mount Ephraim,

Borda, Rose Marie (nee Borda), 88, of Mt. Ephraim, NJ peacefully passed away on March 24, 2012 with her loving family by her side Legacy Rose was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. To her children, Rose was supportive, caring and proud of all that they accomplished throughout their lives. To her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Rose was the essence of what we all wish for in a grandmother and they cherish the memories that were made in the time that was shared. Rose was born and raised in Philadelphia to Italian immigrant parents and was one of seven children. She met and married a young man, Joseph J. Borda , who affectionately called her his "Lady in Blue", shortly after he returned home from serving in the Army during World War II. Together they shared 60 years of married life and raised three daughters... Read more →

FBI — Man Charged with Attempting to Carry an Explosive Device onto an Airplane

Joseph Picklo, 29, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, was charged today by criminal complaint with attempting to carry on an explosive device on a plane, following an incident at Philadelphia International Airport. Picklo was being screened for a United Airlines flight to San Francisco this morning when a plastic bottle filled with an explosive substance was found in his luggage. Picklo was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department. He was transferred to federal custody this afternoon. He made an initial appearance in federal magistrate’s court today and had a federal defender appointed to represent him. A continuance was granted until tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. The defendant must still be formally charged by indictment or information. The case is being investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Transportation Security Administration, and... Read more →

Three Things We Don’t Know About Obama’s Massive Voter Database

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, March 27, 2012, 4:48 p.m reprinted with permission of President Obama's re-election campaign isreportedly building a massive database of information about potential supporters. The database seems to bring together information about supporters gathered fromall branches of the campaign -- everything from an individual's donation records to volunteer activity to online interactions with the campaign -- aimed at allowing the campaign to personalize every interactionwith potential supporters. Interactive Features A Tangled Web: Who’s Making Money From All This Campaign Spending? Who are the Super PACs’ Biggest Donors? PAC Track: What and where are the super PACs spending? Earlier this month, we built an interactive graphic showing how different Obama supporters receiveddifferent variations of the same email -- one way that the campaign may be using data to personalize messages. The reason we can't speak with certainty about the campaign's database is because Obama's campaign won't talk... Read more →


Catholic faith, public witness and religious freedom in a changing public square Image Books, a division of Random House publishing, has announced the release of an original new eBook authored by Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America, will be available electronically on March 27, 2012. The eBook - an extended essay on the role of religious faith in American public life today -contrasts current pressures against religious liberty in the United States with the vigorous role this freedom played in founding and forming the nation. A new and authentically Catholic activism in public affairs is urgent, writes the Archbishop, "as the mistakes and ambiguities of the past half-century of American Catholic experience come to harvest. Our national leadership in 2012 seems deaf to matters of religious freedom abroad and unreceptive -- or frankly hostile -- to religious engagement in public... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim School District April Reminders

Press Release: March 27, 2012 April Reminders: April 5th – Report Cards Issued - Spring Recess Begins: Gr. 1 - 8 - 12:30 early dismissal Pre-K/Kindergarten AM Session – 8:30 – 10:15 PM Session – 10:45 – 12:30 April 9th – 13th - Spring Recess – Schools Closed April 17th & 18th – Parent Conferences Mary Bray School Gr. 1 – 4 - 12:30 early dismissal Pre-K/Kindergarten AM Session – 8:30 – 10:15 PM Session – 10:45 – 12:30 April 17th - PTO Meeting, 7 pm, Mary Bray Media Center April 23rd – 26th – NJ ASK Testing Gr. 7 & 8 April 28th - Town Craft/Car Show – 9 am – 3 pm April 30th – May 3rd - NJ ASK Testing Gr. 5 & 6 April 30th – B.O.E. Meeting - 7:30 pm - RWK Media Center Website Information Update: Look for the monthly Newsletter– updates are... Read more →

Cherry Hill Fire Dept Responds to Wind Swept Fire to Rear of Super Market

March 26, 2012 Cherry Hill Firefighters were alerted to a reported rubbish fire to the rear of the Pathmark super market in the 900 block of Church Road. As a single crew of firefighters arrived, they encountered a wind swept fire involving about 40 to 50 feet of wooden fence and the brush around it. Also on fire were a half dozen wooden pallets leaning against the building. Additional crews were asked to respond to check for possible extension into the building and on the roof. In the end, no extension was encountered and the fire on the exterior was extinguished and overhauled. This fire is under investigation by the Cherry Hill Fire Marshal's Office. via Read more →

Carotid Artery Stenting Found to be Safe in the Elderly

Released: 3/22/2012 8:00 AM EDT Embargo expired: 3/26/2012 12:00 PM EDT Source: Thomas Jefferson University Newswise — (CHICAGO) – Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a multicenter team of investigators have found that carotid artery stenting (CAS) is safe and effective in patients age 70 and older. Their research showed that while the instance of adverse events (stroke, heart attack, death) increases with age in this high-risk population, in comparison to historical data, the risk remains extremely low, at 6 percent, even in those ages 85 and up. Previous studies of elderly patients showed only a 7 percent risk of stroke, heart attack or death following carotid stent placement. Nicholas J. Ruggiero, II, MD, F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., F.S.V.M., director of Structural Heart Disease and Non-Coronary Interventions, Jefferson Heart Institute, assistant professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College and lead author on the study will present the findings at the... Read more →

American Legion Post 68 Commander Nicholas J. DiGrosso Succumbs

Nicholas J. DiGrosso, Sr,. 79, a thirty-nine year employee of the Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission. Nick, the only son of Michael and Helen DiGrosso and big brother to his three sisters; died Monday with his loving family by his side. Nick first came to the commission in 1958 after serving in the Army in Korea. Having lived most of his life in Pennsauken and Merchantville, Nick attended Camden Catholic High School and Camden County Vocational School. The water commission was not a stranger to Nick's family in light of the fact that his father, Michael, worked there thirty years as a plant operator. Nick first served as a meter reader, the service department, and then twenty-five years in construction. He spent the last ten years as principal plant operator. He saw the MPWC come full circle in modernization and treatment. When he started, there were only 80 miles of water mains,... Read more →

VIDEO: Gloucester City 2002 Mummers Parade Featuring Avalon String Band

Uploaded on YouTube by MumFreak on Mar 26, 2012 2002 Gloucester City Nj Parade Avalon String Band Related articles Letters: Gloucester City's Celebration Committee Needs Financial Help ( Five Gloucester Catholic Baseball Players Selected by ESPSN NJ Team ( 2006 YouTube Video: Gloucester City NJ Progress ( NJ State PBA and Gloucester City PBA Issues Warning About Telemarketing ( EPA Thorium Clean-Up Continues At Ballfields | GCN ( Maybe Ice Skating on the Pier, Cleanup Continues, Inducting Coach Radano, Remember Coach DiPatri, Rams Reunion, No Excuse ( Read more →

Project 21 Founder Critical of New Black Panthers

Washington, D.C. - Legal commentator Horace Cooper, a founding member of the African-American leadership group Project 21, is criticizing the New Black Panthers' call for a ransom on George Zimmerman in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. "The efforts of the New Black Panthers go beyond legitimate discourse and are the legal equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theatre," says Cooper. "In addition to their ongoing investigation into the Martin shooting, authorities in Florida and Washington should insure that hate groups like the Panthers stay within legal bounds." Project 21's Horace Cooper is criticizing the New Black Panthers' call for a ransom on George Zimmerman in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. The New Black Panther Party is offering a $10,000 reward for the "capture and citizens arrest" of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator who shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. Cooper, a... Read more →

The Cyber Threat Part 1: On the Front Lines with Shawn Henry | FBI

03/27/12 Shawn Henry realized a lifelong dream when he became a special agent in 1989. Since that time he has traveled the world for investigations and become one of the FBI’s most senior executives and its top official on cyber crime. recently sat down with Henry—who is about to retire from the Bureau—to talk about the cyber threat and his FBI career. Q: You were involved with cyber investigations long before the public had an awareness of how serious the threat is. How did you become interested in the cyber realm? Henry: I was always interested in technology, and in the late 1990s I started to take courses at the FBI related to cyber intrusion investigations. When I had an opportunity to move over to that side of the house, I seized it. I saw right away that the challenges we were going to face in the future were... Read more →


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY By Mark Soifer Producer Bob Rose has just released the names of two more shows for the City's summer concert series. The current line-up now includes The Bacon Brothers (July 9), Arlo Guthrie and Family (July 16) Get the Led Out, America's Led Zeppelin (July 23) the Charlie Thomas Drifters (July 30) Little Feat (August 20) and Mitch Ryder (August 27). Additional shows will be announced at a later date. All programs are on Monday starting 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are available at . All of these concerts are outstanding, but the most meaningful for me will be Arlo Guthrie's concert that will include Arlo's children and members of the family. Arlo is the son of Woody Guthrie, the great American songwriter and political activist who died at an early age of Huntington's disease. But not before traveling America during the... Read more →