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March 2012

How Much Does Gloucester City Pay? Et Cetera, Survey Says!, Regional Cop Ad

related: CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS by Bill Cleary HOW MUCH DOES GLOUCESTER CITY PAY? NJ State Comptroller Matthew Boxer recently released findings of a study on the cost of providing health insurance for public employees throughout the state. According to the March 1 report many communities who don’t have the state’s Health Plan are overpaying. For example Boxer’s report found that insurance brokers working for Essex, Brick, East Brunswick and Haddon Township charged $1 million in fees between 2009 and 2010. The state health plan doesn’t levy those fees and charges less because it has more people in its... Read more →

Christie Administration awards $4.9 million in Local Aid funding to 23 Camden County towns

387 Municipal Aid, Local Aid Infrastructure Fund and Safe Streets to Transit grants awarded statewide (Trenton) – The Christie Administration today announced that 23 Camden County municipalities will share around $4.9 million in NJDOT Local Aid grants to advance street improvement, rehabilitation and safety projects without burdening local property taxpayers. Statewide 387 Local Aid grants were awarded, totaling $78.4 million. The bulk of the Local Aid grants were awarded under the Municipal Aid program, with 374 grants totaling $76,126,200. Another 10 Local Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) grants worth $1,810,000 and three Safe Streets to Transit (SSTT) grants worth $500,000 were... Read more →

OBITUARY: Geraldine F. Burt, of Salem, Led A Remarkable Life, Born in Brooklawn; Memorial Service March 31 |

Mrs. Geraldine Frances "Gerri" Burt died on March 6th at Merion Gardens assisted living facility, Carney's Point, NJ. Mrs. Burt was 88 years old and had been a resident of Merion Gardens for 3 years. Before moving there in 2009, she had resided at 190 Seventh St., Salem NJ for 58 years. Gerri was born in Brooklawn, NJ on November 17th, 1923, the daughter of Harry Edward and Reine Bee Hannan. Her family moved to Grafton, West Virginia shortly thereafter and she attended elementary and high school there. In high school she was active in the Thespian and Debate Societies.... Read more →

Courts Split on Right to Carry Firearms Outside the Home |

NRA-ILA Legal Update -- March 2012 / Unquestionably the hottest issue in Second Amendment litigation today is whether the Second Amendment protects a right to carry firearms outside the home for personal protection—and if so, what might be the limits on that right. Until recently, far too many courts have wrongly claimed that because the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago only struck down bans on handgun possession in the home, that’s all there is to the Second Amendment. Now, there are signs that this resistance is weakening. In a big... Read more →

Cherry Hill Firefighters Act Quickly to Contain Possible Dwelling Fire

March 21, 2012 Cherry Hill Firefighters from Ladder 2 were alerted to a smoke investigation in a house on the 100 block of Beideman Avenue at just before 3 pm. Upon arriving, they encountered a fire in the wall to the rear of the house and smoke inside the dwelling. Dispatchers were asked to upgrade the incident and “fill the box”, bringing two engines, a battalion chief and EMS unit. As other crews arrived, the wall where the fire had occurred was opened up to search for fire extension. Additionally, crews located a water supply and checked both apartments for... Read more →

No School Tax Increase for Brooklawn Residents; No School Tax Increase in 10 Years

Brooklawn School Board Press Release March 23, 2012 The Brooklawn Board of Education held a public hearing and then approved the district’s 2012-2013 budget of $5,783,926 at the meeting of the Board on March 22. There will be no tax increase. The district remains at the state minimum tax levy, which means that state law will not permit the Board to reduce taxes below this amount. The school tax has not been increased in Brooklawn for almost ten years. The VIPER 2012 district virtual program will be expanded for the 2012-2103 school year. Additional smart boards, laptops, I-pads, and other... Read more →

James E. Gallagher, of Cherry HIll, 50 Year Member of American Legion Post 372

James Edward Gallagher of Cherry Hill, NJ died Thursday March 22, 2012 at Virtua Hospital, Marlton division. He was 86. Jim was a Marine Corp veteran of WWII and a member of American Legion Post 372 in Cherry Hill for 50 years. Residing in Cherry Hill for the past 56 years, he joined Philadelphia National Bank (Wells Fargo where he worked for 35 years retiring as Vice President of International Finance. Viewing Monday evening 6-8pm in the Schetter Funeral Home, 304 W. Rt 70, Cherry Hill, NJ. Relatives and friends will go directly to Church on Tuesday for a 10am... Read more →

Gloucester's Sean Gorman is the Gloucester County Times Girls Basketball Coach of the Year -

Scott Chappelear, March 22, 2012 10:48 p.m. Even as he’s winging his way to Florida chaperoning a group of Gloucester High School seniors for spring break, girls basketball coach Sean Gorman is thinking about the game. For him, the next season begins as soon as the current one comes to an end. That attitude was especially important for the 2011-12 season, as the Lions tried to replace three quarters of the scoring from a South Jersey Group I finalist while not succumbing to the dreaded “R”-word — rebuilding. Gorman guided his team to a 24-4 record and a second straight... Read more →

Schalick's Eric Cassidy wins Salem County Coach of the Year -

Robert Edwards, March 24, 2012 12:06 a.m. When asked about reaching the 20-win plateau with his Schalick High School boys basketball team this season, Eric Cassidy quickly cut off the question. “21”. The Cougars reached 21 wins this year behind the fourth-year, 26-year-old head coach, earning Cassidy Today’s Sunbeam Coach of the Year honors. “I tell people that as a Group I school, I don’t think we get the recognition sometimes,” Cassidy said. “But we played in some tournaments this year and got some big wins. The kids believed they could win and that was half the battle.” Schalick perused... Read more →

NCAA Lax Readies for New Philly Venue

PPL Park and Drexel University prepare to host NCAA Quarterfinals PPL Park and Drexel University have teamed up to host the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals on May 20. It will be both the first time the quarterfinals have been held in Philadelphia, and the first time that PPL Park has hosted an NCAA event. In 2013, Drexel will also serve as host school when the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships return to Lincoln Financial Field. "PPL Park has drawn great reviews as a world-class soccer stadium and now we will show that it's also a world-class venue for lacrosse,” said... Read more →


March 21, 2012 Historic move signals the creation of the first Archdiocesan Pastoral Council in Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M Cap., recently met with the newly founded Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Pastoral Council is an advisory group to the Archbishop that examines the pastoral activities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and offers practical counsel to promote the mission of the Church. While similar councils exist in parishes throughout the Archdiocese, this is the first time that an Archbishop of Philadelphia has established a Pastoral Council for the entire Archdiocese. Archbishop Chaput said, "The council we... Read more →


“…we must repeal ObamaCare.” Middletown – March 23… Today, New Jersey State Senator Joe Kyrillos issued the following statement on the second anniversary of ObamaCare: “Just last week, the CBO released two devastating reports about ObamaCare that brought to light what everyone suspected, but that President Obama and Senator Menendez tried to hide from the American people when they rammed their bill through Congress – first, the law would cost nearly twice as much as originally forecast — $1.76 trillion as opposed to $938 billion; and second, 3 million to 5 million will lose health coverage through their employer each... Read more →

Swimmers, divers set pace on opening night at METs |

Released March 22, 2012 Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey men’s swimming and diving team used a steady diet of top eight finishers on the second night of the 2012 Metropolitan Conference Championships to increase its lead entering the final day of competition. photo women's diver Danica Roskos The Lions, who are seeking their sixth straight MET title, had multiple finalists in all but one individual event and took first and fourth place in the relay races. The 200-medley relay team set the tone for the evening in the opening event as freshman Aleksander Burzynksi (Colonia, NJ/St. Joseph’s),... Read more →

Philadelphia Nets MLS All-Star Game

Union to host annual showcase PPL Park will be the epicenter of U.S. soccer on July 25, when the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game comes to Philadelphia. An overflow crowd will see the league’s best take on a yet unnamed international opponent in the annual contest. “Philadelphia has become a destination for hosting major soccer events in recent years, and we are pleased to bring the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game to a region with incredibly passionate soccer supporters,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz said of the event, "From where we were... Read more →

Face of Defense: Loadmaster Soars on 'American Idol'

By Air Force 2nd Lt. Ander Bowser 439th Airlift Wing WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass., March 21, 2012 - For one aspiring singer here, her 15 minutes of fame stretched out over weeks as a contestant on the Fox singing competition series "American Idol." Air Force Tech. Sgt. Blaire Sieber sings during an "American Idol" performance. Courtesy photo (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Millions of viewers watched Air Force Tech. Sgt. Blaire Sieber's opportunity to live out her dream. "It's really hard to describe the experience," the 337th Airlift Squadron loadmaster said in a telephone interview. "You feel... Read more →

Movie On Mexico's War Against Catholics to be Released in June

ROME, ITALY, March 22 (CNA/EWTN News) .- The producer of a new film that brings to life the fight against the Mexican government’s persecution of Catholics in the 1920s says there are clear parallels to today’s situation in the United States and elsewhere. “I think what we are living now is the same things that happened at that time, and after you watch the movie you will see there are a lot of topics that are very alive right now,” Pablo José Barroso, producer of “For Greater Glory,” told CNA on March 21. “For Greater Glory” – formerly called “Cristiada”... Read more →

Inside Philadelphia

In March 24, Williams-Sonoma at the Bellevue will host the Triumph Brewing Company, from 12-2pm, for tastings while you shop. Williams-Sonoma at the Bellevue, 200 South Broad Street, 215.545.7392, New Exclusive Philadelphia Photos @ Absolute Abstract Photographer Erin Clark recently completed a new exclusive shoot for Absolute Abstract, who have added the 45 photos to their collection. Many of these photos are night shots, including a stunning Boathouse Row at night, the Rockysculpture and Swann Fountain at Logan Square. Other new shots include the campuses at Temple and UPenn, Girard College and the Divine Lorraine Hotel. All the new... Read more →

EPA Thorium Clean-Up Continues At Ballfields | GCN

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News (Editor’s Note: This is the first of two articles on the EPA’s continuing Superfund Clean-Up in Gloucester City). The former Welsbach factory near the Delaware River had manufactured gas mantles in Gloucester City from the 1890s to the 1940s in an informational pamphlet. Using state-of-the-art technology at the time, the wicks for the gas lamps were dipped into radioactive thorium so they would “glow in the dark.” Unfortunately, the company dumped discarded wicks around Gloucester City. Over the past 13 years, the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been removing the thorium... Read more →

Philadelphia: Settlement Reached with Local 159

Award calls for new pension plan for new correctional officers, more employee contributions for correctional officers under current plan and overtime reform. Philadelphia, March 21, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter hailed an interest arbitration award governing wages, hours and working conditions for almost 2,100 correction officers, youth detention counselors and security guards in Local 159 of AFSCME District Council 33 as an “historic” decision that brings much needed reform in the areas of pension and work rules while meeting his goal of “a contract that is fair to employees and fair to the City’s taxpayers.” The award creates a... Read more →


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY By Mark Soifer Forty years ago, when I first became Public Relation Director of Ocean City, a young boy, maybe 9 years old, would wander into our office looking for errands to run. We knew only that his name was Joey. It was obvious that Joey wasn't well cared for. So Agnes Cox, who worked with me at the time, and I would pay him to go on errands, bought him a winter coat, a new pair of shoes and tried to help as much as we could. Joey had street smarts. He earned extra... Read more →

Obituary: Robert A. Ruszkai, of Lindenwold, age 53

Suddenly, on March 21, 2012. Age 53. Of Lindenwold. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving son of the late Gaber A. Ruszkai and the late Elizabeth Anne Ruszkai (nee Bothner). Loving brother of Kevin Ruszkai, Karen (Joe) Gifford and Stephen (Beth) Ruszkai. Cherished uncle of Sara, Amy, Joey, Izabella and Alekzander. Dear friend and companion of Mike. Robert was a 1977 graduate of Camden County Vocational School. He had an interest in computer games and downloading and listening to music. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME:... Read more →

John Paff: Florence Township's Improper OPRA Denial

On December 1, 2011, I submitted anOpen Public Records Act (OPRA)request to Florence Township(Burlington County) to gain information regarding Nicholas J. Costa, Esq.'s payment for serving as the Township's municipal prosecutor during 2010. Part of my request sought copies of "both sides of any check written to Mr. Costa for prosecutorial services performed during 2010." In his December 15, 2011 letter, Township Administrator Richard A. Brook informed me that Mr. Costa received $22,814.04 during 2010 but opined that my request for copies of the checks was "outside the bounds of the intent of the OPRA law." According to Mr. Brook,... Read more →

Defending Childhood: Every Child Deserves A Safe Home, A Safe School, A Safe Community | blogs.usdoj

March 16th, 2012 Posted by Tracy Russo The following posts appears courtesy of Joe Torre. It originally appeared as an op-ed in today’s Miami Herald. Mr. Torre serves as a co-chair on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. The Task Force is part of the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, a project that addresses the epidemic levels of exposure to violence faced by our nation’s children. Throughout my 50-year career in baseball, I’ve been fortunate to shake the hands of thousands of fans. So many people have graciously shared with me their lifelong love of... Read more →

"Mixed Martial Arts Banned as Favor to Unions"

National Center for Public Policy Research Releases New Crowder Video Washington, D.C. - The National Center for Public Policy Research announces the newest release in its ongoing series of videos by conservative filmmaker Steven Crowder, the mini-documentary, "Mixed Martial Arts Banned as Favor to Unions." The video documents the rise of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as a safe, competitive sport and its rising popularity worldwide. As Steven Crowder notes in the video, a single MMA event, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, generated 40 million dollars in Toronto last year. Yet the MMA has been banned in New York State -- and... Read more →

If TV Stations Won’t Post Their Data on Political Ads, We Will |

by Daniel Victor ProPublica, March 20, 2012, 3:29 p.m. reprinted with permission of Every local broadcast station has a repository of documents about political advertising that you have a legal right to see but can do so only by going to the station and asking to see “the public file.” These paper files contain detailed data on all political ads that run on the channel, such as when they aired, who bought the time and how much they paid. It’s a transparency gold mine, allowing the public to see how campaigns and outside groups are influencing elections. But TV... Read more →

Obituary: Catherine "Rhoda" Penrose of Brooklawn, age 82

Catherine "Rhoda" Penrose AGE: 82 • Brooklawn Catherine "Rhoda" Penrose (nee McCleave), on March 20, 2012, of Brooklawn, NJ, age 82 yrs. She is the beloved wife of the late Robert W. Penrose, Sr. Loving mother of Joyce Conway (Michael) and the late Robert W. Penrose, Jr. Cherished grandmother of Michelle Alkins (Chip), Bryan Conway (Rita) and great grandchildren Mikayla, Wyatt and Kylie Alkins. Mrs. Penrose was a long time member of the Brooklawn United Methodist Church where she was involved in many activities and committees. She was also a former member of Camden/Cloud Chapter #35 OES. Relatives and friends... Read more →

Obituary Lois Jane Wagner of Gloucester City NJ

Lois Jane Wagner (nee Rouser), of Gloucester City, wife of Frederick for 60 years and daughter of the late Rhea and Xena Rouser, passed away after a long illness on March 15, 2012. Lois was born and raised in Gloucester City, graduating from Gloucester City High School in 1948. She was a member of The Church of the Ascension in Gloucester where she worked as the church secretary, sang in the choir, was a member of the ECW and the Altar Guild, and served on the altar. Lois is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Nancy Blome (Chuck), Sharon... Read more →

Obamacare Is A Cancer That Must Go |

Fellow Americans: It has been two years this week since the passage of Obamacare, and the firestorm it ignited has not abated but only spread and intensified. Most Americans have already made up their minds, understanding that until it is completely removed, the cancer of Obamacare threatens not only our healthcare and our economy but also our most fundamental liberties and constitutional self-government. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on its constitutionality, bringing this intolerable act to the forefront of the American mind once again and reminding the country that the issue of Obamacare is by no means... Read more →

Five Gloucester Catholic Baseball Players Selected by ESPSN NJ Team

Five Gloucester Catholic baseball players were chosen by ESPSHS for New Jersey All-State Baseball honors in the publication's recent NJ issue earlier this month. Here are the preseason honorees: Top Position Players Joe Brooks, Gloucester Catholic, 2B/C, Senior John Brue, Gloucester Catholic, 1B, Senior Pitchers Mike Shawaryn, Gloucester Catholic, RHP, Junior Other Top Players Elliott McCummings, Gloucester Catholic, C/OF, Senior Brett Tenuto, Gloucester Catholic, 3B, Senior To see the complete New Jersey All-State Team, visit the ESPNHS web site by visiting the link below. Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Early Fishing on the Delaware

March 20, 2012 The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding anglers that information on early season Delaware River fishing is posted on the division's website. Every year American shad migrate up the Delaware River to spawn, and the numbers and timing of the "shad run" vary year to year depending on water temperature and conditions. Consulting the Delaware River Fishing Reports page can provide anglers with information to help make every fishing trip a success. The 2012 reports are posted at , and reports going back to 2001 are also available. Read more →

Sifting Tweets for Truth as News Breaks

Rutgers team develops tool to help journalists find trustworthy social media sources March 20, 2012 by Ken Branson When a big story breaks, journalists rush to get eyewitness accounts. But imagine what it’s like for today’s reporter wading through social media sources and having to decide which ones are trustworthy? Three researchers – former Rutgers postdoctoral scholars Nick Diakopoulos and Munmun De Choudhury and Mor Naaman, an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information – have created a tool they believe can help journalists find credible sources amid the din. “Traditionally, a journalist might have built up sources... Read more →


March 19, 2012 TRENTON - The first stage of a two-phase project to remove dioxin-contaminated and cancer-causing sediments from the lower Passaic River, adjacent to the Diamond Alkali Superfund site in the Ironbound section of Newark, has begun today. Tierra Solutions, current owner of the former Diamond Alkali site, under federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supervision, is initially targeting removal of 40,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment in one of the most toxic waterways in the world. "Today marks an important step toward our ultimate goal -- a restored and healthy Passaic River that can once again be a valuable... Read more →


March 19, 2012 TRENTON - After considering numerous public comments, the Department of Environmental Protection today formally proposed amended common sense rules to improve and enhance public access to New Jersey's beaches, bays and waterways, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. In particular, the DEP has proposed changes that provide greater public access for fishermen across the state, enhanced opportunities for the public to participate in the crafting of municipal public access plans, and clarified the protection and continuity of the Hudson River walkway, while also clarifying rules regarding marinas. "Providing ample access to our ocean beaches, bays and rivers... Read more →

Clean & Safe Initiative Working in AC

March 19, 2012 ATLANTIC CITY – The Christie Administration announced today that new partnerships and initiatives are leading to a cleaner and safer Atlantic City by providing a greater police presence, expanding the use of cutting-edge law enforcement technologies, and aggressively targeting quality-of-life issues. The partnerships, devised under Governor Christie’s “Clean & Safe” initiative, involve state and county law enforcement agencies, as well as the casinos, working closely with the lead agency, the Atlantic City Police Department, to improve safety and security within the Tourism District and beyond. Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa made the announcement at Boardwalk Hall with... Read more →

CNBNews Weekly Stat Report March 12 through March 18

March 19, 2012 Weekly Stats Report: 12 Mar - 18 Mar 2012 Project: URL: Returning Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or more later First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website. Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visits and first time visits - all your visitors. Page Load - The number of times your page has been... Read more →

Americans Elect: The First National Online Primary

Uploaded by AmericansElect on Jan 18, 2012 Americans Elect ( is a nonpartisan online primary that gives all voters an equal say in picking a third presidential candidate. In 2012, your choice will be on the ballot nationwide! Take part at Related articles Why Are Iowa Hicks, NH Lobsta'men And Carolina's Uncle Cletus Picking OUR President? ( Republican State Committee: It's Time For An Open Senate Primary ( CNBNews Op-Ed:Why Mitt Romney Will Lose To Obama ( Chris Friend: From Occupy Philly to Archbishop Wood Football: My 7 Biggest Winners of 2011 ( CNBNews Op-Ed: No Secret Ballot For... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Recipient of Taliaferro Foundation Award |

Adam Taliaferro (left) congratulates Tom Iacovone, Jr. as Gloucester Catholic was the recipient of the foundation's Coaches Award March 15 in Cherry Hill. CHERRY HILL — Gloucester Catholic High School was the recipient of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation’s Coaches Award during the ATF Awards Recognition Dinner on Thursday, March 15, at The Coastline Restaurant in Cherry Hill. Tom Iacovone, Jr., who has headed GCHS’s participation in the foundation’s annual Player of the Year Contest since 2007, thanked ATF Board members and the more than 175 guests in attendance. GCHS raised close to $4,000 in this past fall’s ATF Player of... Read more →

In Mexico and Cuba, papal trip to highlight local and regional issues People visit a statue of Blessed John Paul II outside the Cathedral of Our Most Holy Mother of Light in Leon, Mexico, last month. (CNS/David Maung) By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict's trip to Mexico and Cuba March 23-28 will be a relatively brief one, consisting of a little more than two days in each country. Yet his visit is bound to highlight a wide range of prominent issues affecting an entire continent of crucial importance to the Catholic Church. The pope arrives in Leon, in central Mexico, late afternoon local time... Read more →


TRENTON * The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry has decided to permanently close the upper river campground at Bull's Island Recreational Area along the Delaware River in Hunterdon County. The division will remove weakened trees in restoring the campground to a natural state. A tree health assessment found that the upper campground is susceptible to silt buildup from repeated floods that weakened roots of trees in this area. "Based on this examination and more frequent flooding, we determined that the prudent course is to permanently close the upper river campground area and restore it to a... Read more →

SJU Slam Dunks A-10 Tournament

Philadelphia, St. Joe’s host Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship For the eighth time in conference history, Saint Joseph's University hosted the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship. From March 2-5, the Hawks' Hagan Arena boasted over 8,600 fans during the 11-game tournament, surpassing daily attendance from the previous three years by more than 1,000 fans per game. On the court, three Philadelphia schools competed for the A-10 crown as La Salle, Temple and the host Hawks all made it to the quarterfinals, with the Owls and Saint Joseph's advancing to the semifinal round and nationally televised games on CBS Sports Network.... Read more →

Our Religious Freedom is in a “State of Emergency” |

source by AMAC Founder Dan Weber A new, darkly ominous threat to all that we hold dear as Americans is upon us —a threat so grave that recently The National Clergy Council declared a “state of emergency.” Let me tell you about it. Religious tolerance and interfaith understanding are among the most cherished American traditions. Learning from parents and teachers — and from our leaders in churches and synagogues — about respecting the religious views and rights of others is a special memory for most older Americans. Regard for the religious conscience of others is also a value that... Read more →

St. Pat’s Day Massacre of Religious Liberty |

Image via Wikipedia While much of the nation was focused on the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the White House quietly released news that has nonetheless caught the attention of – and outraged – many Catholics and defenders of religious liberty. In a late-week news release, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources announced it was taking “the next step” in implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – commonly called Obamacare – by finalizing a rule that requires universities offering insurance to students to add contraception coverage, regardless of the school’s moral or religious stance on the issue.... Read more →

Obituary William Nelson, age 68, of Camden City NJ

On March 16, 2012 in Cooper Hospital, Camden. Age 68. Of Camden. Survived by devoted caregivers. Service and Burial will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of William Nelson. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME Read more →

Philly Rocks 2012 Curling Nationals

The most elite curling competition in the country, the USA Curling National Championships, made their way to the IceWorks Skating Complex, February 11-18, just a stone’s throw from Philadelphia in Aston, PA. The week-long competition boasted 21 of the best men’s and women’s teams in the U.S., vying for the national title and an opportunity to compete in the World Championships and Winter Olympics. Crowds filled IceWorks for the entire week, and media coverage throughout the region was outstanding, generating rave reviews from USA Curling leadership. “The Philadelphia Sports Congress and IceWorks did a tremendous job promoting the Championships,” said... Read more →

CDC Ad Campaign Reveals Harsh Reality of Smoking-Related Diseases

“Tips from Former Smokers” shows real lives and bodies damaged by tobacco A hard-hitting national ad campaign that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage suffered as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke was launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Beginning Monday, March 19, ads will run for at least 12 weeks on television, radio, and billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers nationwide. The “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign features compelling stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities, and the toll smoking-related illnesses take on smokers and... Read more →

Bishops Upset With Obama's Attempt to Impose his Definition of Religion on the Country

WASHINGTON D.C., March 14 (CNA/EWTN News) .- The U.S. bishops are emphasizing that their opposition to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate is not about birth control or health care, but about the government’s attempt to impose its narrow definition of religion on the country. “Indeed, this is not about the Church wanting to force anybody to do anything,” said the administrative committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a March 14 statement. Instead, they explained, it is “about the federal government forcing the Church – consisting of its faithful and all but a few of its institutions –... Read more →

Gloucester City Police Arrest 'Crack' Cocaine Delivery Man |

Gloucester City Police Dept. Crime Report, released March 16, 2012 On 03/14 at 1745 officers executed a search warrant on a vehicle on Sussex and Ridgeway Streets. The male suspect had been delivering crack cocaine to various city residents for several months. As a result of the search warrant officers arrested Robert Baylock (47) of Camden City. Officers located 18 bags of crack cocaine and $377 in U.S. Currency inside of the vehicle. Baylock was charged with Possession of CDS with the Intent to Distribute and remanded to the Camden County Jail. In other matters, On 03/10 at 2340 an... Read more →

Reverse-Engineering Obama’s Message Machine |

by Lois Beckett and Jeff Larson ProPublica, March 6, 2012, 6:34 p.m (reprinted with permission of Last Thursday, President Obama's re-election campaign sent out an email blast to supporters. Former journalism professorDan Sinker and his wife received their messages simultaneously as they sat next to each other on their couch in Chicago. Both emails were from Julianna Smoot, the deputy manager of Obama's campaign, and both asked for donations. Sinker's email asked him to help the campaign try out a "new, super-easy" online donation tool by giving $20. Interactive Message Machine: You Probably Don't Know Janet by Jeff Larson,... Read more →

Independent Women's Forum: 20 Million Could Lose Health Coverage Under ObamaCare

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), as many as 20 million Americans could lose their health insurance that they have through their employers. "'President Obama's string of empty promises is quickly becoming a disappointing trail of broken promises,' House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement. 'He promised Americans that his overhaul of the health care sector would not jeopardize the health coverage of those who liked what they had. As nonpartisan analysts made clear today, millions of Americans will soon learn the hard way that Washington's overreach into their health care decisions will result... Read more →

Obituary: Edna M. Kaidy, age 88 of Westville NJ

Edna M. Kaidy nee (Graham) of Westville, NJ died on March 14, 2012 at her nephews home after a long illness with her family by her side. She was 88. Edna was born in Woodbury and retired from RCA Company of Camden where she was a secretary. She served in the US Army 1944-1951 and enjoyed her summers with her family on Long Beach Island. Beloved wife of the late Thomas St. John and Theodore Kaidy. Survived by her nephew William Graham, Jr. of National Park; a niece Caroline L. Graham and 3 great nieces Cheryl J. Graham; Jennifer A.... Read more →