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April 2012

BROOKLAWN: Alice Costello School Teacher Needs Your Help |

Hi Everyone, I have a favor to ask. I submitted a lesson idea for the chance to win a classroom grant and an iPod. The top five people who get the most votes win. Please go on to the website below and vote for me, and please forward this to anyone that may be willing to vote. Thank you so much for your support! Votes must be in by May 3rd! Thanks again, Michele Kidd,... Read more →

Weekly Basket: D.C. Legislators Spend Taxpayers Money on Frivolous Trips

Lead by Example Volume XVII No. 18: April 27, 2012 People in glass houses should not throw stones. Especially when those houses are in Congress. For weeks now the public has been exposed to the excesses of the General Services Administration (GSA) antics. The conference that was intended to be "over the top" (and it was). The employee produced videos that were at best completely insensitive to the dire fiscal situation facing the nation. The... Read more →

Gov. Scott Walker States: “Obama’s Machine Spending $60 Million to Defeat Me “ |

Posted 04/23/2012 | In The News 14 from Newsmax – by David A. Patten and Kathleen Walter - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama’s political machine is pulling out all the stops to defeat him in the pivotal June 5 recall election — a race that could determine the future of many efforts around the country to curb runaway government spending. “I think you’ll see the most radical elements on the left are... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Shark Finning Legislation, All sizzle no steak

4/27/12 Most of you know that on occasion I will send a link to my blog "Conservation Corner" when a timely topic might be of interest. These are my personal thoughts; they do not necessarily reflect the position of the NJOA, affiliated organizations or council members. I had decided not share my blog on Shark Finning legislation (S-1764) that is pending in Trenton. However, some in the animal rights community have undertaken a campaign to... Read more →

Navy Rowing Takes Second at the Patriot League Championships |

Mids win the second varsity race. Navy took second place overall with 29 points. April 29, 2012 CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. - The Navy women's rowing team took second place overall at the 2012 Patriot League Championships on Sunday in Camden County, N.J. The Mids won the second varsity eight race, placed second in the varsity four race and then took third in the varsity eight competition. In winning the varsity four and varsity eight races,... Read more →

FACES OF DEFENSE: U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Shout and Squad in Fire Fight

04/25/2012 04:29 PM CDT U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Shout uses his weapon's scope to scan the nearby ridge following an engagement with anti-Afghan forces on Forward Operating Base Wright in Afghanistan's Kunar province, April 19, 2012. Shout is assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar security forces. The unit took small-arms fire during a routine patrol and suppressed the enemy with the assistance from Afghan troops. Read more →

Dominicans Reflect on 50-year-lecacy of St. Martin de Porres Sainthood

(CNA/EWTN News).- Fifty years after St. Martin de Porres was canonized, two Peruvian priests from the Convent of St. Dominic in Lima where the 16th century saint lived, praised his many contributions to the Church. “His example of intimacy with God and holiness that he left us shines clearly in his virtues, such as his great humility and charity with those most in need,” Father Javier Abanto Silva, director of Radio Santa Rosa, told CNA... Read more →

A Hard Look at the President -

Now, though, the general election season is on, and The Times needs to offer an aggressive look at the president’s record, policy promises and campaign operation to answer the question: Who is the real Barack Obama? Many critics view The Times as constitutionally unable to address the election in an unbiased fashion. Like a lot of America, it basked a bit in the warm glow of Mr. Obama’s election in 2008. The company published a... Read more →

3 Steps to Save Governor Scott Walker

The historic Scott Walker recall is official and underway. Bureaucrats in Wisconsin just confirmed Governor Walker will face a Democratic challenger on June 5th, and multiple polls show the race is a dead heat. That’s why the Wisconsin Recall Action Fund is critical. We were on the ground during the 2011 State Senate recalls, and we helped keep the Wisconsin Senate in Republican hands. We know how to save Scott Walker. Click Here to Watch... Read more →


April 24, 2012 NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – As U.S. policymakers continue to discuss the role of the corporation in American society, Rutgers University continues to bring together top scholars to participate in the world’s most comprehensive fellowship program to analyze all aspects of employee ownership and profit sharing. Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), a recognized world leader in this emerging area, has appointed 22 fellows to study broad-based employee stock ownership... Read more →

Mayor Nutter’s Statement on the Food Stamp Challenge « City of Philadelphia's News & Alerts

Philadelphia, April 23, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has released the following statement on the Food Stamp Challenge, sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: “SNAP benefits are a critical safety net for low-income and working class families, seniors, children and those struggling with the aftereffects of the Recession. Continuing cuts to a program that is already experiencing significant reductions and now adding the new asset... Read more →

JCAA’s 18th Annual Fluke Tournament, June 9- JCAA News May 2012

With New Striped Bass Category! By Paul Haertel (from Jersey Coast Anglers Association May 2012 Newsletter) JCAA’s 18th Annual Fluke Tournament will be held on June 9th, 2012. This year we will have a new striped bass category for those of you who might like to fish for both fluke and striped bass during this time of the year. However, contestants will have to enter the fluke tournament in order to be eligible to enter... Read more →

Philadelphia Streets Department Recognized for Innovative Practices

The skyline of Pennsylvania's largest city Philadelphia. Visible are Center City with the Comcast Center on the left bank of the Schuylkill River and the 30th Street Station with the Cira Centre on the right. The resolution of the original photograph is 15000*3597. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Philadelphia, April 18, 2012 – The City of Philadelphia Streets Department has been recognized for “innovative community and government initiatives” by the Corbett Administration for the implementation of BigBelly... Read more →

Edwin F. Lyons, WW II Army Vet, Member of the Brooklawn United Methodist Church

Lyons, Edwin F., 89, of Brooklawn, NJ, joined his wife Doris in Heaven on April 24, 2012.Legacy A man who deeply loved his family and was guided by his faith in Christ is the legacy that Ed leaves for his family. Ed was born in Camden and raised for a short time along the Jersey Shore before settling with his family in Brooklawn around 1934 where he remained for the rest of his life. Ed... Read more →

Mrs. Arlene Marie Joyce (nee Sacco) of Woodbury, former resident of Gloucester City

Mrs. Arlene Marie Joyce (nee Sacco), 67 of Woodbury died peacefully on April 26, 2012 with her family by her side. A former resident of Gloucester City, she graduated from Gloucester City High School Class of 1962. Arlene devoted her life and love to the care of others. She was always available for a helping hand and selflessly giving of her time and affection to nearly everyone she knew. Whether it was relaxing on the... Read more →

Face of Defense: Air Force Officer Tackles NFL Dream

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Valencia 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., April 25, 2012 - At 6 feet, 6 inches tall and 305 pounds, Air Force 2nd Lt. Ben Garland looks more like a football player than a typical officer. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ben Garland, who's preparing to realize his dream of playing for the NFL Denver Broncos professional football team, tops off his shopping cart at... Read more →

Obama Bogged Down by Scandals |

April 25, 2012 by Phyllis Schlafly Increasing public disapproval of Barack Obama is based not only on his extravagant spending that hangs debt like an albatross around the necks of our children and grandchildren. He is presiding over the most scandal-ridden administration in decades, from Colombia to Las Vegas, to the Mexican border, to Solyndra, and more.The Secret Service's prostitution party in Colombia is an international embarrassment. It's not sufficient punishment that a few guilty... Read more →

Cherry Hill Tower Ladder 1324 to Camden for 2-Alarm Building Fire

On Tuesday, April 24 at approx. 2:30pm, CHFD Tower Ladder 1324 was requested for mutual aid into the City of Camden. The Camden Fire Department struck a second alarm for heavy fire showing from the second floor of a 2-story, occupied commercial building at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and S. 9th Street. Upon arrival, Tower Ladder 24 positioned on the division B side of the building and directed its elevated master stream on the... Read more →

Face of Defense: TROPHY TEAM

04/24/2012 05:10 PM CDT President Barack Obama strikes the Heisman pose after accepting a football from quarterback Tim Jefferson, left, during the Commander-in-Chief Trophy presentation to the U.S. Air Force Academy football team in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., April 23, 2012. The Air Force team beat Army and Navy teams in 2011 to claim the trophy for the 18th time. Read more →

La Salle School, Personal Records Fall on First Night of Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - The La Salle women's track squad made a big statement on the opening night of Penn Relays at Franklin Field last night, as the Explorers saw school and personal records fall. The distance medley relay squad of Wendy Hutchinson (Dover, Pa./Dover), Lolita Thomas(Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast), Tori Pisco (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck) and Caitlin Storbeck(Eagleville, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) broke the school record with a time of 11:40.05. They smashed the old record of 11:44.20, set in 2002. The... Read more →

Nanotechnology Spells Danger For Firefighters |

BY ED BALLAM FIREHOUSE.COM NEWS The latest studies have shown that the microscopic materials that become airborne during fires are far more deadly than ever realized. Firefighters and responders have known for decades that smoke is harmful to their health, but the latest studies have shown that the microscopic materials that become airborne during fires are far more deadly than ever realized. That's because of the proliferation of nanotechnology – particles that are one billionth... Read more →

Wilmington’s Softball Season Comes to a Close on Day One at the CACC Tournament

DATE: April 26, 2012 djl LAKEWOOD, N.J. - - The record setting 2012 season came to a close on Thursday for the Wilmington University softball team as it dropped back-to-back games on the first day of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament on Thursday afternoon on the campus of Georgian Court University. Wilmington (26-25 overall), the tournament’s number four seed, fell to No. 5 Post, 6-1, in the first contest of the day before being... Read more →

Rutgers Day Coming, Free, Rain or Shine,April 28

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers Day, Rutgers University’s annual welcome to the people of New Jersey, is coming, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Rutgers Day will include nearly 500 events, exhibits and activities on the flagship campus in New Brunswick and Piscataway. There will be plenty to stimulate the minds and senses of New Jerseyans of all ages, and all programs are free. Visitors will be able... Read more →


April 24, 2012 NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – As U.S. policymakers continue to discuss the role of the corporation in American society, Rutgers University continues to bring together top scholars to participate in the world’s most comprehensive fellowship program to analyze all aspects of employee ownership and profit sharing. Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), a recognized world leader in this emerging area, has appointed 22 fellows to study broad-based employee stock ownership... Read more →

Bellmawr School Board OKs $14.5 Million Budget | GCN

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News The Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) approved the proposed $14.5 million 2012-13 school budget, which has a local tax levy of $7.9 million, during its recent meeting. Recent legislation enacted by Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), allows for municipalities who normally hold their School Board Elections in April, to move alongside the mainstream General Elections on November 6, and each November thereafter for the foreseeable future. If the BOE can... Read more →

South Jersey Citizens File Lawsuit Against Gloucester Township Clerk

Gloucester Township (Camden), NJ - April 25th, 2012 - South Jersey Citizens (SJC), a non-partisan "good government" local watchdog group, has filed a two-count complaint against Gloucester Township's Clerk for violations of the Faulkner Act and for violating resident's civil rights by unjustly blocking a citizen-led initiative petition for a pay to play reform ordinance. This suit seeks to reverse an earlier decision by the Township Clerk not to certify a valid petition pursuant to... Read more →

Video: RNC to Obama, Remember Those Promise About Lobbyists?

RNC to Obama: Hey, Remember Those Promises About Lobbyists? By Jim Geraghty April 23, 2012 7:29 A.M. Good morning, Mr. President. The Republican National Committee would like to remind you of your bold, ambitious, unambiguous promises about keeping lobbyists out of your administration from 2008, and how that promise… well, seemed to reach its expiration date particularly early. And often. Compared to the economy and gas prices, and such, I’m not sure how many voters... Read more →

Marine discharged over online Obama comments -

Washington (CNN) -- A Marine who used his Facebook page to criticize President Barack Obama has been discharged, a Marine Corps spokesman said Wednesday. Sgt. Gary Stein was given an "other-than-honorable" discharge, said Capt. Brian Block, a spokesman for the Marines. Among other comments posted to his Facebook page, Stein called Obama a liar and suggested he would not follow some orders issued by the president. An other-than-honorable discharge is given to a Marine who... Read more →

Student Loan Borrowers Dazed and Confused by Servicer Shuffle |

by Marian Wang ProPublica, April 23, 2012, 2 p.m reprinted by CNBNews with permission of The Department of Education has been transferring large batches of federal student loans to new loan-servicing companies — leaving in the lurch some borrowers who are suddenly encountering problems with their loans, such as payments that are mysteriously adjusted up or down. The switch, which has been going on for months and will ultimately include millions of loans, is... Read more →


Compact goal is to increase access to great schools in neighborhoods throughout the City of Philadelphia April 23, 2012 Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. and Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has signed on as a member of the Philadelphia Great Schools Compact, a united effort by the Mayor, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis, the School District, the School Reform Commission, charter schools, and Archdiocesan schools in... Read more →

Damminger Named ‘Freeholder of the Year’ by New Jersey Conference of Mayors

April 26, 2012 (Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger has been named “Freeholder of the Year” by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors (NJCM). Damminger will be honored at a dinner at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 26 at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Freeholder Director Damminger said, “I am very flattered to have been chosen by the mayors as Freeholder of the Year. We live in an age where all governments must pull together... Read more →

Face of Defense: Marine Earns Top-Shooter Status

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Paul Peterson U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., April 23, 2012 - Gunnery Sgt. Joshua A. Peterson is one of the few riflemen to earn a coveted place on the Marine Corps Shooting Team, where the time-honored art of marksmanship is a full-time job. Gunnery Sgt. Joshua A. Peterson, one of the crack shots on the Marine Corps Shooting Team, practices his aim at the Stone Bay... Read more →

Gloucester City Residents Support Neighbors In Need |

by BRUCE DARROW ( City was once described by a South Jersey newspaper as “a Beer drinking, Church going City” where Saturday was for partying and Sunday was for church and family. Another referred to Gloucester City as a community where “families looked after each other friend or foe.” Regardless of the many views or opinions which surround the City, one thing it can never be criticizes for is its lack of caring. Every child... Read more →

Welcome Home Lt. Candice Bujak, of Mt. Ephraim

Welcome Back From Afghanistan Mount Ephraim, New Jersey Who: Lt. Candice Bujak When: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Time: 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Where: Mary Bray Elementary School 225 W. Kings Highway Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey 08059 Contact: George (Yellow Ribbon Club) 856-685-3150 Jean Meloni (Mary Bray Elementary School) 856-933-4577 Please come out to welcome home Lt. Candice Bujak from her recent deployment from Afghanistan. Graduated from Camden County Vocational School in 1994. Six months... Read more →

Wearing an Ankle Brace May Not Increase Injury Risk to the Knee

Released: 4/25/2012 8:00 AM EDT Source: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Newswise — ATLANTA, Ga. – Giselle Aerni, MD presented her research project “The Effect of Lace-Up Ankle Bracing on Knee Biomechanics During a Jump Landing” at the 21st American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on April 24, 2012. “Ankle braces are common in the sport community and there has been concern that stabilizing the ankle joint might alter... Read more →

Wilmington U. Softball Coach Highlights Four Total Earning 2012 All-CACC Softball Honors |

DATE: April 24, 2011 djl NEW HAVEN, Conn. - - Following a record setting Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season, Wilmington University softball head coach Erin Harvey highlights the 2012 CACC Postseason Awards, being named Co-Coach of the Year while Katie Warrington, Shelby Thompson and Jill Stafford were also recognized as All-CACC members, announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Harvey shares the Coach of the Year Award with Caldwell’s skipper Dean Johnson after leading... Read more →


Age strongly influences attitudes and perceptions of deer hunters By Joe Kosack Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist Pennsylvania Game Commission HARRISBURG – Deer hunters have long been recognized as Pennsylvania’s most devoted hunters and their commitment to hunting has helped keep wildlife management afloat in this state for almost 100 years. But who are these people? How and where do they hunt deer? Do they support or oppose the agency’s deer management program? The results of... Read more →

The College of New Jersey Football Team Partners with Special Olympics New Jersey

Players teach and learn while enjoying a memorable experience Release written by TCNJ student-writer Brandon Gould ‘13 LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Dalton Stilts took the ball from under center, rolled right and hit wide receiver Steven Rodenbeck for a touchdown in the Special Olympics New Jersey’s version of “Friday Night Lights” on April 20. Stilts and Rodenbeck’s connection during a flag football clinic was met with hoots and hollers from The College of New Jersey’s varsity... Read more →


Anglers are encouraged to vigilantly clean equipment to prevent the spread of this invader WEST TRENTON, N.J. (April 24) – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that a staff scientist last week found extensive mats of the aquatic alga Didymosphenia geminata (also known as Didymo or “Rock Snot”), an invasive species, in the Delaware River. Dr. Erik Silldorff, an aquatic biologist with the commission, on April 18, 2012, discovered large Didymo blooms in... Read more →

Washington Twp GOP: Democrats Running as Republicans in Upcoming Primary

press release Washington Township GOP WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ — Washington Township needs to wake up, and remember! Police Corporal 
Tim Attanasi, one of three recently converted Democrats running in the June 5 Republican primary here, as per the Democrat political playbook is already playing fast and loose with rules and regulations. Our police department has a regulation (Section 5:12.9 Class 2 offense) prohibiting officers from running for Mayor or council. Relying on information... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for April 26 issue

Gloucester City Art/Music Festival Saturday On Waterfront Revolutionary War Ship Search To Begin Off Brooklawn Shore Gloucester City Planning Board Offers Support For New Business Great Granddaughter Taylor Stands In For Midge Moore On Opening Day Gloucester City High Alumni Scholarship Social Set Lakes Association Fishing Derby Saturday Return Unused Drugs To Gloucester City Police Read more →

Video: Just for Fun! Two Year old Dancing the Jive,

This has been making the Internet rounds since last month, even so it deserves a second look. Published on Mar 15, 2012 by Studie43 March 12, 2012 The boys name is William Stokkebroe. After seeing his parents Kristina and Peter Stokkebroe and the dancers of studie43 practising he is showing what he has learned at the Galla opening 2. Marts 2012. We do not own the rights for the music Jailhouse rock playing in the... Read more →

Bellmawr Baseball/Softball Season Begins | GCN

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News A nearly cloudless and warm late morning greeted the 2012 Opening Day ceremonies, for both Bellmawr Baseball and Softball, April 14. Both Garrity Field on Warren Avenue, along with the “Little League” facilities on Essex Avenue, were abuzz with parents and players following the parade from the St. Joachim (Annunciation) School lot at noon. With the Little League running for over 50 years, and their cross-town counterparts nearing that... Read more →

Bellmawr Child Shawn Mendelero Gets Bicycle | GCN

By Tiffany Menderlo Shawn’s Mother My son Shawn is 5 years old. At age three, he was diagnosed with Autistic Disorder. He is the most wonderful child and our family is so blessed to have him in our lives. Recently, his physical therapist Robin Kanner suggested that a company from Canada called Freedom Concepts do a demonstration of an adaptive bicycle for Shawn to ride. I agreed but knew that the medical equipment was beyond... Read more →

Gloucester High Juniors Endorse Favorite Books | GCN

By Bud McKibban Special To The NEWS Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower is reported to have said, “Don’t be afraid to go into your library and read every book.” His point, I believe, is that we should welcome new ideas as an important part of our life-long endeavor to become educated. It follows that the contemplation of the thoughts and concepts contained in books can only make us better thinkers and more informed citizens. This... Read more →

Sunoco Enters into Exclusive Discussions with The Carlyle Group Regarding Philadelphia Refinery Joint Venture

PHILADELPHIA, Apr 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Sunoco, Inc. (NYSE: SUN) announced today that it has entered into exclusive discussions with The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, regarding a potential joint venture involving Sunoco's 330,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Philadelphia. If a transaction were to be consummated, Sunoco would contribute its Philadelphia refinery assets in exchange for a non-operating minority interest in the joint venture. In addition, Sunoco would have no on-going capital obligations with... Read more →

Star Wars' director surrenders to eco-tyrants

Sussman tells of relentless fight against George Lucas' property rights After 25 years of battling environmentalists, "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas has retreated from plans to construct a beautiful mission-style moviemaking mansion on thousands of acres of land he owns in Marin County, Calif., 20 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The people of Marin are proud of their liberalism and adherence to the green agenda. The community is extremely upscale and home to... Read more →

NJOA EP: Quail in the Classroom gets deserved recognition

The Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophorus), Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia) NJOA Belmar, NJ 4/22/12 Congratulations to Pola Galie for the coverage and recognition she is receiving for her Quail in the Classroom project. Quail in the Classroom is part of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects (EP), President, Ed Markoswki. Below is a link to pictures of Quail in the Classroom at a school in Waretown, NJ. They were published in... Read more →

Obituary: John C. "Tex" Wisham, of Erial

On April 21, 2012. Age 69. Of Erial. Formerly of Woodlynne and East Camden. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of John C. Wisham. Due notice of the memorial service will be announced through: (McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142) Read more →