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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, 6th Grade Math Alice Costello School, Brooklawn NJ 08030 click here to vote Related articles Brooklawn Basketball Team Pay a Visit to the Palestra | ( ALICE COSTELLO SCHOOL: Unique January Holidays by Cianni C. ( Alice Costello School: Groundhog's Day by Douglas F. | ( No School Tax Increase for Brooklawn Residents; No School Tax Increase in 10 Years ( Brooklawn: Zero Tolerance For Poor Ballfield Behavior, Taxes To Increase | GCN... 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 nearly week long trip to Hawaii for a couple hour ribbon cutting on a new federal building. Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), chair of the spending subcommittee that oversees the GSA indicated she was "going to be scrubbing the budget even more than we were otherwise going to be doing because of the conference." She should. But so should Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) who chairs the spending subcommittee that oversees the Congressional budget. Because lawmakers... 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 going to be involved in this recall, because again for them, this is so critically important,” Walker told Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “I think they understand that when we win, this will send a powerful message not just to other Republican governors, but to even some of the discerning Democrats who hold governorships and even mayoral positions across the country.” Asked during the Newsmax.TV interview if he believes President Obama and the White House... 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 disparage the NJOA, and misrepresent the integrity of our organization and council members, directly to state legislators as a result of my opinion piece. In order to keep the record straight I have included a link to "Conservation Corner" below. I do not want my words to be twisted by others when they are readily availalbe for everyone's review. Again, these are my personal thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the position of NJOA organizations... 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, Bucknell claimed the overall championship with 34 points. Navy finished second with 29 points, while MIT had 25 to take third. Navy's title in the second varsity is the fourth in program history and first since 2008. Navy has now had at least one boat win a Patriot League title in three consecutive seasons. "I'm certainly really proud of the second varsity, they did a fantastic job," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "The varsity... 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 April 20. “For us Dominicans, for us Peruvians and for all those who are devoted to this saint, he is an example for our spiritual and Christian life and for our family life as well,” he said. Father Juan Anguerri, director of the St. Martin de Porres Home for the Poor, called the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the saint’s canonization an opportunity to reflect on his example of Christian life, inspired by his... 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 book about the country’s first African-American president, “Obama: The Historic Journey.” The Times also published a lengthy portrait of him in its Times Topics section on, yet there’s nothing of the kind about George W. Bush or his father. According to a study by the media scholars Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, The Times’s coverage of the president’s first year in office was significantly more favorable than its first-year coverage of three... 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 Our New Video 3 Steps to Save Scott Walker 1) Don’t Back Down on Your Principles Governor Scott Walker refused to accept the status quo. He balanced the budget without raising taxes and without laying off state employees. Through TV, radio, and online ads, we will give voters the full story about Walker’s record. 2) Defeat the Unions We won’t be intimidated by union thugs. In fact, unions should be concerned. If they lose this... 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 and profit sharing in corporations, the U.S. economy and society. See the complete list of fellows below. “Our goal is to build a whole new generation of scholars to study workplace issues. By bringing together economists, finance experts, human resources scholars, industrial relations scholars, sociologists, philosophers, political scientists, historians, psychologists, anthropologists, and others we hope to come up with new interdisciplinary insights on corporations,” says SMLR Dean Susan Schurman. Recipients of Rutgers’ research fellowships represent... 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 test are unacceptable and cruel policy decisions. We need to be encouraging SNAP participants to buy healthy foods with their benefits, not forcing them to eat cheaply so they can eat at all. Despite the nearly 1 in 3 Philadelphians who use SNAP benefits to supplement their income and feed their families, there are another 180,000 estimated Philadelphians who are eligible to receive benefits. If you qualify for SNAP, or think you might, please call... 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 the optional striped bass category. Those who enter the striped bass category will be competing only against others who are fishing out of the same port. For this category, JCAA will pay out 60% of the money taken in from each port. The entrant weighing in the heaviest striped bass for each port will receive all the cash paid out for that particular port. The entry fee for the fluke tournament is $120 provided payment... 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 Solar compacting litter baskets and recycling containers. The baskets have saved the City a million dollars in annual costs by reducing the trash collection rate per trash can from an average 17 times per week to 2.5 times per week. The award was part of the 16th Annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence, which were presented on April 17th, 2012. “I commend the Streets Department on the installation of BigBelly Solar litter baskets, which... 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 proudly served in the United States Army during World War II where he was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Ed enjoyed 56 ½ years of marriage with his wife, Doris and together they raised four daughters that they loved very much. He worked for Tidewater Grain in Philadelphia for many years until his retirement in 1987. Ed was an active... 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 beach or testing her luck at the casinos, Arlene enjoyed being at the shore. Beyond the love for her family, Arlene also shared her attention to her dog (Crickett), her rabbits and other animals that kept her company. Beloved wife of Manrin; Devoted mother of Jackie Karge, Cheryl Kipp-Pace, Kristie Joyce Hankin, Aaron, Alicia and LeeAnn; Loving grandmother of 8 grandchildren, and 1 great child. Viewing Monday 5:00–7:00 pm at the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34... 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 the commissary on Scott Air Force Base, Ill., March 9, 2012. Garland shops for groceries weekly to fuel his daily 6,000 to 8,000 calorie intake. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian J. Valencia (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution imageavailable. That's because he's a defensive lineman contracted to play for the NFL's Denver Broncos. Garland will attend the team's conditioning and tryout camps which last through mid-June. The 23-year-old Air Force Academy graduate has... 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 men have been allowed to resign or retire with benefits because many questions are still crying to be answered. Who arranged the party at the now-notorious Pley Club Cartagena, which apparently supplied enough girls for eleven Secret Service and ten U.S. military men staying in separate rooms at the historic Hotel Caribe, where prostitution is openly tolerated? Is there any connection between this moral scandal and our recent trade agreement with Colombia? Were there any... 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 division C exposure wall and roof. After repositioning, the ladder main was used to direct a water stream into the second story windows on the division B side. Eventually the fire vented through the roof, and TL 24 used its master stream to suppress the fire above the roof and into the fire building. Photos courtesy of John Axford and Ted Aurig at via 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 squad also finished second in the race out of 14 teams. Meghan McGlinchey (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) bested her personal 5K record, running a 16:20.76 to beat her personal best of 16:27.76. She also finished fourth in the race out of 25 competitors. Meghan Lutz (Langhorne, Pa./Nazareth Academy) also ran a strong race on Thursday night, finishing third in the 10K with a 35:27.27. That marked a personal record for Lutz, as her previous best... 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 of a meter in size - that are found in today’s consumer products. Capt. Peter McBride Ottawa (Canada) Fire Services spoke of the dangers of nanotechnologies, which contain known cancer causing materials, at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis. He is a safety officer in Ottawa, responsible for the health and safety of the firefighters in his department. He became acutely interested in nanotechnologies when a huge downtown sporting goods store burned and... 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 eliminated by No. 8 Holy Family, 8-5, in the consolation bracket. The Wildcats won a program record 18 conference games this season to place fourth in the CACC standings and earn the fourth seed in the tournament. In the opening round of the tournament against No. 5 Post, the Wildcats could not figure out Eagle starting pitcher Ashley Cummings, as they only managed four hits off the righty and not denting the scoreboard until the... 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 to flex their creative muscles; sample music and culture from around the world; and mingle with Rutgers students, scientists, poets, philosophers and other scholars. Parking is free and buses will be available to shuttle among the College Avenue, Douglass, George H. Cook and Busch campuses. Each campus will offer visitors a rich menu of sights and sounds. The College Avenue Campus, the heart of Rutgers, will celebrate the imaginative power of the arts and humanities... 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 and profit sharing in corporations, the U.S. economy and society. See the complete list of fellows below. “Our goal is to build a whole new generation of scholars to study workplace issues. By bringing together economists, finance experts, human resources scholars, industrial relations scholars, sociologists, philosophers, political scientists, historians, psychologists, anthropologists, and others we hope to come up with new interdisciplinary insights on corporations,” says SMLR Dean Susan Schurman. Recipients of Rutgers’ research fellowships represent... 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 hold that budget under the 2 percent cap limit set forth by law, the proposal will not need to go to voters for public approval. Yet, residents will still vote on School Board candidates. Past public distaste for any hike has led to the historic defeat of the annual measure by voters, even in years where there was no tax increase at all. Following the business of the budget, student writing presentations were made by... 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 New Jersey's initiative and referendum laws. This complaint is the next step in a year-long struggle for good government. Throughout this process, Gloucester Township's Mayor-Council Team have used numerous, and often nonsensical arguments to justify their refusal to bring this ordinance up for a vote and have relied on intimidation tactics and retaliation to try to silence critics of their government. For example, members of their political party have made numerous personal attacks against members... 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 really are motivated by pledges about lobbyists… but I suppose we’re about to find out. 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 commits a "serious offense" that significantly differs from conduct expected of a Marine, the Corps said. A statement from the Marines said it approved the findings of a military board, which in March recommended the discharge. The board found Stein violated rules limiting political conduct by service members. The Facebook page for Stein's Armed Forces Tea Party had a post Wednesday saying the discharge will be postponed until the results of a medical condition, with... 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 mandated by a little-known provision tucked into the 2010 healthcare overhaul. Pushed by a consortium of nonprofit student loan companies, the provision forces the DOE to use nonprofit loan servicers. But at least in the short run, the switch has caused problems. Tell Us Your Story Have you had problems with the servicing of your student loans or with your lender? We'd like to hear from you. Borrower Isabelle Baeck said that after a new... 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 Philadelphia to increase access to great schools in neighborhoods throughout the city. This announcement was made at St. Peter the Apostle School in Northern Liberties. "The City of Philadelphia, the School Reform Commission, charter school leaders and now the Archdiocese have made a commitment to work together to transform education through the expansion of high-quality schools, the improvement of underperforming schools, and ensuring accountability," said Mayor Nutter, who himself attended parochial elementary school in West... 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 and knock down imaginary boundaries to deliver the best services to our taxpayers at the lowest possible cost. In Gloucester County we saved our municipalities more than $24 million by providing shared and regionalized services. Damminger said that the $24 million in savings due to shared services like regionalized EMS, 911 dispatching, countywide tax assessing, stormwater management save the local towns an average of 18 (eighteen) cents on their local tax rate. “I am very... 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 Ranges on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2012. The custom-made rifle he uses is specially weighted. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Paul Peterson (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution imageavailable. Peterson recently earned top-shooter status at the Eastern Division Match Championship held here, dropping only 12 points out of a possible 600. Peterson said he was no stranger to firearms growing up in Wisconsin. "I grew up shooting with my dad,"... 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 who has ever participated in any sport in Gloucester City or travelled to another town to play witnessed the caravan of supporters. Win or lose parents, friends and neighbors showed their support for the youth of Gloucester. This show of support by family and friends is on display outside of a sporting venue when annually during the month of April the National Multiple Sclerosis holds a local fundraiser at Washington Lake Park in Washington Twp.... 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 later she joined the Marine Corps and then graduated boot camp in March 1995. She was stationed at Camp Lejuene, NC from 1995-1997, in Iwakuni, Japan in 1998, and in San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA from 1999-2005. She was recruited out of San Diego, CA for the Marines from 2002-2005. She received the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2003. In October 2005, Lt. Bujak was transferred into the U.S. Army as a Sergeant and... 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 biomechanics further up the kinetic chain,” said Dr. Aerni. “Our research showed that knee biomechanics known to be risk factors for ACL injury did not appear to be negatively impacted by wearing a lace-up ankle brace.” The joints in the lower body - hip, knee and ankle work together as a kinetic chain, which means each joint influences the movement of the other joints as a collective group. If there is a restriction in the... 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 the Wildcats to a program best regular season finish of 18-8 and the fourth seed in the upcoming CACC Tournament. She helped the Wildcats to a 9-0 start in the CACC season and closed the conference schedule by winning nine of the final 14 games. It is the first time in Harvey’s six years at the helm of Wilmington that she earned the award. As for the players, Warrington and Thompson were each named to... 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 a recent Pennsylvania Game Commission survey of 5,892 randomly selected deer hunters now sheds light on their preferences. “Hunters returned 3,572 surveys, which resulted in a response rate of 61 percent,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “We were pleased with hunter participation in the survey, because it improves substantially the accuracy of responses hunters provided in this important periodic survey.” The 2011 survey is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to measure... 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 football team, who helped hold the event at TD Sports Field in Lawrenceville. “It was great, just great to be out here and helping these kids out,” said sophomore linebacker Joseph Conklin. “Some of them are even better than us at doing certain things. It was a great time and I’m glad that we did it.” It was a great day for football as the SONJ athletes came out in their favorite teams’ colors –... 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 the Delaware River over a 40-mile stretch extending from the area near the confluence with the Lackawaxen River (river mile 279) downstream to the vicinity of Dingmans Ferry Bridge (river mile 239). This section of river includes portions of two National Park units: the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. “We knew Didymo occurred in the river,” Dr. Silldorff said, “but the spatial extent and intensity of... 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 from a former democrat solicitor, Corporal Attanasi, as democrats are prone to do, has arbitrarily decided that this regulation simply doesn’t apply to him. His arrogance is astonishing. He is not a true Republican when he decides to run in a Republican primary and completely ignored a regulation that makes good government sense...his actions demonstrate self serving decision making at best. If he is flouting regulations now, what would it mean for Washington Township if... 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 background. link submitted by Dece, Bill Gross and Babe Tourtual 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 milestone, temperatures were expected to reach the mid 70s by the end of the afternoon. As opening ceremonies got underway at Charles Koehler Field (Essex Avenue), a moment of silence was observed for the late Nolan Rozzelle, who passed away earlier this year following a courageous battle with diabetes. Rozzelle was a long-time member of Bellmawr Little League, elected to its Hall of Fame, and instrumental in many of the aspects followed to this day.... 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 my price range, to say the least. On Shawn’s fifth birthday, Freedom Concepts came to his physical therapy session at Weisman Children’s Rehab. Shawn did wonderful on the bike. Without Robin Kanner I would never have dreamed that my little boy would be able to ride a bike like a big boy, all by himself. She has been so instrumental in the progress of Shawn’s strength and endurance, and works with our family as a... 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 is the idea behind Gloucester City High School’s reading initiative, spearheaded by the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) program. We are also encouraging students – and we hope the community – to talk about what they are reading. In March, we published some reading suggestions from the senior class. This month we are focusing on the choices of the junior class. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – Danielle Russo called it “interesting and entertaining.” Through... 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 respect to the refinery. Carlyle would contribute cash to the joint venture, hold the majority interest and oversee day-to-day operations of the joint venture and the facility. No other financial terms of the potential transaction were disclosed and there can be no assurances that the two companies will come to agreement. Speaking on the potential joint venture and what it could mean to operations at the Philadelphia refinery, Sunoco's president and chief executive officer Brian... 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 many rock stars and Hollywood-types. One would think the inhabitants of this hippie and yuppie paradise would be thrilled to have George Lucas' business located in their backyard, but not so. His purposes, they contend, would disturb nature, and that's a clear no-no in Marin. Since 1995, a gaggle of rabid eco-interests have relentlessly attacked the billionaire film magnate, whose productions ushered in the digital arts age, over his plans for a production complex that... 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 yesterday's Asbury Park Press. Below is coverage of Pola's Quail in the Classroom Project published in "The Sandpaper.Net" The Tuckerton Seaport is expecting; 120 fluffy peeps, or baby quail, should be hatching any day now as part of the [New Jersey Outdoor Alliance EP] Quail in the Classroom Project. Folklife Center Director Jaclyn Stewart Wood said the Seaport is one of only two public organizations in the state besides schools to participate in the... 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 →