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June 2012

Man charged in murder of 79- year-old Paulsboro woman

press release June 29, 2012 Samuel Kevin Davis (DOB 12/5/66), whose last known address was 299 Swedesboro Ave., Paulsboro NJ, has been charged with murdering 79-year-old Thirza Sweeten, whose body was found by her daughter in the victim’s home at 1562 South Delaware Avenue in Paulsboro on March 19, 2012. Early in the investigation, Davis became a person of interest in the Sweeten murder. He was arrested in Paulsboro on an unrelated charge on March 20 and has remained in the Gloucester County Jail since then. Davis was an acquaintance of Sweeten’s son, who periodically lived with his mother but was hospitalized at the time of the murder. A motive for the murder remains unclear. There was no evidence of theft in the single-family house. State Police laboratory tests confirmed this week that biological evidence linked Davis to the murder, which an autopsy concluded resulted from multiple injuries. He was... Read more →

MT. EPHRAIM School District 2012 GRADUATES |

The administration and all staff members wish to congratulate the eighth grade graduating class of 2012: The students include: Isabella S. Agostini, *Christopher L. Blaylock, *Courtney L. Bocchicchio, Josiah A. Bracey, Amber-Rose T. Broschard, *Tashana N. Brown, *Brittany N. Brown, *Emily C. Calhoun, *Dominick M. Cipolone, *Maryellen M. Crain, Zachery Cyr. Also, William J. DiLolle, *Emily G. DiPadova, Benjamin G. Doherty III, Christian M. Dolan, Brett B. Duffy, *Alyssa M. Fitzpatrick, David H. Foulks, Jr., Robert C. Fusco, Jr., *Kasey L. Gardner, *Taylor S. Gavin, Jeremy L. Gesell, *Maria A. Granato, Harry T. Harris, Jeffrey M. Henkel, Kevin T. Hoopes. Also, Joshua Jimenez, Mathew D. Jost, Michael D. Jost, Samuel J. Keating, Rostam Khan, Sarah B. Krieg, *Elijah A. Lapp, Emily K. Libetti, Scott H. Manley, *Meghan L. McDonough, Elizabeth A. Medlar, Stephanie L. Miles, William B. Nguyen, *Danielle N. Nicklas, *Victoria T. O’Kane, Matthew T. Pallotta, Tyler A. Polo,... Read more →

PREIT Announces the First-Ever CocoFrüt is Now Open at Cherry Hill Mall

The new concept kiosk introduces made-to-order Belgian waffle concoctions to mall shoppers. CHERRY HILL, N.J. – June 26, 2012 – CocoFrüt is now open at Cherry Hill Mall, offering shoppers Liege Belgian waffles; gourmet milk, dark and white chocolate fondues; a large selection of fresh fruit; and a variety of toppings. CocoFrüt’s 180 square foot flagship kiosk, the first of its kind, takes Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate fondue to a new level by creating a high-quality, flavorful European experience and using its own time-honored Liege Belgian waffle recipe. Signature items include Rocky Road, Strawberry Shortcake, and Ice Cream WaffleWiches; Waffle Pops, BreakFrut, CocoWaffles, and fruit skewers drizzled with artisan chocolate. “We love Cherry Hill Mall and are impressed with how Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) has transformed the property,” said owner David Solomon. “Everything about the mall – the stores, the ambiance, the customers and the location –... Read more →


Part of DEP's Effort to Enhance Recycling Statewide to Reach 50 Percent Goal (June 28, 2012) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Program and New Jersey Solid Waste Advisory Council are jointly hosting an Urban Recycling Summit today in the DEP's effort to help municipalities develop improved recycling practices designed to boost to local economies, while also helping the state reach its goal of 50 percent recycling. Representatives from Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Bayonne, Bridgeton Camden, Clifton, East Orange, Elizabeth, Hackensack, Irvington, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville, New Brunswick, Newark, Old Bridge, Orange, Perth Amboy, Phillipsburg, Plainfield and Trenton are meeting at DEP headquarters today in Trenton. "Today's recycling summit is another in the DEP's continued efforts to actively engage municipal stakeholders to develop new strategies to increase recycling," said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. "While we're pleased to say New Jersey's recycling rate is on an upward trend,... Read more →

Down the Shore: Coast Guard Recovers One Boater in Absecon Bay

English: CGAS Atlantic City (Photo credit: Wikipedia) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard recovered a boater after the skiff he was aboard capsized in Absecon Bay in the vicinity of the Route 30 causeway bridge Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a call at approximately 3:20 a.m. from a member of the Brigantine Police Department reporting there was a capsized boat with three men aboard in Absecon Bay. Two of the men made it to shore and were located by a member of the Brigantine Police. The other man was located by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and recovered unresponsive by the crew aboard a Response Boat - Small from station Atlantic City. The man was then transported back to the station and transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel. Related articles VIDEO RELEASE: Coast Guard rescues mother, child from... Read more →

Gov. Christie Calls Special Session for Monday to Discuss Budget |

Governor of New Jersey at a town hall in Hillsborough, NJ 3/2/11 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Trenton, NJ – Determined to reverse the path chosen by Democrats in the legislature to impose an $800 million tax hike on New Jersey residents, while holding middle-class tax relief hostage, Governor Chris Christie today called for a special session of the state legislature Monday. In a letter to Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Governor Christie noted the fundamental choice confronting Democrats in the legislature: “Continue to move forward by letting people, and not government, enjoy more of the earnings produced by their own labor, or take a step back to repeat the days where taxes are the answer to each and every challenge,” said Governor Christie. Yesterday, for the third year in a row, Governor Christie signed into law a constitutionally balanced budget that delivers on key priorities for the... Read more →

Legion World Series on

American Legion Baseball (Photo credit: Wikipedia) American Legion Baseball fans nationwide will have the opportunity to watch the 2012 Legion World Series games live in Shelby, N.C., Aug. 17-21. All 15 games will once again be streamed online on The games will be shown online and on mobile devices to Internet customers with high-speed connections from affiliated service providers. Viewing ESPN3 is free and viewers will be able to go to find a direct link to ESPN3. Once there, viewers need only to register in order to watch all the games. is a 24/7 online sports destination currently available in approximately 70 million homes, at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or cable-TV video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It’s also available to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel, via computers connected to on-campus and on-base networks.... Read more →

County Consumer Protection Issues Warnings to Home Improvement Contractors

(Woodbury, NJ) The County Office of Consumer Protection in coordination with the State Office of Consumer Affairs issued warnings this week to home improvement contractors who have not registered or who have not placed their registration numbers on their commercial vehicles. The New Jersey Home Improvement Contractors Registration Act requires all contractors conducting business in this state to be registered with the State Office of Consumer Affairs. Existing home contractors should have been registered by December 31, 2005 and must renew their 90 dollar registration annually. Home Improvement (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said “The office of Consumer Affairs has fairly warned home improvement contractors in our county to get registered and comply with state law as others have, but we continue to see a lot of them who either don’t get registered, or have not published their registration numbers according to state law.” Any contractor... Read more →

Bishops Ask Congress to Repair AFA

English: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) June 28, 2012 Supreme Court decision does not address fundamental flaws in the law Legislation still needed to fix conscience, abortion funding, immigration problems WASHINGTON—Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called "individual mandate." For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to life-affirming health care for all, especially the poorest and the most vulnerable.Although the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) did not participate in these cases and took no position on the specific questions... Read more →

Area 4th of July Celebrations |

PHOTO CREDIT: Thinkstock SATURDAY Westville: Independence Day Celebration, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 165 Broadway. Crafters will set up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thomas West Park (along Delsea Drive). Other activities will include a petting zoo, pony cart rides and moon bounce. Fireworks display after dusk at River Drive (along Big Timber Creek). Free. (856) 456-0030 or Philadelphia: Taste of Philadelphia, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wawa Welcome America! kicks off with this weekend food festival featuring food, entertainment, fireworks and more. Admission is free, with tastes of top dishes from Philadelphia restaurants and food trucks for a few dollars. Live music each day on the River Stage, and fireworks on June 30. www.welcomeam Camden: Independence Day Splash 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden. See the Welcome America! fireworks... Read more →

The Affordable Care Act and Elderly Recipients |

Released: 6/22/2012 12:10 PM EDT Source: George Washington University The Affordable Care Act Could Have Negative Consequences for Elderly Recipients of Long-Term Services and Supports, George Washington University Professor Says Ellen Kurtzman, Assistant Research Professor at GW School of Nursing, Co-Authors Study Examining How Three of the Law’s Provisions Affect Vulnerable Older Adults Newswise — WASHINGTON – Three provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intended to enhance care transitions and prevent avoidable outcomes for the Medicare population are found to have inadequately addressed the needs of older, vulnerable recipients of long-term services and supports, according to George Washington University School of Nursing Assistant Research Professor Ellen Kurtzman, MPH, RN, FAAN. Ms. Kurtzman was one of six authors of the paper examining the consequences of select ACA provisions on this subgroup of frail older adults. In the paper “Unintended Consequences Of Steps To Cut Readmissions And Reform Payment May Threaten... Read more →

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to close, sell Villa St. Joseph-by-the-Sea in Ventnor

VENTNOR — Priests accustomed to spending summers during their retirement at a diocese-owned Ventnor beach house will no longer be able to do so, effective Saturday. That’s when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will close Villa St. Joseph-by-the-Sea, a 12-room stucco mansion on the Boardwalk at Princeton Avenue. Retired priests have reserved rooms there for getaways during May through October since 1963, said Frances Deibert, whose family has worked there since shortly after it opened and managed it for almost three decades. Financial difficulties forced the decision: Selling the property, which is assessed at $6.2 million, will help balance the archdiocese’s $17 million deficit. The recent conclusion of a sex abuse case will cost the church an additional $11 million, but the diocese said that is not a factor. Accessible only to staff and the retired priests with reservations there, the three-level, 1920s-era house features a chapel overlooking the ocean and... Read more →

CAGW Names NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Porker of the Month |

Michael Bloomberg - Cartoon (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey) June 29, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg its June 2012 Porker of the Month for proposing a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, food carts, movie theaters, and any other venues that receive letter grades from the city for food service. If the measure is approved by the city’s health department after a three-month comment period, which began on June 12, the ban will take effect six months after enactment and be enforced by the city’s regular restaurant inspection team, which will levy $200 fines for noncompliance. With this move, the mayor fully embraces the dubious distinction of becoming the national face of the overreaching “nanny state.” Mayor Bloomberg, who already imposed bans on trans fat and smoking in parks, has made several forays on his misguided... Read more →


The first, and best known, of these seven taxes that will hit all Americans as a result of Obamacare is the Individual Mandate Tax (no longer concealed as a penalty). This provision will require a couple to pay the higher of a base tax of $1,360 per year, or 2.5% of adjusted growth income starting with lower base tax and rising to this level by 2016. Individuals will see a base tax of $695 and families a base tax of $2,085 per year by 2016. Next up is the Medicine Cabinet Tax that took effect in 2011. This tax prohibits reimbursement of expenses for over-the-counter medicine, with the lone exception of insulin, from an employee’s pre-tax dollar funded Health Saving Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). This provision hurts middle class earners particularly hard since they earn enough to actually pay federal taxes, but not... Read more →

Welcome Home Spec. Richard Peter, Burlington Township |

Welcome Back From Afghanistan Burlington Township, New Jersey Who: Specialist Richard Petner When: Sunday, July 1, 2012 Time: 2:00 PM Where: 2012 Sylvan Park Road Burlington Township, New Jersey 08016 Please come out to welcome home Specialist Richard Petner from his deployment in Afghanistan. Specialist Richard Petner is with the US Army Corp of Engineers: the 20thDivision, 554th Engineer Company. He joined the US Army at age 21 and is 25 years old. He went from PFC in 2009 to Specialist in 2010 and attended Boot Camp in Fort Sill, OK. He was trained as an Electrician at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He was stationed for 4 years in Fort Stewart, GA with the 554th Engineer Company, Vertical Unit. He served 1 deployment in Afghanistan and served with the HHC Engineer Company as CST (Command Security Team) while deployed. Friends, Family, and especially his girlfriend Stephanie invite you to join... Read more →

Ben Franklin Bridge Lighting to Honor American Independence and the Sunshine Foundation

CAMDEN, N.J. – The Delaware River Port Authority today announced the Benjamin Franklin Bridge lighting schedule for the month of July. The bridge will be lit the following colors on the following evenings: · June 25 through July 4 – Red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day by adding extra glitter to the Delaware River fireworks. · July 8 through July 15 – Yellow to illuminate the Sunshine Foundation’s “Crown Lights Awareness Campaign,” an effort to focus public attention on children with severe chronic illness, serious illness and special needs. During the week, Sunshine Foundation chapters across the region will host special events, including the Southern Ocean Chapter’s July 15 Fishing Tournament – the largest single-line fishing tournament on the New Jersey coast. Related articles DRPA Confers Christopher Milito Awards | ( Read more →


Camden Riversharks (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Legends vs The Champions to feature players from the Phillies 1980 and 2008 World Series facing off against Philadelphia area legendary sports stars; All for charity CAMDEN, N.J. — ESPN NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski and Former Phillies Manager and MLB Network Analyst Larry Bowa will lead two star-studded celebrity teams on the softball diamond to support two area non-profits: Jaws Youth Playbook and Kisses for Kyle Foundation. Celebrity Participants include: Ron Jaworski, Larry Bowa, Steve Carlton, Dickie Noles, Marty Bystrom, Vai Sikahema, Ike Reese, Hollis Thomas, Michael Barkann, Todd Fedoruk, Brian Propp, Fred Baxter and Kathryn Scott. More additions to the celebrity roster coming in the next two weeks. The game will be played on July 11, 2012 at Campbell’s Field, home of the Camden Riversharks professional baseball team, as a prelude to the Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue... Read more →


Funds To Offset Inmate Medical Costs Borne By Taxpayers, Garganio Says Following the lead of several others counties in the State, Burlington County Freeholders today gave tentative approval to the imposition of a $50 processing fee on all inmates committed to the Burlington County Detention Center and Correctional Work Release Center. Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio said that the fees, which will be assessed at the time inmates are processed into the jail, are expected to generate upwards of $150,000 in the first year, and would go towards offsetting the mounting health care costs for inmates. “In recent years, the annual cost of providing medical care to inmates, including instances of hospitalization, have totaled more than $800,000,” said Garganio. “When all the bills were added up for 2011, that number skyrocketed to $1.1 million.” Once an individual is incarcerated, the County is obligated to address medical issues which may arise. Unless... Read more →

CNBNews Spotlight on Local Students Named to Dean's List at the University of Delaware

English: University of Delaware wordmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia) NEWARK, DE (06/29/2012)(readMedia)-- Several students from our area have been named to the University of Delaware's Dean's List for Spring 2012. These students include: Hinnah Aslam of Bellmawr, NJ Kenneth Brown of Mt. Ephraim, NJ Kenneth Brown of Mt. Ephraim, NJ Melanie Carpenter of Gloucester City, NJ Angela Colletti of Wall, NJ Kelly Flynn of Bellmawr, NJ Allyson Heim of Wall, NJ Alyssa Hull of Belmar, NJ Alyssa Hull of Belmar, NJ Deanna Lapp of Wall, NJ Kenneth Brown of Mt. Ephraim, NJ Kenneth Brown of Mt. Ephraim, NJ To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester. The University of Delaware, founded in 1743, is one of the most popular universities in the U.S. Our student body encompasses nearly 17,000 undergraduates,... Read more →

Christopher Rizman of Wall Township Achieves Honors at Kent School

KENT, CT (06/28/2012)(readMedia)-- Christopher Rizman, a student in the 6th form (12th-grade) at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, was named to the honor roll for the spring term of 2011-2012. Rizman is the child of Ladislav and Kathleen Rizman of Wall Township. Kent is a co-ed college preparatory school founded in 1906 in the tradition of the Episcopal Church. Located in northwestern Connecticut, the School offers boys and girls a rigorous and interesting academic program in a boarding environment. 560 boarding and day students from more than 40 countries and nearly as many states enjoy the excellent academic programs, enriching offerings in the arts, competitive athletic teams and spirited student body. Kent prepares young people for the most prestigious colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. For more information visit Related articles Kara Blakeslee of Wall Township, N.J. selected as a Quinnipiac University orientation leader ( Raymond G.... Read more →

Local Students named to the Marist College Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester

Shield of Marist College (Photo credit: Wikipedia) POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (06/28/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local students have been named to the Marist College Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester. Kristin Baumann, Wall, NJ, is a member of the Class of 2013 and is majoring in Chemistry Biochemistry. Owen Cobb, Wall, NJ, is a member of the Class of 2014 and is majoring in Communication - Public Relations. Eric Wrigley, Wall Township, NJ, is a member of the Class of 2013 and is majoring in Accounting. Marist is an independent comprehensive liberal arts college with an enrollment of 4,200 full-time undergraduate students. Founded in 1929, the College offers 43 major fields of undergraduate study and 12 graduate degree programs. Marist is included in the Princeton Review's 2012 guide to the top colleges and universities in the U.S., The Best 376 Colleges. Marist is also ranked 13th out of 183 colleges and universities... Read more →

Joseph J. Mulderig Jr., of Bellmawr, US Post Office Employee, Member of American Legion Post 72 and VFW Post 9563

On June 27, 2012. Age 55. Of Bellmawr, NJ and formerly of Berlin, NJ. Passed away at home. JOE MULDERIG Loving son of the late Joseph J. Mulderig, Sr. and Rita M. (nee McConnell). Dear brother of Rita Toy (nee Mulderig) and her husband Edward, and Maureen Glezman (nee Mulderig) and her husband, the late Daniel Glezman. Devoted uncle to David Glezman, Patrick Glezman, Mandie Walker (fiancé of Patrick), Kathleen Toy and the late Edward. E. “Ted” Toy, Jr. Great uncle to Maclian and Rawley Glezman. Lifelong friend to Joseph Wadsworth and family of Williamstown, NJ. Joseph was born in Philadelphia, PA, raised in Berlin, NJ and was a graduate of Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, NJ. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and served for four years. Upon returning home, Joseph enrolled in Rutgers University in Camden, and left before completing for a position with the... Read more →

Elizabethtown College students work in PA State Legislature

James A. Finnegan Fellowship sponsors interns ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (06/28/2012)(readMedia)-- The 2012 recipients of the James A. Finnegan Fellowship were recently honored during a banquet at the Governor's Residence. Four recipients-including Suzanne Laucks and Tyler Eshelman from Elizabethtown College-were selected from a pool of 17 applicants, representing 11 colleges and universities. The winners are participating in paid summer internships in the Harrisburg legislative system, and receive a stipend of at least $1,000. The Fellowship is awarded each year by the James A. Finnegan Foundation, which was founded in 1960 by friends of Finnegan after his untimely death while serving as Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Commonwealth. Finnegan strongly believed that young people needed experience and education if they were to be successful in government, which inspired his friends to offer Pennsylvania college students and Pennsylvania residents attending out-of-state institutions the opportunity to apply for eight to ten-week summer internships in Pennsylvania legislature.... Read more →

Allen Honored by South Jersey Chamber of Commerce

Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) is honored to accept the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Public Service Award. The organization, which recognized the Senator and other award recipients at its 2012 Pinnacle Awards Dinner in Voorhees on June 11th, bestows the Public Service Award for "making the Chamber, our members, and the regional business community priorities on [their] agenda throughout the years" on one public official each year. "As the former President and owner of a small business myself, this award means a lot," said the Senator. "New Jersey's small employers have suffered not only during this Great Recession, but for many years before due to the unrestrained taxing and spending at the state level against which I have fought my entire Senate career. If we want to strengthen the middle class and create more, sustainable, good paying jobs in New Jersey, we need to take the business community's... Read more →

Gordon, Pou, Wagner, Eustace & Vainieri Huttle Vow to Continue Fighting for Solution

Christie Dashes Hope for Flooding Relief by Vetoing Bridge Funding JUNE 29, 2012 (TRENTON) – Senators Bob Gordon and Nellie Pou and Assembly members Connie Wagner, Tim Eustace and Valerie Vainieri Huttle vowed to continue fighting on behalf of Bergen County residents after Governor Christie vetoed legislation they sponsored that would have provided a long-term fix to the flooding caused by the Marcellus Street Bridge in Garfield. "This veto may not be totally equivalent to a 'Christie to Bergen County: Drop Dead' headline, but it's close," said Gordon. "Today the governor told the river towns of Bergen County that they are all alone in dealing with potentially devastating floods even though a solution is at-hand. The governor better hope Bergen County has a dry summer, or there will be a flood of angry calls to the governor's office the next time the Passaic and Saddle Rivers overflow their banks." "It... Read more →

Don’t Be One of the 35% – See a Dog in a Hot Car, Report it!

Bucket-headed dog (Photo credit: Paul Kidd) Added by Jasmine Kleine The UK may be a nation of dog lovers, but it seems we are still putting man’s best friend at risk as a new survey released today by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, reveals that over 66% of people have seen a dog locked in a car on a sunny day yet over a third of them did nothing about it. With temperatures easily reaching over 40 degrees in some parked vehicles, dogs could die within minutes so Dogs Trust has joined forces with the AA and the National Trust to target motorists and visitors with their “Hot Cars Can Kill Dogs” Campaign. The survey also reveals that 15% of those questioned called the police when they saw a dog locked in the car, 49% tried to alert the driver and 4% actually broke into the car... Read more →

Ready, Vet, Go!

The goal of Ready, Vet, Go! is to promote housing stability among very low-income veterans and their families who reside in or are transitioning into permanent housing. To become a participant for direct services and intensive case management in the Ready, Vet, Go! Program an individual must first meet the following conditions: Be a member of a „Veteran Household‰, which is defined as a member of a family in which the head of household, or the spouse of the head of household, is a Veteran. Veteran being defined for this grant as an individual who has served in one of the branches of the US Military on active duty, other than basic training and job skill training, or who has been deployed across state lines as a member of either The National Guard or Reserves. Be very low-income, which is defined as being 50% or below the area median income... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY NJ -On Saturday, June 30th, The YOUTH GROUP from Lighthouse Baptist Church will be holding a FREE CAR wash to raise money to go to Summer Camp in West Union, West Virginia next month. The kids will also be selling grilled hot dogs, a bag of chips and a cold soda for $3.00. The event will start at 9 AM and run until 2 PM. Bring your dirty car, truck or van to 811 Market Street and let the Youth Group from Lighthouse Baptist Church scrub it clean for you while you dine on a fresh, grilled “tube steak”. Thanks in advance for supporting our kids as the EARN their way to camp! Read more →

Justice Department shields Holder from prosecution after contempt vote | Fox News

The Justice Department moved Friday to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from prosecution after the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress. The contempt vote technically opened the door for the House to call on the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to bring the case before a grand jury. But because U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen works for Holder and because President Obama has already asserted executive privilege over the documents in question, some expected Holder's Justice Department to balk. Deputy Attorney General James Cole confirmed in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that the department in fact would not pursue prosecution. The attorney general's withholding of documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, he wrote, "does not constitute a crime." "Therefore the department will not bring the congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the attorney general," Cole... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Traffic Advisory

Broadmoor 4th of July Parade. June 30, 2012 10:00 AM The annual Broadmoor 4th of July parade will be taking place on Orchard Avenue on June 30th at 10:00 AM. The starting point will be Orchard Avenue and Wessex Lane and the parade’s route will be Orchard Avenue to Broadmoor Park.Motorists are encouraged to avoid Orchard Avenue during the parade and seek an alternate route. Please use extreme caution if you are traveling in the area due to pedestrian traffic. Read more →

Are Drugs for Osteoporosis Treatments Safe?

English: Logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2006) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) FDA Press Release Researchers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have taken a close look at the long-term benefit of bisphosphonates, a class of medications widely prescribed to treat osteoporosis. An FDA review of clinical studies measuring the effectiveness of long-term bisphosphonates use shows that some patients may be able to stop using bisphosphonates after three to five years and still continue to benefit from their use, says Marcea Whitaker, M.D., a medical officer at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Whitaker is one of the co-authors of the FDA review, which was published in the May 31, 2012 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. If you're one of the 44 million Americans at risk for osteoporosis—a disease in which bones become weak and are more likely to break—you may be taking bisphosphonates.... Read more →

Shipments of South African Summer Citrus Arriving in U.S. Markets Nationwide

Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orange variety. USDA photo(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Clementines and Navel Oranges are First of Sweet Summer Treats for U.S. Consumers Philadelphia, Pa., -- June 26, 2012 – Clementines and Navel oranges from South Africa are arriving this week from South Africa. The first refrigerated vessel, Iberian Reefer, will bring 2,621 pallets of citrus: 1096 Clementines and 1525 Navel oranges. The fruit will be distributed to grocery and other retail stores across the U.S. The ship’s arrival marks the official beginning of the 13th season of shipments of South African Summer Citrus to the U.S. The program began in 1999 with 50 tons and last year, exports to the U.S. exceeded 41,000 tons. A vessel with citrus from South Africa arrives in the U.S. every 10-12 days to assure best quality fruit is fresh and available in the marketplace. Consumer demand for South African Summer Citrus has... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Will Honor Fallen Firefighters who Died 10 Years Ago

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News This Fourth of July will be the 10th anniversary of a tragic July Fourth fire that stunned and saddened the residents of Mount Ephraim and Gloucester City. On July 4, 2002, a Gloucester City house fire claimed the lives of Mount Ephraim Fire Chief James Sylvester, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshall John West and Firefighter Thomas Stewart of the Gloucester City Fire Department as they tried to rescue the three Slack sisters, how also perished in the fire. Early that morning flames tore through the residence at 202 N. Broadway and then, horribly, the building collapsed on the firefighters inside as they attempted to find the youngsters. The three Slack girls that died in the fire were Alexandra, 5, and three-year-old twins Claudia and Colletta. During this June’s Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners meeting, Fire Chief Brian Gilmore announced that this year the Gloucester City... Read more →

Which States Will Refuse Medicaid Expansion? |

by Charles Ornstein ProPublica, June 28, 2012, 12:33 p.m See our interactive map of how health reform could expand Medicaid in each state. Interactive Map State-by-State: How Health Reform Could Expand Medicaid For many people without insurance, a key question raised bythe Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act is whether states will decline to participate in the law's big Medicaid expansion. Although the court upheld the law's mandate requiring individuals to buy insurance, the justices said the act could not force states to expand Medicaid to millions by threatening to withhold federal funding. Republican leaders of some states already are saying they are inclined to say thanks, but no thanks. Tom Suehs, the Texas Health and Human Services Executive commissioner whose state could cover an additional 1.8 million people by 2019, praised the court for giving "states more ability to push back against a forced expansion... Read more →

Black Conservatives Disappointed by Supreme Court's ObamaCare Decision

Washington, DC - Black conservatives with the Project 21 leadership network are disappointed by today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "ObamaCare." Project 21 spokeswoman Dr. Elaina George, a board-certified otolaryngologist, said: "By upholding ObamaCare, the Supreme Court ignored the Constitution. It placed corporate interests and profits, along with government control, above the needs of doctors and patients. This decision virtually guarantees the destruction of the doctor-patient relationship, and -- along with it -- individualized health care, innovation and access while it perpetuates the worst aspects of our medical system." Dr. George added: "Because of the mandate, Americans will be forced to pay for a system that will increase costs for patients, remove health care decisions from both the doctor and the patient and lead to rationing. It changes health care as we know it into a system based... Read more →


June 28, 2012(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare based on the individual mandate’s classification as a tax is a distressing blow to taxpayers. The ruling undermines President Obama’s 2009 assertion that his health care law was ‘not a tax’ and makes it clear that he tried to deceive the American people in order to get the bill passed by Congress. Now, Obamacare represents the single largest tax increase on young people in the nation’s history. When English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House Español: Barack Obama firmando la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Cuidado de Salud Asequible en la Casa Blanca... Read more →

Burlington County Police Issue Warning

MAPLE SHADE, N.J.- Police in Burlington County released a sketch of a man suspected of trying to lure an 8-year-old girl earlier this month. On June 3rd, at about 11 a.m., police say while riding her bike near her home in Maple Shade, the little girl was approached by a man described by police as suspicious. Lt. Jeffery Hoch of the Maple Shade Police Department, who’s trying to get the word out so parents are aware, said the man went up to the girl and asked her if she’d seen his dog. Police say the girl immediately dropped her bike and ran for a neighbor’s home. The neighbors called her parents who in turn called police. The girl was able to give officers enough details to put a sketch together. Some parents have been talking about this on Facebook and police want to make sure the right information is out... Read more →

NJ Policy Perspective: The Affordable Care Act Will Help Fix New Jersey’s Health Care Problem

Major Victory for New Jerseyans: New Jersey will have the tools to tackle its health care problem as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, as the attached analysis by New Jersey Policy Perspective shows. “All New Jerseyans scored a major victory today. For the first time, everyone now has a right to high quality, affordable comprehensive health coverage and will no longer have to worry about going bankrupt to pay for medical bills,” said Raymond Castro, senior policy analyst for New Jersey Policy Perspective. “Many New Jerseyans who don’t have health insurance will now be able to get it, while people who already have employer-based insurance will no longer have to worry about losing health coverage if they lose their job, as so many have. It also greatly benefits New Jersey’s small businesses, which increasingly have been dropping unaffordable insurance plans for their... Read more →

Diocese of Camden: Nonpublic School Technology Initiative

Jun 27, 2012 10:15 am | (Maria D'Antonio) Catholic Schools need help in asking Governor Christie NOT to redline the full restoration of the Nonpublic School Technology Initiative in the final version of the FY '13 Budget. The Nonpublic School Technology Initiative was first removed from the Budget by Governor Corzine and has remained completely out of the Budget for the last two subsequent budget cycles. Governor Christie restored 50% of the amount ($20.00 per pupil) in his State Budget for FY ’13. The FY ’13 budget restores the entire $40.00 amount for the Nonpublic School Technology Initiative. The Technology Initiative has been important over the years to Catholic schools and the loss of this money at the rate of $40.00 per pupil has a significant negative impact. To email Governor Christie with requests, please use his webform: Read more →


press release (Avalon, NJ)—The Borough of Avalon is getting ready for the biggest July 4th celebration in South Jersey. Avalon will host five full days of big events throughout the community, including a free world-class symphony concert and the largest fireworks display along the New Jersey coastline. A major highlight of the July 4th week in Avalon will be a free patriotic concert presented by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony on Wednesday, July 4th, at 7:00pm. The concert will be held inside the Avalon Community Hall at 30th Street and the beach. No tickets are needed for this concert and seating will be done on a first come, first served basis. This year’s Bay-Atlantic Symphony concert is entitled “Quest and Delights of Freedom” and includes selections from Verdi, Anderson, Sousa, and Tchaikovsky. Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., the President of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, will serve as guest conductor.... Read more →

One Soldier Killed, Two Wounded in Fort Bragg Shooting

Soldiers from the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., sit aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airplane from the 16th Airlift Squadron, before a non-tactical proficiency jump at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. This photo appeared on by Staff Sgt. Jacob Bailey July 14, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Fort Bragg Public Affairs FORT BRAGG, N.C., June 28, 2012 - A soldier is dead and two others are wounded following a shooting incident here today. During a 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade unit safety briefing, a soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third soldier who was in the area was also slightly wounded in the shooting. "This is a tragedy for our community. We don't yet know the reasons for the shooting, but are working with the unit and the affected Families... Read more →

Taste of Philadelphia Weekend offers up a feast |

Wawa Welcome America (Photo credit: Wikipedia) press release Fun-filled events will showcase the flavors and aromas of popular Philadelphia restaurants and food trucks, mesmerizing fireworks, and the sounds of Laura Izibor, Gerald Veasley and Regina Carter. (PHILADELPHIA) June 6, 2012 – Wawa Welcome America! will deliver a feast for the senses to visitors and Philadelphians alike, as Taste of Philadelphia -- a spectacular weekend of cuisine, fun and entertainment will transform Penn’s Landing into a food lover’s paradise From Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1, guests are invited to smell and taste delicious Philadelphia fare, listen to all-star entertainment from top jazz and blues artists, watch colorful fireworks light up the night sky and feel the spirit that only can be experienced by celebrating the 4th of July in America’s birthplace. Returning to Taste of Philadelphia in 2012 are some of Philadelphia’s most notable restaurants including Darlings Diner, Gigi... Read more →

Independent Women: Supreme Court Ruling Gives Congress Unlimited Powers over the Republic

Fellow Patriot, The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Constitutionality of ObamaCare sets a disturbing and dangerous precedent. Their ruling in effect confirms that there are no limitations whatsoever on the powers of Congress. To use the now-famous example from the oral arguments in this case, if Congress wished to mandate that everyone buy and eat broccoli, the Court has essentially ruled today that they have such a power. Just as dangerously, ObamaCare takes control of people’s health care decisions out of the hands of doctors and patients and puts them instead into the hands of unaccountable government bureaucrats. By making doctors answerable ultimately to the government and not to their patients, this threatens to corrupt the very foundation of medical ethics. It is clear that, irrespective of the intentions of those who passed this law, the Act will impair access, increase costs, reduce choice, cripple innovation, and diminish quality of... Read more →

La Salle Promotes Ally Kenney to Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

La Salle Explorers Basketball athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) PHILADELPHIA - Ally Kenney, who has spent the last six years playing and coaching for La Salle head women’s soccer coach Paul Royal, has been promoted to the top assistant for the team, it was announced today. After graduating from La Salle in 2010, Kenney spent a season with the team as a volunteer assistant before being named a full-time assistant in 2011. “We're incredibly excited about the promotion of Ally Kenney to our top assistant position,” said Royal. “Ally has already accomplished so much in her first year; she led our backline to be recognized as one of the nation’s best defenses and oversaw our student-athlete’s exceptional performance in the classroom.” In her first year as a full-time assistant the Washington Twp., N.J. native helped catapult the Explorer’s to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bid after going undefeated during the... Read more →


June 28, 2012 The resolution adopted by the Rutgers Board of Governors today underscores the Board’s support for a proposed merger of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into Rutgers University which could elevate Rutgers’ status to among the top 25 most elite research universities in America. The resolution notes that negotiations with legislative leaders and the Governor have led to a proposal that would incorporate UMDNJ into Rutgers while allowing Rutgers to maintain its presence in Camden as well as preserve the university’s autonomy and independence. The resolution further notes that because the effective date of the legislation is July 1, 2013, both the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees will have adequate time to conduct thorough due diligence, identify and resolve any outstanding issues and fully discharge their fiduciary responsibilities before casting a vote to approve or disapprove the merger. Under the Rutgers... Read more →

NJ Citizen Action statement regarding Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act

Highland Park, NJ - Upon hearing the decision of the United States Supreme Court regarding President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, NJ Citizen Action released the following statement: “We are elated that the Supreme Court sided with the constitution and consumers on this case,” said Jeff Brown, spokesman for NJ Citizen Action. “While many are going to rightly say that this ruling was a victory for the President, the real winners are the 30 million Americans who will now be guaranteed access to quality and affordable health coverage, and the countless others who will get better value for their existing coverage.” “The Affordable Care Act, at its core, is a law that takes our healthcare decisions out of insurance company board rooms, and puts them back at the kitchen table and doctor’s office where they belong,” said Brown. “The Affordable Care Act has already had a profoundly positive impact on the... Read more →


June 28, 2012 TRENTON – Today, the New Jersey Republican Party issued the following statement from Chairman Samuel Raia in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act: “Today, the Supreme Court confirmed what most American’s knew from the beginning and what President Obama did his best to deny, that Obamacare is in fact a tax on the middle class. As Governor Christie said today, individual governors are in the best position to decide what works for the people of their state and this law tremendously erodes that ability. Today's decision changes nothing about the basic facts of Obamacare – it is bad public policy that imposes crushing taxes on our economy, families, and small businesses. We must now turn our energy and focus to not only defeating President Obama in November, but electing Republicans who will work to repeal Obamacare, grow our economy, and get people... Read more →


June 28, 2012 Middletown, June 28...State Senator and Candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Kyrillos released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. "Today’s Supreme Court decision may have confirmed the constitutionality of the legislation, but one fact remains: the massive, expensive health care overhaul voted for by Senator Menendez is bad policy. Government run healthcare spends money we don't have, loots Medicare, limits patient choice, and continues to place a cloud of uncertainty over our economy. Congress can and must repeal and replace it with more sensible reforms like providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Here in New Jersey, we've seen how the Corzine-Menendez pattern of raising taxes, spending more and leaving the bills to future generations does not work- it left us nearly bankrupt. We need change in Washington. Real, meaningful change. The same kind of change Governor... Read more →

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms the Largest Tax Hike in American History

Washington D.C. (June 28th, 2012) -- In a 5-4 decision with Chief Justice Roberts aligning with the liberals on the court and Justice Kennedy siding with conservatives, the individual mandate within Obamacare was upheld, not as a provision protected by the Commerce Clause, but rather as a massive $1 trillion tax on working class Americans. TVC president Andrea Lafferty released the following statement in the wake of the decision: “The U.S. Supreme Court has now told Americans what policy makers in Washington have known for over two years. Obamacare is a $1 trillion dollar tax hike on lower and middle class Americans. “Americans need to understand what has just occurred. At a stroke, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the nationalization of 18% of the United States economy, raised taxes by $1 trillion dollars, and jeopardized the American experiment through the most reckless and invasive legislation our generation has experienced.... Read more →