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I just read the article from Ken Doyle about not being able to fish from Freedom Pier. Now I don't know how other Gloucester CITY residents feel, but no fishing is just not right. We have two, what used to be nice piers, and Gloucester City cannot take care of them? These areas are not that old. Come on, how does the city expect people to come here to live if the two places that should offer some type recreation for free to the residents, especially senior citizens, cannot be taken care of? There have been so many promises about building up this area. Why would an investor come here? It is not safe and not taken care of. If the city can't take care of the pier area without any structures on it and start to turn things around, this city is going to become very unwelcoming. Why would... Read more →

Could ObamaCare Make The Uninsured Problem Worse?

from Investors Business Daily – John Merline - When President Obama was selling health reform, he often talked about providing universal coverage. But a Congressional Budget Office report out this week finds that goal getting more elusive. The report found that despite ObamaCare’s $1.2 trillion price tag, it would only cut the ranks of the uninsured in half, leaving 30 million without coverage. That’s seven million more uninsured than the CBO first projected in March 2010. The latest downgrade comes in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, which gave states the freedom to reject ObamaCare’s massive expansion of Medicaid. Since then, governors in more than 25 states have said they will refuse to expand Medicaid or are leaning in that direction, despite the generous federal contributions. But the uninsured problem under ObamaCare could be much worse than the CBO projects. What the report doesn’t cover is the fact that... Read more →

Senator Weinberg Response to Reverend Torres

Dear Reverend Torres, I appreciate your input. If you have any information to back up your claims of corruption in the mayor's office, I think you should ask for a meeting with the U.S. Attorney. Loretta Weinberg Senator, District 37 Related articles John Paff: Regarding Senator Loretta Weinberg Comments on Filing of OPMA Lawsuits Sen. Weinberg proposes temporary Meadowlands casino for 2014 Super Bowl PolitiFact N.J.: Loretta Weinberg incorrectly says PolitiFact listed Scott Walker, Chris Christie among most untruthful governors Letters: Hug a tree and starve Letter to the Editor: Camden Activist Ulysis Delgado continues protest Letters to the Editor: Camden Activist Calls for State to Investigate Norcross Brothers Letter to the Editor: Outside Forces Destroyed the City of Camden Letter to the Editor: Camden Resident Jobs Letter to the Editor: Camden Marred by Mayheim Letter to the Editor: Mayor Redd Silent on Law Suit and recent filed Injunction Letters:... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Junior Police Academy

From July 9th- July 20th the Gloucester Township Police Department conducted their first ever Junior Police Academy classes. There were 49 graduates who completed the program. The first week were cadets aged 10-12 years old and the second week was for ages 13-15 years of age. The Junior Police Academy was a tremendous success as the partnership between our police department and our township youth continue to build and get stronger. The following you tube video contains highlights of just some of the many activities that the cadets form both classes participated in: The following link contains a photo slide show for the cadets aged 10-12 years old: The following link contains a photo slide show for the cadets aged 13-15 years old: On July 20, 2012 6ABC’s, Alli Gorman, visited the junior police academy and interviewed the cadets about the danger of strangers and the importance of... Read more →

Letter to the Editor: Enjoyed the Growing Up Gloucester Article

Bill What a nice human interest article. It was especially interesting for me me since (1) Walt Butler and I developed the playing rules (everyone plays a quarter etc), I coached Orlando's (a few of my players were Stan Booth, Bob Weichman, Franny Hass, Jake Miller etc., Also both my sons (Tom & Scott) played in the league with other teams, and I later refereed high school and college basketball with Alan's dad Sam (Mester). Hal Merritt and Franny Powers two excellent high school basketball referees donated their time each weeks in working the games bro bono.. The league was a great diversion for the kids, the parents were tolerable as fans :-) and the kids were great to work with.. They reflected the Gloucester generation that possessed values that was an honorable bi-product of those families that endured WW2 and Korean Wars.. (Note: Korea will always be for war... Read more →

Your Money: State To Fund New Fire Suppression System, Chimney Repairs, At MEC

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) announced last week that it will fund two projects at Mary Ethel Costello (MEC) School, Cumberland Street, Gloucester City. The SDA is earmarking $450,000 to fund a new fire suppression system, which will bring the school up to fire code, and chimney repairs. “Two years ago I stood in Mary Ethel Costello School and highlighted the issues plaguing the 100-year-old building,” State Senator Donald Norcross (D-5) said. “This long-overdue funding will help ensure the safety of students, faculty and administration at this school,” Norcross said. Currently, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students attend classes at MEC, despite a plan by the state starting more than 10 years ago to build at new Gloucester City Middle School at the property bounded by Market Street and Jersey Avenue. Through eminent domain, the state purchased 68 homes and two businesses and demolished them, creating a hole... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for August 2 issue

Gloucester City Council To Ban Fishing At Freedom Pier SUV Hits Pole And Snaps In Half; Two People Hurt Gloucester City School Board Welcomes Superintendent Joseph Rafferty Bellmawr CPR Student Saves Victim Choking In Restaurant RELATED TOPIC: cnbnews Weekly Poll Should Fishing be Banned at Freedom Pier, Gloucester City NJ YES 19.67% (24 votes) NO 80.33% (98 votes) Total Votes: 122 Cast your vote above, right hand column Related articles Another Traffic Accident on Nicholson Road | Change on the Horizon for Post Offices in the South Jersey Area | Breaking News: Gloucester City School Supintendent's Contract Will Not Be Renewed Gloucester City Receives Grant to Repair Orange Street Waterfront Developer to Pay for Bellmawr Parade Letters: SAVE OUR WONDERFUL LIBRARY Firefighters/Supporters Use Gloucester City Council Meeting for Rally More Information on Cheerleaders Controversy December 2010 Cheers and Jeers Mutual Aid Slow Down Rumor Absolutely False! Meandering w/... Read more →

Bancroft CEO Receives Award Honoring Exemplary Female Leaders

-- Toni Pergolin Recognized with 2012 Brava! Award -- Haddonfield, N.J. – July 31, 2012 – Bancroft President and CEO Toni Pergolin recently won an award for outstanding leadership from a Philadelphia organization. Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine selected Pergolin from among 200 nominees for its Brava! Awards. The Brava! Awards recognize leading women executives who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs, and set their companies on the path to "tremendous" growth. Pergolin was one of 25 CEOs selected to receive this year's awards. Among Pergolin’s accomplishments recognized by the Brava! Award: She helped save Bancroft from a severe financial crisis, taking the longstanding nonprofit from a $13 million loss in 2004 to a $4 million gain in 2006, and has maintained that stability. She has made it her priority to share information with employees, empowering them to continually improve the organization. She has expanded the organization’s continuum of services, enabling Bancroft... Read more →

Suspect Involved in Franklinville Shooting Arrested in Philadelphia

Robert A. Bell (DOB 7/20/74), of 1056 So. Black Horse Pike, Williamstown NJ was arrested in Philadelphia this afternoon (7/31) on charges that he attempted to murder a 38-year-old Franklinville NJ man in a shooting incident on July 26, 2012. Bell was apprehended without incident in a vehicle stop near a friend’s residence in the 4000 block of Torresdale Ave. The Fugitive Unit of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office was assisted in the arrest by officers of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force from the agency’s Camden and Philadelphia offices. Bell was unarmed. He is being held without bail in Philadelphia pending an extradition hearing. “I want to commend the fine work of our Fugitive Unit, working with members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, which resulted in getting this dangerous individual off the streets,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton. Bell is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree... Read more →

Welcome Home Staff Sgt. Armond Seaman August 4

Welcome Back From Afghanistan Burlington City, New Jersey Who: Staff Sgt Armond Seaman When: Saturday, August 4, 2012 Time: 1:00 PM Where: 619 Bordentown Road Burlington City, New Jersey 08016 Please come out to welcome home Staff Sgt Armond Seaman from his deployment in Afghanistan. Joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school and is now 29 years old Just celebrated 8 years of marriage with wife Heather They have 3 children; 2 girls, and 1 boy; ages 5, 3, and 2. He returns from his 4th Deployment where he is an airplane mechanic and crew chief, working on C-17 aircraft for The 305 AMXS/CCF Armond and Heather both grew up near McGuire Air Force Base and Armond’s Mother is Active Duty AGR. Armond enjoys hunting, fixing cars, riding bikes, and NASCAR. His favorite football team is the Carolina Panthers Friends, Family, The Warriors Watch, The Yellow Ribbon... Read more →

Teams have responded to more than 100 fires in the first 25 days of July

Between July 1 and July 25, Tulsa Red Cross Disaster Action Teams have answered the call for fire assistance more than 100 times. That’s 25 percent more than last year’s annual average of 2.8 disaster responses per day. Since Sunday alone, the Tulsa Red Cross has responded to 16 home fires and provided more than $10,000 in financial assistance for shelter, food and clothing to 24 families who have suffered fire-related losses. During the same five days, area fire departments, police departments and emergency managers have called upon the Red Cross to provide critical canteen services for emergency responders on six different occasions for emergencies ranging from wildfires to home fires to crime situations. The Red Cross operates at the scene of the emergencies, providing vital replenishing beverages, water and energy sustaining snacks and meals. Red Cross teams working canteens this week have provided emergency responders with 463 bottled drinks,... Read more →


PHOENIX—The FBI; Arvada, Colorado Police Department; Flagstaff, Arizona Police Department; Roy, Utah City Police Department; Pocatello, Idaho Police Department; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the unknown male pictured below. The unknown male enters the bank, approaches the teller, and has been known to present a demand note. The suspect has also been known to have a black, zippered portfolio. He is described as a white male, 5’6”-6’2” tall, 55-60 years old, with a thin build, gray hair, a mustache. He has been described as wearing glasses, blue jeans, and a blue polo or blue T-shirt. In North Carolina, the suspect was seen with a black compact SUV with a silver rack on top. The unknown male has allegedly robbed the following banks: June 21, 2012: Chase Bank, 5250 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, Colorado June 27, 2012: Chase Bank, Chase Bank, 1484 S. Milton... Read more →

Attention Tabernacle Township Residents

Good Evening, this is William Lowe Emergency Management Coordinator for Tabernacle Township with an important public safety message for the residents of the Patty Bowker/Zimmerman Road/Washington Way areas of the Township (including Gamain Road and Lillian Street. The Burlington County Mosquito Division advises that it will be treating the area for adult mosquitoes tomorrow, Tuesday, July 31st, weather permitting, between at 7:30 PM and 9 PM. While the pesticide is harmless to people, it will be applied in a mist form by a truck-mounted sprayer and residents are encouraged to stay indoors while the treatment occurs. This action by the County Mosquito Division should serve as a reminder to you that you should take precautions against mosquitoes, by using mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and long pants, and limiting outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active, during dawn and dusk. You should also clean or remove any items on your... Read more →

CNBNEWS Hunting and Fishing: Big Game Scoring

2012 BIG GAME SCORING PROGRAM BOOK AVAILABLE HARRISBURG – Copies of the 2012 Pennsylvania Big Game Records are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop,, or call 1-888-888-3459, or mail your remittance to: PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. Over the counter sales cost $5, which includes sales tax; mailed copies are $6.25, which includes shipping and handling costs. For additional information, contact Pennsylvania Big Game Records Program Coordinator Bob D’Angelo at the Game Commission Harrisburg headquarters ( “Hunters who follow Pennsylvania’s Big Game Scoring Program will find it interesting that about 150 entries in all trophy categories were added to the listings in the 2012 Big Game Record Book,” said D’Angelo, “Among those new entries are the new number ones in the black bear and non-typical elk taken with firearms categories, and black bear archery category. In fact the... Read more →

(video) Free Military Child Tutoring Program Doing Well in Galloway School District

Bill, I just wanted to bring you up to date on what has happened since I won the Great American Teach Off Grant! My vision is to expand the program (Free Military Child tutoring-They are Heroes Too!) is now a reality! It's incredible how many people volunteered to work with the children including teachers from the Galloway district, students from the Richard Stockton College who gave us the space on campus to hold the tutoring program and volunteers from United Way. We have 35 children now and I am expecting five more in the near future. Some children are stationed an hour away so my goal this winter will be to explore how to reach them so they don't have to travel so far. All is going well and as planned! Thanks so much again for all the publicity during the contest! Terry Dougherty EDITOR'S NOTE: Terry's father is Tom... Read more →

Camden County Library System Would Like Your Opinion

VOORHEES, NJ – July 30, 2012 – The Camden County Library System is seeking input from its customers and the public in general about how it meets their needs and what it should do in the future. The survey is part of the library’s strategic planning as it considers what to keep and what to change for the next five years in terms of programs, services and materials. “Circulation of our materials, visits to the library and the number of people attending our program events at all eight branches have been consistently rising over the years, so we know that we are doing a lot of things right,” says Linda Devlin, director of the library system. “But we want to plan for the future and evolve to meet the changing needs and interests of our customers.” The short survey consists of only two open-ended questions and a zip code request.... Read more →

FBI Searching for Wells Fargo Bank Robber

The FBI and the Falls Township Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the armed robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 951 Trenton Road in Fairless Hills (Falls Township), Pennsylvania, on July 28, 2012. At approximately 11:36 a.m., the subject entered the bank; threatened a teller with a large-frame, long-barrel black revolver; and jumped over the teller counter. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject fled the area of the bank in a medium-blue, mid-size SUV and traveled in an unknown direction. The subject is described as a black male around 30 years old, 5’7” tall, with a stocky build. He was wearing a white T-shirt; long, dark pants; and white rubber gloves. The subject had mid-length dark straight hair and may have been wearing a wig. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at... Read more →


We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Gloucester City Fire Department for marching in our 4th of July parade and taking part in our ceremonies honoring Jim, John & Tommy at the Sylvester, West memorial. We would also like to thank the Bellmawr Fire Department along with other organizations and individuals who took the time in placing wreaths, flowers or other symbols of remembrance at the Memorial at King’s Hwy and Station Avenue. Ever since the monument was dedicated in December of 2007, the Fire Department has been stopping at the site during the 4th of July parade in a brief ceremony to place the flowers that the Chief of Department carries with him during the parade and two wreaths honoring Chief Sylvester and Deputy Chief West. Several hundred people surrounded the memorial on King’s Highway that day as we paid tribute to these great men.... Read more →

Retired Hammonton Detective Sentenced to State Prison for Leaving an Accident Scene

MAYS LANDING– A retired Hammonton detective was sentenced to six years in New Jersey State Prison for leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident that left a 15- year-old boy dead in Hamilton Township in 2010, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain stated. In August of 2010, Anthony Scaltrito, 64, of Hammonton, turned himself in to the Hamilton Township Police Department after fatally striking Justin Montgomery, of Hammonton, with his vehicle and fleeing the scene of the accident. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene minutes after the crash. Scaltrito was subsequently charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and tampering with physical evidence. On December 14, 2011, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Scaltrito for second degree leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, third degree endangering an injured victim and two counts of fourth degree tampering with physical evidence.... Read more →

Area Residents Graduate from TCNJ

EWING, NJ (07/30/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local residents were among 1,726 students who participated in the 2012 Commencement Ceremony at The College of New Jersey on Friday, May 11, 2012 on campus in Lions' Stadium: Kimberly Boden, a resident of Wall, NJ, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies . Christopher Piccione, a resident of Haddon Township, NJ, earned a Bachelor of Sciencein Accountancy . Brian Roddy, a resident of Belmar, NJ, earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy . Eamonn Maliff, a resident of Wall, NJ, earned a Bachelor of Arts in History Secondary Education Magna Cum Laude. Matthew Ponicsan, a resident of Belmar, NJ, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology . Crystal Jackson, a resident of Wall, NJ, earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (ACS - Research) Cum Laude. The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for... Read more →

New Jersey Citizen Action Releases Report

Showing Impact to New Jersey Residents of Ending Bush Tax Cuts for Richest 2% of Americans Wealthy Few Would Still Reap Significant Tax Breaks Highland Park, NJ – If the U.S. House of Representatives passes the Republican plan this week to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for one year for the richest 2 percent of households making over $250,000, the wealthiest 5 percent of New Jersey taxpayers in that income group could get a disproportionate 45.7 percent of the total tax breaks in their state. They’re average tax cut would be about $27,000. In contrast, if Congress passed President Obama’s plan to extend the Bush tax cuts on the first $250,000 in household income, the average tax cut for New Jersey taxpayers who make more than that amount would be about $12,000, less than half of what they would get under the GOP plan. And the 22 percent of New... Read more →

The tank that could not be stopped

source Introducing our editorial cartoonist, Rob Tornoe The Army is in a battle to save $3 billion by halting work on the military’s premier M1 Abrams tank. Congress so far has blocked the Army’s proposal, in a move led by lawmakers that have received millions of dollars in campaign donations by the tank’s manufacturer, General Dynamics. A deep analysis of spending and lobbying records by the Center for Public Integrity revealed that sharp spikes in the company’s donations - including a two-week period in 2011 when its employees and political action committee sent the lawmakers checks for their campaigns totaling nearly $50,000 - roughly coincided with five legislative milestones for the Abrams, including committee hearings and votes and the defense bill’s final passage last year. This is our first investigative article in a new series entitled "The Gift Economy" about the financial relationships between certain members of Congress and... Read more →

CNBNEWS Video: A Nice Day in Gloucester City NJ

On a sunny day in July CNBNews took a ride through Gloucester City stopping along the way at the Lane and Thompson Avenues Playground, the Community Garden at Market and Atlantic Streets, the new baseball fields on Johnson Blvd, (at the Billy Flynn Sports Complex), the new City Water Plant. Also shown are the Little League Fields being rebuilt, Johnson Blvd and Nicholson Road, the Martins Lake Playground and the Johnson Blvd. Jogging Track. RELATED: CNBNEWS CATEGORY FILM RELATED: CNBNEWS POINT OF VIEW related: ClearysNoteBook YouTube Channel CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS Background music: Cherry Bomb, John Mellencamp and Bill Pinkley, and the Original Drifters Read more →

Gloucester City Youth Soccer Registration Tuesday, July 31

Registration for Gloucester City Youth Soccer on Tuesday, July 31st at 8:30pm prior to our team draft at O'Donnell's Restaurant banquet room. Early saver registration is $45.00 for 1 child, $35.00 for 2nd, $20.00 for 3rd child with a max family amount of $100.00. Each child is required to sell 5 raffle tickets (10 max tickets per family). Tickets should be paid for at time of are $5.00 each. Please visit our website at and like us on facebook at Gloucester City Youth Soccer. If you have any registration questions, please don't hesitate to call the league phone number at 856-720-0460. Related articles Gloucester City Youth Soccer League Begins Season with Rememberance of Gloucester City High School Graduates Receive $481,000 in Awards and "Special Needs Assistance Program" Read more →

25-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot in Atlantic City

Atlantic City– An Atlantic City man was found fatally shot in Atlantic City last week, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain stated. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the Atlantic City Police Department responded to a shots fired call on the 500 block of N. South Carolina Avenue near Carver Hall Apartments. Upon arrival, police discovered Sedrick Lindo, 25 (D.O.B. 3-20-1987), fatally shot. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit also responded to the scene. The victim’s next of kin have been notified. No arrests have yet been made. This homicide is under investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (609)-909-7666 or the Atlantic City Police Department at 609-347-5779. Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go... Read more →

“Would Be" Thieves Apprehended By Police

On Sunday night, July 29th, 2012 at 6:51 PM officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to the Divers Academy located on Liberty Place for a reported theft from an exterior fenced in area. While on location with the victim, the initial arriving officer obtained the perpetrators' and their vehicle discriptions and broadcast that information to other patrol units that were actively canvassing the area. A short while later officers located the suspect vehicle traveling in the area. The vehicle was stopped without incident and its three occupants were detained. Officers also located the items that were stolen from the property within the vehicle's interior. The following subjects were arrested and charged with the following offenses: James E. Saunders, Jr., age 48, of Yorkshire Rd in Erial, NJ: Theft in the 3rd Degree-Bail $10,000.00 10%, Criminal Trespassing and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He also had outstanding warrants for his... Read more →

U.S. Bridges Built by Chinese With Our Tax Dollars | AMAC, Inc.

In an ABC News investigative report on the rebuilding of American infrastructure, it was learned that three major bridge projects in the U.S. were awarded to Chinese government owned construction firms, rather than U.S. companies. ABC reported that each project — the Alexander Hamilton Bridge in New York, a new bridge connecting San Francisco to Oakland and a bridge in Alaska — were all awarded to Chinese government construction companies using Chinese workers to build the projects. The clip shows President Barack Hussein Obama addressing a crowd of his supporters with the Alexander Hamilton Bridge in the background. “Help us rebuild this bridge,” the president urges the crowd in his speech to trusting workers. “Help us rebuild America!” he shouts to his supporters. “Help us put American construction workers back to work,” the president tells those now cheering him on, however, the $400 million project was given to a Chinese... Read more →

Obituary: David Edward Barger, Sr. "Bird" of Thorofare and National Park

David Edward Barger, Sr. "Bird" of Thorofare and National Park on July 27, 2012. Age 52 years. A good hearted, people pleaser, Bird loved life. Every morning he would begin the day at Heritage's with his coffee club friends and then would head to Beach Hill. Christmas was his favorite time of the year and enjoyed get togethers with his family. He loved spending time at the shore; especially when he was fishing and crabbing and also loved to go camping and four wheeling in the mountains. He was a volunteer member of the National Park Fire Department for 12 years and was employed as a machine operator with Bogey's Paving for many years. Bird was happy to achieve several things off his "bucket list": Shrimping in FL/LA, going to Disney and most especially, he was thankful to see his daughter Alicia graduate from High School. He was a good... Read more →

The Hoover Legacy, 40 Years After Part 3: Another Side of J. Edgar

07/27/12 The mid-1930s were an important turning point for Hoover’s Bureau. It had just defeated a series of dangerous gangsters. Its agents were now heralded as “G-Men.” And it was no longer one of several indistinct “Divisions of Investigation.” In July 1935, it was given a new name to go with its rising success—the Federal Bureau of Investigation. - View 1938 letter from J. Edgar Hoover to Genevieve Cooper. Still, the young FBI faced plenty of criticism, some justified and some not. During this time, it worked closely with the Department of Justice (Attorney General Homer Cummings was leading a “war on crime” publicity campaign with respected reporter Henry Suydam) and the news media to tell its story accurately and favorably. In 1933, Hoover began working with Courtney Ryley Cooper. In the early 1930s, Cooper—a veteran author, reporter, and publicist—began writing about the problem of crime in the U.S. and... Read more →

Obituary: SNYDER Grace S., age 70 of Gloucester Heights NJ

On July 27, 2012. (nee Jackson) Age 70. Of Gloucester Heights. Loving wife of 24 years to the late Leroy J. Snyder. In the loving care of her devoted children: Kevin (Dina) Snyder of Mount Ephraim, Brian L. Snyder, Sr. (Rebecca) of Gloucester Heights and Scott Snyder of Gloucester Heights. Beloved Sister of Theodore (Betty) Jackson of Pennsauken, William (Donna) Jackson of Haddon Heights, Joseph (Patricia) Jackson of West Deptford, Ruth Jackson of Gloucester Heights and the late John Jackson (surviving wife Nancy) of Deptford. Cherished grandmother of Megan, Emily, Brian L. Snyder, Jr., Jessica and Natalie. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Grace was a devoted parishioner of Saint Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City. She was truly idolized by her family each and every day. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 am at McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851... Read more →

Counties on the hook for debts of South Jersey Economic Development District |

Discussion of the district’s future has dragged on for months since its financial problems were brought to light earlier this year. Audits hadn’t been completed in three years; NextGen contractors hadn’t been paid. Meanwhile, longtime Executive Director Gordon Dahl’s salary had increased by more than 40 percent in six years. The board voted Dahl out, after which the magnitude of the agency’s problems become more apparent. Nearly $150,000 was still owed on an air traffic control simulator that was supposed to be financed through grants already received. Nearly $400,000 was missing from revolving loan funds, inappropriately used for the agency’s operating expenses. Board members say they were unaware of it all, and assumed Dahl — one of three paid employees of the district — was handling the district’s business appropriately. Meanwhile, the district had never even compiled an annual budget. “I would ask that we stay to thing that are... Read more →

Sophisticated ID Theft Criminals Sentenced

NEWARK—Two individuals pleaded guilty and three others were sentenced this week in Newark federal court in connection with their roles in a large scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Another individual pleaded guilty and was sentenced for his role in a similar, but separate, scheme. According to documents filed in these cases and statements made court: Sang-Hyun Park, a/k/a “Jimmy,” was the leader of a criminal enterprise (the “Park Criminal Enterprise”) that operated in Bergen County, New Jersey, and elsewhere, that engaged in identity theft and financial fraud. Park pleaded guilty on January 9, 2012, and is awaiting sentencing. Park and his co-conspirators obtained Social Security cards beginning with “586.” These Social Security cards were issued by the United States to individuals, usually from China, who were employed in American territories. The Park Criminal Enterprise sold these Social Security cards, together with genuinely issued... Read more →

YOUR MONEY: Making it Rain

WEEKLY BASKET Volume XVI No.28: July 27, 2012 With much of farm country baking, some lawmakers in Washington see therecord-setting drought as a perfect opportunity to make tax dollars rain on favored special interests. But instead of calling for a speedy and open debate about the appropriate role for federal taxpayers, these lawmakers are discussing parliamentary tricks to stiff-arm the rest of Congress that isn’t on the Agriculture Committee. Calls to enact a nearly trillion-dollar Farm Bill without debate and without amendment are a brazen end-run around democracy and a cynical exploitation of the drought. The $957 billion Farm Bill passed by the House Agriculture Committee won’t solve the drought. Roughly 80% of the bill doesn’t even deal with a safety net for agriculture, but governs programs on nutrition. And the other 20% is mainly comprised of modifications to crop insurance—new special interest carve-outslike margin protection for catfish producers or... Read more →


Webcast planned for public drawing of elk licenses HARRISBURG – Hunters looking to participate in this year’s Pennsylvania elk season have until Aug. 26 to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS). This can be done at any issuing agent or through the “Enter Elk Drawing” icon in the center of the agency’s homepage ( Applicants must pay a $10.70 non-refundable application fee to be included in the drawing. Details on the elk season and drawing are available on pages 86-88 of the 2012-13 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest, which is provided to license buyers and may be viewed on the agency’s website. On Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., the Game Commission will hold a public, computerized drawing in the auditorium of its Harrisburg headquarters. At that time, the agency will award the 65 elk licenses, the first 19 drawn will receive an... Read more →

Struggling Veteran Gets Help, Secures Job

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 27, 2012 - When Corey Wynn was struggling with a lengthy job search and a bout with unemployment, a group of veterans' organizations helped him in a variety of ways. Corey Wynn struggled after he left the military, but got help through the Labor Department's Gold Card Initiative. Labor Department photo Wynn, an Alabama Army National Guardsman from Stevensville, Ala., was a military policeman in Iraq from 2009-2010. Once he came home from active duty, he worked at a string of odd jobs, but none lasted very long, and he had to draw unemployment, he said. He finally found a job with a security company, but after a month, he was laid off. Wynn said he "really struggled" during that time. The key that began to open doors for him is when a veteran friend's advice prompted him to call... Read more →

Camden Man Sentenced to State Prison for Employing Juveniles to Distribute Heroin

TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a Pennsauken man was sentenced to seven years in state prison today for using juveniles to distribute heroin for his drug ring in Camden. Ronald Brown, 32, of Pennsauken, was sentenced to seven years in state prison, including three years and nine months of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in Camden County. He pleaded guilty on April 19 to a second-degree charge of employing a juvenile in a drug distribution scheme. Deputy Attorney General Andrew Johns took the guilty plea and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. In pleading guilty, Brown admitted that he employed juveniles as street-level dealers to distribute heroin for a drug set that he controlled in the area of Maurice and Sycamore streets in Camden. “Our criminal code recognizes that gangs and older drug dealers... Read more →

Mount Ephraim School District Calendar for Sept. Oct. Nov. |

MT. EPHRAIM PUBLIC SCHOOLS The school calendar of events for the months of September, October, and November is as follows: September 3 – Schools Closed – Labor Day September 5, 6 & 7 – Early Dismissal September 12 – Kershaw Back to School Night September 19– Mary Bray Back to School Night October 8 – Schools Closed – Columbus Day October 31 – Halloween Celebration – Mary Bray School November 6 – Schools Closed – Teacher’s In-Service Day November 8 & 9 – Schools Closed – Teachers’ Convention November 7 – End of First Marking Period November 16 – Report Cards Issued November 16, 19, 20 – Early Dismissal (12:30) Parent Conferences November 21 – Early Dismissal - Begin Thanksgiving Recess November 22 & 23 – Schools Closed – Thanksgiving Recess School emergency closings will be broadcast on KYW Radio (1060). The emergency closing number is 591. Channels 3, 6... Read more →

Camden County Weekly News released July 27th

Reconstruction of Broadway Bridge in Gloucester City The Camden County Department of Public Works is in the process of reconstructing the Broadway Bridge connecting Gloucester City and Brooklawn. The $4,154,144.00 project includes the demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new bridge including new abutments, bridge span, decking and parapets. The project also features new bridge approaches, new pedestrian sidewalks, new guide rails, traffic striping and roadway markings. Phases of the project require detours from south of Jersey Avenue and Broadway (DR 551) in Gloucester City to north of Chestnut Street and New Broadway (DR 551) in Brooklawn. There is also be an 8-ton weight limit in effect on the bridge that requires the detouring of trucks. The suggested detour routes are I-295 and Route 130. For more information on this and other road projects by the Camden County Department of Public Works, Road Closure Gibbsboro-Kirkwood Road... Read more →

Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Outrage over Gloucester City's "Iron Lady" Statue

BY MARK MATTHEWS A Gloucester City woman has written a letter expressing "indignation and sense of outraged feelings at the statue of a nude female in the park at Gloucester City." She goes on to say the statue should be draped or removed! "It's bad enough to see females bathing in one piece bathing suits, but that has never compared to the influence of this statue". Wait... what? Huh? Yes, the letter is real, written by Prudence Talbott, and sent to the Camden County Park Commission. But what I didn't mention... is that the letter was sent in 1930! The article which presents the letter is titled "Maiden Lady Wants Statue Clothed to Save Morals" Recently at Cleary's Notebook there have been several posts and interesting comments about the statue located in Proprietor's Park along the waterfront. I've noticed the statue myself over the years, and seeing the recent... Read more →

Update: Driver of Vehicle Involved in Traffic Accident Charged with DWI, Driving with a Suspended License |

The SUV hit the telephone pole at the corner of Nicholson Road and Rutgers Avenue breaking it in half. The SUV rolled over on its side trapping a young woman. There were three other occupants. The driver and the woman were taken to the Cooper Hospital, Camden NJ. The woman remains in the hospital. The other two passengers refused treatment. Photos by CCW : According to Gloucester City Police Lt. Brian Morrell, "The driver of the vehicle, Timothy Hagan, was injured as was a female passenger. Both were taken to Cooper Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The woman remains in the hospital and is listed in stable condition. Hagan, of Gloucester City, was charged with DWI, as well as, Driving with a Suspended License. The other two passengers refused treatment. " Philadelphia WPVI Channel Six is reporting the woman found under the vehicle is in critical condition. Click here UPDATE:... Read more →

Legion State Baseball Tournament Results: Four District Winners are Lyndhurst, Flemington, Brooklawn Red, West Deptford |

The Tournament is a "Double Elimination" Tournament - Two Loses and a Team is eliminated from the Tournament. Each District will produce a Winner and a Runner Up who will go on to the Final 8 at the State Finals tobe held at Mercer County Park starting Tuesday, July 31. In District 1 at " Gardner Field" in Denville Jul 24/Tue 3:00 PM Game 1 West Essex Knights 4 vs Parsippany 249 3 DH Game 2 Park Ridge 153 5 vs Mt Morris 15 Jul 25/Wed 3:00 PM Game 3 Livingston 201 2 vs Lyndhurst 139 4 DH Game 4 Denville 390 6 vs Union 35 9 Jul 26/Thu 3:00 PM Game 5 Parsippany 249 0 (Out) vs Park Ridge 153 10 DH Game 6 West Essex Knights 1 vs Mt Morris 13 Jul 27/Fri 3:00 PM Game 7 Livingston 201 1 (Out) vs Denville 390 5 DH Game 8... Read more →

"BAM BAM" Sentenced to Serve 10 Years in Prison

An Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang member from Houston was sentenced today to serve 10 years in prison for his role in an aggravated assault that took place in Tomball, Texas, in September 2008, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas. David Harlow, 43, aka “Bam Bam,” was found guilty at trial on March 21, 2012, of racketeering aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit racketeering aggravated assault for his role in the severe beating of a prospective ABT member. Harlow was convicted on two counts and sentenced to serve 36 months on count one and 120 months on count two, to run concurrently. In addition to the prison term, Harlow was also sentenced to pay a $2,000 fine by senior U.S. District Court Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. According to court documents, Harlow was a... Read more →

Laurel Springs: Homeowner Held At Gunpoint, Gagged and Bound

LOCATION: Jefferson Drive, Laurel Springs, NJ 08021 CASE #: 12-35527 **UPDATE - This investigation has revealed that the victim's of this incident were believed to have been targeted because of their legitimate employment at a local jewelry store. It is believed that this crime was not a random act, and that these victim's were specifically targeted. The identity and the location of their place of employment is being withheld to protect the victims. Anyone who has seen suspicous activity at any local jewelry stores recently is asked to call the Gloucester Township Police Anonymous Tip Line at 856-842-5560 or Gloucester Township Police Dispatch at 856-228-4500.** On 7-28-2012, at approximately 09:50 P.M., The Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Jefferson Drive, Laurel Springs section of Gloucester Township for a report of an armed robbery. The homeowner had arrived home and found his wife in a back bedroom gagged and bound with... Read more →

Steubenville Axes Catholic Chapel from Logo Because of Threatened Lawsuit

Steubenville, Ohio, Jul 26, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- In response to a threatened lawsuit from an atheist group, the Steubenville, Ohio city council says it will remove from its new city logo an image of the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s chapel. The action drew criticism from Franciscan University’s vice president of advancement Michael Hernon. “We find it particularly troubling that an out of town and out of touch group targeted the University for removal from the logo solely because of our religious identity,” Hernon said July 25 on behalf of the university. “For more than 65 years, Franciscan University of Steubenville has proudly served as an integral part of this community and we were honored to have our chapel included in the new city of Steubenville logo.” The city’s present logo, unveiled in December 2011, displays in silhouette the downtown cityscape and various landmarks of the city including Historic... Read more →

Motion Sensing Security Lights Recalled |

by HeathCo due to Electrical Shock Hazard Sold Exclusively at Home Depot WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of product: Motion Security Lights Units: About 7,800 Manufacturer: HeathCo LLC, of Bowling Green, Ky. Hazard: Internal wiring can be damaged during installation, bulb replacement or adjustment, posing an electric shock hazard. Incidents/Injuries: None reported. Description: This recall involves Heath®/Zenith 270° Motion Security Lights with model number SL-5414-WH. It replaces a standard outdoor wall mounted light fixture and is designed to turn on when motion is detected at night. The product has two cone-shaped lightbulb receptacles attached to a round mounting plate. A small, rectangular motion sensor is... Read more →

Your Money: $2.6 Million for South Jersey Bus Rapid Transit Project

CAMDEN, NJ -- Thursday, Congressman Andrews announced that the South Jersey Bus Rapid Transit project, an effort that will bring much needed traffic relief to our region and deliver quality construction jobs to South Jersey, has been chosen to receive a $2.6 million federal grant from the Department of Transportation. Congressman Andrews worked hard with NJ Transit to ensure that the project, which was selected on a competitive basis, received the funds. This project will eliminate much of the traffic congestion between Philadelphia, Camden, and suburbs to the southeast. Bus Rapid Transit offers the benefits of high speed travel and can be up and running relatively quickly and at a much lower cost to taxpayers. Passengers will travel faster thanks to dedicated bus-only lanes and traffic signals which bypass commuter congestion. High-frequency schedules and all-day service will cut wait times, and the system will improve air quality by reducing the... Read more →


GLASSBORO, N.J., July 26, 2012 – Residents of Whitney Crescent are hailing the completion of their newly constructed, 100 percent-occupied affordable townhome-style rental community – both of which were achieved earlier than projected. Revitalization and re-tenanting of the neighborhood took less than two years thanks to the highly specialized expertise and experience of developer and property managerCommunity Investment Strategies (CIS), Inc. The families and individuals who call the 80-unit neighborhood home have a unique level of personal investment in this revitalization project. Former tenants approached local officials in 2007 to help them enhance their quality of life. “These hard-working people wanted to redefine their neighborhood in order to have pride in place,” said Christiana Foglio, CIS founder and CEO. “They are a testament to what can be achieved when residents share a common goal that will benefit the greater community. These men, women and children were the catalyst for change... Read more →

CNBNews Weekly Poll: Should Fishing Be Banned at Freedom Pier?

BY BILL CLEARY ( City Council introduced an Ordinance on First Proprietor's Park Walkway Gloucester City NJ reading July 28 that forbids fishing at Freedom Pier, King and Cumberland Streets. The site is the future home of the proposed Otts Restaurant. The new law came about because of a few fishermen who are trashing the area which is located at the former Coast Guard Base on the Delaware River. Trash is also a problem at the nearby Proprietor’s Park Fishing Pier but that pier will remain open. Second reading and final adoption of the new law is scheduled for August 16. A number of people are against the ordinance and have commented on the topic. See story. Here are a few remarks. Wil Levins said...I am not trying to play Monday Morning Quarterback - as I have stated many of these things on the record before - but I believe... Read more →

American Legion Unveils Sculpture Honoring Fallen Heroes

A work by famed New York sculptor Greg Wyatt was unveiled in a July 25 ceremony at The American Legion’s Washington, D.C., office. The 7-foot tall cast bronze statue, "Angel and the Dying Unknown", was created as a tribute to the sacrifices of America’s fallen warriors. The sculpture depicts a guardian angel cradling a dying unknown soldier. National Commander Fang Wong greets famed New York sculptor Greg Wyatt at the The American Legion's Washington, D.C. office. Wyatt unveiled a statue that will be displayed in the lobby of the D.C. offices until it moves to a permanent home. The unveiling was officiated by the artist and American Legion National Commander Fang Wong who said, in part, "I feel humbled not just by the fame and skill of the artist, but by his subject. I think this beautiful work pays tribute not only to the unknowns who have sacrificed anonymously in... Read more →

FBI — Suspect in Gunpoint Robbery of Pharmacy Charged

Steven E. Watts, 44, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged today by indictment with one count of robbery which interfered with interstate commerce and one count of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The indictment charges that the defendant committed a gunpoint robbery of the Sunray Drugs pharmacy, located at 5537 Market Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 2012. The defendant is also charged with using and carrying a firearm during the robbery charged in the indictment. If convicted of all counts, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment with a mandatory minimum of seven years consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a $500,000 fine, five years’ supervised release, and a $200 special assessment. This case has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United... Read more →