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September 2012

New Statewide Program to help Small Exporters |

September 25, 2012 Trenton, NJ – Recognizing the role New Jersey’s export industry plays in advancing the state’s economy and creating jobs, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno announced during a speech today to the U.S. Commercial Service Global Business Forum in Atlantic City, a new statewide program to help small exporters gain better access to foreign markets against increasingly tough global competition. The New Jersey State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, funded through a $204,000 grant from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) STEP program along with state resources, will provide training and export assistance to eligible small businesses that are new to export, as well as those already selling their goods and services to other countries. The program will be administered by the New Jersey Business Action Center’s (BAC) Office of International Business Development and Protocol over a one-year period. “The New Jersey State Trade and Export Promotion program will... Read more →

Summer Urban Youth Corps Program Works

brings employment skills and training to local youth while enhancing urban gateways (Camden) – Continuing the Christie Administration’s commitment to provide young adults with work readiness and vocational skills, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced that approximately 120 youth participated in the Summer Urban Youth Corps program at twelve locations throughout the Garden State. Participants gained important employment skills while working to improve the appearance of urban gateways in nine counties. “The Christie Administration helped approximately 120 young adults earn money this summer and gain valuable work experience through the Urban Youth Corps program,” Deputy Commissioner Joseph Mrozek said. “The projects that were built enhance the attractiveness of urban gateways along or near New Jersey highways.” During a visit to the Camden project site along Route 30 (Admiral Wilson Boulevard), NJDOT Deputy Commissioner Joseph Mrozek commended all grant recipients for their efforts over the past several months under a... Read more →


Happenings in Ocean City Ocean City celebrates one of its most popular events, the Indian Summer Weekend, for the 38th time Oct. 6-8. Centerpiece of the event is the mile-longFALL BLOCK PARTY that extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 6 and attracts more than 40,000 visitors. Over 350 juried crafters from throughout the east coast participate in the block party. An array of hand made products will be featured. Block Party hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A huge fireworks display is scheduled following the block party. The fireworks are fired from a barge off the 9th St. Beach at 9:30 p.m. Block party events include a variety of foods. There is a popular Greek Food Festival that has been featured at the event every year since it began 38 years ago. Seafood, ribs, hot dogs, pizza, soft pretzels, bagels, baked goods and... Read more →

Video: Vote for Obama! Get a Free Cell Phone

Published on Sep 26, 2012 by RealFreedom1776 Protester outside of Romney rally explains how Obama gives all minorities free phones and that is why they should vote for him. Cleveland Ohio, September 26, 2012 Related articles The 47% Speaks: She's Voting for Obama Because He Gave Her a Free Phone Screeching Obama banshee: Obama gave me 'free phone,' 'Romney sucks!' Obama Has My Vote - He Gives Us Free Phones (Video) Read more →

TCNJ 2 Ursinus 0, Lions Remain Undefeated

Ewing, NJ… The last time The College of New Jersey and Ursinus College met in field hockey was in the 2011 NCAA Division III semifinals with the Lions earning a 2-0 win en route to claiming the title. The teams met again on Thursday with TCNJ once again winning by that 2-0 score to remain undefeated on the season. TCNJ is 7-0 and pushed its winning streak to 21 games, while the Bears dipped to 3-4. The third-ranked Lions scored the only goal of the half as senior Jillian Nealon(Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) was credited with her 12th of the season with 11:38 remaining before the half. In the second half, TCNJ doubled its lead as sophomore Erin Healy (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/Manasquan) ran her goal-scoring streak to five straight swiping in a short feed from junior Sarah Cummings (Summit, NJ/Summit). The goal was Healy's sixth of the season and... Read more →

Division on Civil Rights to Host Regional Conference on Veterans’ Rights

TRENTON – The Division on Civil Rights will host a regional conference aboard the Battleship New Jersey in Camden this Saturday, September 29, to promote awareness among veterans and active military personnel of their rights under the state’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD), as well as their recourse if they believe those rights have been violated. The conference, a collaborative effort with the New Jersey American Legion, the Camden County American Legion, the Battleship New Jersey, the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs and other co-sponsors, will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is part of a continuing Division on Civil Rights initiative designed to help those who have served in the military and, upon returning to civilian life, encountered possible discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere. One concern underlying the outreach effort is that discrimination against military personnel, including disabled veterans and active reservists returning... Read more →

Additional charges filed against former Berks County high school teacher & coach

September 25, 2012 HARRISBURG - Additional criminal charges have been filed against a former Berks County high school teacher and coach as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with underage girls. Attorney General Linda Kelly said that Jonathan Bell, 31, 105 Colleen Court, Wyomissing, faces six additional counts including; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, and corruption of minors. Kelly said the latest charges are the result of new information uncovered by investigators involving allegations that Bell had inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year old female student while she was in one of his high school art classes, as well as inappropriate sexual contact with 17-year old female student whom he was coaching. Bell was initially arrested on Aug. 7, 2012 and charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year old female student. Additional charges were filed on Aug. 16, 2012... Read more →

12th District Sergeant’s Actions Assists Southwest Detective Division in Solving Five Gunpoint Robberies

Philadelphia Police Department Release Our police blog has been a terrific outlet for highlighting technology as a crime fighting tool. Occasionally we get to share a story of good old fashion police work, this is one of those times. The actions of Sgt.Davis #517, of the 12th District, on the morning of Tuesday September 11, 2012 started the wheels of justice rolling, and those wheels didn’t stop until three criminals were behind bars. At shortly after three in the morning Sgt. Davis ended a crime spree that covered three police districts over the span of five hours, and included five point of gun robberies in a stolen black Ford Focus. These brazen robbers had just committed their fifth robbery, at 58th Street and Woodland Avenue, when Sgt. Davis, who was responding to the call, saw a black Ford Focus pulling into a parking space on 6400 Grays Avenue. As the... Read more →

Benigno Boulevard eastbound to be closed at Route 168 intersection in Bellmawr |

(Trenton) – NJDOT officials today announced that Benigno Boulevard will be closed to eastbound traffic at the intersection with Route 168 (Black Horse Pike) for more than a month in Bellmawr Borough, Camden County. The temporary closure, scheduled to be implemented Friday night, September 28, is necessary for NJDOT to advance a $1.8 million state-funded project to improve safety and reduce congestion at the intersection. Benigno Boulevard westbound will be maintained to provide access for Route 168 motorists headed to Route 42 northbound. · During the eastbound closure, Benigno Boulevard eastbound motorists will be detoured to Heller Road to Hall Avenue to Creek Road to W. Browning Road to Route 168. NJDOT’s contractor, Mount Construction Co., is widening Benigno Boulevard to include two dedicated turn-lanes – a left-turn lane for traffic headed to Route 168 northbound and a dedicated right-turn lane for traffic headed to Route 168 southbound and the... Read more →


CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — This city, long among the nation’s poorest and most crime-ridden, is on the verge of dismantling its police department and starting anew with a force run by the county government. The Fraternal Order of Police lodge that represents Camden’s rank-and-file officers is upset that they have not been presented with a formal plan. Cappelli says officers in the new department would have base salaries that are the same or higher than what they make now — ranging from $31,000 for a rookie to about $80,000. Officers’ health insurance contributions would increase, and officers would also lose longevity and shift differential payments that combined can boost their pay up to 22 percent. The plan is to start hiring for the new force in October and have a mix of city and county police patrol the city during a training period before shutting down the city department sometime... Read more →

Philadelphia Man Charged in Laser Strike Incident |

Daniel F. Dangler, 29, of Philadelphia, was charged today by information with aiming the beam of a laser at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Dangler allegedly aimed a laser pointer at a Philadelphia television news helicopter on July 18, 2012. On February 14, 2012, President Barack Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which modernizes the nation’s aviation system. This act establishes a new criminal offense for aiming the beam of a laser at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States or at the flight path of such an aircraft. The statute was enacted in response to a growing number of incidents of pilots being distracted or even temporarily blinded by laser beams. If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three... Read more →

Burlington County Freeholders to Present A Proclamation to Lockheed Martin at their Family Day Saturday

Lockheed Martin in Moorestown is hosting a Burlington County Family Day for employees and their families on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders Director Bruce D. Garganio; and Deputy Director Joseph Donnelly will present Lockheed Martin with a Burlington County Proclamation at 11:30 am. Media is invited to attend the proclamation ceremony and can arrive between 10:30 -11:15 a.m. In 2012, Lockheed Martin is commemorating the Corporation’s 100th birthday. Every few years, Lockheed Martin hosts Burlington County Family Day, where employees get to show their family and friends a behind the scenes glimpse into the world of Lockheed Martin. Visitors will enjoy lessons on some of the company’s most important products and programs, meet other members of the employee family and partake in fun games and activities. Most importantly, Family Day celebrates the employees -- the incredible people who make Lockheed Martin successful. Read more →

Individual Charged with Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property |

Yijia Zhang, formerly of King of Prussia, was charged in an indictment that was unsealed today with computer damage and interstate transportation of stolen property, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Zhang is charged with stealing sensitive documents from his employer and with disabling a company server that he used to transfer the documents to cover his actions. If convicted, Zhang faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and a $500,000 fine. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael L. Levy. An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Information Regarding Defendant Name: Yijia Zhang Age: 36 Address: South San Francisco, California Read more →

Dr. Miller Receives National Honor For a Lifetime of Exemplary Church Research

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA'S DR. ROBERT MILLER TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS REV. LOUIS J. LUZBETAK, SVD, AWARD The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is proud to announce that on October 16, 2012 Dr. Robert Miller, Director of Planning and Research for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be presented with the prestigious Rev. Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Award for his extraordinary efforts in the area of research on behalf of the Church. The award, given annually by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, honors a researcher who has made a significant lifetime contribution to research in the Catholic Church. Dr. Miller is being recognized for setting a national standard of excellence in his efforts to support the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 1.4 million Catholics in 257 parishes across five counties. "We are so blessed to have Dr. Miller and his expertise at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and we are overjoyed... Read more →

Sussex County Gas Station Agrees to $50,000 Settlement

NEWARK – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the State Division of Consumer Affairs today announced a settlement with a Lukoil gas station in Branchville arising from alleged price gouging during the state of emergency that was declared in August 2011 as a result of Tropical Storm Irene. Thakur Gas, LLC, which does business as Lukoil at 384 Route 206 North, has paid $20,000 to the state under the terms of the settlement. An additional $30,000 is suspended but can be imposed if the station violates the state’s Consumer Fraud Act or the terms of the settlement during the next three years. The State Division of Law, on behalf of the Division of Consumer Affairs, filed suit against Thakur Gas last December, following an investigation that resulted from complaints filed by the gas stations’ customers about alleged price increases immediately following the storm. “Excessive price increases during a declared state... Read more →

Libyan President Contradicts Obama: Film Not Responsible for Attack

As recently as yesterday, President Obama stood before the world at the United Nations and blamed "The Innocence of Muslims" for the unrest in the Middle East and, more specifically, the death of four Americans in Libya, including Christopher Stevens, our Libyan Ambassador. Obama refuses to acknowledge the assassination of Stevens was a terrorist attack, even though other members of his Administration, including his own Secretary of State, have already conceded it was exactly that. In fact, every bit of intel also contradicts the President. And now, Libyan President Mohamed Magarief is on the record declaratively stating the video had absolutely nothing to do with the attacks: Libyan President Mohamed Magarief said the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, which also resulted in the deaths of three other Americans, was more likely pegged to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. "Reaction should have been, if it was genuine, should have... Read more →

Adelson: My Casino is Being Investigated Because I Oppose Obama

by Theodoric Meyer ProPublica, Sept. 25, 2012, 10:24 a.m Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate, has been the leading contributor to outside groups supporting Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates this election cycle, donating tens of millions of dollars. His company, Las Vegas Sands, is also the focus of a federal investigation into possible violations of bribery laws at its casinos in Macau, China. In an interview with Politico published Sunday night, Adelson drew a link between his donations and the investigation, arguing that he has been targeted because of his political activity. A victory for Obama, he said, would bring government "vilification of people who were against" the president, including himself. Interactive Features How Some Nonprofit Groups Funnel Dark Money Into Campaigns Do You Get Campaign Emails? Send Them to Us. A Tangled Web: Who’s Making Money From All This Campaign Spending? Who are the Super PACs’ Biggest Donors?... Read more →

Some Women are Against Federal Contraception and Sterilization Mandate

WASHINGTON D.C., September 23 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Thousands of women across the country are leading grassroots efforts to make their voices heard in opposition to the federal contraception and sterilization mandate. The Women Speak for Themselves movement is driven by “things that women are deciding to do on their own,” said Meg McDonnell, who has been assisting the group from early in its existence. McDonnell told CNA on Sept. 20 that the movement has received “hundreds of e-mails” about women’s efforts to defend religious freedom, including prayer campaigns, local rallies, blog posts, discussions with elected representatives, voter registration drives, billboards and letters to the editor. The movement began in February, when George Mason law professor Helen Alvaré and former Thomas More Law Center counsel Kim Daniels wrote a letter responding to the controversial federal mandate that requires employers to offer free contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs in their health care... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Public Schools Upcoming events |

October 1 – 5 “Week of Respect” October 5 – Interim Notices Issued October 8– Schools Closed – Columbus Day October 15 - 19– School Violence Awareness Week October 15 – BOE Meeting – Kershaw Media Center 7:30 pm October 16- PTO Meeting – Mary Bray Media Center 7:30 pm October 31– Halloween Celebration – Mary Bray School LOOKING AHEAD: PLEASE NOTE: Parent Conference Days scheduled for November 16, 19, 20 (Grades 1-8) will be half session days. Dismissal 12:30 - NO LUNCHES SERVED. REMINDERS: Federal law (No Child Left Behind) requires schools to tell parents of their right to question the qualifications of their child’s teacher. All teachers in the district have achieved the status of “highly qualified.” Further information can be requested by contacting the building administrator. Lunch and breakfast collection. Make sure the envelope is marked with your child’s name, homeroom and amount enclosed. Checks should be... Read more →

Regions Realigned for 2013: Australia to Play in Little League Baseball World Series

By Communications Division SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Australia will have an entry in the Little League Baseball World Series, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. Three of the existing 16 regions will be realigned, it was decided in last week’s meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors. The new alignment gives Australia’s national champion in the Little League Baseball Division an automatic berth in the World Series (along with Canada, Mexico, and Japan). “The 16 regions that send teams to the Little League Baseball World Series are based on participation numbers at the local league level,” Mr. Keener said. “In the last few years, we have seen tremendous growth in Australia – so much so that Australia is now our Junior, Senior & Big League Baseball (Photo credit: Wikipedia) fourth-largest country in terms of total participation.... Read more →

Annual Tri-County Economic Development Summit

Promoting Economic Opportunity in Burlington, Camden & Gloucester Counties (Mt. Laurel, NJ) – Over 300 business and industry leaders, bankers, entrepreneurs and government officials from throughout Southern New Jersey will meet at the Westin Hotel and Conference Center in Mt. Laurel on Friday, September 28, 2012 to discuss improving the region’s economy and promoting job creation. Registration begins at 8 am and speakers at 9 am. The 7th Annual Tri-County Economic Development Summit, sponsored jointly by Burlington County, Camden and Gloucester County will showcase the region’s resources in both the public and private sectors, as well as highlight many of the economic agendas and advancements of South Jersey. This year’s featured guest speaker is Joel L. Naroff, Ph. D. President and founder of Naroff Economic Advisors, who he will discuss the present economic conditions in the Tri- County Region. Robert M. Damminger, Gloucester County’s Freeholder Director said, “As county leaders... Read more →

Sound Off: Vote for Bob Chew, Greenwich Township Republican Council Candidate

Dear Editor: I was asked the other day who had my support for Council in Greenwich Twp., although I am not a resident of the township I stated that the best choice for the residents would be Bob Chew. I have known Bob for many years and had the privilege of working with him while serving on the Camden City Police Department. Bob is a man who takes the time to evaluate a problem and then seeks the most efficient and effective method to solve it. His experience and background in Public Safety brings added expertise to the township council. Bob, has served as the Clean Community Coordinator in the township for the past two years, increasing the number of groups to over twenty-five who have received money from this program, these are some of the groups that have benefited from his efforts, Gibbstown Basketball for boys and girls, the... Read more →

US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm | Fox News

URGENT: U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News -- though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it. The account conflicts with claims on the Sunday after the attack by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice that the administration believed the strike was a "spontaneous" event triggered by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film. Two senior U.S. officials said the Obama administration internally labeled the attack terrorism from the first day in order to unlock and mobilize certain resources to respond, and that officials were looking for one specific suspect. In addition, sources confirm that FBI agents have not yet arrived in Benghazi in the aftermath of the attack. Four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed in the... Read more →

Obituary: Joseph Harvey, age 92, of Oaklyn, formerly of Gloucester City |

Joseph Harvey AGE: 92 • Oaklyn On September 2, 2012, of Oaklyn, NJ. Age 92 yrs. Mr. Harvey is survived by his godson William Harvey III along with 3 nieces, 3 nephews and numerous wonderful caring friends. He is also predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Joe was born and raised in Gloucester City. He then moved to Fairview where he resided for many years until finally moving to Oaklyn 40 years ago. He was also a former long time employee at both NY Shipbuilding Co., and R. M. Hollingshead Co. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday morning from 10:00 to 11:00am at the CRERAN FUNERAL HOME 400 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn. Funeral services will be held 11:00am at the Funeral Home. There will be no evening viewing. Interment to follow at Harleigh Cemetery, Camden. The family would appreciate flowers or memorial donations in Joe's name be... Read more →

Obituary: Doris Neild , age 83, of Gloucester City NJ |

On September 5, 2012, a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 83 years. Doris was preceded in death by her beloved parents William and Ethel Neild and her dear sisters and brother Edith Warren, Anna May Geiger and David Neild. She is survived by her loving niece and nephews Christine Shayka, William Geiger and David Warren and their families. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME 700 Powell St., Gloucester City. Memorial Services will be held 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Inurnment to follow in Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Related articles Aldy DiGiacomo Jr., GCHS Alumnus Class of '53, Member of Teamsters Local 676 Kenneth G. Turing Sr., of Gloucester City, Former U.S. Marine, Longtime Member of the Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 | cnbnews Michael Grzybowski, Purple Heart Recipient, Retired City Housing Authority Employee Obituary:... Read more →

Obituary: Frederick "Fred" Messerschmitt Jr., of Sparta, TN, formerly of Gloucester City NJ |

Frederick "Fred" Messerschmitt, Jr., age 53, from Sparta, TN died on Sept. 6, 2012 from congestive heart and multi organ failure after a long 9 year battle that began after a virus damaged his heart. Fred passed at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN with family by his side. Raised in Gloucester City NJ, he moved to Tennessee to continue his career with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Despite his health issues he reached his goal of 25 years of service on Aug. 11, 2012. His employment included the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard as well as the Watts Bar and Center Hill Dam and Power Plant in Tennessee. Fred loved animals and lived most of his life as a vegetarian. In Tennessee he purchased land and over the years cared for many abused or otherwise neglected animals including a lama, miniature horses and donkeys, and milk goats. He treated... Read more →

Obituary: James E. Griffith , age 72, of Gloucester City NJ |

On September 21, 2012, a lifelong resident of Gloucester City until his recent move to Mt. Ephraim, NJ, age 72 years. Dear brother of Carrie Garton, Bella Reeves, Ella Schemelia, Rose Hoe and the late Charles Griffith, Jr., Henry H. Griffith and Charlotte P. Ritchie. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services Thursday 11:00AM at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Gloucester City, NJ. Arrangements entrusted to the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, Gloucester City, NJ Related articles Michael Grzybowski, Purple Heart Recipient, Retired City Housing Authority Employee Aldy DiGiacomo Jr., GCHS Alumnus Class of '53, Member of Teamsters Local 676 Obituary: Rebecca E. "Sis" Lang, age 91, of Gloucester City | Kenneth G. Turing Sr., of Gloucester City, Former U.S. Marine, Longtime Member of the Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 | cnbnews Barbara A. Brandt, of Gloucester City, GCHS Alumni... Read more →

Obituary: Ida May Barrow age 72, of Gloucester City |

The "tell it like it is", the "feisty" Ida M. Barrow, of Gloucester City, age 72, has joined all of her loved ones waiting for her. Predeceased by her parents Clem and Mary Barrow, 6 brothers, 3 sisters, step-sons Walter and Mike Barkowsky, grandchildren Michelle Mazzagatti and Ryan Baldwin. Survived by her children Connie Knopka (Mike), Ed Baldwin, Kimberly Vandergrift (Belin), John Davidson and step-sons Ron Barkowsky (Wendy) and Wayne Barkowsky. Also her sisters Argyll Barrow and Margaret (Paul) Coulter. Also survived by 25 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way, 1 great-great-grandchild with 1 on the way and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Ida M. Barrow was the best Mom-Mom a grandchild could have. She is forever in our hearts and will live in all of us forever, so its not goodbye it's see you soon, love you always and forever, Pooh Bear. Relatives and friends are... Read more →

Obituary: William J. Booth Jr. age 80, of Gloucester City, GHS Alumnus Class of 1952 |

William J. Booth, Jr., went home to be with the Lord on September 7, 2012, four days after celebrating his 80th birthday. He was born in Gloucester City, NJ and graduated high school in 1952. He was a marine designer with New York Ship Building Corporation and then JJ Henry Co., Inc. Bill was a devoted family man. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 54 years, Anne C. (née Dubas) Booth, and his children, William J. III, David P., and Anne M. (Joseph) Domico all of Westville, NJ. He was a loving grandfather to Josiah, Sarah, Katherine, Alethea, and Aubrey Domico, and dear brother to Caroline Booth, Stanley Booth, and Dorothy DeSimone. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Tuesday eve 7-9 PM and Wednesday 10-11 AM. His funeral service will be11:00 AM at the Ellis-Stiefel Funeral Home, 301 Highland Ave., Westville, NJ. Interment Eglington Cemetery,... Read more →

Senate Panel OKs Bill for Longer School Day, School Year Pilot Program

The Senate Education Committee on Monday advanced a bill that would create a statewide pilot program to lengthen the school day and school year. Under the bill, S-2087, up to 25 interested school districts could apply to the state Commissioner of Education to participate in the three-year pilot, which has a goal of studying the effects that a longer school day and school year would have on student achievement. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Teresa M. Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Sen. Shirley K. Turner. There is no requirement or mandate. The proposal also includes a provision to fund the pilot program through credits generated from the Corporation Business Tax. NJSBA supported the proposal because it would allow for an exploration of one component of education reform at the discretion of local districts. Local determination would be preserved, as no district would be required to participate.... Read more →

Animal Shelter’s Open House This Saturday | cnbnews

Live Music, Face Painting for Kids, Pet –Friendly Vendors, Pet Costume Parade & More (Clayton, NJ) – The Gloucester County Animal Shelter will hold their annual Open House on Saturday, September 29, from 11 am to 4 pm. The celebration includes refreshments, live music, balloons, a face painter for kids and a Pet Costume Parade will be held at 3 pm. The rain or shine event is free and open to the public. Special Guest ‘Stars’ at this year’s Open House are Elwood, the World’s Ugliest Dog and Hercules, a dog who was found starved by his original owner; but has been adopted and made a full recovery. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “A lot of miracles happen at Gloucester County Animal Shelter. The staff and volunteers work so hard to find homes for stray and unwanted animals. They teach students all year about animal care and the responsibilities... Read more →

Your Money: State Grants for Upper Deerfield Township And Lower Alloways Creek Township

Trenton, NJ – Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to supporting local governments with needed transportation infrastructure improvement, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner James Simpson traveled to Upper Deerfield Township and Lower Alloways Creek Township to announce Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants for the two communities. These state funds are designed to advance street improvement, rehabilitation and safety projects without increasing the tax burden for local residents. Cumberland County was awarded a $230,000 grant for improvements to County Road 540 in Upper Deerfield and Hopewell Townships and will replace a functionally obsolete bridge between the two towns. Lower Alloways Creek Township was awarded a $430,000 grant for improvements to Alloways Creek Neck Road. The town plans to resurface the access road to the Salem Nuclear Generating Station and the Hope Creek Generating Station. This access road has not been paved in 25 years. “The Upper Deerfield... Read more →

Philadelphia: Kicking it up a Notch |

Inaugural Army-Navy Cup Comes to PPL Park For the first time, the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen will battle it out on the pitch at PPL Park, in the inaugural Army-Navy Cup on September 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. This match will mark the 75th straight year in which Army and Navy have played in soccer, but just the fourth showdown at a neutral site and the first since 1996. PPL Park is a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium that serves as the Philadelphia Union's home facility and sits on the banks of the Delaware River. For more information and discounted tickets, visit hereand enter promotional code, "RIVALS". Read more →

Alice Costello School Celebrity Scoop Night Thursday, Sept. 27th

Alice Costello School PTA presents: Join Us for an Alice Costello School Celebrity Scoop Night!! Where: Brain Freeze Factory The circle @ Rt.130 Brooklawn When: Thurs. Sept. 27th Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm Support our school and also enjoy dinner and/or dessert! Pizza available! It’s a Win-Win!! Check out our Celebrity Scoopers from Alice Costello School!! Face painting/tattoos and window prizes! Students sign participation sheet, located at the face painting/tattoo station. The class with the most participation will be awarded with a water ice party!! Read more →

Stecyk Scores Two; Men’s Soccer Wins 4-0

HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 26, 2012) – Junior Curtis Stecyk (Boulder, Colo.) claimed the first two scores and freshman Joe Cellitti (Mendham, N.J.) added his first collegiate goal as the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s soccer team blew by the Blue Jays of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University 4-0 on Wednesday. Stephen Dunbar (Johns Creek, Ga.) scored the other goal of the evening as the Ducks moved to 7-2 on the year. Stevens dominated the match, outshooting the visitors 28-3 on the night. Junior goalkeeper Paul Killian (Ellicott City, Md.) made three saves to earn his fourth shutout of the year for the Ducks. Stecyk scored 11 minutes into the game on a play that began with a corner kick. The ball was played by Victor Daza (North Plainfield, N.J.), who sent it over to Stecyk who buried it for the early Stevens advantage. Though the Ducks played well... Read more →


September 26, 2012 Ewing, NJ…The College of New Jersey women’s soccer team raced out to a three-goal lead in the first half and never looked back as the Lions posted a 5-1 victory over visiting Rutgers-Camden on Wednesday. The win puts TCNJ at 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, while the Scarlet Raptors dropped to 2-7-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the conference. The Lions gained control in the opening half scoring the first three goals of the game with sophomore Korrie Harkins (Wenonah, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) banging in a centering pass from Brenna Rubino (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern). That goal came 9:48 into the game. Freshman Kendal Bernardini (Elmer, NJ/Schalick) accounted for the next two goals for TCNJ with the first coming on a feed from Shannon White (Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) and the latter from Katie Lindacher (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.). Those were her first goals in... Read more →


Positive West Nile Virus Samples Detected In Moorestown and Beverly The Burlington County Mosquito Division tomorrow evening, Thursday, September 27, will be treating for adult mosquitoes in areas of Beverly and Moorestown, where positive samples of West Nile Virus have been identified, County officials said today. Treatment will take place around the Birchfield Drive and North Lake Drive areas in Moorestown; and the area around Cherry Street in Beverly. The division is planning to treat areas within approximately one-half mile radius of each location. Treatment is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM. Pesticide will be applied in a mist form by a truck-mounted sprayer. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors while treatment takes place. The municipalities have been notified. The division routinely places mosquito traps in locations throughout the County as part of a continuing effort to identify the presence of West Nile Virus. Read more →

Philadelphia: Rockin' On!

Philadelphia's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon a mainstay for 35 years A beautiful Sunday morning made for ideal conditions for the running of the 35th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on September 16. An estimated 20,000 participants laced up their running shoes to compete in the 13.1-mile race throughout Center City and Fairmount Park's scenic river drives. Formerly the Philadelphia Distance Run, the race was added to the Rock 'n' Roll series in 2010 and has attracted some of the sport's greatest runners, producing five world records, three U.S. marks and numerous other records. In his first time competing in Philadelphia, Stanley Biwott of Kenya claimed the men's title, while fellow Kenyan Sharon Cherop was the women's winner in the event for the second time. Congratulations to this year's winners! Read more →

A warm, wet fall would dampen foliage colors

English: Fall foliage autumn leaf colour Vermont Hogback Mountain one hundred mile lookout (Photo credit: Wikipedia) UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- This summer was notable because of drought conditions in June and July, and searing heat in July, but that won't limit the beauty of Pennsylvania's fall foliage. Instead, it's the next few weeks' weather that will be determinant, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. And long-term weather forecasts point to mild weather -- 60- to 70-degree days and nights in the mid-40s -- through the end of October, with no frosts. For fall foliage lovers, that's not good, warned Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology. Although many wish for extended summer this time of year -- with warm autumn days and mild nights -- if you want to see really brilliant foliage in October, you should hope for cooler weather, Abrams explained.... Read more →

Delran Woman Arrested for Cancer Fundraising Scam |

press release MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Delran Police Chief Alfonso A. Parente, Jr. announced that a Delran woman was arrested today for soliciting and accepting charitable contributions while falsely claiming to be undergoing treatment for cancer. Lori E. Stilley, (photo) age 40, of 42 Suburban Boulevard in Delran, was charged with Theft by Deception (Third Degree). She surrendered this morning with counsel at the Delran Police Department and was released after posting $25,000 bail. The investigation revealed that in February 2011 Stilley told those close to her that she had been diagnosed with Stage III bladder cancer and would be undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Stilley also posted this information on Facebook and her personal website. In April 2011, Stilley indicated the bladder cancer had become Stage IV. She told relatives and friends that she did not have healthcare insurance, and several initiatives... Read more →

INSIDE THE PPD: 3rd District Captain Makes Community Connections

INSIDE THE PPD Written by: MARIA MERLINO for the Philadelphia Public Record Captain Michael Ryan and Crime Prevention Officer Michael Duffy Third Dist. Police Capt. Mike Ryan knows the importance of communicating with residents. That’s why Ryan hosted a 3rd Dist. Public Safety Conference at the Holiday Inn, 10th & Packer Avenue. “The response time for calls may not be as fast as you like, but we are addressing it,” Ryan told the packed house. Ryan is a couple months short of his two-year anniversary at his 11th & Dickinson office. He has seen an influx of new residents move into the district in his 22-month stint as police captain. He said it’s a main reason he has initiated the first of a series in community meetings. “We got a good turnout,” Ryan said at the first meeting. “The civic groups are doing a great job, but what I... Read more →

Video: Art Institute of Philadelphia Interview with GCHS Art Teacher David Sipple

Check out the following interview with GCHS' David Sipple, participating artist and High School arts educator. This video was shot during the opening event of "What Those Who Teach Can Do," at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. The Art Institute of Philadelphia is proud to honor High School arts educators with an exhibition of their personal works. Related articles School Choice Hot Topic For Gloucester City Board of Ed 1971 Gloucester Catholic HS Football Team to be Honored | Gloucester Catholic Friends, Alumni Receive Five Awards ONCE A RAM, ALWAYS A RAM! Dave Jensen GCHS Alumnus Class of '81 | Bill Peranteau GCHS Class of '93 Named Attending Surgeon at CHOP | Ramblings Former GCHS principal appointed pastor of Church of the Incarnation Gloucester Catholic Recipient of Taliaferro Foundation Award | Read more →

New Jersey State Trooper Suffers Heart Attack During Physical Fitness Training

A 14-year Veteran with the New Jersey State Police died of an apparent heart attack while participating in department physical fitness training at the Casino Gaming Bureau in Atlantic City on Sept. 12. Detective Sergeant James G. Hoopes III, 40, of Northfield was on duty when he died unexpectedly, according to an article posted in the newsletter of the New Jersey Society for Environmental Economic Development (NJ SEED). The Officer Down Memorial Page said Hoopes suffered a fatal heart attack while training. According to his obituary, Hoopes is survived by his wife Merry and two sons, Jason and Joey. He also coached youth baseball, youth basketball and youth football in his community. His accomplishments included a stint as a professional basketball player with the Washington Generals after graduating from college. He also served as a Spanish teacher and basketball coach at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J. In November... Read more →

Attempt to Identify- Possible Wallet Thief | cnbnews

Rite Aid 1360 Blackwood Clementon Road 9-22-2012 at 3:30 PM Gloucester Township Police needs your help in identifying the subject in the below photos, who is wanted for questioning in reference to a theft of a store employee’s wallet. The subject is a black male, thin built, close cropped hair and possibly close cropped facial hair. He was wearing a v-neck white t-shirt, dark pants, white over black sneakers, and was carrying a phone with a white outer case. He also was wearing black ear buds that was plugged into the phone. If you have any information or can identify the suspect in this video, please contact our Anonymous Crime Tip Line: 856-842-5560, or our main number at 856-228-4500, or email . Read more →

Vehicle Crashed Into Apartment Building |

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM, officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to the O Building of Autumn Ridge Apartments on a report of a car into the side of the building. Upon arrival, officers discovered that resident Ruth Marquez of the Autumn Ridge Apts. unintentionally drove her 2007 Cadillac over a curb and into the side of the building causing a large breach in the masonry exterior and interior walls of an unoccupied apartment that was currently undergoing renovations. Multiple officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department and Fire Fighters from the Blackwood Fire Department evacuated tenants from the adjacent apartments until the structural integrity of the building could be inspected by the Gloucester Township Building Inspector. Upon thorough inspection, the building was deemed safe for occupancy and all displaced residents were returned to their apartments. The uninjured driver, Ruth Marquez of Autumn Ridge Apartments... Read more →

Settlement Reached with Global Travel Solutions

NEWARK – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced a settlement with a vacation travel club and its owner, which dissolves the company and bars its owner from engaging in the travel club business in the state. According to the State’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Division of Consumer Affairs by the Division of Law in March 2012, defendants Global Travel Solutions, LLC and its owner, Jason A. Krieck, took payments from consumers for costly travel club memberships that promised steep discounts on vacation packages and other travel benefits, and then failed to deliver the contracted-for services. Consumers were also charged ongoing monthly fees for the memberships. The defendants induced consumers to attend sales presentations for the memberships with free promotional items, and then allegedly failed to deliver the items. The settlement is memorialized in a Final Consent Judgment. Under its... Read more →

AMAC: Obamacare May Be the President’s Undoing in November

“Seniors are overwhelmingly in favor of repealing ObamaCare, 59% to 35%. That’s a 24 point spread.” - BOHEMIA, NY, Sep 21 – “The president’s opponents point at what they call his record of failure as justification for firing him in November, but his record of achievement – namely the passage of ObamaCare – may be his undoing come the election,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens. The more people learn about the 2400-page Affordable Care Act [ACA], the stronger the opposition grows, Weber noted. “A clear majority of Americans want to see the health care law overturned, 53% to 42%, according to Rasmussen Reports. But seniors are overwhelmingly in favor of repealing ObamaCare, 59% to 35%. That’s a 24 point spread.” There are a variety of reasons for the law’s lack of support, not the least of which is concern about the damage it... Read more →

Hurricane Irene Disaster Aid |

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION PROVIDES COMMON SENSE SOLUTION THAT WILL HELP LOCAL GOVERNMENTS RECEIVE HURRICANE IRENE DISASTER AID (12/P108) TRENTON - Consistent with the Christie Administration's commitment to providing New Jersey residents with a more efficient government, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an Administrative Order that eliminates unnecessary red tape and will allow local governments to receive money from FEMA for repairs or replacements of public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene last year. Local governments will also save on unnecessary permit application and fee costs, thus saving taxpayers money. Under this streamlined process, government agencies must submit an inventory of all infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene for rapid review and approval by DEP. These projects do not have significant environmental impacts because they entail replacing or repairing in-kind infrastructure, such as existing culverts, roads and bridge abutments. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, however, requires DEP approvals before releasing... Read more →

Two North Bergen Township Public Works Supervisors Indicted

TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that two supervisors for the North Bergen Township Department of Public Works, Troy Bunero and Francis “Frank” Longo, were indicted today for assigning municipal employees to work on election campaigns and to complete personal chores or projects for their boss, Superintendent James Wiley, or for their own benefit. Wiley pleaded guilty on Sept. 11 to conspiracy to commit official misconduct, admitting that he directed municipal employees to perform hundreds of hours of work at his home, doing housecleaning, yard work and special projects, all while being paid by the township. He faces five to 10 years in prison under his plea agreement and must repay the township. He also admitted assigning township employees to work on election campaigns. The charges against Wiley, Bunero and Longo stem from an ongoing investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau. Bunero, 46, of North... Read more →

Janet A. Davidson age 71 of Brooklawn |

On September 22, 2012, (nee Runner), of Brooklawn, NJ, age 71 yrs. She was the beloved wife of the late John F. Davidson, loving mother of John and Michael Davidson, dear sister of William and Richard Runner, Carol Stango, Ginny Coombs Joann Davis, Douglas Runner and Lisa Clanet and cherished grandmother of 8 grandchildren. Janet loved going to the Casinos, hanging out with friends. She loved visiting her sister in Fla., going to the Shore and bowling,but above all loved and cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:00 AM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. A Celebration of Janet's life will begin 11:00am at the Funeral Home. Interment to follow Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. There will be no evening viewing. Related articles Raymond F. Gansz former Brooklawn Councilman, WW II Army Veteran, Active... Read more →