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November 2012

Chemicals freight train falls off broken US bridge

NEW YORK (AFP) November 30, 2012, 2:18:08 PM EST A section of a freight train carrying toxic chemicals fell into a creek in New Jersey on Friday when a bridge collapsed, but there was no serious spill, officials said. Authorities near Paulsboro, New Jersey, said the accident occurred early in the morning, causing seven train cars to derail and sending three into the water. Part of the train was carrying vinyl chloride, which is used to make PVC plastic, and other industrial chemicals, the Coast Guard said. "Authorities are in the process of assessing what materials have been spilled from any damaged container cars," the Coast Guard said in a statement. "Local authorities have evacuated the area in a half-mile radius. A one-mile safety zone on the water to the north and south of the bridge has been established," the Coast Guard added. Larry Ragonese, spokesman for New Jersey's environmental... Read more →

Conrail's Statement on Paulsboro Train Accident | cnbnews

November 30, 2012 Conrail is working closely with all of the first responders and officials here on the derailment this morning of a train on the bridge over Mantua Creek at Paulsboro N.J. We very much regret the impacts to the community and deeply appreciate the efforts of the first response teams and officials. Conrail’s first concern is public safety, and every effort will be made to ensure that this situation is resolved as safely and as quickly as possible. An investigation is under way. The public health authorities will determine the extent of any impacts to air, water or soil, but we have assembled experts to conduct monitoring, testing and to offer any assistance needed to those agencies. The company will be working to provide assistance to those nearby residents who sought medical care. The train consisted of two locomotives, 82 rail cars and a caboose, and originated at... Read more →


photo credit Karen Stebbins of South Jersey Cares The Thanksgiving dinner that South Jersey Cares originally planned to host for Hurricane Sandy victims on Saturday, November 24th was cancelled. Karen Stebbins explained, “The cancellation was due to circumstances beyond our control as the families we were supposed to host were unable to make it.” As for the donations, she added: “We sent all the donations to Union Beach, which was in desperate need. Also, we were able to put together a few packages to deliver to local families in need right before Thanksgiving.” SEE ARTICLE Related articles Paulsboro train derailment: N.J. environmentalists call for better oversight JR's Angels, named after South Jersey 9/11 victim, continues to lend a helping hand Earthquake felt in South Jersey Camden City officials file plan to lay off 265 police officers Read more →

Facebook Powerball frenzy: Purported winner offers to 'share' $1 million

Copyright Image Click to View Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications of the A His name is Nolan Daniels, and he’s just about to give some random dude or dudette $1 million. Or so he claims. Purporting to be the second Powerball winner in Wednesday’s $588 million payout, Mr. Daniels posted a Facebook photo late Thursday of himself holding a ticket showing the winning numbers. The photo is the only one visible on Daniels's account, which dates to 2008. “Looks like I’m not going to work … EVER!!!” the smiling purported winner exclaimed. The numbers on his ticket – 5-23-16-22-29-Powerball 6 – correspond to the winning combination, but the ticket has not been publicly verified. To make the Facebook announcement that much more bizarre, Daniels vowed to give $1 million of his winnings to a “random” person who “shares” his photo. That set off a frenzy Friday as... Read more →

Talks again fail to end NHL lockout | cnbnews

NEW YORK (AFP) November 29, 2012, 9:25:37 PM EST Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP/File File picture. A Pittsburgh Penguins fan expresses his disappointment during the baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves on October 3, 2012. Two days of mediated talks between the players union and the owners failed to end the 75-day-old National Hockey League lockout. Two days of mediated talks between the players union and the owners failed to end the 75-day-old National Hockey League lockout. The NHL owners and the NHL Players Association met with federal mediators in an attempt to kick-start talks towards a newcollective bargaining agreement, but both sides said little or no progress was made. "Today, we concluded two days of mediation with FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service) mediators and representatives of the NHL Players' Association," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "After spending several hours with both sides over two... Read more →


Rowan University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) PRESS RELEASE NOV. 29, 2012 GLASSBORO, NJ – Hanging on the wall above the basketball court resides the 1996 Men’s Basketball National Championship banner. Perhaps the biggest reason for capturing the title was the play and leadership of Terrence Stewart. Stewart played an instrumental role during Rowan’s championship season. He finished his senior year with 16.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. His performance in the NCAA Tournament resulted in being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. At the time of his last game, Stewart left Rowan as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,628) and the 19th member of the prestigious 1,000 point club. His record was later broken by Matt Byrnes (1,988) in 2008. Since then, Stewart, among many other things, recently took over as the head coach for Immaculata University. The fourth game of his coaching career was a trip to Glassboro to... Read more →

Report: As of November 29 Three Hundred People Killed in Philadelphia | crime

Crime Maps & Stats CrimeReports Fast Facts about provides a snapshot of crime in Philadelphia around an address or intersection. is not intended to be an official statistical measure of crime in any part of the city. Basic information for preliminary Part I incidents reported to the police are available Up to 6 months of data may be searched by address, type of crime and date Disclaimer & Frequently Asked Questions Explore CrimeReports Now! Year-End Totals * The official criminal homicide statistics that will be submitted to the FBI as part of the national UCR reporting system for 2011 is 324; three homicides previously counted in the year-end statistics were ruled justifiable homicides by the District Attorney's Office. Homicide Data November 29, 2012 As of 23:59 Previous Day 300 18% 301 281 278 305 366 The above homicide statistics for 2012 represent the daily count (statistics reflect... Read more →

Breaking News: Area Printing Company Going Out of Business; 100 Employees will be Effected

UPDATE NOVEMBER 30 : 11PM UPDATE DECEMBER 1 : 5pm BY CNBNEWS STAFF ( NJ-AFL Web Printing notified their customers on Thursday, November 29, 2012, that they will be closing their doors within the next few days leaving publishers of area newspapers scurrying about trying to find another printer for their publications. The company has printing plants in Voorhees and Secaucus. The closing will effect approximately 100 employees some of who have been with the company since it was founded in 1974. According to their website, "AFL is a leading provider of web printing, finishing, and circulation services for the publishers of daily, weekly, and monthly newspapers. From plants in Voorhees and Secaucus, New Jersey, we serve customers throughout the North-East and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States ... and beyond." Some of the publications it printed included: The Gloucester City News, The Gloucester County Times, The South Jersey News,... Read more →

NJDOT announces series of weekend Route 44 Mantua Creek bridge full closures

Drawbridge to be closed to vehicular traffic for maintenance repairs an estimated three weekends in a row in Paulsboro (Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced a planned series of full closures of the Route 44 (Crown Point Road) drawbridge over the Mantua Creek in Paulsboro over the next three weekends for maintenance repair work. Beginning around 4 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, the bridge will be closed to motorists in both directions with the structure anticipated to be reopened by 5 a.m. on Monday, December 3. · Route 44 southbound motorists will take Mantua Grove Road to I-295/Route 130 southbound to CR 678/Berkley Road west to Route 44. · Route 44 northbound motorists will take CR 678/Berkley Road east to I-295/Route 130 northbound to Mantua Grove Road to Route 44. The following two (2) consecutive weekend closures are also planned to complete this work, utilizing the same closure intervals and... Read more →

YOUR MONEY: N.J. auto inspections / 'Blatant thievery' -

At the time the safety inspections were eliminated, Parsons was in the midst of a five-year, $286 million contract it signed in 2008. But it turns out the contract was quietly amended in March 2011. The new contract included a very sweet clause, which basically says that even if the state decreases the cost of the contractor's services, it still has to pay an "equitable adjustment." But equitable to whom? Certainly not to New Jersey taxpayers, who were basically duped here. And to add insult to the injury, Ray Martinez, who was and is head of the MVC for all this, is now more or less saying, "What? You thought we were going to save $12 million?" Actually, what Martinez said in a response to the audit is this: "The fact that safety inspections were eliminated and therefore removed from the scope of the contract does not in and of... Read more →

Red Cross Is A Welcome Sight For Sandy Clean Up Crews

Photo and Story by Dan Bedell Navigating past mountains of mud-caked, molding furniture, appliances, drywall, flooring and other debris that line almost every street in Jersey shore communities like Seaside Heights has become routine for emergency response vehicle (ERV) teams with the American Red Cross. Their efforts are clearly appreciated by home and business owners, staff and work crews hired in the weeks since hurricane Sandy to rip out furnishings, walls, flooring, fixtures and insulation in a race against time to reduce the risks of rot and mold. “Here, you look like you could definitely use more of these,” shouts ERV driver Dale Kiriaze of Reno, NV, offering safety masks to grimy-faced workers who applaud the truck’s arrival after steering around debris, potholes and puddles from a steady rain. “Just promise me you won’t go using them to rob a bank,” he adds, drawing a much-needed chuckle from weary workers... Read more →

The Original Soupman(R) Says "Soup For You!"

To More Than 340 New Supermarkets In New England, Northeast & Southeast PR Newswire Association LLC. November 28, 2012, 7:00:00 AM EST NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SoupMan, Inc. (OTCBB: SOUP) announced today that The Original SoupMan® - the inspiration for the famous Seinfeld "No Soup for You!" episode and #1 Zagat-rated, best-tasting soup in the world — has added distribution in more than 340 new supermarket locations as its iconic soups continue to heat up the soup aisle nationwide. The Original SoupMan soups, packaged in new, shelf-stable Tetra Recart cartons, are now stocked in Price Chopper stores in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, Food Basics stores in Northern New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York, and Philadelphia, and more than 200 Ingles Markets in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The Original SoupMan is now available in the soup aisle of nearly... Read more →


Committee Targets Officer Stress "Bring your body bags," was the message left by an offender on a probation officer’s cell phone. "I’ll kill you and your family," another offender wrote an officer from prison after his probation was revoked. Threatening letters, verbal intimidation, erratic client behavior, heavier workloads and smaller budgets—they are a daily part of pretrial services and probation officers’ work as they supervise defendants and offenders in the federal system. It all takes a toll on officers’ well-being. "There are levels of accumulated stress in a probation or pretrial services officer’s job," said Chief Probation Officer Wade Warren in the District of North Dakota. "We’re dealing with more dangerous offenders and increased workloads. In my office, we’re down 13 officers. Meanwhile, we’re under pressure to conduct investigations and create a pristine report for the court on deadline. We’re all worried about how much worse it’s going to get."... Read more →

FBI: Death Charge Added to Indictment Against Pill Mill Doctor | cnbnews

November 29, 2012 PHILADELPHIA—A third superseding indictment was unsealed today against Dr. Norman Werther, 73, of Horsham, adding nine new defendants and dozens more charges, most notably distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death, announced First Assistant United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. It is the first such case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Werther was originally indicted on August 10, 2011, with 51 co-defendants. The charges allege a multi-million-dollar drug conspiracy involving illegal prescriptions, phony patients, and a drug trafficking organization. At the time, Werther was a Montgomery County physician running a physical therapy and rehabilitation practice in Willow Grove. According to the third superseding indictment, Werther conspired with six separate groups of drug dealers. In addition to the count of causing a death, he is charged in multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances, maintaining a drug-involved premises, and money laundering.... Read more →

Foodie Things to Do This Weekend & Beyond

By Deborah Smith, Executive Editor RESCHEDULED JERSEY SHORE RESTAURANT WEEK STARTS FRIDAYCome Support Your Favorite Restaurants. If ever your favorite restaurants needed you…’s now. 49 of the original 65 restaurants who were participating in Restaurant Week are back and ready for a great week. KICK-OFF PARTY BECOMES A FUND RAISER: ”Restore the Shore” Benefit Thursday, December 6th at The Mill, Spring Lake Heights 6:30-9:00pm. Attendees will enjoy hors d’ouevres, wine and beer tastings and live music by the Billy Lawlor Band. Instead of the traditional Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party, this year’s party will raise funds for RestoreTheShoreBenefit.Org, a 501c3 partnership with WANDAA, created by Jersey Shore natives to assist in relief and generate donations for families and businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy. Working directly with relief centers, RTS’ primary focus is to help pay for temporary housing for the more than 2,000 displaced families on the Jersey... Read more →

Damminger's Statement on Conrail Bridge Collapse in Paulsboro | cnbnews

Statement from Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger regarding the Conrail bridge collapse in Paulsboro “There are many agencies involved in today’s event. The priority of course is the health and safety of our residents and the impact on our environment,” stated Freeholder Director Damminger. “As we learn of information we will be sharing it. Gloucester County has all of its assets on the ground and will continue to work to protect our citizens.” Due to the Conrail bridge collapse near East Jefferson Street the County has been apprised that by its Harzardous Materials team that: 3 cars overturned into the Mantua Creek and were leaking; 1 is identified to be carrying Vinyl Chloride; 2 of the cars’ chemicals are unknown A decon unit has been positioned in the field An Environmental Company has been called out to the scene by CSX to place booms in the creek. 18 people... Read more →

FBI: Counterintelligence Awareness | cnbnews

Teaching Industry How to Protect Trade Secrets and National Security 11/27/12 The FBI vigilantly investigates cases of industrial espionage and theft of intellectual property, but the Bureau also places great emphasis on preventing such crimes by educating industry on ways to keep trade secrets safe. One such innovative program in North Carolina’s Research Triangle is a collaborative effort with other federal partners called RED DART. Learn More - Collaborative Approach Yields Intelligence Sharing - The Insider Threat: Two Cases The threat to America’s trade secrets—and to our national security—is real, whether it comes in the form of international spies, hackers probing online security systems, or disgruntled employees out for revenge. RED DART seeks to mitigate the threat by raising counterintelligence awareness. Through briefings to cleared defense contractors and others in technology-rich North Carolina, RED DART makes executives and employees aware of how counterintelligence works and how they can spot suspicious... Read more →


photo credit and caption Anne Forline GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Talented Students - All smiles after giving reports about their school to the Gloucester City Board of Education are, from left: Matthew Cruz from Mary Ethel Costello School and Jacey Wagner from Cold Springs School. Not pictured is Gloucester City High School student representative, Brett Kraft. Related articles A Buck Swimming in Delaware River Visits Gloucester City's Proprietor Park | cnbnews Gloucester City School Board Addresses School Choice, New Middle School Gloucester City High School Test Scores And Graduation Rate Continue To Improve Gloucester Catholic custodian charged with making hidden videos of students, teachers October 2012 Cheers and Jeers | cnbnews Gloucester City Sophomore Wins Back-to-School Contest | Rams Stun Arch-Rival Gloucester High in Thanksgiving Day Thriller! | Read more →

Public Invited to Preview "Motor Monday" Auction Vehicles This Week

PR Newswire Association LLC. November 28, 2012, 11:01:00 AM EST HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the spirit of the holiday shopping season, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services will offer more than 470 vehicles on "Motor Monday" December 3, 2012 – the final Auction of the year. In preparation for the event, DGS is encouraging the public to visit the Manheim Auto Auctions, at 488 Firehouse Road, Grantville, Dauphin County, to inspect the vehicles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily starting on Thursday Nov. 29 through Sunday Dec. 2. "With the holiday season upon us, the state vehicle auction is a great opportunity to treat yourself or to give a nice used vehicle as a gift," state General Services Secretary Sheri Phillips said. "With a variety of makes and models, there is something for anyone looking to find a good deal at the end of the... Read more →

Tour of California unveils 2013 route | cnbnews

LOS ANGELES (AFP) November 27, 2012, 9:41:17 PM EST Joe Klamar/AFP/File The peloton rides through downtown Los Angeles during the final stage of the Tour of California on May 20, 2012. The Tour unveiled a route which for the first time in its eight-year history will take riders from Southern California to a finish in the north of the state. The Tour of California unveiled a route which for the first time in its eight-year history will take riders from Southern California to a finish in the north of the state. "Taking the Amgen Tour of California from South to North is something we always knew we wanted to do, and we are thrilled with the way things have come together for 2013," said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and vice president of presenter AEG. "We think this will bring a whole new element to the competition for... Read more →

Local High School Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, SC (11/28/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local high school students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester. Christopher Keane, a student at Manasquan High School, plans to major in Marine Science. Tyler Long, a student at Saint Rose High School, plans to major in Marketing. Nikki Johnson, a student at Wall High School, plans to major in Psychology. Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The University offers 56 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master's degree programs in education, writing, coastal marine and wetland studies, and the MBA. Ten new undergraduate degree programs were recently added, including biochemistry, economics, graphic design, information systems, intelligence and national security studies, musical theatre, theatre arts, as well as criminology, health and aging, and social justice tracks in sociology.... Read more →

FEMA Approves $703 Million for the State of New York | cnbnews

NEW YORK — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $703 million to help individuals and families recover from the disaster. FEMA is reaching out to all 13 designated counties, focusing on the hardest hit areas of New York state. Assistance to the hardest-hit areas includes: Bronx $1.7 million Kings $149.5 million Nassau $234.8 million New York $9.5 million Queens $179.4 million Richmond $73.9 million Suffolk $51.1 million FEMA provides the following snapshot of the disaster-recovery effort as of November 28: More than 236,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $703 million has been approved. More than 120,000 people have applied through the online application site at, or on their smart phone at 34 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open in the affected areas. These include mobile sites as well... Read more →

Democrat Road reopened over I-295 in Greenwich Township |

NJDOT has fully replaced bridge deck on Gloucester County Route 673 (Trenton) – NJDOT officials today announced that the Democrat Road (CR 673) bridge deck replacement over all lanes of Interstate 295 in Greenwich Township in Gloucester County has been completed and the roadway is reopened to traffic as of this afternoon. Democrat Road had been closed to accommodate the reconstruction efforts since mid-July. NJDOT’s contractor, Richard E. Pierson Construction, replaced the existing, structurally deficient bridge deck, parapets and sidewalk. The $1.65 million project is also resurfacing the road at both bridge approaches and some curb and guide rail upgrades are being made. The project is expected to wrap up in early 2013. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for real-time travel information. Read more →

UPDATE: Owner Reunited/ FOUND: Black Chinese Shar Pei | cnbnews

UPDATE NOVEMBER 30, 2012 9AM Hi Bill...she has been reunited with her owner. My neighbor who found the dog, well...the dog escaped from his yard right before the owner arrived. So many people were out driving around looking for her. The owner texted me this evening and said someone picked the dog up and dropped it off at GCPD and they called animal control. The owner arrived at the police dept 5 minutes before animal control got there. Otherwise who knows what the fate of the poor dog would have been. Just happy for a happy ending as the dog is very old and in rough shape. Thanks so much for your help. (November 29, 2012)GLOUCESTER CITY NJ- Found black Shar Pei, or Chinese Shar-Pei, in Riverview Heights section of Gloucester City. No license tag. Call 856-456-2180. Related articles POMERANIAN MIX DOG FOUND IN GLOUCESTER CITY | Toddler Found... Read more →

Moorestown Police Implement On-Line Citizen Reporting System | cnbnews

In order to improve citizen access to information, and to make interaction with the police department more convenient for our residents the Moorestown Police Department has implemented an on-line citizen reporting system. The system is accessible to the residents to make reports for non-emergent incidents that meet certain criteria. Beginning, November 28, 2012, the Moorestown Police Department will deploy an On-Line Citizen Reporting system. This system can be accessed from any computer with internet access at either to the MPD section) or www.moorestownpd.comand then select On-Line Citizen Reporting. The following incidents can be reported on-line: . Criminal Mischief/Damage under $500.00 . Theft under $200.00 . Lost Property . Annoying Phone Calls . Identity Theft . Delayed Crash Reports . Vacation Checks . Anonymous Tips A touch screen kiosk will be installed in the police lobby for citizen use. Related articles Salem City Housing Authority director, city police clerk leaked... Read more →


Respond to Speaker Boehner’s comments reported today in The Hill 11/28/12: “We’re not going to grow the economy if we raise tax rates on the top two rates,” the Speaker added. “It’ll hurt small businesses. It’ll hurt our economy. That’s why it’s not the right approach.” NEW JERSEY –New Jersey Small Business owners today criticized Speaker Boehner’s comments that raising taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans would hurt America’s economy and hurt America’s small businesses. To the contrary, 97% of small businesses would be unaffected by allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Most of New Jersey’s small businesses would benefit from Congress doing the right thing – extending the tax cuts for the middle-class and allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest 2%. “As a small business owner on the Jersey Shore, what I need the most right now... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Can you please post the attached picture of a dog that was found today (Thursday, Nov. 29) on Monmouth Street in Gloucester (near Ben's Barbershop)? It is a sweet dog but had no collar. I have called and sent her photo to various veterinary offices and shelters, and have also posted her photo on my Facebook page in the hopes of returning her to her owner. I will be taking her to my vet today to have her scanned to see if she is microchipped. She is a female, looks like a Pomeranian mix. People can call 856-456-1453 or 609-970-1574 if they have any information. Related articles Rams Stun Arch-Rival Gloucester High in Thanksgiving Day Thriller! | A Buck Swimming in Delaware River Visits Gloucester City's Proprietor Park | cnbnews Growing Up Gloucester: 1957 Gloucester VFW Colts | Powerball bounces into Gloucester County with four winners... Read more →

'Fiscal cliff': Obama, Republicans revert to campaign mode | cnbnews

Three weeks after winning reelection, President Obama is returning to the campaign trail. But instead of stumping for himself, he’s pushing for tax hikes on the wealthy, in the name of deficit reduction. The president’s trip Friday to a toy factory in suburban Philadelphia will cap a week of outreach to various constituencies on issues around the “fiscal cliff” –the broad tax increases and spending cuts that kick in with the new year if Congress doesn’t act. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama met at the White House with small-business owners from across the country, and his economists released a report saying a tax increase on the middle class would harm small businesses. On Wednesday, the president hosts two events – one with middle-class Americans, another with business leaders. The point of all three meetings is to highlight how these groups would be affected by an expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.... Read more →

Holocaust Survivor Gives Lecture at Bellmawr Library | cnbnews

PHOTO CREDIT AND CAPTION ANNE FORLINE BELLMAWR NJ-Scary Childhood – Holocaust survivor, Fred Behrend, recently lectured at the Bellmawr Branch of the Camden County Library. Mr. Behrend is shown displaying his family’s “megillah,” or scroll, that dates back to the 1640s and recounts the story of Queen Esther. Behrend said that his family was only allowed to take “worthless” items with them from Germany. SEE ARTICLE Related articles A Holocaust Survivor Speaks Of Israel As Being Like Nazi Germany Bellmawr Swears In New Councilman Joshua Tregear Give the Gift of Reading this Holiday | cnbnews TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Long Overdue; No Pot for Bellmawr; Poo Poo Ruins Camden County Park United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Announces 20th Anniversary National Tribute And Tour Read more → Comment Restrictions

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Enbridge Rail and Canopy to Join Together to Bring Crude Oil to Philly Area Refineries

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2012) - Enbridge Inc. ("Enbridge") (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) today announced its U.S. subsidiary, Enbridge Rail (Philadelphia) L.L.C., has entered into an agreement with Canopy Prospecting Inc. ("Canopy") to create the Eddystone Rail Company to jointly develop a unit-train facility and related local pipeline infrastructure near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to deliver Bakken and other light sweet crude oil to Philadelphia area refineries. The project is expected to handle 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the third quarter 2013 and can ultimately be expanded to receive up to 160,000 bpd for subsequent transport by barge or pipeline to nearby refineries as early as mid-2014. Enbridge will own 75% of the joint venture and serve as operator during construction and operation of the facility. The total estimated capital cost of the project is approximately US$68 million, including interest during construction. Project scope includes leasing portions of Exelon Generation's Eddystone power... Read more →

Kelly Osbourne Feature Story Launches Today On

PR Newswire Association LLC. November 26, 2012, 5:31:00 PM EST NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --, the online destination for stylish living, debuts today its latest cover story with a feature on Kelly Osbourne. Osbourne sat down with the website for an interview and photo shoot at her childhood home, the legendary Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles. "My dad was always recording here, and I lived in villa 2A," says Osbourne. "When I was about 13 or 14, I would sneak out of my hotel room, climb down a tree and go into the bar in my pajamas and clean the glasses so they would give me Malibu Pineapple," she says. "If there were an Eloise of this hotel, it'd be me." Ten years after the debut of The Osbournes, Kelly talks through her evolution from rebellious teen to fashion star. Of her current project, part of... Read more →

‘Superbug’ MRSA Found in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants |

By Environment News Service COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 14, 2012 (ENS) – The “superbug” methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants, scientists have found in the first study to investigate U.S. wastewater as an environmental reservoir of the bacteria. MRSA is well known for causing bacterial infections that are difficult to treat and potentially fatal in hospital patients. Since the late 1990s it also has been infecting otherwise healthy people in community settings. “MRSA infections acquired outside of hospital settings – known as community-acquired MRSA or CA-MRSA – are on the rise and can be just as severe as hospital-acquired MRSA,” says research study leader Amy Sapkota, assistant professor in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. “However, we still do not fully understand the potential environmental sources of MRSA or how people in the community come in contact with this microorganism,” Sapkota said.... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Custodian John Martin Arrested; Charged with Secretly Videotaping Students and Teachers in the School | cnbnews

UPDATE 9AM NOVEMBER 29 UPDATE 7PM NOVEMBER 28 Correction: John Martin is not in charge of the technology department as stated in the John Martin photo credit Philadelphia Inquirer news release. The statement was issued by the Prosecutors Office and is incorrect. Martin was the head custodian. ~ Gloucester City Police Department NEWS RELEASE (November 28,2012)GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Gloucester City Police Chief George Berglund reported the arrest of the chief custodian at Gloucester Catholic High School on charges he surreptitiously videotaped students and teachers in the school. John Martin, M/41, of the first block of S. Jefferson Avenue in Wenonah, was charged with a count of 3rd degree Invasion of Privacy. He turned himself in at the Gloucester City Police Department Wednesday afternoon. He was released on his own recognizance on the condition he not go near the high school or any students or... Read more →

$1 Million in Grants Awarded to Organizations that Target Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in Pennsylvania

PR Newswire Association LLC. November 26, 2012, 11:16:00 AM EST HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nine organizations have been awarded $1.08 million in Children's Trust Fund grants aimed at child abuse and neglect prevention programs for parents and families to create better outcomes for Pennsylvania children. Administered by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Child Development and Early Learning programs, Children's Trust Fund grants focus on strengthening families, and building protective factors and resiliency within parents, caregivers and children in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. "One child abused or neglected is one too many, so we must focus on prevention programs that will help families with the important skills that they need to raise their children in safe and attentive homes," Department of Public Welfare Secretary Gary D. Alexander said. "These grants are about helping to strengthen the family core and the values in raising... Read more →

Congressman: Obama's Tax Increases Fund Government for Eight Days

President Barack Obama has proposed raising taxes on the rich to put America's fiscal house in order, but critics say federal spending is so massive that the wealthy don't have enough money to cover the nation's unprecedented debt. In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) said President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy would only generate enough revenue to fund the federal government for eight days. "The president’s plan to increase taxes on the upper two percent covers the spending by this federal government not for eight years, not for eight months, not for eight weeks but for eight days. Eight days only," said Mr. Price. "It’s not a real solution. So, again, I’m puzzled by an administration that seems to be more interested in raising tax rates than in gaining economic vitality." The problem is that the rich don't have enough money... Read more →

New Jersey Receives $31.1 Million from FEMA

Trenton, NJ – The Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced federal grants to State of New Jersey for emergency response efforts after Hurricane Sandy. The three grants total $31.1 million. FEMA’s share is $20.4 million which comes from the Public Assistance Program. The grants are to reimburse New Jersey for feeding and housing 8,000 utility workers, 725 survivors and 500 support personnel after the storm. Restoring power to affected areas was one of the top priorities after Sandy. Utility workers from around the U.S. answered the call, coming by the thousands to help New Jersey get back on its feet. The state set up two large emergency response shelters to house the utility workers, support staff and local survivors. Located in Linden and at the Monmouth Race Track, the two shelters provided mobile sleeping units, medical care, food, and water. Public Assistance is a program administered by the State of... Read more →


Santa Claus, Ice Carving, Live Entertainment, Shopping and More The Burlington County Freeholders will host the annual Victorian Holiday Celebration at the Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton on Sunday December 2 from noon until 4 pm. The historic village will be all decked out for the holidays and will feature carriage rides, vendors selling gifts and stocking stuffers, live entertainment and more. The festivities will include a special appearance by Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, who will arrive by horse and carriage at 1 pm to collect Christmas wishes. Guests can bring a camera for photos with Santa and other family photo opportunities. Admission and parking are free for this rain or shine event, however, severe weather cancels. Throughout the day, visitors will find a variety of attractions in the park, including: professional ice carving demonstrations; Dasher’s Holiday Trivia Blizzard Game Show; and free carriage rides beginning at 1 pm. Children... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27, 2012 – The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce today that J. William Mills, III, regional president for Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, PNC, will receive the 2012 William Penn Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a business executive in Greater Philadelphia. The award, which has been given annually since 1949, recognizes an individual for his/her outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region, professional accomplishments, and commitment to charity as well as to the community. Mr. Mills will be honored on Friday, April 19, 2013 during a gala event hosted at the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Mr. Mills has served the Greater Philadelphia community as both a civic and private sector leader for more than 30 years. Currently, Mr. Mills serves on the board of directors of Independence Blue Cross, The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania and... Read more →

Catholic League: Obama Crucified |

November 27, 2012 Catholic League spokesman Bill Donohue released the following remarks today: Michael D’Antuono is a left-wing artist known for exploiting racial tensions (e.g, depicting George Zimmerman as a Klansman and Trayvon Martin as a generous child). But now he has succumbed to a new low. D’Antuono’s painting of President Barack Obama with outstretched arms wearing a crown of thorns, against the backdrop of the Seal of the President of the United States, is called “Truth.” [Click here.] It is being hosted by the Bunker Hill Community College Arts Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. What makes this display so interesting is the flat denial of truth by so many artists and academicians, as well as their irrepressible hostility to Christianity. Yet when it comes to their savior, President Obama, they not only pivot, they proselytize. “Truth” was supposed to make its debut on April 29, 2009 in New York’s Union... Read more →


We know how difficult it can be to make the switch to e-Cigs; so we want to be with you every step of the way and fully-support you throughout your journey. HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR EVERSMOKE E-CIG: Still smoking a few traditional cigarettes? No worries, it's normal. Remember one step at a time, don't over stress yourself. Although some people find that e-Cig's taste like a traditional cigarette; others need a little bit more time to adjust to the taste. The more you handle your electronic cigarette, the more comfortable you will become with the weight difference between a traditional cig and an e-Cig. Always keep extra batteries charged and ready for use. Are you a one-pack a-day smoker? If you are, you'll probably need 1-1.5 e-Cig cartridges per day. Over time, you'll smoke less and less. This is completely... Read more →

FFRF Assembles Alternative Nativity in Wisconsin State Capitol |

Atheists, clearly agitated that Christians purportedly “stole” various holiday traditions from pagans, have come up with a solution: A potentially-offensive “natural nativity scene” that removes baby Jesus and replaces traditional Bible characters with some eyebrow-raising alternatives. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is behind the spectacle, which emerged this week as part of a diorama inside the Wisconsin state capitol. The angel that typically graces the nativity is replaced with an astronaut. And the wise-men – prominent figures in the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth — are replaced with evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, scientist Albert Einstein, anarchist Emma Goldman and author Mark Twain. The Statue of Liberty is also placed in the alternative nativity to purportedly symbolize freedom. Photo Credit: Freedom From Religion Foundation Rather than including Mary, whom the FFRF dismisses as “a mythical fertility figure,” the display includes Venus, the Roman goddess of love. And forget about Joseph... Read more →

Fossil Rhino Skull Discovered In Volcanic Ash, 9.2-Million-Year-Old Rhino Cooked To Death

By Nathan A 9.2 million years old fossilized rhino skull has been discovered buried in volcanic ash. Fossils preserved in volcanic rock are very rare, and account for less than two percent of the world’s known specimens. The specimen was discovered in Turkey, by Pierre-Olivier Antoine and his fellow researchers from the University of Montpellier, France. The fossil is of a large two-horned rhino species that was common in the area around the Eastern Mediterranean during that time period. “According to the researchers, unusual features of the preserved skull suggest that the animal was ‘cooked to death’ at temperatures that may have approached 500° C, in a volcanic flow similar to that of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy in 79 A.D.” The death would have been nearly-instantaneous, and followed immediately by extreme dehydration of the body. The researchers describe it thusly, “the body was baked under a temperature... Read more →

Benson Calls for AG Investigation into Hamilton Township & School District Contracts

Assemblyman Looks to Protect Taxpayer Dollars from Abuse in Wake of Bencivengo Trial (TRENTON) – Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) on Monday called for an Attorney General investigation of Hamilton Township’s government and school district to ensure that taxpayer funds are being spent wisely and legally in the wake of sworn testimony delivered during Hamilton Mayor John Bencivegno’s trial. “I believe it is imperative that there be a thorough investigation of the township and school district to ensure that those who are entrusted with taxpayer monies to oversee and operate our township and local school system have done so according to state and local laws” said Benson. “It is especially important to know whether officials’ actions have been beyond reproach and held to high ethical standards.” In doing so, Benson sent a letter to Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa today asking for an investigation of Hamilton Township, including a review of all... Read more →

Letters: Honoring Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Sineath |

Dear Neighbors, The Camden County Veterans Affairs Staff and I joined the family, friends and neighbors of Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Sineath on November 17 to wish him well on his upcoming fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has served honorably in three prior tours and is going back overseas to defend this nation against the global war on terror. This young man’s dedication to our country serves as an example to us all. He has demonstrated extraordinary honor and conviction, and we thank him for his continued service. The 28-year-old who joined the Army in 2002 is a Purple Heart Recipient. He also earned the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Over Seas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Recruiting Badge Gold with three Sapphires, Recruiter Ring, Glenn E. Morrel Medallion for... Read more →

CERT Teams Always Ready to Offer Aid, Helping Hands to Red Cross |

Written by Alyson Westby Roach Among a sea of red-clothed volunteers delivering comfort and clean-up kits at a bulk distribution site in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, one man alone stood out. Donning his uniform green vest, Devin Cohen, chief of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), spent his day off chipping in with the Red Cross relief effort, now in its fourth week. Shortly after Sandy made landfall on October 29, Cohen was on duty, managing a shelter for special-need victims. Almost three weeks later, he was still responding, this time in Red Hook – one of the hardest hit areas of Brooklyn – which is still experience power outages scattered across the brownstones, apartment buildings and local businesses. “These days, it’s block to block,” Cohen said. “I was supposed to spend the day with my family, but we got an email asking us to send teams... Read more →

American Hero: Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., 25, of Island Heights, N.J.,

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., 25, of Island Heights, N.J., died Nov. 26 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Related articles R.I.P. - Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr. Camp Lejeune Marine dies in Afghanistan American Hero: Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Baltazar Jr., 19, of San Antonio, Texas Lance Cpl. Dale W. Means, 23 News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Read more →

Rice Meets McCain to try to douse Libya row

WASHINGTON (AFP) November 26, 2012, 8:55:41 PM EST Timothy A. Clary/AFP/File US envoy to the UN Susan Rice, pictured in April 2012, is to meet Senator John McCain in an apparent bid to defuse a bitter row over Libya that could hurt her chances of becoming the next secretary of state. US envoy to the UN Susan Rice is to meet Senator John McCain in an apparent bid to defuse a bitter row over Libya that could hurt her chances of becoming the next secretary of state. McCain has led Republican attacks against Rice, accusing her of misleading the public over the September 11 assault on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. "My concerns are obviously that she told the American people things that were patently false, that were not true,"McCain said, confirming Tuesday's meeting, which stoked speculation Rice is... Read more →

Boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho dead | cnbnews

Hector "Macho" Camacho (Photo credit: MarkGregory007) David Trifunov November 24, 2012 12:18:00 PM EST Hector "Macho" Camacho has died after being taken off life support, a doctor said. David Trifunov Legendary Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho has died after being taken off life support this morning. The director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico, Dr. Ernesto Torres, told AP the 50-year-old went into cardiac arrest in the pre-dawn hours of today, Saturday. He was then taken off life support and passed away. The sad news comes four days after the 50-year-old was shot in the face while sitting in a Ford Mustang in front of a bar in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He was declared brain dead two days later and his family has been in discussions about what steps to take, torn between keeping him alive or ending his struggle. Dr. Ernesto Torres... Read more →

Gloucester County Opens New Dog Park

A ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Gloucester County / Logan Township Dog Park located on High Hill and Birch Creek Roads of Route 130, Logan Township in Gloucester County will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at 2PM The Dog Park has a water fountain, 2 gazebos, 4 dog waste stations, and 8 benches (6 from Logan and 2 benches from GCIT). The 2.5 acre area on the corner of High Hill and Birch Creek Roads off Route 130 in Logan Township features a Small Dog Park for dogs less than 25 pounds that is .5 acres; and a Large Dog Park that is one acre. This park replaces the temporary dog park that was at the DREAM Park. Related articles Skydiver never pulled cord in fatal fall in Gloucester County: police County to Name Bike Trail for Autumn Pasquale | cnbnews Regional concrete roadway repair project begins in... Read more →