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TWO STREET STOMPERS/BROOKLAWN NJ ...This year's theme GOLDRUSH BROOKLAWN'S TWO STREET STOMPERS CHAMPS! (inc. videos) | (cnbnews)The Two Street Stompers New Years Brigade, based in Brooklawn, New Jersey took FIRST PLACE in the Comic Brigade Division of the 2012 Mummers Parade held in Philadelphia on New Year's Day. Their theme this year "Wenchtoberfe... Continue reading "BROOKLAWN'S TWO STREET STOMPERS CHAMPS! (inc. videos) | " » Related articles Mummers hit by fire ready for parade in Philly BROOKLAWN'S TWO STREET STOMPERS CHAMPS! (inc. videos) | It's Time Again For Philadelphia's Grandest Tradition: The Mummers' Parade! CNBNEWS January 2012 Cheers and Jeers Aqua String Band of Philadelphia Mummer's Fame Prepares for 90th Parade Read more →

Eagles' Reid casualty in coach firing frenzy

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AFP) December 31, 2012 2:58:29 PM EST Elsa/Getty Images/AFP/File Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Reid was among the casualties as under-achieving NFL teams sent coaches packing on the "Black Monday" following the end of the regular season. Andy Reid, Philadelphia's coach of 14 years, was among the casualties as a welter of under-achieving NFL teams axed coaches on "Black Monday" following the end of the regular season. Reid is the winningest coach in Eagles club history. Since he arrived in 1999 the team has posted a regular-season record of 130-93-1, reached the playoffs nine times, played in five NFC championship games and lost in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season. But reports were surfacing Sunday night that Reid was on... Read more →

Obituary: Florence A. Bernosky, of Magnolia

St. Mary Church BERNOSKY Florence A. On December 29, 2012. Age 72. (nee Wachter) Of Magnolia. Loving wife of 48 years to Edward L. Bernosky, Jr. Loving mother of Mark J. Bernosky and Edward L. Bernosky, III. Cherished grandmother of Mark J. Jr., Emma, Gabriel, Alexander and Malcolm and great-grandmother of Mark J. III. Dear sister of Frances Witz. Predeceased by her loving parents Aloysius J. Wachter and Lillian (nee Powers), her brothers Joseph, John, James, Al, Maurice and Eugene Wachter and her sisters Mary and Theresa Wachter and Joan Brecht. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Friday morning from 10 to 11 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM in the church. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Tribute Program:... Read more →

Gloucester County Authorities Arrest Homicide Suspect

Harry John Neher (DOB 1/19/80), of 51 South Broad St., Woodbury NJ was charged today with the murder of Sabrina R. Bullock (DOB 11/28/71) of Delaware St., Woodbury, whose body was found about 3 a.m. today in a clothing collection bin off Russell St. behind the apartment building where the accused lived. Neher, who is unemployed, is charged with first degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, third-degree hindering his own apprehension or prosecution, fourth-degree tampering with evidence and fourth-degree certain persons prohibited from possessing a weapon. He is being held in the Gloucester County Jail in Woodbury in default of $1 million bail, set by Superior Court Judge David Krell. Ms. Bullock, who lived with her juvenile daughter, was last seen alive on Saturday (12/29) and was reported missing by her family on Sunday. A Woodbury police officer was conducting a missing person search when... Read more →


source SOUTH PHILLY REVIEW click image to enlarge Related articles Mummers asked to keep drag queen brigade out of New Year's parade Ringing in the New Year at the 2013 Philadelphia Mummers Parade | cnbnews Our Guide To The 113th Annual Mummers Parade, New Year's Day 2013: Where To Watch, What To Expect, New Additions This Year And More The Mummers Give A Sneak Peek To Their New Year's Day Performances Read more →

Help Available For Sandy Survivors Stressed By Holidays

Main Content DECEMBER 29, 2012 TRENTON, N.J. -- The holiday season can create its own stress. This stress can be especially trying for those recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Free help is available just a phone call away for New Jersey survivors who feel overwhelmed during the holidays. The New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Helpline at 877-294-4357 or TTY 877-294-4356 is open from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All calls are free and confidential. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also supports a Disaster Mental Health Helpline run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration where counselors are available 24 hours a day including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The number is 800-985-5990. Rest, exercise and healthy eating help the body deal with stress. But disaster-induced mental distress may include:... Read more →

This Just In: Body of 43-Year-Old Woodbury Woman Discovered, Possible Homicide Victim

The body of a 41 year-old Woodbury NJ woman, believed to be a homicide victim, was found about 3 a.m. today (12/31) by a Woodbury police officer in a storage shed off Russell St. behind an apartment building at 51 South Broad St., Woodbury. The woman, Sabrina Bullock, was last seen alive on Saturday (12/29) and was reported missing by her family on Sunday. A Woodbury police officer was conducting a missing peson search for her when her body was discovered. The condition of the body has caused investigators for the Woodbury Police Department and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office to believe that Ms. Bullock was murdered. However, an autopsy has not yet been conducted . On December 17 the body of Ramona Johnson, age 54 of the Woodbury Court Apartments was found. She was allegedly murdered by Richard Santiago, of Camden, who was arrested on December 21. There have... Read more →

New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of General Schwarzkopf |

Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order 123, ordering all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 to recognize the achievements and honor the memory of United States Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf following his passing on Thursday, December 27. Born in Trenton and raised in Lawrenceville, General Schwarzkopf’s service to our nation included two tours of duty in Vietnam, during which General Schwarzkopf earned three Silver Stars for valor, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and three Distinguished Service Medals. General Schwarzkopf also commanded the international coalition forces led by the United States during Operation Desert Storm. “Throughout his life of dedicated and exemplary service, General Schwarzkopf enriched the lives of people throughout New Jersey, the United States of America and the world,” said Governor Christie. “It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of General Schwarzkopf and extend... Read more →

Pedestrians Beware!

Source: Loyola University Health System Drinking and driving is a much-publicized, dangerous combination, but is walking after drinking any safer? "No, alcohol impairs your physical ability, period," says trauma surgeon Dr. Thomas Esposito at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. "Every movement ranging from driving a car to simply walking to the bathroom is compromised," Esposito said. "Alcohol impairs your judgment, reflexes and coordination. Alcohol is nothing more than a socially acceptable, over-the-counter stimulant/depressant and, especially during the holidays, alcohol is frequently abused." A trauma surgeon for more than 25 years, Esposito has witnessed the tragic aftermath of drunken walking in his own work many times. "From July 2009 to June 2010, 105 people were treated at Loyola after being struck by cars. Fifty-five had their blood alcohol content checked. Of those, 16 individuals, or 29 percent, were found to have had some level of alcohol in their system,”... Read more →

Wayne County business owner charged with illegally burning and burying waste

December 28, 2012 HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section today filed criminal charges against a Wayne County man accused of illegally burning and burying waste in Wayne County. Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Joseph Bunnell, 50, 257 Tryon St., Honesdale. Bunnell is the owner of Bunnell Waste Removal Inc., 267 Tryon St., Honesdale Borough. According to the criminal complaint, from January 2009 through February 2012, Bunnell allegedly obtained thousands of dollars from customers by misrepresenting that their waste was properly disposed of at a landfill. Kelly said that Bunnell allegedly provided customers with bogus landfill weigh tickets that falsely indicated their buried and burned buried waste was legally disposed of at the landfill. The charges state that instead of properly disposing of the waste Bunnell buried and burned it at his property in Honesdale Borough or at a property in Buckingham Township. Kelly... Read more →

Putt! Putt! Putt! Putt!"

Marine Corps Aviation By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff Camp Pendleton Public Affairs MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Dec. 28, 2012 - "Putt! Putt! Putt! Putt!" Former Marine Pvt. Frank Baron Jr. stands with Marines assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39 during a tour of the air station at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 11, 2012. Baron served as an active duty Marine from 1933 to 1937. Courtesy photo (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution imageavailable. Imitating the sound of a Curtiss Condor's engines failing, Frank Baron Jr. mimics the tumbling motions of the aircraft falling from the sky. His hands rush to his shoulders as if grabbing for parachute straps. "I thought, 'This is it,' and then all of a sudden, brrrr!" he said, describing the sound of the engines returning to life as he sinks into the back of the couch, grinning, but sighing with relief. "That's the... Read more →

Bellmawr Okays Special Election To Repair Roofs

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News During its recent meeting, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) passed a resolution authorizing a special election for a School Bond Referendum concerning the district’s aging roofs. The proposed $3.1 million bond had been voted down by 38 votes earlier this month, and will be brought again before Bellmawr voters in another election on March 12, 2013. In other business, the Board accepted the results of the November 6 School Board Election. Newly elected board members, Michael Eckmeyer and Chris Concannon, will be sworn in on January 3. All other business on the board’s agenda was approved. These included: Upcoming field trips for Bellmawr Park’s Kindergarten classes to visit Storybook Land; for the first grade classes at E.M. Burke and Bellmawr Park Schools to visit the Please Touch Museum; and for Mr. Rizzo’s eighth grade class in Bell Oaks to visit Citizens Bank Park.... Read more →

Clinton Admitted to Hospital with Blood Clot

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday. Reines says Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants. She was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital so doctors can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours. Reines says doctors will continue to assess Clinton's condition, "including other issues associated with her concussion." Clinton, 65, fell and suffered a concussion while at home alone in mid-December as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. The concussion was diagnosed Dec. 13 and Clinton was forced to cancel a trip to North Africa and the Middle East that had been planned for the next week. Clinton was also forced to cancel Dec. 20 testimony before Congress about a scathing report on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The report... Read more →


photo/caption credit Anne Forline/Gloucester City News GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Student representatives from all of Gloucester City's Schools are all smiles after sharing updates from their respective schools with the Board of Education. All of the students are doing extremely well this year, according to their principals. However, Angel Rodriguez has recently been selected as one of Widener University's "High School Leadership Award" recipients. Angel will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship, over four years, if he chooses to attend Widener in recognition for his standing up for what is right and making a difference in a significant way. Pictured from left are: Angel Rodriguez (GCHS), Alexis Alago (Highland Park Program for Success), Kirstyn Herman (MEC) and William Horton (CSS). Related articles Gloucester Catholic Family a Key Influence to Kupchas, Kellys Gloucester Catholic Friends and Alumni to Be Honored on Nov. 18 | cnbnews CNBNEWS: Students from Area Named to Widener University Dean's... Read more →

Indictment against State Police detective involved in car crash could be dismissed |

A criminal indictment against a State Police detective who seriously injured a Philadelphia man in a pre-dawn car crash in Camden County might be dismissed because troopers who responded to the incident never tested him for alcohol. The trooper, Detective Sgt. William Billingham, was off duty in March 2009 when his unmarked car slammed into the rear of a sport utility vehicle driven by Clayton Tanksley on Interstate 295, rolling it onto its roof and leaving the man hanging upside down from his seat belt as he awaited help. The troopers who responded said in their accident report that Billingham "apparently fell asleep." Last March, Billingham was charged with reckless driving in Lawnside Borough Municipal Court and suspended without pay. He was indicted four months later for assault by auto, and has pleaded not guilty. So far, the judge overseeing the case has not allowed evidence of his intoxication to... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Gets In Holiday Spirit

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News The Mount Ephraim Fire Department sponsored a spectacular 18th annual Christmas Parade of Lights on December 8. People lined the parade route, which ran along Kings Highway and then to the firehouse via Davis Avenue and included decorated emergency vehicles as well as other floats, and a Toys for Tots collection. December 23, Santa Claus will hand out candy canes around town during the Santa Claus Candy Cane Parade. In other business, the Public Works Department announced that trash pick-up will not be affected by the holidays, and will be collected as previously scheduled. Mayor Joseph Wolk said he is looking to the Taco Bell project, which should be approved by the Planning Board in the near future and will replace Jersey Girls (formerly Fantasy Showbar), located at 710 N. Black Horse Pike. Long-time Borough employee Mickey Hartman will retire at the end... Read more →

Houston School Cheated, Counselor Says

By CAMERON LANGFORD HOUSTON (CN) - The Houston public school system demoted a counselor for truthfully reporting that her high school's administration inflated its graduation rate so it could get an "Acceptable" rating from Texas, the counselor claims in court. Sabrina Norman sued the Houston Independent School District in Harris County Court. She claims that the high school administration was so desperate to graduate students that it gave them 40 hours of credit for attending a 4-hour Baptist Church service. Norman was hired to work at Sam Houston High School in June 2008, and as the school counselor it was her job to schedule students' classes. While doing so, she says, she became concerned by excessive absences on students' records. "On those documents, the students did not earn credits for the listed courses because the students had excessive absences," the complaint states. Norman says students need 24 credits to graduate.... Read more →

Alcohol and Traffic Safety Officials Urge Revelers to Plan Ahead

TRENTON – The Division of Highway Traffic Safety and Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control today urged those who plan to drink on New Year’s Eve to exercise caution during their celebrations. “We want drivers, passengers, pedestrians and revelers alike to be safe before, during and after the revelry,” said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky. “Plan to go out with a designated driver or take mass transit or a taxi. If you can, spend the night, rather than getting behind the wheel. If you drink and plan to walk home, have a friend or family member escort you home.” Poedubicky and Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Michael Halfacre both noted the importance of having a designated driver if you drink. Both divisions have partnered with the HERO Campaign, which has become a national model for preventing drunk driving by encouraging individuals to become designated drivers. “Unfortunately,... Read more →

Philadelphia area counterfeit check ring broken; 10 charged in ongoing investigation

Latosha Mabry Katrina Love Christopher Canty Latasha Buie August Pauline Terrance Joyner Tyisha Nixon Michael Bullins Salahudin McDowell Jesse Warren HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Organized Crime Section have arrested 10 Philadelphia residents accused of participating in an organization allegedly responsible for producing and cashing approximately $40,000 worth of counterfeit business checks. Attorney General Linda Kelly said the checking account details for at least four businesses were allegedly copied and stolen by a former teller at a Sovereign Bank branch located in Dresher, Montgomery County, identified as Latosha Mabry, 25, of 2119 Anchor St., Philadelphia. According to the criminal complaint, Mabry provided the stolen information to an individual known only by the nickname, "Beans," who allegedly operated a counterfeit check scheme. Other participants in the scheme allegedly opened personal bank accounts, deposited counterfeit checks into those accounts and then used ATM machines to withdraw cash, or allowed their... Read more →

Face of Defense: Military Brothers Meet for Christmas

By Air Force Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney 455th Air Expeditionary Wing BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2012 - Up until a few days ago, Air Force Staff Sgt. Derek Allen hadn't seen his brother, Army Cpl. Greg Allen, in more than three years. However, a twist of fate brought them together here for the Christmas holidays. Air Force Staff Sgt. Derek Allen, right, and his brother, Army Cpl. Greg Allen, compare unit patches at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 23, 2012. The brothers spent the holidays together for the first time since 2009 after the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft Derek maintains provided vital combat support for Greg and his fellow soldiers. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jun Kim (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution imageavailable. "Both of us being here in [Afghanistan] is the closest we have ever been to each other since Thanksgiving 2009," said Derek, a 455th Expeditionary... Read more →

The Year in Review A Look at FBI Cases, Part 1

12/27/12 The FBI worked thousands of investigations during 2012, involving everything from extremists bent on terror to cyber thieves, financial fraudsters, and child predators. As the year comes to a close, we take our annual look back at some of the Bureau’s most significant cases. Part 1 focuses on our top investigative priority—protecting the nation from terrorist attack. Working with local, state, federal, and international partners, we thwarted a number of potential attacks on U.S. citizens at home and abroad. Here are some of the top terror cases of 2012, in reverse chronological order: Alabama men arrested on terrorism charges: Two U.S. citizens living in Alabama were arrested in December and charged with planning to travel overseas to wage violent jihad. The pair met online and later confided their plans to an individual who—unbeknownst to them—was a confidential source working for the FBI. Details Plot to destroy Ohio bridge: Four... Read more →

Chicago Tribune, Six Other Papers Drop Associated Press

Along with the Chicago paper, six other Tribune-owned papers will also be dropping the AP. Those papers are the Baltimore Sun; the Orlando Sentinel; the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; the Hartford Courant; the Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania; and the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia. Reports from Tribune insiders were confirmed Sunday by Paul Colford, director of media relations for AP. “We’re disappointed by this development but recognize this is a time of transition for these seven Tribune newspapers,” Colford said. “We hope they’ll return to AP as their circumstances change. AP continues to diversify its business to enhance the value of our newsgathering for our 1,400 member newspapers and other news organizations worldwide. The Los Angeles Times has indicated that it plans to stay with AP. The Times has been a great partner in innovation and developing new AP services for many years.” This news is unsurprising as the... Read more →

15 Members of Alleged Drug Ring Arrested

NEWARK, NJ—Two members of an alleged drug trafficking ring based in Elizabeth, New Jersey and operating throughout the Northeast and Puerto Rico made their initial court appearances today, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Nelson Yordan, a/k/a Carlos, 27, of Waterbury, Connecticut, and Michael Rosario, 28, of Hagerstown, Maryland, were both charged by complaint with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. They made their initial appearances today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court. Yordan and Rosario are among 15 people arrested over the past three weeks by FBI agents and local police in connection with a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing cocaine and heroin in the Elizabeth, New Jersey; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; and Hagersville, Maryland areas. Also charged by complaint in connection with the alleged drug operation are: Roberto Rentas Negron, a/k/a El Duro; Kelmit Velazquez; Antonio Vazquez, a/k/a Panta; Fernando Duarte Castro; Julio Martinez... Read more →

Girl Scouts and Sigma Gamma Rho Help Girls Imagine Engineering Careers

PR Newswire Association LLC. December 27, 2012, 10:32:00 AM EST NEW YORK, Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has joined forces with Sigma Gamma Rho, one of the nation's largest African American sororities, to help build awareness of career possibilities in science, technology, and engineering among girls and parents in the African American community. Working with local Girl Scout councils around the country, Sigma Gamma Rho's alumnae chapters have made GSUSA's Imagine Engineering initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, a focus of the sorority's annual National Youth Symposium. "Girl Scouting and Sigma Gamma Rho have the same goal: to build the nation's future leaders by helping girls dream big and accomplish much today," said GSUSA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chavez. "We are delighted to be part of this partnership to help girls do great things in critical fields such as science, technology, engineering... Read more →

Gloucester Pre-K Students Need Flu Shots By Dec. 31

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News In accordance with New Jersey code N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.3, all pre-school students between the ages of two and 59 months are required to have a flu vaccination between September 1 and December 31, 2012. The Gloucester City School District is urging parents to comply with the state law and have their children vaccinated against the flu by December 31 – and also provide written proof of the vaccination to the school nurse. The district wants parents to understand that if a child does not receive the flu vaccination, the student will not be able to return to school after the winter break on January 2, 2013. Flu vaccinations can be administered at a doctor’s office and many clinics, including: The Minute Clinic at CVS on the Black Horse Pike in Runnemede; the Take Care Clinics at Walgreens in Deptford and Westmont; the Camden Health Clinic,... Read more →

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips: Going Out

The Gloucester Township Police Department wants to wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year. The following tips are provided to help you be safe on New Year’s Eve. Bring only what you need in your handbag or wallet, such as your driver’s license, money and one credit card. Don’t take your department store credit cards, gift cards or any other valuables that you might normally carry with you. While it’s fun to share where you are on social media sites, beware of doing so, as you are publicly alerting others that you are not at home. If you plan on drinking, don’t drive! Protect yourself and others by having a designated driver. Auto accidents due to alcohol consumption are highest between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., so avoid being on the road at those times. Use public transportation or take a cab both to and from the celebration so... Read more →

Drug Dealers Appear in U.S. District Court

NEWARK, NJ—Two members of an alleged drug trafficking ring based in Elizabeth, New Jersey and operating throughout the Northeast and Puerto Rico made their initial court appearances today, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Nelson Yordan, a/k/a Carlos, 27, of Waterbury, Connecticut, and Michael Rosario, 28, of Hagerstown, Maryland, were both charged by complaint with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. They made their initial appearances today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court. Yordan and Rosario are among 15 people arrested over the past three weeks by FBI agents and local police in connection with a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing cocaine and heroin in the Elizabeth, New Jersey; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; and Hagersville, Maryland areas. Also charged by complaint in connection with the alleged drug operation are: Roberto Rentas Negron, a/k/a El Duro; Kelmit Velazquez; Antonio Vazquez, a/k/a Panta; Fernando Duarte Castro; Julio Martinez... Read more →


(12/P158) TRENTON - The New Jersey State Park Service will conduct guided hikes and other special outdoors activities at 10 locations on New Year's Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. The national initiative, which involves more than 640 hikes in all 50 states, offers individuals and families an opportunity to get the New Year off on the right foot by connecting with the outdoors at a state park close to home. "This is a great way for New Jersey residents to start off the New Year and take advantage of all our State Parks have to offer," Commissioner Martin said. "Our dedicated Parks staff and volunteers are eager to share a great outdoor experience, an experience that visitors will hopefully carry on throughout the year." "We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of... Read more →

William F. Hambleton, Local Real Estate and Insurance Broker, Succumbs at the age of 85

William F. Hambleton AGE: 85 • Elkton, MD William died peacefully on Friday, Dec 21, 2012 in Elkton, Md. at the age of 85. In his own words, he departed this earth longing for very little which he had not experienced. His wife and only true love, the late Helen Louise Anderson, along with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the center of his life. He is survived by a daughter Gail Jeral and husband Gary of Elkton Md; son Mark Hambleton and wife Lisa of Hillsborough NC; grandchildren, Shannon Noon and husband Michael of Oaklyn NJ, Jessica Magee of Phila. Pa., Shawn Jeral of New Orleans La, Rebecca and Jennifer Hambleton of Boone, NC and Christopher Hambleton, of Hillsborough NC; and great grandchildren, Ella and Lila Noon. He served proudly in the U.S. Air Force 1944-1947; graduated Temple University, BA in Business Administration, and was a Real Estate and... Read more →

Galloway Township Website has a New Owner

(December 24, 2012) has been sold to another Publisher. The website which was launched in October 2011 by Harry B. Scheeler Jr. has exposed unethical conduct by multiple officials and irregularities in regular day-to-day operations. Through Open Public Records Act requests, tips, sources and Township employees, we were able to report with such pin point accuracy and become a Watch Dog Website on Galloway Township. Over the past couple months, GallowayTwpNews has been approached by multiple individuals and one company interested in purchasing this website. With the amount of passion and work GallowayTwpNews.comhas put forth, it was a struggle to decide whether to end our open government crusade with Galloway Township. I am proud of the accomplishments this website has made with the support from many residents as well as open government advocates. Through the work of this website, I can say new policies in Galloway Township have been created... Read more →

3 Officers Shot At Police Station, Suspect Killed, Officials Say

GLOUCESTER TWP., N.J. - Three officers were shot Friday morning inside the Gloucester Township Police Station, and the suspected shooter has been shot and killed, officials say. One male officer was shot twice, including once in the abdomen below his bullet-proof vest. He underwent surgery but is now out and reported to be in stable condition at Cooper University Hospital. Injuries to the other two officers, a man and a woman, were said to be "very minor," according to police. A suspect was under arrest in connection with a domestic violence-related incident, police said, when a violent struggle with officers ensued around 5:30 a.m. The suspect "obtained a firearm" during the struggle, police said. Officers then returned fire, killing the suspect. No details have been released about the deceased shooting suspect's identity. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office is leading the investigation. WATCH LIVE ONLINE: "Good Day," 4:25 a.m.-10 a.m. FOX... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-On December 27th. at 12:31 a.m. an alert neighbor called 911 to report a suspicious male who was walking on Park Avenue near Orlando Avenue looking into yards. The neighbor observed the male walk up the driveway of a residence on the 300 block of Orlando Avenue and lost sight of him. Responding officers found the back door of that residence open and located the male inside in the attic. John Speich (49), a resident of the 400 block of Highland Blvd. (photo attached) was arrested and charged with Burglary and Theft. He was remanded to Camden County Jail after failing to post bail. Read more →

Young Alums Spread Ram Pride Around the Globe

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ- Gloucester Catholic HS Ramblings salutes several young alums who are spreading the Dominican Tradition and Ram Pride across the nation and around the world. Sarah McLaughlin ‘05 recently moved back to the United States after having spent three years living in Lima, Peru working with autistic children. Sarah currently is a graduate student at Columbia University Teachers College in New York City where she is a candidate for a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Courtney Cesarano ‘06 spent a year teaching English in Taichung, Taiwan and now lives in Shanghai, China. She has contracted for another year of teaching English in a school operated by the Disney Corporation. Courtney graduated cum laude from York College of Pennsylvania and caught the travel bug when she spent her junior year studying at Huron University in London. Chelsea Azzari ‘08 finds her Yankee accent amusing to the folks in... Read more →

Pennsauken NJ Man Admits Role in Sale of 16 Guns

CAMDEN, N.J. December 19, 2012– A Camden County man today admitted to selling 16 guns without a license and illegally possessing firearms, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Ammie Steward, a/k/a "Beav," a/k/a "B," 37, of Pennsauken, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to an Information charging him with one count of dealing firearms without a license and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Between May 2012 and August 15, 2012, Steward sold 16 firearms on nine separate occasions for profit and without a license. The 16 firearms included 12 pistols and two rifles. Steward, a previously convicted felon, sold them to a witness cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Steward also admitted to being present when the serial numbers... Read more →

Statement by Secretary Panetta on the Passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf

The men and women of the Department of Defense join me in mourning the loss of General Norman Schwarzkopf, whose 35 years of service in uniform left an indelible imprint on the United States military and on the country. The son of a decorated Army officer, General Schwarzkopf followed his father’s legacy of service by enrolling in West Point in the 1950s. His bravery during two tours in Vietnam earned him three silver stars, and set him on the path lead our troops into battle in Grenada, and then to take charge of the overall allied effort in the first Gulf War as Commander of United States Central Command. General Schwarzkopf’s skilled leadership of that campaign liberated the Kuwaiti people and produced a decisive victory for the allied coalition. In the aftermath of that war, General Schwarzkopf was justly recognized as a brilliant strategist and inspiring leader. Today, we recall... Read more →

Dave Bakey ‘02 on Tour with Celtic Thunder

"I asked my cousin/ Gloucester Catholic alum Marty O'Connor’94 to drive me to Atlantic City for the audition. Upon arrival, I was given ten minutes to learn three songs to perform with a thirteen piece band. Through years of intense practice and experience with Gloucester Catholic music clubs, I knew I would be OK. The next day I got the phone call telling me I got the gig! " ~ Dave Bakey GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Musician Dave Bakey ‘02 has joined Celtic Thunder, an Irish folk and rock group, who last year was named by Billboard Magazine the top ”World Music Artists of the Year”. Dave took the time while on tour to answer a few questions for our Ramblings reporter. How did you get the spot working for Celtic Thunder? About two years ago, my band “Tsunami Rising” toured Ireland with our good friend, Keith Harkin, who plays a primary... Read more →

John Paff: State Data Base of Motor Vehicle Accidents Available \†

At last night's New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) meeting, I learned that New Jersey keeps a comprehensive database of motor vehicle accident data on the Internet here. I'm posting this for those whomight find it useful to know, for instance, how many school bus accidents occurred in a given county or town within a given year. I played with the data for a while to see if it might help me isolate accidents in which government vehicles were involved. Just for fun, I decided to see how many car accidents took place in Neptune Township (Monmouth County) during 2011 in which at least one of the vehicles was a police car. I found ten such accidents and have listed them in the PDF file I've placed on-line here. If I wanted to, I could now OPRA each of the accident reports to learn more about what exactly occurred... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Junior High Honor Roll

Gloucester Catholic Jr High PRINCIPAL'S HONORS 8th Grade: Bonomo, Adam; Driscoll, Allison; Driscoll, Olivia; Dyson, Jason; Ferrigno, Alec; Finley, Haley; Leonchuck, Nicholas; Morrison, Maria; Shamlian, Lauren; Ward, Sean 7th Grade: Allison, Kaitlyn; Billings, Emma; Buckland, Sean; Cloak, Brooke; Glennan, Patrick; Guldin, Andrew; Mack, Julia; Moore, Brandon; Pegues, Curtis; Pilny, Nicholas; Rossi, Lauren First Honors 8th Grade: Berry, Kathleen; Bruno, Sean; Casella, Chad; Colman, Christopher; DeMaria, Lindsay; Medica, Jake; Ward, Aidan; Young, Zachary 7th Grade: Jackson, Luke; Langdale, Nicole; Masiejczyk, Matthew; McGowan, Megan; O’Donnell, Kelly; Rouh, Kyle; Zirbser, Brian Second Honors 8th Grade: Carter, Laura; Cimorelli, Brendan; Frampton, Kaylee; Hannan, Morgan; Persichetti, Alex; Raube, Regina 7th Grade: Cartelle, Frank; Gartland, Amy; Kudless, Charlotte; Kudless, Matthew; Mack, M Gloucester Catholic High School Read more →

The Main Stream Media's Political Agenda

To the Editor: Each December we see a rerun of the news events of the past year. This year we went through primaries and the general election with innuendoes and half-truths. Television screens were filled with would-be presidential candidates. During Republican primary debates, much was done by the media to “undress” the candidates. A selection was made. Then, an old media question-and-answer sequence was pulled out in which Mitt Romney, the selected candidate, fumbled an explanation of why 47 percent would not vote for him, so it would matter little what he said or did. The media screamed about the rich man. Now print and electronic news media have publicized President Barack Obama as the “Person of the Year” as anointed by Time magazine. Four years ago, a select few opposing voices exposed this untested, clichéd candidate who talked of hope and change, for various questionable acts. But little was... Read more →

11th Annual James G. Atkinson Memorial Basketball Classic

Event set for December 27 and 28 (Sewell, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe “Joe” Chila announced the schedule for the 11th Annual James G. Atkinson Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament that will be held at Gloucester County College on Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28, 2012. Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, “Every year outstanding high school teams take part in the tournament. This year we welcome Paulsboro High School, Deptford Township High School, Glassboro, Timber Creek, Kingsway Regional, and Winslow.” Damminger noted that his alma matter, Paulsboro High School has participated in the Classic every year since its inception. James G. Atkinson served on the Freeholder Board for almost 20 years and as Mayor to Washington Township for six years during his lengthy career in public service. “Thank you to the sponsors that help defray the costs of the event so... Read more →

Philadelphia Named America’s Most Bikable Large City

December 24, 2012 Philadelphia, December 21, 2012 – The website, in collaboration with researchers at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, announced this week that Philadelphia ranks as the ninth most bikeable city United States and the best city for biking with a population more than one million. The rankings are based on four factors: bike lanes; hills; destinations and road connectivity; and bike commuting mode share. “I am pleased to see Philadelphia recognized as among the nation’s most bikable cities,” said Michael A. Nutter. “The work of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities to coordinate agencies across City government has led to major strides in making biking a safe and convenient option for traveling around Philadelphia,” Nutter continued. More than two percent of Philadelphians bike to work according to the 2011 Census Bureau’s American Communities Survey, this is a full percentage point higher than... Read more →

Galloway Township Police Arrest Burglary Suspect

On December 20, 2012, at approximately 04:30 AM, the Galloway Police received a 911 call regarding a burglary in progress on the 700 block of Wood Lane in the Highlands section of the Township. The occupant of the house called and advised that someone was trying to gain entry to his residence. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival but was observed by neighbors on Gail Lane running from the area. The victim and witnesses described the suspect as approximately 6 ft tall, dressed in dark clothing, wearing a hooded jacket and noting that the suspect’s pants had cargo pockets on them. It was also discovered that a Samsung 50” TV and an Xbox video game were taken from an enclosed porch area of the victim’s residence. The property was later located outside and nearby the victim’s residence. Galloway K9 Officer Scott Winneberger and his K9 partner Lycos... Read more →

The New Soldier by John Kerry (Senator)

( Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry for the position of Secretary of State. Some patriots are against his nomination because of his stance against the Vietnam War. Kerry wrote a book about †hat era titled The New Soldier. In fact a copy of this book is selling on for $998. The book is no longer in print. However, CNBNews has been able to find a free copy of the book on line that was posted by the blog Prosecutø® Kerry. Read on... (prosecute Kerry)The picture at right is the ORIGINAL cover of John Kerry's book THE NEW SOLDIER. John Kerry's friends, the so called Vietnam Veterans Against the War, were mocking this scene photographed during the Second World War. 6,825 American boys died to plant that flag on Iwo Jima. In JOHN KERRY's own words: "And so a New Soldier has returned to America, to a nation... Read more →

North Carolina's Quick Pass and E-ZPass Now Function as One

Beginning January 3, 2013 drivers with an E-ZPass or hard case NC Quick Pass can travel in all E-ZPass states and North Carolina using their prepaid electronic toll collection account. "This is an exciting day for travelers within the 15 state E-ZPass region and a monumental business agreement for the tolling industry," said E-ZPass Group's Executive Director PJ Wilkins. "NC Quick Pass customers who have hard case transponders can now travel from North Carolina to Maine, or west to Illinois, utilizing the convenience of all electronic tolling," said NC Turnpike Authority Executive Director, David Joyner. Toll technology has come a long way since the start of electronic toll collection. NCTA procured technology that is compatible with other tolling programs. NCTA started discussions with E-ZPass since they are the largest tolling program in the US. Through efforts from E-ZPass agencies and NCTA, they were able to develop an Agreement that now... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Family a Key Influence to Kupchas, Kellys

By Gus Ostrum GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Both Paul Kupcha and wife Grace Kelly Kupcha, members of the Class of 1978, agree that their Gloucester Catholic roots yielded a positive influence on their lives. But the high school sweethearts and successful GCHS grads say they benefitted from their alma mater in different ways.The GCHS alumni, who were married in 1985 and reside in Northern Delaware, credit their alma mater for providing them life-long direction that has been positive in many ways. Teacher-Student Relationships One key life lesson that Paul and Grace never forgot is the strong relationship between a teacher and a student, and the influence that relationship has on a young person’s life. Both Paul and Grace never forgot the dedicated teachers who guided them through their scholastic careers. Paul says he benefitted from a strong relationship with Msgr. Andrew Martin, a beloved Latin teacher and former administrator at Gloucester Catholic.... Read more →

A Note from the Commissioner of the NJ Department of Education |

By Commissioner Christopher D. Cerf, New Jersey Department of Education Last month, Hurricane Sandy affected our state in a more significant way than any of us could have imagined. While our schools have done a tremendous job reopening quickly after the storm to help students return to normal routines, we know that many communities continue to confront significant challenges and will take a long time to recover. We are committed to helping any family that was displaced by the storm learn about the options available to them and ways that the state can help. If you have any questions about how the storm has affected your child, you can reach our Hurricane Sandy hotline at 609-292-2070. In this newsletter, we are also including a number of ways that you can help recovering schools through donations or other support. The New Jersey Department of Education has one singular focus – ensuring... Read more →

Philadelphia Mayor Says More Gun Laws are Needed; Blames Gun Violence on NRA Members

Philadelphia, December 21, 2012 –Mayor Michael A. Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, issued the following statement after the NRA’s announcement: “NRA officials today blamed everyone but themselves for the conditions that permitted the monstrous attack on the children and teachers in Sandy Hook Elementary School. They said that gun laws don’t work and that pursuing legislation is a waste of time. They proposed instead the equivalent of an arms race. “Through the years their solution to the nation’s public safety problems has always been more guns. With this morning’s statement, it’s clear that nothing has changed at the NRA. “Our focus at the Conference of Mayors has always been the enactment of legislation, which reduces gun violence in this nation and, following Newtown, we feel more strongly about this than ever before. “On Monday, three days after the tragedy, we called on the President and Congress to:... Read more →


SOLD TO DISTRIBUTORS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY - Recalled product was sold from December 10 – December 18 - Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania announced today the voluntary recall of kerosene sold to distributors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey after receiving information of consumer complaints from a distributor. The kerosene being recalled was sold between December 10 and December 18. Gasoline and Diesel from these stations is NOT being recalled, only kerosene. It is very important that consumers immediately stop using the kerosene purchased during this time period and call the number below. The kerosene, if used, could create a potential safety hazard due to a low ignition temperature, which may cause fires in space heaters or other equipment. If possible, remove it and place it outdoors. Anyone that purchased kerosene during this time frame from any of the stations listed below should call 1-800-261-3707 as... Read more →

Rutgers R.J. Dill (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) Will Play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 14, 2012) – Rutgers senior offensive tackle R.J. Dill (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) has accepted an invitation to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be played Saturday, January 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. with live television coverage on NFL Network. Dill is the 17th Scarlet Knight to play in the post-season all-star game. Dill joins fellow seniors D.C. Jefferson (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) as Shrine Game participants this season. Last year, current Tampa Bay Buccaneer offensive lineman Desmond Wynn played in the game. A All-BIG EAST Team selection on the offensive line, Dill started every game of Rutgers’ 9-3 regular season at right tackle. Dill’s impressive start streak has run 42 consecutive games since playing his first three seasons at Maryland. Dill transferred to Rutgers and enrolled in graduate classes... Read more →

Sheldon Adelson Made Them Sterile, Security Guards Say LAS VEGAS (CN) - Two security guards for casino mogul Sheldon Adelson claim in court that they became sterile after being required to use an X-ray machine to inspect the billionaire's daily mail. Vincent Burlingame and Richard Carty sued Adelson in Clark County Court. They claim that Adelson, chairman of the board and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., bought the X-ray machine in 2011 and required them to x-ray "any and all mail that arrived at the home." Burlingame and Carty were among nine security guards who sued Adelson in June 2011, claiming they were not paid overtime. In their new lawsuit, the men claim that Adelson, whose wealth is estimated at $20.5 billion, was fined by OSHA for not maintaining the X-ray machines and for failing to ensure users' safety. Despite those fines, Adelson "failed to adhere to safety precautions and did not properly maintain the X-ray... Read more →