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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... Read more →

10 States Will Increase the Minimum Wage Tuesday

source press release The minimum wage will increase in 10 states on January 1, 2013, providing a modest income boost to nearly 1 million low-wage workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Rhode Island’s minimum wage will rise as a result of a law signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in June; the remaining nine states will raise their minimum wages in accordance with state laws requiring automatic annual adjustments to keep pace with the rising cost of living. New Jersey is not on the list due to legislative delays but it can follow... Read more →

Kmart Wins First Lawsuit Over Cashier Seating

By JONNY BONNER (CN) - Kmart is not liable for failing to provide its cashiers in central California with "suitable" seats, a federal judge ruled after a one-week bench trial. Lisa Garvey sued the store's owner, Sears Holding Management, in April 2011, and the case later morphed into a federal class action against Kmart. Garvey alleged the big-box store violated California's wage order since Labor Code Section 1198 and Section 14(A) of Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order 7-2001 provide that: "All working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of... 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... 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... 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... 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 →

Bullet tax proposal is new twist in gun-control debate

Stateline - The Newtown, Connecticut school shooting has reactivated many familiar gun-control measures at both the state and federal level, from assault weapons bans to universal background checks for gun purchasers. But it's also inspiring some new or mostly new ideas, including one in Connecticut: a hefty tax on bullets. The Hartford Courant reported last week that two Democratic legislators were proposing a new 50 percent tax on bullets as part of a broader gun-control bill. The Connecticut legislation is one sign that the gun-control debate that the shootings will prompt next year in statehouses around the country could morph... Read more →

Sgt. Jim Garber Released from Cooper Hospital | cnbnews

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ-The Gloucester Township Police family celebrated the release of Sgt. Jim Garber from Cooper University Hospital on Sunday December 30, 2012. Sgt. Garber was welcomed by the GTPD family, Boy Scout Troop 811, the Warrior Watch organization, the local Gloucester Township Fire Departments and EMS, and numerous others. Welcome Home Sgt. Jim Garber! source press release The Video can be viewed here: 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... 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... Read more →

100 Fans to Join Beyonce at Super Bowl Half Time Show

On Friday, December 28 Pepsi announced that 100 fans would be taking the stage with Grammy Award-winning singer Beyonce, as she performs at the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show on February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The contest launched on Saturday, December 29 and Pepsi didn’t miss a beat, taking over Times Square with digital billboards calling on fans to submit their photos. Fans who visit will be given a series of poses to photograph, including head bopping, feet tapping, and yes, even hips shaking. Hundreds of photos uploaded at with the hashtag #PepsiHalftime will... 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... Read more →

No Guns in School? by Larry Sand - City Journal

Armed guards have long been the norm on California campuses. 28 December 2012 It was only natural that the mass murder of 26 children and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, would bring out the best and worst of people’s emotions. The frenzy of accusations and name-calling from educators, teachers’ union bosses, reform leaders, policy wonks, gun lobbyists, and editorial writers has yet to subside. The reaction that attracted the most hostility, on the left and on the right, was National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s call for an armed guard in every school “immediately,” funded with... Read more →

Redskins, Vikings nab last NFL playoff berths

WASHINGTON (AFP) December 31, 2012 1:55:53 AM EST Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins celebrates after the Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on December 30, 2012. With quarterback Robert Griffin III and fellow rookie Alfred Morris leading the way, the Washington Redskins beat Dallas 28-18 to capture the last NFL playoff berth. In the final game of the regular season, Morris rushed for a career-best 200 yards and three touchdowns to help the Redskins claim theNFC East division crown in a must-win game against their bitter division rivals. Sunday's... Read more →

American Hero: Private First Class Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Florida

DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Fla., died Dec. 29 in Panjwal, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Related articles Fallen But Not Forgotten - Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Fla., died Dec. 29 in Panjwal, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

Minnesota Vikings Advance

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AFP) December 31, 2012, 12:18:49 AM EST Adrian Peterson missed out on a milestone but Minnesota's superstar running back helped the Vikings to a dramatic 37-34 victory overGreen Bay and into an NFL playoff berth. Peterson went into the contest on the last day of the regular season needing 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson's NFL record for most rushing yards in a season. Playing precisely one year after surgery to repair a torn knee ligament, Peterson carried the ball 34 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He finished his 2012 campaign with 2,097 rushing yards. While... 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... 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:... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

City School Children Will Be Eating Healthier

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News During the recent Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) meeting representatives from Nutri-Serve, Jennifer Dina and Loretta Ravelli, gave a presentation regarding the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This Act has been long touted by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign as a way of urging children to make healthier food choices. New mandates from the USDA became effective on July 1 that required school cafeterias to initiate sweeping menu changes by encouraging healthy food choices and setting good nutritional priorities. These changes called for school cafeterias to... 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:... Read more →

Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)—author of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004—has announced that on the first day of the new Congress—January 3rd— she will introduce a bill to which her 1994 ban will pale by comparison. On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation” and “It will be carefully focused.” Indicating the depth of her research on the issue, she said on Dec. 21st that she had personally looked at pictures of guns in 1993, and again in 2012. According to a Dec. 27th... Read more →

New Members for Mount Ephraim School Board

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News This month’s Mount Ephraim School Board meeting was the last for President Dominick Cipolone and Board member Michael Gaglianone, who did not seek reelection last month. They will be replaced by newcomers Catherine Villardo and Deena Noonan. It was also the last meeting for Interim Superintendent Dr. Diane DeGiacomo, who filled in for former Superintendent Joseph Rafferty after he left the district last summer for a position with the Gloucester City School District. Dr. DeGiacomo will be missed, but her services are no longer needed as the district has signed a three and... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

New MRI Method May Help Diagnose Dementia

Source: American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – A new way to use MRI scans may help determine whether dementia is Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, according to new research published in the December 26, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) often have similar symptoms, even though the underlying disease process is much different. “Diagnosis can be challenging,” said study author Corey McMillan, PhD, of the Perelman School of Medicine and Frontotemporal Degeneration Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a... 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... Read more →

9/11 Memorial Report

Dear Friends, As 2012 comes to an end, I am happy to share with you the 9/11 Memorial's year end update. Thanks to your continued generosity and support, more than six million people have visited the Memorial since opening in September 2011. They have come from all 50 states and more than 175 nations, reflecting the worldwide need to honor and remember those we lost on 9/11 at the sacred ground of the World Trade Center site. In this region, we also saw tremendous heartbreak in 2012, from the devastation of superstorm Sandy to the shootings in Newtown, CT and... Read more →

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Thrills Detroit and National ESPN Holiday Audiences

George Ross, President of Central Michigan University and head football coach Dan Enos accept the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl trophy from David Scrivino, CEO of Little Caesars Enterprizes. Photo by Lars Hjelmroth, Detroit Photo Company By Raymond Rolak DETROIT-- Central Michigan won their third-ever bowl game as the Chippewas nipped Western Kentucky 24-21 in the 16th edition of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field. The pre-game snowstorm held the crowd down but those that came were loud and passionate. Over 23,000 strong saw a great game that came down to the wire. CMU stopped the Hilltoppers on... Read more →

Ring in the New Year with your New Healthcare Taxes

Most of the new healthcare taxes will fall on high income earners, but the middle class and medical device industry will also take a hit. Directly impacting taxpayers is the Medicare tax hike on high income wage earners, higher taxes on investment income, lower contributions to flexible spending accounts and a higher threshold for deducting medical expenses from income tax. The Affordable Health Care Act is funded through the Medicare taxes of high income earners. These taxes hit individuals earning over $200,000, and joint filers earning more than $250,000. Medicare taxes will go up by .9% for these folks and... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

Teachers Union Calls Chicago Layoffs Racist

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN CHICAGO (CN) - The Chicago Board of Education targeted teachers in black neighborhoods for layoffs in 2011, firing African-American teachers at a higher rate than white co-workers, the teacher's union claims in a class action. Chicago Teachers Union Local 1; the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, and three teachers sued the Board of Education of the City of Chicago in Federal Court. The Board of Ed fired 480 tenured teachers in June 2011, 42 percent of whom were African-American, though fewer than 29 percent of Chicago's tenured teachers then were black, according to the complaint. Chicago's 685... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: How to Stop a Charging Dog |

By Dawn Watson Aside from taking away its credit card, there are several ways in which to stop a charging dog. Say that you're walking down the street and suddenly, a dog comes 'round the corner at full speed. He may be growling or barking, but whatever he is doing it doesn't seem like he is the friendliest guy in town. How do you make him stop? Here are several recommendations: Say, "Hey! Sit!" in a firm tone of voice. If he sits, praise him as you are backing slowly away from him. Do not run unless you can... 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... Read more →

American Hero: Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, of The Colony, Texas

173rd Special Troops Battalion distinctive unit insignia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, of The Colony, Texas, died Dec. 24, in Baraki Barak, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany. Read more →

Port strike averted in eastern US, for now

Is labor starting to claw back? Port operators and Eastern longshoremen agreed Friday to avoid a potentially crippling strike set for Sunday at 14 major US ports, at least for now. Negotiators refused to release details of the deal, but labor experts suggest the daring strike threat by dockworkers is indicative of a broader gambit by a besieged labor movement to claw back some power amid a strengthening US economy. The agreement over so-called “container royalties” worth up to $15,000 a year for an average longshoreman does not fully resolve the dispute, but is part of a 30-day contract negotiation... 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... Read more →