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February 2013

Seeing Eye Graduate Honored by Queen of England for Service to Community

Just this past September, Seeing Eye graduate Jerry Smith was honored with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his community. Smith has had Seeing Eye dogs since 1971. His current and sixth Seeing Eye dog is Apex, a golden retriever. The jubilee medal is an honor that has only been given out 3 other times since 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Smith was nominated by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Smith is retired after owning his own vending machine business for 30 years, but you wouldn't know it. He fills his time volunteering for multiple causes. He volunteers for CNIB in several capacities, including acting as an ambassador. He speaks about blindness and CNIB's community resources to groups such as churches, businesses, senior homes and wellness fairs. Smith says his most fulfilling role as a volunteer is... Read more →

Verizon FiOS1 in NJ to Air High School Winter Playoff Games

Coverage Includes Basketball, Wrestling and, for the First Time, Hockey February 27, 2013 NEWARK, N.J. – Fans of New Jersey high school sports will be able to watch the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association state boys and girls Tournament of Champions in basketball, wrestling -- and for the first time, the state hockey championships – exclusively on FiOS1 on Verizon’s FiOS TV service. Through Verizon’s partnership with the Star Ledger/, FiOS1 Channel 1 will air more than 30 high school playoff and championship games, starting with boys basketball NJSIAA North 2 Group 4 First Round Union at Elizabeth on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Games will air Monday through Sunday throughout March. All FiOS1 viewers in central and northern New Jersey will have access to the programming. “Customers need only to tune into Verizon’s FiOS1 to find the best New Jersey high school sports programming,” said Orlando Martinez, FiOS1’s... Read more →

OBITUARY: Doris Mae Ford, age 64, of Gloucester City

FORD Doris Mae On February 26, 2013. Age 64. Of Gloucester City. Cherished daughter of the late Howard Martin Ford and Josephine C. Ford (nee Farally). Beloved sister of Judith Ann Ford. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Thursday, March 7th, from 1 to 3 pm at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service will begin at 3 PM in the funeral home. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Doris Mae Ford. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through:McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

OBITUARY: Malina Dorothy Dodge age 91 of West Deptford

DODGE Malina Dorothy On February 27, 2013. Age 91. Of West Deptford. (nee Shahinian). Beloved wife of the late John J. Dodge. Loving mother of Gregory S. Woodhouse. Cherished grandmother of Gregg Woodhouse, Tara Lyons and Kelly Woodhouse. Cherished great grandmother of Camryn. Dear sister of Alice Bue and George Shahinian. At Malina’s request, funeral services will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Malina D. Dodge. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Gloucester City Board of Education Says School Choice Idea has Been Dropped...For Now

photo by Anne Forline Quality Students - The student representatives smile after giving reports about their schools during the recent Gloucester City Board of Education meeting. The students are, from left: Mary Ethel Costello's Sophia Harley, Cold Springs School's Riley Marcheski, and Gloucester High's Stephaine Kauffman. By Anne Forline Gloucester City News During the recent Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) meeting, resident Vanessa Courant asked for a status regarding the district’s position on school choice. School Superintendent Joseph Rafferty answered, “The district is not moving in any area and I do not see it as a benefit to the district at this time.” Although Rafferty had previously stated that school choice provides an alternative funding source that would enable the district to maintain programs, he further clarified: “We are backing off of school choice at this time because now, there are too many questions.” The superintendent expressed concern about... Read more →


New Orleans (Feb. 27, 2013) – The Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research, has awarded a $100,000 women’s lung cancer research grant to the Tulane Cancer Center. Annually, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund supports a cancer research based grant in the host city of the NCAA Women’s Final Four. The $100,000 grant will be awarded to the Tulane Cancer Center to continue research on the impact of mobile elements on genetic instability in lung cancer. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is privileged to work in collaboration with The V Foundation Scientific Advisory Board to identify and review grant proposals supporting women’s cancer research. Susan Donohoe, Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, presented Dr. Victoria Belancio with a ceremonial check at a news conference at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center on Feb. 27, 40 days... Read more →

Sovereign Bank Woodlynne Branch Robbed /cnbnews

WOODLYNNE NJ--February 27, 2013 The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subjects responsible for today’s armed robbery of the Sovereign Bank branch located at 2400 Mount Ephraim Avenue in Woodlynne, New Jersey. At approximately 10:20 a.m., the subjects entered the bank, confronted a teller in the lobby, and displayed a firearm. They followed the teller to the counter. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subjects fled the area of the bank, apparently on foot. The two male subjects are described as approximately 5’6” to 5’8” tall with medium builds. They concealed their identities with disguises. One wore a rubber Halloween-type mask, yellow PSE&G hardhat, charcoal gray hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, and dark-colored gloves. The other covered much of his face with a black scarf or similar item; he wore a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, a black North Face... Read more →

Seasonal Alcoholic Beverage Licenses can Begin Serving March 1

Trenton, NJ – Taking action to support shore businesses as they make preparations for the 2013 tourism season, Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order No. 126 allowing seasonal alcoholic beverage licensees to begin serving alcohol on March 1, two months ahead of the traditional allowance of May 1. “Some of the most adverse effects in terms of lost commerce and economic activity from Superstorm Sandy were on our shore businesses that rely on seasonal alcoholic beverage licenses. These small businesses were unable to remain open for the full extent typically permitted under their licenses – May until mid-November – because of the mandatory evacuations, power outages, and other disruptions caused by Sandy through difficult weeks,” said Governor Christie. “We’ve listened to our small business community on the shore and are taking action today to deliver relief this season by providing for a two-month expansion for seasonal alcoholic beverage licensees,... Read more →

OBITUARY--Patricia Lynn Kaysar, age 51, formerly of South Amboy

KAYSAR Patricia Lynn On February 24, 2013. Age 51. Formerly of South Amboy. Burial will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Patricia Lynn Kaysar. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City.Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Weapon of Mass Deception Courthouse Bomber Receives 55-Year Sentence

An FBI agent at the scene of the 2008 bombing of a federal courthouse in San Diego. Weapon of Mass Deception Courthouse Bomber Receives 55-Year Sentence 02/26/13 When the bomb went off in the middle of the night at the San Diego federal courthouse in May 2008, the message seemed clear: This was an act of terror—or possibly revenge. At the time, no one would have guessed that the real motive was all about money. The strange case of the courthouse bombing came to a close recently when the last defendant, Donny Love, Sr.—the mastermind of the operation—was sentenced to 55 years in prison for using a weapon of mass destruction and other charges. Love persuaded his sometime girlfriend and two others who trusted him and depended on him for drugs to carry out the bombing. He then planned to contact authorities with information about the crime so he could... Read more →

Sunoco Train Problem Discussed at Westville Council Meeting |

WESTVILLE NJ--North bound traffic stopped on Crown Point Road (Rt. 130) waiting for train to pass traveling into Sunoco property. photo credit By Sara Martino Gloucester City News The subject of delays in vehicle traffic caused by the crossing of Conrail trains was brought up again by residents who attended the February 13 meeting of Westville Borough Council. Ever since the shipment of natural gas by-products began to be moved into the idle Sunoco property in West Deptford, motorists have been held up 20 to 30 minutes along both Route 45 and Route 130. Over a year ago when Sunoco representatives had first presented the idea to the governing body, Councilman Charles Murtaugh asked how many cars would take part in the shipment. Sunoco representative Kevin Thompson said there would only be 14 cars at first. “We will start out slowly and then gauge the market to find how... Read more →

South Carolina Man Charged with Threatening the President of the United States

FBI PRESS RELEASE FEBRUARY 28, 2013 ATLANTA—Patrick Randell McIntosh, 28, of Charleston, South Carolina, was arraigned today before United States Judge Linda T. Walker, on charges of possessing three firearms and ammunition while under indictment for a felony and for threatening the life of the president of the United States on Facebook. “McIntosh is charged with making violent and disturbing threats online and via e-mail to several people, including a threat to the life of the president of the United States,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Many state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies have worked together to bring this potentially dangerous man into custody to protect the citizens of the United States.” According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court, McIntosh posted on his Facebook page his intention to shoot patrons at a local Atlanta lounge and to kill the president... Read more →

Top UK Catholic quits after sexual advances claims

LONDON (AFP) February 25, 2013, 11:35:52 AM EST Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/File Cardinal Keith O'Brien pictured at St Peter's Square in Vatican City in 2005. Cardinal O'Brien, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, resigned with immediate effect as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland on Monday in the wake of claims that he made sexual advances towards priests. Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric resigned with immediate effect as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland on Monday in the wake of claims that he made sexual advances towards priests. Cardinal Keith O'Brien -- who steps down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh -- denies the allegations, which date back to the 1980s, but he apologised to anyone offended by "failures" during his ministry. The 74-year-old had been due to be the only British cardinal to vote on a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI following the pontiff's shock resignation on... Read more →

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Announces Agreement with CVS

Addressing Errors That Led to Prescriptions Being Filled With the Wrong Pills at Five New Jersey Pharmacies Assurance of Voluntary Compliance February 25, 2013 NEWARK – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced an agreement with CVS-Caremark, resolving incidents at five separate CVS pharmacies in Camden, Morris and Union counties. The pharmacies mistakenly commingled various types of pills that had very different medical effects. As a result of those mistakes, some patients received pill bottles containing the wrong medication. The pharmacies in question are located in Budd Lake, Chatham, Cherry Hill, Rahway, and Scotch Plains. “The Division of Consumer Affairs launched an immediate inquiry to ascertain the facts, and potential harm to consumers, of a pill dispensing error at the CVS in Chatham – and soon learned about similar incidents at a total of five CVS pharmacies across New Jersey, all within... Read more →

Leatherback Sea Turtle in Danger of Extinction | cnbnews

English: Leatherback sea turtle with head above water (Dermochelys coriacea) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Released: 2/26/2013 1:50 PM EST Source Newsroom: University of Alabama at Birmingham more news from this source Newswise — An international team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has documented a 78 percent decline in the number of nests of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) at the turtle’s last stronghold in the Pacific Ocean. The study, published online today in the Ecological Society of America’s scientific online journal Ecosphere, reveals leatherback nests at Jamursba Medi Beach in Papua Barat, Indonesia – which accounts for 75 percent of the total leatherback nesting in the western Pacific – have fallen from a peak of 14,455 in 1984 to a low of 1,532 in 2011. Less than 500 leatherbacks now nest at this site annually. Thane Wibbels, Ph.D., a professor of reproductive biology at... Read more →

Drug Dealers Arrested and Fives Ounces of Cocaine Recovered

FEBRUARY 26, 2013--The Gloucester Township Police Department Special Investigations Unit recently concluded a thorough investigation into the sale of Controlled Dangerous Substances in Gloucester Township. This is a continued effort in addressing the national problem of drug abuse. The Gloucester Township Police Department has implemented a number of initiatives and programs to combat this growing problem. During the months of January and February, a local drug dealer was the focus of a prolonged police investigation. Alabdulal Williams, a 40 year old male from Blackwood, was reported to be distributing Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS), specifically cocaine. Information was received that Williams was distributing large quantities of cocaine from his residence in the residential neighbor of Oxen Hill located in Blackwood. On 2-22-2013, the Gloucester Township Special Investigations Unit executed a Superior Court issued search warrant on the unit block of West Collins Ct. Blackwood. Over five (5) ounces of cocaine, numerous... Read more →

Burlington County Sheriff To Host Senior Citizen’s Police Academy

Free Classes Begin March 14th The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Medford Township Police Department will hold its annual Senior Citizens Police Academy on six consecutive Thursdays beginning March 14th and running through April 18th. The program, which focuses on safety issues important to seniors, is free of charge. Those interested in attending should call the Sheriff’s Community Services Unit at (609) 265-3788. “Senior citizens will gain a wealth of information and knowledge on how they can better protect themselves from violence, accidents, and even consumer fraud,” said Sheriff Jean Stanfield. “Folks will get to experience some of the County’s law enforcement and public safety resources.” Classes will be held from 1 to 3 PM at the Medford Township Municipal Court Room in Medford, and will include information on home security, fire prevention, the Project Lifesaver tracking program, defensive driving, consumer frauds and cons, health issues, the... Read more →

Ducks Softball Picked to Finish Fourth in Empire 8

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (February 27, 2013) – The Empire 8 Conference released its Preseason Coaches’ Poll earlier this month and the Stevens Institute Technology softball team was voted to finish the season fourth out of the eight-team conference. In 2012, Stevens wrapped up the season with a 17-24 overall record and a 7-5 mark within the Empire 8. Ithaca College was chosen to claim its ninth conference title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 26th time. Ithaca received sixth of eight first place votes and 48 points overall in the poll. St. John Fisher College received two first place votes (43 points) and was selected to finish as the runner-up after a 34-14 campaign in 2012. Alfred University slides in ahead of the Ducks in third with 35 points, compared to 29 for Stevens. Alfred posted a 27-14 ledger last season, which is second-most in school history. The Ducks... Read more →

Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Wide power outage in Deptford and Runnemede

BREAKING NEWS Sitting in the Deptford Pizzeria UNOs for a late dinner on Wednesday Night (great gluten free pizza!), and the power went out. Everywhere we could see. The hotels next door. Up the road. And not just a blip, but we were there a good 20 minutes in the dark before putting together the money we needed to get out even while the cash registers were down. I've never really experienced an outage like this on a clear day. Hopefully this is not the result of an accident, and everyone is safe. Twitter users are commenting that it extends thorough the Target shopping center, and up into Runnemede. One twitter user posted their address in Runnemede, which puts them over by the Turnpike Entrance near Bellmawr... at least a mile away and assuming its a contiguous power outage, a lot of homes are in the path. Related articles Meandering... Read more →

Burlington County Man Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Defrauding Charity

TRENTON, N.J. – The director of operations at a warehouse for a non-profit organization was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for defrauding the charity of $101,927, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Sean J. Smith, 38, of Mount Holly, N.J., pleaded guilty Nov. 15, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an Information charging him with one count of mail fraud. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court. According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Smith admitting to stealing money from Clothes for Kids Sake Inc., (Clothes for Kids) by making it appear as though employees were working for Clothes for Kids and entitled to wages even though those employees had either left or never worked there. Smith caused Clothes for Kids to electronically deposit their wages into bank accounts he controlled and spent the funds on... Read more →

Alleged Child Predator Arrested in Montgomery County

Office of Attorney General arrests Montgomery County man accused of transmitting nude webcam video to undercover Child Predator Unit agent Harrisburg, PA - The Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Unit arrested a Montgomery County, PA man accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what he believed was a 13-year-old girl. The "girl" was actually an undercover Child Predator Unit agent, who was using the online profile of a young teen. The defendant is identified as Matthew Donohoe, 30, 1380 Fairgrounds Road, Apt. 3, Hatfield, PA. According to the criminal complaint, Donohoe approached the undercover Child Predator Unit agent in a popular Internet chat room, and immediately engaged in a sexual conversation with the 13-year old "girl." Donohoe allegedly asked the "girl" where her mother was and discussed in graphic detail the sex acts he wished to perform on her. The charges state that during subsequent online conversations, Donohoe... Read more →

Sensational Frosh Maggie McIntyre Makes History

February 19, 2013 GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC HS NEWS--While the Lady Rams basketball team ran into some tough competition at the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament at Eastern last weekend, GCHS' Maggie McIntyre was busy making history. Maggie became the first freshman in history to win the 3-Point Shootout Campaign on Sunday, when she prevailed over her competition in the Final Four. Overall, Maggie beat out 167 of South Jersey's top shooters, and was awarded the title at halftime of Sunday's SJIBT Championship game between Rancocas Valley and Willingboro. The format consisted of both free throws and 3-point shots, and all players took part in preliminary rounds for the chance to advance to the Final Four. Maggie won the championship shootout by defeating Cedar Creek's Mikila Stefanski in the final, 15-12. Of course, Maggie has had plenty of practice dropping in her shots during the regular season, scoring more than 200 points... Read more →


CAMDEN CITY NJ --(February 27, 2013)Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson reported two apparently unrelated homicides in Camden Tuesday night. The first was reported about 7 p.m. on the 1200 block of Octagon Road. The victim, Sherron Coleman, M/19, of Camden, was found shot multiple times on the street. He was pronounced dead shortly after. The second killing was reported about 10 p.m. at 27th Street and Arthur Avenue. Anibal Torres was found shot multiple times in the driver’s side seat of a Honda Accord. He was transported to Cooper Hospital in Camden, where he was pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m. Anyone with information on Coleman’s killing is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Chuck Farrell at (856) 225-8653 and Camden Police Detective Jose Gonzalez at (856) 757-7420. Anyone with information on the Torres killing is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s... Read more →

Upcoming School Budget Topic at Mt. Ephraim School Board Meeting

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News During February’s Mount Ephraim Board of Education meeting, led by new Board President Carl Ingram, members reviewed the 2013-14 draft budget and will vote on it at next month’s meeting. The budget includes the creation of a third kindergarten class due to increased enrollment, which is expected to rise even higher over the summer. Although the full-day program has attracted school choice parents from districts that only offer half-day kindergarten, School Board members said the third class would still be necessary even without the school choice students. Also included in the budget is a plan to hire four new teachers, which Superintendent Leslie Koller said is something she would like to see the Board keep as part of the final budget. Recent retirements have helped in this area because new teachers start at $48,111/year, which is much lower than what the retired teachers... Read more →

Farrakhan Reaching Out to Gang Leaders to Protect Nation of Islam

Louis Farrakhan, leader of Nation of Islam, has made several remarks that the Anti-Defamation League and others considered anti-semitic (Photo credit: Wikipedia) UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told thousands of followers Sunday he was planning to reach out to gang leaders to help "protect" the Nation of Islam. That came at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours' Day convention. Farrakhan, 79, renewed the call for African Americans to pool money and buy as much land as possible, in order to "control means of production" and produce food and other goods, such as clothing. Farrakhan said collectively owning land is a way for black people in America to prosper economically. The calls were part of a speech that lasted more than three hours and touched on topics including Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, U.S. Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel and a national push for gun control. Farrakhan told a... Read more →

Burlington County Is Looking For Business Partners For Logo Contest

By Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly Bolstering our Burlington County business community has been and will continue to be a major focus of County government. This will be evident in the coming weeks, as we partner with business organizations countywide on a “buy local” campaign to encourage residents to spend their consumer dollars in their own downtown areas. That said, today I am seeking business partners to work with us on another initiative – one that will showcase Burlington County’s historic, environmental, and of course, economic resources. Specifically, we are looking for business sponsorships for our recently-announced logo contest designed to challenge high school students to create a logo that best reflects Burlington County, and our slogan: South Jersey Starts Here. The logos will be judged for originality, creativity, relevance to the County and connection with the tag line. One grand prize of $250 will go to the chosen logo and... Read more →

Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Gathers in Washington

February 25, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Members of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) gathered with sportsmen-industry leaders at a GSC reception on Saturday in Washington, DC. The bipartisan GSC is a group of 22 governors committed to protecting and advancing hunting, recreational fishing and shooting and trapping. The eight governors in attendance voiced their commitment to the outdoor traditions that the GSC works to protect and recalled many personal hunting and fishing experiences from their respective states. The governors were joined by hunting, fishing, and other conservation leaders, policy makers, and industry representatives for a night of camaraderie and discussion on important issues facing the sportsmen's community. GSC Co-Chair Governor Mike Beebe (AR) accepted his position as Co-Chair, replacing former Co-Chair Governor Brian Schweitzer (MT) and spoke on the importance of sportsmen's activities in Arkansas. "I think what you find is that all the governors across the country have a... Read more →

State Police and Partners Arrest Four in Bust of Newark Heroin Mill | cnbnews

Click images for larger view Newark, N.J. - State Police detectives, along with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office and the Newark Police Department, arrested three men and one woman on Friday, February 22, for operating a heroin production facility in an Astor St. basement apartment. One vehicle and two homes were searched, yielding more than $100,000 worth of heroin in both raw and packaged forms. A 2008 Volkswagon Touareg with two of the suspects was stopped just after leaving the Astor Street location as troopers and officers were about to execute the search warrant. Oswaldo Hernandez, 39, of Belleville and Emmanuel Delgado, 23, of Newark were in the SUV, along with 10 bricks (500 decks or doses) or heroin. They were arrested and the vehicle, worth about $18,000 was seized. Shaila Perez, 23, and Mitchell Valazquez 25 were located in the Astor Street apartment that was searched. They live there... Read more →

Video: PHS Exhibit at Philadelphia Flower Show will Feature Lush Living Wall

For the 2013 Flower Show—which opens on March 2—PHS will once again mount an exhibit. Entitled “PHS@185,” the PHS Exhibit at the heart of the Flower Show floor will celebrate the organization’s mission since 1827 through inspiring 21st-century designs. A vertical garden of kale and collards in various hues will exemplify how urban gardeners can use innovative techniques for food production in small spaces. The kale wall also highlights the work of the PHS City Harvest program, which supports a network of community gardeners who raise fresh produce that feeds more than 1,000 families in need each week during the growing season. A gentle reflecting pool will represent PHS’s partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department in storm water management projects. PHS and PWD are utilizing green infrastructure, such as street-side plantings and rain gardens, to absorb storm water, reduce flooding, and help clean the region’s rivers and streams. In fanciful... Read more →

New Jersey to Receive $714,000 for Anti-Pollution Programs

Trenton, NJ – Reinforcing the Christie Administration’s commitment to fighting aging western coal plants whose dirty emissions foul New Jersey air, Governor Chris Christie, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today a settlement that will result in cleaner air for New Jersey plus the receipt of approximately $714,000 from a multi-state legal action against Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP). In addition to the financial terms of settlement, AEP is required to reduce the amount of air pollution flowing to New Jersey and other downwind states from its plants. “This is another big win for New Jersey and our neighbors in the Northeast who took a stand against these aging coal plants and their suffocating emissions that sail away from western states and come right to New Jersey,” said Governor Christie. “We’ve done well in improving our air quality in New Jersey,... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY NJ. February 28,2013 The Gloucester City Police Department is currently seeking to identify the driver of a black car that struck the school crossing guard at Market and Joy street yesterday morning 2/27/13 at approximately 7:45 am. The crossing guard was assisting a truck driver with directions when a vehicle passed the truck and struck the crossing guard knocking her to the ground. The crossing guard suffered a broken foot and wrist as a result of the accident. We do not have any other information on the driver or vehicle at this time and are currently investigating. The driver may not have known that he or she struck the crossing guard. If anyone saw anything or knows who it is please call 456-0901. Read more →

Madison Doctor and Pharmacist Indicted for Conspiring to Prescribe and Dispense Oxycontin

to People with No Valid Medical Need for the Highly Addictive Painkiller View Indictment TRENTON - Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a medical doctor who is a former borough councilman in Madison, N.J., and a pharmacist who operated out of a local pharmacy were indicted today on charges they conspired to illegally distribute the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin to individuals who allegedly received prescriptions from the doctor without being treated or examined, or who had no prescriptions. The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice today obtained a state grand jury indictment against Dr. Vincent A. Esposito, 55, of Madison, who had an office at 322 Main Street in Madison, and Srinivasa Raju, 41, of Clifton, who operated as a pharmacist at Bottle Hill Pharmacy in Madison, charging each man with second-degree counts of conspiracy and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, namely oxycodone. The two men were initially... Read more →

Man Calls 9-1-1 And Assaults Four GTPD Officers

press release GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--On February 24, 2013 at approximately 7:58 PM, the Gloucester Township Police received a 9-1-1 phone call from a person described as a disoriented male requesting help. GTPD officer responded and arrived on location to a town home in the LaCascata housing development. The officers were met by the adult male caller in the residence who was standing on a stair case, sweating profusely, and appearing upset and disoriented. The male, later identified as Ibrahim Dao, was yelling incoherently at the police officers and was believed to be under the influence of a narcotic in an altered state of mind when he displayed abnormal strength as he picked up one officer into the air and slammed him into a table. At that time an officer at the scene deployed his OC pepper spray, which had no effect on the male, who continued to violently resist arrest... Read more →

The Seeing Eye 5th Annual Online Auction

As part of our 5th Annual online auction, we are giving select companies the opportunity to sponsor the event or donate items. In return, your brand and products/services will receive greater visibility among more than 50,000 engaged Seeing Eye supporters, plus thousands more through and our social media fans. Your participation in our 2013 auction will help people who are blind to live more freely and independently. The miracle of The Seeing Eye begins when a person who is blind is paired with a specially bred and trained Seeing Eye dog. Day by day, the bond between human and canine grows, the love strengthens and the trust blossoms. The end result is an extraordinary partnership like no other, and it's built out of the love, compassion and generosity of the many who make up our Seeing Eye community. Learn more about the ways you can get involved below: Donate... Read more →



What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed Funding

by Joaquin Sapien ProPublica, Feb. 25, 2013, 1:07 p.m. President Obama has directed the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence as part of his legislative package on gun control. The CDC hasn't pursued this kind of research since 1996 when the National Rifle Association lobbied Congress to cut funding for it, arguing that the studies were politicized and being used to promote gun control. We've interviewed Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who led the agency's gun violence research in the nineties when he was the director of the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. We talked to Rosenberg about the work the agency was doing before funding was cut and how it's relevant to today's gun control debate. Here's an edited transcript. There's been coverage recently about how Congress cut funding for gun violence research, but not much about what the agency was actually researching and what it... Read more →

CNBNews Hunting and Fishing: 2012 Skillful Angler Awards Program

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced the winners of the 2012 Skillful Angler Awards Program. The program honors anglers who catch both freshwater and marine fish that are not quite record size, but are large enough to have tested the angler's skill and be worthy of recognition. The Skillful Angler program highlights the great fishing opportunities found in New Jersey, and anglers of all ages and skill levels participate. This year 163 applications representing 24 different species were officially processed. Since the program's modest beginning (31 applicants in 1983), the Division has granted Skillful Angler status to 3,419 anglers. For more information about the winners of each category and their catch, visit . To learn more about the Skillful Angler program itself, including minimum size requirements for entry, visit . For information about fishing and places to fish in New Jersey visit . Read more →

GLOUCESTER CITY NEWS February 28 Headlines

Gloucester City Fire Firefighter Charged With Theft Of $7,300 Gloucester City High Students Are Moved By Powerful Presentation Massive Highway Project For Routes 295/42/676 Will Take Eight Years Gloucester City Planning Board Okays Addition Extension, Pending Mold Inspection Early Deadline For St. Patrick’s Day Edition Related articles REMEMBER WHEN? Gloucester City UEZ Announces Advertising Promotion to Help Businesses St. Patrick's Day Fun for Toddlers Is There A New Agreement Between Cheerleaders And The City of Gloucester City? Read more →

La Salle Field Hockey Signs Four To National Letters Of Intent

PHILADELPHIA - Four student-athletes—Rachel Hartman (Oley, Pa. / Oley Valley), Abbey Lawrence (Edgewater, Md. / South River), Gina Smith (Hammonton, N.J. / St. Joseph’s), Devin Muracco (Washington Twp., N.J. / Washington Twp.) —have signed National Letters of Intent to play field hockey at La Salle University, head coach Michelle Marks announced today. “As a coaching staff, we are very excited about this incoming class and feel they will be a great compliment to our team,” Marks said. “Each one of them possesses a unique quality that we believe will have a tremendous impact on our program. We would like to welcome Rachel, Abbey, Gina, Devin and their families to the La Salle Field Hockey family.” Hartman was an all-state goalkeeper at Oley Valley that helped her team to three Division III championships. A four-year letterwinner, Hartman also earned all-county and all-division honors. Her team posted 15 shutouts and allowed 14... Read more →

Camden County Freeholder Board Weekly Update released Feb. 26

ATTENTION VETERANS OF CAMDEN COUNTY--The Camden County Freeholder Board reminds veterans it is tax time and they should seek professional tax assistance to help them prepare their taxes. A Hero’s Welcome On Sunday, the Camden County Board of Freeholders was proud to welcome home 1st Lieutenant Frank C. Broomell upon his return from his second consecutive seven-month deployment in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, and to thank him for his service. “This young man’s dedication to our country serves as an example to us all,” said Freeholder Ed McDonnell, liaison to the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs. “He has demonstrated extraordinary honor and conviction, and we thank him for his service to our country.” Freeholder Ian K. Leonard, himself a member of the Air National Guard, who currently serves in the 177th Fighter wing, was there to greet Frank and present him with a citation from the County. Also on hand... Read more →

Hillary Clinton PAC Staffs Up

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The "Ready for Hillary" political action committee, founded late last month in support of Secretary Hillary Clinton's possible bid for the presidency in 2016, has made its first major hire and is gearing up to expand further, a source familiar with the group tells BuzzFeed. Seth Bringman, who served as communications director of the Ohio Democratic Party from 2009 to 2012, has joined "Ready for Hillary" in the same capacity. Before working for the state party, he was a communications staffer on Clinton's first presidential campaign in 2008. Bringman, now doing work for a public relations consulting firm, will continue to work from Columbus, Ohio, for the PAC, said the source. The PAC, filed Jan. 25 with the Federal Election Committee, is the first major effort by an outside group to get in front of a presidential race... Read more →


FLEMINGTON, NJ ( | Sophomore first baseman ALEX WEINSTEIN(Colonia, NJ/JFK-Iselin) and senior center fielder MICHAEL PATTERSON (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway) became the first players inNew Jersey City University to hit grand slams in the same inning and the tandem combined for 10 RBIs as NJCU scored nine runs in the fifth inning to overcome an 11-7 deficit and battled past Centenary College, 18-12 in a game two of a non-conference doubleheader on February 24 at Diamond Nation. The game was a seven-inning contest. NJCU (3-3) pounded out 19 hits one game after defeating Centenary (1-5), 2-0 in 10 innings, in a pitcher's duel. Patterson chalked up a career-high six RBIs and was 2-for-4 with three runs, his first career NJCU homerun, and two steals. Weinstein rung up four RBIs on a 2-for-3 effort with one run; it was his first homerun of the season and fourth of his career. NJCU's two-grand slam... Read more →

Statement from Governor Chris Christie on Signing of Internet Gaming Bill

Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie released the following statement today upon signing into law the Internet gaming bill: “I am pleased to say that today I signed New Jersey’s Internet Gaming Bill, opening the way for new opportunity to bolster our efforts to continue the revival of Atlantic City, its casinos and entertainment offerings. This was a critical decision, and one that I did not make lightly. But with the proper regulatory framework and safeguards that I insisted on including in the bill, I am confident that we are offering a responsible yet exciting option that will make Atlantic City more competitive while also bringing financial benefits to New Jersey as a whole. I want to thank the sponsors for working quickly to include my recommendations to improve the bill.” Related articles Live video: Gov. Christie's 2013 budget speech Gov. Christie approves of online gambling with caveats Read more →

Mt. Ephraim School District March Reminders

February 25, 2013 Mt. Ephraim Public School MARCH REMINDERS: 1st - Interim Notices Issued/Read Across America 4th – B.O.E. Meeting 7:30 PM Kershaw Media Center 19th – PTO Meeting 7 pm MB Media Center 25th – Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget 7:30 pm RWK Media Center 28th – Spring Recess Begins 12:30 dismissal School closing number is 591visit our website, listen to KYW 1060 or view channels 3, 6, 10 and Fox 29 for updates Read more →

Governor Chris Christie’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Address As Prepared for Delivery

Trenton, New Jersey February 26, 2013 Lt. Governor Guadagno, Madam Speaker, Mr. President, members of the Legislature, fellow New Jerseyans: I am pleased to present to you my budget for Fiscal Year 2014. The budget continues a journey you began with me three years ago – to get New Jersey’s house in order; to turn Trenton upside down; to make hard but better choices so that we could put our state back on a path to growth. For the fourth year in a row, the budget maintains the fiscal discipline we need to restore New Jersey. Fiscal sanity has indeed returned to Trenton. For the fourth year in a row, this budget is balanced and imposes no tax increases on the people of New Jersey. I want every New Jersey citizen to remember just how different things were before we arrived. 115 tax and fee increases in eight years. Skyrocketing... Read more →

Burzichelli Responds to Governor’s Budget Address

(Trenton) – As chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem), issued a statement in response to the Governor’s budget address in the General Assembly chambers: “Overall, the Governor gave a good speech. Yet, like always, it lacked in detail and glossed over issues truly significant to New Jersey residents. “People are looking for relief from sky-rocketing unemployment rates, perpetual home foreclosures and what are still the highest property taxes in the country. They need real conversations and real solutions that will support the middleclass, provide healthcare for women and allow low-wage workers to earn more. “The new ideas he proposed today sound good, but as they say, ‘the devil is in the details.’ Where will the money come from to support these programs? “With Sandy, unemployment, health care, economic growth and job creation on our plates, we have a lot to do. No more... Read more →

Operation Penalty Stroke Investigation Concludes with Arrest of 20 Suspected Cocaine Dealers

20 suspected cocaine dealers charged by state narcotics agents in $1.4 million NY to PA drug trafficking ring Wayne County's Red Maples Golf Course identified as center of cocaine trafficking operation Harrisburg, PA - As part of a 2 ½ year investigation into cocaine trafficking, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) filed charges against 20 suspected drug dealers. The investigation known as "Operation Penalty Stroke" exposed a $1.4 million Bronx, NY to Northeastern PA cocaine trafficking ring. The Red Maples Golf Course, located in Waymart, PA, was identified as a primary drug distribution point. "Trafficking illegal drugs across our borders is a serious problem for our communities." said Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. "Drug dealers intentionally poison our streets and must be held fully accountable for breaking our laws." Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged cocaine trafficking was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury,... Read more →


Issued Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from Westville Emergency Management Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 10 PM this evening to 5 am EST Wednesday... The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal Flood Advisory... which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to 5 am EST Wednesday. * Location... tidal sections of the Delaware River and its tributaries in northern Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania and southwest New Jersey. * Coastal flooding... widespread minor tidal flooding expected. * Timing... high tide in New Castle County and Salem County will start around 10 PM this evening and work its way up the Delaware River. High tide in Philadelphia is around 2 am Wednesday morning. * Impacts... roadways that are prone to minor tidal flooding should flood this evening. In addition ongoing rain should exacerbate flooding of roadways. Sent to WESTVILLE (E-mail accounts, Pagers, cell phones) through Gloucester Alert Read more →

Alex Trakimas, former Gloucester City Resident, GCHS Alumnus Class of '61 |

TRAKIMAS Alexander F. Quietly passed away at home in Somerdale on February 18, 2013 at the age of 70. Alex was rarely without a book in hand, the Barron’s newspaper and the Wall Street Journal. His beloved grandparents, Frank and Marie Sherrer, encouraged his love of reading and education when he was a child. He was born on October 21, 1942, the eldest son of the late Alexander and Theresa Trakimas (nee Sherrer) in Gloucester City. He was the loving brother of Patricia (Richard) Woodland, Joseph (Jackie), Ann (Charles) Adams, the late Frances and the late Suzanne. He attended Gloucester Catholic High School (class of 1961) and St. Joseph’s University (class of 1966). He worked as a stockbroker with Walston & Co. in Philadelphia for many years. He is survived by his children Patricia and Jennifer Roche and their mother Barbara, Alexis Chen, Justin and Matthew and their mother Carole.... Read more →

Federal Corrections Officer Eric Williams Killed by Inmate at Prison in Wayne County, Pa.

An inmate using a homemade weapon attacked and killed a guard at a federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania on Monday night, making him the first federal corrections officer killed on the job in nearly five years, officials said Tuesday. Correctional Officer Eric Williams, 34, was working in a housing unit at the Canaan federal penitentiary when an inmate attacked him, according to prison officials. Other prison staff restrained the inmate, and Williams was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. "This is clearly the darkest day in our institution's short history, and we are in shock over this senseless loss of a colleague and friend," Warden David Ebbert said in a statement. The high-security prison in Waymart, about 20 miles northeast of Scranton, was placed on lockdown and an investigation is under way. read via by MICHAEL RUBINKAM SOURCE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CREATED: FEBRUARY... Read more →