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Houston Firefighters Hurt in Five-Alarm Motel Fire - Firehouse

Flames erupt from the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59 in Houston on Friday, May 31, 2013. FIREHOUSE.COM NEWS CREATED: MAY 31, 2013 HOUSTON (AP) — Four firefighters were killed while battling a fire that engulfed a Houston motel and restaurant on Friday, and at least five other people were hospitalized, authorities said. Flames were shooting from the roof of the Southwest Inn, along one of Houston's most heavily traveled expressways, and black smoke was blanketing the area as firefighters tried to extinguish the blaze. Three firefighters were killed at the scene, while the fourth died at a hospital, according to the mayor's office and local medical examiner. Five other people were injured and were being treated at a hospital for chest pains or leg injuries. View Photo Gallery Watch video Discuss in the Firehouse Forums The loss of life is the single worst in the history of the 116-year-old... Read more →

Burlco Health Department Issues Heat-Related Illness Prevention Tips

May 31, 2013 press release The Burlington County Health Department is asking residents to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness during the very high temperatures this weekend. “Although anyone is susceptible to a heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others,” said Burlington County Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly. Infants and young children, persons over age 65, people with mental disabilities and those who are physically ill are most at risk for suffering a heat-related illness. It is recommended that these individuals be visited at least twice a day and watched for any symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Residents who may live in homes where there is no air conditioning are to be advised to go to public facilities in the county such as malls, libraries, etc., that are open for business during peak heat hours. “Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are preventable. The first step is... Read more →

Boys Varsity Baseball: Gloucester Catholic 9 Paul VI 1 /

Source USA HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS 03:30 PM - Fri May 31, 2013 - Gloucester Catholic FINAL SCORE Paul VI1 Gloucester Catholic9 Paul VI Haddonfield, NJ Gloucester Catholic Gloucester City, NJ SCORES 1234567RHEPaul VI High School0001000100Gloucester Catholic0351000900 GAME SUMMARY WP: Shawaryn. LP: Bisirri. 2B: Hiester, Gussen, GC. 3B: Gallo, P.. Read more →

Girls Varsity Softball : ST. JOHN VIANNEY 5 Gloucester Catholic 4

07:00 PM - Fri May 31, 2013 - St John Vianney HS FINAL SCORE Gloucester Catholic4 St John Vianney5 Gloucester Catholic Gloucester City, NJ St John Vianney Holmdel, NJ SCORES 1234567RHEGloucester Catholic0003010400St John Vianney HS0111200500 Read more →

Baseball: Neutral sites for NJSIAA state semifinals and non-public finals

James Kratch/For The Star-Ledger May 31, 2013 9:15:00 AM EDT Here are the designated neutral sites for next Tuesday’s NJSIAA public state group semifinals and non-public sectional finals: GROUP 4 North Jersey, Section 1 vs. North Jersey, Section 2: Ramapo College. Central Jersey vs. South Jersey: Monmouth University. GROUP 3 North Jersey, Section 1 vs. North Jersey, Section 2: East Brunswick Tech. Central Jersey vs. South Jersey: Rider University. GROUP 2 North Jersey, Section 1 vs. North Jersey, Section 2: Kean University. Central Jersey vs. South Jersey: The College of New Jersey. GROUP 1 North Jersey, Section 1 vs. North Jersey, Section 2: William Paterson University. Central Jersey vs. South Jersey: Rutgers University. NON-PUBLIC A North Jersey final:Demarest High. South Jersey final:Overbrook High. NON-PUBLIC B North Jersey final:Belleville High. South Jersey final:Rowan University. LIKE US ON James Kratch:; Twitter: @JamesKratchHS This article, Baseball: Neutral sites for NJSIAA state... Read more →

Area Residents Graduate from Marist College

English: Picture of Marist College Student Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (05/31/2013)(readMedia)-- The following residents graduated from Marist College the weekend of May 24. Alexandra Baumann of Wall, NJ, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences. Kristin Baumann of Wall, NJ, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Thomas Price of Belmar, NJ, received a Masters degree in Business Administration. Eric Wrigley of Wall Township, NJ, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Marist is an independent comprehensive liberal arts college with an enrollment of 4,500 full-time undergraduate students. Founded in 1929, the College offers 44 major fields of undergraduate study and 12 graduate degree programs. Marist is included in the Princeton Review's 2013 guide to the top colleges and universities in the U.S., The Best 377 Colleges. Marist is also ranked 8th in the northern United States in U.S. News & World Report's 2013... Read more →

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Chews Landing Road Area

The annual Gloucester Township Day event will be occurring Saturday June 1st from 11:00am to 9:00pm with fireworks at 9:00pm. A large volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic is expected at this event throughout the day. Motorist may experience delays on Chews Landing Road, Kelly Drivers Lane and Hider Lane during the event. To avoid delays, seek an alternate route of travel. If you have any questions you may contact the Gloucester Township Police at 856-228-4500 or 9-1-1 for an emergency. Read more →

OBITUARY: Mark Fowler of Carneys Point, Audubon High School Alumnus

FOWLER Mark On May 27, 2013. Age 65. Of Carneys Point, Formerly of Gloucester City and Audubon. Mark was born and raised in Audubon and was a graduate of Audubon High School. He pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and then achieved his Master’s Degree in Music. Mark was a professional musician and loved music. He moved to Gloucester City and recently resided in Carneys Point. Survived by family and cherished friends. Services and Burial will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Mark Fowler. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. PH: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Judge Reduces Bail for Homicide Codefendant

Gloucester County Prosecutors Office press release May 31, 2013 Over the objection of an assistant Gloucester County prosecutor who called accused homicide codefendant Amada Rickerd “a participant with full knowledge” of plans to rob Joseph McConnell in his Franklinville home on March 31, a judge today reduced the 18-year-old Mantua resident’s bail on murder, robbery, assault and criminal restraint charges from $1 million to $500,000, cash or bond. Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson ruled on the bail reduction request after Rickerd defense attorney Richard Klineberger told the judge his client was not at the scene when McConnell was attacked by two older male codefendants, but was waiting with her aunt at a WaWa store, and “went above and beyond” to be cooperative” with investigators. Rickerd has no juvenile or adult criminal record and her mother is willing to post bail and have Rickerd live with her, Klineberger said. Klineberger contended it... Read more →

Local Students Named to Dean's List at York College of Pennsylvania

York College of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia) YORK, PA (05/29/2013)(readMedia)-- The following local students have been named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2013 semester at York College of Pennsylvania: Peter DiGiambattista of Bellmawr (08031), a senior Supply Chain Operations Management major Brittany Hall of Wall (07719), a senior Early Childhood/Special Education major Zachary Rogers of Belmar (07719), a junior Early Childhood/Special Education major Located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students. The College also offers master's programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. A center of affordable academic excellence, York is dedicated to the intellectual, professional and social growth of its students. The College helps them develop a concrete plan to attain academic growth and career success; encourages them to try in the "real world" what they... Read more →

Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare To Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 64-146% - Forbes

by Bruce Rogers, Forbes Staff If you’re a 25 year old male non-smoker, buying insurance for yourself, the cheapest plan on Obamacare’s exchanges is the catastrophic plan, which costs an average of $184 a month. (By “average,” I mean the median monthly premium across California’s 19 insurance rating regions.) The next cheapest plan, the “bronze” comprehensive plan, costs $205 a month. But in 2013, on (NASDAQ:EHTH), the median cost of the five cheapest plans was only $92. In other words, for the typical 25-year-old male non-smoking Californian, Obamacare will drive premiums up by between 100 and 123 percent. Under Obamacare, only people under the age of 30 can participate in the slightly cheaper catastrophic plan. So if you’re 40, your cheapest option is the bronze plan. In California, the median price of a bronze plan for a 40-year-old male non-smoker will be $261. But on eHealthInsurance, the median cost... Read more →

Philadelphia Police Release Surveillance Video of Suspects Wanted for Vandalizing 36 Cars

Published on May 31, 2013 The Philadelphia Police Department's South Detectives Division is seeking to identify four suspects for vandalism in Graduate Hospital. Four individuals depicted in this video are persons of interest regarding a criminal investigation. On May 31, 2013, at 3:45am, numerous vehicles were vandalized in the area of 1700 Catharine Street. Damage consisted of slashed tires and scratched paint. Surveillance video cameras in the area captured images of the suspects. Suspect Description: Suspect #1: White, unknown sex, 25-28 years-of-age, dyed short blonde hair, gray button down shirt white vertical stripes, slim build. Suspect #2: White, 25-28 years-of-age, long blonde hair in a pony tail, black back pack, gray shirt with yoga printed on the front and black stretch pants. Suspect #3: unknown race, male, 25-28 years-of-age, Light complexion, slim build black rimmed glasses, goatee and dreadlocks, blue short sleeve shirt and dark gray pants with black shoes.... Read more →


· United Health Foundation issues first America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report · Analysis illustrates strengths, challenges nationally and in New Jersey · Findings emphasize need to prepare for New Jersey’s growing senior population NEW JERSEY (May 29, 2013) – New Jersey is ranked 27th for senior health, according to the inaugural edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities. The survey had some good news for New Jersey seniors, including a high percentage of able-bodied seniors, but also reflected areas that need improvement, such as high rates of hospital deaths. United Health Foundation commissioned the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report to examine the health challenges affecting today’s seniors and to encourage the nation and local communities to find ways to improve senior health. Americans are living longer but sicker lives and America’s senior population is poised to grow more... Read more →

Public Assistance Grants Awarded to Brick and Scotch Plains for Superstorm Sandy Repairs

Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $3 million in Public Assistance grants to the municipalities of Brick and Scotch Plains, as well as a $4.85 Hazard Mitigation grant to the State of New Jersey. The Township of Brick will receive federal funding for demolition and repair work to the Traders Cover Marina, including repairs to Docks A and B, personal watercraft docks, an electrical storage shed and the replacement of electrical wiring along the marina. The Township of Scotch Plains will receive federal funding for the use of labor contractors for the loading, hauling and disposal of Sandy debris. The State of New Jersey also received a Hazard Mitigation grant, which will be used to fund an initial amount of State Management Costs needed to develop Hazard Mitigation Grant Program applications. The recipients, total project costs and... Read more →

Local residents Graduate from The University of Scranton

SCRANTON, PA (05/29/2013)(readMedia)-- The University of Scranton conferred 1,735 degrees – the largest number of degrees in its history – at two commencement ceremonies this weekend, including more than 900 bachelor's and associate degrees at its undergraduate commencement on May 26 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Graduates included recipients of some of the nation's most prestigious scholarships, including the Truman Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship and five Fulbright scholarships. Sandra Postel, a respected author, scholar, lecturer and consultant on global water protection, and director of the Global Water Policy Project, served as commencement speaker. "I've devoted my life to the science and understanding of sustainability – the concept of inter-generational justice and stewardship that basically says we should aim to meet the needs of our present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," said Postel, who advised graduates to find their... Read more →

Millions in government assistance wrongly sent to N.J. inmates

May 29, 2013 By Phil Gregory Thousands of prisoners in New Jersey have been unfairly taking advantage of taxpayer money. State Comptroller Matt Boxer says an audit has found that $23 million in government-assistance benefits were paid over a two-year period to inmates who were not entitled to receive them. He says the largest portion was $10 million from the unemployment insurance program. "The law requires that you can only receive unemployment payments if you are available to work and able to work," Boxer said Wednesday. "And these unemployment checks were being direct deposited to the accounts of prison inmates who, obviously because they're in jail, they're not able to work." More than $7 million in Medicaid payments went to inmates. "We also saw payments to doctors and other health-care providers where the beneficiary named was actually in prison at the time," he said. "So those appear to be cases... Read more →

Pagans biker gang member to be sentenced on drug trafficking charges - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Richard J. Speciale, known as "Big Rick," is scheduled for sentencing July 23 in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, W.Va., and faces at least 10 years behind bars. Although Speciale pleaded guilty in 2011 to distributing cocaine in a case that began in Pennsylvania, his sentencing repeatedly has been delayed by motions on both sides. The U.S. attorney's office in Wheeling declined comment Tuesday and Mr. Speciale's lawyer couldn't be reached for comment. According to the FBI, Speciale ran an enterprise that distributed cocaine from June 2007 to January 2010, when Pittsburgh police and state attorney general's agents arrested him. Agents said he began dealing cocaine just three months after his release from federal prison on a previous cocaine conviction in federal court in Pittsburgh. Speciale was sentenced in 1998 to a decade in prison after an investigation by federal agents and Shaler police during which he sold cocaine to... Read more →

Video/CAMDEN CITY NJ: Women Attacked at Cooper Hospital | NBC 10 Philadelphia

By Lauren DiSanto | Thursday, May 30, 2013 | Updated 5:44 PM EDT Two female employees of Cooper University Hospital have been the victim of a crime in the past ten days. The most recent incident happened yesterday, when police say a member of the hospital's medical staff was robbed on her way into work. She was just outside the main entrance, when police say a homeless woman grabbed her phone and attempted to steal her purse. "In both of these cases, we were fortunate enough to have resources immediately in the area and made arrests," said Deputy Chief Mike Lynch, Camden Police Metro Division. via View more videos at: Related articles Camden shooting suspect in Faird George homicide seen in video Employee Attacked At Cooper University Hospital Tainted batch of heroin going around Camden, police warn Toxic Heroin Being Sold in Camden City Camden man, Woodbury man... Read more →

Man of Steel,' 'World War Z,' 'Pacific Rim,' 'The World's End' among summer's 15 most-anticipated movies'

John Serba | May 28, 2013, 8:00:06 AM EDT MOVIE REVIEWS John Serba's reviews of other summer-blockbuster fare: 'Iron Man 3': Robert Downey Jr. again contributes signature wit to comedic superhero flick 'The Great Gatsby': Baz Luhrmann helms extravagant but emotionally empty display of eye candy 'Fast and Furious 6': Vin Diesel, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson return for more ridiculous, disposable action 'The Hangover Part III': Return of Bradley Cooper and Co. is an underwhelming, cynical sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness': J.J. Abrams' sequel is smart, fun, witty, essential sci-fi With May out of the way, the rest of the 2013 summer movie release schedule towers over uslike a giant robot battling a gargantuan alien monster. We have three more months of superheroflicks, sequels and action extravaganzas to look forward to, and I say that with tongue in cheek, because many of the movies on this most-anticipated list are... Read more →

Literacy Volunteers of Camden County is seeking volunteer tutors

A tutor from Literacy Volunteers of Camden County works with one of their students at the Voorhees library of the Camden County Library System.] At age 77, Jim read his first book. Shabi passed her citizenship test. Chen spoke to her doctor. VOORHEES, NJ – May 29, 2013 -- You, too, can make a difference in the life of an adult who wants to learn to speak English or improve his reading and math skills. Literacy Volunteers of Camden County is seeking volunteer tutors to teach ESL and other literacy skills. No experience is necessary, just the willingness to reach out and help a motivated learner. Tutors must be at least 18 years of age. A free Tutor Training Workshop will be held at the Camden County Library in Voorhees on six Wednesdays beginning June 26, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. No class on July 3. Call Literacy Volunteers of Camden... Read more →


Indian King Tavern on the NRHP since December 18, 1970. At 233 Kings Hwy. E, Haddonfield, New Jersey. Museum in the building where New Jersey "declared independence from Great Britian" (simplified) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) SATURDAY AS PART OF DAY-LONG REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENCAMPMENT TRENTON - A New Jersey unit loyal to the British Army will clash this Saturday, June 1, with soldiers from the Continental Army as part of a day-long Revolutionary War re-enactment in Haddonfield, Camden County, coordinated by the New Jersey State Park Service and its partners. The skirmish will be part of a commemoration of the 235th anniversary of the British occupation at Haddonfield, featuring re-enactors dressed in period uniforms and using period weapons. "This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in the Revolutionary War or families who want to hear the rattle of musket fire and feel what it was like to live during this important... Read more →

Angela Harris of Gloucester City Makes Spring 2013 Dean's List at Lebanon Valley College

Current Lebanon Valley College Seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Harris pursuing bachelor of science in psychology ANNVILLE, PA (05/29/2013)(readMedia)-- Angela B. Harris of Gloucester City, N.J., was named to the spring 2013 dean's list at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., while in pursuit of a bachelor of science in psychology. Dean's list students must maintain a grade point average of 3.4 or above on a 4-point scale. Harris graduated from Gloucester City High School. Lebanon Valley College® in Annville, Pa., welcomes 1,630 full-time undergraduates studying more than 30 majors, as well as self-designed majors. Founded in 1866, LVC has graduate programs in physical therapy, business, and music and science education. Annville is 15 minutes east of Hershey and 35 minutes east of Harrisburg; Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are within two hours. On the web at LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON TWITTER Read more →

NCAA: Interest leads to growth — and TV viewership — for baseball

NCAA Photos NCAA Photos Nearly 1.4 million viewers on average tuned in to watch College World Series games on ESPN last year. ‘It didn’t always used to be this way’ Last Updated - May 29, 2013 12:02 GMT FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Dave Van Horn takes the time to remind his players every few weeks about just how good they have it. It’s not that the Arkansas coach revels in telling today’s youth just how difficult the older generations had it; he’s simply in awe of how far college baseball has come during his 25-year coaching career. Armed with new stadiums, packed houses and a growing fan base, college baseball has seen a surge in interest during the past decade. The result has been better travel, equipment, facilities and exposure for a sport once relegated to a spring-time afterthought. DI BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Regional pairings Scoreboard Bracket: Interactive Print Spring might still... Read more →


This is a representation of the coat of arms of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Argent, on a pile azure a star in chief of the field, the pile debruised by a fess sable, thereon three plates each charged with a cross gules. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies scheduled throughout the five counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's seventeen high schools are proud to announce the baccalaureate and commencement schedules for the Class of 2013. Catholic schools are committed to academic excellence as well as fostering the intellectual development and growth of students within the context of a 21st century learning landscape. The 2013 Archdiocesan high school baccalaureate and commencement schedule follows. Archbishop John Carroll High School Baccalaureate Mass: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Location: Saint Pius X Church; 220 Lawrence Road; Broomall, PA 19008 (Delaware County) Commencement Exercises: Thursday, June... Read more →

South Portland doctor stops accepting insurance, posts prices online — Portland — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Dr. Michael Ciampi took a step this spring that many of his fellow physicians would describe as radical. The family physician stopped accepting all forms of health insurance. In early 2013, Ciampi sent a letter to his patients informing them that he would no longer accept any kind of health coverage, both private and government-sponsored. Given that he was now asking patients to pay for his services out of pocket, he posted his prices on the practice’s website. The change took effect April 1. Read: Medicare reveals hospitals’ prices for first time “It’s been almost unanimous that patients have expressed understanding at why I’m doing what I’m doing, although I’ve had many people leave the practice because they want to be covered by insurance, which is understandable,” Ciampi said. Before the switch, Ciampi had about 2,000 patients. He lost several hundred, he said. Some patients with... Read more →

Cherry Hill: Photos of TD Bank Robbery

On May 28, 2013 at 12:30pm the TD Bank located at 357 North Kings Highway was robbed by a lone female. The female entered the bank and presented a demand note for cash to a teller. After the teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash, she (suspect) walked out of the bank. She was last seen entering a white colored auto that was parked on the parking lot of the bank. That auto was last seen moving north on Kings Highway. The suspect is described as a white female, 5’6” tall, medium build, blonde hair in a ponytail, wearing black colored Capri type pants, a black colored top and a black colored billed cap. Anyone having information re: this case is asked to call the Cherry Hill Police Department’s 24 hour line @ 856-488-7828 Read more →

Suspect Arrested While Attempting To Scrap Metal From Three Apartments

On May 28, 2013, a Gloucester Township Police officer patroling the Maple Terrace Apartments came across a suspicious vehicle parked in a back parking lot of the complex. As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed William B. Harris entering the vehicle which was full of scrap metal from kitchen appliances. The investigations revealed that William Harris had entered three abandonded apartments and was removing numerous metal items consisting of stove parts, range hoods and other metallic kitchen items. A check with management revealed that William Harris had no permission to be on the grounds of the apartment complex and that the apartments should have been secured. William Harris was transported to headquarters and charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance Paraphernalia. He was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility on default of $25,000.00 cash bail. Arrest: William... Read more →

Easy Win for The Rams Alumni, Thump Lions Alumni 24-17 |

( UNBEATABLE RAMS!!! --This year's Rams team had their way, once again, with the Lions Alumni. Rams Manager/Head Coach Bob Chew was asked what he attributed his team's success to? Chew said, "First of all, our team practices all year long. And, as you can see, that hard work pays off, both in the field, and at the plate. I am not taking anything away from our opponent. However, I do think some of the players on this year's Lions team were too old to be playing against us. I thought for sure a couple of them were going to have a heart attack. Maybe next year they will retire some of these old guys and bring younger alumni to play us. We would welcome the competition, this is getting to be too easy." CNBNews reached out to Lions Manager/Coach Steve Cowgill for a response but he was unavailable. A... Read more →

NJPP: Forget About Cutting Taxes. Invest in New Jersey Instead

New Jersey Policy Perspective press release May 30 New Jersey policymakers are considering a tax cut proposal that would drain the state's revenues by about $1.6 billion each year once fully phased in, but would that be the best use of New Jersey's resources? The clear answer is no, according to New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), the nonprofit nonpartisan organization founded in 1997 to conduct research and analysis on state issues. Instead, NJPP argues in a series of reports launched today, policymakers should invest in more pressing needs as well as more proven drivers of economic growth to truly create a prosperous New Jersey. The series, Invest in New Jersey, begins with Make Higher Education Affordable Again, which examines the higher education squeeze brought on by rising demand and falling state support. The report finds that the squeeze ultimately results in higher costs for New Jersey's families and more debt,... Read more →

Back-to-Back Years Wilmington Baseball Named on ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove All-East Region Teams

DATE: May 30, 2013 NEWARK, Del. - - Pitching and offense weren’t the only two factors which led the Wilmington University baseball team to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship this past season. For the second year in a row, the Wildcats had players named to the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Gold Glove All-East Region Team, with two players earning a spot on the defensive list this season. Junior third baseman Josh Hampton backed up his bat with a solid glove at the hot-corner being named to the First Team, while senior outfielder Jordan Johnson helped set the table at the top of the lineup and also anchored the defense in center field, earning Second Team honors. It is the second time a Wildcat has been named to a Gold Glove All-East Region squad, as 2012 graduate Jordan Oncay became the first... Read more →

Providence College Awards Undergraduate Degrees to Local Residents

PROVIDENCE, RI (05/29/2013)(readMedia)-- The following local residents were among over 900 students from Providence College who received undergraduate degrees during the College's Ninety-Fifth Commencement Exercises held on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Michael Cavanaugh, a resident of Wall, NJ, graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Coleen Curry, a resident of Wall, NJ, graduated with a bachelor's degree in History/Secondary Education. The Commencement address was delivered by The Very Reverend Robert Barron, creator and host of the Catholicism documentary series and founder of a global media ministry. He received an honorary doctorate in religious education. Four other distinguished individuals received honorary degrees from the College. They are: Paul J. Birmingham, Vito D. Buonomano, D.D.S. '53& '76G, his wife, Louise J. Buonomano '76G, and Michael A. Ruane '71. Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts... Read more →

Obituary: Benjamin R. Smolinski, of Gloucester City, age 67

SMOLINSKI Benjamin R. Surrounded by his loving family, on May 29, 2013. Age 67. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of Laraine “Rainie” (nee Lennox). Loving step-father of Laraine Speyerer (John) and Christine Madiraca (Vinko). Cherished grandfather of 6 and great grandfather of 6. Dear brother of Dolores (late Tom). Beloved son of the late Joseph Smolinski and Lorraine “Sherry” (nee Dworecki). Ben worked many years for Holt Logistics in Gloucester City and Hyde Point Milk Company in Delaware. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. At his request, cremation will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Benjamin R. Smolinski. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Tristan Wilson, of Gloucester City, Graduates from Millersville University

MILLERSVILLE, PA (05/29/2013)(readMedia)-- Tristan Wilson of Gloucester City, NJ, graduated alongside 1,110 Millersville University of Pennsylvania students during the spring 2013 undergraduate commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 18 in Millersville's Biemesderfer Stadium at Chryst Field. Wilson graduated earning a BS degree in Speech Communication. Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a top-ranked, public university located in the northeast region of the United States. It is committed to offering students a high quality, comprehensive university experience of exceptional value. Dedicated to providing nationally recognized programs that embrace the liberal arts, Millersville offers academic opportunities that are supported by outstanding faculty who are accomplished scholars and practitioners. Founded in 1855 as the first Normal School in Pennsylvania, Millersville University is one of 14 universities within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON TWITTER Read more →

Theft of an iPhone in the area of Cross Keys Road

Gloucester Township Police May 29, 2013 The victim discovered that his iPhone was missing when he arrived at his place of business on Kearsley Road in Gloucester Township on May 3, 2013. He believed that he left it sitting on his truck between that location and Washington Township, and it fell off onto the Cross Keys roadway. When he was unable to locate the phone, he purchased a new iPhone and added it to his iCloud account. On May 28, 2013, the victim discovered that his iCloud account was syncing new photos and contacts from his lost iPhone to his new iPhone. The male and female in the photos appear to have located his old phone and began to use it as their own. The victim attempted to contact the unknown suspects through a synced email account he discovered, but they ignored him. He reported the incident and submitted the... Read more →

Murphy Leads GC Baseball Past St. Joseph’s Metuchen; Lady Rams Edge Camden Catholic!

By gostrum on May 30, 2013 - 8:51 am in Athletics / no comments Abby Merryman Behind the pitching of sophomore John Murphy and the hitting of Phil Dickinson and Sean Breen, Gloucester Catholic blanked St. Joseph Metuchen 10-0 in five innings on May 29 to advance in the NJSIAA Non-Public A playoffs. Murphy struck out nine for the win while Dickinson and Breen had three hits apiece to lead the victory. The Rams will now host Paul VI in the semifinal round on Friday, May 31, at Joe Barth Field starting at 3:30 p.m. The Lady Rams, meanwhile, edged Camden Catholic 3-2 in 8 innings on May 29 thanks to the pitching and hitting of senior Abby Merryman. Gloucester Catholic will face St. John Vianney on the road on May 31 starting at 3 p.m. Read more →

A Special Message From Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey

Good Afternoon All, There was an article written regarding a review of the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of deadly force and officer involved shootings. There are a few things that need to be clarified. About six months ago, I reviewed a study conducted within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as well as a study completed by the New York Police Department. These studies were respectively conducted by CNA Analysis and Solutions (funded by COPS -Community Oriented Police Services) and the RAND Firearm Evaluation group, evaluating the policies, practices and training surrounding the use of deadly force, particularly police shootings. As a result of those studies, each Department has implemented new training curriculums as well as new/revised department polices. I recently took the initiative to inquire into having a study done within this department to review our practices, training and policies regarding police related shootings. I reached out to the... Read more →


Registration deadlines for professional-development courses approach. May 29, 2013HARRISBURG – Schools might soon be letting out, but educators and others who work with youth have a chance to continue their learning through wildlife-focused workshops that also fulfill mandates set forth by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Project WILD aims to provide a wildlife-based conservation education that fosters responsible action. It’s one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators, and the activities easily can be incorporated into almost any classroom curriculum. Theresa Alberici coordinates the program in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Information and Education. She works closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Education as well as conservation and environmental education organizations throughout the state and the country. Her dedication to wildlife and environmental awareness, along with her talents in creating curricula and ability to work with educators have earned her... Read more →

Oroho Questions Democrats’ Reversal to Deny State Pension Gains

via Successful American Employers May 29, 2013--Senator Steve Oroho questioned today the decision by Senate Democrats to reinstate a clause in bill, S2467/S2471, that would force New Jersey to divest pension funds from thriving American companies that legally sell firearms. “After sensibly agreeing to remove the requirement at a May 9 public meeting, Senate Democrats have reinstated the very clause that they publicly removed,” said Oroho (Sussex, Warren, Morris.) “I’m disappointed that public action taken by Democrats apparently doesn’t hold up behind closed doors.” S2467/S2471 prohibits New Jersey from investing the state’s pension and annuity funds in companies manufacturing, importing and selling particular firearms for civilian use, meaning the state would have to end lucrative investments including companies such as Wal-Mart. When financial problems with divesting from legal companies that sell guns were raised at the May 9 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting, Democrats said their bill covered manufacturers,... Read more →

No. 12 seed Schalick shocks top-seeded Gloucester in S.J. Group I

GLOUCESTER CITY — Like most underdogs, the Schalick High School softball team puts rankings aside and lets its play do the talking. It certainly worked on Wednesday. Although the Cougars were considered a long shot against one of the area’s premier teams, No. 12 Schalick continued to defy the odds as it upset defending champion and top-seed Gloucester, 3-1, in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group I playoffs. “We had a gameplan and we stuck to it,” said Cougars head coach Jami Musey-Lau. “We were feeling really confident and were definitely prepared. This is a big-time upset.” As they’ve done all postseason, Schalick (15-9) leaned on junior starting pitcher Janna Gaburo to navigate a normally hard-hitting Gloucester (20-6) line-up. Even before Gaburo stepped foot in the circle, however, the Cougars had provided her with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Following a single by Kylee Barton... Read more →

Boxing: Cameroon Carlos Takam Wins World Heavyweight Title

By admin Carlos Takam, the pride of CameroonPhoto: © WBF May 28, 2013 (eJumo)--According to the official website of the World Boxing Federation, Takam took charge from the start, and was quickly able to close the distance on his taller opponent before throwing and connecting with well-timed hooks from both hands. The defending champion fought mostly on the back foot, and just didn’t seem to have an answer to the clever boxing of the challenger. In round four, Grant finally had some success and started to work harder, but Takam just stepped it up himself and continued to dominate. The visitor relied mostly on landing his powerful right hand, but had too little success to keep Takam off. In round eight, Takam landed a huge left uppercut that shook Grant to his boots. As he quickly followed up and landed another combination, the corner of Grant had seen enough and... Read more →


May 29, 2013 CHERRY HILL NJ--According to the Cherry Hill Police Department on May 24, 2013 at 1230hrs the pictured female attempted to scam an unsuspecting elderly female utilizing what’s called a “Pigeon Drop”. Police said, the female suspect allegedly approached the victim in the parking lot of Wegmans in Cherry Hill and showed the victim a bag of “money” that she said she found. Police say the suspect allegedly attempted to convince the victim to withdraw money as a sign of good faith and they would later split the money inside of the bag. Authorities say the suspect was unsuccessful in this incident. Read more →

Four Wilmington Baseball Student-Athletes Named to ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region Teams

DATE: May 29, 2013 NEWARK, Del. - - Postseason accolades continue to roll in following the record breaking season the Wilmington University baseball team had in 2013 as four student-athletes were mentioned on the American Baseball Coaches Association(ABCA)/Rawlings All-East Region Teams. Seniors Brandon Payne (New Castle, Del./William Penn) and David Hatt (Toronto, Canada/Waterdown) are joined by junior Josh Hampton (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) on the 2013 ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region First Team while sophomore Ray Gambone (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) was named to the Second Team. Payne earned his second All-Region honor, but first on the First Team after a dominating performance in the outfield and at the plate all season for the Wildcats. The senior batted .350 with a Wilmington single season record tying 76 hits on the year, hitting 12 doubles, a team high five triples, and two home runs. He knocked in 38 runners while scoring 42... Read more →

GCPO Arrests of Indecent Exposure, Oxycodone Selling Suspects |

press release May 29, 2013 The fugitive unit of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office today arrested a Camden NJ man charged with exposing himself to a woman and children in a Glassboro NJ K-Mart store and a Deptford NJ man charged with distribution of the addictive painkiller Oxycodone in West Deptford NJ. Arrested at an Arons Circle address of a girlfriend in Sewell NJ today was Thomas Kersey (DOB 12/16/89), of 29 Gilbert Ave., Deptford. GCPO fugitive officers were assisted by the Prosecutor’s Guns Gangs and Narcotics Task Force which had conducted an investigation leading to the West Deptford drug distribution charges against Kersey. Complaints accuse Kersey of selling Oxycodone on 1/3/13. He was jailed in default of $50,000 bail. The Glassboro suspect, Johnnie J,.Gaines (DOB 4/19/76) of 1012 Jackson St., Camden was taken into custody at a Dupont Ave. residence of a girlfriend in Paulsboro, with assistance of the... Read more →

New Jersey Sues Gas Stations Accused of Selling Leaded Aviation Fuel to Motorists |

View Civil Action NEWARK – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced the Division and its Office of Weights and Measures have sued six gas stations, their parent company, and two fuel distribution firms, after the gas stations allegedly sold aviation fuel, which contains toxic lead, during a three-day period in December, to consumers who thought they were filling their cars with ordinary, unleaded motor fuel. “We allege that these gas stations clearly knew, or should have known, they were selling aviation fuel that contains toxic lead, while advertising it as unleaded gasoline for motorists,” Attorney General Chiesa said. “We will pursue restitution for any consumer, if it is demonstrated that this aviation fuel damaged their vehicles. Just as importantly, we are holding these gas stations and the distributors responsible for their alleged, unlawful deception and potential harm to the public.” The... Read more →

Dragon boats look to return to Schuylkill

May 28, 2013 By Peter Crimmins @petercrimmins The Schulkill Dragons, an all-women dragon boat team, has high hopes of qualifying to compete on the international level. With a few nationally competitive paddlers on board, and an aggressive tournament schedule this summer, the Philadelphia team believes it has a chance for the Club Crew Championships in Ravena, Italy, in 2014. But first, the Schuylkill Dragons want to get back on the Schuylkill River. The Dragons have not been on the Schuylkill since 2010, when Hurricane Irene damaged the river wall where many dragon boat teams had tied up their boats. When part of the wall collapsed into the river, boating teams were forced to seek other ports. Some went downriver, near Bartram's Garden. Some went upriver. The Dragons went east, to the Cooper River in Pennsauken, New Jersey. "We're one of two, maybe three dragon boats (on the Cooper). Mostly it's... Read more →

Live Free or Move by Scott Beyer - City Journal

To listen to President Obama and the media, you would think America’s most pressing issues are gun control and immigration. But the issue that has plagued Obama from the start is job creation. Though unemployment has ticked down to 7.5 percent, the job numbers remain bleak when accounting for those underemployed or outside the workforce. Yet some areas of America are thriving, offering Obama a primer—if he wants it—for how to proceed. Consider the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data on 2012 job growth for America’s 51 largest metropolitan regions. The data include a list of the top ten, which were mostly above 3 percent job growth, and the bottom ten, which were mostly below 1 percent. Previously stagnant San Francisco made a surprise entry among the leaders, but for the most part, the list reflected longtime trends—with Houston, Dallas, and Austin remaining near the top, and even San Antonio,... Read more →

Arnold Paul Resavy, of Runnemede, WWII Army Veteran, Member of Runnemede Senior Citizens

Arnold Paul Resavy (April 28, 1920 - May 28, 2013) Arnold Resavy, on May 28, 2013, of Runnemede. Age 93. Beloved husband of Florence (nee Krzyzanowski). Devoted father of Marie Theresa Brown (Richard), Kenneth Paul Resavy, Roberta Frances DeLuca (Joseph) and Christopher Joseph Resavy (Sandra). Loving grandfather of Ryan and Jaime Wine, Michelle Strockbine (Michael), Michael, Kaitlyn and Brian Resavy. Great grandfather of Mia and Maci. Mr. Resavy was an Army vet of WWII. He was a member of American Legion Post #250, Runnemede and the Runnemede Seniors. There will be a viewing from 7 to 9pm Friday eve and 8:15 to 9:15am Saturday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 10am Saturday at Holy Child Parish, St. Teresa’s RC Church, Runnemede. Entombment at Harleigh Cemetery Veterans Garden Mausoleum, Camden. Donations may be made in Mr. Resavy’s memory to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, 1020 19th Street, NW, Suite... Read more →

Regional fields announced as countdown begins to College World Series May 27, 2013 INDIANAPOLIS — The field of 64 teams competing for the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced Monday by the DI baseball committee. The national top eight seeds are North Carolina (52-8), Vanderbilt (51-9), Oregon State (45-10), LSU (52-9), Cal State Fullerton (48-8), Virginia (47-10), Florida State (44-15) and Oregon (45-14). The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with nine, while the Atlantic Coast Conference has eight. The Pac-12 and Sun Belt conferences have four. Making the tournament for the first time include: Bryant of the Northeast Conference, Canisius of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Central Arkansas of the Southland Conference, Savannah State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and South Dakota State of the Summit Conference. Overall, 31 of the 64 teams were in the field last year. Miami (Fla.) is in the field for the 41st... Read more →

Armed Robbery of Sovereign Bank Branch in Cheltenham Township

May 29, 2013--The Cheltenham Township Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the armed robbery today of the Sovereign Bank branch located at 500 Central Avenue in Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. At approximately 10:05 a.m., the subject entered the bank. He approached a teller, placed a silver handgun on the counter, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject fled the area of the bank on foot. He was last seen heading west on Laurel Avenue. The subject is described as a male, race unknown, approximately 5’4”-5’5” tall. He wore a black scarf across much of his face, a gray hooded sweatshirt with the word NIKE and the “swoosh” logo in black across the front, an orange or red shirt underneath the sweatshirt, and black pants. This subject is considered armed and dangerous.... Read more →