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May 2013

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... 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... Read more →

Boys Varsity Baseball: Gloucester Catholic 9 Paul VI 1 /cnbnews.net

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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 eHealthInsurance.com (NASDAQ:EHTH), the median cost of the five cheapest plans was only $92. In other words, for the typical 25-year-old... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

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

John Serba | jserba@mlive.com 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

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

(cnbnews.net)THE 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... Read more →