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June 2013

Zimmerman Acquittal to Cause Race Riots? |

Social unrest will “dwarf the Rodney King and the Martin Luther King riots In an article entitled, America Will See Its Worst Race Riot Yet This Summer, Crime File News’ Paul Huebl remarks that the case against Zimmerman should never have been filed in the first place and that when the trial inevitably collapses with Zimmerman’s acquittal, “I fully expect organized race rioting to begin in every major city to dwarf the Rodney King and the Martin Luther King riots of past decades.” Huebl is a licensed private detective and a former Chicago police officer. “If you live in a large city be prepared to evacuate or put up a fight to win. You will need firearms, fire suppression equipment along with lots of food and water. Police resources will be slow and outgunned everywhere,” writes Huebl, adding, “America may see some combat related population control like we’ve not seen... Read more →

Camden County Weekly News (released June 28, 2013)

Seal of Camden County, New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Save The Date for Camden County’s 4H Fair August 2-4 Come to the Camden County 4H Fair and bring your family and friends for a day loaded with 4H events, live entertainment, fair food and so much more! If you like barrel racing and horse demonstrations, pony rides, giant hamster ball rides, face painting, speed pitch baseball, fair food from hot dogs to funnel cakes and kettle corn, live music from country, jazz and pop groups and Mainstage Performers, come to the Camden County 4H Fair at Miller Farms, 134 N. Grove Street, Berlin, NJ 08009. There are some events on Friday night, with the grand opening on Saturday. Hours are 5-10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, with the official opening ceremony at noon, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 per car and you can... Read more →


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Bill to Allow Horse Racing & Wagering on Atlantic City Beach

Burzichelli Bill to Allow for Horse Racing & Wagering on Atlantic City Beach & Wagering At Far Hills Race Meeting Get Final Legislative OK (TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrat John Burzichelli sponsored to further promote Atlantic City by allowing it to host betting on horse races on the beach this October was approved 74-0 Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval. The bill (A-4149) would authorize the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant a special permit – to permit holders in good standing authorized to conduct running races - to hold or conduct a special running race meeting on the beach. Burzichelli said the bill would enable Atlantic City to host the American Palio Celebration. "This has all the making of a fun and great event, the type of which we've been trying to lure to Atlantic City to highlight it as a top-flight entertainment destination," said Burzichelli... Read more →


Pennsylvania Game Commission logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) New online feature helps with locating, exploring state game lands. HARRISBURG – Looking to spend some time outdoors, but don’t know where to go? A new offering from the Pennsylvania Game Commission might hold the answer. The Game Commission has launched on its website a new Mapping Center that will help users to locate state game lands and other hunting grounds, view topography and aerial photos for tracts, and even find a place to park when they arrive. Those searching for outdoor-recreation opportunities can search by game lands number, county, region or wildlife management unit. Users also can click on any game lands defined on the map to see a more detailed layout of access roads, parking areas and buildings there. The map can also be set to show hunter access points on private lands. Outdoor enthusiasts can customize their own maps and... Read more →


LOOKING AHEAD TO THE ARCHDIOCESAN FINANCIAL REPORT The wife of a friend once quipped that there’s not much sizzle or romance in balancing a check book – but try feeding the kids if you can’t. I’ve never forgotten her words. No sensible adult goes very long without paying close attention to the finances of his or her own family. And for good reason: Without the necessary resources, no family survives. If a family has financial problems, it needs to know why. That requires accurate information, no matter how complex and sobering, so the problems can be fixed. So it is with the Church. As I’ve said many times over the past 22 months, the resources of the Church don’t belong to the bishops or the clergy or some remote institution. They belong to her people. The Church is a steward. She holds her resources in trust for her people, to... Read more →


JUNE 30, 2013 CAMDEN CITY NJ--Two women, both in their 20’s, were shot in their stomachs early this morning on the Camden waterfront, according to Action News, WPVI Philadelphia. The victims were taken to Cooper University Hospital in critical condition. Authorities said the incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lots behind Campbell's Field, hours after Cirque du Soleil ended their performance. It was also near the Susquehanna Bank Center where a Dave Matthews Band concert was held. Police told Action News there was a group of people partying in the parking lots close to the Delaware River when some type of disturbance broke out and an unknown person opened fire striking the women. No arrests have been reported. Related articles 20-Year-Old Man Found Dead in Camden Monday Night /cnbnews Camden City a Battle Ground, Authorities Investigating a String of Shootings ANOTHER HOMICIDE IN CAMDEN CITY/cnbnews Camden's Homicides... Read more →

Consumer Bureau Orders Refunds for Troops After Faulty Car Loans

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 - About 50,000 service members will get refunds averaging $100 -- though some will be far higher --- after an enforcement action involving auto loans that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials announced today. The bureau is ordering U.S. Bank and one of its nonbank partners, Dealers Financial Services, to return about $6.5 million to service members across the country, CFPB Director Richard Cordray told reporters during a conference call today. "We've determined that the companies developed a joint program that engaged in deceptive marketing and lending practices while providing subprime auto loans to tens of thousands of active-duty military members," he said. Cordray explained that U.S. Bank and DFS created the Military Installment Loans and Educational Services program, better known as MILES, to sell subprime auto loans to active-duty service members at communities across the country located near military... Read more →

Fourth Annual Teen Video Contest and Festival @ Voorhees Library

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 Deadline VOORHEES, N.J. – June 27, 2013– The Voorhees branch of the Camden County Library System is holding its fourth annual summer video contest for teens that will culminate in a Teen Video Festival on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Along with the festival’s judges, the contestants, their families, friends and the general public are welcome to attend and view all the submissions by the teen film makers at this ‘Red Carpet Event’. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 16, 2013. A video must be suitable for an audience of all ages – in other words it must meet the requirements of a “G” rating as established by the Motion Picture Association of America. Submission Requirements A piece can be anywhere from three to ten minutes in length and the principal members of the crew creating the film must between 12 and 18 years old and... Read more →

Gennady Golovkin defends titles Saturday, June 29, 2013 Associated Press LEDYARD, Conn. -- Undefeated German middleweight Gennady Golovkin stopped English challenger Matthew Macklin in the third round Saturday night to successfully defend his WBA and IBO titles. Golovkin improved to 27-0 with his 24th knockout and 14th in a row, using a left hand to the body to flatten Macklin (29-5) 1:22 into the third. Golovkin dominated the first two rounds, landing several hard combinations. Golovkin has made five successful title defenses and hasn't gone the distance in a fight since June 2008 against Amar Amari in an eight-round bout. Macklin has lost three of his last four fights. He lost a split decision to Felix Sturm in June 2011 for the WBA super middleweight crown, and dropped another title shot in March 2012 to Sergio Martinez. There was talk after the bout of a potential fight between Golovkin and Martinez, the WBC... Read more →

Camden County Police Arrest Two Suspects Carrying Handguns/

On Friday, June 28, at 11:46 p.m. Camden County Police Department Sgt. William Frett was flagged down by a resident at 7th and Elm streets in North Camden about a white male nearby carrying a gun. Sgt. Frett quickly located the suspect, who attempted to flee, and detained him. Michael Winkler, 31, of Parkesburg, Pa., was found to be in possession of a loaded, .40 caliber Taurus handgun. Winkler was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and remanded to the Camden County Jail. In an unrelated incident, Camden County Police Department Officer Romelia Villegas-Diaz stopped a vehicle at Broadway and Royden in the Lanning Square neighborhood at 1:46 p.m. on Thursday. Upon approaching the car, a Cadillac owned by Marquis Hart, 32, of Camden, officers saw a .38 caliber handgun on the passenger side floor. The gun was loaded with five rounds. Police also recovered more than $5,000 in... Read more →

John Paff: Court Rules Egg Harbor must disclose police report regarding "asleep at the wheel" cop

In a twenty-three page opinion issued on June 25, 2013, Atlantic County Superior Court Assignment Judge Julio L. Mendez ruled that the public is allowed to see a report written by Egg Harbor Township Police Sergeant Michael Hughes soon after Northfield Police found an off-duty Egg Harbor Township officer named Jeffrey Lancaster asleep behind the wheel of his personal vehicle during the early morning hours of February 27, 2011. Judge Mendez's opinion and order are on-line here and background on the lawsuit is on-line here. Judge Mendez found that since there was no internal affairs investigation pending at the time Hughes wrote his report, it was not subject to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) exception that restricts access to records that "pertain to an investigation in progress." Judge Mendez, noting that police officers serve "in a position of trust" found that disclosure of the report "will only fortify the... Read more →

Roy Crawford Sentenced to 8 Year Prison Term for Distribution of CDS/

Roy L. Crawford III (DOB 4/15/75), of 14 Burich La., Bridgeton NJ was sentenced today (6/28) to eight years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to a second degree charge of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. said Crawford will be ineligible for parole for the first 3 1//2 years of his prison term. In sentencing, the judge cited Crawford’s criminal record which includes several narcotics and weapons convictions dating to 1994 and two attempted murder convictions, the most recent in Bridgeton in 2000 resulting in a 15-year prison sentence with a 6-year parole ineligibility. Crawford was arrested following the controlled purchase of 7.6 ounces of marijuana and Oxycodone pills in Deptford Township NJ on 6/3/11. Following negotiations with Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Alec Gutierrez, he pleaded guilty to the distribution charge 1/14/13. Related articles Audubon woman pleads to helping beat... Read more →

Lawrence Aberle 3rd Pleads Guilty/cnbnews

press release JUNE 28 2013--Lawrence Aberle 3rd (DOB 9/25/86), formerly of the Campus Crossing Apartments in Glassboro NJ, has pleaded guilty to charges of risking widespread damage and receiving stolen property in connection with a 6/24/10 fire in his unit and discovery of a stolen laptop computer in his possession on 3/22/10. Under pleas negotiated with Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutors Margaret Cipparrone and Bryant Flowers, Aberle would be sentenced to 18 months in state prison, consecutive to a four-year state prison sentence he is currently serving on a violation of probation. Accepting the pleas Thursday, (6/28), Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. set sentencing for 8/19. In the fire, an investigation determined a stovetop in the kitchen of Aberle’s apartment was the origin and that residue of potassium nitrate, a smoke bomb ingredient, was found there. Residents of 13 apartments in the building were evacuated. Related articles Two Plead... Read more →

Gloucester County Prosecutors Office Arrest Six on Outstanding Warrants/

(June 28, 2013)--Officers of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office fugitive unit this week arrested five men and one woman who had outstanding warrants involving charges for burglary, assaulting a law enforcement officer, theft and narcotics possession. Taken into custody 6/25 was Erving D. Davis (10/18/69), of National Park, at his residence, on a bench warrant for failing to appear at a pre-arraignment conference on a narcotics possession charge. Also arrested 6/25/ was Christopher Bender (DOB 10/11/89), of Sewell, at his residence, on a warrant for failing to appear for sentencing on a shoplifting charge. The other four arrests were on 6/27. They are: Samantha M. Bowers-Shonewise (DOB 7/2/94), of Deptford, charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in Deptford; Roland L. Cardenas (DOB 10/15/94), of Deptford, charged with possession of narcotics in Deptford; Terrell Mosley (DOB 10/21/87), of Williamstown, arrested in Cherry Hill on a bench warrant for... Read more →

Judge Rules Valerie G. Niessner will Remain in Jail on Murder Charges

(June 28, 2013)--Following a hearing today, Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. found probable cause to hold Valerie G. Niessner (DOB 2/12/66), of Sewell NJ on all charges filed in connection with the murder of 54-year-old Joseph McConnell in his Franklinville NJ home, where his body was found on 3/31/13. Niessner and three codefendants remain jailed in default of bail on charges of murder, robbery, criminal restraint, aggravated assault and burglary. Neissner’s bail is $1 million. In the probable cause hearing requested by Niessner’s attorney, Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor presented the testimony of Det. Harry Castaner of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office major crimes unit, who related details of a 4/4/13 interview with Neissner codefendant and her niece, Amanda Rickerd (11/21/94), of Mantua Township NJ. Castaner said Rickerd described an agreement on 3/30/13 among the four codefendants “to rob Joseph McConnell of some money he had in the... Read more →

Two Seeing Eye Dogs Neck & Neck for Hero Dog Award! /

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ were created in 2010 to celebrate Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta (US Army) smiles in his dress blues with his German shepherd Charlie. the remarkable bond between dogs and people. This annual national competition searches out and recognizes America's Hero Dogs in eight categories of service, including the guide dog category. Each week the top dogs in each category are posted and two Seeing Eye dogs, Charlie, the German shepherd, and Jingles, the black Labrador and golden retriever cross, have been taking the top two spots! As this issue of On the Move goes to press, Jingles is currently in the top spot with Charlie close behind in second. A few weeks ago, Charlie was in the lead with Jingles on his tail. It’s thrilling to see two Seeing Eye dogs battling it out for Guide Dog of the Year among so many noteworthy... Read more →

Authorities arrest suspect in Millburn video beating |

Julia Terruso/The Star-Ledger June 28, 2013 6:05:00 PM EDT EDITOR'S NOTE: Graphic video shows a home invasion in Millburn where a man brutally beats a young mother while her 3-year-old watched. Authorities are looking for 42-year-old Shawn Custis, charged in the home invasion robbery and beating of a Millburn mother caught on the family's nanny camera.Essex County Prosecutor's Office MILLBURN — The man wanted in connection with last Friday’s home invasion and savage beating of a Millburn mother that was captured on a nanny cam and broadcast nationwide was arrested yesterday in Manhattan, authorities said. Shawn Custis, 42, was captured by the FBI and detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in the lobby of an apartment building on 10th Avenue less than an hour after authorities released his name and issued a warrant for his arrest, acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murraysaid. Murray said investigators received "the biggest break"... Read more →

Raising Bayonne by Gabriel Schoenfeld, City Journal

bayonne bridge as seen from staten island (Photo credit: Wikipedia) GABRIEL SCHOENFELD A strangling bridge is being modernized just in time. But neither Ammann nor his contemporaries anticipated the future of commerce. In particular, they didn’t foresee the “containerization” revolution, in which ships stacked high with containers would ply the ports of the world. And therein lies the problem with the Bayonne Bridge: it’s too low. At high tide, its roadway sits a mere 151 feet above the water. Already, some of the larger container vessels—which rise 175 feet or more above the waterline—cannot clear it and must wait until low tide, fold down their antenna masts, or take on ballast to pass beneath the structure. Even those measures sometimes fail. In 2009, the NYK Nebula tried to enter Newark Bay, but its keel-to-mast height of 197 feet held it back. The ship had to set off for the Port... Read more →

Camden County Library Lists Events for August at Voorhees Branch

VOORHEES, N.J. – Calendar of Events Listings for August 2013 at Voorhees organized by age groups Camden County Library System VOORHEES BRANCH Call for registration at Voorhees (856-772-1636) or register online at Adult and Family Programs August 2013 Camden County Library Summer Music Festival All ages Aug. 1, 7 p.m. New Earth Trio - Bass player Charles Williams, pianist Charles Davis and drummer Abe Speller offer contemporary music and modern style against the smooth backdrop of classic American music. The trio will play their special brand of soft jazz at the Voorhees branch library. First Friday Open Mic Poetry Adults Friday, Aug. 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m. A featured poet will read from his or her work and then the mic will be open to others to read their poems. There will be a theme to each first Friday reading. Focus Group Conversation Class Adults Mondays, Aug. 5, 12.... Read more →


Rowan University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University baseball coaching staff and members of the team will host a two-day camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 20 and 21. The sessions will take place at the University’s baseball complex adjacent to Bunce Hall. The camp will run each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The rain date is scheduled for Thursday, August 22. Students in grades 9-12 in the fall of 2013 are eligible to participate. The camp is designed to offer each player a chance to perform in front of collegiate coaches through a series of drills and competitive games. The participants will also receive quality instruction from the Rowan coaching staff, including head coach Juan Ranero and assistant coaches Dave Smolenski, Nick Sbarra and Darren Comegys. Players are asked to bring their own cleats, bat, glove, batting gloves, helmet... Read more →

Walk for the Wounded Saturday, September 5

English: Boardwalk at Ocean City, New Jersey Deutsch: Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia) OCEAN CITY HOME BANK AND OPERATION FIRST RESPONSE REACH MILESTONE WITH 5TH ANNUAL WALK FOR THE WOUNDED SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Ocean City, NJ – June 27, 2013 – Four years have passed since Ocean City Home Bank President Steve Brady offered to organize a Walk for the Wounded on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. The first Walk took place in the fall of 2009, and it has been held each year thereafter, raising more than $200,000 for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured soldiers and their families. On Saturday, September 28, Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response will present the 5th Annual Walk for the Wounded. Registration for the Walk takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8:30 a.m., and the... Read more →

Rodger W. Maro, Church Organist for Various Parishes in South Jersey |

Rodger W. Maro Age 73. Of Cherry Hill. Formerly of Lindenwold On June 23, 2013. Age 73. Of Cherry Hill. Formerly of Lindenwold. In the loving care of his children: Corinne M. Maro and Carlo and his wife Tami Maro.Cherished grandfather of Dominique Speca, Jonah P. Maro and Dante S. Speca. Rodger was born in Camden City and raised at 4th and Chestnut Streets in Camden. He was a former parishioner of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Parish in South Camden. He was a graduate of Camden Catholic High School in Camden City. He was a longtime resident of Cherry Hill and Lindenwold. Rodger had a lifetime passion for music and enjoyed teaching music. Rodger was the music director for over 15 years at the Episcopal Church of Saint John The Evangelist in Chews Landing (Gloucester Township). He was loved by the members and even had “Team Rodger” who cared... Read more →

Pennsylvania AG Take Action to Protect Consumers Against 'Cramming'

June 26, 2013 HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane took action this week to protect consumers who have been getting ripped off on their cell phone bills. She joined with other attorneys general in sending a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warning about a practice known as "mobile cramming." Mobile cramming refers to the placing of unauthorized third-party charges on mobile phone bills. Millions of dollars are taken from people in this way, often without their ever knowing it. The charges usually range from $9.95 to $24.95 per month. They appear out of the blue on phone bills, for goods and services that were neither requested nor used. Many people don't notice the unauthorized charge on their bill and will pay it for several months. When they finally do notice it, they are often unable to get a full refund. Sometimes they can't even block future charges!... Read more →

Black Conservatives Discuss "Star Witness" Testimony as Zimmerman Trial Progresses

Washington, DC (June 28,2013)- In the trial of George Zimmerman, the so-called "star witness" for the prosecution, Rachel Jeantel, ended two days of testimony. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are commenting. Jeantel, a friend of Martin since elementary school, spent several hours on the phone and texted with Martin on the day of this death, including during the moments before the altercation with Zimmerman that ended in Martin's death. In the long cross-examination, Jeantel was reported by the Miami Herald to be "annoyed and confused" during portions of the questioning. She was also caught in several lies. Jeantel also revealed that Martin referred to Zimmerman as a "creepy ass cracker," a term some may consider a racial epithet. Project 21 member Kevin Martin believes Jeantel's testimony, despite her alleged value to the prosecutors in the case, actually might have benefited Zimmerman's legal team. Martin said: "To say... Read more →

Police Investigating Homicide in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY (June 28,2013) A Ventnor man was fatally stabbed in Atlantic City late last night, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced. At approximately 11:30pm, Atlantic City Police responded to a 911 call in regards to a male collapsed in the street at the intersection of Texas and Pacific Avenues. Upon arrival, police discovered Oscar O. Mendez, 28, lying in the street. In trying to determine the victim’s condition, police discovered that he had been stabbed. The victim was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. This homicide is being investigated by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes at (609)- 909-7666 or the Atlantic City Police Department Investigations Division at (609)-347- 5766. Read more →

TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Political Cronyism Alive in Deptford Township, Et Cetera

BY BILL CLEARY The South Jersey Times wrote a scathing editorial, today, June 28, about political cronyism using former Deptford Township School Board President, Walter Berglund, as an example. According to the newspaper, Berglund resigned from his school board position in May 2012. Six months later he was hired as supervisor of building and grounds for the Deptford Township Schools at a starting salary of $89,000, plus pension, benefits and tenure. Come to find out, Berglund didn’t have the necessary credentials for the position. Berglund is a former Deptford Democrat councilman and a fixture in Deptford politics for decades. He is a former resident of Gloucester City, who is/was involved with the development of the GAF property on Charles Street. His brother is the police chief in Gloucester City. From the South Jersey Times editorial: Every thinking person in Deptford Township knew something was up when Berglund, who had... Read more →


Floyd Mayweather Tickets On Sale: Announces Tickets For Boxer's Upcoming Bout has a wide selection of Floyd Mayweather tickets on sale for the popular boxer's upcoming bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fight is happening on September 14, and the famous boxer's opponent will be Canelo Alvarez. MILWAUKEE, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The fight is going to be significant as the American boxer remains currently undefeated in the professional ranks. He has won an impressive eight world titles and is a five-division world champ. Sports fans will want to be at MGM Grand Garden Arena on the 14th of September to be a part of the excitement when two famous boxers compete in the ring. SuperbTicketsOnline.comhas a selection of tickets available that can be easily ordered on a secure website. Boxing aficionados can acquire the seats they desire for a fight that is destined to be... Read more →


Winslow Township announces that all General Offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2013 in observance of Independence Day. Curbside trash and recycling materials normally picked up on Thursday, July 4, will be picked up on Friday, July 5, and curbside trash and recycling materials normally picked up on Friday, July 5 will be picked up on Saturday, July 6. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated. Thank you, Winslow Township Read more →

OBITUARY: Joann M. Unger, of Gloucester City, age 71 |

JOANN M. UNGER Age 71. Of Gloucester City Suddenly, On June 21, 2013. Age 71. Of Gloucester City. Survived by many devoted caregivers and friends. Burial will be private. There will be no services. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Joann M. Unger. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through:McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Friends of Degenhardts Restaurant Reminisce

WOODBURY NJ--Ten years ago, Degenhardt’s Restaurant, North Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, closed down after a two decades of serving meals to customers from the South Jersey, Philadelphia area. On weekends the restaurant held a dance in the evening hosted by disc jockey’s like Jerry “The Geator” Blavat, Lou Costello and Billy from Philly. Recently some of those patrons gathered at Nicholosi’s Catering in Woodbury to reminisce about the good times they had at those DJ BILLY FROM PHILLY dances. Over 450 people attended the June 14 reunion. One of those in attendance was Skip Zirbser. “Fifth teen years ago Lou Costello and Billy from Philly helped me in THE GEATOR finding my vintage 1963 Corvette," said Zirbser. "The day I purchased it I brought the car with me to Degenhardts and parked it nearthe entrance to the dance. Whenever I see either Lou or Billy they call me Corvette... Read more →


DEP COMMISSIONER MARTIN ISSUES ORDER TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT AFTER GOVERNOR CHRISTIE SIGNS ENABLING LEGISLATION (13/P67) TRENTON - Acting on an order issued by Commissioner Bob Martin, teams of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) engineers and inspectors today seized control of the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township, Morris County, launching an emergency remediation project to protect the environment by controlling substances and odors emanating from the site. This action comes after Governor Christie this morning signed legislation enabling the DEP to take control of old legacy landfills that pose an imminent threat to the environment. The Fenimore Landfill has plagued surrounding neighborhoods with staggering odors caused by repeated and continued elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide gas since November. "Roxbury residents have endured these odors for too long and deserve a resolution to this intolerable situation, which has severely compromised their quality of life and interfered with their normal day-to-day activities," Commissioner... Read more →

Author Michael Wood: Apostle Paul’s Writings Defend Homosexuals

Saint Paul with a Scroll and a Sword. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Michael Wood, author of “Pauline Paradoxes Decoded”, says newly clarified meanings of key words used in Bible pave way for more churches to embrace homosexual members MIAMI, Fla. /June 26/ -- For the past 10 years, cryptographer Michael Wood, designer of the unbreakable REDOC-II encryption system, has been using his decoding skills to help biblical scholars more accurately decipher the first-century meanings of words and symbols used by the New Testament authors. His most recent findings are convincing a growing number of biblical scholars and theologians that many of the actual messages contained in the New Testament on the subject of homosexuality are shockingly different from what has been previously thought. “When his writings are properly translated, it’s clear that Apostle Paul not only did not condemn homosexuals, but he openly defended them against the religious views of his... Read more →

Congressional Sportsman Foundation News Update

ON CAPITOL HILL Brighter Future for Gulf Coast Anglers In a step to enhance recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Jim Watson signed a new Interim Policy Document (IPD) regarding the conversion of decommissioned oil and gas platforms into artificial reefs, also known as "Rigs to Reef" policy. This policy replaces... Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act On Monday, June 3, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) member Representative Duncan Hunter and CSC Vice-Chair Tim Walz sent out a Dear Colleague letter seeking original cosponsors for the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. On Thursday, June 20, CSC Senate Vice-Chair... House Fails to Pass 2013 Farm Bill On Thursday, June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives defeated their version of the five-year farm bill in a 195-234 vote. The vote fell far short of the 218 required for passage. A House-passed... Read more →

Beware of The Tick |

English: Logo of the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On this page: Number Diagnosed Risks and Symptoms Different kinds of ticks present in the U.S. may be infected with bacteria, viruses and parasites that can be transmitted to people and cause at least 10 diseases. While there are treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), prevention is the easiest, cheapest and most effective approach to combat these serious, sometimes fatal diseases. Some disease-bearing ticks are the size of a poppy seed. Steps to prevent infection include: When walking in grassy, wooded areas that are tick-prone, use an insecticide that is effective against ticks and cover up with long shirts and long pants tucked into socks. Ticks must stay attached for more than 36 hours to transmit the parasite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), so a full body check soon after being outdoors in a... Read more →

Philly Water's Best Friend Competition

The polls are open! Start voting and spread the word! The Philadelphia Water Department is looking for two eco-friendly dogs to help keep Philly’s waterways clean—one in Fitler Square and one in University City! Spokesdogs are chosen to teach bark-park buddies and their caretakers about the importance of picking up pet waste. Each spokesdog will be chosen at a community event and the winning dogs' images will be used on a number of brochures, advertisements, websites, etc. Winning spokesdogs will be ambassadors to the City for living the eco-friendly dog life. Vote for your favorite Fitler Square spokesdog competitor! Vote for your favorite University City spokesdog competitor! View photos from the 2012 Northern Liberties judging and awards ceremony. View photos from the 2012 Queen Village judging and awards ceremony. Find out more about Bags On Board. Voting ends July 31st! Isn’t animal waste natural? Yes, but... Animal waste acts... Read more →

Former Phillies Catcher Darren Daulton Diagnosed with Two Brain Tumors

A Statement Regarding Darren Daulton Posted 6/27/2013 2:05:00 PM 97.5 the fanatic is reporting that former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with two brain tumors. Darren Daulton has not been feeling well over the past two weeks. He went to the doctor who discovered two brain tumors and is scheduled for surgery early next week. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time. Of course we want to respect his privacy at a time like this, but if you would like to send him get well wishes you may do so at via Related articles Darren Daulton Diagnosed With Two Brain Tumors, Will Undergo Surgery Darren Daulton has two brain tumors Ex-Phillie Darren Daulton has two brain tumors Phillies legend Darren Daulton has two brain tumors Read more →

Troopers Investigate a Home Invasion Robbery

Release New Suspect Sketch Fairfield Township, Cumberland County, N.J. -- Troopers and detectives from the Bridgeton State Police Barracks are investigating a home invasion robbery and asking for the public's help to identify a suspect based on a new sketch. On Friday, June 7, two or three black males arrived at a home on Bridgeton-Millville Pike in the Gouldtown section of Fairfield Township. They asked the woman at the home about purchasing an item for sale in a yard sale. The suspects entered the residence, assaulted woman, who was home alone at the time, tied her to a kitchen chair and then proceeded to ransack her home. The suspects reportedly stole numerous items including jewelry, cash, coins, and numerous other valuables before fleeing the area. One suspect was described as a light skin black male with a shaved head, approximately 5’6” tall with an average build was driving an older... Read more →


This agency of Catholic Social Services has prepared at risk youth for a brighter future Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS) is proud to announce that 142 young men have graduated from Saint Gabriel’s System (SGS) with a diploma and career technical education certificate. This year’s class marks the highest number of graduates since CSS Youth Services began tracking graduates in 1985. This year’s record number of graduates, up from only 57 in 2007, can be attributed to the tracking and recording of students released from Saint Gabriel’s Hall residential program and to the investments made in a night school, giving students more options to further their education. SGH’s own tracking data showed that the young men with diplomas and certifications were more likely to continue their education elsewhere, gain employment and avoid immediate incarceration. “Our research has shown us that youths in possession of a diploma... Read more →

Police in Gloucester Township and Pine Hill Investigation Attempted Luring Report

The Gloucester Township Police Department has recieved the below information from the Pine Hill Police Department. The close proximity of Pine Hill to our community makes this information relevant and it should be reviewed by all residents: After reading the report regarding the attempted luring on June 25th, 2013 of a juvenile female on West Branch in Pine Hill, a concerned citizen reported a second possible attempted luring incident involving a vehicle and driver matching the description provided. The second incident occurred in the area of Erial Road and Bromley Drive at approximately 7:00pm on June 25th. The witness described a juvenile female walking on Erial Road towards Hickstown Road. The juvenile was talking to the driver of a white van, shaking her head as if she was saying, “No.”. The van slowly drove alongside of the girl as she walked. As the witness approached the van drove away on... Read more →

Former Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo and Two Men Who Worked Under Him Plead Guilty to Collecting Bribes for Jobs

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that former Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph C. Spicuzzo and two men who worked under him in the sheriff’s office pleaded guilty today to participating in a jobs-for-cash scheme in which Spicuzzo collected about $112,000 in bribes from individuals seeking positions or promotions in the sheriff’s office. Spicuzzo, 67, of Helmetta, pleaded guilty today to a second-degree charge of bribery before Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci Jr. in Monmouth County. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Spicuzzo be sentenced to nine years in state prison, including two years of parole ineligibility. Spicuzzo must also forfeit his entire state pension and will be permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey. Darrin P. DiBiasi, 45, of Monmouth Junction, who is a former Middlesex County sheriff’s investigator, and Paul A. Lucarelli, 47, of South River, a suspended Middlesex County sheriff’s... Read more →

Anti-Gay Pastor May Hand Out Christian Literature

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAn/June 24, 2013 (CN) - The City of Pensacola, Fla. has until July 12 to answer an evangelical's claim it unlawfully prevented he and his congregants from distributing Christian literature at a June 2012 gay pride event. Bill Adams, senior pastor of Smyrna Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla., distributed religious-themed calendars and tracts with members of his congregation at the city's annual Pride Festival in the Park in June 2012. The free event in the city's Seville Square is sponsored by Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida, and celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Although Adams gave the material to "anyone who was willing to take it" and tried "not to be obnoxious or annoying about it," members of the Gay-rights advocacy group told him to stop, since it had a rule that any festival literature-distributors had to reserve a booth and pay a $25 vendor's fee.... Read more →

South Brunswick Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Illegal Drugs Known as “Bath Salts”

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a South Brunswick man pleaded guilty today to a drug distribution charge for participating in a ring that purchased illegal drugs known as “bath salts” from China for distribution in New Jersey.Jason Oliveira, 24, of South Brunswick, pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of distribution of methylone before Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz in Middlesex County. Methylone is a designer stimulant that is sold under the name “bath salts.” In pleading guilty, Oliveira admitted that he directed that 250 grams of methylone be delivered to a cooperating witness in an investigation by the New Jersey State Police. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Oliveira be sentenced to eight years in state prison, with 3 ½ years of parole ineligibility. Deputy Attorney General Erik Daab took the guilty plea for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs &... Read more →

New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announced

Intermedia Press Release by GistCloud Induction ceremony slated for October 21 at the Izod Center Jersey City, NJ (GistCloud) June 24, 2013 – At today’s official christening and launch of the nation’s first mobile Hall of Fame Museum, the New Jersey Hall of Fame announced its new class of inductees for 2013. The event was held at Liberty State Park, Jersey City. Best-selling author Carol Higgins Clark, daughter of author Mary Higgins Clark, a 2011 Hall of Fame inductee, announced the following for induction October 21 at the Izod Center: U.S. President Grover Cleveland; American revolution activist Thomas Paine; filmmaking pioneer Alice Guy Blache; sculptor J. Seward Johnson,Jr.; New Jersey Governor Tom Kean; make-up tycoon Bobbi Brown; inventor and radio & TV pioneer David Sarnoff; philanthropist Ray Chambers; vocalists & entertainers Whitney Houston,Dionne Warwick, and Celia Cruz; TV (M*A*S*H*) & film star Alan Alda; comedian & film star Joe Piscopo;... Read more →

Broner takes title after jumping two weight classes

NEW YORK (AFP) June 23, 2013 2:58:07 AM EDT Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP Adrien Broner (R) lands a punch on Paulie Malignaggi during their WBA title bout on June 22, 2013 in New York. Broner became a champion in his third different weight class, beating Malignaggi by a split decision to take the World Boxing Association welterweight crown. Unbeaten Adrien Broner became a champion in his third different weight class, beating Paulie Malignaggi by a split decision to take the World Boxing Association welterweight title. Two judges gave the all-American showdown of rival champions to Broner by scores of 117-111 and 115-113, while the third sawMalignaggi a 115-113 winner. Broner, also the reigning World Boxing Council lightweight champion and World Boxing Organization super featherweight champion, improved to 27-0 after stepping up two weight divisions to fight Malignaggi in his hometown. Broner joined Roberto Duran, Roy Jones Jnr andRobert Guerrero as the... Read more →

South Jersey School District Will Revise Admission Practices

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Division on Civil Rights announced today that the Cape May County Technical School District has agreed to revise admission practices for its Cape May Technical High School to make the admissions process more equitable for students with disabilities. Under a settlement agreement finalized between the Division on Civil Rights and the district, the Cape May Technical High School’s admissions practices will be revised as follows: Applicants for entry to the school will be evaluated solely on the basis of a specific set of objective criteria. The school has removed from its application all questions concerning whether the student seeking admission has been classified as being disabled. The school’s Admissions Committee will not have access to, or review, an applicant's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) as part of the admissions process, except where an applicant’s parent has specifically requested that the Committee... Read more →


* Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them. * Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor , Guadalcanal , Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam . * If you bump into an Old People on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers and are courtly to women. * Old People hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the... Read more →

CHOC Children’s and World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation Join Forces

to Raise Awareness – and Funds - for Pediatric Cance Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 2013 --( CHOC Children’s has partnered with World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation in a nationwide effort to raise awareness – and funds - for pediatric cancer through the award-winning feature film, “Ways to Live Forever,” which opens in select U.S. theaters this July 19th. Based on the acclaimed British children’s novel by Sally Nicholls, this heartfelt movie depicts the story of 12-year-old Sam and his best friend, Felix, who are bravely battling leukemia. In spite of the disease, the two boys embark on an inspiring mission to achieve their dreams, find answers to their burning questions, and grow up fast. "This movie portrays an authentic perspective of what we see in our young cancer patients every day, particularly in our Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program. I encourage everyone to honor our courageous patients, as... Read more →

Camden City a Battle Ground, Authorities Investigating a String of Shootings

CAMDEN CITY NJ (June 26, 2013)--Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a string of shootings in Camden Tuesday into Wednesday that left five people injured with gunshot wounds. The first was reported about 1:30 p.m. near 7th Street and Ferry Avenue. A 21-year-old Camden man was shot in the hand while driving a Mercury Villager on Ferry Avenue. He sped away from the scene toward Mount Ephraim Avenue. The victim was treated at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. The second incident was reported about 2:10 p.m. at 7th and Elm streets. A 19-year-old Camden man and a 21-year-old Barrington man were both shot multiple times. Both were being treated at Cooper Hospital in Camden. The third incident was reported shortly after midnight Wednesday on 3rd Street between Spruce and Cherry streets. A 48-year-old Camden man was shot multiple times while riding his... Read more →

Audubon woman pleads to helping beat victim unconscious

JUNE 25, 2013 WOODBURY NJ--Savannah R. Tatton (DOB 6/14/94), of Audubon NJ, faces a five-year New Jersey state prison sentence and $100,000 in restitution for medical bills after pleading guilty today (6/25) to third-degree aggravated assault, acknowledging she held a female victim while a codefendant beat her unconscious on a Glassboro NJ street on 8/31/12. The victim was found at North Main Street and College Ave. with multiple lacerations to the head, which an investigation determined was from being struck with a wine bottle during a robbery attempt. She was treated at Cooper Trauma Center, Camden. Tatton pleaded guilty following negotiations with Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Joseph Brook, who will recommend the prison term and restitution at sentencing, scheduled by Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson for 8/9/13. The prosecution will not object to Tatton applying to the state prison system’s Intensive Supervision Program that could allow an earlier release... Read more →