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Bishop to celebrate Blue Mass Sept. 24

Press Release Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan will celebrate the 12th Annual Diocesan Blue Mass on Tuesday, September 24 at10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Agnes Church in Blackwood. Traditionally the Blue Mass honors the dedication and service of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency responders who live and work in the Camden Diocese which includes Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem counties. Law enforcement officers of all faiths who serve at municipal, county, state, and federal levels, along with their families, are welcome to attend the Mass. For more information, contact Diocese of Camden, Office of Community Relations Read more →

Michael Vick Event Canceled Due to Threats

Updated Sep 21, 2013 9:42 PM ET Michael Vick has been back in the NFL for four seasons since the dog-fighting scandal that derailed his life and career. Apparently, some people have not forgotten. The Eagles quarterback was supposed to appear at an autograph signing at Buffalo Wild Wings in York, Pa., but it looks like the owner received death threats and was forced to cancel the event. From the CBS 21 website: Joe Bartolo told me this afternoon the signing was postponed after he claims death threats were made against him, his wife Jamie -- the owners of JJ Cards N Toys -- and their family for organizing Michael Vick in a locker room interview following the New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles preseason game on September 3, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Vick's appearance in October at a local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. Those making the threats were upset... Read more →

John McCain completely goes off on Los Angeles Dodgers | FanIQ

Well here's a story I did not think I would be writing in my sports blogging career. Arizona senator John McCain issued a spew of angry insults to the Los Angeles Dodgers on his Twitter earlier today. This distinguished senator from Arizona and former Republican presidential nominee called the Dodgers on Twitter as "a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats!" (Exclamation point his.) Bet you anything McCain issued the tweet while playing with his iPhone during a Syria hearing. The Battle of the John McCain Twitter Beef was launched at 2 p.m. ET Washington, D.C. time with the John McCain Twitter ire at the Los Angeles Dodgers. "No-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats! "The #Dodgers are idiots"", Sen. McCain tweeted. The incident which has McCain so apoplectic is the Dodgers jumping in the Chase Field swimming pool to celebrate Thursday night's NL West-clinching... Read more →

Obamacare is 'incompetent', The Debate Continues

September 21, 2013/ CNN This article, Obamacare is 'incompetent', is syndicated from CNN Video and is posted here with permission. Related articles Myths of the Obamacare Shutdown Soap Opera Obamacare: New law will fix an unfair system As promised, House votes to defund Obamacare Is Obama's incompetance by design? GET 'EM! Obama Slams Republicans Over Obamacare (VIDEO) Read more →

Rutgers Pioneers Dual Doctorate in Pharmacy/Medicine

English: The logo is from the website.Rutgers University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The new PharmD/MD program is believed to be first of its kind Wednesday, September 18, 2013 NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A dual-degree program combining a doctorate in pharmacy with a medical degree has been developed by Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. The schools, part of the new Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will launch the new PharmD/MD program within the next year. Health care education professionals believe that this program will be the first of its kind and could become a model to better prepare the experts who will drive national health-care policy in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. The 10-year program, available only to students enrolled in the PharmD program at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, will integrate core instruction in basic and clinical sciences with... Read more →

Esther Marie Pye, of Bellmawr, Co-Founder of Pye Electric, Woodbury HS Class of '57 Alumnus

Esther Marie Pye (nee Hansen) age 74, of Bellmawr on Sept. 16, 2013. Mrs. Pye was first and foremost a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her family was always her priority. She was a graduate of Woodbury High School class of 1957, and enjoyed creating numerous types of crafts and projects with her grandchildren. She had an infectious laugh, and loved her word finds, crossword puzzles, and the card games on her computer. She was an avid bowler and participated in many tournaments all over the country with the Women's International Bowling Congress. Esther was the President of the electrical contracting business that she and her husband ran for 15 years (Pye Electric), and was also very active with Senior Helpers out of Cherry Hill. Beloved wife of 55 years to Albert, Jr.; loving mother of Albert III (Marlene), Cynthia (Dale) Pugh, and Valerie (John) Childress; adoring grandmother... Read more →

Public Corruption: Courtroom for Sale

Judge Gets Jail Time in Racketeering Case 09/19/13 In a case that exposed widespread corruption in a South Texas county’s judicial system—reaching all the way to the district attorney’s office—a former state judge was recently sentenced to six years in prison for taking bribes and kickbacks in return for favorable rulings from his bench. Abel Limas, 59, a lifelong resident of Brownsville, Texas, served as a police officer and practiced law before becoming a state judge in Cameron County in 2001. He served eight years on the bench, during which time he turned his courtroom into a criminal enterprise to line his own pockets. “The depth of the corruption was shocking,” said Mark Gripka, a special agent in our San Antonio Division who was part of the team that investigated the case. “What was more shocking was how cheaply Judge Limas sold his courtroom—$300 here, $500 there—in return for a... Read more →

2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign generates 150,000 calls to quitlines and 2.8 million website visits

Quitline calls spiked dramatically when 2013 ads were running; fell quickly when they were not The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign produced more than 150,000 additional calls to 1-800-QUIT NOW, a number that links callers to their state quitlines, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The campaign also generated almost 2.8 million additional visitors to the campaign website, The website features information on the campaign, as well as information on how to quit smoking from the National Cancer Institute’s website. These figures represent a 75 percent increase in call volume and a nearly 38-fold increase in unique website visitors, compared with the four weeks before the campaign began. The analysis also found that average weekly calls fell by 41 percent and website visitors fell by 96 percent during the four weeks after the campaign ended. The... Read more →


by Archbishop Charles Chaput PHILADELPHIA PA--Most Americans have immigrant roots. I'm no exception. While my mother's family was Native American (Prairie Band Potowatomi), my father's heritage was French Canadian. Growing up in the 1950s, I was very aware that French-speaking Canada – Quebec – was among the most deeply Catholic regions in the world. For more than 200 years, the Church in Quebec not only preached the Gospel, educated the young and ministered to the poor and infirm, but also sustained French language and culture in the face of Canada's English-speaking Protestant majority. Quebec's “Quiet Revolution” destroyed all that in just a few decades. Starting in the mid-20th century and speeding up quickly after Vatican II, Quebeckers left the Church in droves. Today barely 5 percent of Quebeckers attend Mass regularly. The Church is often seen as an object of scorn. How did it happen? There's no single reason. Church... Read more →

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

by Marshall Allen ProPublica, Sep. 19, 2013, 10:03 a.m It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed, but is now widely accepted by doctors and hospital officials — and quoted ubiquitously in the media. Nursing Home Inspect Find Nursing Home Problems in Your State by Charles Ornstein andLena Groeger, ProPublica Dollars for Docs Has Your Health Professional Received Drug Company Money? by Dan Nguyen, Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, ProPublica Dialysis Facility Tracker Find a Dialysis Facility Near You by Robin Fields, Al Shawand Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica In 2010, the Office of Inspector... Read more →

Schalick High School (27) Gloucester City High School (18) - MaxPreps

September 21, 2013 PITTSGROVE, N.J. - Schalick (Pittsgrove, N.J.) took the final lead of the game on Saturday as Deandre Solomon ran for a touchdown with 5:00 remaining, bringing the team to victory over Gloucester City High School, Gloucester City (N.J.) 27-18. After nabbing the lead on a touchdown run, the Lions went into halftime with a 13-6 lead. The Cougars took the lead to win the game on a touchdown run by Solomon in the fourth quarter. Despite scoring seven points in the third, Schalick still trailed by six points going into the fourth quarter. But 13 points in the fourth helped SHS pull out the victory. A 47-45 Schalick victory was the result when the squads faced off last season. The win was a nice bounce back for the Cougars, who lost to Gloucester Catholic last week, 19-14. The loss comes after Gloucester City defeated Pitman 18-14 last... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic (6) at Bishop Eustace (14) /

By Star-Ledger on September 21, 2013 6:46 p.m. Mike McConnell ran for one touchdown and passed for another to lead Bishop Eustace to a 14-6 victory over Gloucester Catholic yesterday in Gloucester City. McConnell capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 1:27 remaining in the second quarter to stake Bishop Eustace to a 7-0 lead. McConnell helped Bishop Eustace increase the margin to 14-0 in the fourth quarter with a 4-yard pass to Vinny Papale. Mike Davis scored on a 2-yard run to get Gloucester Catholic to within 14-6. via Read more →

PA Game Commission lifts requirement for hunters to take harvests to check stations

Pennsylvania Game Commission patch (Photo credit: Wikipedia) PENNSYLVANIA ADJUSTS CWD RULES Hunters harvesting deer in areas of Pennsylvania where chronic wasting disease has been found will need to comply with special rules during the upcoming hunting seasons. But the Pennsylvania Game Commission for the 2013-14 seasons has removed the requirement for successful hunters within a Disease Management Area to take their harvests to a check station where samples can be collected for disease testing. Instead, the Game Commission will use other methods to determine how prevalent the disease might be in areas where it has been found. The changes correspond with changing circumstances in Pennsylvania regarding chronic wasting disease (CWD), a disease that always is fatal to deer, elk and moose but that is not known to be transmitted to humans. When CWD first was detected in Pennsylvania in captive deer at an Adams County facility in 2012, there was... Read more →

Michael Martina of Audubon Sentenced to 7 Years for Child Endangering

Michael Martina (DOB 10/15/64), of Audubon, was sentenced today (9/20) to seven years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty 3/4/13 to second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, specifically, having improper oral contact with a nine-year-old child at his former Harrison Township residence in 2008. Superior Court judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson also ordered the defendant to pay $3,388 in restitution to the family of the victim and she left the exact payment amount open for 45 days. The victim described the offense to a school official, who informed police. Martina’s guilty plea came just before he was to face trial. Under terms of a plea agreement negotiated with Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Audrey Curwin, Martina will be ineligible for parole until he completes three years of his prison sentence. An evaluation at the state’s Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a facility for sex offenders in Avenel NJ,... Read more →

Atlantic 10 Conference to Move Women’s Basketball Championship to Richmond Coliseum

press release RICHMOND, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference announced Thursday it has entered a three-year partnership with the City of Richmond to bring the A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship to the Richmond Coliseum beginning in 2014. The announcement was made at a joint press conference held at the Richmond Downtown Marriott. “The opportunity to establish a long-term home for our women’s basketball championship and partner with the City of Richmond was one we could not pass up. We selected Richmond because it gives us the ability to build on our record attendance from last year’s championship and provide a true March Madness environment for our women’s basketball student-athletes,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “I want to thank our head coaches and Directors of Athletics for their leadership in this selection and commend the City of Richmond, SMG and my staff for their commitment to making this a true win-win... Read more →

Obituary: Ester Marie Pie, of Bellmawr NJ, age 74

Esther Marie Pye (neé Hansen) age 74, of Bellmawr on Sept. 16, 2013. Esther was first and foremost a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her family was always her priority. She was a graduate of Woodbury High School class of 1957, and enjoyed creating numerous types of crafts and projects with her grandchildren. She had an infectious laugh, and loved her word finds, crossword puzzles, and the card games on her computer. She was an avid bowler and participated in many tournaments all over the country with the Women’s International Bowling Congress. Esther was the President of the electrical contracting business that she and her husband ran for 15 years (Pye Electric), and was also very active with Senior Helpers out of Cherry Hill. Beloved wife of 55 years to Albert, Jr.; loving mother of Albert III (Marlene), Cynthia (Dale) Pugh, and Valerie (John) Childress; adoring grandmother of... Read more →

Directed Patrol leads to arrest of suspect for possession of Heroin

PINE HILL NJ--On September 13th, 2013 between the hours of 7:30pm and 11:30pm Pine Hill Police Officers were assigned to a directed patrol in the 200 block of W. Branch Avenue. While on the directed patrol the officers observed a vehicle in the area driving carelessly. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop and identified the driver as Jason Hopkins and the passenger as Ryan Mitchell. During the course of the investigation Ryan Mitchell was taken into custody on an active warrant for his arrest. Search of his person incident to his arrest led to the seizure of a 12 packets of Heroin and a quantity of Marijuana. Continued investigation led to the arrest of the driver of the vehicle for possession of a blackjack and possession of fireworks. Jason Hopkins was processed accordingly and released pending court. Ryan Mitchell was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility in default of... Read more →

Thought for the Day: Top 10 Democratic Party Slogans |

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US House approves spending bill, but shutdown looms | AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) September 20, 2013 4:44:48 PM EDT Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP US House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor speaks as Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner and other House Republicans look on during a rally after a vote September 20, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House of Representativesapproved a stop-gap budget measure Friday that would keep the US government operating into fiscal year 2014 but defund President Barack Obama's health care law. Lawmakers voted along party lines 230-189 in support of the so-called continuing resolution that funds government operations at current levels up to December 15, setting up a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate, which will consider the measure next week. Many federal agencies and programs will shutter on October 1, day one of the coming fiscal year, ifCongress and the president do not agree on a temporary budget measure. But the Republican bill, in a... Read more →

Alert citizen reports residental burglary in progress leading to the arrest of the suspect

On Friday September 13th, 2013 at 11:53am Pine Hill Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of W. 3rd Avenue for the report of a residential burglary in progress. A concerned citizen in the area reported the crime in progress and provided police dispatch a detailed description of the actor and vehicle involved. Responding Officers observed a vehicle matching the description provided in the area of the incident and initiated a motor vehicle stop. Investigation during the stop led to the arrest of the driver, Sean Petty of Glassboro for Burglary, Theft and possession of Burglar Tools. The suspect had entered the residence and removed a washer and dryer. The owner of the property was contacted and all property was returned. Arrestee: Sean Petty Unit block of Wilner Street Glassboro, NJ 08028 Pine Hill Charges: Burglary, Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools Bail Status: Released on $7000.00 / ROR bail pending... Read more →

New Jersey Police Perspective: Number of Uninsured New Jerseyans Rose Dramatically

Health Care Reform Will Help Reverse the Trend If there were any remaining doubts about the need for health care reform in New Jersey they should be dispelled by today’s release of the US Census Current Population Survey, which shows a dramatic increase in the uninsured in the state. The number of uninsured below age 65 increased to 1.3 million in 2011-2012, up from 865,000 in 1999-2000. That 45 percent increase is much higher than the national increase of 29 percent, and it caused the uninsurance rate in New Jersey to jump to a staggering 16.8 percent. The ranks of the uninsured have grown mainly because employer-based insurance has decreased. From 1999-2000 to 2011-2012, the number of New Jersyans with such health coverage decreased by 652,000 to 4.9 million – a drop of 12 percent. This shift mainly affects adults, since most children are eligible for NJ FamilyCare. Those who... Read more →

Williamstown Man Arrested for Heroin Possession

Officers of the Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Task Force of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday (9/18) arrested Charles R. Cook (DOB 2/9/70) , of North Main St., Williamstown, during a motor vehicle stop, initially taking him into custody on active warrants and subsequently charging him with heroin possession with intent to distribute. “Heroin has destroyed so many lives and hurt so many families and communities,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton. “As a result of the fine police work of our Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Task Force, we were able to get this dangerous individual off our streets.” Cook was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on Route 42 in Deptford Township. There were outstanding arrest warrants for him from Spartanburg, South Carolina for cocaine possession, from Polk County, Florida for harassing communications and additional warrants from Glassboro and Washington Township NJ. A warrant had also been... Read more →

Randall B. Hampton, Member of Sheet Metal Union Local 19, U.S. Marine Vietnam War Veteran, Gloucester City High School Alumnus

Randall B. Hampton, age 66, of Mullica Hill went home to be with the Lord on September 12, 2013. Randall was a skilled and talented craftsman who could build nearly anything. He proudly served the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was a 46 year member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 of Philadelphia. Randall earned a Black Belt in Karate, restored his '65 Corvette Stingray, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. A former resident of Gloucester City and Brooklawn, Randall was a graduate of Gloucester City High School. Family Beloved husband of 45 years and best friend to Judith A. (nee Coppola); Devoted father of Kimberly A., and Lesley A.; Cherished grandfather of Tara A., Gabriella A., Shawn, Gabriel, and Gobran; Dear brother to James H. III (Katherine) and Patricia A. Wilson (Harry); Loving Brother in law to Rosemarie; Adored uncle to many; Treasured... Read more →


Timothy Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia) CONTINUE LEGAL, MORAL ANALYSIS OF HHS MANDATE September 17, 2013 Cardinal Dolan reaffirms commitment to oppose mandate, protect conscience Notes Church groups among first to provide health care in the nation Decries three-tiered approach: freedom for churches, less for ministries, nothing for faithful WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops continue to study the legal and moral implications of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate in the Affordable Care Act, and to “develop avenues of response that would both preserve our strong unity and protect our consciences,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said in a September 17 letter to bishops. His letter followed the September 10-11 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee, the top ranking USCCB body outside a plenary session. The bishops’ “efforts are proceeding apace, and, as you know, include a careful legal... Read more →

My Experience With Opening A Business in Gloucester City |

Editor’s Note: Dawn Watson, the owner of Brother of the Wolf dog training school came to Gloucester City in 2010 because she was told the city was business-friendly. After reading how the city treated Joe Feldman, who wanted to open a bail bond office, but was denied, she felt obligated to tell others about her distressing experience trying to open her business at 700 Market Street. By Dawn Watson GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--This is what happened to me and my late husband Dan immediately before moving to Gloucester City from Voorhees. Dan, my husband, and I went to the farm market that was held at Proprietor’s Park and met with a couple that encouraged us to move here because the city was business-friendly. We went to lunch together and they convinced us that to move here and open a business would be a snap and it would benefit both the... Read more →

Fritz Rundstrom, Member of the Bellmawr Senior Citizens, Retired Acme Market Employee

(March 29, 1937 - September 17, 2013) Fritz Rundstrom, on September 17, 2013, of Bellmawr. Age 76. Beloved husband of 57 years of Marlene (nee Koller). Devoted father of Richard and the late Michael, Sharon and Susan. Loving grandfather of Brandon, Marc and Blair. Dear brother of Tommy and William. Also survived by nieces and nephews and special friends Jean and Dave Carr and Charlotte and Jerry Noe, as well as many other friends. Mr. Rundstrom was a member of the Bellmawr Senior Citizens. He retired from Acme Markets in Philadelphia. There will be a viewing from 10am to 12 noon Saturday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, BELLMAWR. Funeral service 12 noon at the funeral home. Interment private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Mr. Rundstrom’s memory to the American Lung Assoc., 1031 Route 22 West, Suite 203, Bridgewater, NJ... Read more →

Timothy Polijczuk of Mount Ephraim Pleads Guilty to Haddon Township Hit-and-Run /

press release September 19, 2013 at 4:08pm Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk and Haddon Township Police Chief Mark Cavallo reported a Mount Ephraim man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a hit and run that took the life of a Blackwood woman. Timothy Polijczuk, M/51, of Mount Ephraim, pleaded guilty Wednesday to Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident. He is expected to be sentenced to six years incarceration in a New Jersey state prison. Polijczuk was driving on a suspended license in a blue Chevrolet truck with a refrigeration box mounted on its bed when he struck 67-year-old Joyce Putmon as she crossed the Black Horse Pike in Haddon Township on March 3, 2013. He admitted before Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon Wednesday that he fled the scene of the incident. The victim was going from the Audubon Shopping Center to the bus stop when she was struck. Sentencing... Read more →

Brooklawn Police Arrest Three Suspects for Allegedly Stealing AC Condensing Coils from Shopping Center Roof |

press release September 19, 2013 Brooklawn Police report on September 17 at approximately 0034 Hrs., an officer observed a suspicious vehicle, which was occupied by three people, leaving the rear of the Brooklawn Shopping Center. The vehicle was observed with air conditioning condensing coils hanging out of the trunk and stacked on the rear seat. The vehicle was stopped in the lot of Budget Inn on Route 130 in Gloucester City. Further investigation revealed that the two passengers in the vehicle, Jennie Paterna and Charles Wackes walked to the rear of the Brooklawn Shopping Center and scaled the rear of the building to gain access to the roof. Once they got onto the roof they began removing the condensing coils to seven air conditioning units that belonged to Dollar Tree, John’s Pizza, and the Cleaners. Paterna and Wackes were assisted by John Munyan when he arrived on location with his... Read more →

Can Andy Reid's former team hand KC their first loss?

[Live Sports Thread and Blog Recap] Greetings, sports fans! A short lineup of baseball tonight, and many have already played, but that's okay. Football returns tonight in many forms. The big story tonight is The Lorax returning to Philly, but with another team. Apparently they'll be retiring Donovan McNabb's jersey at halftime tonight as well - it'll be a night of mixed emotions for Iggles fans, and that's without taking the game into consideration. How do you think that will actually turn out? Best of the Web Recap: Did ya hear? Trent Richardson has been traded to the Colts for a first round draft pick. Who wins in this trade?.....and if that weren't enough, now the Browns' starting QB is out (though he may not be the starter when he does come back.) Well this might be fun - when can we get RG3 mic'd up in the huddle?.....ATTENTION FF... Read more →

Albert Gutleber, of Williamstown Formerly of Runnemede, age 93

(December 15, 1919 - September 18, 2013) Albert Gutleber, on September 18, 2013, of Williamstown, formerly of Runnemede. Age 93. Beloved husband of the late Marie (nee Krivda). Devoted father of Jean Gutleber, James Gutleber (Linda), Gerald Gutleber, and John Gutleber (Loretta). Loving grandfather of six and great grandfather of two. Dear brother of the late Anna, Charles, and Elsie. Brother-in-law of Henrietta Mayer (Bob). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Albert proudly served with the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific Campaign aboard the USS Enterprise. There will be a viewing 9am to 10am Monday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Service 10am Monday at the funeral home. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lighthouse Hospice, 1040 Kings HWY North, Suite100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Read more →


Maryland Transportation Authority (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Motorists Advised to Travel Off-Peak, Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for Current Traffic Conditions Due to Sunfest in Ocean City, Md., motorists should expect higher than normal traffic volumes Thursday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 22. The MDTA [Maryland Transportation Authority]will monitor traffic conditions throughout the weekend and, weather permitting, implement two-way operations (when one lane of eastbound traffic travels on the westbound span) on the westbound span to help alleviate potential eastbound delays. For motorists' safety, two-way will NOT be implemented in inclement weather. The MDTA encourages motorists to travel off-peak. The best times to travel this weekend are: Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Don't Wing It. Plan Ahead! Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit to view traffic cameras at the... Read more →

Moriarty’s ‘New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act’ Signed into Law

Lawmaker Hails Benefits New Law will Bring to Gloucester & Camden Counties (4th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) released the following statement Wednesday after the governor signed the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (A-3680) that Moriarty sponsored: “This is an outstanding day for New Jersey and our ongoing effort to create jobs and spark economic growth. We’ve been working on this bill for a long time and it’s great to see if finally become law. This is a sweeping revamp of the state’s economic development incentives, and I look forward to the jobs it will create, especially in the South Jersey region. “The law provides for revised job creation and capital investment requirements for southern New Jersey counties under the Grow NJ job creation program. Under the economic and population dynamics of New Jersey, southern counties have not been able to meet the requirements of state... Read more →

Gloucester City Zoning/Planning Board Stops Bail Bond Business from Opening on North Broadway

BY BILL CLEARY CNBNEWS.NET GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--The Gloucester City Zoning/Planning Board voted against the opening of a bail bond business on Wednesday night by a vote of 4-2. Joe Feldman, owner of Boardwalk Bail Bonds had applied to the city housing code official in July and was given a green light to proceed with his plans to open an office at 112 N. Broadway, Once given the okay Feldman started to fix up the rental office. He erected a sign out in front of the property which had been vacant for the past two years. But that opening was put on hold when the president of the Gloucester City Business Association, Robert Booth, filed an appeal to stop it. Booth appeared at the August council meeting and asked council for a hearing with the zoning/planning board to air objections to the certificate of occupancy for the business. “We are not... Read more →

Margaret Dunkirk, Founder of Gloucester City Pool League, Past Pres. of Woodbury Kiss Club

Margaret Ellen Dunkirk, age 63, of Gloucester City died on September 14, 2013. She is the beloved mother of James W. Smith (Melissa), Edward C. Grabowski and Nicholas J. Vitagliano, dear sister of John Dunkirk (Ruth), Robert Dunkirk, Henry Sturmfels, Walter Sturmfels and Mary Sturmfels and loving grandmother of Dillon J. Smith, Leira Rae Smith and Teagan ElvereGrabowski. Margaret was a friend of Bill W’s, founder of the Gloucester City Pool League and former President of the Kiss Club in Woodbury. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. Margaret’s funeral service will be held 12:00 Noon at the funeral home. Interment will be private at the request of her family. Read more →

OBITUARY: Marie C. Walters, of Gloucester City, age 66 /

Surrounded by her loving family, on September 17, 2013. (nee Daley) Age 66. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 48 years to David H. Walters. Loving mother of David H. Jr., Denise M. Kudelsky, Michael E. (Tracy), Ryan A. (Amy), Eric T. (Stephanie), Nicholas J. (Sabrina), Anthony T. (Kimberly). Predeceased by her sons Robert R. Walters and Adam J. Walters. Dear sister of James Daley (Pat), Michael Daley (Frances), Joan Reagan (Ed), Donna Williams (Bob), Bob “Snap” Yourison (Jo Ann) and the late Edward Daley (surviving Eileen). Cherished grandmother of 21. Marie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who loved being surrounded by her family. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service will begin at 1 PM in the funeral home. Cremation and Inurnment will be private... Read more →

CATHOLIC LEAGUE: Media Pushing Church to Change

September 17, 2013 Bill Donohue comments on the way the media are trying to push for reforms in the Catholic Church: The internal affairs of any religion should be the business of its congregants, yet when it comes to the Catholic Church, the media offer a dispensation. Recent comments by the Vatican's secretary of state, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, who simply restated the Church teaching on celibacy, have ignited the passions of the media. Last week, NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams, and ABC "World News Tonight" anchor Diane Sawyer, both questioned whether the Church is going to drop its celibacy requirement for priests. NBC followed with a story by Tracy Connor that teased the issue further: "Meet Father Dad: How Married Priests Would Change the Catholic Church." The conclusion: "More students in the seminaries, more people in the pews, and the pitter-patter of little feet padding through the rectory." They... Read more →

The Search For Emotionally Disturbed Missing Person

Gloucester Township Police Media Advisory September 16, 2013 At approximately 9:26 am, the Gloucester Township Police received a call from a woman who reported that her 24 year old son was damaging their residence and was threatening to kill himself. The initial reports indicated that the subject may have been armed with a dangerous weapon. Responding officers found the woman outside of the residence upon arrival, and quickly secured her safety. The initial investigation revealed that the subject may have been barricaded inside of the residence. The Gloucester Township Police Special Response Team (SWAT) and Crisis Negotiations Team were called to the scene, and secured the scene. After receiving no response from the man inside of the residence, the officers deployed small tactical robots, and made entry to attempt to locate the man. A search and subsequent investigation revealed that the man had fled out of the rear of the... Read more →

46 parishes in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties will begin Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative /

press release September 16, 2013 ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES CONTINUATION OF PARISH AREA PASTORAL PLANNING INITIATIVE PHILADELPHIA PA--The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today the continuation of the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative among 46 parishes in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. This process is designed to allow groups of parishes known as Pastoral Planning Areas (PPAs) within the same geographic area to undertake a program of self-study. It is led by the pastors in conjunction with parish leadership, parishioners, and the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee. The need for this process was outlined in a pastoral letter from the Fall of 2010 which called on all parishes in the Archdiocese to determine if they possess the resources necessary to accomplish their roles in the mission of Christ while remaining sustainable and vibrant faith communities. It is hoped that the end result will be the strongest possible parishes that are poised... Read more →

CONSUMER NEWS: Sleep Better, Look Better? New Research Says Yes /

First scientific look at how sleep apnea treatment affects appearance -- alertness, youthfulness & attractiveness -- may help patients stick with care Released: 9/11/2013 9:00 AM EDT Embargo expired: 9/13/2013 3:00 PM EDT Source Newsroom: University of Michigan Health System more news from this source Newswise — ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Getting treatment for a common sleep problem may do more than help you sleep better – it may help you look better over the long term, too, according to a new research study from the University of Michigan Health System and Michigan Technological University. The findings aren’t just about “looking sleepy” after a late night, or being bright-eyed after a good night’s rest. It’s the first time researchers have shown specific improvement in facial appearance after at-home treatment for sleep apnea, a condition marked by snoring and breathing interruptions. Sleep apnea affects millions of adults – most undiagnosed --... Read more →

Trying To Open A New Business In Gloucester City Can Be Difficult Sometimes /

photo credit/ By Bill Cleary GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Sometimes you shake your head and wonder why there are so many empty store fronts in Gloucester City. A great community like “The Holy City”, located on the bank of the Delaware River, with great residents, should have a bustling business district. But, dig a little deeper and you will find some disturbing circumstances that will point to maybe one reason why businesses are not settling here. For example, Joe Feldman, owner of Boardwalk Bail Bonds, applied for a certificate of occupancy with the city housing office in July to open his business at 112 North Broadway. That building has been empty for the last two years. Feldman said everything was going along smoothly until Robert Booth, the president of the Gloucester City Business Association (GCBA) filed an appeal with Joe Stecklair, the City’s Zoning Officer, to block the opening. Booth’s written... Read more →

Philadelphia: Sovereign Bank Robbery, Authorities Need Your Help /

RELATED: WOODLYNNE SOVEREIGN BANK ROBBED press release September 17, 2013 PHILADELPHIA PA--The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the robbery today of the Sovereign Bank branch located at 5601 North Broad Street in the Olney section of the city. At approximately 10:08 a.m., the subject entered the bank and handed a teller a demand note. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject fled on foot and was last seen heading east on Olney Avenue. The subject is described as a black male in his mid- to late 50s, approximately 5'6” to 5'8” tall, medium build, medium complexion, with a mustache; he wore a dark-colored bucket hat, dark-colored jacket with a white stripe down the sleeves, blue button-down shirt, dark-colored pants, and white sneakers. This subject is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about this... Read more →

*Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Wawa fires next shot in Bellmawr Hoagie Wars

Mark Matthews CNBnews.Net A very short post... noticed this morning that the Bellmawr Wawa next to the Brooklawn Shop-rite is rolling out the "In store fresh baked rolls" this week. An employee said they start tomorrow, Wed 9/18/2013. I put this out there, because just this week I posted about the Hoagie/Pizza wars in the Bellmawr area, identifying many/all of the options for casual food in the area and this seemed a worthy addition. The Wawa fresh baked rolls program was announced at the start of the year, and at the time the new CEO (from Vineland!) announced they would be in all stores by the end of 2013. The rolls are partially baked at the supplier's bakery, and the store finishes the baking process for the final bread rising and browning. Currently, Subway is the leader in fresh baked rolls and Wawa is probably looking to take more of... Read more →

Elizabeth Rondeau, of Egg Harbor Township, formerly of Gloucester City

(September 25, 1939 - September 15, 2013) Elizabeth Rondeau (nee Marsden), passed peacefully with her family surrounding her on September 15, 2013, of Egg Harbor Township, formerly of Gloucester City. Age 73. Beloved wife of Loren Rondeau, Sr. Devoted mother of Loren, Jr., (Charlene), Steven (Denise) and Vickie Lepor (Joseph). Loving grandmother of Loren, III, Felice, Deborah, Michael, Sarah, Daniel and great grandmother of Codey. Dear sister of Pete, Bernice, Blanche, Isabella, Olive, Marion and the late James and Katherine. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing from 9 to 11am Saturday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 11am Saturday at the funeral home. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. Donations may be made in Elizabeth’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Back Read more →

Coming Tuesday: Trying To Open A New Business In Gloucester City Can Be Difficult Sometimes

photo credit/ By Bill Cleary GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Sometimes you shake your head and wonder why there are so many empty store fronts in Gloucester City. A great community like “The Holy City”, located on the bank of the Delaware River, with great residents, should have a bustling business district. But, dig a little deeper and you will find some disturbing circumstances that will point to maybe one reason why businesses are not settling here. For example, Joe Feldman, owner of Boardwalk Bail Bonds, applied for a certificate of occupancy with the city housing office in July to open his business at 112 North Broadway. That building has been empty for the last two years. Feldman said everything was going along smoothly until Robert Booth, the president of the Gloucester City Business Association (GCBA) filed an appeal with Joe Stecklair, the City’s Zoning Officer, to block the opening. For the... Read more →

Friday The 13th Proven Unlucky For Would Be Burglar

Gloucester Township Police Media Advisory September 16, 2013 On September 13, 2013 at approximately 1:02 PM, officers from the Gloucester Township Police responded to a house on the unit block of Tall Oaks Drive on a report of a male attempting to gain entry to a home. The would be burglar was scared off by the resident, who was home at the time, and fled on foot across Little Gloucester Rd. toward Coles Rd. Responding officers flooded the surrounding area and located the suspect fleeing along Coles Rd. near the Route 42 overpass. The subject, identified as 29 year old Patrick Schultes of Greenview Terrace in Blackwood, was taken into custody without incident. Patrick Schultes was processed and charged with Criminal Attempt Burglary in the Third Degree. He was remanded to the Camden County Adult Correctional Facility on $10,000.00 10% bail. Arrested: Patrick M Schultes age 29 of Greenview Terrace... Read more →

NRA-ILA | Total Recall: Colorado Lawmakers Ousted in Historic Vote

When legislators disregard the voice and will of the people who vote them into office, the people should rightly vote those legislators out of office. On Tuesday, a historic grassroots effort by voters in Colorado resulted in just that--the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse (D) and Senator Angela Giron (D). This week's action represents the first recall of legislators in Colorado history. Tuesday's vote sent a clear and unmistakable message to elected officials that their primary job is to listen to the people and defend their rights and freedoms, and that they are accountable to their constituents--not the dollars or social engineering agendas of out-of-state anti-gun billionaires. Simply put, legislators work for the voters, not the other way around! Recall proceedings began earlier this year, after Sens. Morse and Giron voted for anti-gun legislation that restricted the ability of law-abiding residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights, including... Read more →

Why Jersey *Shouldn’t* Rebuild the Shore After Sandy | The Philly Post

Today in contrarianism: The Atlantic Cities has a post up by Columbia researcher Klaus Jacob arguing that trying to rebuild the Jersey Shore is a terrible idea. Trying to construct wildly expensive storm-resilient or storm-accommodating shorelines, as New York and New Jersey are trying to do, requires funding both states probably don’t have. Same goes for regular folks. For individual homeowners, the options are bleak. The cost to accommodate, to raise a structure—if that’s even technically possible—normally far exceeds insurance claims. But to not raise it or otherwise adapt means increasing insurance premiums by factors of five or more, making flood insurance simply unaffordable for many (though it is mandatory for mortgage holders). Selling is not a viable option either, since many home prices have plummeted below half the original cost. Owners can become trapped with foreclosure as the only option—which is why governments need to take a leading role... Read more →

Obituary: Kaitlyn K. Lutz, of Runnemede, Age 16

Kaitlyn Katherine Lutz, on September 14, 2013, of Runnemede. Age 16. Loving daughter of Nicole Gibelyou and father Sean Ludwick. Devoted granddaughter of Paul “Pop” and Dolly “Mom Mom” Gibelyou and also grandmother Shirley Ludwick. Beloved sister of Ryder and Skyler. Dear niece to Dolly Ann Meyers and cousin of Amanda and Matthew. Kaitlyn attended Triton High School. Katie enjoyed playing with her brother and sister, hanging out, and listening to music with her friends. She had a loving smile and personality. There will be a funeral service 12 noon Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 E. Clements Bridge Road, Runnemede, NJ 08078. Interment private. Family and friends may share memories via Related articles Obituary: Emily Michelle Peshick age 11, of Runnemede NJ | Marcia L. Jenkins, Past President of the SJ Chapter of the American Cancer Society Alice Rowen, of Bellmawr, age 92; Services Wednesday Patricia Anne... Read more →

AMAC: Syria and Russia ‘Tweaked’ President Obama’s Nose /

Posted 09/13/2013 | Press Releases ‘President Obama made a speech, President Putin said ‘gotcha’ and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad simply smirked’ - WASHINGTON, DC, Sept 13 – Syria, with the help of our former Soviet foes, “tweaked” President Obama’s nose this week, adding insult to injury, Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, concluded. “The plan, offered by Russia’s President Putin, for an international lockdown of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons may have temporarily postponed a new showdown in the Middle East, to the relief of most Americans. But it embarrassed the nation because it was exactly the kind of solution that has eluded the administration’s military brain trust ever since Mr. Obama declared that Syria crossed his personal Red Line when it used its weapons of mass destruction.” Weber said the president was “apparently caught off-guard by the Russian solution and wasted no time making yet... Read more →

Syria: Excuse 535 To Not Cut the Deficit

September 13, 2013 Taxpayers for Common Sense--Possible action in Syria has become the most recent excuse du jour for Pentagon boosters intent on abandoning deficit reduction that Congress and the Administration agreed to in 2011. There are smart and sensible ways to achieve the $1.2 trillion of savings mandated by the Budget Control Act. Conveniently saying “just kidding” about deficit reduction would accomplish little other than reaffirming to our creditors and the American taxpayer that Washington is not serious about the debt. And any decision to intervene in Syria should be made on the merits of that alone, not through horse-trading over budget decisions. After saying it on the Sunday shows, House Armed Service Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) penned an editorial in the Wall Street Journalsetting out his arguments for his decision to condition his vote for the use of American force in Syria on the repeal of the... Read more →