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December 2013

The Philadelphia Mummers Parade Route

source 2014 Parade Route Map Live Stream English: Members of the James 'Froggy' Carr New Year Brigade dress in the traditional "wench" costumes to ring in the New Year at the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 2013 Results Congrats to: Murray and Captain Dennis Pellegrino for winning the Comic Division and Comic Captain Hog Island for Winning the Fancy Division and Matt Glovacz of Golden Sunrise for Winning the Fancy Captain Fralinger and their Captain Thomas D’Amore for Winning the String Band South Philly Vikings and their Captain Gerald Roccia for Wining the Fancy Brigades Download the Sugar House Casino 2013 Mummers Guide English: The Aqua String Band performing in the 2007 Philadelphia Mummers' New Years Day Parade in their pirate inspired theme - "Raided Arrghhhh!!!". Photo taken by author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Scoring Sheets: String Bands | Fancy Brigades On New Year’s day at 8:00am, PHL17... Read more →

The New Jersey State Police Seek Help To Identify Body

Eagleswood, N.J. - State troopers from Tuckerton Station are investigating the suspicious death of an unidentified man found in the Stafford Forge State Forest yesterday at mid-day by two people walking a dog. There was no obvious signs of trauma. An autopsy was performed yesterday, but the cause and manner of death have not yet been determined. The man had no identification and troopers are seeking the public's assistance to identify him. The Toms River Police Department today assisted the investigation by creating a sketch of the man for distribution. He is described as between 5-05 and 5-08 tall, and between 130 and 165 pounds. The man is believed to be of Hispanic heritage and may be between 50 to 60 years of age. Any information to aid this investigation can be called in--even anonymously-- to Det. Sgt. Simonson at Tuckerton State Police Station at 609-296-3132. The investigation is being... Read more →

A Review of some of the Good, Bad, and Ugly to Cross our Radar Recently

POSTED HERE March 19, 2007 By William E. Cleary Sr. CHEERS to Gloucester City resident Jack Pyrah who was recently inducted into the National Coaches Hall of Fame in San Antonio. Jack, who is in his 80's, spent 26 years as Villanova assistant track coach. He retired in 1991. Ten years later he was inducted into the Villanova Hall of Fame. JEERS to the Camden County Municipal Utility Authority for charging a $1.75 convenience fee to anyone who pays their bill on line. If anything the CCMUA should pay the customer for making it so easy for the authority to collect the money. CHEERS to all those who volunteer each year for the Community Clean-Up Day in Gloucester City. This year the event will be held on Saturday, March 24. JEERS to anyone who flys a torn and faded American Flag. Our forefathers fought for our right to fly... Read more →

Meanest red-light cameras in N.J. pumped out thousands of citations in 2013

Mike Frassinelli/The Star-Ledger We have found the meanest red light in New Jersey. It was almost two years ago when Alice Henry had her first encounter with it and she still tries to avoid the intersection that made her $85 poorer. "I either try to go a different route, or I go and stop for 10 seconds at thetraffic light — even if it’s a yellow light," she said of the approach where she received a red-light camera citation for a rolling right turn. Henry might be evading it, but plenty of other motorists are getting nailed. The 10 meanest traffic lights in New Jersey The red-light camera at eastbound Springdale Road and Route 70 in Cherry Hill has snared more violators than any location in the state this year, with nearly 11,890 citations through October. At $85 per ticket, that adds up to just over $1 million in 10... Read more →


TRENTON – With New Year’s Eve known to be one of the biggest party nights of the year, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety is reminding New Jerseyans to ensure they have a safe and sober way to get home should they celebrate ringing in 2014 with an alcoholic beverage. Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky said if you planned to drink on New Year’s Eve, there were some simple steps to follow to ensure you make it home from celebrating safe and sound. “Plan to go out with a designated driver or take mass transit or a taxi,” Poedubicky said. “If you can, spend the night, rather than getting behind the wheel. If you drink and plan to walk home, have a friend or family member escort you home.” “There are fatal consequences for drinking and getting behind the wheel. About 150 people are killed every... Read more →

New Jersey Woman Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison For Stealing $7 Million From Charity

Medicines Had Been Donated to be Used for Indigent Patients TRENTON, N.J. – A New Jersey woman was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for her role in defrauding a charity program out of more than $7 million in donated HIV and cancer medication, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Keisha Jackson, 48, of Perth Amboy, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton federal court to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: A pharmaceutical company donated millions of dollars’ worth of FDA-approved prescription medicines – including HIV and cancer treatments – at no cost to qualified patients experiencing financial difficulties. Jackson was employed as a customer service representative at a corporation providing administrative support for the donated medicines program. Jackson conspired with Lateefa McKenzie Body, 35, of Linden, N.J., and others who... Read more →


(December 24, 2013) CAMDEN CITY NJ --This week, the Camden County Police Department is recognizing veteran Keith Henderson as Officer of the Week. Officer Henderson began his career with the former Camden Police Department in 2006, serving in patrol, community policing and the department’s bicycle unit. He joined the Camden County Police in April. He is assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team in District 3. Recently, Officer Henderson was involved in two significant arrests in East Camden. On Dec. 10, he and other officers seized more than 100 bags of crack cocaine and heroin along with $403 in cash while arresting a suspect who was selling drugs on the 1000 block of Beideman Avenue. The next day, Dec. 11, Officer Henderson was on patrol in the area of 28th and Benson streets when a suspect ran from him and other officers. They pursued the suspect on foot and caught him... Read more →

Fender Skirts, Curb Feelers and Steering Knobs

Posted here March 24, 2007 Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. CNBNEWS.NET (MARCH 24, 2007)--I came across this phrase in a book yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS". A term I haven't heard in a long time and thinkingabout "fender skirts" started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice. Like "curb feelers" and "steering knobs." Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you. Remember "Continental kits?" They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental. When did we quit calling them "emergency brakes?" At some point "parking brake" became the proper term. But I miss the hint of drama that went with "emergency brake." Continental Mark IV... Read more →

Strutting to the Mummers

Down the Shore/Catholic Star Herald Residents of the Victorian Towers in Cape May get into the Christmas spirit during their annual Christmas Party by dancing to the music of the Mummers’ Durning String Band. Photo by Alan M. Dumoff for the Catholic Star Herald For more information: Victorian Towers Age requirement 55+ 608 Washington Avenue Cape May, NJ 08204 609-884-5883 Source posted here by Sue Calloway Related articles Behind the Sequins Will Tell You Most of What You Need to Know About Mummers New Year's Day In Philadelphia 2014: A Guide To The 114th Annual Mummers Parade, Where To Watch, What To Expect And More The Mummers Museum is as colorful as the parade itself Mayor Nutter Says This Year's Mummers' Parade Will Be Pride of Philadelphia Gloucester City Father, Son Enjoy Being Mummers Mummers strut stuff while crowds brave the cold 114th Annual Mummers Parade Struts Up Broad... Read more →

Police get new life-saving tool in battle against N.J. heroin epidemic

James Queally/The Star-Ledger December 27, 2013 at 6:30:00 AM EST Dr. Kenneth Lavelle shows off the device used to deploy Narcan, a nasal spray that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. Police in New Jersey may begin carrying the spray next year. As the number of people struggling with heroin and prescription drugaddiction continues to grow across the state, police throughout New Jersey are preparing to arm themselves with a tool that could help reduce the number of people who die from overdoses each year. By early next year, police in Ocean, Hunterdon, Camden and Cape May counties could begin carrying Narcan, an aerosol form of naloxone, which counteracts the effects of heroin and otheropioids, buying first responders valuable time to get overdose victims potentially life-saving care, officials said. "The time frame is extremely critical when you have an overdose and certainly the sooner the intervention is available the... Read more →

Suspect commands pit bull to attack arresting officers

Posted on December 28, 2013 by CCPD (Camden, NJ) – Officer Brandon Galloza was bitten by a pit bull dog that a suspect trying to avoid apprehension sicced on officers during an arrest Thursday night in South Camden. Officer Galloza and Officer Michael Ross were on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues near the corner of Filmore and Viola streets around 7 p.m. Thursday. They observed two men at the corner – Thomas Wright, 19, of Camden, and Tajay Wilson, 19, of Camden, who was wearing a ski mask – engage in a drug transaction with the passenger of a vehicle. Officers Galloza and Ross approached Wright and Wilson on foot and commanded the suspects to stop. Wright and Wilson ignored the commands and ran across the street into a home on the 1800 block of Filmore Street. The officers chased the suspects into the house where a third... Read more →

A Farewell Mass for Camden’s Contemplative Nuns

Photo by James A. McBride for the Catholic Star Herald Bishop Dennis Sullivan stands with the Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary in-residence in Camden after Mass Dec. 9. From left, Sister Anna Marie Pierre, Sister Mary Regina Berkel, Sister Teresa Margaret Murphy and Sister Damien Marie Fusco with Sister Miriam, Prioress of the Monastery of Mary the Queen in Elmira, N.Y., where the Camden sisters are relocating. Behind them are Father Robert Hughes, Vicar General; Bishop Sullivan; and Father Brian Mulcahy, Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph. CAMDEN CITYNJ--With the toll of the noon bells, and the Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary chanting, the final public Mass in Camden at the Dominican Monastery on Haddon Avenue came to a close on Dec. 9. For 113 years, the stone building next to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has served as a light in the darkness, and a... Read more →

Phil Robertson reinstated: How Christmas saved 'Duck Dynasty'

Cable network A&E on Friday reinstated the bearded patriarch Phil Robertson of the runaway reality show hit "Duck Dynasty" – a faith-driven country man who had suddenly come to represent many things Southern and good, plus some things, like intolerance, that a lot of Americans think aren’t so good. The decision by A&E to reinstate Phil and let the show go on came after a standoff with the Robertson clan, who suggested they’d quit the quirky show about a bunch of wealthy Louisiana rednecks unless Phil could be part of it. The network put Phil on indefinite hiatus before Christmas following aGQ interview where Robertson linked homosexual behavior to “bestiality” and other sins like adultery. Many, including gay advocacy groups, took offense, and demanded A&E fire Robertson over what they called “vile” comments that promoted intolerance of gays, who comprise a small percentage of the population but a group in... Read more →

Deshon Johnson College Scholarship Foundation

MONTCLAIR NJ--Deshon Johnson resident of Montclair hosting a fundraising event to raise money for Montclair High Schoo'sl student for the Deshon Johnson Memorial College Scholarship. Last year Malik Wright was giving the first scholarship award. Please support us so we can honor 2014 student too. The Deshon Johnson College Scholarship Foundation is hosting their First Annual Fundraising Event at The Brownstone, On Wednesday March 5th, 2014, 6:30pm to 10pm. Come and eat, and help support The Deshon Johnson Scholarship Fund in memory of Deshon Johnson who was tragically killed by a bus on his way to work July 18th, 2012. We will be honoring and recognizing Deshon Johnson on his birthday, which is March 5th, 1990. Ticket donation price is $50; if you are unable to make this rewarding event we will greatly appreciate your support for any small donation. We will be honoring Politicians, Community Leaders, College Professors, Students... Read more →

Bergen Judge rules that school board must disclose agenda attachments prior to meeting

By John Paff (December 28, 2013) On December 24, 2013, Bergen County Superior Court Assignment Judge Peter E. Doyne ruled that the Midland Park Board of Education, which posts its public meeting agendas on-line prior to each meeting, must also post the attachments and appendices referenced in the agenda to the extent that those attachments are not shielded by some recognized privilege. The case is captioned David W. Opderbeck v. Midland Park Board of Education, Docket No. BER-L-8571-13 and Mr. Opderbeck represented himself in the suit. Judge Doyne's 18-page ruling is on-line here. Doyne wrote: "The failure of the MPBOE to provide attachments and supplemental documents renders the agendas virtually meaningless. Once the defendant posts the agenda, it is the Board's responsibility to ensure it is meaningful. The defendant cannot provide adequate notice without including the attachments to the agenda. The attachments in this case are not simply supplemental; they... Read more →

Parish of Holy Cross opens, "Pope Francis Food Pantry" |

The Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton recently opened a Food Pantry to respond to the increasing number of poor who come to its doors seeking assistance. The food pantry is in the basement of the Immaculate Conception Convent located at 64 North Street in Bridgeton. Father Vince Guest, pastor, said that "practically every day of the week we get a knock on the rectory or convent door from people in the community seeking assistance." Father Guest stated that "Bridgeton is one of the economically poorest communities in all of New Jersey and our parishioners want to help." The food pantry is named in honor of Pope Francis. "At the Parish of the Holy Cross we want the pope's vision of the Catholic Church as a field hospital to become a reality," said the pastor. "We strive to foster a parish community that seeks to heal the wounds and... Read more →

Breaking Down the Barriers to Affordable Housing

With homeownership at its lowest level in decades, the demand for rental housing is high -- and so are the rents. BY TOD NEWCOMBE | JANUARY 2014 Homeownership has been one of the cornerstones of the American dream. But after the massive housing crash, which precipitated the Great Recession, that dream became more of a nightmare for many, prompting millions of former homeowners to become renters. Indeed, the U.S. homeownership rate, according to Deutsche Bank, has dropped to an 18-year low and is only expected to fall further. These new renters, along with the 78 million-plus millennials that are expected to begin searching for a place of their own in the coming decade, are putting a squeeze on the rental market. Developers have already stepped in to meet the demand, but much of the construction is for high-end properties. In fact, 8.7 percent of low-cost rental housing was converted to... Read more →

Direct Connection Project to Result in Lanes Closures on I-295, Route 42 Friday Night

DECEMBER 27, 2013 I-295 west and Route 42 south will experience closures between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday. Drivers using two major roadways in southern New Jersey should expect overnight delays as a result of restriping as part of the Direct Connection project. I-295 westbound and Route 42 southbound will experience overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday, Camden County officials announced Friday afternoon. The left lane on I-295 south from the Browning Road overpass to the Creek Road overpass and the ramp from I-295 south to Route 42 south will close for restriping. One lane on I-295 will remain open during the work, officials said. “As the direct connect project continues significant changes will be made to the lanes on I-295 and Route 42 during the night and early morning hours,” Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works,... Read more →

Weekly Entertainment Guide — Mummers, countdowns and fireworks

DECEMBER 27, 2013--Ready to ring in the new year? WHYY's Robin Bloom has a baker's dozen recommendations for countdowns and fireworks in the Philadelphia region. Here are her picks: Fancy the Mummers They’ve been at it for a full year — creating costumes, drilling dance numbers, finishing floats. This New Year’s Day, more than 10,000 will take to the streets. They are Philadelphia’s Mummers and they’ll welcome 2014 just as they have rung in just about every New Year for more than a century. Cold noses are a small price to pay to witness glockenspiels, gowns, clowns, confetti and a lot of men and women in dresses strutting up Broad Street! Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Broad and Washington. Grand Stand entertainment zone on JFK Boulevard between 15th and 16th Streets with more than 1,200 ticketed bleacher seats. And all the fun and fancy continues with two ticketed shows... Read more →

Courier Post Spotlight on Rams Coach Pat Murphy

Posted here on February 11, 2007 Murphy not just a winner on the court Courier Post Feb. 11, 2007 By Kevin Callahan (February 11, 2007)GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--They could've posed to be chiseled for a Mount Rushmore of Gloucester Catholic High School boys' basketball coaches. Current Rams coach Pat Murphy was there Saturday afternoon at the Colonial/Tri-County Shootout matchup with Sterling. So were former Gloucester Catholic coaches Ralph Saquella and Tony "Putt" Powers. Only missing from the list of the last four Rams coaches dating back to 1965 was the great Art DiPatri. Murphy, photo on the right, was recently honored on the occasion of his 300th win. To see more photos of the presentation click There is a reason guys like Saquella and Powers and DiPatri make it back to Rams games so often. It is Murphy. He has continued to foster a family bond for this tight, tiny school... Read more →

WATCH: Chip Kelly explains NSFW plan to Riley Cooper during Eagles game

Eliot Shorr-Parks/ December 26, 2013 at 11:06:01 PM EST PHILADELPHIA -- Chip Kelly has been very clear since he became coach of the Philadelphia Eaglesthat he has one goal and one goal only on offense, and that is to score some points. He apparently tells his players the same thing -- just in a slightly more colorful way. Check out this video of Kelly responding to Riley Cooper on the sideline during a recent Eagles'game, when the wideout asked Kelly what his plan was on offense. Follow Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks This article, WATCH: Chip Kelly explains NSFW plan to Riley Cooper during Eagles game, is syndicated from and is posted here with permission. Read more →

Mrs. Cass Murray, Past President of Third Ward Democrat Club, St. Mary's Church Parishioner

Mrs. Catherine R. "Cass" Murray (nee Brassill) a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ died on December 23, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Beloved wife of the late Gloucester City Councilman John Murray.Predeceased by her dear sister Josephine Cerrone (Tony), andbrothersJosephBrassill(Jean) and FredBrodowitz(Alberta).She is survived by her loving nieces and nephews Maureen Collins (Bernie), MichaelCerrone(late Gayle), PatrickCerrone(Margaret), John R. Murray (Donna), Jackie Christenson (Jack), Anne Brown (Dennis), BarbaraKingkiner(Frank) and the late PatriciaBrassill, and many great nieces and nephews. Cass was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. She was a member and Past President of the 3rd Ward Women’s Democrat Club, a member and Past President of the Ladies Aux. of Gloucester Fire Co. #4 and was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Giese #439, the Gloucester City Sr. Citizens and the Gloucester Chapter of Deborah Hospital. Relatives and friends are invited to... Read more →

Dianne Nolan Making Headlines Again |

THE FOLLOWING WAS POSTED HERE ON January 23, 2007 (January 23, 2007)Editor's Note: Dianne Nolan is one of the inductees in this year's South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame. The affair will be held Feb. 12, 2007. A graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Dianne is the daughter of Andy and Bert Nolan, formerly of Gloucester City who now reside in Connecticut. She has coached the Fairfield University Girls Basketball team for 28 years. Last year she won her 500th game. Following the win the university's newspaper The Mirror, interviewed her. For Nolan, a long basketball journey led to history Joe Serzan Reprinted From The Mirror February 2006 Not even Bruce Springsteen could have come up with a story this special. Fairfield women's basketball Head Coach Dianne Nolan accomplished something Sunday that was 27 years in the making: she became just the 28th coach in NCAA history to win her... Read more →

Local students participate in the University of Delaware's study abroad program |

English: University of Delaware wordmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia) NEWARK, DE (12/19/2013)(readMedia)-- This Winter, more than a thousand studentswill study abroad through the University of Delaware's innovative program. UD's nationally recognized study abroad program offers students from every academic discipline an opportunity to engage in discovery learning, experience different cultures and develop relationships with fellow Blue Hens. During this Winter Session, more than 1,000 University of Delaware students will travel to 24 different countries as part of 50 different programs spanning 39 academic subjects. They will pursue up to seven academic credits during five weeks of study. UD is a national leader in study abroad programs. Approximately 35 percent of undergraduate students study outside of the U.S. on an annual basis. Winter Session is the most popular time for UD students to do so, with about 80 percent of all study abroad activity taking place during this period. Local students packing... Read more →


UPDATED Saint Mary's Parish 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City NJ 08030 Phone: (856) 456-0052 CNBNews photo June 2020 History (GLOUCESTERCITYNEWS.NET)(February 18, 2007)GLOUCESTER CITY NJ --The idea of making Gloucester City a parish took shape in 1848 when a petition was presented to Bishop Kenrick of Philadelphia and the Rev. E.Q.S. Waldron was appointed. Mass was first said in a private house, but the accommodations soon proved too small for the growing congregation. The superintendent of the school hall, though a non-Catholic, gave the use of the hall to Father Waldron, who for a time said Mass there every Sunday. Bigotry and ignorance soon deprived the little flock of this privilege. In 1849, a Protestant, a Mr. Robb, donated the ground for a church. The pastor and people immediately made every effort to erect a suitable edifice. The first and second cornerstones were stolen, but the third, laid by Father Matthew,... Read more →

Bishop Sullivan's Christmas Message

Il Sassoferrato - The Sleep of the Infant Jesus - (Photo credit: Wikipedia) "Christmas shows us the truth about God" The Christmas mystery offers to us and to the whole world a fundamental truth about God, that God is not distant. God is Emanuel. God is with us. The Infant Jesus of Bethlehem who is truly God is also truly one of us. God is enfleshed in the flesh of the Infant Jesus which He received from His Virgin Mother who bore Him in her womb. An early Christian theologian Tertullian used an expression to capture this mystery of God enfleshed in the Infant Jesus: “caro cardo salutis.” That is, the flesh of Christ is the heart of salvation. This truth of the closeness of God can offer us and the whole world joy and hope. God couldn’t get any nearer to us than appearing in our human form. The... Read more →

New Jersey’s Feast of the Seven Fishes

By Anthony Ewing @ (December 24, 2013) For many Italian-American families in New Jersey, Christmas Eve means seafood. Every year in mid-December, family cooks from Bayonne to Bellmawr start to count fishes, making sure that the Holiday menu includes at least seven. Verducci Christmas Eve dinner, 1951 Smelts The “Feast of the Seven Fishes” (Festa dei Sette Pesci) has its roots in Southern Italy, where observant Roman Catholics abstained from eating meat or milk products on Fridays, and on the day before Holy days like Christmas. On Christmas Eve, the traditional supper was exclusively seafood, usually fried in oil. Fish is also associated with early Christians who used a fish symbol to identify themselves in times of persecution. The significance of the number seven? Religious interpretations point to the seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, the seven virtues in the Catholic catechism, and Biblical references like God resting... Read more →

OBITUARY : Josephine L. Forker of Gloucester City, NJ age 74

FORKER JOSEPHINE L. “PAT” On December 22, 2013 (nee Osinski) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 74. She is the beloved wife of Francis C. Forker, loving mother of Tom Girgenti (Barbara), Theresa Thompson (James) and William Girgenti (Jean) and dear sister of Caroline Abate, Diane Lehnowsky, and Deborah Pierce. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren Dana (Todd),Sammuel, Erinn, William Jr. (Samantha), Michael, Alysha, Kaitlin, Robert, great granddaughter Peyton and many dear nieces and nephews. Pat worked for the City of Gloucester, as a Crossing Guard, at the corner of Market and Park Ave. She loved Gloucester City High School sports, was a member of VFW Post #3620 and ICAC. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. Pat’s Funeral Service will be held 12:00 Noon at the funeral home. Interment will... Read more →

Elizabethtown College awarded NSF grant to support STEM programs

Elizabethtown College (Photo credit: Wikipedia) EPIC scholarship aimed at high-achieving women ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (12/19/2013)(readMedia)-- Elizabethtown College recently was awarded a $531,885 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Engineering Practices with Impact Cohort (EPIC) Scholarship for High Achieving Women in Engineering program. This selective scholarship is specifically offered to academically talented women who have interest in the College's ABET-accredited engineering program. ABET, or Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET accredits programs at colleges and universities and provides specialized, programmatic accreditation that evaluates an individual program of study, rather than evaluating an institution as a whole. The College's EPIC scholarship program falls in line with the STEM Educate to Innovate initiative promoted by the Barack Obama administration this spring. The initiative intends to provide students... Read more →

Face of Defense: Deployed Airmen Prepare for Holiday Feast

By Air Force Senior Airman Hannah Landeros 379th Air Expeditionary Wing SOUTHWEST ASIA, Dec. 20, 2013 – Being separated from family during the holidays can be a tough time for deployed service members. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Tucker checks the temperature of an outdoor freezer at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 17, 2013. The freezer is used to keep stored food at the appropriate temperature so it doesn’t spoil. Tucker is a 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron member deployed from Hurlburt Field, Fla., and a Navarre, Fla., native. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hannah Landeros (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. At the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing here, the 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron food services team works to bring holiday food and cheer to service members and civilians away from home for the holiday season. The Independence Dining Facility accomplishes this... Read more →

NORAD to Track Santa’s Global Journey

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2013 – On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children around the globe will gather around their family telephones and computers to track the path of Santa Claus as he makes his rounds delivering gifts on his sleigh led by tiny reindeer. Santa Claus reviews his flight plan for his annual Christmas Eve trek across the globe in the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Current Operations Center at the NORAD and Northcom headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 26, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Kucharek (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. On the receiving end of the emails, phone calls, mobile “NORAD Santa” applications, website trackers, Facebook followers, Tweets and other social media inquiries into Santa’s journey will stand a cadre of 1,250 volunteers to field children’s questions at the... Read more →

(Includes Video) The Wreaths Across America Story |

(Published here December 08, 2011)--Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career in business, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country. In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s Veterans. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed... Read more →

Parents Blame Blue Cross for Daughter's Death

By CAMERON LANGFORD (December 19, 2013) GALVESTON, Texas (CN) - A little girl died when a Dominican hospital botched her appendicitis surgery because Blue Cross would not cover a flight to the United States, her parents claim in court. Marissett and Francisco Tolentino sued Health Care Service Corp. dba Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, for their late, 6-year-old daughter Isabella, in Galveston County Court. The Tolentinos were vacationing at a Dominican Republic resort when Isabella "experienced sharp pains in her stomach, in addition to occasional chills and fever," they say in the lawsuit. One reason they picked the resort, they say, is that its doctor was a member of the Blue Cross network. He recommended that the couple take Isabella to the nearby Hospiten Bavaro, a Blue Cross in-network hospital. "The staff at Hospiten Bavaro performed various tests and diagnosed Isabella with appendicitis, which would require surgery," the complaint... Read more →

City of Philadelphia Adopts First Parental Leave Policy for Exempt Employees

City cites needs of changing workforce as driver for policy change December 20, 2013 – As a result of action taken by the City of Philadelphia’s Administrative Board, effective January 1, 2014, new parental leave benefits will be provided to exempt employees. The policy provides four weeks of paid parental leave for exempt employees who have at least six months of tenure in City government. The benefit applies to birth, adoptive and foster mothers and fathers equally, including life partners, and is usable within twelve months of the date the child enters the family. “Implementing a parental leave policy reflects the changing needs of our workforce,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “According to Census estimates, as of 2010, 72% of Philadelphia children have either both par Michael Nutter (Photo credit: Wikipedia) ents or their only parent in the labor force – and this domestic reality is 13 percentage points higher... Read more →

Jon Stewart examines Tea Party’s turning on John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Ronald Reagan

By Arturo Garcia (December 18, 2013)After applauding the congressional bipartisan budget deal last week, Jon Stewart couldn’t help but notice on Tuesday how quickly conservatives and Tea Party Republicans were moving to discredit the agreement, so much so that even House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had to ask, “Are you kidding me?” “That was an awfully abrupt emotional change,” Stewart observed, adding, “That was pro wrestling-level rhetoric. Clearly Boehner’s trying to make a catchphrase happen.” Stewart pointed out that the deal, which is expected to pass in the Senate this week, has been slammed on multiple occasions by other conservatives, including Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano, who ripped Boehner for being willing to work with Democrats. “When did the Democrats become to Republicans what pork is to the devout?” Stewart wondered. “Boehner helped broker the most basic of compromises to keep the government functioning at its current incredibly pathetic levels,... Read more →

Late Night Demolition of the Harwan Theatre |

February 20, 2007 ....Wakes Up Neighborhood By Bill Bates (FEBRUARY 20, 2007)MOUNT EPHRAIM NJ-- Sunday evening, February 4th, officials from Winzinger Construction Company gathered at the future Walgreen’s site at the Black Horse Pike and Kings Highway. The officials weren’t meeting to finalize plans or to pour concrete, the Winzinger crew was there to accomplish one objective; and that was to start demolishing the remaining Harwan Theatre and adjacent structures. The demolition crew started working shortly after 10 o’clock at night in the rear of the building and continued to work towards the east side of the building. Several neighbors came out to express their unhappiness of the loud equipment that was disrupting their quiet Sunday evening. One neighbor who only lives two houses from the work site was upset because he was trying to sleep when all of the load equipment started to roar. He was surprised that he... Read more →

First Lady Lauds Military Families for Toys for Tots Work |

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2013 – Taking on the task of sorting hundreds of holiday toy and gift donations from White House staff, First Lady Michelle Obama lent a hand to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign here yesterday. Children line up to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and give her their toy donations for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2013. In the final days of the collection, Obama came to the base to help sort toys and greet Washington-area service members, their families, and others involved in this year’s effort. DOD photo by Terri Moon Cronk (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Obama greeted 10 to 15 local military families accompanied by their children, ages 6 to 11 years old, as they all pitched in at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling to... Read more →

Nogales Tunnel Task Force shuts down drug tunnel in backyard shed

DECEMBER 19, 2013 NOGALES, AZ PRESS RELEASE Next NOGALES, Ariz. — Federal authorities shut down a completed drug smuggling tunnel Tuesday night in the backyard shed of a Nogales residence, following a multi-agency investigation by the Nogales Tunnel Task Force. Members of the task force, which is led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), developed information that a drug smuggling tunnel was located at a residence located approximately one and a half miles north of the international border in the Nogales city limits. When they responded to the house, authorities discovered the tunnel entrance in a backyard shed. The crude, hand-dug tunnel is approximately 52 feet long and roughly two feet wide by three feet tall, with some wood shoring. It runs from the shed to a nearby underground sewage line that ultimately crosses the international boundary. No people or drugs were found inside the... Read more →

New Jersey State Police Announce Boat Regulation Commission Meeting

West Trenton, N.J. -- The New Jersey State Police, Marine Services Bureau is announcing a New Jersey Boat Regulation Commission meeting. The meeting will commence at 10:00 a.m. and is open to the public. The New Jersey Boat Regulation Commission will approve the remaining 2014 dates at the January 8 meeting. For more information please visit the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau web site at January 8, 2014 Cecile F. Norton Community Center 1167 Ocean Avenue Sea Bright, New Jersey 07760 (732) 842-0099 posted by Susan Calloway Related articles Crash leaves two dead on I-78 near Union Township Passaic County 19-year-old charged with kidnapping his infant son The Crime of Kidnapped Babies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case New Jersey Troopers Participate in National Highway Safety Initiative | Read more →

Progress With GAF Demolition |

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS POSTED HERE December 10, 2006 Photos and caption by William E. Cleary Sr. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (December 10,2006)--The demolition of the GAF paper mill and the Vanquard Warehouse at Charles and Water Streets, Gloucester City is nearly finished. As of Friday, December 8 when these photos were taken, all that remains of the Vanquard warehouse is the frame and as you see most of the GAF mill is gone. Work has recently started on demolishing the old GAF power plant. Once the land is cleared Beazer homes plans to build townhouses and condominiums on the site, calling it Meadowbrook II. The builder is constructing Meadowbrook 1 on the grounds of the old Starlite Drive In, Rt. 130 and Klemm Avenue, also in Gloucester City. The company was recently cited by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on charges stemming from another site it is constructing in... Read more →

Black Group Defends Duck Dynasty Commander

~posted here by Sue Calloway Rev. Jesse Peterson Decries A&E's Attack on The First Amendment LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, author, radio talk show host, and Founder and President of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny), issued the following statement defending "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson. The patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" hit show was suspended by A&E for expressing his personal views promoting traditional families and disagreeing with homosexuality in a GQ interview. GLADD and other homosexual activist groups condemned his remarks and pressured A&E to suspend him. The following is Rev. Peterson's statement regarding this controversy: "The decision by A&E to cave in to pressure from radical homosexual activist groups and suspend Phil Robertson is outrageous! Robertson expressed his personal views about morality, faith, and traditional families. He didn't make the statements on the show. He did not condemn or attack... Read more →

Video: I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas |

Sung by 10 year old Gayla Peevey (released in 1953) Peevey was a child star from Ponca City, Oklahoma. When released nationally by Columbia Records, the song shot to the top of the charts and the city zoo acquired a baby hippo named Matilda. Peevey was filmed performing the song on The Ed Sullivan Show in October 1953. A video of this performance is available on her website.[9] A popular legend holds that this 1953 hit had been recorded as a fund-raiser to bring the city zoo a hippo; but in a 2007 radio interview with Detroit-based WNIC radio station, Peevey clarified that the song was not originally recorded as a fundraiser. Instead, a local promoter picked up on the popularity of the song and Peevey's local roots, and launched a campaign to present her with an actual hippopotamus on Christmas. The campaign succeeded, and she was presented with an... Read more →

Gloucester City Municipal Alliance Against Drugs and Alcohol Issues Statement |

POSTED HERE February 13, 2007 Just Because It Is Legal Doesn't Mean It Is Safe (February 13, 2007) GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--The Gloucester City Municipal Alliance Against Drugs and Alcohol issued the following statement about the potential abuse of certain over-the-counter drugs: According to a recent SAMHSA article, one in 11 teens have abused OTC (over the counter) medication, such as cough medicine. The ingredient, DXM, is found in many cough medications such as Contac, Coricidin, Robitussin and Sudafed. While this ingredient is generally safe when used at recommended doses, high doses of this ingredient can produce hallucinations and out-of-body experiences. Kids have been known to take DXM up to 30 times the recommended dose just to get mild-altering effects. At lower doses DXM can produce the feeling of being “stoned.” At higher doses, DXM causes kids to see and hear things that are not there. This “tripping” can begin within... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA ACCT PET ADOPTION POSTED HERE BY SUE CALLOWAY Related articles Audrey Writes Santa Paws Maggie Writes Santa Paws Santa Claus visits with pets in 'Santa Paws' event What Is Santa Bringing Your Pet This Year? Paw Paw colored in red as more than 300 suit up for Santa Run Read more →

Camden County Police Department Honors Det. Edward Kunkel as Officer of the Week

Posted on December 18, 2013 by CCPD This week, the Camden County Police Department honors Detective Edward Kunkel as Officer of the Week. Detective Kunkel is a police veteran, having served for 18 years as an officer in Camden. Detective Kunkel has been the lead investigator for the Camden County Police Department on a robbery that occurred Nov. 20 at Del Monte’s News Shop on Mount Ephraim Avenue. His extensive investigative work led to arrest warrants for two suspects – Shamar Lee and Raekwon Simmons. Detective Kunkel developed information through his investigation that the pair could have connections to several other area robberies. On Dec. 6, Simmons was arrested and, two days later, Lee was arrested. Both men were charged with the Del Monte’s News robbery as well as a robbery in Woodlynne. Detective Kunkel recovered the gun they used to commit these robberies. Additionally, Lee has been charged solely... Read more →

Under Armour's 'Duck Dynasty' Dilemma

posted here by Sue Calloway (December 19,2013)Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the top-rated "Duck Dynasty" show, has been suspended from the series. What does this mean for Under Armour's ties to the family? Apparel from Baltimore's Under Armour features prominently on two TV shows, "Duck Dynasty" and "Buck Commander." Credit: Buck Commander website Baltimore-based Under Armour – which provides much of the camouflage clothing worn by the stars of the “Duck Dynasty”reality TV show – has a dilemma. One of the show’s stars, family patriarch Phil Robertson, was suspended following hisanti-gay remarks in GQ magazine, reports theBaltimore Business Journal, and the question remains what he will wear if he ever reappears on air. Under Armour is the title sponsor of a “Duck Dynasty” spinoff show, “Buck Commander,” the Business Journal says. Robertson founded Duck Commander Inc., a multimillion-dollar duck call company. In its fourth season, “Duck Dynasty” follows... Read more →

OBITUARY: Sister Gertrude Mary Kerin, OP AGE: 99 • formerly of Gloucester City

ondolences Sister Gertrude Mary Kerin, OP of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died on December 7 at Saint Mary's Home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She was 99 years of age. The daughter of the late Thomas F. and Gertrude Murnane Kerin, she was born November 22, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. Sister Gertrude Mary entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh on September 8, 1935, made her First Profession June 27, 1937, and Final Profession August 4, 1943. Sister Gertrude Mary earned her BS in Home Economics from the College of St. Elizabeth, her MA in Education from Fordham University, and her MS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Sister Gertrude Mary began her ministry in secondary education at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Newburgh NY in 1935 as a chemistry teacher. She transferred to the biology department where she remained until 1965. From 1965-67... Read more →

John W. Birney Sr., of Gloucester City; Pine Grove Fire Co. Volunteer, Ironworker, Army Veteran

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ ( W. Birney Sr., of Gloucester City, NJ, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. He was 84-years-old. Mr. Birney was a lifelong resident of Gloucester City. He worked as an Ironworker for Local #401, Philadelphia until his retirement in 1971. John was an Army veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3620, and the American Legion Post #135 both located in Gloucester City. John was a Gloucester City volunteer fireman and a lifetime member of the Pine Grove Fire Department. For a good number of years Mr. Birney coached minor league baseball and was a member of the Gloucester City Little League organization. He is survived by his wife of 63-years, Ruth (nee Cunningham), four children John Jr. (Sue), Ruth Boulden(Kevin), Robert (Barbara) and Donna (Larry). He is also survived by nine- grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one-great-great-grandchild. Also survived... Read more →

Spotlight on Gloucester City's Jack Pyrah

THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED HERE ON January 31, 2007 Jack on Jack: A Look at Coaching Legend Jack Pyrah BY JACK HEATH Near the shadow of the Walt Whitman Bridge in Gloucester City, NJ resides one of the best track coaches in the country. Jack Pyrah, now 87 years old, spent 26 years as Villanova assistant track coach under legendary Villanova coach Jumbo Elliott and 26 years as Villanova’s head cross-country coach. Elliott, considered by many to be the best American distance coach of all time, coached at Villanova for 47 years before passing away in March of 1981. Pictured- THE VICTORIOUS VILLANOVA 4 X ONE MILE RELAY TEAM WEARING BLACK RIBBONS AT THE 1981 PENN RELAYS. FROM LEFT: KEN LUCKS, MARCUS O’SULLIVAN (CURRENT VILLANOVA COACH), JACK PYRAH, JOHN HUNTER, AND SYDNEY MAREE. Jack joined Villanova as Jumbo Elliott’s assistant track coach and head cross-country coach in the fall of... Read more →

Joan Marie Wimmer, age 80, of Gloucester City NJ

WIMMER JOAN MARIE (Nee Clayton) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 80, passed away on December 16, 2013. She was the beloved wife, for 57 years, of Richard Wimmer; loving mother of Sharon L. Norman and husband James of Mechanicsville, VA and Richard A. Wimmer and wife Suzanne of Boothwyn, PA; loving grandmother of Janine and James Norman and Katie and Meghan Wimmer. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Quinn of Colmar, PA and brother, William Clayton, of Landsdale, PA. Joan loved her home and was a loving mother to her children and Nana to her grandchildren. She loved to read, complete word searches and loved yard sales. She was an avid baseball fan and loved the Phillies. Relatives and friends are invited to her services at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ, Saturday, December 21, 2013, 9:30 to 11:00 AM Visitation with Funeral Service... Read more →