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January 2014

VIDEO:Gloucester Township Police Crime Stoppers, Armed Robbery-

El Manatial Store 303 South Black Horse Pike, Blackwood New Jersey on Friday January 24, 2014 10 AM: SOURCE NIXLE The suspect, seen operating a silver 4 door early 2000's Buick with damage to the passenger's side and no front tag, exits the vehicle and attacks the victim as he enters his parked vehicle. The suspect was described as a black male, between 20 and 30 years old, wearing a black shirt with "PUMA" in gold letters on the front, a denim jacket, denim jeans,... Read more →


CREW: NY Congressman Michael Grimm Threatens Reporter

Michael Grimm, member of the United States House of Representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) source Citizens for Responsible and Ethics in Washington (CREW) WASHINGTON DC (January 30, 2014)--Just when you think Congress has hit rock bottom, a member goes and digs the hole a little deeper. Unsurprisingly, that member is an ethically challenged New Yorker who’s been on our radar for years. Tuesday night, after the President had delivered his State of the Union address, Representative Michael Grimm responded to a question about the controversy swirling... Read more →


Wall Township Residents Named to Dean's List at Quinnipiac University

HAMDEN, CT (01/29/2014)(readMedia)-- The following area residents were named to the the dean's list at Quinnipiac University for the Fall 2013 semester: Andriana Anlas of Wall Township, NJ Kerri O'Keefe of Wall Township, NJ To qualify for the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible.... Read more →


Elizabeth Music Teacher Arrested for the Distribution of Child Pornography

Edison, N.J. - An investigation by the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) has led to arrest of a music teacher from Elizabeth for downloading and sharing child pornography from his home computer. The 5-month investigation focused on the alleged sharing of videos and images of child pornography by Ronald Scott, 61, of Edison, a music teacher in the Elizabeth school district. On Friday, January 24, detectives executed a court authorized search warrant at Scott’s residence... Read more →


Denise T. Porter, of Bellmawr, Area Nurse

(August 7, 1955 - January 28, 2014) Denise T. Porter, on January 28, 2014, of Bellmawr, formerly of Phila., PA. Age 58. Beloved wife of Joseph. Devoted mother of James, Joseph, Jason, Angela, Kimberly, and Joseph III. Loving grandmother of 15. Dear sister of Joe, Patricia, and Kevin. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Denise was a graduate of Little Flower High School and James Martin School of Nursing. She worked for Northwood Nursing Home, the VA Medical Center, and Brandywine Senior Living in... Read more →


The Wolf of Wall Street: Sex. Drugs. Rock & Roll

Sex. Drugs. And rock & roll. And a whole lot more drugs. Welcome to lavish world of Martin Scorsese’s Wall Street epic, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in perhaps his most off the wall (not to mention finest) performance yet, this film is destined to a long legacy of controversy and praise from moviegoers across the board. Now what does that say about the movie? Well in my humble opinion, this was an absolutely fine outing by the Martin Scorcese/Leonardo DiCaprio partnership.... Read more →


Local Finance Board Decides to make Meeting Minutes Public

By John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project In an earlier post (on-line here), I wrote about my December 30, 2013 lawsuit against the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB). With AttorneyWalter Luers' assistance, I sued the LFB because it had refused to provide me with unredacted copies of its public meeting minutes. Yesterday, a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General decided to not contest the suit and disclose the minutes in unredacted form. The newly released, unredacted minutes are on-line here.... Read more →


Live from the Land of the Limp

View over Prescott looking north to Thumb Butte and Granite Mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Welcome to the Land of the Limp Pt.1 By Steve Healey CNBNews.net After 60+ years as a Jersey Boy, for the first time I have a drivers’ license from a different state. I moved to Arizona last year and looking at a “foreign” drivers’ license with my name and picture was just the first shock of not being in Jersey anymore. Living in Prescott, AZ, is nothing like living anywhere in... Read more →


BEAZER HOMES WILL NOT BE BUILDING MEADOWBROOK II /cnbnews.net

POSTED May 14, 2007 By William E. Cleary Sr. / CNBNews.net GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (May 14, 2007)--Rumors have been circulating for several weeks about the housing project planned for the old GAF property at Charles and Water Streets being cancelled. The plans for the development, which was called Meadowbrook II, were announced in October 2004. The builder was Beazer Homes who is currently building 64 single family homes on the old Starlite Drive In movie property at Route 130 and Klemm Avenue. Wanting to clear... Read more →


Jersey City boxing legend Jimmy Dupree was champ in and out of ring

Patrick Villanova/The Jersey Journal January 31, 2014 at 10:00:27 EST Follow @JJournalSports photo credit BoxRec.com It was March of 2001 and 13-year-old Tyrell Wright was looking for an outlet. It came in the form of a boxing gym on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City, and more specifically the man running the outpost, Jimmy Dupree. For eight years, the former light heavyweight champion-turned-trainer helped mold Wright into the fighter he is today — a hulking heavyweight still in the infancy of a promising professional... Read more →


Bellmawr Resident Erica Pirolli Named to Dean's List at Ithaca College

The Ithaca College Seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia) ITHACA, NY (01/29/2014)(readMedia)-- Erica Pirolli a resident of Bellmawr, NJ, and a senior Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major in Ithaca College's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2013 semester. From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York's Finger Lakes... Read more →


Employees in Pennsylvania Company Learn of Increased Health Costs Due to Obamacare

JAN 30, 2014 • BY DANIEL HALPER /http://www.weeklystandard.com A local news station brings viewers inside one Pennsylvania company as the employees there learn about their new health care plans under Obamacare: "Look at the numbers," says the reporter of two employees. "Jeff and Dave used to have a $1,250 deductible . Since Obamacare went into effect, it's now jumped 60 percent to $2,000. That's nothing compared to Brian, Kristi, and Judy who have kids. they are going to pay twice that, four grand." The reporter... Read more →


Peggy Jean Markellos, Founder of the Miss Bellmawr Pageant

(August 14, 1925 - January 28, 2014) Peggy Jean Markellos (nee Hayes), on January 28, 2014, of Lindenwold, formerly Bellmawr. Age 88. Beloved wife of the late Peter M. Markellos. Devoted mother of Michael D. Markellos of Lindenwold. Loving grandmother of Rev. Christopher M. Markellos, Nicholas P. (Stefanie) Markellos, and Michelle L. Markellos and great grandmother of Emma and Gabriel. Sister of the late Nancy Smith. Peggy Jean was the Past President of VFW Post 7410 of Bellmawr Ladies Auxiliary and founder of the Miss... Read more →


Gloucester Twp: Human Trafficking Arrests (Video)

source NIXLE GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP (January 30, 2014)--Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk, Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle, Bellmawr Police Chief William Walsh, Magnolia Police Chief John Evans, Runnemede Police Chief Mark Diano, Pine Hill Police Chief Christopher Winters and Winslow Township Police Chief Robert Stimelski reported one of the first cases in the state to use a newly enhanced human trafficking statute designed to allow law enforcement to target the men and women who most benefit from the sex... Read more →


John F. Mahoney of Belmar Graduates from Clemson University

CLEMSON, SC (01/30/2014)(readMedia)-- John F. Mahoney of Belmar graduated from Clemson University Dec. 19, 2013, with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management. Mahoney was among more than 1,100 students who received degrees from President James F. Barker, who presided over his final graduation ceremony before stepping down after 14 years at the helm of the university. Videos of the ceremonies Ranked No. 21 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to... Read more →


YOUR MONEY: Where Do Taxpayers Have the Highest Total Unfunded Pension Liability?

A new report examines pension liabilities for all types of retirement systems in select jurisdictions, showing sizable fiscal burdens in some cities. BY MIKE MACIAG | JANUARY 24, 2014 Closely-scrutinized unfunded pension liability figures paint a bleak picture in cities’ financial statements. But in some cases, local taxpayers are actually on the hook for far greater unfunded liabilities. That’s because there are other overlapping governments often saddled with unfunded pension liabilities of their own. So along with city governments, the same taxpayer base will also... Read more →


Ecosave Move Expected to Create 125 New Jobs at Navy Yard

Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1942, USS Gherardi, at left, and USS Butler, ready for launching (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Philadelphia, January 25, 2014 - Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that Australian energy efficiency firm Ecosave, Inc. has chosen the Philadelphia Navy Yard as the location for its U.S. headquarters. This move further cements Philadelphia’s position as America’s energy efficiency hub. The City of Philadelphia worked closely with a number of partners including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Select Greater Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)... Read more →


Operation Billboard: Two Defendants Sentenced to Prison on Racketeering and Drug Charges

They were members of the ring that distributed heroin in Camden. Nine have been sentenced to state prison since November in “Operation Billboard” Click on image to enlarge TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that two defendants were sentenced to prison today as members of a major narcotics network with ties to the Ñetas street gang that was dealing large quantities of heroin in the area of 4th and Royden Streets in Camden. The criminal network was dismantled in May 2012 through... Read more →


HHS Releases Poverty Guidelines For 2014

SHORT TAKES ON NEWS & EVENTS By Jordan Rau JANUARY 27TH, 2014, 5:00 AM The federal government has released slightly higher poverty level guidelines for 2014, but those won’t alter the income thresholds that are being used now to determine what kind of financial assistance is available to buy insurance under the health law. The guidelines will be relevant in the fall, when people look to buy coverage for 2015. Under the new guidelines, Medicaid coverage will be available to individuals earning up to $16,105... Read more →


Local Men Involved with NFL Super Bowl XLVIII

Former Gloucester City resident John Pierman is one of hundreds of people preparing the MetLife Stadium for this Sunday's NFL Super Bowl XLVIII game. By CNBNews EAST RUTHERFORD NJ--This week John Pierman has one of the best jobs in the world. He is working with hundreds of other people at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford NJ, getting the site ready for the 48th Annual Super Bowl on Sunday. Pierman, a former resident of Gloucester City who now lives in Deptford, works for *Tri State Staging... Read more →


HOME COUNTRY: IT MIGHT BE THE SOLENOID

BY Slim Randles/CNBNEWS.NET Whenever my lack of mechanical prowess threatens to surface, I sure miss the solenoid. It was always there for us, lurking under the hood somewhere, and always – always – it was waiting to malfunction. It was handy, every mechanic knew where it was - like tonsils - and it had a great name. Solenoid - like asteroid or paranoid. In the old days, b.c.c. (before car computers), the solenoid was a little whatchit that was in the engine area and without... Read more →


Super Bowl tax bite: Broncos, Seahawks must pay NJ taxes

Ted Sherman/The Star-Ledger January 26, 2014 at 6:15:00 EST When Peyton Manning takes the field at MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowlnext weekend, there is one defender he will have absolutely no chance of evading. The tax man. The state Division of Taxation will be taking a cut of the Denver Bronco quarterback’s estimated $15 million salary, as well as a portion of the $7 million paid to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, and a piece of the $662,434 Seattle starting quarterback Russell Wilson will... Read more →


Former Philly Cop Found Guilty of Lying to Feds

PHILADELPHIA - Robertito Fontan, 42, a former narcotics officer with the Philadelphia Police Department, was found guilty today of two counts of making false statements to federal investigators concerning his romantic relationship with one of the police department’s confidential informants. In 2003, Fontan recruited Person #1 to become a confidential informant and recommended her as a confidential informant to other law enforcement officers. Several months later, Fontan became intimately involved with Person #1. During their relationship, Fontan gave gifts and money to Person #1. In... Read more →


Nicky Skins: The wiseguy with a wire

Inside Jersey Staff January 14, 2014 By George Anastasia/For Inside Jersey They said he was a “good man” and “solid as a rock.” Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli They said he had the right bloodlines, that his father had been one of them before him. And that, they all agreed, was important. This was how a group of mobsters, meeting over lunch at a restaurant in Kenilworth three years ago, described Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli, a soldier in the Gambino crime family who was sitting with... Read more →


Batter Up: Gloucester City Ready to Play Ball

The new sports complex as a work in progress by Dawn Watson/cnbnews.net GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (January 29,2014)--Baseball is as American as apple pie. And GloucesterCity is about to become one of the most popular places in America to play softball. But, let’s begin at the beginning… Beginning in the late 1890’s and lasting through 1941, the Welsbach Company and the General Gas Mantle Company were booming businesses in Gloucester City. It is believed that the companies used radioactive thorium to make their gas lamps glow... Read more →


The President Won't Be Needing You

Amy Payne January 29, 2014 at 6:30 am President Obama says this is a “year of action”—and last night he made it very clear whose action he was talking about. After noting recently that he has a pen and a phone and can use those to make changes without the help of Congress, Obama charged forward with promises of taking executive action wherever lawmakers fail to meet his demands. “This President has acted like the playground bully who when he can’t have everything he wants,... Read more →


Lebanon County Clerk of Courts charged with failing to report DUI convictions to PennDOT

HARRISBURG PA-- Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced charges against Lebanon County Clerk of Courts Lisa Arnold, 48, of the unit block of S. 5th Ave., Lebanon, for allegedly failing to report DUI convictions and other information to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). As the Clerk of Courts, Arnold is required to report DUI convictions or acquittals within 10 days after final judgment. According to the criminal complaint, Arnold failed to provide PennDOT with the required information 203 times between Jan. 1, 2013... Read more →


NEW JERSEY FACES ‘HARD TRUTH’ OF SERVICES VERSUS PENSIONS

Report by Mark Lagerkvist Posted on January 28, 2014 New Jersey’s public pension crisis will soon hit the fan. Chris Christie sounded the alarm near the end of his 2014 State of the State address. After speaking of plans to improve education, fight crime, expand health care, lower taxes and grow jobs, the New Jersey governor finally told the “hard truth.” “We cannot afford to do it right now,” said Christie. “For the fiscal year 2015 budget, the increase in pension and debt service could... Read more →


GTPD Wanted Person Captured By US Marshals Service

Marshal-star (Photo credit: Wikipedia) News release/January 28, 2014 GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--On December 18, 2013 shortly after 1:00 PM, a patrol officer from the Gloucester Township Police Department (GTPD) attempted a motor vehicle stop on a 2001, 4 door, silver Honda Accord with Tennessee registration after he observed a violation. The driver of the vehicle failed to pull over, and fled at a high rate of speed from the officer onto Route 42 Northbound, as the short pursuit was discontinued for safety reasons at that time.... Read more →


CAMDEN DIOCESE: Catholic Professionals Meet for Faith and Eggs

CHERRY HILL NJ--Recording artist Andy Cooney spoke to business professionals on Friday, Jan. 10 about his Catholic faith, his family, and the importance of service to others, at the Catholic Business Network of Southern New Jersey's monthly breakfast, at Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill. Forty business professionals came together to network and share their faith and experiences. At the monthly gatherings, individuals get "a good message, good speaker, and meet great people," observed Thomas Iacovone, vice president of Art Guild, Inc., a full-service trade... Read more →


Big Timber Creek Ice Jam Tuesday Morning

Mark Matthews/CNBNews BELLMAWR NJ (January 28, 2014)--With the temperatures hanging in the teens again on Tuesday morning, the Big Timber Creek looks more passable on foot then boat. Photo is from the Hargrove's Marina in Bellmawr, looking towards Westville and the Rt 47 bridge. Read more →


Area Blue Cross Companies Dealing with Disgruntled Customers | Kaiser Health News

By Robert Calandra and Stacey Burling, The Philadelphia Inquirer JAN 24, 2014 This story was produced in partnership with Paige Wolf has been buying health insurance from Independence Blue Cross for years. So when the self-employed public relations professional learned that she could buy a top-of-the-line platinum plan for less than her old policy, she was ecstatic. But her good fortune turned to frustration when the Center City woman didn't receive an invoice for her new plan. She went on Independence's Facebook page to vent.... Read more →


Reputed Philly Mob Boss, Joe Ligambi, Freed after Two Trials | NEWSWORKS

The reputed boss of the Philadelphia mob is a free man after beating two racketeering trials over two years. Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi quietly left the U.S. courthouse Tuesday morning with his brother and nephew and jumped into a waiting car. His release comes after the Justice Department decided not to take Ligambi to trial a third time. A judge on Tuesday dismissed his 2009 indictment. Two juries have deadlocked on the central racketeering charge, while acquitting Ligambi of six lesser counts. The case mostly... Read more →


Ocean City Pays Ex-Con $13,131 to End K-9 Lawsuit

Robert Petnick had claimed he was injured by a K-9 dog during an arrest. Robert Petnick. Credit: N.J. Department of Corrections Ocean City agreed to pay an ex-convict $13,131.43 to end a lawsuit that claimed he suffered "emotional and physical injuries" during his apprehension by Ocean City police and a K-9 dog. A settlement agreement signed Dec. 20 dismisses a complaint filed by Robert Petnick against the City of Ocean City and four members of the Ocean City Police Department: Officer Robert Koob, Officer Anthony... Read more →