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August 2014

CNBNews Comics:
JEROME by Dave Wolfe

Vol. I No. 10 (August 31 , 2014) Editors Note: Every Sunday evening at 7 pm we will post a weekly comic strip on CNBNews provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 13. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click on the image to enlarge) SWING SUMMER Related articles CNBNews Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe CNBNews Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe CNBNews Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe GoComics Staff Pick: Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson This comic strip nails the right wing media's narrative on Michael Brown perfectly Read more →

Sgt. Zacharie G. Hirshorn, age 30, of Gloucester City, Served in the Military, NRA Member

On August 29, 2014. Age 30. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of Melissa L. Hirshorn (nee Paonessa). Cherished father of Avoryanna Monet, Mieka Sarie, Jordan Roland and Emily Grace Hirshorn. Devoted, loved and honored son of Arthur E. Hirshorn, Jr. (Sharon) and Cheryl Carr (Harvey). Dear brother of Dr. A. Elliot Hirshorn, III (Karla), Michael Harrold, II (Jenna) and Richard Harrold (Tiffany). Cherished maternal grandson of George H. Thompson and the late Gail Thompson. Cherished paternal grandson of the late Dr. Arthur E. Hirshorn and the late Anna M. Wallace Hirshorn. Loving son-in-law of Anthony and Patricia Pusateri and Joseph and Colleen Paonessa. Zach was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He graduated from Deptford High School class of 2002. He proudly served our country for 12 years in the U.S Army and Air Force and Army National Guard with 1 year deployments to both Korea and Iraq. Zach was... Read more →

Christie's Defense Attorney Charges Taxpayers Another $780,000; Total Charges $7 Million Plus

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) - The law firm hired to defend Gov. Chris Christie's administration in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal has charged the state another $780,000 for work this summer. That's in addition to $6.5 million billed through April. The Department of Law & Public Safety released new invoices Friday from the firm Gibson… Read more →

Sound Off: Police are 'militarized' for a reason

In The Washington Times editorial "When cops play soldier" (Web, Aug. 15) the writer proclaims, "[P]olice departments don't need the arms of an army." This sweeping statement comes as a reaction to events in Ferguson, Mo., but ignores the truths about violent crime in the United States. In an infamous bank robbery in Los Angeles in… LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Read more →

The College of New Jersey Awarded 2014 TIPS Award of Excellence

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Communications, Inc. (HCI), provider of the TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) Program, is pleased to announce that The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing, New Jersey has been awarded the 2014 TIPS Award of Excellence. Recipients of this award are chosen by an internal committee led by HCI's President and CEO,Adam Chafetz. Selection is based on the number of students certified, as well as feedback from TIPS trainers, student participants and community leaders. Four other campuses also received the award this year. "The College of New Jersey is successful with implementing TIPS because they take a collaborative approach. TIPS training is provided by staff members from multiple departments in their Student Affairs division, including Fraternity and Sorority Life, Alcohol and Drug Education, Student Conduct and Residential Education," said Mr. Chafetz. TCNJ has been using the TIPS program for the past five... Read more →

A Nail Polish That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs

It is a problem that plagues college campuses across the US to a mind-boggling degree. Female students face the threat of rape and sexual assault in the college environment to such an extent that some describe it as a fact of life, a reality that girls reluctantly enter into. In response, four male students have created… Read more →

SJ Catholics Organize Mission to Uganda

Local Catholics organize mission to Uganda Dr. Joe Dobrosky holds a child during a medical mission to Uganda. The trip was organized by the Friends of Father Vincent, a nonprofit organization started by parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo, Sicklerville. In June, the Friends of Father Vincent, a South Jersey group, led a medical mission to Paidha, Uganda, bringing more than $10,000 worth of medicine and medical supplies to the community. Led by Dick and Marie Schmitt of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Sicklerville, the non-profit organization provided medical supplies that were purchased with funds from donations and fundraisers. Three doctors, a nurse practitioner, two nurses, and administrative help made the journey to Paidha. During their stay in Giira, with the family of Father Vincent Orum, a priest of their parish, the group of nine ministered to 1,400 patients over a four-day period, performing minor surgical procedures, treating medical emergencies and... Read more →

OP-ED: Chicago thugs, beware - an armed citizenry

Al Capone made Chicago famous as the headquarters of Crime Inc., and the tradition endures. Chicago is one of America's most dangerous cities. More people were murdered in Chicago last year than in any other city in America, but the politicians still haven't come to terms with reality. The only advice they have to the law-abiding… Read more →

Manhattan DA probes secret settlement between Port Authority, seaport company

HACKENSACK, N.J.—The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is investigating a secret $25 million legal settlement between the Port Authority and a politically connected seaport company that excused $15 million in unpaid rent at the docks in Brooklyn and Newark and handed over $10 million of public money to cover other debts. Prosecutors have sent the Port Authority… Read more →

CNBNews ARCHIVES July 2008:

Fellow Catholics Should Unite As One

Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Petition Ask Bishop Galante to Keep St.Anne's Church Open! Recently Bishop Joseph A. Galante had announced that many of the Catholic Churches of the Camden Diocese were to be merged or closed all together. I started a petition drive for St. Anne's Church in Westville that collected more than 800 signatures. I personally delivered these petitions myself to the Bishops office. Of course I was met before I could approach by security. I was however politely told without an appointment I could not enter the building. The guard was extremely polite and offered to deliver the package for me, and he did, my thanks to him. I did however wonder what the Bishop feared that you could not even see a secretary to try to make an appointment. Finally, three weeks later I received a reply, a two-sentence letter. Needless to say how thrilled I... Read more →

Casino closings wipe $2B from Atlantic City property-tax values

The closure of three Atlantic City casinos by mid-September will wipe $2 billion from the city's property-tax values next year, exacerbating the already cash-strapped city's financial plight, Mayor Don Guardian warned Tuesday. By 2017, property values are expected to have fallen to as little as $7.5 billion from $20 billion five years ago, Guardian said during… Read more →

Time to Start Talking: Making Parents Part of the Aging Process Now

Local senior care experts encourage families to connect, and provide tips on tackling tough conversations about aging MARLTON, N.J. – August 14, 2014 – Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet, research indicates that about two-thirds of American families put off these conversations, whether because they are uncomfortable with the topics or they just don't know where to start. 1 Statistics show that 34 percent of adults surveyed are conversation avoiders. 2 That is, they haven’t talked about any important end-of-life issues with their parents or children, or they have talked about just one issue. To help, the local Home Instead Senior Care offices are sponsoring the “40-70 Rule®” program, which includes an Action Plan for Successful AgingSM and other resources to help ease these conversations between adult children... Read more →

Three Pennsylvania Men, Suspected Child Predators, Arrested During Undercover Investigation

press release HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of three Pennsylvania men on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing and distribution of child pornography. The latest arrests occurred over the past week in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties. click on thumbnail for larger image Daniel Stewart Barry Burton Kareann Moss Daniel Stewart According to the criminal complaint, Daniel Stewart, 29, 408 Sharon Road, Apt. 104 A, Coraopolis, Allegheny County, used a peer-to-peer network in order to make files - containing prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts - available for download. Agents conducting an undercover investigation successfully downloaded those files and through the computer's IP address identified Stewart's Allegheny County apartment as the source. A search of Stewart's residence resulted in the seizure of a laptop and other electronic devices, which contained apparent child pornography. Stewart was taken into custody... Read more →

CNB Hunting & Fishing News: DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Aug. 19-25

English: The eastern entrance to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal at Reedy Point, Delaware. Fort Dupont State park is at the right. The Reedy Point Bridge, carrying Delaware State Route 9, is visible in the distance. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge McFarland is exiting the channel. View is to the east. The channel entrance is located on the Delaware River in New Castle County, Delaware, USA. IMO Number: 7739856 MMSI Number: 338997000 Callsign: AEGB Length: 100 m Beam: 24 m (Photo credit: Wikipedia) press release Reminder for week: Follow safe boating practices, especially on busy holiday weekends DOVER (Aug. 29, 2014) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Aug. 19-25 made 1,390 contacts with anglers, boaters and... Read more →

Volunteers encouraged to sign up now for 2014 Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Marine debris on a Hawaii beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) DOVER (Aug. 28, 2014) – There’s still time to sign up for the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the DNREC website to ensure enough supplies are packed for each site. To pre-register, go Pre-registration will close on Monday, Sept. 9 at close of business. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas. This year, nearly 50 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties are targeted for volunteers to scour and make cleaner. At last year’s Coastal Cleanup, 1,900 dedicated volunteers from civic organizations, youth groups, businesses and families collected 4 tons of trash from... Read more →

GUEST COMMENTARY: Postal Service Blames Financial Problems on Labor Costs

The following editorial appeared in the Orange County Register on Thursday, Aug. 28: ——— There is even more bad financial news for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a report released last week by the agency's Office of Inspector General. In addition to sharply declining mail volume and significant required payments for retiree health care, the… Read more →


Over 200 vehicles impounded in Camden City this year (CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) touted his vehicle impound measure, which was signed into law one year ago, as another tool in police departments’ fight against crime. The measure allows police to impound motor vehicles used in the transport of illegal guns or drugs, or in the commission of prostitution. “Weapons trafficking, drug trade, and prostitution are not city problems, they’re regional ones,” said Senator Norcross. “Crimes of this nature are devastating to communities, but perpetrators often live far from where they carry out their crimes. We’re not interested in that sort of visitor to our city.” Chief Scott Thomson of the Camden County Metro Division lauded the measure as a way to cut off the main source of revenue for Camden’s drug markets. “Over the last year we have been fortunate to leverage the latest law enforcement tool to... Read more →

Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

Volume XVI No.35: August 28, 2014 TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE Anybody road tripping through the Corn Belt this Labor Day can’t miss the obvious signs of farm profitability. From shiny new grain bins and irrigation equipment to new homes and buildings, theriches of farmland and farmers’ bank accounts will stand out to even those who can’t tell a plow from a planter. Consecutive years of record or near-record profits in the agriculture sector have led to low levels of debt, high equity, and a surplus of cash. Now, despite a recent downturn in crop prices, these good times aren’t about to dry up. Subsidies from Uncle Sam are there to keep ‘em rolling. While some media chicken littles warned of doomsday scenarios if corn prices fell below $4 per bushel, which they have, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) estimated Tuesday that 2014 national farm profits... Read more →

The Sports Illustrated College Football Tailgate Tour 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Inc's Sports Illustrated and GoRVing have teamed up for the second consecutive year to produce a 10-city tour of college campuses and stadiums in celebration of two of America's great pastimes: Tailgating and RVing. The Sports Illustrated College Football Tailgate Tour presented by GoRVing launches Saturday, August 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas where the defending national champion and pre-season No. 1 team in America the Florida StateSeminoles face the Oklahoma State Cowboys. An array of world-renowned chefs and football stars will make appearances at each tour stop where fans can talk food and football while getting ready for the big game. The first stop in Arlington will feature Super Bowl Champion (and inventor of the Lambeau Leap)LeRoy Butler alongside Iron Chef winner Kent Rathbun. Rathbun will be preparing his famous BBQ smoked ribs and potato salad. Also on board for... Read more →


press release CAMDEN, NJ – An immigrant from Nigeria, she came to the United States 12 years ago. Her husband maintained full control of the finances and her life. She was given a small amount of money to buy only food for the family and he demanded receipts proving what she had spent. She was not permitted to spend money on clothing, gas, or personal needs without his permission. He measured the gas level in her car, planned the driving route she was to travel, and controlled all other aspects of her life through denying her economic freedom. He paid all of the bills. The bank accounts, credit and debit cards, car, and house were all in his name. He constantly changed PIN numbers to ensure she was always denied access to financial means. She was married to this man for 14 years. When she was strong enough, she left... Read more →


AFL–CIO (Photo credit: Wikipedia) BY AWARDING SCHOLARSHIPS AND PAYING RESPECT TO LABOR PIONEER PETER J. MCGUIRE (Collingswood, NJ) – In what has become the largest Labor Day observance in New Jersey, the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council today stressed the importance of education in driving the nation's economy and giving students the tools to successfully compete in the global marketplace. Hundreds of officers, delegates, local union officials and members of the Central Labor Council joined with elected officials and student scholarship recipients at the 120th Annual Peter J. McGuire Labor Day Observance. “As the cost of education continues rise, we remain committed in our efforts to helping union members and their families achieve a college education,” said Susan Michielli, President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council. The Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council has been diligent in putting its resources behind its commitment to... Read more →

CNBNews ARCHIVES July 2008:

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for July

POSTED Monday, July 21, 2008 by William E. Cleary Sr. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead... Correction: The Gloucester City School District over the past three months has placed legal notices in the Gloucester City News. However, according to Albert Countryman, Publisher of The NEWS, there have been no advertisements for Help Wanted placed in the paper from the School District over that time period. JEER-We have heard a number of complaints against the Gloucester City Board of Education/School District for not hiring local residents recently for teaching positions and other jobs. To add insult to injury the legal notices/ads for the jobs have not been placed in the local newspaper. In fact, according to the publisher Albert Countryman The Gloucester City News hasn’t received any Help Wanted ads from the School... Read more →

LETTERS to the ED: Senate President on the Importance of Labor Day |

To the Editor: As we enjoy time with our families during this holiday weekend, it is also important to remember what Labor Day represents. It’s about the struggle of people in this country to have safe working conditions and good wages. It’s about fighting for things in New Jersey like Paid Family Leave and an increase in the minimum wage. Organized labor has made significant strides in the last century, which we will proudly recognize during Peter J. McGuire Day. And we also recognize the contributions of Paterson’s own Matthew Maguire. But there is always more that can be done. We can ensure equal work for equal pay, raise the minimum wage across the nation - not just in New Jersey - and, we can keep the promise we made to workers that their pensions will be there for them when they retire. All of these things are not only... Read more →


Fall 2014 Trout Stocking Schedule

Fall Trout Stocking Map (.jpg, 170kb) Fall Trout Stocking Map (.pdf, 1.0mb) During the 2014 fall trout stocking season the Division of Fish and Wildlife will stock more than 25,000 trout in the state's major trout waters. The fish will be stocked from the Pequest Trout Hatchery from October 7-15. As a result of a disease issue at the hatchery this past spring, yearling brown and rainbow trout approximately 7-9 inches in length, will be stocked this fall as the hatchery works to rebuild fish stocks lost to the disease. (A return to the stocking of larger fish is planned for next fall, 2015, as well as a return to a full stocking schedule in spring, 2015.) The trout will be stocked in 17 streams and 14 ponds over the two-week period. As in past years, streams are stocked the first week, and ponds and lakes are stocked during the... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Puppy Mouthing (

by Dawn Watson ( Mouthing, when applied to a dog’s behavior, is the application of teeth onto flesh without the intent to do harm. As puppies, dogs are taught appropriate behavior by their mothers. If a puppy should mouth its mother, the mother would put an end to the behavior by scruffing the puppy (grabbing it by its skin at the top of the neck). However, most dogs are removed from their mother and litter mates before the age of 12 weeks and the teaching of good manners is left up to the human that purchases or adopts the dog. When a dog mouths you can correct that behavior with a loud exclamation, such as “No!” or “Leave it!” Then, stop the playtime altogether for a period of time. Gradually, the dog will understand that mouthing is unacceptable. Never punish the dog with a physical correction—violence toward animals causes defensive... Read more →

U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted

Fugitive Investigations - 15 Most Wanted August 13, 2014 - 15 Most Wanted Capture - The lone female fugitive on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list was placed in handcuffs by Deputy U.S. Marshals after they closed in on her at a Portland, Oregon shopping mall, ending her five-year run from the law. Janet Killough Barreto, who was wanted in Mississippi for Failure to Appear on original charges of Manslaughter of a Child, three counts of Child Abuse, six counts of Child Neglect and Tampering with a Witness, was apprehended along with her husband, Ramon Barreto. Read More The following individuals are considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend any of these fugitives yourself. Report any information to the nearest USMS District Office. Do You have a Tip? E-Mail: Abbott Wanted Poster News Release Photos Barreto News Release Chism Wanted Poster Creamer Wanted Poster News Release... Read more →

Incarnation Parish Providing Health Care to Members and Others Free of Charge

Written by By Peter G. Sánchez Since 2000, Incarnation Church, Mantua’s Health Ministry has provided services, free of charge, to anyone who seeks their services. In its work, accomplished by a group of health care professionals and volunteers, the ministry “seeks to promote the optimal health of the whole person,” according to their literature, “by promoting the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our parish community.” The professionals and volunteers “give their time and treasure, and give back to the church community,” to those of all ages, said Kay Peters, coordinator of the health ministry. After 40 years working in the healthcare field, as a registered nurse and as a clinical nurse specialist, Peters retired in 2000. But she soon felt called to help start a parish nursing ministry at Incarnation. After speaking with then-parochial vicar, Father Paul Olszewski, a notice was put in the church bulletin about plans to... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Philly Little Leaguers gave us all something to smile about

The world is filled with controversies, and not all of them are equally compelling, much less legitimate. Having a bully pulpit carries with it the obligation to choose, wisely, the subject of rumination. This week, I could write about endangered Christians in the Middle East. I could praise the courage of intrepid journalists and fearless health… Read more →

Consumers Warned About Credit Card Phone Scams

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today alerted Pennsylvania consumers to be aware and ready for a recent phone scam that has been very active in the Commonwealth involving phone calls regarding a phony "hold" on the consumer's credit or debit card account. "It is important that consumers be proactive and educated about scams like these that threaten their financial and personal security," Attorney General Kane said. "You can protect yourself by staying calm and not rushing to act, which is exactly what these scammers hope you do." In the last few weeks, the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection has received similar complaints from multiple consumers regarding this scam. The scam consists of an automated call from a toll-free number telling the consumer that a hold has been placed on their credit or debit card account. If the consumer believes it is their card, they are asked to... Read more →

CNBNews 2008 Archives:

Floating Docks Installed at Freedom Pier

By WILLIAM E. CLEARY SR GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Finally after decades of promises there are some positive signs happening at the former Coast Guard Base, King Street and the Delaware River, Gloucester City. The Coast Guard Base was vacated in 1987. And several years later the federal government gave the deed to the City of Gloucester City. And there the base has set for nearly 15 years. Each election some politician running for office would announce a grandiose plan for the site but nothing much came of those promises but more development studies. PHOTO: FLOATING DOCKS enlarge click. This past week however the City installed floating docks, gangways and a loading platform on the pier. The docks will be used to tie up the City’s 65 foot sailing vessel, The North Wind, along with the Philadelphia base Flag Ship Charters. Plus this improvement will enable larger boats to safely dock... Read more →

Camden Diocese Selling Four Nursing Homes

press release CAMDEN CITY NJ--The Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, Bishop of Camden, has approved, pending consultation with diocesan advisory bodies, the consensus of a blue-ribbon advisory committee that the Diocese of Camden seek a buyer for its three nursing homes: Our Lady’s MultiCare Center in Pleasantville; Bishop McCarthy Residence in Vineland; and Saint Mary’s Catholic Home in Cherry Hill, including The Manor at Saint Mary’s, a residential health care facility. Proceeds from the sale of the properties will be directed to pastoral initiatives that will seek to transform health care ministry to the poor and frail elderly through parish-based programs. These programs will also assist families with a wide range of other health related issues, such as autism, care for the homebound and the dying. “We are not only seeking ways to change the way we minister to the elderly, but also to expand the health-care ministry of the... Read more →


HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two Pennsylvania men and a New Jersey man on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing and distribution of child pornography. Thomas Conroy Michael Wedl Charles Farence Jr. Attorney General Kane in 2013 requested and received funding from the legislature to create a state-of-the-art facility with agents and attorneys devoted exclusively to identifying, arresting and prosecuting child predators. The latest arrests occurred over the past week in Dauphin, Fayette and Northampton counties. Thomas Conroy According to the criminal complaint, Thomas Conroy, 54, 18 Grouse Mountain Road, Blairstown, New Jersey, used a peer-to-peer network in order to make files - containing prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts - available for download. Agents conducting an undercover investigation successfully downloaded three of those files and identified Conroy's Northampton County place of business as the source... Read more →

Top Labor Day Weekend Events and Happenings In Philadelphia |

PHILADELPHIA PA--It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is nearly here. But before the summer season winds down, a ton of events fill venues across Philadelphia for one last hurrah. Now’s the perfect time to get out there and prolong summer, whether that means hitting up a beer garden, attending a free outdoor concert, sipping beer at an early Oktoberfest celebration or attending an exhibition — all of which are on tap for Labor Day weekend. Plus, a number of blockbuster happenings are on tap: Made in America, Jay Z’s epic music festival, fills the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for two days, Spruce Street Harbor Park, the super popular pop-up park, will continue to offer a beatific retreat along the Delaware Waterfront and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main exhibition, Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art will close. And that’s not all.... Read more →


Atlantic City (NJ) - The boardwalk in a rainy day (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Get Your Season Tickets, Individual Night Tickets and Parade Tickets Witness every minute of the 2015 Miss America Competition with season tickets to the highly anticipated, multi-night event. Season tickets are on sale now and include admission to all 3 preliminary competitions at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 9; Wednesday, September 10; and Thursday, September 11; as well as admission to the final night of competition on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, broadcast live on ABC. Season tickets may be purchased on or by visiting the Miss America website at Individual tickets are also on sale now. Tickets for individual nights range in price and may be purchased on or by visiting the Miss America website Ticket holders will witness 53 contestants vie for the crown in categories including... Read more →


Spruce Street Harbor Park will remain open daily through Sunday, September 28. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation) PHILADELPHIA PA--Due to popular demand, Spruce Street Harbor Park will remain open for one more month, through Sunday, September 28. The oasis provides the centerpiece for Spruce Street Harbor Park. Located in the Marina at Penn’s Landing, just north of the Olympia and the Becuna, this installation consists of three landscaped barges, the Blue Anchor, net lounge and floating gardens. Barges: Three 80’ x 30’ barges were transformed into a floating oasis with the help of family-owned Hays Tug and Launch who provided both the barges and the fabrication site. The barges, fondly named TJ, Brody, and Richard, after the owner’s grandchildren, feature 2 20’ repurposed cargo containers holding the Blue Anchor, 30+ trees and plantings, an ADA-compliant boardwalk, beautiful raw metal railings fabricated in a collaboration between Groundswell... Read more →

CNBNews Archives July 2008:

RxD Pharmacy Leaves Gloucester City

Saturday, July 26, 2008 By Stephen N. Roche The RXD Pharmacy at 525 Monmouth St. closed for good on Tuesday, July 22, according to pharmacist and store manager Al Zeises, interviewed by the News on July 16. The store was across the street from the Comcast office left vacant when it moved to Audubon this past spring, as soon as Comcast's contract with Gloucester City expired. Zeises was in his 21st year at the pharmacy, which he said opened several years before he arrived there, replacing the old Quality Drug store at the site. RXD will also close three stores in Camden, ending its retail presence - as RXD - in New Jersey altogether. Stores in Erial and Blackwood were closed many years ago, Zeises said, and another, in Collingswood, closed just five years ago. RXD's corporate headquarters remains on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. In addition to Zeises and a... Read more →

Help a Student Succeed, Get him or her a Library Card

Camden County Library supports Library Card Sign-up Month in September VOORHEES, NJ – August 26, 2014 -- Parents everywhere want their children to succeed, and one of the simplest ways to help a child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Camden County Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card. Resources at the Camden County Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. Specific homework help for both elementary and secondary students is available 24/7 on the library’s website through its Kid’s Zone and Teen Space pages found under Using the Library on the top... Read more →

Police Seek Your Help with Murder Investigation

New Jersey State Police (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Fairfield Township, N.J. - New Jersey State Police detectives from the Major Crime Unit and Bridgeton Station are seeking the public’s help with the homicide investigation of Jennifer Cruz-Chavez, 37, of Bridgeton, N.J. On Sunday, August 24, at approximately 4:35 p.m., troopers responded to Buckshutem Road in the area of milepost 4 for the report of a body being discovered by hunters in a wooded area located just off of the roadway. The victim was pronounced deceased at 6:26 p.m. before being taken to Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, N.J. On Monday, August, 25, Doctor Ian Hood of the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office conducted a post mortem examination of the victim. He determined the manner of death to be homicide as a result of multiple blunt force trauma. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police Major... Read more →


Common Pheasant (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Now is the time to register Hunter-Trapper Education graduates for organized hunts. Junior hunters who want to take part in a special pheasant hunt just for them need to make their reservations now, while spots remain open. Information on Junior Pheasant Hunt events statewide is available at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website,, and those looking to participate in an upcoming hunt can register online. Time is of the essence, however. The events are starting to fill, and some already have waiting lists. Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said Junior Pheasant Hunts are action-packed and provide a great opportunity to give youngsters a taste of hunting excitement and success. "If you're starting out a new hunter and you're looking for a way to show them how much fun hunting can be, it really doesn't get any better than this," Hough said. "But it's... Read more →

New York City to Western PA Drug Ring Busted

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations (BNI) in a joint investigation with the Pennsylvania State Police Drug Law Enforcement Division has broken up a $1 million dollar drug distribution ring that operated between New York City and Western Pennsylvania. click on thumbnail for larger image Peris Smith Dabrielle Dawkins Rafael "Ralphie" Ramirez Marcos Ordonez Charles Pratt Dominique McElvy Dawan Lockett Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug trafficking was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed against the seven individuals associated with the organization. The grand jury found that Peris Smith was a heroin and cocaine trafficker capable of purchasing kilogram weights of drugs, processing and re-selling them. Smith allegedly supplied heroin and cocaine to his sister, Dabrielle Dawkins, for distribution in and around Beaver and Allegheny counties. According to... Read more →

Local Beat: Cops, Kids, and a Piece of History

\ By JOE AMDITIS Local Beat is NJ News Commons' weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. Ripples from Ferguson, MO continue to be felt in New Jersey. Bill Bowman of the Franklin Reporter & Advocate shows us that not all police departments are as gun-hungry as the\'85 Read more →

Park Road to reopen near UD’s Lewes campus

LEWES (Aug. 28, 2014) – The Division of Parks and Recreation has announced that Park Road in Lewes will be opened Saturday morning, Aug. 30, for through traffic. The road just underwent a major resurfacing and realignment, and had a new shared-use pedestrian/bicycle path added. Some minor clean-up projects remain but they can be completed with closures or temporary closures of a lane occurring only periodically. Park Road connects New Road and Pilottown Road, and is commonly used as an alternative route to the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment/Hugh R. Sharp Campus, the Lewes Public Boat Ramp, U.S. Coast Guard Station and Lewes Dairy, as well as other businesses and residences along Pilottown Road. For more information, contact the Cape Henlopen State Park office at 302-645-8983. Read more →

Phillies president on medical leave

David Montgomery, the Phillies' president and CEO since 1997, will take a medical leave of absence amid a tumultuous time for the franchise. Former general manager Pat Gillick, the architect of the 2008 world-champion Phillies, will assume Montgomery's duties, the team said Thursday. Montgomery, 68, underwent surgery to remove cancer from his jawbone in May. He… Gillick in charge of Phillies Related articles Phillies president David Montgomery takes leave of absence, Pat Gillick assumes role An Open Letter to Phillies President David Montgomery Phillies president undergoes cancer surgery Read more →


Christina Rizzetta of Galloway, a second-year student in the biomedical sciences program in RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology, made the Dean's List for the Spring 2014 semester. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List if their quarterly GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of "Incomplete", "D" or "F"; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours. Read more →

Oceanside beach at the Point to reopen for Labor Day weekend

piping plover nesting area (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen, beachnesting bird monitors report LEWES (Aug. 27, 2014) – With beachnesting bird season winding down and migratory shorebirds passing through, beachnesting bird monitors reported that six pairs of piping plovers fledged eight chicks this season, four on the Point and four at Gordons Pond at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Two of this season’s nesting plovers might stand as evidence supporting long-held speculation among biologists that plovers that nest in Delaware will return to breed here again in the future. In the last few years, several banding studies conducted in Atlantic Coast states used colored plastic leg bands in unique combinations on the plovers that allow observers to identify individual birds without having to recapture them. “This season we had two piping plovers nesting in Delaware that had been banded in New... Read more →

Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry gun permit applications surge

An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest. Law enforcement authorities described the man as "a model citizen" who "helped others avoid being victims" at an AT&T store outside… Read more →

CRIME: Six Arrested for Illegal Dumping

TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and lands has yielded six more enforcement actions, all related to illegal dumping at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Pemberton Township, 4-Mile Run Preserve in Winslow Township and the Duck Island section of D&R Canal State Park in Hamilton Township. The DEP's "Don't Waste Our Open Space" campaign was launched in late March. Since the launch, investigations of illegal dump sites on state properties by State Park Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife's Conservation Officers and DEP's Compliance & Enforcement personnel has resulted in 16 arrests or enforcement actions. The program is a coordinated effort of a host of DEP agencies, including Parks, Fish & Wildlife, Solid Waste, Water Resources, State Forestry Services and the Natural Lands Trust. All activities of this new effort are posted on, a new website... Read more →

Pennsylvania targeting drug-related crime in Allegheny County

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said today that the full weight of her office is being put behind the efforts of law enforcement organizations in Allegheny County to combat the steep increase in violent, drug related-crime in the area. She also announced the arrest of two men accused of carrying stolen handguns and an alleged heroin dealer as part of ongoing investigations. "Too many Allegheny County citizens feel helpless because drug deals and shootings have become an almost everyday occurrence," Attorney General Kane said. "We are focusing our efforts there and together with local law enforcement we are determined to bring peace back to those communities." She said in recent weeks neighborhoods throughout Allegheny County have seen an increase in drug-related crime, which can turn deadly as drug trafficking organizations try to stake their claim. On Aug. 13, 2014, Terrick Smith, 21, 425 Verona St., Braddock, and Marquese... Read more →

JULY 2008 CNBNews Archives:

$300,000 in State Aid Will Help Gloucester City Reduce Taxes

By William E. Cleary GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (July 2008)--The City of Gloucester City is one of seven communities in the immediate area to receive extraordinary aid from the New Jersey State Property Relief Act. The City received $300,000. The state notified the city earlier this month. This year’s 2008-2009 proposed budget totals $16,439,000 or $613,313 more than last year's budget of $15,825,687. Under the proposed plan introduced in April the local purpose tax was to increase by 41 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. At that time taxes were to rise to $287 on an average home assessed at $70,000. According to the advertised budget in the April 10 (2008) issue of the Gloucester City News, the City employs 105 fulltime workers and 74 part-time. The number of employees was the same in 2007. Councilman Nick Marchese, Finance Chairman, was asked what effect the $300,000 would have on the taxes.... Read more →


press release Washington Avenue Pier, site of Philadelphia’s historic immigration station and the nation’s first Navy Yard, provides green, naturalized setting for new public access to the Delaware River in Queen Village/Pennsport PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 15, 2014 ) –The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) and Mayor Michael A. Nutter today opened Washington Avenue Pier, a new pier park in Pennsport, as a next step in the implementation of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. The former Pier 53, once the site of the city’s immigration station and the nation’s first Navy Yard, adds to the first dedicated waterfront public space in South Philadelphia, Washington Avenue Green, which was created in 2010. The design of the park honors its evolving role on the waterfront from shipbuilding center to port-of-entry to naturalized finger pier, providing the following features to visitors:  Panoramic views of the Delaware River, Center City and the... Read more →