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November 2014

A Facebook Post Becomes a Supreme Court Issue

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anthony Elonis claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent. But his wife didn't see it that way. Neither did a federal jury. Elonis, who's from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted of violating a federal law that makes it a crime to threaten another person. Related articles FBI: 20... Read more →

CNBNews Comics:

JEROME by Dave Wolfe

Vol. I No. 23 (November 30, 2014) Editors Note: Every Sunday evening at 7 pm we will post a weekly comic strip 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) Read more →


Lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that at my age I don't really give a rat's ass anymore. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, and drinks water, but is still fat. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn't run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years. And... Read more →

In Time for Thanksgiving, Obama White House Serves Up 3,400 Regulations

source Melissa Quinn / November 26, 2014 Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House quietly released word that it has 3,400 regulations in the pipeline for next year. For those who’d like to check out the Obama administration’s proposed new government red tape, released Friday, it’s called the Unified Agenda. “The administration has been really aggressive on the regulatory front,” Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at American Action Forum, a conservative policy... Read more →

Guest Opinion: The Eagles 33-10 Win Over Dallas, Was it Something More?

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Eagles didn't win anything during their Thanksgiving showdown with the divisional rival Dallas Cowboys aside from just one football game, but it certainly felt like a lot more. From start to finish, the Eagles dominated the Cowboys and took control of first place in the NFC East with a 33-10 win. IIf there were doubts about the team's ability to go on the road and beat a good opponent — doubts... Read more →

NJ Teacher Evaluations Are: a) Mostly a Success b) Still Need Work c) Both

How was the first year of New Jersey's new teacher evaluation system? Depends on whom you ask There's hardly consensus as to how well New Jersey's teacher evaluation system worked in its first year -- and no more agreement about how the second year will stack up. The state Department of Education last week released a mostly positive report on the initial year of the system as dictated under the TEACHNJ tenure reform law, citing... Read more →

Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters to be aware of shared hunting grounds

Fruits of the hunt! (Photo credit: Wikipedia) during mixed seasons DOVER (Nov. 26, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that a variety of game is in season from now until February, and to be aware of other hunters carrying diverse firearms and other weapons and seeking different game animals. Small game hunters, squirrel hunters in particular, should know that they may find themselves sharing their hunting spots with camouflaged archery deer... Read more →

Church that Michael Brown Sr. attended set on fire

ST. LOUIS—Count the church Michael Brown's father regularly attends among the many buildings that were torched in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury announcement. Carlton Lee, senior pastor of The Flood Christian Church, says he was busy trying to help put out a fire and prevent looting in the region when police called him close to midnight on Monday to break the news. "Your church is on fire," a police officer from the Country... Read more →


PRESS RELEASE NOVEMBER 28, 2014 TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands has yielded eight more enforcement actions, all for disposing of debris and other materials in state-owned natural areas. The DEP's "Don't Waste Our Open Space" campaign was launched in late March. Investigations of illegal dump sites on state properties by Division of Fish & Wildlife's Conservation Officers, State Park... Read more →

Mr. Michael Joseph Boncich, age 34, of Woodbury Hts., Philadelphia Carpenter Union Local #8

Boncich, Michael Joseph of Woodbury Heights, NJ passed away suddenly on November 25, 2014 at the age of 34. Born in Philadelphia, PA and a lifetime resident of Woodbury Heights, Michael was a 1998 graduate of Gateway High School and a 2002 graduate of St. Peter College in New Jersey. He was currently a member of the Philadelphia Carpenter Union Local # 8. Michael was an avid skateboarder, hard working, athletic and most of all,... Read more →

NY Cell Of International Cybercrime Organization Sentenced For Roles In $45 Million Cyberattack

New York Cell Withdrew $2.8 Million in Cash From Hacked Accounts in Less Than 24 Hours BROOKLYN NY (NOVEMBER 26, 2014)--Earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Elvis Rafael Rodriguez was sentenced to 34 months’ imprisonment for his participation in an international cybercrime organization responsible for two cyberattacks that inflicted $45 million in losses on the global financial system in a matter of hours. Two of Rodriguez’s co-defendants were previously sentenced for their... Read more →


Hunters harvested 417 bears during the second day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season, increasing the total harvest to 2,040 over the season’s first two days, according to preliminary totals released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Archery and other early bear season harvest data still is being entered into the GameCommission’s database, and is not available at this time. Bears have been harvested in 53 counties during the statewide season so far. The top 10... Read more →


by James Jennings on November 25, 2014 Here’s a bit of good news for you. Louie, that two-year old black Lab missing since October, has been found safe and returned to his owner J.J. Pierce. A huge push to find Louie was aided by an active social media presence, billboards and even a $3,000 reward for information on the dog’s whereabouts. In the end, it was the never ending hope of Pierce and the... Read more →

COMMENTARY: Platterful of Subsidies

Volume XIX No.48: November 26, 2014 As taxpayers busily prepare for their Thanksgiving festivities, we thought it might be a good time to see how Washington’s agriculture policy impacts your plate. Even though some see the costs of a Turkey day dinner being a steal, the fact is nearly everything you consume has gorged itself on taxpayer subsidies thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture and the 2014 farm bill. The centerpiece of the... Read more →

Greg Cote's Week 13 NFL picks

We mourn the loss of a dear friend: Our streak against the spread. We'd not had a sub-.500 record ATS all season until last week, when a really bad Upset of the Week pick (Cards winning at Seattle; seriously!?) grand-marshaled our doom. Not even four 'dogs-with-points (Dolphins, Raiders, Vikings and Redskins) were enough to save us.… Read more →

North Jersey Couple Die in Murder-Suicide

MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a man and his girlfriend have died in an apparent murder-suicide at their northern New Jersey home. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says the bodies of 33-year-old April Ellialtioglu and 34-year-old Jeff Scarpanito Jr. were found shortly after 3 a.m. Monday in their Moonachie residence. Authorities had gone there after… Read more →


ARLINGTON, Texas \'97 The gulf between the Eagles and the rest of the NFC East widened on Thursday in a 33-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys that sent a statement throughout the NFL and could resonate when the playoff bracket is determined next month. With both teams playing on short rest, the Eagles traveled to Dallas and dominated the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in their own stadium. Chip Kelly's offense overwhelmed the Cowboys, and it was... Read more →

Bishop Sullivan: "Giving God Thanks,"

By Presidential Proclamation our national holiday, Thanksgiving Day, is set aside to give thanks to the Almighty for blessings received from the providence of God. Blessings such as freedom, family, and the bounty of the harvest are celebrated and recalled annually on the fourth Thursday of November. At the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal do not forget to have someone at your table offer a spoken prayer expressing thanks to God for so many blessings. I... Read more →

Keep the Grinch from stealing your data

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP PD ALERT with these tips for safe online shopping If Black Friday is the traditional holiday shopping kickoff for bricks (i.e., brick-and-mortar stores), then Cyber Monday is considered the kickoff for clicks. This term was coined for the phenomenon involving the Monday after Thanksgiving - the one day out of the year when people rush to work... so they can use their high-speed office computers to take advantage of fantastic online sales. Though... Read more →

CNB HUNTING/FISHING DELAWARE: Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Nov. 17-23

Young Male Deer in Central Texas at night. Cropped from original image which included environmental details from the specialty camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Reminder for the week: Winter is time to bring in, repair recreational crab pots DOVER (Nov. 26, 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources... Read more →

Dorothy M. O’Connell of Avalon, formerly of Philadelphia

On November 24, 2014 . (Nee McCarron). Age 96. Of Avalon, NJ . Formerly of Fox Chase Section of Philadelphia, PA. Loving wife of 49 years to the late John J. O’Connell. Cherished mother of Dorothy M. (Jack) Gorman of Newtown, PA, Col. John J. O’Connell, Jr. ( Maureen ) of Panama City, Florida and Daniel (Mary ) O’Connell of Arden, North Carolina. Beloved grandmother of Dr. John J. (Kim) O’Connell, III , Michele O’Connell... Read more →

Gloucester High (7) Gloucester Catholic (0)

UPDATE GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--The only score in today's game, played at Gloucester High School, came on the opening kickoff. Gloucester High’s Anthony Rodriguez ran the distance to the goal for a TD, and Bob Girgenti kicked the extra- point. On the last play of the game, Catholic scored but the officials ruled the ball carried fumbled. (watch for updates) ~Bruce Darrow Related articles CNB Archives November 2008: (1954) Lions v. Rams City Football Series CNBNews... Read more →

Mrs. Rita Jensen, of Gloucester City, GCHS Alumnus Class of '60, GHS Substitute Teacher

Rita Jensen (nee McGovern) Member of the Belles of St. Mary's Drum and Bugle Corp Mrs. Rita Jensen (nee McGovern), of Gloucester City, died suddenly on November 23, 2014 at the age of 72. Beloved daughter of the late John and Ann McGovern (nee Stolinski). Loving mother of Debbie (Tim) Blake, Wayne (MaryEllen) Jensen and Michele Lugiano. Devoted grandmother of Nicole McGlinn, Megan Jensen, John Jensen, Garrett Lugiano and Mia Lugiano. Cherished great-grandmother of Alyvia... Read more →

Statewide Observances Mark World AIDS Day

Commissioner O’Dowd Encourages Residents to Get Tested and Get Treatment New Jersey commemorates World AIDS Day on December 1st with events across the state that celebrate advances in treatment and prevention that allow people to live longer, healthier lives; pay tribute to those living with HIV/AIDS; and remember those who have died. Currently, more than 37,900 people are currently living with HIV or AIDS in New Jersey. Since the beginning of the epidemic in 1981,... Read more →


DEP’S ENDANGERED AND NONGAME SPECIES PROGRAM PLAYING KEY ROLE IN RESEARCH ON “NEW” FROG SPECIES TRENTON – For Division of Fish and Wildlife Endangered and Nongame Species Program zoologist Brian Zarate, having a hand in helping to “discover” a new frog species in a state as populated and urbanized as New Jersey is both a “very cool” and “humbling” experience. Zarate and the DEP’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program are currently participating in an ongoing... Read more →

Former Atlantic City Inspector Sentenced to Prison for Taking Bribes

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former Atlantic City inspector was sentenced to state prison today for accepting cash bribes from a taxi operator and operators of massage parlors and “stress therapy centers.” Logan F. Holt Jr., 55, of Galloway Township, was sentenced to five years in state prison, including two years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Mark H. Sandson in Atlantic County. Holt pleaded guilty on Aug.... Read more →

PSAs to Help Families Protect Themselves from Foodborne Illness this Thanksgiving

English: Oven roasted turkey, common fare for Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 46 million turkeys will be cooked this Thanksgiving holiday, according to the National Turkey Federation, but many families aren't taking the specific actions needed to reduce their risk of foodborne illness. In an effort to help protect Americans from foodborne illness during the Thanksgiving season and throughout the year, the Ad Council is... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing: New Jersey Rejects Fishermen's Proposed Offshore Wind Farm

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has rejected, once again, the proposed 25 megawatt Atlantic City Offshore Wind Farm-located about 2.8 miles off the coast of Atlantic City-saying the Fishermen's Energy project "does not demonstrate financial integrity, and "does not provide a net economic and environmental benefit to New Jersey ratepayers," reports Bloomberg New Energy… Related articles NJ News Commons: WHO'S BACK? Report: Woman throws child into ocean in Atlantic City Officials Meet In... Read more →

Perth Amboy Couple Indicted for Securing Loan to Purchase Stolen Vehicle they Already Possessed,

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced that a Perth Amboy man indicted last week in a half-million dollar disability insurance scam was charged again today by a state grand jury, this time for allegedly partnering with his girlfriend in a complex scheme to steal approximately $23,000 from a credit union and to defraud a car insurance company of more than $32,000 by forging... Read more →

Medical Daily: A Yogurt A Day Keeps Diabetes Away

Yogurt provides calcium, vitamin D, protein, and, in some brands, probiotics. For many people, it adds to an overall healthy diet, while some even claim it will lenghten their lives. Now, a new study from Harvard finds eating yogurt could lower your risk of developing diabetes. “Higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk… Related articles Study Links Prostate Cancer Medications to Higher Risk of Heart-Related Deaths in Men with Cardiovascular Problems Metformin... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Will Increase Presence for Holiday Shopping on "Black Friday

GTPD Community Bulletin: On “Black Friday”, November 28, 2014, the Gloucester Township Police Department will once again be engaged in high visibility efforts and activities to encourage a safe environment for shopping at the start of this holiday season. High visibility patrols, target hardening detail, and plain clothes officers will be deployed to decrease aggressive driving, reduce shopliftings, provide homeland security, and protect all of the holiday shoppers who come for a great shopping experience... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Pennsylvania: DEER SEASON TRADITION AWAITS

English: A white-tailed deer (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season opens Dec. 1. The night before often is spent tossing and turning, minds racing excitedly at the possibilities that lie in store. The morning begins early, with the coffee pot and breakfast griddle heating up well before the mercury in the thermometer. Parents and children choose their attire based on the conditions that prevail outside, always ending up looking alike, right down to... Read more →

Attorney General Eric Holder Statement on Grand Jury Decision

NOVEMBER 25, 2014--Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday regarding the conclusion of the St. Louis County grand jury proceeding in the shooting of Michael Brown: “While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing. Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one... Read more →

COMMENTARY: Media May Actually Be To Blame for Violent Ferguson Protests

Related: RIOTS WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR? Protesters run from a cloud of tear gas after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, November 24, 2014. REUTERS FERGUSON, MISSOURI--Even as Thanksgiving beckons, the violent sights, sounds, and scenes from a night of rioting in Ferguson, Mo., linger in memories across the nation and around the world. For most of us, news and reports of this national tragedy unfolded... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing PA : BEAR HUNTERS TAKE 1623 Bears on 1st Day

PRELIMINARY FIRST-DAY BEAR HARVEST RESULTS The first day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season resulted in a harvest of 1,623 black bears, according to preliminary totals released Monday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Archery and other early bear season harvest data still is being entered into the GameCommission’s database, and is not available at this time. Bears have been harvested in 52 counties during the statewide season so far. The top 10 bears processed at check... Read more →

PA Crimes Unit Arrest 239 Suspects in Harrisburg Including Drug Dealers, and Repeat Offenders

Unit takes more than $300,000 worth of heroin off the streets of Harrisburg Seven gangs and seven drug trafficking organizations identified, bolstering local investigations HARRISBURG PA (NOVEMBER 24, 2014) - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced during a press conference in Harrisburg's City Government Center that the task force she created to infuse resources into communities that are overrun with violent, drug-related crime has again punched a hole in drug trafficking and criminal activity,... Read more →


Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Students preparing to leave for their Thanksgiving break took to the streets of Princeton last night, shouting "No Justice, No Peace" in protest of the grand jury decision not to indict in Ferguson, reports The Daily Princetonian. According to the student paper, there were about 300 protestors at the peak of the spontaneous march. Protests also took place in New York City and across the country. BLACK FRIDAY, WHITE THANKSGIVING? Yes,... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Arrest Holiday Grinch

For Theft Of Christmas Decorations And Lawn Ornaments On Sunday, November 23, 2014 at approximately 8:05 PM, the Gloucester Township Police responded to the 400 Block of Dearborne Avenue to investigate a report of a female who was seen taking Christmas decorations and lawn ornaments from a home. An observant citizen was able to provide a partial vehicle registration for the suspect as the vehicle, a Nissan minivan, fled the area towards the Black Horse... Read more →

“Staz” Bonczak, Acme Market Employee, Honey Dew Inn Bartender, Audubon HS Alumnus

Stanley J. “Staz” Bonczak, aged 77 years; of Mt. Ephraim; peacefully passed away on November 23, 2014 with his loving family by his side after a long illness. LEGACY Born in Philadelphia, Staz was raised in Blenheim before his family relocated to Mt. Ephraim where he would live for the rest of his life. Staz attended Audubon High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge from the... Read more →

Seven Indicted on Charges They Conspired to Operate Heroin Mills in Paterson Apts.

View Indictment TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that the Division of Criminal Justice has obtained an indictment charging seven alleged members of a drug ring with conspiring to operate heroin mills inside two apartments in Paterson. The indictment stems from an investigation by the New Jersey State Police, which led to arrests of six of the defendants on March 29, 2014. On the day of the arrests, state troopers, led by... Read more →

The College of NJ Wins Field Hockey National Championship Beating Bowdoin 2-0

English: TCNJ Music Building (Photo credit: Wikipedia) TCNJ Field Hockey beats Bowdoin for 11th NCAA title EWING, NJ (11/24/2014)(readMedia)-- The College of New Jersey Lions captured the 2014 NCAA Division III Field Hockey National Championship on Sunday, Nov. 23 in Lexington, Virginia. The Lions posted a 2-0 victory over Bowdoin College on Sunday, November 23 in Lexington, VA to claim the 11th national crown in program history. Team members include: Ally Pennypacker of Mullica Hill,... Read more →

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama Chooses Illegal Immigrants Over Black American Voters

Addressing the nation Thursday, President Obama sought to justify his misreading of the Constitution by unilaterally granting legal protection to 5 million illegal immigrants. In this, he reminded me of what Richard Nixon told David Frost in a 1977 interview. The exchange is worth recalling: Frost: "So what in a sense you're saying is that there… The unemployment rate among black Americans is twice that of whites, which is why they should be outraged by... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Delaware: Reductions in 2015 Striped Bass Harvest

English: A small barred perch recovered from the stomach of a striped bass offers clue of its diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife news release DOVER (Nov. 19, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently approved an addendum to the regional Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan that requires all states in the striped bass management unit to reduce their 2015 recreational and commercial coastal striped bass... Read more →

Update on Tabernacle Murders

press release November 24, 2014 Tabernacle Township, N.J. - State Police Detectives today continued the investigation into Thursday's tragic shootings of three children and their mother in a home at 39 Holly Park Dr. Two of those children, Nadia Harriman, 8, and her brother Nicholas Harriman, 14, were declared at the scene. Their mother Jeaninne LePage, 44, and Alexander Harriman, 11, remain in Cooper Hospital in critical condition. Detectives with the Major Crime Unit and... Read more →

Amid Crises, Obama Pushes Out Hagel as Defense Secretary

Hagel (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Josh Siegel / November 24, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned today after less than two years in the post amid the struggles of President Obama’s national security team to respond to a slew of global crises. Hagel, the only Republican in Obama’s Cabinet, is widely believed to have been pushed out by the president as he seeks a different approach to enduring challenges such as the Islamic State terrorist group... Read more →

Terrence Lee Scott, Sr. age 57, of Woodbury

Terrence Lee Scott, Sr. Age 57. Of Woodbury. On November 16, 2014. Age 57. Of Woodbury. Survived by his son, Terrence Lee Scott, Jr. Predeceased by his son, Matthew Scott. At the request of family, funeral services will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Terrence Lee Scott, Sr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ. Phone: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Evelyn Savino of Holland PA, age 89 Succumbs

On November 23, 2014, Evelyn Savino (nee Fabrizi) passed away following a brief illness at the age of 89, Formerly of Philadelphia, PA and Marlton, NJ. She was most recently a resident of Twining Manor, Holland, PA. Loving and devoted wife of 60 years to the late Louis A. Savino. Loving mother of Louis T. Savino, Jr., Esq. (Whitney) and Lorraine Sikora (Thomas) of Newtown, PA. Cherished grandmother of Christopher Sikora and Ava Jolie Savino.... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY NJ --Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Gloucester City Police Chief George Berglund reported one of two women injured in a house fire Friday has died. Lorraine Smolinski, F/67, of Gloucester City, succumbed to her injuries Saturday afternoon at Cooper University Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 2:13 p.m. The second victim, a 27-year-old female previously reported to be in critical but stable condition, was treated at Cooper and discharged Sunday. The... Read more →