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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 Years Since Shooting Killed Two Agents, Police Sergeant Latest News: Congress Returns, Hong Kong Flares Up, Climate Talks Start 'Sopranos' stars pay tribute to James... 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 they tell us to exercise? I don't think so. Now that I'm older, here's what I've discovered: 1. I started out with nothing, and I... Read more →

Cartoon: Taxpayers Are Always on the Hook

SOURCE Glenn Foden / November 28, 2014 From Rachel Greszler’s piece published Nov. 24: If you’re a worker and you have a pension, there’s a government agency that will pay that pension if your company is unable to fulfill the financial promises made to you and your colleagues. There’s just one catch: That government agency has a massive deficit right now. According to the recently released 2014 annual report from the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, the deficit in PBGC’s multiemployer program increased from $8.6 billion in 2013 to $42.4 billion in 2014. This massive deficit is problematic for the... Read more →

CNBNews Home Country Columnist Slim Randles Wins Three Regional Book Awards

SLIM RANDLES "Home Country" columnist Slim Randles, won three regional book awards for the two books he wrote in 2014. "Max Evans and a Few Friends, the 90th Birthday Book" took honors for best non-fiction book, and "Saddle Up: A Cowboy Guide to Writing" won for best how-to book and best cover design at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards in Albuquerque. It's hard to tell where the outdoors leaves off and the writing begins in the life of award winning western author Slim Randles, because they have both been inseparable for decades. When Slim wasn't in the newsroom of a... Read more →

YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED: Donations Being Accepted for Family of Gloucester City Fire

BY WILLIAM E. CLEARY SR. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Mrs. Laraine “Rainie” Smolinski, of Gloucester City, died Saturday y Mrs. Laraine “Rainie” Smolinski afternoon, November 22, 2014 at Cooper University Hospital from injuries sustained in a fire that destroyed her house located at 316 Highland Blvd. The second victim of the fire, a 27-year-old female previously reported to be in critical but stable condition, was treated at Cooper and discharged Sunday. Investigators believe the fire, which occurred on Friday, November 21, around 11:30AM was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire remains undetermined pending further investigation. Mrs. Smolinski was predeceased... 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 institute, told The Daily Signal. “They drop [the Unified Agenda] on a Friday right before a holiday, and no one critical of their regulatory policies... Read more →

Donna E. Stubbs of Bellmawr, Triton High School Alumnus Class of '74

Donna E. Stubbs (nee Rabeau), on November 27, 2014, of Bellmawr. Age 59. Beloved wife of Kenneth. Devoted mother of Julie Stubbs, Rachel Boyd (Brandon), and Lisa Stubbs. Loving grandmother of Logan Marie Boyd. Sister of Karen Cropper, Susan Krebl, Drew Rabeau and Timothy Rabeau. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Proud graduate of Triton High School, class of ’74. There will be a visitation from 10am to 12pm Saturday, December 6 at Church of the Holy Spirit, 20 East Browning Road, Bellmawr, NJ. Funeral Service to follow at the Church. Interment private. Family requests in lieu of... Read more →

Two Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan War: Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27

Released November 27,2014 DoD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device. Killed were: Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, Maryland. He was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York. Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, Ohio. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North... Read more →

Officer Darren Wilson Announces his Resignation from the Ferguson Police Department

• By Christine Byers Citing security fears, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, has resigned from the police department. Wilson, 28, who on Monday was cleared by a grand jury investigating the shooting, had been a member of the city's police department for six years. In a brief telephone interview, Wilson said he resigned after the police department told him it had received threats of violence if he remained an employee. "I'm resigning of my own free will," he said. "I'm not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me." He... 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 that were inflamed two weeks ago in Green Bay — those were calmed a bit by the casual way Dallas was dispatched. Read more →

Motorists Warned of Property and Identity Theft When Vehicles Left Unlocked

Police Chiefs Launch Province-wide Lock It OR Lose It Campaign TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario's Police Chiefs are warning motorists and passengers about the dangers of property and identity theft resulting from unlocked vehicles or the leaving of valuables in plain view. The Province's top cops today launched the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police's (OACP) annual Lock It OR Lose It Campaign in Toronto. The campaign is a crime prevention program that encourages drivers and passengers to take precautions to protect their vehicles and vehicle contents from theft, particularly during the holiday season. "Leaving vehicles unlocked or... Read more →

Can You ID This Man? Suspect Allegedly Defrauded Elderly Woman with Dimentia

VINELAND NJ--The Vineland Police Department request the public's help in identifying the male subject in the photo above. The investigation involves the male who allegedly defrauded an elderly woman who suffers from dementia. To submit an anonymous tip via text message to the Vineland Police Department, text VPDTIP and your tip to 847411 (tip411). Related articles From waste to watts: Deptford Kinsley Landfill transforms into solar farm Online map allows New Jersey residents to track, post tips on crimes East Orange man to receive 8 years under plea deal in drive-by shooting that killed football star Read more →


The Vineland Police Department is accepting resumes for the position of SLEO Class II Police Officers. Successful applicants will be working 20 hours per week at $14.50 per hour. Prerequisites for initial consideration are as follows: • Be a United States Citizen. • Be a New Jersey resident. • Hold a valid New Jersey driver's license. • Possess a current New Jersey Police Training Commission Certification at the appropriate SLEO II level. •Have the ability to read, write and speak the English language clearly and intelligently. •Have and demonstrate good moral character and have not been convicted of any crime... Read more →

The Broken Shillelaghs Performing at McMichael's Pub & Grill, Saturday from 9pm-1am

Saturday November 29th, 2014 McMichael's Pub & Grill 157 S. Burlington St. Gloucester City, NJ 9pm-1am Holiday Music Set at 10pm SOURCE tip submitted by Alexis G. :) Read more →

CNB Pet Tip of the Week: Coping With Loss

by Dawn Watson ( Holidays are a time of reflection. Sometimes, they remind us of family members that have passed away, including beloved pets. Humans form extraordinary bonds with their pets. We memorialize each milestone of our dogs’ lives and grieve for them when they die. There still remains a small portion of the civilized world that does not understand the emptiness felt when a pet passes away. These people have probably not known the joy of pet ownership for, if they had, they would understand completely the heartbreak of this type of loss. Losing a pet is complicated by... Read more →

Holiday Lighting Safety Reminder from FirstEnergy

AKRON, Ohio, November 29, 2014/PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season is the most popular time for home decoration. FirstEnergy's (NYSE: FE) utilities hope you will enjoy this festive season with family and friends while also remembering a few tips to ensure your holiday lighting displays remain safe throughout the season. Outdoor Lighting Safety Check all lights for frayed wires or areas where insulation has pulled away from plugs or sockets. Discard and replace any damaged light strings. Take extra care using a ladder to install lights – avoid contact with overhead wires and make sure the ladder is placed on solid,... Read more →

University of Pennsylvania Professor Blames America's Racist God for the Killing of Brown

Via Campus Reform: An Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania has blamed “America’s racist god” for the killing of Michael Brown. Anthea Butler, A regular guest on MSNBC, blamed America’s blood thirsty “god of white supremacy,” for the Ferguson tragedy in which police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot teenager Michael Brown during a violent altercation. “America’s racist god requires black people’s blood to atone for the sins committed by its followers,” Butler writes in Religion Dispatches, an independent non-profit news and commentary blog hosted by the University of Southern California. “This time, the blood shed in... 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 some challenges but praising the progress in meeting requirements for additional observations and goal setting for teachers. But the state's leading education groups have since... Read more →

MONEY MATTERS: How to Guard Against Child Identity Theft

Friday, November 28, 2014 Your child begins to receive offers for pre-approved credit cards. It sounds annoying, but nothing to be worried about, right? In fact, it could be one of the warning signs that your family is the victim of child identity theft. Nearly 3 percent of U.S. households with children under age 18 – or one in 40 households – has been struck by child identity theft, according to the Identity Theft Assistance Center. The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) explains how to prevent or respond to this crime. Adults Aren’t the Only Victims Each... Read more →

Line of Duty Annual ‘Officers Killed’ Report More Than a Tally of Losses

FBI Badge & gun. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 11/26/14 The FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report that was released earlier this week details in chilling narratives and statistics how 76 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013. While the LEOKA report offers a stark reminder of the dangers police face every day, the main reason for gathering the comprehensive data about line-of-duty fatalities, assaults, and accidents is to prevent them from occurring in the future. In addition to collecting details about the critical aspects of fatal confrontations and assaults, the FBI’s LEOKA... 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 hunters in tree stands. Upcoming or ongoing deer seasons: Archery/crossbow – Continues through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 Special antlerless – Saturday, Dec. 13-Saturday, Dec. 20... Read more →

Death of New Jersey hospital CEO's wife ruled homicide, reports say - CBS News

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The death of a hospital executive's wife who was pulled from her burning home in September has been ruled a homicide. But authorities still haven't determined what caused the death of her husband, who also was killed in the fire. The findings were noted in recently filed death certificates for 69-year-old Joyce Sheridan and her 72-year-old husband, John, according to several published reports. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office has not said what caused the couple's deaths on Sept. 28. But they have said that a fire at the Montgomery Township home that morning was set intentionally.... 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 Club Hills Police Department is said to have told Lee. Related articles On Holiday, Ferguson Seeks to Salve Wounds Officer Reportedly Plans to Leave Ferguson... 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 Police, and DEP's Compliance & Enforcement personnel has resulted so far in 28 arrests or enforcement actions. The program is a coordinated effort of a... 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, devoted to his girls, Grace and Charlotte. Loving Father of Grace and Charlotte; dear son of Regina Fitzgerald and John Boncich; devoted brother of Vincent,... 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 roles in the conspiracy -- on October 27, 2014, Evan Peña was sentenced to 22 months’ incarceration, and on October 24, 2014, Saul Genao was... 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 bears processed at check stations by Tuesday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 552 pounds or more. The largest of those... 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 exhaustive search efforts of a community that ultimately reunited a long-lost pup with its owner. CONTINUE TO READ Related articles Uno Pizzeria & Grill to... 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 nearly trillion dollar farm bill is federally subsidized crop insurance. And this $8 billion dollara year program is actually set to grow in size in... 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 →

Photos: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thousands of families and friends gathered alongside New York City's 6th Avenue for the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27th. Famous figures floated above the city, Cirque du Soleil performers dazzled, and over 8,000 acts entertained the crowds during the parade, which stretched from Manhattan's Upper West Side to Herald Square. Check… Read more →

Celtic Twilight Christmas Tickets Available -- Proceeds Benefit Catholic Education

A “Celtic Twilight Christmas” featuring Irish music performers Phil Coulter, Andy Cooney, Geraldine Brannigan and the Irish Pops Orchestra will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the TD Bank Arts Center in Sewell at 7:30 p.m. The concert will benefit the South Jersey Scholarship Fund, an organization which raises funds for tuition assistance for students attending the 28 elementary schools and six high schools in the Diocese of Camden. Tickets are $39.50 and $29.50 and can be purchased through Ticket Master (1-800-745-3000) or via the TD Bank Arts Center box office at 856-218-8902. For additional information, click on the... Read more →


Credit card (Photo credit: Wikipedia) THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IF THE DEAL SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS. The FBI reminds shoppers in advance of the holiday shopping season to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to defraud consumers by offering too good to be true deals via phishing e-mails advertising brand name merchandise, quick money making offers, or gift cards as an incentive to purchase a product. Remember, if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is and never provide... 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 outdone only by an Eagles defense that neutralized Dallas' attack. \ \ } 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 witnessed a living prayer of thanksgiving when I joined the parishioners of Incarnation Parish, Mantua, for the preparation of 60 boxes of food for struggling... 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 it’s still a massive holiday sales day, thanks to huge deals and free shipping, Cyber Monday is really just the beginning of the online holiday... 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 Police officers between Nov. 17-23 made 907 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including nine vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing... 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 and Megan O’Connell. Devoted great-grandmother of Kathryn Elise O’Connell and Michael Eugene O’Connell. Dorothy was born in Philadelphia, PA and attended Hallahan Catholic Girls High... Read more →

Katy Perry to Head Super Bowl 2015 Show

Get ready for kittens, a time-machine that teleports in another performer, and glitter -- possibly edible. It's been confirmed by the NFL and Pepsi that pop star Katy Perry will be the halftime performer at the 2015 Super Bowl. Perry tweeted about it from Australia, where she's on her Prismatic World Tour, while watching the New… Perry beat out Coldplay and Rihanna, who were both on a shortlist with Perry, and she'll be following last season's Beyoncé, whose performance drew in a record 111.5 million viewers, according to Variety, making it the most-watched TV event in history. 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 2011 ARCHIVES: LIONS V RAMS THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL GAME CNB ARCHIVES OCTOBER 2008:Memories/Growing Up in Gloucester City in the 50's and 60's CNBNews 2010 ARCHIVES:... Read more →

NEA President Receives Large Pay Raise Even Though Union Lost Over 40,000 Members

By Jason Hart | National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel received a huge pay raise this year while the teachers union lost more than 40,000 members. Van Roekel, who retired this summer, was paid $541,632 during NEA’s fiscal year ending Aug. 31 — a $130,000 increase from last year, driven by a gross salary hike from $306,286 to $429,509. NEA membership dropped from 3,003,885 last August to 2,963,121 this August. NEA, the nation’s largest labor union, has lost 272,014 members since 2009. The union paid Van Roekel $2.2 million from 2010-2014. Losing more than a quarter of a... 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 Gipson. Dear Sister of Mary Ann McGovern, Rose Marie McGovern and Tom (Marie) McGovern. Loyal friend to many. Rita was a 1960 Graduate of Gloucester... 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, more than 75,000 New Jerseyans have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, and approximately half of these individuals have died. This year's theme for World AIDS Day... Read more →

27 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2013 Report Released

In the Line of Duty 11/24/14 A Florida sheriff’s officer, responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence, was shot and killed by someone inside the home. An Iowa police officer was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant. A Michigan state trooper was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop. And a West Virginia sheriff was ambushed and fatally shot in the head while he was eating his lunch in a marked car. According to the just-released Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report, these four officers were among the 76 men... Read more →

Vincent DiGiacomo BEEF & BEER Benefit Dec. 7th

Dear Friend, We are writing you today to ask your help for Vincent DiGiacomo. Vince was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident on August 15, 2014 and sustained serious injuries. He wasin the ICU for 30 days. He has a long road to recovery and is the sole financial source for his family. Not only are the copays and medical bills piling up but he has lost a largeamount of income and will continue to until he is able to return back to work. Thisfinancial burden has been very stressful for him and his family. His family has joined together... Read more →