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Competitors statewide converge on State College March 13. The field has been set for Pennsylvania’s statewide student archery tournament to be held March 13 in State College. More than 850 competitors have registered for the 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament, hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Commission Shooting Sports Outreach Coordinator Todd Holmes said there’s plenty of reason to get excited about this year’s tournament. “The preparation for this event started almost a year ago at the conclusion of last year’s tournament,” said Holmes, who also serves as state-level administrator for NASP. “I’m excited to see everyone again and hope they all enjoy the new 3-D range and watching the best student archers in the state go head to head for the state title.” The tournament, which will take place inside the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility, should be a sight to see. Ninety-five lanes, each... Read more →

Three Indicted for Allegedly Stealing More Than $700,000 in Counterfeit Check Scheme

view indictment TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that three people were indicted today on first-degree charges of conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly stealing $700,000 from various banks through a counterfeit check scheme.The Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau obtained a seven-count state grand jury indictment charging the following defendants with first-degree conspiracy, two counts of first-degree money laundering, second-degree theft by deception, and third-degree forgery: Harold Stephens, 31, of Elizabeth, Michael Caldwell, 39, of Irvington, and Janilyn Roman, 31, of Orlando, Fla. Stephens, the alleged ringleader, also is charged with a third count of first-degree money laundering and a second count of third-degree forgery. The indictment is the result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police, the Division of Criminal Justice and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Between January 2012 and September 2014, Stephens, Caldwell, Roman and other participants in the scheme allegedly... Read more →

CNB Crime: Mount Ephraim and Kaighn Avenues Taxi Robbery, SEE VIDEO OF SUSPECTS

x (Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating the robbery of a taxi driver and is asking for help from the public to identify four suspects caught on surveillance video. The robbery occurred on Feb. 16 around 12:45 a.m. at the corner of Mount Ephraim and Kaighns avenues where the four suspects were dropped off by a taxi. As the suspects exited the taxi, one of them assaulted the driver while another took a cell phone from him before all four fled the area on foot. The suspects are described as three black males all between the ages of 15 and 17 wearing dark clothing. One of the male suspects was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket. The fourth suspect is described as a female between the ages of 15 and 17 wearing a dark jacket, bright orange pants and Uggs-style boots. In the... Read more →

Johnny Gaudreau to Be Honored on March 2; Rams Alumni Invited to Special Ceremony!

JOHNNY HOCKEY: NUMBER: 13 HEIGHT: 5' 9" WEIGHT: 150 SHOOTS: LEFT BORN: 13 AUG 1993 (AGE 21) BIRTHPLACE: SALEM, NJ, SOURCE WIKIPEDIA By gostrum / 23 February 2015 / GLOUCESTER CITY – Former Gloucester Catholic hockey star Johnny Gaudreau, now an all-star rookie with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, will have quite a homecoming when the Flames visit the Philadelphia Flyers in March — and GC alumni are invited to be part of a special event! Gaudreau will have his Gloucester Catholic jersey retired in a ceremony in the GCHS gymnasium on Monday, March 2, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place as part of the Rams’ Winter Playoff Pep Rally. “Johnny Hockey” will visit his alma mater in person and will be joined by his family, including dad Guy Gaudreau, GC’s ice hockey coach, and his mom Jane Gaudreau. Gloucester Catholic alumni are invited... Read more →

Raptors' Brooks pre-season All-America

CAMDEN, N.J. – During the 2014 baseball season, Rutgers University-Camden freshman designated hitter Joe Brooks (Blackwood, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) had one of the finest years of any player in program history. That season has catapulted Brooks to a berth on the 2015 Pre-season All-America First Team. Brooks is the only sophomore listed on either of the First and Second Teams. The only other two sophomore Pre-Season All-Americans named by are listed on the Third Team. Brooks' latest honor isn't surprising after his stellar freshman season in which he led the New Jersey Athletic Conference in hitting (.421) and on-base percentage (.523), while ranking second in runs scored (49) and hits (67). That campaign earned him numerous honors, capped by being named to the All-America Second Team. also named him to its Mid-Atlantic Region First Team and tabbed him as the Mid-Atlantic Rookie of the Year. Brooks captured... Read more →

Trooper Rescues Animals from Burning Barn

Here's an ‪#‎attaboy‬ for Trooper James McKay of Woodstown Station. Trooper McKay responded to a structure fire in Alloway Township on Friday, February 20. When he arrived at the location, he discovered a burning barn. As he approached, he heard animals inside screaming and yelping. After attempts to open windows to ventilate the barn, he broke through the door with the assistance of neighbors. Knowing that the animals were trapped inside, Trooper McKay entered the smoke-filled structure and was able successfully rescue them. Outstanding job Trooper McKay! Another job well done! *It was determined that the fire was accidental. source New Jersey State Police Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Resource Guarding (

by Dawn Watson Resource guarding is defined as the vigilant behavior (the guarding) surrounding an object (the resource) or person. Many dogs will growl or snap at any animal (humans included) that gets too close to a valued object. Sometimes, the resource the dog is guarding is ‘his’ human. To prevent a dog’s behavior from getting out of control, you must firmly establish the hierarchy of the pack. Your dog’s ‘pack’ includes any human or animal that lives in your home. Let your dog know that you are in charge by verbally correcting bad behavior and praising anything your dog does that pleases you. He will then begin to look to you for acceptance and encouragement. A simple, “No!” or “Leave it!” when your dog growls or snaps while guarding an object will soon be enough of a deterrent to stop this disturbing behavior. We will be holding our... Read more →

Thermoseal Honored by DOD for Support of Employees Serving in the Army Reserve

Thermoseal Industries honored by the Department of Defense office, EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE (ESGR) for their patriotic support of an employee serving in the Army Reserves. Pictured left to right are: Lisa Chubb, Vice President, Director of Operations Dan Nichols, Sgt. Justin Rebura Maintenance Supervisor, Earl (Buddy) Graber, Facilities and Equipment Superintendent; CEO Rick Chubb, ESGR Public Affairs Representative Donna Clementoni. (photo provided) Gloucester City, N.J– New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced February 25th, 2015 that Thermoseal Industries LLC was honored with an “Above and Beyond Award” in recognition of extraordinary support of their employees who serve in the New Jersey Guard and Reserve. In September 2014, Army Reservist Sgt. Justin Rebura was nearing the end of his nine month deployment to Afghanistan with the 808th Engineer Company when he discovered that his position at his Houston,... Read more →

Bayshore Communities Recovery Committee Reviews 26-project Recovery Plan

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 the Bayshore Communities Recovery Committee will present a full assessment of the ambitious, 26-project Recovery Plan introduced in the winter of 2014. The event will be held at Cumberland County College in the Luciano Conference Center from 5:30-9:00 p.m. and will include presentations from the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, the American Littoral Society, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the International Economic Development Council and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Local, state and federal legislative leaders have also been invited to attend and outline the work they are doing on behalf of the Bayshore region. The Bayshore Communities Recovery Plan can be found online at: The event is free of charge and is open to the public. Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP with the Bayshore Center at Bivalve and can do so by emailing Recovery Committee secretary Phillip Tomlinson at Read more →

We've Got a Budget Proposal. Now What?

FEBRUARY 26, 2015--In Tuesday's high-profile budget address, the governor was supposed to outline his budget priorities for the coming year. Instead, he devoted his entire speech to public-employee pensions and health benefits. Yes, this is a crucial challenge for New Jersey. But with the state on the brink of financial collapse, it is not the only or most immediate problem - not by a long shot. NJPP will have more detailed analysis on the spending plan in the coming weeks. (In particular, we hope you'll join us for a budget briefing in Trenton on March 26; details to follow.) In the meantime, NJPP has spent this week shining light on some of key problems left in the dark by the governor's address: - CRUMBLING TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE: NJPP President Gordon MacInnes appeared on NJTV, explaining that the budget endangers the state's economy by failing to address the serious problems plaguing our... Read more →

State Troopers to Set Up Sobriety Checkpoint on Garden State Parkway

West Trenton, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police Troop “D” Traffic Office, in an effort to reduce crashes attributed to driving while intoxicated, will set up a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Vehicles traveling on the Garden State Parkway in Monmouth County may be stopped between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Are we losing the element of surprise by sending out this message ahead of time? Maybe, but people who choose to drive after drinking already know how expensive, life-changing, and deadly such a decision can be. But they do it anyway in total disregard for their safety and the safety of everyone else on the road. We’re assuming that their poor judgment will not impede our ability to take drunk drivers off the road just because of a little advance warning. If you spot a driver you believe is posing a... Read more →

Understanding Lent, With a Little Help from George

By Nancy Hickman When I became a case manager with Catholic Charities’ regional office in Atlantic City 14 years ago, one of the first people to touch my life was George. He’s at our office every few weeks. Usually he needs help filling out forms or understanding various social services. He’s 76 years old and can barely read. To be honest, he can be tiring at times. But George is a gentle soul. He has always paid his own way, doing odd jobs to stay afloat. Even now it’s important for him to make a contribution and he bags groceries at a store. He wants to feel connected to something. On Valentine’s Day, his birthday, he brings us all cards at the office. I see Lent as a journey, a time in the life cycle of the church uniquely dedicated to assessing my relationship with God. Lent is a time... Read more →

Home Invasion Suspect Robert J. Bilhardt, 26 Charged with Attempted Murder of 92-Year-Old Man

ATLANTIC COUNTY February 24, 2015— An Egg Harbor Township man was indicted last week for attempted murder and 9 additional criminal counts, in connection with a home invasion robbery committed against a 92-year-old man EHT man in 2013, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced. On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Robert J. Bilhardt, 26, of the Tower East Mobile Home Park, Tremont Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, ten (10) criminal counts in connection with the December 2013 home invasion robbery of Charles Sweetman, then 92-years-old, a resident of the same community. On Dec. 17, 2013, at approximately 8:52 a.m., Egg Harbor Township police responded to a residence in Tower East Mobile Home Park, in the Cardiff section of the township, and found Charles Sweetman suffering from stab wounds. Sweetman was treated at the scene by members of the EHT Ambulance Squad and AtlantiCare Paramedics, and transported... Read more →

Brandywine Zoo to open March 7 featuring Star Wars “invasion” and new Tamarin exhibit

photo courtesy of the Brandywine Zoo WILMINGTON (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Brandywine Zoo, which opens for the spring photo courtesy of the Brandywine Zoo season on Saturday, March 7, will welcome Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and other Star Wars characters from the popular science fiction adventure movies (on March 7) for a two-part event for Star Wars fans: “Breakfast with the Empire” and Star Wars Day – including the popular public photo event from noon until 3p.m. Last year, most visitors came to the zoo dressed in character costumes and took photos with the dedicated Star Wars performers from the 501st Legion’s Garrison Carida and Rebel Legion's Ghost Base – worldwide Star Wars costuming organizations officially recognized by Lucas photo courtesy of the Brandywine Zoo Films Limited. “Breakfast with the Empire,” which sold out last year, is exclusively for pre-registered guests. It offers an excellent opportunity for guests to... Read more →

Holocaust and Genocide Education announces spring events

Morristown, NJ – The College of Saint Elizabeth has changed the name Holocaust Education Resource Center to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education to reflect the increasing number of educational programs that the College of Saint Elizabeth offers. The Center is offering several events from March through May that are free and open to the public. Some will provide professional development hours for teachers. In a collaboration with the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, a screening of Farewell Herr Schwartz will take place on March 16, 2015, in the Dolan Performance Hall at the College at 7:30 p.m. About the film: Siblings Michla and Feiv'ke Schwarz survived the Holocaust but never reunited after the war. Michla moved to the soon-to-be-founded Jewish state in the Middle East and started a family there. Her brother Feiv'ke, considered dead, returned to East Germany, married a German woman and inexplicably lived amidst the... Read more →

CNB BUSINESS NEWS: Local Firm Honored by PA Senate As Leaders in Nat'l Corp Travel

GTI Travel, Inc., a local company, has been honored by the Senate of Pennsylvania. SAFE TRAVEL HONORS: GTI Travel Corp., 111 Township Line Road, Jenkintown, Pa., was commended by the Pennsylvania Senate recently for marking the firms coming 50th anniversary, and specifically for "coordinating safe travel for tens of thousands of American business men and women to destinations throughout the world". Pictured is Melissa E. Ostroff, Communications Director to Senator Art Haywood, and Michael Kabo, CEO, GTI Travel The firm, with headquarters at 111 Township Line Road, Jenkintown, Penna., was commended for "being in the forefront of providing expeditious and cost-saving services to a wide variety of businesses, large and small, in all 50 states." Further, the official honor cited GTI Travel, under the leadership of founder and President Michael Kabo, for "coordinating safe travel for tens of thousands of American business men and women to destinations throughout the world."... Read more →

Willingboro Township Police Dept. Announce the Death of Retired Lt. Gershom Bennett

The Willingboro Township Police Department regrets to announce the passing of Lt. Gershom Bennett (Ret.). Lt. Bennett passed away on February 20th, 2015 at Virtua Hospital in Mt. Holly, NJ. Lt. Bennett was the 11th officer hired by the Department in June of 1960. He rose through the ranks and retired as a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division in December of 1988. He was a founding member of the Police Athletic League as well as a life member of the Willingboro Emergency Squad. Gersh is pictured below at his date of hire and upon his retirement. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service was held on Friday February 27, 2015 at 11am at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 201 Levitt Parkway, Willingboro, NJ. Relatives and friends may call after 10am at the church. A reception will follow at the Willingboro F.O.P. Lodge on Route 130 in Willingboro. Internment will... Read more →

A Very Funny High School Reunion Video: You Have to Watch |

x Patsy Cline – She’s Got You A funny and very well done Lip Sync at a high school reunion to “She’s Got You” by Patsy Cline. I’m sure she was the hit of her high school reunion as it is a very entertaining performance. If you enjoyed this video you might also like to watch The Best of Times. Get the Video of the Day email for Free Daily Entertainment. BIG GEEK DADDY Read more →

Supreme Court Insurance Subsidies Decision Could Trigger Price Spikes

By Julie Appleby February 26, 2015 Making health insurance available and affordable to millions of people who buy their own coverage was a key goal for backers of the federal health law known as Obamacare. But if the Supreme Court strikes down the insurance subsidies of millions of Americans who rely on the federal insurance marketplace, it could leave many worse off than they were before the law took effect, say experts. “The doomsday scenario could materialize and it does impact everyone” — those getting subsidies, as well as those paying the full cost of their plans on the individual market in states using the federal exchange, said Christopher Condeluci, an attorney who worked for Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley on the Senate Finance Committee staff during the drafting of the law. That’s because millions of consumers likely would drop their policies, which they could no longer afford without subsidies.... Read more →

2015 House of Charity Begins

Last year, the Diocese of Camden’s House of Charity-Bishop’s Annual Appeal exceeded its goal. Money raised from the appeal provides for health, social, spiritual and welfare services for needy people in the six southern counties of New Jersey. The diocese’s Office of Development raised $7,269,240.93 for the 2014 Campaign (as of Feb. 11, 2015) from parishes, individual donors and organizations, with the highest amount raised and collected since 2008, and the highest average gift in appeal history. Remarking that he was “delighted” in the House of Charity exceeding its goal, Bishop Dennis Sullivan added that he is “continually inspired by the generous response our parishioners give when we present them with a need.” “This annual appeal allows the diocese to carry out some of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, thus providing for our sisters and brothers in need,” the bishop said. “While each of us may not be... Read more →

Gloucester County Woman Indicted for Stealing Elderly Cousin’s Nursing Home Fund

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced that a 79-year-old woman was indicted today for allegedly stealing approximately $214,000 from an account she managed on behalf of her elderly cousin, using the stolen funds to purchase lottery tickets, most of which were scratch-offs, instead of paying her relative’s nursing home bill.Doris Litle, of Deptford, was charged by the state grand jury with second-degree theft by deception and third-degree Medicaid fraud. OIFP is alleging that Litle’s theft completely depleted her relative’s bank account, leaving the cousin, now 93 years old, unable to pay for nursing home care since 2012. In November of that year, Litle allegedly applied for Medicaid on her cousin’s behalf, but did not explicitly include her personal use of the account as a transfer or gift. Staff from the Camden Board of Social Services allegedly discovered Litle’s... Read more →

Kutztown University Announces Degrees

KUTZTOWN, PA (02/24/2015)(readMedia)-- Kutztown University has conferred degrees on more than 750 students during the summer, fall and winter terms. Kutztown University announces degree conferment twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. Commencement exercises are held in May and December; however, students finish their requirements for graduation throughout the entire year. Students who have requested privacy (FERPA) are not listed publicly. The following students have been awarded degrees since the summer 2014 announcement. Danielle A Calogero of Cherry Hill (08034. Bachelor of Arts - Communication Studies Nicholas D Flamini of Mullica Hill (08062. Bachelor of Science - Leisure and Sport Studies Michael Jack Gallagher of Clarksboro (08020. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Marketing Zachary Michael Greenwald of Gibbstown (08027. Bachelor of Arts - History Amanda M Higgins of Fieldsboro (08505. Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Kylee Michelle McCusker of Sewell (08080. Bachelor... Read more →

$3 Million Reward Offered for International Cyber Criminal

(CNBNEWS.NET)February 24, 2015--Today in Washington, D.C., the U.S. State Department, the Department of Justice, and the FBI announced a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, currently one of the FBI’s most wanted—and most prolific—cyber criminals, for his alleged involvement in a major cyber racketeering enterprise. The reward is being offered under the auspices of the State Department’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program, established by Congress in 2013 as a tool to assist the U.S. government in identifying and bringing to justice members of significant transnational criminal organizations. Bogachev, thought to be at large in Russia, has been under indictment in the United States in connection with his alleged role as administrator of the GameOver Zeus botnet, believed to be responsible for the theft of more than $100 million from businesses and consumers in the U.S. and around the... Read more →

COMMENTARY: Gov. Christie plays offense on New Jersey pension reforms

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog Backed into a fiscal corner, a defiant Gov. Chris Christie went on the offensive by proposing an ambitious reform to freeze existing New Jersey state pensions, create new replacement plans and eventually turn over control of the retirement system to labor unions of public workers. “We don’t need any court to tell us we have a serious problem,”declared Christie in his annual budget address Tuesday, one day after a judge ruled the governor unlawfully chopped $1.57 billionfrom this year’s contribution to the pensions. “No one branch of government can wish, or order this problem away.” Christie spent nearly nine-tenths of his 28-minute speech talking about pensions to the near-exclusion of the rest of the budget and other economic problems facing New Jersey. “I was shocked to hear what we heard today,” said Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-West Deptford. “I was hoping to hear... Read more →


x Homemade Ice Melt If you are looking for an easy way to make your own ice melt then this simple recipe for homemade ice melt just might get the job done. These reporters from WYFF News 4 demonstrate how using just three simple ingredients you can make your own ice melt. The three ingredients are a 1/2 gallon of lukewarm water, six drops of dish washing detergent, and One ounce of rubbing alcohol mixed together. I would imagine because of the rubbing alcohol the area that this is used on would have a more difficult time refreezing than if you just used hot water. ~ BIG GEEK DADDY If you like Funny, Cool, and Interesting Videos then get the Video of the Day email for Free Daily Entertainment. x Read more →


Spreading feed can spread disease. The Pennsylvania Game Commission wants to remind people living in and visiting the elk range that feeding elk is illegal. Each year, Wildlife Conservation Officers encounter individuals illegally feeding elk. In most cases, they believe feeding the elk will help them, and don’t realize their actions could harm the elk or even kill them. Artificial feeding of elk can lead to rumen acidosis, which is a known source of mortality in wild elk. Elk are ruminants, or cud-chewers. And their rumens, or paunches, contain certain microorganisms, such as bacteria and protozoa, required to digest their natural diet. When elk suddenly have access to large quantities of artificial food sources, particularly readily digestible carbohydrates such as corn, the abrupt change in diet can lead to a cascade of events that ultimately results in the death of the animal. Over the past several winters, the Game Commission... Read more →

Gloucester City Little League Sign-Ups on Saturday in February | cnbnews

**IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT SIGN UPS** Sign-ups will take place at the Batting Facility at the Little League Complex (Johnson Blvd. and Nicholson Rd.) on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon during the month of February. Sign-ups will also take place at the Batting Facility at the Little League Complex (Johnson Blvd. and Nicholson Rd.) on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm prior to our weekly meeting. Arrive early on Wednesday nights as the league meeting starts at 8:00 p.m. and I would like not to disrupt the meeting for sign-ups. Sign-ups will also take place BY APPOINTMENT ONLY by contacting me at the information below. League players have to be signed up in order to be eligible to participate in any clinics at the Indoor Batting Facility sponsored by the Gloucester City Little League due to insurance regulations. Schedule of costs are as follows: Tee-Ball (ages 4-6) $70 for the first... Read more →

Area Students Named to Dean's and Honors Lists at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus

MADISON, NJ (02/23/2015)(readMedia)-- Students at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, located in Madison, NJ have been named to the Dean's and Honors Lists for the Fall 2014 semester. James Frisby of Cherry Hill, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. Heather Richardson of Audubon, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. Caroline Coriell of Moorestown, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. Alexis Banner of Voorhees, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. Cassandra Garrigan of Wall, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. Jaimie Bingham of Cape May Court House, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. Gabriella D'Amico of Mullica Hill, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. Lauren Mekal of Mount Laurel, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. Dominick Stellaccio of Williamstown, NJ has been named to the Dean's list. William Carlson of Wall, NJ has been named... Read more →

$3 million marijuana bust leads to discovery of sophisticated smuggling tunnel

February 25, 2015 NACO, Ariz. — Federal agents continue to investigate Tuesday morning’s discovery of a sophisticated cross-border drug tunnel uncovered overnight in Naco, following a traffic stop by local police that yielded more than two tons of marijuana. The investigation began late Monday after special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations received a tip regarding the movement of a possible marijuana load in the Bisbee area. HSI alerted Bisbee Police Department (BPD) officers, who pulled over a box truck shortly before 6:30 p.m. on the city’s outskirts. A Tucson Sector Border Patrol canine team assisting in the operation alerted to the rear of the truck, where officers found more than 4,700 pounds of marijuana bundled and stacked. “The Bisbee Police Department supports the efforts of its local officers and appreciates the continued support of the U.S. Border Patrol and HSI, which provide assistance on... Read more →

Just Sayin': Enjoy the Ride ( February 26, 2015--Since I’m going to be 64 years old in a few days I decided to purchase an item every middle-aged, uninsured female should have. I bought a unicycle. It’s a really jazzy-looking thing that I put together in just under 86 hours. It came with a kickstand (so named, obviously, since I kicked it several times during the assembly process) and instructions written in an obscure, Mandarin dialect—“You take wheel, you turn screw…” When I realized that the tire needed air I tucked it under my arm and walked to the gas station. “Hey, a unicycle!” exclaimed the attendant. Since he hails from Bangladesh I was pretty impressed with his knowledge but not so his discretion. I tried to picture a group of Bangladeshi riding their unicycles to the outdoor market, perhaps with livestock slung over their shoulders, but my mind couldn’t accept it. My next stop... Read more →


February 26, 2015 Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. CLIFFVIEW PILOT LINKS MAYWOOD HOLDUP TO ONE IN TOMS RIVER When police nabbed the suspect in a Maywood bank robbery earlier this week, Jerry DeMarco of Cliffview Pilot did a quick search of other recent bank heists -- and recognized the suspect from surveillance photos of a bank robbery in Toms River in early February. That was news, he says, to the cops. Good work, Encyclopedia Brown. TEACHER ACCUSED OF UNDERAGE SEX IS THE VICTIM, SAYS ATTORNEY Nicole DuFault was indicted last week on 40 counts of having sex with students in South Orange and Maplewood's Columbia High School. But her attorney told Village Green that DuFault was actually the victim in the case and "should be fully exonerated and compensated for her 'tragic victimization.'"... Read more →

Obituary: Josephine Graves of Gloucester City

On February 24, 2015 (nee Farley) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 81. She was the beloved wife of the late Norman L. Graves, Sr., loving mother of Lenny (Wendy), Norman Jr., Steve (Joyce), Bobby (Julie) , and Gary Graves, Terry Mann (Johnny), and Joanne Schlosser (John). She is also survived by her brother Charles Farley (Peg), 27 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. Josephine’s Memorial Service will be held at 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be private at the request of the family. Related articles Walter P. Clark, of Gloucester City, WWII and Korean War Army Veteran, Past Commander VFW Post 3620, Memorial AA Member | Funeral Services for former Gloucester City Resident and Fireman George J. Rieder Sr, of New Bern, North... Read more →


(CNBNews)WOODBURY NJ February 25, 2015--Behavioral scientists say empathy is one of the last characteristics to develop in the brains of most young people. But for some, it appears early, as a “Random Acts of Kindness” recognition program of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office has discovered. The Gloucester County Community Partnership, an anti-crime group formed by Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton, has honored teenagers who have befriended a student who was being ridiculed for a speech impediment, helped a student with multiple sclerosis get to classes and the lunchroom and made warm socks for kids undergoing chemotherapy, in which cold and tingling feelings are a common side effect. Parents, teachers, fellow students or other Gloucester County residents who know of someone under age 18 whose selfless acts should be highlighted are asked to submit 2015 nominations to GCPO community justice coordinator Shannon Eden. “We are seeking those students that go above and... Read more →

CNB HUNTING/FISHING DELAWARE: Spring 2015 Trout Stocking Plans

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces spring 2015 trout stocking plans for downstate ponds Trout anglers encouraged to check requirements before fishing DOVER (Feb. 25, 2015) – The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced that its spring 2015 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 7 with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked with rainbow trout. On that date, Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond outside of Greenwood in Sussex County will open for trout fishing beginning at 7 a.m. “As in past years, we plan to stock these ponds before opening day, and we plan to do a second stocking later in the month,” said Fisheries Administrator John Clark. “We will include some trophy-sized trout again this year as an added attraction for trout anglers.” Trout anglers planning to ply the waters of Tidbury and Newton ponds will want to note... Read more →

Monthly Guppy Club programs for preschoolers at Cape Henlopen State Park

LEWES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Children 3 to 5 years old are invited to Cape Henlopen State Park to take part in the Guppy Club program, where they can discover secrets of nature through activities, games, crafts and outdoor adventures. The Guppy Club meets once a month and features various topics. Next month, on Thursday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m., participants can learn about birds and their feathers. The Guppy Club meets at the park’s Seaside Nature Center and costs $3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors. Space is limited and registration is required. Park entrance fees are in effect. Information and registration are available by calling 302-645-6852. The Seaside Nature Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about programs offered at Cape Henlopen State Park - and all of Delaware state parks - can... Read more →

Philly Happenings and Events

Source Dev. Corp. Center City District/Central Phila. Dilworth Park offers a place to sit and enjoy urban life on the west side of City Hall. Open 7 days a week, 6am-1am. Broad and Market Streets | | Facebook Park Features Rosa Blanca Café, M-Th: 7am-8pm; F: 7am-10pm; Sa: 11am-10pm; Su: 11am-7pm March Happenings @ Dilworth Park Some programs are weather permitting. Introducing Center City's most dynamic fitness center! It's Spring Training at Dilworth Park! Starting on March 17, Dilworth Park is hosting a variety of sports and fitness programs - everything from bocce to Zumba - all set at the gateway to historic City Hall and presented by our partner, Rothman Institute. All programs are free, and are designed to keep you informed, in shape and right in the heart of the city. These are the Spring Training events kicking off in March. We'll have even more... Read more →

YOUR MONEY: New Jersey gas tax proposal stokes highway cost debate

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers consider a25-cent a gallon gas tax hike to raise $2 billion a year to fund transportation projects, a war of words and statistics has erupted over the high cost of highways in the Garden State. New Jersey pays in excess of $2 million a mile per year, more than 12 times higher than the national average, to maintain 3,338 miles of state-administered roads, according to a Reason Foundation study. Three days after a New Jersey Watchdog report, New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox called the study “inaccurate and unfair” in a column published by “Without the benefit of having the numbers the Reason Foundation used to base its calculations, there is no way to independently review its findings,” Fox wrote. “That’s strange,” replied David Hartgen, the annual study’s senior author for... Read more →


(CNBNEWS February 25, 2015) Mount Ephraim, New Jersey – Mayor Joseph Wolk and Commissioners Bruce Greenwald and Andy Gilmore announced their bid to seek re-election to the Board of Commissioners for Mount Ephraim in May. Running together as a team again under the slogan, “Teamwork Improving Mount Ephraim” (“T.I.M.E.”), they vow to keep Mount Ephraim moving in the right direction. In announcing their campaign kickoff event which is scheduled for March 1, 2015 at the Dougherty Senior Center from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mayor Wolk and Commissioners Greenwald and Gilmore told supporters, “We will continue to work hard, get results and ensure that Mount Ephraim residents get the best possible services at the lowest possible cost.” Wolk, Greenwald, and Gilmore have been praised for a number of accomplishments which have improved services for Mount Ephraim families while at the same time stabilizing taxes. Mayor Wolk announced that there will... Read more →

YOUR MONEY: Five Tax Deductions Not to Overlook

Did you accumulate expenses searching for a new job in 2014? Did you use your car while helping out at a soup kitchen? Are you a self-employed person who paid Medicare premiums out of your pocket? If so, you might be eligible for one of the many tax deductions that people often fail to take. The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) provides details on frequently missed deductions that you should not overlook as you prepare to file your taxes this year. #1: Job Search Costs If you spent money creating and mailing résumés, traveling to interviews or paying an employment agency, you may be able to deduct those costs if you were seeking a job in a field related to your current job. It may also be possible to deduct the costs of moving to take a new job, depending on how far your new workplace is... Read more →

Holy Redeemer Seeking Compassionate Hospice Volunteers

in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem Counties Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice is looking for caring individuals to support local hospice patients and their families. Runnemede, N.J. – February 25, 2015 – Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice is seeking patient companion volunteers and bereavement volunteers to support local hospice patients and their families throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem counties, New Jersey. “It takes a very special, compassionate, emotionally mature person to become a hospice volunteer,” said Jane Elliott, Holy Redeemer’s Volunteer Coordinator for the five-county area. “Part of their role is to reflect Holy Redeemer’s underlying mission to care, comfort and heal by working with the professional hospice team to provide companionship and support for patients as well as their families.” “Many of our volunteers tell me that they feel personally and spiritually rewarded as a result of the interactions they have and the relationships they develop,”... Read more →

Students Placed In "Shelter In Place" As Result Of A Threat At Camden County Technical School

(CNBNews) GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ --February 25, 2015)At approximately 1:24 PM, the Gloucester Township Police received a report of a male student who had threatened harm to an ex-girlfriend who also was a student at the Camden County Technical School, Gloucester Township. At the time of the incident, the location of the suspect was unknown, and he was believed to be still in the school. School Officials and Police initiated "Shelter In Place" security protocols, limiting movement of students and staff in the school, until the suspect was located. Police quickly located and took the suspect into custody, and released the "Shelter In Place" after approximately 10 minutes. The threat to injure the female student was determined to be the result of a past domestic dating relationship, and it was determined that the students were not in any imminent danger. The incident is being investigated by the Gloucester Township Police Department,... Read more →

CNB CRIME: GTPD Investigation Finds CDS, Stolen Handgun

Gloucester Township NJ On Saturday, February 21, 2015, the Gloucester Township Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Hampshire Road for a report of a disturbance. Upon the officer’s arrival, Sgt. Mazzarella #198 with the Operations Response Unit, stopped a vehicle that was fleeing from the scene where a Richard Caruso 2nd was detained for investigation purposes. The investigation revealed that over two days Richard Caruso 2nd assaulted the pregnant victim and held a gun to her head several times while threatening to kill her as he was reportedly using illegal drugs. The accused, Richard Caruso 2nd, also threatened to kill the victim if she notified the police. The Gloucester Township Police Investigations Bureau - Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene to assist. Recovered at the scene was a loaded 9mm hand gun with hollow point bullets, which was stolen from another state, a large quantity of marijuana,... Read more →


URGENT! US House voting this Friday on more high-stakes standardized testing! Please click HERE to take action! This Friday, the US House of Representatives is expected to vote on HR 5 - legislation that would continue the federal mandate for annual high-stakes standardized testing for the next five years or longer. Please ask your US Representative to vote NO on this legislation! Please click HERE to take action! Instead of more high-stakes standardized testing, please ask your Representative to: 1) End the punitive sanctions currently associated with high-stakes standardized tests Stop defunding and closing public schools & firing teachers based on standardized test scores. 2) End the annual standardized testing that is consuming our children's education Return to testing once in elementary, middle and high school, as was the case before 2001. Thank you for all you do to protect our children and our public schools! If you are not... Read more →


The Little Gym of Turnersville

Turnersville, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) February 23, 2015 - Habits can be difficult to break – and Mitchell Kantrowitz of The Little Gym of Turnersville says that can be a very good thing when you are talking about the kinds of healthy habits that parents can help their children develop right from the start. The key to getting those healthy habits to “stick,” says Kantrowitz, is to make certain that they are actually rewarding and enjoyable for your children. What can you do to encourage your child to develop healthy habits? Kantrowitz says, “As a parent, you pass more than genes down to your children – you pass down your habits too! If you make healthy food choices, your children are more likely to do the same. And if you make fitness part of everyday family life, your children are more likely to regard being active as fun, and not a... Read more →

Winslow Police Office Pleads Guilty to Shooting Patrol Car

(CNBNews February 25, 2015) CAMDEN CITY NJ --Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Winslow Police Chief Robert Stimelski reported a Winslow police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with the shooting of a police vehicle. Da’Shaun Carr, M/23, of Clayton, a part-time Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer with the Winslow Police Department, pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Camden to False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities and was simultaneously sentenced to one year of probation. Carr was accused of shooting his patrol car around 8 p.m. October 3, 2014, at New Brooklyn Park in Winslow and communicating by radio that his vehicle had been fired upon. Officers from the Winslow Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Camden County Sheriff’s Office and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the incident. The Prosecutor’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit processed the scene and found the patrol car had been shot once through... Read more →

Joyce Sheridan, found in burning home, actually killed by stab wounds

MONTGOMERY -- The state Attorney General's Office confirmed today Joyce Sheridan -- who died with her prominent husband, John Sheridan, the day of a suspicious fire at their Skillman home in September -- was killed by a stab wound to her chest. That's consistent with what Joyce Sheridan's brother, Peter Mitchko, told NJ Advance Media in… Read more →

Federal Investigation Finds No Evidence to Pursue Charges Against George Zimmerman

CNBNEWS.NET (February 24, 2015)--The Justice Department announced today that the Trevor Martin (source The Conservative Tree House) independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service met today with Martin’s family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision. “The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy. It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man’s premature death... Read more →


Car stop leads to the apprehension of fugitive wanted for attempted murder CNBNEWS--CAMDEN CITY NJ (February 25, 2015) – Camden County Police Department Officer Alexander Dimedio apprehended a fugitive wanted for attempted murder Sunday. Officer Dimedio was on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues when he observed Dashon Green, 31, of Camden, driving a gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Kaighn Avenue. Green was wanted as the suspect in a Jan. 16 shooting incident on the 1000 block of Mechanic Street. Officer Dimedio stopped the vehicle at the corner of West and Royden streets where Green was arrested without incident and found to be in possession of ecstasy. Green was charged from the Jan. 16 incident with three counts of Criminal Attempted Murder and one count each of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon For an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and... Read more →

Celebrate the Movies at the Philadelphia Flower Show

The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show hits the Pennsylvania Convention Center on February 28 to March 8 with the magical theme: “Celebrate the Movies.” One of the most popular events of the season, the Flower Show has partnered with Disney and Disney Pixar for inspiration in designing its large-scale floral displays, elaborate gardens and over-the-top floral creations — and the Entrance Garden will create the dazzling excitement of a movie premiere. Buy Your Tickets Now Before Prices Increase! Purchase your Flower Show ticket online before opening day on February 28 and save $5 on the box office price. Don't wait to snag tickets to one of Philadelphia's biggest annual events. Special Events and Programs As always, the Flower Show has lots of special events on tap for this year as well, including the always popular Butterfly Experience, Wedding Wednesday, Fido Friday, Run Into Spring 5K, an LGBT Party, Girls Night Out,... Read more →

An Employee of the River Road Trucking Company Murdered

(CNBNEWS)CAMDEN CITY NEW JERSEY (February 25,2015)--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a homicide in the city. Camden County Police were dispatched around 4:53 a.m. Tuesday (2/24/15) to the River Road Trucking Company on the 1700 block of River Road in Camden for a report of an unconscious male who was bleeding from the mouth. The victim, Harry J. Hogans Jr., M/66, a Camden resident and employee of the trucking company, was located in a reclining chair inside the business. Hogans was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 5:27 a.m. An autopsy revealed his cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head. The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Frank Simpson at (856) 365-3114 or Camden County Police... Read more →