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March 2015

Gloucester Township PD Participating in UDrive, UText, UPay Campaign

The Gloucester Township Police Department will be participating in the statewide 2015 “UDrive, UText, UPay” distracted driving enforcement campaign. This campaign takes place between April 1st and April 21st, 2015. As part of the initiative, the department was awarded a $5,000 grant by New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. The grant will be used to conduct high visibility patrols targeting motorist who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. This statewide campaign is part of a national effort to raise awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. April has also been designated as National Distracted Driver awareness month. In 2012, 3328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. For additional information on the dangers of distracted driving, visit http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/index.html http://gtpolice.com/?p=3755 Related articles... Read more →


Carmen Palmiero Basketball League:

FUTURE STARS WIN AGAIN!

FOR MORE PHOTOS GO HERE GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--For the 3rd straight year, the Future Stars of the kindergarten division of the Carmen Palmiero Basketball League ( CPBL), Gloucester City, were able to defeat the parents in the annual Graduation Game. The parents were able to keep it close this year but the Future Stars pulled away at the end to keep their streak alive! Members of the Future Stars meet at center court to celebrate their win Members of the Future Stars are all smiles after a successful season (photos provided) FOR MORE PHOTOS GO HERE Read more →


39 Tons of Tires Collected in One Day by Delaware's Scrap Tire Management Program

Recent DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day in Georgetown collects almost 39 tons of tires DOVER (March 30, 2015) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, recently sponsored its 14th scrap tire drop-off day in the state and netted 38.81 tons of old and disused tires for recycling. The March 21 event in Georgetown removed some 3,100 scrap tires from the state’s landscape where they lay as potential health and environmental hazards. The drop-off days provide Delaware residents with an opportunity to recycle scrap tires while helping to reduce the environmental and health hazards associated with piles of scrap tires in communities. The program is funded by a fee of $2 per tire on the sale of new tires in the state. The fee is diverted to the Scrap Tire Management Fund, a matching fund and program created to clean up longstanding... Read more →


NJPP Moves the Needle on Transparency & Accountability in Trenton

NEW JERSEY POLICY PERSPECTIVE RELEASE Transparency and accountability for the state's fiscal and economic policy. Here's the quick rundown: Fixing Corporate Tax Subsidy Reporting NJPP has been an outspoken leader in calling for the state to report on the outcomes of corporate tax breaks. Last week, these efforts bore fruit: Lawmakers sent a bill to the governor's desk that could - finally - lead New Jersey to start publicly reporting on details such as how much companies received in tax credits, how many jobs they produced, what those jobs paid and more. The governor should swiftly sign this common-sense legislation to better inform the policy debate over this single-minded economic growth strategy. For more, check out NJPP's Sunday Star-Ledger op-ed, our backgrounder on the legislation and news coverage in the Bergen Record. Improving the Budget Process In 2014, NJPP and our partners brought to light a disturbing fact: New Jersey... Read more →


CNB MEDICAL NEWS: No Need to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery, Study Shows

Newswise — Las Vegas, NV – Delaying rotator cuff surgery on patients with shoulder stiffness may not be necessary, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day. “Our study compared results for 170 patients who received rotator cuff surgery with 25 who underwent an additional glenohumeral joint capsule release procedure to relieve stiffness at the time of surgery,” commented Jordan McGrath, lead author from St. George Hospital in Sydney, Australia. “Both groups reported significant improvements in range of motion, pain, and function after surgery.” A glenohumeral joint capsule release involves arthroscopically manipulating a patient’s shoulder under anesthesia. “Physicians may be inclined to postpone surgery on patients with shoulder stiffness,” commented McGrath, “but our research suggests that may not be the best treatment approach.” The group receiving both procedures also saw no re-tear of the shoulder two years post-op, as compared to 20%... Read more →


UPDATE:

Trial for Suspect Charged in a Vicious Hammer Attack on a Gloucester City Man, Begins Wed.

CNBNEWS UPDATE APRIL 2, 2015: The trial has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Criminal Justice Center Courthouse, 1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia in Room 701. It is scheduled to begin at 9AM. Hearing the case will be Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Sean Kennedy. Presenting the case for the prosecution will be Assistant District Attorney Kristen Stretz. Allan J. Sagot, of Philadelphia, is representing Maybin. Sagot replaced Maybin’s public defender. The Defense has requested a waiver of jury trial. *As such Judge Kennedy will try the case and shall determine all questions of law and fact and render a verdict which shall have the same force and effect as a verdict of a jury. A verdict shall be rendered in all non-jury cases within 7 days after the trial. ++++++++++ CNBNEWS UPDATE MARCH 31, 2015: The Woods family was notified at 4pm today by the... Read more →


OP-ED: Hysteria And Duplicity Over Indiana Law

CATHOLIC LEAGUE March 30, 2015 Bill Donohue comments on reaction to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA): The federal RFRA was passed in 1993, and since that time thirty states have adopted their own RFRA, or a variation of it. These laws have not engendered a single act of discrimination against any American, yet when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed his own state's law protecting religious liberty, critics went berserk. "Bill Allows Businesses to Reject Gay Customers" said CNN. ABC-host George Stephanopolous sounded the same alarms, and pointedly refused to ask Pence about the law's positive impact on religious liberty. Similarly, at today's press conference, Indiana's top two lawmakers were asked many questions about gays, but not religious rights. Former NBA star Charles Barkley is urging a boycott of Indiana. GenCon, the gaming company, is threatening to leave Indiana, and Angie's List is putting its planned campus expansion project in... Read more →


Gloucester City PD Crime Report: Officers Arrest Burglar Hiding in a Bathroom

David E. Johnson (photo provided) source press release GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Gloucester City Police on March 25 responded to a business in the 100 block of N. King Street for a burglar alarm activation. Upon arrival, the officers found a rear door open and a window broken. A search of the business located the suspect hiding in a bathroom. David E. Johnson (56), a resident of Camden, was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief. He was later remanded to Camden County Jail after failing to post bail. In other matters, 3/21/2015 2:59 am Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Ridgeway Street for a domestic dispute. No arrests were reported. 4:22 am Officers responded to Broadway at Mercer Street for a motor vehicle crash involving one vehicle that had left the roadway and struck a building. As a result, Lester H. Ugarte (40), a resident of... Read more →


Mrs. Josephine L. Raube of Gloucester City Succumbs at the age of 103 | cnbnews.net

On March 17, 2015. Age 103. Of Gloucester City. (nee Matus). Loving wife of the late William Raube. Loving mother of William Raube, Jr., Ronald Raube, Esther Fiori, Elaine Hires, Maryann Hepner and the late Stanley Raube. Cherished grandmother of 15, great-grandmother of 28 and great-great grandmother of 2. Dear sister of Jennie Bedzyk and the late Stanley Matus. Josephine was a Godly woman who was a longtime member of Calvary Assembly of God in Pennsauken and the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Mt. Ephraim, where she sang and played piano. She was very artistic and enjoyed baking, especially her delicious raisin bread, crocheting, ceramics and made all her own clothing. Funeral Services were held on March 24, 2015 at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Josephine L.... Read more →


Strong Armed Robbery of 83-Year-Old Man, Can You Identify Suspects?

The Voorhees Police Department needs your help in identifying the two subjects pictured who are persons of interest in the strong armed robbery of an 83 year old man yesterday in the area of the Robin Hill Apartments on Preston Avenue (near Ashland PATCO Speedline Station). The victim suffered injuries to his face and was admitted to a local hospital. If you have information please contact us via ANY of the following means: 856-428-5400 (Dispatch) 856-627-7174 (Anonymous Tip Line) Submit an anonymous tip on our website at www.VTPD.com or email our Social Media Unit at: media@vtpd.com PLEASE SHARE THIS POST ‪#‎CrimeStoppers‬ ‪#‎LESM‬ ‪#‎VoorheesPolice‬ ‪#‎PATCO‬ ‪#‎DRPA‬ Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Pennsylvania: EGGS HATCHED, EAGLE CAM TAKES ON NEW LIFE

Viewership climbs toward 1 million with months of adventure awaiting. With more than a million viewers worldwide, and the news broadcasted widely to local and national audiences, you might already be well aware the spotlight on Pennsylvania’s most well-known bald eagle nest has turned to two new stars. Its mate in the background, an adult bald eagle feeds two newly hatched chicks Wednesday at a nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover, Pa. The chicks appeared in the nest on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, as hundreds of thousands of viewers watched through use of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's "eagle cam." Get Image Those keeping their “eagle eyes” on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s bald eagle cam spotted new chicks in the nest soon after daybreak on consecutive mornings Tuesday and Wednesday. For wildlife lovers everywhere, it was reason to celebrate; both eggs that had been incubated since mid-February in the nest... Read more →


DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter

March 16-22 Reminder for the week: With turkey season opening April 11, take time to review regulations DOVER (March 27, 2015) – 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 March 16-22 made 1,141 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 52 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 37 complaints and issued 21 citations, two of which were related to the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail, where there is an increased Fish & Wildlife Enforcement presence. Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses: Wildlife Conservation: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1)*, and damaging... Read more →


GUEST COMMENTARY: Georgia Lawmaker Smears Archdiocese

by Bill Donahue March 27, 2015 Bill Donohue comments on remarks made by Georgia State Representative Jason Spencer about the Archdiocese of Atlanta: Georgia is considering a bill, the Hidden Predator Act, that would lift the statute of limitations for two years on civil suits filed against alleged sexual abusers. It is rightly being opposed by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations. As Catholics have seen over and over again, when state legislatures suspend the statute of limitations, they almost never apply to the public schools, even though that is where most of the molestation occurs. Georgia is no different. So we know what the agenda is. One of the Georgia lawmakers who favors the bill is Rep. Jason Spencer. But he is not content to voice support for it—he is waging a bigoted anti-Catholic campaign against the Atlanta archdiocese. In recent days he... Read more →


Pat Condell: A Word to Rioting Muslims

Patrick "Pat" Condell (born 1949 or 1950)[2] is a writer, comedian and atheist internet personality. He performed alternative comedy shows during the 1980s and 1990s in the United Kingdom, and won a Time Out Comedy Award in 1991. He was also a regular panellist on BBC Radio 1's "Loose Talk". From early 2007, he began posting short monologues denouncing religion to a number of video sharing websites. His videos have been featured on many websites, including YouTube and LiveLeak. They have also been published on DVD, and also as a book of video transcripts. As of March 2015, Condell's YouTube channel has 233,000 subscribers and over fifty five million video views. source Wikipedia This video was released in 2012. submitted by FK Related articles Why Progressive Universities Should Be Denied Free Speech I didn't bring a plastic baggie with me to scoop it up CNB Crime: Mount Ephraim and Kaighn... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Delaware: Wild turkey hunt for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters April 4

DOVER (March 27, 2015) – Prior to the start of Delaware’s 2015 spring wild turkey season, youths aged 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters will have a special one-day turkey hunt opportunity on Saturday, April 4. Youth and disabled hunters will be able to hunt wild turkeys on private property, state wildlife areas and state forest lands. Hunters ages 13 to 15 must have a valid Delaware junior hunting license and must have completed a hunter education course, as well as a Division of Fish and Wildlife-approved turkey hunter safety class. Hunters age 10 to 12 are exempt from these requirements. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older who is licensed to hunt in Delaware, and who has taken a DNREC-approved turkey hunter safety class. Adult companions may not possess a firearm during the hunt. For more information on safety classes, click Delaware... Read more →


Wilmington again ranked a top U.S. city for solar energy

1st in the South Atlantic region and 5th in the nation for solar power per capita Leadership and state energy legislation/policies cited for the city’s growth in solar power WILMINGTON (March 26, 2015) –Wilmington again has been named one of the nation’s “Solar Stars” – among the top cities in the U.S. for solar energy. In the report, Shining Cities – Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America, released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center, Wilmington is ranked 1st in the South Atlantic region and 5th among cities nationwide for solar capacity per capita in 2014. This year marks the second year in a row that Wilmington has been cited as a top U.S. city for solar power. According to the report, Wilmington has more solar panels per capita than any other major city in the South Atlantic region, with 101 watts per person installed. Honolulu, Indianapolis,... Read more →


CNB CRIME: Newark Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Armed Carjacking

NEWARK, NJ—A Newark man was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for his role in a shotgun carjacking in Little Falls, New Jersey, on Oct. 30, 2011, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Hanzah Darby, 26, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an indictment charging him with one count of theft of a motor vehicle by force, violence, and intimidation and one count of use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: On Oct. 30, 2011, Darby, and Ivan Lee, 26, of Newark, were in the Little Falls area when they spotted a parked 2008 BMW 335 with passengers inside. Darby and Lee—who brandished a shotgun—approached the car and ordered the occupants out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Darby... Read more →


CNBNews Comics:

JEROME by Dave Wolfe

Vol. I No. 40 (March 29, 2015) Editors Note: Every Sunday morning at 7AM we will post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 14. 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) Related articles CNBNews Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe CNBNews Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe CNBNews Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe - CNBNEWS.NET CNBNews Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: The 47 Republican Senators and the Cuban Missile Crisis Read more →


Obituary: Emile J. Murphy, of Runnemede

Emilie J. Murphy (nee McCullough), on March 27, 2015, of Runnemede. Age 96. Beloved wife of the late Charles G.W. Murphy and Richard Hagerty. Devoted mother of Judith Quigley-Smith, Monica McClintock (Bruce), Charles J. Murphy (Regina), and the late Eve Murphy-Fallon. Mother-in-law of Jerry Fallon. Loving grandmother of Roseanne, Tina, Kevin, Maureen, Steven, Charlie, Paul, Brandon, Alec, Kimberly, and Dawn and great grandmother of five. The Murphy family wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the caregivers at St. Mary’s Catholic Home. Emilie was a member of Barrington VFW Post 7247 Women’s Auxiliary and Runnemede Senior Citizens Club. She was an active member and volunteer at St. Teresa’s RC Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. There will be a viewing 9 to 10:15am Wednesday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 11am at Holy Child Parish, St. Teresa’s RC Church, Runnemede. Interment Brig. Gen. Wm. C.... Read more →


The FBI Releases Final Report of the 9/11 Review Commission

Today, the FBI released The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century, the final report of the 9/11 Review Commission. This congressionally mandated review focused on the FBI’s implementation of the recommendations proposed by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission). “I am pleased the Review Commission recognized the significant progress we have made to build a threat-based, intelligence-driven law enforcement and national security organization,” said FBI Director James B. Comey. “I thank the commissioners and their staff for their efforts to help us better serve and protect the American public.” The FBI asked three experts to lead this review: Edwin “Ed” Meese III, former United States attorney general; Timothy J. Roemer, former congressman and ambassador; and Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University professor and noted author on terrorism. Over the past 14 months, the Commission visited numerous FBI offices, here and abroad, and—with the... Read more →


Feed the Barrel: A tale of how small actions can change the world

Crossposted from Environmental Justice in Action By Lena Adams Kim Father Didik of St. Thomas Aquinas church is one of the 15 Barrel Keepers who manage the system of oil collection barrels. The oil he’s pouring will become biofuel, compost, and soap. It all started Thanksgiving Day 2013, with my daughters frantically yelling, “The basement is flooding!!!” A visit from the plumber, yards of ruined carpeting, and $900 later, it was clear that cooking oil clogging my kitchen drain was the culprit. And so I did what many do after experiencing the horrors of home damage – I complained to everyone who would listen. My tale of woe reached Indah, a parent in my kids’ schoolyard. Indah, a journalist of Indonesian descent, mentioned how families in her immigrant Indonesian community in South Philadelphia were grappling with the same clogged pipes and costly repairs, yet unlike me, were often unaware of... Read more →


Prominent Atlantic County Attorney Who Practiced Elder Law Headed for Prison

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a prominent Atlantic County, N.J., attorney who specialized in elder law was sentenced to state prison today for defrauding elderly clients of millions of dollars and laundering the funds through various accounts, including her attorney trust account. Last week, the Division of Criminal Justice obtained an indictment charging the owner of an in-home senior care company, her sister and three other defendants in connection with the fraud.Barbara Lieberman, 63, of Northfield, was sentenced today to 10 years in state prison, including 3 ½ years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio in Atlantic County. Lieberman pleaded guilty on Nov. 3 to an accusation charging her with first-degree money laundering. As a result of her guilty plea, Lieberman forfeited $3 million that the state seized from her, which will be used to pay restitution to her victims. She... Read more →


OP-ED:Unsustainable Growth

Volume XX No.13: March 27, 2015 Just before leaving for a two-week recess, the House passed a bill aimed at permanently solving a long-standing budget challenge. A failed effort to rein in rising Medicare costs from nearly two decades ago led Congress to repeatedly enact one or two year “patches” preventing scheduled payment cuts for Medicare providers. The new legislation gets rid of that pesky inconvenience, but it’s hard to see this as a fiscally responsible solution to a long-vexing problem. Instead it’s the most recent instance of Washington being incapable of making tough decisions. To rein in taxpayer costs for physicians’ services under Medicare, lawmakers created a Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. While fairly complicated, SGR essentially annually recalculates reimbursement rates to keep pace with inflation. This was fine for the first few years as payments went up annually. But... Read more →


New campground and other enhancements transform Delaware Seashore State Park

REHOBOTH BEACH (March 27, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell, Federal Highway Administration Delaware Administrator Mary Ridgeway, DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, and DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Director Ray Bivens joined other officials today for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, opening the brand new North Inlet Campground and enabling the public to enjoy other new improvements at Delaware Seashore State Park. Nearly $10 million worth of construction has been completed on enhancements in the park. This year, work focused on the north side of the Indian River Inlet. Enhancements to the south side were completed in 2014. The contract was awarded for $9.87 million, of which the Federal Highway Administration paid $7.06 million while the remaining funds came from state capital funds awarded to DelDOT. State and federal transportation funds were used because the footprint of the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge utilized state park lands for bridge construction.... Read more →


CNB BUSINESS NEWS: Local Firm Gains National Radio Listeners

press release HADDONFIELD NJ (CNBNews.net)-- Reviva Labs, of Haddonfield, N.J., a major manufacturer of all-natural skin care products, is being featured on radio, via a program that reaches listeners nationally. The subject addresses the growth of the skin care industry. Source material is from an interview with Stephen Strassler, founder and president of Reviva Labs’ the 40-year-old leading provider of all-natural skin care products. Reviva Labs is recognized as a key pioneer in skin-care education, as well as a pioneer and innovator in creating new skin-care products. The program featuring Reviva Lab’s president has been archived. It can be logged on through www.blogtalkradio.com/CathiWatson. Reviva Labs, Haddonfield, N.J., can also be contacted through the firm’s web page, www.RevivaLabs.com. Read more →


Norcross Votes to Protect Medicare Guarantee, Reauthorize CHIP

Washington, DC (March 26, 2015)– Today, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ01) voted in favor of a bipartisan health care bill that will protect and strengthen Medicare for senior citizens while preserving health benefits for countless children and families throughout South Jersey. Supported by provider and beneficiary groups, the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2) replaces a flawed Medicare policy called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with a new payment and delivery model that will promote high-quality care while reducing costs. This permanent fix to the failed SGR formula will finally bring certainty to our seniors and their doctors while strengthening the Medicare system. Rather than continue providing short-term fixes to this growing problem, Congressman Norcross joined House leaders to replace the SGR with a more sustainable and responsible Medicare funding plan. “This bill solves a near 20-year problem that has repeatedly placed Medicare at risk,” said... Read more →


CRUZ-PÉREZ STOLEN VALOR ACT APPROVED BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

press release (TRENTON) March 27, 2015 – Senator Nilsa Cruz-Pérez (D-Camden/Gloucester) Stolen Valor Act was approved by the General Assembly yesterday. Bill S2704 would make the knowing misrepresentation of oneself as a veteran or member of the military for the purpose of obtaining money, property, or other benefit a crime of the third degree, with a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000. “It is deplorable that someone would impersonate a veteran to take advantage of goods and services provided to them,” said Senator Cruz-Pérez. “The men and women of the United States Armed Forces have already given us the greatest gift we could ask for – their commitment to defending our freedom at all costs.” Individuals wearing the uniform, any medal or insignia authorized for the use of members or veterans of the United Armed Forces or the organized militia would be subject to the fine, as would those making false... Read more →


CNB CRIME: Gloucester City Police Seeking Public's Help in Identifying Burglary Suspects

MEDIA RELEASE Person of interest possibly involved in 500 unit block of   Somerset Street burglary (photo provided) GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (CNBNews.net)--Gloucester City Police Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying several people of interest that may have been involved in recent burglaries. The first incident occurred on March 21, 2015 at approximately 1:00 p.m. a residence was burglarized in the 500 unit block of Somerset Street. Investigator Keith O'Donnell said, 'We are trying to identify the male shown in the photo above who we believe is involved." The other incident happened later on the same day at approximately 8:45 p.m. a vehicle was burglarized in the area on Burlington and Somerset Streets. O'Donnell said, "We are trying to identify the three males shown below in the photo who are believed to be involved." If anyone can identify any of these suspects, please call the Detective Bureau at... Read more →


Vince Patrone of Bellmaw, Korean War Army Vet, Teamster, Annunciation BVM Church Member

Vincent J. Patrone, of Bellmawr, on March 25, 2015, passed peacefully into the arms of God’s love and eternal care with his wife at his side. Age 86. Beloved husband of 58 years of Dolores (nee Contino). Devoted father of Lisa Peterson (Larry) and Vinese Goldschmidt (Tim). Loving grandfather of Laurence, Matthew, Nicholas and Kelsey Peterson and Victoria and Vincent Goldschmidt. Dear brother of Clover Milaro (Alex) and the late Angelo Patrone. Also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Mr. Patrone was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Teamsters Local 107 Philadelphia for 23 years, later went on to do home remodeling and then worked for Gitomer Management. He was an usher and longtime parishioner at Annunciation BVM Church. There will be a viewing from 7 to 9pm Monday eve and 8:15 to 9:15am Tuesday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE.... Read more →


Judge Rules for Caribou, Against Feds

Male caribou in Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By PHILIP A. JANQUART/MARCH 25, 2015 BOISE (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cannot use Canadian land to claim that it's providing enough habitat for endangered caribou, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge said Fish and Wildlife must reopen its final rule for designated caribou habitat for public comment. The Center for Biological Diversity led a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups against the federal agency, challenging its 2012 final rule designating more than 30,000 acres in Washington and Idaho as critical habitat for the southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou, also known as the Selkirk Mountain Caribou. The species was listed as endangered in 1983. The groups claim Fish and Wildlife modified the criteria in a 2002 draft final rule that would have designated some 227,000 acres as critical caribou habitat. The new criteria raised... Read more →


HHS takes strong steps to address opioid-drug related overdose, death and dependence

English: A graphic map showing the rates of accidental prescription drug overdose deaths for the state of Ohio by counties for the years 2004 to 2008. Information obtained from here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Evidence-based, bipartisan efforts focus on prescribing practices and treatment to reduce prescription opioid and heroin use disorders U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced a targeted initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin related overdose, death and dependence. Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and currently outnumber deaths from car accidents in the United States. The President’s FY 2016 budget includes critical investments to intensify efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, including $133 million in new funding to address this critical issue. The Secretary’s efforts focus on three priority areas that tackle the opioid crisis, significantly impacting those struggling with substance use disorders... Read more →


Member of Drug Trafficking Organization Admits to Conspiring to Sell Heroin in New Jersey

English: Modified IM/IV syringe used for "plugging" heroin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) TRENTON, NJ—A member of a large-scale drug trafficking organization today admitted conspiring to distribute heroin in Ocean and Monmouth counties and elsewhere in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Jonathan Thomas, a/k/a “Life,” 39, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute heroin. In March 2014, 20 other alleged members of the drug trafficking organization of which Thomas was a member were charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin. The complaint referred to the drug trafficking organization as the “Britt-Young DTO,” after its leaders, Robert Britt, a/k/a “True,” and Rufus Young, a/k/a “Equan,” a/k/a “E-Money,” a/k/a “Kintock.” Of those individuals, eight have pleaded guilty. According to documents filed in this case and statements... Read more →


FISH AND WILDLIFE HOSTS PEQUEST TROUT HATCHERY FREE OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND

English: Rainbow trout (Photo credit: Wikipedia) OPENING DAY OF TROUT SEASON IS APRIL 4 (15/P28) TRENTON -With trout season just around the corner, the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its annual free Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House this weekend, March 28 and 29. The Pequest Open House is one of the Division of Fish and Wildlife's premier events, held every year the weekend prior to the opening of trout season to spotlight trout fishing and New Jersey's natural resources. An estimated 100,000 anglers are expected to take part as trout season begins on April 4 at 8 a.m. The Division of Fish and Wildlife is stocking some 570,000 rainbow trout across the state throughout the spring, with 200,000 in the water and ready to be hooked on opening day. "Trout fishing in New Jersey is as strong as ever,"... Read more →


PINE HILL POLICE DEPT ALERT: Bike Registration Program open; Online registration available soon

PINE HILL NJ--As the snow finally gives way to warm spring days, the children in our community will finally have the opportunity to enjoy their time outdoors and riding their bikes. On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 the Pine Hill Police Department held their Bicycle Registration Kickoff event at the Pine Hill Middle School, Dr. Albert Bean and John H. Glenn Elementary Schools. The program was established to help locate the owners of found bicycles and ensure the necessary information is on file for those bicycles reported stolen. To help start the program, a letter was sent home to all middle school and elementary school parents explaining the program and providing a registration form. SRO Rowello and Ptl. Marino visited the middle and elementary schools and registered the bicycles of students who were not deterred by the chilly spring temperatures and rode to school. Students were given bicycle safety tips and... Read more →


Winslow Police Arrest Raseem McNeil; Charged with Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Weapon Offenses

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP NJ (March 24, 2015)--On Monday March 23, 2015 at 10:09PM Winslow Township Police were dispatched to Sicklerville News for the report of a fight between the store clerk and a customer. Responding officers located the clerk inside of the business. He sustained minor injuries which required medical attention. The investigation revealed the clerk was working behind the counter when he was violently attacked by an unidentified black male. The suspect savagely beat the clerk about his head and body while threatening the clerk with a pair of scissors. The clerk fought the suspect back causing him to drop the scissors. The suspect then fled on foot with an unknown amount of cash he took from the store. Further investigation identified the suspect as 21 year old Raseem McNeil. Ptlm Christopher Romeo and Ptlm James Passarella arrested McNeil without incident this morning in the Avandale Development. McNeil was charged... Read more →


What does journalism mean for democracy: fewer journalists on the beat

photo shuttlestock MARCH 24, 2015--You may have seen some of our earlier stories on “Covering State Government Today,On the Frontlines with Nonprofit News,” along with “The Changing Nature of News: A Study of Five Online Nonprofit Groups.” Nonprofit and online news organizations are where reporting is happening at the state and local levels as traditional news reporting recedes with declining advertising and funding. But what are the challenges, other than funding, that these smaller news organizations face? Threats Facing Citizen Journalists Even with all the foment of new media channels and multiplying sources of information, there are profound threats from having fewer journalists on the beat. We tend to think of some relatively recent journalistic work like Watergate, the Clinton Impeachment, NSA Wiretapping, and others. Wikipedia has even assembled a complete list of U.S. federalpolitical scandals dating back to the 1700s. A few things closer to home actually pose considerable... Read more →


CNB Medical News: Kennedy University Hospital’s Ronald McDonald Family Room Receives Donation

Washington Township, NJ –For more than a decade, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township, NJ, has offered refreshments for families and games for youngsters to enjoy while at the hospital’s Emergency Department. In lieu of exchanging Christmas gifts, hospital Nursing management members pooled their resources to donate $1,000 to help support the Family Room, which is operated by the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey. Long-time Family Room volunteer Catherine Durante accepted the donation on March 25th at a special celebration. Shown at the check presentation are, from left: Front row – Catherine Durante; Alice Farrell, Corporate Director of Nursing at Kennedy – Washington Township; Second row – Jim Mullen, Kennedy –Washington Township’s Chief Nursing Officer & Chief Administrative Officer; and John Durante, President of the Kennedy University Hospital Board of Trustees. source press release March 26, 2015 Related articles Kennedy Elects New... Read more →


Obituary: John Peco, of Deptford, age 92

JOHN PECO Age 92. Of Deptford On March 23, 2015. Loving Son of the late William and Blanche Peco. Services and Burial Private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of John Peco. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ. Phone: 856-456-1142 Read more →


Thank You for Your Service Virtual Career Fair for Veterans and Military Spouses

Dozens of America's biggest companies seeking military talent to fill open positions PHILADELPHIA, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Veteran Recruiting and dozens of America's most veteran friendly employers will host the Thank You for Your Service Virtual Career Fair on March 25. Since 2011, more than 101,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired with the companies who utilize the Veteran Recruiting virtual career fairs to recruit the Nation's finest. "The virtual career fairs have proven to be a great way to connect with veterans nationwide. Veterans are a great match for the career opportunities at Penske, and the virtual career fairs are a great way for us to recruit veterans nationwide" Stated Ron Schwartz, Director Staffing/Talent Acquisition Penske The companies who will participate include: ADP, Aetna, Amazon, Anthem Inc., Apple, Aramark, Comerica, Convergys, Covanta, Eaton Corporation, First Citizens Bank, First Data, Graybar, , Intel, Lowe's, Penske, Pfizer, TSA, Travelers,... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Pennsylvania: HUNTER-TRAPPER EDUCATION CLASSES AVAILABLE NOW

New hunters can beat the rush, get a license in time for gobbler season by taking a course this spring. Those who plan to purchase their first hunting license this year will need to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education course, and classes are being held at locations across the state, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Springtime is a great time to complete the course. Because the fall hunting seasons – and the corresponding rush for new hunters to become certified – still are months away, it can be easier to find a class now compared to later in the year. Plus, those who complete the class now, still will have time to buy a license and hunt in the upcoming spring gobbler season, and will be able to apply for a 2015-16 antlerless deer license before they sell out. To register for a course in your area,... Read more →


CNB CRIME: Maurice Gooden Guilty of Sexual Assault and Robbery of Atlantic City Woman

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was convicted this afternoon on all counts in connection with the 2002 sexual assault and robbery of a woman who had exited a jitney near her home after completing her work shift, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced. Today, March 25, 2015, after a three (3) day trial, an Atlantic County jury found Maurice Gooden, 39, of Atlantic City, guilty of:  Aggravated Sexual Assault during the commission of a robbery—a crime of the 1st degree,  Aggravated Sexual Assault of one whom he knew was physically helpless—a 1st degree crime,  Aggravated Assault—a 2nd degree crime, and  Robbery—a 2nd degree crime, for his early-morning attack of an Atlantic City woman who had exited a jitney on April 25, 2002 at approximately 3:45 a.m.—an attack which left the victim unconscious in an alley off South Harrisburg Avenue, Atlantic City, sexually assaulted and... Read more →


Even In Female Dominated Nursing, Men Earn More

By Julie Rovner March 24, 2015 Women outnumber men in the nursing profession by more than 10 to 1. But men still earn more, a new study finds. The report in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association found that even after controlling for age, race, marital status and children in the home, males in nursing out-earned females by nearly $7,700 per year in outpatient settings and nearly $3,900 in hospitals. Even as men flowed into nursing over the past decades, the pay gap did not narrow over the years studied: 1988 to 2013. According to the Census Bureau, men made up about 9 percent of registered nurses in 2011, roughly a three-fold increase from 1970. And even though men were not permitted in nursing programs at some schools until the 1980s, they have overall earned more, just as in society at large. The biggest disparity was for nurse... Read more →


Bike Stolen from Sicklerville Youth; Two Juveniles Charged with 1st Degree Armed Robbery

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP (March 23, 2015)At approximately 4:40 pm on Monday, March 23, officers were dispatched to the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township for a robbery. The juvenile victim advised two juvenile suspects hit him in the head with a rock and stole his bicycle. The victim required medical attention for several lacerations to the head. Patrolman Justin Connor located the two suspects and recovered the stolen bicycle. The juveniles were charged with 1st degree armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. The juveniles were lodged into Camden County Lakeland Juvenile Facility. Read more →


Ex-Taliban Captive Bowe Bergdahl Could Face Life

By ADAM KLASFELD /March 25, 2015 (CN) - Nearly a year since he was freed from Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces the possibility of life in a military prison for charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the U.S. Army revealed on Wednesday. Both charges carry the possibility of a dishonorable discharge, demotion, forfeiture and imprisonment. The misbehavior count could lead to life imprisonment, and desertion has a maximum term of five years. Bergdahl, the last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, fell into Taliban hands shortly after leaving his combat outpost in the Paktika province on June 30, 2009. On May 31, 2014, the Pentagon announced that it had freed the 28-year-old by trading him for five Taliban members being held indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay. None of the detainees swapped for Bergdahl had been charged with a war crime. A month later the Pentagon raised some eyebrows... Read more →


Winslow Township Narcotic Detectives Arrest Suspect for Distribution of Oxycodone Pills

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP NJ March 24, 2015-- Winslow Twp. Narcotic Detectives conducted an investigation in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township on March 24 and arrested Darrell Murray for possession and distribution of Oxycodone pills. The investigation led detectives to Murray’s residence in Chesilhurst and the following items were recovered: M.A.C. 11 assault weapon, semi-automatic handgun, 375 Oxycodone pills, marijuana, CDS paraphernalia. The street value of the pills recovered is over $11,000. Approximately $5000 was also seized from Murray. Murray was charged with possession of CDS, distribution of CDS, possession of assault weapon, unlawful possession of handgun, unlawful possession of high capacity magazine and possession of CDS paraphernalia. Murray was committed into Camden County Jail in default of $150,000 bail. THE SUSPECT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE source press release Read more →


WATCH: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Faces Court Martial

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged by the Army with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy according to Col. Daniel King, a spokesman for the Army Forces Command. Bergdahl, who spent five years as a captive under the Taliban before he was freed in a May 31 prisoner swap, will face an Article 32 preliminary hearing, said King. Watch the video for the full statement (YouTube video Uploaded by ABC7 WJLA) Read more →


CNB CRIME: Indictment Charges Two with Using Phony Concert Promotions to Scam Investors

PHILADELPHIA—Marc Hubbard, 46, of Cornelius, North Carolina, and Franklin Green, 45, of Washington, DC, were charged by indictment, unsealed today, in a conspiracy to defraud victims who thought they were investing in concert promotions. The defendants are each charged with one count of conspiracy and seven counts of wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The fraud scheme involved approximately $2 million. Hubbard was president of Sports Dimensions, Inc. (“SDI”) which purported to specialize in concert promotions and nightclub management, and was also president of Castle Entertainment which purported to specialize in nightclub management. Green, a lawyer in Washington, DC, was formerly a lawyer in Philadelphia, PA. According to the indictment, Hubbard portrayed himself and SDI as highly successful concert promoters and falsely represented approximately $14,277,068 in ticket sales from July 2006 to January 10, 2008. He allegedly promised investors an approximate return of 25-30% on their short-term... Read more →


Volunteers sought for 24th annual Christina River Cleanup on April 18

NEW CASTLE COUNTY (March 24, 2015) – DNREC Secretary David Small encourages volunteers to join the Christina River Watershed Cleanup along the river and several of its tributaries on Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m. until noon at 12 sites throughout northern New Castle County. Brookhaven Park, an expanded site this year, will hold its cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. “Helping to beautify our waterways is the perfect way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning – and in this case, to celebrate Earth Day, which is coming right up on April 22,” said Secretary Small. “Clearing debris from the Christina River watershed not only improves the landscape for residents and visitors to enjoy, it improves the health and quality of the river and its tributaries, the primary sources of public water supply for New Castle County.” The annual cleanup, now in its 24th year, will be... Read more →


Essex County Men Sentenced to Prison for Smuggling Pot and Cell Phones Into Jail

TRENTON, NJ—Two Newark, New Jersey, men were each sentenced prison terms today for their involvement in a scheme to smuggle contraband, including marijuana and cell phones, into the Essex County Correctional Facility, a federal pretrial detention facility, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Darsell Davis, 29, and Dwayne Harper, 31, were sentenced to 15 months and 12 months in prison, respectively. Davis previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper to an information charging him with one count of conspiring with others to commit extortion under color of official right. Harper previously pleaded guilty before Judge Cooper to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to smuggle contraband into the Essex County Correctional Facility. Judge Cooper imposed both sentences today in Trenton federal court. According to the documents filed and statements made in court: On multiple occasions between September 2013 and May 2014, Stephon Solomon, 27,... Read more →


Obituary: Joseph A. Wadsworth of Bellmawr

Born: November 03, 1929 Died: March 23, 2015 Joseph A. Wadsworth, on March 23, 2015, of Bellmawr. Age 85. Beloved husband of the late Mary T. (nee Lipsett). Devoted father of Mary Ann Whitfield (James), Joyce Bush (Michael), Joseph A. (Kathleen), and James T. (the late Kathryn). Loving grandfather Christy, Sharon, Dawn, Lori, Michael, Lauren, Jessica, Joseph, Michelle, Matthew, Megan, Sara, and Erika and great grandfather of Thomas, Keira, Corey, and Vonnegut. Dear brother of Augustus Wadsworth. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joseph was a volunteer firefighter with Bellmawr Fire Dept. #1 for many years. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8pm Sunday evening and 10 to 11am Monday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 11am at the funeral home. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301,... Read more →