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March 2015

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... Read more →

Deaths of John Sheridan, wife ruled murder-suicide | NJBIZ

Cooper Health System CEO and President John Sheridan killed his wife, Joyce, and then himself, the Somerset County Prosecutor said Friday in announcing the results of an investigation into the two September 2014 deaths. The final report of the Northern Regional Medical Examiner Office concluded that John Sheridan died of “sharp force injuries and smoke inhalation,” calling the manner of death a suicide. “Those determinations are consistent with the evidence developed during the investigation which supports the conclusion that John Sheridan killed Joyce Sheridan and, thereafter, committed suicide,” the statement from Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Chief of County Detectives Timothy M. Fitzgerald and Montgomery Township Police Capt./Director Robert E. Palmer said. CONTINUE via www.njbiz.com by Eric Strauss Related articles Prosecutors: Hospital CEO killed... Read more →


March 27, 2015 GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S GROWING POT PROBLEM First he was confronted by activist Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion as he left NJ 101.5's "Ask the Governor," then he referred to the tax revenue from marijuana as "blood money." Now, Philly.com says Governor Christie will continue to face criticism over his positions on both medical and recreational marijuana as he gears up for a presidential run in 2016. Back home, NJ Spotlight says Democrats are threatening to employ the rare "legislative veto" to make it easier for medical marijuana patients to gain access to the medication. If the measure passes, the governor is not allowed to veto it. KEEPING POLITICS OUT OF OUR PENSIONS State lawmakers are trying to crack down on the apparent practice of... 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... Read more →

Aldi coming to Bellmawr and Woodbury Bottom Dollar Locations! (42Freeway.com)

Mark Matthews Breaking News! Today (March 27) Aldi completed the purchase of the Bottom Dollar Food locations…. and they’ve announced that 30 Bottom Dollar Stores are being converted over to ALDI .. and BELLMAWR and Woodbury made the cut!! Read more in the Company press release. NJ.Com updated story The full South Jersey list of stores to become Aldi's is: ity Street Address Bellmawr 156 West Browning Road Bordentown 262-C Route 130 Cherry Hill 2110 Route 38 East Windsor 440 US Hwy 130 Edgewater Park 4225 South Route 130 Glassboro 812 North Delsea Drive Lumberton 1636 Route 38 Trenton 2735 S. Broad Street Woodbury 203 S. Broad Street More info to come. To keep up with the latest on retail and business news for the... 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... 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,”... Read more →


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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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:... Read more →

The Dangers of Busting Law-Breaking Businesses

Regulating businesses is necessary, but it can have negative impacts on struggling cities. BY SCOTT BEYER | MARCH 2015 Pretend that you are governing a declining American city. You’ve probably witnessed numerous public service failures, like slow-responding police, unclean streets and polluted waterways. Among these failures, your city may also not be fully regulating its businesses, meaning that some are breaking minor laws or even operating under the table. Should it be, then, your top priority to make them comply? In Detroit, it certainly seems it is. In 2011, the city launched Operation Compliance, an initiative that was meant to address 1,500 illegal businesses by shuttering hazardous ones and modernizing others. After one year, 535 businesses had agreed to come into compliance and 383 had... Read more →


March 26, 2015 Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. NEW APP HELPS DETER BULLYING IN SCHOOLS Jonathan Pearl, a Livingston resident and graduate of Livingston High School, has developed a new mobile app called STOPit. Danielle Santola of TAP into Livingstonsays the app is designed as a way to combat a growing epidemic of cyberbullying. STOPit allows students to anonymously report instances of cyberbullying, and the app has already been adopted in thirteen states and four countries. WHOLE FOODS DEVELOPER FIGHTING TO BUILD APARTMENTS IN PARSIPPANY A developer known as PD Realty is fighting to construct 666 apartments, a commercial center, and a Whole Foods in Parsippany, reports Parsippany... Read more →


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... 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... 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... Read more →


Right-handed pitcher Richie Suarez Box Score GLASSBORO, NJ (March 25, 2015)– The Rowan University baseball team defeated Haverford College, 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The Profs improve to 9-5 and have a three-game win streak. The Fords drop to 4-7. Right-hander Richie Suarez (sr. Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Reg.) went five innings for the victory (2-0). He allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out five. Righty Stephen Ridings (so. Commack, NY/St. Anthony's) took the loss (0-1). Designated hitter Casey Grimes (sr. Gibbstown, NJ/Paulsboro) went three-for-five with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Third baseman Kevin McMenamin (sr. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) had two hits (three at bats), including a double, scored one time and batted in two. First baseman Steven Todd (jr. Millstone Twp.,... Read more →

Area Business-Related Radio Interview Shows to Continue throughout 2015 | cnbnews.net

For Immediate Release: BALA CYNWYD PA March 25, 2015 (CNBNews.net)--The radio division of ACT, Inc., 29 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 has contracted to own and produce two 30-minute information/interview shows throughout 2015, Joe Ball, executive producer reported. They are entitled "Lifestyles" & "The Marketing of Business". They feature interviews of local business and organization owners and decision makers, speaking about their experiences in becoming successful leaders and individuals. The shows are broadcast over Beasley Broadcasting Company's Philadelphia station WWDB-860 AM, and are also rebroadcast constantly over the internet. "The Marketing of Business" is heard every Monday & Wednesday 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM and on Thursday 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM. The "Lifestyles" show is heard every Monday & Wednesday 6:30 PM to... 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... Read more →

Students inducted into Phi Zeta Kappa and Phi Omega Epsilon honor societies at FDU

MADISON, NJ (03/24/2015)(readMedia)-- Fairleigh Dickinson University students who have been inducted into FDU's Phi Zeta Kappa and Phi Omega Epsilon honor societies for the Fall 2014 semester. Cassandra Veasey of Egg Harbor Township (08234) Kevin Melia of Pennsauken (08109) William Carlson of Wall (07719) Rachel Anderson of Sicklerville (08081) Tai Musari of Wrightstown (08562) Courtney Pettet of Berlin (08009) Darien Boss of Bridgeton (08302) Eric Wolford of Delanco (08075) Matthew Isard of Lindenwold (08021) Kelsey Wainwright of Marlton (08053) Kimberly Richardson of Mays Landing (08330) Joseph Paterno of Mount Laurel (08054) Debra Broe of Pine Hill (08021) Nancy Maslowas of Pomona (08240) Amy Throop of Riverside (08075) Wynisha Holmes of Sewell (08080) Jessica McCalla of Sewell (08080) Lindsey Smith of Sewell (08080) Christine McElwain of... Read more →

VIDEO: Snead Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Hitter of the Week

NFCA release LOUISVILLE, KY – Rowan University shortstop Shilah Snead was named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Hitter of the Week on March 25. Snead (jr. Malaga, NJ/Delsea Reg.) posted a .600 batting average in a 6-0 week at the Rebel Spring Games in Winter Haven, FL. She totaled 12 hits in 20 at bats and registered 11 runs scored and nine RBIs. Her extra base hits included four doubles and two home runs. Snead recorded a 1.100 slugging percentage. In all six games, she posted at least one hit, a RBI and one run. In addition, she stole seven bases in eight attempts. "Shilah is a consistent leader both on and off the field," said Rowan head coach Kim Wilson. "She... 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... 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 →

Raptors' Larson earns NJAC Softball Player of the Week

CAMDEN, N.J. – Rutgers University-Camden junior third baseman Katie Larson (Delran, NJ/Delran) turned in a stellar performance while helping the Scarlet Raptors post a 5-1 record in their six games at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last week. Larson's big week earned her honors today as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week. Larson compiled staggering statistics with a .667 batting average (14-for-21) and a 1.190 slugging percentage during the week. Half of her hits went for extra bases as she ripped four doubles, two triples and one home run. She scored six runs and led the team with 12 RBIs in the six games. She also added one sacrifice hit. Larson hit safely in five of... Read more →

JMU announces fall 2014 graduates

HARRISONBURG, VA (03/24/2015)(readMedia)-- James Madison University is pleased to announce the following students who graduated during the Dec. 13, 2014 commencement exercises. Christopher VanZoeren of Sewell (08080) Lauren Adorno of Cherry Hill (08002) Sam Rosenberg of Mount Laurel (08054) Allison Kraus of Medford (08055) Courtney Campbell of Mount Laurel (08054) Rebecca Sparks of Laurel Springs (08021) Rachel Weeks of Seaville (08230) Madeline Brownell of Hainesport (08036) James Madison University offers each student a future of significance -- not an education of mere prestige, but an extraordinary education of exceptional scholarship, inventive thinking, unparalleled attention to the world community, a university-wide enthusiasm for teaching, and a commitment to student success. 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... Read more →

Lebanon Valley College Recognizes Winter 2014-2015 Student-Athletes

ANNVILLE, PA (03/24/2015)(readMedia)-- Lebanon Valley College students get the chance to play college sports at a high level while pursuing their intellectual and career goals, and enjoying other interests. While competing for conference championships and earning national rankings, our student-athletes have the flexibility to double major, study abroad, and pursue internships--opportunities that will inform their lives long after their playing careers end. Local students who participated in winter sports at Lebanon Valley College include: Taylor Umbrell of Delran, N.J. Umbrell, a graduate of Delran High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology and was a member of Lebanon Valley's men's ice hockey team for the 2014-2015 winter season. Alyssa Cirucci of Marlton, N.J. Cirucci, a graduate of Bishop Eustace Prep School, is pursuing... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Climbin' A Mountain

by Slim Randles CNBNews.net “There’s no sense a-tall,” said Alphonse “Windy” Wilson, “in climbin’ a mountain. Why, you can percolate up to the top and what do you get? Tired.” Windy had cornered several old ladies who were leaving the Rest of Your Life retirement home to walk two blocks to the store. They weren’t fast enough to escape him. “Yessum … them mountain climbers … why I recollectivate a bunch of them went up a Alp and fell off and killed theirselves … mortally dead, too. Why? I guess so they could stand up there in the wind and freeze and look down and say ‘Golly, what a great view!” Windy paused and studied their faces to see if his lecture was taking effect.... 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... Read more →

GCPO Offering Defensive Driving Classes

WOODBURY NJ --The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office is again offering defensive driving classes that can save county residents money on their motor vehicle insurance premiums. The initial class will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in University Center Room 901 at Rowan College of Gloucester County, 1400 Tanyard Rd., Deptford Township NJ. The second half of the course is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the same location. Attendance on both nights is required. The class will also be given in a one-day session on May 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Scott Hall Room 709 at Rowan College. A $10 processing fee will be charged for class materials and... Read more →

Pratt Institute Honors Students Who Made the Fall 2014 President's List

BROOKLYN, NY (03/24/2015)(readMedia)-- Pratt Institute congratulates more than 1,000 students who made the President's List in the Fall 2014 semester. Aysen Gerlach of Haddonfield (08033) Erika Pajarillo of Bordentown (08505) Brittany Sauta of Wall Township (07719) Ariel Davis of Marlton (08053) Devan Freedman of Margate City (08402) Natasha Hesketh of Sicklerville (08081) Sandy Long of Mount Laurel (08054) Jennifer MacQuade of Mount Laurel (08054) Larissa Naegele of Wall (07719) Emily Norbury of Voorhees (08043) Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is... Read more →

Kennedy Health’s Joseph W. Devine Receives ACHE Regent's Award

Philadelphia, PA, March 24, 2015 -- Joseph W. Devine, FACHE, President & CEO of South Jersey-based Kennedy Health, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award today at the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley's (HLNDV) Annual ACHE Breakfast with the Regents held at the Union League of Philadelphia. The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award recognizes ACHE affiliates who are experienced in the field and have significantly contributed toward the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of the ACHE’s goals. The award was presented by Kevin J. McGovern, FACHE, ACHE's Regent for Eastern Pennsylvania and a Vice President of Operations at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. Nominated ACHE affiliates are evaluated on leadership ability, innovative... 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... Read more →

NJ Tuition Equality for America's Military Act Becomes Law

Haddon Heights, NJ March 23, 2015 – Today, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ01) announced that legislation he championed in the New Jersey State Senate providing in-state tuition to veterans at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities has been signed into law by Governor Christie. Titled the New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act, the bill implements federal law requiring in-state tuition rates for recent veterans and their families and expands its coverage to apply to all veterans, their spouses, and dependents. While the federal law only covers veterans for three years after their military discharge, Norcross’ bill extends in-state tuition to all veterans – regardless of their date of discharge. Therefore, any veteran or covered individual attending a public institution of higher education in... 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... Read more →

NJ News Commons: Good Deed Has Christie In Trouble

March 24, 2015 CHRISTIE HELPS GETS CORVETTE FOR RADIO HOST The International Business Times is crying foul after Governor Christie successfully petitioned the Lester Glenn Auto Group to loan a Corvette to Eric Scott, who interviews the governor on NJ 101.5's monthly radio show, Ask the Governor. Media ethics experts say the move calls the integrity and independence of the radio station and the host into question, especially considering the limited access that local NJ journalists have to the governor as he gears up for a presidential run. SEN. MENENDEZ MIGHT BE KEY TO LYNCH CONFIRMATION In an interesting turn of events, Senator Bob Menendez could wind up casting the decisive vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the new US attorney general right before being... Read more →

CNB CRIME: Willingboro Man Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault of Teenager

Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Waterford Township Police Chief Daniel Cormaney reported a man has been arrested for the sexual assault of one teenage girl and the sexual contact of another in Waterford Township. Larry D. Holliday, 48, of Willingboro, is charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault, four counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The victims are both females who are at least 13, but less than 16 years old. The alleged crimes took place on or about March 13 at a Waterford Township group home, where Holliday worked. The victims reported the alleged acts to staff members who then contacted the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency on... Read more →

CNB CRIME: Ari Lleshi of Pitman Pleas Guilty to Operating "Speed" Lab

WOODBURY NJ March 23, 2015--Ari Lleshi (DOB 8/21/89), of Pitman NJ pleaded guilty today to operating a methamphetamine production facility last year in a shed behind his parents’ Columbia Ave. home. LLeshi also admitted he was in possession of a hallucinogenic drug when stopped in a vehicle in Mantua Township NJ in March 2014 and acknowledged the two 2014 offenses violated the probation he’d been placed on in 2011 as a result of aggravated assault and burglary charges. In a negotiated plea, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Dianna Reed-Rolando will recommend that LLeshi be sentenced to four years in New Jersey State Prison on the methamphetamine case, to which he pleaded guilty pre-indictment. The sentence recommendation for the Mantua drug case and the probation violations will... Read more →

CNB HUNTING/FISHING NJ News: Trout Stocking Information

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2015 The 2015 season is expected to provide the normally superb trout fishing opportunities New Jersey anglers have grown to expect and appreciate. The average size of the trout stocked is greater than 10.5 inches, and the Bonus Broodstock Lakes and the breeder stocking programs provide plenty of trophy size fish within a short drive from anywhere in the state. Although snow and ice may continue to blanket the northern portion of the state our stocking trucks began rolling on March 16th on schedule. The late ice and snow melt is making for excellent stream flows this spring and the recent warming trend should help heat things up right before the season opener! New this year is all Trout Stocking Regulation signs are... Read more →

Doctors Must Share Info With Patients About Potential Addictive Qualities of Medications

Dear Editor, As a New Jersey physician, I am dedicated to my patients and the health of our state. My top priority is the health and well-being of the residents of New Jersey. Over the past several years we have seen too many New Jersey families impacted by addiction – addiction to opiate pain killers, some of which were accessed from a friend or relative, and some of which were first introduced through a prescription to treat chronic and acute pain. It is shocking that we are in a state where, last year, in New Jersey, drug overdose deaths outnumbered motor vehicle traffic fatalities. What is just as concerning is that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for every one opioid... Read more →


Troops Who Don’t Pass the Smell Test Likely Have Traumatic Brain Injury

Newswise — Bethesda, MD – Decreased ability to identify specific odors can predict abnormal neuroimaging results in blast-injured troops, according to a new study by Federal researchers released online in the journal Neurology, March 18, 2015. The DoD-funded study, “Olfactory impairment and traumatic brain injury in blast-injured combat troops: a cohort study,” led by Air Force Colonel (Dr.) Michael Xydakis, associate professor of Surgery in the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), and his colleagues from USU, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health, found that testing the sense of smell can be used to assess memory impairment following trauma. The team, which included Navy Captain (Dr.) Lisa P. Mulligan,... Read more →

YOUR MONEY: New Jersey Sixth Worst State for Retirement | Bankrate.com

New Jersey Weaknesses: High tax rate, high cost of living Thanks to Tony Soprano, New Jersey is often associated with crime and the mafia, but the state actually received excellent marks for safety. The problem with the Garden State is its high cost of living and high taxes, which pushed New Jersey into our bottom 10. Last year, home prices in Newark were 63 percent higher than the national average. Renters didn't have much luck, either. Apartments in the city averaged $1,527 a month -- 67 percent higher than the national average. New Jersey also received low scores for happiness in terms of emotional health and work environment, as well as for taxes. New Jersey's property tax collections are the highest in the nation, and... Read more →

Norcross Opposes Harmful Anti-Environment Bills

Washington, DC – Last week, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ01) voted to oppose two bills advanced by the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives intended to restrict the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing its job of protecting public health and the environment. The two bills make disturbing changes to the EPA. H.R. 1030, titled the Secret Science Reform Act, restricts the EPA from using the best available scientific information when writing policy. As written, this legislation prevents the EPA from relying on all sources of credible scientific data, even data that is legally protected from public disclosure or extremely costly to produce. H.R. 1029, entitled the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, attempts to weaken and distort the panel of experts that advises the EPA... Read more →

White Man Gunned Down By Black Teens | Top Right News

by Brooke Bosca | Top Right News A man out for a walk with his dog last week was gunned down by three Black teens. And when police found the man’s body, they made a heartbreaking find right next to it. As NBC Philadelphia reported, the three black teens got “bored” playing basketball and decided to go rob someone. After seeing one man with a large dog, and deciding not to rob him, they then saw 51-year-old James Patrick Stuhlman walking his terrier. As he walked down the street on March 12, Stuhlman, who owned a local landscaping company, saw three teens approach him. Then they grabbed and robbed him, and shot him once in the leg. They could have just taken his money and... Read more →

Help Gentle Giants by Fostering

English: Harlequin and mantle great danes Português: Dogues alemães arlequim e mantado (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Monday, March 23, 2015 Great Danes Looking For Foster Homes Mid-Atlantic States – If you’re a dog lover, you’ll certainly know that Scooby Doo is a Great Dane. Silly, lovable and HUGE! Many times, people don’t do enough research before buying or rescuing a Great Dane puppy only to find out that they grow to between 100 and 200 pounds and it’s too much work for them. Great Danes are indoor dogs that require training. The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League is a 501c3 non-profit organization and we’re currently looking for foster homes that meet our criteria. For more information on fostering please visit http://magdrl.org/fostering.htm. About MAGDRL MAGDRL is a... Read more →