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Raymond B. Bock, Jr. of Gloucester City, age 78

On August 27, 2015. Age 78. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of Carol (nee Palmer). Also survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother and sister. Ray proudly served our country in the U.S Marine Corps. He retired from Wheaton Village in Millville. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, followed by a Catholic Funeral Service at 8 PM. Interment will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Raymond B. Bock, Jr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Related articles OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer Anthony Sean Bolton, Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Cnb Cheers and Jeers July 2015 PHOTO: Super Stallion In Paradise Photos of the week: Marines Read more →

CNB CRIME: CAMDEN COUNTY PD ARREST Runnemede Man with Gun Following Car Stop

Press release August 27,2015 (Camden, NJ) – Camden County Police Department officers arrested a Runnemede man Saturday night after he was found to be in possession of a handgun and hollow point bullets. Shortly after 7 p.m., Officer Joseph Pemberton was on patrol addressing quality of life issues in the area of Mount Ephraim Avenue and Everett Street when he observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road impeding traffic. Officer Pemberton and Officer Jarred Levenson investigated and found that the driver – John Kobsar, 48, of Runnemede – was in possession of an H&R American Double Action .32 caliber revolver along with hollow point bullets and a quantity of syringes. Kobsar was placed under arrest without incident and was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, Possession of Hollow Point Bullets, Possession of Hypodermic Needles and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Sgt. Peggy Vassallo Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant Peggy Vassallo Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department, Missouri End of Watch: Monday, August 24, 2015 Sergeant Peggy Vassallo was struck and killed by a vehicle while rendering aid to another driver after being involved in an accident shortly before 8:00 am. Sergeant Vassallo, who was in full uniform, was en route to work when she was involved in a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Lindbergh Blvd and Old Jamestown Rd, in St. Louis County. The other driver was complaining of neck pain, prompting Sergeant Vassallo to contact dispatchers to request medical assistance. As she was speaking to dispatchers another vehicle entered the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle swerved around Sergeant Vassallo's car and struck her, causing critical injuries. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries several hours later. Sergeant Vassallo had served with the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department... Read more →

Gloucester City Police Arrest an Alleged King and Queen on Pot Charges and Other Related Crimes

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (CNBNEWSNET)--Gloucester City Police on Thursday, August 27 at 8:45 PM arrested two South Burlington Street residents on marijuana charges and other related crimes. One of the suspects, Amanda Mayer, stated that police could not arrest her husband, Sherman Green, age 38, because he is the “king” and “God.” And she is the "queen." From the police report: On 08/27 at 2045 an officer observed a male sitting in his vehicle on the unit block of S. Burlington Street playing music at an extremely loud level. The officer approached and observed the male smoking marijuana inside of the vehicle. He was removed and placed under arrest. As officers were placing the male under arrest, the suspect’s wife exited the residence and told officers that what they were doing was wrong because he is the “king” and “God.” She further stated that she was the “queen.” Sherman Green (38)... Read more →


photo provided Audubon, NJ – The first-ever Kennedy Health FastCare clinic was officially unveiled inside the ACME supermarket in Audubon, NJ, (100 N. Black Horse Pike) on August 26th. This new FastCare clinic – the only one in southern New Jersey -- offers convenient, economical healthcare services for the treatment of minor medical conditions and symptoms. As Kennedy celebrates its 50th anniversary year, it has returned to Audubon as a location to provide care – the place where it all began, as Kennedy’s predecessor operated in Audubon for many years as Valley General Hospital, prior to the opening of Kennedy’s first hospital in 1965. Shown at the ribbon cutting event are, from left: Audubon Acme Manager Mike Ciocco; Audubon Mayor John Ward; Kathy Schleider, Kennedy Health Vice President of Clinical Integration & Population Health; Audubon Borough Council Member Jen Dawson; and Joseph W. Devine, Kennedy Health President & CEO. FastCare... Read more →

Cape May County Prosecutor Releases Operation Dreamchaser Indictment

Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced that on August 25, 2015, the Cape May County Grand Jury returned an Indictment in connection with the “Operation Dreamchaser” investigation, a several month long large-scale narcotics investigation initiated in January 2015 by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, culminating in the execution of numerous arrests and search warrants throughout Cape May County on May 7, 2015. The Indictment charges the following: Javier Alicia-Garcia with Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, first degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3; Javier Alicia-Garcia, Ariel Rodriguez, Gadiel J. Santiago, and Melissa Lyston with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, first degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(a)(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)(1); Gadiel J. Santiago with Possession of a Firearm While Committing a Certain Controlled Dangerous Substance Crime, 2nd degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1(a), Certain... Read more →

EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

By Tori Richards | A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to the Gold King mine disaster, which poured deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West. “It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.” Smith – who frequently spars with the EPA – is chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. EPA director Gina McCarthy has been asked to appear and answer questions about the agency’s role in... Read more →

Route 168 ramp to I-295 to be closed this weekend in Bellmawr

(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the ramp from Route 168 southbound to I-295 southbound will be closed this weekend as the Direct Connection project advances in Camden and Gloucester counties. NJDOT contractor, Conti Enterprises, will close the ramp from Route 168 southbound to I-295 southbound starting Friday, August 28 at 9:00 p.m. until Monday, August 31 at 5:00 a.m. for pavement reconstruction. The following detour will be in effect for those trying to access Route 168 westbound from I-295 northbound: Motorists will be directed to continue on Route 168 southbound to the ramp to I-295 northbound. Proceed on I-295 northbound and take Exit 32 (Berlin Road). Turn left on Berlin Road and take the ramp to I-295 southbound Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with Direct Connection. Throughout... Read more →

CNB Archives: Gloucester City’s Municipal Clerk Is Fired; A Turbulent Three Years Comes to an End

CNB Archives posted Thursday, December 10, 2009 By William E. Cleary Sr. | Category City of Gloucester City Gloucester City Mayor and Council passed a resolution at its December 7th work session to terminate the employment of Municipal Clerk Paul Kain. Kain has been absent from his position since July 10, 2009. He is no longer being paid his annual salary of $65, 000 however he continues to receive his health benefits until the end of the year. John Kearney city solicitor said because Kain has job tenure the matter now goes to the State Department of Community Affairs for a ruling. Kearney said, “A hearing will be held, and it could take as long as 30 to 60 days before a date is set. The City hired a special counsel to represent it since I could possibility be called to testify. Mr. Kain gave us no other option.... Read more →

Criminal probe secrets center on Christie’s second-in-command

By Mark Lagerkvist / August 26, 2015 The public’s right to know the outcome of a criminal probe of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud involving New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be debated next week in state appellate court. New Jersey Watchdog is appealing a lower court’s decision not to release the findings of an investigation by the state attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice. Oral arguments are scheduled to be heard next Wednesday at Rutgers Law School in Camden. Guadagno frequently serves as acting governor when Chris Christie travels outside the state on presidential campaign trips. She is mentioned as a likely Republican candidate for governor in 2017 – and could take the reins even earlier if Christie steps down before his term expires. The alleged fraud occurred when Guadagno was Monmouth County sheriff in 2008, the year before she first ran for lieutenant governor as Christie’s running... Read more →

Voorhees Police Are Now Using LeadsOnline, the Nation’s Largest Online Investigative tool

LeadsOnline, the nation’s largest online investigative tool, helps police instantly track and recover stolen property no matter where it is stolen or sold. LeadsOnline also helps Voorhees citizens safely and securely store important information that is useful in recovering property in the event of a loss or theft through Voorhees, NJ – In an effort to further combat crime in Voorhees, the Voorhees Police Department is now using LeadsOnline – an investigative system that enables detectives to search for suspects and stolen property across secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, precious metal buyers, pawn shops, and internet (eBay) drop-off stores both locally and nationwide. The system equips criminal investigators with the ability to instantly solve crimes and return goods to their rightful owners. Property can be searched using serial numbers, suspect name, item descriptions, or other information. Most searches are completed within seconds. Often, these property crimes are associated with... Read more →

Kennedy Health Offers Free Informational Seminars on Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery

Voorhees, NJ – Overweight? Frustrated with diets that don’t work and rebounding weight loss – and gains? Maybe it’s time you found out more about bariatric (weight loss) surgery! Sign up to attend one of Kennedy Health’s upcoming FREE informational bariatric surgery seminars, to learn more about the various surgical weight loss options offered at Kennedy University Hospital to qualified patients. Upcoming program dates and locations include: Place: Kennedy – Stratford: 18 E. Laurel Road, 3rd Floor, Room L Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. Dates: 9/22, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24 Place: Kennedy – Washington Township: 435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Turnersville, 1st Floor Classroom Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. Dates: 9/8, 10/1, 10/6, 10/22, 11/5 Place: Cherry Hill Library: 1100 Kings Highway North Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Dates: 9/14, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7 Visit to sign up. Registration is necessary, as space is limited. Kennedy also offers FREE online bariatric surgery... Read more →


Game Commission, partner organizations thank hunters for important contributions. Chalk it up as another win for wildlife conservation. With crowds estimated in the tens of thousands, this weekend’s Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo again demonstrated the extraordinary interest in and support for the state’s elk. And, just as importantly, the money raised through the event – by those attending and thousands of others who weren’t there – will continue to work to benefit elk and their habitat, and bolster the public’s continued interest in Pennsylvania’s elk herd. Among highlights at the Elk Expo was the drawing for elk licenses for the upcoming elk season to begin Nov. 2. Officials on Saturday conducted a random drawing for the 116 elk licenses – 21 for antlered elk, or bulls, and 95 for antlerless elk, or cows – that have been allocated for this season. Then, on Sunday, another winner was drawn for... Read more →

Coast Guard Sets Port Condition WHISKEY for South Florida

Press release August 27,2015 MIAMI – Effective 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Capt. Austin Gould, Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP), set port condition WHISKEY for Port Miami, Miami River, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Ft. Pierce, and all other South Florida terminals and facilities due to the expectation that sustained gale force winds generated by Tropical Storm Erika may arrive within 72 hours. These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while WHISKEY remains in effect. Sustained winds between 39 and 54 mph are possible within 72 hours. Mariners are reminded that there are no safe havens in these facilities and that ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum. All oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing the port. Vessels desiring to remain in... Read more →

Robert D. Pflueger of Atco age 41

Suddenly on August 25, 2015. Age 41. Of Atco. Cherished son of Bonnie Johnson and the late Robert D. Pflueger. Loving brother of Katrina Zielke (William) and Annette Pflueger. Cherished uncle of Tre Byrd and Allayah Bishop and great uncle of Leanna Bishop. Viewing on Monday evening from 5 to 6 PM McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service 6 PM in the funeral home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the family. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Agnes M. Peters of Gloucester City age 93

Surrounded by her loving family, on August 26, 2015. Age 93. (nee Bowe) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 41 years to the late Alexander Peters. Loving mother of Linda Plusch (John), Rosemary Peters, John A. Peters (Louise) and Jim Peters. Cherished grandmother of 6 and great grandmother of 5. Beloved sister of Margaret Malan. Agnes was a devoted member of the Gloucester City Senior Citizens Association and faithful parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Saturday morning from 10 to 11 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM. Interment will follow in New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations to Msgr. Lucitt’s Needy Children’s Christmas Fund: P.O. Box 87, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Please write in memo: Agnes M. Peters. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under... Read more →

Camden County PD arrests suspect wearing black ski mask and armed with loaded gun

press release August 27, 2015 (Camden, NJ) – Camden County Police Department Officer Kyle Pesce arrested one suspect with a loaded and defaced gun and another with drugs Sunday night. Around 10 p.m., Officer Pesce was on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues in the area of Berwick and Rand streets when he observed two individuals, one of whom was wearing a black ski mask. When Officer Pesce approached to investigate, the suspects – Guy Robinson, 23, and Isadoro Hernandez, 19, both of Camden – attempted to walk away. Upon investigation, Hernandez, the suspect wearing the ski mask, was found to be in possession of a loaded, defaced, .32 caliber Arminius handgun and Robinson was found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana and syringes. Both suspects were placed under arrest without further incident. Hernandez was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer Henry Nelson, Sunset Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Henry Nelson Sunset Police Department, Louisiana End of Watch: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Police Officer Henry Nelson was shot and killed at approximately 3:00 pm while responding to a domestic disturbance call where three women had been stabbed by a male subject at a home on Anna Street in Sunset. When Officer Nelson arrived the subject opened fire and fatally wounded him. The subject fled the scene and crashed his vehicle into a nearby gas station where he barricaded himself for several hours. He was apprehended after a SWAT team made entry into the gas station. Officer Nelson was airlifted to the hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. One of the three stabbing victims also died. Officer Nelson had served with the six-person Sunset Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his daughter. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral... Read more →

CNB Crime: Kevin Atkinson Arrested for Attempting to Extort Haddonfield Attorney

Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Haddonfield Police Chief Ted Stuessy reported a Cumberland County man was arrested yesterday for an alleged attempt to extort money from a Haddonfield attorney. Kevin Atkisson, 25, of Vineland, is charged with two counts of second-degree attempted extortion. The victim called authorities on Wednesday after a man identifying himself as “Kevin” contacted him and advised that he wanted $500 in exchange for incriminating photos of the victim. After speaking with detectives, the victim called the suspect back and arranged a meeting place at a Haddonfield parking lot. Officers conducting surveillance at the location observed Atkinson arrive in a car and take an envelope from the victim’s vehicle. The suspect was immediately surrounded and taken into custody. While being interviewed by detectives, Atkisson admitted to threatening the victim and indicated that the incriminating photos did not exist. He was remanded to the Camden County... Read more →

How will up to 2M people receive Communion at Papal Mass in Philadelphia?

Rev. G. Dennis Gill acknowledges the numbers are staggering. Next month, Pope Francis will oversee the distribution of Holy Communion to as many as 2 million people gathered on a mile-long parkway in downtown Philadelphia. But, Gill, who is helping oversee the planning for Papal Mass, promises he has everything mapped out. Under his committee's choreography,…

U.S. Coast Guard Dedicates "Rescue Me" Painting at Hurricane Katrina Memorial Ceremony

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- To coincide with tenth anniversary ceremonies marking Hurricane Katrina's devastating assault on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the United States Coast Guard dedicated "Rescue Me," a painting by Dale Fairbanks, artist and former Louisianaresident. The 10'x14' painting features a USCG HH-65 Dolphin helicopter which served as an icon of hope and aided in the Coast Guard rescue of 33,500 Katrina survivors. The ceremony was held Tuesday at the Hale Boggs Federal Building and was attended by representatives of the Coast Guard, the General Services Administration, and local dignitaries. Rear Admiral David Callahan, Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, accepted the painting on behalf of the Coast Guard, "When I view this painting, I think of the sacrifice that all first responders must be prepared to make – to put themselves second in order to serve that others may live. In this... Read more →

Studies Supported by The ALS Assn. Highlight Discovery Around Common ALS Gene Mutation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In today's issue of Nature, two new studies funded in part by The ALS Association both highlight an important new discovery around the C9orf72 mutation, the most common genetic defect associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Both studies emphasize that a key driver of the development of ALS due to this mutation is an export-import imbalance between the cell's nucleus and its non-nuclear portion, or cytoplasm. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly... Read more →

National Gold Medal Winners from CCTS

August 26, 2015) - Two students from Camden County Technical Schools (CCTS) won first place/gold medals at the 2015 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Competition. FCCLA brought more than 7,700 of its student leaders, members and advisers to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from July 6–9 to participate in its National Leadership Conference and Competition. “I congratulate these students for their hard work, and thank them for doing an outstanding job of representing Camden County on the national level,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to CCTS. “We are very proud of our dedicated employees and the accomplishments of our outstanding students that make this a great school.” The winning students from CCTS, Maura Lopez Hernandez of Lindenwold, and Briana Latella of Merchantville, are both seniors enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at the district’s Gloucester Township Campus. They entered and won... Read more →

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ to Host Philadelphia Mayoral Town Hall Debate

PHILADELPHIA, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) is pleased to host The Future of Philadelphia: A Mayoral Town Hall Debate. To date, Democratic Candidate Jim Kenney and Republican Candidate Melissa Murray Bailey have confirmed their participation, and invitations have been extended to Third-Party Candidates Osborne Hart, Jim Foster and Boris Kindij. "At United Way, we work with community members from the nonprofit, public and private sectors to change lives and strengthen communities across our region – one child, one adult, one family at a time," said Jim Cawley, president and CEO, UWGPSNJ. "As the Mayoral Race continues, we're proud to have the opportunity to host this important discussion about critical issues that affect the future of all Philadelphians – particularly those that will improve Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic Needs like food, shelter and safety for our most vulnerable neighbors." The event will... Read more →

Inmates work to create chair for pope's Philly prison visit

Pope Francis will have a nice place to sit when he meets with Philadelphia prisoners next month. Inmates in the city's correctional system have been working for the past couple of weeks on a stately chair they hand-carved out of walnut. On Monday, another group of prisoners sanded, oiled and refinished the piece, which stands nearly… Read more →

Middlesex County Doctor and Accomplice Indicted on First-Degree Conspiracy and Other Charges

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Laurence Harbor doctor and a co-conspirator were indicted yesterday by a state grand jury on first-degree charges that they allegedly facilitated a sophisticated money laundering scheme from 2005 to 2011 that allowed the physician to hide approximately $3.6 million in income from his medical practices, which resulted in his underpayment of approximately $327,000 in taxes owed to the State of New Jersey. Dr. Manoj Patharkar, 44, and his co-conspirator, Mohammed Shamshair, 51, of Sayreville, were charged with first-degree conspiracy, two counts of first-degree money laundering, second-degree theft by deception, second-degree misconduct by a corporate official, seven counts of third-degree filing fraudulent tax returns, three counts of third-degree failure to pay taxes, and third-degree tampering with public records or information. The State also charged the corporations Patharkar owned, Pain Management Associates of Central Jersey (Edison) and Prospect Pain Management Associates... Read more →

CNB ARCHIVES: ONLY IN NJ...The Gravy Train Continues to Roll for Select Groups of Public Employees

CNB ARCHIVES POSTED Monday, December 14, 2009 Retiring Gloucester City Employees share in benefit payouts ranging from from $500 to $100,000...Firemen and Police receive the most By William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet A 100 plus page report titled The Beat Goes On looks at the abuse in public employees benefit programs in 75 municipalities across the State of New Jersey.The report was released earlier this month by the State Commission of Investigation. Members include: W. Gary Edwards, Joseph R Mariniello Jr., Patrick E. Hobbs and Robert J. Martins. Although Gloucester City was not cited in the report 19 retiring employees in that community received payouts for sick leave and vacation time that totaled nearly $500,000 in the past five years. Retiring police and firemen received the highest payouts. A complete list of the payouts appear below. From the report summary, “Municipal employees collecting bonuses for working on their birthdays... Read more →


Voting Continues For "America's Choice" The "2016 Miss America Competition" To Broadcast Live on Sunday, September 13th from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network Atlantic City, NJ (August 26, 2015) -The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that recording superstar Nick Jonas will serve as the official Music Curator for the "2016 Miss America Competition." As Music Curator, Nick will personally select the music that will accompany the Swimsuit and Evening Gown competitions. He will also provide commentary throughout the evening on his music selections and the thought process behind each song. Nick joins previously announced host Chris Harrison and celebrity judges Brett Eldredge, Taya Kyle, Kevin O'Leary, Amy Purdy and Zendaya. Additional talent and judges, including Harrison's co-host for the "2016 Miss America Competition," will be announced in the coming weeks. The "2016 Miss America Competition" returns to Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall... Read more →

Environmental Groups Condemn the ExxonMobil/New Jersey Deal, Vow to appeal

PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 25, 2015 Today Judge Hogan ruled to accept the Exxon and NJDEP sellout-settlement for $225 million of natural resource damages estimating more than $9 billion. The environmental groups who filed an appeal to intervene in the settlement are extremely disappointed by the Judge’s decision because the people of New Jersey have not properly been compensated for the natural resource damages. The Judge accepted the sellout that originally was estimated $8.9 billion for damages at the Bayonne and Linden refineries, and then 15 additional contaminated sites along with over 800 gas stations were added to the case. We believe this settlement is wrong and violates the Spill Act and the Public Trust Doctrine and sells out Natural Resource Damages. The groups plan to appeal the decision to the Appellate Court. The environmental groups who filed an appeal to intervene in the case released the following statements: “If this... Read more →

N.J. fire department first in U.S. to nab 3 competitive grants in a row

WESTAMPTON TOWNSHIP -- A $208,000 grant awarded to Westampton Township Fire Department to help recruit and retain volunteers has made the organization the first in the country to secure three competitive federal grants in a row, officials said Tuesday. The township fire department was awarded a SAFER, or staffing for adequate fire and emergency response, grant… Read more →

John M. Kemner, Sr. Member of Audubon LL, Knights of Columbus, Square Circle, Sports Fan

Suddenly on August 24, 2015, of Audubon, NJ, formerly of the Fairview section of Camden. Age 67 years. John was a Vietnam Era U.S. Navy veteran. He was an employee of Verizon for over 40 years and most recently for Heim's Pure Foods, Gloucester City, NJ. John was actively involved in Audubon Little League, Santa Maria Council #1443 Knights of Columbus, Haddon Twp., NJ and the Square Circle Sportsman Club, Gibbsboro, NJ. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, especially of the Phillies and Eagles and enjoyed hunting with his sons and brothers. Above all else, John was a family man--a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Son of the late David and Frances Kemner. Loving husband of Michele (nee Jacquot). Dear father of John M., Jr. (Lauren), Mark (Jenny) and Brian (Dana). Adoring Pop-Pop of Luke, Natalie and Nicholas. Brother of David (Edna), Richard (Jill), Paul, Robert (Christine) and Michael... Read more →

Cape May County Authorities Investigating Fatal Accident in Avalon; 71-Year-Old Man Killed

press release Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Avalon Police Chief William McCormick report that Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Accident Unit and members of the Avalon Police Department are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on August 25, 2015, in the area of 32nd Street and Dune Drive in Avalon. The preliminary investigation reveled that on August 25, 2015 at approximately 6:40PM, a Sterling Acterra box truck, being operated by Frank Grosso, 59 years old of Oceanview, NJ, was traveling northbound on Dune Drive in Avalon, New Jersey. At the intersection of Dune Drive and 32nd Street the box truck made a turn onto 32nd Street and struck Ronald Stewart, a 71 year old resident of Avalon, who was riding a bicycle. Mr. Grosso immediately stopped his vehicle and emergency personnel were called to... Read more →

Mosquito Spraying Thursday in Winslow Township, Voorhees Township, Lindenwold

(August 26, 2015) - The Camden County Mosquito Commission regularly checks several thousand suspected mosquito breeding sites across the county. Spraying is scheduled on an as needed basis based upon the results of their surveillance efforts. “Even though the weather has been dry, you should still inspect your yard and remove all standing water to reduce the mosquito population,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Camden County Mosquito Commission. “This simple act can help eliminate the pest population in your neighborhood, and assist the efforts of the commission.” The commission will conduct spraying on August 27 from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. in the following locations: Winslow Township • Spring Road • Flittertown Road • 1st Avenue • Edgewood Road • Cedarbrook Road • Elaine Drive • Dottie Lane • Alberts Avenue • Centennial Road • N Central Avenue • Woodside Lane • Cedar Hill Drive • Normandy Drive... Read more →

Phillies' Bowa expects to hear from Torre after ejection

Larry Bowa said Wednesday that he expects a letter from Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's discipline czar, after the Phillies bench coach's ejection from Tuesday's loss to the New York Mets. Bowa had not received word about a potential suspension or fine as of two hours before Wednesday night's first pitch at Citizens Bank Park. Major… Read more →

Delaware state record 22.2-pound Blueline Tilefish caught in Baltimore Canyon

LEWES DELAWARE (Aug. 25, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed Andrew Orr (photo courtesy of another new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament’s new category for blueline tilefish: a 22.2-pounder caught on Aug. 18 in the Atlantic Ocean’s Baltimore Canyon, some 65 miles offshore. This latest catch eclipses two previous state record blueline tilefish this summer, a 19.7-pounder caught June 19 also in Baltimore Canyon, and a 21.8-pounder caught July 25 in Norfolk Canyon. Andrew Orr of Drumore, Pa., caught the new record 37-inch-long blueline tilefish aboard the private vessel Last Chance with Capt. Bob Orr at the helm. The record catch was initially confirmed at Hook ‘em & Cook ‘em Bait and Tackle in Rehoboth Beach and then verified by Officer Adam Roark, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. The catch is recognized as a state record since the fish was... Read more →

Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey Of Pope Francis To The United States Of America

Here is the schedule for Pope Francis' September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (WASHINGTON, DC) 4:00 p.m. Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (WASHINGTON, DC) 9:15 a.m. Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew's Cathedral 4:15 p.m. Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (WASHINGTON, DC, NEW YORK CITY) 9:20 a.m. Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress 11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington 4:00 p.m. Depart from Joint Base Andrews 5:00 p.m. Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport 6:45 p.m.... Read more →

Just add water: 3 coolest things about H20 pop-up park in Camden

The Roosevelt Plaza Park in Camden City popped up in front of City Hall for the second year in a row on Tuesday, with officials behind the project throwing in a new twist this year -- adding water. The pop-up park -- now donning the moniker H20 as a nod to its newest educational elements --… Read more →


August 26, 2015 As Donald Trump continues to make headlines as the Republican presidential frontrunner, WNYC took a trip down to Atlantic City – with Reuben Kramer of the Press of Atlantic City as their guide – to find out more about Trump's history there, as well as his legacy. NEW LEGISLATION MAKES $1.9B AVAILABLE FOR PROTECTING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FROM STORMS Governor Christie signed legislation yesterday to make $1.9 billion in state funding available to utilities to protect drinking and waste water infrastructure from storms. The Record says the new legislation makes low-interest loans and no-interest financing available for 280 projects in New Jersey through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. THE 12 MOST EXPENSIVE TOLL CROSSINGS IN AMERICA Of all the toll bridges and tunnels in America, says the New York-New Jersey region takes the cake with nine of the twelve most expensive toll crossings in the country.... Read more →

Newsweek's Cover on Bruce Springsteen: 'Making of a Rock Star'

40 years ago today, Bruce Springsteen released Born to Run under the Columbia label. The album has become a classic of American rock. In October of 1975, two months after the album's release, Newsweek was covering the Boss's ascension to stardom. After struggling early in his career, Springsteen became a superstar on the strength of Born… Read more →

N.J. fiance of slain Va. cameraman witnessed shooting from control room, report says

ROANOKE -- A New Jersey native, engaged to one of the victims shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia, was celebrating her last day as a producer at the TV station, according to NBC10. Melissa Ott, a Gibbstown native and former NBC10 intern, was producing the morning show at WDBJ-TV that her fiance Adam… Read more →

Guest Opinion: If N.J. stands still, it will be run over by cost of its current pension crisis

By Thomas J. Healey Faced with the difficulties of benefits reform, some stakeholders' instincts have been to stand still and resist change. The state's current position, however, is untenable: It faces an $82 billion pension deficit which, in the absence of funding increases beyond the realm of reason, will lead to state workers' pensions beginning to… Read more →

Sicklerville Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Shooting Ex-Girlfriend

Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Sicklerville man has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison for the 2013 shooting of his then-girlfriend. Timothy A. Horne, 38, was found guilty by a jury in June of three counts of aggravated assault and three weapons offenses. Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley imposed the sentenced on Friday. The victim, a then-33-year-old Camden woman, had been shot in the abdomen inside her home on the 1100 block of Kaighn Avenue in Camden around 10 a.m. on August 28, 2013. She was taken to Cooper University Hospital and dropped off by a driver who fled before police arrived. The victim was initially reported to be in critical condition, but ultimately survived. Horne was apprehended operating the victim’s vehicle in the area of South 7th and Benson streets in Camden around 11:20 a.m. that... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent Louisiana State Police, Louisiana End of Watch: Monday, August 23, 2015 Senior Trooper Steven Vincent was shot and killed while checking on a vehicle that was being operated by a suspected intoxicated driver near the intersection of Highway 14 and Fruge Road, near Bell City. Trooper Vincent was on patrol when he spotted a vehicle from a previous reckless driving report. The vehicle in question had driven off the road and was stuck in a ditch. Trooper Vincent approached the vehicle and began speaking with the occupant and then ordered him to exit the vehicle. The male exited the vehicle with a sawed off shotgun in his hand and opened fire, striking Trooper Vincent in the head. The man then taunted Trooper Vincent as he lay on the ground mortally wounded. A passing motorist witnessed the incident, stopped his vehicle and tackled the subject. He then... Read more →

Don’t Forget this School Supply – a Free Public Library Card

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, Get one and get ready VOORHEES, NJ – August 25, 2015 – Studies show that students who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Camden County Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has an essential school supply – a free library card. Camden County Library offers online homework help from any Internet connection, free access to, on-site tutoring at some branches, downloadable e-books and programs that encourage early literacy even before children start school. Kid’s Zone and Teen Space are special sections on the library’s website that include homework help in a variety of forms. Resources organized by different subjects and multi-subject sources can be accessed from these pages. Go to and click on Using the Library at the top where... Read more →

WalletHub Study: 2015’s Healthiest Housing Markets

With the final week of August seeing the last big group of movers this year and the overall housing market at its healthiest since 2001, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Healthiest Housing Markets. To help prospective home buyers find the most attractive markets, WalletHub compared 300 U.S. cities across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from median home-price appreciation to home price as a percentage of income to job growth. Healthiest Housing Markets Least Healthy Housing Markets 1 Frisco, TX 291 Fall River, MA 2 Allen, TX 292 Providence, RI 3 Arvada, CO 293 Detroit, MI 4 Plano, TX 294 Cleveland, OH 5 Sunnyvale, CA 295 Hartford, CT 6 Carrollton, TX 296 Elizabeth, NJ 7 McKinney, TX 297 Dayton, OH 8 Cary, NC 298 Newark, NJ 9 Richardson, TX 299 Paterson, NJ 10 Santa Clara, CA 300 Flint, MI Key Stats The... Read more →

Superior Court Approves $225 Million Settlement Between the State of New Jersey and ExxonMobil

Settlement Opinion TRENTON -- A Superior Court Judge today approved a $225 million settlement between the State and ExxonMobil to resolve liability for damage to the environment and injury to natural resources caused by contamination from the corporation’s refinery operations in Bayonne and Linden, as well as other facilities and service stations in New Jersey, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced. The landmark settlement, which underwent a 60-day public comment period before being approved by Superior Court Judge Michael J. Hogan today, represents the single largest environmental settlement with a corporate defendant in state history and, following resolution of any appeals, ends more than a decade of aggressive and costly litigation and negotiations by the State spanning multiple administrations. In approving the settlement, Judge Hogan stated unequivocally that the standards met by the settlement are fair, reasonable and in the... Read more →

Gloucester Township PD Back to School Tips

School starts in approximately one week. Please start discussing bus safety with your children. Tips for a Safe Ride While school buses are, by far, the safest way for students to travel, children need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury. NSC urges parents to teach their children the following safety rules for getting on and off the bus, and for exercising good behavior while riding. Getting on the Bus: When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus Use the handrail when boarding Behavior on the Bus: Don't speak loudly or make loud noises... Read more →

Miss America 9/11 Military Tribute Concert

Don't forget to order your tickets to the inaugural Miss America 9/11 Military Tribute Concert this September in Atlantic City! On Friday, September 11th, the Miss America Organization will hold its inaugural Miss America 9/11 Military Tribute Concert to honor the brave men and women who have given and risked their lives for our freedom. The concert -- presented by Meet AC -- will highlight some of the greatest patriotic talents to ever grace the Miss America stage. This is one event you do not want to miss! Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev will be joined by Miss America 1971 Phyllis George to emcee the star-spangled line up: Beth Stovall Jacky Arness Mackenzie Bart Nina Davuluri Katie Harman Ebner Heather French Henry Michelle Sexton Marjorie Vincent-Tripp Dorothy Benham Mary Haskell Deborah Bryant Berge Miss North Carolina 2014 Miss North Dakota 2014 Miss Ohio 2014 Miss America 2014 Miss America 2002... Read more →

CNB MEDICAL: Kennedy FastCare Clinic Now Open in Audubon, NJ, ACME Store

Press release August 25 Audubon, NJ – The first-ever Kennedy Health FastCare clinic is now open inside the ACME location in Audubon, NJ, (100 N. Black Horse Pike). This new FastCare clinic offers convenient, economical healthcare services for the treatment of minor medical conditions and symptoms – including sore throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), skin rashes and allergies. FastCare services are provided by Kennedy Health professionals, but you don’t have to be a Kennedy patient to take advantage of this convenient service --- just someone who wants basic medical care without the wait. "Providing high-quality, economical and easy-to-access care is important to Kennedy as we continually focus on the needs of our community members," said President & CEO Joseph W. Devine. "This partnership helps us efficiently serve the South Jersey community in a new way." FastCare takes walk-in patients only, but wait times... Read more →

CNB Archives 2009: Daily Newspaper Gives Some Ink to Gloucester City Municipal Clerk Being Fired

CNB ARCHIVES posted December 22, 2009 By William E. Cleary Sr. The story about Gloucester City’s Municipal Clerk Paul Kain being fired was published in today’s Courier Post. Mayor and Council terminated his employment at the December 7th work session. Three days later ClearysNotebook reported that Kain was no longer employed by the City of Gloucester City. Likewise the story appeared in the December 17th Gloucester City News. The story in the Courier and the one posted on CNB are basically the same. Although the Courier does have a quote from Mayor William James, who said, "He ran out of his sick and vacation time, and also his FMLA time, and obviously we need a city clerk. He has not shown up to work since July 10." Under state law, Family and Medical Leave Act time, which keeps job security and benefits intact during an extended period of emergency absence,... Read more →