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December 2015

Obituary | Joseph J. Schmidt of Runnemede

Joseph J. Schmidt Born: July 02, 1928 Died: December 29, 2015 Joseph J. Schmidt, on December 29, 2015, of Runnemede; formerly of Woodlynne. Age 87. Beloved husband of Barbara Ricketts (nee Broome). Devoted father of Judi Sosnowsky (Paul), Hannah Barrow, and the late Norman Davis, Joseph Schmidt, and David Schmidt and stepfather of Arlene Cohan. Loving Pop of Jamie Schmidt and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dear brother of Helen and preceded in death by 7 siblings. Special brother-in-law of Richard “Dickie” Broome. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joseph proudly served in the US Navy and was the... Read more →

Philadelphia: Mummers Parade Information

PHILADELPHIA -- Their instruments are tuned, their costumes are properly covered in sequins, their struts have been perfected, and Friday, the Mummers will ring in the New Year with their annual march down Broad Street. The Mummers are a Philadelphia tradition more than 100 years old and still going strong. If you want to take a… Read more →

Latest Emails Reveal Clinton was Worried about Press and Wikileaks

With just hours to go before Washington rang in the new year, the State Department released some 5,500 of Hillary Clinton’s emails as part of the massive document dump ordered by a federal judge overseeing the controversy surrounding the former secretary’s private email account The voluminous documents cache, at least at first blush, contained no bombshells.… Read more →


U.S. Sailors Watch New Year Fireworks in Japan

YOKOSUKA, JAPAN--U.S. sailors watch fireworks to celebrate the new year from the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 1, 2016. The aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force to protect and defend the maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Paolo Bayas Related articles USS George Washington completes 7-month journey for overhaul USS Ronald Reagan focus of radiation disaster drill in Japan Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan File Lawsuit... Read more →

CNB CRIME: Lawyers for Cosby say Charges are Politically Motivated

PHILADELPHIA — A day after he was charged with sexual assault, Bill Cosby's lawyers launched a campaign Thursday to discredit the case against him as false and politically motivated. The charges "fulfill a campaign promise" that prosecutor Kevin Steele made this fall while running to be Montgomery County district attorney, Cosby's spokeswoman, Monique Pressley, asserted. The… Read more →

Princeton Private School to Pay $58,000 to Resolve Claims It Wrongly Expelled Girl

TRENTON – The Division on Civil Rights announced today that the private Waldorf School of Princeton will pay a learning-disabled student and her parents $58,000 to resolve allegations that it unlawfully discriminated when it expelled the girl, without prior notice, after seven years as a student because of her mother’s aggressive advocacy on her behalf. In addition to paying the student and her parents, Waldorf has agreed under the settlement to review and revise its non-discrimination policy, provide training for all employees on addressing reasonable accommodation requests, and modify the school's records to remove any indication the girl was expelled.... Read more →

Consumer Affairs Obtains Court Order Shutting Down Unregistered Contractor

NEWARK – The Office of the Attorney General and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs have filed suit against Leroy N. Brown, an unregistered contractor who did business as “B&K Masonry & Chimney,” for misrepresenting himself as a registered contractor and for using deceptive sales tactics, including proclamations of imminent health and safety risks, to induce mostly elderly consumers into purchasing expensive chimney repairs that were never completed. On December 17, 2015, a State Superior Court Judge granted the State’s request for a preliminary injunction, which froze Brown’s assets and also barred Brown from performing any additional home improvement... Read more →

Two Plead Guilty in Robbery Attempt in Which an Undercover Officer Was Shot in Garfield

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that two men pleaded guilty today to charges related to an incident in which an undercover police officer was shot and wounded during an armed robbery attempt outside a Marshall’s store in Garfield last year. Melvin Guzman, 20, of Garfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree attempted robbery before Superior Court Judge Susan J. Steele in Bergen County. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Guzman be sentenced to eight years in state prison, nearly seven of which must be served without possibility of parole. Patrick Morel, 23,... Read more →

Guest Editorial: Trump is Right

Yes, we said that. Don't get used to it. | For the first time in the history, we agree with something that Donald Trump said. Here it is: "Christie can't win because of his past." Trump was referring to Bridgegate, and that will be a big problem for Gov. Chris Christie. The trial is set for April, and the outcome can't be good for him. He… Read more →


Philadelphia, December 28, 2015 —Mayor Michael A. Nutter was joined by Connor Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker, Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and other community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off the renovation of Smith Recreation Center and its adjoining facilities in South Philadelphia. “Every day, Smith Playground is one of South Philly’s largest and most active recreation sites,” said Mayor Nutter. “Hundreds of young people are engaged in positive and healthy activities at this facility, which is an important asset in a neighborhood that lacks abundant green space. I thank everyone who... Read more →

N.J. Mass Transit Travel Guide for New Year's

If you're looking to celebrate New Year's Eve and travel responsibly, extra service will be offered to and from the festivities in New York on ferries, buses and trains. NJ Transit, which will have a special New Year's schedule, says no alcoholic beverages will be permitted on trains, buses or in any NJ Transit facility on…

YOUR MONEY: $2 Billion awarded to minority-owned businesses during Mayor Nutter’s term

Posted on December 30, 2015 by City of Philadelphia Philadelphia, December 30, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the release of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Participation Report andEconomic Opportunity Plan Review for 2009-2015 – two documents representing an in-depth analysis of for-profit contracts awarded by the City of Philadelphia to Minority, Women, and Disabled Owned Business Enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) and a review of the impact of Economic Opportunity Plans on public, private, and nonprofit construction projects. “When I became Mayor, I pledged that our Administration would prioritize economic inclusion, ensuring that minority, women, and... Read more →

Vets remove toys from puppy's tummy

A Philadelphia puppy is getting back to his bouncy self after two plastic squeaky toys were removed from his stomach. Jasper is seen at home in Philadelphia. (AP | For lehighvalleylive.com) Doctors at Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown, Bucks County, say the only sign that 6-month-old Jasper was having problems was he couldn't keep… Read more →

Camden County Implements New Emergency Notification System

(December 30, 2015) - The Camden County Office of Emergency Management has implemented a new emergency notification system, or reverse 911 system, to keep residents better informed in the event of an emergency. “To provide you and your family with a quick and reliable method of communication during an emergency, Camden County has selected Swift911 as our emergency notification service provider,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Residents can visit the county website to select the means by which they would like to be notified in case of an emergency. We also have a link so that you can download the Swift911... Read more →

Drone Owners Overwhelm Federal Government’s Registration System

Natalie Johnson / @nataliejohnsonn / The Federal Aviation Administration appeared unprepared to accommodate the flood of new drone owners during the holiday season after requiring that Americans register their drones before lift off. The FAA shut down its registration page twice within two days after it launched last Monday because of high traffic. The FAA said last week an “overwhelming number of people” successfully registered, but “a small number of users reported performance issues,” driving the site operators to temporarily suspend online registration for maintenance. The agency received more than 45,000 applications during the first two days of registration. Jason... Read more →

CNB CRIME: State Trooper Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Man Wanted for Human Trafficking

Pohatcong Township N.J. (December 29,2015)-- There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop, and yesterday, Trooper Francis Cagulada, of Perryville Station, found that out when he arrested Will W. Chen, 58, of Pittsburgh, P.A., as the result of an arrest warrant for human trafficking. At 11:00 p.m., Chen was driving a blue, Honda Civic westbound on Interstate 78 at milepost 2.1 when he was stopped for a traffic violation. During the course of the investigation, Trooper Cagulada discovered that Chen was wanted for human trafficking out of Howard County, Maryland. Will Chen was arrested without incident and lodged... Read more →

News Week: The Year in Sports, Part One

The only surprise remaining in sports is that we are continually surprised by what transpires. Man’s—and woman’s—constant quest to achieve victory and, in a sense, immortality on the fields of play leads to a panoply of bizarre moments. Behold: a roundup of the sublime and ridiculous in 2015 sport, Part 1. January The Round Mound of… Read more →

Alex Law: 'I'm Running Against the Most Corrupt Democrat in the State of N.J.'/watch video

Hi! My name is Alex. I am a 24 year old running in the NJ CD 01 primary against the most corrupt Democrat in the state: Donald Norcross. I am the only candidate in NJ that has formally endorsed Bernie Sanders for President, something I am incredibly excited about. We even had the biggest rally in the Tristate area for him with over 300 people in attendance. My team is made up of over 100 volunteers ages varying from 15 to 70 and we have already knocked on over 20,000 doors, with plans to knock on another 50,000+ by the... Read more →

Port Authority Cop Killed in N.J. Turnpike Accident

EAST BRUNSWICK -- An off-duty Port Authority Police officer, who was on the force for just over a year, died early Tuesday morning in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to authorities. The accident occurred in the southbound truck lanes on the highway at about 3:20 a.m. when Eamonn Mautone lost control of… Read more →

Guest Opinion: Sweeney on N.J.'s Gaming Interests

By Stephen M. Sweeney Whether you gamble in an Atlantic City casino, at a racetrack or in a bet among friends, the most important principal is that the game is honest. Each side must have faith that, however long the odds, the outcome isn't rigged. Negotiations in politics operate in a similar fashion. That's why the… Read more →

Here Are the Police Officers the Media Should Have Talked About in 2015

Scott Erickson / @SGErickson / December 28, 2015 2015 was a rough year for American law enforcement. There has been a seemingly unending chorus of anti-police protests, accentuated by inflammatory and often dangerous rhetoric, which has inspired a hostility toward law enforcement that’s not been seen in decades. While some might now think this is because corruption is endemic to law enforcement, the truth is that most police officers go above and beyond the call of duty each day to protect their communities. The unfortunate and wholly inaccurate conclusion of widespread corruption is inspired more by innuendo, than by fact—and... Read more →

Safe 2015 Cars That Can Help You Find Cheap Auto Insurance!

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Auto-car-insurance4.info has released a new blog post presenting the safest 2015 car models. The article also explains how these vehicles influence auto insurance premiums. Drivers who choose to buy a safe vehicle will quickly notice that their auto insurance premiums go down. Safety is a big factor that influences auto insurance prices and clients can take advantage of this if they want to pay less for coverage. Safety is the key word for cheaper coverage! All Agencies will evaluate an applicant to determine his or her insurability risk. This is influenced by several... Read more →

Pennsylvania State Police Release Christmas Holiday Crash Stats

STATEWIDE: During the four-day Christmas holiday driving period, there were 632 crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police. Those crashes resulted in 153 injuries and four deaths. From Dec. 24 through Dec. 27, 2015, state police investigated a total of 632 crashes. Of those crashes, 54 were alcohol-related and involved one fatality. Also, three individuals, who died in crashes, were not wearing seat belts. Troopers made 218 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 2,677 speeding citations during the holiday period. State police also cited 297 individuals for failure to wear seat belts and issued citations to 54 drivers... Read more →

Andrea Constant Claims Charges Against Bill Cosby were First Filed with Prosecutor in 2005

Bill Cosby Pennsylvania prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for comedy legend Bill Cosby on charges he sexually assaulted a woman who came to his home in 2004. The statute of limitations for pursuing the charges against Cosby ends at the end of January, Fox News reported. "In the course of their association, the victim came to… Read more →

Bill Cosby Charged with Aggravated Indecent Assault; Incident Allegedly Happened in 2004

PHILADELPHIA -- Charges against Bill Cosby stemming from an alleged 2004 incident involving a former Temple University employee have been re-filed in Montgomery County. The aggravated indecent assault charge involving the former women's basketball program employee at Temple -- Cosby's alma matter -- was announced Wednesday by First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele at a press… Read more →