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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 owner of Crystal Window Cleaning Company in Moorestown. There will be a viewing from 6pm to 8pm Monday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 8pm at the funeral home. Interment private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph’s memory to... 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 →


FACE OF DEFENSE:

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 Over Cancers, Radiation Sickness from Japanese Tsunami Rescue Effort The War Isn't Over! The United States is Back in Iraq! Holtec Project in Camden City Moving Forward 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. As part of the settlement, Waldorf also has agreed to welcome the student back to participate in alumni events with the classmates who learned alongside her, and who would have comprised her eighth-grade graduating class had she remained at Waldorf. The girl is now enrolled in a public school system,... 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 work in New Jersey. The Court had previously frozen one bank account used by Brown to conduct business as “B&K Masonry & Chimney” and the State is in the process of identifying additional assets. Brown, who maintained business addresses in Teaneck; Babylon, New York; and West Babylon, New York; allegedly... 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, of Clifton, also pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree attempted robbery, and the state also will recommend that Morel be sentenced to eight years in years in state prison, including nearly seven years without possibility of parole. The charges were contained in a state grand jury indictment returned on... 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 →


NUTTER, EAGLE CONNOR BARWIN AND CITY OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND AT SMITH PLAYGROUND

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 contributed to the cost of this renovation and look forward to seeing the project completed.” The three-phase renovation project is sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, the Office of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Connor Barwin’s “Make the World Better Project”, Urban Roots, the NFL and the Tuttleman Family Foundation. When completed,... 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 disabled-owned businesses would gain greater access to City contracts and business services and the jobs this work represents,” said Mayor Nutter. “To this end, the Office of Economic Opportunity was established in 2008 and in 2010 we launchedInclusion Works – a strategic plan for economic inclusion – which has resulted... 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 app on your smartphone.” Residents and businesses should click here to sign up for the system. There you will find an easy and secure method for inputting how you wish to be contacted in the event of an emergency. As this is an all-new system, you must register even if... 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 Snead, a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, faulted the agency for rushing the drone registry site’s launch a few days before Christmas despite the projected uptick in drone purchases. “Since the FAA has now imposed outrageously steep criminal and civil penalties for flying an unregistered drone, if the site... 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 at the Warren County Jail on a no-bail warrant. He is currently awaiting extradition to Maryland. source N.J. State Police 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 June 7th election. I believe politics should be about people, which is why my campaign has been all about having conversations with folks in my community over the phone, at their door, at farmers markets, or anywhere else in the district. Thanks for taking a few minutes to check me... 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 this is a problem. Misperceptions of police can be costly, as they harm not just law enforcement, but whole communities as well. When the essential bonds of trust are broken between police and community, public safety becomes compromised. To counter this false narrative, it is important to reflect upon some... 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 factors, among which the most important three are: The vehicle The credit rating Each of these provide essential details about the way in which someone drives (the driving record), how able the insured is to carry the policy (the credit rating) and how many benefits he/she would claim in case... 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 for failing to restrain children properly in child safety seats. During last year's five-day Christmas holiday driving period, eight people were killed and 224 others were injured in 728 crashes investigated by state police. The crash numbers cover only those incidents investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and do not... 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 →


Three Library Branches Present Free Programs on Using Most Popular Mobile Devices

The Camden County Library System is offering a special workshop on tips for using the iPhone and iPad at three branch locations in January.] VOORHEES, NJ – Dec. 29, 2015 – Just in time for those who got their first iPhone or iPad as a holiday gift, the Camden County Library System is offering a special workshop at three of its branch locations in January. “Tips and Tricks for iPhones and iPads” will be held at the: Haddon Twp. Branch, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch, Saturday, Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m. South County Branch, Thursday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m. Apple iPhones and iPads are some of the most popular mobile devices in the world. Each session will offer the chance to learn essential tips and tricks for getting the most out of these devices. Live demonstrations of Facetime video conferencing, how to wirelessly stream music to... Read more →


Gloucester County 'Cold Case' Murder Conviction, Sentence Affirmed

press release WOODBURY NJ (December 29, 2015)--A New Jersey appeals court today (12/29) affirmed the "cold case" murder conviction and 50-year state prison sentence of Brian M. Mertz (DOB 3/13/78), of Woodbury in the May 2002 stabbing death of 22-year-old Clarksboro resident Jennifer Whipkey, a killing Mertz was charged with 7 1/2 years after it occurred. A Gloucester County jury on 10/25/13 found Mertz guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Whipkey, the mother of a four year old daughter. Whipkey' s body, stabbed and slashed more than 60 times, was found in a wooded area of West Deptford, near a motel where Mertz had been staying. Commenting on today's ruling, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton praised the "outstanding advocacy work" of Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Enos, who defends the office's cases in written and oral argument before the appellate courts, and he cited the trial work of First... Read more →


Nanny State of the Week: City fines residents for chipped paint, mismatched curtains

WATCHDOG.com One resident, Valerie Whitner, has been fined for having chipped paint on the outside of her home and for not attaching a screen door to her back door. She’s been told by city officials she must replace her rain gutters, her siding and put up storm windows. They also told her to mend her fence, cut her lawn and seal up cracks in her home’s foundation. Whitner’s plight — she owes the city more than $2,400 in violations — made it into the New York Times in November and now she’s one of a handful of city residents who are part of a lawsuit that challenges the nannies in Pagedale. “Every morning I wake up worried that I’ll get another ticket,” Whitner said in a statement provided by the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit law firm helping with the lawsuit. Another plaintiff in the class action suit is Mildred... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA CRIME: SUSPECTS WANTED FOR ROBBERY/CARJACKING/watch video

PHILADELPHIA PA (December 28, 2015)--East Detective Division is looking to identify and locate the suspects wanted for a Robbery/Carjacking in Richmond. On Thursday, December 24, 2015, at 5:10 am, the complainant, a 32 year-old male, was exiting his vehicle in the parking lot of the Quick Stop convenience store located at 3000 Kensington Avenue an unknown male, suspect #1, approached him and began punching him. As the complainant was attempting to fight off suspect #1 a second unknown male, suspect #2, began kicking and punching the complainant causing the complainant to flee the area on foot. After the complainant fled the area suspect #1 entered the complainant’s silver 2001 Buick LeSabre fleeing the scene and was last scene north on Kensington Avenue. The complainant was taken to Temple Episcopal Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Suspect Description: Suspect #1: Black male, 6’1”, 220 lbs, stock build, beard, light... Read more →


Letters to the Editor: Help Us Beat Machine Politics in South Jersey

When I first decided to run for Congress, my greatest fear was that if I were to run a poor campaign or did not do well, that it would be a setback not just for me, but for the ideas driving our campaign. Machine politicians in South Jersey wrote us off. They said we had no chance of winning, that there was no way we could mobilize enough people to overcome the corruption of the Norcross Machine. The political establishment said victory was impossible. But then we came along. And in just a few months we’ve shown them they are wrong: we've knocked on over 20,000 doors, built a team of over 100 volunteers, and put ourselves in a position to win this election on June 7. Let me assure you, the alarm bells are going off in the Machine which is used to buying elections with little resistance. But... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing N.J.: Garden State Outdoors Sports Show/Deer Classic January 8-11

2015 Deer Classic winners assemble with their deer. Photo courtesy of Rick Wolven December 29, 2015 The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Garden State Deer Classic is slated for January 7 - 10, 2016, as part of the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show taking place at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. The show provides an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to view products, book trips and purchase fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation equipment from hundreds of vendors. Demonstrations and seminars are also ongoing. This year's display and show promises to continue the exceptional success of recent years, and even expands on the number and variety of vendors on hand. The Deer Classic display continues to be a focal point for the show, and highlights the exceptional deer hunting opportunities available in the Garden State. Fish and Wildlife biologists will also be available to answer... Read more →


Cooper U. Hospital Will Take Over EMS...for now

TRENTON -- Cooper University Hospital will take over emergency medical services in Camden City while court proceedings over the legislation that provided them with that opportunity continue. A court ruling that blocked the implementation of a law that turned over paramedic services in Camden City to Cooper University Hospital was delayed in an appellate ruling Tuesday,… Read more →


1,700 Dupont Employees Face Layoff

Come the new year, DuPont will cut roughly 1,700 Delaware-based jobs, company CEO Ed Breen announced Tuesday. Currently, there are about 6,100 Delaware employees -- 1,700 will be laid off from the company by the end of March and were notified through a memo sent by Breen Tuesday morning. DuPont -- which has been home-based in… Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard Medevacs man from motor vessel off N.J. COAST

CAPE MAY, N.J. — A Coast Guard boat crew medevaced a man off Cape May, Tuesday. Command center watchstanders from the 5th Coast Guard District received notification at 1:42 p.m. Monday that a 46-year-old crew member of the 600-foot French-flagged motor vessel Tamarin, had suffered a possible stroke. Due to inclement weather, the rescue was postponed until the morning. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May launched Tuesday at 10 a.m. and arrived on scene at 10:46 a.m. The man was transported to Cape May where EMS personnel were waiting. The man was then transported in stable condition to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House by EMS personnel for further medical attention. "Despite the heavy weather conditions, our crew was able to successfully transport the man safely," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Venus Hulst, the boat coxswain during the case. "With weather... Read more →


Camden City K9 Officer Zero Succumbs

photo: Camden County Police by CNBNewsnet Staff CAMDEN CITY N.J. (December 29, 2015)--Camden's oldest police dog, K9 Officer Zero, passed away Monday night at home according to Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen. The 12-year-old German Shepherd died of natural causes. Sgt. Zsakhiem James, Zero's handler, brought the dog to the Rothman animal hospital in Collingswood on Tuesday morning. He was accompanied by other police officers who saluted their colleague reported philly.com . Zero, who was originally from the Czech Republic joined the Camden City Police Department in 2007. In a prepared statement, Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said Zero was more than a K9 officer; "He was an ambassador for the Camden County Police Department to the children of Camden. Zero and Lt. James helped build bonds with Camden’s residents and children by doing countless demonstrations together at schools, parks and community events. Everywhere he went in the city,... Read more →


NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - Saltwater Regulations Public Hearing January 7

December 28, 2015 The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public hearing Thursday, January 7, regarding proposed recreational management measures for summer flounder and black sea bass. Draft Addendum XXVII proposes regional management approaches for the 2016 summer flounder and black sea bass recreational fisheries. The Addendum includes an option that addresses the discrepancies in summer flounder measures in the Delaware Bay. The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Stafford Township Municipal Building, 260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Those unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments to Kirby Rootes-Murdy, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, Virginia 22201; 703.842.0741 (fax), or at krootes-murdy@asmfc.org (Subject line: Draft Addendum XXVII). Public comments are due by January 21, 2016. Draft Addendum XXVII to the Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass... Read more →


GTPD Community Bulletin: 2015 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

The Gloucester Township Police Department recognizes December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Presidential Proclamation 2015 As we gather with friends and loved ones this month, I encourage all Americans to enjoy their time together responsibly. It is important to the health and safety of us all to plan ahead by designating a non-drinking driver, staying in place if impaired, and arranging for alternative means of transportation. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit to preventing these incidents by acting responsibly and by promoting responsible behavior in those around us. Together, we can enhance public safety and work to ensure a happy, healthy life for all our people. During the holidays -- a season that includes a spike in travel and celebrations that may include alcohol -- and throughout the year, we must remain vigilant and aware of drivers that are distracted or under the influence of drugs or... Read more →


Virginia Severs Concealed Carry Agreements With 25 States

Natalie Johnson / @nataliejohnsonn / December 23, 2015 / Virginia will stop honoring concealed carry permits from more than two dozen other states that currently have reciprocity privileges with the commonwealth. Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, announced the change Tuesday after a state audit determined that gun laws in 25 states failed to meet Virginia’s requirements for concealed handguns. The shift will take effect Feb. 1. In announcing termination of the agreements on out-of-state on permits, Herring said it ensures that individuals disqualified under Virginia law from obtaining a concealed weapons permit can’t use the reciprocity agreement to carry firearms in the state. “While you are here, you are subject to the commonwealth’s gun laws,” Herring said during a press conference. (image CNBNEWS files) Virginia bars anyone with a record for stalking, assault, drug use, or drunk driving from carrying a handgun. Individuals with a legal history of mental... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing N.J. :The Striped Bass Bonus Program

Bob Gieson (left) with his 55-pound striped bass and Erik Olsen on the party boat Queen Mary in Point Pleasant The 2015 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) will close at 12:00 AM, Friday, January 1, 2016. Permits issued for 2015 are not valid in 2016. Applications for the 2016 SBBP are currently not being accepted. The NJ Marine Fisheries Council will make decisions early in 2016 regarding the future of the 2016 SBBP. A new application will need to be submitted for 2016. Reporting of all harvested Bonus fish is mandatory. Submit your logbooks in order to ensure eligibility for 2016. Updated and new information about the SBBP will be on this webpage and sent to Marine Fisheries e-mail list subscribers and media outlets when issued. New applications for individuals and party/charter boats are currently being processed in order of receipt. The number of permits issued will be limited at... Read more →


Face of Defense: Airman Shares Love of Martial Arts

Florida Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Chris Cowgill, a command post controller for the 125th Fighter Wing, leads a children's Shaolin Kempo class at his studio in Orange Park, Fla, Jan. 9, 2015. Cowgill opened the studio with his wife and business partner, and he teaches Shaolin Kempo to students of all ages during his off-duty days. Florida Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. William Buchanan By Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Buchanan, 125th Fighter Wing DoD News, Defense Media Activity JACKSONVILLE, Fla., December 24, 2015 — Walking up to the bus stop before school, young Chris Cowgill would usually find a group of kids already there. Among the group was a typical "give me your lunch money" kind of bully who insulted and threatened Cowgill on a daily basis, but it was one specific morning that tensions escalated out of control when that same bully reached into a... Read more →


Marquis T. Smith, 25, Shot and Killed in Hamilton Township

HAMILTON TWP (December 26, 2015)– A Trenton man died Thursday evening, the victim of a shooting that occurred in a rural section of Hamilton Township, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced. In response to a 9-1-1 call, Township of Hamilton Police responded on Thursday, December 24, 2015, to Ocean Heights Avenue near the intersection of Salma Terrace, for a report of gunshots. Upon arrival, police found Marquis T. Smith, 25, of Brunswick Avenue, Trenton, the victim of a shooting. Emergency responders transported Smith to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—Mainland Division, where he was later pronounced dead. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit also responded to the scene. The Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office is performing an autopsy today. Next-of-kin have been notified. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Township of Hamilton Police Department Detective Bureau continue the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates that there is... Read more →


CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION INVITES RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO TAKE PART IN FIRST DAY HIKES

SPOTLIGHTING NEW JERSEY'S SPECTACULAR SCENERY AND RICH HISTORY TRENTON - The Christie Administration and the Department of Environmental Protection's State Park Service invite New Jersey residents and visitors to get 2016 started on the right foot by taking part in fun, invigorating and educational outdoor activities to be offered statewide as part of the annual America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. State Park Service staff and volunteers will conduct 18 guided hikes, walks, and interpretive tours, as well as two bike rides and a horseback ride at state parks, forests and historic sites at locations from the Highlands to Cape May. Most of the events will be held on Friday, January 1. Hikes of Princeton Battlefield State Park will take place Wednesday, December 30, and Sunday, January 3. Not only do these events provide opportunities to enjoy spectacular scenery, history lovers will appreciate offerings that will take them back... Read more →


WW II VETERAN FROM OCEAN TOWNSHIP RECEIVES HIS MEDALS

Bob Williams, grandson of Alfred Caponigro, Caponigro and Congressman Chris Smith OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Alfred Caponigro of Ocean Township would not accept the medals he earned in combat during World War II because of all of the other Americans who didn't make it back, or who lost limbs and other injuries. Caponigro lost his hearing… Read more →


How Overregulation Led to the Collapse of Obamacare’s Largest Co-Op

Melissa Quinn / @MelissaQuinn97 / December 22, 2015 A new report examining the collapse of Health Republic of New York, Obamacare’s largest co-op, said its failure—which may lead to a $265-million loss of taxpayer dollars—can be attributed in part to heightened regulatory control by the state. According to the analysis from the Albany, New York-based Empire Center, a “breakdown” in oversight from the state Department of Financial Services and artificial cuts in Health Republic’s premiums may have led to the ultimate failure of the consumer operated and oriented plan, or co-op. Of the 23 co-ops created under the health care law, just 12 remain. “The rapid rise and costly fall of Health Republic Insurance of New York … is a cautionary tale for policymakers in Albany as well as in Washington,” the report’s author, Bill Hammond, wrote. “Despite heavy federal subsidies and robust enrollment growth, Health Republic lost money at... Read more →


10 GCHS Students-Athletes Sign Letters of Commitment

By gostrum /Gloucester Catholic HS/photo provided GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (December 26, 2015)--Ten Gloucester Catholic High School student-athletes (photo) have committed to the following colleges to play sports in the 2016-17 school year: Maggie McIntyre , Niagara University, Women’s Basketball Mary Gedaka, Villanova University, Women’s Basketball Tyler Mondile, Florida State University, Baseball Nick Seccia, Harford Community College, Baseball Lisette Virella, Alderson Broaddus University, Women’s Soccer Kaylee Kupiec, Kutztown University, Women’s Soccer Nick Testa, Stockton University, Men’s Soccer Rei Anzola, Neumann University, Men’s Soccer Megan Dyson, Quinnipiac University, Softball Derek Alcavage, Gwynedd Mercy University, Men’s Lacrosse Related articles Villanova student from N.J. charged in sexual assault, reports say Baseball: Seton Hall Prep senior Ryan Toohers commits to Villanova University Up, Down and Sideways: How to Be a Better Leader in 2016 Owls beat Villanova for first time under Cardoza Samsung asks Supreme Court to throw out $399M judgment Game changer: Penn State... Read more →


Guest Opinion: The Media Hatchet Job on Cruz

What did you think about Ted Cruz's answer to a "moderate" supporter in a closed-door meeting about whether fighting same-sex marriage would be among his top three priorities if he is elected president? Were you among those who was disappointed by Cruz's response? I am not. In fact, after reading the word-for-word transcript of the exchange,… Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Two Anglers Rescued from Potomac River

Natural Resources Police Warns of Cold-Water Dangers Life jackets made the difference for two Washington-area anglers who spent about an hour in the chilling waters of the Potomac River late Sunday afternoon after their small boat filled with water and capsized. Brad David Stemcosky, 41, of the District of Columbia, the operator of the vessel, and his passenger, Charles Richard Frend Jr., 41, of Hyattsville, were treated for hypothermia at Saint Mary’s Medstar Hospital after their dramatic rescue by local first responders. The incident, which happened off Ragged Point, serves as a reminder that although air temperatures have been unseasonably warm, water temperatures have cooled to near deadly levels for those who fall in, warned the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Right now, water temperatures in the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay are hovering near 50 degrees. At that temperature, a person in the water will most likely be exhausted or... Read more →


How to Watch the Mummers Parade on TV, Via Live Stream

English: The Aqua String Band performing in the 2007 Philadelphia Mummers' New Years Day Parade in their pirate inspired theme - "Raided Arrghhhh!!!". (Photo credit: Wikipedia) PHILADELPHIA -- The more than century-old tradition of costumed merrymakers strutting on Broad Street to ring in the new year returns to Philadelphia for 2016. Expect the glitter, feathers and makeup that are hallmarks of this unique New Year's Day event but also expect a few new additions. A new division featuring a drill team from… Read more →


The Mystery Consumer Recommends:The Camden County College Lecture Series (Spring 2016)

The Mystery Consumer CNBNewsnet The Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at Camden County College regularly offers lectures series on a variety of fascinating and timely topics. Most programs are held in the College’s spacious Civic Auditorium in Blackwood: Iran, the Middle East and ISIS (Wednesdays, March/April) America and The Middle East (15 week Wednesday Evening Course) Autism Spectrum Disorders Return to Iwo Jima Some of the Mini-Courses also being offered include: The Hitler Phenomenon One Percent Better: Nutrition and Fitness Basics Opera: Passion, Politics and Power Marching Through Old Dominion: Battle Ground Virginia Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics Military Organization and the Common Soldier of the Civil War and others… The Center’s Programs are under the direction of Dr. Jack Pesda. He is a true gift to the College and the community alike for bringing these educational programs to the public. Dr. Pesda has also been a presenter for... Read more →


N.J. Education Commissioner David Hespe Rules Against NJSIAA

Related: RAMS NEED YOUR HELP In one of the most significant decisions ever in New Jersey high school sports, State Commissioner of Education David Hespe ruled Monday to reverse a pair of controversial votes separating public and non-public schools in football and wrestling for the first time in state history. Earlier this month, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s member… Read more →