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Obituary | Mary C. Ferrante of Audubon Park

Mary C. “Kate” Ferrante (nee Murray), on February 28, 2016, of Audubon Park. Age 75. Loving companion for 30 years of Judith Yarnell. Devoted mother of Liz Ferrante, Kathleen Robb (Steven), ReRe Eisenback (Daniel) and Nikki Soliman (Bryan). Loving Grammy of eight and great Grammy of three. Dear sister of Cele Chuplis and the late Patsy Collins and Peggy Christina. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8pm Friday eve 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 Kate’s memory to the American Lung Assoc., NJ Chapter, 1031 Rt. 22 West, Suite 203, Bridgewater, NEW JERSEY 08807. Related articles Theresa M. Mastrangelo of Bellmawr C0-Owner of Tally-Ann Bakery in South Philadelphia George R. Coleman, Superintendent of the Bellmawr Sewer Department,... Read more →

President Obama Presents Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL for Rescuing Taliban Hostage (video)

WASHINGTON (Feb. 29, 2016) President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. during a ceremony Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 at the White House. Byers received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a hostage rescue operation in December 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Oscar Sosa/Released) By April Grant, Navy Office of Information WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Feb. 29, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. became the sixth Navy SEAL in U.S. history to receive the Medal of Honor. President Barack Obama presented Byers with the medal during a White House ceremony for his heroic gallantry as an assault team member attached to a Joint Task Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Dec. 8, 2012. During the ceremony, Obama praised Byers' dedication to duty. "Like so many of our special operators, Ed is defined... Read more →

Obituary: Ms. Margaret "Marge" Christinzio

Margaret M. Christinzio (nee Rowan), age 89 of Bellmawr, NJ. Marge passed away on February 26, 2016. Beloved mother of Edward Christinzio (Dolores) and Patrick Rettig; grandmother of Edward, Jr. and Nicholas Christinzio; special aunt of Patricia DiGiacomo and Suzanne Brady and many nephews and nieces. She was sister of the late John, Rosemary, Joanne and Mary Rowan. During World War II, at age 16, she started working at the Philadelphia Navy Ship Yard. After the war she worked at Western Union for over 40 years and retired. Then she worked part time, using her secretarial skills, over 10 years in a medical practice. We will miss our loving blue eyed special Irish American Girl. Relatives and friends are invited to Marge’s Visitation on Wednesday morning from 8:30AM to 10:15AM in Holy Angels Parish at St. Matthew’s Church, 4th and Monument Avenue, National Park, NJ 08053. Mass of Christian Burial... Read more →

The Republican Establishment Secret Plan to Block Trump's Nomination No Matter What

Donald Trump NEW YORK – In a bitter fight for its life, establishment GOP leaders have decided to block Donald Trump's nomination at all costs, even if it means losing the presidency to Hillary Clinton, says Roger Stone, co-author of the 2015 bestselling book "The Clintons' War on Women," and the recently published "Jeb! and the… Related articles 14. Hillary has long history of beating up Bill behind closed doors: book The Jack Blood Show: Trump Operative Roger Stone Dishes Shocking info on the Bush Crime Family.... BREAKING=> Trump Insider ROGER STONE Says CBS About to SLIME Trump with Alleged Mafia Ties (Video) Jesse Ventura to Trump: Pick me for VP First Draft: Did Roger Stone Jump, or Was He Pushed From Donald Trump's Campaign? First Draft: Donald Trump, Pivoting Toward Policy, Urges Simpler Tax Code Donald Trump Weighing Whether to Sign Pledge to Back Republicans' Eventual Nominee Donald Trump... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Naval Academy Midshipman Compete in 75th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships

From Naval Academy Public Affairs Petty Officer 2nd lass Robyn Wegele, midshipman (left), and Petty Officer 3rd Class Miriam Feild, midshipman, compete in the 69th annual U.S. Naval Academy Brigade Boxing Championships. The bouts showcase midshipmen boxers, each performing in 3-round matches within their weight class. The winners of each class will go on to a regional competition in order to qualify for the National Collegiate Boxing Championships held each spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 4th Class Dominic Montez, midshipman) ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Twenty-four midshipman boxers competed in the Naval Academy's 75th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships Feb. 26 in Alumni Hall. The Brigade Boxing Championships showcase the most elite midshipman boxers, each performing in three-round matches within their weight class. The 12 champions from this year's competition will go on to the regional competition for a chance to qualify for the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) Championships... Read more →

NJ News Commons: HOW'S THE WATER?

The operator of the Wanaque Reservoir wants to test the drinking water to make sure toxic chemicals from the infamous Ford Motor Company Superfund site in Ringwood isn't contaminating North Jersey's drinking water. Meanwhile, the Record says the EPA is considering removing the old lead service lines that still supply parts of New Jersey with fresh water for their homes. NEW JERSEY EYEING TAX POLICY CHANGES Say hello to a gas tax hike and say goodbye to the estate tax. NJ lawmakers are considering a host of tax policy changes as Governor Christie's 2011 tax plan gets ready to expire on June 30. says the changes will affect residents across the income spectrum. NJ TRANSIT GEARING UP FOR FIRST RAIL STRIKE IN 33 YEARS Rail workers in New Jersey have been working without a contract since 2011, and now they're preparing to strike next week if they can't come... Read more →

The truth about PARCC | Save Our Schools

press release New Jersey districts and charter schools are gearing up for the second year of PARCC testing, which will take place between April 4th and May 20th. Last spring, families and guardians of approximately 120,000 New Jersey students (14% of all eligible test takers) refused to allow their children to take the PARCC tests, resulting in New Jersey having the second largest high-stakes standardized test refusal rate in the country. In addition to concerns for their own children, parents and guardians refused PARCC because of its impact on public schools, including: narrowing the curriculum consuming instructional time failing to improve educational outcomes increasing costs to districts for infrastructure to administer the tests encouraging teaching to the tests Parents and guardians also objected to PARCC's lack of quality or validity, to the forced imposition of ever-greater amounts of high-stakes standardized testing, and to the increased use of such tests to... Read more →

Why Do We Have Leap Years?

The 29-Day Phenomenon Explained So why do leap years occur? Well Leap Days, or an extra 29th day to the month of February are added because the actual time it takes the Earth to rotate the sun is 365.2421 days. To ensure consistency with the true astronomical year, an extra day is added to the year in order to get… Read more →

Memorial Service for former Miss NJ Cara McCollum planned in Ocean City

The Miss New Jersey Education Foundation will hold a memorial service for former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum next month in Ocean City, according to McCollum, 24, died on Feb. 22 — a week after she was injured in a one-car accident on Route 55 in Pittsgrove. The Foundation will host the memorial on March… Read more →

Special March Speaker at Haddons Kiwanis Club

HADDONFIELD:The Kiwanis Club of the Haddons introduces a new meeting time and date to allow more participation in the club activities. Starting on Thursday, March 10, the Kiwanis Club will have an evening meeting at Tavistock Country Club, 6:30PM to 8PM, and then the second Thursday of the month for the rest of the year. Friday lunch meetings will be held at Tavistock Country Club the first, third, fourth (and fifth) Fridays of the month from 12:15PM until 1:30PM. The special guest speaker for the March 10 dinner meeting is Kevin Kelley, the STEM Executive for the Garden State Council, Boy Scouts of America. STEM Scouts is a new co-ed science-technology-engineering-math club program for students in each of elementary, middle and high school age groups. This program is only available to the youth in the New Jersey Counties of Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem. The public is... Read more →

Motivational Speaker Caleb Maddix Will Visit Mt. Ephraim and Collingswood Schools

Press Release MOUNT EPHRAIM N.J.--Mount Ephraim Public Schools will host motivational speaker, life coach, founder of Kids 4 Health, and 14 year old author of Keys to Success for Kids, Caleb Maddix. Caleb will be traveling from Florida to deliver his message of success on a tour of local schools, Haddon Heights library. MEPS will be broadcasting these events live on Periscope to a global audience. Caleb will begin the Keys to Success for Kids Tour on March 7th with Mt. Ephraim Public Schools at 10 a.m. and Collingswood’s Mark Newbie School at 1 p.m. March 8th the tour will continue at Collingswood Middle School from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, then to St. Marks in Philadelphia from 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Tour will end at the Haddon Heights Library for a presentation followed by a book signing at 6p.m. Through reading his book, watching Caleb’s YouTube Channel, and having... Read more →

Dog Stolen as Pup Returned to Family by Shelter Volunteers 100 Miles Away in Stratford N.J.

We had a barking good time watching this pit bull mix puppy reunited with her family. After being stolen from the porch from her home in The Bronx borough of New York two and a half years ago, Rihanna was found last week and brought to a shelter over a 100 miles away in Stratford, New… Read more →

CNB Medical News: The Cognitive Benefits Of Being Around Good-Looking People

Are pretty faces a distraction or motivation to improve your memory? According to a new study published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, it's the latter — attractive people ignite a motivational impulse that makes others work harder to impress them. "Although intuition might suggest that exposure to highly attractive people would be distracting and would impair… Read more →

Bellmawr School Officials Pleased with State Aid Funding for 2016-17 School Year

Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. For the 2016-17 school year, the Bellmawr School District will receive $50,197 in regular State aid and $171,696 in pre-school aid. Bellmawr School Business Administrator, Amy Capriotti shared these figures during the February 24 Board of Education (BOE) meeting and stated that this was “very good, because we were only planning on flat” (funding). She added that the budget is being worked on and will be presented at the March 16 meeting. The budget is due to the county on March 22 and a public hearing on the budget will be on April 27. Mrs. Capriotti was also asked if there was an update on the soil remediation costs and she responded that she still has not have received those final numbers. In other matters, School Superintendent, Annette Castiglione, spoke of a series of strategic planning sessions that the district is hosting... Read more →

CNB Crime: Jadyre Gordon, 17, of Camden Shot and Killed in Cherry Hill

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Cherry Hill Police Department are investigating a shooting in Cherry Hill that killed one person and injured another. Cherry Hill Police were dispatched at approximately 2:24 a.m. on Sunday to the Inn of the Dove located at 725 Cuthbert Boulevard for a report of a person shot. As officers were arriving, police learned two shooting victims had been driven in a private vehicle to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. One victim, Jadyre Gordon, 17, of Camden, was transported from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to Cooper University Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 3:37 a.m. The other victim, a 20-year-old Willingboro man, was treated at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and later released. Police determined the victims were shot inside a vehicle in the parking lot near the front entrance of the Inn of the... Read more →

Rosemary C. Sadowski of Bellmawr, Member of BVM Altar & Rosary Society/Senior Citizens Club

Rosemary C. Sadowski (nee Fox), on February 28, 2016, of Bellmawr. Age 85. Beloved wife of Franklin Sadowski. Devoted mother of Frank Sadowski and Rosemary Morgan (Dennis). Loving grandmother of Jennifer, David, and Frankie. Dear sister of the late Elizabeth Blade, Edward Fox, Howard Fox, and Joseph Fox. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Rosemary Worked for Smith, Kline & French for 9 years and for 3M for 30 years. She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society at Annunciation BVM Church as well as the Bellmawr Senior Citizens Club. Rosemary enjoyed bingo, bowling, and trips with her family and the Bellmawr Seniors. There will be a viewing from 9 to 10am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 10:30am at St. Joachim Parish, Annunciation BVM Church, Bellmawr. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Redeemer Home Care... Read more →


Keep the New Jersey drinking age at 21

The 21-year-old minimal legal drinking age has been our national law since 1984, and while any state is free to lower it, it would be slammed with a 10-percent penalty in its federal funding for transportation. So heed that roadblock ahead: The proposal last week to reduce New Jersey's legal age to 18 is a non-starter… Read more →

NJSIAA Girls Basketball Tournament: South Jersey Times team capsules

SOUTH JERSEY SECTIONAL CAPSULES Group 1 Gloucester: The top seed will have the luxury of a first-round bye while gearing up for a potential title run on the back of star guard Nikki Velez. Clayton: With its talented starting five, the sixth seed could be a sleeper to make deep push after opening with LEAP Academy.… Read more →

The Alice Costello School Students and Staff


The Brooklawn Board of Education Would Like To Congratulate The Students and Staff Of The Alice Costello School For Winning The Camden County School of Character Award ~~~ RELATED: Brooklawn Wins 2015-16 Camden County School of Character Award ADVERTISEMENT Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Officer Ashley Guidon, Prince William County Police Department, Virginia

Officer Ashley Guindon Prince William County Police Department, Virginia End of Watch: Saturday, February 27, 2016 PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA--Officer Ashley Guidon was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance in the 13000 block of Cashmere Court in the Lake Ridge area. The male subject at the home murdered his wife and then ambushed the officers with a rifle as they approached the scene. Officer Guindon was fatally wounded and two other officers, including her training officer, were wounded. The man who shot them was arrested at the scene. Officer Guindon had been sworn in the previous day and was working her first day on the street with her training officer. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements: Chief of Police Stephan Hudson Prince William County Police Department 1 County Complex Court Prince William, VA 22192 Phone: (703) 792-6500 via Read more →

Prison for 50-Year-Old Lindenwold Man who tried to arrange incestuous sex show

CAMDEN -- A 50-year-old Lindenwold man was sentenced to seven years in state prison Friday after he admitted to sending child pornography to an undercover agent in order to view an incestuous sex show. The State Attorney General's Office said Andrew Derrickson sent more than 75 images and videos to the federal agent thinking the agent… Read more →

FBI: Putting the Brakes on Crime

Getaway Driver Sentenced to 121 Years 02/26/16 Sesley Williams was a ringleader and getaway driver for a string of robberies involving multiple banks and commercial establishments in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson, Nevada. Today she’s in a federal prison after being sentenced last month by a U.S. district judge. It all started on a winter afternoon in 2012. While Williams sat in her car outside an outlet mall clothing store in Las Vegas, her accomplice, Anthony Jordan, was inside checking out merchandise. Jordan already had a sweater and a bottle of cologne in his possession when he asked an employee to bring out two watches from a locked glass container. With the items in hand, Jordan made his way to the registers to check out. As the cashier began ringing him up, Jordan brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded everything from the drawer. In all, Jordan walked out of the... Read more →

This State Offered Free College Education. Here’s What Happened | THE DAILY SIGNAL

Norbert Michel / @norbertjmichel Several politicians have recently been offering free goodies to voters. One of the most popular of these, oddly enough, is something that several state governments have already tackled: free college tuition. The details vary by state, but Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, and Louisiana (among others) all use tax dollars to pay for at least some of their residents’ college tuition. Louisiana provides a great case study for advocates of similar federal policies. Louisiana provides a great case study for advocates of similar federal policies. Louisiana just so happens to be in the news right now because the governor is threatening to suspend his state’s version of free college tuition for everyone. Louisiana’s Tuition Program Louisiana’s plan is called the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or, more commonly, TOPS. This extremely popular program uses tax dollars to pay full tuition (and some fees) at any of Louisiana’s... Read more →

Nevada Sets January Record For Sports Wagering

Nevada sportsbooks had a solid start to 2016, setting a record for the most wagers taken on sports betting in any January, according to Legal Sports Report. But despite taking in more money, sportsbooks won at a lower rate than last January. According to sports gambling information website Covers, Nevada sportsbooks handled more than $448 million… Read more →

ONLY IN N.J.: Residents Miss Out on $300 Million in Sandy Aid

WASHINGTON -- The failure to include state funds in its application caused New Jersey to receive just $15 million from a program carved out of money originally earmarked for Hurricane Sandy aid, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said Friday. Pallone and other lawmakers who met with officials of the Department of Housing and Urban Development said… Read more →

The Worst Film of the Year...Fifty Shades of Grey

It’s official. “Fifty shades of Grey” and “Fantastic Four” are the worst films to have hit the screen in 2015. A dead heat for the main category, the two epics took home a combined total of seven Golden Raspberry awards. “Fifty Shades” swept the board, winning five awards: worst film, worst actor (Jamie Dornan), worst actress… Read more →

Prolific Washington State Bank Robber Sent to Prison

Caught in the Act 02/23/16 The masked criminal known as the Cyborg Bandit and, later, the Elephant Man Bandit was robbing Seattle-area banks at an average of more than two per month for an entire year before he was caught—in the act of robbing a bank he had already robbed. For investigators who routinely work bank robberies, the story of 46-year-old Anthony Hathaway, sentenced last month to nearly nine years in prison, is surprising in some ways but all too familiar in others. “In this particular case and in general, bank robbery is a crime of last resort,” said Len Carver, a detective with the Seattle Police Department and member of the FBI’s Seattle Safe Streets Task Force. “Occasionally you get a thrill seeker or a truly violent individual, but most people who rob banks are supporting an addiction of some kind—drugs or gambling—and they are desperate.” Hathaway’s addiction was... Read more →

Easter Mysteries – Musical Theatre Depiction of Last Days of Jesus Christ

press release Screens at Select Carmike Cinemas March 22 at 7:00 PM (Local) Staged and filmed before a live audience and featuring a talented, veteran Broadway cast, breathtaking music builds bridges across a diversity of religious expressions and sensibilities. The production offers audiences the chance to see, feel, and hear real peoples’ experiences of this touchstone story of Western Civilization in a fresh and moving way. The music, libretto and lyrics are by Tony Award-winning Broadway producer John O’Boyle. The cast includes Broadway veterans from Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Porgy and Bess, Phantom of The Opera and more. A high-level, interfaith panel event featuring leading thinkers and theologians from the three great monotheistic faiths discussing the history of Passion plays and the current state of interfaith relations follows the production. The panel will be taped at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture and feature Gabriel Award-winning co-hosts David DiCerto... Read more →

College Baseball - UNC Asheville 19, Rider University 4

Press release February 27, 2016 SPARTANSBURG, SC—The Broncs lost the second game of their three-game road trip to South Carolina, falling to UNC Asheville Saturday afternoon. “For the second game in a row we swung the bat pretty well,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, “but we were out of the game pretty early.” For Rider (0-2) junior Tyler Kaiser (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown), junior Dalton Mayberry (Chadds Ford, PA/Garnett Valley) and sophomore Brian Uliana (Bethlehem, PA/Freedom) each had two hits. “The three of them put pretty good bats together for two days in a row now,” Davis said. Kaiser had two doubles and an RBI and now has four hits on the season. Uliana had a double and an RBI. Rider scored two runs in the second inning on an RBI double by Kaiser and an RBI single by Uliana to cut the Asheville lead to 6-2. “We did scratch back,”... Read more →


Vol. 2 No. 36 (FEBRUARY 28, 2016) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we will post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 14. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click image to enlarge) Related articles Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Scalia in Heaven Daily Quiz for February 17, 2016 Garth - 19th Feb 2016 CNB Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe CNB Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe Zen Pencils - Inspirational Quotes Adapted Into Cartoons CNB Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe Harper Lee pleaded with Berkeley Breathed not to 'murder' Opus the penguin Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90 BNP Paribas hosts Belgian comic strip exhibition Read more →

Family describes 'loss of trust' after HIV, hepatitis scare at Shore Medical Center, Somers Point

SOMERS POINT -- The daughter of one woman who received a letter from a local hospital warning of possible exposure to HIV and hepatitis said that she was reluctant to take her mother back to Shore Medical Center. The hospital last week alerted 213 former patients who had received intravenous morphine or hydromorphine medicines between June… Read more →

Guest Opinion: Reduce the penalty for gun-carrying out-of-staters

Perhaps someone should journey to the nearest farm and see whether the pigs have sprouted wings, because we are about to agree with legislators who want to soften one of New Jersey's gun control laws. You can thank the mistreatment of Shaneen Allen for that. She is the young Philadelphia woman who drove into New Jersey… Read more →

Obituary: Patricia S. Deckard- Capodici, age 68 of Clementon

On February 19, 2016. Age 68. Of Clementon, formerly of Erial. Devoted wife of Anthony Capodici; loving mother of Thom Deckard (Frank), Kathy Deckard and Lisa Halley (Louis); daughter of Wilbert Evans (Gloria); sister of Maryann Evans, John Evans (Sherry), Thomas Cossel; grandmother of Patricia Zsirai, Robert J. Halley, Katelyn Halley; great grandmother of Robert N. Halley. Also survived by many relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Florence (Widman) Cossel. Pat worked for several years as a Credit Manager with Apartment Credit Services in Westmont. More recently, she had worked for Sears in Deptford in Customer Services and with the Courier Post in the Classified Department. At the request of the family, services will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Patricia S. Deckard-Capodici. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: Gloucester City. Ph:856-456-1142 Read more →

Obituary | Samuel A. Breyer of Haddon Heights

Samuel A. Breyer, on February 26, 2016, of Haddon Heights. Age 95. Beloved husband of the late Anne Mary (nee Wilent). Devoted father of Samuel A. Breyer Jr. (Jean), Susan Ruszkowski (Leonard), Stephen Breyer, and the late George Breyer. Loving grandfather of 6 and great grandfather of 13. Dear brother of Edna Belh and the late Grace Dudas. Mr. Breyer proudly served in the US Army during World War II and received both Bronze and Silver Stars. He was a longtime member of the South Jersey Outdoor Club and a member of VFW Post 1958. There will be a viewing from 9 to 10:30am Wednesday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 10:30am at the funeral home. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. Family and friends may share memories at Read more →

GTPD partners with GTEMS and Cooper Hospital for fall prevention program

press release On Thursday February 25th the Gloucester Township Police Department partnered with the GTEMS and Cooper Hospital to participate in a fall prevention program. The program took place with over 50 members of a GT Senior Group at the GT Senior Center. Pictured is Dave Groves from Cooper Hospital and Michelle Smith from GTEMS. If you have any questions about this program or interested in setting up a class please contact the GTPD Community Relations Officer Jenn McLaughlin at or call 856-374-5735. Address/Location Gloucester Township Police Department 1261 Chews Landing Rd Clementon, NJ 08021 Contact Emergency: 9-1-1 Non-emergencies: 856-228-4500 Read more →

James W. Barrett Active in Bellmawr and Mt. Ephraim Sports

James W. Barrett Born: September 18, 1925 Died: February 16, 2016 James W. Barrett, on February 16, 2016, of Bellmawr. Age 90. Beloved husband of the late Doris E. (nee Campanell). Devoted father of Patricia Barrett, Nancy DeBerardinis (Mark). Loving pop of Nicholas and Mark, Jr. Dear brother of Pat Sullivan and brother-in-law of Bette Campanella. James is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jim was a coach and player of Bellmawr Town Clowns, member of Mepri Football Mt. Ephraim, coach of Cramer Hill Boys Football, coach and umpire of Bellmawr Girls Softball, and a member of J & R Young at Hearts Club. There will be a viewing from 8am to 9:30am on Friday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, BELLMAWR. There will be a Funeral Mass 10am St. Joachim Parish, Mary, Mother of the Church, 20 Braisington Ave., Bellmawr. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of... Read more →

Obituary | Anna M. DiFranco of Runnemede

Anna M. DiFranco Born: December 06, 1925 Died: February 17, 2016 Anna M. DiFranco (nee Piccurelli), on February 17, 2016, of Runnemede. Age 90. Beloved wife of the late Louis DiFranco. Devoted mother of Janice Masiejczyk (Daniel), Linda Geist, Doreen Bonato, and Michelle Mullin. Loving grandmom of 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Dear sister of the late Viola DiBello. There will be a viewing from 8:15 to 9:15am Saturday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 10am at Holy Child Parish, St. Maria Goretti RC Church, Runnemede. Entombment New St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Bellmawr. Read more →

College Baseball : Wofford College 12, Rider University 4

press release February 26, 2016 SPARTANSBURG, SC—The Broncs had eight hits in the 2016 season opener but it was not enough to defeat Wofford Friday evening. “Offensively we played fairly well,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “We didn’t swing the bat too bad.” Wofford (5-0) scored two runs in the fifth inning and four runs in the sixth inning to take an 11-4 lead. “Wofford is good,” Davis said. Rider (0-1) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on three hits, including a double by senior James Locklear (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) and an RBI single by junior Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert), a pair of walks, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice. Rider cut the lead to 5-4 in the fifth inning when sophomore Jake Bender (Ellicot, Md./Marriotts Ridge) singled and scored on an RBI single by junior Dalton Mayberry (Chadds Ford, PA/Garnett Valley). Wofford tied the score... Read more →

College Softball: Rider Drops First Two Games

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Wagner College 14, Rider University 5 / 5 innings Appalachian State University 8, Rider University 0 / 5 innings ROCK HILL, S.C.—The Rider University softball team opened the 2016 season with losses to Wagner and Appalachian State on Friday afternoon at the Winthrop Tournament in South Carolina. “We were aggressive at the plate,” said Jaci Timko, in her first season as the Rider head coach. “We did what we wanted and got runners on base but we just needed to find a way to get them to score.” For Rider (0-2) in the opener, senior Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South) hit a home run to left field for the final score, her first of the season and the 14th of her career. “Emily has an awesome home run,” Timko added. The Broncs took a 2-0 first inning lead on an RBI hit... Read more →

OBITUARY: Jacqueline M. Amato age 83 of West Deptford,formerly of Brooklawn

Surrounded by her family, on February 26, 2016. Age 83. (nee Simonin) Of West Deptford, formerly of Brooklawn. Loving and devoted wife of 56 years to the late Joseph G. Amato. Loving mother of Joseph Jay Amato (Debra), James J. Amato (Cathy) and Jackie Lynn Imperato (Robert). Cherished grandmother of Kristie Spaeth (Matt), Alexandra Amato, Nicholas Amato, Danielle Amato, Michele Imperato and Gina Imperato. Also survived by many loving brother and sister-in-laws and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private in Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, Monroe Twp. Donations in her memory may be made to Holy Redeemer Hospice: 160 E. 9th Ave., Runnemede, NJ 08078. In the memo, please write: Jacqueline M. Amato. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Jacqueline M. Amato. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph:856-456-1142 Read more →

CNB CRIME: Pennsauken Man Arrested and Charged in Merchantville Homicide

CAMDEN CITY NJ (FEBRUARY 27,2016)Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Merchantville Police Chief Wayne Bauer announced a Pennsauken man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Merchantville. Isaiah Pascall, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Joshua Simmons of Pennsauken. Pascall is accused of fatally shooting Simmons on the unit block of Russell Avenue on Monday, February 22, 2016. The shooting occurred shortly after a physical altercation involving an isolated group of individuals at that location. Merchantville Police were dispatched to the area at approximately 8:31 p.m. on Monday for a report of an unconscious person. Officers arrived and located Simmons lying on the sidewalk. He was suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill, where he was pronounced deceased at 9:07 p.m. Pascall was arrested and charged last night following an interview with detectives at... Read more →

CNB Crime: Crest Savings Bank Robbed

For Immediate Release –Feb. 26, 2016 Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana report that on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 1:34PM, the Lower Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a Robbery at the Crest Savings Bank, located 3306 Bayshore Road in North Cape May, New Jersey. Upon arrival of police the employees stated that a male wearing a ski mask and holding a dark colored automatic handgun entered the bank at 1:30PM and demanded cash. After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash the male fled running across Bayshore Road into a wooded area. This male is further escribed as a white or Hispanic male approximately 5’7, 145 lbs, wearing all dark clothing. A subsequent investigation was immediately initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, the Detective Unit of the Lower... Read more →

Christie Administration Continues Investment in New Jersey’s Healthcare System

Funds for Training Doctors Tripled Since 2010 Governor Christie’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget supports New Jersey’s healthcare system with $775.1 million in hospital funding including charity care, medical education and quality improvement. The proposed budget includes $352 million for charity care, $166.6 million for the hospital incentive program known as Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) and $188 million for Graduate Medical Education (GME), a $60.7 million increase from last year’s budget to support our teaching hospitals. The Governor’s proposed budget also includes $24.7 million for Hospital Mental Health Offset Payments and $43.8 million for the support of University Hospital. A total of 49 hospitals are participating in DSRIP, which rewards hospitals for achieving measurable improvement in quality. All 42 hospitals with teaching programs for interns and residents will benefit from the GME program. The Christie administration has increased funding for the GME program by $128 million since 2010. “Since... Read more →

Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Feb. 15-21

Reminder for the week: Wildlife, fishing, boating area visitors asked to respect natural resources DOVER (Feb. 26, 2016) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Feb. 15-21 made 1,067 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 18 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 31 complaints and issued four citations, three of which were related to the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail, where there is an increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence. Citations issued this week by offense category included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses: Wildlife Conservation: Failure to tag antlered deer (1), trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (2)*, and... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Growing the Deficit | Taxpayers for Commons Sense

February 26, 2016 Weekly Wastebasket Volume: XXI No. 8 As the House Budget Committee is busy cultivating the Budget Resolution to guide the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process, other committees are broadcasting their wants and (claimed) needs in annual “views and estimates” letters. The House Agriculture Committee’s letter shows their continued insistence on planting misinformation about the last farm bill so that agriculture special interests won’t be interrupted in their decades-long quest to harvest taxpayer dollars. First a quick reminder on the farm bill. Passed every five or six years, the farm bill is the primary legislation Washington uses to direct subsidies to farmers, ranchers, and to the nation’s nutrition programs. The last one passed in 2014 clocked in at a projected $956 billion over 10 years. While about 80 percent of that was designated for nutrition, the next biggest sums went to federally-subsidized insurance for farmers’ income, additional income... Read more →

“Operation Jacked” resulted in recovery of 160 stolen cars worth more than $8 million

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that two men pleaded guilty today to first-degree charges for their roles in a major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring that stole high-end cars in New Jersey and New York and shipped them to West Africa. Each of these two defendants pleaded guilty today to first-degree charges of conspiracy and carjacking before Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim in Union County: Kurtis Bossie, 24, of Newark, will face a recommended sentence of 18 years in state prison, including 8 ½ years of parole ineligibility. Jim J. Bryant Jr., 24, of Newark, will face a recommended sentence of 10 years in state prison, including more than five years of parole ineligibility. Deputy Attorney General Anthony Torntore took the guilty pleas today for the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau. Bossie and Bryant are scheduled to be sentenced on April 15.... Read more →

New Castle angler catches new state-record largemouth bass weighing more than 11 pounds

Angler A.J. Klein of New Castle shows off his state record largemouth bass. (photo provided) DOVER (Feb. 26, 2016) – A partly cloudy and unseasonably warm Saturday, Feb. 20 seemed to fishing buddies Andrew “A.J.” Klein and Joe Lattis of New Castle a great day to cast a line, so they headed downstate to launch Lattis’ boat on Wagamons Ponds near Milton. Four hours later, their efforts had yielded only a couple of smaller fish, and they were preparing to pack up and go elsewhere when Klein made one last, fateful cast into what he would later recall as the pond’s surprisingly clear water for the time of year. The treble-hook on Klein’s new spinnerbait caught on what he thought to be either bottom or structure, but it soon became obvious that something big at the end of his line was making a run on him. “It was a very... Read more →

Court: In Philly cases, no First Amendment right to film police | Ron DeLord

PHILADELPHIA PA--You have no First Amendment right to videotape or take pictures of police officers without a specific, critical reason for doing so, according to a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The court ruled Friday in Fields vs. City of Philadelphia that absent “any state purpose of being critical of the government,” your freedom of expression and speech is not applicable when recording the activities of police officers. The decision comes off of a joint lawsuit filed by Amanda Geraci and Richard Fields. In 2013, Fields, an undergraduate at Temple University, was recording about 20 police officers outside a house party on campus. Fields refused to leave when asked by officers, who subsequently detained and handcuffed him, taking away his cell phone and putting him in the back of a police van. His reason for filming was that he “just thought that would... Read more →

Letter to the Editor:

Gloucester City's Jogging Track Perfect Place to Build Outdoor Fitness Center for Adults

image credit As I see Gloucester City care more and more about children's physical fitness and recreation sports, I wonder if we could do more for adults. A theme that has been popping up around the country is outdoor fitness and gym equipment at public parks. The equipment is surprisingly affordable and easy to maintain. Putting this Outdoor fitness center in the middle of the jogging track on Johnson Blvd, would allow parents to get a workout in while there children play at the nearby playground, or participate in any of the city sports right down the street. This affordable equipment can help city residents enjoy the outdoors while taking care of they're fitness. Equipment manufacturers have bundle packages, and could even be set up as different stations around the track. Don Fager Correctional Officer FDC Philadelphia Department of Justice Read more →

Guest Commentary: Misgivings About the Girl Scouts | Catholic League

February 26, 2016 Bill Donohue defends St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson's position on the Girl Scouts: If an organization that did noble work were to waver, aligning itself with groups that are hostile to the values that made it admirable, it would ineluctably alienate many of its initial supporters. This is exactly what has happened to the Girl Scouts. Which is why the bishops' conference investigated the Scouts, concluding in 2014 that some of the concerns were genuine; each bishop was asked to evaluate local conditions. St. Louis Archbishop Carlson has expressed his misgivings about the Girl Scouts and has asked each pastor to reconsider the parish's relationship with the organization. Importantly, he is not abandoning Catholic youth: He has instituted a Catholic Committee for Girls Formation. "While continuing to serve our Catholic girls involved in various scouting programs," he said, "this committee will also reflect our ongoing commitment to... Read more →