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February 2016

YOUR MONEY: Efforts underway to recoup millions lost in payroll embezzling scheme

TRENTON -- As a federal investigation continues into the millions of missing money the city lost in an alleged embezzlement scheme, an attorney representing the payroll company says it is cooperating with authorities and working to recover the money -- but that may be easier said than done. "We work hard to identify where the stolen… Read more →


THE 2016 Oscars: AND THE WINNER IS...

And the Winner is... This Sunday night's 88th Academy Awards show on ABC promises to entertain, surprise and shock viewers. With very few solid favorites going into this telecast, expect the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to award a handful of the 8 ½ pound golden statuettes to newcomers–including a few sentimental actors and… Read more →


The 10 most prescribed drugs in N.J. and what they cost

TRENTON -- Drugs to treat diabetes, asthma and lung diseases are among the most widely prescribed medications in New Jersey, according to the state Prescription Drug Price Registry, which allows the public to search zip codes to locate the pharmacies offering the best deals. The prices are compiled from the most recent claims submitted by licensed… Read more →


Your Money: Ex-state treasurer to talk about N.J.'s budgetary challenges

LAWRENCE -- Former state treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff who resigned last July will be talking at Rider University next week about the budgetary challenges facing the state. "Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff has been a leading player inside the Christie administration for several years," said Benjamin Dworkin, director of the school's Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, which is sponsoring… Read more →


Authorities Arrest Hector E. Cruz Hernandez of North Wildwood for Heroin and Cocaine Sales

For Immediate Release – February 25, 2016 Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and North Wildwood Police Chief Matt Gallagher announce the arrest of Hector E. Cruz Hernandez, (30) an unemployed resident of North Wildwood for the distribution of heroin and cocaine. This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the North... Read more →


Barbara Beals of Deptford age 69

On February 21, 2016. Age 69. (nee Capewell) Of Deptford. Formerly of Franklinville, NJ. Loving mother of William Womack (Donna) and the late Scott Womack. Dear sister of Carol Schlegel (George) and Patricia Dean. Cherished aunt of Dawn Cerminaro, Phyllis Ritter, Tracey Hemple and Robert Dean. Visitation Monday from 12 to 1 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service 1 PM. Interment private. Condolences and Memories may be shared... Read more →


Last Minute Efforts to Save Historic Hugg-Harrison-Glover House | The SJO

photo credit Garry Stone Anne Forline | The South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. (February 25, 2016)--Last minute efforts are underway to try and save Bellmawr’s historic Hugg-Harrison-Glover House from impending demolition. The Camden County Historical Society hopes to save the house by having it moved approximately 100 feet out of the path of demolition. The house is located on the property of St. Mary’s Cemetery, which is owned by the Diocese of Camden. The house... Read more →


Flu on the uptick in parts of N.J.

If you've managed to avoid flu this year, don't pat yourself on the back just yet: New Jersey's flu season started later than usual, and is just now beginning to crank up. Luckily, this year's version of the flu vaccine turns out to be a pretty good match for the strains that have appeared, federal health… Read more →


CNB MEDICAL: New Road Map To Pancreatic Cancer May Help Us Understand Often Fatal Disease

An expansive multinational team of researchers claim to have created the most accurate road map of pancreatic cancer to date — one that might enable scientists the ability to someday better combat an illness that’s often terminal. Their study, published Wednesday in Nature, sequenced the genome of 462 tumors taken from pancreatic cancer patients, the majority… Read more →


CNB CRIME: N.J. Supreme Court Reverses Parole for Man who Killed State Trooper in 1973

TRENTON -- The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a lower court decision ordering the parole of a man convicted in the 1973 murder of a New Jersey state trooper. Sundiata Acoli has been serving a life sentence for his role in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that ended in the death of… Read more →


CNB CRIME: Lindenwold Police Charge Martin A. Thomas of Winslow with Multiple Counts of Burglary

press release On February 22, 2016 Lindenwold Police Officers were dispatched to the Quick Food Store located on North Berlin Road for a report of an alarm activation. Upon arrival Officers observed a male inside of the store which was closed to business at the time. The male was actively trying to force his way out of the store. The Officers made entry into the store and arrested the male without incident. The male was... Read more →


Pennsylvania Correction Officer Who Brought Gun Into New Jersey Wont Be Prosecuted

N.J. reacts to state gun laws New Jersey residents react to having stricter gun laws. (Video by Don E. Woods for NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) GLASSBORO -- Authorities will not prosecute a Pennsylvania corrections officer charged with bringing his firearm into New Jersey without a state permit, the Associated Press reported Monday. Raymond Hughes, who… Read more →


Women Voters: It’s Complicated

press release Presidential Gender Watch Call Explains Complexities of Republican, Latina, and Black Women Voters in 2016 Election Women are not a monolithic voting bloc. All aspects of a woman’s identity—her political party, race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation— inform her voting decisions. Women stand at the intersections of diverse identities, holding distinct motivations, priorities, and preferences based on both life experiences and world views. Delving deeper into these complexities provides a more... Read more →


CNB Medical News: In Obese Patients, 5 Percent Weight Loss Has Significant Health Benefits

English: Excess adipose tissue around a teen male's mid-section. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Newswise — For patients with obesity trying to lose weight, the greatest health benefits come from losing just 5 percent of their body weight, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers found that the relatively small weight loss markedly lowered patients’ risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease and improved metabolic function in liver, fat and... Read more →


How to get seeds for the new 'Jersey tomato'

Tomato (Tamatar) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Hotter than Springsteen tickets: When plant breeders at Rutgers University describe their newest Jersey tomato, the senses kick in: You taste its sweetness, bred to remind folks of the tomatoes of their youth. You feel the firmness, the skin designed not for long-distance trucking, but for immediate consumption. You smell it, and know it's summer. That tomato, which debuted last… Read more →


Guest Opinion: Uber scoffs at public safety

By Jeffrey M. Shanker Two of our main transportation hubs, Newark Airport and Newark Penn Station, have been in the news recently, but not because of the air or train travel of its passengers. The issue: Uber -- and other transportation network companies (TNC) -- continue to reject city ordinances and are not regulated like other… Read more →


SURPRISE! Harry Reid Endorses Hillary Clinton

In a move that seems to signal the readiness of Democratic leaders to end their party’s contentious rivalry on the campaign trail, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in the November general election. In an interview with CNN, the top Democrat in the Senate said he thinks the middle class would… Read more →


Tornado watch issued for 8 N.J. counties as powerful storms move in

Strong thunderstorms will be moving across New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania this evening, and some have the potential to spawn a tornado, the National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon. The weather service has issued a tornado watch, effective through 11 p.m., for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem counties in New… Related articles Here's How Much Snow Fell in the Philly Area Today The Latest: More record highs in heat-scorched... Read more →


Your Money: Allentown School District Has Spent $1.3 Million Taxpayer Dollars on Union Salaries

Three Pennsylvania residents filed a lawsuit Wednesday over a practice that allows a union president to receive school district salary and benefits despite working full-time for the union. Steven Ramos and Scott Armstrong argue in their lawsuit that taxpayer dollars shouldn't fund union activities, and was filed against the Allentown Education Association (AEA) and the Allentown… Read more →


Obituary: Lucia D. Dorilag of Pennsauken, age 81

On February 20, 2016. Age 81. Of Pennsauken. Daughter of the late Maxemiano Do-oma and Esperanza Pelayo. Loving mother of Edwin D. Dorilag. Cherished grandmother of Crystal and Angelica Dorilag. At the request of family, services will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Lucia D. Dorilag. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: Gloucester City. Ph:856-456-1142 Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Deputy Sheriff Nate Carrigan, Park County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Related Category: Blue Line PARK COUNTY, COLORADO (February 24, 20160)--Deputy Sheriff Nate Carrigan was shot and killed as he and two other deputies served an eviction order at a home on Iris Drive in Bailey, Colorado, at approximately 9:15 am. The subject named on the eviction order was a activist in the Occupy Denver movement. The subject opened fire on the deputies with a rifle, killing Deputy Carrigan and wounding the other two deputies. The... Read more →


Man arrested while in the process of burglarizing jewelry store

Media Release LINDENWOLD N.J. (February 24, 2016)--On February 22, 2016 Lindenwold Police Officers were dispatched to Marquise Jewelry located on Gibbsboro Road for a report of an alarm activation. Upon arrival Officers found a basement window open and the light on inside. Just outside of the window, were several trays containing jewelry, stacked up. A male suspect then tried to exit from the window; but quickly retreated back into the basement when confronted by Officers.... Read more →


N.J. Legislator Wants to Lower Drinking Age to 18

TRENTON -- A veteran member of the state Assembly has introduced legislation that would lower New Jersey's drinking age from 21 to 18 -- going against one of the most enduring laws passed by the state's late U.S. senator, Frank Lautenberg. Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris) is touting his bill with a familiar argument: It's wrong… Read more →


16 New Jersey Lawmakers Headed to Israel for Week-Long Trip

TRENTON -- Sixteen state lawmakers will arrive in Israel Friday for a week-long trip to meet with business owners, government officials, security experts and to see what kinds of ideas they could bring back to New Jersey, trip organizers said. The 12 Assembly members and four Senators are paying their own way for the trip estimated… Read more →


Justin E. Partridge of West Deptford Pleads to Child Sexual Assault

press release WOODBURY N.J. February 22, 2016--Justin E. Partridge (DOB 7/13/84), of West Deptford NEW JERSEY, pleaded guilty in court today, February 22, 2016 to sexually assaulting a child between the ages of 13 and 16, when Partridge was four years older than the victim, on a date between 2/9/14 and 4/15/14 in West Deptford. In a negotiated plea, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Dianna Reed.-Rolando will recommend that Partridge be sentenced to five years in... Read more →


Rider Baseball 2016 Season Opens Friday

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Baseball Outlook 2016 They say you can’t tell the players without a scorecard. That expression will hold true this spring for the Rider University baseball fans with all of the new faces on the 2016 team. The 2015 Broncs, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season champions, graduated a dozen players. “We lost more than anybody in the MAAC,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, the 2015 MAAC... Read more →


Do Lindy Li and Mike Parrish Want to Bring Terrorists to the U.S.?

GIs at Guantanamo watch the President. Original caption: :Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers watch as President Barack Obama announces the death of Al-Qaida chieftain, Osama bin Laden, May 1 after an operation conducted by U.S. Special Operations Forces. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) WASHINGTON D.C. – February 23, 2016--Today the Obama administration announced its plan to close Guantanamo Bay and move the remaining prisoners, many of whom have been considered too dangerous to be released, onto U.S.... Read more →


CNB SPOTLIGHT ON: Local residents named to Dean's List at Clemson University

CLEMSON, SC (02/22/2016)-- Local students have been named to Clemson University 's Dean's List for the fall 2015 semester. They are: Marissa Leigh Dinapoli of Belmar, who is majoring in Biological Sciences Colleen K. Fralinger of Bridgeton, who is majoring in General Engineering Emily Sunshine Amey of Burlington, who is majoring in Graphic Communications Tyler Michael Brake of Cherry Hill, who is majoring in Secondary Education Gregory John Szrom of Egg Harbor Township, who is... Read more →


LOVE YOUR MONEY: Bellmawr Agrees to Pay $32,500 to Former EMT to Settle Lawsuit

Anne Forline | The South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. (February 23, 2016)--The Borough of Bellmawr agreed to pay $32,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by Eric Heidrich, who had been working as an EMT and was terminated on February 26, 2013. In the Complaint filed in Camden County Superior Court, Heidrich, claimed that he was retaliated against and wrongfully terminated. He sued for compensatory damages, punitive damages, interest, costs, and attorney fees. The settlement was... Read more →


Ryan M. Wyatt Sr., of Gloucester City, GHS Alumnus, Succumbs in Motorcycle Accident

GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. (February 23, 2016)(CNBNewsnet)--Ryan M. Wyatt, Sr., age 28, of Gloucester City died suddenly on February 18, 2016, following a motorcycle accident. Ryan (photo provided) was a graduate of Gloucester High School class of 2007, where he enjoyed playing football for the Lions. He was employed for the last 5 years with Equipment Marketers in Cherry Hill. Ryan was a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast and an avid outdoorsman. Loving husband of Tiffany N.... Read more →


Do Steve Santarsiero and Shaughnessy Naughton Want to Bring Terrorists to the U.S.?

WASHINGTON D.C. (February 23, 2016)– Today the Obama administration announced its plan to close Guantanamo Bay and move the remaining prisoners, many of whom have been considered too dangerous to be released, onto U.S. soil. Do Steve Santarsiero and Shaughnessy Naughton support the President and his dangerous policy? Or will they finally stand against President Obama and put the safety of American citizens before the liberal’s insatiable political need to close GITMO. There are currently... Read more →


CNB Crime: Christopher Fox of Rio Grande Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges and Related Crimes

For Immediate Release – February 22, 2016 Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, Chief Chad Callahan of the Ocean City Police Department, and Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce the arrest of 20-year old Christopher Fox, a resident of Rio Grande, New Jersey. On February 16, 2016, the Ocean City Police Department along with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit... Read more →


Released After 30 Years in Prison, New Jersey Resident Steven Pratt Kills His Mother

In October 1984, Steven Pratt shot dead a man in his home town in New Jersey. He was tried as an adult for the murder and began serving his 30-year sentence at a maximum security prison. Thirty years later, Steven was expected to start his life afresh, as he made his way home to where his… Read more →


Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice Enlists Cantor Scott Borsky to Attend to Jewish Patients’ Spiritual Needs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RUNNEMEDE, NJ – February 22, 2016 – A Jewish cantor working for a Catholic healthcare provider? At first glance that might seem a little unusual. But recently it became a fact of life, with the addition of Cantor Scott Borsky to the staff at the Runnemede office of Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice. The Runnemede office serves patients throughout Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. “Our goal is to address unmet... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing New Jersey: Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training In March

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training Workshop March 11-13, 2016 Princeton Blairstown Center Hardwick The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a free two-day training on the Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program that shows youth how to participate in constructive outdoor activities while also learning critical skills such as patience, teamwork and problem-solving. This HOFNOD workshop is geared towards teachers, adult staff and volunteers at schools and youth-centered, community- and/or faith-based... Read more →


Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest of Convenience Store Robbery Crew

Gloucester Township Police Media Release: Between November 11th 2015 and December 16th 2015, the Gloucester Township Police Department investigated three robberies where either a single male or group of males threatened the victim with a knife. The robberies occurred at the Church Street 7-11 store on December 2nd and 16th as well as a pizza delivery driver at a nearby apartment complex on November 11th. During the investigation, information was received that linked the crimes... Read more →


CNB Business News: EARN SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME AS A REAL ESTATE REFERRAL ASSOCIATE

UNTAPPED RESOURCE: Weichert Reveals Benefits of Entering Real Estate without Full-Time Commitment MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., February 22, 2016 – With the average cost of living steadily increasing in the United States, many Americans are eager to earn a supplemental income to help support their families. Whether a full-time working professional, a stay-at-home parent or a retiree, it can be hard to locate an opportunity that matches one’s financial needs and offers part-time flexibility. However, according... Read more →


CNB Crime: Unidentified Body Discovered in Lower Twp.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 22, 2016 Cape May Court House, New Jersey – County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Chief William Mastriana of the Lower Township Police Department announced the discovery of an unidentified body at the scene of a fire in the Shaw Crest Mobile Home Park located off of Route 47 in Lower Township. According to Prosecutor Taylor, the first responding officers arrived at the scene at the intersection of Diane and... Read more →


NEW JERSEY STATE FOREST FIRE SERVICE PRESCRIBED BURNING BEGINS

English: Igniting a controlled bun in South Carolina (Photo credit: Wikipedia) TRENTON - The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service advises residents that its seasonal prescribed burning program - which reduces wildfire risks by burning buildup of undergrowth, fallen trees and branches, leaves and other debris on forest floors - is now under way. "The state's prescribed burning program, conducted only under exacting conditions and by highly trained personnel, is an important management tool in... Read more →


CNB MEDICAL: Squats In Front Of A Mirror May Hurt Your Workout

When we go to the gym, whether it’s for yoga, Zumba, or weight lifting, we’re surrounded by mirrors, and that’s especially true when we’re doing squats. In weight rooms, the mirrors are perfectly aligned with squat racks to give visual feedback on form and positioning, but do they hurt more than help us during squats? A… Read more →


Health Care's Largest Private-Sector Program Tying Payment to Value Delivers Better Care, Lower Costs

Horizon Health Care Services of New Jersey delivers impressive results in quality, patient experience and cost reduction NEWTOWN, Conn., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The triple aim of the health care industry—improving patient health, raising the quality of care, and lowering costs—is no small challenge. A five-year experiment by New Jersey's largest health insurer points to a solution: bundled payments. The bundled payment model is a system that encourages provider collaboration, deters avoidable complications, and... Read more →


Jim Florio to appear on panel on gun control, 2nd amendment

Former Gov. Jim Florio will be among the panelists at a forum on gun control at Saint Peter's University tomorrow night. Florio, a Democrat, will join Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, D-Jersey City, and Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez on the panel, called Caught in the Crossfire: the Push for Gun Control and the Second Amendment. Kevin Callahan,… Read more →


YOUR MONEY: A Breakdown of Gov. Christie's Proposed School Aid County-By-County

FOR THE FULL LIST OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS CLICK LINK (S) BELOW (above screen shot) TRENTON -- Officials on Friday released figures detailing the aid to New Jersey school districts proposed by Gov. Chris Christie for the 2016-2017 school year. Christie has said his 2017 budget proposal would boost education spending by approximately 4 percent. The New Jersey Association of School Business Officials has said district leaders shouldn't expect any major…


Clementon Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle, Pronounced Dead at the Scene

Media Release: GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP N.J. (February 22, 2016)On Sunday 2-21-2016 hours at approximately 9:11 PM, the Gloucester Township Police Department received a 911 call for a pedestrian motor vehicle crash on Peter Cheeseman Road. Arriving officers observed a female laying in the roadway with injuries to her head. The victim was identified as Jacqueline M. Cullinan, age 30, from Gloucester Township. The driver of the striking vehicle was still on location. The victim was pronounced... Read more →


Ancora Psychiatric Hospital Greatest Number of Assaults and Deaths in 2015

WINSLOW TWP. -- A new state report revealed Ancora Psychiatric Hospital saw the greatest number of assaults and deaths last year among New Jersey's four mental health facilities. The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services document -- which tracked incidents between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2015 -- found 77 reports of assault… Read more →


Vandals Steal 'Black Lives Matter' Banner and Smash Lights at Cherry Hill Township Church

CHERRY HILL TWP. -- Vandals struck the Unitarian Universal Church again, this time stealing both "Black Lives Matter" banners, smashing a wooden frame and two outdoor lights. Christie McLean, church administration for the Cherry Hill church, said she arrived at around 8 a.m. Sunday and discovered the most recent round of damages. "We got a new… Read more →


Girls High School Basketball: 2016 state tournament preview schedule and links

The NJSIAA state tournament tips off on Monday, Feb. 29, and NJ Advance Media will be rolling out comprehensive previews all this week leading up to the action. We will preview every section and group, plus take a look at some of the top players in the state. RELATED: State tournament brackets Check out the schedule… Read more →


Cara McCollum, Former Miss New Jersey Dies One Week After Car Crash

A former Miss New Jersey winner critically injured in a crash last week died this morning at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Cara McCollum, 24, of Margate, died at 4:31 a.m. Monday, according to a Facebook group, "Prayers for Cara," which has provided periodic updates about her condition. McCollum was driving a 2014 Ford Mustang convertible… Read more →


Boys Basketball: Complete 2016 NJSIAA state tournament preview schedule

The NJSIAA state tournament is just days away. NJ Advance Media will be previewing new brackets every day, while also providing slideshows highlighting some of the top players in the state. Check out the schedule below, and be sure to check back every day as new content rolls in. Monday, Feb. 22 • North Jersey, Non-Public… Related articles NJSIAA, Rutgers officials to meet about bringing championship hoops games back to RAC BREAKING NEWS: Patrick School... Read more →


THE BLACK DOCTOR OF THE PINES

MEDFORD TOWNSHIP -- Samuel Still is starting small. The Medford native is aiming to raise just $5,000 to kick start his much grander plans of elevating the often overlooked history of his great, great uncle Dr. James Still, who became well-known throughout South Jersey in the mid-to-late 1800s as the "Black Doctor of the Pines" and… Read more →