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March 2016

College Baseball Rider University 11, Delaware State University 7

DOVER, DE—The Broncs won a slugfest at Delaware State Wednesday for their second win in a row and fourth in last eight games. “That’s a good thing,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “We’ll go into the conference games this weekend feeling a little better about ourselves.” Rider (5-17) banged out 11 hits, three from sophomore Jake Bender (Ellicot, Md./Marriotts Ridge), who also scored twice. “Bender hit the ball on the nose a lot,” Davis said. Bender hit an RBI double in the fourth inning and scored to give Rider a 5-4 lead. Rider sophomore Christian Estevez (River Edge, NJ/River Dell) hit a three-run double in a five-run sixth inning that gave Rider an 11-6 lead. “That was a big hit,” Davis said. Junior Mike Volaski (Oxnard, CA/Oxnard) had two doubles and two RBI and scored twice. “He’s hitting the ball,” Davis said. “He’s coming around.” His two-run double in... Read more →


College Softball Princeton University 7, Rider University 2

LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University softball team lost to Mercer County rival Princeton University 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Herb and Joan Young Field. The Tigers jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the first two innings. Sophomore Monica Clark (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had two of Rider’s five hits in the non-conference game and she scored both Bronc runs. Princeton (6-17) had four hits in the opening inning, including an RBI double and run-scoring single to score three times. Clark hit her second home run of the season, clearing the left field fence to get Rider (3-19) within 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning. The Tigers used two singles and a three-run home run in the top of the second inning to open up a 6-1 lead and chase Bronc sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Kallert(Woodland Park/Passaic Valley). Kallert allowed seven hits and six earned runs in her two innings... Read more →


Obituary | Deborah L. Schad of Bellmawr, age 60

Deborah L. Schad (nee Myers), passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family and friends, on March 29, 2016, of Bellmawr, formerly of Philadelphia. Age 60. Beloved wife of Richard. Devoted mother of Kimberly Schad and Brian Schad (Amy Crumley). Loving grandmother of Caitlin and Brian Schad. Dear sister of Ruth String (Phil) and Carol Phipps. Sister-in-law of Joseph Schad, S.J. and Catherine Pezzano (Mike). Daughter of the late Richard and Ruth Myers. Daughter-in-law of Irene Schad and the late Joseph. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Debbie was a selfless and caring person. She enjoyed cooking and hosting parties for her family. Debbie adored her grandchildren and loved every minute she spent with them. She loved holidays and decorating, especially for Christmas and Halloween. There will be a visitation from 9 to 10am Saturday morning, April 9, at St. Joachim Parish, Annunciation BVM Church, 601 W. Browning... Read more →


Children with Cushing syndrome may have higher suicide risk

press release NIH study finds that depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts increase after treatment Children with Cushing syndrome may be at higher risk for suicide as well as for depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions long after their disease has been successfully treated, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “...that physicians who care for young people with Cushing syndrome should screen their patients for depression-related mental illness...” —Constantine Stratakis, M.D., Director, Division of Intramural Research, NICHD Cushing syndrome results from high levels of the hormone cortisol. Long-term complications of the syndrome include obesity, diabetes, bone fractures, high blood pressure, kidney stones and serious infections. Cushing’s syndrome may be caused by tumors of the adrenal glands or other parts of the body that produce excess cortisol. It also may be caused by a pituitary tumor that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce high... Read more →


N.J. News Commons: FARMINGDALE MOURNS PASSING OF LONGTIME MAYOR

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. The borough of Farmingdale, NJ is mourning the loss of Mayor John P. "Jay" Morgan, who died earlier this week after serving his community for 13 years. The Howell Times says Morgan had recently been diagnosed with cancer. TEAM MASTRANGELO CAUGHT IN A LIE Accusations are flying in Morris County after the son of freeholder candidate Thomas Mastrangelo admitted his father sent him to film an opponent's campaign event. Frank Cahill of Parsippany Focus says Republican freeholder candidates Lou Valori, Roman, Hirniak, and Peter King called on Team Mastrangelo to apologize. EMAIL REVEALS PRINCIPAL & BUSINESS ADMIN KNEW OUT-OF-TOWN RELATIVE WAS TO BE TUITION-FREE After pouring over a hundred pages of emails obtained via an Open Public Records Act request, Saul Qersdyn of Roselle Park News came across an email that... Read more →


GRAND OPENING RECEPTION CELEBRATING CLIQUE:

SOUTH JERSEY ARTISTS BY SOUTH JERSEY PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE PERKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS THURSDAY, APRIL 7 • 6 P.M. TO 9 P.M. March 30, 2016 (Burlington, NJ) – The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, in partnership with ArtC will host a grand opening reception celebrating “Clique: South Jersey Artists by South Jersey Photographers,” now on exhibit at The Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, N.J. The reception will be held Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is open to the public. The first exhibit of its kind in the region, “Clique” features photographs of 16 of South Jersey’s most respected and innovative artists, captured by eight of the region’s most accomplished conceptual portrait photographers. The resulting images are visually stunning, focusing the lens—literally in this case—on the rich and thriving culture of fine art in Southern... Read more →


Investigation into the deaths of five bald eagles in Sussex County, Delaware Continues

Two eagles found sick and disoriented March 19 near Dagsboro released back into wild after rehabilitation by Tri-State Bird Rescue DAGSBORO (March 29, 2016) – While U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service agents and DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers continue an investigation into the March 19-20 deaths of five bald eagles in Sussex County, two eagles captured that weekend disoriented and possibly near death have been released back into the wild after rehabilitation by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research of Newark, DNREC and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced today. The case began with the March 19 discovery of a dead bald eagle in a field near Dagsboro. Later that morning, a group of eagles that appeared sick and disoriented were found in a farm field about a mile away from the dead bird. Five eagles from that group were captured by Tri-State and DNREC Fish &... Read more →


Addiction, mental health services offered at Gloucester County Fair

GLOUCESTER COUNTY--More than two dozen organizations offering mental health and addiction services will have representatives at the second annual “Gloucester County Wellness & Recovery Resource Fair,” cosponsored by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office. The 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. event on Thursday, April 8 will be in the Mark Chamberlain Student Center of Rowan University, Route 322, Glassboro NJ. It is also sponsored by the Gloucester County Mental Health Committee, the Municipal Alliance, the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the New Jersey Jail Wardens Association. “We all must be proactive in addressing mental illness and addiction problems confronting our families and friends,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton “ This fair is an excellent opportunity to connect with treatment providers serving our communities. Please come out and learn more about available resources in Gloucester County.” The free event is open to the public, caregivers and those... Read more →


GTPD Arrests Man For Easter Day Dunkin Donuts Robbery

Gloucester Township Police Media Release: On Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM, officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to the Dunkin Donuts, 651 College Drive, for a report of a robbery. A male had entered the store and demanded money from the register while keeping his hand under his sweatshirt and threatening that he had a weapon. The male then grabbed the cash from the register and fled the store towards Erial Road. No employees were injured during the robbery. A further investigation by the GTPD Criminal Investigations Bureau identified a Daniel Torella as a suspect for the robbery. Daniel Torella responded to GTPD headquarters and was eventually connected to the robbery during an interview with detectives. He was subsequently charged with robbery and remanded to the Camden County correctional Facility in default of $100,000.00 full cash bail. Arrest: Daniel Torella - Age 19 Bellview Avenue Sicklerville,... Read more →


RCGC takes DH from Cape-Atlantic College

Pictured above National Player of the Week - Matt Woods (Eastern HS) Rowan College at Gloucester County extended their win streak to 5 straight and 11 wins in their last 12 games by beating Camden County College (20 - 12) and taking both ends of the DH against Cape-Atlantic (36 - 7 and 19 - 9). During the 12 game streak the Roadrunners have scored 164 runs averaging better then 13 runs per game. At Camden County Matt Parr (Gloucester Cath) picked up his 1st win of the season in relief of Justin Mc Fadden (Delran) after the Cougars scored 9 runs and took a 11 - 4 lead in the 4th inning. Parr shut down the home team while RCGC behind a home run by Eric Schoor (Audubon) and 2 home runs by Dom D'Alessandro (Glassboro) went on a 16 to 1 scoring binge taking a 20 - 12... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Bigotry and Bombs Mark Easter

March 29, 2016 Bill Donohue | Catholic League Columnist CNBNewsnet On Holy Thursday, an episode of "Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack" on TruTV featured an exchange between two girls about sex. "What does that mean? Do you mean the first time I had vaginal intercourse?" To which it was said, "Yeah. Okay. That's such a Catholic girl question. Yeah. It's a vagina." Comedy Central's "@Midnight with Chris Hardwick" had a Holy Thursday episode about Jesus that joked about that "barren cross" and "sacramental wine." Also on Holy Thursday, Seth Meyers on his NBC "Late Night" show commented, "No wonder Judas dropped a dime on you." The next day, Good Friday was panned on the Fox 5 show, "TMZ": referring to the meaning of the crucifixion, it was said, "Screw that cause." Reports of a Catholic priest being crucified in Yemen on Good Friday have not been confirmed. But no one... Read more →


62-Year-Old Suspect Arrested for Starting Forest Fire

press release WINSLOW TOWNSHIP N.J. --(March 30, 2016)On 03/29/2016 members of the NJ Forest Fire Service were conducting surveillance operations in the area of Beebetown Road in Winslow Twp. This operation was being conducted in response to numerous forest fires being deliberately set in that area over the last several weeks. During the surveillance operation, Dennis Casario, was observed pulling his vehicle over on the side of Beebetown Road and starting a fire in the brush, before leaving the scene. Winslow Twp Fire Dept and the NJ Forest Fire Service, once again, responded and extinguished the fire. Winslow Twp Police Dept. responded to, and located Casario at his residence. Casario was transported to Winslow Twp PD headquarters, where detectives conducted lengthy interviews. At the conclusion of the interviews, Casario had confessed to lighting over 20 brush fires over the last two years, in the Cedarbrook section of the Township. According... Read more →


Freeholders to Host Electronics Recycling Collection on Saturday

March 31, 2016) - The next drive-through household Electronics Recycling Collection will take place on Saturday, April 2. Drop off your outdated and unused items from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Camden County Public Works Complex, 2311 Egg Harbor Road in Lindenwold. In order to keep Electronics Recycling Collections free for Camden County taxpayers, older style televisions and computer monitors that contain Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) and all rear projection TVs will no longer be accepted. “It is the legal responsibility of manufacturers to cover all costs of recycling and disposing of items containing CRTs,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Division of Environmental Affairs. “We are standing with other counties in refusing to pay for what is the manufacturers’ responsibility. Electronics manufacturers are mandated to provide a free and convenient way to recycle what are referred to as ” Covered Electronic Devices”, which includes... Read more →


EPA Initiates Second Review of Hudson River PCB Cleanup; Public Encouraged to Participate

(Albany, NY – March 29, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has initiated its second review of the cleanup of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site. The purpose of this review, which is called a five year review and is legally required under the Superfund law every five years after the start of on-site construction, is to ensure that the cleanup is working as intended and will be protective of public health and the environment. The first five-year review for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site was completed in 2012 and the EPA anticipates conducting reviews every five years well into the future. The EPA will conduct its current review in an open and transparent manner with input from the public. After six seasons of in-river work, dredging to remove polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from a 40-mile stretch of the upper Hudson River between Fort Edward and Troy, New York, was... Read more →


N.J. Sierra Club: Changes in NJ Growing Season Show Climate Consequences

press release Multiple recent studies have shown how climate change has changed New Jersey’s environment and potential for agriculture. A recent study by the Arbor Day Foundation and the USDA, shows how climate change has affected growing seasons across the country. Our state has moved down an entire hardiness zone, from 6 to 7, and now resembles that of Maryland or Virginia. Some parts of southern New Jersey is in zone 8. According to data compiled by NOAA and the EPA, our growing season has increased and our chance of a spring frost has decreased. Both reports show us the consequences New Jersey is suffering from due to climate change. “This report is a wake-up call about what climate change is doing to our environment in New Jersey and nationally. In only 25 years the climate and growing seasons of New Jersey has changed from being like the Hudson Valley... Read more →


WEICHERT FAMILY OF COMPANIES LAUNCHES NEW BRAND FOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Aureus Property Management to Offer Gold Standard in Property Management MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., March 29, 2016 – The Weichert Family of Companies today announced the launch of its wholly owned property management company, Aureus Property Management. Aureus builds upon Weichert’s more than 30 years of experience and proficiency providing in-house property management services by consolidating its property management businesses into this new entity poised to become the industry leader in personalized property management solutions. The new company’s name, Aureus, comes from the name of the gold coins that served as the primary monetary unit in ancient Rome. This reflects Aureus’s mission to deliver a level of service and trust that constitutes the gold standard in property management. The company offers a broad range of property management services for property owners, relocating employees and renters, including tenant screening, marketing, property maintenance and rent collection. Mike Williams, who has more than 15... Read more →


Letters to the Editor: Donald Norcross took over $10,000 from TRUMP to fund his campaign!

Friends, Alex Law is a true Bernie Sanders Democrat. His primary opponent, Donald Norcross, shamelessly took over $10,000 from Donald Trump to help fund his campaign. Why would a supposed Democrat do that? I honestly have no idea, but it is clear he is desperate to be allied with billionaires rather than the real people he represents. Let's step up and show Norcross that billionaires cannot buy our democracy! As we approach the April filing deadline, it is more important than ever that Alex has the resources he needs to fight against Donald Trump and Donald Norcross. Every dollar you contribute goes straight into our field effort so we can knock on more doors and make sure the people of South Jersey know how important our progressive values are. If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately: Express Donate: $5 Express Donate: $10... Read more →


College Softball: TCNJ Sweeps Cabrini College

Ewing, N.J. … The College of New Jersey softball team swept Cabrini College in a doubleheader this afternoon. The Lions took the first game in a 5-4 come from behind victory, and ran away with the second 15-1 in five innings. Sophomore Madison Levine (Oakland, NJ/Madison) delivered a walk-off base hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for the dramatic win in the opener. Game 1: TCNJ 5, Cabrini 4 A two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh propelled the Lions to a 5-4 victory in the opener. Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, senior Deanna Utter (Byram, NJ/Lenape Valley) singled back through the box with one out to tie the game. After Jess Stevenson (Belmar, NJ/Red Bank Regional) lined to third for the second out, Levine stroked a single to right field to score Steph Vuono (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) and end the game. It was a choppy... Read more →


Sierra Club Opposes Ending Tailpipe Emission Testing

press release Beginning in May, the Christie Administration New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will no longer be testing tailpipe emissions from automobiles. This will mean that all vehicles will be exempt from air quality inspections. This will effect old cars, pick-up trucks, and SUVs. The Sierra Club is opposed to this decision. Relaxed inspection standards increase air quality and safety concerns for motorists and residents. “What the Christie Administration is doing is wrong; it will impact the people of New Jersey right in the lungs. The MVC is siding with polluting old cars over protecting public health and the environment. This is a decision that is bad for the environment and also impacts safety. This decision allows old cars, pick-ups and SUVS to be exempt from tailpipe testing. This will affect the people in urban areas the most. New Jersey still has some of the worst air pollution in the... Read more →


N.J. Sierra Club: Today is the Last Chance to Comment on DEP's Sparta Mountain Logging Plan 

The comment period on the environmentally destructive plan to log Sparta Mountain closes tomorrow and the New Jersey Sierra club is urging the public to comment. We are opposed to the NJDEP’s Forest Stewardship Plan because it will turn the Mountain into a field for bird habitat and other vaguely defined “stewardship” practices. This plan will clear-cut the forest and destroy critical natural resources, violate the objectives and goals of the Highlands Act, and go against the Regional Master Plan (RMP). We are also concerned that this proposal will threaten the drinking water supply for half of the state as well as interfere with our right to use our public land preserved for the enjoyment of all of us. The New Jersey Sierra Club will join with other environmental groups tomorrow at noon for a telephone press conference to discuss the environmental impacts of the proposal (details below). “The public... Read more →


Federal Court Hearing Thursday for Judicial Watch FOIA Case on Benghazi, Clinton Emails

President Obama and Secretary Clinton remark on the video circulating on the Internet. President Obama's statement is from Washington, DC on September 12 and Secretary Clinton's remarks are from Morocco on September 13. — (image computer screen photo) .Judicial Watch filed suit in December 2012, after the State Department failed to respond to a September 24, 2012, FOIA request for all records concerning the advertisement produced by the U.S. embassy in Islamabad intended to air in Pakistan. The advertisement was seen as an apology for the Internet video that President Obama, then-Secretary of State Clinton, and other administration officials falsely blamed for inspiring “spontaneous demonstrations” resulting in the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya. Click advertisement to view the video press release Judicial Watch announces that a hearing is to be held in the District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday, March 31, 2016,... Read more →


Obituary: Michelle M. Fish of Westmont, age 39

On March 26, 2016. Age 39. Of Westmont. Formerly of Pennsauken. Loving daughter of Dorothy “Dolly” M. Fish (nee Veitenheimer) and the late William H. Fish. Beloved sister of Michael Fish, Sr. (Shaunna) and Scott Fish (Liz). Cherished aunt of Michael, Jr., Garrett, Jazmin, Tara and Pete. Also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to her Mass of Christian Burial on Friday morning, April 1, 2016 at 11 AM at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Holy Saviour Church: 50 Emerald Ave., Westmont. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Michelle M. Fish. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Phone 856-456-1142 Related articles Hugh J. Vogel Sr., of Collingswood, Retired Camden City Firefighter, GCHS Alumnus Deaf Ministry in the Diocese of Camden Regina... Read more →


N.J. News Commons: PASCACK VALLEY ENTERS NATIONAL DEBATE ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

The Pascack Valley Regional School District is hearing arguments about a proposed policy that would allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity or to have increased privacy in some cases. The Record says several North Jersey schools have already adopted similar policies with little fanfare. CRITICS SAY PATH EXTENSION PROJECT THREATENED BY 'PAROCHIAL' INTERESTS A $1.5 billion PATH extension to Newark Airport that would connect the depressed South Ward neighborhood to the airport is seen by some as expendable, especially when there are so many projects to pay for and not enough money to pay for them all. NJTV says some critics feel that dropping the PATH extension is another example of parochial concerns for Bergen County residents outweighing the needs of Essex and other counties. CHRISTIE DECLARED NJ HAS RECOVERED FROM 'THE LONG RECESSION.' IS IT TRUE? All major economic indicators point... Read more →


Obituary | Katherine F. Hauser of Bellmawr

Katherine F. Hauser (nee Duppel), on March 29, 2016, of Bellmawr, formerly of Philadelphia. Age 83. Beloved wife of 63 years to William. Devoted mother of William, Jr., Susan Yeatman (Duane), Jim (Marian) and the late Kenneth (Maggie). Loving grandmother of Ryan, Keith, Cherie, Eric, Katie, Will, Jimmy, Caroline, and the late Baby John and great grandmother of Cole, Zachary and Gabriel. Dear sister of Doris Ruggieri. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be a viewing from 9 to 10:30am Friday morning at St. Joachim Parish, Annunciation BVM Church, 601 W. Browning Rd., Bellmawr, NJ 08031. Funeral Mass 10:30am in church. Interment private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kass’s memory to the American Heart Assoc., 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. www.gardnerfuneralhome.com Read more →


FBI: A Look Back at the Coors Kidnapping Case

This March 19, 1951 mug shot was taken upon Joseph Corbett, Jr.’s incarceration at the California Institution for Men, in Chino, California, where he was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He escaped from prison and committed the kidnapping and murder of Adolph Coors, III while a fugitive. Law Enforcement Collaboration and Public Assistance Played Key Role 03/28/16 On February 9, 1960, a milkman sounded his horn several times in an attempt to get the attention of the driver of a station wagon that was blocking the middle of the bridge over Turkey Creek, near Morrison, Colorado. When there was no response, he got out of his truck and walked to the vehicle—it was empty, but its engine was running and the radio playing. A few more beeps on the horn didn’t bring the driver back, so the milkman moved the car himself to the side... Read more →


N.J. Sierra Club: Christie’s Open Space Money Grab Unconstitutional and Unconscionable

press release (MARCH 28, 2016)--The Office of Legislative Services released a memo stating Governor Christie has violated the constitutional dedication on open space when he took those funds for NJDEP salaries. The Governor also has held up open space funding for Green Acres and open space preservation. Recently OLS found that under the annual appropriations act, it was unconstitutional for the Governor to line item veto Corporate Business Tax (CBT) funding for park salaries at the NJDEP. This occurred after the legislature tried to reverse the Governor’s move and rob $20 million from the Clean Energy Fund. The Governor used it for parks salaries instead. Green Acres also received an appropriation of $103.3 million from the Legislature in 2015, but it has yet to be used. As a result of the games played by the Governor, another $46.2 million of Green Acres, Farmland Preservation, and Historic funding was emitted from... Read more →


Education Cities and GreatSchools Statement on Education Equality Index State Scores

WASHINGTON — Education Cities and GreatSchools issued the following joint statement: “Education Cities and GreatSchools have identified limitations in the interpretation of state-level Education Equality Index (EEI) scores. Our goal is to highlight states, cities and schools that are more successfully closing the achievement gap than others." "We are confident that school-level and city-level EEI scores are highlighting success stories across the nation, but we have concluded that the state-level EEI scores are not the best way to compare states. Because states’ absolute EEI scores are highly correlated to the percentage of students in the state who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, we have removed the rankings of states based on the EEI score and pace of change pending further review. We want to ensure that the EEI adds value to the national conversation about the achievement gap, and we plan to further develop the EEI by exploring the... Read more →


Allentown schools cry poverty, pay ‘ghost teachers’

By Evan Grossman / March 16, 2016 / Pennsylvania Watchdog The Allentown Board of School Directors approved a new teachers contract last week that preserves the practice of allowing teachers to collect government paychecks while doing work for the local teachers union. Since 1990, the cash-strapped school district has spent more than $1 million in taxpayers’ money on salaries and benefits for the president of the Allentown Education Association. The AEA is not obligated to repay any of the money. Twitter.com PARANORMAL PAYROLL: The Allentown Board of School Directors approved a controversial ghost teachers contract. The practice, known as “release time,” is permitted under Article 28 of the Allentown teachers’ contract. It allows for AEA President Debbie Tretter to receive an $81,000 taxpayer-funded salary and benefits as if she were still teaching in the classroom. The agreement is being challenged in a lawsuit filed in Commonwealth Court. In February, the... Read more →


The Poor Must Pay Something Towards Medical Treatment in Conservative Indiana

By Phil Galewitz | Kaiser Health News GARY, Ind. — Reginald Rogers owes his dentist a debt of gratitude for his new dentures, but no money. Indiana’s Medicaid program has them covered, a godsend for the almost toothless former steelworker who hasn’t held a steady job for years and lives in his daughter’s basement. “I just need to get my smile back,” Rogers, 59, told his dentist at a clinic here recently. “I can’t get a job unless I can smile.” Rogers is among the more than 240,000 low-income people who gained health coverage in the past year when Indiana expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Rogers pays $1 a month — a fee that is a hallmark of the state’s controversial plan. Healthy Indiana pushes Medicaid’s traditional boundaries, which is why it has the attention of other conservative states. The plan demands something from all enrollees,... Read more →


Urgent Inspection Bulletin: Safety Recall Issued By Volvo Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing this bulletin based upon a safety recall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8 motor vehicles, with more than 17,000 affected vehicles in the United States (click here to view Volvo Trucks’ “Safety Recall Alert”). FMCSA has become aware of a critical safety defect that could severely affect the safe operation of these vehicles due to a faulty two-piece steering shaft. This condition can lead to separation of the steering shaft without warning and an immediate loss of steering ability and control which may lead to a vehicle crash. Operators of vehicles affected by the Volvo recall should take the vehicles out of service as soon as possible. FMCSA is publishing this advisory bulletin to raise awareness of this issue in order to prevent serious crashes. FMCSA and State inspectors are advised that certain 2016 and 2017 Volvo and... Read more →


World’s older population grows dramatically

press release NIH-funded Census Bureau report offers details of global aging phenomenon. (MARCH 28, 2016)--The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report, “An Aging World: 2015(link is external),” this percentage is projected to jump to nearly 17 percent of the world’s population by 2050 (1.6 billion). “An Aging World: 2015” was commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report examines the demographic, health and socioeconomic trends accompanying the growth of the aging population. “Older people are a rapidly growing proportion of the world’s population,” said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. “People are living longer, but that does not necessarily mean that they are living healthier. The increase in our aging population presents... Read more →


Video: Suspect for Commercial Burglary of 52nd Street Pharmacy, Philly | CNB Crime

PHILADELPHIA PA--Southwest Detective Division is looking to identify and locate the suspect who burglarized 52nd Street Pharmacy in Carroll Park. On March 20, 2016, at 12:04 am, an unknown male gained entry to the 52nd St Pharmacy located at 1226 North 52nd Street by prying open a side door open. Once inside the suspect broke through a wall leading to the pharmacy area tripping the alarm and forcing the suspect to flee prior to taking anything. Philadelphia Police Department video released March 23, 2016 Suspect Description: Black male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, pants, mask covering lower face, glasses or goggles over eyes, wearing gloves. To view this video and more, visit The Philadelphia Police YouTube Channel or http://phillypolice.com/news If you see this suspect do not approach, contact 911 immediately. To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847. Use this... Read more →


Pine Hill Police Department Distracted Driving Enforcement and Education Campaign

PINE HILL N.J.--As part of the National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign (April 1-April 21) Officers from the Pine Hill Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of the national distracted driving enforcement campaign; UDrive. U text. U pay. Beginning April 1st and running through April 21st, the campaign is to undertake visible, targeted enforcement during April, which is National Distracted Driving Month. Enforcement activities will specifically focus on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving, such as talking on a hand-held cell phone or sending text messages. “Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year thousands of people are killed in distracted driving related crashes and nearly a half million people are injured.” Despite the fact that using a... Read more →


Hole emerges in Supreme Court edict on marriage

For supporters of "same-sex marriage," an unsettling reality is dawning on North Dakota state lawmakers in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage decision, which dissenting justices described as unconnected to the Constitution. Nothing in the Constitution allows the five-lawyer majority to overturn or modify state, county and city laws, regulations and policies. Any changes… Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Pennsylvania: Game Commission Eagle Cam

American Bald Eagle fall mating ritual (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An eaglet made its first appearance on the #‎PGCeaglecam* yesterday! Catch a glimpse of the hatchling and look for signs of a second hatch here. Visit the infrared camera page to view the nest at night and see updates. Pennsylvania Game Commission Endangered Bird Biologist Patti Barber answers questions about Pennsylvania bald eagles in this webinar recording: https://youtu.be/WveG4flCHJE *This is a joint project between the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap, ComcastBusiness, Codorus State Park, Friends of Codorus State Park and others. Thank you for your support of Pennsylvania wildlife. Related articles My Latest Painting- Nesting Time! Reisman Column: Trump Sued Over Bald Eagle Photo Here's an insider's guide to the best of Philly hiking Pennsylvania Reports Record Number of Bald-eagle Nests CNB Hunting/Fishing Pennsylvania News: NOW SHOWING NESTING BALD EAGLES Trump Campaign Sued Over Bald Eagle Photo The Whole Country is Glued... Read more →


College Baseball : Rider University 5, La Salle University 2

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Broncs began defense of their 2015 Classic Title on Tuesday with a victory over La Salle in the first round of the 25th annual Liberty Bell Classic. For Rider (4-17) freshman Brett Kosciolek (Nesquehoning, PA/Tamaqua) pitched seven innings, allowing just one unearned run while striking out nine and allowing just one walk. “Brett threw really well again today,” said Rider head coachBarry Davis. “I was just locating my fastball really well,” said Kosciolek, who allowed just one earned run in his last outing, a seven inning no decision in a 3-2 win over Rutgers. “That was my main focus today.” The 6’7” rookie righty improved to 2-1 on the season. “We feel we have four solid starters now,” Davis said. At Tamaqua Area High School Kosciolek struck out over 200 batters in his career, but that was against high school batters, not college. “I try not to think... Read more →


Rita M. Nowicki, Bellmawr VFW Auxiliary Member, Senior Citizens Assoc, & Bellmawr Democrat Club

Mrs. Rita M. Nowicki (nee Verrilli), of Bellmawr, passed peacefully at her daughter’s home on March 28, 2016 with her family by her side. Age 89. Beloved wife of the late Chester A. Nowicki and Biagio E. Rantuccio. Devoted mother of Rosemarie T. Gwalthney (David), Joseph E. Rantuccio (Veronica) and the late Frank E. Rantuccio. Loving grandmother of Amanda Meek (Stephen), Joseph West (Rhonda), David Gwalthney (Candyce) and step-grandmother of Tina Capano and Stephanie Mayernik. Great grandmother of Malloree Meek and special Nanny Rita to Haley, Carly, Julianna, Gavin and Keira. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Nowicki was a member of Bellmawr VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Senior Citizens Assoc. of Bellmawr and the Bellmawr Democrat Club. She enjoyed casino trips and being with her friends and family. Her meatballs will be greatly missed. There will be a viewing from 9 to 10am Thursday morning at St. Joachim... Read more →


Camden County Library Offers ‘Robodyssey’ Classes at Four Branches

- Tweens and teens can learn how to talk to a robot and make it work at special Robodyssey programs being hosted by four branches of the Camden County Library System in April and May. In a class-type setting, students will work in teams to learn the language and programs necessary to get the robots moving. By the end of the class participants should be able to join in some friendly robot competition at the following branch locations: Bellmawr: Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. Merchantville: Monday, April 11, 3:30 p.m. Haddon Township: Wednesday, April 13, 3:30 p.m. Gloucester Township: Wednesday, May 11, 6 p.m. Registration is available online at www.camdencountylibrary.org/events or by calling the local branch. via www.camdencounty.com Read more →


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Broken Utility Pole Blocks Pedestrian Sidewalk in Gloucester City

UPDATED/CORRECTION-March 30, 2016 The telephone company owns the broken utility pole according to a PSE&G tag located on the fence near the pole. The tag is dated March 17, 2016, time 3:45 AM William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J.-- A broken PSE&G utility pole blocks the pedestrian sidewalk on St. Mary Street, near old St. Mary's Cemetery. According to Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell, a hit and run driver struck the pole 12 days ago, on Thursday, March 17, early in the morning. The strong winds today were blowing the broken pole back and forth. The wires that are connected to the pole were also swaying in the wind and are hanging low to the ground. PSE&G is aware of the hazard. Last year a broken pole knocked down by a wind storm blocked the sidewalk on Route 130 near the borderline of Gloucester City and... Read more →


N.J. News Commons: UPDATES ON NEWARK'S WATER CRISIS

NJ.com says attorneys from the Education Law Center sent a letter to the state Education Commissioner and Schools Development Authority CEO arguing that the state should pay to alleviate infrastructure issues that caused the elevated lead levels in the drinking water at Newark Schools. Meanwhile NJTV says Senate Democrats introduced a bill yesterday that would require immediate, statewide testing for lead in the drinking water of all New Jersey schools. STEEPER CHALLENGES FOR HOMELESS LIVING IN US ILLEGALLY The Record reporting that there were more than 10,200 homeless men, women, and children counted in New Jersey in 2015, but advocates say that number doesn't represent the true number of people living on the street in the Garden State. BIG DIPPERS: 20 TEMP WORKERS MAKING BIG BUCKS Twenty "temporary employment service" workers were paid more than $75,000 last year, bringing in a total of $3.6 million in salaries and state pensions,... Read more →


State Board Denies Advocacy Group’s Request to Improve Handling of Ethics Complaints

press release The State Local Finance Board (LFB) has rejected a Petition for Rulemaking submitted by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) that sought changes to the Board’s procedure for handling ethics complaints filed against local government officials. NJFOG proposed time limits for handling the investigations (there currently are none), public disclosure sooner in the process, and tightening of a rule that allows the Board to skip review of some ethics complaints altogether. “The state’s review process has suffered from declining public confidence because the long delays, likelihood of dismissal, and nominal fines--normally $100--do little to deter unethical conduct by local officials,” said Foundation president Walter Luers. “Our goal was to improve enforcement and public awareness to encourage better conduct by local officials and better voluntary compliance with ethical requirements.” NJFOG announced in October 2015 that it had petitioned the Local Finance Board to adopt the proposed changes.... Read more →


Bridgeton City Police Investigating Potentially Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Crash

BRIDGETON N.J.--On March 27, 2016 at approximately 1829hrs., police responded to the area of 209 N. Pearl St. for a reported Pedestrian MVA. When police arrived they found a victim with serious trauma injuries on the shoulder of the road. The striking vehicle had fled the scene. The vehicle was traveling North on North Pearl St. when the crash occurred. After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle continued traveling north and then made a right hand turn onto Myrtle St. where the vehicle ran through the stop sign at Myrtle and Walnut St. and then came to a stop in front of the Dollar Store on Irving Ave. The vehicle remained stopped, briefly, occupants exited the vehicle and then the vehicle fled the area. Through the on-scene investigation, detectives were able to locate surveillance videos which captured the striking vehicle (photo right). The vehicle is believed to be a 1995 Chevy... Read more →


Superseding Indictment Charges Owner Of Trucking Business With Fraud

PHILADELPHIA - A superseding indictment was filed today charging Volodymyr Kurylo, a/k/a “Volodya” a/k/a “Vova,” 35, of Richboro, PA, and Vitalii Vitiuk, 28, of Philadelphia, PA, with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of conspiracy to produce an identification document without lawful authority, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Volodymyr Kurylo operated VN Trucking, which, among other things, provided truck driver training. Vitalii Vitiuk worked for Kurylo. PennDOT requires that applicants for a Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) provide proof of residency. According to the indictment, between June 2014 and September 2015, the defendants conspired to provide false residency documents to VN Trucking students who resided outside of Pennsylvania. For example, it is alleged that Kurylo obtained genuine utility bills and then had those bills falsified to indicate that the bill was in the student’s name and that the student resided at the... Read more →


Statement by Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli in Regard to new CDC Guidelines

(March 24, 2016) - The statement below is by Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli in regard to the new CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain On behalf of the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force, I commend President Barack Obama and the CDC for the new lifesaving guidelines that were announced on March 15th. For far too many, the gateway to addiction is legally obtained through prescription medication by a physician or dentist. The over-prescription of opioid drugs by medical professionals in this country needs to be curtailed in order to have a meaningful impact on this epidemic. The Freeholder Board understands that this is an issue that touches every street and neighborhood in our community and we will continue to support and take action at all levels of government to battle the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction that has touched so many families across our nation. Furthermore,... Read more →


Fuentes endorsed by Assemblyman Art Barclay and Camden City Council President Frank Moran

(Camden, N.J.)March 28, 2016 - Today former State Assemblyman Angel Fuentes received the enthusiastic endorsement of State Assemblyman Arthur Barclay (D-NEW JERSEY-5) and Camden City Council President Francisco "Frank" Moran in his bid to run for Camden City Councilman At-Large. "I can think of no stronger candidate to run citywide for Camden City Councilman than my friend Angel Fuentes," said Assemblyman Barclay. "Angel knows City Hall inside out, outside in. His institutional knowledge of our City and the players is second to none." "We need someone with Angel's positive leadership skills during this exciting time in Camden's resurgence," continued Barclay. Camden City Council President Francisco "Frank" Moran added: "Angel is one of the biggest vote-getters in Camden because he lives and breathes our community. People know this familiar face from his many years of exemplary public service. I'm looking forward to having Angel back on City Council as Camden continues... Read more →


How One Reporter Got the Police Shooting Video Everyone Wanted

by Cynthia Gordy ProPublica, March 28, 2016, Earlier this month Chicago voters decisively ousted Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. The prosecutor was at the center of controversy after the release of video showing the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald – a video that Alvarez tried to keep from public view for 13 months. Alvarez didn’t charge the officer until just before the video was released. Brandon Smith, an independent journalist, forced public disclosure of the video (which sharply contradicted police’s recounting of events) by suing the city after his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was denied. On this week’s podcast, Smith speaks with ProPublica senior reporter Julia Angwin about how he was the only journalist in Chicago to sue for the video, the challenges and benefits of practicing journalism independently in his free time, and his thoughts on what “counts” as journalism. Journalist Brandon Smith talks... Read more →


Rare Plant Discovered in Maryland after 112 YEARS

After 112 years, riverbank goldenrod has been rediscovered in Maryland. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service Ecologist Wes Knapp and a team of researchers discovered the rare flower in Montgomery County. “We know that the riverbank goldenrod’s seeds can easily travel by way of wind gusts and water flows,” said Knapp, who led the effort. “When I looked at the proximity of the Virginia population, I predicted riverbank goldenrod would be somewhere in the Potomac Gorge in Maryland, but there was no guarantee we’d find it. Plants don’t always show up where you expect them.” In September 2014, Knapp, along with colleagues from the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Maryland Native Plant Society began their initial search along Olmstead and Bear Islands in Maryland’s portion of Great Falls Park. It wasn’t until their second outing in September 2015, that the team ─... Read more →


Obituary | Anita M. Curcio of Gloucester City

Anita M. Curcio (nee Tortorelli), on March 24, 2016, of Gloucester City. Age 83. Beloved wife of the late Pasquale Curcio, Sr. Devoted mother of Pasquale Curcio, Jr. and Ellie Brown (Paul, Jr.). Loving Mom Mom of Paul, III and Nicole. Dear sister of Dominic “Junior” Tortorelli and the late Catherine O’Boyle, Paula Boulden, Joseph Tortorelli and Angeline Coalson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be a viewing from 9:30 to 11am Saturday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 11am at the funeral home. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mrs. Curcio’s memory to Alzheimer’s Assoc., 3 Eves Dr., Suite 310, Marlton, NJ 08053. Family and friends may share memories at www.gardnerfuneralhome.com Read more →


Boys Basketball: HCIAL Player of the Year and other postseason honors, 2015-16

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hudson Catholic dominated the HCIAL all season long, and sophomore guard Luther Muhammad was at the center of that dominance. Muhammad averaged 21.6 points, five rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game, earning NJ.com Second Team All-State honors as well as HCIAL Player of the Year honors. Colleges have taken notice… Read more →


Another Homicide in the City of Camden

CAMDEN CITY N.J. (March 29, 2016)--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a homicide in the city last night. Camden County Police responded at approximately 7:43 p.m. on Monday to the 500 block of Jackson Street in Camden in reference to a ShotSpotter activation for multiple gunshots. Officers arrived and located the victim, Michael Burrell Jr., 24, of Camden, suffering from gunshot wounds lying on the sidewalk. He was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:49 p.m. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jim Brining at (856) 225-8439 or Camden County Police Detective Saladin Webb at (856) 757-7420. Information may also be emailed to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org. Released Tuesday, March 29, 2016 via... Read more →