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May 2016

HS BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: Saint Augustine (8)Christian Bros (3); Hermits vs. Rams 0n Friday

Bill Chillari pitched a four-hitter through six innings and Jake Catalano had a two-run single in a fourth-inning rally as sixth-seeded St. Augustine, No. 16 in the Top 20, recorded an 8-3 victory over third-seeded and No. 9 Christian Brothers in the quarterfinal round of the South Jersey, Non-Public A tournament in Lincroft. St. Augustine… Read more →

HS Baseball Playoffs: The Rams get 11 strikeouts from Tyler Mondile, win 4-0 over Bishop Eustace

BROOKLAWN N.J. May 31, 2016--Tyler Mondile threw a shutout to lift the Rams to a 4-0 win over Bishop Eustace at Joe Barth field in seven innings. Mondile's 11 strikeouts were enough to push the Rams past Bishop Eustace. The Rams' pitcher gave up just five hits over seven shutout innings. The Rams' Evan Giordano was perfect at the dish, going 2-2. He doubled in the second inning and singled in the fourth inning. The game was never in doubt after the first, as the Rams scored two runs on a two-run double by Chris Turco. After posting one run in the second, the Rams again scored one in the third. In the second, the Rams scored on an RBI double by Giordano, scoring Alex Krug. "Powered by Narrative Science and GameChanger Media. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved." Any reuse or republication of this story must include the preceding attribution.... Read more →

Singing South African Firefighters Arrive in Edmonton to Help Fight Canadian Wildfires

The 300 firefighters will help Canada battle a huge wildfire that has been burning since the beginning of May. ~source Alberta Wildfire Related articles The Opportunity in Devastation: Is the Fort McMurray Fire A Model of Our Future? 10-20 cm of snow expected near Calgary, Banff REPORT: CANADA: Nearly $1 billion of oilsands production lost due to Fort McMurray, Alberta, fire, according to Conference Board of Canada estimates - Canadian Press - @AceFinanceNews U.S. and South African Firefighters Arrive to Combat Alberta Wildfire Drugs May Protect the Heart During Chemotherapy Read more →

Robert Wilcox Arraigned in Fatal Shooting

Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a Camden man has been arraigned in the fatal shooting that occurred May 8, 2016, in the city. Superior Court Judge Edward J. McBride Jr. ordered Robert Wilcox, 31, held on $1,500,000 cash or bond bail Tuesday afternoon in the death of 38-year-old Lance Jenkins of Camden. According to a probable cause statement issued by assistant prosecutor Peter Crawford, Wilcox is accused of fatally shooting Jenkins on the 1400 block of Bradley Ave. in Camden. Camden County Police responded to the area at approximately 3:08 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2016 in reference to a ShotSpotter activation for a single gunshot. Officers located the victim lying on the sidewalk. He was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 3:22 a.m. All persons charged with crimes are... Read more →

Pope Francis Names Reverend Monsignor Edward M. Deliman Auxiliary Bishop

Bishop-elect Deliman currently serves as pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem PHILADELPHIA PA May 31, 2016--Early today, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named Reverend Monsignor Edward M. Deliman as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Later, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. introduced Bishop-elect Deliman during a news conference at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. The role of an auxiliary bishop is to assist the diocesan bishop by sharing in his pastoral and administrative work and to act in his name. Like all bishops, auxiliaries are successors to the Apostles. Bishop-elect Deliman’s specific duties will be defined in the coming weeks and months. For the present, he will remain as pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem (Bucks County). Archbishop Chaput will ordain Bishop-elect Deliman to the episcopacy on August 18, 2016 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the mother church... Read more →


English: Western Lowland Gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by Cincinnati Zoo. [Photo/Agencies] The killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old boy tumbled into the ape's enclosure triggered outrage and questions about safety, but zoo officials called the decision to use lethal force a tough… Related articles Sally, the 34-year-old orangutan dies at Columbus Zoo 71 Arrested in Cleveland Protests Over Officer's Acquittal, Police Say Zoo working to breathe new life into wetlands Half of Heart Attacks Might Be 'Silent' Read more →

Philadelphia Flyer Rick MacLeish Succumbs at the Age of 66

Press release Rick MacLeish, member of the Flyers Stanley Cup championship teams in 1974 and 1975, passed away on Monday at the age of 66. “With the passing of Rick MacLeish, the Flyers have lost one of their legends,” said Flyers President, Paul Holmgren. “A good father, grandfather, teammate and friend, Rick will be missed by all who were fortunate to come and know him over the years. His happy and friendly demeanor was front and center everywhere Rick went. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s wife, Charlene, his daughters, Danielle and Brianna along with his grandchildren. May he rest in peace.” MacLeish spent parts of 12 seasons with the Flyers, including 11 straight from 1970-71 to 1980-81. He accumulated 697 points as a Flyer, which ranks fourth all time in franchise history, while also recording 328 goals (6th in Flyers history) and 369 assists (T-5th in Flyers... Read more →

CNB Medical: After 15 Years Teen Discovers Unborn Twin Living in His Stomach

Discovering you have an unborn twin living inside of you sounds like the stuff of horror movies and nightmares. In fact, having a “parasitic twin” is the plot of Stephen King’s novel "The Dark Half" and an episode of "The X-Files." But for one teenage boy in Malaysia, this isn’t a part of a fictional plot,… Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland News: Hunters Take Record Number of Turkeys

English: Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo), female with juveniles, Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, Jocelyn, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters reported harvesting a total of 3,874 wild turkeys during the 2016 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons that ended on May 23. This year’s harvest is three percent higher than 2015 (3,767), and well above the ten year average of 3,131. “The high harvest can be attributed to a combination of factors, including growing turkey populations, excellent weather during the first week, and more Sunday hunting opportunities across the state,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. Garrett County reported the highest harvest this year with 387 turkeys, followed by Washington with 355. Rounding out the top five were Frederick (299), Dorchester (274), and Charles (265). Hunters in nine counties were able to hunt on Sundays this year,... Read more →

CNB Nov. 2011 ARCHIVES: The People Behind The Camden County Democrat Machine Are Feckless-

published Saturday, November 05, 2011 source for images Wikipedia Once again the entrenched and well funded ruling party in Gloucester Township have shown their arrogance and ignorance when it comes to good government and clean elections. This year's council election had the usual players from the Democrats and Republicans asking for citizens support and votes but one difference was an Independent candidate who was not to the best of our knowledge a spoiler or shill of some kind. Nine people running for 4 seats and control of the council for 4 years. A very important election to be sure. Things exploded yesterday when a glossy professionally produced mailer began showing up in voters mailboxes from of all candidates, the Independent. While mailers in an election year are not unusual the "Paid for by" on the mailer was of curious concern to many. Gloucester Township Citizens for Responsible Government paid thousands... Read more →

Chilling Video Shows Brooklyn Park Officer's Struggle for His Life | The Star Tribune

Via the Star Tribune: The video begins innocuously as a Brooklyn Park police officer responds to a complaint of noise coming from a parked car, then returns to his squad for a warrant check. Within minutes, it becomes indisputable footage of a cop’s fight for his life as he is repeatedly punched in the head, then placed in a chokehold. “[Expletive] kill you!” 25-year-old Lance Carr screams as he grabs for officer Sean Hyman’s gun. His voice hoarse with fear and exhaustion, Hyman, unable to reach his radio, screams for help at least 20 times. A bewildered dispatcher, unable to hear him, asks if he is “still good” and for a status update. Then Hyman’s gun goes off. CONTINUE RELATED BLUE LINE Read more →

Maryland Police Nab Poachers

May 26, 2016 MARYLAND--A month-long investigation across two counties resulted in 16 deer and turkey poaching citations being issued to an Anne Arundel County man, and other enforcement actions from the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Charges were filed Wednesday against Joshua Michael Sarro, 28, of Glen Burnie, who is due in Dorchester District Court on Aug. 17 and Anne Arundel District Court on Aug. 19. The investigation began in Dorchester County in April, when a citizen called to say he saw a man shoot out the driver’s side window of a Dodge pick-up truck toward a field. The citizen took a photo of the truck and its license plate and gave it to officers. Officers went to Sarro’s home and saw a truck that matched the description with fresh blood, animal tissue and a plastic bag in plain view in the bed. They got a search warrant for the truck... Read more →

Camden City Receives $4.4 Million to Transform Haddon Avenue

CAMDEN CITY N.J.(May 2016) - Haddon Avenue is being transformed from Vesper Boulevard to the Old White Horse Pike in Camden City. The $4.4 million project includes $1.1 million in Federal Highway funding provided to Camden City. These improvements and enhancements to the infrastructure will update and revitalize one of the oldest roadways in the county. “This stretch of Haddon Avenue is a key gateway to Camden, and leads to one of the city’s most venerable institutions, Lourdes Health System, and soon to be one of the newest additions, Camden Prep,” said Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works. “These improvements will not only transform the roadway to meet the needs of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians for years to come, they literally pave the way for future economic development.” Mayor Dana Redd talked about the ability to not only improve the roadway for today, but... Read more →

Former Margate Fireman Sentenced for Stealing $75,000 from FMBA Bank Accounts

MAYS LANDING – A former Margate firefighter was sentenced yesterday for taking funds over a 3-year period from Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) bank accounts, and making personal use of the money, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today. On March 10, 2015, after an 8-month investigation, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit Michael C. Palmer, 36, of Princeton Road, Somers Point, with Official Misconduct, and Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property—both crimes of the 2nd degree. The State alleged that Palmer, while employed by the City of Margate as a Lieutenant of the Fire Department, used his position as Secretary/Treasurer of the New Jersey Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) Local 41 (Margate), to take more than $75,000 from FMBA Local 41 bank accounts between January 2011 and June 2014, and made personal use of the money. The Prosecutor’s Office was alerted to irregularities in... Read more →

Guest Commentary: Catholic College Leaders’ Excuses for Honoring Pro-Aborts

By Adam Cassandra If you’ve ever wondered why so many Catholic colleges think it’s okay to honor abortion advocates at their commencement ceremonies, a former Jesuit university president recently helped shed some light on the issue. The Jesuit publication America Magazine posted a three-part series on its website this month about scandalous commencement honors at Catholic colleges. In parts one and two of the series, Father Jim McDermott, S.J., of America spoke with me about concerns raised by The Cardinal Newman Society regarding former President Bill Clinton being chosen to give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, Calif. The interviews also touch on the broader issue of the damage done to a college’s Catholic identity — and the potential spiritual harm done to students — when Catholic colleges choose to hold up individuals as worthy of praise and emulation who... Read more →

Husband And Wife Arrested And Charged With Ponzi Scheme In Relation To Hedge Fund Investments

In Foreign Currencies NEWARK, N.J. – The owners and operators of a purported hedge fund appeared in court May 27 on charges that they defrauded more than two dozen investors by making extraordinary guarantees about investment returns and then used the money for extravagant purchases and to pay off other victims, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Alcibiades Cifuentes, 33, and his wife, Jennifer Wee Cifuentes, 35, both of West New York, New Jersey, were arrested by U.S. Postal Inspectors and criminal investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s office and charged by complaint with commodities fraud and mail fraud. They are scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court. According to the criminal complaint: Alicbiades and Jennifer Wee Cifuentes allegedly engaged in an investment fraud scheme from 2012 through March 2015. They fraudulently induced victims to invest in the foreign currency and commodity... Read more →

Gloucester County Receives $350,000 for Culvert Replacement and Repair in West Deptford

(West Deptford, NJ) -- Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons announced today that Gloucester County applied for and will receive a $350,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to replace and repair a culvert in West Deptford Township. The project will include replacing the existing culvert next to the railroad crossing on Ogden Station Road (County Route 648), and lining the existing culvert next to the overpass to the New Jersey Turnpike on Parkville Station Road (County Route 656). Director Damminger said, "Receipt of this funding is an example of our commitment to maintaining the County roadway system in a safe, cost effective, and environmentally responsible manner. The county applied for this grant to fix this culvert to avoid sinkholes and deterioration of the roadway." Simmons, Liaison to Public Works said, "These funds are provided through the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund program and help improve... Read more →

Judge Sentences Gang Members Who Shot Up Mothers Day Parade to Life Sentences

Shootings, drugs, gang violence. It’s in the news a lot these days…most every day, in some fashion. What isn’t seen every day, what doesn’t usually make breaking news is when justice is delivered and the shooters are taken off the streets. Three years ago, on a sunny afternoon in New Orleans, a Mother’s Day celebration turned violent when shots rang out leaving 20 people injured. A parade was underway in the 7th Ward in New Orleans. The gun play? It was all about control over turf, drugs, and the Frenchmen/Derbigny, also known as the FnD gang. On Tuesday, Travis Scott, aka “Trap,” aka “Slim,” Shawn Scott, aka “Shizzle,” Stanley Scott, aka “Stizzle,” and Akein Scott, aka “Keemy,” were sentenced in United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana for charges related to racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy, firearms conspiracy, and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.... Read more →


William E. Cleary | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY NJ May 30, 2016--Ryan Durham, who lives in the vicinity The asphalt plant is located next to Proprietors Park (photo credit CNBNewsnet) of the Blueknight Energy site, King Street, and Jersey Avenues, contacted CNBNews recently about a strong odor of asphalt coming into the city from the Blueknight property. Durham said he has been complaining about the smell for three years. According to their website Blueknight Energy Partners provides midstream services for the crude oil, residual fuel oil, and asphalt cement industries. BKEP’s operations include: Crude oil transportation pipelines, gathering systems and a truck fleet to carry crude oil from producing fields to logistics hubs, and Liquid asphalt cement and residual fuel oil terminals and storage facilities. The Blueknight plant is just three blocks from 5th Street and Jersey Avenue where the new school is being built. The entrance to Blueknight is on... Read more →

Softball: Previewing 11-Cherokee at 2-Eastern, SJG4 semifinals, May 31

South Jersey, Group 4 Semifinals [BRACKET] Who: 11- Cherokee (15-10) at 2- Eastern (24-2) When: Tuesday, May 31, 4 p.m. Up Next: The winner of 1-Egg Harbor and 4-Rancocas Valley Previous meetings 4/20: Eastern 3, Cherokee 1 [RECAP] 5/2: Eastern 7, Cherokee 2 [RECAP] How they got here Cherokee - defeated 6-Toms River North [ RECAP],… Read more →

CNB Medical News: Another Teen Falls Victim to YouTube Fire Challenge (Unblieveable Video)

A familiar saying about playing with fire is sure to ring true for a severely burned 12-year-old boy living in Queens, NY, following his apparent attempt earlier this May to pull off a reckless social media challenge. As reported by the New York Post, the unidentified 12-year-old went into his bathroom at 8:30 p.m. on May… Read more →

State Baseball Playoffs Continue on Tuesday

• The state baseball playoffs continue Tuesday with sectional semifinals in the public school tournament and sectional quarterfinals in the Non-Public sections. Check out the complete playoff schedule/scoreboard. • Follow the state tournament with up-to-date brackets for every section. • Eastern won the Diamond Classic Sunday. Find out how the Vikings earned the title in the… Read more →

Another View: On Immigration

Author Frank J. Batavick CNBNewsnet I am the grandson of a one-time illegal alien. The Batavicks (née Batović) have been in the U.S. since 1910 when my grandfather and his brother jumped ship in Yonkers, New York and made their way to Philadelphia. Like many immigrants, they were escaping the poverty and endless wars in a homeland that considered them nothing more than cannon fodder. Nicholas and his brother George hailed from Croatia, a region of Yugoslavia and then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The country’s unfortunate geography had made it a welcome mat for the conqueror of the moment dating back to Alexander the Great. In 1910 Croatia’s serfs and citizens could smell gunpowder in the air as animosities sizzled and neighboring countries ramped up for what we now call World War I; hence my family’s need to escape. Once here, my grandfather remained an alien for twenty years... Read more →

Local residents graduate from Clemson University

CLEMSON, SC (05/24/2016)-- Local residents graduate from Clemson University at May 7, 2016, ceremonies. They are: Marissa Leigh Dinapoli of Berkeley Heights who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences . Kerri Joanne Lembo of Chester who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences. Danielle Marie Mauro of Ho Ho Kus who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Language and International Health . Amanda Dianne Lee of Marlton who graduated with a Master of Science in Biological Sciences . Alison Mary Farrell of Marlton who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering . Melanie Renee Sage of Medford who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture . Kyle Joseph Sparkman of Medford Lakes who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics . Kathryn Patricia Worley of... Read more →

CNB Nov. 2011 ARCHIVES: UNCLE SAM! There Are other Cities in Camden County Besides Camden -

published Thursday, November 03, 2011 "Camden is not the only city in Camden county who needs support," Gloucester City Police Chief George Berglund Dear Resident: Over the past several years the Gloucester city Police Department like other communities has had to deal with dwindling resources and the loss of manpower. One way to overcome these issues has been to apply for various grants to offset the costs for services to the taxpayers. We have been aggressively applying for several grants to help us maintain our manpower. We are currently down five officers from a total of thirty. Our calls for services have increased and as you can see our manpower has decreased approximately 17%. The officers have stepped up to the plate big time and have been patient and supportive in our endeavors to bring the staffing level back up. I could not be more proud of the men and... Read more →

Widener University Nursing Students Participate in Traditional Nightingale Ceremony

CHESTER, PA (05/25/2016)-- On Thursday, May 19 Widener University nursing students participated in a Nightingale Ceremony, a traditional pinning ceremony for graduates, reflecting the values and traditions of the profession. The following students particpated in the ceremony: Shellby Albanese-Lloyd of Mays Landing, NJ MARY AZIZ of , NJ Alexandra Barclay of Williamstown, NJ April-Gail Basat of Sewell, NJ RICHARD BERGER of West Berlin, NJ Gabriela Bren of Delran, NJ Charles Britton of Stratford, NJ Stephen Brown of Glassboro, NJ NOELLE CINQUINO of Stratford, NJ Emily Corson of Millville, NJ Ciara Ferrara of Westville, NJ Michelle Garro of Sicklerville, NJ Meghan Healy of Sewell, NJ CAROL HENDERSON of Millville, NJ Stephanie Hewish of Egg Harbor Township, NJ MICHELE HILL of Pittsgrove, NJ Caroline Hoffman of Pitman 08071, NJ MARIA IACOVONE of Sewell, NJ Alexander Lolli of Erial, NJ Ashley McCloskey of West Deptford, NJ JULIANA MESTRE of Delan, NJ Katye Morelli... Read more →

Since Dec.2015 Bellmawr Has Hired 11 People

Author Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. MAY 28, 2016--Bellmawr Council approved a list of new hires at its May 26, 2016, Council meeting. Resolution #05:120-16 authorized the acceptance of new hires for the Borough of Bellmawr “as per attached.” Because the list was not attached to the agenda, SJO requested a copy of this list from Borough Clerk Chuck Sauter after the meeting and he provided it. The list of names was approved as “New Hire Listing for period range 12/11/2015 to 5/12/2016.” The South Jersey Observer (SJO) is listing the employees’ names followed by their date of hire in parenthesis. Kevin Lokaj (2/1/2016) Raymond Bider (2/1/2016) James Barber (2/11/2016) Angela Buonopane (3/18/2016) Scott Young (3/23/2016) Dominick Cocciolone (3/30/2016) Joseph Marianna (4/1/2016) Edward Idelson (4/4/2016) Theodore Dow (4/18/2016) Americo Gonzales (4/29/2016) Justin Stein (5/1/2016) (Editor’s note: EMT Eric Jacob was approved to be hired as an EMT... Read more →

Rail Jumpers Violate U.S. law

English: San Francisco Bay Area (from UC Berkley) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard issued a $5,000 fine to a passenger who jumped overboard into San Francisco Bay from a tour boat May 7. The passenger allegedly jumped off the vessel after becoming distraught over an argument with her boyfriend. The vessel’s crew safely recovered the jumper, who was not injured. This is the second “rail jumping” incident in the Bay Area within a 12-month period. Jumping into the water from a passenger vessel, such as a tour boat or ferry, is not only dangerous for the person jumping, it endangers the lives of others as well. Commercial passenger vessel crews are responsible for the safety of all of the passengers aboard their vessels, and in this case, their attention was diverted away from the safe operation of the vessel when they were forced to retrieve the... Read more →

Democrat Congressional Candidate Alex Law Endorsed by the Philadelphia Inquirer

First, I must say that this would not have happened if not for the tireless work here at Law Campaign HQ by Alice, Matt, Matt, Max, and Avi. They are an unstoppable team that I would put up against anyone, anytime. Getting this endorsement is extremely special because the Inquirer is an independent news agency with unquestionable integrity. When they weighed the facts of this election and considered the two people running, they made the courageous decision to do the right thing. It is an incredible rarity that a major newspaper endorses a challenger to an incumbent in a primary, and I am overwhelmed with pride for this team that we have been able to yet again beat the odds. Here is the link, incase you want to share it with friends in the district! But, we must remember that the most important odds for us to beat come on... Read more →

Eastern Wins Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic Beating Gloucester Catholic 6-1

Matt Cosentino | For NJ Advance Media VOORHEES — The Eastern baseball team will not be a factor this week as sectional champions are crowned across South Jersey. The Vikings will settle for a pretty cool consolation prize. Sophomore pitcher Jesse Barbera, making just his third appearance of the season, tossed seven strong innings Sunday as… Read more →


In Honor of Memorial Day Flags Distributed at New St. Mary's Cemetery by Bell Oaks Students

Author: Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. --To commemorate Memorial Day, approximately 2,000 flags were recently distributed at New St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bellmawr by Bell Oaks Upper Elementary School students and members of VFW 9563 and VFW 7410. Bellmawr Councilman Ray Bider, who is also the President of VFW 9563 Men’s Auxiliary, said the flag distribution is an annual event conducted two weeks prior to Memorial Day. Each VFW works hand in hand to make sure every veteran has a flag placed on his or her grave. He explained that graves are marked or have a Camden County medallion on them so they knew where to place the flags. “If a marker is broken, we replace it,” Bider said. To remember those veterans who are buried at other cemeteries, Bider forwarded flags and markers to anyone who requested them. Bell Oaks teacher, Gina Catrambone, recognized what a... Read more →

Bellmawr Board of Education Releases Info on Parking Problem and Pre-School Lottery

Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. May 28, 2016--Bell Oaks Principal, Anthony Farinelli, said at Wednesday’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting that a lottery was recently administered for the 25 available slots for three-year-old students. Farinelli spoke on behalf of School Superintendent, Annette Castiglione, who was absent from the meeting. Farinelli noted that pre-school registration was held March 1 through 15 and that every four years old was registered, leaving 25 open spaces for three-year-old registrants. Because 51 three-year-old students were registered, three district employees held the lottery on May 16. The first 25 numbers were admitted to the program and the remaining 26 three-year-olds were placed on a waiting list. Farinelli also spoke about a meeting that took place on May 11 regarding the parking situation at Bellmawr Park School. District administration consulted with parents, community members, police, and Borough officials. Based on the feedback, a preliminary... Read more →


published Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86-year-old woman woman. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times Dear Sir: I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank. My thankfulness springs from the manner in which... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Advances to Diamond Classic Semi-Finals; Szestowicki's Slide into Home Perfect

Matt Cosentino | For NJ Advance Media DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP – Sean Szestowicki knows that he’s only going to get one or two chances a game – at best – to make an impact for the Gloucester Catholic baseball team. He seized his lone opportunity on Saturday to help the Rams advance to the semifinals of the… Read more →

Richard Santiago Convicted of Murdering Woodbury Resident

WOODBURY, NJ MAY 24, 2016--Richard Santiago , age 64, was found guilty today of murder in the December 2012 fatal stabbing of 54-year-old Woodbury resident Ramona Johnstone, who had been a prosecution witness in Santiago’s trial for the stabbing death of a friend of Johnstone’s in 2004. A jury that deliberated about six hours found Santiago guilty of first –degree murder and third-degree hindering prosecution, alleging concealment or destruction of evidence. He was acquitted of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The murder weapon was not found. Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson revoked Santiago’s $1 million bail and set sentencing for 6/24. Santiago has been in jail in default of bail since his arrest. In summing up what she had presented over five days of trial, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Laurie Cimino, chief of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s grand jury section, told the jury revenge for his conviction... Read more →

Local residents graduate from Clemson University

CLEMSON, SC (05/24/2016)-- Local residents graduate from Clemson University in May 7, 2016, ceremonies. They are: Marissa Leigh Dinapoli of Berkeley Heights who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences . Kerri Joanne Lembo of Chester who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences. Danielle Marie Mauro of Ho Ho Kus who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Language and International Health . Amanda Dianne Lee of Marlton who graduated with a Master of Science in Biological Sciences . Alison Mary Farrell of Marlton who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering . Melanie Renee Sage of Medford who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture . Kyle Joseph Sparkman of Medford Lakes who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics . Kathryn Patricia Worley of... Read more →

CNB Business: Warner Realtors to Auction off 10 Properties, MOST Starting at $1,000!

(PR MediaRelease) When it comes to buying Real Estate, price is definitely a key factor. Warner Real Estate & Auction Co. is conducting an ONLINE ONLY Real Estate Auction consisting of 10 properties, 9 of which with starting bids of just One Thousand Dollars. This Sale includes 5 Single Family Residences, 3 Building Lots, a 3-Story Commercial Building, and Residential Land. Bidding begins on June 2nd and ends at various times on June 8th. These properties are located in Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties. They are a combination of Seller Ordered, Estate Ordered, Bank Ordered and USDA Ordered Sales. Being the sale is online only, that offers buyers the ultimate convenience with purchasing one of these amazing pieces of real estate. With motivated sellers, you pick the price you are willing to pay, above the opening bid. To view the properties or to get more information on how to bid,... Read more →


Gloucester Catholic Advances to Semi-Finals

CNB SPORTS DEPTFORD N.J. May 29, 2016--Saturday the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic Rams Eric Grafton (file photo) credit Bruce Darrow continued at Deptford High School with Gloucester Catholic facing St. Augustine Prep, a team they beat earlier in the season 4-3. Saturday’s contest was also a nail bitter with the Rams winning the game 2-1. Rams pitcher Eric Grafton gave up just five hits in six innings on Saturday. Gloucester Catholic has won 13 games in a row. They face Clearview in a semi-final 1 PM game on Sunday at Deptford High School. The final will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Eastern. GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC "Powered by Narrative Science and GameChanger Media. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved." Read more →

Obama's Memorial Day Message

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016 — In issuing his Memorial Day proclamation yesterday, President Barack Obama urged all Americans to observe a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time on the May 30 holiday. Here is the text of the president’s proclamation: With courage and a love of country that knows no limits, America's men and women in uniform exemplify patriotism at its core -- stepping into harm's way to protect our people and to safeguard the ideals that have long sustained our democracy. Those who serve under the stars and stripes embody the highest form of citizenship, and on Memorial Day, we pay solemn tribute to those brave Americans who laid down their lives to defend our freedom. Since America's earliest days, proud patriots have forged a safer, more secure Nation, and though battlefields have changed and technology has evolved, the selflessness of our service members has remained... Read more →

Taxpayers for Common Sense Commentary: Memorializing Waste

May 27, 2016 Weekly Wastebasket Volume: XXI No. 21 The Memorial Day weekend stretches before us, with promises of hometown parades and weenie roasts. On Memorial Day we remember those who died in service to our country. Unfortunately, Washington has made a business out of paying lip service to those currently serving their country. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the United States Congress. Any attempt to rein in Pentagon spending is characterized as “not supporting the troops.” In an election year, there is no more damaging an accusation than that. Is it supporting the troops when the Pentagon wastes money on ineffective “recruiting” tools like the millions given to the NFL and other (tax exempt) professional sports leagues? Last year, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released a reportblasting what they call “paid patriotism” - when sports leagues receive Pentagon funds then turn around and have... Read more →

Rams Pitcher Eric Grafton Looking Strong on the Mound; Gloucester Catholic 2 St. Augustine 1

DEPTFORD TWP. – Tyler Mondile gets most of the attention on the Gloucester Catholic pitching staff, and deservedly so. But the Rams’ No. 2 hurler isn’t too shabby himself. Senior Eric Grafton continued his stellar season with six strong innings in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over St. Augustine in the Diamond Classic quarterfinals. The lefty allowed one… Read more →


CAMDEN CITY N.J. May 27, 2016--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Camden man received a sentence of 12 years in state prison for fatally shooting a man in the city in 2012. Paul “PJ” Russell, 35, pleaded guilty on Monday (4/18/16) to first-degree aggravated manslaughter in the death of 25-year-old Joram R. Wise of Camden. Wise was found lying dead on the ground in the parking lot of the Crestbury Apartments in Camden at approximately 9:47 p.m. January 10, 2012. Russell will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. The sentence was imposed on Friday by Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley. Related articles Court clerk fired for using records to find underage girls Woman Pleads Guilty in Camden Stabbing Winslow Police Office Pleads Guilty to Shooting Patrol Car 6 years... Read more →

Mulch and the mob: N.J. recycling is dirty business, commission says

TRENTON-- Investigators said they tracked the trucks carrying dirt and construction debris from a development site in the Bronx to a Hurricane Sandy-damaged beach along the Raritan Bay in New Jersey. There, a middleman with ties to organized crime arranged to use the contaminated fill to replenish erosion at Cliffwood Beach in Old Bridge, violating local… Related articles Photos of the Week: Aug. 14-20, 2015 Stormy winter shrinks some NJ beaches, but shore towns ready RDK Architects, LLC Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for 'Architecture for Fragrance' Design N.J. pets in need: May 23, 2016 N.J. pets in need: May 23, 2016 Seafood at gunpoint: Why one N.J. group raises oysters on a naval base Read more →

CNB Spotlight on Students from Kutztown, Vermont and JMU Colleges

Kutztown University Announces Spring 2016 Dean's List KUTZTOWN, PA (05/26/2016)-- More than 1,650 students have been named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for Dean's List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60. Haley Morgan Carbone of Audubon, NJ (08106) Gabrielle Lopez Cruz of Mays Landing, NJ (08330) Rachel Marie Doerr of Ocean City, NJ (08226) Scott Michael Dombro of Cherry Hill, NJ (08003) Julia Falkowski of Chesterfield, NJ (08515) Kelly A Flanagan of Delran, NJ (08075) Victoria Jordan Gambino of Marlton, NJ (08053) Peter Grupico of Mount Holly, NJ (08060) Clark Hathaway of Woodstown, NJ (08098) Marissa Ann Linquist of West Deptford, NJ (08096) Alexandra Lombardo of Salem, NJ (08079) Evan T Lurie of Cherry Hill, NJ (08034) Shannon McQuaid of Gloucester City, NJ (08030) Morgan Michele Mink of Medford,... Read more →

Father Caparas Named Principal of Saint Joseph's High School, Hammonton

Father Caparas addresses Gloucester Catholic students during a prayer service on May 19. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Gloucester Catholic students, staff, and faculty gathered to pray as Fr. Caparas announced he would be leaving Gloucester Catholic at the end of the year to serve as Principal at Saint Joseph’s High School in Hammonton, NJ. A prayer service, including a video tribute, was held in the GCHS gymnasium as students and faculty members congratulated Father Caparas, a beloved figure here GCHS since 2013. His new assignment becomes effective on July 1, 2016. "Mr. Colman and I want to thank Fr. Caparas for his selfless service to our students and the Gloucester Catholic community over the last three years," Principal Ed Beckett wrote in a letter to parents, students and alumni. "The impact he has had on the hundreds of students he served, as well as their families and the wider community, is incalculable."... Read more →

CNB Business News: Lehigh Valley steakhouse chef competing for LongHorn title

Easton resident Gordon Carver knows what it's like to grill a steak. A grill master at LongHorn Steakhouse in Lower Nazareth Township, Carver has been a chef at LongHorn for three years. This year, the 24-year-old competed in the inaugural Steak Master Series, a cooking competition for chefs who work for LongHorn Steakhouse. Carver won first… Read more →

During His Two Terms In Office Obama Added 20,642 New Regulations; Cost Over $100 Billion

James Gattuso / @Jamesgattuso / Diane Katz / @Dianeskatz / The tide of red tape that threatens to drown U.S. consumers and businesses surged yet again in 2015, according to a Heritage Foundation study we released on Monday. More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year, pushing the total burden for the Obama years to exceed $100 billion annually. That’s a dollar for every star in the galaxy, or one for every second in 32 years. >>>Read the Full Heritage Foundation Report: Red Tape Rising 2016 The consequences of this rampant rulemaking are widespread: Restricted access to credit under the hundreds of rules unleashed by the Dodd–Frank financial regulation statute Fewer health care choices and higher medical costs from the Affordable Care Act Reduced Internet investment and innovation under the network neutrality rules dictated by the Federal Communications Commission These are just... Read more →


Vol. 2 No. 4 (May 29, 2016) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we will post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 15. 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 CNB Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe GARFIELD Films Rebooting as a Fully CG Animated Franchise The Art Of Calvin And Hobbes Jake Tapper, Cartoonist, Fills In On 'Dilbert' CNB Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe Read more →

28-Year-Old Britton Knox Murdered in Camden City Saturday Afternoon on Browning Street

CAMDEN CITY N.J. May 28,2016--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a homicide in the city Saturday afternoon. Camden County Police responded at approximately 2:23 p.m. on Saturday to the 1300 block of Browning Street in Camden in reference to a ShotSpotter activation for multiple gunshots and 911 calls. Officers arrived and located the victim, Britton Knox, 28, of Camden, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 2:58 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 Ted Desantis at (856) 757-7420. Information may also be emailed to Released Saturday, May 28, 2016 Read more →