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July 2016

N.J. Sierra Club: Salem 2 Nuclear Plant Shut Down: 4th Time in a Month

cooling tower and cooling water discharge of Philippsburg nuclear power plant (Photo credit: Wikipedia) press release For the fourth time in a month, the Salem 2 Nuclear Plant has been shut down. Officials cite an electrical fault with the plant’s main generator as the reason. The plant was previously shut down on June 28, July 3 and July 11. There are two other reactors operated by PSEG at the Artificial Island complex. Salem 1 is... Read more →


CNB March 2012 Archives | Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: The Whole Scoop on the Weather

PUBLISHED Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Mark Matthews | CNBNewsnet Each spring our Philadelphia Phillies head to Clearwater Florida to escape the cold Northeast winter in preparation for the upcoming season... except this year they really didn't have to travel. I noticed before leaving work today around 5pm that the temperature in Bellmawr was the same as in Clearwater! The warm stretch of weather has brought everyone outside for some fresh air. Sauter Park was filled... Read more →


NIH launches early-stage yellow fever vaccine trial

press release July 28, 2016 The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has begun an early-stage clinical trial of an investigational vaccine designed to protect against yellow fever virus. The Phase 1 study is evaluating whether an experimental vaccine developed by the Danish biopharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic is safe, tolerable and has the potential to prevent yellow fever virus infection. Yellow fever virus is found in... Read more →


What If John F. Kennedy Jr. Didn't Die?

English: John F. Kennedy Jr. (Photo credit NASA/KSC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As Democrats prepared for a scorching Philadelphia night during which delegates were to formally give Hillary Clinton the 2016 presidential nomination, a small audience sat in a chilled room and considered what might have been. Spike TV’s elegiac documentary I AM JFK JR.: The Lost Contender? is a time capsule of the pre-9/11 era, when Americans… Read more →


Gloucester City Little League to Host 2016 State Tournament; Games Played July 28-August 1

GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. (July 22, 2016)--The Gloucester City Little League is making final preparations to host the 2016 Joe Graziano New Jersey State Little League Tournament beginning Thursday, July 28 thru Monday, August 1st. This double elimination Tournament brings the four Section Champions from around the state together to see which team will advance to the Mid Atlantic Regional Tournament in Bristol, Ct. Bristol is the last stepping stone before the Little League World Series... Read more →


Sweeney pitches something new for N.J. pensions

N.J. pensions $43.8 billion in debt PHILADELPHIA -- Just a few miles from the Democratic National Convention, party leaders -- including Senate President Stephen Sweeney and one of the campaign's early presidential candidates -- put the big New Jersey problem of public employee pensions center stage. And Sweeney offered a new path, saying New Jersey's beleaguered pension system should consider investing in… Read more →


"Bernie Or Bust" Not Giving In

While Democrats were making history Tuesday by becoming the first major party in American history to nominate a woman for the presidency at their convention in Philadelphia, the "Bernie or Bust" movement made sure to make some noise outside. A few miles away from the convention, a few hundred Bernie Sanders supporters, as well as some… Read more →


Judge Tosses Out Defamation Lawsuit Filed Against ProPublica, CIR

by Robert Faturechi ProPublica, July 26, 2016, This story was co-published with CIR. A federal district judge in Phoenix threw out a lawsuit on Monday that accused ProPublica and the Center for Investigative Reporting of defaming a government contractor who helped a Chinese national gain access to a counterterrorism center. The lawsuit stemmed from an August 2014 story published by the two nonprofit newsrooms that revealed an apparent security breach at the Arizona Counter Terrorism... Read more →


Study Suggests 1.6 Million Childbearing Women Could Be at Risk of Zika Virus Infection

Newswise JULY 26, 2016— Research by scientists in the US and UK has estimated that up to 1.65 million childbearing women in Central and South America could become infected by the Zika virus by the end of the first wave of the epidemic. Researchers from the WorldPop Project and Flowminder Foundation at the University of Southampton and colleagues from the University of Notre Dame and University of Oxford have also found that across Latin America... Read more →


Gloucester City PD Thank Residents for Support

Related: Blue Line The Gloucester City Police Department released the following statement regarding the outpouring of support the officers have received recently. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of the support, kind words and gestures our officers have received and continue to receive on a daily basis. This has been a difficult time for our nations law enforcement officers and all of the support we receive is most appreciated.... Read more →


Single man wonders, could lonely letter writer be the woman of his dreams?

Q: I'm going to ask you a favor, both of you. On June 24, your column had a question from a lady who couldn't find someone for herself. I'm in the same predicament. I am in exceptionally good shape for my age, and I think I'm average-looking. I'm 57, single, never married, and no children. I… Read more →


Susan Krum Named Executive Director of Kennedy Health Alliance and AVP for Population Health

Voorhees, NJ – Susan Krum, Au.D, has been named Executive Director of Kennedy Health Alliance and Assistant Vice President for Population Health. In her new role at Kennedy Health Alliance (KHA), Dr. Krum will provide executive leadership for all components of the multi-practice health network, which provides both primary and specialty care services at office locations in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. Krum will also oversee Kennedy Health’s population health initiatives aimed at improving quality... Read more →


Three Members of the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office Promoted

WOODBURY N.J. July 26, 2016--Three members of the investigative staff of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office were promoted Monday (7/25)- two to the rank of sergeant and one to lieutenant, as county Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton told their families the newly promoted officers “couldn’t do it without your support.” Addressing the relatives of Lt. Jim Ballenger and sergeants Stacie Lick and Steve Ingram, Prosecutor Dalton said “It doesn’t just take one individual. It takes a... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing N.J.: Vessel Deployment Scheduled for Axel Carlson Reef

The Manasquan Inlet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A 65' crew boat, NY Harbor Charlie, has been slated for deployment on August 8, 2016 on the Axel Carlson Reef. The Axel Carlson Reef site is located 4.4 nautical miles southeast of Manasquan Inlet. This vessel is being sunk as part of the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Artificial Reef Program. Once the vessel is sunk it will soon become a home for 150 species of fish... Read more →


Black Lives Activists Protest Hillary Nomination: 'She's Killing Black People'

PHILADELPHIA - As Democrat delegates prepared to nominate Hillary Clinton as their nominee for president Tuesday, Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Philadelphia chanting: "Don't vote for Hillary, she's killing black people." "Hillary Clinton stole the election," one protester told The Daily Caller News Foundation, referring to the Wikileaks release of Democratic National… Read more →


CNB March 2012 Archives: February Cheers and Jeers

PUBLISHED Monday, March 05, 2012 BY William E. CLEARY (cnbnews.net) JEER-A study by NJ State Comptroller Matthew Boxer discovered that some municipalities are overpaying for employees health insurance. Boxer’s report found that insurance brokers working for Essex and three other local governments — the townships of Brick, East Brunswick and Haddon Township — charged $1 million in fees between 2009 and 2010. The state health plan doesn’t levy those fees and charges less because it... Read more →


STUDY SHOWS: Odor Identification Test May Prove Useful in Predicting Alzheimer's Disease

Newswise — NEW YORK, NY, July 26, 2016 – Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that an odor identification test may prove useful in predicting cognitive decline and detecting early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Their two studies, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in Toronto, Canada, suggest that the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) may offer a practical, low-cost alternative to other tests. In one... Read more →


James Uibel, of Collingswood, GHS Alumnus 1980

Funeral services will be Saturday for James Uibel, of Collingswood, who died on July 25, 2016 at the age of 54. He was a former resident of Gloucester City, and a graduate of Gloucester City High School, Class of 1980. Mr. Uibel received his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers and attended Temple University. For many years he worked as a real estate appraiser. Survived by his spouse and partner of 18 years Michael McKeown of Blackwood;... Read more →


CNB Business: Wiechert Sales Associates Named to REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., July 26, 2016 – Weichert, Realtors is proud to announce that 19 of its top sales associates in New Jersey were named America’s most productive sales associates in a newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends. As members of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” these Weichert associates rank among the 129 agents in the state of New Jersey who were named to the list, and join a total of 29 Weichert,... Read more →


Ching Shia Chow of Bethlehem Pa., Past Owner of Oriental Inn Chinese Restaurant

On July 24, 2016. Age 81. Of Bethlehem, PA and formerly of Bellmawr. Beloved husband of 44 years to Lee K. Chow. Loving father of Marco Chow, Elizabeth Chow Allen, Chia Ling Chow. Devoted grandfather of Ava Allen, Sophie Allen and Liam Allen. Dear brother of Qing H. Zhou, Ya Hwa Zhou, Ya Ting Zhou, Wei Ching Zhou. Ching was born in Zhejiang, China and resided in Bellmawr, NJ with his family. He was the... Read more →


Phillies Trade Rumors

Austin Darrow | CNBNewsnet With the July 31st MLB trade deadline quickly approaching, teams are trying to find trade partners to either rebuild or contend for this year and years to come. The Phillies are in the middle of those two. They have pieces that could help a team contend, and that’s why they’re going to be unloading some guys this week. They’ve been taking calls for the last month now about guys that teams... Read more →


EPA Public Meeting to Discuss Contaminated Koppers Pond

(New York, NY – July 25, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil and sediment at Koppers Pond, a part of the Kentucky Avenue Wellfield Superfund site in Horseheads, N.Y. The pond is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals. The EPA plans to cap the pond bottom to prevent exposure to the pollutants and restrict activities that could damage the cap. The EPA will hold a... Read more →


Analysis from Day Two of Eagles Training Camp

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles training camp continues Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex with the second practice featuring rookies, free agents and selected veterans. For the first time Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson conceded that he has yet to develop a plan for how to divide the practice reps among quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Carson… Read more →


N.J. Sierra Club: Drought Watch Issued for 12 Counties; Made Worst by NJDEP

12 counties in Northern and Central New Jersey are under a drought watch, while our water supply still suffers from pollution and poor quality. Over the past few months, reservoir levels have plummeted. Meanwhile, the DEP wasn’t conducting any drought monitoring and it has proposed rules to roll back water quality protections. This drought poses a risk because streams are running between 75 to 90 percent below normal flow. The New Jersey Sierra Club believes... Read more →


Kennedy University Hospital Hosts 2 Surgeons from Mumbai, India

Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township was recently transformed into an international training facility for two General Surgeons from Mumbai, India, who came to observe da Vinci® robotic surgical procedures with Kennedy surgeon Roy Sandau, DO, FACOS (pictured left). Dr. Ejaz Thakur, MBBS, FCPS (center) and Dr. Hakim Barot, MBBS, DNB (right) practice primarily out of Saifee Hospital in Mumbai. Looking to establish a robotic surgery department, they traveled to the U.S. for Intuitive Surgical®... Read more →


CNB March 2012 Archives: Catholic Schools in Philadelphia Diocese Remain Open--- But For How Long?

published Thursday, March 01, 2012 related: FREINDLY FIRE Chris Freind | CNBNewsnet Will the Church finally play political hardball? I always try to check my emotions at the door when I begin a column. That’s why I rarely write in the first person. But, hey, I’m also human and a Philly Catholic, so I shed a few tears of joy when it was recently announced that four diocesan high schools and eighteen elementary schools were... Read more →


Today Delegates Set to Formally Name Hillary as their Party's 2016 Presidential Nominee

In 2008, Hillary Clinton ran for the White House against then-Senator Barack Obama, so it is safe to say she has been waiting for this day for at least eight years. Tuesday is when the delegates at the Democratic National Convention are set to formally name Clinton as their party’s 2016 presidential nominee. The former secretary… Read more →


Study Harder and Eat Your Cinnamon

English: Cinnamon (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Newswise — If Dr. Kalipada Pahan's research pans out, the standard advice for failing students might one day be: Study harder and eat your cinnamon! Pahan a researcher at Rush University and the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chicago, has found that cinnamon turns poor learners into good ones--among mice, that is. He hopes the same will hold true for people. His group published their latest findings online... Read more →


Philadelphia Democrat Convention: The bloodbath begins to simmer

PHILADELPHIA, July 26, 2016 - The City of Brotherly Love is well prepared to burn itself to the ground. The Republican Convention in Cleveland was a lovefest. The city of Cleveland had a unique idea that worked brilliantly. Many liberal working class Clevelanders decided to put their own politics on hold and instead offer civic pride.… Read more →


N.J. Files Charges Against Just Pups LLC

NEWARK – Acting Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs have filed an action against Just Pups LLC and its owner Vincent LoSacco, alleging that he misled customers about the health of puppies sold from his stores in East Brunswick, East Hanover, Emerson, and Paramus; refused to reimburse customers for puppies that died or required veterinary care; and committed dozens of other consumer protection violations. “Vincent LoSacco’s alleged deceptive... Read more →


Commentary: Exploiting Bernie's Jewish Roots

July 25, 2016 Bill Donahue | Catholic League Bill Donohue comments on Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Democratic National Committee (DNC): In the latest email scandal to overtake the Clinton campaign, it has been learned that a top DNC official sought to exploit the Jewish roots of Sen. Bernie Sanders in an effort to help Hillary Clinton. "Does he believe in God?" wrote Brad Marshall, the DNC's chief financial officer. "He skated on saying he... Read more →


Taxpayers for Common Sense: Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s costing taxpayers a boatload of money. That’s the bottom line of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that came out this week. Hate to say we told you so but we documented this problem way back in 2014. Revenues produced from oil and gas extracted from federal lands are a big deal. Apart from taxes,... Read more →


Letters to the Editor: Does Slippery Steve Santarsiero support the tax hiking DNC platform?

Now that Slippery Steve Santarsiero says he will be in Philly for the Democratic National Convention, will he say whether he supports the plethora of tax increases included in their 2016 Platform? Slippery Steve is not shy when it comes to his love for tax hikes (unless it means he personally will be paying more in taxes). As a do-nothing State Representative, Santarsiero even supported Tom Wolf’s incredibly unpopular budget proposal that called for tax... Read more →


Island Beach State Park Plover Update

Updated July 20 Island Beach State Park (IBSP) successfully incubated their nest with four chicks hatching on July 2 and 3. The nest, in the park's Southern Natural Area, is the the first ocean side nest in more than 25 years and the first in the park in more than a decade. It is hoped this is an indication of a rebounding population after sharp declines between 2003 and 2014 of the federally threatened and... Read more →


Ramon Ortiz, 59, Sentenced to Prison for the Killing of Camden City Woman

Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Camden man received a sentence of 25 years in prison for his role in the disappearance and death of a 41-year-old Camden woman. Ramon Ortiz, 59, of Camden pleaded guilty on June 15, 2016 to first-degree aggravated manslaughter in the death of Fatima Perez. Carlos Alicea-Antonetti, 38, of Camden, was also charged with the murder of Perez. Alicea-Antonetti is scheduled... Read more →


GOP Seeks to Ditch IRS Law on Church Political Speech

When the Rev. Gus Booth found out the IRS was dropping its inquiry into Warroad Community Church where he preaches, he was actually disappointed. “We wanted to go to court,” Booth told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “This is the First Amendment vs. the IRS code. One standard of the law would win.” The IRS has almost never fully enforced the Johnson Amendment, which the new Republican Party platform calls for getting rid... Read more →


Guest Commentary: DNC Invites Lena Dunham to Speak

July 25, 2016 Bill Donahue | The Catholic League Bill Donohue comments on Lena Dunham speaking at the Democratic National Convention: The Democratic Party Platform has some strongly worded statements underscoring the need to protect women's rights. Yet one of the speakers at this week's Democratic National Convention is actress Lena Dunham. In 2014, Dunham wrote a book, Not That Kind of Girl, about growing up on Long Island. She explained how she fondled her... Read more →


CNB MARCH 2012 ARCHIVES: What I Think the Freeholder's Ad is Really Saying |

WIL LEVINS | CNBNEWSNET published Tuesday, March 20, 2012 The ad on the left side of the image above was published in the Courier-Post on 3/20/2012. Graphics/OPINION by Wil Levins RELATED CATEGORY: ON POINT Related articles Former Gloucester County freeholder Stephen Atkinson dies at 79 The King, Convict Bryant is Back in Court, South Jersey Voters Have No Say | cnbnews.net (gloucestercitynews.net) N.J. Municipalities Overpay for Health Insurance; Who Is Benefiting? King George | WSJ... Read more →


Coast Guard rescues missing father and son near Mispillion, DE

English: Description: Coast Guard rescue swimmers from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City train off the coast of Atlantic City, NJ, Sept. 18, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) PHILADELPHIA Pa (July 25, 2016)--— The Coast Guard rescued two men after they went missing near Mispillion, Delaware, Monday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a report at about 9 p.m. from a 911 dispatcher stating that a father and son were overdue after the men... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Craig Hutchinson, Travis County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sergeant Craig Hutchinson End of Watch July 25, 2016 TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS July 25, 2016--Sergeant Craig Hutchinson was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress as he arrived home, in Round Rock, at the end of his shift at approximately 1:20 am. Sergeant Hutchinson, who was still in uniform, contacted dispatchers via radio and reported that several subjects were running out of his backyard. Responding deputies located Deputy Hutchinson suffering from fatal... Read more →


KEEPING YOUR COOL

source Center for Disease Control and Prevention Have you ever spent a hot afternoon playing ball with your friends or running around the park with your dog? Bet you were pretty sweaty and thirsty when you finished playing — maybe even thirsty enough to guzzle an entire gallon of water. That thirst was a sign of dehydration. Dehydration means that your body is losing more fluids than it takes in — and that's not good!... Read more →


FREEHOLDERS MEETING HELD IN BELLMAWR

BELLMAWR N.J. (July 22, 2016) - On Thursday, the Camden County Board of Freeholders held their monthly meeting at the Bellmawr Ballroom. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bellmawr Police Chief William Walsh, and the National Anthem was performed by the Saint Joachim Children’s Choir. Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. and Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez presented a Community Development Block Grant for $47,300 to the Borough of Bellmawr, accepted by Councilman Steven B. Hagerty. The... Read more →


CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE ALUMNUS TRYMAINE LEE MSNBC REPORTER

(July 21, 2016) - You may have seen Camden County College alumnus, Trymaine Lee, on TV lately, as he reports on social justice issues and the impact of politics and policy on people for MSNBC. But he is also a local resident who started at CCC. “When I graduated from Camden County College . . .I was hungry and ambitious,” said the Chesilhurst native, who completed his associate’s degree at CCC in 2000. “What I... Read more →


Archdiocesan Youth & Young Adults to Depart for World Youth Day Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland

English: World Youth Day Celebration at Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia Español: Celebración de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud en Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Pilgrims will join Pope Francis at his second World Youth Day celebration A delegation of youth and young adults, led by clergy and laity from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will depart on a pilgrimage to World Youth Day (WYD) with Pope Francis in Krakow, Poland from July 26-31, 2016. This... Read more →


HAMMONTON’S DAY, AND WEEK, TO CELEBRATE

By Peter G. Sánchez The disc jockey queued the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” as families young and old noshed on meatball sandwiches, pizza and cheesesteaks. The next tent over, suds overflowed at the beer and wine garden. Further up the block, the carney laughed as the little girl’s dart popped balloon after balloon, while a man in another booth barked at all to come and see “the smallest woman in the world.” And next to the... Read more →


Angel Fontaina Pleads Guilty to Stealing $225,000 From His Elderly Mother’s Annuity Accounts

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced today that a Hudson County man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $225,000 from his 85-year-old mother’s annuity accounts. Angel Fontaina, 45, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by deception in the scam that virtually drained his mother’s two fixed annuity accounts with New York Life Insurance Company. Fontaina entered his plea in a... Read more →


CNB Crime: Four Egg-Harbor Residents Arrested on Narcotic-Related Charges

EGG HARBOR CITY – (July 22, 2016)A joint investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Unit, the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, and the Egg Harbor City Police Department, resulted yesterday in the arrests of four Egg Harbor City residents for narcotic-related charges, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today. Yesterday evening, Thursday, July 21, 2016, at approximately 8:55 p.m., detectives initiated a motor vehicle stop of a car containing three men.... Read more →


Maple Shade PD Community Alert: Excessive Heat Warning Remains in Effect

MAPLE SHADE N.J. --A very hot and at times humid airmass will be across our area this weekend and early next week. However, the dew points are expected to be lower today compared to Saturday which will result in lower heat indices. The humid conditions then increase early next week. Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until 6 PM EDT Monday. Temperatures: highs in the mid to upper 90s through Monday. Lows in the 70s,... Read more →


Mt. Rushmore of Philly Sports Icons: Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers shooting a jumper (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Austin Darrow | CNBNewsnet Philadelphia, a sports town full of greatness. A place where the fans are tough and expect results immediately or else they want your head. Some people are made for the spotlight, while others just can’t handle it. There have been a ton of great athletes who have played in this town, but some of those athletes exceeded greatness and... Read more →