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November 2016

CNB Crime: Dorothea Harvilik, RN Surrenders License After Video Showed Her Slapping Patient

NEWARK (November 23, 2016)-– The State Board of Nursing has permanently revoked the license of a Bergen County Registered Professional Nurse after a video purportedly showed her slapping and roughly treating a ventilator-dependent, bed-bound patient she was assigned to care for in his home. Dorothea Harvilik, RN, voluntarily surrendered her license, to be deemed a permanent revocation effective immediately, in a Consent Order with the Board that resolves the allegations against her. The patient’s mother set up a camera to record Harvilik’s interactions with her son after she noticed scratches on his hands. ““These are sickening allegations involving the mistreatment of a defenseless patient,” said Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. “Patients as vulnerable as this young man are at the mercy of their medical caregivers... Read more →


How Do Undocumented Students Enroll in Universities?

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to deport millions of undocumented people, beginning on his first day in office. In response, students and faculty from 100 campuses around the United States have launched a campaign to demand that their universities become “sanctuaries” for undocumented students. About 30,000 undocumented students enroll…


TRAVEL NEWS: Trump Tower Becomes Must-See Tourist Attraction

Libby Ward made visiting Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan a priority during a recent three-hour flight layover in New York City. As tourists armed with shopping bags marched down Fifth Avenue's wide sidewalks, Ward, from Champlin, Minnesota, stood in front of the luxury apartment and business condominium owned by President-elect Donald Trump so she could get… Read more →


Pennsylvania Has Your Back

By Governor Tom Wolf Recently, there have been several incidents involving racism and religious intolerance at Pennsylvania schools. As your Governor, I want you to know that this is unacceptable to me and my administration will do everything it can to end it and prevent it from happening in the future. My administration has developed a response plan that includes outreach from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Safe Schools office and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). When an incident occurs, the Wolf Administration has directed school districts and officials to contact the Office of Safe Schools, who can send counselors to the schools and work with the PHRC to determine if additional resources are needed. Pennsylvania State Police will continue to monitor threats... Read more →


CNB Business: U.S. Women's Soccer Star Christie Rampone new owner of Jersey Mike's franchises

TOMS RIVER -- U.S. Women's Soccer star Christie Rampone has a new challenge - as the co-owner of two Jersey Mike's Subs shops in Ocean County. Rampone, a Jersey Mike's spokeswoman since 2012, and her husband, Chris, plan to open two franchises in Toms River in January, according to APP.com. "Playing for so many years and… Read more →


Black-White Earnings Gap Returns To 1950 Levels

After decades of progress, earnings gap between black and white men is back at 1950 levels Newswise — DURHAM, N.C. -- After years of progress, the median earnings gap between black and white men has returned to what it was in 1950, according to new research by economists from Duke University and the University of Chicago. The experience of African-American men is not uniform, though: The earnings gap between black men with a college education and those with less education is at an all-time high, the authors say. The research appears online in the National Bureau of Economic Research working paper series. The paper looks at earnings for working-age men across a span of 75 years, from 1940 to 2014. The earnings gap between black... Read more →


CNB CRIME: Pennsylvania Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Files Drug Charges Against 17

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer today announced the filing of criminal charges against 17 individuals charged in connection with investigations that focused on the distribution of heroin, crack cocaine and other illicit drugs in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation worked jointly with municipal police officers as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The investigations included various controlled purchases of drugs. In many cases, investigators utilized confidential informants to make these purchases. The investigations were conducted in Plum, Penn Hills, New Kensington, Arnold, Vandergrift and Frazer Township, among other areas. The investigations are ongoing and additional arrests are likely. Attorney General Beemer thanked the following police agencies for their work on the investigations:... Read more →


Obituary:

Ralph J. Saunders Jr. former Facilities Director for the Gloucester City Board of Education

On November 24, 2016. Age 83. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 60 years to Margaret A. Saunders (nee Pine). Loving father of Ralph J. Saunders III, the late David Saunders, Maureen A. Moran (Son-in-law Denis) and Raymond E. Saunders. Beloved brother of Mary Ann Saunders. Cherished grandfather of Ralph J. Saunders IV, Rachel Saunders, Sean Saunders, David Saunders, the late Matthew Moran, Abby Moran, Emily Moran, Joseph Saunders and Raeann Saunders and great-grandfather of 4. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ralph was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic class of 1950. He went on to study at Temple and Rutgers University. Ralph proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He retired after 28 years as the Facilities Director for Gloucester City... Read more →


Obituary | Edward F. Harding of Runnemede

Edward F. Harding, suddenly on November 23, 2016, of Runnemede. Age 65. Beloved husband for 48 years of Sandi (nee Dodd). Devoted father of Scott and Brian. Loving grandpop of Scotty, Ryan, Claudia, and Brad. Also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins. All services will be private at the request of the family. Related articles John Patrick Cain of Runnemede, Past VFW Commander Post 3324, Former Teamster Mrs. Concetta Ann Roccia, age 92, of Runnemede Overdoses In Camden Tied To Batman-Stamped Heroin, Authorities Warned Eagles fans have a new hero in Carson Wentz Do You Know This Woman? Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Firearm Deer Season Open Now Through December 10

English: White-tailed deer (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Most Popular Hunting Season Runs (November 26, 2016)--The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the two-week firearm deer season opens Nov. 26 and runs through Dec. 10. Hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this season. “The two-week firearm season is our most popular hunting opportunity,” said Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto. “Not only is the harvest over this period a critical part of the department’s deer management program, it also allows hunters to spend time outdoors with family and friends after the holidays.” The bag limits for the season are: Statewide: One antlered white-tailed deer. Three sika deer, no more than one antlered. Region A: One antlerless white-tailed deer. Antlerless... Read more →


CNB Crime: Vandals Strike Express Market in Gloucester City; Can You Identify The Suspects?

(image of suspects provided by GCPD) GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. (November 27, 2016)--Gloucester City Police are asking for the public's help in identifying vandals that stole a flag from the Express Market , 500 block of Monmouth Street on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. The police released the following information along with the image above today: November 24 at 2:15 am, three males were walking east in the 500 block of Monmouth Street when one of the males ripped the American flag off the front of Express Food Market and took the flag. The building wall was also damaged when the flag holder was pulled from the wall. The male who stole the flag is seen on the right in the attached surveillance photo. We ask that anyone... Read more →


$300 Million Investment for Port of Philadelphia to Double Container Capacity, Create Jobs

Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia that will invest more than $300 million in the Port’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. This initiative, which will start next year and continue through 2020, will double container capacity, position the Port for future growth, create thousands of jobs, improve efficiency, and increase tax revenues. “This capital investment program will give the Port of Philadelphia the tools it needs to improve its competitive position and create thousands of family-sustaining, middle class jobs while increasing state revenues,” said Governor Wolf. “With its major economic impacts throughout the state, my administration understands the value of Pennsylvania’s port asset in Philadelphia.” The program, ranking among the largest investments by a... Read more →


'SNL' star agrees with Trump: the show is one-sided

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump ripped "Saturday Night Live" on Twitter, calling the sketch comedy show "one-sided" and "biased." One cast member says he has a point. Michael Che, who hosts the show's "Weekend Update" segment, told Esquire magazine that despite trying to remain balanced and take on both sides, the show has seemed to shift…


New Jersey parents want to end last-in-first-out for teacher layoffs | Watchdog

By Heather Kays To the casual observer, a law requiring layoffs of competent teachers while ineffective teachers stay employed might not seem like it is in the best interest of students. Enter the state of New Jersey, where the law requires exactly that. So six parents from Newark filed a lawsuit this month challenging the constitutionality of the state’s 2012 legislative overhaul of the tenure system, which made tenure more difficult to achieve while preserving the principle of last-in-first-out (LIFO) for teacher layoffs. Fareeah Harris, a parent plaintiff and mother of four with two children currently in the Newark public school system, told Watchdog.org she was “very confident” in the strength of the lawsuit. “The purpose of a teacher is to educate our kids,” said... Read more →


Justice Department Files Suit Against Bernards Township, Over Denial of Zoning Approval for Mosque

press release NEWARK, N.J. – The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against Bernards Township, New Jersey, alleging that the township violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it denied zoning approval to allow the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge to build a mosque on land it owns. The land is located in a zone that, at the time of the Islamic Society’s zoning request, permitted the construction of places of worship as a matter of right. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, alleges that Bernards Township’s denial of approval for the mosque discriminated against the Islamic Society based on its religion and the religion of its members; applied standards and procedures... Read more →


Less crime, more inmates at Allegheny County jail - Watchdog.org

A newly released report by the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Politics finds that incarceration in Allegheny County has increased significantly despite falling crime rates. The criminal justice task force, co-chaired by Pitt law professor Mark Nordenburgh and former U.S. Attorney Frederick Thieman, found that in addition to the social costs of high incarceration rates, increases in the Allegheny County Jail population in the past 20 years have added $12 million per year to county taxpayer costs. Allegheny County spends 42 percent of its general fund on criminal justice, and a total of $80 million per year operating the county jail. One culprit behind the inmate surge is the high percentage of non-convicted individuals being held in the jail — 81 percent of inmates have... Read more →


YOUR MONEY: Perth Amboy Police Chief Sex Harassment Suit Settled; Cost Taxpayers $150K

PERTH AMBOY -- The city has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Perth Amboy's former police chief by a department secretary for $150,000. Secretary Naldo Capo alleged former police chief Benjamin Ruiz harassed her between 2007 and 2014 by leering at her and inappropriately touching her shoulders at work. Ruiz was suspended in December 2014… Related articles Theft case against Perth Amboy police chief to go forward: report 2 stabbed, 1 arrested in Perth Amboy, reports say Jon Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" Just Turned 30 | Like Totally 80s Cops release name of woman who may have drowned in Raritan River City mechanic testifies he worked on police chief's motorcycle Read more →


Assane Faye, of Toms River Sentenced to Prison for Stealing $350,000 from USPOA Union

TRENTON, N.J. – The founder of the United Security and Police Officers of America (USPOA) was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds for his personal use, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Assane Faye, 61, of Toms River, New Jersey, was previously convicted of all counts of an indictment charging him with two counts of embezzling union funds and seven counts of mail fraud arising from unemployment insurance fraud. Faye was convicted following a three-week trial before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan, who imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court. According to the documents filed in this case and the evidence presented at trial: As the founder, national president, and director of... Read more →


The Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration

WILDWOOD N.J. --Enjoy the 2016 holiday season in the Wildwoods with an exciting event filled with fun for the entire family on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 during the 9th Annual Family Holiday Celebration. The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration kicks off Friday, December 9 with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade at 6:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs, some hot cocoa, and enjoy a festive holiday procession along the streets of the Wildwoods. The parade commences at 16th & Central Avenues then continues South on Pacific Avenue through Wildwood to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest, then North on Ocean Avenue ending at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Parade registration begins at 5 p.m. with parade line-up at 5:30 p.m. at the North Wildwood... Read more →


Feds say Philly released Dominican national accused of child rape | PhillyVoice

Duran-Cortes was arrested by ICE in September and is awaiting a hearing in immigration court. Local charges against him are still pending. "Our deportation officers will use every available resource at our disposal to find and arrest these alleged predators," said Tom Decker, Enforcement and Removal Operations Philadelphia field office director. "However, one of our best resources to keep these dangerous criminals off of our streets and from committing more crimes is for the Mayor to honor our detainers and requests for notification." In August, ICE requested that city authorities detain Honduran national Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa, who was also accused of raping a child. In 2015, despite an ICE detainer request, Aguirre-Ochoa was released from local custody when charges against him in a separate case were... Read more →


Easton-area woman embezzles $208K from N.J. restaurant group

JERSEY CITY -- A 48-year-old Lehigh Valley woman has been charged with embezzling nearly $210,000 from a New Jersey restaurant company located in the former Jersey City police headquarters building Downtown. Tracy M. Gonzalez, of Easton, is charged with embezzling $208,670 from the TelCo Restaurant Group between Oct. 1, 2015 and July 15, 2016. She is… Read more →


CNB November 2012 Archives: USPS ends year with historic loss, Total Amount $15.9 Billion

Friday, November 16, 2012 Federal Daily News By FederalDaily Staff November 15, 2012 The United States Postal Service reports that in fiscal 2012, while revenue from its package services business grew and productivity reached record levels, a requirement to prefund retiree health benefits resulted in the agency reaching its statutory debt ceiling for the first time ever. The agency reported that in fiscal 2012, ending Sept. 30, it lost a record $15.9 billion, including $11.1 billion related to retiree health benefits prefunding payments -- which it was forced to default on -- and expenses related to the long-term portion of workers’ compensation. Without those two expenses, the agency said it would have reported a net loss of $2.5 billion in the latest fiscal year. By... Read more →


GTPD Community Bulletin: Cyper Monday Shopping Tips

The Gloucester Township Police Department released the following tips on safe ways to shop online. Shop using a secure connection Data can be at risk during transit if an attacker controls the network or uses packet-sniffing software. Protocols such as HTTPS, or secure Web browsing, encrypt communications, but in some advanced attacks even those could fall to a "man-in-the-middle" attack. Nonetheless, always look for the HTTPS "lock" symbol in your browser address window when performing an online purchase. Use trusted vendors. Any website can be attacked by hackers, but limiting your shopping to established and trusted vendors limits your exposure. Bookmark the most trusted online retail sites to make sure you don't get redirected to fakes. Don't fall for 'too-good-to-be-true' deals. Cyber Monday features a... Read more →


JEROME BY DAVE WOLFE | CNBNewsnet

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Obituary | Dorothy A. Cunningham of Blackwood

Dorothy (Dottie) Cunningham, born September 30th, 1937 peacefully departed on November 26th, 2016 at 79 years old surrounded by her loving family. Devoted sister to her identical twin, Margaret M. Levins, her husband Charles W., Jeanne Reilly, Mary Bowes, William Cunningham, his wife Jutta. Preceded in death by her brothers Joseph and Jim Cunningham. Dear sister-in-law to the late Jack Bowes and Frank Reilly. Loving aunt of Kenneth C. Levins, his wife Johnna, Karen Berry, her husband Sam, and Kristina Biehl, her husband Joseph. Dottie was a loving great-aunt to Domenica Estes (Russ), Amy Farina (Tim), Kristina Himmelreich (Todd), Aaron Berry, Kenneth Levins II (Jessica), Amber Berry, Phillip Levins, Nicholas Biehl, Bryan Biehl, Erika Biehl and Amanda Biehl and many neices and nephews of the... Read more →


Outlook for lame-duck action on online gambling gets fuzzier | WATCHDOG

By Johnny Kampis As the 114th Congress enters its lame-duck session between the election and the start of the 115th Congress in January, industry observers speculate that a bill to abolish online gambling could be rammed through. That might make a nice going away present for longtime U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who is rumored to have worked with Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson to try to enact a ban in the last lame-duck session in 2014. The Senate minority leader is retiring in January after 24 years in Congress. But Reid disavows any such effort this time around, and efforts by House lawmakers to take a broader look at the issue of federal gambling regulation might put a crimp in any Senate... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Elevated Risk of Wildfires

Firefighters Spent Weekend Battling Blazes With this fall’s high winds and dry foliage, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises citizens to use caution in outdoor fire activities and postpone unnecessary open-air burnings. Wildfires occur in every month in Maryland but generally peak in the spring and fall. Firefighters spent hours battling a 7-acre blaze Sunday just west of Thurmont in Frederick County. A 30-acre wildfire occurred near Elkton in Cecil County Saturday and firefighters and Maryland Forest Service staff suppressed a 10-acre fire Sunday near Ripley in Charles County on the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area. Staff has also been on scene of a 5-acre fire near Woodmont Road, west of Hancock in Washington County. “Heavy winds combined with dead, dry leaves, serve as... Read more →


Buyers Beware!

NEW YORK — Just in time for Cyber Monday and the rest of the holiday shopping season, two federal law enforcement agencies offered a joint media event Tuesday in New York to highlight counterfeit goods and consumer awareness. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a presentation about goods with fake trademarks and how consumers can protect themselves. “We know there are consumers who knowingly purchase knock-offs,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI New York. “To them I say, counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. It not only threatens our national security by endangering the health and safety of consumers, it also wreaks havoc on our economy and funds criminal... Read more →


Holiday Events in the Wildwoods

English: The "Doo Wop Experience" a museum of sorts, former Doo Wop style restaurant from Wildwood Crest, NJ reconstructed in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center, in Wildwood, NJ. Has exhibits and tourist info for all the Doo Wop style motels in the area on the New Jersey historic District. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Escape the hustle and bustle of the season and head to the Wildwoods for the holidays. With shopping, hotel deals and holiday events, the Wildwoods are the perfect destination to make your season even brighter. Enjoy the Friday, December 11 annual holiday parade from the window seat of one of the restaurants along Pacific Avenue; or come any day to explore the beautifully lit downtown businesses competing in the sixth annual Downtown... Read more →


Charles W. Van Camp, Volunteer Fireman & Special Police Officer, Camden County Employee

Charles Winfield VanCamp, age 78, passed away on November 24, 2016, of Runnemede, New Jersey. He was born March 21, 1938 and grew up in Yale, Michigan. His parents were Mildred and Raymond VanCamp. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Tarawa. While stationed in Warwick, Rhode Island and training in Philadelphia, PA, he met and married Arleene Marie Lanigan on April 19, 1958. Devoted father of David Raymond, Steven Dale (Toni Gorgo), Cynthia Louise (Scott Beerbower), Catherine Ann (Kevin Koehler), Charlene Marie (Edward Smedley), William George (Lindsey Taub) and the late Charles Francis. Loving grandpop of Jeffrey, Devon, Derick, Jacob, Jonathon, Faith and Edward. Dear brother of Mary Lou Ramsey. Also survived by many beloved cousins, niece, and... Read more →


Obituary | Esther "Toni" A. Kamman of Bellmawr\

Esther “Toni” A. Kamman (nee Jarozynski), on November 17, 2016, of Bellmawr. Beloved wife for 51 years of Richard. Devoted mother of Sandra and Kathy Kamman. Dear sister of Donna Quinlan (Dan). Also survived by aunts, uncle, nieces and nephews. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Services under the direction of the Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede Related articles Vince Patrone of Bellmaw, Korean War Army Vet, Teamster, Annunciation BVM Church Member Anthony J. Yates, of Bellmawr, U.S. Army Veteran, Crescent Park VFW Member Obituary | Chris A. Barry of Bellmawr Obituary | Gustavo J. Mancinelli of Bellmawr Theresa M. Mastrangelo of Bellmawr C0-Owner of Tally-Ann Bakery in South Philadelphia Lee Ek III, Union Rep for Local 134, Bellmawr Mary T. Wadsworth (nee Lipsett), Member of the... Read more →


22-Year-Old Burlington Township Man Shot to Death Last Night in Burlington City

MOUNT HOLLY N.J. (November 26, 2016) - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Burlington City Police Chief Alan R. Snow announced today that a man was fatally shot early yesterday evening in the 100 block of East Federal Street in Burlington City. Howard G. Young, Jr., 22, whose address of record is Burlington Township, was outside yesterday at approximately 4:45 p.m. when he was shot by an unidentified male. The victim was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where he was pronounced dead last night. No arrests have been made. The weapon has not been recovered. An autopsy will be performed today by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood to determine the cause and manner of death. No additional details... Read more →


Why You're Suddenly Seeing Whales in NJ and NY

If you've spent any time walking the beaches or boating the ocean waters of New Jersey or New York in recent weeks, you've likely been treated to spectacle that has been a rarity in these parts for most of the past century or so: whales. They've been seemingly everywhere. Breaching just past the sandbars in Asbury… Read more →


October 2012 Cheers and Jeers

published Wednesday, November 14, 2012 |UPDATE 2PM NOVEMBER 14 BY William E. Cleary Sr. CHEER-Thank God that our little area of South Jersey was not damaged as bad by Hurricane Sandy as other sections of the East coast were. Residents in some of those communities are still suffering so please keep them in your prayers. JEER-Three Gloucester City employees flew to Orlando, Florida on Friday, October 26 to attend a conference on housing held at the Royal Marriott hosted by NeighborworksAmerica. The City joined NeighborworksAmerica three months ago without a word to the public. CNBNews contacted the Mayor on October 27 for further explanation. We are still waiting for his response or a report on the program by someone in his administration. CHEER-To the National... Read more →


MAPLE SHADE POLICE ARRESTS DIVERSION BURGLAR IN CONNECTION

WITH INVESTIGATION OF FOUR DIFFERENT VICTIMS IN MAPLE SHADE MAPLE SHADE N.J. (November 25, 2016)--Chief Gary C. Gubbei announced today that the Maple Shade Police Department has made an arrest in the case of the four diversion burglaries that occurred between 8/28/16 and 9/6/16 of this year. Chief Gubbei previously released information about the investigation of these four diversion burglaries in a news release dated September 9, 2016. On Friday November 4, 2016 the Maple Shade Police Department arrested John J. MacMinn, 50, of Gloucester Township and charged him with four counts of Burglary and three counts of Theft in connection with the August/September 2016 crimes. MacMinn was lodged in the Burlington County Jail on default of $40,000 bail. This investigation involved combined efforts from... Read more →


Guest Opinion: For the State of New Jersey, Hate is in the Numbers

According to a recent report from USA Today, hate crimes in New Jersey have fallen each year since 2011. That might seem somewhat encouraging, at least on the local level, considering that the FBI reported a seven percent increase in hate crimes nationally between 2014 and 2015. But look past the surface and you’ll find the… Read more →


YOUR MONEY: ’Tis the Season for Holiday Scams

November 25, 2016 Shoppers looking for a good deal this holiday season should also be aware of increasingly aggressive and creative scams designed by criminals to steal money and personal information. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), Florida again ranked second in the number of alleged scam victims reported in 2015, with 20,306 consumers claiming a total loss of over $94.5 million. This year, the FBI Jacksonville Division wants local shoppers to be extra vigilant of the following schemes and red flags. Online Shopping Scams: If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Steer clear of unfamiliar sites offering unrealistic discounts on brand name merchandise or gift cards as an incentive to purchase a product, as you may... Read more →


$63 MILLION CONTRACT AWARDED TO BOLSTER BEACHES AND DUNES ON ABSECON ISLAND

Absecon Island viewed from Ocean City, New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia) PROJECT TO ENHANCE COASTAL PROTECTION FOR LONGPORT, MARGATE, VENTNOR AND ATLANTIC CITY TRENTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $63.3 million contract to build engineered beaches and dunes in Margate and Longport and to replenish beaches in Atlantic City and Ventnor, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. The Absecon Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project is a joint effort of the Army Corps' Philadelphia District and the DEP. "This project is vital to the protection of homes, businesses, lives and infrastructure in these Atlantic County communities," Commissioner Martin said. "I want to thank the Army Corps of Engineers for working closely with the DEP to ensure this... Read more →


STUFF A TRUCK TOY FUNDRAISER

The Gloucester Township Police Department will be conducting their first ever Stuff a Truck toy fundraiser. Starting Thursday, December 1st you can drop off unwrapped toys for those in need. Our goal is to stuff a police truck that will be located in front of our police headquarters. If you would like to drop off any toys please visit THE watch desk officer at our Police Department, 1261 Chews Landing Road., and that officer will assist you in placing the toys in the police truck. The Thanksgiving Food Dive was such a success they will also be collecting food for the month of December to donate to the Food Bank on Church Street. There will be boxes set up through the municipal building to donate... Read more →


Philadelphia locks up kids for truancy, fighting and then goes after parents for child support

Last summer, Kameelah Davis-Spears was just one year out of homelessness. She found a house for herself and her four children in West Philadelphia using a Section 8 voucher. And, between food stamps and her job, for which she earns $10.20 an hour, she was finally making it from one paycheck to the next. Then, she… Read more →


Safe Online Surfing Cyber Education Program Reaches Milestone

Is Your School Participating? From cyber bullies to online predators, the threats to our children in this digitally driven age are real. That’s why the FBI runs an online program designed to help prepare America’s young people to safely navigate the world of cyberspace, now and in the future. It’s called the FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge, and it teaches students in grades three through eight all about cyber safety and digital citizenship using a series of fun, interactive lessons. To enhance learning, the program includes timed exams and a monthly national competition for registered schools. And the FBI-SOS program, launched four years ago, just passed a major milestone: More than one million students around the country have now taken the exam and... Read more →


AMERICAN HERO: Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Virginia

NOVEMBER 25, 2016--The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Virginia, died Nov. 24 in northern Syria, of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, which is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. via www.defense.gov Related: American Hero Related articles Peshmerga forces recapture 2 villages near Bashiqa Mission Ends in Afghanistan, but Sacrifices Are Not Over for U.S. Soldiers Two Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan War: Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27 Three Americans Are Killed in a Shooting at Kabul Airport A top Kurdish commander has been assassinated near the Turkish... Read more →


Saturday's Powerball Jackpot Hits $403M

The total for Saturday's Powerball jackpot has climbed to $403 million as another drawing passed Wednesday without anyone matching all the winning numbers. If there is a winner Saturday and the winner chooses the cash option, he or she will win $243.8 million before taxes are deducted. Wednesday's winning numbers were 7, 32, 41, 47 and… Read more →


Family Displaced by Fire in Gloucester Township

Gloucester Township November 25, 2016--Today, at approximately 0916 hours, Gloucester Twp. Police Communications received a 911 call from a resident on Dunlin Way, advising his house was on fire. Gloucester Twp. Police units arrived shortly after the call to find heavy smoke coming from the structure. The dwelling was occupied at the time the fire was discovered and all of the occupants evacuated safely prior to police arrival. Firefighters from the Lambs Terrace, Erial, Blackwood, Chews Landing, Pine Hill and Winslow Fire Departments responded and quickly extinguished the blaze. Gloucester Twp. Emergency Medical Services and the Gloucester Twp. Police Office of Emergency Management were also on location to assist. There were no injuries to emergency personel or citizens reported during the incident. Two adults and... Read more →


Mother and Son Shot in Monroe Township; Shooter Commits Suicide

MONROE TOWNSHIP (November 25, 2016)(CNBNewsnet)--In an early Friday (11/25) incident at a Poplar Lane residence in Monroe Township NJ, Melissa Cakmak (DOB 11/1/75) and her nine-year-old son sustained gunshot wounds and the man believed to have fired a handgun at them was found deceased by Gloucester County SWAT officers from what is believed to be a self-inflicted bullet wound. Both Cakmak and her son were taken to Cooper Medical Center in Camden for treatment and are expected to survive. She was wounded in the torso and he had a graze wound to the hand. Based on information gathered by officers of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and the Monroe Township Police Department, the following sequence of events was determined: Robert Long (DOB. 2/29/68) had an... Read more →


Nine Families Displaced by Fire in Voorhees Twp

VOORHEES TWP. NJ 11/23/16: at 11:46 pm, Voorhees Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Van Buren Road for an apartment building fire. Arriving Officers arrived and assisted with evacuating numerous residents from all three floors of the residential complex. As police secured a perimeter, the fire was suppressed by the Voorhees Fire District along with mutual aid from surrounding jurisdictions. As a result, numerous surrounding apartments received smoke and water damage. Initial reports indicate that a total of (9) families have been displaced until Township Engineers can determine the structural integrity of the building and utilities restored. The Red Cross and building management are working to provide placement for (3) families at a nearby hotel. The Red Cross confirmed the remaining families were... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: USCG, Red Cross Place Recruits With Local Families For Thanksgiving

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard and American Red Cross placed more than 400 Coast Guard recruits with dozens of South Jersey families for Thanksgiving as part of Operation Fireside, Thursday. Operation Fireside has placed recruits with host families during the holiday season since 1981. It allows recruits to celebrate the holiday with a local family while they are separated from their loved ones during the rigorous, 8-week-basic-training program. “Training during the holidays is tough on a recruit,” said Capt. Owen Gibbons, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “Most of these young men and women are away from home for the first time and while they may not be able to spend time with their own families this Thanksgiving, thanks to the generosity... Read more →


For Women  in State Legislatures and Statewide Offices, Not Much Change

New Brunswick, NJ--With a number of races still too close to call, the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) anticipates almost no growth for women in state legislatures or statewide office. "It's disappointing that women have failed to build their numbers significantly in legislatures and statewide executive office," said CAWP director Debbie Walsh. "This is a trend that began in the 1990s and, sadly, continues today." Read the complete CAWP release with numbers and party breakdown here. A state-by-state list of legislative results is available here. _____________________________________________________________________ About CAWP: The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and... Read more →


Winslow Police Investigating Deadly Crash

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP N.J. November 24, 2016--Winslow Police are investigating a head-on motor vehicle crash that happened Thursday morning, November 24, on Williamstown Road in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township. The collision took the lives of two people. Police said two more have been hospitalized. According to police, Joel Hutton, 23, of Berlin, and Janiyah Conquest, 19, of Sicklerville, were killed in an accident along Williamstown Road. Jillian Farrell, 19, of Williamstown, and another passenger involved in the crash were both hospitalized, police say. Authorities say, Hutton, who was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu westbound along Williamstown Road toward the Sicklerville section of Winslow, crossed over the center line into eastbound traffic. Farrell, who was driving a 2014 Honda Civic eastbound along Williamstown Road, collided... Read more →