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February 2017

Super Bowls Aren't Won in Free Agency

Austin Darrow Big stars are hitting the NFL free agency market and jaws are dropping. There’s a good chance that if you’re a fan of a team who is in dire need of that player, than you’re probably screaming for them to sign him and blow all the money they have on one player. This is mainly about the Steelers locking up Antonio Brown and giving him $18.5 million per year. That’s a million dollars a week. The New England Patriots just won the Super Bowl and their entire WR core costs less than Brown’s yearly salary. As a matter of fact, Brown’s yearly salary is more than most team’s pay their entire WR core. The Steelers just overpaid their own WR for no reason. Brown is an elite WR and has proved it, but where was he against New England? WR’s aren’t that big of a factor, they can... Read more →

GOP Resists Calls for Independent Russia-Trump Probe

The White House hasn't ruled out a recusal from the attorney general on probes into Russian meddling in the election as prominent Republicans continue to resist calls for an independent investigation. Republicans on the Sunday morning news shows either downplayed a need for an independent probe into Russia's activities or rejected the idea entirely while Democrats… Read more →

Three Cooper Plaza Building will be renamed The John and Joyce Sheridan

Cooper University Health Care board of trustees Chairman George E. Norcross III announced Monday that its Three Cooper Plaza building in Camden County will be renamed The John and Joyce Sheridan Health Center at Three Cooper Plaza in honor of the former president and CEO of the health care system. John Sheridan joined Cooper in 2005… Read more →

Westmont Theatre Transformed in a Modern Gym

HADDON TWP. -- The doors of the landmark Westmont Theatre are finally open again, but anyone who saw a concert or film here in decades past won't recognize it if they step inside. The building is now home to Westmont Planet Fitness, which had its ribbon cutting Thursday. On the outside, the building does not look… Read more →

FBI Alert: The Romance Scam

press release They met online. He said he was a friend of a friend. The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. “He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. “He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.” That connection would end up costing the woman $2 million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent she had. It’s called a romance scam, and this devastating Internet crime is on the rise. Victims—predominantly older widowed or divorced women targeted by criminal groups usually from Nigeria—are, for the most part, computer literate and educated. But they are also emotionally vulnerable. And con artists know exactly... Read more →

May 2008 Archives: The JGSC Group, Working with Gloucester City on Revitalizing the Town

published May 2008 Over the past year or more the JGSC Group has been working with the City of Gloucester City to revitalize the community. The company’s most recent project involves the revitalization plan renewing three retail districts. See City of Gloucester City: It's Coming Below is background information on the JGSC Group provided by Teddie O’Keefe of O’Keefe Consulting firm. The JGSC Group specializes in strategic revitalization consulting services for municipalities, retail shopping centers, real estate developers and government entities. From downtown revitalization and business recruitment and retention to research and consumer marketing, strategic planning, and retail development and redevelopment, the JGSC Group provides comprehensive and effective solutions for business revitalization. The principles of the JGSC Group have decades of experience in both the private and public sectors, helping direct policies on economic development, redevelopment, and reinvestment across the State of New Jersey, and working with retail and mixed... Read more →

Suspected Human Smuggler Crashes His Vehicle

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Unmanned aerial vehicle of the CBP Air and Marine Unmanned Aircraft System. (Predator unarmed) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Release Date: February 27, 2017 JULIAN, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a suspected human smuggler who rolled his vehicle in an attempt to evade arrest early Sunday. At approximately 5:00 a.m., Border Patrol agents notified El Centro Sector Communications of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 78, approximately four miles west of State Route 2. Shortly before the accident was reported, the driver of the vehicle attempted to flee from agents who initiated a vehicle stop. Border Patrol agents immediately provided assistance to the driver and the two occupants in the vehicle. The California Highway Patrol, along with emergency medical service were contacted and dispatched to the area. The driver sustained severe trauma to his head and torso and was air lifted to... Read more →

N.J. pets in need

You can teach an old dog new tricks. From television shows to the internet to specialists for hire, there are a myriad of sources a pet owner can select from on the topic of dog training. How can they tell who's right and who's wrong? While there are many opinions out there, one trainer, Alyona DelaCoeur… Read more →

Guest Opinion: The Critical Need for New Jersey's Water Supply Plan

Jennifer Coffey and Tim Dillingham With the beginning of the new calendar year, New Jersey has entered its third consecutive year of drought, with 14 counties remaining under an official drought-warning status. While winter rains and snow are helping drinking-water reservoirs refill, the drought warning remains. In six weeks, spring will bring blooming flowers, growing lawns,… Read more →

MLB Wants to Make Baseballs Tackier

Austin Darrow I read an article earlier about the MLB thinking of implementing another idea into the league. They’re getting Rawlings to make tackier baseballs. This would be huge for pitchers because they would no longer have to doctor up a baseball, to get a good grip. I’m a pitcher myself, and those baseballs fresh out the box are usually slippery. I hate new baseballs and on all the teams I’ve played for, we would rub mud on the balls. I imagine every team does this to their box of game balls before the game. The MLB rubs mud on the baseballs before every game. No ball gets the same treatment of mud on each ball. Some get less than others and by that fifth box, the mud is probably negligent. Pitchers like the ball sticky, for movement and grip. In the brutal cold months for Northeast baseball players, the... Read more →


FEBRUARY 27, 2017 --The Gloucester City Police Department released the following information regarding parking on Sunday, March 5, the day of the St. Patrick's Parade. The St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, March 5th. will begin at 1:00 pm at Johnson Blvd. at Baynes Avenue. The parade will travel north on Johnson Blvd. to Monmouth Street where it will then proceed west on Monmouth Street to King Street. The parade will then travel south on King Street to Proprietor’s Park. Below is a list of streets where parking will be prohibited between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm: Monmouth St. between Johnson Blvd. and King St. (parking in the 400 block of Monmouth St. will be permitted to accommodate church parking for 11:30 am mass but all vehicles must be removed by 12:30 pm) Johnson Blvd. between Monmouth St. and Baynes Ave. Highland Blvd. between Baynes Ave. and Greenwood Ave. Klemm Ave.... Read more →

UPDATE: GCPO seeking ID of body part

press release February 27, 2017 NATIONAL PARK NJ--The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office is working with area law enforcement agencies to identify a partial human leg that apparently washed ashore from the Delaware River and was found by a woman walking a dog in National Park NJ on Sunday February 26. It will take several weeks to complete a laboratory analysis of DNA collected from the limb and compare results with DNA from persons known to be missing. There were no markings on the decomposed lower leg and foot and no clothing or shoe attached to it. Read more →

Barrington Man Arrested for Child Porn

Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Barrington Police Chief Dave Uron reported a Barrington man has been arrested and charged Friday, February 24, 2017 with distribution and possession of child pornography. Franco Silvestri, 32, was charged after detectives from the High Tech Crimes Unit of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office executed a search warrant Friday morning. Detectives seized Silvestri’s cellular device for analysis. An onsite preview of the device showed a download history of child pornography. Silvestri was arrested and was charged with one count of second-degree Distribution of Child Pornography and one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography. Camden County Prosecutor’s Office detectives were assisted on this case by members of Homeland Security Investigations – Cherry Hill Division, the Waterford Township Police Department. All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Released Monday, February 27, 2017. Related articles Burlington... Read more →


Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to deliver his final state budget proposal tomorrow. The Record says this is Christie's last chance to take a crack at the state's finances after years of credit-rating downgrades, missed revenue projections, broken public-pension promises and failed reform efforts. PINELANDS COMMISSION VOTES TO PERMIT SOUTH JERSEY PIPELINE Over the roar of an angry crowd, members of the Pinelands Commission voted 9 to 5 – with one abstention – to allow a controversial, 22-mile-long natural gas pipeline to pass through the heart of South Jersey's preserved forests. NJTV says the commission initially voted against the pipeline three years ago, but critics claim Gov. Christie replaced the "no" voters with "yes men." GUADAGNO ON CHOOSING NJ ATTORNEY GENERAL: LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE New Jersey's constitution gives the governor the power to appoint the state attorney general, but Lt. Gov. (and 2017 gubernatorial candidate) Kim Guadagno wants to... Read more →

Comm Holds Up Drinking Water Standards

NJ Sierra press release February 27, 2017 : Puts Us at Risk Today the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee held a bill to update our state’s drink water standards. The bill, S2468 (Lesniak) directs DEP to adopt standards for 16 hazardous drinking water contaminants as recommended by Drink Water Quality Institute. Some of those contaminates include perchlorate, radon, and formaldehyde. The Institute is responsible for setting the standards of acceptable limits for toxins and carcinogens in our drinking water. They have barely met in the last half decade and even the standards they have worked on have not been adopted by the DEP. New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel released the following statement: “The Committee held up protecting people from cancer by refusing to release this bill. The Chemical Council and corporate polluters have hijacked drinking water in New Jersey and the Senate Budget Committee went along with it... Read more →

Obituary: John L. Pfeffer, Jr., of Gloucester City NJ

On February 24, 2017. Age 57. Of Gloucester City. Loving dad of John L. Pfeffer III (Zoraida), Kelli Sharp (Brett), Justin Pfeffer (Teresa) and Jay Pfeffer. Cherished Pop-pop of Camille Pfeffer, Matthew Sharp, Jonathan Sharp, John L. Pfeffer IV and Sophia Sharp. Beloved son of Frances S. Pfeffer and the late John L. Pfeffer Sr. Dear brother of Connie DeVoe (Raymond III) and uncle of Raymond DeVoe IV (Becky). Viewing Thursday, March 2nd, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service 1 PM in the funeral home. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Memorial donations may be made to: American Liver Foundation, 1528 Walnut St., Suite 2020, Phila., PA 19102. Please memo: John L. Pfeffer Jr. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of John L. Pfeffer Jr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Gloucester City High School Announcements

Monday, February 27th, 2017 GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (February 27, 2017)Thank you everyone who attended Friday night’s Winter Ball Dance and congratulations to our big winner, Junior Mariah Dietrich who gets a free spot on next year’s Senior Trip. Attention 7th graders only: Please see Mrs. McWilliams for a permission form if you’re interested in going to the Weather Education Day at Citizen Bank Park on May 10th. The cost is $20. Only room for 18 students. First come 1st serve. Money is due by April 4th. Gloucester Baseball Night will be at Pats’ Select on Wednesday, March 1st from 5-9pm. All food and drink purchases will help the Big Hit Booster Club for the 2017 Baseball season. Order can be Delivery, Take Out, or eat at the Restaurant. (Please mention Gloucester Baseball) Congratulations to GHS Wrestling coach Tom McConnell, who last week won Region 7 Coach of the Year and... Read more →

Kennedy Health Hosts Record-Breaking Fundraising Gala in Atlantic City

Shown here are the 2017 Gala Co-Chairs: from left, Kennedy President & CEO Joseph W. Devine and wife Dina; Kennedy Health Board Treasurer Robert DiStanislao; and (from far right), Kennedy Board member Joseph A. Maressa Jr., Esq., and his wife, Linda. February 27, 2017 – Nearly 1,000 supporters of South Jersey-based Kennedy Health enjoyed an evening of dancing and dining at the health care organization’s annual fundraising Gala, held at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The February 25th black-tie event was Kennedy’s most successful of the 21 gala events held, raising more than $1 million for Kennedy’s Neuroscience Center, a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network. CBS3 TV anchorman Ukee Washington served as emcee for the evening’s festivities, and entertainment was provided by legendary pop-rock band Huey Lewis & The News. The Gala’s presenting sponsor was Parsippany, NJ-based Med-Metrix. Read more →

Norcross Requests Security Funding for South Jersey’s Jewish Communities  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a bomb threat made against the Katz Jewish Community Center in Chery Hill, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) is requesting federal security funding to protect South Jersey’s Jewish communities. “This weekend’s vandalism of Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery and today’s bomb threat against the Katz Jewish Community Center aren’t just attacks on our friends and neighbors in the Jewish community – they’re attacks against all of us. Christians, Muslims and Jews are standing together to take a stand against this hatred – it has no place here or anywhere in America,” Norcross said. Currently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides federal funding to the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan area to prevent terrorist attacks – but the funds are being used exclusively in Pennsylvania, ignoring threats faced by communities in South Jersey and Delaware. Norcross wrote the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, which administers the area’s Urban Area Security... Read more →

Trenton Times boys basketball state tournament notebook

As the area teams take to the court starting Monday, for the NJSIAA/ShopRite boys basketball tournament, there are plenty of storylines to intrigue fans of every playoff team. Two area teams go in search of a repeat sectional title: Central Jersey, Group 2 second seed Bordentown, which has a tough opening round game on Monday with… Read more →

Dominican fugitive wanted on murder charge caught in N.J. by ICE

NEWARK -- A man wanted on murder charges in the Dominican Republic was arrested last week in New Jersey, immigration officials said. Kelbin Perez De Los Santos, 35, had been sought by Dominican authorities for allegedly shooting someone to death after a dispute in Santo Domingo last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a… Read more →

'Moonlight', not 'La La Land', takes top Oscar

After the worst mix-up in Oscar history, "Moonlight" won the Academy Award for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles — minutes after presenter Warren Beatty mistakenly announced the award for heavily favored "La La Land." "Even in my dreams this cannot be true, so the hell with dreams" said "Moonlight" director Barry… Read more →

$13K reward for info on vandal of Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

PHILADELPHIA -- Two organizations have pledged a total of $13,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for knocking over headstones in a Jewish cemetery this weekend. Philadelphia police said as many as 100 headstones were damaged at Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery sometimes after dark Saturday, but Rabbi Shawn Zevit of… Read more →

YOUR MONEY: The Coming Federalization of NJ Pension and Benefits Crisis

Opinion: Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff Prediction: Sometime in the foreseeable future, the federal government will step in to address the self-inflicted crisis in state and local government pension and health-benefits funding. The only real question for us in New Jersey is whether it will happen soon enough to save us from ourselves. How and why? Let's review where we… Read more →

Former correctional officer charged with using force to punish detainees

FBI press release ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA - Adam Joseph Neal Graham, 26, of Elkins, West Virginia, was charged in a three-count indictment with violating the rights of two pretrial detainees at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) and obstructing justice, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced. The indictment charges that Graham, while serving as a TVRJ correctional officer, assaulted and injured two pretrial detainees, and then submitted a false incident report to cover up his use of unlawful force. The indictment alleges that Graham assaulted a detainee on February 15, 2015, and assaulted a second detainee on March 9, 2015. If convicted of assaulting a pretrial detainee, Graham faces up to 10 years for each violation. Graham also faces up to 20 years for allegedly submitting a false incident report. Special Litigation Counsel Gerard Hogan and Trial Attorney Olimpia E. Michel of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section,... Read more →

PIANJ presents $5K John Laux Memorial scholarship to member agency family

John Laux Memorial scholarship will foster industry perpetuation TRENTON, N.J.—The Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey in conjunction with The fore John memorial foundation is announcing a new, $5,000 scholarship in honor of the late John Laux to be presented to the child or grandchild of a PIA member agency, entering college in 2017. The inaugural John Laux Memorial Scholarship honors John Laux, a New Jersey native and graduate of Montclair State University. He was a highly competitive sportsman, supporter of Special Olympics New Jersey and career Young Insurance Professional. Laux’s decade-long work in the insurance industry was tragically cut short after a brief and hard-fought battle with cancer in 1995. Funds for the scholarship are being provided by The Fore John Charitable Foundation. Since 1995, they have raised over $235,000 for scholarships and local charities in John Laux’s name. “Through this scholarship, John is being honored posthumously for his... Read more →

Body Part Found in National Park

NATIONAL PARK NJ (February 27, 2017)--A woman walking a dog along the Delaware River shoreline in National Park NJ on Sunday, February 26 found part of a human leg that apparently had washed up from the river. Police responding to a report of the discovery described it as the lower part of a leg, from the knee down, with the foot attached. There was no clothing and no markings on the limb. No other body parts were found. The leg was transported to the Gloucester County Medical Examiner's Office where a DNA sample will be collected in an effort to make an identification. The West Deptford Police Department and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office are investigating. source press release Read more →

May 2008 Archives: Brooklawn Students Petition School Board to Save Mr. W’s Job

published May 2008 By John P. Schmidt | News Correspondent The Brooklawn Board of Education BOE last week honored six former students who had been inducted into the National Honor Society at Gloucester City High School. Three of the six students were in attendance at the BOE meeting. Jessica Lindsay, Marisa Cooper and Brett Darrow received awards from Superintendent Dr. John Kellmayer. Two current eighth grade students, Melissa Mackey and Meaghan Ryan, addressed the Board about the contract situation of longtime custodian John Waszewski, "Mr.W." The students urged the Board to reconsider reviewing his contract and talked about how nice Mr. W, is to all the students at Alice Costello School. Together the students gathered 61 signatures and presented their petition. Board President Bruce Darrow told Mackey and Ryan their petition would be considered when the Board makes a decision near the end of June. During the meeting Board Member... Read more →

Gloucester County Shelter Waives Adoption Fees

In honor of World Spay/Neuter Day, Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Dan Christy announced that the Gloucester County Animal Shelter would waive adoption fees at the shelter on Feb. 28. Adoption fees include spaying or neutering at the new clinic, among other veterinary services. World Spay Day, according to the Humane Society of the United States, is the last Tuesday of February and provides an opportunity for shelter and rescue organizations to highlight their spay/neuter programs and win more community support in the form of donors, volunteers and clients. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Adoption from the Gloucester County Animal Shelter is typically much less expensive than adopting from a private source, but you cannot beat free and on February 28 the adoptions at our shelter will cost nothing." Freeholder Dan Christy, Liaison to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter said, “We can think of no... Read more →


In 20% of the cases where you see an animal being abused, you’ll find a person in that same household also being abused. Likewise, in up to 50%* of the domestic cases where you find a person being abused, you’ll find an animal at that same residence also being abused. Studies out of England, USA and Australia confirm this link between human and animal abuse in a domestic setting. This data may be the single biggest missed opportunity to prevent and stop abuse in a domestic setting yet it remains virtually unknown. "When animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused, animals are at risk" From Understanding the Link between Violence to Humans and Violence to Animals. By The American Humane Society Award-winning author Wendy Sneddon is passionate about educating pre-school children on empathy and encourages children to “just tell someone” when they notice animal abuse. But... Read more →

CNB CRIME: FBI Warns of Phone Scam That Uses the FBI's Name to Threaten Arrest

PITTSBURGH PA--The FBl’s Pittsburgh Division is warning the public to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs, or fakes the FBl’s name on the recipient’s voice-mail. Scammers have targeted residents around the region, claiming to be the FBI stating they are an “officer” of the FBI , Department of Tax and Crime Investigation. The intended victim is told that this is their final notice and that their physical address is under investigation and an arrest warrant has been issued under their name. The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private citizens threatening arrest or requesting money and to never give out unsolicited requests for personal information to callers that you don't know. Individuals receiving such calls can file a complaint through the FBl’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at To avoid becoming the victim of a scam: Always be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls. Never... Read more →

Asa T. Jones Convicted of Killing Williamstown Man

WOODBURY NJ--Asa T. Jones (DOB 4/24/81), of Williamstown, was convicted Thursday (2/23) of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Williamstown resident Tony Miles during a fight on Library Street in Williamstown on 11/17/13. Jones also was found guilty by a Gloucester County jury of third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. After the jury decision was returned, Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker revoked Jones’ bail pending sentencing on 4/21/17. In a case presented by Trial Chief Dianna Reed-Rolando of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, witnesses who saw or heard the fight testified, video from security surveillance cameras was presented and the jury heard testimony that DNA found on a knife recovered from Jones’ apartment matched that of Miles. Miles sustained three stab wounds, Gloucester County’s medical examiner testified, and... Read more →

Public Health Alert for Meat and Poultry Wraps Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that meat and poultry wraps produced by JLM Manufacturing, a Shelby Township, Mich. establishment, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A recall was not requested because it is believed that all products have been consumed and are past their “Best by” dates. The PREMO Brand wraps were produced on Jan. 23, 2017 and Jan. 25, 2017 and have “Best by” dates of Feb. 12, 2017 and Feb. 14, 2017. The following products subject to the public health alert are: [View Labels (PDF only)] 5-oz plastic packages containing one “Ham & Cheddar Wrap.” 5-oz plastic packages containing one “Italian Wrap.” 5-oz plastic packages containing one “Tuscan Chicken Wrap.” The products bear establishment number “EST. 45360” or “P-45360” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were... Read more →

Rider Dropped Doubleheader Against Charlotte

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) CHARLOTTE, NC – The Rider University baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Charlotte at Hayes Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The 49ers (5-2) took the opener, 13-2, and scored a 12-2 victory versus the Broncs (0-3) in game two. In the first game of the day, Charlotte played three in the first and added seven runs in the third to chase Rider starter Paul Sparano (Ewing, NJ/Ewing). Rider would score runs in the sixth and seventh frames to get on the board. In the sixth, Jake Bender (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) picked up and RBI on a fielder’s choice to short and in the seventh Mike Volaski (Oxnard, CA/Ventura CC/Oxnard) knocked in the other Bronc run on a single down the right field line. In the finale, the 49ers once again got off to a quick start scoring nine runs over... Read more →

Clemson students from named to fall Dean's List

English: Earle Hall (Chemical Engineering) at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) CLEMSON, SC (02/23/2017)-- Local students have been named to the Dean's List at Clemson University for the fall 2016 semester. They are: Emily Sunshine Amey of Burlington, who is majoring in Graphic Communications Kieran C McMenamin of Burlington, who is majoring in Mathematical Sciences Paige Julianna Debow of Eastampton, who is majoring in Nursing Erin Marie Costello of Haddon Township, who is majoring in Pre-Business Samantha M. Verzella of Haddonfield, who is majoring in Language and International Trade Catherine Flynn Feeney of Hainesport, who is majoring in Economics Jaclyn Christine Liguori of Marlton, who is majoring in Nursing Nina Rose Gallimore of Medford Lakes, who is majoring in Biological Sciences Dakota Newman of Medford Lakes, who is majoring in Biological Sciences Samantha Jane Trivinia of Moorestown, who is majoring in Visual Arts Matthew Alexander Warrington... Read more →

Looking for Qualified Candidates to Fill 2 Vacancies

THE BROOKLAWN BOARD OF EDUCATION Has Two Board Member Vacancies Candidates must be a resident of Brooklawn for a minimum of one year, meet all requirements to be a School Board member in NJ, and be a registered voter. Send letter of interest to: Dr. John Kellmayer, Superintendent Alice Costello School, 301 Haakon Rd., Brooklawn, NJ 08030 All applications must be received by February 28, 2017 Feb 1-Feb 28 ++++++++++++ Related: Brooklawn School District Alice Costello School Related articles Congratulations to Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 Baseball Team, Defending State Champs Brooklawn Officers Revive Unconscious Female CONGRATULATION: Brooklawn Patrolman Thomas Jackson Receives Oath of Office January is National School Board Recognition Month | News Blog CNB Sports: Rams-12 Lions- 0 Read more →

Abduction Reports Was False; Two Suspects Arrested

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (February 25, 2017)The Gloucester Township Police Department said today that the report about an attempted abduction of a woman last week was a false report. The police further stated that the suspect pictured in a composite drawing (left) was found. Police said that person of interest, Tyler McGuirl was arrested on a fugitive warrant issued by Berlin. At the time he was arrested a controlled dangerous substance was found in his possession. The woman who make the false report, Madison Garaguso, was charged with False Police Reports (4th-degree crime) The police released the following prepared statement about the incident; On Monday, February 20, 2017, at approximately 9:11 pm, the Gloucester Township Police Department (GTPD) received a 9-1-1 call for a report of a 20-30-year-old female who was assaulted by a male subject that allegedly tried to pull her into a vehicle on Mayapple Road. The GTPD Juvenile... Read more →

Ithaca College Students from NJ Named to Spring Semester Dean's List

English: Tompkins Hall with Ithaca College sign, Elmira, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia) ITHACA, NY (02/23/2017)-- Ithaca College congratulates students named to Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester Samantha Castonguay, a resident of Mullica Hill and Environmental Science major, was named to the Dean's List in Ithaca College's School of Humanities and Sciences for the fall 2016 semester. Samantha Considine, a resident of Monroeville and Sound Recording Technology major, was named to the Dean's List in Ithaca College's School of Music for the fall 2016 semester. Charles Crawford, a resident of Medford and Planned Studies major, was named to the Dean's List in Ithaca College's School of Humanities and Sciences for the fall 2016 semester. Kyra Denish, a resident of Cherry Hill and Journalism major, was named to the Dean's List in Ithaca College's School of Communications for the fall 2016 semester. Alexandra Durham, a resident of Vineland and... Read more →

GOOD NEWS: Two NJ Schools Selected as Districts of Character

Two New Jersey school districts were among a small number recognized nationally as "Districts of Character" for their work teaching kids what it means to have good character. Cherry Hill Public Schools in Camden County and New Providence School District in Morris County made's list of Districts of Character for 2017, while 23 schools in… Read more →

NJ Author and Former Policeman Publishes Crime-Stopping Memoir

New Jersey Mob: Memories of a Top Cop, a new book by Bob Buccino, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Bob Buccino worked in law enforcement for fifty-one years; twenty-four of which were spent investigating organized crime. He is a superior court recognized expert on the Cosa Nostra. He tells his story in three parts: The first is about growing up in Orange, New Jersey, where he was a wannabe admiring the local mob guys. He was a street tough, extorting money from his classmates, running his own bookmaking operation, and wanting to be a mob guy. In 1957, drugs hit the streets of Orange and several friends of Buccino died from Heroin overdoses. Buccino married his childhood sweetheart and they had a baby boy. He came to his senses about the mob and broke away from it. He became a working stiff, not getting anywhere with his... Read more →

MLB names four new umpires to the full-time staff

The Major League Baseball logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Press Release | February 21st, 2017 Major League Baseball announced today that four umpires - Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres - have been named to the full-time Major League Umpiring staff. Four longtime Major League Umpires - Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce and Tim Welke - have retired. Davidson, 64, was a 28-year Major League Umpire who began in the National League in 1983 and served as the second base umpire at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota. Hirschbeck, who worked more than 33 years in the Majors, was on the field for five World Series (1995, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2016), including three as the crew chief. Joyce, 61, was assigned to the Fall Classic three times (1999, 2001, 2013). Welke, a 33-year veteran in the Majors who missed the 2016 season due to injury, called four... Read more →

Commentary: There’s a buzz around town about infrastructure

Sure, it’s not up there like the border wall or tax reform, but President Trump’s promise of $1 trillion for infrastructure spending has the chattering class going, Democrats enthused and Republicans uneasy. In a roughly two week span, the Heritage Foundation, Brookings Institution, and Bipartisan Policy Center will have all held panel discussions on infrastructure spending. What should be built, how to finance it, how long does it last? Senate Democrats trotted out their $1 trillion infrastructure package, while Congressional Republican leadership seems leery. It’s easy to understand the GOP unease. At $1 trillion the infrastructure package would be more expensive (even on cost-adjusted basis) than the 2009 $821 billion stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) under President Obama, a third of which was actually tax cuts. Also, both the President and Senate Democrats have talked about a new infrastructure package as a jobs measure with the Democrats claiming 15... Read more →

Mayor David Mayer's Weekly Newsletter Released

Gloucester Township NJ (February 25, 2017)--GTWorks is Mayor David Mayer's weekly newsletter that informs residents of the current projects and events happening in Gloucester Township. From the Police Department to Public Works to the Department of Recreation, we want you to stay In the Know of the latest news in our community! (Click) Address/Location Gloucester Township, NJ 1261 Chews Landing Rd Gloucester Township, NJ 08021 Related articles N.J. community starts 'tax revolt' after bills shoot up around $500 Spring Cleaning Event: Get Rid of Your Unused & Expired Medicine PNC Bank in Gloucester Township Robbed Gloucester Township PD Community Alert: Free Narcan Training Read more →

Richard Van Dexter Jr. Pleads Guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child

English: East Jersey State Prison (Photo credit: Wikipedia) WOODBURY NJ-- Richard J. VanDexter Jr. (DOB 11/10/84), of Williamstown NJ was sentenced today (2/24) to six years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, specifically by electronically sending sexually explicit images to a minor on 7/26/15 while in Monroe Township NJ. VanDexter pleaded guilty to the endangering charge on 9/19/16 following negotiations with Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Staci Scheetz. In sentencing VanDexter, Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker said he is subject upon release from prison to the requirements of Megan’s Law for sex offenders and will be under parole supervision for at least 15 years. Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 3 No. 36 (February 26, 2017) 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) Read more →

Obituary: Joan A. Jackson of Gloucester City

RELATED: OBITUARIES Surrounded by her loving family, Joan A. Jackson, passed away on February 23, 2017 at the age of 85. Joan was born April 4, 1931 and was the daughter of the late David and Elizabeth Leopold. Joan was the loving wife of 62 years to the late Leroy A. Jackson and loving mother of Leroy A. (Edie) Jackson III, Robert (Jane) Jackson, Suzie (Bill) Green, Trish Jackson, Gary (Donna) Jackson, Tim (Liz) Jackson, Nancy Murphy, Raymond (Karen) Jackson and Sharon (Lou) Underwood. She was the cherished grandmother of Keith, Kevin, Amy, Scott, Tricia, Chrissy, Billy, Lori, Lindsay, Ryan, Michael, Sean, Matt, Kirsten, Lauren, Melissa, Raymond, Steven, Luke, Josh, Maddy and Harry and cherished great-grandmother of Connor, Kylie, Chelsea, William, Sienna, Savannah, Brody, Nicholas, Sophia, Cole, Samantha and Emma. Joan was a graduate of Collingswood High School’s class of 1948 and graduated from Cooper Hospital School of Nursing as... Read more →

Clemson names NJ students to fall 2016 President's List

Logo of Clemson University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) CLEMSON, SC (02/23/2017)-- Clemson University has named local students to the President's List for the fall 2016 semester. They are: Kayla M. Farquhar of Audubon, who is majoring in Nursing Sean William Buechele of Belmar, who is majoring in Physics Colleen K. Fralinger of Bridgeton, who is majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Chanelle Te'nae Perry of Camden, who is majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Anna M. Sulpizio of Cherry Hill, who is majoring in Special Education Madison R. Vicente of Glendora, who is majoring in Biochemistry Paige Kathryn Cantz of Green Creek, who is majoring in Genetics Molly Kiernan Barbieri of Haddonfield, who is majoring in Nursing Juliana M. Baumann of Haddonfield, who is majoring in Women's Leadership Natalie Claire Mccrudden of Haddonfield, who is majoring in Pre-Business Olivia Rose Siciliano of Haddonfield, who is majoring in Psychology Haley... Read more →

Obituary:Thomas M. Myers, of Gloucester City

On February 22, 2017. Age 42. Of Gloucester City. Survived by his daughter, Mia Myers; father Daniel McDonald; siblings, Keith Myers, William Ford and Rhonda Ford; aunts, Rhonda Hunter (Wayne), Dawn Schmidt (Dan) and Kelly Shaffer (Ed) and 9 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his mother Patricia Myers. Tom worked many years for ProBuild / Builders First Source in Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Tuesday, February 28th, from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service 12 Noon in the funeral home. Interment private in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Gloucester City. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Thomas M. Myers. Funeral Arrangements through: McCann-Healey Funeral Home, Gloucester City Ph: 856-456-1142 RELATED: OBITUARIES Read more →

Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops Offered in Salem County

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (February 1, 2017) – Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), successfully partnered with Friends Village at Woodstown to offer free diabetes workshops as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program last August, and will be offering more workshops in March. The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers. The free workshops follow the Diabetes Self-Management Program developed at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Workshops are designed to help individuals learn how to manage their diabetes and take control of their health through behavior modification and coping techniques. Participants will learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, the importance of healthy eating, the role of exercise, how to... Read more →

Silver Lifesaving Medal presented to Delaware Coastguardsman

Photo by Lt.Cmdr. Krystyn Pecora Senator Chris Coons pins the Silver Lifesaving Medal on Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Mabry during an award ceremony at Coast Guard Station Indian River, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Mabry received the Silver Lifesaving Medal for heroic actions while off-duty and recovering from leg surgery in Cape Charles, Virginia June 21, 2015. Mabry and a good Samaritan entered the water and rescued a drowning teenager 50-yards offshore. Once onshore, Mabry persisted and re-entered the water looking for another teenager, who unfortunately succumbed to drowning. PHILADELPHIA Pa-Senator Chris Coons and leaders from the Coast Guard’s Fifth District gathered at Coast Guard Station Indian River, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to present the Silver Lifesaving Medal to Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Mabry, a Wilmington, North Carolina native stationed in Lewes, Delaware, today. Mabry was recognized for saving the life of a drowning teenager, while off... Read more →