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April 2017

Rams Perfect Record Broken by St. Augustine

Catholic Falls to 12-1 Brendan Bean (photo courtesy of St. Augustine spoils Brendan Bean's debut for Gloucester Catholic MILLVILLE -- There was a certain buzz surrounding Millville's Mike Trout Field when Gloucester Catholic, No. 3 in the Top 20, and No. 10 St. Augustine faced off in the sixth Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Sunday. The highly-anticipated showdown felt like it was being played in June, not the end of April. Not… Read more →

"Operation: Stop Scams" Protects Philadelphians from ID Theft

Displayed with permission from PR Newswire Over 24,000 pounds of paper shredded at local event PHILADELPHIA, April 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 24,000 pounds of paper were shredded today at a free shredding event to help Philadelphians safely discard personal information. AARP, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, Philadelphia Controller's Office, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Council Members At-Large Al Taubenberger, David Oh, and Derek Green, and the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association, hosted the event... Read more →

TREATING CANCER: HOPE VS. HYPE Widespread Hype Gives False Hope To Many Cancer Patients

By Liz Szabo After Michael Uvanni’s older brother, James, was diagnosed with a deadly form of skin cancer, it seemed as if everyone told the family what they wanted to hear: Have hope. You can beat this, and we are here to help. The brothers met with doctors at a half-dozen of the country’s best hospitals, all with impressive credentials that inspired confidence. Michael Uvanni was in awe when he visited the University of Texas... Read more →

Former Investment Advisor Who Stole Client’s Retirement Savings Guilty On All Counts

TRENTON, N.J. – A former financial advisor entrusted with advising clients on investments was convicted by a federal jury for defrauding his client, a former factory worker, out of his retirement savings and using the funds for his own benefit, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced. Jesse Holovacko, 39, of Sayreville, New Jersey, was convicted on all counts of an indictment charging him with six counts of wire fraud and one count of investment... Read more →

VIDEO: The 12 Worst Places to Live in the U.S.; Can You Guess What City is Number One?

Published on Jun 17, 2016 Get more Tips here! Are you thinking of relocating somewhere in the States? Make sure you take a look at the 12 worst places to live in the U.S. before you make any decisions about your next home base. 12. St. Louis, Missouri Over 14% of St. Louis’ population is living below the poverty line. Out of 100,000 residents, every year 35.3 are murdered, which ranks it as one... Read more →

Guest Opinion: What's The Solution To The Infrastructure Problem?

Richard F. Keevey The status of the nation's infrastructure may be characterized as anywhere from discouraging to alarming. Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a report on the status of infrastructure for the nation and for each state. Their latest report was for 2017. The Society grades 16 categories, including dams,…

New Documentary about Whitney Houston's Bisexuality Debut's at Tribeca Film Festival

A new documentary about Whitney Houston's life talks about the late singer's bisexuality and her long-rumored secret romance with her best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford. The documentary, “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday night. Interviews conducted with Houston's family members and friends reveal the singer's relationship with Crawford was… Read more →

South Jersey Congressman Leads Way to Replace Obamacare

Credit: U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, Republican Congressman for the 3rd District A New Jersey congressman, Republican Tom MacArthur (NJ-3rd), has emerged as a leader in the national battle to replace the Affordable Care Act, but opponents of the quest insist his plan would increase the cost of commercial insurance, reduce benefits and leave older, sicker…

Denville Woman Bitten in Face by Neighbor's Dog Awarded $850,000

MORRISTOWN -- A Denville woman who was injured in a dog attack five years ago while dog-sitting for her neighbor was recently awarded $850,000 by a Morris County jury, New Jersey Law Journal reported. Jennifer Reid, then 38, was dog-sitting her neighbor's 80-pound German shepherd/chow-chow mix when the dog jumped up and bit her face while… Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 3 No. 45 (April 30, 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 TO ENLARGE IMAGE Read more →

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Congratulations to GHS Lady Lions Beat Wildwood 16-0

CNB Sports WILDWOOD, NJ (April 28, 2017)—The Gloucester City High School softball team beat Wildwood on Friday by a score of 16-0. Freshman Meghan Ferry hit her third Grand Slam of the season and senior Brianna Anderson pitched a perfect game. After the game, the team celebrated the win at Sam’s Pizza on the boardwalk. (source Gloucester City High School) Read more →

High School Baseball: Gloucester Catholic Wins Action-Packed Game Against Steinert 5-4

RELATED: Gloucester Catholic High School HAMILTON — No. 3 Gloucester Catholic got a tie-breaking single from Adam Bonomo and then scored what proved the be the winning run on the second of two top-of-the-ninth-inning balks and the Rams outlasted No. 5 Steinert, 5-4, in an action-packed game. Andrew Vail, who surrendered the tying run in the fifth inning on his own… Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan, North Carolina Department of Public Safety

RALEIGH, NC (April 27, 2017)--Sergeant Meggan Callahan was killed after being assaulted at the Bertie Correctional Institution at approximately 5:30 pm. She was attacked by a male inmate who was serving a life sentence for a previous murder. Medical staff at the prison and other first responders provided medical aid but she succumbed to her injuries approximately one hour after the attack. Sergeant Callahan had served with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for... Read more →

NJ School Districts Worried About Netflix Teen Suicide Drama "13 Reasons Why"; Warning Parents

Worry that the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" dangerously mischaracterizes teen suicide has led at least two New Jersey school districts to send warning letters to parents. Released on March 31, "13 Reasons Why," which is based on a popular young adult novel, tells the story of a high school girl who commits suicide and… Read more →

May is Stroke Awareness Month – Act F.A.S.T.

Stroke is the number four killer in this country and is the leading cause of long-term disability. In the United States, it is estimated that someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Eighty percent of strokes are preventable. To prevent stroke, know your risk factors and have regular medical checkups. Some risk factors can be changed and some cannot. While you can’t change your age, heredity or race (African Americans have a higher risk of... Read more →

Ex-Sheriff of Los Angeles County Jails Facing Jail Term

Via CBS News: Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison term for ex-Sheriff Lee Baca for conspiring to obstruct a federal grand jury investigation into civil rights abuses and corruption within Los Angeles County jails, but the defense is asking for a sentence of home detention, court papers obtained Tuesday show. Baca, 74, was convicted March 15 of obstruction of justice and two other federal charges for his role in the scheme to thwart the FBI... Read more →

Will the Sale of Homemade Bake Goods be Banned in New Jersey?

New Jersey could become the last state in the nation to ban the sale of homemade baked goods. A judge in Wisconsin -- the only other state to have such a ban -- will soon hear from attorneys on behalf of three women seeking to overturn Wisconsin's law, according to the Journal Sentinel. Both states currently… Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Delaware: Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: April 17-23 

Reminder for the week: Harvest of river herring, use of nets near spillways, retaining striped bass during spawning season unlawful in Delaware DOVER (April 28, 2017) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between April 17-23 made 1,355 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 97... Read more →

CNB Business: Coffee? Workout gym? Cleaning service? The top franchises in N.J.

MONTCLAIR--Colleen Carlee, a former Wall Street trader, was looking to start her own business when she came across what she thought was an unusual franchising idea that paired art lessons with drinking wine. While it might sound like a recipe for really sloppy abstract expressionism, she was hooked. "I thought it was an interesting concept. It's… Read more →

Face of Defense: Airman Provides Family, Haven for Orphans

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard633rd Air Base Wing JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va., April 27, 2017 — As an Air Force first sergeant, Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes’ job is to take care of others, and whether or not they are in his chain of command, he provides support to those in need. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes, the Air Combat Command’s first sergeant, poses for a photo with his wife, Stephanie,... Read more →

Bob Hurley’s next step? Coaching kids through Hurley Family Foundation

St. Anthony may be closing, but the next step in Bob Hurley's basketball career will take place in the same gym that the Friars called home for years. The legendary coach will continue his basketball work with the Hurley Family Foundation, a 501(c) nonprofit organization that hopes to launch in September. The program will be based… Read more →

Palmyra Man Charged With Growing Marijuana, Possession of Child Pornography

April 28, 2017 MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, FBI Newark Field Office Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher and Palmyra Police Chief Scott Pearlman announced that a Palmyra man was arrested this morning for growing marijuana inside his home and possessing child pornography. James Hightower, 48, of the 6200 block of Riverfront Drive, was charged with one count of Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility (First Degree), Manufacturing, Distributing or... Read more →

Oriah Behavioral Health’s Manage Addiction Lifeline Program Now Covered by Optum

(Lakewood, New Jersey) Oriah Behavioral Health, Inc. announces that its new iPad-based telemedicine protocol for treating opioid addiction, Manage Addiction Lifeline, is now covered by Optum, the behavioral health unit of United Healthcare Group. In this Manage Addiction Lifeline program, patients are connected daily, tracked daily, and participate in a twelve month comprehensive, medication-assisted treatment protocol. Initially, patients participate in an intensive three-month bio-psycho-social protocol, followed by a nine-month recovery/maintenance program that is administered 24/7... Read more →

More than 3 months after Inauguration Day, the Department of Agriculture now has a Secretary

Former Governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue’s swearing-in marks a big change for the only agency led all eight years of President Obama’s presidency by the same Secretary. And as the Sonny rises, he can usher in a new era at USDA if he pursues these taxpayer friendly reforms. Remember the real customer (and boss) is the taxpayer. Too often agencies employ a “customer service” model where they determine success by whether the businesses, state agencies,... Read more →

High School Baseball: Millville Coaches vs. Cancer Event This Weekend

This weekend Millville high will be packed with some of the top schools in New Jersey for the sixth Annual Millville Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Event. The event will feature four teams ranked in the Top 20 in No. 3 Gloucester Catholic, No. 7 Bishop Eustace, No. 10 St. Augustine and No. 17 Washington Township.… Read more →

College Baseball: Urso, Occhi Lead Kean Past Rutgers-Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. (April 28, 2017) – Junior leftfielder Frank Urso (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills) went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and senior southpaw Mike Occhi (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) hurled six strong innings in relief to lead the Kean University baseball team over Rutgers University-Camden, 7-2, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Friday afternoon. Rutgers-Camden, which entered the day with a mathematical chance to make the six-team NJAC playoffs next week, was eliminated from... Read more →

Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound will close this weekend for overnight work in Bellmawr

(Trenton) (April 28, 2017)-– New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced overnight closures this weekend of the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound as the Direct Connection project advances in Camden and Gloucester counties. Starting tonight at 10 p.m. Friday, April 28 until 6 a.m. the next morning, the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound will be closed to shift the lanes to the left to allow for work access on... Read more →

Gloucester City Police Chase ATV Rider Through the City into Brooklawn Before Apprehension

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 28, 2017)--Gloucester City police chased a man riding an ATV from Broadway and Essex Street to New Broadway in Brooklawn on April 18 around 4 PM. According to the weekly crime report, Hassan S. Torres (29), a resident of Camden City, was arrested on New Broadway and Chestnut Avenue in Brooklawn by Ptl. Shea O’Donnell due to the fact he was operating an ATV on Broadway at Essex Street and fled... Read more →

N.J. Amtrak Conductor Files Lawsuit Because of Fall in Baggage Car; Seeking over $150,000

An Amtrak conductor from New Jersey has filed a federal negligence lawsuit against her employer alleging she suffered spinal injuries, a concussion and fractured several teeth when she fell while entering a baggage car as a train arrived in Philadelphia. Kim Marie Shiller, 58, of the Fords section of Woodbridge, is seeking more than $150,000 in… Read more →

Marine from N.J who died in Hawaii to get full military honors

The U.S. Marine from New Jersey found dead in Hawaii last week will receive full military honors as part of his funeral, according to a report. The body of Tyler Wechsler, 21, of Egg Harbor Township was flown to Philadelphia on Thursday, said. From there, Wechsler will get a police and military escort to… Read more →

Foster Poultry Farms Recalls Frozen Ready-To-Eat Breaded Chicken Patty Products

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2017– Foster Poultry Farms, a Farmerville, La. establishment, is recalling approximately 131,880 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat breaded chicken patty products that may be contaminated with foreign materials, specifically plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The frozen, ready-to-eat breaded chicken patty items were produced on February 15, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)] 5-lb. bags containing 20 pieces of... Read more →

Video: F-bombing Chester County, PA Principal Unleashes Fury, Tells Students 'Go to Hell'

Must-see video: A school official in Chester County, Pennsylvania, has been put on leave after a video was posted online of him berating, badgering, bullying and screaming at two pro-life students standing on a sidewalk outside the Downingtown STEM Academy with signs carrying their Christian and pro-life message. Assistant Principal Zach Ruffs was off duty, and no further… Read more →

Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To File $1.2 Million in False Tax Returns

PHILADELPHIA, PA(April 27, 2017)(CNBNewsnet) --Voncel R. Harrigan, Sr., 51, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false income tax returns, announced the Acting United States, Attorney Louis D. Lappen. According to court documents, the charges arose from an identity theft and tax fraud scheme executed by Harrigan’s daughter, Vontia Jones, to obtain tax refunds from the IRS by filing more than 700 false tax returns amounting to... Read more →

Kennedy Health's Cancer Survivors Day 2017 set for June 4th

SEWELL, NJ – For the seventh consecutive year, Kennedy Health will host a day of fun-filled activities to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 4th. The popular Cancer Survivors Day celebration will be held at Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, in Sewell, NJ. This year also marks Kennedy’s third annual Cancer Survivors Day 5K Run/Walk. The 5K Run/Walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. (day-of-event registration 7:30 a.m.; advance registration information below).... Read more →

Former Passaic Mayor Alex D. Blanco Off to Prison For Taking $110,000 In Corrupt Payments

NEWARK, N.J. – The former mayor of the City of Passaic, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for taking $110,000 in corrupt payments from developers doing business in the city, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced. Alex D. Blanco, 45, of Passaic, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an information charging him with one count of soliciting and accepting corrupt payments in connection with City... Read more →


SITES TO BE DEVELOPED OFF OCEAN COUNTY’S MANASQUAN INLET AND IN DELAWARE BAY (17/P36) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection’s artificial reef program has secured a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to proceed with construction of two new reefs for recreational fishing, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. A reef to be built off Ocean County’s Manasquan Inlet is part of a compromise the Christie Administration reached between recreational anglers and commercial fishermen over... Read more →

Possible New Tool for First Responders: An Ice Bag to the Face

Newswise — A new study suggests a simple bag of ice water applied to the face could help maintain adequate blood pressure in people who have suffered significant blood loss. Blair Johnson, PhD, assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, will present his team’s work at the American Physiological Society’s annual meeting during the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting, to be held April 22–26 in Chicago. The researchers’ aim is to help prevent cardiovascular decompensation, a... Read more →


"The recent pledge by the Democratic National Committee chair to support only candidates who embrace the radical unrestricted abortion license is very disturbing. The Democratic Party platform already endorses abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy, even forcing taxpayers to fund it; and now the DNC says that to be a Democrat--indeed to be an American--requires supporting that extreme agenda. “True solidarity with pregnant women and their children transcends all party lines. Abortion doesn't empower... Read more →

High School Baseball: Gloucester Catholic Explodes in the Third Inning with 9 Runs

RELATED: Gloucester Catholic High School CNB Sports BROOKLAWN, NJ (APRIL 27, 2017)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester Catholic baseball continued its unbeaten streak with today’s win over Wildwood High School on their home field in Brooklawn. The Rams jumped out to a 3-1 early lead in the first thanks to a double by Adam Bonomo followed by a double by Chris Turco. After the first, the Rams never looked back getting 9 more runs in the third and 4 more... Read more →

DNREC Mosquito Control urges property owners to ‘Look About, Dump It Out!’

to eliminate standing water that can breed mosquitoes DOVER (April 27, 2017) – Through a new public awareness campaign beginning today, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section urges residential and business property owners throughout the state to empty all standing water sources, large and small, to reduce mosquito-breeding habitat on their properties. The “Look About, Dump It Out!” campaign will be featured in television and radio public service announcements, billboards and public... Read more →

Officer Down: Corporal Stephen J. Ballard, Delaware State Police, Delaware

DOVER, DELAWARE (April 26, 2017)--Corporal Stephen Ballard was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a gas station on Pulaski Highway, near Salem Church Road, in Bear, Delaware. He made contact with two people he observed in the vehicle, at which point of the men began struggling with him. The man pushed Corporal Ballard away from him and began to run. After taking several steps he turned around and opened fire on Corporal... Read more →

Bye! Bye!: Political Correctness Fanatics Have Fox News Anchor Jesse Watters in Their Sights

During Wednesday night’s new primetime edition of “The Five,” host Jesse Watters announced he was going on a little vacation. Watters will be absent from the next two episodes of “The Five,” and from hosting his own program over the weekend. The longtime Fox personality and producer’s vacation was not previously announced and follows a big… Read more →

Kennedy Health Alliance Unveils Latest Medical Practice

Voorhees, NJ – The latest Kennedy Health Alliance (KHA) medical practice was officially unveiled at a special Open House on Wednesday, April 26th. Garden State Infectious Diseases Associates, P.A., has joined Kennedy Health Alliance, with offices in Voorhees and Washington Township, NJ. The Grand Opening celebration was held at the Voorhees office and attended by Kennedy Health leaders, associates and members of the medical practice staff. Shown here cutting the ribbon is Infectious Diseases specialist... Read more →

Consumers have 6 weeks to file for restitution from Radiate Athletics

Attorney General Shapiro Announces Settlement in Kickstarter Consumer Scam T-Shirt Case HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced the office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection is settling a case against a suburban Philadelphia sports apparel business that raised $579,000 online from more than 8,500 consumers to create athletic shirts that purportedly changed colors in response to body temperatures – but failed to deliver the shirts as promised to many consumers. Kenneth E. Crockett Jr., the... Read more →

Prosecutor Coffina Gets Firsthand Look at Burlco Areas Affected by Gun Violence

press release BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ (April 26, 2017)--Scott Coffina told members of the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process that, if confirmed as Burlington County Prosecutor, one of his top priorities would be to address shootings and other violent crimes that have troubled certain areas of the county. He wasted no time getting started. One day after taking the oath of office on March 31, he set out on an overnight patrol... Read more →

CNB Medical: Three Offbeat Plastic Surgery Trends In 2017

From dimpleplasty to cheek reductions, plastic surgery options have definitely expanded from the more traditional enhancements. And the industry is booming. According to IMCAS, a group of plastic surgery and dermatology professionals, plastic surgery grew 8.3 percent worldwide last year to an estimated $8.9 billion. That figure is expected to increase to $9.8 billion this year,… Related articles Another Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure Kills A Woman In South Florida New Technique Improves Breast Reduction Outcomes... Read more →

Trump Ends Obama’s African Ebola Amnesty

Judicial Watch (APRIL 25, 2017)--In a refreshing move, the Trump administration is eliminating one of Barack Obama’s many outrageous amnesty initiatives, this one involving illegal immigrants from African countries affected by the Ebola virus a few years ago. The Ebola amnesty scandal got buried in the hoopla of the administration’s broad executive order protecting millions of illegal alien Mexicans and Central Americans, but it was just as alarming. Launched in 2014, the Ebola reprieve was... Read more →

HS Baseball: Gloucester Catholic 3-Pennsville 1

RELATED: Gloucester Catholic High School CNB SPORTS PENNSVILLE, NJ (APRIL 27, 2017)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester Catholic and Pennsville battled Wednesday afternoon for five straight before the Rams took the lead in the fifth and held on for a 3-1 win. The pitching was strong on both sides. Pennsville got its lone run in the second inning. At the top of the fifth Rams’ Sam Punzi doubled driving in two runs. Angelo DeAngelis earned the win for Catholic. He... Read more →

CNB Crime: South Jersey Gymnastic Coach Charged with Child Sex Assault

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ (April 26, 2017)--Joseph J. Catrambone, age 30, of Deptford Township NJ has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two girls under age 13, one in October 2016 and one on two successive dates in March 2017 at a Williamstown NJ gymnastics center. In addition to three counts of sexual assault, Catrambone, a gymnastics coach, is also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of... Read more →

Commentary: Harden is the NBA MVP

Austin Darrow | CNBNewsnet The debate is over for the NBA MVP. Realistically it should be LeBron James, but that’s a different story, and the media and NBA have already made their minds up about the two candidates being James Harden of the Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder. Now Harden and Westbrook faced each other in the first round of the playoffs, and Harden did it with ease. You know why? Not because... Read more →