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September 2017

NJ News Commons: WHY IS THE NJ PRISON POPULATION SHRINKING? (IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT LESS CRIME...)

Meanwhile, an analysis by NJ.com of state Department of Corrections data shows that fewer people are going to prison in New Jersey these days – and the numbers continue to drop. The number of men, women and juveniles that are incarcerated or living in halfway houses in New Jersey fell to 19,619 this year, down from 21,123 in 2013. The state's inmate population has actually fallen more from its peak in the 1990s than any other state in the country. SEX ABUSE, CONTRABAND, COVER-UPS? INSIDE A GROWING CRIMINAL PROBE AT NJ WOMEN'S PRISON A growing criminal inquiry into New Jersey's only women's prison has revealed allegations of sexual assault and exploitation. NJ.com says prosecutors are calling on the state's top law enforcement officials to intervene to stop the abuse after investigators uncovered cases upon cases of staff members allegedly abusing prisoners and exchanging contraband for sex at the Edna Mahan... Read more →


Christopher Cummings, 24, of Camden City Dies From Multiple Gunshot Wounds

CNBNews Files CAMDEN CITY, NJ (September 27, 20177)--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a shooting last night which resulted in the death of a Camden man. Camden County Police responded on September 26, 2017 at approximately 8:59 p.m. to the corner of Ormond and Lansdowne avenues in the city in reference to a Shotspotter activation and 9-1-1 calls for a shooting victim. When officers arrived, they located the victim, Christopher Cummings, 24, of Camden, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by EMS to Cooper University Hospital where he succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:18 p.m. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Matthew Barber at (856) 225-5166 or Camden County Police Detective Shawn Donlon... Read more →


Mark Davis, 40, of Camden City Shot Several Times on September 16 Has Died

CAMDEN CITY, NJ --Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a shooting which resulted in the death of a Camden man. Camden County Police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a man shot in the Ablett Village apartment complex in the city on September 16, 2017 at approximately 10:29 p.m. When officers arrived, they located the victim, Mark Davis, 40, of Camden, on the sidewalk alive but suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Mark Davis was transported by EMS to Cooper University Hospital where he was receiving treatment. On Wednesday, September 27, 2017 he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 1:37 a.m. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sherman Hopkins at (856) 225-8623 or Camden County Police Detective Mark... Read more →


EPA Plan for Cleanup of Lead-Contaminated Residential Properties in West Deptford

New York, N.Y. – (Sept. 27, 2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plan to continue removing lead-contaminated soil from a residential development previously owned and built by the Tempo Development Group in West Deptford, (Thorofare), N.J. EPA added the Tempo development to the Matteo & Sons, Inc. Superfund site in October of 2016 after finding that residential properties on nearby Birchly Court, Woodlane Drive, Oakmont Court and Crown Point Road were impacted by lead contamination from the disposal of crushed battery casings. Lead is a toxic metal that can impact a child’s ability to learn and cause a range of other serious health problems. “The EPA quickly mobilized to address areas contaminated with crushed battery casings and help home owners understand the risks from the lead underneath and around their homes,” said Acting Regional Administrator, Catherine McCabe. “EPA has removed nearly 2,000 tons of lead-contaminated material from... Read more →


Gloucester County Prosecutors Office Defensive Driving Classes in October

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ --Registrations are being accepted from Gloucester County residents for a defensive driving class that can save money on vehicle insurance and remove penalty points assessed for driving violations. image courtesy of Jeff Victor) Sponsored by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office for the past six years, the class is offered both in two weekday sessions from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Oct. 17, with attendance required both evenings to receive a certificate of completion, and in a single six-hour weekend session, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. A bag lunch is advisable for the Saturday class. Classes will be held in Room 717 of Scott Hall on the campus of Rowan College at Gloucester County, Tanyard Road, Deptford Township. Use parking lot D. $10 processing fee is charged for class materials and the cost of removing up to two points from... Read more →


Passaic Mayor Hector Lora Invites You To A Taste of Market Street Saturday, September 30


Bridgeton's Tyler Skye Named Conference Player of the Week

ANNVILLE, PA (09/26/2017)-- Tyler Skye of Bridgeton, N.J. is one of five Lebanon Valley College student-athletes who made some noise with their performances last week and earned conference player of the week honors. Skye, a graduate of Cumberland Regional High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production at The Valley. Volleyball's Jess Attieh, men soccer's Cam Avery, men's golf's David Herbst, women's soccer's Meghan Ross, and men's soccer's Tyler Skye picked up MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week recognition for their respective sports. Attieh led LVC to a 3-1 week, including a sweep at the 2017 Dutchmen Quad. The junior finished the week hitting .405 with 61 kills, 72 points, 15 digs, and 14 blocks. In a narrow loss to Arcadia to begin the week, she recorded 17 kills and two blocks. In a win over Misericordia, Attieh hit .588 with 11 kills and four... Read more →


Lower Township Police Department responded to a total of 601 calls, averaging 86 calls per day

CAPE MAY NJ (September 25, 2017)--The Lower Township Police Department responded to or initiated a total of 601 calls, averaging a total of 86 calls per day. Police also made a total of 12 arrests during this period. Below is a breakdown of incidents and arrests by date: Weekly Adult Arrest Report 9-11-17 Michael A. Walker/32, N. Cape May, NJ - Contempt of Court James K. Williams/30, Villas, NJ - Contempt of Court Gregory W. Straub/45, Villas, NJ - Contempt of Court 9-12-17 Jessica Waugh/30, Villas, NJ - Possession CDS Bryan D. Claudio-Reyes/24, Villas, NJ - Contempt of Court Maryanne McLaughlin/61, Villas, NJ - DWI 9-15-17 Terry R. Moore/26, Bridgeton, NJ – Non Support Adam T. Baals/61, Woodbury, NJ - Burglary, Stalking, Harassment 9-16-17 Ann M. Polk/43, North Wildwood, NJ – DWI Jennifer L. Groff/32, Norristown, PA - DWI 9-17-17 Antonio E. Orona/20, Dunmore PA – Theft Todd D. Corliss/26,... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Construction Begins on Bloede Dam Removal Project

September 25, 2017 Effort will improve public safety, health of Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay Construction workers broke ground this month on a major project to restore the health of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay and improve public safety in Maryland’s Patapsco Valley State Park. Workers are relocating a sewer line and preparing the site in preparation for the removal of Bloede Dam. Removal of the 34-foot high by 220-foot long Bloede Dam is a partnership of American Rivers, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and others. It is the linchpin of a larger plan— including removal of the Union and Simkins dams in 2010— to restore more than 65 miles of spawning habitat for blueback herring, alewife, American shad, hickory shad, and more than 183 miles for American eel in the Patapsco River watershed. “This is... Read more →


Lebanon Valley College Recognizes NJ Peer Mentors

ANNVILLE, PA (09/25/2017)-- Lebanon Valley College welcomes 65 students who will participate in the Peer Mentor Program and guide new and transfer students through their first few months at The Valley. Peer mentors are responsible for assisting new students in succeeding personally, socially, and academically through connections to the College and their peers. 2017 Peer Mentor Students include: Erin Kingham of Haddonfield (08033), a graduate of Haddon Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in health science at The Valley. Catherine Lacovara of Mullica Hill (08062), a graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in biology at The Valley. Michael Leone of Swedesboro (08085), a graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in accounting and business administration at The Valley. Michelle Dardaris of Williamstown (08094), a graduate of Williamstown High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in... Read more →


Medical and Family Health Groups Across the State Promote Syphilis Prevention

3rd Public Awareness Campaign on STDs This Year To reduce Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and prevent pregnant women from passing syphilis on to their newborns, the New Jersey Department of Health and key partners have launched the “Protect Your Baby from Syphilis” awareness campaign to educate pregnant women, their partners and doctors about the importance of getting tested and treated for syphilis. “Congenital syphilis is on the rise nationally, and after three years of no confirmed cases in New Jersey, a dozen infants were born with congenital syphilis last year. That is 12 too many,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said. “Early treatment is essential. If not treated early, congenital syphilis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, low birth weight, blindness, meningitis or even death after birth.” Penicillin G is the only effective medication for syphilis in pregnant women. If treatment is initiated at least 30 days prior to delivery, congenital... Read more →


CNB Archives December 2008: Gloucester City Board of Ed Honors Jim and Peg McQuaid

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent At the recommendation of Superintendent Paul Spaventa, the Gloucester City Board of Education recognized the commitment and efforts of several district faculty and facilities staff members during last week’s monthly meeting. Spaventa lauded retirees Jim and Peg McQuaid, who together have spent almost 40 years serving the district. Jim worked as the cafeteria custodian at the high school for several years, as well as the lead on summer moving projects and snow removal. Peg was assistant manager of the cafeteria before joining the Mary Ethel Costello School Facilities staff. The superintendent stated both of the McQuaids “were great workers …and even better people.” He added that their co-workers, administrators and school board members “wish them well on their much deserved retirement”. Spaventa also thanked high school faculty members Bev Palaia, Chris Pierce and Kevin Young for their involvement in the production... Read more →


N.J.’s first lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno Guest Speaker at PIANJ Women’s Business Forum

Trenton, NJ – The Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey held its fall Women’s Business Forum last week at Forsgate Country Club, Jamesburg, N.J. Insurance professionals from across the state attended the event to hear from the state’s first Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. “We are honored that the lieutenant governor took time out of her busy schedule to discuss her vision for New Jersey with professional insurance agents from across the state,” said PIANJ President Kacy Campion Renna, CIC. “The Women’s Business Forum offers insurance producers the opportunity to hear viewpoints of successful businesswomen and professionals.” During her address, Guadagno recognized the value professional insurance agents give to New Jersey’s insurance-buying public, citing as an example how hard the industry worked behind the scenes to help families and get businesses up and running after Superstorm Sandy. She also addressed various challenges in the Garden State, including high property taxes and... Read more →


FBI's Top Ten Fugitive Santiago Villalba Mederos

A Washington state gang member charged with two murders in 2010 has been named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to his capture. Santiago Villalba Mederos, a member of the violent Eastside Lokotes Sureno gang, is wanted in connection with two separate shootings in Tacoma, Washington, that resulted in the death of a young woman and the serious wounding of her brother, and a month later, the murder of a young man. Mederos was a teenager at the time of the killings. “To have committed two homicides at such a young age shows how violent he was and how violent the gang was,” said Special Agent Terry Postma from the FBI’s Seattle Division. “The younger gang members tried to earn respect from the older guys by these extreme acts of violence.” In February 2010, Mederos—who... Read more →


Farley Plaza Stages 14th Annual Kerbeck Toys for Tots Corvette Caravan


NJ SIERRA CLUB: Atlantic City Sewage Leak Shows Sign of Bigger Problems

A sewage leak near Bader Field in Atlantic City is a huge public health risk. Sewage seeped into the area around Bader Field, the Great Thorofare, the Beach Thorofare and the Inside Thorofare after a 40-year-old main on the west side of the former airport was discovered ruptured on Saturday. The Atlantic County Utilities Authority has been working since Saturday to repair and redirect the line. The Atlantic City Health Department urges people to not swim, fish, crab, kayak or use personal watercraft in the area. Also, residents and businesses in the Chelsea Heights section of Atlantic City as well as in Ventnor, Margate, and Longport are asked to conserve water to minimize flow through the damaged line. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club released the following statement: “The ruptured sewer pipe spewing sewage into waters around Atlantic City is a huge health risk. This incident is... Read more →


TSA continues assistance with hurricane recovery efforts, resumes security operations in hard hit areas

WASHINGTON – In response to each of the hurricanes in September, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) deployed more than 1,100 members of its workforce to impacted areas. This includes 500 individuals deployed to supplement local screening staff at airports and another 660 who volunteered to serve on DHS’s Surge Capacity Force to get needed aid directly to storm survivors. TSA employees from across the country volunteered to assist with airport security operations to help impacted airports reopen, as well as provide disaster assistance to survivors on the ground. While waiting to learn about the extent of the damage, hundreds more have volunteered to head to the affected areas in the wake of Hurricane Maria. “My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those impacted by the devastating hurricanes,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske, who visited Houston in early September and recently visited Florida and the Caribbean following Hurricane Irma.... Read more →


PROSECUTION OPENS UP NEW FRONT IN MENENDEZ TRIAL

Prosecutors are now going after Sen. Bob Menendez by introducing testimony about a port security contract he allegedly helped co-defendant Salomon Melgen try to salvage. NJTV reports Melgen owned half of a company that secured a contract to screen cargo in the Dominican Republic. That contract became worthless when the U.S. State Department donated surplus equipment to the country, causing Melgen's business to lose value, at which point Sen. Menendez allegedly tried to intervene on behalf of his friend. GATEWAY OFFICIAL SAYS THERE'S 'NO PLAN B' IF FEDERAL FUNDING FALLS THROUGH Nearly 10 percent of the nation's gross domestic product hinges on building the proposed Gateway rail tunnel, according to a key transportation official. Yet, NJ Spotlight says there is no "plan B" in place if federal funding for the project falls through. Although the U.S. House of Representatives approved up to $900 million in the latest federal budget, the... Read more →


Letters to the Ed: Mayor Filipek Is A Flop!

Once again Bellmawr’s Mayor Frank Filipek has provided the Borough with failed leadership. The Borough recently had a ribbon-cutting and dedication event for the new basketball courts. Information was never communicated or published on Bellmawr’s website. This is the type of leadership that emanates from Bellmawr’s Mayor. The current Mayor continually disrespects residents as he has done since his election in November 2002. This Mayor treats residents with contempt and indignation if they question his decisions, or ask a simple question; nor does he reply to any email correspondence sent to him. Further evidence provided is a Mayor who cannot even represent residents with respect by wearing a business suit and tie at Council Meetings. The lack of professionalism is apparent from the moment he enters Council Meetings, and I have attended countless meetings since 2011. Repeatedly, the leadership failure is obvious. For instance, during this year’s Student Government Day,... Read more →


Shawneeq Carter Murdered in Woodbury

WOODBURY, NJ (September 26, 2017)--The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Woodbury City Police Department are investigating the death of Shawneeq M. Carter, age 26 of Camden NJ, whose body was found about 7:30 p.m. Saturday September 23 inside a house at 26 Hopkins Street in Woodbury NJ. Ms. Carter had been house-sitting for the resident, who was not in the Woodbury area when Ms. Carter’s body was discovered. An autopsy by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of Ms. Carter’s death was blunt force trauma and the manner of death was homicide. Anyone with information about the death of Shawneeq M. Carter is asked to contact Det. Warren Rivell of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-384-5625 or Det. Carl Villone of the Woodbury City Police Department at 856-845-0065. Read more →


Woodbine's Jake Davis of RPI Honored by Liberty League

TROY, NY (09/26/2017)-- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Jake Davis of Woodbine 08270 has been chosen as the Liberty League Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week, it has been announced. He helped the No. 14 Engineers to a second place finish in the 26-school Purple Valley Classic hosted by Williams College. In the premier Division III cross country meet of the week, which included six nationally-ranked teams - Davis (Ocean City High School) finished third on the team and 21st overall with a time of 27:02.6. He ran the 8K course in a 5:27 pace to finish second among all freshmen, trailing only MIT's Slaney Kent, who was 17th overall (26:53.1). There were 324 total competitors in the race. This is the first weekly honor for Davis, a physics major. He came to Rensselaer after running two years of varsity cross country in high school, including one as a... Read more →


You're Invited to the Marc Ryan Field Dedication

Marine Corporal Marc Ryan GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (SEPTEMBER 26, 2017)--The Gloucester Mustangs would like to extend an invitation to the entire community to be a part of the "Marc Ryan Field" Dedication at 6:30 pm this Friday night, September 29th, at the Billy Flynn Complex on Johnson Blvd. On Friday evening, the Mustangs will welcome all of the City's youth athletes onto the field for the dedication. This invitation is open to all kids, in their uniforms. Lt Colonel Keith Pierce of the United States Marine Corp will be a big part of this presentation, as well as Mayor and Council, Gloucester City Police and Fire Departments and the Gloucester City Lions Football team. The Mustangs want to show the Ryan family what Marc's ultimate sacrifice means to the community and is urging eveyone to attend.. Following the ceremony, the Gloucester Mustang Senior team will play the Fighting Irish of... Read more →


Theodore Bitzas “Teddy” Age 79 of Camden and Formerly of Chesilhurst

On September 10, 2017. Beloved son of the late Theodore and Susan (Cupo) Bitzas. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Richard Michelson. He was also predeceased by his sister, Susan Michelson in 2012. Funeral services and burial will be held privately at a later date. There will be no viewing. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Theodore Bitzas. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


Gov. Florio: Failure to improve NJ Transit now will prove costly later

By Jim Florio New Jersey wouldn't be New Jersey if it didn't occupy the space between New York and Philadelphia. This state's location has shaped who we are. It's the reason we have been such a prosperous state. But prime location is only an advantage if you do everything possible to take advantage of it. In… Read more →


CNB TRAVEL NEWS: New I-287 ramp in Central Jersey to Routes 202-206 south opens

BEDMINSTER - The new exit 22A ramp from Interstate 287 north to Routes 202-206 south opens on Monday morning, the state Department of Transportation said. The new ramp eliminates a stop at its end to allow traffic to flow more smoothly onto Routes 202-206 south. This should also reduce delays on the ramp and onto Interstate… Read more →


NJ Sierra Club Says: Recent Hunting Accident Consequence of Christie Administration Law

The DEP has put out misinformation about the sad incident of a dog being killed by a hunter in Hunterdon County. An Alaskan Shepherd, Tonka was shot last week after the dog ran after a deer in the woods adjacent to the homeowner’s property. The bow-hunter killed the dog, but this incident could have been prevented if it wasn’t for Governor Christie pushing a new law to reduce the buffer for hunters to hunt closer to homes in 2010. This was part of his attempt to take care of the hunting lobby after their endorsement. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club released the following statement: “DEP isn’t telling the whole truth about the hunter shooting a dog in Hunterdon County. What they aren’t saying is that this happened as a result of the law that Governor pushed through to change the hunting buffer around homes. New Jersey... Read more →


Scorecard Shows Many Legislators Still Not Making the Grade

press release Trenton, NJ -- The NJ legislature again failed to provide adequate environmental safeguards or effectively counter the Christie administration’s anti- environmental agenda, according to the 2015-17 Clean Water Action Scorecard (http://www.cleanwateraction.org/NJ-scorecard-2017) released today. Legislators on average scored a mere 53% in 2017, not much different than 2015’s 47% or 2013’s 48%. Despite these overall scores, there are shining stars. Many of Clean Water Action’s “Environmental Heroes” were present at its press conference. See our Heroes’ quotes at http://www.cleanwateraction.org/nj-scorecard-2017-legislative-quotes “We really are at a critical juncture. We are experiencing human-caused climate change daily – Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria are painful lessons for the legislature to hide their heads in the sand is a dere-liction of public trust,” says Janet Tauro, Clean Water Action, NJ Board Chair and Jersey Shore resident. The Scorecard is a comprehensive evaluation of how the NJ legislature as a whole and individually rate on... Read more →


FBI RELEASE 2016 CRIME STATS: Violent Crime Increases, Property Crime Decreases

Violent crime increased for the second consecutive year, while property crime decreased for the 14th straight year, according to the FBI’s annual report on national crime statistics released today. There were an estimated 17,250 murders in the U.S. last year, an 8.6 percent increase from 2015. Overall violent crime rose 4.1 percent last year, while property crime fell 1.3 percent compared to 2015 figures. Crime in the United States, 2016 is a compilation of information reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program by more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide. The report showed there were an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes in the U.S. last year. Though the violent crime numbers rose from 2015 to 2016, the five-year and 10-year trends show an increase from 2012 (up 2.6 percent) and a decrease from 2007 (down 12.3 percent). Additional statistics from Crime in the United States, 2016 include: Last... Read more →


ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO HOLD ARCHDIOCESAN ROSARY

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will observe the Memorial of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on Saturday, October 7th with an Archdiocesan Rosary. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will preside at this prayerful occasion, which is taking place on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. Saturday, October 7, 2017 7:00 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103 All are invited to pray the Holy Rosary and ask the Blessed Mother for her heavenly help with our many intentions. The Holy Rosary will be preceded by a Liturgy of the Word and will include liturgical music in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. ### Related articles Reasons why Carson Wentz will be a sleeper in fantasy Francis in America: Pope Francis to Find a Church in Upheaval Meet 5 N.J. residents who... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Sicklerville National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

LATHAM, NY (09/25/2017)-- Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Steven Ferrari from Sicklerville, N.J. and assigned to the Headquarters and Support Company, 42nd Infantry Division received a promotion to the rank of Major General. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard. For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York's Military Forces,... Read more →


Kyle Bell of Camden City Beaten to Death

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (September 25, 2017)--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a Camden man has died as a result of an aggravated assault in the Whitman Park section of the city. Camden County Police responded to the area of the 1200 block of Morton Avenue on September 12, 2017 in response to a 9-1-1 call of an unconscious male at approximately 1:33 a.m. When officers arrived, they located the victim, Kyle Bell, 47, of Camden, inside of his apartment. Kyle Bell was transported to Cooper University Hospital where he was receiving treatment until Thursday, September 14, 2017 when he succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased at approximately 8:10 p.m. The investigation into the death is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jason Rowello at (856)... Read more →


34-Year-Old Man Died Saturday in Rough Surf off Long Beach, NJ

LONG BRANCH -- A 34-year-old Piscataway man died on Saturday after he was pulled from the rough surf off Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch, police said. The man, whom police did not identify, was on the beachfront park with his family, police said. He went swimming and became distressed due to the currents, according to… Read more →


New Jersey Lt. Governor Guadagno: Saluting American Flag is a No-Brainer

TRENTON-Kim Guadagno is the Lt. Governor of New Jersey and she's hoping she can soon be elected as the next governor of the Garden State, and today, she spoke out against those who refuse to stand for the national anthem. "As the mother of an Air Force pilot, I believe this is a no-brainer. When that… Related articles K-12 Policy at Play as Two States Pick Governors This Year N.J. shouldn't let its guard down with Hermine yet, forecasters say 177 state corrections officers sworn in at Trenton ceremony Read more →


Coast Guard Rescues Swimmer in Distress off Belmar

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 24, 2017) - The Coast Guard rescued a man from the water off the coast of Belmar, New Jersey, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Delaware Bay were notified at about 5:15 p.m. by Belmar Fire Rescue of a swimmer in distress off 16th Avenue. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and dispatched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Manasquan Inlet to assist. The boat crew rescued the swimmer from the water and transported him to Station Manasquan Inlet where local EMS was waiting. “While beach goers are looking to enjoy the apparent extension to their summer season, it is important to remember the increased risks posed by strong offshore weather systems," said Lt. Chris Shivock, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. "Late summer and early fall are the peak of hurricane season in North America and... Read more →


PATERSON MAYOR RESIGNS, PLEADS GUILTY TO CORRUPTION CHARGES

Paterson mayor Joe "Joey" Torres resigned from his position effective at 9 a.m. this morning, The Record reports, after pleading guilty to corruption charges. Paterson City Council President Ruby Cotton is now interim mayor. The Associated Presssays Torres and three city public works officials were charged with conspiring to have city officials work overtime at a warehouse leased by Torres' family. NJ TRANSIT HAS SPENT MILLIONS ON EMPTY OFFICE SPACE NJ Transit has spent nearly $5 million since 2015 to lease and renovate a vacant floor in its headquarters in Newark. The Record says the agency is now poised to spend millions more to purchase the empty floor at Two Penn Plaza East to house employees working on storm resiliency projects and positive train control. The move has some are asking why permanent space is needed for temporary projects, especially considering the ongoing financial crunch the agency faces. LOCAL OFFICIALS... Read more →


Obituary: Ruth E. Britt Age 79 Of Voorhees

Ruth E. Britt Age 79 Of Voorhees On September 20, 2017, at the age of 79. Of Pennsauken. Formerly of Voorhees, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. Born on February 16, 1938 to Alonzo and Rosa Britt (nee Kittrell). Survived by her loving sister, Rosesta Britt and brother, James A. Britt. Predeceased by her parents and her brother, Allen C. Britt. Ruth was a graduate of Bok Technical School in South Philadelphia and retired from the IRS in Philadelphia. Interment will be private Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Ruth E. Britt. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Ph:856-456-1142 Read more →


Details of Gloucester City's Sale of Chatham Square; Includes Interview with City Solicitor

The new owner of Chatham Square was able to obtain the 34 Gloucester Terrace Apartments for $2 million plus. Those buildings will be included in the renovation and rebuilding of the Chatham Square complex (CNBNews photo) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 25, 2017)-The CNB article on the sale of the Chatham Square Apartments last month(Gloucester City Sells the 100 Chatham Square Apartments) was missing details such as how much will the new owner pay the city in lieu of taxes. In order to obtain the answer to that question and others we submitted an Open Public Records Act request (OPRA) for copies of the Redevelopment and Financial agreements between the city and Cyzner Properties Edison Inc. The agreement sale was dated September 15, 2015, and was amended and supplemented to date on May 4, 2017. June 1, 2010, Gloucester City announces it has hired Orens... Read more →


I was the victim of domestic violence but cops wrongly charged me, man claims

CAMDEN -- The photo of Kiedron Alexander's back shows his skin bubbling and peeling, raw, red flesh poking through. The image was taken by his lawyer after Alexander was treated at Kennedy Hospital in Stratford on the night he claims, according to court documents, that his girlfriend threw boiling water on him. That night, in January… Read more →


Face of Defense: A Rare, Look at Coast Guard training in Cape May (VIDEO)

CAPE MAY -- A slender man in a navy blue uniform paces the wide hallway under bright, fluorescent lights. "Scream at the top of your lungs, over and over and over, what you did to bring yourself in this position," he yells into a megaphone as a dozen young men and women rest a thick double… Read more →


Local Government Leaders Warn: Your property taxes will rise unless this happens

TRENTON -- New Jersey's 2 percent cap on police and firefighter arbitration awards must be renewed, or else taxpayers will see their services cut and property taxes rise, local government leaders said Friday. The cap on awards police and fire unions can win through interest arbitration sunsets at the end of the year. New Jersey mayors… Read more →


Tiny Salem County seeks a big prize -- Amazon headquarters

SALEM -- Officials in Salem County have their sights set on a big prize -- landing Amazon's second North American headquarters. Earlier this month the Seattle-based online retailer announced it was a holding competitive site selection process for a second headquarters in North America, a move which could bring up to 50,000 jobs to the winning… Read more →


Investigation Reveals Hundreds of Illegal Voters in Philadelphia

According to a Philadelphia elections official, hundreds of individuals who are not U.S. citizens have registered to vote in Philadelphia and nearly half of them voted in past elections. Since 2006, 317 registered voters have contacted the City Commissioners, which oversees Philadelphia elections, asking that their registrations be canceled because they are not citizens. Philly.com reported… Read more →


Margate, New Jersey, Doctor Pleads Guilty In Healthcare Fraud Conspiracy

CAMDEN, N.J. – A doctor with a medical practice in Margate, New Jersey, today admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers by signing prescriptions for patients he never saw, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick and New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced. John Gaffney, 55, of Linwood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to an information charging him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. “Dr. Gaffney sold phony prescriptions for unnecessary medications to patients he never examined as part of a sophisticated scheme to defraud a prescription benefits program available to New Jersey state and municipal employees,” Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick said. “In an era when many Americans work hard to maintain affordable health insurance for their families, Dr. Gaffney and his conspirators criminally exploited the health care system and left New Jersey tax... Read more →


4th Annual ‘Farm to Fork’ Fall Festival Planned at Duffield’s Farm Market on Saturday, 9/30

Enjoy the start of autumn with fall-themed activities, health information and cooking demos at the 4th annual “Farm to Fork” Fall Festival set for Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Duffield’s Farm Market (280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell, NJ). The three-hour event sponsored by Kennedy Health and Duffield’s will feature crafts, health screenings and cooking demonstrations, all aimed at promoting wellness with an autumn theme! No pre-registration is required, and admission is FREE. Duffield’s Farm Market will also be in full swing, with plentiful shopping options, pumpkin picking and other fall harvest events. For more information, call 1-800-547-9007. Read more →


NEW JERSEY BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES APPROVES CHANGES TO NATURAL GAS RATES

09/22/2017 - For Immediate Release ClearysNoteBook files WALL, N.J. — New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) today received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to adjust components of its rates, which will reduce the typical residential heating customer’s bill by 0.7 percent. In June, NJNG filed for an increase of 4.2 percent related to its Basic Gas Supply Service (BGSS) rate based on market conditions at the time. Due to recent market price decreases and successful natural gas purchasing strategies, however, NJNG is able to maintain its current BGSS rate of $0.3654 per therm. The total net effect is an overall decrease of 0.7 percent on the typical residential heating customer’s annual bills, effective October 1, 2017. The typical residential heating customer using 1,000 therms a year would see their annual bill go from $1,070.18 to $1,062.88, a decrease of $7.30. “Today’s announcement is good news for... Read more →


Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands in Six Southeastern PA Counties

List of commonly available pesticides for controlling invasive pest now available online Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 26 municipalities in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to the areas quarantined after confirming the presence of Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species that threatens a number of agricultural products and plant species. The quarantine was already in effect in other areas of the six counties. “Spotted Lanternfly can be devastating to apple and grape growers, and to our hardwood industry,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “It can also be an expensive nuisance for homeowners. It’s been three years since this pest was discovered in Pennsylvania – the first time it had been found in the U.S. We’ve worked closely with our partners in two other agencies, and the federal government and we’re engaging the public to help us identify and report sightings of this pest.... Read more →


HS Football: Clayton (0)Gloucester Catholic (34)

Related: Gloucester High Sch00l Related: Gloucester Catholic High School By Joseph Santoliquito | For NJ Advance Media GLOUCESTER CITY — Mike McAleer can vividly remember, because it really wasn’t that long ago, when he was laughed at walking through the halls of Gloucester Catholic. McAleer wasn’t the only one. Anyone wearing a Gloucester Catholic football jersey or associated with the program in some way drew… Read more →


Politicians really like free stuff | Sheneman cartoon

One thing has become overwhelmingly clear from the never ending corruption trial of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez- politicians love free stuff. Vacations, private jets, swanky hotel rooms, you name it. There is no gift too small for them to eagerly snatch it from your hand. According to the testimony at the trial Menendez couldn't resist… Read more →


Elliott's 61-yard field goal lifts Eagles over Giants

PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie kicker Jake Elliott connected on a 61-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Philadelphia Eagles a dramatic 27-24 victory over the New York Giants Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. In only his second game since being signed to replace the injured Caleb Sturgis, Elliott was bombarded at midfield by his teammates as… Read more →


Menendez trial offers glimpse into secret world of favors and luxury

NEWARK, N.J. — When federal prosecutors investigating Sen. Robert Menendez brought a Ukrainian model before a grand jury in 2013, they bluntly pressed her about her relationship with a donor accused of bribing the senator. "You became intimate with Dr. Melgen, correct?" a prosecutor asked Svitlana Buchyk, who the government says obtained a visa to the… Read more →