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GTPD Awarded The 2018 “Udrive, Utext, Upay Distracted Driving Enforcement” Grant

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--Law enforcement officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. “Distracted driving is possibly the most serious safety issue on our roadways today,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.” In New Jersey, driver inattention was listed as a contributing circumstance in 52 percent of the state’s crashes in 2015. Driver inattention... Read more →


Bye, Bye American Pie: '50s restaurant to be replaced by a Wawa

A new Wawa will be replacing the Chatterbox Drive-in, the 1950s to 1960s-themed restaurant whose fans include Henry Winkler, aka the Fonz. The land use board in Frankford unanimously approved the Wawa site plan application on Wednesday night. Chatterbox owner Don Hall said his restaurant on Route 15 will remain open for at least the next… Read more →


UNIVERSAL PICTURES GIFTS FANS WITH FREE TICKETS TO EXCLUSIVE "SPRING-FLING" SCREENINGS OF "BLOCKERS"

Displayed with permission from PR Newswire Offer Valid at 100 Theaters in 50 Cities Across the U.S. on Wednesday, April 4 Guests of 7:00 P.M. Screenings of the Comedy Will Be Among the First to Experience the South-by-Southwest Sensation UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Pictures, director Kay Cannon and the cast of Blockers, today announced that free "Spring-Fling" screenings of the new comedy will be offered on Wednesday, April 4, at 100 theater locations across 50 cities in the U.S. Guests who go to www.BlockersSpringFling.com and RSVP for a ticket—at participating locations—will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. showing, up to theater capacity. Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be claimed at www.BlockersSpringFling.com. Each guest must present a printed ticket and show a valid ID to receive admission. This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m.... Read more →


OPENING DAY OF TROUT SEASON TO REEL IN MORE THAN 100,000 ANGLERS ON APRIL 7

TRENTON - More than 184,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout will be available as anglers cast their lines on the much-anticipated opening of trout season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. An annual rite of spring, the opening day of trout season reels in more than 100,000 anglers each year, many of them as families. "New Jersey can take pride in offering some of the finest trout fishing found on the East Coast," Acting Commissioner McCabe said. "Trout season offers anglers a chance to relax and spend quality time in the outdoors. We strongly encourage newcomers to try their hand at trout fishing and discover a rewarding way to enjoy the splendid scenery of early spring." The DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife has been stocking waterways with rainbow trout raised at the Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Warren County and will continue... Read more →


Hyundai Hope On Wheels Surpasses $145 Million

The organization announces $15 million in new grant winners at the New York International Auto Show as part of Hyundai's longstanding support to pediatric cancer. FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., March 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, celebrates its 20th year in the fight against pediatric cancer and announces plans to exceed $145 million toward pediatric cancer research. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, HHOW will host its annual launch event at the New York International Auto Show to recognize the grant award-winning institutions, doctors, and children affected by pediatric cancer. The campaign theme for this year is: 20 years of saving lives and creating hope, in the fight to end childhood cancer. HHOW also introduces two new 2018 National Youth Ambassadors: Elizabeth Blair (11) and Carter Gates (12). The launch event is hosted by awarding winning journalist and multimedia personality Soledad O'Brien, and... Read more →


Joint Operation nets 24 transnational gang members, 475 total arrests under Operation Matador

NEW YORK (March 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)-- — Twenty-four were arrested Thursday under Operation Matador, the intelligence driven, unified effort to combat the proliferation of MS-13 and other transnational criminal gang activity in Long Island, the New York City metropolitan area and Hudson Valley. This brings the total arrested under this initiative to 475. Operation Matador, operating under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transnational Organized Crime Initiative (DHS TOCI), was launched by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York along with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This joint initiative is comprised of HSI special agents, ERO deportation officers and the ICE Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA); U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and state and local law enforcement partners to include Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and the Hempstead Police Department. The... Read more →


I-295 pavement resurfacing project begins next week in Burlington and Camden Counties

High Performance Thin Overlay to improve road safety and performance (Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the start of a pavement preservation project that will require temporary lane closures and ramp detours on I-295 in Burlington and Camden Counties. On Monday, April 2, NJDOT’s contractor, South State, Inc., is scheduled to begin temporary lane closures and ramp detours to mill and pave a four-mile stretch of road between Fellowship Road/CR 673 and Marne Highway/CR 537. After the completion of that stage, the contractor will begin application of the High Performance Thin Overlay (HPTO) on the 13-mile stretch of I-295 between Marne Highway/CR 537 in Mount Laurel and Black Horse Pike/Route 168 in Haddon Heights. The project is expected to be completed in the fall. Motorists should exercise caution while driving near the work zone and expect temporary lane closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.... Read more →


CRIME REPORT: Disorderly Women Spits Blood on Gloucester City Police Officers and EMT's

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 30)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester City Police and EMT's trying to help a woman in distress found themselves being berated and spat on by the individual. According to the weekly crime report on Friday, March 23, at 4:40PM officers responded to the area of Johnson Blvd. at Morris Street for a female walking down the street bleeding. Officers found the female on Johnson Blvd. at Chambers Street and the female immediately began screaming and threatening the officers. The female continued to act in this manner and screamed at the officers to just kill her now. The female was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and while being escorted to an ambulance for transport to the hospital, she spat blood on one of the officers and two EMT’s attempting to treat her. Further investigation determined the female was involved in a vehicle crash in Camden City and had walked away from... Read more →


"Yo Bill! Did You Hear This One?"

More on Firemen Fight; School District Going Solar

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2018 WITH BID INFO Related: CNBNews Tips and Snippets Related: CNBNews Point of View UPDATED: William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--We are getting bits and pieces about the alleged fight at the Gloucester City Fire Department that involved two firemen. According to our sources, a fire department captain allegedly attacked a subordinate over comments about the firehouse in the media. The fireman was in a discussion about whether it was someone within the firehouse. This supposedly enraged the captain who attacked the underling. For his outburst, we were told by an anonymous source the captain received a paid week suspension.One has to wonder if the animosity between the two firemen will someday carry over to their job when they are together fighting a fire. We had reported in February about a volunteer survey given to the firemen that revealed there was... Read more →


Jeffrey R. Wass Sentenced to Prison for Shooting at Evesham Township Police Officer

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Marlton resident was sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison today for shooting at an Evesham Township police officer who went to the man’s apartment for a well-being check last year. Jeffrey R. Wass, 55, of the Nieuw Amsterdam Apartments on North Maple Avenue, he will be eligible for parole after 42 months, under the Graves Act. Wass pled guilty in February to one count of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree). The investigation revealed that on May 24, 2017, Evesham police and fire personnel were called to the apartment complex by a maintenance worker who entered Wass’s apartment to investigate the odor of natural gas and discovered him unconscious on the couch. Upon entering the unit, the worker discovered that the burners on the gas stove had been turned on, but... Read more →


Former Maple Shade First Aid Squad Chief Joseph J. Freed III Admits Stealing Agency Funds

MOUNT HOLLY - Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that the former chief of the Maple Shade First Aid Squad admitted today in Superior Court to stealing more than $118,000 from the agency over a period of nearly seven years. Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Joseph J. Freed III, 54, (photo above) of the 400 block of North Coles Avenue in Maple Shade, pled guilty to one count of Theft by Deception (Second Degree) in exchange for five years in New Jersey state prison. He must make restitution to Maple Shade township in the amount of $118,345.50. The Hon. Charles A. Delehey scheduled sentencing for June 5. The thefts for which Freed is charged occurred between April 2010 and February 2017. The investigation revealed that Freed made several withdrawals during that period from a bank account belonging to the First Aid Squad that was under his direct control.... Read more →


Gloucester Township joins nationwide challenge to be the most “water wise”

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 – 30, 2018 Gloucester Township, Mayor David R. Mayer, is joining mayors across the country in the Wyland Foundation’s National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge asks residents to manage water resources more wisely and in return they can win a variety of prizes including: $5,000 toward their Home Utility Payments and water saving fixtures. Also, one lucky charity will receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to serve their community. The annual challenge, which takes place April 1st - 30th, is a non-profit national community service campaign including a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy. Last year, residents from over 4,800 cities in the United States pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 2.2 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 52... Read more →


Man Sentenced to Prison for His Role in Drug Ring That Used the Internet to Make Mail-Order Sales

Twelve members and associates of the narcotics ring were indicted in “Operation Skin Deep” TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a man was sentenced to prison today as one of the top members of a drug ring that marketed cocaine and designer drugs online and distributed them via the mail. He was charged along with 11 other alleged ring members and associates in an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice called “Operation Skin Deep.” Three additional men were indicted separately for trafficking cocaine as a result of the investigation. Aldo T. Lapaix, 31, of Absecon, N.J., was sentenced today to 10 years in state prison, including 8 ½ years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. in Atlantic County. He pleaded guilty on Aug. 28, 2017 to first-degree charges of racketeering and distribution of cocaine. Lapaix was one of three “partners” who ran... Read more →


FBI ALERT: Tech Support Fraud

Based on new reporting, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is providing updated guidance regarding technical support fraud. Tech Support Fraud involves a criminal claiming to provide customer, security, or technical support in an effort to defraud unwitting individuals. This type of fraud continues to be a problematic and widespread scam. In 2017, the IC3 received approximately 11,000 complaints related to tech support fraud. The claimed losses amounted to nearly $15 million, which represented an 86% increase in losses from 2016. While a majority of tech support fraud involves victims in the United States, IC3 has received complaints from victims in 85 different countries. Criminals may pose as a security, customer, or technical support representative offering to resolve such issues as a compromised e-mail or bank account, a virus on a computer, or to assist with a software license renewal. Some recent complaints involve criminals posing as technical support representatives... Read more →


CNB Business News: Jefferson & Einstein Healthcare Network Sign Letter of Intent to Merge

The partnership would bring together two historic, like-minded organizations, both committed to delivering high-quality healthcare and training the healthcare professionals of tomorrow. PHILADELPHIA — Leadership from Jefferson and Einstein Healthcare Network announced the signing of a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge, potentially bringing together two historically linked academic medical centers whose shared vision is to improve the lives of patients and their communities. The move also sets the stage for a clinical academic enterprise that would boast the largest residency program in the Greater Philadelphia region, making Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) uniquely positioned to educate the brightest healthcare professionals of tomorrow with a multi-hospital clinical rotation unlike any other. The merger would also bring together nationally recognized MossRehab and Magee Rehabilitation, two of U.S. News & World Report’s top-ranked rehabilitation hospitals. “At the new Jefferson our mission is to improve lives. To bring Einstein, with... Read more →


4 alleged MS-13 gang members charged in connection with murder

LAS VEGAS – Four alleged MS-13 gang members were charged Tuesday in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a rival gang member whose body was found on federal property in southern Nevada. The case is the result of a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, with assistance from DEA. Josue Diaz-Orellana, 22, Luis Reyes-Castillo, a/k/a “Molesto,” 24, David Perez-Manchame, a/k/a “Herbi” and “Walter Melendez,” 19, and Miguel Torres-Escobar, 20, are charged with assault with intent to commit murder, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm during, and in relation to a crime of violence. According to court documents, on January 21, 2018, Diaz-Orellana, Reyes-Castillo, Perez-Manchame, and Torres-Escobar, kidnapped and murdered Arquimidez Sandavol-Martinez. His body was discovered February 2 on federal property on East Lake Mead Boulevard, near mile marker 12, in rural Clark County, Nev. Examination of... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing NJ: Over The Counter Turkey Permit Sales Begin Monday, April 2

NJDEP Division of Fish and Game photo The Division's Turkey Restoration Project represents one of the greatest wildlife management success stories in the history of the state. By the mid-1800s, turkeys had disappeared in New Jersey due to habitat changes and killing for food. Division biologists, in cooperation with the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, reintroduced wild turkeys in 1977 with the release of 22 birds. In 1979 biologists and technicians began to live-trap and re-locate birds to establish populations throughout the state. By 1981 the population was able to support a spring hunting season, and in December, 1997, a limited fall season was initiated. There is now an abundance of wild turkeys throughout the state with turkeys found wherever there is suitable habitat. In South Jersey, where wild turkeys had been struggling just a few years ago, intensive restoration efforts have improved population numbers significantly. The... Read more →


Crashed Car Burst Into Flames in Gloucester City

photo credit/Gloucester City Fire Department GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--On March 29, 2018 at 6:47AM Gloucester City Police Officers responded to the 400 unit block of Walnut Avenue for a reported vehicle crash. Upon arrival, a vehicle was found on the front yard of a residence, on fire. The driver resisted officer’s attempts to remove him from the vehicle and once he was moved away from the vehicle, he lost consciousness. It was determined that he was experiencing an overdose and was administered one dose of Naloxone by Ptl. Ben McKinney. The driver regained consciousness and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Fuel leaking from the vehicle to the street was ignited by the fire and two additional vehicles were damaged as well. The fire was extinguished by Gloucester City Fire Department personnel and no other injuries were reported. The driver, Shawn D. Durkin (26), a resident... Read more →


Another View: NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar" Is Fine

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the NBC Easter Sunday broadcast of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert": One of the big myths about Christians is that they get exercised whenever some producers or artists take some liberties about the Gospel story. No, they generally don't take offense unless it is insulting, exploitative, or malicious. That is why almost no Christians protested "Jesus Christ Superstar" when it opened on Broadway in 1971. Even fewer are likely to be upset with the NBC telecast on Easter Sunday. It was mostly Jews who protested the musical, not Christians, when it first debuted. The American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League were afraid that there were elements in the show that might invite viewers to think that Jews conspired to kill Jesus, thus fanning the flames of anti-Semitism. The good news is that their fears were unfounded. The Catholic community was mostly... Read more →


Twelve-Year Prison Sentence, New Indictment Cap Active Week at BCPO for Drug-Induced Death Homicide Prosecutions

MOUNT HOLLY (March 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)-- Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Camden City drug dealer was sentenced today to 12 years in New Jersey state prison on homicide and other charges for causing the death of a Burlington Township man who bought heroin from him in April 2017 and fatally overdosed on the drug. Jose LaPorte, 25, (center) must serve more than 10 years of the term before becoming eligible for parole. Prosecutor Coffina, who handled the sentencing hearing personally, argued for a 15-year term, telling the Hon. Jeanne T. Covert, P.J.Cr., that it is necessary to “increase the cost of doing business for . . . drug dealers,” and “send a message that there will be severe consequences for carelessly dealing poison that is causing so many to die.” LaPorte was found guilty in January by a jury on charges of Strict Liability for Drug- Induced Death... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Donates $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities ‘Change the Luck of a Child’ Telethon on March 27th

Voorhees, NJ (March 29, 2018) – Jefferson Health – New Jersey donated $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) 9th annual “Change the Luck of a Child” Telethon held March 27th. The 14-hour on-air fundraiser, which aired live on CBS 3 and The CW Philly, helps RMHC further its mission to support children throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. This year’s event raised more than $1 million, for a total of $8.4 million since 2010. Jefferson Washington Township Hospital is the proud home of a Ronald McDonald Pediatric Unit, as well as Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in its Emergency Department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Shown at the check presentation are, from left: CBS3 Sports Director Don Bell; Joseph W. Devine, FACHE, President of Jefferson Health – New Jersey; Lisa Morina, Jefferson Health – New Jersey VP of Marketing & External Relations; Jill Ostrem, Jefferson Health... Read more →


Pleasantville Teacher And Sewell Salesman Admit Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

CAMDEN CITY, N.J. – Two men today admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers out of millions of dollars by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced. William Hunter, 43, a salesman from Sewell, New Jersey, and Richard McAllister, 42, a Pleasantville school teacher from Ocean City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to separate informations charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: From January 2015 through April 2016, Hunter and McAllister recruited individuals to obtain very expensive and unnecessary compounded medications from an out-of-state pharmacy, identified in the informations as the “Compounding Pharmacy.” The conspirators knew that certain compound medications – including pain, scar, antifungal, and libido creams, as... Read more →


NOMINATE YOUR LOCAL HERO

The (New Jersey Hall of Fame) NJHOF Unsung Hero Award recognizes New Jersey's local heroes, people who are game-changers but are not typically recognized for their work in improving the lives of people in our great state. Nominations are made by the general public, NJHOF chooses five finalists, and the winner will be selected by prior Unsung Hero recipients. Previous recipients include first responders injured in the line of duty, Holocaust educators and others who have overcome obstacles to accomplish great things and make a difference in their communities. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2018. The Unsung Hero Award was developed in 2009 to recognize a true American hero, Lieutenant Brian Brennan. Lt. Brennan, along with three other soldiers and a civilian, were the victims of two improvised explosive device (IED) attacks. Although he suffered from life-threatening injuries, Lt. Brennan miraculously awoke from his coma and has made... Read more →


AG’s Shooting Response Team Investigates Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Princeton

View the Attorney General's Independent Prosecutor Directive PRINCETON, N.J. - The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of a shooting yesterday afternoon in Princeton in which police fatally shot a man who entered a restaurant with a gun, leading to a lengthy standoff with officers. According to the preliminary investigation, the incident began shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday when the armed man entered Panera Bread on Nassau Street, across from the Princeton University campus. Customers and employees were able to flee the building, and police secured the perimeter of the restaurant. The standoff between police and the armed man in the restaurant continued for several hours, during which negotiators attempted unsuccessfully to get the suspect to surrender peacefully. The standoff ended shortly before 3 p.m. when the suspect was fatally shot by police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased man has... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Fort Frederick State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo

April 7 Event Open to Anglers Aged 15 and Under Young anglers can catch stocked trout and other fish from 8 a.m. to noon April 7, during the Fort Frederick State Park annual youth fishing rodeo at Beaver Pond. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources works with local organizations to host youth fishing rodeos, providing fun and engaging educational opportunities for nearly 5,000 children statewide. “Some of the fondest memories a child will have are created in the great outdoors with family and friends,” Maryland Park Service Ranger Jeremiah Corbin said. “Like any great camping trip or hike in the woods, the youth fishing rodeo is the kind of memory that lasts a lifetime.” The event is open to children ages 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required. Participants must bring their own bait and gear. Participants to meet at the gravel parking lot after the... Read more →


AG Grewal Announces New Policies Designed to Ensure Law Enforcement Safety

Directive 2018-2 I Directive 2018-3 TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced the following new law enforcement policies designed to identify and address problematic behavior and illegal drug use by police officers: Random Drug Testing Policy – Attorney General Directive 2018-2 establishes a uniform policy requiring all law enforcement agencies statewide to conduct mandatory random drug testing of all sworn officers and requires that officers who test positive for illegal drug use must be suspended immediately from all duties pending termination of their employment. Early Warning Systems Policy – Attorney General Directive 2018-3 establishes a uniform policy requiring all law enforcement agencies statewide to establish early warning systems to identify officers at risk for harmful behavior and mandate remedial programs for them before their conduct escalates. The Attorney General’s Office developed both of these policies in close collaboration with stakeholders, including law enforcement leaders, community leaders, and advocacy... Read more →


Another View: CULT GURU BUSTED DURING HOLY WEEK

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the arrest of Keith Raniere: Holy Week is a week of atonement for Christians, but this year it has special meaning for Keith Raniere as well: the cult guru, who exploited his women followers, was arrested by the FBI in Mexico on March 26 on charges of sex trafficking and forced labor. On March 27, the FBI raided the home of his sidekick, Nancy Salzman, in upstate New York. Raniere, known to his minions as “The Vanguard,” ran a master-slave operation with vulnerable and morally confused women. He had sex with them over and over again, took photos and videos of them, and had one of his female workers use hot irons to brand his initials on the stomach of his woman victims, just below their pant line; it took about 30 minutes for this to be done. But not all his victims... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: Higher Education, Local Government and Business Partner in New Jersey

RCGC's Stacking credentials add up to meet employment demands Deptford Twp. – On Tuesday, March 27, seven local industry partners stepped forward along with officials from Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC), Rowan University, the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) and state and county government to introduce the Rowan Work & Learn Consortium — a new program that addresses college affordability while meeting employment demands within the local job market. "This unique and creative partnership serves as a model for how our community colleges should be working with our state institutions to create alternative pathways for students," said N.J. Senate President Steve Sweeney. “It addresses several critical issues, including the affordability of a college education, access to a four-year degree program, vocational skills and workforce preparation. This approach is consistent with our commitment to vocational education and workforce development and can serve as a model for others in New... Read more →


Obituary: John P.Davidson II, of Brooklawn; Union Electrician, Softball Coach, GHS Alumnus

On March 27, 2018, at the age of 52. Of Brooklawn. Son of the late John F. Davidson and Janet Davidson (nee Runner). Loving father of John P. Davidson, III (Ashley), Samantha Girgenti (William), Hali Davidson and Kasey Davidson. Cherished grandfather of Conner. Beloved brother of Michael Davidson and uncle of Coral Davidson. John was a graduate of Gloucester High School class of 1984. He worked as a union electrician for IBEW Local 351 out of Hammonton. John spent many years coaching softball in Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday evening, March 29th, from 6 to 8 PM and again on Friday morning, March 30th, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service Friday morning 10:30 AM in the funeral home. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the... Read more →


Welcome home, Vietnam War veterans

Dear American Legion Family and Friends, Thursday is Vietnam War Veterans Day. While we honor our war dead on Memorial Day and our living veterans on Veterans Day, this is a time when we give a special tribute to those who served during the Vietnam War. For many, it’s the recognition they deserved when they returned to America. They defended our flag with honor. They supported democracy. They fought in brutal conditions. Yet when many Vietnam War veterans returned to America, they were unwelcomed. While we cannot change the actions of the past, we can show our support and gratitude today – something that should have happened 50 years ago. In fact, many American Legion posts and members, Sons of The American Legion squadrons, American Legion Auxiliary units and Riders chapters are supporting efforts to honor these special veterans. http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/ Across the nation, ceremonies will honor Vietnam War veterans this... Read more →


Burlington City Police Asking Public for Help with Identifying Armed Robber of Super Speedy Mart

BURLINGTON CITY, NJ (March 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--On Monday, March 19, 2017, at approximately 2:36 pm, the City of Burlington Police Department was dispatched to the Super Speedy Mart, located on Route 130 for a report of an armed robbery. During the robbery attempt, the employee was assaulted and stabbed during the altercation. He was transported to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden for life-threatening injuries. He was listed in stable condition and has since been released. The suspect fled and is believed he left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’8”, medium build. He was wearing all dark clothing wearing a mask. Detectives have been following up on potential leads and have are able to release the video asking the public for their assistance in identifying the suspect. Any person with information regarding this investigation is urged to call Detective Corporal Anna... Read more →


Suspected Drug House Raided in Beverly City; Authorities Arrest Eight Suspects

MOUNT HOLLY – A search warrant executed at a suspected drug house last week in Beverly City resulted in the arrests of eight people in connection with illegal activity at the residence, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Beverly City Public Safety Director Rich Wolbert announced today. An investigation by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force and the Beverly City Police Department revealed that the residence at 231 C Broad Street was being used as a location to sell drugs. The search warrant was executed on March 22. “This property was the location of numerous calls for service in 2017, including calls for suspected drug activity, weapons offenses, gambling, large crowds of people and disorderly persons offenses, to name a few,” Public Safety Director Wolbert said. “This joint operation sends a clear message that these types of activities will not be tolerated in our community.”... Read more →


WARNING: Brute Force Attacks Conducted by Cyber Actors

Systems Affected Networked systems Overview According to information derived from FBI investigations, malicious cyber actors are increasingly using a style of brute force attack known as password spraying against organizations in the United States and abroad. On February 2018, the Department of Justice in the Southern District of New York, indicted nine Iranian nationals, who were associated with the Mabna Institute, for computer intrusion offenses related to activity described in this report. The techniques and activity described herein, while characteristic of Mabna actors, are not limited solely to use by this group. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are releasing this Alert to provide further information on this activity. Description In a traditional brute-force attack, a malicious actor attempts to gain unauthorized access to a single account by guessing the password. This can quickly result in a targeted account getting locked-out, as commonly... Read more →


Gloucester City Police to Participate in Distracted Driving Enforcement & Education Campaign

UDrive. UText. UPay to be carried out locally from April 1 – April 21, 2018 (GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ) -- Law enforcement officers from the Gloucester City Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. “Distracted driving is possibly the most serious safety issue on our roadways today,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.” In New Jersey, driver inattention... Read more →


Philadelphia-Area Political Consultant Charged with Obstructing Investigating Of FEC

PHILADELPHIA – A federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania returned a superseding indictment today adding charges in a pending criminal case against a Philadelphia-area political consultant announced U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. The original indictment, returned on Oct. 24, 2017, charged Kenneth Smukler, 57, with causing unlawful campaign contributions, causing the filing of false reports to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and causing false statements to the Federal Election Commission in connection with a 2012 congressional campaign. The superseding indictment charges Smukler with these same offenses, as well as making conduit contributions to a federal campaign committee and obstructing an FEC investigation in connection with the 2014 congressional campaign of a different candidate. According to the indictment, Smukler made and caused to be made excess and... Read more →


(Video) DISTRICT 20 Nightmare for South Brunswick High School Senior wrestler Brandon Brown

South Brunswick,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) March 27, 2018 DISTRICT 20 Nightmare for South Brunswick High School Senior wrestler Brandon Brown. What could have been as the State Wrestling Finals are now over? Just six years ago Brandon Brown was living in Dominican Republic and training for baseball with one of the best strategic Coaches in D.R. named Suarez. The family decided to move the family to their Mother Ana’s native land Dominican Republic so they could learn the culture and language. Brown decided to pursue baseball in a country which has a great baseball tradition. Brandon Brown’s baseball team would travel to some of the poorest towns in the world to play baseball. Sometimes there would be cows and goats grazing the fields during our baseball games. Kids would be running in their bare feet to play because they couldn’t afford sneakers. Upon Brandon’s return to the States and his... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Putting an end to the unused sick pay scam in New Jersey

Great news: Your local police chief and school superintendent haven't been sick in 20 years. That's something that should make you knock wood and toast their good health, maybe even join ... Read more →


Elizabeth NJ Resident Admits Interstate Theft Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. – An Elizabeth, New Jersey, man today admitted operating a scheme to fraudulently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in commercial and residential merchandise from various companies, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Roy Depack, a/k/a “Ray Depack,” a/k/a “Roy Soriano,” a/k/a “John Soriano,” 43, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Beginning in 2014, Depack and others conspired to fraudulently obtain merchandise – including Apple computers, digital scales, a walk-in freezer, a snow blower, a gas backpack blower, Samsung televisions, and Milwaukie tools kits – from at least six different victim companies. In total, Depack fraudulently obtained and attempted to obtain over $900,000 in merchandise. As part of the scheme, Depack called the victim... Read more →


Past Manager of Mooristown Assisted Living Facility Indicted for Stealing from Elderly Person

NEWARK, N.J. – The business manager of a Morristown, New Jersey, assisted living facility has been charged with exploiting her position to steal approximately $237,000 from an elderly victim under her care, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Marcella Drakeford, 45, of Jensen Beach, Florida, is charged with six counts of mail fraud. Drakeford was arrested today and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shaniek M. Maynard in federal court in Fort Pierce, Florida. She was indicted March 16, 2018, by a federal grand jury sitting in New Jersey and is scheduled to be arraigned April 4, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court. According to the indictment: Beginning in December 2016, Drakeford allegedly agreed to help manage her victim’s financial affairs and pay for her care. She was granted limited access to the victim’s checking account. Unbeknownst to victim or the victim’s guardian, Drakeford already... Read more →


Washington Township Saves Lives program 

(Washington Twp., NJ) on Wednesday, March 14, Freeholder Heather Simmons joined Mayor Joann Gattinelli, Business Administrator Jason Gonter, Washington Township Council, Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and other to speak about community engagement at the Washington Township Saves Lives news conference. Washington Township Saves Lives is a program designed to promote the prevention of Township residents who patronize Washington Township bars and restaurants with free Uber rides to get home safely. Currently there are 16 local bars and restaurants participating. Freeholder Simmons, liaison to the Department of Economic Development, said, "This is a great partnership between local businesses and Uber and I fully support this program and would love to see more towns join this effort to reduce drunk driving." “Other municipalities that have instituted this program have seen an 80% drop in DWI/DUI-related arrests. By implementing this program for its local bars, Washington Township is... Read more →


Maryland's Natural Resources Careers Camp Accepting Applicants for July 2018

Annual Weeklong Program Offered for Grades 9-12 Students observe stream wildlife at Casselman River Bridge State Park during the 2017 Natural Resources Career Camp. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites high school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management to participate in Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 22-28 at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. Experts from a variety of conservation, environmental and natural resources fields will provide campers with a firsthand look at what it takes for a career in natural resources. “We continue to need new generations of natural resources stewards and find new ways to nurture their interest, and this camp is an ideal opportunity for young people to see if this profession is right for them,” Maryland Forest Service Director DonVanHassent said. The camp is sponsored by the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards and a partnership between Allegany College of... Read more →


DEP'S NEW JERSEY FOREST SERVICE PROVIDING TREE SEEDLINGS TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO RESIDENTS

Trees Unlimited LLC TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry is making 90,000 free tree seedlings available to residents through the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, an ongoing effort of the New Jersey Forest Service, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation and other partners. Registered municipalities will receive up to 2,000 seedlings each for distribution to residents through early May. Many counties have multiple distribution locations. Distribution dates vary. Residents are eligible to receive bundles of five free seedlings at any distribution site. Proof of residency in the community where seedlings are distributed is not required. "Trees provide habitat for wildlife, clean the air we breathe, provide shade, reduce the damaging effects of wind, limit erosion and contribute to a healthier environment," said DEP Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. "Equally important, trees beautify our communities and improve our quality of life in the Garden State." For... Read more →


Former QVC Director Jamie Falkowski Pleads Guilty To Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

PHILADELPHIA – James D. Falkowski, a/k/a “Jamie Falkowski,” 42, of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty on March 20, 2018 in federal court to criminal charges for which he was indicted including eleven counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. Falkowski pleaded guilty to operating a multi-faceted fraud scheme while working as a director at QVC, Inc., an American cable, satellite and broadcast television network and multinational corporation specializing in televised and internet home shopping based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Falkowski – a QVC Director from 2008 until his termination in 2013 – was responsible for enhancing QVC’s brand and reputation in the entertainment and fashion industries. Falkowski used his position at QVC to embezzle and fraudulently obtain from QVC over $1,000,000 worth of money, goods and services, all without QVC’s knowledge or approval, including hundreds of thousands of dollars of first-class... Read more →


MS-13 member wanted for violent crimes removed to El Salvador

WASHINGTON – A Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member wanted for violent crimes in El Salvador was removed from the U.S. Friday by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Reinaldo Gomez-Sandoval, 23, is wanted by El Salvadoran law enforcement authorities for membership to an illicit group, aggravated homicide and illegal imprisonment. On Friday, he departed the U.S. from Alexandria International Airport in Louisiana escorted by ERO deportation officers via an ICE Air Operations charter. He was transferred to El Salvadoran law enforcement authorities upon his arrival in San Salvador, El Salvador. ICE offices in El Salvador and ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) taskforce provided key assistance to the Washington field office ahead of Gomez’s arrest and subsequent removal. “Alien fugitives hiding in our neighborhoods, attempting to avoid justice in their countries are on borrowed time,” said ERO Washington Field Office Director... Read more →


Whitman Elementary School nurse Carol Ann Wesh Honored

Pictured: Isabella Wilson, Carol Ann Wesh, and Freeholder Simmons (Turnersville, NJ) On March 8, Freeholder Heather Simmons presented Whitman Elementary School nurse Carol Ann Wesh with a certificate of commendation for her actions in helping student Isabella Wilson become diagnosed with a health condition. Freeholder Simmons, liaison to the Department of Economic Development and Public Works, said, "School nurses are dedicated to taking care of their student bodies. When they see a student with a condition that they believe may be a problem or has the possibility of becoming a problem, school nurses are qualified professionals who can make parents aware that they should consider taking their children to the pediatrician for the proper check-ups and screenings they may need for a diagnosis." Wesh graduated from University of Delaware with a BSN and Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State) with a school nurse certification. She has been a registered nurse for... Read more →


DOD to Commemorate 1st Anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Deputy Secretary of Defense and Veterans Affairs Secretary to Lay Wreath at ‘The Wall’ in Honor of Vietnam Veterans WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense today announced it will conduct a wreath laying ceremony with the Department of Veterans Affairs at The Vietnam War Memorial March 29, 2018. President Trump recently signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, establishing The National Vietnam War Veterans Day that will, henceforth, be celebrated each year on March 29. This is the first anniversary of that special day. DOD will also support hundreds of events in many states across the nation to recognize, honor and thank U.S. Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick M. Shanahan, will host the ceremony at the “The Wall” to continue the department’s contribution to the commemoration. He will be joined by Veteran’s Affairs Secretary, Dr. David... Read more →


Travel: All in for All-Inclusive Fun? Let's go to Cancun, Mexico!

By Nicole Pensiero | CNBNewsnet (CNBNewsnet)--There's a first time for everything, as they say. And finally, it was time to give an all-inclusive vacation a try. Aside from ocean cruising, I'd never been very interested in all-inclusive travel, imaging long buffet lines, watered-down drinks and sub-par food. But when pondering a good getaway for my 60th birthday, the idea of a four-night jaunt to Mexico (with five longtime friends) seemed ideal. And an all-inclusive resort, selected online, seemed our best value. We opted for the Mexican Caribbean for a few reasons: half of our group ad never been “south of the border” and were eager to visit Mexico, and everyone agreed it would be a great cost-savings over some of the other island destinations we talked about. The resort we ended up selecting -- the 4-star, 340-room Royal Sands, is one of six properties owned by Royal Resorts, a pioneer... Read more →


Distracted Driving Enforcement and Education Campaign UDrive. UText. UPay in Brooklawn

CNBNewsnet files (BROOKAWN, NJ)(March 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) -- Law enforcement officers from the Brooklawn Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. “Distracted driving is possibly the most serious safety issue on our roadways today,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.” In New Jersey, driver inattention was listed as a contributing circumstance in 52 percent of the state’s crashes... Read more →