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April 2018

THE ISLAND GUEST HOUSE B&B HOSTS EXTRA NEEDS MOMS

CNBNews graphics Moms and Female Caregivers of Children with Extra Needs to Enjoy a Weekend of Respite Beach Haven, NJ, April 30, 2018 (CNBNewsnet)– The Island Guest House B&B is hosting a 3‐night respite retreat May 4th ‐ 7th for moms and female caregivers of extra needs children. The award‐winning Island Guest House B&B is a turn‐of‐the‐century oceanside inn steps from the beach on a quiet street. Guests can walk to shops, restaurants, museums, concerts in the park and beautiful historic homes along the ocean. Our founder, Andrea Faris Roberts, will be hosting this particular retreat at the inn. This type of retreat is one of many scheduled throughout 2018 that AMR coordinates as part of our mission to provide much‐needed rest and relaxation to caregivers of children with extra needs across the country. The benefits of proactive self‐care have been long overlooked in the special needs community. Acknowledging the... Read more →


Winslow Police Conduct Drug Raid; Suspect Arrested

CNBNews graphics WINSLOW TOWNSHIP NJ (April 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--In the early morning hours of April 27, 2018, a search warrant was executed by the Winslow Township Narcotics Unit with the assistance of the Camden County SERT in the unit block of Arbor Meadow Drive in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township. The search warrant was secured after a month long investigation by the Winslow Township Narcotics Unit. Authorities seized a quantity of Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, and Drug Manufacturing Items from the township home. Officers arrested, Earl Benson Jr (38 year old), whom was charged with various drug related charges to include: 3rd Degree Possession and Distribution of Cocaine, 3rd Degree Possession and Distribution of Heroin, Possession and Distribution of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 1st Degree Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility. In accordance with New Jerseys new Bail Reform guidelines, accused Earl Benson Jr was... Read more →


Lions - Rams Sofball Match-up Wednesday

The Annual Gloucester City softball game against cross-town rivals Gloucester City Lady Lions and the Gloucester Catholic Lady Rams will be played Wednesday evening May 2, 7:00 pm at the Softball Complex on Johnson Blvd. Photos by Bruce Darrow Pictured below Rams Pitcher - Gianna Gussen Pictured below Lions Third Baseman - Myranda Mc Cabe Pictured below Rams Shortstop - Maddie Burnite Pictured below Lions Centerfielder - Emilee Hillman Read more →


Camden City Man Guilty of Jose Franco Murder

CAMDEN CITY NJ (April 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Camden man has been convicted for his role in the murder of 34-year-old Jose Franco. On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Reymond Pagan, 32, of Camden, was found guilty of first degree Felony Murder, first degree Armed Robbery, first degree Aggravated Manslaughter, second degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons after a jury trial. At the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Mike Mink presented evidence that Pagan was involved in the murder of Jose Franco along with co-defendant, Samuel Lopez. Jose Franco was murdered during an armed robbery in the area of 28th Street and Pierce Avenue in Camden around 11:30 pm, on September 27, 2015. The victim succumbed to his injuries and died at Cooper... Read more →


Judicial Watch: New Clinton Emails Reveal Classified Docs, Clinton Foundation Connections

CNBNews graphics (Washington, DC)(April 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) – Judicial Watch today released 281 pages of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecure, non-“state.gov” email system. The emails, dated 2010 through 2013, contain classified information and detail collusion between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation. Ten emails contain classified information redacted “in the interest of national defense or foreign policy,” including confidential sources, and concern Israel and the Middle East. Most of the emails include exchanges with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The emails show Hillary Clinton conducted classified and sensitive negotiations about the Israel-Arab conflict on her unsecure, non-governmental server. A document labeled “plan” was completely redacted as classified. A November 2012 email chain discusses the “Mid East” and includes then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan, Blair as “aclb” and Clinton. Another November... Read more →


DEP MARKS AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK

TRENTON (CNBNewsnet)-- The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging residents to help improve air quality by making some basic changes in their daily routines as New Jersey marks Air Quality Awareness Week, which runs through this Friday, May 4. "Each one of us can make a difference," Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said. "Air Quality Awareness Week is a good time to make changes that can improve the quality of our air, whether changing our driving habits or taking a closer look at ways to save energy in the home." Air Quality Awareness Week is timed to the start of ozone season. Ground-level ozone, or smog, is formed through a reaction involving warmer temperatures, sunshine and certain types of pollutants. The young, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma are particularly vulnerable to the effects of ozone. The number of ozone-alert days DEP issues when smog levels... Read more →


NJ Sierra Club: NJ Transportation Desperately Needs Fixing

(April 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Today the Assembly Budget Committee is holding their hearing on the FY 2019 State Budget in regard to the Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit/Motor Vehicle Commission. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, released the following statement: “We have a new Administration, but our transportation system is still a mess from years of damage under the Christie Administration. Fares are down 12% down because of the decrease in services, signifying a serious loss of ridership. It will take time to ger NJ Transit back on track, especially because there are still problems with the budget, but we need to move forward. For example, we must come up with a stable source of funding for operations rather than stealing clean energy funds. We also need to fix reliability and safety issues to increase ridership. Listening to the hearing all day makes you understand why nothing... Read more →


Blackwood Man Arrested on Robbery Charges

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (April 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--On April 13-2018, at approximately 02:10 AM, GTPD responded to the 7-Eleven Convenient Store, 508 E. Church Street for a reported armed Robbery. The suspect had approached the counter and asked for a pack of Newport 100’s cigarettes. He then demanded money from the store clerk and motioned to his waistband as if he has a weapon. The store clerk complied with his demands, and then the suspect fled in a sedan towards Route 42. Therefore, a comprehensive investigation was initiated. The GTPD, through its newly launched GT eyewatch program, received a tip through our GTPD Anonymous Tip Line, which identified the suspect as Michael Haynes. On 4-26-2018, the GTPD’s Operations Response Unit and Retail Theft Unit had arrested the accused at his residence located within the Millbridge Apartment Complex without incident. He was later charged with Robbery and remanded to the Camden County Jail.... Read more →


Funeral Services Friday for Cpl. Anthony M. Pimpinello, Jr. of Bellmawr

Cpl. Anthony M. Pimpinello, Jr Cpl. Anthony M. Pimpinello, Jr., USMC, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 29, 2018, of Bellmawr. Age 24. Beloved son of Mary (nee Randazzo) and Anthony Pimpinello, Sr. Dear brother of Phillip Pimpinello (Samantha Solano). Devoted uncle and Godfather of Phillip Pimpinello, Jr. Loving grandson of William Randazzo (Marlene), Anthony and Gilda Pimpinello and the late Esther Pratt. Loving Godson of Linda Greenwood and Brian Pimpinello. Also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Cpl. Pimpinello was a 2012 graduate of Triton Regional High School. He proudly served in the USMC since 2013, currently stationed at Quantico, VA. There will be a viewing from 6 to 9pm Thursday eve and 9 to 10am Friday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service and Military Honors 11am Friday at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 N. Warwick Rd., Magnolia, NJ 08049. Interment private. Family... Read more →


Laciana Tinsley of Willingboro Pleads Guilty to Killing Husband with Fire Extinquiseher

Laciana Tinsley MOUNT HOLLY, N.J.(April 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) – Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Willingboro woman admitted today in Superior Court that she fatally beat her husband with a fire extinguisher inside their township residence early last year. As part of an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Laciana Tinsley, 43, pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter before the Hon. Philip E. Haines in exchange for a term of 24 years in New Jersey state prison. Judge Haines set sentencing for July 20. The investigation revealed that on January 30, 2017, Tinsley struck her husband in the head multiple times with a fire extinguisher in their home in the first block of Hancock Lane. Douglas Tinsley, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene. Tinsley was taken into custody without incident at the residence. She has asserted through her defense attorney that she was the victim of repeated domestic violence attacks... Read more →


NJ VETERAN SAYS FBI HAS BEEN TRACKING HIM FOR YEARS

Affraz Mohammed, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a Muslim, says the FBI has subjected him to repeated, unexplained check-ins since 2014, NJ.com reports. Mohammed, who has been treated for depression and PTSD through the Department of Veterans Affairs, says he believes the FBI may have accessed his medical records without his knowledge or consent. Former FBI agents told NJ.comthat the agency may be tracking thousands of veterans as part of a policy to focus on individuals who could develop extremist ideologies. NJ TRANSIT MUM ON CONDITION OF RAIL BRIDGES NJ Transit is responsible for maintaining hundreds of rail bridges in the state, some of them built more than a century ago, but it will not make public the conditions of the spans, The Record reports. Information about the condition of roadway bridges is publicly available. But NJ Transit denied requests under the Open Public Records Act for... Read more →


Rutgers Master Gardeners Plant Clinic May 5th

There will be a free Plant Clinic by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County at the Green Garden Fair on Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Get answers to your garden problems. Bring a piece of a diseased plant for identification and treatment suggestions. We can also identify an insect from your garden if you bring a sample in a small bottle. For more information, call 856-216-7130, email: njgarden@camdencounty.com or visit: http://camden.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden Read more →


Jefferson Health Hosts FREE Sleep Disorders and Drowsy Driving Info Program

VOORHEES, NJ (CNBNewsnet) – Learn about the impact of sleep on driving safety at a FREE Jefferson Health wellness program, “Proper Sleep Can Keep You Awake, Alert & Alive,” set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library (606 Delsea Drive, Sewell, NJ). Led by Kennedy Health Alliance Sleep Medicine physician, Dr. Jennifer R. Roszkowski, the program will focus on the impact of undiagnosed sleep disorders that affect more than 40 million Americans, impacting their day-to-day quality of life and safety behind the wheel. The program is sponsored by PrimeTime, Jefferson Health’s free health and wellness program for active older adults in South Jersey. However, all community members are invited to attend. For more information, or to register, visit www.KennedyIsJefferson.org/classes, or call 1-800-522-1965. About Jefferson Health: Jefferson Health, home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, is reimagining health care in the greater Philadelphia region and... Read more →


Gloucester Township Police Eye Watch: Suspected Shoplifters, Tommy Hilfiger Store

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (April 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)The two pictured suspects enter the store and are seen on camera selecting various items. Out of camera view, the one suspect appears to be concealing unknown items under his clothes. When the two suspects exit the store, they set off the security sensors and refuse return to the store when asked by the store employees. Both suspects left the area in a dark colored Hyundai with a Pennsylvania registration tag. If you can identify the suspects in the photos call the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500, or call our GTPD Anonymous Tip Line: 856-842-5560. To send an Anonymous Tip via Text Message to Gloucester Township Police, text the keyword TIP GLOTWPPD and your tip message to 888777. You may also click here to access our Anonymous Web Tip Page: https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/5170177 Our Anonymous Tip systems are NOT monitored 24/7. All incidents in Gloucester Township... Read more →


CNBNews Stories of Interest from the Past Week

Despite $4 Million Spent on Repairing the Broadway Bridge the Flooding Continues BAD FINANCIAL NEWS! Gloucester City's Debt Outlook Given a Negative Rating by S&P Global Fifth Defendant in Multi-State Dog Fighting Prosecution Sentenced to Two Years in Prison CNB CRIME NEWS: Gloucester City Police Officer Nearly Struck by Alleged Drunken Driver OFFICER DOWN: Paterson NJ Officer Tamby Yagan Serial Child Molester Strikes Again in Southwest Philadelphia, 5th Time in Nearly a Year St. Mary's Announces Major Construction Plans Read more →


Brooklawn News; Sexual Diseases Down in GCity; Mob Boss Guilty; Murphy's First 100 Days

CNBNews TIPS AND SNIPPETS William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet NEW TITLE FOR THE MAYOR— Brooklawn Mayor Teri Branella (photo) was sworn in as vice- president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors on Thursday, April 26. On Friday Branella said, "Last night I had the honor of being sworn in as Vice President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. It is a privilege to be a part of this organization that represents the Mayors throughout the State of New Jersey." MORE ON BROOKLAWN—The Brooklawn Planning Board approved plans for a 6,800 foot Auto Zone retail store at the location of the Ming Kui Lau restaurant at the Brooklawn Shopping Center, US Route 130 and Browning Road. The plans call for an approximately 1,200 square foot building addition as well as the removal of the second floor of the existing building. This will be the second auto parts and... Read more →


Rams Over Hermits 5-2 in Coaches vs Cancer Tournament Held at Mainland High School

CNBNews photo LINWOOD, NJ (April 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)—Gloucester Catholic, (Gloucester City) faced St. Augustine Prep (Buena Vista Township) today in the Coaches vs Cancer showcase held today at Mainland High School, Linwood, NJ. The Rams jumped off to a one-run lead in the first and never looked backed. The Hermits got two runs in the second but were kept off the scoreboard the rest of the game. Gloucester Catholic was hitting the ball throughout the game and in the fourth inning, they loaded the bases but just couldn't get the runners home. The stats showed they left 8 runners on base. Rams pitcher Andrew Vail (senior, lefthand) (photo) retired the final 12 and struck out 10 in the 5-2 victory over The Hermits. Rams Coach Adam Tussey said after the game, "It feels good to get ourself back on track. Great effort from our entire team today." Read more →


Native American Archaeology Discovery Presentation at Camden County Historical Society  

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (April 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The Camden County Historical Society will host a presentation about the recent Native American Archaeology Discovery in Camden on Sunday, May 6th at 2 p.m. Ilene Grossman-Bailey, Senior Archaeologist of RGA, Inc., will present the recently excavated sites at the new Holtec International and South Broadway road projects in Camden City. The event is free and open to the public. Ilene Grossman-Bailey works for RGA Inc. of Cranbury, Middlesex County; the firm was hired by Camden County and Holtec International to conduct the two excavations in 2015 and 2016. The state required archaeological studies since the construction of the Holtec International campus at the former New York Shipbuilding Co. site impacted wetlands. The site yielded approximately 10,000 artifacts, including a ceramic vessel likely used for cooking, and a hearth containing charcoal that additional testing suggests dates from 1400 B.C. “We think we have evidence of... Read more →


Driver Crashes Vehicle Through House in Lower Township; 63-Year-Old Woman Arrested for DWI

CNBNews graphics LOWER TOWNSHIP NJ (April 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)On April 26, 2018, at approximately 1:20 P.M., the Lower Township Police Department was dispatched to a one-car motor vehicle accident that involved a vehicle striking a residence located on Sandalwood Road in the Villas section of the township. A multi-agency response was activated with assistance from the Town Bank Fire Department and the Lower Township Rescue Squad. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was still behind the wheel and attempting to exit the vehicle through the passenger side door. The green Jaguar XJ6 was lodged into the side of 413 Sandalwood Road and caused a portion of the foundation of the residence to crack, due to the impact. The driver, who was identified as Joanne M. Thomas, a single, unemployed 63 year old female of the Villas section of the township, was evaluated by rescue personnel... Read more →


State Medical Board Permanently Revokes License of Burlington County Family Physician

CNBNews graphics view final consent order NEWARK - Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that the State Board of Medical Examiners has permanently revoked the license of a Burlington County family physician who allegedly prescribed massive quantities of opioid pain pills to patients for years without a legitimate purpose. Dr. Moishe Starkman, who ran the Bordentown Family Practice PA., agreed to permanently cease practicing medicine in New Jersey in order to resolve allegations that he indiscriminately prescribed Fentanyl, Oxycodone and other controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) to five patients he treated between 2012 and 2017, including one who fatally overdosed two months after his last visit. Starkman allegedly prescribed CDS to patients for a variety of medical conditions he diagnosed without performing physical exams or conducting diagnostic tests, according to an Administrative Complaint filed against him last August. He allegedly prescribed hundreds of opioid... Read more →


Point 27 Honors Fallen Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections Sgt. Mark J. Baserman

Sgt. Mark J. Baserman/CNB graphics file ATLANTA, Georgia (April 27, 2018)--Point 27, an Atlanta-based global nonprofit, has sent Thin Blue Line scripture-inscribed dog tags called Shields of Strength to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to honor fallen Sgt. Mark J. Baserman, killed in the line of duty February 26, 2018. Point 27 also sent scripture-inscribed Folded Flag Pendant Necklaces for family members of the fallen officer. US Army (Ret.) Col. David Dodd serves as director of Point 27, which honors fallen officers and fallen soldiers. Dodd commanded a battalion of the first troops deployed to Afghanistan following 911. He wore a Shield of Strength inscribed with Joshua 1:9 next to his government-issued dog tags, and equipped each of the soldiers in his command with a Shield of Strength before they deployed. Dodd says he hopes the scripture on the Shields of Strength encourages these officers and the families of the... Read more →


Six MS-13 Members with Ties to New Jersey Indicted on Gang-Related Charges

Including Racketeering Conspiracy, Murder, and Multiple Murder Conspiracies M-13 members (CNB graphics file) NEWARK, N.J. (CNBNewsnet)-– A grand jury returned a seven-count superseding indictment today charging six members of the violent street gang MS-13, including one who is incarcerated in El Salvador, with various gang-related offenses, including racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, District of New Jersey, Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie of the FBI’s Newark Division, Field Office Director John Tsoukaris of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations, and Acting Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark, announced. Five of the defendants, all citizens of El Salvador, are members or associates of MS-13 sub-units, or... Read more →


Brother And Sister Convicted Of Attempting To Steal $3.7 Million With Phony Invoice Scheme

CNBNews graphics TRENTON, N.J. (CNBNewsnet)– A brother and sister from New Jersey were convicted at trial today of running a multi-million dollar fraudulent invoice scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Shevandra Verasawmi, 38, of Matawan, New Jersey, and Vishallie Verasawmi, 37, of Green Brook, New Jersey, were found guilty of all four counts of an indictment charging them with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three counts of mail fraud. The defendants were convicted following a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court. The jury deliberated for one hour before returning its verdict. Both defendants were originally arrested and charged by indictment in July 2017. According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial: From April 2016 through August 2016, Shevandra and Vishallie Verasawmi defrauded an entity identified in the indictment as “Victim Company 1” into paying shell... Read more →


JEROME BY DAVE WOLFE | CNBNewsnet

Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 4 No. 45(April 29, 2018) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we will post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 17. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click image to enlarge) Read more →


Darren Winningham Sentenced to Prison for Fatal Shooting at Riverside House Party

CNBNews graphics MOUNT HOLLY (April 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) - Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Riverside Township man was sentenced today to 10 years in New Jersey state prison for fatally shooting a woman during a party at his residence in April 2016. The Hon. Terrence R. Cook, J.S.C., handed down the sentence to Darren Winningham, 44, who pled guilty last month in Superior Court to Aggravated Manslaughter (First Degree). Under the state’s No Early Release Act, Winningham must serve eight years and six months before becoming eligible for parole. The investigation revealed that on the evening of April 23, 2016, police officers from Delanco, Delran, Edgewater Park and Riverside Township responded to a call about a subject with a gun at a party inside of an apartment in the 200 block of Hooker Street in Riverside Township. Arriving officers found the victim, Nikita Cross, 35, of Galloway Township,... Read more →


Drunk Driver Escapes Injury After Striking Telephone Pole in Laurel Springs

CNBNews graphics (GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ )(April 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--On Friday, April 27th, 2018 at approximately 10:41 pm, Gloucester Township Police responded to Hider Lane, in the Laurel Springs section, for a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a telephone pole. Arriving officers found that a Chevy pickup truck had left the roadway, struck a telephone support pole and then rolled over and came to rest on a tree. Part of the support pole fell into the roadway where a second vehicle struck it. The driver of the pickup truck was identified as George Conforme. Neither driver was injured in the crashes. Conforme displayed signs of intoxication while officers were speaking with him and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. His damaged vehicle was impounded per the New Jersey Attorney General Directive known as "Johns Law" which directs police to impound vehicles for a minimum of twelve hours when... Read more →


Serial Child Molester Strikes Again in Southwest Philadelphia, 5th Time in Nearly a Year

PHILADELPHIA PA (April 28, 2018)--A man who police say has been driving around Philadelphia, luring boys into his car with the prospect of earning money pumping gas only to sexually assault them, has struck for a fifth time. This latest incident happened at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at 58th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia as the boy headed to school. Philadelphia Police Capt. Mark Burgman, head of the Special Victims Unit, said Friday that the victim, a 12-year-old boy, was standing at a bus stop when the man pulled his vehicle up to the curb. The man, who called himself Malik, asked the boy if he wanted to make some cash pumping gas, and when he agreed, told him to get in the car. The two then drove away, Burgman said, with the man pulling up porn on his smartphone and then sexually assaulting the boy. When the assault... Read more →


CONVENTION OF STATES MILESTONE: ONE MILLIONTH PETITION SIGNED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

“America’s Founders gave us a tool to use for exactly this time when our federal government would be too big, bloated and corrupt,” - U.S. Senator Jim DeMint WASHINGTON, D.C. April 23 (CNBNewsnet)-– Convention of States is pleased to announce a historic milestone with the signing of our one millionth Article V petition. From sea to shining sea, in every single state house district, Americans have signed the Convention of States petition, asking their legislators to vote in favor of the Convention of States resolution to propose fiscal restraints, limits on the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and term limits on Congress, the judiciary and federal bureaucracy. In many cases, Convention of States supporters show up at their state legislature to deliver hundreds, sometimes thousands, of petitions signed by their constituents to their state legislators’. Citizen activists are more empowered than ever with the constitutional, rational tool that... Read more →


Historic Route 206 Bridges over Stony Brook rehabilitation wins 2018 Project of the Year Award

Two industry groups bestow honors for the project Stone Arch Bridge over Stony Brook (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has been recognized by two important transportation industry groups for its work to repair an historic 18th century bridge in Princeton, the oldest state owned bridge still in use. NJDOT’s Route 206 Bridges over Stony Brook project was awarded the 2018 Project of the Year Award by the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers Mercer County Chapter. In addition, Arora and Associates, P.C., the project design consultant, received an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies at the 47thEngineering Excellence Awards recognizing the top accomplishments and contributions of New Jersey’s engineering profession in the Large Project category. The $7.4 million state-funded project rehabilitated the historic Stone Arch Bridge over Stony Brook and replaced the adjacent Flood Channel Bridge on time and on budget. The Flood Channel... Read more →


Two NJ Men Arrested For Evading Taxes On $5.3 Million Taken From New York Religious Organization

CNBNews graphics NEWARK, N.J. (CNBNewsnet) – Two high-ranking members of the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ (ICGJC) were arrested today for allegedly evading taxes on millions of dollars in ICGJC funds that they fraudulently diverted to their sham entertainment company and to one of the defendants for his personal use, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jermaine Grant, 43, of Burlington Township, New Jersey, and Lincoln Warrington, 48, of Teaneck, New Jersey, are both charged by indictment with one count of conspiring to defraud the United States. Grant is also charged with five counts of personal income tax evasion. They will appear later this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court. According to the indictment: From January 2007 through April 2016, Grant, the leader of ICGJC, and Warrington, a high-ranking treasurer, allegedly used their positions to divert millions of dollars for Grant’s personal use and... Read more →


ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT’S WEEKLY COLUMN: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput PHILADELPHIA PA (CNBNewsnet)--I’ve been a lifelong fan of science fiction stories. Two of my favorites are classic novels by H.G. Wells (d. 1946), The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Both were twice produced as movies. Both make great reading even today. Not everything he wrote had such lasting success, though. Another Wells-inspired movie, Things to Come starring Raymond Massey in 1936, is far more obscure today. Yet I’ve always found it just as intriguing as his other work, for reasons that have nothing to do with Martians or underground monsters. The film Things to Come is based on Wells’ 1933 novel – he called it a “future history” – entitled The Shape of Things to Come. The film version is mildly interesting. The original novel is massive, turgid, rambling, and in the end, mind-numbing. Both works imagine a future world-war that drags... Read more →


CNBNews CRIME: 39 People Charged with Large-Scale Cocaine Trafficking from PA. to Calif.

CNBNews graphics PITTSBURGH, PA (CNBNewsnet)-- - A federal grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania returned two separate, but related, superseding indictments charging 39 defendants with committing numerous drug trafficking, money laundering, financial structuring and firearms crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. "This cocaine organization is one of the largest in the history of Western Pennsylvania: it spread across the country, from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh, with sources to Mexican cartels, and brought hundreds of kilos of cocaine which were distributed through a network," stated U.S. Attorney Brady. "The goal of investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office is to prosecute and dismantle entire drug trafficking organizations as was done here. By taking down an entire multi-state organization at once, the impact on our region is felt immediately." "Drugs tear at the inner fabric of our community," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Johnson. "They bring... Read more →


Camden City Drug Dealer Headed to Prison After Seizure of the Super-Potent Opioid Fentanyl

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a Camden drug dealer was sentenced to state prison today in connection with the seizure in March 2017 of over 30 pounds of the super-potent synthetic opioid fentanyl. The seizure by the New Jersey State Police, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the DEA Camden HIDTA Task Force and Camden County Metro Police Department set a record at the time for the largest fentanyl seizure in New Jersey history. The New Jersey State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration New York Division broke the record three months later with a seizure of nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl. Yahmire Boardley, 23, of Camden City, N.J., was sentenced today to seven years in state prison by Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley in Camden County. Boardley pleaded guilty on Jan. 11 to a charge of second-degree possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute. Fentanyl... Read more →


FBI ALERT: Sexual Assault Aboard Aircraft

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the FBI is taking that opportunity to alert the public about a serious federal crime that is on the rise: sexual assault aboard aircraft. Compared to the tens of millions of U.S. citizens who fly each year, the number of in-flight sexual assault victims is relatively small, “but even one victim is unacceptable,” said FBI Special Agent David Gates, who is based at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and regularly investigates these cases. “We are seeing more reports of in-flight sexual assault than ever before,” he said. Sexual assault aboard aircraft—which usually takes the form of unwanted touching—is a felony that can land offenders in prison. Typically, men are the perpetrators, and women and unaccompanied minors are the victims. “But at LAX,” Gates said, “we have seen every combination of victim and perpetrator.” In fiscal year 2014, 38 cases of in-flight sexual assault... Read more →


Continuum Health Selected to Support Riverside Medical Group’s New Jersey Expansion

Addition of Moorestown & Haddon Heights Practices Marks Entry into South Jersey Marlton, NJ… One of New Jersey’s fastest-growing medical groups has chosen Continuum Health to support its expansion throughout the state. Secaucus-based Riverside Medical Group (RMG) marks its entry into the South Jersey region with the addition of Main Street Medical Associates in Moorestown and Heights Primary Care in Haddon Heights, two of the region’s largest independent physician practices. Continuum Health, headquartered in Marlton, will provide RMG with comprehensive practice management services that enable value-based care, revenue cycle management (ensuring accurate, timely payment), and other leading-edge activities. Value-based care is part of the healthcare industry’s transition to payments based on quality rather than quantity of care. Founded more than 40 years ago in Hudson County by Dr. Azzam Baker and his family – who continue to lead the group – RMG has 200-plus providers across 70 primary care and... Read more →


Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: April 16-22

Reminder for the week: Retaining striped bass spawning season unlawful in Delaware DOVER DELAWARE (CNBNEWSNET)(April 27, 2018) – To achieve public compliance with laws and regulations 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 16-22 made 3,687 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, issuing 28 citations. Officers responded to 33 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. An increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail. Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police in the Community On April 19, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers presented information on Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police careers during the NOBLE law enforcement job fair at Delaware State University... Read more →


New Jersey’s Two Ethically Compromised Senators​

CNBNews graphics WASHINGTON DC(April 27,2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Yesterday, the Senate Ethics Committee delivered a scathing “Public Letter of Admonition” to Senator Bob Menendez for accepting gifts from a convicted felon, all while using his official position to perform personal and business favors for said felon. The Committee found that Menendez’s misconduct violated Senate rules, “demonstrated poor judgment” and “reflected discredit upon the Senate.” But Sen. Menendez isn’t the only New Jersey Senator who is implicated by the Senate Ethics Committee’s findings. Sen. Cory Booker has consistently been Menendez’s biggest cheerleader, going so far as to skip committee hearings to sit front row at Menendez’s bribery trial. So while Booker makes moves to run for president in 2020, one thing is certain: he won’t be running on ethics. “It’s a shame New Jersey has to put up with the embarrassment of Bob Menendez's sleazy behavior—but the Garden State has the chance to start cleaning... Read more →


USCG Training Center in Cape May Hosts Annual Drill Instructor Summit

CAPE MAY, N.J.(APRIL 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) -- In an effort to open lines of communication between the enlisted training entities of all five military branches, Coast Guard Training Center Cape May hosted the Annual Drill Instructor Summit, which began Monday and concluded Friday. The summit is designed to facilitate dialogue between the services, aid in the exchange of ideas, discuss societal trends affecting basic military training, and identify best practices which serve to benefit enlisted training across the services. "This week we were honored to host the 4th Annual Drill Instructor Summit," said Capt. Own Gibbons, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. "This group is assembled annually because the military understands the need for joint force collaboration across an ever-emerging worldwide theatre of operations." The summit focuses on five areas so that each branch can learn from the other's methods. The five areas are: * Recruit Training - to examine... Read more →


MORRISTOWN, EAST BRUNSWICK RESIDENTS CALL FOR INCREASED TRAFFIC SAFETY MEASURES

More than a dozen residents pleaded with the Morristown Council to do something about the traffic flowing through their neighborhoods — some say they've been asking for years. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says residents want traffic signs, speed bumps and speed traps. Meanwhile, Maureen Berzok of TAP into East Brunswick says residents in her town are calling for similar measures to increase public and traffic safety. DOZENS SLEEP OUTSIDE IN BOXES IN WESTFIELD TO HIGHLIGHT HOMELESSNESS More than three dozen overnight guests set up a temporary "box city" on the lawn of a Westfield church to raise money for and awareness about the issue of homelessness and poverty in New Jersey. Kate Brochu of TAP into Westfield says participants were asked to bring cardboard boxes to sleep in and brave the elements in order to experience a small part of what homeless people endure every night. RETHINKING TAXES: CAN... Read more →


NJ Sierra Club: PSEG Fined $39 Million for Lying to FERC

TRENTON NJ (April 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has signed a consent agreement with PSEG to settle their bidding errors with a $39 million fee. The violations are supposed to have taken place over a nine-year period from 2005 to 2014 by PSEG Energy Resources & Trade LLC, the company’s trading arm. According to FERC, the company made false and misleading claims when bidding into auction. PSEG incorrectly calculated cost-bidding at a minimum of $35 million. PSEG has threatened to close their three South Jersey plants as part of their effort to get the state government to sign a nuclear subsidy bill. “FERC is fining PSEG $39 million for making false and misleading claims in their cost-bidding scheme that rips off consumers. FERC almost never goes after utilities, so this shows how blatantly abusive PSEG has been over the past nine years. We have said from the beginning... Read more →


DEP CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY WITH CEREMONY SPOTLIGHTING EFFORTS TO PROTECT TREES

AND RESTORE THEM TO URBAN COMMUNITIES (18/P33) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry today celebrated Arbor Day with tree plantings and an awards ceremony in Riverton spotlighting efforts across the state to grow healthy, safe, and resilient urban and community forests. The ceremony highlighted the Burlington County borough's 30th year as a Tree City USA. It also recognized the commitment by numerous communities and individuals to ensure healthy populations of trees, including efforts to restore trees to the state's urban areas. "Arbor Day gives us an excellent opportunity to appreciate the trees that clean our water and air, cool our cities, and beautify our communities," DEP Deputy Commissioner Debbie Mans said during the ceremony at the borough's Memorial Park. "This celebration - and all the Earth Week events we've been celebrating across the state this week - remind us of the importance of trees... Read more →


Letters to the Editor: A tribute to Mayor Judith Kennedy and Assemblyman Frank Skartados

graphic provided I assume you must know by now, but just in case I want to share. There was no way for me to prepare myself for what I was about to hear on a normal Sunday evening as I reached out to the County LegislatorKevinDarren Lujan to set up a meeting for the upcoming week. When he told me this would be a tough week because of Judy ( Mayor Kennedy) and Frank (Assemblyman Skartados), I had to pause. There was no way he could be saying what I thought he was saying. Yes he was, they both died same day, within hours of each other. It could not be true, not both on the same day. My reaction distraught!!! That is why I hate texts and emails, cold and blunt. This was truly an unfortunate political phenomenon I have never met anyone like Judy, I will never forget... Read more →


Soccer Heading—Not Collisions—Cognitively Impairs Players

Newswise — April 24, 2018—(BRONX, NY)—Worse cognitive function in soccer players stems mainly from frequent ball heading rather than unintentional head impacts due to collisions, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found. The findings suggest that efforts to reduce long-term brain injuries may be focusing too narrowly on preventing accidental head collisions. The study published online today in the Frontiers in Neurology. “Unintentional head impacts are generally considered the most common cause of diagnosed concussions in soccer, so it’s understandable that current prevention efforts aim at minimizing those collisions,” said study leader, Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.R., professor of radiology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein and medical director of MRI Services at Montefiore. “But intentional head impacts—that is, soccer ball heading—are not benign. We showed in a previous study that frequent heading is an underappreciated cause of concussion symptoms. And now we’ve found that heading... Read more →


CNB Business News: SJI Announces Winners of Spring Social Investment Program Grants

Related: CNB Business News FOLSOM, N.J. – SJI (NYSE: SJI) is pleased to announce the recipients of the company’s bi-annual Social Investment program grants. Thirteen grants totaling $80,000 were awarded to non-profits throughout the state that reflect the diversity in purpose, geography and populations served that is vital to the success of our Social Investment program. “Our Social Investment program aims to promote stronger communities and a more sustainable future for the residents of the communities served by SJI,” said Michael J. Renna, president and CEO, SJI. “These grant recipients reinforce the foundation of our neighborhoods, schools and families, and we are proud to be their partner in these incredible endeavors.” The Spring 2018 recipients, listed in alphabetical order, are: Alice Paul Institute – honoring the legacy of Alice Paul’s work for gender equality through education and leadership development. The Appel Farm Arts & Music Center – providing people of... Read more →


TWIN LIGHTS MUSEUM OPENS NEW EXHIBITS

TRENTON (CNBNewsnet)-- - The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry today celebrated the 125th anniversary of the nation's first official reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance by unveiling new museum exhibits at the Twin Lights of the Navesink Historic Site in Highlands, Monmouth County. "The Twin Lights of the Navesink holds a special space in our nation's history, guiding millions of immigrants into New York Harbor to embark on new lives in America," Division of Parks and Forestry Director Mark Texel said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "We are proud to introduce on this milestone anniversary enhanced exhibits that will help the public gain a greater understanding of the significance of this iconic lighthouse." The brownstone structure sits atop headlands overlooking the ocean and the mouth of the Navesink River. Funded by donations to the Twin Lights Historical Society, the new exhibits - many complemented by new videos... Read more →


CNB CRIME NEWS: Gloucester City Police Officer Nearly Struck by Alleged Drunken Driver

CNBNews graphics file GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (April 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--A Gloucester City police officer was nearly struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at the intersection of Broadway at King Street on April 25 around 5 PM. According to the weekly crime report, Patrolman Joe Eller was directing traffic on Broadway at King Street when a vehicle nearly struck him and the driver appeared to be passed out. The vehicle then drifted to the side of the road. Patrolman Mike Calzonetti and K9 Blitz responded to assist and the male driver was found to be under the influence. After further investigation, Damion A. Stratton (33), a resident of Runnemede was arrested for DWI. He was additionally charged with possession of CDS (heroin) and Possession of a hypodermic syringe. At police headquarters, the male began to slip in and out of consciousness and was administered one dose of Naloxone. The male regained... Read more →


CNB BUSINESS NEWS:

Architect and Builder Agree: Precast Concrete Foundations Ideal Start for Affordable Housing

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Teams of building industry professionals are working together to create an affordable housing project in Franklin Lakes, N.J. for people with physical and developmental disabilities. Constructed of modular components situated on durable precast concrete panel foundations, the apartments and central community building are scheduled to open in August of 2018. Architect Insights Five two-story buildings will house 40 special needs apartments when the project is complete. According to architect Stephen L. Schoch, AIA, LEED-AP, cost-effective and time-saving Xi Wall panels from Superior Walls made the most sense to serve as the foundations for the structures. “After considering the cost and timeline for conventional foundations methods, we elected to specify Superior Walls foundations as a more cost-effective and faster way to get all the foundations in place and ready for the modular building units,” says Schoch, managing principal at Kitchen & Associates Services, Inc.“Additionally, the Superior Walls panels... Read more →


The Gloucester Township Police Encourages Residents to Participate in GT Eye Watch

Gloucester Township Police graphic GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (April 25, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--In 2011 the Gloucester Township Police Department launched Crimestoppers which entailed sharing with the community pictures and videos of suspects committing crimes such as shoplifting. Our Crimestoppers program has been greatly successful – it empowered our community members to help us solve the crime with their many tips. These tips resulted in many arrests and have greatly contributed to our violent crime reduction of 53% (2010-2017) and overall crime reduction of 34% (2010-2017). We are now excited to launch the expanded use of social media and technology with the implementation of our GT eyewatch program. Crimestoppers was implemented to solve a crime which it has, but over the years we have found that our posting of videos and pictures was about more than pictures of suspects. We have posted lost children, elderly persons who have lost their way, suspicious activity, and... Read more →


Assemblyman Moriarty Legislation Promoting Equal Pay for Women Now Law

TRENTON NJ (April 25, 2018)(CNBnewsnet)--Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Paul Moriarty to promote equal pay for women was signed into law by the Governor on Tuesday. The law (A-1) modifies current law, including the Law Against Discrimination (LAD), to strengthen protections against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for equal women. Specifically, the law will amend the LAD to make it an unlawful practice for an employer to discriminate against an employee because the employee is a member of a class protected against discrimination by the LAD, by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of a protected class less than the rate paid to employees not of the class for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility. The law prohibits an employer paying a rate in violation of the law from reducing the rate of compensation of an employee in order... Read more →