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June 2018

Letters to the Editor: Democrats/Republicans Prepare to Stop Murphy from Shutting Down NJ

CNBNews graphics file TRENTON NJ (June 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--With just hours to go before a budget must be signed into law to prevent a government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans in the state Legislature are preparing to override any veto in order to send a clear message to Governor Phil Murphy: it's wrong to force the people of New Jersey to pay higher income, sales and property taxes when Trump billionaire corporations should share the burden for critically needed investments in the state's future. Although Governor Murphy was presented a balanced budget more than a week ago, he has dithered in deciding whether to sign it into law, manufacturing a crisis that threatens a government shutdown. Instead of seriously negotiating with Legislative leaders, the former Goldman Sachs salesman enlisted celebrities to back his call for higher taxes while threatening unspecified cuts targeting people who refuse to go along with his call for... Read more →


CNBNews graphics file In order to accommodate the Independence Day Parade and Fireworks on July 3rd. the following parking restrictions will be put into place: Between 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm on July 3rd. parking will be prohibited on: Broadway between Koehler and Warren Sts. (both sides) Koehler St. between Broadway and Jersey Ave. (both sides) Jersey Ave. between Broadway and 9th. St. (both sides) Charles Street between Jersey Ave. and 8th. St. (both sides) Between 6:00 pm and 12:00 am on July 3rd. parking will be prohibited on: Johnson Blvd. between Gaunt and Essex Sts. (both sides) Bill Flynn Sports Complex parking lot. Basketball court parking lot (Nicholson / Johnson) Johnson Blvd. will remain closed at the conclusion of the fireworks display until the roadway is clear of all pedestrian traffic. Anyone choosing to park their vehicles in the 900 blocks of Morris, Middlesex and Paul Streets will not... Read more →

Tick Season Is Here! Longhorned Tick Has Invaded Camden County

(Lindenwold, NJ) – The Camden County Department of Health and Human Services and the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission informed the public about the health threats to residents, and deterrent measures being taken to protect the community, during the 2018 mosquito and tick season. The mosquito spraying season has just started and there have been new developments with the statewide tick populations that are relevant to neighborhoods and families throughout the region. “According to the state Department of Health there have been four confirmed cases of Zika Virus from mosquitos reported in New Jersey so far this year. We are working closely with our counterparts at the state and the CDC to monitor for all mosquito borne viruses including, West Nile Disease and Encephalitis,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services. “Furthermore, we know that more people are contracting Lyme disease and... Read more →

BRIDE ‘LUMBERJILLS’ WITH AN AXE TO GRIND; Axe throwing is the latest bachelorette party trend

photos provided An increasing number of brides-to-be are choosing to add axe throwing to their bachelorette party itinerary. This exhilarating group activity sees throwers hurling an axe down a lane in an attempt to hit a bullseye. An integral part of traditional lumberjack competitions, it seems women across the United States and Canada are keener than ever to unleash their inner ‘lumberjill’ ahead of their big day. And they don’t have to look far. More than 30 axe throwing venues now exist across North America, with 2018 seeing a flurry of new openings. With roots firmly placed in Canada, axe throwing has long been an unspoken sport for loggers looking to pass the time while working in woodland. However, many people are unaware that axe throwing is now a serious sport with over 4000 league members in over 50 cities and 5 countries throwing axes competitively under the framework of... Read more →

Letters to the Editor: Murphy is Putting Political Supporters Ahead of NJ Residents

CNBNews graphics file In a morning tweet, the respected head of the Monmouth University Polling Institute precisely identified why Governor Phil Murphy is fighting for higher income, sales and property taxes instead of reforming government spending - it will impact his political supporters and contributors. Pollster Murphy, referring to the CWA’s support for Murphy’s higher taxes, wrote: “Political calculus - makes sense to choose sides (as they made clear months ago). Not only will the CWA negotiate another contract with Murphy in the coming year, but he's the only thing blocking serious pension and benefits reform.” That’s right - despite calling for fundamental pension and benefit reforms when he served as the head of a pension and benefits committee under then-Governor Richard Codey, as Governor, Murphy is fighting tooth and nail against implementing his own recommendations now that he has the power to actually implement them. Governor Murphy is putting... Read more →

Maple Shade's 4th of July Celebration is Today

CNBNews graphics file MAPLE SHADE NJ (June 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The Township of Maple Shade Civic Activities Committee will host the 4th of July Parade and Fireworks on Saturday June 30, 2018. Main Street , AKA County Route 537, will be closed for the parade from approx. 1100 AM to 300 PM. Front Street is the detour route. South Clinton Avenue between South Coles Avenue and Frederick Avenue and Martin Avenue between West Center Avenue and South Coles Avenue will be closed from approx. 600 PM to 11PM. All neighborhoods surrounding the Maple Shade High School and Babe Ruth Ball Field will be posted NO PARKING on one side of the street from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The fireworks display is at approx. 930 PM. Please pay attention to and obey the directions of Police Officers, FIre Police Officers, and Town Watch Volunteers, and also pay attention and obey all permanent... Read more →

Letters to the Editor: NJBIA Statement on Budget Impasse

CNBNews graphics file TRENTON NJ (June 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--NJBIA is extremely disappointed to learn that the budget negotiations that broke down yesterday between the governor and legislative leaders apparently centered on what taxes to increase, instead of what spending to cut. We need to fix the state's structural budget deficits, such as our public pension, health benefits and education costs, rather than attempt to tax our way of our challenges. Proposals such as a millionaires tax and CBT surcharge try to balance the budget on the backs of job-creators. Corporations have 50 states to choose from. We need to make New Jersey more attractive to retain our businesses and capture the investment of new ones so we can gain in our regional competitiveness. Increasing the corporate business tax to be the highest in the nation, in addition to the already high cost of doing business in New Jersey, will not put... Read more →

Philadelphia CBP Seizes Nearly $10 Million in Counterfeit Luxury Watches

PHILADELPHIA PA (June 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) – If authentic, the 699 luxury brand watches that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized Thursday in Philadelphia would hold a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of nearly $10 million. Instead, they’re headed to destruction. CBP officers seized 699 counterfeit luxury watches with an MSRP of $10 million, if authentic. The express consignment parcel arrived June 11 from Hong Kong, China and was manifested as lithium batteries. When CBP officers inspected the shipment, officers encountered luxury brand watches bearing the name Rolex, Tous, Hublot, Piguet, Panerai, Patek, Fossil, and Harley Davidson. Officers detained the shipment as the craftsmanship was of questionable quality and the packaging was of poor quality. Officers worked with CBP’s Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts, who verified through trademark holders that the watches were counterfeit. “This is a significant seizure, both... Read more →

Obituary | Robert Joseph Vasinda of Runnemede

Robert Joseph Vasinda Robert Joseph Vasinda, on June 28, 2018, of Runnemede passed peacefully with his family surrounding him. Age 65. Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Farrell) of 39 years. Loving father of Patrick and Jacqueline. Brother of John and Gregory. Also survived by 1 niece and 4 nephews. Robert retired after 36 years of service from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA. Robert was a member of Trout Unlimited. He was a passionate Fly Fisherman and an amateur Astronomer. Services private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 1815 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. via Read more →

Obituary: Charles M. Dilger, Sr. of Lindenwold, formerly of Bellmawr

CNBNews graphics file Charles M. Dilger, Sr., on June 27, 2018, of Lindenwold; formerly of Bellmawr. Age 93. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Boehm). Devoted father of Claude Dilger (Cindy), Dorothea Oliveri (Anthony), Christopher Dilger (Dotti), and the late Charles Dilger, Jr. Loving grandpop of Charles III, Dustin, Colleen, Daniel, Mary, Chloe, and Luke and great grandpop of Daisy and Holly. Preceded in death by 9 siblings. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Dilger proudly served in the US Navy during WW II. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree and a volunteer for Helping Hands at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. Charles was a member of 3H Senior Club, Always Young Club, St. Agnes Seniors in Blackwood, Bellmawr Seniors, and Young at Heart Seniors in Bellmawr. There will be a viewing from 7 to 9pm Monday eve and from... Read more →

Philadelphia CBP Seizes Nearly $1.7 Million in Fentanyl Shipped from China

PHILADELPHIA PA (June 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--– U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 110 pounds of the deadly opioid fentanyl with an estimated $1.7 million street value Monday in Philadelphia. Rentanyl found in barrels of iron oxide. CBP officers from the Area Port of Philadelphia conducting routine examinations discovered the fentanyl in a shipment of iron oxide that arrived from China. A CBP narcotics detector dog alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the barrels of iron oxide. CBP officers, wearing personal protective equipment, searched through the iron oxide and discovered 50 packages that contained sealed bags of a white, powdery substance. Officers tested the substance using a Gemini Thermo Scientific Analyzer, a handheld elemental isotype analysis tool that can identify over 14,000 chemical substances with the use of a laser or infrared beam. The Gemini identified the substance as fentanyl. CBP’s Laboratory and Scientific Services (LSS) conducted additional testing and... Read more →

EPA Recognizes Jersey City Superfund Site for Excellence in Reuse

This sign was posted by the EPA on the Superfund site of Quanta Resources in Edgewater, New Jersey in 2002. The Quanta Resources Corporation produced coal tar, paving, and roofing material in the late 1800s. From 1974 to 1981, Quanta Resources operated an oil processing facility. According to the EPA, the groundwater and soils at the site are contaminated with arsenic, chromium, lead, and other chemicals, which are harmful to human health. The remediation of the site is currently underway. (New York, N.Y. – June 28, 2018) Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Pete Lopez today presented New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Jersey City and Prologis, Inc. – the company responsible for the cleanup and reuse of the site – with the Excellence in Site Reuse Award. NJDEP Deputy Commissioner Debbie Mans, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil and representatives from Prologis, Inc. accepted the Excellence... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: You simply should pay higher taxes … sorry

CNBNews graphics file Bill SpadeaJune 28, 2018/ You simply should pay higher taxes. After all, let's face it, there's a lotta spending that needs to be done! Elite insiders, special interests and of course the lawyers all need their cut from your bank account. The budget 'compromise' being worked out between the governor and the Legislature after their "pretend fight" is a disaster for every middle- and working-class taxpayer and the small and medium sized companies that employ them. Higher taxes at every level. More spending, more borrowing and a worsening affordability crisis driving more and more of our friends and neighbors out. Can anything be done to course correct our state? You know the saying — keep doing the same thing and expect different results defines insane. Every election cycle, the NJ voters (at least the who bother to participate in the legislative elections in years when there's no... Read more →

Brooklawn's Bergen Street Named in Honor of Former Borough Councilman Tom MacAdams

UPDATED with photo photos by Joe Townsend (CNBNewsnet)-BROOKLAWN, NJ (June 29, 2018)—A sign naming Bergen Street in Brooklawn after former Borough Councilman Tom MacAdams was installed today by an employee from the borough public works department. Tom MacAdams Tom served 18 years on council. He was involved in many community events such as the Brooklawn Christmas Spirit, the Brooklawn Drug Alliance, the Brooklawn Wiffleball reunion, the Brooklawn Bees Basketball League, the Brooklawn Little League, the Brooklawn American Legion baseball, and the Brooklawn Lady Bugs Summer League. Tom passed away on March 29, 2014 at the age of 60 from LouGehrig's disease. In 2013 the community planted a tree in his honor at the Norge Circle. Read more →

Freedom Festival on July 4th at Wiggins Waterfront Park

Family Variety Series at Haddon Lake Park Come out to Haddon Lake Park on Saturday, June 30th at 10 AM for the Family Variety Series: One Man Circus. This free event is for kids and families of all ages. Read More. Free Work Out Sessions at Cooper River Park Join us every Saturday and Monday through July for free workout classes at Cooper River Park. All levels are welcome. Cardio on the Cooper is held every Saturday from 11 AM to 12 PM. This calorie annihilating outdoor workout will get your mind and body in shape this summer. For more information, click here. Yoga on the Cooper is held every Monday from 6 PM to 7 PM. This vinyasa flow yoga class is the perfect way to get your mind and body ready for the week. For more information, click here. Family Programs: Junior Birding Come out to Pyne Poynt... Read more →


The separation of migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border has prompted protests from groups and houses of worship in the Montclair area, Montclair Local reports. Although President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the separations, many people are concerned that the process of reuniting children with their parents is slow and chaotic. Montclair-area residents marched from Rand Park to Church Street on Saturday to keep attention focused on the issue. BERGEN COUNTY ENTERS SHARED SERVICES AGREEMENTS WITH MUNICIPALITIES Bergen County has entered several shared services agreements with municipalities throughout the county, including Rutherford, East Rutherford, Midland Park, Hasbrouck Heights and Alpine, TAPinto Hackensack says. The agreements are part of the vision of Bergen County Executive James Tedesco and the Board of Chosen Freeholders to increase efficiency and save taxpayers money by offering services to the 70 municipalities in the county. MAN HELD FAMILY MEMBER HOSTAGE... Read more →

74-Year-Old Boy Scout Leader Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

James Roberts (photo provided) SICKLERVILLE, NJ (June 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--James Roberts, 74, who has been involved in the Boy Scouts for 40 years and a Master Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop 132 in Sicklerville, was charged with Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography according to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Winslow Township Police Chief George Smith. Detectives from the High-Tech Crimes Unit (HTCU) of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office executed a search warrant on June 29, 2018, for James Robert’s residence on Avella Lane in Sicklerville in Winslow township. While at the residence, authorities located numerous digital devices that were taken to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office’s HTCU Forensic Lab to be analyzed, which lead to the charges filed against him. James Roberts was transported to the Winslow Township Police Department where he was processed and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility. Under Criminal... Read more →

Weekend Heat Alert in Camden County

(Gloucester Township, NJ) — The Office of the Camden County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert for Camden County from June 30 to July 2, effective each day from noon to 7 p.m. “The forecast indicates that we’re looking at our first real taste of summer heat this weekend, with temperatures rising in the mid-to-high 90s each day. It is crucial during these blistering summer days that people check on elderly relatives, friends, and to make sure they are safe and properly prepared for the heat,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services. “Safety in the heat is key, so remember to stay inside as much as possible, drink plenty of water, and contact a physician if you or a loved one is showing signs of heat stress.” The latest weather forecast obtained by the health department is calling for hot... Read more →

Comcast: Service outage caused by a provider's cut fiber 

CNBNews graphics file PHILADELPHIA PA (June 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Comcast said Friday that there is an interruption of its internet, video and voice services, related to a cut fiber at one of the company's large network partners. “One of Comcast’s large backbone network partners had a fiber cut that we believe is also impacting other providers. It is currently affecting our business and residential internet, video and voice customers. We apologize and are working to get services restored as soon as possible," Comcast said in a statement. Communicating with customers from its Xfinity support Twitter account, Comcast said at about 2 p.m. EST it did not yet have an ETA on when service would be restored. CONTINUE TO READ Read more →

EPA Plans to Award $240,000 to Maryland for Water Quality Monitoring at Beaches  

CNBNews graphics file PHILADELPHIA (June 27, 2018) – As peak beach season arrives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award approximately $240,000 to Maryland to develop and implement beach monitoring and notification programs along Maryland’s shores. “Enjoying the beach is a quintessential pastime for Americans every summer,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Through EPA’s BEACH grants, we are ensuring communities across the country can keep their beaches safe and enjoyable for all.” Under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act, EPA awards grants to eligible state, territorial and tribal applicants to help them and their local government partners monitor water quality at coastal and Great Lakes beaches. EPA’s Mid-Atlantic office expects to award the funds to Maryland contingent upon eligibility requirements and availability of funding. “In addition to helping measure pollution in the water near beaches, EPA is pleased to help states, tribes, territories, and local governments... Read more →

Maple Shade Police Issue No Parking/Road Detours for July 4th Parade/Fireworks on Saturday

CNBNews graphics file MAPLE SHADE NJ (JUNE 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnetThe Township of Maple Shade Civic Activities Committee will host the 4th of July Parade and Fireworks on Saturday June 30, 2018. Main Street , AKA County Route 537, will be closed for the parade from approx. 1100 AM to 300 PM. Front Street is the detour route. South Clinton Avenue between South Coles Avenue and Frederick Avenue and Martin Avenue between West Center Avenue and South Coles Avenue will be closed from approx. 600 PM to 11PM. All neighborhoods surrounding the Maple Shade High School and Babe Ruth Ball Field will be posted NO PARKING on one side of the street from 400 PM to 1100 PM. The fireworks display is at approx. 930 PM. Please pay attention to and obey the directions of Police Officers, FIre Police Officers, and Town Watch Volunteers, and also pay attention and obey all permanent... Read more →

Obituary: Anna I. Steelman, 90, of Gloucester City

CNBNews graphics file GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (CNBNewsnet)--On June 21, 2018, (nee Fischer) of Gloucester City, NJ age 90. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry E. Steelman, Sr., loving mother of Henry E. Jr. (Hallie), Robert M. (Deborah), Patrick J. (Donna) and Kathleen Matkowski (John) and dear sister of Marie Vogel and the late Elizabeth Lange. She is also survived by 17 dear grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Anna was born and raised in Gloucester City and was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Funeral services were under the direction of the Etherington -Creran Funeral Home, Gloucester City NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 426 Monmouth St. in Gloucester City. Interment at New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ. Read more →

Baltimore CBP Reports Nation’s First Encounter of a Wood-Boring Wasp Species

in Aluminum Coils from Greece BALTIMORE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed today that a live wood-boring wasp that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists recently intercepted in Baltimore is the first time this specimen has been reported in the United States. Urocerus augur Klug (Siricidae) While inspecting a shipment of aluminum coils from Greece, CBP agriculture specialists discovered the wasp and boring holes in the wood packaging material. Wood-boring wasps are known to lay their eggs in trees where they emerge later as adults. Specialists secured the shipment and submitted the specimen to USDA entomologists for identification. USDA entomologists identified the specimen as Urocerus augur Klug (Siricidae), and a first-in-nation discovery. This specimen, established in Europe, poses a potential threat to forestry, and especially to common fir trees. “To record an agriculture pest ‘first-in-nation’ discovery is rewarding for the hard work that Customs and Border Protection... Read more →

Senator Menendez Says No Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Until After November Election

CNBNews graphics file Over the course of the next several months I need you to join me in a fight against any extremist nominee to the Supreme Court. We should not vote on a Supreme Court nominee until the American people make their voices heard in the November election. This is the same rule and process Majority Leader McConnell insisted upon when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland. Civil rights, voting rights, reproductive freedoms, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections, and the rule of law are at stake. We've already seen the consequences of Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch. In his short time on the bench, Justice Gorsuch has voted to uphold the President’s Muslim ban, kick Americans off voter registration rolls, and limit the rights of the LGBTQ community. You don't need a crystal ball to know what's to come. Together we must stand strong against the Trump Administration’s radical policies, and... Read more →

Free Performance of Disney's Little Mermaid at the Kimmel's Center Saturday at 2PM

Kimmel Center SATURDAY, JUNE 30 2PM ShowStoppers showcases high school students from Philadelphia, suburbs, and South Jersey The Kimmel Center ShowStoppers Summer Camp is a two week performing arts intensive for high school students in grades 7-12. This summer, 41 high school students from the tri-state area were selected to take part in this fast-paced program and were able to maximize their skills in theater, voice, and dance under the direction of Kimmel Center expert teaching artists. The Kimmel Center Showstoppers Summer Camp is an opportunity for like-minded high schoolers to make new friends, gain confidence, and learn new skills working together with musical theater professionals in the region’s most impactful performing arts center environment. This year’s showcase Disney’s The Little Mermaid has thrilled audiences young and old since the film debut in 1989. The popularity of the animated film led to the launch of the Broadway version in 2008.... Read more →

NJBIA: Budget Proposals with More Tax Increases Moving in Wrong Direction    

NJBIA President & CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., issued the following statement Thursday regarding the FY2019 state budget negotiations. "Negotiations are clearly headed in the wrong direction. Instead of focusing on New Jersey's economic competitiveness and jobs, the Legislature is now poised to possibly vote on even more tax increases. "Lengthening the CBT surcharge to four years, extending the sales tax to include vacation rental homes and doubling the realty transfer fee will make New Jersey less affordable and less competitive. "The budget approved by the Legislature on June 21 would give New Jersey the highest corporation business tax (CBT) in the nation: 13 percent for companies with more than $25 million in income and 11.5 percent for companies with more than $1 million in income. Yesterday, the situation went from bad to worse when legislators proposed an additional $360 million in tax increases by changing the two-year sunset provision... Read more →

Plot to Distribute 9 kilograms of Heroin, 50 pounds of Crystal Meth in NJ Exposed

TRENTON, N.J. (CNBNewsnet)(June 28, 2018)--– Two California men who were arrested in Mercer County, New Jersey, with over 50 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and nine kilograms of heroin appeared Wednesday in Trenton federal court, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced, following a following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark investigation, which also included N.J. State Police, and Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division. Gabriel Acosta Villa, 29, of Lake Forest, California, and Oscar Perez Jr., 23, of Santa Ana, California, are both charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. They appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman and were detained. According to the complaint: On June 17, 2018, law enforcement officers received information that a commercial truck driver and his accomplice planned... Read more →

N.J. Builder Relies on Time-Saving Precast Concrete Products

Millville, N.J. –Dan Bamdas appreciates efficiency. As a former lawyer turned builder, Bamdas looks for reliable products that help him save time and money on the creation of his spec homes. He’s found both in precast concrete products from Northeast Precast. “For a house we recently constructed in Short Hills, N.J. we saved at least six weeks of construction time by using a Superior Walls Xi foundation,” says Bamdas, principal of Bamdas Development Company. “There’s two ways Northeast Precast adds value to my projects. First, they create a customized foundation and have it installed in just a few days. “Second, they use a PreSpan Floor Plank system that adds stability to the home while providing me with finished space under the garage. This area is valuable for homeowners and would have gone unused without this impressive product.” The custom spec home, built at 17 Delwick Lane in Short Hills, includes... Read more →

NJDOT & USFWS open the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Trail on Cedar Bonnet Island

Public access now permitted after completion of the environmental mitigation project CNBNews graphics file (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today announced the opening of the first public access to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Trail on Cedar Bonnet Island. “This project is a real example of how NJDOT adds to the quality of life here in the state in ways that are not necessarily intuitive,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. ”Through a partnership between NJDOT, the Fish & Wildlife Service, the DEP, and the US Army Corps of Engineers, we were all able to reach an agreement on how the required environmental mitigation could be accomplished and satisfy the goals of all of the stakeholder agencies. A win for all parties involved.” “We have been working on development of this project for several... Read more →

Atlantic City Electric Performing Tree Trimming to Keep the Lights on for Customers

photo provided Vegetation management crews work year-round to trim trees and remove vegetation along more than 1,800 miles of aerial electric lines as part of the energy company’s ongoing efforts to maintain safe, reliable service for customers. MAYS LANDING, N.J. (June 27, 2018) – Atlantic City Electric customers will benefit from a $26-million effort to trim trees and remove vegetation along nearly 1,800 miles of aerial electric lines in 2018. This work, which will continue through the year, will help maintain safe and reliable service for about 135,000 customers. Tree and vegetation trimming is a critical part of Atlantic City Electric’s efforts to keep the lights on for customers, especially as the company prepares for the summer storm season, where heavy rain and gusty winds can bring down trees and tree branches, causing damage to power lines and other electric equipment. Each year, trees cause about 40 percent of customer... Read more →


CNBNews graphics file (CNBNewsnet)June 29, 2018)--It can be daunting as a new entrepreneur to launch your first business as it is uncharted waters with a huge amount of responsibility. It is also a huge learning experience, which means that there is a lot of helpful advice that can be gleaned from more experienced entrepreneurs. This can be of huge help early on and ensure that you hit the ground running and put yourself in position to succeed. There will be many aspects of launching and running a business that you learn along the way, but here are a few tips for getting your career as an entrepreneur off to a smooth start. Be Flexible You may have a great business plan and have the next few years planned out, but things do not always go according to plan. It is for this reason why you must be flexible and not... Read more →

Pennsylvania Man Admits Three Armed Robberies In South Jersey

CNBNews graphics file CAMDEN CITY, N.J. (June 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)-– A Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, man today admitted committing three armed robberies in Salem, Ocean, and Cumberland counties in November 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jeffrey Edmonds, 45, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery, two counts of bank robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: On Nov. 1, 2017, Edmonds and Terrance Robinson, 31, of Havertown, Pennsylvania, drove together to a convenience store in Upper Pittsgrove Township, stopping along the way to pick up a handgun and remove the license plates from the car that Edmonds was driving. After arriving at the convenience store, Edmonds remained in the getaway car... Read more →

Gloucester Township Food & Craft Beer Festival

image provided GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (June 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester Township is thrilled to host our first ever Food & Craft Beer Festival on September 9, 2018 along the Black Horse Pike in downtown Blackwood. Over 20 food trucks will serve up food and fun, rain or shine! Stop by the beer garden located at the Gloucester Township Library (15 S Black Horse Pike) and enjoy live music and entertainment in the streets. Admission is free. Come hungry! On September 9, the Black Horse Pike will be closed from Church Street to West Lake Avenue from 12:00 - 9:00 PM. Additionally, parking will be limited to one side of the street on the following roads from 2:00 - 7:00 PM: Ohio Ave (East Side), West Central Ave (North Side), South Pennsylvania Ave (East Side), New Jersey Ave (East Side), and Pine Ave (East Side). Parking will be prohibited on West and East... Read more →

Passaic County Man Sentenced To 92 Months In Prison For String Of Bank Robberies

CNBNews graphics file TRENTON, N.J.(CNBNewsnet)(June 28, 2018)- – A Passaic, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 92 months in prison for robbing six banks in Hudson, Union, and Passaic counties in June and July of 2016, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Quentin Morales, a/k/a “Quinton Morales,” 27, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with three counts of bank robbery. He also admitted to robbing two additional banks and attempting to rob another. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court. Prior to his arrest in August 2016, Morales was one of Newark FBI’s most wanted bank robbers. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Morales robbed, or attempted to rob, the following New Jersey banks: Bank Location Date Wells Fargo Bank Kearny, New Jersey June 24, 2016 Capital One Bank (attempted) Elizabeth, New... Read more →

NJ Sierra Club: Jersey City Passes Plastic Bag Ban & Polystyrene Ban

CNBNews graphics file JERSEY CITY NJ (June 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Last night, the Jersey City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that will ban single use plastics, and non-degradable packaging, namely, polystyrene and polyvinyl chloride at food establishments. It prohibits retail establishments from providing any single-use, disposable plastic carryout bags to a customer at the check stand, cash register, point of sale, or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting products or goods out of the business or store. Instead the ordinance permits retail establishments to only provide only reusable bags and/or recyclable paper carryout bags. The ordinance shall take effect 12 months after final adoption. Important they passed it before fee bill gets passed - “In a win for the environment, Jersey City Council has passed an ordinance that will ban single use plastic bags and polystyrene. It is important that Jersey City passed this ordinance before the plastic bag... Read more →

John F. “Jack” Kopfle of Gloucester City; Worked As A Printer; Vietnam War Navy Veteran

John F. “Jack” Kopfle Gloucester City NJ (June 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) – Surrounded by his loving family, on June 27, 2018. Age 70. Loving husband of 48 years to the late Grace Kopfle (nee Tomlin). Loving father of John (Patricia), David (Melissa), Michael (Kelli) and Daniel (Nicole). Cherished grandfather to John Jr., Austin, Brandon, Nicholas, Chad, Collin and Carter. Adored son-in-law of Grace Tomlin. Jack was a graduate of Hower Vocational High School in Akron, OH. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War stationed in Naples, Italy. He worked as a printer for Rapid Forms / Deluxe in Thorofare. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Monday evening, July 2 from 6 to 7:30 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service 7:30 PM in the funeral home, followed by U.S. Naval Honors. Interment will be private in... Read more →

Maternity Nurse at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Recognized by NJBiz

Lourdes Mother/Baby nurse Helene Pietrangelo, RN, BSN (center), along with Tim and Gisell Cornish, and their daughter, Iliana. Helene was baby Iliana’s nurse after she was born and helped catch a rare heart anomaly that required the baby to have open heart surgery. Iliana is doing well today and her parents credit nurse Helene. CAMDEN CITY, NJ (JUNE 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)—Helene Pietrangelo, RN, BSN, a maternity department nurse at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, was recently recognized as a finalist for the Nurse of the Year award by the business publication NJBiz. The recognition honors individuals whose job performance is considered exemplary by patients and peers. Pietrangelo was one of six state-wide finalists for the award. The Healthcare Heroes ceremony brought together more than 1,000 healthcare professionals from the state, with additional awards given for education, innovation and public health. Nominated by her Lourdes peers, Pietrangelo was recognized for saving... Read more →

Crime Alert: Armed Robbery Pine Run Deli

photos provided GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (June 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The white male suspect, wearing an “Atco Dragway” hooded sweatshirt is captured on video approaching the Pine Run Deli on foot at 4:37 PM from the rear of the business. The suspect enters the store, covers his face with a bandana, removes a knife, and demands currency from the store clerk. He flees the store and runs around the back of the Deli towards Lower Landing Road. If you can identify the suspects in the video and 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: THE Anonymous Tip systems are NOT monitored 24/7. All incidents in Gloucester Township... Read more →

Summer on the Delaware Riverfront

FIREWORKS!!! It's almost July 4th, which means it's fireworks time. The big celebration on the Waterfront will take place on Saturday, June 30th with events at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, SugarHouse Casino and Fishtown Hops, Independence Seaport Museum, Battleship NJ, Moshulu, and the Spirit of Philadelphia to name a few. You can also watch the big show from Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest or the Race Street Pier. And of course, there are also tons of other great things to do all week and weekend on both sides of the river. This Week Wednesday, June 27: Who Got the Jazz: A Tribute to Nina Simone Enjoy a musical tribute to the late-great Nina Simone, featuring the amazing Suzann Christine, Voss, and Seraiah Nicole at Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest. This monthly event is part of Visit Philly Summer Sounds in... Read more →

Grand Jury Returns Murder Indictment Against Kenneth D. Arsenault Accused of Killing Wife

Kenneth D. Arsenault MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (June 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)- Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Pemberton Township man has been indicted for fatally attacking his wife earlier this year with a hammer and knife at their home in the Browns Mills section of the township. Kenneth D. Arsenault, 59, of the first block of Cochita Trail, was indicted on one count of Murder (First Degree), two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Third Degree), and two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Fourth Degree). The indictment was returned June 26 and signed by First Assistant Prosecutor Philip S. Aronow. An arraignment will be scheduled soon in Superior Court. Police were called to the Arsenaults’ home on April 7 at approximately 10 p.m. for a report of a woman screaming for help. Upon arrival, Pemberton Township police officers found Arsenault on top of his... Read more →


The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino started taking bets from gamblers a day before they were scheduled to open, the Press of Atlantic City reports. Both casinos received permission to begin full operations on Wednesday afternoon from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, and both immediately started letting gamblers inside. Elaborate grand opening festivities are still scheduled for today and this weekend. MAHWAH GROUP SUBMITS SIGNATURES FOR RECALL OF MAYOR The Mahwah Township Clerk is in the process of verifying signatures on petitions for a recall election of Mayor Bill Laforet, writes. If there are enough valid signatures – about 4,200 are necessary – voters will get to decide in November whether Laforet can stay in office. The mayor says the recall effort is being fueled by a controversy over a parks ordinance. MURPHY SAYS A BUDGET DEAL CAN BE REACHED IF... Read more →

EPA Awards $250,000 to New Jersey for Beaches

(New York, N.Y. – June 27, 2018) As peak beach season arrives in the United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 2 office expects to award up to $250,000 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to protect beachgoers contingent upon the number of eligible recipients nationwide that apply for grant funds and the availability of funding. “Enjoying the beach is a quintessential pastime for Americans every summer,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Through EPA’s BEACH grants, we are ensuring communities across the country can keep their beaches safe and enjoyable for all.” “New Jersey’s beaches play a significant role in the state’s environmental, economic, and cultural prosperity, bringing in thousands of tourists every summer,” said Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “This grant supports the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s vital program to alert New Jersey residents and tourists alike when water quality problems exist.” NJDEP... Read more →

GTPD Requesting Community’s Assistance With Helping To Identify Possible Suspect In Reference to Suspicious Fires

image provided GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (June 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The Gloucester Township Police Department, in partnership with local and county Fire Marshals and the Camden County Prosecutors Office are investigating four suspicious fires to several townhouses under construction on Iron Gate Road in the Erial Section of Gloucester Township. The fires occurred on September 29th 2017, November 27th 2017, January 3rd 2018 and June 26, 2018. It appears the fires are set in the early morning, prior to day break. The fires appear to be intentionally set. The Gloucester Township Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance in identifying a possible suspect. If anyone has any information on the suspicious fires please call the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500, or call our GTPD Anonymous Crime 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.... Read more →

Court Rules Defense Attorney Represented Sexual Assault Criminal Fairly

CNBNews graphics file WOODBURY NJ (June 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--A state appeals court has affirmed a prior ruling that the lawyer for Lawrence L. Moore (DOB 12/12/55), of Pitman, did not ineffectively represent him during his 2011 trial for sexually assaulting a girl when she was 10 and continuing from 1999 to 2001. After the girl disclosed Moore’s actions when she was 18, he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child in a 2011 trial and was sentenced to seven years in New Jersey state prison. Moore’s appeal from an adverse post-conviction relief ruling contended his lawyer should not have allowed the trial jury to hear his entire interview with investigators because of “unduly prejudicial ultimate opinions made by the interrogator.” In a decision issued 6/22/18, the appeals court cited its previous opinion on Moore’s initial appeal in 2013 that, while it would have been preferable... Read more → Biggest winners and losers in NJ Democrats' new school aid plan

CNBNews graphics file TRENTON (JUNE 27, 2018)— More school districts would get more money under a competing school funding formula put forward by state Democratic lawmakers. Although many districts would also lose money. The only question is how the state will pay for it all. It's an important point because Gov. Phil Murphy, whose administration released its own school aid budget in March, and Democratic Senate President Steven Sweeney have threatened a government shutdown if both sides don't agree on a spending plan by the end of this month. The Democratic school aid proposal, advanced Tuesday by the budget committees in the state Senate and Assembly, would add $348 million to school funding, for a total $8.428 billion. Large aid increases would be afforded to districts that have been chronically underfunded under the state’s existing formula. Find your district in the charts below. The legislative proposal is $65 million more... Read more →

EPA Awards $213,000 to Erie County, Pennsylvania for Water Quality Monitoring at Beaches

Lake Erie Beaches (photo credit Pinterest) PHILADELPHIA (June 27, 2018) – As peak beach season arrives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award approximately $213,000 to Erie County Pennsylvania to develop and implement beach monitoring and notification programs along the shores of Lake Erie. “Enjoying the beach is a quintessential pastime for Americans every summer,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Through EPA’s BEACH grants, we are ensuring communities across the country can keep their beaches safe and enjoyable for all.” Under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act, EPA awards grants to eligible state, territorial and tribal applicants to help them and their local government partners monitor water quality at coastal and Great Lakes beaches. EPA’s Mid-Atlantic office expects to award the funds to Erie County contingent upon eligibility requirements and availability of funding. “In addition to helping measure pollution in the water near beaches, EPA is... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic's Girls' Softball Team Captures Seventh Overall State Title

CNBNews graphics file LODI, NJ (June 28, 2018)--The Gloucester Catholic's girls’ softball team defeated Immaculate Conception of Lodi, 11-1, on June 9 and captured its seventh overall state title. Nicole Hagerty proved a threat on the field and at the plate, striking out seven, giving up seven hits, and walking one in being named the winning pitcher, and hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Shayla reached base four times, knocking in one run and scoring a run. Joe Matranga, coaching the girls’ softball team for the second year, called the game a great example of the team’s whole season- everyone contributed. “It was a complete team effort throughout the whole year. We were physically, mentally tough all year.” source The Catholic Star Herald related: Gloucester Catholic High School Read more →

William R. Hagan Sr., Past Gloucester City Councilman and Retired Ambulance Driver

CNBNews graphics file Gloucester City NJ (June 28, 2018) - Surrounded by his loving family on June 26, 2018. Age 84 Loving husband of 65 years to the late Effie M. Hagan (nee Harker). Loving father of William R. Hagan, Jr. (Dawn), Brian P. Hagan (Anne) and Michael J. Hagan. One of 14 children, William is survived by his sisters, Joan Gundle and Jean Eller. Predeceased by his children, Charles A. Hagan, Sr. and Margaret Hagan; his parents, Joseph and Amber Hagan and his grandson, Charles A. Hagan, Jr. and many brothers and sisters. Cherished grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 11. Bill worked for the Gloucester City Fire Department as an ambulance driver for 34 years before retiring in 1989. He was president of both the Gloucester City Firemen’s Relief Association and Gloucester Heights Fire Association, where he was a volunteer firefighter. Bill served on Gloucester City Council in... Read more →

Blockchain Will Soon Be A Necessity Across All Industries

CNBNewsnet(June 28, 2018)--Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin’s success, is already revolutionizing the world economy by changing how processes are being handled in industries. Already, a majority of organizations across different industries have incorporated blockchain systems into their day to day business activities. What Exactly Is A Blockchain? A blockchain is known to be a digital ledger that records and saves data through different independent nodes (servers/computers), that make transactions and other digital interactions to be safe, without the use of an admin intermediary or a third party organization. The benefits of blockchain are significant enough to sustain its relevance for many generations to come. Here is an insight at some of the ways that industries will benefit from using digital ledgers. Blockchain Will Improve Public Administration Efficiency We all know that everything related to the public administration usually takes a lot of time to be completed. Most of the time,... Read more →

ICE removes Salvadoran MS-13 affiliate, Irish national with manslaughter conviction

NEWARK, NJ – Within the past week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed two public safety threats to their respective countries of origin. ERO officers removed Frank Adonay Gonzalez Valdez, an El Salvadoran national with MS-13 affiliations, June 15 and transferred him to the custody of El Salvadoran law enforcement authorities upon his arrival in his home country. Gonzalez was initially encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Sept. 13 when he tried to enter the U.S. without a valid nonimmigrant visa. He was entered into removal proceedings, and on May 15, an immigration judge issued him a removal order. Days later, ICE was notified that Gonzalez was the subject of an active arrest warrant in El Salvador for affiliation with terrorist organizations (MS-13). ERO officers removed Andrew Wall, an Irish national and member of the organized crime syndicate “Cock-Wall Gang,” June 19 and... Read more →