NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

« November 2018 | Main | January 2019 »

December 2018

How Does Social Drinking Become Problematic as We Age?

As we age, drinking alcohol in social gatherings makes us more vulnerable to alcoholism, says Brad Lander, a clinical psychologist and addiction medicine specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Talbot hall and Ohio State's College of Medicine. As we age, it takes longer for the body to break down alcohol. It stays in the system longer. Tolerance also decreases. Excessive drinking can compromise your immune system and can lead to some forms of cancer, " Lander said. It also can decrease the effectiveness of some medications and highly accelerate others, including over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, sleeping pills and others. Other health risks with aging and alcoholism include: Creating problems with balance and reaction times results in higher frequency of accidents, including falls. Worsening some health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis and liver problems. Developing early-onset dementia. Depression and suicide. Decreased sexual... Read more →

Happy NY from the Pennsylvania Republican Party

Dear supporters, friends, and those interested in the Republican Party of Pennsylvania: As 2018 draws to a close, I want to wish everyone a happy new year and a great 2019. I also hope you all have been able to enjoy time with family, friends, and loved ones over the holiday season. Along those lines, I was glad to see President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump travel to Iraq and other areas overseas to visit our troops. It was easy to see from the photos and videos from their appearances just how much our military respects their Commander in Chief. Under President Trump’s leadership, our armed forces have not only been reinvigorated by finally obtaining new and needed resources for their mission, but have seen tremendous successes in the war on ISIS. Since taking office, President Trump’s focus on providing our troops with what they need to take... Read more →

Brooklawn's Two Street Stompers Ready for New Year's Day; Their Theme is "Mummers University"

BROOKLAWN, NJ (CNBNewsnet)(December 31, 2018)--Brooklawn's Two Street Stompers held their last practice Saturday and are looking forward to their annual march in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Year's Day. This is their 41st parade. The Two Street Stompers are a family run Mummers Comic Brigade. Approximately 230 members will be performing in the parade on New Year's Day. Many of the members come from the communities of Brooklawn, Gloucester City, Westville, Mantua, West Berlin and from throughout South Jersey. The Two Street Stompers are the 2018 Comic Brigade Champions and are shooting for a repeat in 2019. They have won the Comic Brigade division’s top prize five times; 2018, 2015, 2012, 2009 and 2005. The club has also many Top Five and Top 10 performances over the years. The 2018 parade was the clubs 40th anniversary. Tom Young, spokesman for the group said, "For this year’s Mummers Parade, the... Read more →

Free PATCO Rides on New Year’s Eve

Heineken USA sponsors the rides as a safe and convenient travel option to ring in 2019 PATCO today announced that it will offer free train rides for New Year’s Eve for the third year in a row. The free rides this year are thanks in part to an advertising sponsorship with Heineken USA. Advertisements promoting the free rides are running in stations now through January 1. The free rides are aimed at offering a responsible, convenient travel option for those who want to enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities without the worry and hassle of driving. The free rides will begin at 8 p.m. on December 31, 2018 and run through 4 a.m. on January 1, 2019. During those hours, station fare gates will be open to allow free passage. If a rider boards right before 4 a.m. and reaches their destination station after 4 a.m. when the gates close, they... Read more →

New Year' Eve Tips for Helping An Anxious Pet

Parties aren't for everyone.....Keep your pets safe this New Years Eve The Gloucester Township Police Department released the following information about keeping your pets safe on New Year's Eve. While New Year’s Eve celebrations are fun for us humans, our furry companions can easily become scared during the festivities. Many pets become scared at the sound of fireworks or noisy music, and you can risk your pet trying to run away – in fact many shelters see a greater number of lost dogs following the holidays. The Gloucester Township Police Department reminds you of these helpful tips this New Years Eve: Confine your pets. For animals that are crate trained, it provides a sense of security for them. ... Turn on the Radio or TV. ... Give them exercise. ... Distract them with toys or a treat. ... Speak with your veterinarian. ... Leave the neighborhood. ... Keep Calm. Address/Location... Read more →

Elizabeth T. O'Donnell, of Sewell formerly of Bellmawr

Elizabeth T. O’Donnell (nee Goeller) on December 29, 2018 of Sewell formerly of Bellmawr. Age 90. Beloved wife of the late Joseph. Devoted mother of Patricia Meehan (the late Kevin), Joseph O’Donnell, Jr. (Christina), Eileen O’Donnell (Bruce), Paul O’Donnell (Suzanne) and the late Marianne O’Donnell, and close family friend, Kara Cutino. Loving grandmother of Sean, Timothy, Kerry, Evan, Matthew, Emily, Laura, Kieran, Julia and Colin. Dear great grandmother of Gabriella, George, Liam, Samantha and Cameron. Dear sister of the late Paul Goeller and Mary McDade. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was a former active member and choir member of Annunciation Church, Bellmawr. There will be a viewing on Friday from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday morning from 9am to 10am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 11am at Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 500 Greentree Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028. Donations may... Read more →

WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River Park

PENNSAUKEN, NJ (CNBNewsnet)Cooper River Park has once again transformed into a winter wonderland with tasty treats and family fun! WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River is open Thursday through Sunday until February 18th, 2019. WinterFest now features arcade games in a heated tent and outdoor games for families to enjoy while they are off the ice. Its new location is the corner of North Park Drive and Cuthbert Boulevard in Cherry Hill, right across from the Crowne Plaza. Special Holiday Hours: New Year's Eve / Monday, December 31st - 12 PM to 6 PM New Year's Day / Tuesday, January 1st - 12 PM to 10 PM WinterFest Ice Skating is sponsored by TD Bank and is presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders. Click here for more information about WinterFest. source Camden County Read more →

Obituary: Robert J. Perkins, of Gloucester City

Robert J. Perkins Gloucester City – On. December 28, 2018. Age 76. Beloved husband of the late Elsie M. Perkins, who passed in 2011. Survived by his children, Jason Perkins (Shannon), Joe Klaudi, Brenda Cooper (Al), Cindy Dolson (Rich) and Peggy Camp (Buddy); grandchildren, Eric, Tiffaney (Michael), Alyssa, Courtney, Brittney, Zachary, Jeremy, Matthew, Chris, Nicholas, Junior, Justice, Claudia, Lillianna and Jackson and great-grandson, Bryce. Robert was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing and his beloved dog, Toby. He enjoyed the times spent with his grandchildren and rooting on the Atlanta Braves. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Family Eulogies and Remembrances will be shared at 11:30 AM in the funeral home. Interment Private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Robert J. Perkins.... Read more →

Gambling Mistakes You Must Never Make in Vegas

(December 31, 2018)--There are 1001 reasons to visit in Vegas. Some people board planes to visit this self-proclaimed sin city to enjoy the restaurants , interact and enjoy the women, and some just want to have a feel of the atmosphere that the city has to offer. However, one of the major reasons why so many people come to Vegas every single year is to try their luck at the casinos. Well, some are usually lucky while others are never lucky and normally end up losing all their money. If you're planning a trip to Vegas with the primary purpose of gambling, then here are some of the mistakes which you must make sure you don't fall far. Otherwise, it will be a lot of misery for you on your way back home. Playing the wrong game It won't benefit you to think that you'll have the same luck in... Read more →


SERGIO BICHAO CNBNews graphics file State lawmakers in 2019 will be deciding whether to ban plastic bags from stores and plastic straws in restaurants. In the meantime, more than a dozen local governments in New Jersey have already made the move to turn the common items into contraband. Many of the rules will take effect January or later in the year. In August, Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a measure that would have imposed a 5-cent fee on carry-out bags, a proposal that was opposed by environmental groups because fees have not done enough to discourage people from using plastic bags in other parts of the country. Environmentalists say the plastic bags and straws are hazards for animals and marine life. Business groups also opposed the measure, as well as the Legislature's newest proposal, but for different reasons. Douglas Kellogg, state projects director at Americans for Tax Reform, called the... Read more →

Concert: Lou Gramm - The Original Voice of Foreigner with ASIA featuring John Payne

COLLINGSWOOD, NJ (December 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders in association with BRE and the Borough of Collingswood, the Scottish Rite Auditorium welcomes Lou Gramm – The Original Voice of Foreigner with ASIA featuring John Payne on Friday, January 26, 2019. Doors open at 7 PM, showtime at 8 PM. Lou Gramm is a founding member of Foreigner and one of the greatest singers in rock music. His unique vocals and hit song have placed Foreigner among Billboard’s Top Artists of all time. Their 16 Billboard Top 40 Hit Songs defined an era. Some of their hits include: “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Double Vision,” “Cold as Ice,” “Head Games,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Blue Morning,” “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like The First Time,” and “Urgent.” John Payne because the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton.... Read more →

18 New Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 2018)-- Visitors looking for an exciting destination to visit in 2019 have plenty of new reasons to choose Philadelphia. In the exhibition realm, there is the made-for-kids America to Zanzibar, Muslim Cultures Near and Far at the Please Touch Museum and The Impressionist’s Eye display of rarely seen sculptures, painting and works on paper at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Openings include the East Market consumer space Fashion District Philadelphia and the arrival of the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel atop the Comcast Technology Center. On the theater scene, the debut of Broadway blockbuster Hamilton is much anticipated in the city where the most significant moments in Alexander Hamilton’s life took place. Here are 18 of Philadelphia’s must-experience experiences for 2019: Openings: 1. Independence Visitor Center, spring/summer 2019 – Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor center and the gateway to Independence National Historical Park completes its $15 million Visitor Experience... Read more →

Senior Services in Camden County

CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ (December 31, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Are you a senior citizen (aged 60 and over) or an adult (18 and over) with a physical disability that is looking for assistance with basic needs such as food, housing, and medical services? Or maybe you need to find someone to do some minor repair work around your home? Or perhaps you’d just like to find out about how to volunteer your time in the community, or where to go to socialize and have some fun? The Camden County ADRC Division of Senior Citizen and Disabled Citizen Services can serve as your doorway to connect you with all of the above and more. The aim of this Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) program is to connect both seniors and adults with disabilities with a full range of the services –public and private- needed to independently live and thrive within their community. It also... Read more →

Here are other ways to watch the SugarHouse New Year's Eve Fireworks

Can't make it down to the Waterfront? Spending NYE at home? Catch the fireworks live on NBC10, Telemundo62, and at 6PM, or head over to Facebook to watch them via the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest accountor NBC10. And don't forget, the soundtrack to both shows will be simulcast on KYW Newsradio. Out and about at Midnight? Look up! Fireworks will be playing at Midnight through Visit Philadelphia’s Screens Around Town including the PA Convention Center, XFinity Live!, PECO Building Crown Lights, Live Nation Venues, and in taxis, Ubers, and Lyft. SugarHouse New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront Fun Facts! Over 1,500 devices used per show The largest device in the show is 10” and has a burst size of approximately 450ft The largest shells travel approximately 1000ft into the air before bursting New fireworks this year include the 5” Octopus Multicolor Flower, 6” Motion Shooting Star green with... Read more →

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

Be the first guests ever to have front row seats at Cherry Street Pier for the Tickets include: Exclusive access to Cherry Street Pier Amazing front row view of the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront Special performances by DJ Lil’ Dave + Lean Wit It Two complimentary drinks per ticket Live Art + Exhibited Art Resident Artist Studio Tours and Events Pay-as-you go food from Cherry Street Pier vendors Beer, Wine, Specialty Cocktails Heat Stations, Fire Pits & more $50 / 9pm-1am / Fireworks at midnight / 21+ The Pier is enclosed and covered, but dress warm! The Pier isn’t heated but there will be a warming tent, heaters, and fire pits! Parking is very very limited – Uber/Lyft or public transportation is best Bags will be checked at the door Read more →

Gloucester City School District Going Solar

Boxes containing the panels have been stacked on skids in two areas near the school building GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)—The Cold Springs Grade School will soon be receiving their electrical energy from solar panels. Pallets containing the panels have been stacked two high and three deep on the school property. There are approximately 78 boxes of the panels which were made in Malaysia according to the writing on the side of the boxes. The cost for installation of the solar panels and how much money will be saved by going solar is not known at this time. The contractor is National Energy Partners of Voorhees, NJ. National Energy Partners (NEP) is a nationally renowned solar energy development company dedicated to bringing clean, renewable energy to businesses, according to their website With over 10 years of experience in the solar industry, National Energy Partners has worked with commercial,... Read more →

Gloucester County final dates for flu clinics

(Sewell, NJ) - With the end of the year approaching and flu season peaking between December and February, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the county's free flu shot clinic before the clinics end for the year. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "By offering our clinics from September to January we ensure that all of our residents have an opportunity to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the peak of flu season, especially with how aggressive the flu has been the past few years." Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services said, “This year alone we have provided ten-thousand flu shots to our residents. Getting a flu shot is an important step in keeping our entire community safe.” Free flu shot clinics will be available for Gloucester County residents at the Gloucester County Department of Health, 204 East Holly Ave. in... Read more →

FAC, Media Coalition Oppose Last-Ditch Effort to Gut Landmark Police Transparency Law

A coalition of media groups led by the First Amendment Coalition (FAC) today filed briefing in the California Supreme Court to oppose a police union’s effort to undermine the effectiveness of a new, landmark police transparency law. The law requires a wide range of records relating to police misconduct to be available to the public—a sweeping change in California law. Prior to the bill’s enactment in September, California was one of a handful of states to bar public access to records surrounding investigations into police shootings and accusations of police misconduct. The law brings California into the mainstream by allowing the public to see records relating to police shootings, instances of sexual misconduct, or acts of dishonesty, such as perjury by police officers. It takes effect on January 1, 2019. However, a San Bernardino County police union is making a last-ditch effort to weaken implementation of the law. On December... Read more →

Longtime Glen Landing Middle School Teacher Gertrude “Trudy” Vernon Dies Suddenly

Gertrude “Trudy” Vernon (nee Goode), of Laurel Springs. Age 69. It is with great sadness and difficulty that Trudy Vernon’s family announces the news of her sudden passing on December 27, 2018. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 34 years, Richard Vernon, her son, Douglas Daniel Olsen, his wife Mona, stepson Jason Vernon and his wife Andrea, along with her pride and joy grandchildren Ajay, Sheela, Nicholas, and Rosie. She is also survived by her brother Lynn Goode and his family, sisters Gene Crawford and Susan Salber, and her husband Gary and her brother-in-law Harry Vernon. She loved her nieces and nephews as her own and will be dearly missed by all of them. She was preceded in death by her parents E. Ray Goode and Gladys Smith and her brother Chester Goode. Trudy spent her life devoted to advocating for and educating children. She graduated from... Read more →

How New Jersey power brokers bankrolled the election of Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam

Frank M. Gilliam Jr. (photo courtesy of The New York Post) by Amy S. Rosenberg, / Philadelphia Inquirer ATLANTIC CITY — The election of Frank M. Gilliam Jr. as mayor of Atlantic City probably hasn’t worked out the way a lot of powerful people hoped. It was, in tried and true Atlantic City fashion, a bad bet. Gilliam’s allies were distancing themselves before the 2017 election was officially certified. Before long, local Democrats were airing grievances about misdirected checks under the warm, Tiffany lamp glare of the city’s Irish Pub, a place on storied St. James Place whose walls have surely heard similar talk before. There was a pricey inaugural gala that filled 46 tables at Resorts to benefit the mayor’s own nonprofit, Connecting the Dots. There was a fist fight outside a casino, then a raid on his home by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service, never a good... Read more →

Gloucester Township January Calendar; Free Family Activities for All Residents

FREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL RESIDENTS! HOURS OF OPERATION: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 A.M-5:00 P.M., Monday and Thursday 11:00 AM-7 PM Contact: Nicole Sheppard at or 609-238-0685 GTPD Family Resource Center: 1324 Little Gloucester Road Gloucester Township, NJ 08012 Center for Family Services is committed to changing the odds for children and families across southern New Jersey. We offer more than 60 programs focused on supporting and empowering individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope, and strength. #GTPD invites you to join our Community Connections Outreach Program located on 1324 Little Gloucester Road Blackwood, NJ 08012. (Located right behind Lamp Post Diner) The Community Connections Outreach Program has exciting new things to do every week. Take advantage of all the great FREE programs available to you today! PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED CALENDAR FOR JANUARY (click image to enlarge) Address/Location Gloucester Township Police Department... Read more →

Carol Lynn Rowen, Teacher of the Year Recipient; Taught in Glendora School District for 28 Years

Carol Lynn Rowen (nee Stackhouse). Have you ever known a teacher who knew the names of every student she taught in second, third and fourth grades? Carol Rowen was that person. This beautiful teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and friend of so many, passed away on December 27, 2018. Born and raised in Runnemede, she resided in Washington Township from 1964 to the present date. She was 74 years old. Carol had a special talent for teaching young children for 28 years at the Glendora School in Gloucester Township. She was awarded the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” award and touched the lives of literally hundreds of students and adults. Carol also taught Pre K-Kindergarten students in Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church in Runnemede. Carol graduated from Triton Regional High School in Runnemede in 1963. She attended and graduated from Glassboro State College in 1976, majoring in elementary education. She... Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 5 No. 28 (December 29, 2018) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 18. 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 →

Gloucester City Police Arrest Suspect Carrying a Handgun along with Crack Cocaine and Cash

Ptl. Blaise O'Donnell and K9 Demo assisted in the arrest (CNBNews file photo) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (DECEMBER 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester City Police conducted a traffic earlier this week that resulted in the recovery of loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun along with a quantity of crack cocaine and cash. According to police on Thursday, December 27 at 7:49 pm a traffic stop in the 100 block of Nicholson Road conducted by Det. Keith O’Donnell and Inv. Tim Ryder resulted with the arrest of the driver. Ptl. Blaise O’Donnell and K9 Demo were called to the scene to conduct an open air narcotics sniff around the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery a quantity of crack cocaine and the driver, Ronald J. Sye (34), a resident of Lindenwold, was placed under arrest. Search incident to arrest recovered a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun from... Read more →

Obituary: Angela D. Hines of Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill – On December 25, 2018. Age 64. (nee Peluso) Formerly of Merchantville. Predeceased by her husband Terry Wayne Hines. Loving mother of Dawn Peluso. Beloved daughter of Sally Ann Smith and the late Frank Peluso, Jr. Cherished grandmother of Angela Hazzard and great-grandmother of Brendyn Altman. Beloved sister of Frank Peluso, III (Kathy) and Nikki Robbins. Funeral services will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Angela D. Hines. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN – HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City Ph:856-456-1142 Read more →

El Paso may face "crisis" housing migrants due to Sun Bowl, incoming congresswoman warns

BY CAMILO MONTOYA-GALVEZ ( CBS NEWS ) The incoming congresswoman of the Texas border city of El Paso is warning of an imminent "crisis" as local officials and charities scramble to accommodate at least 1,600 migrants dropped off there by federal authorities in recent days. Representative-elect Veronica Escobar, a Democrat, told CBS News, "We have these teams coming in to play in our Sun Bowl this weekend and the hotels are booked," referring to the college football game El Paso has hosted since 1935. "We're facing a real crisis coming up … to find places for all of these (migrant) families." Escobar said migrants who can't be housed in shelters have been staying in hotel rooms paid by Annunciation House, the non-profit spearheading the efforts to house and feed them. But, she said, if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues releasing large numbers of migrants, the El Paso community... Read more →

Organ-sparing treatments effective for bladder cancer and for prostate cancer

Newswise — Traditionally, treatment for muscle-invasive bladder cancer is chemotherapy followed by the removal of the patient’s entire bladder, known as a radical cystectomy. However, Beaumont researchers have data suggesting that treatment consisting of limited surgery followed by combination chemotherapy and radiation is just as effective, while allowing patients to keep their bladder and maintain function. “This is a big deal. No one wants their bladder removed,” said Craig Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health. The surgical approach affects a patient’s quality of life and daily activities. Radical cystectomy is also associated with 67 percent of patients experiencing complications and up to a 2 percent death rate within 90 days of surgery. “Our resident, Dr. David Lin, recently analyzed the National Cancer Database and, through his research, found equivalent outcomes using bladder-preserving approaches as opposed to radical surgery for muscle invasive bladder cancer,” said Daniel Krauss, M.D., Beaumont... Read more →

How Organizations Can Leverage On Online National Police Check Australia Services

(CNBNewsnet)(December 29, 2018)--Running your own business can be the most satisfying thing in life. Everyone would like the chance where they are their own bosses as it allows them to better take control of the events in their lives. But there are many challenges to owning a business or company, especially where you have employees that have to deal with goods or products. Many organizations run losses amounting to millions every year due to the collusion of staff members to defraud the company. But where does all this start? It often begins when companies are employing their staff. Doing a background check with employees is not one of the easy things to accomplish. Initially, it would require filing papers with the national police and waiting for several months as they check through their records for any criminal activities involving any of the staff members. With advancements in technology, however, the... Read more →


JANUARY 1, 2019, 10AM–5PM PHILADELPHIA, PA--Celebrate New Year’s Day with family-oriented entertainment all day and views of the Mummer’s parade, hot chocolate, ticketed brunch by Garces Events, prizes & more! WHAT: The Kimmel Center is hosting its 14th annual New Year’s Day Celebration, with FREE family fun all day. Attendees are invited to enjoy giveaways, hot chocolate, a special The Lightning Thief themed scavenger hunt, performances, and views of the Mummers Parade on Broad Street. Garces Events will once again host its ticketed Broad Street Brunch on the Kimmel Center Tier 2 balcony overlooking the parade route. WHEN & Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. WHERE: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 300 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19102 DETAILS: The New Year’s Day celebration will include: The Kimmel Center’s Resolution Wall, where guests are invited to record their 2019 New Year’s resolutions FREE hot chocolate lounge... Read more →


PART OF A PLANNED REPLACEMENT OF DIESEL SHUTTLES AT ITS THREE MAJOR AIRPORTS Six new buses at JFK now deployed, with new charging stations installed; agency planning to phase in 12 additional new electric buses at Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports during first half of 2019 As part of an aggressive effort to enhance its environmental sustainability programs, the Port Authority is adding 18 new all-electric buses to its three major airports within the next six months to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. It is the first step in eventually replacing all 36 current diesel regular shuttle buses over the next 2-3 years. The first six all-electric buses have been delivered and are in service at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Six buses have been delivered to Newark Liberty and are scheduled to be in operation early next year, while another six vehicles will be deployed to... Read more →

Public Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure at Newark Liberty International Airport

Contact A Health Care Provider If You Suspect Exposure NEWARK, NJ (December 29, 2018)-- --On Dec. 24, 2018, an international traveler who has been confirmed to have measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport on a flight from Brussels. The individual was infectious on that day and may have traveled to other areas of the airport. If you were in the airport on Dec. 24 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as Jan. 14. New Jersey residents identified as potentially exposed on the ill individual’s flights will be notified by their local health department. Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting... Read more →

NJ Warns Residents Not to Consume Raw Milk Products Amid Pennsylvania Farm Investigation

NY Resident Became Ill After Consuming Unpasteurized Dairy Products from PA Farm The New Jersey Department of Health is urging residents not to consume raw milk products after a New York resident consumed unpasteurized dairy products from a Pennsylvania farm and became ill. An investigation by the New York State Departments of Health and Agriculture identified raw milk and other dairy products from Miller's Biodiversity Farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania as the likely source of Brucella abortus RB51 infection (Brucellosis) in a New York individual. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture alerted the public earlier this week that Pennsylvania agriculture officials on Saturday issued a quarantine of raw milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Quarryville, Pa., due to potential health concerns. “To date, there have been no illnesses reported in New Jersey related to this situation. It is illegal in New Jersey to sell or distribute raw milk or products... Read more →

Pennsylvania Game Commission Needs Your Help

photo provided THE Pennsylvania Game Commission needs your help. Two elk – a cow and her calf – were unlawfully killed in Snowshoe Township, Centre County, on the Sproul State Forest. It is believed the elk were most likely killed during the two week rifle deer season in November. State Game Warden Mike Ondik has been investigating the case for the past several weeks and is in need of help from the public. If you have any information that might be connected to this case, please contact the Game Commission’s Northcentral Region Office at 570-398-4744 or the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001. Tipsters can remain confidential. Read more →

Officer Down: Michael Smith, Henry County Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer II Michael Smith Henry County Police Department, Georgia End of Watch Friday, December 28, 2018 HENRY COUNTY, GEORGIA (December 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Police Officer Michael Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on December 6th, 2018, while struggling with a suspect at a dentist's office at 378 Jonesboro Road in McDonough. The office staff had called police after the man entered the business and started to create a disturbance. Upon Officer Smith's arrival, the man became combative resulting in Officer Smith deploying his Taser. The Taser was ineffective and the man began to struggle with Officer Smith while attempting to disarm him of his service weapon. As Officer Smith struggled to retain control of his weapon it discharged a single round, killing the man and striking Officer Smith in the face. Officer Smith was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He was later transferred to Piedmont... Read more →

Residential and Business alarm systems are required to be registered with MSPD

at the beginning of each year The Maple Shade Police Department would like to remind all homeowners and business owners that burglar alarms, fire alarms, robbery hold up alarms, and duress alarms, etc, must be registered with MSPD. Registration expires on December 31st. It is the responsibility of the applicant to renew. If you are already registered remember to contact us whenever there is a change in emergency contact information, phone numbers, etc. Don't have an alarm system? If you do not have an alarm system then please fill out an emergency contact form instead. This will allow us to contact you if police respond to an emergency at your business or residence and you are not there. There is no fee to file an emergency contact form. This allows us to better serve you and make Maple Shade a safer community. The alarm registration form and emergency contact information... Read more →

Additional Animal Cruelty Charges Filed Against Shamong Woman

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that additional charges have been filed against a Shamong Township woman who was arrested last month after New Jersey State Police found 44 deceased dogs on her property and more than 150 others that were alive but being kept in substandard, inhumane conditions. Donna Roberts, 65, of the 500 block of Oakshade Road, was charged with three counts of Animal Cruelty (one Third Degree, two Fourth Degree) and 15 counts of Unlawful Confinement (Disorderly Persons). Roberts had a first appearance in Superior Court in Mount Holly today on the additional charges. She was not detained, but as a condition of her release she has been forbidden from owning, possessing or caring for any animals. The cruelty charges accuse Roberts of failing to provide adequate shelter, food, water and appropriate and necessary living conditions for the animals, while knowing that she had a legal obligation... Read more →

Lumberton Man Charged with Possessing, Distributing Child Pornography

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Lumberton Township man has been arrested and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. Jeffrey Degroff, 58, of the first block of Chase Road in Lumberton, was charged with seven counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (five Second Degree and two Third Degree). Among the material Degroff is charged with possessing, and then distributing through a digital file-sharing program, is a video of an adult male engaged in sexual activity with a prepubescent female. The investigation began earlier this year after the Prosecutor’s Office High-Tech Crimes Unit was notified of Degroff’s online activities by the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The investigation, which also included the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and Lumberton Township Police Department, revealed that Degroff would use the digital file-sharing program to download pornography for personal... Read more →

Pine Hill "Lights the Night" New Year's celebration Postponed Due to Forecast for Inclement Weather

The Pine Hill Police Department announced today that the community's New Year Eve event schedule for Monday evening December 31 has been postponed due to the forecast of inclement weather. LOOK FOR A RESCHEDULED EVENT IN 2019. Address/Location Pine Hill Police Department 48 West 6th Avenue Pine Hill, NJ 08021 Contact Emergency: 9-1-1 Non-emergencies: 856-783-1549 Read more →

Dr. David Condoluci Honored with Teddy DePrince Award

CHERRY HILL, NJ (December 28, 2018) — David V. Condoluci, DO, MACOI, Senior Vice President and Chief Patient Safety & Quality Officer at Jefferson Health – New Jersey, was recently presented with the Teddy DePrince Award at the 29th Annual HIV Medical Update in Cherry Hill, NJ, in recognition of his continued commitment and compassion in addressing the needs of patients living with HIV/AIDS. The Teddy DePrince Award is named in memory of a South Jersey resident who died in 2004 at age 24 due to complications of HIV/AIDS, which he contracted in the 1980s while undergoing blood transfusions to treat his hemophilia. DePrince’s two brothers, also hemophiliacs, similarly acquired HIV/AIDS and died in the early 1990s. Dr. Condoluci cared for Teddy and his brothers until their deaths. “Dr. Condoluci epitomizes this award,” said Jefferson Health - New Jersey’s Medical Director of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Todd P. Levin. “He was... Read more →


Howard S. Agnew Sewell – On Dec. 23, 2018. Age 94. Survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Madeline M. Underwood–Agnew; sons, David and Howard Agnew; step-daughter, Faith Underwood. Predeceased by step children, Eileen Vitola (surviving Dr. Carl A. Vitola) and Daniel Underwood. Beloved grandfather of Laura Caputo (BJ), Mario Vitola, Jaime Underwood, Danny Hannigan and Joshua Underwood and great-grandfather of Madeline, Jackson, Lucy and Isabelle. Howard proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a sales engineer for Stover Associates in PA for many years and he loved animals. Private funeral services will be held by the family at their request. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Howard S. Agnew. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN – HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City Ph:856-456-1142 Read more →


photo provided PHILADELPHIA PA--A festive night like New Year’s Eve calls for a festive celebration — and Philadelphia hosts many of them to welcome the new year each year. The big show is the annual SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, featuring two spectacular shows on the Delaware River at 6 p.m. and midnight. Elsewhere, many of the city’s restaurants plate fixed-price dinners, while Philly clubs offer late-night dancing for almost every music taste. The best way to do New Year’s Eve in Philly is by staying over. Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring up to $218 in free perks, to start the new year with a wonderful winter getaway. Then, on New Year’s Day, thousands of residents and visitors take to the streets for the annual SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade, an only-in-Philadelphia tradition dating back to 1901 where thousands of men, women and children wearing... Read more →

Delaware's Christmas Tree Recycling Tradition

Take your tree to a yard waste site or contact your waste collector DOVER (Dec. 27, 2018) – DNREC encourages Delawareans to give their recycling spirit a boost after the holiday season by taking their Christmas trees to one of many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. Christmas trees will be accepted free of charge for recycling from Delaware residents at a number of facilities listed below; other drop-off sites may charge a fee as noted. The Department also reminds residents that Christmas trees are no longer accepted for recycling at any of DNREC’s Delaware State Parks. “Recycling Christmas trees has been an environmentally-friendly tradition for many years, and we hope that Delawareans will continue that tradition this holiday season,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. Residents can bring in their trees as early as today’s date and as late as Jan. 28, 2019, but should contact a... Read more →

Seniors Steamed Over Cuts To SilverSneakers Fitness Program

by Judith Graham/Kaiser Health News John Garland Graves was taken aback when he walked into his McKinleyville, Calif., gym in October and learned that his SilverSneakers membership was being canceled. Since 2014, Graves, 69, has enjoyed free access to the gym through SilverSneakers, the nation’s best-known fitness program for seniors. He was disturbed by the news, as are many other people who have recently learned they’re losing this benefit. A controversial business decision by UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance carrier, is causing the disruption. As of Jan. 1, the company is dropping SilverSneakers — an optional benefit — for 1.2 million customers with Medicare Advantage plans in 11 states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina and Utah) as well as 1.3 million customers with Medicare supplemental (Medigap) insurance in nine states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin). Graves, who... Read more →

MS-13 allegedly used a 13-year-old girl to lure murder victim to Queens bird sanctuary

By Amanda Woods and Max Jaeger December 23, 2018 Modal Trigger Bayswater Point State ParkDennis Clark The man found dead and half-naked in a Queens bird sanctuary was lured there with promises of sex — and then slaughtered by members of the vicious MS-13 gang, according to law enforcement sources. Ian Cruz, 23, of Far Rockaway, was discovered in Bayswater Point State Park last Friday. Police have arrested four people in the gruesome killing, including an unidentified 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy. Sources said the teenage girl messaged Cruz online and got him to come meet her for a tryst in the woods sometime between Dec. 15 and 16. Instead, a group of four gangbangers — the girl included — pumped four rounds of .22-caliber ammunition into his head. Investigators believe the foursome used the same femme fatale to ensnare and kill 17-year-old Harold Sermeno — also of Far Rockaway... Read more →

Brooklawn Police Visit Alice Costello School

(December 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--BROOKLAWN POLICE Chief Shamus Ellis and Investigator Raymond Mckenney had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Allyssa Lefkowitz's Pre-K class at our Alice Costello Elementary School. The topics ranged from their uniforms and equipment, all the way to arresting Zombies. It was an experience that Chief Ellis and Investigator Mckenney will never forget and look forward to doing it again next year. Read more →


MAYS LANDING (December 2018)- Since the start of the Drug Related Death (DRD) Investigation Squad within the ACPO Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, on Feb. 6, 2017, 5 defendants have pleaded guilty to Strict Liability Drug Induced Death charges, accounting for the deaths of 5 different victims dating back to April 2016. A total of 14 people have been charged with Strict Liability Drug Induced Death, accounting for the deaths of 11 different people going back to April of 2016. Many deaths from the past two years remain under investigation by the DRD Investigation Squad. The DRD Investigation Squad was created an effort to combat the opioid epidemic in Atlantic County. “We are committed to reducing the number of deaths related to the overdose of opioids and other drugs in Atlantic County. This requires a comprehensive effort from law enforcement, family members and loved ones, and the community at large... Read more →

Delaware Resident Arrested for Illegally dumping tires in New Castle County

Evidence photo of tires dumped in the Newark area. DNREC Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit photo. NEWARK (Dec. 27, 2018) – Following an investigation into illegal dumping of scrap tires in Newark, DNREC Natural Resources Police Officers with the Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a Newark man Dec. 14 for illegal dumping and hauling solid waste without a permit. The illegal dumping of tires took place over several days earlier this month. Robert B. Halter, 39, of Newark, was charged with two counts of causing or contributing to the disposal or discharge of solid waste materials and two counts of transportation, storage, or collection of solid waste without a permit. Halter had active capias out of Justice of the Peace Court 11, New Castle County Court of Common Pleas, and Family Court. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 in New Castle, where he was committed to... Read more →

Beverly City Man Sentenced to 50 Years for 2016 Florence Homicide

CNBNews graphics file MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Beverly City resident who was convicted of fatally shooting a man on a Florence street two years ago has been sentenced to 50 years in New Jersey state prison. The sentence was handed down to Anthony Harris, 32, on December 20 by the Hon. Charles A. Delehey, J.S.C. A jury found Harris guilty in October of Aggravated Manslaughter (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree). The investigation revealed that on the evening of September 21, 2016, a group from Beverly City went to Florence and began fighting with residents in the area of Zinc Street, which is an alley that runs between Second and Third streets. The jury found that Harris pulled a handgun, began shooting, and struck Ronald Walker, 27, of... Read more →

Luca Ramon Salas, age 21, Member of Bellmawr Bears Hockey team and Bellmawr Baseball Team  

Luca Ramon Salas August 09, 1997 - December 26, 2018 Luca Ramon Salas, on December 26, 2018, of Bellmawr. Age 21. Beloved son of Randy and Carla Salas. Dear brother of Nicholas, Ryan and Jesse. Loving uncle of Shane. Also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles. Luca was a member of the Bellmawr Bears Hockey team and the Bellmawr Baseball team. Services are private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Luca’s memory to the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Boulevard, Voorhees, NJ 08043. Read more →

Bill Gallo, veteran reporter, dies

Bill Gallo, Jr. By David Wildstein, December 26 2018 2:08 pm Bill Gallo, Jr., a respected and popular South Jersey journalist, has passed away. Gallo had been a longtime reporter from the South Jersey Times, covering Gloucester and Salem counties. He had been the managing editor of Today’s Sunbeam, the Salem County daily newspaper, and had written for the Gloucester County Times. Read more →