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December 2018

Congress Could Help Millions of Patients With a Simple Tax Deduction, Senior Group Says

Congress could help millions of patients with a simple tax deduction provided for in a bill that could be passed before the lame duck session ends, according to a conservative seniors group. The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) is touting the Good Samaritan Charitable Physicians’ Services Act as a way to incentivize doctors to offer pro-bono health care to Medicaid-eligible individuals through a charitable tax deduction for the work they do. The savings to the federal government would be in the billions, according to AMAC. The bill would apply to the roughly 73 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, AMAC’s founder Dan Weber told The Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday. “We’re trying to come up with alternative solutions that work in the free enterprise system,” Weber told TheDCNF. AMAC representatives are in Washington, D.C., in December to persuade lawmakers to get behind the bill.... Read more →


Obituary: Lewis S.Tilton Jr., of Mt Ephraim

Lewis S. Tilton, Jr. February 10, 1948 - December 24, 2018 Lewis S. Tilton, Jr., on December 24, 2018, of Mount Ephraim. Age 70. Beloved father of Colleen Swain and her husband Jeff. Devoted grandfather of Summer and Savannah. Loving brother of Patricia Wheeler, Gail Tilton, and the late Linda Ludzieski. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as his good friend and mother of his child, Karen McGeehan. Services and interment are private. Donations may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 365 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 (https://mymsaa.org/). Read more →


ICE HSI seeks public's help to identify additional victims in child exploitation case

TAMPA – Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are seeking the public’s help to identify possible additional victims in a child sexual exploitation investigation involving an assistant principal at Cypress Creek Middle High School in Pasco County, Florida. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Kyle Dale Ritsema, 36, of Land O’Lakes, pleaded guilty today to producing, distributing and possessing child pornography. He was arrested Feb. 13 by HSI special agents. This investigation has revealed that there may be multiple child victims, as well as a public health concern. Any person who had unprotected sexual contact with Ritsema, or any person who was, or knows of someone who may have been, a possible child victim is urged to contact HSI at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or online tip form.... Read more →


12 favorite Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Education Moments of 2018

Shelby Fisk Mayor’s Office of Education PHILADELPHIA PA (December 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--With the holidays underway, and the year coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to look back on some of our favorite moments of the year in the Mayor’s Office of Education, or as we like to call them MOEmoents. Here are 12 of our favorites: 1. This year we welcomed in the new Board of Education. We loved hosting listening tours, attending the first Board meeting, and of course getting to know the Board’s student reps! 2. The first day of school is always one of our favorites! We loved ringing the bell with the District! 3. We love every day we spend with students! School visits are our favorite days! 4. Our PHLpreK celebration day was so much fun! We loved celebrating the start of the new school year (and program expansion) too. 5. We are proud of... Read more →


GoFundMe Touts Return of Money in Good Samaritan Story

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (CN)(December 26, 2018)-- — In a somber endnote to the Christmas season, GoFundMe said it has refunded the $400,000 contributed to the trio who are charged now with concocting a bogus story of a homeless good Samaritan. The feel-good fundraising story went viral just over a year ago when New Jersey couple Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico said they were raising money for Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a veteran who had purportedly used his last $20 to buy gas for McClure after finding her stranded on the side of the road. After the fundraiser fetched $400,000, Bobbitt hauled the couple to court, accusing them of keeping the money for themselves. By this point, however, there was no money left. As the story unraveled, Burlington County District Attorney Scott Coffina charged Bobbitt, 35; McClure, 28; and D’Amico, 39, with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by... Read more →


CONSUMER NEWS: Cost to Walk Away From Facebook for a Year? More Than $1,000

New Study Finds Real-life auctions reveal consistent value for users that exceeds Facebook market value Newswise — BOSTON and GAMBIER, Ohio (Dec. 19, 2018, 2:00 p.m. ET)—How valuable is Facebook to its users, and how can you measure the value of the site when access is free? Three economists and a social media researcher pooled their work and expertise to assess Facebook’s value to its users, in contrast to its market value or its contribution to gross domestic product. Using a series of auctions – in which people were actually paid to close their accounts for as little as one day or as long as one year – the researchers found that Facebook users would require an average of more than $1,000 to deactivate their account for one year. The study is published today in PLOS ONE. Facebook, with more than two billion global users, is among the social media... Read more →


How to Choose the Best POS System for Your Small Business

(CNBNewsnet)(December 27, 2018)--Purchasing a point-of-sale system is a big decision for your business. It’s important to understand what kind of tools you need to grow and run your business. Keeping control of merchandise and dealing with customer payments can take a lot of time, and if not controlled appropriately can end up causing serious issues. While the good POS system like clover system for small business streamlines processes and saves you time, the wrong system complicates simple tasks and becomes a cause of grievance. Following these steps will help you make the best choice to increase your profits. Know Your Needs Rather than focusing on how many features the software has, think about must have capabilities that you need in your store to take care of your business. For example, many pop-up stores go for iPad POS systems like clover point of sale because they’re portable and work great in... Read more →


Catholic Male Judicial Nominee Attacked

CNBNewsnet-December 26, 2018-Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the nomination of Brian C. Buescher for a federal district judge post: Senators Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono have raised questions regarding the suitability of Brian C. Buescher to be seated as a federal district judge. They have a problem with his sex and his religion. Their concerns are so illegitimate that it raises serious questions about their ability to scrutinize Catholic males for any federal post. Buescher belongs to the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization. Like most practicing Catholics, he is pro-life. According to Harris and Hirono, those two characteristics are troubling, and could be disqualifying. Do Harris and Hirono have a problem with Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, or Women of Reform Judaism? Only Jewish women can belong to them. Do they have a problem with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas? Only Catholic women... Read more →


OBITUARY: Barbara A. Brown, of Bellmawr age 77; Longtime Parishioner of Brooklawn United Methodist Church

Barbara A. Brown, on December 24, 2018, of Bellmawr. Age 77. Devoted mother of David Brown (Lori), Jeffery Brown (Joanna), Joseph Brown (Cheryl), Edward Brown (Shannon), Robert Brown (Christina) and the late Terry Lewis. Loving grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 12. Dear sister of Jerry Newton (Sandra). Barbara was a longtime member of Brooklawn United Methodist Church. There will be a viewing from 9am to 11am Saturday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 11am at the funeral home. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Eglington Twp. Clarksboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to Brooklawn United Methodist Church, 213 Maude Ave, Brooklawn, NJ 08030. Read more →


Donald And Melania Trump Make Surprise Visit To US Troops In Iraq

Media caught flat-footed. Via NY Post: President Trump used the cover of the partial government shutdown to slip off to visit US troops in Iraq. Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with military personnel on Wednesday at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, according to photos from Reuters. His whereabouts sparked speculation about what Trump was up to because he hadn’t tweeted in more than 17 hours, no press aides were in the media office and lights were turned off on the second floor where White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has her office. Keep reading… Read more →


WATCH: Cop Fights off Aggressive Homeless

Social justice in New York City/Weasel Zippers Via Officer Com: Officer Syed Ali — an Army combat vet who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — had no trouble fending off five homeless vagrants with his baton and his feet as they came at him one by one on Sunday night. The attack, captured on video, was viewed 4 million times on Twitter. As of Tuesday night, none of the men were to be prosecuted, said Danny Frost, a spokesman for Manhattan DA Cy Vance. Frost said the problem is that the police never charged the men with attacking Ali. “When people are arrested for attacking officers, we prosecute them. These men were not arrested for attacking an officer,” Frost said. “They were arrested for sleeping on the floor of a subway station – a rules violation, not a crime. We have not prosecuted this violation since March 2016 under a... Read more →


Paterson Couple Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Fake Percocet Pills Containing Heroin

NEWARK, N.J. (December 2018)– A Passaic County, New Jersey, woman and man were sentenced today to federal prison terms for their respective roles in conspiring to distribute thousands of pills containing heroin in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Karen Rojas, 28, of Paterson, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison; Juan Vidal, 34, of Paterson, was sentenced on Dec. 18, 2018, to 30 months in prison. Both had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court to informations charging them with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of substances containing heroin. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: At their residence in Paterson, Rojas and Vidal manufactured pills that were made with heroin and that were made to resemble Percocet pills. Vidal used a press to make... Read more →


Maryland's Stamp Design Contests Now Open

December 26, 2018 Submit Original Work by March 8, 2019 Artists are invited to submit their original works for the 23rd Annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp and 45th Annual Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp design contests. These popular contests are open until March 8, 2019. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will judge the entries March 16, 2019, in conjunction with the annual Eagle Festival at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge. The Black Bear Conservation Stamp contest is open to both residents and nonresidents. Each contestant may submit one entry for a nonrefundable $10 fee. Proceeds are used to compensate farmers who experience agricultural damage caused by black bears. New this year, the Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest is also open to both residents and nonresidents. Each contestant may submit up to three entries with a fee structure of: $15 for one, $20 for two and $30 for... Read more →


Obituary: Dorothy N. Kondan, of Westville

December 16, 1942 - December 22, 2018 On December 22, 2018. Age 76. Of Westville. Born in Darby, PA, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Dorothy E. (Whitty) Morrow. Dorothy is survived by her son, Robert J. Kondan; former daughter-in-law and best friend, Patricia Perrone (Gary); grandson, Nicholas Kondan, great grandchild, Giana; sister, Joan Proulx (George); niece, Courtney, many other family and friends and her beloved dog “Char.” Dorothy retired in 2008 from Kent Memorial Hospital in Kent, Washington where she worked as a Billing Specialist. She had also worked for many years at Pennsylvania Bank, Philadelphia in the Information Department as a Magnetic Tape Librarian. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made in memory of Dorothy to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036. Please write Dorothy Kondan in... Read more →


Mailed From Bethlehem: The Sought-Out Postmark From A Small N.H. Town

There’s a place in the White Mountains that people seek out simply to mail their Christmas cards. It’s the little town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Since the 1960’s, the post office has postmarked “BETHLEHEM” on more than a million pieces of holiday mail. Customers can use an ink pad to stamp a winter Bethlehem scene — with hilltops and the North Star — all in green. “Always use green for Christmas,” postmaster Brian Thompson says, with a smile. This is the 24th Christmas Thompson has presided over what’s likely the most popular place, around this time of year. People too far away to show up at the counter send him cards they want mailed out from Bethlehem. “Because of the name of the town, they come from all over New England, and some people send us cards from all over the United States and around the world to get our... Read more →


Maple Shade Police Need Your Help! Can You Identify Purse Thief ?

The Maple Shade Police are requesting the public's assistance with identifying a purse thief. The pictured female is suspected of taking a victims purse on Saturday night into Sunday morning on 12/15/18. Anyone who recognizes this female is asked to contact the Maple Shade Police at 856-234-8300. Reply with TIP Instructions: Contact Maple Shade Police at 856-234-8300 Address/Location Maple Shade Township Police Department 200 N Stiles Ave Maple Shade Township, NJ 08052 Contact Emergency: 9-1-1 Non-emergencies: 856-234-8300 Read more →


NJSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Identifying Shoplifting Duo

CAPE MAY COUNTY, NJ--The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public's assistance with identifying two suspects wanted for multiple offenses of shoplifting from the Marmora CVS in Upper Township, Cape May County. On Tuesday, December 11, at approximately 6:38 a.m. the suspects pictured in the surveillance stills entered the CVS and allegedly stole allergy medications and hair products. These two suspects are also being sought for another shoplifting incident, which occurred on Thursday, November 15, at approximately 6:13 p.m. where they entered the same CVS and allegedly stole allergy medications and hair products. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Stambaugh or Trooper Rossi of Woodbine Station at 609-861-5698. Anonymous tips are welcome. Read more →


Fairmount & Spring Garden Neighborhood Guide

History, Bistros, Nightlife, Cafes & More In Philadelphia’s Art Museum District Because of their proximity to the renowned arts and cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often referred to as the “Art Museum area.” The personalities of these historic, laid-back, diverse communities are distinct in their own right. Fairmount is residential, a sort of urban suburb, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and a massive former prison-turned-museum, Eastern State Penitentiary. Between the Parkway and Fairmount, Spring Garden has beautiful Victorian architecture and a decidedly relaxed vibe. Recent and continuing developments, particularly around its North Broad Street border, generate buzz for the area. Restaurants & Bars: A Mano – Chef Michael Millon serves seasonal, handcrafted (a mano means “by hand”) Italian dishes at a bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot that earned three out of four bells from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Cash only. 2244 Fairmount Avenue, (215)... Read more →


NJ State Police Visit Children's Hospital at St. Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick

photo provided Project Santa 2018 Every year, New Jersey State Troopers partner with Santa Claus and visit the Children’s Hospital at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. to deliver presents to kids who won’t be home for the holidays. "There’s nothing better than seeing the big smiles on the kiddos, parents and staff! Join us in wishing these amazing kids a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!" source New Jersey State Police Read more →


New Online Tool to Report Suspicious Prescription Drug Activity

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today joined Governor Tom Wolf at the Capitol Building to announce the launch of a new online tool to report suspicious activity regarding prescription drugs. The suspicious activity report form is fully integrated into the Commonwealth’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Tool (PDMP) and can also be accessed by anyone at www.attorneygeneral.gov/Rx. “The illegal diversion of prescription pain pills from doctors’ offices and pharmacies is contributing to the opioid epidemic across the Commonwealth, but diversion activity is hard to identify and even harder to investigate” said Attorney General Shapiro. “This new reporting tool, which is available online to everyone, allows people to anonymously give our office detailed information about suspected diversion so we are better able to arrest and prosecute the criminals who are poisoning our communities for their own profit.” Attorney General Shapiro was joined by Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr.... Read more →


Philadelphia Man Convicted of Drug Charge and Bribing U.S. Postal Carrier

CNBNews graphics file PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Patrick Walker, 52, of Philadelphia, PA was convicted by a jury today of one count of bribery and one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana. In January 2016, the defendant met and began a corrupt relationship with a U.S. mail carrier who delivered packages in Philadelphia. Thereafter, the defendant bribed the mail carrier to agree to divert to the defendant certain packages that had been placed in the U.S. mail. Under their arrangement, the mail carrier would bring certain packages directly to the defendant at various locations, rather than delivering those packages to the address specified on the package. In return, the defendant paid the mail carrier $35 per package. On or about August 31, 2016, federal law enforcement agents investigating the importation of marijuana to Philadelphia observed and videotaped the mail carrier as he... Read more →


State Police Seeking Public's Assistance with Identifying Vehicle Struck in Fatal Crash

Mount Laurel Township, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public's assistance with identifying a vehicle struck by the at fault driver in a fatal crash that killed Madelynn Rizzo, 9, of Union, N.J. and seriously injured Marcelo Rizzo, 37, of Elizabeth, N.J. and Juliana Rizzo, 8, of Union, N.J. On Sunday, November 25, at 6:03 p.m., troopers from Bordentown Station responded to Interstate 295 northbound at milepost 38 in Mount Laurel Township for the report of motor vehicle accident. When troopers arrived, they found a Ford Focus that went off the road and struck several trees. The driver, Marcelo Rizzo, and passenger, Juliana Rizzo, sustained serious injuries and were taken to Cooper Medical Center. Madelynn Rizzo, a second passenger, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Based on the preliminary investigation including witness statements, detectives determined that Marcelo Rizzo was operating his vehicle... Read more →


NJ Department of Health Updates Adenovirus Info

TRENTON, NJ --Adenoviruses are common viruses that can cause a range of illnesses. They can cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye (conjunctivitis). You can get an adenovirus infection at any age. People with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory or cardiac disease are more likely than others to get very sick from an adenovirus infection. The New Jersey Department of Health is actively investigating two outbreaks at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell and Voorhees Pediatric Facility that appear to be unrelated at this time. Strain typing has confirmed the adenovirus cases at Voorhees are Type 3. This is a different strain from the one that caused a severe outbreak at the Wanaque Center (Type 7). Type 3 is typically associated with a milder illness than Type 7, however it is still sometimes associated with severe illness and even death. Ongoing adenovirus... Read more →


Catholic Priest Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Assault of 10-year-old boy in Pennsylvania

December 21, 2018 | CNBNews graphics file GREENSBURG PA — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Greensburg who pled guilty to committing sexual assault against a 10-year-old boy was sentenced to eleven and a half months to five years in state prison, and ten years of registration as a sex offender. John Thomas Sweeney, 76, was indicted last year by the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which was tasked with probing sexual abuse by priests and clergy against children in six Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania, including the Diocese of Greensburg. He was sentenced before Judge Meagan Bilik-Defazio of the Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court on one count of indecent assault. “Today John Sweeney, a predator priest who sexually assaulted a ten-year-old boy in a Catholic church in Westmoreland County two decades ago, was sentenced to prison,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “Sweeney pled... Read more →


NJ State Police Seize Weapons and more than $419,000 of Drugs in "Operation Drive Thru"

Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police have arrested five suspects of an alleged drug trafficking ring and seized weapons, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and more than $150,000 as a result of "Operation Drive Thru." The eight-month cooperative investigation dubbed “Operation Drive Thru,” began in April of 2018 and targeted a drug distribution network operating in Newark. Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression North Unit and Newark Police Department were able to identify five suspects and determined that the network sold significant quantities of cocaine and heroin. On Wednesday, December 12, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression North Unit, T.E.A.M.S Unit, Gangs and Organized Crime North Unit, Trafficking North Unit, Fugitive Unit, and K-9 Unit along with the Newark Police Department, and United States Marshals Service executed multiple search warrants in Newark. As a result of the operation, detectives arrested the five... Read more →


New Restaurants Open In Philadelphia This Winter

Philly Restaurant Openings This Winter Include Korean Fare, Inviting Pubs, BYOBs & Donuts Galore ’Tis the season for hunkering down and cozying up with delicious flavors in Philadelphia’s always-evolving dining scene. Whether it’s a vegetarian riff on soul food from legendary restaurateurs (Green Soul), classic yet casual Italian (Giuseppe & Sons) or neighborhood bars serving burgers and fries (720 West Bistro, Sutton’s), comfort food rules the season. Here are some of Philly’s best new eateries for beating the bluster: Center City West: Chubby Cattle – A Las Vegas chain delivers hotpot soups via conveyor belt in Chinatown. Diners choose a base and then the add-ins (purple yam noodles, tofu, lobster balls and much more) on an iPad for a high-tech, high-flavor experience. 146 S. 10th Street, (866) 622-8853, chubbycattle.com Classic Cake – New Jersey’s winning bakery arrives in Center City, bearing breads, pastries, cookies and cakes. The new location in... Read more →


NRA Statement on Bump Fire Stock Rule

This week, the Department of Justice announced that it would soon be releasing a final rule classifying “bump-stock-type-devices” as “machine guns” under the National Firearms Act. These devices came to national attention in October 2017 after the horrific attack in Las Vegas. As multiple media accounts correctly pointed to at the time, there was overwhelming legislative support for proposals that went far beyond these specific devices and some that could have potentially jeopardized all semiautomatic firearms. Rather than sit back and watch a legislative over-reaction, the NRA asked Congress to let ATF review its prior determinations on bump fire stocks. Some have used our October 2017 statement to claim that NRA supports ATF’s final rule, but as NRA-ILA’s Executive Director Chris Cox noted only days after our statement was issued, “We don’t believe that bans have ever worked on anything.” We also made this clear in our comments to ATF... Read more →


Child Killer Missing for More Than 40 Years Finds a Spot on U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted List

Dec. 7 marks 45th anniversary of escape; reward of up to $25,000 offered Washington, D.C. - More than 40 years ago, one of the most notorious prisoner escapes in Ohio history occurred. A convicted child murderer, serving a life sentence, just walked away from his handlers and justice. On Dec. 7, 1973, prison officials took Lester Eubanks to a shopping center in Columbus, Ohio, and allowed him to shop unescorted as a reward for good behavior. When Eubanks failed to return to his scheduled pick up location, he was reported as an escapee, and has eluded authorities ever since. The U.S. Marshals are looking to end Eubanks’ 40-plus years on the lam by adding him to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. “While the Eubanks’ case is designated as a cold case, I want to assure the public our investigation into his whereabouts is very active,” said U.S. Marshals Service... Read more →


Why The U.S. Remains The World’s Most Expensive Market For ‘Biologic’ Drugs

Susie Christoff has tried a number of medications to cope with her painful psoriatic arthritis. Although some medications would work for a short time, she eventually “just started swelling up” in her wrist, ankles and knee. “I literally couldn’t walk five minutes,” Christoff says. (Chris Bartlett/for Kaiser Health News) Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News/republished here with permission Europeans have found the secret to making some of the world’s costliest medicines much more affordable, as much as 80 percent cheaper than in the U.S. Governments in Europe have compelled drugmakers to bend on prices and have thrown open the market for so-called biosimilars, which are cheaper copies of biologic drugs made from living organisms. The brand-name products — ranging from Humira for rheumatoid arthritis to Avastin for cancer — are high-priced drugs that account for 40 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical sales. European patients can choose from dozens of biosimilars, 50... Read more →


Camden Man Sentenced to 8 Years in State Prison Following 5TH Conviction for Firearms Offenses

Sentence will run consecutively to 13-year sentence he began this year on prior gun conviction TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a Camden, N.J., man was sentenced to state prison today following his conviction at trial for illegally possessing a handgun as a convicted felon. It was the fifth time he has been convicted of firearms offenses in New Jersey. Steven L. Bookman, 33, of Camden, was sentenced to eight years in state prison, including five years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Francisco Dominguez . He was found guilty on Nov. 1 by a Camden County jury of second-degree possession of a firearm as a convicted felon following a trial before Judge Dominquez. This sentence will run consecutively to a sentence Bookman began serving for gun charges earlier this year. On March 23, Bookman received an aggregate sentence of 13 years in state prison, including... Read more →


Philadelphia Announces the Installation of 15 Cameras Targeting Illegal Dumping

Total of 50 Will Be Installed Citywide by Spring 2019 PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke (5th District), Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez (7th District), Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today the installation of 15 new surveillance cameras specifically targeted for capturing illegal dumping. The cameras are the latest effort to crack down on illegal dumping and were installed as part of an initiative designed to step up enforcement of sanitation and dumping violations. The Streets Department has partnered with the Philadelphia Police Department to catch illegal dumping in the act allowing for capturing violators with real-time photos that can be used in court for prosecution. “Illegal dumping is a quality of life issue that negatively impacts many of our communities,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “It contributes to the decrease in property values and neighborhood appearance and can lead to increased crime. We... Read more →


AMAC Membership Surpasses 1.5 million

John Grimaldi WASHINGTON, DC – “At a time in our nation’s history when pride in being an American has fallen to the lowest level ever measured, older Americans are seeking refuge by returning, in droves, to the core values that make our country great,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. “And” says Weber, “the fact that AMAC’s membership has surpassed the 1.5 million mark is proof.” Gallup says that its most recent study shows pride in America is at its lowest level since its pollsters started keeping track shortly after the attacks of 9/11 in 2001. A mere 47% of adults living in in the U.S. say they are “extremely proud,” compared to 70% who proudly voiced their love of country in 2003. Dig deeper into the survey results and it is revealed that 56% of respondents between 50 to 64-years-old and 58%... Read more →


Glassboro Boys Soccer Team named 2018 Group 1 State Champions 

(Glassboro, NJ) On Wednesday, Dec. 12 Freeholder Jim Jefferson honored the Glassboro High School Boys Soccer team and congratulated them on winning the title of 2018 New Jersey Group 1 Boys Soccer State Champions. Freeholder Jim Jefferson said, "We are all proud of this team. After losing their chance at the title due to a controversial call last season, the Glassboro High School Boys Soccer team showed this year that they would not let that missed chance slow them down, coming back stronger than ever and claiming the title as 2018 champions." The boys were able to claim their victory over New Providence in the championship game on Nov. 17 after a scoreless draw led to a round of penalty kicks. Glassboro was able to pull ahead and claim the title in the first round of penalty kicks by converting all four of their penalty kicks into one point, declaring... Read more →


Maxwell Forsman Grand Opening

Maxwell Forsman celebrates grand opening with ribbon cutting (Washington Township, NJ) - Freeholder Heather Simmons presented Dave Maxwell and Danielle Forsman with a certificate at the ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Maxwell Forsman Investment Services in Washington Township on Dec. 11, 2018. Freeholder Simmons, Liaison to the Department of Economic Development said, "We welcome Maxwell Forsman to our county and wish them success. When our local businesses thrive the trajectory of our entire community moves forward and that is what we all strive for." Pictured: Les Vail, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Washington Twp. Mayor Joanne Gattinelli, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Michael Pallozzi, Gloucester County Chamber Executive Board Chair, Danielle Forsman, Office Manager, Dave Maxwell, LPL Financial Advisor, Bill Fox, Pension Consultant, Washington Township Business Administrator Jason Gonter, Washington Township Council President Joe Perry. Read more →


CCMUA to Pioneer First of its Kind Financing for Waste-to-Energy Microgrid in City of Camden

(Camden, NJ) – Camden County will be the first jurisdiction in the state of New Jersey to employ a micro-grid to power key institutions and facilities. To achieve this objective the county was the second winner of the Environmental Impact Bond Challenge, an innovative program funded by The Rockefeller Foundation which is empowering cities to improve community resilience. The opportunity afforded by the award will allow the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) to pioneer an innovative financing strategy for an extension of a planned microgrid to critical infrastructure in the City of Camden. The microgrid will help protect the citizens of Camden from power outages in the case of storms, flooding, or other emergencies. “This is a first-of-its kind technological achievement that will bring enormous benefits to the City of Camden and the county,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, liaison to the CCMUA. “Never before in our state has there... Read more →


Why Cardiologists Prescribe Exercise

by Dr. Jeremy Robbins, MD, Q & A: The Facts on Physical Fitness For the first time in 10 years, the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released new guidelines on exercise, urgently encouraging everyone to move more and sit less. Cardiologist Jeremy Robbins, MD (right), recently joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, where he sees patients and conducts laboratory research to better understand how exercise is good for your heart and how exercise affects each individual. We talked with Dr. Robbins about why everyone should move more. How does exercise help the heart? Exercise has been described as a “super pill” because it delivers so many health benefits. Among the dozens of benefits, regular exercise makes the heart more efficient at pumping and receiving blood, lowers blood pressure, and improves blood flow to coronary arteries. It also... Read more →


Egg Harbor Residents Charged with Death of a Dog Named "Gucci"; the Animal Starved to Death

MAYS LANDING- A man and a woman have been charged in connection to the death of a starved pit bull dog, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. Trent Brewer, 22, and Oniesha Noble, 23, both of 311 Booker Ave., Egg Harbor Township, are both charged with animal cruelty, causing bodily injury resulting in death to a living animal by failing to provide the dog with necessary care, a crime of the third degree. Oniesha Noble Trent Brewer On Dec. 16, 2018, Egg Harbor Township Police Department responded to complaints, regarding a pit bull tied up at a residence with no shelter. Upon patrol’s arrival at 311 Booker Ave, Egg Harbor Township, the female pit bull, “Gucci”, was found deceased and tied to a shed. After an animal necropsy was performed, the cause of death was determined to be starvation and malnourishment as Gucci had begun eating toxic mulch to... Read more →


Merry Christmas To All from ClearysNoteBook

CNBNews graphics file Wishing your Christmas be filled with peace and love. Thank you for your support and loyalty over the past year... Bill and Connie Cleary Sr. Read more →


Lindenwold Man Charged with Kidnapping

LINDENWOLD NJ (December 24, 2018)--On December 20, 2018, after a five-week trial, a Camden County jury found Michael W. Williams, 39, of Lindenwold, guilty of two counts of first degree Kidnapping, two counts of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, two counts of second degree Sexual Assault, one count of Terroristic Threats, one count of Witness Tampering and one count of Impersonating a Police Officer. At the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Moran presented evidence that Michael W. Williams confined a woman in her Lindenwold apartment and sexually assaulted her on June 21, 2016. Mr. Williams subsequently tampered with the victim by calling her from the Camden County Correctional Facility pretending to be a Lindenwold Police Detective, in an effort to scare the victim into withholding her testimony. Michael W. Williams is scheduled for sentencing on March 8, 2019, before the Honorable David Ragonese, J.S.C. He faces a sentence of up to... Read more →


Going out of the box to learn to treat exotic creatures

Staff veterinarian Peter DiGeronimo oversees students Stefan Gallini, a third-year, and Lauren Palena, a first-year, as they perform a check up on Blaze, a Mini Lop rabbit. DiGeronimo, himself a Penn Vet alum, supports students with a penchant for treating exotic species in finding opportunities to bolster their classroom and clinical training. PHILADELPHIA, PA--Rebecca Revay, a fourth-year veterinary student at Penn, never had a dog growing up. Instead, her home’s animal census included “red-eared sliders, fire-bellied toads, some parrots, guinea pigs, hamsters, a lot of fish tanks, and a couple snakes,” she says. Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that she began to explore exotic animal medicine when she got to Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine. To get a boost in this competitive field, Revay and other students interested in treating animals beyond dogs, cats, and livestock, have carved out their own training and research opportunities to supplement... Read more →


Obituary: Brian K. Russell, of Gloucester City

On December 19, 2018, of Gloucester City, NJ, age 54. He is the beloved son of Ella May (nee Agnew) and the late Frank A. Russell, Sr., loving brother of Fran Brown (Len), Frank A. Russell, Jr. (Connie), Ella Underwood (Bill), Theresa Rzeczkowski (Kevin) and Christopher Russell (Stacy). He is also survived by12 nieces and nephews and 3 great nieces and nephews. Brian was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy. He loved riding his motorcycle, carpentry work and tinkering with things. He was also a gun and knife collector and a member of the NRA. Services under the direction of the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST. GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. Interment was private at the request of his family. Read more →


Daniel Leal, of Pennsauken, was charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

PENNSAUKEN, NJ (December 22, 2018)--Daniel Leal, 25, of Pennsauken, was charged with Distribution of Child Pornography on December 21, 2018, according to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Pennsauken Township Police Chief John Nettleton. Detectives from the High-Tech Crimes Unit (HTCU) of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office executed a search warrant on December 21, 2018, for Daniel Leal’s residence on the 2200 block of 45th Street. Authorities located numerous digital devices that were taken to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office’s HTCU Forensic lab to be analyzed. Daniel Leal was arrested at his residence Friday afternoon without incident and transported to the Pennsauken Township Police Department. After he was processed, he was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility. Under Criminal Justice Reform rules, the court may order that he be detained or released with conditions. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team (SRT) and the Pennsauken Township Police... Read more →


Let Freedom Swing! Judge Rules Nunchucks are Second Amendment Arms, Chops New York Ban

SUPPORT NRA-ILA Residents of New York have long been deprived of important rights protected by the Second Amendment. But they gained at least one more option for self-defense last Friday when a federal judge in Brooklyn invalidated the state’s 1974 ban on nunchucks, a martial arts weapon immortalized by the late Bruce Lee in a series of iconic films. The ruling is the latest development in a case dating back to 2003. That’s when New York attorney and college professor James Maloney first challenged the nunchuck ban as a violation of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Initially unsuccessful, the case swung back to life with the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. These cases confirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right grounded in the principle of self-defense. In applying these precedents to nunchucks, Judged Pamela Chen... Read more →


Obituary: Richard Epstein of Haddon Township

On December 14, 2018, Richard Epstein (also known as Dick, Dicky, Rich, and Rocky), of Haddon Township, NJ, formerly of Easton, PA, passed away at the age of 80. He was an adventurer, world traveler, storyteller, collector and purveyor of books and ephemera. Dick was the founder and owner of the Quadrant Book Mart & Coffeehouse in Easton, PA. During the last 20 years he was an usher and friend to many at the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He leaves behind his wife Barbara, his daughter Amy, grandchildren Avery and Brennan Quigley, step-daughters Sharon and Audrey Gilles, his sister Gwen Karnes and his brother Woody Epstein. In lieu of flowers his family would appreciate memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society at (www.donate3.cancer.org). Read more →


*Pine Hill "Lights the Night" New Year's celebration -December 31 from 6-9PM

Fireworks at 9:00 sharp! Annual Pine Hill New Year's Eve Event December 31, 2018 6pm - 9pm Overbrook High School Join us for a night of family fun and help us usher in 2019 at the annual Pine Hill New Year's Eve event at Overbrook High School. 6:00pm - 8:30pm Balloon Artists in the Gymnasium 6:30pm - 8:30pm Facepainting in the Gymnasium by OHS Art Students Roving Close Up Magic by Ed Show Music by Dennis Palma in the Auditorium Fireworks - 9:00pm sharp! Pine Hill Education Foundation and district PTOs will be selling refreshments and other items to benefit the students in the district. The Pine Hill Municipal Alliance will also be participating. 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 →


GALLOWAY WOMAN KILLED IN ABSESCON CRASH

MAYS LANDING- A Galloway Township woman is dead after a fatal motor vehicle accident on Wednesday evening in Absecon, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. The motor vehicle crash involving, 2 cars occurred on December 19, 2018, at approximately 11:38 P.M. on Pitney Road in the area of Connecticut Avenue in Absecon. A vehicle, operated by Kaitlyn Hayes, 24, of Pleasantville was traveling southbound on Pitney Road when it crossed over into the northbound lane and struck another vehicle head-on, that was operated by Suzana Kocick, 36, of Galloway. Kocick was pronounced deceased at the scene. Hayes was transported to an area hospital for treatment. This crash is currently under investigation by the Absecon Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Absecon Police at (609) 641-0667 or the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7692.... Read more →


Sabina Thorn, of Gloucester City, age 90; One of the Planners of the Gloucester Towne Building

CNBNews graphics file GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (CNBNewsnet)--Sabina (nee Nash), wife of the late Raymond, lifelong resident of Gloucester City, passed away on December 20, 2018, at age 90. She was born on May 3, 1928, to the late Gavin and Sabina Nash and was the sister of Gavin Nash and the late James Nash. She is survived by her children Sabina Bloom (Daniel), Thomas Thorn, Theresa DiBartolomeo (Derek) and Mark Thorn (Kelly) to whom she emphasized the importance and appreciation of education. She is also survived by grandchildren Courtney Dunlap (Matthew), Theresa Thorn, Joshua Bloom, Stephanie Buskirk (Timothy), Thomas Thorn, Devon DiBartolomeo, Garrett Thorn, Katherine Thorn, as well as 5 great grandchildren. Sabina was a long-time supporter of the Gloucester City Library; she enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, feeding birds and visiting casinos. She was involved in the planning and building of Gloucester Towne and served at the city’s election... Read more →


Vincent R. Reed Sr., former Gloucester City Councilman, LL and Hoop Coach, Rams Alumnus

CNBNews graphics file GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--On December 20, 2018, of Gloucester City, age 85. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan D. (nee Heitzman), loving father of Vincent R. Reed, Jr. (Denise), Susan L. Wurst (Paul Polus), Robert E. Reed (Barbara), Linda McDermott (Gary), Patricia Murphy (Jack) and Timothy H. Reed (Kathleen). He is also survived by his dear grandchildren Devon, Brad, Taylor, Tara, Brett, Robert, Ryan, Chris, Jenna, Kate, Nicole, and Timmy, 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his four brothers. Vince was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School and a member of UA Local 322. He was a former Councilman for the City of Gloucester City and had also coached for the Little League and the Carmen Palmiero Basketball League. Vince was an avid Phillies fan and went to Spring Training every year. He was also a... Read more →


The rippling effects of generosity

Written by Mary McCusker/THE DIOCESE OF CAMDEN “I’m really worried about Thanksgiving and Christmas. It will be hard this year.” It’s what Marie Jones (not her real name) said a week before Thanksgiving. The 20-year-old client of Catholic Charities, wasn’t worrying about herself. “I have four younger siblings. And I have custody of them. Our mother passed away suddenly this year from cancer, so it’s our first year without her. I don’t know how they’re going to handle the holidays.” A Catholic Charities client poses with her baby and Santa Claus at a Christmas party for the agency’s clients. This was one out of several events organized by Catholic Charities staff which aimed to bring the joy of the holiday season to those who struggle to make ends meet. Photo by Mary McCusker Jones took on a world of responsibility after her mother died, working extra hours to provide for... Read more →