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January 2019

U.S. Coast Guard sets Ice Condition 3 for northern Chesapeake Bay and tributaries

BALTIMORE MD (January 31, 2-019)— The Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region Captain of the Port (COTP) set ice condition three Thursday, and cautions mariners to be aware of ice formation on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Ice condition three is set when weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters. Within the Sector Maryland-NCR COTP zone, navigable waters typically affected by early ice formation include the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, upper Chesapeake Bay and upper Potomac River. All masters, ship agents, and owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas are encouraged to report observed ice conditions to the Sector Maryland-NCR command center at 410-576-2693 or Additionally, mariners should review and prepare for the seasonal ice procedures below: Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is secured. Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby and ensure... Read more →

NJ Sierra Club: Freezing Temperatures Forces PSEG Salem Nuclear Power Plant to Shut Down

photo source Wikipedia ALLOWAY NJ (January 31, 2019)A reactor at the Salem nuclear plant was shut down last night because freezing temperatures caused ice to accumulate on screens that filter the water that goes into the plant. The Salem Nuclear Power Plant is a two unit pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant located in Lower Alloways Creek Township, in Salem County, New Jersey, in the United States. It is owned by PSEG Nuclear LLC and Exelon Generation LLC who received the biggest subsidy in state history for their nuclear plants at $300 million a year. “The Salem plant is supposed to be open during a polar vortex but had to go offline because of ice. When we need them the most, they prove to be unreliable. PSEG asked for $300 million a year in subsidies but on one of the coldest days of the year, they couldn’t provide heat to... Read more →

Anniversary Celebrating Polish-USA Relations

Republic of Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki celebrates with U.S. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher, the Polish-USA bond at the historic Bristol Hotel in Warsaw. By Raymond Rolak | CNBNews Contributor WARSAW, POLAND (January 31, 2019)-- Diplomats and officials from Poland and the USA gathered at the historic and elegant Bristol Hotel to mark the centennial of diplomatic relations recently. Poland established diplomatic relations with the United States in 1919, regained independence on November 11, 1918, the day World War I ended. This was after 123 years of partition by Russia, Austria and Prussia. “These anniversaries provide opportunities for both countries to celebrate these momentous events together and to renew and strengthen people-to-people ties by highlighting our shared histories, shared values, and cooperation,” the US embassy said through a released statement. Bristol Hotel in Warsaw where Paderewski held his first government in 1919. At a prestigious event on Wednesday, US Ambassador Georgette... Read more →

Pennsauken Resident Michael Suarez, Arrested and Charged with Motel 6 Shooting in Brooklawn

CNBNews graphics file BROOKLAWN, NJ (January 31, 2019)On January 30, 2019, Michael Suarez, 36, of Pennsauken, was arrested and charged in a connection with a shooting that injured a 35-year-old Philadelphia man on January 19, 2019. According to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Brooklawn Police Chief Shamus Ellis, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office detectives and officers from the Brooklawn Police Department responded to the Motel 6 located at 801 Crescent Boulevard in Brooklawn just before 12:00 a.m. on January 19, 2019 for a report of a man shot. When police arrived, they located the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated. After an extensive investigation, Michael Suarez was taken into custody without incident in Camden on January 30, 2019, and charged with Attempted Murder, Witness Tampering, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of... Read more →

Obituary: Anna May (Devereaux) Nocella of Gloucester City

CNBNews graphics file On January 23, 2019, (nee Savill) Age 89. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of the late James J. Devereaux, Sr. and Ottavio Nocella. Devoted mother of James J. (Claire Marie) Devereaux, Joanne (John) Leafey, George T. Devereaux and Paul E. (Kelly) Devereaux. Beloved grandmother of Meghan (Anthony), Maureen (Jason), James (Amanda), Jamie, Jacqueline (Gary), Johnnie, Michelle, Lisa, Paul, Kaitlyn and Emily. Cherished great-grandmother of 7. Anna May was born, raised and was a lifelong resident of Gloucester City. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Anna May was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School in 1948 and was truly devoted to her Sorority and special lifelong friends Nancy Bennett and Pat Sampson. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 26 at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Family requests memorial donations in... Read more →


Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that the Computer Science for All program will award $2 million in grants to 29 high schools — that's 900 or so students total. Newark received $100,000. Math for America also announced a new fellowship for elementary teachers in New Jersey. (TAPinto Newark) LAWMAKERS CHIP AWAY AT BIG BOULDER OF STUDENT DEBT On Monday, the Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved S-3125 and S-3149, two bills designed to help students with NJCLASS loansfind a way out of massive debt and default. The first legislative hearing was in 2016. The Senate is slated to consider the two bills today. (NJ Spotlight) MURPHY: STATE WILL INVESTIGATE FATAL POLICE SHOOTINGS On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law (S1036) that mandates the state's role in investigating fatal police shootings: they will be pursued by the state, not by local law enforcement. Police unions rebuked the move. Jameek Lowery's... Read more →

Obituary: Connie A. Ballinghoff, of Runnemede

Connie A. Ballinghoff (nee Hartman), on January 28, 2019, of Runnemede; formerly of the Fairview section of Camden. Age 75. Beloved wife of Ira for 55 years. Devoted mother of Kathleen Fischer (Tod), Michelle Barth (Mike), Tricia Frampton (Brian Obermeier) and Kenny (Colleen). Loving grandmother of Shaun, Kendall, Andrew, Kevin, Elizabeth, Megan, Erin, Katelyn, Kaylee, and Allison and great grandmother of Devin, Donovan, Adilyn, and Esme. Dear sister of Frank Hartman, Bob Hartman, and Terry Poulos. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and her loving companion KC. Connie loved her beach time in Wildwood Crest with her family and friends making memories. There will be a viewing Friday evening from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday morning from 10am to 11am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 12 noon Saturday at Holy Child Parish, St. Teresa RC Church, Runnemede. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing. Donations may be made to... Read more →

NJGOP Chairman: Implores Governor Not To Sign Minimum Wage Legislation

On Minimum Wage: Everyone Wants Carve-Outs Because This Works For No One Trenton, NJ (January 31, 2019) – Today, the New Jersey Senate is set to vote on legislation that will create a government mandated $15 minimum wage. During the legislative process, multiple groups and organizations came forward, decried this as bad policy, and pleaded for carve-outs from the $15 an hour government mandated pay rate, all to save their businesses. The growing list of requested exemptions includes youth workers, farm workers, seasonal workers, tipped workers, disabled workers, training wage workers, small business owners, and even local governments. “The business community is fighting for these exemptions, because this legislation hurts. It hurts businesses everywhere, in an environment that already punishes the State’s many job creators,” said NJGOP Chairman Dough Steinhardt. “It’s none too ironic that even local governments got in on the backlash, as municipalities across the State complained that... Read more →


"The public was never told that the non-physicians who are allowed to perform abortions include optometrists, chiropractors, dentists, and podiatrists." Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a poll that says New York Catholics support the new abortion law: The media, and now even a polling company, are to blame for keeping New Yorkers ignorant about the new abortion law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Consider the following. In the January 30 edition of the New York Post, there is a news story on the New York State abortion law. "In the most recent Siena survey," it says, "59 percent of Catholics backed Albany's push for an updated abortion law, while only 30 percent were opposed." When I read that sentence, I knew it was inaccurate. Non-Catholics, never mind Catholics, would not support the law if they had an accurate understanding of what it says.... Read more →

First Friday at Cherry Street Pier

February is upon us with Flurries and Fun! There's a lot happening on the Waterfront! Whether you're looking for activities for the kiddos or a night of dancing Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has you covered. SPECIAL DEAL ALERT: Our February Fun Package featuring a $4 draft beer happy hour and free cabin rentals (limited availability) Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 7pm *excludes Valentine's Day BONUS: Come skate Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 11pm for our open skate. That’s right, no timed sessions, skate as long as you want at Philly’s winter wonderland. See you there! Cherry Street Pier artists will be celebrating First Friday with a studio crawl, theater performances, a black history month exhibition and more: Studio Crawl: Two tours 6pm and 8pm You can meet our resident artists, watch them work and see their unique creations. They represent a diversity of process in photography, film, music,... Read more →

Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound traffic to be shifted into new covered roadway

THIS WEEKEND...Overnight lane closures necessary to implement new pattern (Trenton)(January 31, 2019)-- - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the implementation of new traffic pattern that will shift the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound into a newly constructed covered roadway as the Direct Connection project advances in Camden and Gloucester counties. Beginning at 10 p.m., Saturday, February 2, NJDOT contractor, Conti Enterprises, Inc., is scheduled to close lanes on the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound just past Browning Road to allow for restriping and barrier installation to set up the traffic shift. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained at all times. The new configuration will be completed by 10 a.m. Sunday, February 3. The new traffic pattern will reduce the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound from three lanes to two lanes just past the Browning Road overpass and... Read more →

New Jersey Politics: Sweeney Condemns Veto of Emergency Assistance Bill for the Homeless

Senate President decries veto as ‘a cold act on the coldest day of the year’ Trenton NJ (January 31, 2019)--–Senate President Steve Sweeney today sharply criticized the Governor’s veto of his legislation extending lifetime emergency assistance benefits for the homeless. “This is a cold act on the coldest day of the year,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Days like this should be a reminder that there are homeless veterans suffering from PTSD, abused mothers with young children, recovering drug addicts and alcoholics who find themselves out on the street and need our help. “The extension of emergency aid eligibility could provide critical help for those who are experiencing hard times that make it all but impossible for them to meet basic needs, including food and shelter,” he said. “There are times when people need help in order to survive or to help themselves. It could be a lifeline for those in... Read more →

NJBIA: Stormwater Bill is Another Tax on Business

CNBNews graphics files TRENTON, NJ (January 31, 2019)--Legislation authorizing local governments to create authorities to manage stormwater runoff amounts to yet another tax on business, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association said today. The bill would allow municipalities to charge fees on property owners based on the number of their impervious surfaces, such as parking lots and driveways, but does not say how much the fees would be. The measure is scheduled for a vote in the full Assembly today. NJBIA Vice President Tony Bawidamann said many businesses that could be affected by the program are already funding stormwater runoff programs. “Under this bill, companies would be assessed a fee by a separate county or municipal authority, even if they already have a stormwater permit and are taking steps to accomplish the goal of the bill,” Bawidamann said. “Many facilities are already required to obtain costly stormwater permits from... Read more →

Cape May Coast Guard members presented DHS Life Saving Award

CAPE MAY, N.J. (January 30, 2019)– Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Dunn and Petty Officer 3rd Class Molly McGill were presented with the Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Medical Officer Life Saving Award by Master Chief Petty Officer Jason Vanderhaden, the master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard, at Training Center Cape May, Monday. On Feb. 13, 2018, McGill and Dunn were working out at the gym onboard the Training Center when they heard someone calling for help and the alarm sounding for the automated external defibrillator. McGill and Dunn quickly went to the scene to offer assistance. Relying upon their training they quickly took control of the scene, evaluated the injured person and worked with their colleagues to perform CPR and set up the AED for use when it was determined the individual had no pulse. McGill and Dunn alternated between chest compressions and using the AED to... Read more →

Garden State Equality Condemns Homophobic, Racist Attack Against Empire’s Jussie Smollett

ASBURY PARK, NJ (January 29, 2019)– Garden State Equality (GSE)’s Executive Director Christian Fuscarino issued the following statement in response to news of a violent hate crime against Jussie Smollett last night in Chicago: “We are horrified by the homophobic and racist violent hate crime against Jussie Smollett last night in Chicago. This hatred is unconscionable, and we must combat bigotry wherever it rears its head—whether that’s in our schools, over the dinner table, or from the White House. Every day evil goes unchallenged, those who wish to do harm to people of color or the LGBTQ community become emboldened—and we all become less safe.” press release Read more →

Perdue Foods, LLC Recalls Refrigerated Fun Shapes Chicken Breast Nuggets

Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens WASHINGTON, January, 2019 – Perdue Foods, LLC, a Bridgewater, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 16,011 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken nugget products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. The RTE chicken nugget items were produced on Jan. 10, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)] 12-oz. packages of “PERDUE Fun Shapes Chicken Breast Nuggets” with a “USE BY” date of “MAR 11 2019” and lot codes 17009010 – 19009010. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-369” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, DC; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; and West... Read more →

Essex County Community Activist Awarded Rookie of the Year Award

Maplewood,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) January 29, 2019--Congratulations to Ann Laskowski of Coldwell Banker in Maplewood for being selected to receive the 2019 North Central Jersey Association of Realtors® (NCJAR) “ROOKIE OF THE YEAR” Award. The Rookie of the Year Award is bestowed on a member who has been a Realtor® for two years or less, and displays exemplary work in the business and humanitarian sectors. In her first two years as a Realtor®, Ann sold a total of 16 homes and over $10,000,000 in total volume. She is actively involved with NCJAR serving on the Volunteer Pool committee. She is also involved in the newly formed Women’s Council of Realtors® North Central Network. She is a firm believer in the benefits of investing in the Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC), and immediately started contributing the first year. Ann is active in her community. She is the mother of four children... Read more →

Virtua Holds Grand Opening for Camden Health & Wellness Center

Camden Cotu, N.J. ---- Hundreds of local residents, dignitaries, and Virtua employees recently celebrated the opening of Virtua’s newest addition to its Camden campus: the Virtua Health & Wellness Center - Camden. “Virtua has long been a mainstay in Camden City, with roots going back more than 130 years,” said Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, Virtua’s president and CEO. “The new Virtua Camden Health & Wellness Center not only continues our service, it expands our commitment to give the people of Camden the best opportunities to live healthy lives.” Instead of a traditional ribbon-cutting, staff and community members passed a glowing lantern from person to person—culminating with the illumination of a lighthouse mural in the building’s lobby. This symbolizes Virtua’s continuing role as a vital beacon for the Camden community. “This is truly awesome for the city of Camden,” said resident Jerome Martin, a longtime Virtua-Camden patient. The husband and father... Read more →

NJCGOP: $15 minimum wage = Layoffs, reduced hours, benefit cuts and automation

CNBNews graphics file TRENTON, NJ --“The democrats (and RINO Republicans) in the New Jersey state legislature have done everything they could to hurt the economy and businesses of New Jersey. With uncompetitive business taxes and regulations, they now are adding to the dilemma with a $15 minimum wage,” NJ C-GOP president Paul Danielczyk stated. “Businesses are fleeing New Jersey to business-friendly states, and this legislation will add to that exodus, especially hurting small mom and pop businesses who cannot absorb this increase,” Danielczyk said. “The businesses will resort to layoffs, benefit reductions, cut employee hours, and implement automation. The use of self-order kiosks like those at McDonald’s and Quick Chek will become more prevalent, knocking out jobs for our youth and the poor, hurting the very people they claim to help. Huge price increases for goods and services will also occur,” Danielczyk continued. “In December, New Jersey lost 2,600 jobs,... Read more →

Stroudsburg, PA Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Role In Heroin Conspiracy

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that William Young, age 39, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on January 23, 2019 by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to five years’ imprisonment and three years on supervised release for his role in a Monroe County-based conspiracy that was responsible for distributing heroin and cocaine during a three-year time period. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Young previously pleaded guilty to committing the offense between 2012 and 2015. Young admitted to conspiring with others to obtain the drugs from a supplier in Patterson, New Jersey, then transport the drugs to Monroe County where they were sold to sub-distributors and customers. Young admitted to making at least five trips to Patterson to obtain multiple “bricks” of heroin. Each “brick” of heroin has 50 bags. The amount of heroin obtained by Young was equivalent... Read more →

Retired Highway Patrol Trooper Sentenced For Lying to FBI about Gambling

WICHITA, KAN. (January 2019)--– A retired highway patrol trooper was sentenced Monday to a year on federal probation for lying to the FBI during an investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita, U.S. Attorney Stephan McAllister said. Michael Frederiksen, 53, Derby, Kan., was convicted in a jury trial in May on one count of making false statements to FBI investigators. During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that in 2014, while Frederiksen was still a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper, he was filmed taking part in an illegal cash poker game. On Feb. 23, 2017, he was interviewed by FBI agents investigating illegal gambling businesses in Wichita. The FBI had a video of Frederiksen playing in an illegal cash poker game held Feb. 12, 2014, at 922 1/2 E. Douglas in the Old Town district of Wichita. The site was equipped with poker tables, a cabinet for valuables and poker chips, video surveillance equipment,... Read more →

Spector Won't Run for Council in Bellmawr

BELLMAWR, NJ (January 30, 2019)--Lobbyist and former Councilman David David Spector Spector won’t run for Council this year in Bellmawr. Spector served in 2015 and lost his re-election in a Democratic Primary. The youngest Councilman in the town’s history since Former Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts was Councilman in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Spector says, “I will not be running for council this year. Many folks have asked, but now is not my time.” I love Bellmawr. Hopefully I will get another opportunity when the timing is right.” source David Spector Read more →

Local 98 Union Boss John ‘Doc’ Dougherty and His Friends Indicted

John Dougherty (photo courtesy of Fox 29) PHILADELPHIA Pa (January 30, 2019)— First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced today that a grand jury returned a 116-count Indictment, charging Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (“Local 98”) Business Manager John Dougherty, Philadelphia City Councilman Robert Henon, Local 98 employees Brian Burrows, Michael Neill, Marita Crawford, Niko Rodriguez, Brian Fiocca, and local business owner Anthony Massa with a multitude of federal crimes, including embezzlement, wire fraud, and public corruption offenses. John Dougherty, 58, of Philadelphia, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to embezzle from a labor union and employee benefit plan; 34 counts of embezzlement and theft of labor union assets; 23 counts of wire fraud thefts from Local 98; two counts of wire fraud thefts from a political action committee; two counts of falsification of annual financial reports filed by a labor union;... Read more →

Update on Stabbing; Johnny & Guy Gaudreau; Convenience Store Cited; Fire Hydrant Repaired

CORRECTED/UPDATED CNBNews Tips and Snippets William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet UPDATE ON STABBING IN GLOUCESTER CITY-The first degree murder charged filed against Joel Martinez, 18, of Camden, who was arrested in connection with the stabbing that killed Alexander Medina on January 17, 2019 have been reduced, according to the Camden County Prosecutors Office. Further investigation determined it was a crime of passion. As such the charge was reduced to aggravated manslaughter. On January 17 Gloucester City Police responded to the 700 block of Bertwood Avenue in Gloucester City just before 8:00 p.m. to reports of a man who was injured. When they arrived, they found Alexander Medina stabbed and laying on the ground. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he died a short time later. All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Johnny Gaudreau, who plays for... Read more →

Woodbury's Corey Grier Arrested on Murder Charges

WOODBURY, NJ (January 30, 2019)--Corey Grier, (DOB 1/9/98), of Woodbury, NJ, was arrested on Monday, January 28, 2019, and charged with first-degree Felony Murder, first-degree Robbery, second-degree Burglary, third-degree Theft, and second-degree Conspiracy to commit Robbery. These charges are stemming from Grier’s involvement in the death of 32-year-old Misael Ruiz Garcia of Woodbury, New Jersey, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles “Chuck” Fiore announced. Grier is being held in Salem County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing. Prosecutor Fiore noted that “this additional arrest is a direct result of intensive investigative work which has been ongoing without pause since the murder of Mr. Garcia. The GCPO and partner agencies, including the Woodbury City Police Department, have been seamless in their cooperative efforts, collecting key evidence and facts which led to Monday’s apprehension and arrest of Corey Grier.” 
Original Press Release: Thadius Wyatt Oswald, (DOB 7/23/99), of Paulsboro, NJ, was arrested and charged... Read more →

Nominations Open for 2019 New Good Neighbor Awards

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Business magazine are seeking nominations for the 59th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards, honoring outstanding economic development projects in New Jersey. "New Good Neighbor Awards recognize the visionary architects, builders and financing professionals who turn exciting ideas into reality and make New Jersey a better place to live and do business," said NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka. "This competition showcases the best of the best who invest in communities, create jobs, and improve lives." Projects can be nominated in any of these three categories: New Construction, Community Enhancement (parks/streetscapes), and Renovation/Expansion. Eligible projects must have been completed (construction or capital expenditures) within the past two years (Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2018) and can be nominated using the online form found on NJBIA's website. The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 8, 2019. Eligible nominees will be contacted... Read more →

U.S. Combats Child Marriage Abroad, Grants Thousands of Spousal Visas for Immigrant Kids

WASHINGTON, DC January 30, 2019--While the U.S. government advances policies to prevent child marriage in foreign countries it approves thousands of petitions filed by Americans seeking spouse or fiancé visas for children born abroad. In the last decade more than 8,500 petitions for spousal entry into the U.S. involved minors, according to government figures included in a Senate Homeland Security report (How the U.S. Immigration System Encourages Child Marriages) released this month. In an overwhelming number of the cases girls were the younger party and in some there were “significant age differences,” Senate investigators found. Two were only 13 years old, 38 were 14 years old, 269 were 15 years old, and 1,768 were 16. The remaining 6,609 were 17 years old, according to the records which were obtained from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In a disturbing example, the agency approved a 71-year-old American citizen’s visa request for... Read more →

Rutgers University–Camden Celebrates Black History Month; Free, Public Events

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (January 30, 2019)--– Rutgers University–Camden will host a series of free, public events throughout February in honor of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “400 Years: Mapping the Hidden Traumas, Triumphs, and Trajectories of Black Life.” The first Africans to arrive in what is now the United States were brought as slaves to Point Comfort, Va., 400 years ago, in August 1619. These events will be held at various locations in the Campus Center, located on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus. The full schedule of free, public events is as follows: Thursday, Jan. 31 The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host Courageous Conversations at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Works Gallery, located on the main level of the Campus Center. A monthly series, Courageous Conversations gathers campus members to share stimulating dialogue on race and intersectional... Read more →

Arctic Temperatures; New Jersey American Water Emphasizes Need to Guard Against Frozen Pipes

CNBNews graphics file January 29, 2019 01:23 PM Eastern Standard Time VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With polar-like conditions predicted to bring frigid air to the region this week, New Jersey American Water is urging homeowners to act now to prevent frozen and damaged household pipes. “Sub-freezing temperatures for an extended period can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze or burst, resulting in costly damage,” said New Jersey American Water Vice President of Operations Thomas Shroba. “Making the necessary preparations for these conditions and learning how to respond to frozen pipes can alleviate the expenses associated with making major repairs.” Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping. During extending periods of sub-freezing temperatures, if you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. New Jersey American Water encourages residents to... Read more →

Officials Seek Person of Interest Allegedly Involved in a Sexual Assault on PATCO Speed-line

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (January 30, 2019)--The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual pictured below regarding the sexual assault of a 22-year-old female that occurred on the PATCO speed-line on January 27, 2019, at approximately 4:00 a.m. between the Collingswood Station and the Lindenwold Station. The individual was seen getting out of a black pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet with black rims, also shown below, after being dropped off at the Westmont PATCO Station at approximately 1:52 a.m. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no further information is being released at this time. No arrests have been made at this time. If you have information that may lead to the identity or location of the male, or information on the pickup truck, please contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Tanner Ogilvie at (856) 650-6398 or... Read more →

Delaware announces Notice of Conciliation and Penalty Assessment Order for MEDAL Air Liquide

DOVER, DELAWARE(Jan. 29, 2019) – DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin has issued a Notice of Conciliation and Administrative Penalty Assessment Order to MEDAL Air Liquide to resolve compliance issues with state regulations governing air pollution at the company’s Delaware facility. The order for MEDAL Air Liquide calls for a cash penalty of $80,000, and an additional $4,000 as cost recovery reimbursement to DNREC associated with the Department’s investigation. MEDAL Air Liquide owns and operates a plant in Newport, Del. that produces semi-permeable hollow fiber polymeric gas-separation membranes used in a variety of applications, such as air separation, industrial inerting processes and hydrogen purification in petroleum refining, enabling low-sulfur fuels. On May 31, 2018, internal review of emissions for all operations onsite resulted in the discovery that MEDAL Air Liquide had exceeded its daily volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions limit permitted by DNREC. Facility representatives informed the Department of the VOC... Read more →

CNB Spotlight on College Students from NJ

Cedarville University Student Named to Dean's Honor List CEDARVILLE, OH (01/29/2019)-- The following area Cedarville University students were named to Dean's Honor List for Fall 2018. In order to be named to the Dean's Honor List, students need to maintain a 3.75 GPA and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours. Erin Florer of Cape May Court House, NJ was named to Dean's Honor List Victoria Gahman of Marlton, NJ was named to Dean's Honor List Cedarville University, located between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit Johnathan Kenyon Named to... Read more →

Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine Available at Rite Aid Pharmacies in Washington State and Oregon

CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)(January 29, 2019)--With an increase in measles cases being reported in the region, Rite Aid announced today that Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccinations are available upon request at Rite Aid pharmacies in Washington state and Oregon. No appointment is necessary and vaccinations from a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist are available during normal pharmacy business hours. A state of emergency has been declared in Washington in response to a measles outbreak that, according to the state’s Department of Health, includes 31 confirmed cases in Clark County, near the state’s southern border with Oregon, and one confirmed case in King County, which includes Seattle. According to the Clark County Department of Public Health, 21 cases involve children between the ages of 1 and 10. Based on Washington state regulations, patients 3 years of age and older can receive an MMR vaccination without a prescription. Based on Oregon state regulations, patients... Read more →

Governor Wolfe: “My Clean Slate” Program Introduced to Help Navigate New Law

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by representatives of Community Legal Services, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Center for American Progress, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, legislators, and various stakeholder and advocacy groups at the PA CareerLink Harrisburg Region to announce a program aimed at making it easier to navigate Pennsylvania’s new Clean Slate law. “Clean Slate is an incredibly important piece of my administration’s commitment to helping formerly incarcerated or arrested individuals get their lives back on track,” Governor Wolf said “And as with any new law, implementation can be complicated and somewhat difficult to understand. Clean Slate is no different. “So, for those looking to avail themselves of Clean Slate, who wish to wipe clean the slate of their past, there is help navigating the process, thanks to the organizations present here today.” “My Clean Slate” is a program created by Community Legal Services in... Read more →

NJ Sierra Club: Assembly and Senate Preview: Enviro Bills Up on Thursday  

The following bills are up in the New Jersey Senate on Thursday, January 31st: S2505(Oroho)"Vegetation Management Response Act"; concerns vegetation management related to electric public utility infrastructure. “We oppose this legislation. The bill is too broad and gives utilities too much power without proper oversight.The legislation allows for open season on important vegetation that could harm environmentally sensitive areas. Vegetation removal can result in increased erosion and sedimentation, increased flooding and pollution in our waterways, and destruction of wildlife habitat. The bill will allow utilities to go outside the right of way on your property. They do not have a right to do that to cut trees down, this is a constitutional issue,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “We need to protect power lines from trees but not allow for power companies to just clear-cut whatever they want. This bill also exempts utilities from local... Read more →


The Lyndhurst school district has a $4.5 million deficit — and once it accepts a loan, it's going to have to pay back the state over the next ten years. An independent auditor revealed the extent of the damage at a Board of Education meeting on Monday (e.g. a lack of purchase orders). (The Record) TOMS RIVER ELKS TREASURER ADMITS TO STEALING $119K Toms River Elks is the victim of a $119,000 theft by one of its own: its former treasurer, Christine Wilbert. On Friday, she pleaded guilty to second-degree theft. A similar check-writing scheme happened in Princeton: in 2015, Thomas Muza was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing $240,000 from Triangle Club. He was the theater group's accountant. (Asbury Park Press) PANEL OKAYS $155 MILLION PRESERVATION SPENDING BILL The state Senate Environment and Energy Committee has approved a measure (S-2920) outlining the allocation of about $155 million... Read more →

Rancocas Valley Regional HS Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Having Sex with Student

Alexandra Reiner BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ(January 29, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)-- Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Mount Holly Police Chief Richard Spitler announced that a Rancocas Valley Regional High School Teacher was charged tonight with having sex late last year with a male student who attends the school. Alexandra Reiner, 30, of Eastampton, was charged with Sexual Assault (Second Degree) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Second Degree). She was taken into custody tonight at the Prosecutor’s Office in Mount Holly and will be lodged in the Atlantic County Jail in Mays Landing, which houses Burlington County’s female inmates. Reiner, a special education teacher, will face a first appearance in Superior Court tomorrow. The investigation began last week after district officials approached the Prosecutor’s Office with information they had received concerning a possible inappropriate relationship between Reiner and the student. The investigation revealed that the contact happened in December 2018 in Mount... Read more →

CNB Spotlight on College Students from NJ

Area Students Named to Frostburg State University Dean's List FROSTBURG, MD (01/28/2019)-- The following students from the area have been named to the dean's list at Frostburg State University in recognition of outstanding academic achievement for the fall 2018 semester. To be eligible, a student must undertake a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a cumulative semester grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Anthony Andrioli, of Sewell, NJ. Samantha Will, of Tabernacle, NJ. Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit frostburg.eduor Facebook. Follow FSU on Twitter. Zaria Bell named to the Fayetteville State University Dean's List for Fall Semester 2018 FAYETTEVILLE, NC (01/28/2019)-- Fayetteville State University proudly... Read more →

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 27 Years’ Imprisonment for Murder on Long Island

M-13 Gang Tattoo, CNBNews file photo 16 Year-Old Victim Marked For Death Due to Suspected Ties to Rival L-Block Gang Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, William Castellanos, also known as “Dizzy” and “Satanico,” a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a violent transnational criminal organization, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 27 years’ imprisonment. The sentencing followed Castellanos’s February 2018 guilty plea to firearms-related murder charges in connection with the June 30, 2015 murder of 16 year-old Jonathan Cardona-Hernandez in Central Islip, New York. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), announced the sentence. “Castellanos brutally murdered Jonathan... Read more →

Camden County Police will Read to Camden City Kindergartens Today

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (January 30,2019)--Officers of the Camden County Police Department will read to Camden City kindergarteners as part of the department’s Bookmates program. “Part of the Camden County Police Department’s mission is to form lifelong bonds with the people of this community, and its vitally important that our officers begin that positive engagement with children at a young age,” said Freeholder Bill Moen. “We want kids to see our officers as guardians of this community, and as people that they can trust. That process starts with creating opportunities for kids to engage with our officers in stress-free and fun-filled environments.” The Bookmates program in Camden City is offered in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey. The regional program aims to provide a nurturing, one-on-one literacy experience for children to encourage them to develop good reading habits. The experience is also designed to provide these... Read more →

Westville's Zoe Price Part of "Three Tall Women" Production

L-R: Rachel Leben, Emma Faunce, and Julissa Garcia rehearse for the upcoming Elmira College Theatre performance of Three Tall Women. ELMIRA, NY (01/28/2019)-- Zoe Price, of Westville, NJ, is part of the next production presented by Elmira College Theatre, which continues its 2018-2019 season with Three Tall Women. Performances are scheduled February 8 and 9 at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee February 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Gibson Theatre at Elmira College. "And so it goes" A young female lawyer has been sent to the home of a ninety-two-year-old woman to sort out her finances. Frail, and perhaps a bit senile, the woman resists and is of no help. Along with the old woman's matronly paid companion/caretaker, the lawyer tries to convince her that she must concentrate on the matters at hand. In a beautifully appointed bedroom, the elderly woman prods, discusses and bickers with the younger women. Her long... Read more →

West Deptford's Kolby Green Named to University of Massachusetts Lowell Dean's List

LOWELL, Mass. (Grassroots Newswire) Jan. 29 - Kolby Green of West Deptford, N.J., has been recognized for achieving academic distinction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Green, majoring in civil engineering, was named to the dean's list at UMass Lowell for the fall 2018 semester. To qualify for the dean's list at UMass Lowell, a student must have completed no fewer than 12 graded credits for the semester and earned at least a 3.25 grade-point average with no grade lower than C and without any incompletes. UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 18,000 students bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which... Read more →

Food Bank of South Jersey Launches Emergency Food Fund

90 cents of every dollar designated for program support PENNSAUKEN, NJ – An extreme surge in direct food requests during the temporary federal government shutdown has prompted The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) to launch an Emergency Food Fund. In addition to helping FBSJ respond to unforeseen disasters, including incidents like the shutdown; the Fund will enable FBSJ to purchase additional food supplies and increase its distribution to impacted communities; and strengthen some of its existing hunger relief programs. Annually, FBSJ provides 10-12 million pounds food to the estimated 200,000 food-insecure children, seniors and adults residing in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. “The partial government shutdown caused multiple cascading impacts on the Food Bank of South Jersey’s ability to serve its existing population, furloughed workers and the expected large increase in need from Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) in the second half in February,” said Fred Wasiak, President... Read more →

Rutgers Master Gardener Course of Camden County; Must Register by January 31

Do you want to increase your knowledge of the garden? Are you a novice gardener who wants to learn more? The Rutgers Master Gardener Course is offered from February 5, 2019 through April, 9:00 am until noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The last day to register is January 31. This science-based course is presented at the Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 The fee is $250 which includes lectures, handbook and class material. To register for the class, call Becki Szkotak, Program Associate at 856-216-7130 or email her Download and print the registration form: A registration form and fee must be received by January 31, 2019. For questions or more information, email:, phone: 856-216-7130, and website: Read more →

Cumberland County Stops PFOA Dumping on NJ

A New Jersey landfill in Cumberland County Improvement Authority decided not to accept 4,500 tons of PFAS contaminated soil from the former Naval Air Station at Willow Grove in Pennsylvania. Before the decision was made, there were many health and environmental concerns with dumping the contaminated soil in a New Jersey landfill such as leaking into nearby groundwater. “Cumberland County is doing the right thing by not allowing the military to dump on New Jersey. Every time we can stop toxic chemicals from being dumped in our state is a win. This material is highly contaminated and can get out into the environment and impact public health. This decision will also force the Department of Defense to properly remediate the material and send it to a more appropriate place. DEP should have never allowed these materials in the first place, this stuff is too contaminated. New Jersey has enough toxic... Read more →

Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Notes Recent Progress

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the fourth renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration and noted recent successes in the ongoing fight against the epidemic. “I am again renewing the 90-day opioid disaster declaration, the best current means we have to maintain a concerted effort focused on fighting this scourge on our state and our nation,” Gov. Wolf said. “The renewal allows the 16 state agencies working together as part of the Opioid Command Center at PEMA to continue their collaborative approach at creating and implementing initiatives that are making a difference across many areas of this battle.” The American Medical Association earlier this week hailed Pennsylvania’s fight against opioids as a model for the rest of the country. Last week, Pennsylvania distributed more than 6,000 free naloxone kits as part of Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week across the commonwealth. “With 80 public health... Read more →


The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) bill (S-3381) was scheduled to appear before the budget committee on Monday, but that didn't happen. The Legislature held it: a stay was issued, because the plaintiffs and the Department of Education asked for more time to respond to the case. But at this point — since there's no PARCC replacement yet — 170,000 students still have no clear path to graduation. (NJ Spotlight) SENATOR SWITCHES FROM REPUBLICAN TO DEMOCRAT Dawn Addiego, a Republican senator serving the 8th District, has announced that she will switch parties — so the Democrats' majority in Trenton has grown by one. In the Senate, Democrats now outnumber Republicans 26 to 14 Republicans. They also hold a majority in the Assembly. (Asbury Park Press) HEDGE FUND TAKES OVER ATLANTIC CITY'S OCEAN CASINO Luxor Capital Group will become the majority stakeholder in Ocean Resort Casino,... Read more →

Armed Robbery of Maple Shade 7-11 Today; Can You Identify this Person? (see videos/still photos)

MAPLE SHADE NJ (January 29, 2019)--Maple Shade Police requests your assistance in identifying the male depicted in these pictures and linked videos The male committed an armed robbery of the 7-11 today, January 29, at approximately 3:00AM, and may be linked to other area incidents. The male is believed to be white with a medium to heavy build. Please take note of the distinctive hat and jacket. Anyone who can identify the male, or can provide any information referencing this, or any similar robbery, is asked to immediately contact the Maple Shade Police at 856-234-8300. Reference case #2019-1634. Anonymous tips accepted. **Do not approach male if contacted; he should be considered armed and dangerous. (click images to enlarge) Read more →

Winslow Police Need Help Identifying a Suspicious Person

SICKLERVILLE, NJ (January 29, 2019)-The Winslow Police Department released the following statement today about a suspicious person in Sicklerville. Today, January 29, 2019, at approximately 7 AM a 15 year old female was walking to her bus stop in the Arbor Meadows Development, off of Williamstown Road in Sicklerville. The female observed a thin black male, approximately 30 years old, with short dread locks and a goatee, wearing a blue “bomber style” jacket, blue work pants and dark work boots walking on Arbor Meadows Drive. The black man was following the female and she eventually noticed him standing behind some bushes, and it appeared as if he was pleasuring himself. There will be increased Police personnel in this area as the investigation continues into the identity of this unknown person. If anyone has any information or surveillance video that may have captured this person please contact Winslow Twp Police Detective... Read more →