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January 2019

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),... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... Read more →


NJ NEWS COMMONS: LYNDHURST SCHOOLS $4.5 MILLION IN DEBT

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,... Read more →


HOME COUNTRY: Hating Winter!

Image courtesy of Pinterest Slim Randles | CNBNews Contributor “I can’t stand winter,” said Herb Collins, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup. “There’s nothing to do.” “Get out and enjoy it,” suggested Doc. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.” “I don’t think your advice will take,” said Dud. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.” We all looked at Dud. “You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.” We... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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 atSzkotak@njaes.rutgers.edu. Download and print the registration... Read more →


The Norcross Family, The Michaels Organization, NFI, and The Cooper Foundation Announce a New $1 Million Grant Program for Non-Profit Community Organizations in City of Camden

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (January 29, 2019): George E. Norcross, III, the Executive Chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew and chairman of Cooper University Heath Care (CUHC), John J. O’Donnell, the Chief Executive Officer of The Michaels Organization, Sidney Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of NFI, and Susan Bass Levin, the President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation, today announced the establishment of a new $1 million grant program to benefit City of Camden non-profit community organizations. “Camden is undergoing an unprecedented renaissance, with historic drops in crime across the city and in every neighborhood, rising test scores, and new development... 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... 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... Read more →


FIVE MONTHS UNTIL GRADUATION, PARCC STILL UNCERTAIN

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... 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... Read more →