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January 2019

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,... 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,”... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... Read more →


Obituary: Emily F. Purdy of Runnemede, 90

Emilia Frantiska (Jurkovic) Purdy of Runnemede July 31, 1928 – January 26, 2019 It is with great sadness that her family announces the sudden passing of Emily Purdy at the age of 90. Emily was the loving mother of Pam Goetz (Joseph), and Scott Purdy (Marilyn). She was grandmother to Kristen Goetz Stevens (Erik), Adriane Goetz, Christopher Goetz, Ryan Purdy (Amber), and Alyson Polidore (Michael). She was the great grandmother of Dane and Brooklyn, and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her newest great grandson... Read more →


Cuomo Demonizes Catholic Church

by Bill Donohue | The Catholic League Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the latest attacks on the Catholic Church made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Celebrating the imminent passage of the Child Victims Act, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lashed out at the Catholic Church again today. Cuomo lamented the repeated failure of the bill to get past the New York Senate, until today. He said, "we were foiled by the conservatives in the Senate." Then he took it back. "I don't even believe... Read more →


WORKERS IMPACTED BY PARTIAL GOVERNMENT  SHUTDOWN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE

FROM NUTRITIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS) is collecting non-perishable food and essential baby items for federal workers impacted by the government shutdown. The drive is being conducted via the fundraising website, YouGiveGoods.com. All items will be distributed at the “Emergency Market” for federal workers. The “Emergency Market” is an outdoor food distribution site in South Philadelphia. NDS is working in collaboration with Share Food Program and Philabundance. Despite the short-term deal to open... Read more →


Lisa Melroy of Mount Laurel Joins ANE as Director of Accounting and Operations

Lisa Melroy MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., January 29, 2019 – ANE, Agency Network Exchange LLC, has appointed Lisa Melroy of Mount Laurel as Director of Accounting and Operations to consolidate accounting and finance functions, and centralize the company’s business operations. In the last year, ANE added 17 new agencies to the now more than 70-member agency network. “Lisa brings a depth of experience in budgets, forecasts, strategic planning, problem-solving and project management that will be a tremendous asset to the ANE team as we continue to... Read more →


PATCO Reminds Riders to Look Up. Speak Up

Employees handout microfiber cleaning cloths as part of an on-going transit security campaign PATCO staff, along with transit police officers, handed out microfiber cleaning cloths to customers on Thursday, January 10, 2019 to remind riders that transit security is a community effort. The 6”x6” microfiber cloths are highly effective at cleaning eye and sunglasses, as well as mobile phone screens, and help to remind riders to “Look Up. Speak Up.” if they observe suspicious activity while traveling on PATCO. Employees handed out the cloths in... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Cuomo's Dream Has Come True

by Bill Donohue The Catholic League Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's abortion bill: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream: it was to unite the races. While that dream remains unfulfilled, much progress has been made, thanks largely to him. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also had a dream: to allow children to be killed in their mother's womb right up until birth by non-physicians. Now his dream has been realized. It is indisputable that in the third trimester... Read more →


Cherry Hill Resident, Jonathan Landay Named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Dean's List

WORCESTER, MA (01/25/2019)-- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Jonathan Landay of Cherry Hill, N.J., a member of the class of 2022 majoring in robotics engineering and mechanical engineering, was named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the fall 2018 semester. A total of 1,595 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI's fall 2018 Dean's List. The criteria for the WPI Dean's List differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA).... Read more →


NJDOT Implementing Business Day Protocol for Today’s Storm

Deploying Incline Package this afternoon in North Jersey (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today issued a Winter Weather Congestion Alert and are implementing the Department’s Business Day Protocol based on the forecast for expected snow and freezing rain today, Tuesday, January 29, which may result in difficult driving conditions, particularly during the evening commute as temperatures drop. NJDOT will be deploying the necessary resources in advance of the storm and is coordinating its response with NJ Transit and the toll road... Read more →


Improved maternity care practices decrease racial gaps in breastfeeding in the U.S. south

CAMDEN City, NJ -- A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern U.S. with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women. Between 2014 and 2017, 33 hospitals enrolled into the CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) program out of Boston Medical Center’s Center for Health Equity, Education and Research, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. All birthing hospitals in Greater New Orleans, and 18 in Mississippi, signed... Read more →


Wilkes University Awards More Than 300 Degrees

WILKES-BARRE, PA (01/23/2019)-- Wilkes University awarded 384 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students who completed their degree requirements at the conclusion of the fall 2018 semester. Theresa Green of Pennsauken, NJ (08110) received a Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing. Dennis Hunter of Merchantville, NJ (08109) received a Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing. Candace Ibrahim of Wrightstown, NJ (08562) received a Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing. Austin Kubin of Chesterfield, NJ (08515) received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.... Read more →


Rowan University announces $3+ million in funding for research in Camden

Rowan University has announced the first grants of the Camden Health Research Initiative, a $50 million pledge by the University to fund research in and/or impacting the City of Camden during the next 10 years. Rowan awarded the initial grants, totaling $3.06 million, to faculty working on 24 projects in 16 departments/divisions in the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), School of Osteopathic Medicine, Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, College of Science & Mathematics, College of Education, College of Communication & Creative Arts,... Read more →


SURVEY: Parents worried about risks, but still think opioids are best for kids’ pain relief

Newswise — Headlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry. Yet parents remain conflicted about opioids: while more than half express concern their child may be at risk for opioid addiction, nearly two-thirds believe opioids are more effective at managing their child’s pain after surgery or a broken bone than non-prescription medication or other alternatives, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists(ASA).... Read more →


Charles “Bud” W. Gallagher, Sr. Past Councilman; Lions Club/Sportsman Member; Korean War Vet

Charles “Bud” W. Gallagher, Sr. Gloucester City - On January 25, 2019. Age 87. Predeceased by his loving wife, Gertrude C. Gallagher (nee Brown); daughter, Linda Gallagher; parents, Frances Zoble Gallagher and Joseph Gallagher and brother, Joseph Gallagher. Loving father of Charles Gallagher, Jr, William Gallagher (Deana), Debbie Saxenmeyer (Jack) and Patti Rodio (Wolf Echevarria) Beloved grandfather of Billy, Kelly, Beau, Kim, Jackie, Jessica, Erin, Randy, Beau, Leah, Kyle, Dean and David and great-grandfather of Danyelle, Jeremy, Bailey, Dalton, Bella, Jade, Beau, Brooks, Jack, Ashley... Read more →


Turkey Permit Lottery Is Open - Apply NOW!

Spring 2019 Lottery Quota Information (pdf, 85kb) The Division's Turkey Restoration Project represents one of the greatest wildlife management success stories in the history of the state. By the mid-1800s, turkeys had disappeared in New Jersey due to habitat changes and killing for food. Division biologists, in cooperation with the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, reintroduced wild turkeys in 1977 with the release of 22 birds. In 1979 biologists and technicians began to live-trap and re-locate birds to establish populations throughout the... Read more →


Philadelphia District Attorney to Begin Enforcing Lost and Stolen Firearms Ordinance

PHILADELPHIA (January 2019) — The Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was joined by civic and community leaders to announce a new partnership to begin enforcing Philadelphia’s ordinance requiring that individuals report a lost or stolen firearm to law enforcement authorities. This previously unused enforcement mechanism, sponsored by Council President Darrell L. Clarke and former Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, was enacted in 2009 and focuses on gun owners, not guns, as a tool to improve public safety. “I will stand with any elected official who stands up to... Read more →


State Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes Licenses of Two Doctors

View Aslam Consent Order View Beecher Consent Order CNBNews graphics file Includes One Doctor Imprisoned for Supplying Opioids to a Criminal Drug Ring TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced today that the state Board of Medical Examiners has permanently revoked the licenses of two physicians as a result of their criminal convictions in unrelated cases. Dr. George Beecher, an ear, nose and throat specialist in Warren, N.J. who conspired to supply a drug ring with tens of... Read more →


NJBIA, Member Businesses Continue to Urge Legislature to Reconsider $15 Minimum Wage Bill

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association submitted oral and written testimony opposing the $15 minimum wage bill today to two legislative committees. The testimony included letters from member businesses who spoke of dire consequences for their operations should the bill in its current form become law. In the past week, NJBIA has solicited 3,000 letters from business owners and concerned workers and citizens asking legislators to vote no on A-15/S-15. A small sampling of the letters can be found here. "The responses we have... Read more →