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February 2019

**Winter Weather Congestion Alert**

NJDOT advising motorists to allow extra travel time for Friday morning commute (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today issued a Winter Weather Congestion Alert for Friday, March 1, based on the forecast for expected snow beginning tomorrow morning, which may result in difficult driving conditions during the morning commute. The Department is advising motorists to plan ahead and to allow extra travel time for the morning commute, particularly in South Jersey. Snow is expected to begin tomorrow morning in South Jersey and move north, which may cause difficult driving conditions. NJDOT will be deploying the necessary resources... Read more →


South Jersey Cultural Alliance Issues Call For Entries

For Creative Placemaking Competition (HAMMONTON, NJ) – The South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA) is calling for entries in the first ever ArtsTank Creative Placemaking grant competition. Creative placemaking uses arts, history, and culture to engage a community in addressing a local challenge; for example, adding vitality to vacant storefronts or increasing pride and belonging through community murals. Communities within the eight South Jersey counties are invited to apply for consideration in the ArtsTank Creative Placemaking grant competition - first with a letter of intent by March 8, 2019, followed by a completed application by April 1. Five finalists will be coached... Read more →


TO THE POINT:  Rutgers University–Camden announces Women’s History Month activities

CNBNEWSNET | February 28, 2019 CAMDEN CITY NJ – For Women’s History Month this March, Rutgers University–Camden will host a series of public events to recognize women’s contributions to American history and examine contemporary women’s issues. The celebration will culminate with a guest talk by Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement, on Monday, April 1. Admission to these events is free unless otherwise noted. The full schedule is as follows: Friday, March 1 Women’s History Month begins with “Remarkable 31,” an event recognizing members of the Rutgers–Camden campus community who advance gender equality through scholarship, campus action, community and... Read more →


Mays Landing Man Charging with Human Trafficking

February 28, 2019 | CNBNewsnet MAYS LANDING- Following a two month long investigation between the Township of Hamilton Police Department and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, El Joshua, 36, has been charged in connection to human trafficking, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. El Joshua Joshua, of Pearce Road in Mays Landing, was arrested without incident on February 21, 2019, and charged with multiple counts of Human Trafficking, Criminal Restraint, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. “Human trafficking is a serious problem that plagues our community. Whether through prostitution or other forms of forced labor, such... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Fire breaks out on nation's only heavy icebreaker north of Antarctica

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE ALAMEDA, Calif. — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star fought a fire at approximately 9 p.m. PST Feb. 10 that broke out in the ship's incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. After initial response efforts using four fire extinguishers failed, fire crews spent almost two hours extinguishing the fire. Fire damage was contained inside the incinerator housing, while firefighting water used to cool exhaust pipe in the surrounding area damaged several electrical systems and insulation in the room. Repairs are already being planned for the Polar Star’s upcoming... Read more →


CAMDEN AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING DOUBLE-HOMICIDE

February 28, 2019 | CNBNewsnet CAMDEN CITY, NJ --Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a double homicide in the city last night. Camden County Police responded to a call on the 2800 block of Constitution Road at approximately 10:16 p.m. for reports of a vehicle idling on the street. When officers arrived, they located two men, Tyrone Coleman, 33, and Ryan Tisby, 29, both of Camden, inside of the car and unresponsive, each suffering from a gunshot wound. Both victims were transported to Cooper University Hospital where they were pronounced deceased at approximately... Read more →


ASH WEDNESDAY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

February 28, 2019 | CNBNewsnet PHILADELPHIA PA--Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Wednesday March 6, 2019. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent for Christians throughout the world. Lent is a 40-day penitential time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday in preparation for the Easter celebration. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:05 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103 Catholics in 217 parishes... Read more →


Gloucester Township PD Alert: Winter Weather Advisory Issued

CNBNews graphic files WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY... * WHAT...SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES EXPECTED. WHERE...PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA. * WHEN...SNOW WILL BEGIN OVERNIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT FROM WEST TO EAST AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING BEFORE DIMINISHING TO LIGHT RAIN OR PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE BY LATE MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED FROM ROUGHLY 4 AM TO 8 AM * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS WHICH COULD CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS WILL IMPACT THE MORNING COMMUTE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER... Read more →


Is Philadelphia a new hotbed for esports?

CNBNewsnet | February 28, 2019 Philadelphia skyline PHILADELPHIA PA --Whilst traditional sports teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia 76ers have quite rightly made the city a sporting hotspot, it’s also true that Philadelphia is becoming a very important place on the esports map. Thanks the pioneering efforts of massive franchises like Philadelphia Fusion, the city is well represented in the Overwatch League, and there are several grassroots organizations that are showing that gamers in Philadelphia can easily take on the best in the world. Esports, or competitive gaming, has only been around for less than 20 years, but in... Read more →


The Band Perry May 10 and Tim McGraw June 28 & June 29 at Hard Rock AC

2019 ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP 2/5 – 2/7 – Jeff Dye - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 2/8 & 2/9 – Frankie Valli - Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena 2/12 – 2/14 – Vinnie Brand - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 2/16 – Cage Fury Fight Championship - Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena 2/16 – Cheap Trick - Sound Waves 2/19 – 2/21 - Orny Adams - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 2/22 & 2/23 – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Sound Waves 2/26 – 2/28 – Janelle James - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 3/2 – WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania - Hard... Read more →


ST. PATRICK’S PARADE PARKING AREAS

CNBNewsnet | February 27, 2017 GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --The St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, March 3rd. will begin at 1:00 pm at Johnson Blvd. at Baynes Avenue. The parade will travel north on Johnson Blvd. to Monmouth Street where it will then proceed west on Monmouth Street to King Street. The parade will then travel south on King Street to Cumberland before turning west towards Freedom Pier. Parking will not be permitted along the parade route but will be permitted on all other local streets unless posted otherwise. The following is a list of parking areas available to the public which... Read more →


Ocean County Man Sentenced To Prison For Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

CNBNewsnet | February 27, 2019 TRENTON, N.J.- – A Toms River man was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over a social media application, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. David Nelson, 44, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with distribution of child pornography. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: As a result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Louisville, Kentucky, field office, law enforcement officers arrested an... Read more →


Appel Farm’s Journey Jamboree uses arts-based learning to explore social issues

Elmer, New Jersey–Appel Farm Arts and Music Campus welcomes girls grade 4-8 for a fun-filled weekend at Journey Jamboree March 15-17, 2019. Journey Jamboree is a 2-night camp experience designed to teach girls about science, the environment and social issues through workshops in the visual and performing arts. These workshops use the arts as a tool to learn, build relationships and engage with complex topics. Juniors and Cadette Girl Scouts are encouraged to join us with their whole troop! Girls have the opportunity to build relationships with other girls from around the tri-state region through collaborative, community building activities. Journey Jamboree... Read more →


GREAT SCHOOLS.ORG: The dark truth about those big homework projects

by: Hank Pellissier | GREATSCHOOLS.ORG “You have to write about cannibalism!” I fume at Zenobia, my fifth grade daughter. “Your teacher, your classmates, everybody wants to hear about people eating people.” She’s constructing her big social studies report. Zenobia’s decision — all on her own — is to create a multimedia triptych on the Donner Party, the horror show where settlers get stuck in the Sierra snow, starve, and then snack on each other to survive. I am thrilled. My wife is the tutor in math, writing, science, piano, singing, Spanish… everything but history. That is Daddy’s domain. “Don’t tell me... Read more →


Facing scandals Gov. Murphy hosts “gun safety” meeting and announced Gun Control 2.0

Posted by Alexander Roubian 730sc on February 27, 2019 · CNBNewsnet TRENTON, NJ (February 27, 2019)--Facing a drop in approval rating and internal scandals, Governor Murphy deflected by hosting a so-called “gun safety” roundtable. However, there was one major issue — there were no gun safety experts on the panel. Despite being New Jersey's largest gun safety organization and not being invited, NJ2AS showed up anyway. We took the opportunity to speak to many of the attendees in the “roundtable” and discovered that not a single person or panelist knew any of the 3 basic firearm safety rules. Not one. For... Read more →


Accounting Firms Could Provide These Services

Hiring an accounting firm is essential for your business. You need their help on a lot of things related to your finances. These are some of the services offered by accounting firms that could help improve your business. Tax planning and preparation When you think of accountants, you instantly think of tax planning and preparation. They understand taxes well. Some accountants specialize in accounting related tasks only. As a business owner, you must pay taxes to the government. The accountants will help you in preparing the tax returns on time. If you fail to submit the requirements, you could end up... Read more →


Gloucester Township Police Arrest Man for Allegedly Masturbating in Public

CNBNewsnet | February 27, 2019 GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ --February 26, 2019 at approximately 7:47 P.M., the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to 1001 S. Black Horse Pike in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township for a suspicious male, who had reportedly masturbated in front of a female and her minor son. Officers began to search the area for the male and quickly located him walking along the Blackhorse Pike at Lakeland Road. The male was identified as Michael A. Hebrans. As a result of the incident, Michael Hebrans was charged with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He... Read more →


Norcross Votes to Terminate President Trump’s Alleged Unlawful Emergency Declaration

February 26, 2019, 8:28 pm | CNBNewsnet WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) voted to terminate President Trump’s unlawful, dangerous emergency declaration that could allegedly steal billions from the Department of Defense’s military construction funds critical to the security of our nation. The House-passed resolution, H.J. Res. 46, which Norcross co-sponsored, stops the emergency declaration under the authority provided in the National Emergencies Act. “The President himself said he ‘didn’t need to do this’ emergency declaration – it was simply an unconstitutional power grab that makes America less safe,” said Congressman Norcross. “The President failed to convince Mexico,... Read more →


Pennacchio: Murphy & NJ Democrats Perpetuate a Fiscal Mess

February 27, 2019 | CNBNewsnet TRENTON, NJ --Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) warned that Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Democrats haven’t learned from their mistakes and are doubling-down on failed fiscal policies that are driving residents and jobs from the Garden State. “Governor Cuomo recently admitted that high taxes are driving residents from New York, leading to budget deficits and the flight of residents from the Empire State,” said Pennacchio. “Unfortunately, Governor Murphy and New Jersey Democrats still haven’t learned from their mistakes. They’re doubling down on tax-hiking policies that have never worked, and New Jersey is doing worse than our... Read more →


Black History Month Social Highlighting Black Businesses and Organizations in SJ

February 26, 2019 | CNBNewsnet Cherry Hill, NJ —The South Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus (SJYDBC) partnered with the South Jersey Young Democrats (SJYD) and Burlington County Young Democrats (BCYD) to host a Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, February 21st at the Camden County Democratic Headquarters in Cherry Hill, NJ. Members of the community, partner organizations and elected officials gathered in celebration of Black businesses and Black organizations in South Jersey. “The time has come to empower, educate and provide tools to set up Black community members for success. This is why it is imperative that we lift up Black... Read more →


LAWMAKERS SEEK TO CUT 'EXCESS' PHARMACY CHARGES

Last week, the state Senate unanimously approved a bill that would make it harder to charge consumers a higher co-pay for prescription drugs (compared to what they would pay if they used cash). The measure targets a scheme used by pharmacy benefit managers and insurers to limit what consumers can know about lower-price options — a strategy that, like "gag orders," would be illegal under the bill. Now, the bill will move to the Assembly. (NJ Spotlight) WITH $15.5M, OCEAN COUNTY PRESERVES NEARLY 8K AREA Ocean County has closed on the largest preserved land deal it has made since the state's... Read more →


Public Health Alert: Measles Exposure in Bergen County

February 26, 2019 | CNBNewsnet The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about a suspect case of measles—a highly contagious disease— who could have possibly exposed others to the infection while in Bergen County between February 17 and February 25, 2019. Testing at the CDC has confirmed the infection. The individual, who is a New Jersey resident, had recent contact with a community outside New Jersey experiencing an ongoing outbreak of measles. Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles: AFC Urgent Care Hillsdale, 2 Broadway, Hillsdale, NJ 07642 February 18, 2019 from 2:00 p.m.... Read more →


Authorities Charge Two Suspects for Murder of Julio Sanchez

February 27, 2019 | CNBNewsnet CAMDEN CITY, NJ --Jose Vargas, 20, and Nelson Mescual, 26, both from Camden, were charged in connection with a shooting that killed Julio Sanchez-Moncada. Camden County Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation near the 3100 block of Westfield Avenue in Camden on February 15, 2019, at approximately 10:42 a.m. When officers arrived they located the victim, Julio Sanchez-Moncada, 32, of Camden, on the 3100 block of Merriel Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. On February 26, 2019, Jose Vargas and Nelson Mescual were charged with first degree Murder, according... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY: ST. PATRICK’S PARADE ROAD CLOSURES / PARKING RESTRICTIONS

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 26, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)--On Sunday, March 3rd. the 4th. annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin on Johnson Blvd. at Monmouth Street at 1:00 pm. The parade will proceed west on Monmouth Street to King Street, then south on King Street to Cumberland Street. In order to accommodate the parade, the following road closures/ no parking will be in place from 11:00 am until the Highway Dept. finished sweeping the parade route following the parade. When viewing the attached maps, all streets highlighted in yellow are closed to traffic and parking. Streets highlighted in... Read more →


Home Country:

My Memories of The Iditarod Dogsled Race

The 2016 Iditarod Dogsled Race (photo courtesy of CNN) Slim Randles | CNBNews Contributor This coming Saturday, I’ll probably be right here in New Mexico. Well, most of me will. But my heart and my wishes and part of my soul will be many miles from here, up in Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage. First Saturday in March. Dog trucks with freight sleds lashed to the top of the dog boxes. For 46 years now, this has meant only one thing to me: the start of the Iditarod Dogsled Race. A thousand miles. Anchorage to Nome. There will be screaming dogs, lunging into... Read more →


Consumers Warned to be Cautious of Fake IRS Calls/Scams as Tax Season Gets Underway

CNBNews graphics file February 22, 2019 | Press Release In 2018, Bureau of Consumer Protection Received 536 IRS Scam Complaints HARRISBURG — As tax season gets underway, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning consumers about fraudulent calls and scams from criminals impersonating IRS agents – and telling recipients they need to send money right away or risk arrest by the IRS. “Scam artists are using new technology and high-pressure tactics to get people to give out personal information. One popular tactic, especially during tax season, is scam artists impersonating the IRS and trying to scare you into paying them thousands of... Read more →


Anna M. Gallagher, of Woodbury, formerly of Bellmawr

Anna M. Gallagher (nee Winstanley), on February 25, 2019, of Woodbury. Age 96. Predeceased by her beloved husband John R. (“Jack”) Gallagher, her loving companion Edward F. Sekula, her precious granddaughter Erin C. Gallagher, and her son-in-law, William P. Hubert. Anna was born in Camden, the 10th of the eleven children of John and Sarah Winstanley. She raised her family in Bellmawr, NJ, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Annunciation BVM Church. She retired from Verizon. We could write a book about the life of Anna Mae, but let us just state that she had... Read more →


Tips on collecting data for your essay writing

(February 27, 2019)--If students are free to write application essay on the topic and right under the sun and will also required to pinpoint and topic that is just right for you and to make you comfortable. No matter whether are seasoned writer and then emerging scholar or a student that just learning the ropes and writing an essay can be depending on the whole day. Regardless of the area of whole study and there are number of key things that make an essay solid from the introduction to conclusion. Students are going to be very happy as getting all the... Read more →


SEASONAL JOBS AT STATE PARKS, FORESTS AND HISTORIC SITES AVAILABLE; APPLY TODAY

CNBNews graphics file TRENTON - Applications are being accepted for hundreds of peak-season jobs at New Jersey's parks, forests and historic sites, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today. Seasonal positions for lifeguards, nature and history educators, maintenance workers and visitor service assistants are available for those 16 years of age and older. The number and types of positions available varies by the recreation opportunities each park offers. Positions are available at 34 locations in 14 counties. Peak season is Memorial Day through Labor Day. Salary rates start at $10 per hour. Some parks are hiring to fill positions April through... Read more →


Red Cross, HBO Urge Game of Thrones Fans to Bleed for the Throne

To celebrate the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the American Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to Bleed #ForTheThrone. With thousands of blood donations uncollected over the past couple of months due to snow storms and extreme cold, the Red Cross and HBO urge individuals to roll up a sleeve and give blood as soon as possible. Eligible individuals can schedule an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org to ensure critical medical treatments or emergency care are not delayed or cancelled. The partnership includes blood drives held in 43 states from March 7-12, as well... Read more →


THE SOUNDS OF DISCO LIVE AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ATLANTIC CITY SUNDAYS

Atlantic City, NJ (February 25, 2019) – Beginning Sunday, March 10, visitors to Atlantic City will have a chance to see and hear for themselves what made Disco so special when Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic Citypresents Disco Live, an Allen Valentine production, with performances every Sunday at 4 p.m. in Sound Waves. The tribute features an accomplished cast of singers, dancers and musicians, eye-catching costumes, and stunning choreography from the Disco era. Tickets for Disco Live ranging from $20.00 to $30.00 are on sale Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance,... Read more →


West Deptford Man Charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ (February 26, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)--Daniel G. Watkins, 37, of West Deptford, NJ, was arrested and charged Wednesday, February 20, 2019, with one count of Distribution of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore announced. On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, detectives from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office High-Tech Crimes Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) concerning content that Watkins uploaded to his Google Photos account. Watkins was arrested at a residence in West Deptford for an outstanding child support warrant. At the time of his... Read more →


Obituary: Marci K. Boggs, of Gloucester City, 49

Marci K. Boggs Marci K. Boggs (nee Annan), on February 26, 2019, of Gloucester City, formerly of Merchantville. Age 49. Beloved wife of Daniel. Devoted mother of Jennifer and Tristen. Loving daughter of Linda Campbell and Edgar Annan. Dear sister of Donnalyn. Marci was a hairdresser at Amoriello Hair Design in Medford. There will be a visitation from 7 to 8pm Thursday eve at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Memorial Service 8pm at the funeral home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marci’s memory to GoFundMe.com/6xoiswo. Read more →


Julie Ertz: Philadelphia has "become my home,"

...reflections on SheBelieves and Union back tags February 25, 2019 SheBelieves Cup returns to Talen Energy Stadium on February 27 when Brazil takes on England at 4 p.m. before the United States Women's National Team faces off against Japan. Tickets to SheBelieves Cup along with a Club and Country Deal that includes tickets to the Union home opener against Toronto FC on March 2 can be found here. What are you most looking forward to about playing in the Philadelphia area? SheBelieves in general is a really special tournament for us because of everything it embodies and it empowers young girls... Read more →


Utz Quality Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Bachman® Twist Pretzels

The expiration date code may be found on the front, upper right corner of the bag. (Photo: Business Wire) February 25, 2019 09:15 PM Eastern Standard Time HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC., is voluntarily recalling a specific expiration date code of Bachman® 10 oz Twist Pretzel packages due to undeclared milk. This recall was initiated after reviewing production records which identified a small number of packages were mislabeled. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The item subject to this voluntary... Read more →


DiMaso reacts to the Murphy administration’s nepotistic hiring practices

CNBNewsnet | February 26, 2019 TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso criticized the Schools Development Authority’s firing of 26 veteran employees and hiring of 38 new people, many of whom have personal relationships with Gov. Phil Murphy’s top staff. “The Schools Development Authority under the Murphy Administration has had enough problems even before these nepotistic hiring practices came to light,” said DiMaso (R-Monmouth). “Hiring employees with connections but no skills is not the way to run an agency responsible for managing almost $11 billion in school facilities projects, or frankly any business. The people of New Jersey expect us to hire... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Steve Hinkle of Sullivan County, Tennessee

Sergeant Steve Hinkle Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2019 SULLIVAN COUNTY, TENNESSEE--(February 26, 2019)-(CNBNewsnet)-Sergeant Steve Hinkle succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier at 3606 Highway 11W. Deputies had responded to the residence to conduct a welfare check on an occupant. As they approached the home the occupant opened fire on them, causing them to seek cover. As the deputies attempted to establish communication with the man he opened fire a second time, striking Sergeant Hinkle during the exchange of gunfire. The subject was found deceased inside the home several hours later. Sergeant Hinkle... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard cutter seizes $44 million in cocaine, now home in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned home to Virginia Beach, Virginia, Monday after a 59-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. While deployed, the Dependable crew aided Joint Interagency Task Force South in conducting counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations. During their patrol, the Dependable’s boarding team intercepted a go-fast vessel off the coast of Mexico that was specially fitted to smuggle contraband. Once on scene, the boarding team confirmed that the vessel was carrying illicit narcotics along with three suspected drug smugglers. The interdiction resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,235 pounds of cocaine... Read more →


NJ News Commons: CLEANING HOUSE: STATE'S HIRES AGAIN RAISE EYEBROWS

The Schools Development Authority has been embroiled in scandal since Albert Avarez resigned his post as chief of staff amid sexual assault allegations.In August, Lizette Delgado-Polanco took on the role of CEO in August. The authority has hired 38 people since then (full list here). Their salaries — which are paid by taxpayers — total $3.3 million per year. "It is clear," Dustin Racioppiwrites, "that the restructuring has benefited those close to Delgado-Polanco and her family while veterans of the authority were fired." (NorthJersey.com) NJ CLOSER TO RETIREMENT PLAN FOR PRIVATE WORKERS On Monday, the state Assembly passed a bill that,... Read more →


Mount Laurel Woman Recognized for 3,000 Volunteer Hours at Samaritan Healthcare/Hospice

Marlton, NJ – Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice recognized long-time volunteer Fran Shinn of Mount Laurel, NJ for 3,000 hours of volunteer time at its Winterfest celebration – an annual event that acknowledges employees and volunteers for their service milestones and dedication to the not-for-profit organization. Fran, 83, started volunteering for Samaritan in 2005 as an administrative volunteer in the development department and lending a hand at Samaritan’s annual golf tournament. Now, she assists the volunteer department by spending a few hours each week inputting volunteer patient-visit hours into Samaritan’s database. Over the years, she has entered more than 130,000 entries! “Fran... Read more →


Route 47 Bridge over I-295 to have temporary lane closure with alternating traffic

One lane on Route 47 in both directions will remain open during the next stage (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced one lane on the Route 47 Bridge over I-295 will be closed with alternating traffic tomorrow in order to establish a long-term traffic shift as bridge replacement project between Westville and Deptford in Gloucester County advances. Beginning at 9 a.m., tomorrow, Wednesday, February 27 until 3 p.m., NJDOT’s contractor, South State., will close one lane of the bridge and maintain a single lane with alternating traffic in order to shift the southbound traffic to the... Read more →


COUNCILMAN JOHNSON’S STATEMENT ON SERIAL SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN SOUTH PHILADELPHIA

PHILADELPHIA — February 25, 2019 — Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District) issued the following statement in response to reports of at least eight attempted sexual assaults in South Philadelphia over the last two months: “Women in South Philadelphia should not have to be stressed over their safety when leaving or returning to their homes alone, and locking their doors in fear at night, because a serial predator has not been caught. “I urge everyone to be cautious and look out for your community while we find this man. Please call 911 immediately if you recognize this individual, believe you’ve come into... Read more →


Measles Outbreak What You Should Know

Measles, a disease that was considered eliminated in this country in 2000, is making an unwanted return that is all over the news. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 101 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 10 states so far this year. Measles has been reported in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The American Red Cross has been involved in a worldwide battle against measles for years. Since 2001, the Red Cross and our partners in the Measles & Rubella Initiative have vaccinated more than two... Read more →


Early Morning Appliance Fire Displaces Family

Today, February 26, at approximately 0026 hours, Gloucester Twp. Police Communications received a 911 call from a resident on Sherri Lane, advising his house was on fire and filling with smoke. Gloucester Twp. Police Units arrived shortly after the call with firefighters to find a moderate amount of smoke coming from the structure. The dwelling was occupied at the time the fire was discovered and all of the occupants evacuated safely prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. Firefighters from Erial, Pine Hill, Lambs Terrace, Blackwood and Chews Landing Fire Departments responded and quickly extinguished the minor fire which was located... Read more →